Tuesday, September 29, 2020

What Kind of Rabbit is Good for a Pet? - Pet and Hobby 8

A rabbit is sitting calmly at the corner

Rabbit is one of favorite pets in my neighborhood. I have a lot of “fun” with this creature when I was kid.

However, some said they need more time to take care. On the other hand, many people said that the rabbits are easy to handle, because they can be trained like dogs or cats.

They are also:

- friendly

- affectionate

- amazing.

- social animal

In term of food, we may buy commercial food from pet shops or many big groceries. In addition, rabbits also love to feed:

- grass hay

- green leaf vegetable

- a little bit carrot (quite surprising for me that rabbits don’t eat carrot in nature)

Painting of a rabbit, just for illustration only

Water is essential for rabbits. It is because they eat grass hay, then they will drink more.

We have plenty of breeding to choose, based on internet searching, the favorites are following:

- Chinchilla Rabbit.

- Rex Rabbit.

- Harlequin Rabbit.

- Mini Lop Rabbit.

- Polish Rabbit.

- Dutch Rabbit.

Have you ever have rabbit as a pet? What do you think about rabbit as a house animal?

Friday, September 25, 2020

Some Famous Persons Dead because of Pancreatic Cancer - Cancer 6

Unhealthy green leaves, just for illustration

Americans just mourned the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, supreme court justice due to pancreatic cancer.

At the last post, we talked about colon cancer which caused dead of film star, Chadwick Boseman:

What is the Colon Cancer? - Cancer 5

Morever, plenty well known people diagnosed, and then died of pancreatic cancer. Few of them are:

- John Lewis, one of Americans civil right movement icons.

- Syd Barrett, English musician of Pink Floyd.

- Luciano Pavarotti, an Italian operatic tenor.

- Fernando Álvaro Lamas, an Argentine-American actor and director.

- Benoit B.  Mandelbrot, a Polish-born, French and American mathematician.

Plant, just for illustration purposes.

This cancer development follows the age of patients: the older, the higher the risk:

- 45 age years or older are the typical patients.

- 55 age years or older are 90% of patients

- 71 years old are almost patients.

Pancreatic is the third dangerous cancer in the America. The two others are:

- lung cancer

- colon cancer.

Of 58,000 people who are diagnosed in 2020, about 10% survived only survived of pancreatic cancer. In number, 47,000 patients will die of this cancer.

The cancer could be managed when its at early stage, and not spreading to other organs yet. They usually be removed by surgery process.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Do you Know Sport Called Lacrosse? - Pet and Hobby 7

The stick to handle the ball

We saw kids or teenagers play a ball with stick in our neighborhood every week (usually on Saturday). It is estimated that about 1.6 million people play a sport called Lacrosse in the USA.

The recent number of players is increasing very much compared to 0.25 million only in 2001. Interestingly, at least half of them is kids or below 15 years old teenagers.

The important equipments (gears) to play Lacrosse:

- stick (Crosse)

- ball

- helmet

- mouthpiece

- glove

- pads to protect shoulders, arms and ribs.

Teenagers are ready to play Lacrosse at our neighborhood park.

We might wonder that is this high risk sport?

No, it is a moderate risk sport compared to others. Here are top 5 sports caused injuries:

1) Basketball

- about 570,000 players injured per year

2) Football

- about 466, 000 players injured per year.

3) Soccer

- 231,000 players are treated due to injured per year.

4) Softball

- average of 64,000 players injured per year.

5) Ice hockey

- approximately 10,000 players treated due to injured per year

Then, another question that are there professional teams of Lacrosse?

Yes, 6 professional teams. The richest player is Paul Rabil with US$ 3 million net worth.

Finally, do you know or ever watch sport called Lacrosse? Do you know someone who play this sport?

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Have you Tasted Plant Protein Products? - Health and Medicine 15

Four count Cheese burgers in the pack

Veggie products seem quite popular recently. Morningstar Farm, part of Kellog company is one of companies to supply market with this kind of product.

We may find vegetarian relate products easily, a lot in super centers such as Walmart and many groceries sell them.

Some burgers which we saw in groceries are:

- Grillers prime

- Spicy bean burgers

- Mediterranean chickpea burgers

- Basil Pizza burgers

- Meat lovers vegan burgers

- Falafel burgers

- Cheezeburgers 

Four cooked patties are ready to oven or microwave

Just for try, we bought burgers called as Cheezeburgers. There are 4 counts of burger slices (four cooked patties) in the package.

We may heat up the cooked patties either by microwave or oven or grill. It take several minutes only.

Burger with vegetables

The some main ingredients of burgers are:

- vegetables

- soy flour

- egg whites

- whole grain oats

- vegetable oil

- green and red bell peppers

- cooked brown rice

Is this kind of burger healthy? If you are in diet, burger contains with whole grains, legumes, vegetable and plant protein is good for you.

However, many people concern with high processing products. Thus, this kind of product might be not good enough for you.

Have you tried Vegan burger? What do you think? 

Monday, September 14, 2020

Can Parkinson’s Diseases Spread? - Parkinson’s Diseases 15

View of my neighborhood, just for illustration.

Spreading of Parkinson’s Diseases is not between patients to patients, but what I mean is deadly spreading among neuron cells in the brain.

Just to remind you that neuron cells have been mentioned in the previous posting:

How Neuron Cells Affect on Parkinson’s Diseases? - Parkinson’s Diseases 2

It is said spreading of infection is through “channels” between neuron (nerve) cells, from one infected cell to other healthy cells.

How is the process of spreading diseases?

First, channels, very small channels are created by protein called as connexins (Cx).

The Cx is also known as “gap junction proteins,” because its function to form intercellular connection between cell types.

A small vase at the corner, just for illustration.

Moreover, the harmful protein called as α-synuclein. This is a pathogen can harmful to cells, neuron cells in this case, and cause cell dead eventually.

After cells dead, the α-synuclein moves through tiny channels (intercellular connection) to healthy nerve cells.

The process of killing nerve cells is continue to cause spreading dead cells in the brain that responsible to Parkinson’s Diseases.

Hope, by understanding the roles of connexins (Cx) and α-synuclein, and know the process of spreading diseases in the brain, then:

- the scientists will be able to create medicines or methods to prevent or cure Parkinson’s Diseases in the near future.

Friday, September 11, 2020

A Baby Squirrel on the Neighborhood Yard - Nature and Wildlife 18

Just a newborn baby squirrel, found on the yard

Each house in our neighborhood has yards with some trees, big and small, old and new trees. Species include oak, magnolia, cypress, crape myrtles, sugar maple, hollies and pines.

These yards and trees attract a lot of wildlife, both dangerous and friendly. Few of them are:

- squirrels

- turtles

- snakes

- otters

- raccoon

- rabbit

- coyotes

- birds (permanent and immigrant birds)

Another baby squirrel, just for illustration (credit to Google)

Some wild animals have been posted in this blog:

A Little Baby Bluebird Fell Out of Its Nest - Nature and Wildlife 17

Yellow Crown Night Heron around Our Neighborhood - Nature and Wildlife 16

Bufo Toad may Kill Pets and Human - Nature and Wildlife 15

We found a new born squirrel on a yard recently. We guessed about several days old. She looks very weak.

It is said that Pedialyte milk or puppy milk is good for baby squirrels. After a while (several weeks), squirrels can feed their own natural foods:

- fruits

- nuts

- seeds

Have you ever seen a baby squirrel? How old?

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Ornamental Fish for Pond in the Garden – Economics 5

Colorful of fish in the pond at garden corner

Having a small pond with ornamental fish at the corner of garden is trending now days, and more attractive during this pandemic.

People love to have Koi as a pond pet with multiple reasons. Koi is believed to have myth and art value.

Fish brings good luck, many spiritual advantages, tolerant to water quality and friendly. Koi may feed on our hands.

There are many kinds of ornamental fish, and could survive in outdoor during winter. They include:

- Goldfish

- Archerfish

- Pumpkinseeds

- Crappie

- Pumpkinseeds fish

Fish swimming in the pond

Ornamental fish tend to grow both in the global and USA market recently. The market value reached US$ 5 billion in the last couple years ago.

Demand for ornamental fish is increasing due to many factors, some are:

- fish behaviors are attractive

- exotic species with beautiful colors

- psychological benefits such as reduce stress.

About 68% of American household have a pet. In term of number, households have about 116 million pets.

What kind of pets they have? Here are:

- fish

- birds

- reptiles

- small animals.

Interestingly, 7.2 million American households have fish as their pet.

Do you have pets? What pets do you love?

Friday, September 4, 2020

What is the Colon Cancer? - Cancer 5

A cat is sitting nicely, illustration only.

You might follow the mainstream medias, the Black Panther film star, Chadwick Boseman, 43 years old has dead due to colon cancer recently.

Statistic shown that 53,000 death of colon cancer in the USA every year, men slightly more than women.

This cancer starts in the colon, large intestine of final digestive tract. Cancer usually affect on older, but sometime to younger as well.

The risk factors include:

- smoking

- obese

- not active physically

- age

- drink alcohol too much

- certain ethnic (genetic)

Nice looking cat for illustration only.

Colon cancer is considered as dangerous cancer, the second rank after lung cancer in term of dead number in the USA in recent years.

Top 5 deadliest cancers in America with estimated death are following:

- lung cancer, 143,000 dead per year

- colon cancer, 53,000 dead per year.

- pancreatic cancer, 46,000 dead per year.

- breast cancer, 42,000 dead per year

- bladder cancer, 18,000 dead per year

It is reported that colon cancer could be treated and cured in case if its found in certain part of colon or rectal and at early stage. Cure reaches about 50% of survival rate so far.

Hope, effective methods in colon cancer treatments and curability could be improved to increase survival rate and reduce mortality rate in the near future.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

A Little Baby Bluebird Fell Out of Its Nest - Nature and Wildlife 17


A baby bird confuses after fell down

Based on their color (combination), we know three kinds of bluebirds in North America. They are:

- Eastern bluebird, the breast colors are reddish brown

- Western bluebird, from breast to upper back has rust orange color.

- Mountain bluebird, entirely blue color

Blue birds are migratory birds, they move from North to South of America during winter, but Eastern bluebird is a local bird in Southern states.

Since we are in summer season, thus we guessed that the Eastern bluebird have lived in our areas.

It is said that bluebird has a very nice song, a pleasant musical song. There are many birds with different songs in my backyard. We are happy to listen the songs in the morning during Spring to Summer.

A little bird tried to find out a way to back to its nest

In my state, we may find Eastern bluebird in many areas such as:

- parks

- fields

- golf courses

- woodlands

- cemeteries.

In our neighborhood, the birds may made their nest in holes of dead trees (usually in oak or pine tress). The holes are woodpecker holes.

The birds have 2 to 3 eggs in the nest a year. After a while, they may use artificial nests or nestbox in our backyard.

About a week ago, we saw a little baby Bluebird fell out of Its nest, natural nest, above 50 feet (15 m) from ground.

Luckily, the baby fell on our back fences. Her mother flied around to save her baby.

Do you like bluebirds? Do you like its colors or song?

High Occupancy Vehicle Parking Only - Sign & Sky 6

Fig 01- Sign for special parking only At previous post, we talked about parking for Low Emission Vehicles: - Special Parking for Low Emis...