Archive for May, 2007

Top 100 US Baby names 2006

For those interested in the latest trends in popular baby names check out the list below.

For the boys, blockbuster name of the late 20th century “Michael” has slipped from 1 to 12 over the past decade.  ”Ben” has snuck into the list again at 97.  ”Aidan” to my suprise is at number one (does anyone know many Aidans?).  A number of biblical names such as “Joseph”, “Caleb” and “Noah” seem to be gaining ground and I wonder if this trend will continue.

For the girls the timeless classic “Emma” is holding number one position.  An Eric Clapton inspired 70’s song may be responsible for “Layla” sneaking in at number 91.  A personal favourite of mine “Madison” is doing remarkably well at 3rd position.  Personally I have an overwhelming urge to remove number 94 from the list as to me, “Camryn” looks like a spelling error.

If you can’t find a suitable name for your next bub check out our baby names directory, with over 10,000 names to browse through.

Girl Names

1 Emma
3 Madison
5 Sophia
7 Olivia
9 Makayla
11 Abigail
13 Hailey
15 Madeline
17 Grace
19 Riley
21 Sydney
23 Mackenzie
25 Alyssa
27 Alexis
29 Taylor
31 Brianna
33 Kylie
35 Elizabeth
37 Allison
39 Katherine
41 Isabelle
43 Savannah
45 Arianna
47 Julia
49 Maya
51 Brooke
53 Victoria
55 Katie
57 Gabriella
59 Leah
61 Rebecca
63 Gabrielle
65 Amelia
67 Reagan
69 Trinity
71 Cadence
73 Ashlyn
75 Gracie
77 Kendall
79 Molly
81 Kennedy
83 Addison
85 Alana
87 Jada
89 Alexa
91 Layla
93 Ellie
95 Nicole
97 Charlotte
99 Mckenna

Boy Names

1 Aidan
3 Ethan
5 Matthew
7 Tyler
9 Joshua
11 Dylan
13 Connor
15 Jayden
17 Zachary
19 Logan
21 Nathan
23 William
25 Joseph
27 James
29 Cameron
31 Christian
33 Gavin
35 Mason
37 Brayden
39 Austin
41 John
43 Owen
45 Brandon
47 Samuel
49 Thomas
51 Landon
53 Justin
55 Cole
57 Ian
59 Hayden
61 Isaac
63 Kyle
65 Isaiah
67 Nathaniel
69 Devin
71 Robert
73 Eric
75 Chase
77 Carson
79 Cooper
81 Charlie
83 Bryce
85 Brian
87 Xavier
89 Parker
91 Sam
93 Ashton
95 Kevin
97 Ben
99 Henry



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Mile high baby

A woman has given birth during an international flight with the assistance of a holidaying Australian doctor.  The grateful Brazillian woman, known as Aline, is reported to have been complaining of back pain during the flight.

Aline, 26, began having contractions midflight before her waters broke.  By this time cabin crew had enlisted Dr Jenny Cook, after checking boarding passes for a doctors name.  Aline it is reported was “adamant she was not pregnant”.

Complicating the situation was a breech presentation - where the baby is positioned feet first.  The pilot suggested he would have got a speeding fine had there “been cameras in the air” as he tried to make an emergency landing on Easter Island.  However mother and baby could not wait this long and the delivery took place near the toilet and food preparation area.

Baby Barbara was guided into the world without a hitch - luckily for all aboard as Dr Cook had only a basic first aid kit and an oxygen mask to help her. 

According to Dr Cook ”I didn’t know what was going to happen, if the baby was going to breathe, if the mother was going to bleed.”

“And if I had to make any cuts to get the baby out, were they going to give me a plastic knife?”

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My bald patch covered with WHAT?

Everyone has one or two family members who are balding. If your family is genetically predisposed to male pattern baldness, maybe you have alot more. Historically men have gone to some pretty crazy lengths to conceal their thinning domes. Have a look at these few famous (and not so famous) examples:

Three men who have had problems with balding

The flamboyant Elton John opted for the tried and tested toupee. Steven Segal had a hair transplant to restore his hairline (hair was taken from the back of his head and planted at the front). But who is the last guy and what’s on his head?

Well according to the website of Australian leading hair transplant surgeon Dr Ray Woods that is a picture of “Justin?, one of the world’s first patients to undergo chest to scalp hair relocation. In a marathon procedure where Dr Woods removed and relocated each individual hair follicle one by one, Justin’s hairline was slowly reconstructed – from his chest hairs. And it grows. Quite alot actually.

Two years on it looks something like this:

Two years after chest hair transplant
Remarkable! I, for one, didn’t realize chest hair could grow that long. Which made me wonder if there were other doctors out there transplanting body hair.

I stumbled across transplant surgeon Dr Jeffrey Epstein who speaks on his website about transplants involving the “central chest or pubic triangle?. Does this strike you as odd? I can’t help but wonder: if a doctor offered to treat your baldness by to moving your chest, abdominal, or (heaven forbid) pubic hair to the top of your head would you want to go ahead with it? Would you feel okay with having your short and curlies groomed and on full display for the world? Or could you think of better things to spend the estimated $20,000 plus cost on?

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Controversy surrounds cancer vaccine Gardasil

I’m angry that the world’s first cervical cancer vaccine, Gardasil, is causing a splash of alarmist headlines with its introduction in Australia. The vaccine, developed by leading immunologist Ian Frazer, is being administered to 230,000 Australian teenagers in a $400 million federal government initiative.

Gardasil prevents cervical cancer by immunizing against the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus, known to cause 70 percent of all cervical cancers.

Headlines such as “girls collapse after cancer vaccine? have been frontpage news in Australia warning of side effects such as dizziness and nausea. One Melbourne based social commentator went so far as to suggest in today’s Herald Sun newspaper that the vaccines rollout is just a revenue raiser for the medical profession and urging parents to keep their children from the queue.

That particular article by Neil Mitchell annoyed me as it dramatized a small number of girls who fainted (a common happening to adolescent girls after any injection) but failed to recognize the hundreds of Australian women who die from this preventable disease each year. Heaven help the parents who follow this man’s advice blindly.

I was happier to read the response of “Anne? an immunization nurse who spends her working days administering Gardasil, amongst other vaccines, to school children. While she couldn’t count the hundreds of children (particularly the girls) who have fainted, cried, or reported bizarre non-physical reactions to all injections she has given – she had never seen a child who hadn’t recovered. Her daughters were first in line for Gardasil, and moaned about it as school children do. But they knew how lucky they were.

Ironically the young women who need the vaccine most – those in the poorest nations where cervical cancer diagnosis and treatment is inadequate at best– remain the least likely to receive it with the cost estimated at a prohibitive $300 to $500 a pop. Kudos to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation though, who announced last year $27.7 million funding to research methods of introducing Gardasil in developing countries.

Here in the prosperous U. S. of A. only Virginia has passed legislation for compulsory vaccination with Gardasil. Governor Rick Perry of Texas faced an abrupt end to his proposal to vaccinate schoolgirls with the senate blocking him last month. Other states haven’t made it even that far. NewScientist reported some conservative groups believe the vaccine will encourage sexual activity in adolescents by reducing their risks of catching sexually transmitted disease. To me, limiting access to Gardasil for that reason would be like limiting the availability of condoms. While that sort of thinking continues I expect it will be sometime before there will be a nationwide approach to cervical cancer prevention.

In the meantime 15,000 American women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. Personally I want to see Gardasil introduced as a free compulsory vaccine for all school aged girls across America.

What do you think? Would you have your precious daughters at the front of the queue or are you not convinced?

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