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My 11 weeks old puppy has blood in his stool, I have tried to change his food but its still the same. Should I try starving him for 24 hours then try him on chicken and rice???

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If he's 11 weeks his digestive system is trying to adjust from mother's milk to the food he is eating. If he is straining when he poops, he might just be having a difficult time passing it. All puppies get worms and your vet should already be working on this by the time he hits 12 weeks. Other than that, try making his diet as soft as possible. Usually canned puppy food and even a little milk to soften that up will help. Ask your vet first before you do this and he will give you specifics for you particular breed. Blood is common in very small amounts but if it is consistent or in large amounts, he will need veterinary help asap. Good luck.

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I am using Windows XP Home and have an extra removable drive fitted. A problem that appears to defy logic has arisen. When switching on my computer it has recently taken almost an hour to reach desktop. A suggestion I have received after trying numerous actions to remedy the situation is to switch off the computer and remove the hard drive and then replace it . This corrects the situation and I can work on the computer for as long as I wish. I then switch off when finished (correctly). When switching on the next day the same situation occurs. My first reaction was that there must be a bad connection somewhere. But using the computer for hours at a time without any problem I am at a loss as to know what is happening. The computer as far as I am aware is not overheating and it is not moved or disturbed in any way. Is there anything I have overlooked in trying to resolve this frustrating situation? I would be grateful for any advice. Thank you.

Ron Moss

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Other than a connection problem, the classic symptoms of a failing hard drive are present. If it's not infected with a virus and your settings for the drive are correct, and your source of power, usb supply, etc., are all correct and not showing symptoms, I think it will be the drive itself, even if it is new it sometimes happens. Good luck.

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Where did miss Marple live?

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The small village of St Mary Mead.

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Circumcision was practiced for millennia among the ancient people in Africa and Australia long before the practice started in West Asia presumably in the time of the patriarch Abraham. But this was never practiced in ancient (or modern) Asia, Europe or America. Can some one say something about this?

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"tribes that practiced circumcision were described as being "circumcised in uncircumcision". The practice of circumcision was for the Israelites as "a token of the covenant" before passover. It was generally a symbol of belonging to the tribe of Abraham, if you will. This is not that I know as much as I should about it but the procedure was ancient, mostly for preventing infection, and also handed down for cleanliness and eventually left upon the parents to decide and came to be as it is today as more of a medical decision to guard against disease and infection in males, and ensure virginity in some females, before the age of approximately 1 years old. The foreskin, male, was removed to start the separation of the clean from the unclean. Mostly symbolical now due to better modern medicine.

Non-Israelites had to undergo circumcision before they could be allowed to take part in the feast of Passover (Ex. 12:48), or marry into a Jewish family (Gen. 34:14-16). The word 'arel' (uncircumcised) is also employed for "unclean" (Lev. 26:41, "their uncircumcised hearts"; compare Jer. 9:25; Ezek. xliv. 7, 9); it is even applied to the first three years' fruit of a tree, which is forbidden (Lev. 19:23).

I wish I could explain it better, but you may have to do more research in order to find as to why this differs so much in other countries other than the obvious to me which would be religious and medical preference in many diverse and very ancient cultures.

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Girl I had to dinner asks me back to her flat, tells me I'm amazing...but then seems to freak, says that I was all too keen for y'know when she wanted me to be a gentleman... I hadn't thought I had been that bad... However we were both a little hammered....

Why the sudden change?

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Sometimes this phenomenon can often be explained by a comparison with hypnosis. If you hypnotize a person and tell them to touch their nose every time you say the word "cheese", they will usually do it without knowing it. A war veteran who suffers a traumatic event during a fearful battle will sometimes subconsciously have a sudden rush of fear years later because of a particular smell, taste, sound or any of the senses that could have been triggered from the original traumatic event. Doctors call it PTSD.

Without making it too much more complicated, the girl may have simply had deja vu and it triggered her memory into something uncomfortable for her. Try not to hold it against her. She may eventually tell you about it and possibly confide in you as to why. It's much too easy for us to judge each other because of something that may have triggered fear and dismiss it as being a little crazy. It isn't always the case and with an open mind, you can often relate to their situation with compassion.

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My bathroom was just done but I have hardly any cold water coming out at all, plenty of hot water and it also takes forever to fill the toilet after flushing?

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There should be both a valve for the hot and cold water nearby. The problem may be as simple as finding the source cold water valve(or cold water shutoff valve) nearest to your bathroom which controls the cold water coming into the bathroom. My first thought is that the cold water valve is not completely open and would only need to be adjusted if you know it's location and can turn it more open.

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Bloody stool?? My husband 35 has a bloody stool from time to time.

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Bloody stools often indicate an injury or disorder in the digestive tract. Your doctor may use the term "melena" to describe black, tarry, and foul-smelling stools or "hematochezia" to describe red- or maroon-colored stools.

Blood in the stool may come from anywhere along your digestive tract, from mouth to anus. It may be present in such small amounts that you cannot actually see it, but is only detectable by a fecal occult blood test. When there IS enough blood to change the appearance of your stools, the doctor will want to know the exact color to help find the site of bleeding. To make a diagnosis, your doctor may use endoscopy or special x-ray studies.

A black stool usually means that the blood is coming from the upper part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This includes the esophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestine. Blood will typically look like tar after it has been exposed to the body's digestive juices. Stomach ulcers caused by ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin are common causes of upper GI bleeding.

Maroon-colored stools or bright red blood usually suggest that the blood is coming from the lower part of the GI tract (large bowel or rectum). Hemorrhoids and diverticulitis (inflammation of an abnormal pouch in the colon) are the most common causes of lower GI bleeding. However, sometimes massive or rapid bleeding in the stomach causes bright red stools.

Consuming black licorice, lead, iron pills, bismuth medicines like Pepto-Bismol, or blueberries can also cause black stools. Beets and tomatoes can sometimes make stools appear reddish. In these cases, your doctor can test the stool with a chemical to rule out the presence of blood.

Brisk bleeding in the esophagus or stomach (such as with peptic ulcer disease), can also cause you to vomit blood.

Common Causes

Upper GI tract (usually black stools):

* Bleeding stomach or duodenal ulcer
* Gastritis
* Esophageal varices
* Mallory-Weiss tear (a tear in the esophagus from violent vomiting)
* Trauma or foreign body
* Bowel ischemia (a lack of proper blood flow to the intestines)
* Vascular malformation

Lower GI tract (usually maroon or bright red, bloody stools):

* Hemorrhoids
* Anal fissures
* Diverticular bleeding
* Intestinal infection (such as bacterial enterocolitis)
* Vascular malformation
* Inflammatory bowel disease
* Tumor
* Colon polyps or colon cancer
* Trauma or foreign body
* Bowel ischemia (a lack of proper blood flow to the intestines)

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Can a groin strain cause orchitis?

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Orchitis may also occur along with infections of the prostate or epididymis and may occur as a result of sexually-transmitted diseases (STD) such as gonorrhea or chlamydia. The rate of sexually-transmitted orchitis or epididymitis is higher in men 19 to 35 years old.

Risk factors for non-sexually-transmitted orchitis include:

* Inadequate immunization against mumps
* Being older than age 45
* Recurrent urinary tract infections
* Congenital problems of the urinary tract
* Genito-urinary surgery
* Long term use of a Foley catheter (tube inserted into the bladder to drain urine)

Risk factors for sexually-transmitted orchitis include:

* Multiple sexual partners
* Other high risk sexual behaviors.
* History of a sexual partner with a previously diagnosed STD
* Personal history of gonorrhea or other STD


* Scrotal swelling
* Tender, swollen, heavy feeling in the testicle
* Tender, swollen groin area on affected side
* Fever
* Discharge from penis
* Pain with urination (dysuria)
* Pain with intercourse or ejaculation
* Groin pain
* Testicle pain aggravated by bowel movement or straining
* Blood in the semen

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Why are people racist in the southern states of the US?

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People are racist everywhere. They just like to point their noses the south because it's convenient in a poor attempt to be politically correct and not look at the big problems in other places like LA, Chicago, New York or even the Palestinians or Israelis, for example. Kurds, Suuni's and Shi'ite's have the same basic problem.

I live in Birmingham and could easily take offense to your question but I figure a question like yours needs a southern born native who can answer it for you. I was born in the 60's here and grew up here. You think you know the answer but I know the answer much more personally than anyone who hasn't lived it.

We were all, black, white, green, and everyone was taught by our peers, teachers, cops, co-workers and everyone else to be racist or at least act like it. I worked with a man who was African American and he was responsible for an area (technical plant in rural Alabama and Tennessee), and he was aware of how racist people can be in one particular area notorious for it.

I was his supervisor and would have to go with him into this area in fear of him being alone without one of us to help protect him. I could easily go into LA and the tables would be turned against me in the same manner. It has happened to me before here and in other states. Read a little more history and the economies of past plantations in the south and the big factories in the north and the competition between them and you will see slavery, bigots, hate crimes, dirty politics everywhere and decide for yourself before you make such a broad statement.

I was taught that I was supposed to stick with my own kind and separate because we were children and impressionable then and as we all grow up, we learn that it is wrong anywhere at any time. Some still don't get it although it happens in prison, schools are segregating again, and the experts tell us it creates harmony. I know I am not the only one who gets it here.

Get into your history books and see where a man in the north could still be a slave but big business misused the word employee for their own benefit. The south divided because of the economy then, not because of slavery alone and certainly not because of racism and it doesn't allow you to call the south racist in general without looking at it collectively yourself.

Four little girls died in a church here because of a man's hatred and a bomb. A governor stood in the door of a college and wouldn't allow black students to attend. These things were terribly wrong and an injustice. You probably weren't here for all of that but I was and I had to fight to just to be human, not a particular color, amongst my own race and also help defend people of other race when it was needed.

When any group has had an injustice, take the LA riots for example, you tell me, is it racism, or is it something else? I am very tired of the racism from other human-beings because I am from the south.................Respectfully.

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My seven year old niece is going to be in a beauty pageant at her school. Should she wear makeup or will that hurt her chances of winning?

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If she is truly beautiful, and all children are, then why use makeup. A lot of people wear makeup but at 7, it is a special age and wouldn't it be great if she did win without it? Then you and she will know for sure if it had anything to do with it or not. There are many beautiful people in the world that aren't subject to classification with a vote by a judge in a pageant. Good luck to both of you.

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