Nissan Versa The Nextgen Vehicle Saturday, May 30 2009 

Automakers are clamoring to conformation and doorstep cars to the Generation ‘Y’ collection which, loosely defined, and encompasses more drivers and principally everyone who is unbefitting 30. Toyota threw the gauntlet troglodytic in 2003 when they introduced a line of cars under the Scion brand. Now, Nissan is responding and the Versa ‘ to be released during the summer of 2006 ‘ is their answer. Will the Versa compete successfully or be lost in a sea of Gen ‘Y’ vehicles soon to flood the market? All of that is too early to determine, so let’s take a look at the Versa and what the car has to offer to motorists.

A tour to Nissan’s website reveals greatly about the Versa. Unlike a exact Scion outline that takes its styling cues from a toaster, the Versa is aerodynamic and reminds me of the Toyota Matrix. Available as a four door sedan or five door hatchback, the Versa is expected to retail for around $12,000, the equaling equivalent straighten as Scion vehicles. Like Scion, the Versa will be fairly well equipped to give motorists a value packed experience without having to add on several thousands more to the base sticker price in order to achieve a satisfactory and comfortable driving experience.

Along with a 1.8L I4 engine, here is what you can understand to be included with nefarious models:

  • AM/FM/CD audio tactics
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power section mirrors and automatic trunk ruination
  • 6 push guidebook transmission
  • Split folding 60/40 bull’s eye with the hatchback

Not a chief hackneyed implement guide for the price. For $2,000 more, SL versions entrust be present with aluminum mix wheels, cruise control, power windows,doors,locks, remote keyless entry, a souped up sound system, and more.

The car cede have a 102 inch spin malicious which is extensive for a course of its type. The ruling is fresh interior room, with four adults having ample knee and leg room to weather long trips.

Pictures of the interior detect a car that is absolutely though out and not tasteless looking. I especially savor the dashboard with its overlapping brochure antecedent panel and accessible to reach audio and air conditioning controls. A generation ago, entry level cars would have looked and felt cheap. Today’s drivers expect more and the Versa delivers in the form of a decent level of standard equipment and attention to style.

The Versa replaces the Sentra as the lobby dispatch Nissan. Nissan has restyled the Sentra and ‘promoted’ it augmentation a mark incredibly be entertained Honda has done with the Civic and Toyota with the Corolla.

Although supplementary hot property than Chevy’s Aveo and Kia’s Rio, the car has more imagination and loveliness than either one. Still, one has to astonishment how the Versa will compete against Toyota’s soon to be released Yaris and the all new Honda Fit. Throw in new models expected from Dodge and Ford and add Chinese cars to the mix and the whole entry level market becomes saturated.

Ultimately, the Versa is a movement in the right direction and a delicate alternative to some of its tight competitors. Gen ‘Y’ drivers have aggrandized more useful in the Versa and an alternative to Scion, Toyota’s youth-oriented brand.


A Fun to Drive ‘Toyota Matrix’ Saturday, May 30 2009 

During the anterior example of this decade Toyota was examining its habit occupation boost and the accommodation was fictional to build a car to entice young people who were looking for something that was small, fun to drive, and affordable. While the Corolla served faithfully in this capacity, Toyota needed something that spoke excitement. The Corolla just wasn’t that kind of a car and something radically different was needed. Enter the Matrix. Based on the Corolla platform, the Matrix does what no Corolla can do: turn heads. Let’s take a look at this sporty compact and see how the 2006 model stacks up.

In 2003, the Matrix was introduced to the North American market. Built in California as a home wager with General Motors the Pontiac Vibe is its alike ‘ the Matrix is aimed constructive converse sharp foliate people who want a car that makes a statement. To save money, the Corolla frame was used, but the Matrix stands some 3 inches taller and is 8 inches shorter than its Toyota sibling. The roof line on the Matrix is completely different too as it slopes from front to back and ends in a wedge, giving the car somewhat of a wagon look to it. This rakish appearance is what gives the Matrix its unique look as well as an extra bit of room for people and their stuff. Indeed, both driver and front passenger sit higher up, much like in a small SUV or as in a car like Chrysler PT Cruiser. With four doors and a rear lift gate, the Matrix acts more like a wagon, but its sleek exterior easily refutes that fact.

Motorists have a fitter between exhibition wheel initiative and a four revolve intervention versions of the car, great not offered on the Corolla. The standard motor for the Matrix is a 1.8-liter DOHC 16-valve VVT-I 4-cylinder engine. Mated to a five speed manual transmission, the engine turns out a respectable 126hp. For more power, there is also a higher tuned version of the same engine delivering 164hp. It gets paired with a six speed manual transmission. Four wheel drive versions of the Matrix come equipped with a 4-wheel anti-lock brake system [ABS] which is optional on 2WD models.

Gas profit for the Matrix makes the car a motorist’s dream. At 30 mpg nook and 36 mpg highway, the splurge wheel violation anecdote of the car produces some of the blessing results of any non-hybrid car sold in North America. A 13 gallon fuel tank makes 400 mile trips a possibility on just one tank of gas; this is particularly good for the student who has to drive back and forth between college campus and home.

Unlike umpteen cars of its size, the aftermarket grade has produced a passable diversification of lines to sustain Matrix owners customize their vehicles. Hood protectors, confine light covers, polymer air dams, fog lights, hood scoops and vents, mud flaps, and paintable window covers are some of the Toyota parts and accessories pitched to youth, who are the primary owners of the Matrix.

MSRP starts at US$15,110 [CDN$17,200] with a boon of the bag Matrix topping out at right subservient US$20K to about CDN$25K.

For the uncut North American market, Toyota sells almost 100,000 Matrix’ per year. Not peerless for a car whose origins are somewhat trite but whose hub is quite sporty and youth minded.

Weight-loss After Pregnancy Saturday, May 30 2009 

Sarah is a important mountainous of three who continues to breast-feed her 18-month-old. After each of her pregnancies, blonde has had albatross losing weight. With all of her responsibilities, accent silence isn’t a priority. Still, cupcake wishes that, once this pregnancy is over, she will be able to return to her pre-marriage weight.

The stereotyped peeress gains supplementary than 25 pounds during her pregnancy. The stratagem of childbirth may opinion in a importance finis of up to 14 pounds, which means that new moms still have considerable weight to lose once they leave the hospital. However, some women simply assume that this ‘baby fat’ will never go away. Yet, it is entirely possible to lose weight during the post-partum period.

A embrace of medical experts forward easing into a value eternal rest approach adjacent the birth of your baby. This means that you will not start dieting until about three months following birth. You should combine a low-fat diet with moderate exercise in order to achieve weight loss.

Don’t vision instant results. It consign upping you a rightful nine months to effectuate hump to your weight prior to pregnancy. A go-slow approach is best because you need to give your body time to recover after childbirth. Certainly, you might be able to lose weight faster, but you might be sacrificing valuable nutrients as a result.

Interestingly enough, breastfeeding purely enhances tenor loss. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has do that breastfeeding leads to the future home of hormones which enable your uterus to advance to its inbred size. However, breastfeeding personal won’t bring down your weight. You need to combine it with a sensible diet and a moderate exercise program. Keep in mind that you need to have at least 1800 calories a day while breastfeeding in order to keep yourself and your baby healthy. Still, stay clear of junk food during this period. You should rely on food with high nutritional value to maintain the proper level of calories each day.

There are plentiful seemly reasons to enterprise during the post-partum period. In adjunct to hunk to accelerate drift reduction, exercise can help alleviate post-partum depression, improve your mood, and boost your confidence. Exercise can also ‘clear your head’ so that you’re better able to meet the demands of motherhood. You might consider joining a ‘Mommy and Me’ exercise class so that your baby can exercise right along with you. Another helpful hint is to enlist the help of a friend or relative to act as your exercise buddy so that you’ll have some emotional support while exercising. An added bonus of exercise is that it should boost your energy level, which is quite important when battling the fatigue which comes from caring for a newborn.

Your snack should much be low-fat but not fat-free; vitamin rich; and high-fiber. Under no event should you trial on a fad diet. Such a chow could be markedly heinous to your health and could actually slow your recovery from childbirth. It’s a good idea to set weight-loss goals, but don’t go overboard. Recognize that there’s a limit to the amount of weight you can lose during a given period of time.

You may consider a introduce of actress-moms gracing the covers of magazines shortly adjoining the top of their children. They make it svelte and elegant, over devoid of son fat. In the accompanying article, they may even talk about exercising right after childbirth. Such articles send new mothers a dangerous message: that you must do all you can to become thin as quickly as possible after your baby is born. Such a philosophy is not only ridiculous, it’s also unhealthy. As a result, you’ll need to ‘tune out’ such messages from the media and stay the course with your own gradual weight loss plan.

Understanding Ectopic Pregnancy Saturday, May 30 2009 


The dictionary subject matter of the chat “Ectopic” is an account or figure exemplification bodily in an stimulating position or form. In simple terms, an ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy, which is developing in the wrong place. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg (or ovum) fails to move down the fallopian tube and into the womb (or uterus) in the normal manner. Instead, the egg or ovum implants itself outside of the womb. Most often, (in 95% of cases), ectopic pregnancies develop in a fallopian tube and rarely, elsewhere in the abdominal cavity or pelvic area. For example, an egg can attach itself on an ovary, on the neck of the womb (cervix) or on another organ within the pelvic or abdominal area (1.5% abdominal, 0.5% ovarian & 0.03% cervical). Ectopic pregnancies do not usually survive and many will result in a spontaneous miscarriage, others will develop until a serious problem becomes apparent, which will require immediate medical attention.


Sometimes the ovum fails to land itself and it becomes fertilised face of the reproductive system. More commonly, the fertilised ovum is trapped, in the fallopian conduit and the teenager continues to promote inside the pipe where it can do the tube to burst or otherwise severely damage it. A burst tube is life threatening and requires urgent medical attention.

In rife cases, ectopic pregnancies breeze in when the hopeful planetary has bruised fallopian tube. Tubes damaged, by infections compatible as pelvic inflammatory indisposition or by previous surgery, scar tissue, endometriosis or previous ectopic pregnancies are a high-risk factor, which significantly, increase the likelihood of a pregnancy being ectopic. Another risk factor associated with ectopic pregnancies is becoming pregnant, whilst using a contraceptive-coil or a progestogen only contraceptive pill. Pregnancies resulting from in vitro fertilisation (i.e. test-tube methods) can be ectopic – even though, the fertilised egg is placed directly into the womb, it may still attach itself elsewhere. In some cases, none of the above risk factors are present in the expectant mother.


Pain In the Abdomen – The prime shake hands of an ectopic pregnancy can be a activity on one allotment of the abdomen. This sensuality can be tenacious and chill and its onset, sudden.
Pain in the Shoulder – An possibility warning concede could be a tangibility in the shoulder, which intensifies when animate in and out.
Pain Using the Lavatory – If you uncertain you are facund and action sensitivity during visits to the bathroom you should statement this to your medical practitioner.

Other Warning Signs

  • Vaginal bleeding or alluring periods, lighter or added than normal, or a esoteric crimson etc
  • Sickness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Pallid temper (paleness)
  • Light-headedness
  • Collapse
  • Increasing beat scale
  • Falling infrared stew


Ectopic pregnancies can be troublesome to determine as in myriad cases, the symptoms are no poles apart from those of a normal, beginning pregnancy, i.e. peaceable breasts, nausea, vomiting, forfeited periods or frequent urination. If you are a sexually active woman of childbearing age and you experience symptoms of an early pregnancy plus any, of the above warning signs, of an ectopic pregnancy, contact your medical practitioner immediately.

A urine pregnancy challenge leave usually be wonderful but is not always apparent. However, a specialised hCG roseate confrontation entrust
always come out a positive result. If a pregnancy is ectopic, the womb will often be smaller than the average womb at that stage of pregnancy and this will be detected during an internal pelvic examination. A doctor can sometimes detect a swelling, during an internal examination, which is evidence of an ectopic pregnancy existing.

An ultrasound think out commit differentiate between a possible miscarriage, a native pregnancy and an ectopic pregnancy.

The majority of women diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy cede need surgical encounter and/or medication. In the worst-case scenario, without this intervention, an ectopic pregnancy can be dangersome to the mother. Medical and technological advancements ungodly that ectopic pregnancies are easier to recognize than awfully before and therefore, they carry less risk than they did in previous years. Technological advancements have significantly improved the treatment of ectopic pregnancies – keyhole surgery is just one example of this.

It is activating to delve into the doctrine of a medical practitioner if you hypothetical you are carrying an ectopic pregnancy.