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Child's allergy meds cause big trouble




On Friday afternoon our son, who is 12, had plans on going home after school with a friend of his. Our son is an honor roll student and neither of our boys have ever been in any kind of trouble. Our son also have severe sinus/ allergy/ asthma issues, in fact he missed 20 days of school last year due to an operation he had to have on his sinuses, which the school knew about, and he has been on these prescription meds ever since!
The medicines are Clarinex, Singulair, Inipremine,daily vitamin and two Advil. The secretary of the school was in hall on Friday when my son had his bag open showing the boy the games he had brought to play that afternoon. She immediately hailed him and his medicines to the office. The administration then took him in the office, gave him the 3rd degree. (They) wanted to know if his parents KNEW he had these medicines? Poor kid said yea, my mom packed them for me. (They) also argued the fact that one of them was a multi-vitamin.
Now this all comes under the notion of the No Tolerance issue! Which is fine, but give me a break, my family was given three choices on how he could be punished: 10 days out of school suspension with 180 days no extracuricular activities and go in front of the disciplinary board or take five days out of school suspension and go to a drug rehab course. Can you believe it? Wanting to send a 12-year-old to ASAP.

Or go in front of the school board and appeal!

Now this is a school in Augusta County, Virginia, hat didn't even make their SOL accreditations this year or last, a school that gave a boy three days suspension for throwing a full soda bottle out of a moving bus window.


Is there anything you can do to draw attention to this matter? Our son is not a drug dealer, and this no tolerance thing has become way out of hand.




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How asthma and allergy symptoms are triggered




In demonstrating that a group of calcium ion channels play a crucial role in triggering inflammatory responses, researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have not only solved a longstanding molecular mystery regarding the onset of asthma and allergy symptoms, but have also provided a fundamental discovery regarding the functioning of mast cells.

Their findings appear in the January 2008 issue of Nature Immunology.

A group of immune cells found in tissues throughout the body, mast cells were once exclusively known for their role in allergic reactions, according to the study's lead author Monika Vig, PhD, an investigator in the Department of Pathology at BIDMC and Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. "Mast cells store inflammatory cytokines and compounds [including histamine and heparin] in sacs called granules," she explains. "When the mast cells encounter an allergen - pollen, for example - they 'degranuate,' releasing their contents and triggering allergic reactions."

But, she adds, in recent years, scientists have uncovered numerous other roles for mast cells, suggesting they are key to a number of biological processes and are involved in diseases ranging from multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis to cancer and atherosclerosis.

In order for mast cells to function, they require a biological signal - specifically, calcium. Calcium moves in and out of the cells by way of ion channels known as CRAC (calcium-release-activated calcium) currents. Last year, several research groups, including Vig's, identified CRACM1 as being the exact gene that was encoding for this calcium channel.

"With the identification of this long-elusive gene, we were able to create a knockout mouse that lacked CRACM1, and [as predicted] these animals proved to be resistant to various stimuli that usually cause severe allergic reactions," she explains. Further experiments demonstrated that mast cells removed from the CRACM1 knockouts were not able to take in calcium, and therefore, were unable to provoke allergic responses when they were exposed to allergens.

"These findings provide the genetic demonstration that CRAC channels are essential in mast-cell activation," notes senior author Jean-Pierre Kinet, MD, BIDMC Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. "This provides the proof of concept that an inhibitor of the CRAC channel should be able to impact mast-cell related diseases, including asthma and allergic diseases."

Adds Vig, "Since mast cells are also known to contribute to the progression of several other debilitating diseases, including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer, an inhibitor of the CRAC channel could, in the future, help in slowing the progression of these diseases as well as alleviate disease symptoms."



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Food Allergy Study Treats Kids With Allergen Proteins




BALTIMORE -- A new study at Johns Hopkins Children's Center shows that treatment is possible for children with food allergies and that the problem could one day be eliminated altogether.

The study involved treating children with milk allergies not with medicine, but with the proteins to which they're allergic in order to build a tolerance.

Dr. Robert Wood said that more children are suffering from food allergies than ever before and they're lasting much longer. He said that instead of disappearing by age 5, the allergies are lasting into the teens and sometimes early 20s, increasing the chances of accidental exposure.
Wood said that over the last year and a half, results of the study have been amazing. He said that several of the children who previously weren't able to have milk at all can currently tolerate certain amounts.

To find out more about food allergies in children, visit



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Parents blame toothpaste for allergy death




BLACKBURN, England, Jan. 18 A British couple said their daughter died from a severe allergic reaction to toothpaste, although a coroner's inquest ended with an open verdict.

Francesca Sanna's parents, who live in Oswaldtwistle, England, say that she had complained for some days before her death that her gums hurt, The Daily Mail reported. She went into anaphylactic shock just after brushing her teeth.

Coroner Carolyn Singleton refused to blame the toothpaste, saying only that Sanna, 19, died from shock and an allergic reaction.

"She must have come into contact with or ingested something that caused her death," Singleton said. "She was a young lady who was very careful, she knew what she could and could not touch."

Sanna's mother said after the verdict that she thinks the Aquafresh toothpaste, which has redesigned packaging, might have added something that triggered the reaction. A spokeswoman for the manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, said the formula has not changed.

Sanna's mother said that her daughter, who suffered from multiple allergies, might have developed a new sensitivity.

Copyright 2008 by UPI



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Vital: Most Kids Outgrow Their Allergy To Milk




ALLERGIES to cow's milk are, in most cases, a childhood condition with around two per cent of British infants and children affected.

Most people usually grow out of it - just 0.1-0.5 per cent of the UK population continue with the allergy in adulthood.

Often goat and sheep milk can act as an substitute.

However, the proteins within these and soya milk can sometimes cause a negative reaction - if you suffer from this, consult your GP.

Lactose intolerance is entirely separate from cow's milk allergy.

It happens when the body's natural enzyme lactase is in short supply to digest milk sugar.

Some unpleasant symptoms can include constipation, cramps, bloating, flatulence and diarrhoea. In comparison, cow's milk allergy is caused by a reaction to milk proteins, which in rare cases can lead to an anaphylactic shock.

Still, taking milk and dairy products out of your diet may lead to food deficiencies.

These contain calcium, magnesium, protein, phosphorous, vitamin B12 and iodine.

Appropriate measures should be taken to find alternatives.



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Charity hopes to end taboo around cancer




DURING our lifetimes, one in every three of us will be diagnosed with cancer.
It's becoming so common, yet many of us still do not know how to talk about it.

Macmillan Cancer Support hopes to change all that with Cancertalk Week.
It has been billed as the perfect opportunity to do some straight talking about cancer and related issues.

Young people in particular are the target of the campaign. They could be cancer sufferers themselves, or know someone who is.

Erin Richardson, fundraising manager for Macmillan in South Tyneside, said: "Cancer has always been a taboo word, and people try to avoid talking about it at the best of times, let alone around children.

"It is something we feel we should highlight to young people, not to frighten them but to make them more aware of cancer and inform them, so they are not in the dark about it.

"We see information as really important when it comes to cancer.

"When someone gets a diagnosis, all they hear is the word 'cancer' and the rest of the information goes over their head, they just don't take it in."

Macmillan staff visit schools all year round to talk to pupils about cancer and answer any questions.

Erin said: "There are a lot of children dealing with cancer in some way, and I think it is important to talk about it and dispel some of the myths."

Ashley Deans, whose son Corey, 14, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of seven, agrees.

She said: "I can't remember someone saying 'he's got cancer' in those exact terms.

"They told us he had a brain tumour, then that it was malignant.
"No one mentioned the 'C-word'.

"People see someone who obviously has cancer and they are afraid to ask how they are, which makes them feel even more alienated. I've even done it myself."

Mrs Deans, from Rodin Avenue, Whiteleas, South Shields, who is also mum to Alix, 11, added: "There are more cancers getting diagnosed all the time because of new technology.

"Before Corey was ill, I didn't know anyone that had ever had cancer. Now I know quite a few people, and so do the kids.

"Alix asked me the other day if you could catch cancer from someone. That's why children need to be given the facts about it.

"It is still a taboo subject. People don't know the full ins and outs, so the more it is out in the open the better."

Sue Balfour, whose son Michael, 16, is in remission after being diagnosed with cancer in March 2006, said it is even more important for information to be fed through to teenagers.

"When they are a child you're dressing them and bathing them and you get to see if there's something not right," said the mum-of-two, from Mitford Road, South Shields.

"When they get to be a teenager, they are not interested in their own bodies and you don't get to see them, which is why diagnosis in teenagers is often a bit later.

"If they are not feeli
ng right, it gets put down to growing pains, so one of the key things is to raise awareness among teenagers, without panicking them.

"The other thing about teenagers is they are growing very rapidly and that means so are their cancers, so the quicker it is caught the better."

Cancertalk Week culminates in The Big Hush - a 10-minute sponsored silence raising funds for Macmillan – on Friday.

Erin has received 12 registrations from groups in South Tyneside willing to take part, including schools, nurseries, Brownies and community centres.

Others are welcome to take part, even if they can't do so on Friday.
She said: "Getting young people involved in fundraising helps them understand a bit better."

Erin is also looking for volunteers to build up the relatively new fundraising team in South Tyneside. She can be contacted on 214 5444 or e-mail



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Consuming Extra Virgin Olive Oil Helps To Combat Degenerative Diseases Such As Cancer, Study Suggests




ScienceDaily (Jan. 21, 2008) — In the 1960s, Ancer Keys, a US expert on nutrition, studied the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet for the first time. Since then many studies on the benefits of olive oil have been conducted. According to several studies performed in Italy, Spain and Greece (the main olive-oil-producing countries), the incidence of diseases is lower in these countries than in Northern Europe.

The Environmental, Biochemical and Nutritional Analytical-Control Research Group, directed by Professors Alberto Fernández Gutiérrez and Antonio Segura Carretero, used the most advanced analytical techniques for a precise study on the antioxidant properties of olive oil, characterized by its polyphenolic composition and its potential to combat degenerative diseases.

The study was completed with the collaboration of the Institut of Nutrition and Food Technology of the Universidad de Granada and the Nutrition Team of the Hospital Virgen de las Nieves (Granada). Together with the Research Group, they have determined that consumption of olive oil rich in polyphenols (natural antioxidants) improves the lives of people suffering from oxidative stress, and is also highly beneficial for the prevention of cell aging and osteoporosis.

This research has stirred the interest of the Control Board of the Designation of Origin Sierra Segura. After analysing samples from 15 olive oil mills, researchers have demonstrated that olive oil is very rich in polyphenols. According to Professors Alberto Fernández and Antonio Segura, "as preventive substances, polyphenols help to combat any oxidative disease associated with the degenerative process."

The Environmental, Biochemical and Nutritional Analytical-Control Research Group of the Universidad de Granada has carried out several related studies, such as the creation of a system aimed at guaranteeing the quality of bee honey and determining its geographical origin, or the polyphenolic characterization of food products such as honey, beer and propolis.



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What to do if your dog has cancer




Stephen Sheldon
Vail, CO Colorado

January 21, 2008
Unfortunately, the "C-word" invokes just as much fear for our four-legged friends as it does for us.

By now you know from my columns, dogs and cats are very similar to us — they live the same lifestyle, have similar physiology and anatomy, and suffer similar diseases. Cancer is no exception.

According to a new Morris Animal Foundation study, one in four dogs will die of cancer. If you are a golden retriever the odds are a whopping 60 percent that you will die of cancer. Past studies revealed that 11 percent of visits to a veterinarian are for cancer-related issues.

I don't know about you but it makes me happy to see the Morris Animal Foundation launch a $30 million initiative to cure animal cancer in the next 10 to 20 years (and if you are one of those who feel money spent on pets is wasted, this research will be used to help cure human cancer, too).

One of the first indications your dog or cat has cancer are swellings or growths that continue to grow and or change character and color or in other ways. Other signs include:

• Weight loss, weakness or lethargy

• Decrease in appetite

• Difficulty urinating, defecating or breathing

• Difficulty eating or swallowing

• Enlarged lymph nodes

• Abnormal bleeding or discharges from any body parts or openings

Just like in people cancer is mainly a disease of middle-aged to older dogs and cats; however, pets of any age can get cancer.

If you suspect your pet has cancer you obviously need to schedule a visit with your veterinarian. They will perform a good physical exam and then order some tests such as blood counts, blood chemistries, urinalysis and x-rays or radiographs. Often we do a very simple procedure called a needle or aspiration biopsy and take a quick peek under the microscope.

Sometimes a biopsy is needed. A biopsy should be done if it will change the way a cancer is treated. For example, mast cell tumors — a common skin cancer — are malignant and require aggressive surgery whereas sebaceous adenomas, another common skin tumor, are benign and require minor surgery.

Cancers also are classified by stage, on a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 being the most severe or widespread. This helps the veterinarian determine whether surgery, chemotherapy or other treatments are needed.

In part 2 we'll talk about some of the more common cancers and how to treat them. In the meantime visit and make a contribution to the canine cancer campaign.

Dr. Stephen Sheldon, a member of The Veterinary Cancer Society, practices at Gypsum Animal Hospital. He welcomes your questions and can be reached at 524-DOGS or or



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TREVOR Stagg has terminal cancer, but counts himself pretty lucky.





Thousands of mothers whose children have cancer could be at increased risk of developing breast cancer themselves, a study has found.

The mutation of a gene known as p53 – which all of us have and which normally suppresses cancer – could mean that mothers and their children are more susceptible to the disease.

The faulty gene could affect steroid and hormone levels in the womb, which may not only predispose children to cancer but also sensitise mothers' breast tissue.

The potentially groundbreaking study follows research which identified a link between children with soft-tissue sarcomas – a form of cancer usually found in teenagers – and mothers with breast cancer.

But this new research suggests that many more women may be at risk than was previously thought.

The findings shed fresh light on inherited forms of cancer which could eventually lead to better identifying of those most at risk.

It is hoped that the evidence could be used to screen at-risk mothers to catch any tumours at an early stage. And it could lead to the development of drugs to target the faulty gene.

The study, by Manchester University scientists led by Dr Dong Pang, looked at breast cancer cases in the mothers of 2,668 children who were also having treatment for so-called 'solid' tumours where the cancer produces a lump.

The number of instances of breast cancer was compared with the number of expected cases for women of a similar age range across the UK.

The results showed the heightened risk of breast cancer among mothers of children with solid tumours was not uniform across all groups, but was associated with a small number of tumour types and patient characteristics.

Breast cancer cases were found most frequently in mothers of children with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of the connective tissues.

Mothers were also more likely to develop breast cancer in cases where the child had skin cancer or a cancer affecting the central nervous system.

Danger: Mother and baby can have the faulty gene

It is thought that the same genetic mechanism may be present in mothers of children with a whole range of other cancers. The Cancer Research UK-funded study is published online today in the peer-reviewed journal ecancermedicalscience.

Professor Jillian Birch, director of Cancer Research UK's paediatric and familial cancer research group at Manchester University, said: "It is thought that most of this increased risk is due to the inheritance of an abnormal copy of a gene called p53, which is present in both the mother and child.

"We think that the high risk of breast cancer may be related to an unusually high level of certain hormones during pregnancy – which is also due to inheriting an abnormal copy of the p53 gene.

"We also think that other related genes may be involved and hope further research will enable scientists to identify what these are.

"Inheritance of such abnormal genes is extremely rare but research like this on these rare families can lead to clues about what might cause breast cancer and childhood cancers more generally."



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New year drug breakthrough for mesothelioma patients




Janelle Miles

TREVOR Stagg has terminal cancer, but counts himself pretty lucky.

Mr Stagg was diagnosed last June with asbestos-related mesothelioma – a legacy of working as a semi-trailer driver transporting fibro sheeting for James Hardy in the early 1960s.

He was given a year to live. Six months on, Mr Stagg, 70, is upbeat.

"I've been really great, actually," he said.

Part of that he credits with staying positive and strong support from family, friends, neighbours and his local Catholic church.

"There's an 82-year-old who lives across the road. She hobbles over on a walker with fruit from her tree. That sort of thing is really lovely," he said at his Victoria Point home.

Mr Stagg also believes the expensive chemotherapy he's been receiving has been halting the cancer's progress, increasing survival and giving him an improved quality of life. Research has shown the drug cocktail – a combination of Alimta and cisplatin – increases survival by about three months as well as alleviating pain, reducing fatigue and boosting appetite.

But not every patient has been able to access the recognised "gold standard" treatment. That will change from today when Alimta is listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme for mesothelioma.

A recent report by the Allen Consulting Group found up to half of Australian mesothelioma patients have been unable to access Alimta because of the cost.

The PBS listing means instead of having to find about $24,000 for six cycles of treatment, the most mesothelioma patients will pay is $31.30 per prescription.

Because Mr Stagg's asbestos exposure was occupational, he has been able to fund the treatment without having to use his own finances.

"We would have mortgaged our home if we had to but we didn't have to touch our own money at all," his wife Eileen said. "We were seeing people who weren't able to have this because they couldn't afford it."

The Alimta listing is the culmination of a campaign fought by the late Bernie Banton, who died of mesothelioma in November.

His wife, Karen, said the PBS listing meant any Australian diagnosed with mesothelioma could access Alimta at an affordable price.

Mr and Mrs Stagg, who celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary last Saturday, said they were living one day at a time.

"The human spirit is just unbelievable when you're faced with this sort of thing," Mrs Stagg said.



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Thalidomide to be trialled against mesothelioma




Janelle Miles

NOTORIOUS morning sickness drug Thalidomide, which caused severe birth defects in the 1950s and 1960s, is about to be trialled as a treatment for asbestos-related mesothelioma.

Cancer specialist Nick Pavlakis said Thalidomide had been shown to inhibit blood vessel growth within tumours and he planned to test its value in mesothelioma patients.

He hopes to recruit about 100 patients Australia-wide for the study, which will compare those receiving chemotherapy with others given the standard treatment as well as Thalidomide.

"We want to find out after they've had chemotherapy . . . if we give Thalidomide can we then control the disease for longer and maintain quality of life for longer?" Professor Pavlakis said.

He said the results of the trial would be combined with a similar study taking place in the Netherlands.

Thalidomide is already listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme as a treatment for multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer.

Studies have found the standard chemotherapy cocktail increases survival of mesothelioma patients by an average of three months as well as improving quality of life.

Professor Pavlakis, of Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital, said even if Thalidomide extended that to five months, it would be considered significant.

"That doesn't sound like a lot but . . . everything's a stepping stone," Professor Pavlakis said.

"If you look at breast cancer and other diseases where there's been major changes, at any given time point the changes didn't seem as big when they actually were discovered.

"It's the cumulative effect of little changes over time that add up to a big effect."

About 600 Australians are diagnosed with the disease each year but that is expected to double by 2020.

"Everyone acknowledges it's going to get worse . . . based on when the maximum asbestos exposures in the community were," Professor Pavlakis said.

"There's a lag time of 30 to 40 years on average from the time of exposure to the time of disease."

Only about 5 per cent of those diagnosed with mesothelioma were alive five years later, Professor Pavlakis said.

Mesothelioma patient Trevor Stagg, 70, and his wife, Eileen, of Victoria Point, said they were grateful for every extra day they had together after his diagnosis in June.

"I really feel more for the families of people who go out one day, have an accident and don't come home. I wonder how they cope with that," Mrs Stagg said.

"Each day is really precious to us. We've been married 51 years last Saturday. We've even got closer."

The Queensland arm of the Thalidomide trial will be run through Brisbane's Prince Charles Hospital.

Patients wanting to take part should contact the National Health and Medical Research Council's Clinical Trials Centre on 02 9562 5000 or the Australasian Lung Cancer Trials Group on 07 3622 2301.



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Navy stoker died of mesothelioma




SERVING his country in the Royal Navy proved to be the death of pensioner and former stoker Maurice Manns, an inquest has ruled.

The 80 year old died of inhaling so much asbestos form the pipework on board ship that he contracted malignant mesothelioma, a coroner ruled on Thursday.

A post mortem revealed that Mr Manns, who died at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on December 19, last year, had a reading of over 191,000 fibres per gramme of lung tissue - a "significant" level.

Gloucestershire coroner Alan Crickmore recorded a verdict that Mr Manns, of Windyridge, Bisley, died of an industrial disease.

His wife Patricia said she had met her husband in Stroud 60 years ago, while she worked in the drapers and he played snooker nearby.

He joined the Navy in November 1943, left in 1947 and they were married in 1949, she said.

He served as a stoker on HMS Duke between December 1943 and January 1944, HMS Victory between March 1944 and April 1944, Then he was aboard HMS Terpsichore from May 1944 to May 1946 and HMS Teazer from June 1946 to May 1947. His final ship was HMS Victory from May 1947 to July 1947.

The inquest heard how he had a number of jobs when he left the seafaring life with small engineering firms around Stroud.

"His last work was in the Bath Road trading estate," said Mrs Manns - where he stopped work aged 65.

He had been in general good health until 1994 when a tumor was removed from his brain and in 2002, he had a hip replacement.

A troublesome prostate had caused problems in latter years, with constant trips to the loo and a catheter was fitted in November last year, said Mrs Manns.

After the operation he was transferred to Stroud hospital to recover but his condition deteriorated and he was taken to Gloucestershire Royal on December 14.

There, consulaltant Dr John Prior said he was admitted with increased breathlessness, lung problems were noted, and mesothelioma was felt to be the likely cause.

A post mortem confirmed the death was due to malignant mesothelioma and a samples of lung tissue showed 191, 832 asbestos fibres per gramme.

Mr Crickmore said the high level proved he had been exposed as anything more than 20,000 fibres (background levels) was unusual.

"During the war time period, vessels of the Royal Navy were heavily lagged with asbestos in its different forms."

The coroner added: "He was working in close proximity with the pipework."

He said he would have come into contact with asbestos and it was more "likely than not" that he had inhaled it.

"I have no doubt at all that Mr Mann's exposure was while he was a stoker.

VERDICT: Industrial disease - malignant mesothelioma




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Decorating Your Workplace with Tropical Office Furniture




If you love the tang of salt in the air, the soft whisper of nearby waves, and the crunch of sand between your toes, what better way could there be to create a workspace that you truly enjoy using than by decorating with tropical office furniture. Tropical surroundings inspire creativity and create a relaxed and productive atmosphere for your home office or place of business. Innovative pieces of office furniture "tropical" - such as lovely computer armoires and printer cabinets - give your workplace an elegant look with the practical benefit of helping you to keep organized. Here is a guide to choosing Hawaiian computer armoires, Bali file cabinets, and other types of office furniture, tropical style.
Materials Used in Office Furniture - Tropical Vegetation and Construction Techniques

Three terms used to describe materials that are commonly found in office furniture "tropical" style are wicker, rattan, and bamboo. Wicker actually refers to a kind of furniture building technique where strands of grasses or vines are woven together. This technique creates durable and lightweight computer armoires and other office furniture that is also environmentally friendly. Rattan is a tropical tree that grows around other trees in a jungle. Bamboo, on the other hand, is a kind of thick-skinned grass with a hollow center.

Both rattan and bamboo can be used for the structural elements of office furniture "tropical" style, whereas rattan is generally used for wicker style construction. Wicker is commonly used as decoration on the sides of tropical style computer armoires, the sides of writing desks, or the padded backs of chairs.

Selecting High Quality Office Furniture, Tropical Style

When selecting tropical computer armoires and other office furniture, tropical realities are very important. The hollow nature of bamboo means that high-quality bamboo furniture is usually wrapped to prevent splitting over time. Rattan also tends to be more flexible and durable, meaning that it is more commonly used in today's office furniture. Tropical rattan may have knobby joints, and is often wrapped for a smooth appearance.

The thickness of the individual strands of rattan will influence both the price and quality of your office furniture. Tropical rattan has an ideal diameter of about one and a half inches. High-quality rattan computer armoires and other office furniture should have a smooth and even finish, free of blotches and spotting. The most secure method of securing rattan used in tropical office furniture is glue, followed by screws. Staples and nails tend to come loose over time.

By understanding the materials used in computer armoires and other office furniture, tropical style, you should be well equipped to add the flair of the islands to your own workplace.

Lee Rubenstein



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