Friday, February 29, 2008

Electric Shock

Everyone knows we need electricity in our life but we also must realize it can cause FATALITIES!

Do you know even a small amount of current as 500 milli amps that drawn from a 6 watt night-light bulb still can cause fatal?

Electricity or electric charges always tries to find the easiest path to the ground. It's flows easily through conductive materials such metal and water. And our body is about 70% water. That mean, electricity may easily go through our body.

Normally, electric shock causes by
improper handling, using a damaged electric appliances, faulty or damaged wire and cord insulation.

An electric shock affects our body in several ways such as
chest muscles contract, causing difficulty breathing and unconsciousness. Heartbeat interruption or heart failure. Burns which occur at the entrance and exit points of the current. Partial or total paralysis.

If an electrical emergency occurs, it’s important to ensure you're not panic and taking a correct steps without getting hurt yourself.

  • Do not touch the victim.

  • Turned off the switch and unplug the appliance from the outlet or turn off the power at the fuse box or circuit breaker.

  • Call the emergency service (999, 911, etc). Making sure to tell the them it is an electrical accident. Better if you can find someone to do so.

  • Administer first aid (CPR, if you are certified).

Friday, February 22, 2008

The Power Nap

A six minutes nap in the middle of day time may give a great impact to your performance.  Germany  scientists study  at University of Dusseldorf  believes  the catnaps may enought to improve our memory.

It's great to know that Churchill took to his bed every day after lunch. The same things goes to Bill Clinton,  John F Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Florence Nightingale and the Duke of Wellington which said they took a 30-minute nap after lunch.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Migraine most affects those aged between 35 and 45 years. But some report says its also can trouble much younger people, including children. WHO estimated in 2003 that 303 million people worldwide were migraine sufferers.

European and American studies have shown that 6-8% of men and 15-18% of women experience migraine each year. Migraine appears somewhat less prevalent, but still common, in Asia (3% of men and 10% of women). The higher rates in women everywhere (2-3 times those in men) are hormonally-driven.

Migrain headache is a neurological disease. It's usually characterized by severe pain on one or both sides of the head. The hectic pace of life, insufficient sleep, stress and other factors all contribute to what can be a very unpleasant and debilitating source of pain.  Migraine sufferers may experiencing different symptoms each others such as :

  • Intense throbbing or dull aching pain on one side of your head or both sides.

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Changes in how you see, including blurred vision or blind spots

  • Being bothered by light, noise or odors

  • Feeling tired and/or confused

  • Stopped-up nose

  • Feeling cold or sweaty

  • Stiff or tender neck

  • Light-headedness

  • Tender scalp

Beside the usage of drug based medication, there are many approaches we can try to relieve migrain headaches. Herbal and home remedies, physical therapy, stress management activities such as massage and relaxation theraphy. The ancient Egyptians and the Chinese used magnetic fields through magnets to treat diseases. The physician and philosopher Paracelsus used magnetic field to cure spasms and headaches.


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Today, new technology was applied to produce magnetic waves to replace a static mechanical magnet. It's said more effective as the pulsatic magnetic field produced by these electronic device giving some special effect which may not possible with static megnetic field.

Tips on reducing the pain

  • Lie down in a dark, quiet room.

  • Put a cold compress or rag over your forehead.

  • Massage your scalp using a lot of pressure.

  • Put pressure on your temples.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Thermometer: Keep The Health Care Tool Ready

Almost of us know the use of this handy health care tool. Mostly we keep one somewhere in the house and use it when our parent or children come across an unhealthy feeling.It's really helpful when the situation happen in the middle of the night, where it's not an easy time to get a doctor just at the moment.

Basically, there are several ways to take your child's temperature: axillary (armpit), oral and rectal. Two general and most popular types of thermometers used are digital and glass mercury. However, it's not recommend a glass mercury thermometer on children due to safety issues with mercury and broken glass.

Figure 1: A fever mercury glass thermometer

The safest way to take a temperature for anyone especially for infant or young child at home is by axillary methode. Temperature is taken in the armpit (axilla).

* Place the tip of the thermometer in the armpit and hold the arm snuggly against  the body.
* Wait until the digital thermometer beeps ( or follow according to manufacturer  direction).
* Take the thermometer out and read it.

A new design digital electronic digital thermometer is most common now aday. It's never use glass and mercury to make it safer  and handy too. You can use it without to worry it tif it were broken inside the mouth.

Figure 2: A handy digital thermometer

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Eat For Health

Healthy people always do mind what they eat. Make sure you regularly eat foods that have a lot of vitamins and minerals. Take more in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and reduce in high cholesterol food.

If you were referred to a doctor or nutritionist, they may advice you for vitamins or supplement. Exercise and physical activities will keep you stay active.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Your Health And The Wealth

Generally,healthier individuals do better economically. They are more productive, live longer, happier with their life and save more for retirement. Among the children and student they have better schooling outcomes and cognition.

Further more, we can see countries with healthier populations have better economic status compared to others. Logically, they are the human capital to the nation.