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Our best look yet at BlackBerry’s first Android phone

BlackBerry’s first Android phone

For the first time in years, BlackBerry will actually launch handsets that will actually appeal to someone beyond BlackBerry diehards. After trying various things to make its phones popular with consumers again, the former king of the smartphone business is finally willing to admit defeat – well, sort of – and use Google’s hugely popular operating system for new devices.

One such model is the BlackBerry Venice, and this might be our best look yet at the unannounced device.

Even though it’s going with Android for this particular handset, BlackBerry still thinks that we need physical keyboards. Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised to see BlackBerry’s iconic QWERTY keyboard pop up in this new leak. Vietnamese tech blog Tinhte scored a slew of high-resolution images showing the handset from a variety of angles.

The phone apparently sports a generous 5.4-inch display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, microSD storage expansion support,18-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Interestingly, the device seems to have a Galaxy S6 edge-like curved display, though the slide-out QWERTY keyboard adds unnecessary bulk to the phone ans makes it less attractive than it might otherwise be.

It’s not clear at this time how much the Venice cost, with rumors saying the handset will hit stores in November. However, from the looks of it, it appears that BlackBerry is determined to try everything in order to survive in the cutthroat smartphone business. And the company might make more interesting phones now that it’s willing to give Android a real chance.

Source: Yahoo

কুড়িলে ফ্লাইওভার থেকে নেমে বাস পানিতে

accident in kuril flyover

খিলক্ষেত থানার ওসি শহীদ মিয়া জানান, সোমবার সকাল সোয়া ১০টার দিকে সায়েদাবাদ-টঙ্গী রুটের তুরাগ পরিবহনের একটি বাস এ দুর্ঘটনায় পড়ে।

প্রত্যক্ষদর্শীরা জানান, বাসটি ফ্লাইওভার থেকে নামার সময় একটি প্রাইভেটকারের সঙ্গে সংঘর্ষ হয়। এরপর চালক নিয়ন্ত্রণ হারিয়ে ফেলেন এবং   বাসটি অর্ধেক লেকে পড়ে যায়।

ফায়ার সার্ভিস নিয়ন্ত্রণ কক্ষের দায়িত্বরত কর্মকর্তা নিলুফার ইয়াসমীন জানান, খবর পেয়ে ফায়ার সার্ভিসের তিনটি ইউনিট ঘটনাস্থলে যায় এবং রেকার দিয়ে বাসটি টেনে তোলা হয়।

শহীদ মিয়া জানান, বাসের কয়েকজন যাত্রীকে আহত অবস্থায় হাসপাতালে পাঠানো হয়েছে। তাৎক্ষণিকভাবে কেউ নিহত হওয়ার খবর পাওয়া যায়নি।

সূত্রঃ বিডিনিউজ২৪

6 Reasons to Be More Concerned About Cholesterol

6 Reasons to Be More Concerned About Cholesterol

Know Your Risk Factors

Everyone should be concerned about cholesterol. But some people need to pay closer attention to it than others. If you have any of the following risk factors, you may be at greater risk for cholesterol problems. Find out what you can do about them.

Risk Factor #1: Smoking

Smoking exposes you to harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke. This can damage your blood vessels, triggering the buildup of plaque. Smoking can also make it more difficult for you to exercise. Exercise naturally lowers cholesterol levels. There are plenty of resources to help you quit.

Risk Factor #2: Obesity

Obesity is linked to an increase in cholesterol levels. It also contributes to other health problems, including high blood pressure and diabetes. Together, these conditions dramatically increase your risk for heart disease. Losing even just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can help.

Risk Factor #3: Age

There’s not much we can do about our age. But it’s important to know that cholesterol levels tend to increase as we get older. This is especially true for men ages 45 and older, and women ages 55 and older. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits, like regular exercise, can help keep cholesterol under control.

Risk Factor #4: Family History of Heart Disease

If heart disease runs in your family, you have a greater chance of developing it, too. And since high cholesterol is a major contributor to heart disease, it’s especially important that you focus on good cholesterol health. Ask your doctor how often you should get your cholesterol levels checked.

Risk Factor #5: Diabetes

People with diabetes are more prone to high cholesterol. If you have diabetes, talk with your doctor about steps to lower your LDL cholesterol. Doing so can reduce your cardiovascular complications by up to 50 percent.

Risk Factor #6: High Blood Pressure

Just like high cholesterol, high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease. When you have both conditions at the same time, it can greatly increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. High blood pressure often causes no symptoms. Find out if yours is high by getting checked regularly.

Take Control

If you have any of these risk factors, ask your health care provider to check your cholesterol levels. The more risk factors you have, the greater control over your cholesterol you’ll need to achieve. Your health care provider can help you develop a plan.

Source: healthguides.healthgrades

দিল্লি মেট্রো স্টেশনে ৫ ফুট কোবরা

cobra found in Delhi metro railway

ভারতের নয়াদিল্লির যমুনা ব্যাংক মেট্রো স্টেশনে মিলল পাঁচ ফুট দীর্ঘ কোবরা৷ মেট্রো স্টেশনের ইলেকট্রিক্যাল সুইচ রুম থেকে সাপটি উদ্ধার করা হয়৷

বুধবার সকালে অংশুমান নামে স্টেশনের এক জুনিয়র ইঞ্জিনিয়ারের নজরে আসে বিষধর সাপটি৷

এর পরই বন অধিদফতরকে খবর দেয়া হয়৷ তারা এসে সাপটিকে উদ্ধার করে নিয়ে যায়৷ কোবরাটির দৈর্ঘ্য প্রায় পাঁচ ফুট বলে জানিয়েছেন বনকর্মীরা৷

এর আগে গত বছর জুন মাসে এই স্টেশনেই একটি বিষধর সাপ উদ্ধার হয়েছিল৷

সূত্রঃ বাংলাদেশ প্রতিদিন

6 Health Conditions that Raise the Risk of Heart Disease

6 Health Conditions that Raise the Risk of Heart Disease

 Though you might see a cardiologist for your heart troubles and a dentist for your gum disease, your body’s systems are interconnected. Seemingly unrelated diseases that affect your skin, brain, or mouth can cause changes that eventually threaten your heart.

Luckily, the reverse is also true. Steps that improve heart health, including exercising and eating a healthy diet, can also help prevent and treat many other illnesses. Here are six conditions that can place your heart in peril—and how you can reduce your risk.

1. Arthritis

More than 46 million Americans currently have arthritis. And more than half of those people also have heart disease. Being overweight raises your risk of both heart disease and osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis, which occurs when the body’s immune system attacks membranes within the joints, is associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Lifestyle changes that soothe joint pain may also keep your heart healthy. You might be afraid that exercise will worsen your aches. But give it a try—you’ll likely find that physical activity eases arthritis symptoms as it prevents heart disease. Exercise also contributes to more restful sleep. Eating a nutritious diet, including omega-3 fatty acids like those found in some fish, may reduce swelling in the joints and help protect blood vessels.

2. Depression

If you had any doubt that depression was a disease and not a character flaw, consider this. The condition has been linked to about one-fifth of new heart disease diagnoses. The diseases seem to feed off one another. People who are depressed after a cardiac event heal more slowly and are at risk for future heart attacks and strokes.

Treating depression improves both your emotional and physical health. Don’t be ashamed to ask your doctor about therapy, medications, or both. And if you already have heart disease, be on the lookout for signs of depression, such as feeling sad, disengaged, and hopeless for at least two weeks.

3. Diabetes

Diabetes occurs when your body either can’t make or can’t use insulin. This hormone drives glucose, or sugar, into the body’s cells, which, in turn, use the sugar for energy. Extra sugar in your blood over time can damage nerves and blood vessels, contributing to heart disease. People with diabetes are twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease, and two-thirds of those affected will die from it.

Controlling your diabetes by keeping your blood sugar in check prevents this damage. Also, ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and blood cholesterol. If they’re high, he or she will help you take steps to reduce them, such as following a low-salt or low-fat diet.

4. Psoriasis

Red, itchy, scaly skin is no fun to begin with. Now, doctors know that the harm of psoriasis goes more than skin deep. Recent studies have found that the condition is linked not only to heart disease, but also to stroke and other blood vessel diseases. This could be because people with psoriasis are twice as likely to have metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions like obesity and high blood pressure that raise heart risks.

5. Kidney Disease

Your kidneys filter your blood of excess water, toxins, and wastes. When damaged, they stop producing a hormone that regulates blood pressure, contributing to hypertension. People with end-stage kidney disease are 20 to 30 times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease. Even less severe cases of kidney disease double your risk for heart attack and stroke.

Medications that treat kidney disease, like ACE inhibitors and diuretics, may also help your heart. A low-salt diet battles both conditions. It’s tough to put down the salt shaker at first, but after two to three months your taste buds will adjust.

6. Gum Disease

As many as half of all adults have mild cases of periodontitis, an infection that begins with gum disease, and then spreads to the bones and ligaments supporting your teeth. Inflammation—the body’s response to such an injury or infection—damages your blood vessels over time. Injured vessel walls are more prone to plaque buildup that can block blood flow to your heart. Indeed, people with gum disease are up to twice as likely to have coronary artery disease.

If you have gum disease, your doctor may recommend a test that measures C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation. If yours is high, the damage could extend to your heart. Controlling other risk factors—such as quitting smoking and working with your doctor to manage blood pressure and cholesterol—helps both your mouth and the rest of your body.

Source: healthguides.healthgrades

আগ্নেয়গিরির নিচে সোনা-রূপার ভাণ্ডার!

 gold and silver found under volcano

এবার আগ্নেয়গিরির নিচে সোনা ও রূপার সন্ধান পেয়েছেন গবেষকরা। নিউজিল্যান্ডের তাওপোসহ একাধিক আগ্নেয়গিরির নিচে কোটি কোটি ডলার মূল্যের সোনা ও রূপা রয়েছে বলে তাদের দাবি। ওই অঞ্চলের কমপক্ষে ছয়টি গভীর জলাধারে এগুলো রয়েছে বলে দাবি করেছেন একটি গবেষকদের একটি দল। এছাড়াও সেখানে অন্যান্য মূল্যবান ধাতব রয়েছে বলেও তাদের দাবি। জিওথেমিকস জার্নালে এই দাবি করেন তারা।

গবেষকরা জানিয়েছেন, ওই জলাধারের এক একটি থেকে বছরে ২.১৭ মিলিয়ন মার্কিন ডলার মূল্যের সোনা ও ৩.৬ মিলিয়ন ডলার মূল্যের রূপা উত্তোলন করা সম্ভব হবে। সেই সঙ্গে অন্য মূল্যবান ধাতব পদার্থও পাওয়া যাবে। তবে উন্নত প্রযুক্তির ব্যবহার ছাড়া তা উত্তোলন করা সম্ভব নয় বলেও জানিয়েছেন তারা।

সূত্রঃ বাংলাদেশ প্রতিদিন

101 Blogging Tips For New Bloggers For Better SEO

101 blogging tips for seo

As every newbie has to struggle in starting a new blog, that’s why I decided to list down some tips that will give them a kick start in starting a new blog. This will might also help them to choose a particular niche and remember some do’s and dont’s after starting a blog, that will help them to make a killer blog from day one. So let’s get started..

    Start blogging from today.
    Use WordPress or BlogSpot.
    As a newbie, use blogspot. You can switch to WordPress after your blog expands.
    Instead of using free domain name (.BlogSpot, .WordPress), get a custom domain name for your blog.
    If you are serious about blogging, buy a domain name and web hosting package from reputable hosts like Bluehost or Hostgator.
    Choose a blog name which is easy to remember and spell. Your blog name and domain name should be the same. If possible use keywords in your blog name
    While buying a domain name, always prefer .com domain extension over anyone else.
    Learn search engine optimization. If you wish to make it big, SEO is one important key for your blogging success.
    Meta Keywords are no more a ranking factor, but meta title and description still matters. Pay good attention on your title and meta description, this will help you to get better ranking and more CTR from Google search.
    Page loading time is an important user experience factor. Make sure your blog loads within 3 seconds. If your blog take ages to load, it’s time to optimize it for speed.
    If you are using WordPress, make sure you optimize WordPress database after regular interval.
    Choose the right plugins.
    Don’t use too many widgets on your blog. Use only essential one: Subscription, recent posts and so on.
    Using too many plugins and widgets may slow down your blog. So, keep them limited.
    Keep your visitors engaged by using related post widget below every blog post.
    Always give option to subscribe to blog on different platform.
    Add Popular Post and Recent Post widget.
    Use subscription widget.
    Use Feed burner or Aweber to create mailing list.
    Don’t ignore your blog footer. Make sure all links are functional, and useful information is added.
    Have a business plan for your blog.
    Don’t display your subscription count [chicklet] at an early stage.
    Pick your niche carefully and stick to it.
    Become an expert in your niche.
    Write what you love to.
    Be passionate about what you write.
    Share what you know.
    Share what worked for you.
    Share what didn’t worked for you.
    Write quality content.
    Write unique and informative article.
    Avoid duplicate contents.
    Write for your readers, and also optimize for search engines.
    Use simple language, so it’s easy for readers to understand.
    Improve your writing. Read Copyblogger or Problogger.
    Your blog is your personality. Don’t fake it, keep it real.
    Give readers what they want.
    Read other blogs in your niche, and expand your vision.
    Subscribe to other blogs in your niche.
    Try to maintain posting frequency.
    After publishing your blog post, manually share it on your social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Google plus.
    Break your articles into paragraph. This will make it readable.
    Use bold heading or large fonts or bullets and numbers wherever required.
    Be precise.
    Be patient.
    SEO might sound like rocket-science, but learn it.
    Avoid any black hat SEO.
    Blogging makes money, but it takes time. Don’t fall for get rick quick scheme.
    Use fonts that are easy to read. Try using Georgia with atleast 13px for your blog post.
    Use images wherever required. It’s not necessary to use images in every post.
    If posting large images, compress the with an online tool such as smushit.com or use any offline converter.
    Try not to use images in templates. This will reduce some load time of the blog.
    Use target keywords in post.
    Proofread you article twice. If not satisfied read it thrice.
    Add Social sharing buttons after blog post. This will help readers to quickly share, and bookmark your article.
    Use all in one sharing and bookmarking widget by addthis or sharethis.
    Take timely backup of your blog.
    Whenever customizing your blogger template, download the current one as a backup if anything goes wrong.
    If you are using WordPress, use a premium theme. Go for thesis one.
    Use tags or labels.
    Categorize your post for better navigation.
     Add an “about me” or “about blog” page.
    Add a “contact” page.
    Optimize your sidebar.
    Submit you blog to google, google blog search, bing, and dmoz.
    Submit your blog to popular blog directories like blogcatalog.
    Participate in online forums of your related niche.
    Use your website link as a signature in dofollow forums.
    Add an about author widget below every blog post.
    Ask question to your readers and answer questions of your readers.
    Do a keyword research on your blog.
    Inter link post wherever required.
    Check your web stats regularly.
    Use analytics for complete blog statistics. Use Google Analytics or Quantcast.
    Use Google Webmasters Tools.
    Use sitemeter.
    If you have a good readership, monetize your blog.
    Don’t monetize your blog too early.
    Use Google Adsense, Infolinks or any other CPM advertising on your blog.
    Monetizing is not going to make you a millionaire overnight.
    Adsense works best with high traffic blogs such as this one.
    Don’t ask your readers to click ads. You don’t wanna to kick your own ass.
    CPC are high on niche blogs.
    Don’t ever use pop up or pop under ads on your blog if you don’t want to irritate your visitors.
    Use Intensedebate or Disqus commenting system.
    Comment on related niche blogs.
    Always read the full article and give your opinion.
    Do not spam.
    Update your profile and get a gravatar.
    Make your blog a dofollow blog.
    If it’s getting too spamy make it a nofollow blog.
    Use Akismet WordPress plugin for moderating comments.
    Avoid commenting on A-list blog when you are new to blogging.
    Enable comment luv on your blog.
    Enable “Subscribe to Comments“.
    Reply to comments on your post.
    Visit your commenter’s site.
    Leave relevant comment. No one cares you unless you are Darren Rowse or John Chow.
    Write Reviews.
    Connect with other blogger via networked blogs or Facebook.
    Optimize your popular articles for search engine traffic.
    Improve your writing and write guest post on other blogs.
    Check this list for blogs that accepts guest post.
    Add a co-blogger.
    Start guest post on your blog.
    Technorati and Stumbleupon are useful
    Digg is useless.
    Promote your blog with HubPages, Squidoo, SheToldMe and YouSayToo.
    Always remember passion is the bridge to success.
    And generosity is the key to build relationship.
    And as usual, “Always try to create a 101+ list”.

Do add your point and try to expend this list.

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Grilled Italian Sausage Sandwiches

Grilled Italian Sausage Sandwiches

The other night my wife and my daughter took a trip out of town, and I knew they were going to have a late lunch. That left me wondering what I was going to have for dinner when I got home from work.

I had two Italian sausage links in the freezer; I took them out so they would be ready when I got home. I decided to fire up the grill for my sausage links, I set the grill to medium heat.

While the links were grilling I sliced up some red and green bell peppers, along with some onions and then just for some extra flavor I added some diced up garlic.

I simmered these in my cast iron skillet covered, on medium heat on the stove. My wife picked up a couple of sausage rolls for me before she left so I was all set for my Italian sausage sandwiches.

These are the kind of sausage sandwiches you love to buy when you go to the county fairs. There is always a vendor selling delicious sausage with peppers and onions. So just in case you missed the county fair with that favorite vendor, you can give this a try. These were quick and easy to make and Oh so good.

What you need:

2 Italian sausage links
½ of each red and green bell pepper sliced in strips
½ onions sliced
1 clove of garlic diced
2 nice sausage rolls

Source: samsplaces

Grilled Sweet Potatoes - The Healthiest Foods

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Here is another one where you don’t have to turn on the oven. It’s still grilling season so why not get all you can get out of it before the weather turns on us.

My daughter prepared these sweet potatoes and I grilled them for a great side dish for the evening. Apparently sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest foods that you can eat, Loaded with vitamin “A”. I’m not any kind of expert on the health benefits of sweet potatoes I just know that I do enjoy them.

What you need:

2 or 3 sweet potatoes
Olive oil
Sugar (optional)

How to do this:

    Peel and slice the sweet potatoes ¼” or ½ thick
    Brush both sides lightly with olive oil
    Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over one side
    Sugar is optional; you can add some if you like. We did not use sugar

I set the grill on the medium setting, and grilled on each side for about 2 minutes. Then I moved them to the upper rack of the grill, closed the lid and cooked until the sweet potatoes were tender. I would say about 15 minutes.

Source: samsplaces

সেই হ্যাপি এখন তাবলিগ জামাতে!

actress happy in tablig jamat

(প্রিয়.কম) জাতীয় দলের ক্রিকেটার রুবেল হোসেনের সাথে সম্পর্কের জের ধরে থানা-আদালতে চক্কর কেটেছেন। এরপর শোবিজ; সব মিলিয়ে বাংলাদেশের খেলাধুলা ও বিনোদনের জগতে কম আলোচিত-সমালোচিত হননি মডেল ও অভিনয় শিল্পী নাজনীন আক্তার হ্যাপি।

ক’দিন আগে ঘোষণা দিয়ে রেখেছিলেন যে, চলচ্চিত্র ছেড়ে সৃষ্টিকর্তার প্রার্থনায় নিমগ্ন হবেন তিনি। আর সেই পথেই যে তিনি আছেন সামাজিক যোগাযোগ মাধ্যম ফেসবুকে তার নিজের আইডিতে সেটারই প্রমান পাওয়া গেল আরেকবার।

প্রিয়.কমের পাঠকদের জন্য শনিবার রাতে দেয়া তার স্ট্যাটাস তুলে ধরা হলো.....

আজকে প্রথমবার তাবলিগে গিয়েছিলাম মুফতি উসামা ইসলাম ভাই এর বাসায়। পরিবেশটাই আলাদা ছিল, যেখানে অনেক অনেক মানুষ যারা শুধু আল্লাহকে ভালোবেসে আল্লাহের পথে চলার সুবিধার্থে ইসলামের আলোচনায় শামিল হয় সেই সাথে সেখানে যারা ছিল সবার মন নিশ্চয় আল্লাহের নূরে আলোকিত। এমন একটি জায়গা হাজারো সুন্দর জায়গা থেকে অনেক বেশি সুন্দর ও পবিত্র কারণ সেখানে সবার ধ্যানে শুধু মহান আল্লাহ। সেখান থেকে আসতে ইচ্ছা করছিল না। মনে হচ্ছিল সারা রাত বসে কোরআনের ব্যাখ্যা আর হাদিস শুনি আর সবার সাথে আল্লাহকে প্রাণ ভরে ডাকি। উসামা ভাই চমৎকার বয়ান করেন যার কারণে কথাগুলো মনে নাড়া দিতে বাধ্য এবং তিনি অসম্ভব ভালো একজন মানুষ।

ইসলামের পথে চলার আশায় এমন একটি পরিবেশে যেতে পেরে আমি খুবই আনন্দিত। আমাদের সবারই উচিত আল্লাহের কথা মেনে চলা ও তার জন্য নিজেকে উৎসর্গ করা, যে পারে সে পরকালের জান্নাতবাসী নিসন্ধেহে! সুবাহান আল্লাহ!

আমরা সবসময়ই পবিত্র আর সুন্দর থাকতে পারি শুধু চিন্তা-ভাবনা যদি আল্লাহকে খুশি করার উদ্দেশ্য থাকে। কি হবে পরনিন্দা,মিথ্যা,অন্যায়,হিংসা-অহংকার এর মধ্যে থেকে? তার বিপরীতে যদি নামাজ,রোজা, আখলাক, পরোপকারিতা, কোরআন পাঠ ও নবীদের দেখানো পথে চলি তাহলেই জীবন সুন্দর ইহকাল ও পরকাল উভয় সময়ের জন্য।

Is Bipolar Disorder Genetic?

When faced with difficult situations our human minds search for a reason. We want to know what caused it. This can be a disease, death in your family, loss of a job, or other traumatic events. The cause helps us make sense of the situation. It also helps us understand the situation better. If we know what caused it then we can learn to deal with it better.

Bipolar is no different. In fact, it is probably more important to people with bipolar to understand the cause. Modern medicine is no different than human nature. It tries to find the cause of diseases. There are several factors that are linked to bipolar.

Bipolar and Genetics

Genetics are thought to be the largest cause. Bipolar is caused by a problem with the neurotransmitters in the brain. As we are conceived and formed, our brains are modeled after the genetics of our parents. Diagnostic statistics also show a pattern of bipolar in families. This seems to indicate that bipolar disorder moves through families.

There are several other facts that indicate bipolar is genetic:

    Research found that anyone with one bipolar parent is between 15 and 25% more likely to have bipolar.
    A study in twins found that if one twin was diagnosed with ADHD then the other was 8x more likely to have it.
    Research studied adopted twins. These twins were either separated by adoption and raised in different families or were raised by non-biological parents. Their adoptive parents did not have ADHD but their biological ones did. These twins were found to have a high rate of bipolar disorder.

Environment’s Effect on Bipolar

Environmental factors are looked at more as triggers then causes. If a person has a genetic predisposition towards bipolar then a traumatic event can turn bipolar “on”. Alcohol or drug abuse can alter a person’s brain and simulate bipolar disorder symptoms.

Medication Triggered Symptoms

Prescription medications can also cause bipolar symptoms. Antidepressants can cause manic incidents like bipolar disorder mania. Illegal drugs like cocaine, ecstasy, and amphetamines can cause the same issues. If someone has had a manic episode then they must be careful with an indication of depression. A depressive episode can easily turn into a manic one.

So, these facts bring the answer to “Is bipolar disorder genetic?” into focus. There are environmental factors that cause bipolar symptoms. However, the majority of cases are seen in families. People with at least one bipolar parent stand a much greater chance of diagnosis. So, the answer is, “yes” bipolar is largely genetic.

Source: bipolarii

How to Treat a Panic Attack at Home

 Treat a Panic Attack at Home

 The gasps keep coming. Short gasps trying to catch your breath. No matter how many times, you gasp the air just doesn’t come. Your heart beats faster. Panic grips you harder. Are you going to die? Are you going to catch your breath? Your head is full of questions. You just can’t catch your breath. You are having a panic attack. If you have more than one then you are looking for ways to stop this. Learn, how to treat a panic attack at home.

Remember your thoughts make it worse

During a panic attack, your mind starts racing. It feels like you might die. You start to think this way. This becomes a cycle. The more you think this the more you panic. The more you panic the more you think this. All this makes the panic attack worse.

A great way to treat a panic attack at home is to fight these thoughts. Remember, this is just a temporary medical issue. A panic attack itself is not fatal. Work to calm your mind. This causes you to relax and helps stop the panic attack.

Use a Free Audio

Relaxation is crucial to ending panic attacks. Relaxing calms your mind and body. It helps stop whatever feelings or condition started the panic attack. There is a great, free resource that was proven to stop panic attacks even prevent them.

“I cannot recommend this program highly enough to anyone trapped in the ‘fear of fears’ that panic attacks and phobias generate” – Dr. Harry Barry

Avoid Stimulants

If you are having frequent panic attacks then avoid items that stimulate your system. Research shows that things like smoking and coffee. You should actually avoid any caffeinated beverages. You also need to avoid stimulant medications. Even over the counter non-drowsy diet pills contain stimulants. That is what keeps you from getting drowsy.

Learn How To Breathe

I realize this sounds a little odd. After all, we breathe without thinking about it. But there are ways to train your breathing and help stop a panic attack.

You can help stop or prevent a panic attack by slowing your breathing. This breathing technique is proven to help stop panic attacks:

    Breath in – through your nose – for 5 seconds
    Hold your breath for 2 seconds
    Breath out – through your nose – for 7 seconds

You need to practice this technique. I know that sound odd but when your having a panic attack then it is hard to remember this technique. By practicing it before your having a panic attack then you build muscle memory. This makes it easier to remember during an attack.

Work on Desensitizing Yourself

Many people have things that trigger panic attacks such as dizziness, shortness of breath, being in a car, excessive worrying, etc. A proven method to prevent panic attacks is to desensitize yourself to these triggers. This can be a difficult and scary process. It is possible to do at home. If you find the process too scary then seek a therapist to monitor and help.

Here are some examples of desensitizing methods:

    Dizziness – spin around until you become dizzy then sit down and let yourself calm down.
    Shortness of breath – breath very short and quickly to make yourself become short of breath then use the breathing treatment above to calm down
    Being in a Car – if being in a car sets off panic attacks then go for a drive. Start with short drives and make sure you are not the one driving. Let someone you trust and know about your panic attacks to drive.

You need to partner desensitization with relaxation techniques. You are exposing yourself to your panic attack triggers. You need to have a proven method to reverse the process. If you don’t then you are just going to start a panic attack. This can stop the process.

“If you do have a panic attack while you try these desensitization techniques and you allow that attack to stop you from continuing forward, you may increase the likelihood of that trigger causing panic attacks in the future,” CalmClinic reports.

Exercise Regularly

This may not sound like it can help with panic attacks. Research found that exercise reduces panic attacks by 20%. But, exercise does many things for your body. It

    Reduces your resting heart rate
    Reduces your blood pressure
    Releases chemicals in your brain similar to those used to calm ADHD.
    Helps you sleep better
    Helps get rid of stress
    Helps increase your breathing

Daily exercise for as little as 30 minutes is a great way to prevent panic attacks at home.

Practice Positive Thinking

Panic attacks are very scary. None of us wants to think we are different, odd, or a “freak”. This can cause you to hide your panic attacks. You feel like if anyone finds out that they might look down on your or judge you.

These feelings cause anxiety. This anxiety makes you more susceptible to a panic attack. This creates a very dangerous cycle. Your own fear of panic attacks creates panic attacks.

Write your negative thoughts on note cards. Anything that you think that causes anxiety should be written down such as, “they will judge me”, “I will lose friends”, etc. This helps you see that these are irrational thoughts. It also helps take you out of the role of victim.

Find reasons to these thoughts are wrong. For instance, if you are afraid that you will love friends then tell a very good friend. This should be someone that you are already comfortable with. You also can create a list of reasons on the back of the card. Once you are satisfied that the thought is irrational or false then tear up the card.

Write down positive statements. Again, put these on notecards. Look at these every morning for at least 30 to 60 days. It takes 21 days to create a habit. Looking at these cards everyday will engrain these into your subconscious.

Use Ice Cubes

This technique works off of a simple idea to take your mind off of the panic attack. It is much like the old saying, “if your knee hurts then hit your head and you will forget about your knee”. But, it is less painful. It is also very easy to do.

    If you have time then wrap an ice cube in a paper towel. If not then just grab an ice cube.
    Hold it in your hand as long as possible
    Once it become uncomfortable then put it in the other hand

These are simple ways to help stop panic attacks at home. There are also medical techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy. Pairing medical and home treatments creates a recipe to effectively help tops your panic attacks. I hope you have learned how to treat a panic attack at home.

Source: bipolarii

ফেসবুক-টুইটারের নীতিমালা সহজ করার নির্দেশ

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ফেসবুকের নীতিমালা সহজ করার নির্দেশ দিয়েছে যুক্তরাজ্যের একটি সংসদীয় কমিটি। কারণ ওই কমিটি মনে করে— জটিল নীতিমালার জালে আটকে গেছেন ফেসবুক-টুইটার ব্যবহারকারীরা! ফেসবুক, টুইটারের মতো সামাজিক যোগাযোগের ওয়েবসাইটগুলো কীভাবে ব্যবহারকারীর তথ্য সংগ্রহ করে এবং তা কী কাজে লাগায়— সে বিষয়টি স্পষ্ট করে বলে না। এক প্রতিবেদনে বিষয়টি আরও স্বচ্ছভাবে ব্যবহারকারীদের জানানোর জন্য বলেছে যুক্তরাজ্যের ‘কমন সায়েন্স অ্যান্ড টেকনোলজি সিলেক্ট কমিটি’। বার্তা সংস্থা বিবিসি রবিবার এ খবর জানিয়েছে।

কমন সায়েন্স অ্যান্ড টেকনোলজি কমিটির প্রতিবেদনে বলা হয়েছে, সামাজিক যোগাযোগের ওয়েবসাইটে দেয়া ব্যবহার বিধিমালা ও শর্তাবলী সাধারণ ব্যবহারকারীদের কাছে দীর্ঘ ও জটিল মনে হয়। কমিটির সদস্যরা মনে করেন, সামাজিক যোগাযোগের ওয়েবসাইট ও অ্যাপে দেয়া তথ্য কীভাবে কাজে লাগানো হয়, সে বিষয়টি ব্যবহারকারীরা ঠিকমতো বোঝেন না। এ ছাড়া যেভাবে প্রাইভেসি ও ব্যবহার বিধিমালার দীর্ঘ বর্ণনা দেয়া থাকে তা পড়তেও যথেষ্ট কষ্ট করতে হয়। এ ছাড়া যুক্তরাজ্যে ওই সংসদীয় কমিটির প্রতিবেদনে বলা হয়েছে, সামাজিক যোগাযোগের ওয়েবসাইটের প্রাইভেসি-সংক্রান্ত নীতিগুলো ব্যবহারবান্ধব করার পরিবর্তে যুক্তরাষ্ট্রের আদালতে ব্যবহারের উপযোগী করে তৈরি করা হয়, যাতে কোনো আইনি জটিলতায় পড়লে ওই প্রতিষ্ঠানগুলো পার পেয়ে যেতে পারে।

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Police arrest foreigner and find passports in Bangkok bomb case

 BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai authorities arrested a foreign man they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with bomb-making equipment and stacks of passports, the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago.

Police and soldiers on Saturday raided the apartment in a non-descript concrete building on the outskirts of eastern Bangkok and found bomb-making materials that matched those used in the Aug. 17 blast at the Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok, police said.

The blast, which killed 20 people and injured more than 120, was followed a day later by another explosion at a public ferry pier, which caused no injuries but exacerbated concerns about safety in the Thai capital, which draws millions of tourists.

"Our preliminary investigation shows that he is related to both bombings," national police spokesman Prawuth Thavornsiri said in the televised statement. He showed photographs of the suspect - a young man with short brown hair and a light beard and mustache. Police identified him only as a 28-year-old foreigner, without releasing a name.

Police also showed photographs of detonators, ball bearings and a metal pipe that they believe was intended to hold a bomb.

"The bomb materials are the same, similar or the same type" as those used in both bombings, police chief Somyot Poompanmoung told reporters. He added that the suspect had traveled in and out of Thailand since January 2014.

Police also found "a number of passports from one country," Prawuth said. He did not name the country, but photographs showed stacks of passports that were similar to those from Turkey.

Earlier, Prawuth said that authorities had not yet determined his nationality and dismissed Thai news reports saying he is Turkish. Images of a Turkish passport with the apparent suspect's picture were posted on social media.

"The passport you see is fake," said Prawuth, referring to the online photos. "We don't know if he is Turkish or not."

A Turkish government spokesman said he had no information on the suspect held or any possible Turkish link to the attack. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with Turkish government rules that bar officials from speaking to journalists without prior authorization.

Asked what could be the motive for the bombing, the police chief told reporters, "it's a personal grudge .. not international terrorism." He did not elaborate or give a clear explanation.

The man faced charges of possessing unauthorized explosives, Prawuth said, and was taken to a military base for further interrogation.

The blast at the Erawan Shrine was unprecedented in the Thai capital, where smaller bombs have been employed in domestic political violence over the past decade, but not in an effort to cause large-scale casualties.

The shrine is a popular tourist destination, particularly with Chinese visitors, who are an important segment of the lucrative tourist market. At least six of the dead were from China and Hong Kong. It sits on the corner of a busy traffic intersection with a nearby overhead walkway in a neighborhood full of upscale shopping malls and five-star hotels.

No one has claimed responsibility for the blast, sparking a variety of theories into who might be behind it.

Possible suspects include parties seeking to avenge Thailand's forced repatriation of ethnic Uighurs to China. Uighurs are related to Turks, and Turkey is home to a large Uighur community.

Other theories included Muslim separatists from southern Thailand, opponents of Thailand's military government and feuding factions within the security services.

Soon after the bombing, police released an artist's sketch of a man seen in a security camera video leaving a backpack at a bench then walking away from the open-air shrine. A separate camera showed the man, wearing a yellow T-shirt, on the back of a motorcycle taxi leaving the site.

The man seen in the video was believed to have carried out the bombing, which police said was likely planned by a group of people. They indicated in Saturday's news conference that the man arrested was not the bomber seen in the video.

"We believe he is a culprit in the same network. More details will be given later," Prawuth said.

Police have been criticized for releasing conflicting statements and rapidly hosing down the crime scene at the shrine before all forensic evidence was recovered. Many accused authorities of rushing to clean up the bomb scene to reassure the public - especially foreign tourists - that security in the city was back to normal.

Police say they have been handicapped by low-quality and broken surveillance cameras and a lack of sophisticated image-processing equipment to clarify the fuzzy images in security videos, which were the only firm evidence they had.

Source: AP News

সৌদি আরবে মার্স ভাইরাসে মৃত্যু বাড়ছে

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মিডল ইস্ট রেসপিরেটরি সিন্ড্রম (মার্স) ভাইরাসে আক্রান্ত হয়ে সৌদি আরবে মৃতের সংখ্যা বাড়ছে।

নতুন করে আরো ৪ জনের মৃত্যু নিয়ে গত একসপ্তাহে মৃতের সংখ্যা ১৭ জনে দাঁড়িয়েছে।

সৌদি আরবের স্বাস্থ্য কর্মকর্তাদের বরাত দিয়ে বিবিসি’র প্রতিবেদনে বলা হয়, হজ্জ মৌসুম শুরু হয়ে যাওয়ায় বিষয়টি চিন্তার কারণ হয়ে দাঁড়িয়েছে।

আগামী মাসে হজ্জ করতে সারা বিশ্ব থেকে প্রায় ২০ লাখ মুসলিম সৌদি আরব যাবেন।

২০১২ সালে সৌদি আরবে প্রথম মার্স ভাইরাস সনাক্ত হয়। তারপর থেকে মধ্যপ্রাচ্য, ইউরোপ ও এশিয়ার কয়েকটি দেশে মার্স ভাইরাসের প্রাদুর্ভাব দেখা গেছে।

এ ভাইরাস কোথা থেকে মানব দেহে প্রবেশ করেছে তা এখনো নিশ্চিত হতে পারেননি চিকিৎসা বিজ্ঞানীরা। তবে ধারণা করা হয়, উট থেকে মানব দেহে এই ভাইরাস সংক্রমণ ঘটছে।

বিশ্ব স্বাস্থ্য সংস্থার পরিসংখ্যান অনুযায়ী, ২০১২ সালে সেপ্টেম্বর থেকে এখন পর্যন্ত মার্স ভাইরাসে আক্রান্ত হয়ে সারা বিশ্বে অন্তত ৫১৫ জনের মৃত্যু হয়েছে।

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How Does Social Media Impacts Our Health?

Social Media Impacts Our Health

Healthy living advice is everywhere today. You can search Google for pretty much anything related to health. You will find a plethora of healthy living tips. Social media is no exception. There are thousands of healthy living tips. You can find tips on diets, workouts, recipes, etc. Are these tips affecting your health for the better?

Social media can provide good information

Social media is not always full of bad healthy living tips. It can also provide some very sound information. I have experience working out. In my 20s, I was a bodybuilder. I participated in bench press competitions.

WITN.com explains, “MediaBistro suggests more than 40% of consumers say information found via social media affects the way they deal with their health.”

I used my experience to evaluate some workouts on Facebook. I did not find any that wouldn’t work. After all, a large amount of people don’t work out much at all. Pretty much any workout is going to give them benefits. The key is not to overdo it. I was able to find some advanced workouts also. These would even be beneficial for body builders.

Some Tips Come From Professionals

Many of these healthy living tips are coming from professionals. Gyms, trainers, and other health professionals use social media for networking. They get more business by providing great healthy living tips. These are quality posts. They can help you with everything from losing weight to assisting with allergies.

You have to use common sense. If you haven’t worked out in years then don’t start with a body builder’s workout. There are many reputable healthy living tips on the internet. You can use apps like My Fitness Pal or Lose It. These are both very valuable for upgrading your health. They even help you determine how many calories you need to reach your goal weight.

Take Aways:

    Make sure source of social media information is reputable
    Don’t start above your current physical ability level
    Use reputable apps
    Start slowly
    Not all healthy living tips on social media are bad

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Video Games and ADHD

Video Games and ADHD

Video games are blamed for many things. They are said to cause obesity, laziness, lack of motivation, even gun violence. It is no surprise video games are getting blamed for causing ADHD. Is it possible that video games are causing mental disorders? Sounds sill when you say it out loud doesn’t it? What is the truth about video game and ADHD.

ADHD comes from genetics. Modern medicine has yet to identify one cause of ADHD. That is probably more because the answer doesn’t fit ADHD as a mental disorder then an actual inability to find the answer. Researchers have admitted that genetics are probably the key factor. Some researchers have even shown that ADHD is actually a set of genetic traits passed down from hunter-gatherers.

Video games have actually proven an effective ADHD treatment. Sounds like I am making that up doesn’t it? Well, I am not. It even started a new series or research studies known as therapeutic neurogaming. Therapeutic neurogaming researchers state that it can help provide calm, focus, and help children with ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, and Autism. They found that it helps children do better on their homework.

It came from the idea that our brains actually can change. In the past, researchers used the hypothesis that our brains are what they are. They did not believe they could change very much. They have found that this is not right. Our brains are more “elastic” then they thought. So therapies like therapeutic gaming can actually help a brain heal.

Therapeutic neurogaming doesn’t feel like therapy. Sitting in a therapists office isn’t fun for anyone. It especially isn’t enjoyable for children. Therapeutic neurogaming changes that. After all, it is a game. This in itself keeps children coming back. They want to do their therapy. Can you imagine a therapy that your child actually likes?

Video games are widely thought to be a bad thing. Researchers proved that this may not be the case. For children with ADHD, anxiety disorders, even Autism, video games can be a form of therapy. It stimulates the brain much like ADHD does. I am not saying start sitting your child in front of a video game forever. Moderation is always necessary. But, a little video game time after school may help them get their homework done. It can also help children harness their ADHD benefits.

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Can Coffee Help Colon Cancer?

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Any cancer diagnosis is very scary. Colon cancer is no different. It is a very serious condition. If you are in remission then congratulations are in order. It is important to stay there. Research has focused on finding alternative treatments that help prevent the return of colon cancer. Coffee was one of these alternative treatments. So, can coffee help colon cancer?

Multiple doctors conducted a study around just that question. Their study was published in the Jouirnal of clinical oncology. The idea came from their observations in colon cancer patients. The abstract explains,

    “Observational studies have demonstrated increased colon cancer recurrence in states of relative hyperinsulinemia, including sedentary lifestyle, obesity, and increased dietary glycemic load.”

These observations lead to the thought that sugar intake and conditions such as diabetes make it harder to stay in remission from colon cancer.

Previous research found that coffee helps with diabetes.

    “Greater coffee consumption has been associated with decreased risk of type 2 diabetes and increased insulin sensitivity,” the study explains.

The study was designed to determine if coffee could also reduce the risk of colon cancer recurring. It is a solid theory. If sugar, obesity, and conditions leading to diabetes are causing colon cancer recurrence and coffee helps with these conditions then could coffee help colon cancer?

The study was comprised of 953 patients. I know kind of an odd number. But, when you look at who was involved then it kind of makes sense. Each patient had Stage III colon cancer and just went through chemotherapy. They were observed over a 6 month period. Patients tracked their consumption of coffee, non-herbal tea, and 128 other products containing caffeine.

Their findings are quite interesting. Of the 128 caffeine products tracked, coffee showed head and shoulders above the rest. The journal explains, “Patients consuming 4 cups/d or more of caffeinated coffee experienced significantly reduced cancer recurrence or mortality risk compared with abstainer.”

They also found an interesting outcome. At first glance, this might look like the caffeine was helping keep colon cancer away. The caffeine did have some affect but it was the coffee itself.

    “Patients consuming 4 cups/d or more of total coffee experienced an adjusted hazard ratio (HR) for colon cancer recurrence or mortality of 0.58 (95% CI, 0.34 to 0.99), compared with never drinkers,” the journal reported.

I realize this has some doctor speak in it. The bottom line is that decaffeinated coffee also reduced the risk of colon cancer remission. It just wasn’t as large a decrease as caffeinated coffee.

The bottom line is seen in the journals conclusion, “Higher coffee intake may be associated with significantly reduced cancer recurrence and death in patients with stage III colon cancer.” So, if you are in remission for colon cancer then consider drinking four cups of coffee a day. If you want the most benefit then don’t skip the caffeine. So, coffee can help prevent colon cancer remission.

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City Uses Bus Stops to Distribute Health Tips

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I usually do not write about local stories. This site is more dedicated to health tips that anyone can use. However, I decided to make an exception when I saw this story. It is such a novel but effective idea. One city is using bus stops to hand out free health tips.

This is part of an eight month health education campaign administered by the Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Their visits started in July and will continue until March 2016.

Don’t recognize the “Norwich Commissioning Group”. That is because this story comes from across the pond. Norwich is located in the United Kingdom. The Clinical Commissioning Group would be like our public health departments.

They are sending health trainers to the bus stops. They are handing out information about services available to the public. They also are providing information and advice about changes that let people increase their overall health.

Handing out information is not their only mission. They are also using these visits to gather information. People are being asked what their biggest health concerns are. This information will be used by Norwich’s public health agency to identify public health concerns.

Their goal seems a little small. Their stated goal is to talk to 1,200 people. They also want to refer 600 people to their free health improvement program. This may seem like a large amount of people. However, Norwich’s population is listed at 132,512. So, they are hoping to reach less than 1% percent of the population.

This is just one part of a larger public health campaign. Norwich has dedicated £84,000 to gather information and increase public health. This money will fund 23 different programs.

I decided to write on this because of a couple things. I used to work for our state health department so this type of public health education is an interesting, novel idea. Second, the goal of reaching less than 1% of the population made me wonder why so small a sample. After all, it is an 8 month campaign. This might be an approach that our public health departments here in the United States could use

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Does How You See Your Body Affect Happiness?

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Infographics are the newest wave in web information. A great way to publish information in an appealing visual format. Today, I found an infographic that I had to share. It is targeted to women. It got me thinking does how you see your body affect happiness?

Majority of Women are Unhappy with Their Body

The first 2 statistics really drew my attention.

    89% of women are unhappy with their body
    84% of women would like to lose weight

I didn’t realize that so many women lack confidence in their body. Ok, I am a man. But, after reading this infographic, I can understand it. Women are constantly being told they need to look a certain way. Skinny, unrealistic women are shown in newspapers, on TV, on the web, everywhere that you turn.

Diet Brings Only Temporary Results

If you need to stay physically fit then it doesn’t take long to realize dieting alone doesn’t work. Physical fitness is important to me because of the jobs that I have had required it. At first, I tried just dieting. That just starts you down the path of Yo-Yo weight loss and disappointment. It is even worse for women than men.

What Does Work?

Long term weight control depends on motivation. I know this sounds like a duh. If you had motivation then you would already be doing it right? There are some easy ways to help build motivation.

    Reward yourself for exercising – a small treat or even put some money away for something you want to buy every time you exercise.
    Start slowly – if you have an android phone then there is even an app that shows 7 minute exercises. Starting slowly takes less time and is easy to schedule.
    Consistently increase your workout. For instance, if you do 2 pushups today then do 3 tomorrow. It doesn’t sound like much but in a month you will be doing 32 pushups.

Is Happiness Linked to Body Image?

A recent study found that women with a positive body image were happier. This doesn’t mean you have to change your body. Women who are realistic about their body have a more realistic and higher body image as well. For instance, if you have a medical condition that limits your ability to lose weight then accept what you can do. You don’t have to look like someone else. You are you. Be the best you that you can be.

How to Increase Your Body Image?

Building a better body image doesn’t mean having surgery, getting a nose job, or gastric bypass surgery. There are easier ways to build a better body image.

    Exercise daily – people that exercise daily are happier with their appearance.
    Find a type of exercise that you like. If you don’t like it then you are less likely to do it.
   Exercise with a partner. This can be a good friend or significant other. Exercising with someone else increases motivation.
    Have some good sex. Research shows that good sex increase body confidence.
   Talk positively to yourself. Tell yourself things like, “I have strong legs”. Repeat these phrases each morning.
    Avoid people who talk negatively about your body. You don’t need the pressure or negativity.

 How to boost body image

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Health Tips: Hidden Danger of Hiccups

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We all get the hiccups from time to time. They are simply a spasm in the respiratory system. Yes, they can be inconvenient. But, hiccups may be more than just an inconvenience. There are potential hidden dangers of hiccups. They may be hiding more then you think.

What is causing your hiccups?

Hiccups are usually very harmless. In rare cases they may be hiding something much more dangerous. Hiccups may be hiding other health conditions or even caused by them. If you are having frequent hiccups then a little investigation may be in order. Multiple things can cause troubling hiccups including:

    Liver disease
    Eating too fast
    Lung disorders
    Brain tumors
    Renal failure
    Chronic medical disorders

Things to Watch Out For

If you are experiencing frequent hiccups then there are some things to look for;

    Painful hiccups
    Chest pains
    Blurred vision

Easy Hiccup Remedies

While hiccups are usually nothing to worry about, they are still annoying. You don’t have to live with inconvenient hiccups. There are some easy things you can use to alleviate problematic hiccups.

    Eat a lemon – the sour lemon causes your muscles to react including the ones in your throat
    Hold your breath – this helps alleviate the spasms
    Gargle with water – again you are giving the muscles that are in spasm something else to do

Hiccups are just part of life. They are usually nothing to worry about. It is simply a spasm in the respiratory system. They can be easily alleviated by simply holding your breath, biting on a lemon, or gargling with water. However, if you are experiencing pain, numbness, or other problems with the hiccups then they may be signaling a more serious problem. If you are experiencing any of these issues or have chronic hiccups then you should consult a physician.

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Back to School Health Tips for Children and Parents

Back to School Health Tips for Children and Parents

It is that time of year again. It is time for kids to go back to school. They have had a summer of fun. Kids enjoyed staying up late, playing video games, watching a large amount of TV and basically just being kids. Going back to school is always an adjustment. These health tips provide parents and kids ways to stay healthy when going back to school.

Get a checkup

Back to school time is a great time to see your child’s doctor. A simple checkup can identify potential problems. Dental and eye health are also critical. This is also a great time for a visit to the dentist and eye doctor. These simple visits can identify issues before they cause larger problems.

Stick to a Routine

Many kids enjoy staying up late during the summer. It is something they are not usually allowed to do. I know my son would stay up till 4am, if I let him. Going back to school means leaving the house on time or catching the bus. Proper sleep is important for physical and mental health.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests kids aged 3-5 get 10-13 hours of sleep per night, kids aged 6-13 need 9-11 hours, and teens 14 and older should get 8-10 of sleep per night.

Establishing a bedtime routine helps ward off many problems:

    Lessens anxiety during the morning as kids who sleep properly are easier to get up.
    Sleep deprivation causes problems paying attention, focusing, irritability, and simply staying awake during school.
    It also affects judgement. This can cause fights and misbehavior both at home and school.

Optimal time to establish a bedtime is two to three weeks before school starts. If you are already past that then start a bedtime routine immediately.

Make Sure Kids Get a Proper Diet

It is easy to simply grab a pop tart or doughnut in the morning. After school, parents are tired and so are the kids. Cooking dinner can be difficult. It is easier to go through a drive-thru. This can be a recipe for physical and behavior problems.

    “Nearly two thirds of those who do not report daily mental health problems eat fresh fruit or fruit juice every day, compared with less than half of those who do report daily mental health problems.” Ziebarth wrote in ADHD Diet: How food can help stop ADHD symptoms. This rule works for anyone not just those with ADHD.

Simple things like making sure your kids get enough fruits and vegetables, taking a multi-vitamin, either eating fish or taking an Omega3 supplement, and cutting back on sugar help provide kids with proper nutrition. They are also great recommendations for parents.
Pay Attention to Their Backpack

Remember those days of carrying multiple books home plus calculators, etc. Backpacks can quickly weight 20 to 50 pounds or more. For a young child, they are carrying 20 to 50% of their body weight on their back. It turns kids into pack mules. There are some changes that can help reduce back and neck injury:

    Make sure they carry their backpack with both straps. Putting it on with just one strap puts strain on one side of the body.
    Consider a rolling backpack
    Messenger backs shift the weight from the back onto the hips.

These are just a few tips that help keep kids healthy going back to school. They also help provide kids the best chance at academic success. It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to provide this. All you need to do is get a checkup, make sure they get the proper amount of sleep, ensure they get proper nutrition, and watching their backpack. I wish you, your children, and your family the best this school year and every one to come.

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How to Stay Healthy at College

How to Stay Healthy at College

College is the first time that most are away from home. You are now in control of your daily life. You decide when to get up, when to go to class, and what to eat. Your health is also up to you. There are easy ways to help stay healthy. Learn how to stay healthy at college.

You are going to have many chances to indulge in behavior that hurts your health. No, I am not talking about drinking. You hear enough about that. I am talking about your daily habits.

Proper diet is crucial to staying healthy. If you become deficient in vitamins like B vitamins and vitamin D then you can experience multiple behavior problems. These problems include hyperactivity, trouble focusing, and trouble with judgement. These are all thing that you need to succeed in college.

    “Choosing what to eat, how much to sleep and how to protect themselves are the most important health responsibilities college-age people face,” Dr. Angie Johansson, DO, a pediatrician in Surprise, Arizona, told CBS News.

Get Enough Sleep

We all need time to recharge our batteries. College life is full of temptations to run on little to no sleep. There are parties, classes, tests, and part time jobs. This is a common pitfall of new college students. They try to run on little to no sleep.

There is no such thing as a sleep deficit. When I was younger, I would run days on as little as 2 hours of sleep. A couple times a month, I would crash and sleep for over 10 hours or more. I thought it was my body catching up on sleep.

Research has shown this is not the case. In reality, it is your body getting to the point of exhaustion where it can’t function. So, those college all night cram sessions actually decrease your ability to function and study properly.

Schedule Your Time

College is very different then high school. The courses are harder and there is no one to wake you up or remind you to do your homework. You have to learn to schedule your time wisely. The easiest way is to get a day planner. There are many paper and electronic versions available.

Get Exercise

Exercise is crucial for proper health. It does more than just make you look good for the ladies. Exercise causes your brain to produce chemicals. These are the same chemicals that are produced from stimulant medications. They help keep you alert and focused.

    “Exercising for 30 minutes can help boost brain chemicals to reduce the stress response,” Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D., a national certified counselor, Florida, told CBS News.

Fitting in exercise is not as difficult as you might think. It does not take hours a day. You only need about thirty minutes. If you have an Android smartphone then you can download a 7 minute exercise app. It shows you many exercises that only take seven minutes.

You don’t need a personal trainer. There are many places online to find great workouts. One of my favorites is based on the same workout that firefighters use. You don’t see many fat firefighters. Their jobs depend on their physical ability. You can see the workout here. It is not a free workout but only costs $24.95.

Watch Your Stress level

This may sound like mission impossible. College is full of stressful situations. You have the full course load then pressure to attend parties, stay out with friends, join a fraternity/sorority, etc. This is why stress is the 3rd leading cause of college suicide (according to the CDC).

Stress management needs to be personal. One method does not work for everyone. You need to find the stress management tools that work for you. Here are some sample strategies

    Keep a journal: getting your feelings down on paper get them out of your head. This can be as simply as a paper journal or a file in Microsoft Word.
    Exercise: We already discussed how exercise can fight stress.
    Having a good support system – this can be a friend, parents, or significant other. Anyone that you can talk to openly about anything.
    Mental Health: Only very small colleges don’t offer mental health services or referrals. These are very rare. If you are feeling overwhelmed then don’t be afraid to ask for help.

    CBS News quoted Johansson as saying, “I think it’s important that college students remember that asking for help and/or advice is not a sign of weakness, but a responsible way to deal with problems… Family members, doctors, and school counselors are all there to help make college a safe and beneficial experience.”

Watch Your Alcohol Consumption

Ok, you need we would get to this one. College is full of temptation to drink until you drop. As a firefighter, I could not count how many medicals calls I ran due to alcohol poisoning. It can lead to vehicle accidents, date rape, etc. But, it also can affect your school performance.

CDC recommends, 21 year olds and over drink no more than one per hour, with a maximum of three drinks per day.

Be careful if you are taking prescription medications. There are many prescription drugs that interact with alcohol. This can lead to dangerous drug interactions.
Practice Safe Sex

College is a great chance to experiment with many things including sex. I am not going to say that you should practice abstinence. That is a personal decision. If you are going to be sexually active then you need to practice safe sex. The CDC reports that there are 20 million new cases of STDs among college students each year.

Majority of colleges offer on campus health services. If you think you have a problem make sure and use them. Talk with your partner about any potential health risks. Don’t be afraid to ask. Be sure to get regular tests to make sure you are staying healthy.

    “Condoms are imperative as a method to prevent STD’s, and are needed even if using another birth control method, but are only 70 percent effective,” Johannsson reported.

Practice Disease Prevention

You are going from your parents’ house to living in a dorm. You will be coming on contact with hundreds of people a day. You also will be in contact with their germs. This puts a great strain on your immune system and puts you and greater risk for anything from a common cold to the flu. There are several things you can do to reduce this risk.

    Make sure your vaccinations are up to date. This will help prevent things like MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), Flu, Tetanus, etc.
    Cover your mouth when you cough
    Wash your hand regularly, especially after using the bathroom.
    Take a vitamin C supplement.
    When you can’t wash your hands then use a hand sanitizer.

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