Driving in the rain
I wonder how many people know about this ~ A 36 year old female had an
Accident several weeks ago and totaled her car. A resident of Kilgore, Texas
She was traveling between Gladewater & Kilgore. It was raining,
Though not excessively, when her car suddenly began to hydro-plane and
Literally flew through the air. She was not seriously injured but very
Stunned at the sudden occurrence!
When she explained to the highway patrolman what had happened he told
Her something that every driver should know
Drive in cruise control only on dry pavement.
Maintain a safe consistent speed in the rain and all the time.
If the cruise control in the rain chances of hydro-plane and your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an airplane.
She told the patrolman that was exactly what had occurred.
The patrolman said this warning should be listed, on the driver’s seat sun-visor
NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY,
Along with the airbag warning
Drive a safe speed and use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry.
The only person the accident victim found, who knew this (besides the Patrolman), was a man who had had a similar accident, totaled his car and sustained severe injuries.
NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you
To set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on.
Take a 10-30 minute walk every day.
Smile while you walk. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
While walking find 3-5 new things about your area you have never seen before .
Give thanks for all the ways God is supporting your peace, health and healing inside and outside your body as you walk.
Breathe in slowly and deeply Then hold your breath for the same count.Then breathe out with that same even slow count. Repeat the same count for each step like 1000, 1001,1002,1003, 1004. 1005. Hold for the same count and exhale for the same count.
If any step is uncomfortable drop the count down a notch.
If you have breathing or other medical challenges consult your physician before beginning any new exercises.
New Moms if you have any of the following reoccurring symptoms please call your doctor.
* Feeling of racing heart or skipping beats (palpitations)
* Increased night-time urination (nocturia)
* Shortness of breath with activity and when laying flat
* Swelling of the ankles
Doctor’s exam may show Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
neck veins swollen.
low Blood pressure worse stands up
lungs/veins to lung congested
cardiac output/functioning decreased
A real time case
Tanya Ginther, 26, had given birth to her second child just two months earlier, so she thought it was only natural to feel tired, and out of breath. But packing the car one day in the garage attached to her Bismarck, N.D., home, Tanya collapsed her heart had stopped without warning – a cardiac arrest.
Doctors later determined Tanya was suffering from a mysterious condition called Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PC).
PC strikes as many as 3,000 new mothers in the United States every year, is characterized by symptoms that include fatigue and shortness of breath. No one is certain of its cause or why Peripartum Cardiomyopathy develops.
“The heart muscle weakens in the last months of pregnancy,” Sharonne Hayes, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic, told ABC News. “We don’t know what causes it. It could be inflammation, or a virus, or the changes in hormones.”
At a Bismarck, N.D., hospital, Tanya Ginther’s heart stopped, again and again. Doctors, shocking her back to life each time, She needed a heart pump. In a last attempt to save her life, the Mayo Clinic dispatched one of its “air ambulances,” a Learjet equipped with the latest emergency medical equipment, to lift Tanya to its hospital in Rochester, Minn.
But at an altitude of 30,000 feet, Tanya’s heart failed yet again. Today she is fine. She and her family are grateful she is one of the fortunate ones to survive. (1)
Cardiomyopathy occurs when there is damage to the heart. As a result, the heart muscle becomes weak and cannot pump blood efficiently. Decreased heart function affects the lungs, liver, and other body systems. Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a form of dilated cardiomyopathy in which no other cause of heart dysfunction (weakened heart) can be identified.
In the United States, Peripartum Cardiomyopathy complicates 1 in every 1,300 – 4,000 deliveries. It may occur in childbearing women of any age, but it is most common after age 30.
Risk factors include obesity, having a personal history of cardiac disorders such as myocarditis, use of certain medications, smoking, alcoholism, multiple pregnancies, being African American, and being malnourished. (2)
1.Excerpts and video courtesy of ABCNews HeartHealth/story?id=6724565&page=1
2.Excerpts and Image courtesy of NIHMedline
The image at the right is an
electron micrograph of the head of a female Anopheles gambiae mosquito, showing the parts of olfactory appendages (antennae, maxillary palps and proboscis)
Dr. Leslie Vosshall and two colleagues at Rockefeller University published a series of experiments that seemed to settle the 50-year-old question of how the insect repellent DEET kept mosquitoes at bay (Science, 319:1838-42, 2008).
Vosshal explained their findings “It doesn’t smell bad to insects. It masks or inhibits their ability to smell you.”
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded the research to understand how and why DEET works. This is critical to creating the next generation of chemicals, which may head off insect-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever.
Laurence Zwiebel of Vanderbilt University (also a Gates’ grantee) and Ulrich Bernier of the US Department of Agriculture are not sure the findings just didn’t make sense, given everything they knew about this system
In Vosshall experiment, the response of the mosquito’s olfactory neurons to two separate, attractive odors in human breath. Then, she combined each odorant with DEET in a single odor cartridge and noticed a smaller neural response. Vosshall believes DEET was blocking the mosquito’s olfactory co-receptor.
Another teams experiment another interpretation
Using gas chromatography, Leal confirmed his suspicions this year. When he repeated Vosshall’s experiment using separate odor cartridges that blended DEET and each attractive odor only at their tips, the mosquito’s neural response was no longer diminished. Then, Leal identified a DEET-sensitive odor receptor neuron and showed that mosquitoes avoid passing through a “curtain” of DEET vapors.
Leal’s paper surprised Vosshall, but is unconvinced by Leal’s results, and has been trying to reproduce the effect in her own lab. “Competition in science is good,” she says, “It can be difficult when it’s a small field, and this is a very small field.”
Genomic studies in 2005 have since shown that this co-receptor is found in insects ranging from mosquitoes to moths, making humans invisible to insects. Using tissue cultures, she uses targeted drug discovery to screen 91,520 compounds from a chemical library, short-listing about 150 that she believes have the potential to be insect “confusants.”
Even Vosshall’s skeptics admit the confusant strategy is fundamentally sound. Zwiebel says his unpublished molecular work confirms the existence of confusants, but when it comes to DEET, he and Vosshall aren’t willing to budge. “We have agreed to disagree on the DEET story,” he says.
Smells funny? – Brendan Borrell The Scientist.com Volume 23 | Issue 1 | Page 19.
Mosquitoes smell and avoid the insect repellent DEET – Leal and Zainulabeuddin Syed, PNAS 105:13598-603, 2008 September 2008.
Image courtesy of LJ Zwiebel, colorization by Dominic Doyle / Vanderbilt University
The popular cold remedy Vicks VapoRub may cause airway inflammation that can restrict breathing in infants and toddlers under two, U.S. researchers said.
If Vicks Procter & Gamble product is applied directly under the nose or in the nostrils of children under 4 years of age their tiny airways could swell and fill with mucus, triggering severe breathing problems.
“The company is really clearly states
- don’t put it in the nose,
- never use it in kids under 2,
- “Sure enough, when we stopped all the medicine, the child got much better very quickly.” said Dr. Bruce K. Rubin professor and vice chair for research at Wake Forest’s Department of Pediatrics said the ingredients in Vicks can be irritants, causing the body to produce more mucus to protect the airway. And since infants and young children have airways that are much narrower than those of an adult, any increase in mucus or swelling can narrow them severely.
Doctors at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. started their study after treating an 18-month-old girl who had developed severe respiratory distress after the salve had been put directly under her nose to relieve cold symptoms.
The researchers found that Vicks VapoRub increased mucus production by up to 59 percent; the ability to clear mucus was reduced by 36 percent.
Many generic versions of Vicks could cause the same negative effects in infants and toddlers.
In October 2008, major manufacturers and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines should not be used by children younger than 4 years.
If one applies Vicks or eucalyptus and olive oil to the bottoms of the feet and then cover the feet with socks, it has been known to stop some sever coughs. Homeopathy also is very good for coughs and colds due consult a homeopathic practitioner.
For information about homeopathic physicians and other natural medicine practitioners contact us at http://compmed.com
P&G cold remedy may cause baby breathing problems www.chinaview.cn January 14, 2009.
Image courtesy of Xinhuanet Photo
Surgeon General’s New Family Health History Tool Is Released
Karen Hendricks of the D.C. Office of the AAP shares the following with you.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Contact: OPHS Press Office
Surgeon General’s New Family Health History Tool Is Released, Ready for “21st Century Medicine”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today released an updated and improved version of the Surgeon General’s Internet-based family health history tool. The new tool makes it easier for consumers to assemble and share family health history information. It can also help practitioners make better use of health history information so they can provide more informed and personalized care for their patients.
“This valuable tool can put family histories to work to improve patient well-being and the quality of care,” HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said. “The tool is built on health information technology standards that make it more convenient for consumers and more useful for practitioners. It is ready for use in electronic health records. And its software code will be openly available to other health organizations, so they can customize and build on its standards base.”
“Family history has always been an important part of good health care, but it has been underused,” said Acting Surgeon General Steven Galson, a rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service. “Today, with our growing knowledge of genetics, family history is becoming even more important. The new tool will help consumers and clinicians alike. It will also serve as a platform for developing new risk assessment software that will help in screening and prevention of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions.”
Key features of the new version of the Surgeon General’s My Family Health Portrait include:
- Consumers can access the tool easily on the Web. Completing the family health history profile typically takes 15-20 minutes. Consumers should not have to keep filling out different health history forms for different practitioners. Information is easily updated or amended.
- Consumer control and privacy – The family health history tool gives consumers access to software that builds a family health tree. But the personal information entered during the use of the tool is not kept by a government or other site. Consumers download their information to their own computer. From there, they have control over how the information is used.
- Sharing – Because the information is in electronic form, it can be easily shared with relatives or with practitioners. Relatives can add to the information, and a special re-indexing feature helps relatives easily start their own history based on data in a history they received. Practitioners can help consumers understand and use their information.
- EHR-ready, Decision support-ready – Because the new tool is based on commonly used standards, the information it generates is ready for use in electronic health records and personal health records. It can be used in developing clinical decision software, which helps the practitioner understand and make the most use of family health information.
- Personalization of care – Family history information can help alert practitioners and patients to patient-specific susceptibilities.
- Downloadable, customizable – The code for the new tool is openly available for others to adopt. Health organizations are invited to download and customize, using the tool under their own brand and adding features that serve their needs. Developers may also use the code to create new risk assessment software tools.
The first adopter of the HHS-developed tool is the National Institute of Genomic Medicine of Mexico (INMEGEN). Dr. Gerardo Jimenez-Sanchez, director general of the institute, will release the Mexican Spanish-language version of the tool in Mexico City this month. The Mexican family health history tool will be available on the INMEGEN Web site, http://www.inmegen.gob.mx.
The Indian Health Service, an agency of HHS that was instrumental in developing the new Surgeon General tool, will also adopt it into the IHS care system.
One organization saying it will link to the new tool is the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF), a cancer advocacy organization. “A strong family health history tool can be an important element for guiding medical decision-making, especially in the area of cancer screening, prevention and early detection,” said LAF founder and chairman Lance Armstrong. “This tool will further the capabilities of electronic health records and takes a significant step toward improving clinical care.”
The Surgeon General’s My Family Health Portrait was originally launched in 2004, but the first version was not standards-based. The new tool was developed under Secretary Leavitt’s Initiative on Personalized Health Care. It will be hosted by the National Cancer Institute, where the caBIG® initiative is pioneering health IT networks and software sharing. A ready process for organizations to download the family health history code is at https://gforge.nci.nih.gov/projects/fhh.
The Surgeon General’s new My Family Health Portrait tool is located at https://familyhistory.hhs.gov. In addition, a presentation of sample risk assessment tools under development can be viewed at http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?live=7297 .
A team of researchers from the University of Sydney has developed an innovative method to analyse digital photographs of faces in order to determine an individual’s risk of developing Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). In conjunction with the Royal North Shore Hospital and the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Professor Peter Cistulli and Dr Richard Lee have found that analysis of detailed measurements of the face from digital photographs can help doctors identify those most in danger of developing OSA.
The potential clinical application to improved recognition and diagnosis of OSA in the community in a user friendly real time manner is great.
Four per cent of Australian middle-aged men and two per cent of middle-aged women suffer from OSA syndrome, while almost 50 per cent of middle-aged men snore during sleep: a symptom of OSA. The disease is characterised by the repetitive closure of the upper airway during periods of interrupted sleep and is associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and strokes. Previous methods of diagnosis have involved expensive specialist assessment and overnight monitoring in a sleep laboratory, meaning the majority of OSA sufferers are as yet undiagnosed.
“This new approach is really a response to the critical clinical need to develop more readily accessible, non-invasive methods that can enable doctors to more efficiently diagnose larger numbers of patients,” Professor Cistulli.
“The new test accurately diagnosed 76 per cent of OSA cases, yielding a higher success rate than the traditional clinical methods of questionnaires, medical histories and examinations.”
Researchers give a face to sleep disorders Science Alert Australia & New Zealand University of Sydney January 13, 2009.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): a cephalometric analysis of severe and non-severe OSA patients. Part 1: Multiple comparison of cephalometric variables. – V. Tangugsorn et al, International Journal of Adult Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery 2000:15(2):139-52.
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