Coping with Poisoning Most cases involve children, but most deaths occur among adults Ninety percent of all poisonings happen in the home. Most cases involve young children swallowing house-hold or garden products or medications that are inappropriate. But fatalities involve adults and are frequently suicides or drug-related. Here are the American Red Cross’s suggestions as […]
Treating Skin That’s Singed Bring temperature down, but don’t use ice unless the injury is slight Burns are classified as first, second, or third degree by how deeply the skin is damaged. It’s not always easy to tell how serious a burn is at first inspection. Electrical burns frequently look small, for instance, but they […]
About Breaks and Sprains The body has about 200 bones and over 600 muscles that can get hurt. Bone and muscle injuries are seldom life-threatening, but they are usually painful, and, if not properly treated, can be potentially disabling. Here’s a breakdown of the things than can go wrong with all those bones, joints, ligaments, […]
Taking Shock Seriously When the body shuts down because of injury, immediate care is critical Shock is the body’s way of trying to deal with a bad situation. When a body experiences trauma from a serious injury, it often finds itself unable to maintain proper blood flow to all its organs. Shock is the mechanism […]
First Aid When you are the Good Samaritan : Emergencies require quick action.The worst mistake is to do nothing Accidents are the leading cause of death among children and young adults in the United States. Heart attacks and strokes claim almost half of all deaths in the country each years, and millions of Americans end up […]
How to Have Beautiful, Long Hair Most of us would like to have luscious, healthy hair. But how to achieve it? The following article gives some simple tips and tricks.
Drug Addiction and Rehab Drug addiction and its devastating consequences are often depicted in the popular media. One of the most dramatic such depictions is the movie “Requiem for a Dream”. The film follows the descent into madness of an elderly woman due to amphetamines and the tragic consequences of three other characters using heroin. […]
Healthy Lifestyle Today’s society is almost obsessed with leading a healthy lifestyle. Surely, it is desirable, but what is it and how to achieve it? A healthy lifestyle has many benefits, increasing life expectancy, improving quality of life and reducing many health risks.
Example of a Letter from an Ill Tenant to the Owner To Owners Investments Limited Dear Madam, Sir, On September 15, 2018 I was served with a notice of eviction in 10 days due to my antisocial behaviour. I do not deny the claim, but by the present I kindly ask you to review your […]
Depression (Major Depressive Disorder – MDD) Depression is the term commonly given to the mental illness with the medical name Major Depressive Disorders. Symptoms and diagnostic criteria are included in the DSM-5 (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual – Fifth Version, published by the American Psychiatric Association or APA).
Drugs of Abuse and What They Do Cocaine use is down since the mid-1980s. Marijuana use is off, too, although millions still smoke it. Amphetamines: Often called speed or uppers. What it does: Speeds up physical and mental processes. Visible signs of use: Weight loss, dilated pupils, insomnia, irritability, trembling. Long-term effects: Paranoia, extreme weight […]
Extinguishing Your Habit Are nicotine patches and nicotine gum an easy way to quit smoking? The patch may offer hope to the four out of five American smokers who would like to extinguish their habit. Some one billion dollars’ worth of the bandage-like transdermal patches have been sold since they were approved by the Food […]
An Unvarnished Look at Steroids Testosterone boosters have a place, but it’s not on the playing fields Taking steroids to build muscle and improve athletic performance is a dangerous habit for hundreds of thousands of young people. The nation’s leading experts on the subject explain the risks.
Prozac’s Can and Can’t-Do Powers The drug doesn’t alter personality, it relieves depression So many claims have been made for Prozac’s powers that its reputation as a wonder drug is hardly surprising. We put some of those claims into perspective here:
Weapons Against Sneezes Good news for those who sniffle through the pollen season Spring is when young hearts turn to love, goes the adage, but for as many as 1 in 10 Americans, spring marks the start of the dreaded hay fever season. The airborne pollens that wreak all the havoc are less than the […]
Pain-killers: The power of a pill Scientists keep discovering new benefits of this common painkiller “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning” has long been doctors’ advice for headaches and minor pains. But a profusion of recent research shows that the painkiller that’s been used for more than 80 years may be good […]
The Outlook for Prescriptions Mail-order suppliers are one of the few ways to fight rising costs Political power, declared Chairman Mao, comes from the barrel of a gun. Political clout has even been known to keep prescription drug prices down temporarily. But as the Clinton administration discovered when it tried to jawbone down drug prices, […]
A Primer On Clinical Trials How to join one, and how to keep their purpose in perspective Participating in a medical experiment isn’t for everything. Hopefully, you’ll never need to join one. Ut if you or a family member is sick with a life-threatening disease, a clinical trial program may be well worth considering. As […]
Playing It Safe at Blood Banks The risk has some doctors advising patients t be their own donors For those who need a blood transfusion during surgery, it can be very reassuring to bank and use your own blood or have a family member with a compatible blood type be your donor. In fact, some […]
If You Are a Man Over 40, Listen Up Detecting prostate cancer is becoming easier, thanks to the PSA test Nearly a quarter million men develop prostate cancer each year, making it one of the most common cancers in men. The disease claims 40,000 lives annually because of difficulties in detecting the illness early. But […]
Brest Cancer’s Facts of Life Mammography remains a key to defending against the decease Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among American women. According to the American Cancer Society, 180,000 American women develop breast cancer each year, and 46,000 die of the disease annually. Although more women now die of lung cancer, […]