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Does Birth Order Matter?

10.02.2016 (6:16 pm) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

dbomThe ancients had Zeus to blame for thunder, and Diana to thank for the fortunes of the hunt. Nowadays, we have our own myths to explain the world around us, along with a running argument about whether or not they are true.

Is it myth or reality, for example, that no pain means no gain? That you can raise your IQ by eating fish? That firstborn children are natural leaders?

Most experts agree that the first two statements are myth. But you can find authorities on both sides of the birth order debate. Some say your personality is dependent on whether you are the oldest child in the family, a middle child, the youngest child, or the only child. Others say there’s never been a reliable study that’s proven this.

One social psychologist even likened the birth order theory to astrology. …

Your Immune System And You

28.01.2016 (10:33 pm) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

isBeginning in the weeks before your birth, a special miracle takes place inside your body. Specifically, your immune system is encoded with a basic message telling it whether each cell is “self,” and therefore friendly, or “not self,” and therefore a possible danger.

This important piece of information is key in the development of your body’s defense against disease. From this point on, any virus or bacterium that enters your body is seen as “not self” and the immune system rallies various defenses against it. Part of this defense involves “reading” the surface of the invading cell and calling for the reproduction of specific cells — antibodies — designed to fight that invader. If this works well, the foreign substance is destroyed and the new antibodies hang around in case it ever returns.

This important attack and counterattack happens nearly every …

Trauma And First Aid… What To Know

22.01.2016 (9:59 am) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

tafa“Alert! Alert! Pressure dropping! Fluid delivery inadequate. Seek cause.”

“Engine room reporting–pump is functioning adequately. No problem here.”

“Storage compartments reporting–pressure way down and volume dropping.”

“Bow reporting. We have a severed fuel line here. Fuel loss is heavy. Need assistance repairing fuel line or all power will be lost.”

What’s happening here? A disaster at sea aboard a ship, or could this communication be happening inside the human body? If the “fuel loss” were changed to blood loss and the “fuel line pressure” were really blood pressure, this could be a description of traumatic shock in progress. If the “severed shock in progress. If the “severed fuel line” (artery) is not repaired, the delivery of oxygen to cells could fall too low to support life.

Traumatic shock is a condition resulting from a dramatic drop in blood pressure, causing an …

Summer Problems Can Turn Into Fall Nightmares

07.01.2016 (3:23 am) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

spBoy, this summer is going to be great,” said Rick as he cleaned out his locker. “It has to be better than last summer, when absolutely everything went wrong.”

“What do you mean?” asked Shelly.

“Well, we planned a driving trip from here to Seattle to camp at Mt. Rainier and then at Olympic National Park. The first crisis was that on the drive we got food poisoning from some lunch meat that wasn’t kept cold enough in our cooler. That ruined about three days. Then my little sister got burned when my younger brother poured charcoal starter on a fire while it was burning.”

“Was she burned badly? asked Shelly.

“No, fortunately. But while at Mt. Rainier, we took a trail that went up the mountain and nobody realized how strong the sun could be when it reflects off …

Getting Enough Sun? You Shouldn’t Be

30.12.2015 (10:00 pm) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

gesTo young children, the sun is a friendly yellow smiley face, with lines around it.

To some of our ancient ancestors, the sun was a powerful god.

To medical researchers, the sun is a dangerous source of cancer-causing radiation.

It’s getting difficult to know just how to regard the sun. Gone are the days when we thought of it strictly in terms of the light and warmth it provides, the seasons it controls, and the crops it helps develop. Rather than just being there, the sun has become something we have to think about and deal with in our lives.

Like most other things, the sun has its positive and negative sides. The more we know about it, the better chance we have to make healthy choices regarding the sun.

What Have You Done For Me Lately?

For a long time, …

Good Teeth Mean Good Health!

28.12.2015 (2:55 pm) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

gtmghRaccoons in some parks and campgrounds have broken teeth, gum disease, and cavities from eating the remains of sandwiches, cookies, and other foods left by humans, says a recent report by University of Illinois animal experts. Humans are luckier. Fluoride in our drinking water, toothpaste, and other products, along with better brushing at home, has cut tooth decay in half over the last 20 years.

Many young children have never had any tooth decay. But teenagers haven’t done that well. By the age of 15, more that three out of four have at least one decayed tooth. Dentists believe we could do much better. Most of the problem, they tell us, comes from sugar and other fermentable carbohydrates, including a surprising number of good-for-health fruits, vegetables, and starchy foods like bread. “Fermentable” means these foods can be broken down by bacteria …

Posture Can Keep You On The Straight And Narrow

25.12.2015 (6:45 pm) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

pckyoYou’re not off to a good start in school, you say? You don’t look your best, you don’t feel so great, and your self-confidence is shaky. Maybe you’re in a slump. Literally. Maybe it’s an actual, physical slump. Maybe it’s your posture.

That’s right, your posture. According to El Osboa, a site dedicated to women’s health, the way you stand, walk, and sit can affect not only the way you look, but your health, too. It can also affect the way other people perceive you, and that, in turn, can affect your personality.

Of course posture affects the way I look, you may say, doesn’t everybody know that? Maybe. But did you know that standing up straight can actually make you look slimmer as well as taller? That’s right: Straightening your back, pulling in your stomach, and tucking in your …

Hepatitis Can Be A Killer

24.12.2015 (4:33 pm) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

htskDo you dream of taking an African safari, a trek in the Himalaya mountains, or a junk ride down a river in China? Do you plan a career in medicine? Do you eat oysters or dine in restaurants? Do you want a tattoo or pierced ears? If you answer yes to any of the questions, there’s something you should know. These diverse activities carry a common risk — hepatitis.

“Hepatitis” refers to any inflammation of the liver. Overdoses of alcohol, drugs, or toxic chemicals can cause hepatitis, but usually it stems from a viral infection. According to the EHealthInstitute, At least 70,000 cases of viral hepatitis are reported in the United States every year, and the disease is even more widespread abroad, especially in underdeveloped countries with poor sanitation. more »

Want To Talk About Hard Drive Problems?

12.12.2015 (2:33 pm) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

The reality of life is this. Hard drives crash, it’s just a matter of time. When it does happen, the degree of stress you will experience will be a direct result of how prepared you were for it when it did happen. Consider some of these startling statistics. Every week, 140,000 hard drives crash in the US alone. 6% of all computers will suffer an episode of data loss yearly. This relatively low 6% translates to a massive 4.6 million losses of data.

Hard drives are seriously complex pieces of hardware and if you don’t know exactly how your hard drive works, it isn’t important (unless you want to know). What is important however is that you know the warning signs to look for that indicate a hard drive crash is on the horizon.

• Your computer slows or freezes frequently. The mouse or keyboard don’t respond to touch or input and you must restart your system to get it working again.
• Accessing your files takes a significant amount of time.
• Your files suddenly disappear.
• During the boot up of your computer, it will lock. This can happen occasionally for all computers. But if yours is doing it frequently, this could indicate a problem.
• Your unable to speed up your computer regardless of using optimization tools
• Your hard drive starts making unusual noises.

Typically if your hard drive begins making sounds, impending death could be seconds away. Don’t wait until it is too late to back up your files.
Check out a hard drive repair service that specializes in damaged hard disks here.

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Resolving Conflict Is Always A Great Thing

10.12.2015 (12:43 pm) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

rciaJenny couldn’t believe how right the world felt. She and Danny had made up. Her mother had stopped nagging her. And her teacher had given her an A on her book report. What had happened to make them all change?

It all started with a speaker who had come to talk to the Students for the Environment club. Instead of talking about the ozone layer or acid rain, the speaker talked about the need for opposing groups in the town to come to an agreement on the proposed building of a multistory parking garage next to a downtown park. “The problem won’t be solved until we resolve the conflicts with those who have opinions different from ours,” he told the students, who had been attending city council meetings where there was heated debate on the issue.

Then he talked about what …