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Sleep is the best meditation. ~Dalai Lama

Carbon monoxide can kill even in absence of fire source in home

If you are a resident of cold nation you may be aware of something called ‘carbon monoxide poisoning’, although such poisoning is not uncommon in temperate nations too. Carbon monoxide is generally produced from burning fuels of car, burning log woods to warm the room etc. Since this gas is odorless and tasteless we are generally not aware when this gas increases in the air in which we are breathing. Only time when we can be aware of it is after it has caused significant poisoning to cause a headache or vomiting. Mostly we hear about deaths occurring in the night-time when the people are in sleep, by the time they get the symptoms they may be incapacitated by the overdose of the poisonous gas to seek help.

To prevent such human deaths many developed nations have recommended their citizens to use an alarm which can detect carbon monoxide accumulation in room and alarm the inhabitants inside the house. In USA, in certain states it’s mandatory to use these alarms, but few states exempt individuals if they don’t have any fire source inside their homes. However, this latter group of people are neither safe too. Recent scientific researches proved that carbon monoxide gas can pass through thick walls since the molecules of this gas are much smaller than the wall’s ingredient molecules. Not only that even a well painted wall can be bit more protective than a naked wall but not totally protective.

Therefore, if someone is lighting a fire next door that can too affect you. At present the best solution appears to be installing an alarm. Nevertheless, if you are not living cold-snowy weathers a big open window may provide some help. If alarm is installed its important to replace the batteries of the alarm in time.

Finally, what should be done when you find someone as a carbon monoxide poisoning victim. Immediately call for help and take the victim out from that suffocating environment. Since this is a life threatening problem immediate medical care including a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) may be needed. Generally hyperbaric oxygen administration is required as part of its treatment.

Consult with your healthcare provider, to find out the best possible interventions and strategies you can adopt to protect yourself and your family from this silent killer gas.

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Breath carbon monoxide monitoring device displaying results of a test.

You may share your opinions below in the comments section. Please cross check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. References- link


Full moon and sleep habits

We are all probably aware of myths related to full moon in the sky and its relation with our changes in sleep and mood. Interestingly researchers found that full moon affects our sleep patterns in real life too. Their data showed a drop in brain function which is related to deep sleep by about three tenth. Also they found that people took more time to fall asleep (about 5 minutes more) and overall slept 20 minutes less time overall in full moon nights. Although most of us may not have noted such sleep pattern changes because we probably don’t get the opportunity to see the moon every-night we go to sleep. However, you may try to check how does it affect your health. The best part of such finding hint probably to our relation with nature and the universe. How technologically smart we may be it shows that finally we are simply the products of mother nature like insects, sharks and dolphins responding to various natural cues.

Full Moon view from earth In Belgium (Hamois)....
Full Moon view from earth In Belgium (Hamois).
For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. Please cross check information from other sources too. Reference:http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/videos/news/Cycles_Sleep_072613-1.html

Irregular bedtime impact on kids

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Interestingly, when their child should go to bed is neglected by many parents. Less are truly concerned about it. These days children are generally overburdened with their home task and other performance pressures and have to study or work till late night. On top of that video games are too favorite now a days and some of kids spend a lot of their sleep time in that. Therefore, the normal sleep rhythm gets hampered. Kids now don’t tend to have a particular time to go to sleep. About 2 or 3 decades before, it was rather a common practice in families to send kids to bed by a specific time, like 10 pm was sleeping time for many. However, most parents probably can’t manage it any more.

Studies show that going to bed at irregular times reduce the brainpower of children. This is probably due to the fact that irregular bedtime disturbs the the normal sleep wake cycle and may lead to sleep deprivation problem. Reading, maths and other certain brain performances are likely to decrease in this children. So, maybe it’s wise to spend time on learning normal kid biology than spending money for buying brain tonics from market to improve your wards mental capacities.

For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider.  Please cross check information from other sources too. Reference: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_138530.html

Obesity, sleep and exercise; Autism and bacteria; Memory improvement

Back with teenage obesity talk again. New links are unfolding between the number of sleep hours and type of food choice. Adolescents who sleep for fewer hours than required tend to choose more fast foods whereas, those who sleep plentiful make healthier food choice. And it’s worth noting that eating a lot of high calorie fast food directly increases body weight. American Academy of Pediatrics recommends teens to get a sleep of 9-10 hours nightly. So teens may rethink how they can sleep more, may be watching less TV at night or cutting some of those late night parties.

Moving forward with obesity talk, have you ever wondered why or how exercise may be related to decrease in weight loss. Yes exercise burn calories, but there is something more too. Recently a small study revealed that after strenuous exercises our appetite decrease therefore, we consume lesser calories and it may help maintain our body weight. Although the long term effects of such exercises are yet to be unfolded.

Next in today’s discussion is autism. Although in previous posts we discussed about various potential relation of autism with social and environmental factors, today we will look into a new interesting finding. A study of autistic children’s gut bacteria showed that they have lesser number of bacteria than non-autistic children. Previously gut bacteria were said to be related to various health function like digestion, maintaining body weight etc. Autism link is new in that list.

Finally, are you a crazy book worm type individual? If yes there is something good for you today. Reading novels in the class hiding it under the desk is probably common in almost all countries. Well these book worms are actually insuring their old age mental health (although the author don’t encourage under-desk hiding reading habit in class). Reading habits (or those who prefer writing a lot) can preserve our memory power for future. And the best thing is even if you are an elderly with no habit of reading/writing you can start now too because the study shows that brain stimulating activities at any age boosts memory. So try making reading and writing a new pass time.

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Medical Drugs for Pharmacy Health Shop of Medicine (Photo credit: epSos.de)

Please cross check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. References- http://www.aan.com/PressRoom/Home/PressRelease/1195, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_138446.html, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_138438.html, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_138406.html