Monday, December 28, 2009

Vital Facts About Flu

Did you know that flu poses a high risk for people with health conditions?

Here are the facts:
  1. If you have a heart condition, you need a flu shot every year. Each shot changes every year to fight different types of viruses.
  2. Instead of spray or mist, get the flu shot.
  3. Flu can be fatal. More than 35,000 people in the US die every year because of flu.
  4. People can still have flu virus and can contaminate others for up to 4 days without the symptoms. They can further spread it for another 3-4 days after the symptoms start.
  5. The health risks of the flu shot are much lower than the risks of getting the flu when you have health problems.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Learn The Facts About Sleep Apnea

Do you get enough sleep but feeling still tired? Do you snore loud? If so, then you may have sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common type and this is caused by collapsing of the soft tissue at the back of the throat during sleep and stops the air flow into the lungs. Breathing can stop for more than 10 seconds at a time while you sleep. Then, when you start breathing again, you may have a loud choking sound.
Most overweight people or have high blood pressure have sleep apnea.
Treatment and management is important. If left untreated, it can cause serious health problems such as higher risk for heart disease and stroke.
Your doctor may also prescribe something to help keep your airways open while you sleep.

Sleeping Tips:
  • Avoid alcohol and medications that cause drowsiness because they make your throat muscles relax.
  • Try to lose at least 10% of your body weight if you're heavy. It helps.
  • Sleep sideways instead of on your back. This will keep your tongue from relaxing into the back of your throat.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Health Secrets of the Longest-Lived People On Earth

These people love to walk and exercise. They foster strong family ties, where elders are respected. Their diet consists mostly of simple, satisfying and healthy foods such as breads, noodles, rice, grains topped with generous portions of bok choy, mushrooms, fruits and veggies. They also eat beans, seeds, nuts, fish, eggs and poultry products. When it comes to meat, they only eat a little which they consider a condiment, or at most, a side dish.
The interesting part is that they are fond of the phrase "hara hachi bu", (from Okinawa, Japan) - which means only eating until one is 80% full.
I takes your brain about 20-30 minutes to know that you've had enough to eat.
So, as you enjoy your meal, take a moment to think - "Am I almost full yet?" If so, stop eating. In just a few minutes, you'll probably feel completely satisfied - and happy that you didn't keep eating until you were uncomfortably stuffed.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Onions For Bug Bites!

Did you know that you can stop the stinging of a bee bite or itchy mosquito bite by rubbing it with an onion? Onions have anti-inflammatory powers, and even doctors recommend them for asthma sufferers who want to breathe freely.

Just a short tip, but a big help, don't you think? ;).

Friday, December 11, 2009

Avoid Identity Theft Online

At times, no matter how careful we are and no matter how strong our software protection, it's still possible to be a victim to online thieves.
According to my reads, here are several steps you can take to proactively discover and recover from identity theft.
  • Read statements carefully well. - Try to spend a few minutes preusing your credit card and account statement carefully each month. Take the time to follow up on any charges you aren't familiar with. The earlier you catch, the better.
  • Check credit reports annually. - There are recent changes to the law requiring credit rating agencies to provide consumers free copies of their credit reports at least once a year. Most often, people don't even know about accounts fraudulently opened in their name until they show up on a credit report or in a collection notice.
  • Be aggressive. - Once you confirmed, or when you suspect an identity theft or credit card fraud, don't wait around. Contact your credit card provider or the financial constitution concerned and put the account on hold. Provide all information you can to help the institution in the investigation and demand notifications in writing. Let credit rating agencies know and let them put a fraud alert on your profile as well as making the event less likely to falsely harm your credit scores. Change all your passwords and PINs in case the theft extends beyond the account where it was discovered.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Converting Your Multimedia

Have you ever wondered why you can't seem to open video files with the following extensions like TS.BUP, TS.IFO or TS.VOB? These extensions are associated with DVDs and the version of your Windows doesn't include a program that plays them.
You can convert them as windows media format but takes quite a while to encode. If you're not sure what converter to download, a good recommendation is to use VLC. You can find this at, - a free player excellent at playing most types of media files.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

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