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General knowledge
June 11, 2018

What causes hiccups?

You're in the middle of telling your friends how your weekend was, when “hic!” your body jerks and your throat quickly contracts. Oh man! You have the hiccups again. Why does this happen, and how do you make it stop? Hiccups are involuntary contractions from your diaphragm, the muscle that separates your chest from your abdomen. The diaphragm plays an important role in breathing. When you hiccup, your vocal cords are blocked after each contraction which causes you to make the “hic” sound. Hiccups are usually harmless, but in some cases, they may be linked to a serious condition. Why…
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Chest & Lung
March 7, 2018

How to prevent lung infections

Our lungs are incredible organs: they allow us to inhale oxygen, literally filling our blood with the breath of life. Oxygen is the one thing we need to keep the cells in our body alive. We can only get oxygen through our lungs, so if we have any lung-condition, from asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis to pneumonia, it can become very dangerous - even fatal - if not treated. How do you get it? The natural environment of your lungs is moist which makes it easy for bacteria and viruses to get in. Whether you’re catching public transport or driving along the…
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Child HealthParenting
March 7, 2018

How to raise allergy-free kids

Convincing your child to eat their broccoli is hard enough, and it’s only worse if they have food-allergies! A food allergy occurs when the immune system falsely communicates that a certain protein in a food is harmful. Once you have an allergy, an allergic reaction happens every time you eat that specific food. A baby’s chance of developing an allergy is increased if his siblings have also been diagnosed with an allergic condition like eczema, asthma, hay fever or a food allergy. How does it work? Food allergies are developed when a protein called Immunoglobulin E (IgE) and a mast…
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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
November 9, 2017

Save a life this summer with these first aid tips

The holidays make for fun times, but all that merriment, alcohol and lowered inhibitions can lead to scary situations. This may not give you a qualification as a paramedic, but these tips can help you be a little more prepared for an emergency. If someone’s having a convulsion Lay the person on the ground, away from dangerous objects. Don't try to restrain them. Loosen their clothing if necessary. Never place anything in their mouth! When it’s over, keep them on their side with their head down to allow easy breathing and prevent choking. If someone’s having an asthma attack An…
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AsthmaChest & Lung
October 27, 2017

How to stay in control of your Asthma

If you suffer from asthma and take medication for it, then you likely already know what triggers an attack for you. Allergies and intensive exercise are common triggers for most people, but the good news is that both of these triggers can be managed – it just takes a bit of know-how and vigilance. What Actually Causes Asthma In The First Place? It’s very difficult to nail down exactly causes a person to become asthmatic, but doctors believe it could come down to genetic predisposition and under-exposure to allergens at an early age. Under-exposure would happen if a child is…
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Asthma
April 16, 2017

Dealing with childhood asthma

Globally, more than 80 percent of childhood asthma starts before age five. It’s more common in boys and in children who have allergies or come from allergic families. Asthma affects about one in every 10 children. Diagnosing asthma in infants and toddlers can be difficult as many children wheeze and suffer frequent colds, especially if they go to a crèche or daycare where they continually pick up germs and viruses. Some children also have naturally smaller airways. This may be a result of inherited factors, smoking by the mother during pregnancy, maternal viral illness during pregnancy or if the child…
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AsthmaNews
January 7, 2017

South African student creates breakthrough sensor for asthma

Take a slow, deep breath. Imagine holding a long straw; so thin that a toothpick wouldn't fit through it. Imagine clenching this thin straw between your lips without any leaks. Now try to breathe through that small opening between your pursed lips, using no more, and no less than the tiny gap. THIS is what asthma feels like, except an asthmatic can't control it, and – more often than not – they can't predict when the next attack will happen. Until now. (more…)
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Asthma
May 5, 2016

Breathe easy this winter

“Calm down, take a deep breath. You’ll be fine”, this is generally great advice, but what if you were physically unable to do it? What if your airways just close up? (more…)
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Asthma
February 15, 2016

Keep calm and breathe! Three tips for airtight asthma control

For an asthmatic, breathing can be hard work, but it doesn’t have to be. A few simple changes each day keep huffing and puffing away! (more…)
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AsthmaChest & Lung
January 8, 2016

4 Great exercises for asthmatics!

If you suffer from asthma, you probably know that exercising can cause an attack. In fact, this might be why you're not exercising at all. "What if I get another attack?" "Will my reliever work this time?" "What if I collapse completely?" An asthma-attack can be scary! But how do you stay fit, unless you get your legs moving and your blood pumping? Well, the good news is that you CAN still exercise - you just need to be more selective about the sports and exercise you choose. Why do I get an attack when I exercise? Doctors aren't sure…
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