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The Best Way to Clear your Nose

Your nose is bugging you because you think that it will flow anytime. You sniff and blow a lot. Sometimes your nose gets irritated because you do not stop unless the congestion is present. Congested nose is the inflammation of the membrane’s blood vessel inside the nostrils. It is caused by a flu, allergy or cold. The excess mucus will make it harder to breathe.

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Though it is not life threatening (for adults and kids), it is still important that you deal with it. You have to be cautious because it is life threatening for newborns. For adults and kids, congested nose can be troubling and annoying. The good thing about clogged or congested nose is that it can be cleared easily. Another bonus is that it can be cleared in a short period of time at a minimal cost.

This article will give Singaporeans better ideas to deal with congested or clogged nose. This can help everyone. Here are some ways to clear your nose:

  • Do not blow your nose all the time: It is not advisable to always blow your nose whenever you feel like it. Blowing it all the time can irritate it. Many people think that the first thing to do when you have congestion is to always blow it. That is wrong and it might worsen the situation.
  • OTC decongestant: If you want a relief immediately, you have to consider over-the-counter decongestant. You can also consider antihistamine. Medications are widely available. You can ask your local drugstores for immediate relief from clogged nose.
  • Saline nasal solution: The most common household relief for congested nose is saline nasal solution. This is easy to make it is not that costly. Saline solution is a mixture of water and salt. It can soothe the inflamed nose. It is also effective in expelling bacteria and mucus.
  • Steaming: The steam can help you breathe easier. You can do the steaming as often as you like as long as it makes you comfortable. You can either consider a steamy shower or you can utilize your vaporizer. If you use your vaporizer, be sure to refer to the manual.

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  • Drink water: Experts and elderly will always remind us to drink lots of water when you suffer clogging of the nose. Staying hydrated can do the trick. Plenty of liquid will make it easier to relieve congestion. It can soothe the nasal passages that are irritated.
  • Warm compress: There are people who find warm compress effective. The first thing that you should do is wet your washcloth with hot water and lie down. Apply the washcloth on your nose bridge so it can clear the nostrils. If you think that once or twice is not enough, you should consider another one.
  • Vapor rub: Vapor rub is common medication for people with clogged nose. There are people who find this effective because of it contains eucalyptus or menthol. Eucalyptus or menthol can relieve the congestion if inhaled. Do not apply directly unto the nose. Just rub it on your chest or throat before going to sleep.

Many Singaporeans think that congested nose is a minor problem but prolonged exposure can be difficult. You have to try the things mentioned above. If despite your best efforts you still failed to relieve yourself of the excess mucus, it is time that you see your doctors.

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Medical Breakthrough: Replacing or Rebuilding a Body Part

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When we lose car parts, we complain but the fact remains that it can be replaced. When we lose a body part, we can only groan because it cannot be replaced. But that is not the case anymore. People who lose a body part can now live a long, happy and satisfied life. Thanks to science, body parts can be replaced and rebuilt.

Here’s the list of the body parts that can be replaced and rebuilt:

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  • Teeth: It is not a surprise that teeth can be replaced and rebuilt. These days, decayed or damaged teeth can be restored through dentures, implants and bridges.
  • Hip: For people who are suffering from arthritis, they can feel better now with the help of hip replacements. The surgery includes the removal of the damaged cartilage and bone located in the hip then replacing it with a prosthetic ball and socket.
  • Face: Plastic surgeons are now offering to rebuild the faces of victims of abuse or violence. Plastic surgeons offer reconstructive rhinoplasty especially for women who are victims of domestic violence.
  • Breasts: Women with breast cancer suddenly lose their appetite for living and their self confidence. They do not need to deal with that. Women who endured mastectomy can undergo a procedure that can reconstruct the breasts.
  • Blood vessels & heart tissue: You know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world. Scientists are looking for ways to rebuild the injured heart. Stem cell breakthrough can help with fix the vital organ. Though this procedure is not yet available, this looks promising.
  • Bladder: Bladder is the first organ that was rebuilt in a laboratory setting. Its success is notable. The cells of the patients are used to build their own bladders.

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Care Tips for People with Myopia

Myopia, commonly called near-sightedness, is a condition where a person suffers from not being able to see far objects clearly, although nearby objects appear clear enough. It is a heritable condition, but one that could not be detected early in life and only progresses as a person ages. It often becomes stable when a person reaches the age of 20. Situation_Myope

If you are diagnosed with myopia, you should know care tips for your eyes. Myopia cannot be prevented but you can do something to improve its condition. Here are some tips:

  1. Get eye check-ups. If any of your family members have myopia, and you start experiencing its symptoms, get a medical check-up immediately. It pays to submit to check-ups regularly so you will know the condition or state of your eyes.
  2. Manage chronic conditions. You have to manage your chronic condition (such as high blood pressure and diabetes) because it can complicate your condition. It can influence your vision.myopia
  3. Identify symptoms and visit the doctor. If you feel symptoms like losing vision (in one eye), blurry vision, black spots and light flashes, you have to visit your doctor right away.
  4. Protect your eyes. If you spend long hours in the sun, it’s best to wear sunglasses. If possible, wear sunglasses that can block ultraviolet radiation.
  5. Eat healthy. You have to eat foods that are good for your eyes. You can begin by eating lots of fruits and vegetables. Eat foods rich in Beta Carotene and Vitamin A.
  6. Do not smoke. Smoking does not only affect the lungs and other parts of the body. It also affects the functions of your eyes. If you are smoking, avoiding myopia is another reason to stop it.
  7. Use appropriate glasses. Only wear glasses prescribed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Remember that your glasses are not only there to enhance your vision, but just as importantly, to protect your eyes as well.Snellen-myopia

Advantages and Disadvantages of Stem Cell Treatments

Mothers do not need to worry for their unborn child with brittle bone disease. Babies spotted with brittle bone disease can be treated now with stem cell before they are born. The treatment entails stem cell injections that can support the bone formation of the foetus. In 2009, scientists and researchers from NUH (National University Hospital) performed the treatment on a girl. The girl grew normally without any fractures.

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There have been many debates on the issues of stem cell treatments and research. Most people are aware of the controversy but not all understand it. If you want to learn more about stem cell treatments and research, you can refer here:

Background

When you hear stem cell, it refers to the type of cell that can produce any kind of cell which is important in the building of an organism. Stem cell is different from an ordinary cell. Stem cells can repair themselves for an indefinite period of time. Ordinary cells can only duplicate and divide a few times. The ability of stem cells took the attention of medical science. You should know that there are two types of stem cells occurring in human and animals – adult and embryonic stem cells.

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Advantages

There are many advantages of stem cell research. Research have directed therapies that can now treat and cure various disorders and diseases from types of cancer to other injuries. As mentioned earlier, stem cells have this unique ability to renew the body. It effectively repair the damaged or spoiled tissues. Research found out that stem cells can also alleviate degenerative diseases (like Alzheimer). Apart from that, stem cell is the key in overturning aging.

Disadvantages

Not all system is perfect. There will always be something unacceptable. In this case, stem cells have disadvantages too. The heavy weight leans on embryonic stem cells. There are many people who oppose to this because they believe that the mere act of extraction is unethical and immoral. For those who have issues with embryonic stem cells, they should know that the embryonic stem cells used in research are not extracted in the mother’s womb. The embryonic stem cells are fertilized in the laboratory.

There are many issues underlying stem cell treatments and research. But despite the issues, you cannot deny the fact that it can help save lives and improve the condition of many people. Medicine means alleviating and improving the lives of people. Now the possibility of recovering from major illness is possible with the help of stem cell treatments and research. Researchers have a long way to go.

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Singapore’s Integrated Care

The Minister of Health, Gan Kim Yong announced on November 8, 2013 that there will be SCCs (Senior Care Centres). SCC is one of the many integrated care services to improve the lives of people especially those that are undergoing intermediate and long term treatments. If you have an elder in the house, you know how challenging it is to care for them.

This is one way of the government to help elders and its caregivers. The elders may feel frail and weak but it doesn’t mean that you have to ignore or deliberately neglect their needs. They are still valuable so here are some tips that you can consider for your elderly:

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Promote independence

It is important that you promote independence amongst your elders. They may be weak and frail but there are things that they can do. The elders will feel a sense of accomplishment when they finished a task without help. If you are the caregiver, it is important that you encourage elders to do something instead of contributing to their decline.

Improve mobility

Impaired mobility is a leading health issue for seniors. If the doctors recommend that your elders submit to therapy, you should seriously consider it. Therapies are created to improve the mobility of elders especially if they have problems with balance and decrease strength. By improving the mobility of elders, you are avoiding falls to prevent injuries and accidents.

Give support

Everything will not matter if the primary caregiver or the family does not understand the needs and the condition of their elders. It is imperative that all people accept the challenges presented by their elders. If it is your mother or father, you should do your best to care for them because that’s what they did with you when you were young.

Apart from announcing SCCs, the Health Minister also informed about CHAS (Community Health Assist Scheme). To date, there are about 900 clinics that joined the scheme. The scheme is all about providing accessible primary care for all Singaporeans.

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