Monthly Archives: January 2013

  • Winter Weather: Frostbite

    Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation. The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures.

    Recognizing Frostbite

    At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin—frostbite may be beginning. Any of the following signs may indicate frostbite:

    • a white or grayish-yellow skin area
    • skin that feels unusually firm or waxy
    • numbness

    Learn more about Hypothermia at the CDC

    See Winter Warmers

  • Vaccines.gov says - Find Vaccines Near You!

    Adults need more than just the flu vaccine.

    It is now easier for adults to find all of the vaccinations adults need. The HealthMap Vaccine Finder is a free online service that helps consumers locate vaccine providers (like pharmacies and health clinics). By entering an address or zip code, you can easily find nearby providers of recommended adult vaccinations including the flu vaccine.
    Check out the new adult Vaccine Finder tool to locate providers of adult vaccines near you!

  • From the CDC’s Winter Weather Health & Safety Updates...Pet Safety

    Cool Tip of the Week

    Make Arrangements for Your Pets During Winter Weather - If you have pets, bring them indoors. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure that they have access to unfrozen water. Learn more >>

    For more information on Winter Weather safety, see CDC's site for Emergency Preparedness & Response.

    Pet Emergency & First Aid

    Warmers & Hot Packs

  • Asbestos Removal Company Cited for Safety Violations

    Lorice Enterprises LLC of Albany, N.Y., has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for one willful and eight serious violations of safety standards after the company was inspected in August 2012. The company was reported to OSHA by the New York State Asbestos Control Bureau after it was found that workers were improperly removing asbestos-containing roofing material at a worksite. OSHA inspectors determined the company failed to conduct an initial exposure assessment to gage worker exposure. In addition, the company did not ensure that workers used "wet methods" to prevent the asbestos from becoming airborne, and failed to ensure that head and eye protection was used by employees. The asbestos remediation company faces a total of $83,300 in proposed fines.

    Read the News Release
    Learn about Asbestos Awareness

  • The Department of Labor on Staying Safe in Winter Weather

    The DOL reminds us that January's frigid temperatures are sweeping across much of the nation, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is on the case. Outdoor workers engaged in activities during extreme cold are at risk of trench foot, frostbite, hypothermia and other illnesses.

    OSHA has life-saving information available online for employers and workers. If you're involved in emergency response after severe winter weather or everyday work happening outdoors, OSHA has information for you. Check out these resources:

    Learn About Emergency Preparedness and Response to Cold
    Tips to Protect Workers in Cold Environments
    Read the OSHA "Quick Card"

  • Special Needs and Tornadoes: A Joplin Story


    it has been almost two years since a devastating tornado ripped through the town of Joplin, Missouri, and the community continues to rebuild. Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to visit Joplin to learn more about The Independent Living Center -Joplin (TILC), one of seven programs chosen as a promising example of FEMA’s Whole Community Approach to emergency management. Learn More>>

  • Why does being older than 65 put me at a higher risk for flu?

    Dr. Bruce Gellin, Director of the National Vaccine Program Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, talks about why people over 65 are at a higher risk for the the flu and what they should do to protect themselves.

  • Prolonged CPR May Boost Chances for Cardiac Arrest Victims

    Performing CPR for longer periods of time boosts chances of survival in both children and adults in hospital settings, two large U.S. studies show.

    The first study examined the medical records of more than 3,400 hospitalized children in the United States and Canada who suffered cardiac arrest between 2000 and 2009.

    The second study looked at 64,000 adult hospital patients who suffered cardiac arrest between 2000 and 2008. Survival among patients who received longer CPR (median 25 minutes) was 12 percent higher than for those who received the shorter CPR (median 16 minutes).

    Doing CPR Everybody needs to know CPR - get your group CPR Certified!

    Read more at HealthDay News

    Get a CPR Training Quote for on-site CPR, First Aid or AED Training at your location.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Martin Luther King Jr. has now been dead longer than he lived. But what an extraordinary life it was.

    At 33, he was pressing the case of civil rights with President John Kennedy. At 34, he galvanized the nation with his "I Have a Dream" speech. At 35, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. At 39, he was assassinated, but he left a legacy of hope and inspiration that continues today.

    Read more @ The Seattle Times - This Special ST Web site, first created by The Seattle Times in 1996, contains the story of a remarkable man, images of a tumultuous time, and perspectives of politicians, academics, students and the many, ordinary citizens whose lives he touched. We invite you to explore it.

    Biography

    King, and his policy of nonviolence, was the dominant force in the civil-rights movement.

    His words

    A selection of speeches, sermons and letters, from King's "I Have a Dream" speech to a meeting with students about his hopes for them.

    Photo galleries

    Take a look back at King's life through three collections.

    Timeline

    See how key events in King's life connect with those of the civil-rights movement.

    Study guide

    Seven exercises teachers and parents can use with students.

  • Cinnamon and Honey

    Drug companies won't like this one getting around. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon:
    It is found that a mix of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus. Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:

    Hi Honey! Hi Honey! I'm good for you... And if you want to add a little spice to your life, try Cinnamon.

    HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heartbeat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

    ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain -- and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

    BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder....who knew?

    CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

    COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it's delicious too!

    UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

    GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

    IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

    INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals

    INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

    LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

    RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

    PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

    SKIN INFECTIONS: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

    WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

    CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

    FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

    BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

    HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.

    Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it!
    Re-posted from  https://www.facebook.com/dianedzzart (This information and opinion is not that of www.FirstAidMart.com - We're just sharing what we came across and found interesting)

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