Posts Tagged ‘health’
Ever since my father exchanged my expensive Christmas gifts for a card which read something like: “A donation was made in your name to SiteSavers” Although I did deserve the gifts – I had been very good, thank you very much – I saw that there were people who needed a gift more: The gift of sight.
“[Today] Sightsavers is asking churches across the UK to join together in worship to mark World Sight Day. [...] This year special focus will be placed on women and blindness as various cultural, social and economic barriers often lead to women and girls becoming the last in line to receive appropriate medical treatments.”
World Sight Day is an initiative of The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and the WHO‘s Prevention of Blindness and Deafness program under the title VISION 2020: The Right to Sight
CNN.com has an interesting article 5 tips to limit your cell phone risk. Their first is predictable, don’t put it against your head use the speakerphone, but I didn’t know that CNET keeps a list on Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), “… a way of measuring the quantity of radiofrequency (RF) energy that is absorbed by the body.” Have a look at the article Cell phone radiation levels.
It seems my RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 is one of the highest at 1.54 SAR, and the crappy Motorola Razr is the lowest as 0.14, although as it’s prone to crash constantly you can hardly ever use it. My Nokia 2600 (RH-59) and 6300 (RM-217) aren’t listed on CNET, but from Nokia’s SAR I discovered they run warm at 0.80 W/kg and cooler at 0.57 W/kg respectively.
And people call me a hot head, it’s not me it’s my phone.
A Pinch and a Punch for the first of the Munch! I know it should be month,
From today August 1st to 7th World Breastfeeding Week. There is lots of room here for very smutty jokes, but I’ll leave that up to you and your imagination.
Breastfeeding is very important for the growth of a child, a good way for mothers to pass on antigens to their offspring and a brilliant way to bond.
Everybody has some kind of believe in conspiracies, whether they are based on true or false data. The ability to see connections in the world around us is something that led to modern science as we know it. Scientific American reports that Anecdotal Evidence Can Undermine Scientific Results and make us believe there are connections that can’t be substantiated by scientific method.
Our brains have evolved so that they “… pay attention to anecdotes, false positives (believing there is a connection between A and B when there is not) are usually harmless, whereas false negatives (believing there is no connection between A and B when there is) may take you out of the gene pool.“
But I still don’t know who was on the grassy knoll.
Your beautiful kitchen could be poisoning you! I though it was very funny when I started reading it. “Granite, as it turns out, contains levels of uranium, which is not only radioactive but releases radon gas as it decays.1” According to the article it can also contain other nuclear materials such as thorium and potassium, although I can’t exactly remember when potassium became nuclear.
I found a nice Mash-Up which scraps news sites and populates a Google Map with the data gathered from these articles. Sadly they don’t populate it too well, where the article says The Hague they just have a pointer in the centre of the country. It’s very nice for a beta.
I really only know girls who have migraines, perhaps it’s because they talk about it. As the article Why Migraines Strike states, migraines aren’t just headache, unlike headaches they could have a neurological source. A couple of my friends have been left with migraines as result of whiplash or other accident.
The article ends with “[t]he disorder is ‘imaginary’ no longer.” I can’t remember it ever being imaginary for the sufferers.
Last night I was Tag Surfing and saw the article The therapeutic power of blogging. Blogging has given me an open platform to express things that I would normally only absorb and a good platform to publish the results of the investigations I would have performed anyway.
I have trouble remembering to do things, like going to the gym, and when I do I generally procrastinate, like hanging up the washing. *stops writing blog and goes to hang up the washing* For myself I set alarms, calendar items and reminders, for me it’s easier to remember things I do daily than anything I do on an irregular basis.
So imagine my joy when I read How to Maintain Not-Quite-Daily Habits. The article contains 5 pieces of advise to make it easier to keep your habits:
- Make it daily anyway
- Use placeholder habits
- Chain Habits
- Make specific commitments
- Turn habits into appointments
Another thing I have in the house are whiteboards, they aren’t just for developing ideas and giving presentations, but also as handy reminder pads.
I can’t remember where I got this, possibly from LifeHacker.