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    • NIH scientists shed light on mystery surrounding hepatitis B virus

      Scientists from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the University of Oxford, U.K., have shed light on a long-standing enigma about the structure of a protein related to the Hepatitis B virus. Their findings, reported in Structure, could lead to new therapeutic strategies for chronic liver disease.  READ MORE ABOUT IT

      Hepatitis B Virus World-wide, some 350 million people are chronically infected with Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), of whom 620,000 die each year from HBV-related liver disease. Like any other pathogen, HBV expresses protein antigens that trigger the body’s immune system to defend itself. A relatively small and simple virus, HBV has three major clinical antigens that elicit an immune response: the surface antigen (which is also used safely and effectively to vaccinate individuals against HBV), the core antigen (HBcAg), and the e-antigen (HBeAg).
    • Packing First Aid Kits for Dogs

      Dogs are as prone to accidents and injuries as humans. However, we cannot assume that a first aid kit meant for a human is sufficient for a dog as well. It is preferable to put together a separate first aid kit with items that are more suitable for your pet. James Thomas lists down the essential items to include in a dog first aid kit. From muzzles to saline, know more about the must-pack items in his post here.

    • Knowledge is Power

      In celebration of the World First Aid Day this week, the National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS) posted a public reminder cum guideline about the importance of first aid. The author, Tabinda Salman, has emphasized the importance of the availability of first aid, especially in case of emergencies. Check out the full post to learn more about first aid - a brief history, basic pointers, and a lot more.

    • Avocados... Healthy Good Food

      How Eating Avocados Can Help You Lose Weight - While avocados are one of the few fruits that are high in fat, packing almost 31 grams of fat per avocado, the good news is that almost two - thirds of that fat is heart - healthy monounsaturated fat. This healthy fat content in avocados can act to suppress appetite when eaten in moderation & is useful for those seeking to lose weight & maintain a healthy lifestyle.

      The “good fat” or monounsaturated fat in avocados is known to lower cholesterol. If left unchecked, high cholesterol levels can lead to hormone production that cause the abdomen to store fat. Thus, eating avocados can essentially shrink belly fat by lowering cholesterol levels & avoiding the production of the hormone cortisol.

      Avocados & potassium - Avocados are rich in potassium. One average size California avocado contains about 880 milligrams of potassium. The presence of potassium helps to reduce body fat by preventing fluid retention. Potassium also helps you lose weight by converting food into energy & encouraging muscle growth.

      Avocado are a rich source of L - carnitine. You can boost your fat burning metabolism by eating avocados because they contain L - carnitine. L - Carnitine is an amino acid which occurs naturally in the human body.
      By preventing fat oxidation in the brain, it also shows some promise in preventing Parkinson’s disease & Alzheimer’s disease.

      Vitamin B in Avocados Can Reduce Stress - Studies have found that high stress levels can result in the tendency to overeat & gain excessive weight. One way to prevent this is to control your stress level. This is a key element to maintaining a successful diet. Avocados are loaded with B vitamins, which stress quickly depletes & which your body needs in order to maintain healthy nerves & brain cells.

      The High Fiber in Avocados Help Control Appetite & Food Movement - Eating avocados is one of the best ways to introduce dietary fiber into your diet. One cup of avocado has 10 grams of fiber which meets 40% of your daily fiber requirement.

      Furthermore, 7.5 of the 10 grams of fiber in avocado are insoluble fiber. This fiber type continuously draws water into your bowels, easing its transport through your digestive tract. Faster food transit keeps your bowel movements regular & is extremely conducive to weight loss.


      Read More at & Huffington Post

    • Summary of Posts: January 6th 2013

      First aid training and preparation is a skill that cannot be valued enough. From treating the simplest of injuries to imposing life-saving measures, persons trained in first aid are able to create a lot of positive change when the situations call for it. This week, we have talked about the following subjects of first aid:

      • It’s not just us humans who get sick and feel uncomfortable when we are weathered down - literally. Learn more about hypothermia in dogs with this article by Jerry Welsh.
      • Knowing where to look for credible, accurate information becomes all the more important when it’s the health and lives of people at stake. This article lists a few tips and links to excellent sources of first aid and life support material.
      • You have probably heard of that Carly Rae Jepsen hit - it doesn’t even matter where you come from. In an effort - and quite a creative one - the Point Pleasant First Aid and Emergency Squad manages to stir up much needed patient attention with this sing-song ad.
      • The officials in Liberia are working with the Red Cross to promote first aid preparedness and training. Read the whole story from Claudia Smith’s report here.
      • Paul Jones saves a man’s life during the Olympics. This only proves all the more the importance and urgency of being skilled and knowledgeable in first aid. Read the whole heroic act here.
      • Nobody really knows when accidents can turn up when you least expect them to, where you least expect them to. The concept of first aid training balances this surprising feat by making people skilled and prepared for whatever may come, at least until more help comes. This week we talk about just this in our commentary “First Aid Comes First.”
    • First Aid Comes First

      It’s called “first aid” for a reason. People skilled with first aid are able to provide medical care and treatment to the patient until more professional medical help arrives. In some cases, this can be as simple as irrigating and bandaging wounds until they can be disinfected, stitched, and dressed in a medical facility.

      More life-threatening scenarios may involve victims of trauma - gunshot and stab wounds, vehicular accidents, etc. - or serious complications of medical conditions - heart attack, stroke, bleeding out, etc. In such cases, the first aider needs to prioritize which care to give first. This requires knowledge about life support and the ABCs of first aid - airway, breathing, and circulation, as well as knowing which steps to do first before the paramedics come to help. This may mean providing a clear airway, giving oxygenation, finding the cause of bleeding (if any), or administering CPR.

      First aid is important because 911 calls aren’t always a second away from responding. Unless someone does first aid measures, the patient may suffer from different complications - hypovolemic shock (from losing too much blood), seizures or brain damage (from not getting enough oxygen), or infection (from having exposed open wounds for too long), among other possibilities. Applying first aid measures gives the patient a bigger chance of having less injury, and in the bigger picture, a higher chance of survival.

      Because of these possibilities, public events and other celebrations which might pose people at risk for health problems have employed first aid personnel around the involved area. This was what happened in the previous Olympics, when volunteer first aider was able to resuscitate and save the life of a man who had a heart attack. Paramedics came a few moments later. The man was spared of any serious complications and is reported to be undergoing good recovery. The whole story can be read here.

    • First Aid Saves Lives

      The thing about first aid is that even though it is often thought of as an initial, temporary fix for an injury or medical problem, it can go beyond saving lives. This is what happened in a recent heart attack incident during the Olympics, where cycle responders administered basic life support to the patient until the paramedics were able to arrive and take over. Read more on this heroic act by volunteer first-aider Paul Jones here.

    • Residents urged to learn first aid skills

      KNOWING how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) could save someone's life and paramedics are encouraging locals to learn first aid skills.

      With temperatures set to soar in coming days, many residents will be heading to rivers and lakes to cool off.

      The Riverina has already been touched by a drowning tragedy after a tourist drowned in the Murrumbidgee River at Darlington Point on December 30.

      Riverina district operations manager Eamonn Purcell said providing early CPR could make a difference for victims.

      "The ambulance service encourages everyone to be trained as it improves people's chances in a critical incident," Mr Purcell said.

      He said bystanders were the first line of help for people involved in accidents and they could make the biggest difference to someone's recovery.

      Paramedics were called to the Wagga Beach six weeks ago when a man was pulled from the water  Mr Purcell said the actions of others were instrumental in saving his life.

      NSW Ambulance Service Riverina operations manager Eamonn Purcell said bystanders could help save lives by training in first aid and CPR. Picture: Addison Hamilton

      "There is nothing more demoralising than someone who could provide help but doesn't because they don't know what to do," Mr Purcell said.

      He said being left to simply watch could haunt someone for years and having the training and acting to help, could not only make a difference for victims, but also the people who help.

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    • First Aid Preparedness Urged

      It is nice to learn that more and more countries and territories all over the globe are getting more proactive with health awareness and preparedness. A great example is Liberia, where the Red Cross has been pushing for the locals to undergo first aid training. This is a positive, forward move for the citizens. Read the whole story by Claudia Smith here.

    • Call Us Maybe?

      More often than not, people take their health and bodies for granted. Many can experience symptoms and ignore them up to the point where they grow serious and fatal. It’s either the person is busy with something important or he/she just doesn’t want to be bothered. Because of this, campaigns and adverts have been in the need to sound off more unique and interesting than ever. Here’s a recent 911 ad by the Point Pleasant First Aid and Emergency Squad which has gotten quite the attention of patients.

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