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Monthly Archives: January 2013

  • Why Learn First Aid?

    Before starting any activity or trying to learn something, it is important to know the reasons why the said activity is needed. This is very true for first aid training. Before immersing oneself into the course of training and mastering the necessary skills that are required, one must first understand why these are needed. Find out the gravity of what first aid skills can bring to the table from Amy Davidson’s article. #firstaid

  • "Google" the Flu!

    The flu isn't much fun, especially if you are away from home. Thankfully, there are lots of websites that enable travellers to check just how virus-ridden their destination is. #flu Google's Flu Trends

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    aggregates data on flu-related Google searches to estimate activity in about 30 countries.

  • First Things First

    First aid is a simple course to start and learn, but the benefits of the provider and the recipient of the care go as far as saving lives. Before everything, of course, it is important to learn the basics of the course, including the reasons on why first aid is important. Dr. Stuart Crisp wrote in his post the importance of first aid, together with the basic principles behind it as well as the most common emergencies requiring prompt action. #firstaid

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) study advances understanding of movement control

    Voluntary movements involve the coordinated activation of two brain pathways that connect parts of deep brain structures called the basal ganglia, according to a study in mice by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The findings, which challenge the classical view of basal ganglia function, were published online in Nature on Jan. 23.

    Read more at NIH

  • Where Aid is Needed

    A lot of remote areas - far-flung places with no direct access to basic needs, including health care and first aid treatment - are the focus of many efforts in Ontario today. Spearheaded by professor and author Aaron Orkin, the needs of these remote places are identified in order to better provide the assistance and help needed. Read more about this from a news post on

  • Bringing First Aid to the World

    Africa is one of the countries needing not only medical help and health care supplies, but also the right personnel who are trained to perform basic first aid treatments, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This can easily be solved by sending in help every so often - but the real solution to the problem is being able to provide a long-term fix: education and training. Learn more about the First Aid Africa’s movement and their core goals from Janine Ewen’s post.

  • Summary of Posts: January 27th 2013

    No one can predict when medical emergencies, big or small, will take place. It’s a lucky day when there’s a medical professional around, but for most cases when there isn’t any help available, it’s all up to one’s knowledge of first aid to do the job until help comes in. Check out our stories for the week:

    • According to this post, it was a man’s somewhat fortune that there was a doctor on the same plane that he was in. The doctor was able to resuscitate the man when he suffered a heart attack mid-air.
    • Do you often listen to your grandmother, parents, or friends for medical advice? If so, you should probably check out this list of first aid myths and get the facts straight.
    • Jerry Welsh’s article reminds us that dogs can get sunburned, too. Learn more on how they get it and what pet owners should do in such cases.
    • Every parent should be skilled in first aid - at least for the expected and common emergencies that kids are prone to. For a list of common emergencies and what to do when they take place, read on this post.
    • It’s pretty certain that every mom and dad has encountered situations like this one. It’s funny and worrying all at the same time as well as a reminder to keep our first aid kits in check.
    • We conclude our week with a commentary on parenting, hyperactive and overly curious kids, and the dangers that can lurk from almost anywhere, even in our own homes. Read more on “The First Years and First Aid.
  • The First Years and First Aid

    Many would say that parenting is a strong contender in the race for the most challenging job ever - especially for first-time dads and moms. Having little humans running around the house is always a joyful sight, but there are obligations and responsibilities that come along with it as well. It is normal and expected for kids to be tiny nuisances in their own adorable way - exploring the house like it was a huge maze full of adventures and puzzles.

    Part of this hyperactivity and enthusiasm in all things are the accidents, cuts, bumps, and bruises that happen every now and then. It is normal for parents to freak out, sometimes panic, but most of all taking care of the hurt child is top priority. There’s just no better caregiver than one’s own parents. Since these mishaps are anything but scheduled, parents must always be prepared at all times by having supplies and a first aid kit at home or keeping emergency contact numbers on speed dial.

    Training for first aid treatment, at least for the most common emergencies, is often recommended in many places - hospitals, workplaces, schools, and elsewhere. It would only make sense to also have parents prepared for whatever comes knocking on their doors. It gets easier in time, especially when one becomes a parent of more than a couple of kids - but until then, mommy and daddy must equip themselves with the necessary preparations for their first years of parenting. Learn more about the common home emergencies that kids experience and what mom and dad should do to treat the problem. Read on this article for more information.

  • Department of Labor 'Because' Campaign Hits Highways

    The department's "Because" campaign got a boost this week from CBS Outdoors, which provided billboard space to promote the campaign's message of support and ability. Like the posters and PSA created for the "Because" campaign, the billboards feature real people with disabilities discussing the importance of their supporters in achieving their goals. Travelers to Dallas and St. Louis will be able to see the billboard over the next few weeks, and additional billboards may appear in Atlanta, Hartford and Nashville. "Because" is the latest product of the Campaign for Disability Employment, which is led by the department's Office of Disability Employment Policy.

    Learn About the Campaign


  • Child’s Play

    Part of having fun (from a child’s perspective) is trying out different things and exploring uncharted territory, which most often involve some sort of potentially dangerous activities. As parents, we can only really do so much because, as they say, it’s all part of growing up. Being there to comfort and console them is beneficial and essential to their growth and well-being, but in cases such as this, it’s also necessary to have a first-aid kit handy.

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