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Lasik eye surgery has been big news on the vision front. With many people flocking to have the procedure done it has become one of the most popular eye surgeries. The idea that lasik is a solution for anyone with bad vision also proves that much is unknown about lasik. Before committing to the surgery patients should look into what lasik is and what it can do for vision.Lasik stands for laser-assisted in Situ Keratomileusis. Lasik is where the surgeon cuts a small flap in...

What You Should Know About Lasik Eye Surgery

What You Should Know About Lasik Eye SurgeryLasik eye surgery has been big news on the vision front. With many people flocking to have the procedure done it has become one of the most popular eye surgeries. The idea that lasik is a solution for anyone with bad vision also proves that much is unknown about lasik. Before committing to the surgery patients should look into what lasik is and what it can do for vision.Lasik stands for laser-assisted in Situ Keratomileusis. Lasik is where the surgeon cuts a small flap in the cornea and then uses a laser to reshape the inner area of the cornea. The cornea can be related to many vision issues. Myopia (nearsightedness), Hyperopia (farsightedness), and Astigmatism can all be solved through lasik eye surgery.Before getting lasik a patient is examined by their eye doctor. During the examination pictures of the cornea will be taken to see what corrections need to be made. The overall health of the patient and patients eyes are also considered when deciding if a person is a good lasik candidate. Any conditions, such as dry eye syndrome, may affect a persons ability to get lasik. After lasik the patient can go home and within a few days is usually recovered enough to resume daily routine activities. Most people experience success and will see clearly right after the surgery. Some people may experience side effects like night time vision problems and light sensitivity. Rare side effects like infection can also occur, but most often can be avoided by following doctors orders. Lasik is a fairly new procedure and long term data has not been studied. Some people do require the use of reading glasses as they age even though they have received lasik and achieved good results. The patient should discuss all concerns and expectations with their surgeon before the lasik procedure to ensure they completely understand the process and outcome possibilities.

Why Staying Fit And Trim Means Occasionally Letting Yourself Go

Why Staying Fit And Trim Means Occasionally Letting Yourself Go

Sticking to resolutions is probably the hardest thing we all have to face (at least) once every year. And sticking to a healthy diet probably ranks as one of those "temptations" we all cant seem to resist or overcome. But who says we have to? In a time of extremes, xtreme sports, xtreme make-overs, etc, xtreme diets (even according to the experts, may not be extremely helpful or healthy for that matter.In fact, experts agree that a fulfilling and occasional urge to "splurge" is okay (and recommended), as long as you can maintain a healthy balance.Tasty treats as a "reward" is fine and can vary from individual to individual, but while experts say you shouldnt (always) deny your cravings and your (), you "should" try to replace food with other healthy reward alternatives. For instance, instead of treating yourself to coffee and dessert, consider treating yourself to a new outfit, a day at the spa, or a new doo.The occasional indulgence is okay, again, as long as you can set and stick to limits and parameters. Remember, you can easily reverse all youve accomplished in just a few days (lets face it its a lot easier to put on pounds than to shed them). Experts note that even dining out, having your cake and a buttered role is fine as long as you dont do it every time, or all at once.With regards to satisfying your sweet tooth, you may be able to "splurge" more than once a week. Go ahead, have that piece of candy or chocolate but dont have the entire box. Also, you may want to try some healthier, low-fat or fat-free alternatives to boot.Another suggestion is applying the 90/10 rule. Be extremely conscious of what you do 90 percent of the time, but let your hair and your guard down the other 10 percent (of the time). After all, say dieticians and nutritionists alike, food "should" be tasty and enjoyable. They suggest designating a time or day or two a month were you relax your rules, or regiment, but add that you need to exercise this practice with caution so that you dont find yourself falling completely off the wagon. Furthermore, experts assert, that mastering the art of eating (even some of your "not-so-healthy" favorites) can help keep you feeling deprived and ( ) by ultimately overindulging. They key is planning ahead for "splurges" and not losing site of portion size. Remember, a successful plan means something you are comfortable with and can live with over the long haul.

Correlation of Sleep Deprivation and Man-Made Accidents

Correlation of Sleep Deprivation and Man-Made Accidents

How much impact does sleep deprivation make on a person's mind and body? A little drowsiness at the office...a millisecond of mental shut-down as you drive down the highway? The facts glaringly bear out the dangers of losing sleep. Some of the worst industrial disasters recorded in history --- the Chernoby Nuclear Disaster and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill --- all happened because someone who was supposed to be wide awake and alert allegedly fell asleep on the job. In 1986, a flawed nuclear reactor design led to a stem explosion and fire that released at least five percent of the radioactive reactor core. The radioactive fumes flowed into the atmosphere and left a total of 54 fatalities, almost 20 years after the incident. The radioactivity caused people to get sick and die painfully slow from the effects of exposure to the nuclear fumes. While officially, the records show that it was a mechanical failure that caused the steam explosion, many attribute the tragedy to poor training, lack of safety measures, and the poor concetration of a sleepy worker at the nuclear plant. Three years after Chernobyl, another major disaster occurred that has again put the lack of sleep as center of the blame. In 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef and spilled approximately 11 million gallons of oil into the sea. At the time of the accident, the captain of the ship was in his stateroom --- leaving a ship officer and a seaman on the control. According to reports, the two men on the bridge were apparently tired and sleepy and, thus, momentarily lost their concentration while maneuvering the tanker. Exxon,the company that owned the tanker, spent around $3 Billion to finance the oil clean-up operations and to settle damages incurred by fishing companies that operated in the site of the accident. Sleep deprivation also causes other relatively smaller scale incidents, like a car accident, which is, by no means, less tragic. Sleeping while behind the wheel is the culprit for the 13 percent rise in highway road accidents in the United States. According to studies made on road accidents, one in thirteen drivers regularly felt drowsy while driving a car on a busy highway. It does not take much to be in a road mishap. Even if a driver closes his eyes for a millisecond, that is enough for him to unintentionally swerve the vehicle to the opposite lane and cause a head-on collission. Based on records by the World Health Organization, at least 1.2 million people die each year on the road due to a "car accident" .So, how can we prevent accidents due to sleep deprivation? The answer is as simple as this: people should get enough sleep. Studies show that the amount of sleep needed by an individual is influenced by genetics. While some people feel fine with just five hours of sleep a night, most doctors and health experts prescribe at least eight hours of sleep. While the number of hours of sleep time somehow decreases with age, it is clear that lack of sleep makes a person lose concentration which could have disastrous consequences. People who are under extreme stress or those who suffer from insomnia need additional help in getting sleep. For many years, millions of people have turned to the sleeping pill to find quick relief from sleeping disorders like insomnia. Over the counter "sleeping pill" s are among the most bought pharmaceutical products today, especially in highly industrialized Western countries. These sedatives help a person experience relaxation which eventually leads to sleep. Still, users of the drug are strongly cautioned about the side effects of sleeping pill use which include slurred speech, slow reflexes, and poor judgment.Accidents happen unexpectedly, without any warning. Perhaps, there is close to nothing that we can do to totally prevent minor mishaps and large-scale tragedies from happening. Still, ensuring that we get enough sleep may be a good start. Failing to get enough rest at night not only disrupts our body processes and reduces our mental capabilities, it can even lead to the fatal incidents that could possibly lead to the sleep of death.

Pourquoi Interesser Vos Enfants aux Jeux de Cartes

Pourquoi Interesser Vos Enfants aux Jeux de Cartes

Les jeux de cartes offrent donc tous une possibilit de se divertir dans le calme, mais permettent aussi a la famille de se retrouver, de communiquer, de partager et d'voluer ensemble tout en dveloppant ses capacits intellectuelles. Mme dans les moments calmes, un enfant surtout encore assez jeune a besoin et d'attention et surtout d'occupation, alors que vous rechercheriez plutt un moment de silence et de tranquillit.En effet, la majorit de ces jeux demande un effort de concentration de par la stratgie requise et l'assimilation des rgles de bases.Les jeux de cartes permettent de faire travailler votre concentration, essentielle dans votre russite professionnelle,personnelle et familiale. Pour cela, rien de plus simple. Fixez vous dans les premiers temps un temps de jeu rapide pour atteindre un but prcis. Prenez ensuite une petite pause. Refaites la mme deיmarche pour les parties suivantes. Pendant le temps fixe, ne vous dtournez sous aucun prtexte de cette partie (tlphone, cigarette,une pause caf). Vous constaterez rapidement qu'aprs quelques efforts surhumains que cela aurait pu vous demander, que cela n'a, au final, rien de compliquer. Pourquoi? Car vous vous y serez habitue.Au niveau des enfants, le problme est similaire. Il est assez difficile pour eux, aprs une journe d'cole, de rentrer directement a la maison et d'entamer immdiatement leurs devoirs.Pour les convaincre qu'ils ont tout a y gagner, imposer leur un temps court de concentration au travers des jeux de cartes puis une pause et de nouveau une concentration courte sur une mme partie. Ils constateront alors bien vite qu'ils auront d'avantage a gagner en restant concentre sur un problme 20 minutes et finir rapidement le devoir que de rester a papillonner 1 heure pour ce mme travail.Rsultats aussi bien pour les adultes que les enfants: en restant concentrer sur des jeux, votre rapidit au travail sera dcuple grce a cet entranement rgulier. En consquence, vos temps de loisirs se rallongeront, et vous viterez ainsi les mauvaises consciences relatives au travail bcl et mal fait, tout en donnant d'avantage de temps a vos proches ainsi qu'a vous mme.Alors motivez-vous!Les jeux de cartes suivants permettant ce dveloppement ne sont qu'a titre d'exemple.La Bataille est idale pour se dfouler mais aussi pour rester concentr. Demande beaucoup d'astuce et permet de dvelopper sa rapidit d'esprit dans une ambiance bonne enfant.Le Domino: Le but est de se dbarrasser de toutes ses cartes, en compltant des sries poses sur la table. L'ordre des cartes est le suivant Roi/Dame/Valet/10/9/8/7/6/5/4/3/2/As. Le jeu demande une certaine rigueur d'esprit et beaucoup de patience.L'Euchre: Date du XIXe sicle, est le jeu o apparait pour la premire fois le Joker. Celui-ci se joue 4 joueurs, en 2 quipes de 2, les deux partenaires tant assis l'un en face de l'autre. Le but est de faire 3 leves sur 5.L'Euchre permet donc de dvoiler d'avantage l'esprit d'quipe ou l'individualisme de vos enfants.D'autres jeux lus connus sont jouables tel le Tarot, la belote, le Nain Jaune (vivement recommand), Napolon, le poker,Pyramide, le Rami,la crapette et bien d'autres encore.Alors qu'attendez vous?

Sunburn: An Important Skin Issue

Sunlight is essential in the improvement of one's health. An adequate amount of sunlight is one of the primary sources of vitamin D which, in turn, helps protect against bone loss. However, overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays may cause certain skin ailments like sunburn. Sunburn is an inflammation of skin tissue due to overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. Chronic sun overexposure and burning may cause the skin to become rough and wrinkled. In the long run, overexposure also increases the risk of skin cancer. However, there are many skin care products that might be used to treat this skin condition. But before deciding to use these products, the causes, symptoms, and treatments of sunburn should be well understood. Sunburn develops when a person receives excessive sunlight or other sources of ultraviolet rays. It occurs because the body is not able to make enough protective pigments that are designed to protect the skin. Less than 15 minutes of sun exposure may lead to sunburn for light sensitive persons. Long-term excessive exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun may destroy the epidermis, or the outer layer of the skin and damage the tiny blood vessels underneath. When the skin is burned, protein production in the skin may be hampered because of the blood vessels are dilate and leak fluids. This condition may lead to Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) damage. DNA contains are essential in the functioning of all known living organisms. Chronic damage in the DNA may lead to cancer. Sunburn may cause the skin to turn red and blister. Signs and symptoms of sunburn may appear a few minutes or hours after exposure. Severe cases of sunburn may be accompanied with vomiting, fever, and collapse. Treatment for sunburn may include the following: Aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help combat painAnesthetic creams or sprays containing benzocain and lidocain provide temporary reliefAntibacterial and antimicrobial soaps and antiseptics help prevent infectionAloe-based "skin care" products soothe and cool overheated skinMoisturizers can help keep your skin from drying out and tightening upSunburn and other skin ailments can be prevented with the use of water-resistant sunscreen which contains sun protective factor (SPF) and other skin care products. An ounce of sunscreen should be applied 15-30 minutes before getting exposed to the sun. Skin experts advice individuals to reapply this product every two hours. Other things that should be remembered to prevent sunburn may include the following: Limit sun exposure to 15 minutes the first day, even if the weather is hazy, slowly increasing exposure daily; Re-apply sunscreen every two hours (more often if sweating or swimming); Re-apply waterproof sunscreen after swimming more than 80 minutes, after toweling off, or after perspiring heavily; Avoid the sun between 10 A.M. and 3 P.M.; Use waterproof sunscreen on legs and feet, since the sun can burn even through water; and Wear an opaque shirt in water, because reflected rays are intensified. Skin care these days has become an essential part of a health regimen because of the health threats to the skin like sunburn. Taking care of the skin is essential in preventing the development of skin ailments like psoriasis, skin cancer, and other skin conditions. Understanding proper use of skin care products and maintaining appropriate sun exposure is essential in maintaining healthy skin.

Antioxidants - Real Life Savers

Copyright 2006 Donovan BaldwinTo understand the value and importance of antioxidants, you must first understand the destructive results of free radicals.Free radicals occur naturally as a result of normal, daily reactions within your body. Essentially, when a molecule is a free radical, it is an unstable molecule which contains a free electron which is seeking a connection. These molecules seek to complete this unstable existence by latching on to tissues such as blood vessel linings or cell membranes, creating a chronic state of inflammation within the body. This on-going inflammation eventually results in damage to various tissues of the body. Antioxidants bind to the free radicals, thus preventing the damage they would normally cause.The damage caused by free radicals has been linked to heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and many other conditions and illnesses. Free radical damage is also believed to contribute to many other degenerative aspects of aging, such as wrinkles, hardening of arteries, and some of the loss of mental acuity that sometimes occurs with age.Antioxidants are available in many different forms and substances. Vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene (a form of vitamin A) are antioxidants in addition to their other benefits to your health and well-being. Selenium and zinc are two minerals which are also antioxidants.Other compounds; cysteine, glutamic acid, and glutathione, for example, are also antioxidants, as are natural and herbal products such as ginkgo, hawthorn, rosemary, green tea extract, and grape seed extract.Vitamin A, in the form of beta carotene, is water soluble and can be found in vegetables such as spinach. Vitamin A is important for skin health, helps growth in children and protects against night blindness in addition to other benefits.Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is crucial to the body's ability to produce collagen, an important protein that keeps skin damage minimal. Collagen can delay the development of wrinkles and saggy skin by helping skin hold onto its elasticity. Vitamin C also expedites the body's ability to repair tissues so wounds heal more quickly. It is also important in the body's ability to absorb and use several other nutrients.Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopherol), like vitamin C, is not produced or stored in the body, so it must be constantly replenished through diet or supplementation. It encourages the proper development of muscles. It can help boost the effectiveness of the immune system, primarily by making it more resistant to bacterial and viral infections. Working with other nutrients, vitamin E can help prevent development of cataracts.Selenium is a trace mineral, that is, the body does not need a large quantity for health. However, even in small quantities, in addition to its role as an antioxidant, selenium helps keep cell membranes healthy, helps the thyroid gland and pancreas function properly, and can help prevent dandruff in some people. A link between low selenium levels and HIV/AIDs victims is being explored.Zinc is also a trace mineral. Zinc helps in the healing of wounds, helps maintain the senses of taste and smell, aids in normal growth, helps the reproductive system develop properly, and helps in the transport of Vitamin A from the liver.Cysteine is found in poultry, oats, wheat germ, egg yolks, garlic and onions, and broccoli. It can protect against toxicity from smoking or pollution.Glutamic Acid may reduce cravings for sugar and alcohol. It aids gastrointestinal healing and helps neurological and mental disorders. It is found in animal and vegetable proteins. Pregnant women and children should probably not take supplements of glutamic acid.Glutathione protects against damage from chemicals, smoke and other toxins. It is valuable against cancer, skin problems, and cataracts.Grape Seed Extract is often sold as a supplement for its antioxidant qualities. While the extract is often made from seeds taken from grapes made into juice, for example, you can actually get the same benefits by enduring the taste and crunching the seeds in grapes you can buy in the produce department of your local grocery.Green Tea and Green Tea Extract can both provide antioxidant benefits, but green tea extract may be easier to deal with, say, when traveling or on a visit, than trying to brew a cup or pot of green tea. Green tea extract may also provide a more standard and dependable dose than the cup of tea you just brewed.

Summary

Lasik eye surgery has been big news on the vision front. With many people flocking to have the procedure done it has become one of the most popular eye surgeries. The idea that lasik is a solution for anyone with bad vision also proves that much is unknown about lasik. Before committing to the surgery patients should look into what lasik is and what it can do for vision.Lasik stands for laser-assisted in Situ Keratomileusis. Lasik is where the surgeon cuts a small flap in...