Study finds association between TV watching and pulmonary embolism

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In a study that included more than 86,000 people in Japan who were followed for about 20 years, the risk of pulmonary embolism was 6.49 times higher for people who spent 5 hours or more in front of the tube compared with people who watched TV less than 2.5 hours a day (P < 0.05), said Toru Shirakawa, an undergraduate public health research fellow at Osaka University.

In reporting his findings at a press conference at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology, Shirakawa said that the greatest risk was observed in people ages 40-59. In the overall population of 40–79 years, however, the risk still was 2.36 times greater for people watching TV for 5 hours or more. (Medpage Today)

Fever in children

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  1. Do not ignore fever in children.
  2. Fever with cough and cold means viral sore throat.
  3. Fever with chills and rigor may be due to malaria.
  4. Fever with severe headache and pain behind the eyes may be dengue.
  5. If a child has fever with urinary symptoms, the child needs further investigations.
  6. Do not ignore fever with jaundice.
  7. Do not give aspirin to children for fever.
  8. Immediately lower the temperature if the fever is more than 104°F.
  9. If fever is associated with altered behavior, then immediately contact the doctor.
  10. Tepid water sponging is better than sponging with cold and ice water.
  11. In heat stroke, cold water sponging can lower the temperature if anti-fever medication is not working.
  12. Do not ignore if body temperature is low.
  13. If body temperature is less than 95°F, immediately warm the child using blankets and other measures.
  14. Paracetamol is the safest medicine for children in fever.

Sleep deprivation and sleep apnea both bad for the heartSleep deprivation and sleep apnea both bad for the heart

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Both sleep deprivation and sleep apnea have been linked to a higher risk of heart disease.

Inadequate or poor quality sleep can increase the risk of heart disease in due course of time. Short–term sleep deprivation is linked with high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and high blood pressure

Sleep apnea makes people temporarily stop breathing many times during the night. Up to 83% of people with heart disease also have sleep apnea.

In sleep apnea oxygen levels dip and the brain sends an urgent “Breathe now!” signal. That signal briefly wakes the sleeper and makes him or her gasp for air. That signal also jolts the same stress hormone and nerve pathways that are stimulated when you are angry or frightened. As a result, the heart beats faster and blood pressure rises, along with other things that can threaten heart health such as inflammation and an increase in blood clotting ability. (Source Harvard)v

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