Monthly Archives: November 2016

Appliances that Can Kill You

Household Appliances In IndianaCarbon monoxide (CO), a type of gas, bears the title of “silent killer” for many good reasons. This poisonous gas has no color, taste, or smell, but can cause death in those exposed, since it prevents the blood’s ability to supply oxygen throughout the body. It can come from numerous sources, but the primary ones are from burning fuels including natural gas, oil, propane, wood, and gasoline.

This means that anything in your home using these fuels produce CO, so you need to take precautionary measures, especially in maintaining them.

Gas-powered heating systems

Your furnace that makes use of gas to produce that lovely warmth that envelopes you and your loved ones during chilly or cold days can be dangerous. This is particularly true when you neglect to have it regularly serviced or when you delay having it repaired when problems arise.

Do not put yourself and your family at risk of CO poisoning – contact an Indiana company specializing in furnace services right away.

Gas-heated water systems

To produce hot water, a gas-powered water heating system burns fuel, which then produces CO as an aftermath. When you do your job as an owner in terms of maintaining it properly and making sure it runs flawlessly, you do not have to worry about excessive CO engulfing your home. However, leave it in disrepair, and you can face a carbon monoxide poisoning situation.

Other gas-, oil-, or coal-burning household appliances

Fireplaces, gas stoves, and any other gas-, oil-, or coal-burning equipment in your home can cause disastrous consequences when you leave them in a state of disrepair. You should do your part in having them regularly inspected for any potential faults, in order to minimize the potential CO-related issues they may lead to.

Remember: prevention always trumps cure. So make it a part of your home maintenance to have all these appliances undergo routine inspections to avert the potential risks of CO poisoning that come with them.

What You Need to Know About the Community Health Center Financial Crisis

Improved Financial ProcessIn the latest news, federally qualified health centers have benefited from the Affordable Care Act. They were able to receive temporary funding. Community health centers have a different story, however. These health centers, according to study, are experiencing continued problems with their financial processes.

Problems Left and Right

You may be working in a community health center yourself, and you may have noticed the increase in patient volumes in the health center. Every other community health center is experiencing this, and they are having a difficult time catching up. Other problems of community health centers are unstable revenue cycle streams for healthcare, inadequate staffing, as well as limited funds for the implementation of alternative payment schemes.

Prediction vs. Reality

The patient volume increase may be traced to the fact that many community health centers are not only treating the uninsured but also the insured. The mentioned study showed that the number of insured and uninsured patients did not decrease as predicted under the Affordable Care Act. In fact, the number of insured patients at community health centers skyrocketed by 35% from 2010 to 2014.

What You Can Do

Of course, funding will be needed to remedy the issues hounding community health centers. For the meantime, however, you and your healthcare center may be able to enhance the financial processes with the available resources that you have right now. Rev-Ignition recommends consulting with professionals who know about revenue cycle management solutions.

Improve Financial Processes

Other things you can do is investing in an online medical billing tool. This can help the center by ensuring that as much people pay their hospital bills. Payment will become much more accessible and flexible as well. In addition, you can also pinpoint patients who are most likely to pay their bills.

You can improve your center’s revenue cycle management further under the guidance of professionals in the field. With the improvement, you may yet be able to patch up some of the cracks that the ACA has wrought in community health centers.

After the Storm Comes the Calm – Or the Mold

HVAC SystemsAfter every storm comes a period of calm. Unfortunately, for those whose homes were also flooded, that period of calm may mean the attack of dangerous mold.

The country is no stranger to floods and heavy rains. Apart from the soaked environment and general clean-up, storms cause mold problems. Initially, it doesn’t seem like a big threat, but in time, it will result in costly home improvements or repairs and family health risks.

Keeping the mold from growing seems like a challenge. But for Prestige Air Conditioning & Heating, LLC, a local service, the right heating and cooling system is a big help.

The Fight Against Mold

Mold is everywhere; similar to bacteria, the spores are present in the environment. Dark and damp conditions left by storms encourage faster mold growth. In most cases, it only takes as little as 48 hours.

After the rainstorm, acting fast is the number one solution in avoiding mold growth. Keep in mind that mold thrives in hidden areas of your home, such as the attic, the insulation, walls or vents. If you’re not fast enough, the mold will spread to visible parts of the house. Before you know it, the problem is already out of control.

Your HVAC’s Helping Hand

Local heating and air conditioning contractors know that ventilation is important in discouraging mold growth. This means your HVAC system plays a big role in keeping the house mold-free.

Going without a change in the system is common for most homeowners. HVAC filters, however, are important in preventing mold growth. By replacing them every three months, you limit the amount of dust, allergens, mold spores, and dirt in your home’s air. Also, a well-ventilated attic reduces HVAC energy bills by at least 10%.

Hiring local HVAC experts to do the job makes life easier. After the storm, call the nearest one and have your system checked. 

After the storm, problems are bound to appear, but with clean filters and water leak solutions, molds shouldn’t be part of your list.

Dubai Municipality Mulls Over New Anti-Obesity Regulations

Child Health in Dubai As Dubai moves toward academic excellence, it aims to address the issue of the increasing rate of obesity amongst school children.

The Dubai Municipality’s officials are also considering a new regulation that would tackle a growing number of obese children. The first International Conference on Applied Nutrition scheduled between Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 will also seek to raise awareness on the matter.

The municipality said that nearly 33 percent of children in the UAE aged between five and 17 years old are overweight and obese. Proper nutrition is not only a key factor for children’s health and wellbeing, but also for their academic performance.

Healthy Habits

The new regulation and conference would tackle the root cause of obesity: poor dietary habits. While some of the best schools, including the Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai, have already incorporated this matter into their learning programmes, the municipality believes that implementing additional initiatives will help in further reducing the problem.

Despite common knowledge on poor eating habits as the main link to obesity, a significant increase in diet-related diseases still occurred in Dubai and other areas, according to Khalid Mohammed Sharif, assistant director general of Dubai Municipality for environment, health and safety control sector.

Preventive Measures

Pursuant to the new regulations, the food industry sector would need to provide healthier food choices for children to reduce obesity and other health illnesses. The rules would also monitor the type of food products specifically marketed for children.

Jehaina Hassan Al Ali, a principal food studies and surveys officer at the municipality, said that the International Conference on Applied Nutrition will also serve as a medium for recommendations in shaping the proposed regulations for the food industry.

This kind of initiative has helped Dubai maintain its status as one of the best cities in the world with an outstanding approach to education.

It is Time: Know When to Meet your Dentist

Dental Visits in Orange CountyDental visits are among the types of visits that people in Orange County often take for granted, if not push back until forgotten. However, there are times when an appointment with your dentist should be prioritized.

Kurt Schneider, DDS shares five signs that it is time to pay your dentist that long overdue visit.

  1. Toothache

A toothache is the most obvious sign that it is time to see your dentist, even after it has passed. The fact that your teeth are aching says a lot about the condition of your teeth. If your toothache gets better after a day or two, still pay you dentist a visit. While the pain has gone, the infection might not have.

  1. Inflamed gums

Inflamed gums can be caused by brushing harshly or a symptom of other diseases. If you have swollen and/or bleeding gums, and has a family history of gum problems, seeing your dentist should be done immediately.

  1. Sensitivity to food

Unable to enjoy food with varying temperatures (too hot or too cold) should be a wake-up call for you. This is the first sign that your teeth is filled with cavities and is nearing (or has reached) the middle where your nerves are located. Thus the sensitivity and eventual pain. Book an appointment and immediately get your cavities filled.

  1. Jaw pain

Having a painful jaw whenever you swallow or when you open and close your mouth is also a sign that there is something wrong with your mouth. There are a lot of possible causes of jaw pain and your dentist should be able to properly diagnose it with early tests and scans.

  1. Mouth sores

Mouth sores that last a week or longer should be brought to the attention of your dentist. Regardless of the type of mouth sores, one has, such abnormalities are signs of other diseases of infections in the mouth.

Experiencing at least one of these signs? What are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and set an appointment with your resident Orange County dentist now.

The Naked Truth About Diseases and Food

Genetically Modified FoodThere’s a truth hiding in plain view that could affect the way you look at things. At the same time, knowing it frees you from a medical quagmire that’s been shackling you for too long.

When was the last time you had your checkup? Can you remember what your doctor told you? If you have been regularly seeing your doctor, there’s a great possibility that you’ll remember the day you last saw him and perhaps answer yes to the last question.

But what if you learn there’s another side to the truth you’ve been told? TheWallachRevolution.com provides you a framework to answer your questions below.

Its Origins

For a long time, experts have known that many types of diseases are sometimes caused by what you eat. It’s no secret that most of the foodstuffs you buy from your local supermarket were products of genetic engineering. Although bioengineering companies have put out dozens of ads proclaiming there’s nothing wrong with GM crops, the bacterium used to introduce genes into a foodstuff can affect your health. A study published by the University of Minnesota Environmental Health Sciences revealed that increased food toxicity and resistance to antibiotics are two of the many effects of genetic engineering.

Even Doctors Become Victims

Perhaps you may have heard the phrase dead doctors don’t lie radio announcers would exclaim on air. You may even wonder what this expression meant. It was coined in one health conference which highlights the fact even the lifespan of doctors is affected by nutrition, or lack thereof, gained from eating these GM foodstuffs. Mind you, they’re doctors who are supposed to know what’s best for your health!

The Naked Truth

You’ll definitely be surprised to learn that cardiomyopathy, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, most cancers, and a host of other diseases are all preventable. What’s more, nutrition has a vital role in preventing such ailments. That is, as long as you get these nutrients from non-GM foodstuffs. However, with the way things are, most of the products being sold in stores and supermarkets have been genetically engineered. This was uncovered by the National Geographic in one of its feature presentations where it reveals genetically engineered foodstuffs have been on store shelves since the 90s.

So What if They’re GMOs?

While a lot of scientists have been joining the chorus of the song that bioengineering companies have been singing, they stopped short of saying GMs are 100 percent safe. Although most of them concede that there’s no way of predicting the long-term effects of eating GM products, they still say it’s safe for now. It’s like telling people it’s okay to cross a busy highway for now because there are only a few cars. Fact is, if there’s danger in the future, why continue it?

Now that you learned about the naked truth that has been hiding in plain view for a long time, the next move will be up to you. If you wish to continue with your previous routine, you go ahead if that makes you happy. However, should you desire a healthier, fuller, and longer life, you might want to take a hard look at the food and medicines you have been taking. The choice is yours.

Approach Teeth Whitening Right: Avoid These Mistakes

Gleaming SmileWith a range of teeth whitening products available, you may be tempted to try a few of them to get the results you desire. The sad news is, using certain products can do more harm than good. Bad bleaching habits can also waste your money and leave you with disappointing results.

Scott W. Grant, DMD shares a few teeth whitening mistakes that can negatively affect your smile.

Starting the Process Immediately

Your quest for a white smile may cause you to start using a whitening product right away. Bleaching, however, will produce better results when the dentist prep your mouth for the process. This means oral prophylaxis to make sure that the tooth surface is clean. A follow-up consultation is also necessary to make sure that you’re on the right track.

Forgoing a Customized Dental Tray

With a great number of products available today, it is tempting to forgo a customized dental tray. A generic tray or tooth guard, however, can lead to swallowed or spilled whitening solution. It is always better to have a customized tray for a better fit. This will also keep the bleach in contact with the teeth and avoid irritating the gums or throat.

Overusing Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpastes can remove light surface teeth stains, but it is not advisable to use them every day. This is because some products can be extremely abrasive, leading to severe tooth wear. Some also contain silica, a compound that can remove the surface enamel when overly used. This then results in tooth sensitivity and worn down tooth.

Getting the Service at a Salon

While your favorite salon offers a whitening treatment, it isn’t the right place for the procedure. This is because not all salons have the right tools to sterilize or disinfect the bleaching equipment. Not all aestheticians or beauticians, furthermore, have the training necessary to make sure that procedure is done the proper way.

If you want a gleaming smile, let your dentist supervise the process. Apart from helping you get the results you want, consulting a dental professional will make sure that your quest for whitening doesn’t go too far.

Removing Bloodstains from Any Surface As If It Were Never There

Crime Scene in Salt Lake CityPorous materials absorb blood. When soaked fibers dry up, it can be quite tedious to remove the stain. Ask any blood cleanup expert and they will tell you blood that has already set in is stubborn. Once dried, only solutions with enzymes that break down the protein components of blood can do the job well enough.

What are the most important things you need to know about bloodstain removal?

Pantry items that can remove blood

Households in Salt Lake City already have items in the pantry, which can be used to remove bloodstains. Laundry detergents and bar soaps are effective for fresh stains, when combined with cold water, a thorough rinsing, and patience on your part. Some recommend applying a generous helping of table salt on the stained area. Remember to use cold water, and consider the advice of some people to add baking soda to the liquid to make a paste that you can then rub on the stain.

If you have a bowl of milk on hand, then submerge the fabric with the stain and allow the enzymes in milk to work for a couple of hours. Another alternative to water is vinegar, which works best for bloodstains in fabrics.

What to avoid

If, despite using the pantry items above the stain remain visible, they repeat the procedures again. Do not place the soiled cloth in the dryer. Do not expose the item to heat sources, including hot water immersion. The blood components will cook and stick more avidly in the fibers, or on the surface.

In addition, do not put off removing blood from the scene. Exposure to blood can be dangerous to the people in the area. Bacteria, as well as blood borne pathogens, may lead to infection or illness.

Blood and stain removal consist of a thorough cleaning followed by sanitation. Bloodstains can be hard to remove, but if you act early and use the right products, you would be successful in removing the stain with hardly a trace. However, it is always advisable to get the services of a professional when it comes to crime scene cleaning, says an expert from Bestcrimescenecleanuputah.com. The personnel is trained to remove blood stains properly and they have the right tools to do it.

 

5 Essential Things Every Car Owner Should Have in Their Car

Car Owner in PinkenbaWhile a majority of car owners store essential things in their vehicle — enough to save them in case of an emergency — there are some who keep nothing at all. That’s a bit concerning since you’ll never know what will happen on the road.

Here is a run-through of the important things you should have on hand, so you’re geared up for different situations you may face along the road:

Emergency Safety Kits

Make sure to have these in your trunk. Buy a packaged emergency safety kit from the market if you don’t know where to start. These usually come with a first aid kit, a flashlight, and many other items you can use in case of an emergency.

Spare Tyre

Along with a spare tyre, other items you need to keep in your car are a tyre iron and jack. Of course, you can’t install your spare tyre without these tools. The tyre is useless if you don’t know how to change it, so why not ask someone who can teach you.

Contact Information

Ready Towing and other experts recommend keeping all the necessary contact information in your glove compartment. These include your towing and road assistance company, insurance company, and hospital or preferred doctor (in case of injuries).

Tyre Pressure Gauge

Check the tyre pressure regularly to boost fuel efficiency, save lives and promote tyre longevity. You wouldn’t want to lose control of your vehicle, do you?

Manual

Should you have a problem with your car, having its vehicle manual with you could be of great help. Do not forget to put it inside your glove compartment, as well.

Of course, these are only a few of the important things every driver should keep within their vehicle. It’s better to stay prepared for any emergencies, as you may not know when it strikes.

Restaurant Business in Brisbane

3 Tips on Opening a Restaurant Business

Opening a Restaurant BusinessPeople love food. Business owners open up restaurants regularly. Almost every entrepreneur-minded person have probably thought of putting up a place to eat. This is not only because of profitability — seeing customers happy with the food you serve is satisfying.

The financial rewards of opening up a restaurant can’t be discounted either. However, it is a business for the hard working!

Here are tips for those thinking of opening a restaurant.

Word of mouth is your best friend

If you’re a new restaurant in an area filled with chain outlets and cafes owned by big-time restaurateurs, you can’t compete with their advertising budget. Your best bet is building a loyal client base. Make a habit of reminding satisfied customers to tell their friends about your place and maybe bring them along next time. For the very first few months, you can consider having soft-opening tasting parties where you invite your target market to sample your food–think local offices, school PTAs, and even the community church. That will surely help get the word out.

Don’t go crazy with the menu

Think long and hard: What does my target market want? Don’t go and list down all the food you like and call that your menu. Putting up a successful restaurant is about serving the people what they want.

Another important point is to put dishes that you can get quality ingredients for. Hit up vendors of wholesale fruit and vegetables in Brisbane and incorporate that into your menu.

It’s better to have a limited menu made with the best ingredients that having copious amounts of food choices that are mediocre in freshness and quality.

Hire smart

The restaurant business is a high turnover industry — meaning, lots of employees come and go. If you keep on hiring and firing, you’re hurting your business. Each time you need to replace an employee, you need to train a new one. Training means a period of lower productivity. Keeping loyal and hardworking employees is key to a very successful restaurant.

Of course, there’s no way to predict this, but do everything you can to check backgrounds, interview for behaviour, and get a solid commitment from everyone you hire.

Entering the restaurant business can be very rewarding. But, remember, like all business endeavours, your success is ultimately reliant on the work you put in — so hustle hard!