Preventive measures to avoid frostbite as the mercury dips below freezing.
Ice skating, skiing, sledding and snowball fights are all fun winter activities. It only takes minutes for exposed skin to become frostbitten in temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and winds of 20 miles per hour or more. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) have a few suggestions for the proper precautions to fight frostbite.
Your body's first priority is to maintain its core temperature when you are out in the cold. To do that, it shifts blood away from the extremities and toward the central organs of the heart and lungs. This increases the risk of cold weather-related injuries, such as superficial or deep frostbite to the arms, hands, legs and feet. With superficial frostbite, only the skin surface is affected, whereas deep frostbite also affects underlying tissues. Body tissue can freeze when it is frostbitten. Ice crystals form in the tissue cells, which can cause physical damage and permanent change in cell chemistry. When the ice eventually thaws from the body tissue, additional changes in the cell may occur, resulting in infection or cell death (gangrene).
"Since it's easier to prevent frostbite than treat it, it is critical to dress properly for the weather and go inside if you are wet or in the cold too long," said Richard F. Kyle, MD, first vice president of AAOS. "If you believe you or someone you are with has frostbite, it is crucial to seek proper medical attention...
What's in store for the Year of the Fire Dog?
The influence of the fire element creating earth prevails, increasing the opportunities for harmony and peaceable solutions to global and environmental challenges, even as there remain potential for fire-earth related disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, nuclear events, building and mining collapses, etc. Industries related to wood such as writing, publishing, furniture, textiles, will do well because they fuel fire. Healthwise, the fire element governs the blood circulation, heart, and the earth element affects the spleen, shoulder, stomach and digestive system, cancer and diabetes. Finance, energy, electricity, stock market and airline industries will do well.
Remembering Betty: The Voice of Flight 11
by Lynda Lin, September 11, 2006
Pacific Citizen, a member of New America Media
Editor's Note: Betty Ong, a flight attendent on United Flight 11, has been called an unsung hero for her 23-minute phone conversation relaying vital information that later allowed the FBI to identify the terrorists including purported ringleader Mohammed Atta. But the public has been fickle with Betty's memory.
Sept. 11, 2006
Pacific Citizen News Feature
by Linda Lin
NAM Editor's Note: Betty Ong, a flight attendent on United Flight 11, has been called an unsung hero for her 23-minute phone conversation relaying vital information that later allowed the FBI to identify the terrorists including purported ringleader Mohammed Atta. But the public has been fickle with Betty's memory.
How do you heal a wound? Each time this year, the suture seems to bleed a bit and some commemorate the loss in the same way America has traditionally honored presidents: renaming streets, schools and public buildings. On the East Coast, a post office named Todd Beamer reminds its patrons of the exhortation, "Let's roll." And for the new school year in San Jose, Calif. students pass through the threshold of Capt. Jason M. Dahl Elementary School, the pilot of United Flight 93 whose untimely death has recently been immortalized in a Hollywood movie.
But who remembers the young woman with the calm voice telling American Airlines officials the morning...
Multilingual Asian American exit poll survey expands in eight states, to document voters' experiences and choices in key congressional and state races.
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), a 32-year-old civil rights group, today announced details of its Election Protection 2006 efforts on Election Day. Tomorrow, more than 620 attorneys, law students, and volunteers will cover more than 60 poll sites in eight states and Washington, D.C., with a focus on precincts where Asian language assistance is provided, where Asian American voter registration has increased, or where Asian American voters historically have experienced intimidation.
It's the Year of the Fire Boar. What''s in store for you?
The year of the Fire Boar begins on February 18, 2007. The predictions for each lunar year, is calculated by the relationships of the five elements and how they relate to each other during the reign of the zodiac animal of the year.
The Year 4705 of Boar reveals that the two elements in place are fire on top of water. In the relationship of these two elements, it is one of conflict as water will extinguish fire, thus destroying it, portending international disharmony, tension and conflicts. But the Boar is of the water element, which gives birth to the wood element, representing germination that results in new life and beginnings so there is the possibility of new relationships and partnerships, traveling which will stimulate tourism and moving.
The Boar is the symbol of prosperity of industries that are governed by the element of earth such as property, mining, hotel, chemicals, insurance and those of the metal element including machinery, computer, high tech industries, skincare and health-related businesses. Wood-related businesses such as textiles, fashion, books, publications, paper, forestry, and furniture will continue to prosper as they did in 2006, but not as strongly.
The prospects are less optimistic for water and fire-related businesses and industries such as shipping, communication, drinks, stocks, finance, energy, electricity, entertainment, and airlines.
Health challenges encountered this year will...