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Sun, 5th August 2018
 

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KIDS ASTHMA

Q: 

My five year old has been diagnosed with asthma, even though there is a cough but not much wheeze. She now uses puffers. Will this continue forever?

A: 

Everybody is different. When growing up, often symptoms vanish, and permanent treatment may not be necessary. Also, the cause may also alter, especially with seasonal changes, airborne pollutants, climate and area living area. Once as asthmatic, the tendency is there, often an inherited "atopy". Unnecessary treatment is not a good idea, but guidance by the family doctor is advisable.

 
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ROAD HUMPS

Q: 

Some councils are going crazy creating road humps and narrow areas in the belief this may reduce accident rates. I believe it has the opposite effect, and probably creates more. A whacking big road hump in a road that suddenly narrows is dangerous.

A: 

Most council actions like this are carried out after careful surveys often for many months or even years. I agree it seems crazy, but most are well signposted in advance, and only crazy people drive at rates that can lead to accidents. The idea is to reduce speed, force drivers to drive more carefully, and be aware of the road, pedestrians and other cars.

 
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BURNS

Q: 

What is the best way to treat simple superficial burns?

A: 

Place the part, usually fingers or hand under the tap or plunge into cold water. This often reduces pain immediately, and helps prevent damage to underlying tissues. Then cover with light cotton bandages, or even left unwrapped if mild. Do not apply anything. They usually heal within a few days. Sometimes a blister will form. Do not prick for this allows germs to penetrate and set up infection. Any deep burn needs immediate management at the burns unit of a major public hospital.

 
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FLAT WHITE

Q: 

The more flat white coffees I have, especially in the afternoon, the more I am jumping for joy at midnight!

A: 

Flat white, cappuccino, short black or any other kind of coffee is loaded with caffeine. Anywhere from 150 to 300 mg, one helluva hit. Sure it makes a person feel great, as the neurons are swept into super activity. But the effect from hit number one is anything up to 18 hours. So, coffee at 6 am is still having a mental kick at midnight! That is a grand slam. Ideally go for weaker varieties, and none after midday if you desire peaceful sleep. Powdered coffee, pretty dull stuff, has about 60 mg a cup.

 
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TRIPPING

Q: 

My mum seems to be forever tripping, even when walking on a level footpath.

A: 

This is common. It is due to not lifting the feet high enough. A conscious effort to walk correctly is essential, but often neglected by people of all ages. Some soles tend to grip walking surfaces, increasing the risks. Falls are dangerous, but specifically in older persons as the bones weaken and break more readily.

 
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WINDSCREENS

Q: 

It amazes me how people continue to drive their cars with filthy windscreens. All petrol stations have gear to clean them properly with brushes and squeezes, and we all have windscreen wipers and water in the car.

A: 

People are intrinsically lazy, and if it all seems too hard, they do not bother. This seems to cover all people, from workers to professionals. In the interests of your own safety, those driving with you and others using the roads, please make sure your windscreen is clean at all times. Often during the day a thin unseen film of dust accumulates. When hit by the sun, often towards evening, it can almost entirely obliterate clear vision. This too is a danger zone.

 
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GOOD SAMARITAN

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I often go for a walk for health reasons. The other day, when walking up a hill, I felt a bit tired, so sat down on a brick wall for a little rest. Imagine my surprise when a young lady crossed over and asked if I was OK, or needed any help. It re-assured me that this world still has a lot of people who care a bit for others.

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Although we are constantly reminded of the evils of this world and the disasters, there is a lot of humanity out there. Many despair of the “upcoming generation”. But it all seems to work out OK. Our headmaster constantly bullied and yelled at us, but the world continued and leaders and responsible adults gradually made their way to the top.

 
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WHAT THE DICKENS

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I am re-reading Charles Dickens for pleasure. We were forced during school years, but now I realize what a wonderful writer he was. Amazing insight into the amount of walking most people did during the 1850 era - horses were the only alternate transport for most - no cars or planes. Five to thirty miles seemed common, before one started to do some work.

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Today, most would collapse at the mere thought of this, let alone withstand it. Although most seemed to die young, many also hit the 100 mark. Walking is still in fashion for better health and recreation.

 
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