National Adoption Week
Developing nations throughout the world are upping their efforts to maintain or better health and safety amongst their population. Countries like India first started by educating its people about safe sex, and the use of condoms, which is a topic of great shame in the country. The topic of sex is rarely brought up since the culture is strictly resistant to it. As developing nations are working to better their economies, it was obvious that to save money, they had to put more focus on preventative healthcare. Profit margins set forth by major medical device and pharmaceutical companies make this very difficult for developing nations to provide their citizens the best medical practices and products at affordable prices to their locals.
The old pulse oximters of the medical world were bulky and very pricy, which only left them accessible to the large clients and not most end users. A patient was dependent on his or her doctor or clinic to get a simple oxygen reading, but if they wanted to check their blood pressure a local pharmacy offered cost effective devices. Another problem with these old style oximeters was their size. Developing nations do not always have stabilized hospitals with set locations; therefore, portability is key to any in these types of countries.
Recent breakthroughs in technology in the computer industry have led way to advances in other industries as well. The medical industry is no stranger to this association. As computer processor chips got smaller and faster, so did pulse oximeters. A pulse oximeter is now available in a new fingertip size, which is very portable and can easily be put in the pocket or purse. These oximeters run on standard AA batteries, which are easily accessible throughout the World. Prices for these new pulse oximeters are under $ 100, which make them very accessible to developing nations, and to third world nations as well.
RT @emily_kahr: It’s national adoption week! You want a dog go to pet smart or petco they have dogs that need homes !
Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) May 23, 2013
With memories of Hurricane Sandy still fresh in peoples minds, homeowners are encouraged to take a top down approach to preparing their homes for the start of the 2013 Hurricane Season.
Hurricane Sandy caused more than $ 71 billion in damages and impacted millions of people last October, says Jill Hasling, president and meteorologist with the Weather Research Center in Houston. This deadly storm was so powerful that its name was retired and the level of awareness of homeowners throughout the country to potential storm damage has been elevated dramatically.
2013 Hurricane Predictions
Hasling, who forecasts a 90 percent chance that a Category 3 or stronger hurricane will form in the Atlantic Ocean during the 2013 Hurricane Season, believes that the coastal areas from Louisiana to Alabama and the western coast of Florida have a 70 percent chance of experiencing landfall of a tropical storm or hurricane this year. She predicts that the second highest risk is the coast from Georgia to North Carolina with a 60 percent chance, and that at least nine to 12 named storms will form in the Atlantic with six of them intensifying into hurricanes.
Our advice is that homeowners take the time during National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 26 June 1, 2013) to create family emergency plans and evaluate their home exteriors to make sure theyre ready for this potentially deadly hurricane season, says Hasling.
Top Down Home Evaluations
As Hurricane Sandy proved, you dont have to live directly on the coast to be impacted by hurricane conditions. Twenty-four states were affected by Hurricane Sandy, with home damage resulting from strong winds, flying debris and massive flooding.
Now is the time to carefully evaluate your homes exterior, says Mark Clement, co-host of MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show and a professional contractor. Never assume that the roof, windows, doors or garage doors that held up well during previous storms will again be able to handle severe weather conditions.
Repeated exposure to strong weather can take a toll on the home. Always review and evaluate the effectiveness of the entire home envelope each year at the beginning of the hurricane season.
Start at the top of your home and evaluate the condition of your roof, then work down to your windows, entry doors and garage doors. These are the four most critical areas of the home during hurricane season because if any one of these areas is compromised, then wind and pressure can enter the home with devastating results.
A homes roof should be examined yearly to determine if there are missing shingles, curling or splitting shingles, lifting shingles or loss of granules. Both straight line winds and pressurized winds can cause different damage — from uplifting the shingles off the roof to pushing intense wind-driven rain and flying debris onto the roof.
Weather conditions have changed so much in recent years, says Clement. My recommendation is to always select an impact-resistant roof for the home. Even though we live inland in Pennsylvania, we put a DaVinci Roofscapes