Hiccup


This usually benign, uncomfortable phenomenon generally passes of its own accord with no treatment. It is due to rhythmical contraction of the diaphragm (the large muscle dividing the chest from the abdominal cavity), due to stimulation of the phrenic nerve. If prolonged, it may produce considerable discomfort. Often anxieties and a psychogenic overlay may produce…
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How to Increase Liveable Space


Apart from obvious places such as kitchen units (cabinets) and bedroom wardrobes (closets), there are many places in the house in which you can store items without spoiling the look of the room. Properly planned storage space can be not only practical and capacious, but positively elegant. In the kitchen, storage is a serious business,…
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The Story of Paul


Acts 25:1-26:32 As a Roman citizen, Paul was supposed to get a fair trial. Instead he had to spend two years in prison. The Roman governor was called Festus. He said, “I think you should come to Caesarea.” So for the fourth time, Paul was put on trial. This time, his enemies were there with…
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How to Choose Mulch


A mulch is a layer of protective material placed over soil. It assists in retaining moisture, conserving warmth, and preventing soil splash on foliage and flowers. There are a variety of mulches to choose from, principally: Clay Granules Clay granules are widely used for hydro-culture, but can also be used to mulch houseplants. When placing…
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Eye Injury


Almost every eye injury carries the threat of serious damage, sometimes even blindness. Understandably the casualty will be worried and distressed, and will be inclined to touch or rub the injury. A damaged eye should never be opened or examined. Removal of contact lenses is best left to the casualty or medical attendant. Eye Injury…
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Pneumothorax


What is Pneumothorax? This means that air has managed to seep into the pleural space, and as a result the lung is not expanding normally with breathing. It is not common with children, although it sometimes occurs with newborn babies. In this case it is a surgical emergency usually dealt with on the spot by…
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Children Bible Story – Paul and Silas


Acts 9:10-25; 14:1-22 Saul was blind when he arrived at Damascus, but by the time he left he could see again with his eyes and his heart. Saul became one of Jesus’ strongest followers. He also changed his name, now he was called Paul. Paul traveled from village to village and told people his story….
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Table Flower Decorations


A garland is a lovely way to decorate a table indoors or out — for a special occasion such as a wedding or christening reception, a birthday, or any other celebration. You can make the garland to loop across the front of the table, to encircle the rim, or to drape on all four sides…
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Teething


Mothers are often at their wits’ end when it comes to baby’s teething. Can you offer some suggestions? Teething is a perfectly normal process. Fortunately for mum (if she happens to be breastfeeding), baby is born with no teeth, imagine her unhappiness if it were otherwise! However, all kinds of disorders are blamed on the…
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Flea and Lice Facts


Fleas and lice are small wingless insects that live on birds and mammals, including humans. Dogs, cats and rats are especially prone to fleas. Fleas and sucking lice suck their host’s blood. Chewing lice chew on their host’s skin and hair or feathers. Chewing lice do not live on humans. The human head louse has…
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Snail Facts


Snails and slugs are small, squidgy, slimy, soft-bodied crawling creatures. They belong to a huge group of animals called molluscs which have no skeleton. Squid and oysters are also molluscs. Snails and slugs are gastropods, a group that also includes whelks and winkles. Gastropod means ‘stomach foot’, because these animals seem to slide along on…
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Sunburn


Sunburn is a very common and painful skin inflammation which results from exposure of unprotected skin to ultraviolet light. This is usually from the sun’s rays, but any ultraviolet light can produce peculiar burning. It can vary from a simple reddening of the skin to extreme blister formation with subsequent peeling of large sheets of…
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Reduce Cholesterol


Major programs are being mounted to encourage people to reduce their cholesterol levels. This is often initiated and supported by national medical associations and heart foundations. Efforts are being directed toward the known causes of elevated cholesterol, such as the intake of saturated fats and foods rich in cholesterol. But emphasis is also being laid…
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