El Diario De Madryn

Health information for your life.

Make No Mistake: Inhalants Can Kill

Liz, age 15, got scared when her hair started falling out. But the Pueblo, Colorado, teen couldn’t stop sniffing paint from milk jugs even though she didn’t like how she looked. She lost her appetite and a lot of weight due to the effects of the poisonous fumes.

In Englewood, Colorado, paramedics worked frantically to save the life of an 11-year-old girl. She almost died from sniffing hair spray. A paramedic explained, “What happens is the person gets hallucinations and an intense sense of euphoria [high] that lasts for a short time”

He continued, “You do it even once and it can kill you.”

Two friends, Steve and Cody, were …

Compaq Was The Original “King Of Servers”

Mention “PC server originator” to almost any network administrator, and the first name he or she will most often mention is Compaq Computer Corp. That’s because the formerly Houston-based PC colossus literally invented the genre in 1989 with the introduction of the SystemPRO, one of the first PC systems designed from the ground up as a network server.

A classic Compaq SystemPRO

A classic Compaq SystemPRO

It’s no surprise then that now HP/Compaq commands the top spot in the PC server marketplace. In 1992, Compaq shipped more than 40,000 servers, earning 26% of the server market and the distinction of being the No. 1 selling Intel-based server brand in the United States, according to …

Fitness Is So Much More Than You Think

fismmThe starting gun fires. The track star propels himself from the starting block. He sprints around the track. He breaks the tape with his chest as he crosses the finish line.

No argument here: Everyone agrees that sports celebrities are physically fit. What you may not know is that you don’t have to be a world-class athlete to enjoy the benefits of fitness.

Forty years ago, fitness tests measured only athletic skills. Participants were scored in such events as the 50-yard dash and the standing long jump. If you weren’t a star athlete, you wouldn’t rate well–but you might have been fit by today’s more accurate standards.

The Big

Good Old Sociopaths

Sometimes people say, “Oh, he’s really psycho (a psychopath),” when they are describing a friend’s slightly wild behavior. Or, “He has a real anti-social personality,” to explain why someone doesn’t want to go out with his friends on Friday night.

These two terms, psychopath and anti-social personality, are more than slang words to describe a friends’s unusual behavior. In professional language, they are used interchangeably with another term, sociopath, to describe someone whose problems are a lot more serious than acting up in class or showing an occasional fit of bad temper. A sociopath is someone who stands apart from a typical life filled with other people.

Using and Abusing

Tackling Skin Issues Is Best With A Cream

tsiibIf asked to write down the organs in the human body, not many people would list the skin, but it is in fact the largest organ of the body and has many important functions. The skin protects your body from injury, controls your body’s temperature, and holds water in your body so you do not shrivel up like a prune. When you’re hot, your skin perspires to cool you off. The fat layers of your skin help keep in warmth when it is cold outside. Without the protection of the skin, no one would be able to survive.

Just like other organs, the skin can have many different types …

Keep Your Mac Healthy, And Your Heart Will Follow

What do you do when you’re right in the middle of an important project and your hardware suddenly quits?

mac-protection-recoveryIf you work for a big company or a school with thousands of Macs, the answer is easy: You call Microcomputer Support (or whatever that department is called at your site), and get help. Help is usually quick and efficient and comes with loaner equipment to tide you over. If you’re on a network, as is increasingly common, the bulk of your working data probably resides on a server and is backed up daily or even more frequently. Even if your site doesn’t consolidate data on a server, it may provide …

Psoriasis – The Itch You Can’t Scratch

ptiycKaren’s knees and elbows are red and scaly. Her mother helps her bathe and moisturize with her favorite cream every day after breakfast and every night before bedtime.

Susan’s skin from head to toe is itchy, red, and flaky. Every day, she soaks at least twice in the tub (and it feels so good she’d like to stay in it forever) and applies her prescription moisturizer. She has to visit her dermatologist (a physician who specializes in the skin) once a month for an ultraviolet light treatment. She resents the time her skin care takes and is afraid that it may be this way all her life.

Dave is …

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Exploring Space Was A Landmark Move

eswalIn 1988, astronauts aboard the space shuttle looked down on South America and saw a 1,000-kilometer-long smoke cloud that covered the entire Amazon basin and was only stopped by the towering wall of the Andes mountains. The haze of smoke came from the burning of the Amazon rain forest, a region containing the world’s greatest variety of plants and animals. That vast spread of smoke was clearly visible to the astronauts, who were in a unique position to see how and where humans are altering natural ecosystems on planet Earth.

That is precisely what scientists plan to learn by using space to take an inventory of natural resources and …

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Vitamins E And D: You Need Them!

vedStay out of the sun! It’s bad for your health! There are a lot of words of caution being spoken these days about overexposure to the sun, and they should be taken seriously. But sunshine, despite its potentially harmful effects, is good for your health. Exposure to the sun’s rays will provide you with a vitamin that helps keep your teeth and bones healthy. It’s Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin.” When you go outdoors on a sunny day, the inactive vitamin is formed and this is slowly converted into an active form.

You can get vitamin D from some foods, but up to 84 percent of …

Listen To What Your Body Has To Say

bhtsDo you remember the last time your body, all by itself, decided it had something to say?

Was it in algebra class, while you stood in front of the class at the blackboard solving a complicated problem? Your stomach decided it was just the right time for a long, low growl.

How about that time in the theater, when a master blast from your intestines broke the silence?

Then there was that memorable moment in the lunchroom when a run of hiccups took on a life of its own.

By the way, did you play the starring role in a movie called “Burps in the Library, Part III”?

Yes, we’ve …

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment