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Sun, 22nd April 2018
 

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STRIKE ALIGHT

Q: 

I wonder if people realise the risks of using matches. Often when striking the lighted head may suddenly become detached, and fly into space. This maybe serious if it is the face (especially the eye), or drops onto the leg or foot which may be a severe burn in a second. At candle time, it is wise to pre-empt possible risks.

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Also, keep matches from little ones. Be careful with anything electrically powered, especially near water. Pools and kids must be supervised at all times, whether at home, public pools or the beach. Tragedies happen every year.

 
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BAREFOOT

Q: 

What is the attitude to kids going barefoot in hot weather?

A: 

Kids love discarding shoes and socks, whatever the season. This is OK inside the house where there is little risk. The yards are probably safe too, but upturned bits of weed with sharp rusty nails, or broken glass are always a hazard. Outdoors is a challenge. Gravel is very sharp. Bit of wire, glass, sharp pieces of metal abound. There may be the hidden risk of infected needles. Many grass strips are alive with bindies which penetrate and hurt. Parental discretion and supervision are a good idea. Wearing thongs when out of the domestic scene makes sense.

 
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PEANUTS

Q: 

Some kids are allergic to peanuts, but how does one know, and how can risks be avoided when visiting?

A: 

Peanut allergy is relatively common. It may cause swelling in the lips, tongue, throat lining and breathing distress, which in severe cases may become an emergency. Once allergic always allergic, although intensity may lessen over time. Parents must drill the kids. Avoid nuts, but also check supermarket foods for nut content which is usually indicated on the label. If visiting, check with the host beforehand. Most are aware of this situation.

 
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CROWN SEALS

Q: 

The kids have a friend who loves to remove crown seals with his teeth.

A: 

This is crackpot, and one day his front teeth may suddenly crack at gum level. New crowns are very expensive, and never as cosmetic as the original Teeth must be protected at all costs, fur they must last a lifetime. Discourage your children from emulating their hero, and have friendly chat to him also. There are lots of other fun ways of removing the seals.

 
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ALMONDS

Q: 

We are told almonds improve cardiac health, but how many are needed?

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Most say a small handful each day is adequate. This is roughly 18. Have them as part of the meal, or many prefer them as a mid-morning-afternoon snack. Eat slowly and enjoy. Walnuts are also good for the heart, and so are macadamias. All nuts are nutritious. Do not crack shells with teeth. It can be very expensive. Nuts are high in fat, the “good fats”.

 
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CURSOR

Q: 

When using my computer I am eternally cursing the cursor which seems to run away and hide. It becomes lost in the maze of type, and I have difficulty.

A: 

It is time to visit the eye doctor. Clarity of vision gradually reduces with everybody over time. However, refractive correction often makes the screen much clearer. The ideal is for clear vision when sitting at right angles with the screen at eye level. The thigh should be sloping slightly down, with feet touching the ground. Often a low back support helps connect sitting.

 
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GIFT FROM GRAN

Q: 

My grandkids have threatened to give me a computer as a gift, but I am saying “Why … I have lived this long without one, why bother now?

A: 

Never look a gift horse in the mouth. Take the computer, and learn how to use it. This will sharpen the intellect, and open a new world. Writing letters, sending e-mails, discovering new things is all part of the ongoing process of mental acuity. These are the people who live longest, have less health problems and enjoy life to the fullest.

 
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AUNTY AT 14

Q: 

My sister managed to fall pregnant at 17, and is now wheeling junior around. It seems strange that I am now an aunty at the ripe age of 14.

A: 

This is not terribly uncommon. It is a bit of a bundle for your sister, but I am sure she will cope. Is mum around to lend a hand! Show your value of being an aunt, and give as much support as possible. Also, have a talk to mum or your friends and learn how to avoid pregnancy too early in life. The medical risks are much higher in those under 20.

 
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NAIL FILE

Q: 

Is it safe to share my nail file with others?

A: 

Ideally, keep personal gear in which there is any likelihood of body fluids including blood being transmitted to another, totally to yourself. Do not share. This includes nail scissors, clippers, combs, razors, hair removal gear, needles or anything else. Most serious and common viruses include hepatitis B, C and HIV. If blood happens to be splashed on your skin, or specially eyes, wash immediately with copious water.

 
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SEXUAL ACTIVITY

Q: 

What is normal with sexual activity in an average couple?

A: 

This varies, enormously, and there is no set figure. Physical stamina, enthusiasm, situations and opportunity, state of health and medication all play a major role. If twice a night is manageable, that’s fine. If once a week seems right, that too is OK. Maybe once a month or less? Also suitable for others. Ideally, both partners should be in agreement, without fighting.

 
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This health advice is general in nature. You are advised to seek medical attention from your doctor or health care provider for your own specific symptoms and circumstances.

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