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ER Tips: When Things Get Strange

ertwtgOn a Sunday evening, 14-year-old John DeTone was in-line skating with friends on his driveway when he tripped and fell on his arm. Half an hour later, his wrist started hurting. John’s dad phoned the emergency room (ER), and a nurse advised him to bring his son in. John, a fan of TV shows like “ER” and “Rescue” 911,” was a little nervous about going to the ER. “I wasn’t worried about my wrist–it was either broken, sprained, or just sore–but I was scared about what I might see at the hospital, like people who were bleeding or all banged …

How Effective is the My Snoring Solution Anti-Snoring Chinstrap?

antisnoringchinChronic snoring is an incredibly problematic condition that can lead to potentially fatal health issues like high blood pressure and heart disease which includes heart attacks and strokes. The repercussions of consistent snoring are very serious and can be easily prevented by putting an end to your snoring. There are several anti-snoring mouthpieces available that have been tried and tested, proving to immediately eliminate snoring, or at least significantly reduce it, by repositioning the jaw. This repositioning restricts the tongue from falling back into the throat, blocking the airway and causing snoring. In addition to these mouthpieces, there are chinstraps and bands available that profess to accomplish the same results by advancing the lower jaw externally, rather than orally. These bands are generally 3 inches thick and made of soft material that splits into two thinner bands at the back to comfortably secure the band to your head. A band at the crown of your head and one at the base ensures that the chinstrap stays in place and keeps your jaw in the correct position.

The My Snoring Solution offers an anti-snoring chinstrap that claims to eliminate your snoring immediately by bringing your jaw forward while you sleep. Their chinstrap is designed to maintain an open airway in order to stop the back (soft palate) of your throat from relaxing too much and constricting the airway. Rather than focusing on the placement of the tongue, the band simply forces the airway to remain open throughout the night. This may work for some people, particularly side-sleepers because the tongue is usually kept clear of the airway and the snoring may be the result of another issue, like the over-relaxed palate. However, because chronic snoring is very often caused by the tongue blocking the airway, a chinstrap can prove ineffective.

My Snoring Solution costs nearly twice as much as the majority of anti-snoring mouthpieces available which receive a much higher customer satisfaction rate. The My Snoring Solution chinstrap is a whopping $119.97 and is not able to claim a highly success rate because it does not exist. While there are customers who have found this device effective and are happy with their purchase, the bank of customer complaints far exceeds the success stories. Consumers have often found that the chinstrap does not reduce snoring at all, some have even claimed that the band made their snoring worse, and that it is difficult to breathe while wearing the chinstrap. Even more, dozens of customers have complained about the My Snoring Solution return policy. Not only are you charged shipping and handling for returning the product but you are also charged a 25% disposal fee. In no way is the customer offered a full refund for their dissatisfaction.

In addition to the ineffectiveness of the product and the less than impressive customer service, people who have reviewed the chinstrap have also complained of neck and jaw soreness as well as excessive sweating. The band is only available in one size which some people have also complained is too small for the circumference of their heads. Wearing a chinstrap all night that wraps around your entire head is simply not a comfortable way to sleep.

For nearly half the cost, an anti-snoring mouthpiece can be purchased that have been dentist-designed, FDA-approved and clinically proven to work. The best way to avoid an anti-snoring device scam is to ensure (more…)

The FDA: Strong On Monitoring Some Things, But Not On Sugar

sombnsWhen a fierce winter storm tossed the Santa Clara I in New Jersey coastal fishing waters on January 3, 1992, 432 drums of toxic arsenic trioxide washed over-board. As a salvage firm and the Coast Guard cleaned up the spilled cargo, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) swept into action. Thanks to the FDA, no contaminated seafood ever found its way into stores.

The FDA is on the scene after hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes, when foods damaged by floodwater or power loss threaten to compound public health problems. After Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston, South Carolina, in 1989, more than 1.7 …

Stress Myths And How To Lower Yours

smahtMyth #1: Only bad/unpleasent situations are stressful. Actually, lists of stress-makers also include all kinds of happy events: waddings, graduations, a job promotion, moving to a now house, a new baby brother or sister, winning the lottery, and even falling in love. For instance? If you get into your first choice for college, you’ll be jumping for joy–but you’ll also have a whole new list of decisions, choices, and worries to handle.

Myth #2: In the best kind of world, there wouldn’t be any stress. BOR-ing! Too much peace and quiet can make us bored, restless, and miserable. Stress is …

Data Loss And Hard Drive Recovery Services

Data loss is a massive problem in today’s society. Statistically, 6% of all the data stored on any hard drive (from laptops to phones to databases) gets lost every year. Although that sounds like a small amount, that 6% can make the difference between your child’s first steps, to a loss of your vital customer data and leads. According to the Strategic Research Institute, 50% of companies with a data outage lasting longer than ten days, will go out of business.

With these numbers, it makes incredible sense to have a data recovery service available to you in the …

Groundwater: A Major Resource We Should Care For

gwamrMost of us have seen polluted streams and lakes. But one of the biggest threats to our drinking water is invisible, because the water itself is underground. We asked Dr. Katta J. Reddy, a senior research scientist at the Wyoming Water Resources Center, to explain what groundwater is and why it needs to be protected.

What is groundwater?

Usually groundwater is defined as the water trapped in the pores beneath the soil, in the pores in the rocks. It supplies our nation’s wells and springs. Groundwater moves like a river–fast at one place, and slowly at other places.

Why is

Are You Risking Hearing Loss?

riskhlossRick set the radio volume so he could barely hear the words, then turned off the car. “What are you doing?” asked Jeff.

“My drumming magazine said this is a quick way to check the loudness of a rock concert. If we still are able lo hear and understand the words on the radio after we’ve been to a concert, then the music wasn’t too loud,” Rick explained.

After the concert, Rick turned on the car radio, but the teens couldn’t hear anything. “That music gave us a short-term hearing loss.”

Jeff shrugged. “One rock concert can’t hurt.”

“The magazine …

Choking: How To Stop It And Save Lives

chohtsIn November 1994, Christina Swick, 18, was on the school bus, headed home. As usual, the bus was filled with laughter and shouting. Then, someone in the back yelled out, “Hey, Charlie’s choking!”

At first, Christina and the other students from John S. Battle High School in Mendota, Virginia, didn’t react. Charlie Carroll often sounds like he’s choking, even when he isn’t. He has Wilson’s disease, a neurological impairment due to excessive copper in the liver and brain. He can’t talk or control his muscles.

But then the same person yelled, “Something’s really wrong with Charlie! He was eating a …

Bad Hair Days Can Mean Bad Health

bhdcmHave you ever noticed that when your hair looks good, you feel better? When you like how your hair looks, you have more confidence, you feel happier, and your whole outlook improves. If healthy hair can do all that, why ever again have a bad hair day?

The Long and the Short of Hair

The main component of hair is a tough protein called keratin, which is produced by cells at the root of a hair. Each hair fiber is made up of three layers. The outer layer, the part you see, is called the cuticle. The cuticle is a …

Smoking Still An Issue For Teens

ssaifWhat kills more people each year than AIDS, illegal drugs, car accidents, alcohol, homicides, suicides, and fires combined? With an annual death toll of more than 400,000, cigarette smoking is the number-one preventable cause of death and disease in the United States.

Of the 3,000 teens a day who become new smokers, 1,000 will die from a tobacco-related disease. Now new laws seek to stamp out teen smoking.

Hook ‘Em While They’re Young

Eighty-two percent of all adults who have ever smoked started before age 18. In 1994, almost 19 percent of eighth graders already were smoking. By 12th grade, …