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Ice Packs are Considered to be Medication

One poster over on Lockergnome needed an ice pack at school recently for a minor injury. The school nurse refused to give him one, claiming that that is medication. The child’s parents must not have signed the permission slip for them to receive things such as Tylenol or aspirin. However, since when is ice considered to be medicine?

Since the ice pack is used to treat an injury and reduce symptoms, it is therefore classified as medication according to some schools. However, I fail to understand why they are taking this route. Ice is not ingested into the blood stream as pills would be. It is not even absorbed into the skin like with topical analgesics. In my opinion, a nurse should never deny an ice pack to an obviously injured student.

What are your thoughts?

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How to Stay Healthy with the iPad

These days, the population is more health-conscious than ever before. Not only do we take care of ourselves better, we also take control of our healthcare. We question our providers. We research our fingers to the bone so that we understand what they’re telling us. We research to help find possible answers and treatments to suggest to our doctors.

Being able to have a wealth of health and medical knowledge at our fingertips is almost essential. That’s why the Carter’s Encyclopaedia of Health and Medicine app for the iPad is sure to be a huge hit with many adults.

The encyclopaedia was designed specifically for the iPad. It features 1,800 pages and more than 12,000 entries. The app moves beyond the limits of a physical book with a full text search, an interactive body diagram, browsing history and adjustable font size (like adjustable bed bases).

This app will cover definitions and explanations of most of the medical terms and health conditions you will likely ever need to know about. It is even detailed enough to contain most of the information a nurse or paramedical will need in their daily work life. It’s written in an easy-to-understand format so that it can be used by anyone with a basic high school education. You don’t need medical experience or training to make use of this app.

Carter’s Encyclopaedia of Health and Medicine will be available in the app store as soon as the iPad is officially released for an introductory price of $9.99. Credit to TUAW for surfacing this app.

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth

There’s an old saying in the Bible or some book that I don’t even remember for sure. It says “And the Geeks shall inherit the Earth”. A friend of mine argued with me the other night, claiming that it’s supposed to be the meek shall inherit the Earth. I beg to differ. I know what it says, thank you very much. We all know it’s pure fact that Geeks are taking over the World, and that we will one day rule inherit the World. Why haven’t you given in and joined us yet? You know you’re going to have to!

Seriously, being a Geek is an amazing thing. Geeks are not just computer guru’s, you know. A Geek is anyone who is passionate about something, whether it’s computers, motorcycles, or even gardening. Using this definition, it’s easier to imagine Geeks one day making a huge difference in this World of ours. What am I saying? We already have. Look at some of the strides in medicine, technology and science in just the past few years. There are an astounding number of new inventions, cures and gadgets on a daily basis.

If you could change the World somehow, make an impact so to speak, what would it be? Just imagine for a few moments that you have the brains/money/power to change any one thing. What would you do?

While you’re contemplating, make sure you take the time to check out what others are up to in our community!

Fighting a Cold

It’s rainy season in Seattle (we really don’t have a winter). That, combined with having black mold in our master closet upstairs, sleeping on a makeshift bed in our family room every night, and having clothes strewn about the house is not really making “home matters” any better for Ponzi and myself. The end of the month can’t come soon enough for us. Life is stressful, and our landlords aren’t making it any easier. Is anybody from Quorum listening – because if you are, YOU SUCK!

This morning, we woke up sore and a bit sniffly. It was just a matter of time before she and I came down with something. To battle this impending case of the crappies, we picked up Coldcalm and Oscillococcinum from the store this evening. I’ve been popping the Coldcalm tablets tonight, but I’m not sure they’re working. Allegedly, this homeopathic medicine will curb sneezing, runny noses, nasal congestion, minor sore throats, etc. Our bodies aren’t quite at DEFCON 2 yet, but we’d like to do as much as possible to keep from getting worse.