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The nuisance of holiday tummy

The summer is over, and autumn is on the doorstep. In the previous blog post, we provided a few general tips for a trouble-free holiday. But however diligent you are about following precautions, you can still be unlucky enough to get sick. If there is one type of illness that is readily associated with both bad luck and holidays, it’s food poisoning/the trots/’Delhi belly’. (We have many names for those we love – or don’t, in this case.)

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Food poisoning, or gastroenteritis to give it its technical name, is in itself an accurate description, even though some of the organisms that can cause this type of illness can also be passed on by sexual contact. The recommended treatment for the vast majority of people is plenty to drink and plenty of patience, but children, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions or particularly severe symptoms may require hospital treatment. If you’re in a hot place, it’s easy to become dehydrated quite quickly, and dehydration is the most common cause of hospitalisation in these cases.

Food poisoning usually occurs as a result of eating tainted food or drinking unclean water containing a virus or bacteria that irritates the mucous linings of the stomach/intestinal canal. The most common symptoms are vomiting and/or diarrhoea, plus general debilitation, stomach cramps and in some cases a fever. The most likely cause of gastroenteritis varies depending on where in the world you are, but on the whole it is caused by a virus, bacteria or fungi.

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Most people will recover in the course of 24 hours, but for others it may last longer. Many people will have trouble eating anything, which is ok so long as you drink. It’s best to drink little and often, ideally something containing salts or sugar. Most pharmacies sell powders or tablets that can be added to water to help keep the body hydrated. If you can’t keep fluids down either, you should visit a doctor.

One useful thing to remember is that if you are admitted to hospital abroad, you should be screened for MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), which is a bacteria that tolerates most antibiotics. Ask your doctor for advice on this if relevant.

To avoid food poisoning, it’s important to practise good hand hygiene, drink only bottled water if you are uncertain of the water quality, avoid dairy products, and only eat fruit and vegetables that have been peeled.

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Stay healthy while on holiday

Summer is finally here (in the Northern hemisphere at least) and people will go far and near to relax or experience a new adventure. If you are away from home, at least if you are visiting a foreign country it can be a smart thing to take some precautions, because you never know what is gonna happen. WMC have collected some tips  to help you in your holiday planning. Lists like these will never be complete, but hopefully you will find it helpful.
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Securitas makes a strategic choice to foray into the healthcare industry through its safety consept Securitas Care, and shall collaborate with WMC Technolgoies AS. Read more

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What is antibiotic and antibiotic-resistance?

One case that has been widely publicized in recent times has been the ever-increasing use of antibiotics and the fear of so-called antibiotic resistance. But what is it talking about. Who is becoming resistant to antibiotics? Is it us who are administered the antibiotics or the bacterium itself. And why is it that sometimes we get antibiotics at the doctor and sometimes not?

The word antibiotic comes from Greek; Anti-fighting, opposing, or killing and bios-life and it is a collective term for several different types of drugs that are all used to oppose, fight & kill the growth of microorganisms, in particular bacteria. Penicillin is perhaps the most famous of all the different types of antibiotics and it was the first antibiotic that was discovered by mankind. Such an effective remedy for bacterial infections has revolutionized medicine and it has become a prerequisite for a lot of modern treatments such as organ transplantations, cancer treatments and more, where infections are always a risk.

Bacteria are a very diverse group of organisms. There are more types of bacteria than animals and birds together, most of whom are harmless, while some are dangerous. Therefore, many different types of antibiotics have been developed to cope with the various types of dangerous bacteria. But the disadvantage of having different types of antibiotics is that bacteria have the ability to develop so-called resistance, they develop a defense against the antibiotic. Therefore, the antibiotics becomes ineffective against the bacteria. There shall be more about the ‘resistance phenomenon’ in the next blog.

As mentioned, antibiotics are very effective against bacteria, but bacteria are not the only microorganisms that can lead to infection. Now in spring, infections with different types of viruses are very common. But antibiotics have no effect on viral infections whatsoever, even if you feel as bad. That’s the reason why we sometimes get antibiotics from our doctor, and sometimes not, even if we feel as bad.

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25. April World Malaria Day


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The UN marks today 25. April as World Malaria Day. The purpose is to raise awareness about a disease that can be treated and prevented to some extent, but which nearly kills 500,000 people annually. In Norway, there are between 30 and 100 cases of malaria per year. Common to these are that they are infected abroad. So should you travel to tropical or subtropical areas, it is therefore important to investigate whether or not to take any additional precautions.

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What is really blood thinning medicine?


Millions of people world wide are use blood thinning agents on a daily basis in order to treat a disease or prevent one.  These are vital medications for those who use them, but they are not to be underestimated. So what is it that they really do? As the name suggests, they affect our blood in a way that makes it less “sticky” and not in fact thinner.
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When you go on holiday, your allergies go with you.

Asthma and allergy are becoming more common in the general population, and it is also not uncommon to develop allergies in adult age. The word word allergy comes from Greek “Allos” = changed and “Ergos” = reaction, and simply said, the body (the immune system) will respond in a particular way  to an allergen like nuts, which is tolerated by others.  Allergy is not a disease per se, it is hypersensitivity of our body where the immune system is involved.  Allergens are usually a type of protein. Proteins are found everywhere in nature, so it’s basically the imagination that limits what you can be allergic to.

Most people have no serious complications with allergy, and the medicine you use (antihistamines) can be bought without prescriptions. However, some may get very strong reactions to certain allergens (whey stew, peanuts) etc. In that case, there are some precautions that are very easy to take:

1)If you are planning to travel by air / abroad, please contact both the airline and the hotel to see how they can help you.

2) If you are dependent on, for example, the Epi Pen (used in acute severe allergic reactions) check the shelf life before you fly out.

3) If you are allergic to pollen, be aware that the polling season varies from place to place, so you may want to start with your medicines even before you travel.

4) Bring a booklet / pocketwatch or similar where you can show explain what you are allergic to in the local language. Remember, that WiFi is not always available, so something written down / small book might be appropriate.

Source: Norwegian Institute of Public Health and Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association