The castor bean tick (Ixodes ricinus), also known as sheep tick or deer tick, is an arachnid in the mite family (so not an insect) which has become familiar to an ever-greater number of people in Northern Europe as the winters have become increasingly mild. It lives by sucking blood from animals and birds (as well as humans) and it is notorious for its ability to spread a number of diseases, with borreliosis/Lyme disease being the best known. Read more
Imagine, tomorrow morning, you are out shopping in the mall. Suddenly, a man in the prime of his life collapses on the floor in front of you. He doesn’t move and is non-responsive to speech and physical stimulation. A crowd of people gathers arounds and stares at you. What do you do?
With heart flutter, there is rapid and irregular contraction of the front chambers of the heart. As a result, the blood does not get to where it should, but instead it can clump together to form small blood clots.
Insomnia, chronic pain and depression are common disorders and a lot of people are likely to experience one or more of these during their lifetime. In this article, I will explain why these three disorders tend to occur within the same people, and how having one of them may lead to an increased risk of getting one or both of the other disorders. Finally, I will discuss why this is important to be aware of. Read more
Vaccination is regarded as one of the biggest successes in modern medicine.
Using just simple means, it is possible to prevent a number of life-threatening and disabling diseases.
All parents want their children to live long and healthy lives, and for many, this leads them to encourage their children to participate in organized sports activities.
We should certainly be grateful that some of our health complaints can be linked to lifestyle instead of just being down to chance.
Thanks to blood tests and analysis, it is now possible to decide on the best treatment for both viruses and bacteria.
Injuries of the ankle can happen to us on many occasions: while we are doing sports (landing on the foot of another player after jumping !), walking on uneven ground, hurrying down stairs or are on high heels.
To avoid swelling, pain and a prolonged recovery, the first moments after an injury are of utmost importance. This is true when twisting you ankle or being hit by something. It does not matter, if in the end it is a contusion, strain, sprain or even a fracture or dislocation.
This is a condition that produces a wide range of symptoms and which is blamed for a lot of things. It is a widely-discussed condition, and I hope to throw some light on it here.
Snoring is something that most people experience at some time in their lives. It is most common in men, though a lot of women also snore.
As the name suggests, this is a malignant condition feared by everyone, not least all of us who enjoy the many important benefits the sun provides.
It’s no exaggeration to say that the bowel is our most pampered and stubborn organ. The bowel is always happiest at home, close to its own toilet.
Sun rash (solar dermatitis) is a form of allergic reaction to the sun that causes itching or a rash after sunbathing. Sun rash develops much more quickly than sunburn.
The immune system is complex, consisting of multiple components. One of these components is the inflammation. Inflammation, that sometimes is used synonymously with infection, is something that most of us have experienced at some point. Inflammation is in itself complex, but the multiple components share a common goal – to respond to any kind of tissue injury. Inflammation is helping out controlling the damage and initiate healing. Inflammation is in a way one mean the body use to keep us healthy. In some cases, the inflammation itself might be what’s causing the problems. Read more
This year’s flu season is coming to an end, and the sound of people sneezing and coughing is common during the winter months. Some will have stayed clear of this year’s flu due to taking vaccine last fall, while others have needed antibiotics to provide some additional aid to the body’s own defence agains disease, the immune system.
“Together with my family, I have chosen to sign up for a World Medical Card.
World Medical Card is a great safety concept that can really make a significant difference
for someone who is always on the move.
Wintertime is candle and hot drinks time, and especially our curious children are in danger to burn their fingers or worse. Luckily, most of the burns and scaldings sustained in daily life are of low degree (grade I and II = redness and blister).
However, it is worth it to bring the most important facts of first aid in those cases to mind.
Unfortunately, getting older means not only getting wiser but also getting weaker, losing visual acuity and sometimes also sense of balance. This leads to an increased incidence of falls in the elderly, most of the time from a walking height.
The global burden of disease is in constant flux. Just a few years ago, infectious diseases accounted for the majority of deaths globally but this trend has been reversed in recent years, with most deaths now being caused by non-infectious diseases. Much of the blame is assigned to lifestyle changes and the growing number of smokers. Something the two diseases that claim the most lives each year worldwide – heart disease and stroke – have in common is that they primarily affect the blood vessels in the body. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at stroke.
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.)
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.
Antibiotics and antibiotic resistance can rapidly become abstract terms, and it can seem a little strange that medicines I get from my family doctor can have an impact that goes beyond hopefully (but probably not) making me better quickly. What’s the connection between my cold and future ‘superbugs’? Let’s get one thing clear from the start: it’s the bacteria that develop resistance, not us. The word ‘resistance’ comes from the Latin resistere, meaning to withstand or oppose. So just as we use antibiotics to withstand bacteria, the bacteria develop defence mechanisms (there are several types) against the antibiotic. Some bacteria may also exchange these ‘defence secrets’ among themselves.
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
Jan Ramstad, LHL member “I have heart disease and experience great peace of mind with the World Medical Card. I travel often and for long periods, and I don’t go anywhere without the card in my wallet. I feel assured that I will receive fast and accurate treatment should an accident occur. My wife also […]
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.
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.
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.
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
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