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Embroidery Floss OrganizerFebruary 16, 2021
Something like thread is fairly easy to organize because it's on a spool. Embroidery floss, however, is a little more challenging. It comes with that little paper wrapped around it and, once that's removed, you have loose floss that can be difficult to organize. When you have lots and lots of different floss colors you can end up with quite a mess. But there's a really easy way to organize floss as well as other embroidery notions, making them neat as well as portable.
Use a three-ring binder and you can get all your embroidery stuff in order right away. It's easy to give an ordinary three-ring binder a cute theme when you use sticky shelf liner to cover it. This step is optional but very easy. Check out here at Tshirtprofessional website to get more about embroidery floss.
Use zipper-lock bags as the containers for the embroidery floss assortment. Poke a hole - or more than one - on the side of the bag. Use the hole(s) to place the bag in the binder. If you're using bags that aren't large enough for all three rings, just stagger them as you hook them on one or more of the rings.
Put a piece of tape on each bag and write the floss color number, the name of the item that you previously used the floss for, or other info on it. Or, use a permanent marker to write directly on the bag. Permanent markers now come in all sorts of colors and that makes it easy to create color scheme for the entire binder.
Embroidery floss has a number printed on it, to let you know what color it is, and those numbers can help you file the various floss colors. Put them in the binder in numerical order and you can easily find the color you want.
Place one or more skeins of floss in each bag. Make additional bags to hold needles, embroidery rings, and other notions. Continue the project by making a place to hold instructions and other papers. Simply cut a piece of paper or stiff plastic and glue or tape it to the inside of the cover, towards the bottom, on the front and/or back. The simple pocket makes it easy to keep patterns, instructions, small fabric pieces, and more.
With everything you need in a single binder, it's easy to take your embroidery work with you, anywhere you go. Just open the binder, unzip a bag, and you're ready to get creative.
Why Some Families Have to Keep the Refrigerator LockedFebruary 14, 2021
For families that have someone in their family with Prader-Willi Syndrome, it is common to keep all places where food is located lock. Individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome are determined to get food at any cost. Prader-Willi Syndrome is rare with only 1 person in every 12,000-15,000 have been diagnosed with this. Check out here at Helpfulforhomes website to get more.
It is a complex genetic disorder in chromosome 15. It leads to many physical and behavior issues. This includes being short in stature, medical obesity, speech articulation defects, sleep apnea, skin picking and many behavior problems. These behavior problems such as temper tantrums, violent outbursts, possessive, stealing and lying to get more food are common. Individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome always want to eat and never get full. Without proper diet management, they would eat themselves to death. Also, they may be impervious to pain such as hot food.
Of course with this eating disorder often leads to more issues such as obesity which increases the odds of getting diabetes. All of these potential issues take special understanding to deal with individuals with this syndrome.
Individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome need daily structure in their life. Making changes must be carefully thought out. Promising food as a reward can be a poor long-term decision. They cannot understand often about certain limits to them in the future. Many individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome have learning disabilities also. They can still go to school, but patience is needed to help them with daily operations.
As a rule, there are some common strengths. They have an excellent memory. For example, if you tell them 3 months from now to remind you about fixing your bike, they will remember. Even with learning disabilities, many are able to use the computer or electronics remarkably well.
An episode of CSI involved an individual with this syndrome. He went to a buffet and ate him self to death. Also, the attraction to food was so strong; this person ate part of the menu.
Sometimes kindhearted strangers make the situation worst by giving them extra food. This only makes the condition worst and it is sure to cause an outburst when you try to take the food back.
If a child has Prader-Willi Syndrome, they don’t understand why they can’t be like their brother or sister. It takes a dedicated parent to take care of a child with this disorder.
The medical symptoms often lead to a shorter life span. There is no cure for this and advances have made this condition more manageable. Prader-Willi Syndrome may be unknown to the average person on the street, but it is real for a family member dealing with it daily.
Alzheimers Carers Writing Study: Study to Test if Writing Eases Caregivers’ StressFebruary 14, 2021
For families who provide care to relatives suffering from Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s, or Huntington’s disease or other memory loss conditions, the stress and isolation can be a burden that's hard to carry.
However, writing about their thoughts and feelings may be a way for caregivers to reduce their stress, and knowing that others share similar experiences may make them feel less isolated.
This is what Dr Howard Butcher, associate professor of nursing at the University of Iowa hopes to be able to show, by inviting caregivers to participate in the Family Caregivers Writing Study, click over here.
The month-long study will involve 20 minute sessions of writing three times a week, several short questionnaires, and the collection of saliva samples to measure stress levels.
The writing sessions and questionnaires can be done anywhere the caregiver has access to a computer and the Internet.
The Family Caregivers Writing Study will be run with the assistance of the University of Iowa’s Informatics department, and because it is an Internet-based study, participants do not have to live in Iowa, or even in the US.
Benefits of Writing Therapy
Other researchers have studied people who have had stressful experiences such as job loss, illness, abuse, natural disasters and loss of a spouse. These people wrote about their thoughts and feelings for a short time, usually only three 20-minute sessions.
Dr Butcher says the psychological and physiological health benefits from these short writing sessions could last for six to twelve months after taking part in the studies.
“The studies have shown that writing helps trauma survivors make meaning out of their life circumstances. This cognitive process can result in physiological changes in the autonomic and immune system by reducing stress and facilitating coping,” he said.
An expert on stress management, Dr Elizabeth Scott says the health benefits of journaling (as this form of writing is called) include:
- decreasing the symptoms of asthma, arthritis, and other health conditions
- improving cognitive functioning
- strengthening the immune system, thus preventing a range of illnesses
- counteracting many of the negative effects of stress.
What if I’m Not a Good Writer?
Dr Butcher assures participants that good writing skills are not necessary.
“We aren’t judging your writing, spelling, or punctuation. We only want to know if writing has an effect on your stress level. So, it’s best not to worry about trying to write well,” he says.
“ We want you to spend your 20 minutes writing freely about the day’s topic, not thinking about whether an English teacher would give you a good grade!”
Measuring Stress: Testing Cortisol Levels
Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands and is necessary for normal body functions such as glucose metabolism and regulation of blood pressure. However, it is known as the ‘stress hormone’ and occurs in higher levels when the person is stressed, particularly if the stress is chronic and ongoing.
Cortisol can be detected in saliva, so participants in Dr Butcher’s study will also take regular swabs to collect saliva samples which will be sent to the researchers before they start their writing sessions.
At the end of the month-long study, participants will collect saliva samples again and send them to the researchers to be analyzed for cortisol levels.
Cataract Surgery Returns Much More Than Sight for Ruth MarcusFebruary 14, 2021
My siblings and I weren't sure whether or not to have my mother's cataracts removed. Ruth Marcus, matriarch/queen of our large family, is 95, lives in a nursing home, and is so out of touch with reality that we couldn't reasonably discuss the surgery with her. She kept saying "there's nothing wrong with my eyes!" though the only vision test she could pass was "how many fingers?" with the fingers inches from her face. She fumbled the food on her plate because she couldn't see it. Spent her birthday surrounded by loved ones, but couldn't tell one from another except for the noisy ones. Vestiges of the life she had loved, the six lives she had ushered into the world and tried her damnedest to perfect—all stared out from picture frames on her dresser, unnoticed.
Cataracts Can Sneak Up on You
The cataracts had snuck up on us. A year earlier, Ruthie was still reading for hours a day. Out loud. The Nation. Atlantic Monthly. National Geographic. Time. Her favorite was the local paper. She would start on page 1 and recite with feeling until she got to one of two sticking points: directions to the jump page, so confusing that by the time she got there, she'd forgotten what she was reading; or reference to a name cited earlier in the article, to which she would spout, "Who the hell is that?" Then she'd take it from the top. Our home health aides would recite the front page of the newspaper from memory when we stopped by.
If you visit an aging loved one frequently, you can't see the day-to-day changes; so none of us can say when our mom stopped reading. Stopped seeing our faces. Began fading into the fog. It was only a postcard from her ophthalmologist that made me think, oh yeah...Mom's glasses are not doing the job. Duh...
Turned out it was cataracts on top of macular degeneration (which we knew about). The question was, if the cataracts were removed, would she see better? Or was the macular degeneration too advanced? A surgeon said that removing at least one cataract might allow her to see the food on her plate. look at this resources.
The Big Day
On the appointed day, things went smoothly, and I don't mean just the surgery. Mom was not in one of the all-day slumbers we so often find her in when we visit. The wheelchair did fit in the car. We made it to the bathroom in time and didn't need the extra set of clothing. The colostomy didn't leak—what a morning! Oh, and the doctor said the surgery went just great. Mom, unaware that she'd had surgery, broke into song in the recovery room, triggering a quartet with me, my sister, and a very agreeable nurse. That was all before the patient discovered the patch taped over her eye. Oh boy.
Her royal highness was not amused, and the nursing home was an hour's drive away. All too familiar with Mom's psychedelic monologues, we knew the usual rejoinders ("uh-huh, I see, oh...right") were not going to cut it. My sister and I had usurped her authority, and there would be hell to pay. Especially for the nursing staff.
She spent that night warring with her keepers over the patch. (It was written all over their bloody faces when we picked her up the next day for her post-op checkup.) Still, they were buoyed when she returned a new (patchless) person: smiling warmly and saying, "Hi, how are you today?" Looking around the place: "Isn't this just beautiful!" Describing the view from a window. She admired my dress, then looked, really looked into my eyes. She hugged the family photos to her chest and laughed, sang, chattered (get this) in logical English. Okay, not logical all the time...but so improved in cognition that we were truly stunned.
"Mom's back," I said to my sister, through tears.
Don't Give Up
The takeaway on this: don't ever give up on quality of life. Override the dementia. Take a chance if offered one. Our mom, our songbird-queen, the indomitable Ruthie, retooled in a single day, taking a leap back from the ridiculous to the sublime. And there's still a little time.
How to Accelerate Downloads on Mac?February 12, 2021
Technologies develop so quickly that things that were legendary few years ago become ordinary today. All popular browsers have great download managers and downloading of large files is not a problem anymore. The problem is in us now: we are not prepared for working with large files and bulk downloads or work without download managers. Here you will find ways how to enhance the download possibilities of your system and how to improve the download speed.
JDownloader is a Java platform download manager that can be used in Windows, Linux or any other Java-enabled OS. You can also use it with Mac OS X. Unlimited multithreaded and scheduled downloads and more than 100 premium file sharing sites support makes this downloader really beneficial. There are several plug-ins that can improve the performance of JDownloader: unarchiving FlashGot and web interface Growl, for example.
DownThemAll! (Add-on for the Firefox) will force you to use Firefox for the downloads instead of your usual browser, especially when it comes to downloading large batches of files. Just scrape the media you want to download in one window where you can add download links and manage the speed of download. It enables multi-threat downloads and you decide how many threats will be.
Folx Download Manager has a free version that is extremely popular among Mac OS X users. Of course, some features of the Pro version are not available here, like torrent search or RSS support, however, remaining features are really helpful. This manager catches links from Opera, Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome and is considered to be one of the most efficient free tools for Mac OS X. You can categorize downloads of Folx with help of tags and smart groups. Free version proposes two threads (you get ten with Pro version) with manageable speed.
Secure the Downloads and Setup of the Software
Here is a set of tips how to secure the download and setup of the free software taken from different sites.
• Trust your intuition. Do not download anything from the links received via email or IM chat, unless you trust the source.
• Use antivirus software and constantly update it in order to ensure the security of the device.
• Download the software from the curated software lists. Use the knowledge gathered by other people to visit only reliable and secured sites. However, when it concerns freeware software you have to select the least-worth place from several bad options.
• It is essential to get acquainted with the terms freeware, trialware and commercial. Freeware means that the software is free to use. Trialware means that the chosen software will be free for certain period of time and after that you will have to pay for it to continue using. Commercial software requires payment before you can use it. Though today most commercial software have trial periods.
• When you download software for free it doesn’t mean that the software will be free. It is a trick of software makers that have an intention to confuse the users. Usually low quality software uses such tricks leaving the users no chance but to pay for the service. So check the description of the software to make sure that it is a freeware.
• Do not fall for Download Advertisements. If you see huge Download buttons, do not click them as usually they lead to advertisement pages that have no useful information at all.
• Search for the real download button – it will be a way smaller and placed somewhere near the name of the file.
• Do not use “Installers” and “Download Managers”. Sometimes unfaithful owners of the sites wrap free software in the program called installer and get money for that.
Eliminating Toxins Through Body Cleansing: Step by Step Elimination of Pollutants for Optimal HealthFebruary 9, 2021
Today's world is filled with poisons, toxins, viruses and diseases of all kinds, ready to affect the health and vitality of everyone who lives and breathes. While the body's natural state is one of good health, the lifestyle choices of many people and environmental pollutants make it difficult for the body to maintain that state of good health. The exposure to environmental factors like processed food, chemical additives and toxins overwhelm the body's ability to cleanse itself without some additional help. As little as 50 years ago, the diet of most people was not as bad as it is today. The human body has not been able to adapt to the many changes that have occurred since then.
The persistent attacks of the many toxins are shortening the life of many and create the modern diseases that are steadily rising to affect more and more people. Diabetes, heart diseases, cancer and arthritis need not be the norm for the masses. A good cleansing program can help prevent many of today's debilitating diseases. Balancing the body is more important than ever. Check out here at emailmeform.com/builder/emf/rev/nuubu-opiniones website to get more toxins.
Good health starts with the colon. It's the first area of concern as many diseases can be traced to an unclean colon. It is the primary organ that functions to eliminate waste. Unfortunately, the poor eating habits of many people today insure that the colon becomes clogged with waste products. Highly refined and processed food made with great amounts of sugar, fat and other chemicals add to digestive problems and lead to flatulence, incontinence, diarrhea and many stomach and intestinal related disorders.
Food and drink must be broken down into molecules that can easily be absorbed into the blood through the intestinal walls. But if those walls are coated with garbage, little absorption is possible. And the effects of a poorly functioning colon affects the functioning of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and other vital organs.
Once a colon cleanse has been done, the best way to insure the colon stays clean is through eating high fiber foods that help to scrape away accumulated gunk in the colon and pass it out from the body.
It's not often mentioned in medical circles, but parasites do exist. It is estimated that they infect up to 80% of the world's population. Whether they live in the richest or poorest of nations, no one is immune. A parasite infestation doesn't always bring symptoms but they can lead to other illnesses that take a toll on health. A parasite cleanse is important and should be performed every six months. While many people love their pets, they are more prone to being re-infected from their pets.
The kidneys perform an important job, filtering out the toxins from the blood. Through years of improper dietary habits, environmental pollutants and bad habits of smoking and drinking, they function less effectively. Many gout sufferers have improper functioning kidneys. Those who suffer from diabetes require dialysis as their kidneys are overwhelmed in their attempt to flush out excess glucose. Once a kidney cleanse has occurred, eating an apple every day can help to keep them in good shape.
Gallbladder and Liver Cleanse
The liver is a complex organ that does several jobs. A good liver flush can help rid it of the built up toxins and fatty deposits that accumulate. There are some do-it-yourself guides on the market that can help you perform a successful liver flush. If allergies, sluggishness and fatigue appear, a liver cleanse is necessary. But a cleansing should be done less than every two weeks. With all the pollutants in today's world, maintaining good health starts with regular and periodic flushing of toxins from the body. It's the best way to insure health beyond the requirements of diet, exercise and clean habits.
The Best Car Rental CompaniesFebruary 5, 2021
Many Car Rental Companies Exist Worldwide; Some Are Genuinely Good While Others Are a Disaster
The Best Car Rental Companies
Many car rental companies exist worldwide; some are genuinely good while others are a disaster. Finding the right company need not be a source of apprehension any longer for there are recognized companies with established reputations.
One of them is Enterprise rent-a-car. This company has been around for the better part of half a century. The founder was Jack Taylor and he had a vision that involved people not necessarily buying cars but renting them. Through dedication and steady effort the company has grown into one of the leading in the world in its field and has over seven thousand locations throughout the world and just over nine hundred thousand service vehicles. Focusing on customer retention, this rental company involves itself on a more personal level with its customers thus being able to offer them the best services.
The Hertz car rental company is probably the world's largest by far. This company is almost a century old. Dating back to 1918 when a young man named Walter L. Jacobs began his business with only a dozen vehicles, it now has 30 million rentals with about 6500 locations worldwide and 550000 vehicles. Hertz Company treats its employees with respect and dignity and wants in return the same treatment given to their customers. It has a goal of providing the highest possible care to their customers which it has never failed to deliver and establishing a niche it the market by which it would be solely recognized. To date it has risen above par in offering the best car rental services, find more.
Avis car rental company is the leading company in Europe with over 140 locations throughout the UK and another 4000 worldwide. It boasts of 30 years experience of serving over 8 million customers in 112 different countries. Its famous slogan is "we try harder". This simple phrase empowers Avis' employees to deliver only the best to its customers encouraging them to deliver the best than they had the day before. Avis rental company focuses mainly on business travelers and airport rental locations.
Lastly there's the Alamo car rental company. This company's main objective is to be the most affordable rental car company available which offers the best services. It can be traced back to 1974 where it began with a fleet of only 1000 cars. It has made it thus far because of its no extra charge policy, which allows a customer to travel with the car for great distances but not be charged for it.
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Pharmaceutical Technician: An Interview with a Drug GuyFebruary 4, 2021
When talking with Colin, a member of the Accentuate Writers Forum, the other day, I discovered that he is a pharmaceutical technician. I didn't know exactly what that meant and wanted to find out. I thought some of you might be interested in what a pharmaceutical technician does also, so I asked Colin if he would do an interview with me. He kindly agreed to answer my questions. I think you'll find the interview interesting and informational.
Angel: Let's get the technical stuff out of the way first. What exactly is a pharmaceutical technician?
Colin: My main duties or function is to ensure everything runs as it should. Each machine is in its own clean room with strict procedures for entering and working inside. The environment is computer controlled for air pressure and particle count. Temperature and humidity are also tightly monitored. I'm trained to ISO standards to work aseptically, and have the highest-level clean room clearance. To know more about the Emerging, read here: changecontrol.com.
Angel: So you run and control the machines that make the drugs?
Colin: No, I do the set-ups, maintenance and repairs. Along with the occasional program change and frequent machine upgrades and improvements.
Part of my job is to identify any potential problems with projected modifications and include them in the project schedule.
Angel: What educational avenues did you have to pursue to become a pharmaceutical technician?
Colin: I originally trained as an electrician, and then took in electronics, robotics and process automation. I now cover the making of water, steam and pneumatic and hydraulic systems.
Angel: How long have you been in the field?
Colin: I've been in the pharmaceutical industry for over 13 years and to date I can honestly say it's the best job I've had.
Angel: In a picture on the forum, you are in a very interesting suit. It looks like a space suit. What part of your job requires wearing this particular garment?
Colin: Every time I enter a clean room, I have to wear the suit in the picture. Some rooms require the full respirator as shown others just a surgical mask. To get into the room in question requires two changes of clothing. One set simply to allow access to the oncology facility and the suit you see to enter any of the rooms within the suite.
Angel: What do you find most fulfilling about your occupation?
Colin: Making a difference. It might sound clichéd but to do this kind of work requires a certain dedication. The training can be a nightmare and the paperwork horrendous, but overall I love every minute of it.
Angel: What is your least favorite aspect of your occupation?
Colin: Paperwork, paperwork and more paperwork. If I need to go in to a machine during a batch, everything is recorded in triplicate and most of it by hand. First, the batch documents have to show what time I went in and came out and exactly what I did. The actual machine logbook has to show the same thing. Both documents are auditable by the FDA and/or the TGA. Finally, it all has to be entered electronically.
Angel: Are there dangers involved in your profession?
Colin: No more than any other I would think. We have frequent medical checks and blood tests. And the procedures we follow are designed to protect me as much as the product.
Angel: Would you recommend pharmaceutical technician as a good career choice?
Colin: Yes, without reservation. It can be very rewarding though at times frustrating due to the nature of the industry.
Angel: Does a career as a pharmaceutical technician pay well? There's no need to give specifics, but it's nice to know which careers are lucrative.
Colin: Yes, it does. Well at least in Australia it does. Plus there are other benefits such as pension and private health. I have also trained as a fire fighter and a first response safety officer and I'm a qualified first aider. So the benefits extend outside the job.
Angel: Do you think economic events have a big impact on pharmaceutical technicians?
Colin: Some are already beginning to show, with new machinery put on hold. But to be cynical, people will always get sick and sick people will always need medicine.
Angel: Is there anything else you think people should know about pharmaceutical technicians?
Colin: It can be demanding and even stressful to a point. I work long hours and occasionally do call outs. Adhering to procedures can be frustrating even for the simplest task and I enjoy every minute of it. It sounds like being a pharmaceutical technician is a very demanding, but rewarding career. Higher education is involved, but it leads to a lucrative career choice, which is very important in these times of downsizing and economic crisis. Pharmaceutical technicians are necessary in the drug industry. Is it the career path for you?
Best for Muscle GrowthFebruary 3, 2021
The best for muscle growth are the big movements like the deadlift. The quickest way to build muscle mass is to move big weights in multi joint movements like the squat. The fast way to muscle growth is monster makers like the bench press. I know you have heard this before. And you think they are boring. How about changing the exercises but still stay with the same movements. Because we know that big exercises and big weights equal big muscles.
The good morning exercise. Mr. Universe Bruce Randall did 475 pounds for reps and 600 lbs for singles. It is one of Bill Star's favorite exercises. And Lou Simmons thinks it has to be in any strength training routine. Enough said. The good morning will train every muscle in the body that you use in the deadlift and the squat. It works the hamstrings, glutes, abs and obliques, lower back, mid back and the traps. If you are wanting one exercise that will work the posterior chain, the muscle that give you the power look, this it. The good morning will hit the hamstrings, glutes and the lower back for a big squat. The good morning will hit lower and mid back for a big deadlift. You gat to move big weights on a big exercises. That means big, thick, and dense muscle mass fast.
The set up for the good morning is the same as the squat. Take a barbell and put it across your shoulders just like you are going to squat. With the feet shoulder width apart, just bend over at the waist until parallel to the ground and then come back up. That is one rep. Now you can perform these with the knees locked or unlocked, back flat or rounded, heavy or light, high reps or low reps, standing or sitting. You can perform them anyway you like just be mindfull of what is going on with your body while doing them.
This exercise will work the whole core from the front to the back. The lower back, hips, obliques, and the front abs. And with the hamstrings and the mid back getting involved why would not use this exercises more often. The good morning exercise is just one of the many exercises that are the best for muscle growth. Basic exercises. The quickest way to build muscle mass is with big weights and you will move big weights with the good morning.
Watch Buying Guide: Get Yourself a Great WatchFebruary 1, 2021
Watches serve great purposes. They are great gifts that you can give and are most often loved. However, it can be quite a task to get a good watch.
Here are some tips to buy a good watch.
Select it depending on its end use
If you have several watches then you might want to buy one that you do not have or something that can double up as an accessory to your attire. However, if you have only this watch that you are going to buy, you will need to choose one that is much more efficient and also has different settings that will be useful to you.
Take a look at the features
Some watches offer both digital as well as analog faces in a single watch. Some are water-resistant. Some are suited for several time zones, while others have particularly striking fashionable appearance.
You should make a selection based on what you like.
Pay heed to the mechanism at work
Always check out the mechanism. Usually, modern watches are battery powered with a quartz crystal and give quite an accurate time. The little older versions are mechanical with springs and gears to keep the pace.
Check the casing
You should check the casing well. Casing material should be sturdy enough to bear everyday wear and tear, if you are buying a watch for daily use. If however, you are buying one for only occasional use, then you can even go for gold casings. These look great but are very soft and prone to scratching.
Usually, stainless steel, silver, gold, platinum as well as titanium are used to make watch casings. The casing can have screw-on back with a winding knob that will provide good protection from water and dirt.
Observe the crystal
This is the opening or covering of the watch where you see the time. Acrylic crystals offer cheaper options; however, they are easily scratched, making it difficult to see the time later on. Sapphire crystals are costly but they have great clarity, scratch resistance as well as shatter resistance, look at this site.
The band should be secure and comfortable
Leather bands are timeless and rugged, whereas nylon bands are secure, strong as well as quick to dry. If you are into sports, you might want to have nylon bands. Metal bands with segments, are great and they look clean and feel good. However, it can become quite bothersome to adjust them.