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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Drug Issue: Chloramphenicol and Other Antibiotic Dangers

Chloramphenicol is one of the most widely abused antibiotic in the Philippines. It is popular with the trade names Biomycetin, Chloromycetin, C – Phenicol, Clocef, Harvox, Kemicetine and  Pediachlor.

Chloramphenicol is seldom indicated for urinary tract infection. It has been known as a drug of choice for typhoid fever and meningitis. However, as a broad spectrum antibiotic, Chloramphenicol is being abused as a cure for colds and fever. Sadly, this medicine can cause fatal blood dyscrasias and gray syndrome for babies.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

How to Bathe a Siamese Cat

Cats seem to dislike water.  They usually panic with the sound of it, especially when the source is near them. Unfortunately, cats particularly those having thick or long coatings, need to take a bath occasionally when their furs become oily. Short- haired cats are required to take a bath too when they become really dirty and in cases of wounds. While bathing help cats in keeping themselves sanitary, those with wounds or skin diseases can be prevented from having infections.

In my part, I give my short-haired Siamese cat a bath once a week to keep his fur clean and smelling nice. Bathing may sound disagreeable and I had my share of scary thoughts that my cat will bite and fight his way out of it, but there are techniques in bathing a cat.

Siamese cats are the gentlest breed of cats. While two people are usually recommended to wash a cat Siamese cats can only be bathed by one individual.

My steps are really simple and enjoyable.


  • Lukewarm water in a basin
  • Plastic cup
  • Cat shampoo or soap
  • Moist cloth
  • Towel
The best place to wash your cat is in the bathroom.  Just make sure that everything is in place and accessible. The warm water should be ready that there is no need for additional water. The soap, moist cloth and towel should be available for use. The idea here is to do things gently yet fast.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Facts about the Philippine Scops Owl - Handling and Diet

On handling a Philippine Scops Owl

Being an owlet, as young as 1 month is the most tamable period for a Philippine Scops owl. While, uncultivated Philippine Scops owls are better kept locked in cages or best left alone in the wild, tamed types can be held in a perch even without a ring for support.  Cultivated Philippines Scops owls can be even hand fed. Owners wear gloves until their pet owls become accustomed to the process. Philippine Scops owls can also be as loyal and intelligent. They can acknowledge an owner through a master’s call or whistle.

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While a baby owl or owlet can be kept for awhile in a dark and big box, like most owls, a Philippine Scops owl is best held in a confined place where he can move freely. Whether you will keep an owl in an aviary or inside your house, just make sure that there aren’t any cats and other hostile animals in the area.

Philippine Scops owls can be messy and destructive though. They can push and drop things onto floors from cabinets or spots they chose to land. Like other types, they tend leave feathers and defecate all the time and anywhere. If left alone for a long time ‘owl droppings’ tend to hardened like cement that his place area or your house should be inspected and cleaned all the time.

A Philippine Scops owl can be kept in a cage. However, cages should be big enough for exercise. And most owls confined to cages are apt to become aggressive than those left alone in perches.

Facts and Myths: Woman Natural Hair Color Issues

Brunettes and dark-haired women are not likely to smoke

But they are apt to be dependent on cigarettes. The melanin which gives hair its brown or dark color also slows the liver’s ability to metabolize nicotine. With this, nicotine stays in the system longer, making a dark haired or brunette female to become dependent on cigarettes.

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Are women with brown hair prone to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL)?

In a study made involving Scandinavian women in 2010, women with brown hair had been cited as the increased risk of NHL compared to the other females with dark, red or blond hair. Interestingly, the results have been claimed no support between the association between the UV radiation and NHL.

Mucus Diagnosis: Conditions, Causes and Treatment

Mucus pertains to the slippery secretions produced by the mucous membrane. The primary role of mucus is to protect the body against infectious causes. In the human, mucus serves to defend the respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital, visual, and auditory systems. Mucus traps microbes then expel these from the body through coughing, sneezing or by defecating. If the mucus is ingested, digestive juices kill the germs.
The mucus is usually secreted by the cervix, the intestines, the mouth, the paranasal tissue (nose) and the stomach.

Excessive phlegm secretion in the lungs, greenish jelly like mucus in the feces and foul smelling, odd like discharge in a woman’s genitalia are some symptoms of infection. While medical experts are accustomed to mucus symptoms in coughs, in vaginal infections, in eye or ear infections, mucus in stools are examined by medical technologist or pathologist through fecalysis – a stool analysis. Phlegm on the other hand is analyzed through sputum examination and swab test.
Mucus symptoms have many conditions. The following are some mucus conditions, the usual underlying diseases and treatment.