Category Archives: Know It

What are the Best Ways to Lower Blood Pressure Naturally?

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Mark asks: What are some good ways to lower my blood pressure without drugs? Over the past few decades, controlling high blood pressure has been one of the priorities for health care professionals and organizations worldwide. “High blood pressure” is defined as any systolic pressure (the top number) above 140 or diastolic (the bottom number) higher than 90. (See: What […]

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Top 5 First Aid Tricks Everyone Should Know Part 5: Defibrillation

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(Editor’s note: this is a continuation of the “Top 5 First Aid Tricks Everyone Should Know” series written by our resident paramedic/firefighter, Scott. For the other parts of this series: Part 1: Direct Pressure; Part 2: Temperature Control; Part 3: Recovery Position; Part 4: CPR) First Aid Trick #1 Defibrillation. Unlike the other items on this list, this one requires […]

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Top 5 First Aid Tricks Everyone Should Know, Part 3: Recovery Position

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(Editor’s note: this is a continuation of the “Top 5 First Aid Tricks Everyone Should Know” series written by our resident paramedic/firefighter, Scott. For the other parts of this series: Part 1: Direct Pressure; Part 2: Temperature Control; Part 4: CPR; and Part 5: Defibrillation) First Aid Trick #3- Recovery Position: The recovery position is just that. The position you […]

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Top 5 First Aid Tricks Everyone Should Know, Part 2: Temperature Control

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(Editor’s note: this is a continuation of the “Top 5 First Aid Tricks Everyone Should Know” series written by our resident paramedic/firefighter, Scott. For the other parts of this series: Part 1: Direct Pressure; Part 3: Recovery Position; Part 4: CPR; and Part 5: Defibrillation) #4 Temperature control: This one seems like a no-brainier, but outside of temperature being the […]

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The Difference Between Farther and Further

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You should know the difference between “farther” and “further”. Many people use “further” and “farther” interchangeable, but, in fact, they mean slightly different things.  “Farther” refers to a physical distance, while “further” refers to a figurative distance.  So, when wondering how many more miles or kilometers to a particular destination, you’d say, “How much farther to the gas station?”  On […]

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How to Stop Windows Update from Automatically Restarting Your Computer

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You should know how to prevent Windows Update from automatically restarting your computer. There are few more annoying default settings than Windows’ developers choosing to have the default on Windows Update be to automatically restart your computer and further not providing any obvious way to disable auto-restarts after a Windows update..  Sure, they have a “postpone” button that pops up, […]

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How to Treat a Jellyfish Sting

Portugeuese Man o' War, which isn't technically a jellyfish, simply jellyfish-like

You should know how to treat a jellyfish sting. Contrary to popular belief, you should never urinate on a jellyfish sting. This will just make the problem worse, as does washing the sting with fresh water without prior treatment.  You should also not try to put ice on it before properly treating the area, which is sometimes people’s initial inclination […]

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It’s Bad Rap, Not Bad Wrap

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You should know that the expression to describe when someone is falsely convicted of a criminal charge or is on the receiving end of unjustified criticism is “bad rap”, not “bad wrap”. Further, “rap” in this sense is not an acronym of “Record of Arrest and Prosecution”, though has since been backronymed as such.  The reality is that the meaning […]

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