DD Medical Matters: What is croup and when do we need to see a doctor?

first_imgCroup is a viral infection of the voice box and windpipe commonly seen in young children from about 6 months until three years of age. The symptoms are usually mild and the most recognizable symptom is a harsh barking cough.  There may also be noisy breathing due to inflammation and mucus on the lining of the windpipe as well as hoarseness, a runny nose and a sore throat.  Croup can occur on its own or develop after a cold so the child may have other cold or flu-like symptoms such as feeling warm and generally achy and unwell. Often parents will remark that the child seems not too bad during the day apart from the cough but has more difficulty breathing and a worse cough at night. Usually, the child is worst within the first few days and then improves with a lingering cough which may take a week to 10 days to settle. Is it serious?Croup is often quite mild but can occasionally become a lot worse. Usually, one or two nights of interrupted sleep with a cough and mild breathing difficulty will be followed by recovery and waiting for the cough to settle. Sometimes, however, the windpipe becomes quite narrow and the child’s breathing becomes more difficult necessitating admission to hospital for a short period.  How do I know if I should bring my child to see the doctor?Firstly, if you are worried about your child you should seek medical attention. Croup will often give rise to noisy breathing but if your child has difficulty breathing then they should see the doctor. You will recognize this difficulty by seeing the child’s neck and chest muscles being pulled in with each breath, along with rapid breathing, agitation and a pale appearance. If your child has a blue appearance, is unusually drowsy, struggling to breath or unable to swallow and drools, it is an emergency situation and you should ring 999. How is croup treated?At home try to remain calm with the child and sit them upright to help their breathing – you can help them adopt a comfortable position. Paracetamol and ibuprofen are used to help lower the temperature. (If your child has a temperature for more than five days they need to see a doctor.) Cool drinks (if they want them) can also help and sometimes cool fresh air may help alleviate mild symptoms. Don’t make them drink or lie down if they have difficulty breathing if they don’t want to.  Cough medicines are not suitable for children under six and antibiotics are not usually prescribed for croup (because it is caused by a virus). We used to think that steam was helpful but there is not much evidence now that it does much good and there is a risk of burns with steam. Your doctor may prescribe a steroid to help reduce the inflammation which is making breathing difficult. If the child is admitted to hospital other inhaled medication may also be used. The above information is intended as advice only and should you have any concerns please contact your own Doctor. Dr Ciarán Roarty MB, BCh BAO MICGP DRCOG Grad. Cert. Obst. Ultrasound is a full-time  GP at Scally McDaid Roarty Medical Practice , Scally Place, Letterkenny,  Tel 0749164111scallys.ieDD Medical Matters: What is croup and when do we need to see a doctor? was last modified: March 11th, 2019 by Scally McDaid RoartyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD Medical MattersDr Ciarán Roarty of Scally McDaid Roarty Medical Practicelast_img read more

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Snap! Donegal beats Venice and Monaco on the 50 most Instagrammable places in Europe

first_imgSure, travelling is about experiences… but it’s also about getting a good Instagram picture, amirite?And even if you can’t afford to hop on a plane to a far-flung beach destination, you don’t have to as the stunning beauty of Donegal stands tall once again after being ranked 26th on the 50 most Instagrammable places in Europe.Yep, according to new research global travel site Big 7 Travel, you don’t need to fly hundreds, or thousands, of miles to get the perfect social media snap. Donegal’s most popular tourist spots will do the trick just fine, thanks very much. Ranking ahead of Monaco, Berlin and Rome, the county’s rugged stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way has endless golden beaches and tiny villages that make for a wonderful weekend break for exploring.The final results are ranked in order of their visual allure and popularity on social media – Big 7 Travel also includes the seven best spots to visit in each destination for a guaranteed amazing Instagram photo.Kerry managed to land themselves in the top 10 of the list, while the top spot was granted to Dubrokink.Full results from Big 7 Travel can be seen on their website here. Snap! Donegal beats Venice and Monaco on the 50 most Instagrammable places in Europe was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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New house builds up 22% in Donegal

first_imgThe number of new homes built in Donegal has risen by more than a fifth in the last year, according to new statistics.There was a 22% increase in new builds completed in 2018 compared to 2017. In 2018, there were 445 new single dwellings, scheme builds and apartments built in Donegal – up from 364 builds in 2017.The figure has risen significantly from the 290 homes completed in Donegal in 2016.The CSO’s latest statistics found that Dublin had the most new dwellings completed in 2018, while Leitrim (67) and Longford (66) both had less than 100 dwellings completed last year. Nationally, there was a 25% increase in new dwelling completions in 2018.And in the first six months of 2019, the CSO reports that 196 new dwellings were completed in Donegal.New house builds up 22% in Donegal was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cosmologists Need New Physics

first_img(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 More new observations don’t fit current cosmological theory.Measurement of Universe’s expansion rate creates cosmological puzzle (Nature News). The subtitle reads, “Discrepancy between observations could point to new physics.”The most precise measurement ever made of the current rate of expansion of the Universe has produced a value that appears incompatible with measurements of radiation left over from the Big Bang. If the findings are confirmed by independent techniques, the laws of cosmology might have to be rewritten.If dark energy is out there, it might have increased since the big bang, astronomers conclude from the new observations. Or, it might mean that the “standard candles” used to measure the universe are not reliable—so says Wendy Freeman, the astronomer who arrived at the oft-cited consensus age of the universe, 13.7 billion years.Given the long-standing puzzles over dark matter, dark energy, inflation, fine-tuning and the multiverse, Adam Riess, astrophysicist at Johns Hopkins, made the following massive understatement, “I think that there is something in the standard cosmological model that we don’t understand.”‘Bizarre’ Group of Distant Black Holes are Mysteriously Aligned (Space.com). According to thinking about the isotropy of space, one shouldn’t find mysterious alignments of objects, yet at least nine of them in a sector of space have spin axes that are aligned. It’s a “bizarre relationship”—A highly sensitive radio telescope has seen something peculiar in the depths of our cosmos: A group of supermassive black holes are mysteriously aligned, as if captured in a synchronized dance.Black holes don’t have any way of knowing about other black holes. They have no way of sharing information. How did they get this way? Some cosmologists are quick to offer hypotheses. Perhaps they were part of the same fluctuation when the universe was small. Maybe powerful magnetic fields aligned them. Maybe hypothetical particles called axions did it. Further down, though, the article is less optimistic.The researchers hope to use this surprising discovery to perhaps better understand the conditions in which they formed, but the discovery will be a huge challenge to explain as there’s no cosmological model that can currently account for it.“This is not obviously expected based on our current understanding of cosmology. It’s a bizarre finding,” said collaborator Romeel Dave, of the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.The astronomers were not looking for this alignment when they found it. Now, they have a new “vexing problem” to solve.Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? (Live Science). Is reality real? Who asks these kinds of questions?Researchers pondered the controversial notion Tuesday at the annual Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate here at the American Museum of Natural History.Those who are interested can read the article for the arguments for and against what they call a “legitimate scientific hypothesis.” Behind it, though, are philosophical notions of free will. No less than Neil de Grasse Tyson (of Cosmos 2.0 fame) thinks the probability is high that we are living on an alien’s hard drive. If so, he was just programmed to say that, so you can ignore him.Need a spin doctor? Go to the cosmologists. They always know how to keep their jobs when they have been falsified, self-refuted or embarrassed by observations contrary to theory. They call the new observations “exciting.”last_img read more

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Ohio leaders taking on national soybean roles

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hancock County soybean farmer John Motter moved into the role of immediate-past Chairman of the United Soybean Board (USB) and Bret Davis of Delaware County was elected to the Governing Committee of the American Soybean Association (ASA).Davis was elected during the December board meeting to the ASA Governing Committee. This committee is responsible for guiding ASA and implementing policies that align with the organization’s strategic plan. This is Davis’ third term on the nine-member leadership team.This also marked the end Motter’s term as USB Chairman. Motter was elected exactly one year ago as the 26th chairman in the organization’s history and the first Ohioan to hold the position. During his tenure, Motter has led USB forward on multiple programs and strategic directions, as well as leading the search for a new CEO.“The Ohio Soybean Association and Ohio Soybean Council are proud that such capable leaders have been able to serve our state and all U.S. soybean farmers at the national level,” said Kirk Merritt, OSA and OSC executive director. “We thank John for volunteering so much of his time and energy, and will work to support Bret as he serves his 2018 term with ASA leadership.”last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup: Sand artist creates sculptures at Odisha beach

first_imgNoted sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik on Wednesday created sculptures, including a world cup trophy, in Odisha to mark the beginning of the football world cup in Brazil on Thursday.Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture on FIFA World cup at Puri beach in Odisha on Wednesday. PTI PhotoBesides the trophy, Pattnaik created sand sculptures of a mini stadium with a football and on the opening match between Brazil and Croatia on the beach of Puri, about 55 km.”World cup fever is everywhere. Though India is not playing in this world cup, still people are anxious to see the matches,” Pattnaik added. He said he used about 15 tonnes of sand and took seven hours to complete these sculptures.Pattnaik, a recipient of the Padma Shri, has participated in more than 50 international sand sculpture championships and festivals across the world and has won many prizes.last_img read more

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Drop-In Centres for the Homeless to be Completed in St. Thomas and Trelawny

first_img The Government has allocated some $28 million in the 2019/20 fiscal year to complete construction of two drop-in centres for homeless persons in the parishes of St. Thomas and Trelawny. Under the Assistance to Homeless (Street Project), which is being implemented by the Local Government and Community Development Ministry, the drop-in centres will be used to assess, feed, treat, counsel and otherwise care for these people. The money has been set aside in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. Story Highlights The Government has allocated some $28 million in the 2019/20 fiscal year to complete construction of two drop-in centres for homeless persons in the parishes of St. Thomas and Trelawny.The money has been set aside in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.Under the Assistance to Homeless (Street Project), which is being implemented by the Local Government and Community Development Ministry, the drop-in centres will be used to assess, feed, treat, counsel and otherwise care for these people.The project, which has been extended from March 2019 to March 2021, is aimed at providing drop-in facilities in all parishes where they are non-existent.Achievements under the project, to date, have resulted in the construction of four drop-in centres.last_img read more

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Undercover agents target cybersecurity watchdog

first_imgNEW YORK — The Associated Press has found that researchers who reported the role of Israeli spyware in the targeting of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s inner circle are in turn being targeted by international undercover operatives.Twice in the past two months men masquerading as socially conscious investors have lured members of the Citizen Lab internet watchdog group to meetings at luxury hotels to quiz them for hours about their work exposing Israeli surveillance.Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert on Friday described the stunts as “a new low.”Who these operatives are working for remains a riddle, but their tactics recall those of private investigators who assume elaborate false identities to gather intelligence or compromising material on critics of powerful figures in government or business.Raphael Satter, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Steve Swaney named new chief of Heartland Fire and Rescue

first_imgSteve Swaney named new chief of Heartland Fire and Rescue FacebookTwitter Categories: Local San Diego News Posted: October 17, 2018 October 17, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove Wednesday named a firefighting veteran of more than three decades as the fire chief of the jointly-managed Heartland Fire and Rescue.Steve Swaney will replace Colin Stowell as Heartland’s fire chief, effective Oct. 20, according to the city managers from El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove.Stowell was sworn in as San Diego’s fire-rescue chief in August after serving as Heartland’s fire chief for two years.Swaney has worked with the City of El Cajon, and subsequently Heartland Fire and Rescue, since 1985. Swaney most recently served as a Heartland division chief, overseeing day-to-day operations of fire stations across the three cities. He has also served as fire chief for the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District and is a Federal Emergency Management Agency- certified canine evaluator.“It is an honor to have been chosen as the next fire chief of Heartland Fire & Rescue and I am excited for the opportunity to lead such a great organization,” he said.The local governments of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove created Heartland Fire and Rescue in 2010 to jointly manage fire safety and emergency preparedness. The three cities share funding duties for the organization and are able to circumvent theoretical concerns of management overlap that separate fire rescue organizations could bring.last_img read more

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