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Medical: Advantages of blood donation

 

As per below artile blood donation improves your cholestrol level, blood pressure level, get rid of excess iron, saves someones life, reduce chances of suger, liver problems etc... so please donate blood every 3 months approximately.


Blood donation, the voluntary act of allowing one's blood to be drawn out of body has many advantages besides giving that wonderful feeling of saving someone's life. Most of the time it is an act of charity, though sometimes many people donate blood for money and other incentives. The blood donated is stored in blood banks, to be subsequently used for transfusion. 

No doubt the first and foremost advantage of donating blood is the exalted feeling of saving someone's life. If we donate the little excess blood in our body, it could save someone's life without creating any problem for us. Instead it would help to alleviate some major health problems likeheart diseases. Blood donation is an excellent way to get rid of excess iron accumulated in our body due to its overconsumption. Excess iron in the body can stimulate the formation of free radicals, which are responsible for causing damage to body cells and tissues. Free radicals are also associated with many diseases like heart diseases and cancer

Iron overloading is also thought to increase the risk of heart diseases. Besides, iron oxidizes cholesterol, which is harmful for the arteries. Hemochromatosis is a genetic disease characterized by excess accumulation of iron in the tissues due to improper metabolism. The disease can cause damage to many organs like pancreas, adrenal glands, etc. It may also cause diabetesliver diseases and heart diseases. So, donating blood on a regular basis would help you to regulate the level of iron in your body. Studies have shown that donating blood regularly can be beneficial for the heart and circulatory system and can reduce the risk of heart diseases, especially among young people.

Besides, blood donation also burns the extra calories and reduces your cholesterol level. After donating blood, the count of blood cells decreases in our body, which stimulates the bone marrow to produce new red blood cells in order to replenish the loss. So, it stimulates the production of new blood cells and refreshes the system. 

Before donating blood, your hemoglobin level will be tested. If it is low, then you will not be allowed to donate blood. Besides hemoglobin, your blood pressure level and body weight will also be checked. In addition, your blood will also be examined for detecting the presence of five diseases, namely, hepatitis Bhepatitis CSyphilisHIV/AIDS and malaria. If you are not suffering from these diseases, only then you will be allowed to donate your blood.

There are no major disadvantages of donating blood, except that sometimes one may experience a drop in blood pressure due to hypovolemia (a state of reduced blood volume), which may necessitate cancellation of donation. Sometimes, one may also experience mild nausea or dizziness for a short while. But if you compare the health benefits and mental satisfaction that comes from saving a life, you will feel that benefits of this act of charity is not only restricted to the recipient, but also helps the donor immensely.


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How often can one give blood?
Regulations in the United States allow people to donate whole blood once every 56 days. The waiting period between donations can be different for other blood components. For example, donating only platelets in a process called apheresis requires only a 3 day wait before a person can give again. Donating two units of red blood cells through a similar process doubles the waiting period to 112 days.

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Story of Innovation: The ball points


 Necessity is the mother of invention, no doubt about that! Ladislao Biro, a Hungarian, was a sculptor, a painter and a journalist. But he was also a printer's proof reader, and he was frustrated by the amount of time he wasted filling fountain pens from a bottle of ink and cleaning up ink smudges.  Besides that, the sharp tip of his fountain pen often scratched or tore through the paper. He was determined to develop a better pen.

Ladislas and his brother Georg, a chemist, started experimenting with a pen that would not need to be refilled and would not smudge the pages. Ladislas, noticed the type of ink used in newspaper printing presses dried quickly leaving the paper dry and smudge free.  He decided to use the same ink. The thicker ink would not flow from a regular pen nib so he devised a new point by fitting his pen with a tiny ball bearing at its tip.  As the pen moved along the paper, the ball rotated, picking up ink from the ink cartridge and leaving it on the paper.

The ad described the new pen as a "fantastic... miraculous fountain pen ... guaranteed to write for two years without refilling!" On that first day of sales, it sold out its entire stock of 10,000 pens and the rest is history.

do you analyze current paradigms? do you think out of box? do you think about innovating new things? Do you have unique ideas? Go and implement !!! 

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Health: How to Avoid Fat & Cholesterol

 
By Lysis, eHow Contributor

When going on a low-fat diet, it's beneficial for the dieter to understand which foods are high in fat and cholesterol. Foods high in fat and cholesterol are bad for the heart and cardiovascular system, and can cause weight gain. The popularity of low-fat diets has been replaced by low-carb diets, but it's still more healthy to eat lean proteins rather than fatty foods. Some fatty foods contain saturated fats and cholesterol, and can raise bad cholesterol levels (LDL), which should be avoided in any die



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      Choose lean proteins such as skinless chicken or turkey. Red meat is a good source for protein, but it contains hefty portions of fat and cholesterol. If you choose to eat red meat, eat smaller portions and trim the fat off of the meat.

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      Eat more vegetables for snacks and side dishes. Vegetables are filled with vitamins and minerals and contain heart-healthy carbohydrates instead of fats. Avoid adding fatty creams, gravy or butter to them to avoid additional fats.

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    • Eat fruits for breakfast and for snacks. Fruits contain healthy carbohydrates and essential vitamins. You can eat a grapefruit for breakfast and obtain vitamins while avoiding fat and cholesterol.

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      Avoid fast food. Fast food hamburgers, cheeseburgers and chicken sandwiches are saturated in fats. Many fast foods are fried and a source of fats, especially trans fats. Trans fats are associated with cancer risk and also have high doses of cholesterol.

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      Purchase non-fat dairy products. Foods such as cheese and milk are available in non-fat or low-fat versions. You can avoid the fats and cholest

     
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    When You Call in Sick, Beware the Suspicious Boss

     17% of employers say they've fired workers who gave fake excuses for staying home, according to a Harris Interactive survey for CareerBuilder. 29% of managers have checked up on an employee to verify that an illness is legitimate, usually by requiring a doctor's note. 18% have asked coworkers to call a suspected faker on the phone, and 14% have driven by an employee's home.

    Source: Employers Share Most Unusual Excuses Employees Gave for Calling In Sick,
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    Keep the Engine Running - A lesson for consistency in your character





    After the major hierarchy changes in the company's organization our Senior Director delivered a lecture to clear the doubts the employees may have and to elaborate the company's strategy behind this move. He explained the advantages of this new change in detail and advised us to endeavor in overcoming the challenges during the transition period. In my opinion, the core part of his lecture was when he asked us to 'Keep the engine running'. Later I pondered on this line and I concluded that this is such a powerful line which can help overcome a lot of tragic challenges in personal and professional life and help reduce the stress levels.

    Thinking about this concept of 'Keeping the Engine Running', I believe that efforts to achieve any goals in your personal or professional life should not be stopped till the time we conquer. The momentum of things can be slow or fast at different phases of time but overall efforts should not be halted. When you have doubt of failure for a specific task, you can take next small step to determine if things are going in right direction. In case this small step is successful you can continue our journey towards the target. In case of failure you can take corrective action by moving one step back. This will give you the wisdom and experience not to repeat this mistake in next phases of your project. By the way, don't consider failure as opposite to success; consider it as part of your success because it is empowering your experience and wisdom to achieve the target with maximum perfection.

    Your unstable behavior is polluting your success journey. Your success demands consistency in your deeds. Remember the fact that consistent actions become your habits, consistent habits define your character and a concrete character makes the foundation of your bright destiny. So keep the engine running, always!

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    Story: The Brother's Gift

    A man saw a little poor boy looking at his expensive car,He took the boy for a drive,The boy said your car is so marvelous & it must be too expensive.
    How much it cost?
    Man: I don't know my brother has gifted me.
    Boy: Wow so nice of him.
    Man: I know what you are thinking; you also want to have a car like it?
    Boy: No! I want to be a brother like him!
     
    AlwaysThinking higher than the people's Expectations

     
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    Long Work Hours Increases Your Risk Of Heart Disease


     

    You already know that drinking too much alcohol and smoking cigarettes increase your risk for heart disease. But too much work?

    Yes, logging more than eight hours a day at the office raises your
    chances for heart disease by up to 80 percent, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The study was a meta-analysis, examining 12 published studies of a total of 22,000 people from the past 50 years, and it found that spending too long in the office gave people a 40 to 80 percent greater chance of heart disease, compared to working an eight hour day.

    The seven authors -- led by Marianna Virtanen at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health -- aren't exactly sure why the risk of heart disease increased so much. "There are several potential mechanisms that may underlie the association between long working hours and heart disease," they wrote. "One is prolonged exposure to psychological stress."


    But the study argues that the increased risk for heart disease isn't just tied to stress and the blood pressure problems it creates. Workers also tend to eat worse when working long hours.

    Whatever the reason, the findings are bad news for
    American workers who spend 8.6 hours of their day on work, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics. That comes out to 43 hours in a week. American workers, however, don't put in the longest hours in the Western World. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Mexicans work a bit more --43.2 hours a week, as of 2011.

    More: 7 Part-Time Jobs That Pay Up To $40 An Hour


    According to the OECD, Americans are officially spending less hours on the job than they were in 2000. But it's also important to keep in mind that Americans are increasingly allowing their work life seep into their private life. As was reported by The Huffington Post, a recent survey by Good Technology suggests that the workday is increasingly extending beyond the last time card. In the poll, 80 percent of the 1,000 Americans surveyed said that they spend time checking emails and answering phone calls after hours. And so as a result, workers spend an average of seven extra hours per week -- or 30 hours each month -- on work-related issues.

    So maybe work needs to be treated like cigarettes? You know, that other cause of heart disease? if you simply can't quit, then find a way to cut back.

    Here are tips on how to keep the
    work hours under control:

    1. Turn off the smartphone at night. The sense of
    unending workday is aggravated by checking email 24/7. Checking your messages at night might make you feel that you're being more productive, but even these minor assignments "exacerbate your feelings of overwork," writes Alison Lobron, a business contributor to The Boston Globe. Sometimes there's no option besides going cold turkey. Other portals have functions that do the job of the "off" button, such as gmail's "e-mail addict" function, which allows you to bar yourself from your in-box from a set period of time,

    2. Prioritize. Just because someone sends you an
    email doesn't mean you need to respond right then. Likewise, you don't need to try to get everything done in a day. So accept and embrace your tendency to prioritize, and "experiment and see which things can fall through cracks without anyone noticing," writes Penelope Trunk, founder of the Brazen Careerist employment website.

    3. Take charge and stop complaining. Either "you love your work and you're happy working 15-hour days," says Trunk, or you "take control of your life and create a situation where you stop complaining about having too much work." If fear of being fired for taking action against overwork is the only reason you are not making changes, then it may be time to ask yourself: Is this job worth it
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    Begin the Leadership Journey

    by Junaid Tahir




    It's quite some time I have been pondering on what exactly is the meaning of True Leadership; How to define it and how to achieve it? In my curiosity to understand this concept in detail, I subscribed to several professional groups on LinkedIn / Facebook and read so many books and articles at different forums. As a result I have learnt that Leadership is to possess some unique and exclusive qualities in your character plus the consistent demonstration of such traits.

    In this Leadership assessment guide I have tried to compile such qualities along with their basic elaboration so as to give you the bird eye view of each trait. The intention is to ease out the process of self-audit and eventually improve and/or acquire the skills which you do not have or which you lack in.


    Leadership Trait
    Elaboration
    Aggression
    Aggression is to set the attitude to achieve the target as soon as it is brought into your notice or assigned to you. You must be consistently aggressive in doing that. This means to fuel the teams to produce extremely swift results. This means to set tough goals (BHAGs), stress on their importance and insist your teams in endeavoring to achieve them.
    Adaptive
    You must adapt yourself according to the situation by analyzing it fairly & Logically. Though you need to be tough when it comes to achieving goals, though flexible enough to tweak the strategies according to the market demands, circumstances, budget constraints etc.
    Analytical
    You must consider positive, negative, emotional, financial, social, private and empathical angles while making decisions. Analyzing a situation also means to break big project into small tasks. Use the tools such as WBS, Fishbone, SWAT, Cause-Effect diagram and Excel Pivots for empowering your analytical skills.
    Brave
    You should be brave enough to face the circumstances once you have made a decision based on logic and fair assessments of the situation. Brave enough to protect the mistakes of your team members; brave enough to avoid emotional break-down to avoid any further damage to yourself, the team members and the project.
    Creative
    You must think out of box. New ideas of making things happen more swiftly will give you the edge on your competitors. Innovation is the key to success now a days. Considering millions of businesses already established and successful, you must have a unique product or service which makes you stand tall in the market
    Consistency
    Unpredictable and unstable people don't fit in the class of true Leaders. You must be consistent in your habits and actions. Frequent Mood Swings are an indicative of your unstable personality which cuts your marks in your Leadership exams.
     Commitment
    Once you decide something,  you have to make sure you complete it by all positive and logical and fair means. Committed people makes thing happen. A weak approach to any project means you are already half lost.
    Competence
    I am competent enough understand the role of each of my subordinates. Its your ability to complete the job with a set of behaviors which are positive, fair, logical and efficient.  Keep learning new things, keep observing other people, keep evaluating the market to become more and more competent.
    Communication
    Nearly all skills are closely linked with your communication skills. You can only make a convincing impact if you are a great communicator.  No matter how genius you are, you will only be successful if you communicate in effective way. Learn the art by watching relevant videos, reading forums and improving your vocabulary. Consider Barlos Model of Effective Communication
    Deep Thinker
    Deep thinking means considering the back-ground, stake holders impact, facts and figures and market study. Deep thinking will improve your analytical skills too.  Consider using Mind Mapping tools to enhance this ability
    Emotionally Intelligenct
    Winning people is highly important because they are your real wealth. Right skills without mental happiness of your team members will not generate fruitful results because of low efficiency although high availability of staff. You need to consistently judge the emotions of team mates to create an environment which promotes friendliness and high ethics and eventually ensures high potency success.
    Focus
    Focus means looking in the 'eyes of the target'. Running continuously in a direction without knowing the actual target will take you nowhere.
    Honest
    Shortcuts are short term gain but seriously long term pain. An honest approach will enhance your chances for long term success. If you are honest, I don't have to remember what you have said. Because you are transparent in what you say and what you speak.
    Initiative
    Taking initiatives indicate your confident personality. Being confident is the major trait of your leadership character. If you are a deep thinker and and innovator, you tend to take initiatives with more confidence and trust in your abilities.
    Knowledge
    Knowledge gives wisdom, improves the thoughts process, enhances your horizon and gives you vision. I must learn the knowledge about different aspects of my work to make better decisions. I must learn something on daily basis
    Listening
    If you are not a good listener, you are on the risk of losing great advices from your well wishers. Empathic listening is the key to understand someone's perspective. Develop this habit.
    Organization
    Being organized avoids any mishaps, speed breakers. I must be organized from personal level to office level to company level.
    Proactiveness
    Proactiveness gives you the luxury to plan things ahead of time. You must keep your eyes, ears and brain open so that you sense things well in advance in order to make appropriate decisions so as to avoid eleventh hour emergencies.
    Passion
    Passion is your deep desire to get something. Are you passionate about success? Do you strive for making things happen? Does your brain thinks about your target all the times?
    Positive attitude
    Thinking positive keeps you away from politics, helps you stay focused, avoids negativity hence encourages you to work on things which matter the most.
    Problem Solving
    Problem solving requires deep analytical skills. You must consider the associated stats of given situation, back ground, economical and humanity factors and WBS techniques to break down big problems into small problems and then address one by one.
    Risk Taking
    Successful leaders are risk takers. When I doubt, you can take next small step to determine if you are wrong or right. You can always undo if wrong else move ahead with your next task towards your destination.
    Patience
    While you are aggressive in nature being a great leader, you must have the patience to absorb, judge and fix any situation.  Being an explosive personality sometimes result in irreparable losses.
    Responsibility
    Responsibility means to understand your role and take it seriously. Your carefree attitude will generate a ripple effect of carelessness in your organization which will cause deficiency in the work and failure of the projects
    Rewarding
    Rewarding my team mates is like fueling them to go extra mile. I must have a fair approach to reward those who put their efforts in my cause. Employees are like batteries; Learn the techniques to charge and recharge them for maximum efficiency and throughput
    Self Disciplined
    Others will follow your legacy if you are self disciplined. Being organized and punctual are great traits of a true leader.
    Teachibility
    The quality of a good leader is to produce more leaders instead of more followers. This can be done with consistent teachability and spreading wisdom around yourself. You must be a knowledgeable person to develop this trait. For this you must learn a lot on daily basis. Dedicate some of your daily time to learn something.
    Trust Worthy
    Being trust worthy helps wining people. Winning people is more important than winning targets because people will ensure success in your next tournamnets not only the current one. Trust is developed by consistent honest, friendly, encouraging behaviors demonstration.
    Team Player
    At the end of the day, its not your success its 'ours' success. You have to make sure that each employee contribute to the cuase. You must have the ability to perform as a team member however when required, you should be able to work alone and still demonstrate excellence.
    Unbiased
    Judgment should be fair and not biased. Fair Judgment requires honest approach along with analytical skills covering all aspects of the situation. A lot of feedback, stats and background is required to be considered while making conclusions about projects or people.
    Visionary
    If you are a fast running horse, you must ensure that you are heading in the right direction since several other horses are following you. Your success is their success and your failure is theirs. Being visionary also means that you can see and sense the future and strategize things to gain maximum benefits and reduce the tragedies to the minimum.

    While I have made this guide, I truly understand that leadership is a huge sea full of knowledge, wisdom and experience; I being a young professional of 34 years of age cannot cover all aspects of leadership in true sense. Being a novice I have tried to make the foundation for learning the wisdom of leadership and improve the associated paradigms to become a great leader. I would highly appreciate your kind feedback on this guide so that I can improve myself and eventually the rest of the readers of my blog.

    If you would like to receive the Microsoft Excel version of this guide which gives you the opportunity to evaluate yourself against all these traits and finally calculate the percentage of your Leadership index then drop me an email at mjunaidtahir – at – gmail – dot – com


    Junaid Tahir, a telecom engineer and a blogger, writes articles on wisdom, happiness and stress management. His personal blog can be read at Here