I have friends who snore loudly… And it’s annoying when you are trying to sleep…
Some times I wish they would get their snoring treated…
So here’s some info I found about snoring.
While loud disruptive snoring is at best a social problem that may strain relationships, for many men, women and even children, loud habitual snoring may signal a potentially life threatening disorder: obstructive sleep apnea.
It is important to distinguish between snoring and OSA. Many people snore. It’s estimated that approximately 30% to 50% snore at one time or another, some significantly. Everyone has heard stories of men and women whose snoring can be heard rooms away from where they are sleeping.
Snoring of this magnitude can cause several problems, including marital discord, sleep disturbances and waking episodes sometimes caused by one’s own snoring. But, snoring does not always equal OSA; sometimes it is only a social inconvenience. Still, even a social inconvenience can require treatment, and there are several options available to chronic snorers.
Some non-medical treatments that may alleviate snoring include:
Weight loss — as little as 10 pounds may be enough to make a difference.
Change of sleeping position — Because you tend to snore more when sleeping on your back, sleeping on your side may be helpful.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine and heavy meals — especially within two hours of bedtime.
Avoid sedatives — which can relax your throat muscles and increase the tendency for airway obstruction related to snoring.
Your doctor has other treatment options, including the following:
Radio Frequency (RF) of the Soft Palate uses radio waves to shrink the tissue in the throat or tongue, thereby increasing the space in the throat and making airway obstruction less likely. Over the course of several treatments the inner tissue shrinks while the outer tissue remains unharmed. Several treatments may be required, but the long-term success of this procedure has not as yet been determined.
Laser-Assisted Uvuloplasty (LAUP) is a surgical procedure that removes the uvula and surrounding tissue to open the airway behind the palate. This procedure is generally used to relieve snoring and can be performed in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon’s office with local or general anesthesia.
So don’t take it lightly and go get yourself treated at a hospital before it becomes too late.
Source : http://www.aaoms.org/sleep_apnea.php
Found an interesting article :
Researchers have come up with another use for T-shirts: They can hold a charge like a capacitor.
A duo at the University of South Carolina, Professor Xiaodong Li and researcher Lihong Bao, managed
to convert a cheap t-shirt bought at a discount store into a wearable power source.
The t-shirt was soaked in flouride, dried and then baked in an oxygen-free room at a high temperature,
which changed the fabric from cellulose to activated carbon, without damaging the flexibility of the
The result is that the fabric could be used as a capacitor, which can store an electrical charge. The
outcome was further enhanced by coating the fibres with manganese oxide, resulting in what Li called a
“stable, high-performing supercapacitor.”
The professor said that when these are stacked together they could be used to charge phones and tablet
computers, making clothing that little bit more useful than it currently is.
Of course, the potential downside is the unknown risks of wearing “charged” clothing. Electric shock is
one possibility that will need to be addressed, made even more problematic when considering what
might happen if the fabric gets wet. If these concerns were addressed, however, we might be plugging
into our t-shirts and jeans instead of the wall sockets.
I wonder where the limits to science and technology are… It sometimes scares me…
Link : http://vr-zone.com/articles/researchers-make-breakthrough-with-phone-charging-t-shirt/16625.html#
LG Electronics said Tuesday that one of its refrigerators withstood a tornado in Johannesburg, South Africa.
A local resident, Mark Louw, sent an email to the Korean firm with a picture of his LG-made refrigerator working as usual after a tornado ripped through Johannesburg.
His refrigerator remained intact among the debris of his roof-less house and damaged car.
Was it pure luck? or does this prove once again LG fridge’s durability and trustworthiness. You be the judge.
Tens of thousands of people flocked to South Korea’s 2012 Yeosu Expo, which opened last week. The 2012 Yeosu Expo opened to the public after four years of preparation, with 104 participating nations showcasing their oceanic culture and science. The Yesu Expo will display advanced oceanic IT technologies, and will even show futuristic submarine cities.
This is one of six luxury hotels that opened in Yeosu early this year ahead of the 2012 Expo in the South Korean port city, 455 kilometers south of Seoul. The number will increase to 11, with five hotels located within a one-hour driving distance from the city, providing a total of 1,299 rooms. Reservations are available via the official homepage of the 2012 Yeosu Expo (www.expo2012.kr). The Expo takes place from May 12 through Aug. 12 under the theme, “The Living Ocean and Coast.” More than 100 nations are expected to participate.
Source : Yonhap News Agency
A robot fish on a scientific mission shoots lasers from its nose, its tail swinging as it swims around a tank. It’s part of an effort to showcase technology at Expo 2012, which opens for three months on May 12 in Yeosu, South Korea, with a theme focused on the ocean.
Organizers have coined the term “seavilization” to promote the event in this southern coastal city. It’s the first expo to be held in South Korea since 1993, and millions of visitors from around the world are expected to attend. Its formal theme is “The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities.”
It’s also being billed as the biggest gathering of robots in the history of expos, and South Korea hopes the event will help promote the importance of technology — including robots — to develop underwater resources without harming the environment.
In addition to the robot fish with the laser-shooting nose, there is a human-like robot that smiles, cries, frowns and winks at visitors, and at another booth, a group of robots the size of schoolchildren that dances in perfect harmony to the beat of Korean pop music. Another robot that looks like a starfish crawls inside a water tank as it demonstrates its ability to detect and analyze underwater resources.
Organizers hope the expo will both capture visitors’ imagination and showcase South Korea’s eminence as a technology powerhouse. Other high-tech aspects will include submarines, LED displays and a mobile app that allows people with smartphones to access information while touring the exhibits.
In another effort to use modern technology to draw attention to the coastal setting, Yeosu has also built a gigantic round-shaped structure in the water called the Big-O to display colorful hologram images. Lasers and flames shoot from the structure, which stands about as high as a 13-story building at 41 meters tall and 35 meters wide (135 feet by 115 feet).
Yeosu is a port city 300 kilometers (187 miles) south of Seoul. It is one of the most scenic areas on South Korea’s southern coast, with 300 islands nearby. One of its biggest tourist attractions is a wide coast, submerged daily by flood tides and rich with sea life.
The expo venue offers 2.7 million square meters of space (29 million square feet). Typically countries that join the host country for these events create pavilions to showcase their own technology, culture and products related to the expo theme. This year’s participants are expected to come from 105 countries and 10 international organizations, organizers said. The organizing committee said it asked North Korea to participate, but Pyongyang has yet to respond.
Expo 2012 is a smaller exposition than the larger world’s fairs that are held in years ending in 0 and 5. Those larger events last for six months; the most recent large expo took place in Shanghai in 2010. Smaller expos, like the one in Yeosu, are held every four years for just three months and tend to be in less well-known destinations, such as Zaragoza, Spain, which hosted Expo 2008. The expos are sanctioned by the Bureau International des Expositions. The next large expo will take place in Milan, Italy, in 2015.
If You Go…
EXPO 2012: http://www.worldexpo2012.com/ .
Opens May 12 for three months in Yeosu, South Korea, located about 300 kilometers (187 miles) from Seoul. One-day tickets are about $30, two days, $50, three days, $60.
GETTING THERE: One-hour flight from Seoul, plus a 30-minute bus ride from the Yeosu airport to the expo. By high-speed KTX train, three hours from Seoul to a train station near the expo site.