Advice to Parents on Childhood Measles Part I

Copyright 2006 Peter Nisbet Measles is caused by a virus of the influenza family. The initial measles symptoms are a bit like a bad cold or flu, but with a rash! The vast majority of parents do not know what measles really is, other than being a childhood illness. They know it has a rash and is infectious, but thats about it. They have probably never seen it and dont know anyone who has had it. Most doctors would not recognise measles symptoms until the rash appeared, never having come across it. This is due to the measles vaccination program which was superseded by the MMR vaccine. I have even heard of parents arranging measles parties, where young children are …

Don’t Get Caught by a Phishing Scheme

You receive an email from your bank warning you that your account information needs to be updated urgently or else it will be suspended. In a panic, you click on the link in the email and are brought to your bank’s web site. Without giving it a second thought, you enter your user name and password to access your account online. In that moment, you have just handed an unknown criminal the keys to your banking account. You’ve been the victim of a phishing1 scheme. Phishing has become one of the most common methods of electronically stealing people’s identities. During the period between May 2004 and May 2005, over 1.2 million individuals were victims of these attacks and have lost …

How To Identify Your New Car Safety Ratings

One of the most important considerations you should never overlook when buying a new or used vehicle is its safety features. Safety has become more important to everyone in recent years; lets face it we spend a lot of time in our cars and with our families so car safety should outrank any cosmetic preferences. Now there are very specific government and auto industry standards to keep you and your family safe so lets take a look at what to look for. One of the best car safety indicators of overall safety is the government crash test rating. All new vehicles will have these ratings readily available and it is a great place to begin understanding what you new car …

Exploring Nature with Your Child, In Your Own Backyard

Backyards, they are where individuals of all ages go to relax and have fun. While many people enjoy being in their backyards, they are not the only ones. In fact, when you are in your backyard, you are rarely ever alone. At any given time, your backyard is filled with amazing, living things. If you are the parent of a young child, you may want to use this opportunity to explore nature with them. Not only will it be a fun experience, but it will also be a learning experience. Birds are just a few of the many animals that can be found in your backyard. There is a good chance that a large number of different birds will make …