ASTM-rated Masks: Definition and Use

ASTM-rated masks are medical masks that are fluid resistant and have a high degree of filtration efficiency. ASTM-rated masks are rated by three levels, higher-level masks have a higher filtration efficiency and fluid resistance.  ASTM level 1 masks are commonly called procedure masks and ASTM level 2 masks surgical masks. They are usually used by […]

Coronavirus Tips: How to Properly Wear a Face Mask

Now that mask-wearing becomes a daily routine for many during the coronavirus outbreak, it is important to learn how to properly put on and remove a facemask. Before we dive into the details, here are three rules of thumb:  Wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling the mask every timeAvoid touching the mask unnecessarily Cover […]

The Differences Between N95, KN95, Surgical, and Cloth Masks, Explained

During the coronavirus crisis, mask-wearing and the nation-wide shortage of masks have become hotly discussed topics. You might have already heard the names of many different types of masks: N95 respirator, KN95 respirator, surgical mask, and cloth mask, but are you confused about what each of them means and how they are different?   Read on […]

How and When to Wash Your Hands

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, handwashing is a crucial part of warding off infections and slowing the spread of COVID-19.  The coronavirus can infect you if you have touched your eyes, nose, or mouth after touching an infected person’s bodily secretions or a contaminated surface. Despite the importance of handwashing, a study has shown that people […]

COVID-19 Topic: Why is Mask-wearing Important and How are N95, Surgical & Cloth Masks Different?

The CDC has officially changed its COVID-19 guideline on mask-wearing and has advised all Americans to wear cloth mask/face-covering in public. Previously, the CDC has advised Americans against wearing any masks—neither medical-grade nor home-made—if they’re not sick or taking care of someone who is sick.  Why has the CDC changed its guideline? This article will […]

What to Do About the Coronavirus Outbreak If You Have Hypertension or Heart Disease?

Right now, it has been widely reported that people with pre-existing conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes (type 1 & 2), a compromised immune system, and lung disease (such as asthma) are likely to develop more severe symptoms. The American Heart Association is “advising caution” for elderly people with hypertension and coronary heart disease, as […]

High Potassium Foods to eat for Hypertension

Potassium is an essential part of a well-balanced diet, but adequate intake is especially important for those with hypertension. Potassium can relax blood vessels’ walls, thus decreasing blood pressure. Potassium can also help the body remove excess sodium (salt), a mineral that raises blood pressure.  The recommended potassium intake by the American Heart Association is […]

Diet for High Blood Pressure: the DASH Guideline

The CDC reports that every day, 1,300 Americans die of high blood pressure or related illnesses. In 1992, The National Institue of Health funded research on what kind of diet can help people lower their high blood pressure, and the DASH eating plan was tested to effectively reduce blood pressure by multiple studies.  DASH stands […]

6 Tips to Reduce Sodium Intake for Hypertension

High sodium intake has long been studied by researchers as a potential culprit of high blood pressure (hypertension), a condition that can lead to stroke, heart failure, vision loss, kidney damage, and vascular dementia.  For adults, the American Heart Association suggests a daily sodium intake of no more than  2,300 mg with the ideal sodium […]

High Blood Pressure 101

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a “silent killer” that can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, vision loss, and vascular dementia. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 1.13 billion people around the world are affected. What is high blood pressure?  The heart pumps constantly to transport blood […]

How to Use a Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor Correctly?

A study published in the Hypertension journal has pointed out that many people are misusing wrist blood pressure monitor at home, which leads to them getting inaccurate readings. The inaccurate readings are usually higher than what’s true. To help you get more accurate measurements, here are some guidelines for measuring your blood pressure.  First, here […]

How Multigenerational Homes Help with Senior Loneliness

The United Nations reports that the global population of people aged 60 and older will exceed 2 billion in 2050. Meanwhile, senior loneliness is one of the most difficult social problems to solve, and all of us will face the same problem sooner or later.   According to research from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, […]

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