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Archive for April, 2017

28
Apr

Which is Better: Headphones or Earphones?

 

Ever since portable music players and devices have become compact and smaller, it’s become more common to see people on the street or at work wearing headphones or earphones.

Which one works best for you? What are the qualities you should consider before choosing one? Let’s look at each of their qualities.

Headphones

Headphones are sound devices that are placed outside your ears and held in place by a headband. There are two types; over-ear and on-ear headphones. Over-ear headphones cover most of your ears while the on-ear headphones have lighter and smaller cups.

Headphones are great for canceling background noise if you want to concentrate on your homework for example. You do not need to turn up the volume to block all the sounds so the damage to your hearing is greatly reduced.

They do not rest too close to your inner ears and is the better choice if you want to avoid damaging your hearing especially if you have to wear headphones for hours.

It’s more expensive than earphones but it has great sound quality because of the addition of bass enhancers. Headphones are portable but they are bulky and heavier than earphones. It’s not the ideal choice during workouts.

Look for headphones that fit your head and rest on your ears comfortably. Comfort can be an issue because they are heavy and can mess up your hairstyle. It’s not ideal for people wearing glasses and earrings. There is a tendency for the ear cups to cause sweating as well or for the headband to slide off when it does not fit properly.

Earphones

Earphones or earbuds are placed in your pinna (the visible or outer part of your ear that sits outside the head). It’s smaller and considerably lighter than headphones, that is why it’s portable. It can fit in your pockets easily too.

It does not mess up your hair, earrings or eyeglasses because it’s not worn over your head. However, some people feel uncomfortable with the buds inserted in their ear. If the buds don’t fit properly, they tend to slide off.

Because they’re closer to your inner ears, noise reduction is not very effective. It does not block out all the noise so the users have a tendency to crank up the volume. It poses a greater risk of hurting your ears. According to studies, they add up to 9 decibels of volume because they are closer to your inner ears. People with sensitive hearing will feel uncomfortable.

The sound quality will vary depending on the brand and the features, but because it does not block out other external sounds, the quality will sometimes depend on how the buds are fitted in your ears.

The Verdict

Headphones generally have better sound quality, noise reduction and less risk damaging your hearing. Earphones however are portable and more comfortable. Pick the one that suits your needs and lifestyle. Or you could get both so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

25
Apr

Time Management for Gamers

 

For most gamers, it’s always a struggle to try to balance time between our favorite hobby and school or work. So what do we need to do to be able to enjoy both? After all, some of us work so we can sustain our hobbies. And one can certainly not skip school just to play. Some need an avenue to relieve stress, and that is what gaming is for, but the temptation to stay up all night or skip some days is so great.
 

 
Here are some tips that might help.

  1. Keep everything fun in what you’re doing. If gaming really is your passion, don’t look at your studies or your job as hindrances. Think of them as parts of a game and you’re the playable character. Unlike games, however, restarting in real life will not be easy if you make significant mistakes in your decision-making.

 

  1. Always keep your schedule in mind. It’s easier to plan ahead if you know what you need to do in a week, especially during your free time. There are no surprises ahead. Failing to prepare is like stumbling onto a dungeon boss without having enough health potions to get you through. Finish what you need to do early like homework and studying so you have more time for playing.

 

  1. Priorities should alwayscome first. If you’re a student, getting good grades should be your motivation. Think of getting good marks as a method of leveling up. If you’re a good student with excellent grades, you have more opportunities in the future. Think of opportunities as access to new missions and better equipment.

 

 

  1. Getting sick will keep you from gaming. You will have to skip some days for school or work if you get sick. Not having enough sleep and not eating right will lower your body’s natural defense system. Think of your immune system as your armor. You would not go into a fight without your best equipment right? So why go on living as if there’s no tomorrow. If you get sick often, chances are, you won’t get to play as much either.

 

  1. Gaming should motivate you. It’s quite alright to do what you love. That does not mean however that you should ignore other aspects of your life. Finishing your studies will allow you to look for jobs in the future, while getting a job will allow you to sustain your hobbies. The more things you can afford, the happier you will be. Gaming is an expensive hobby. You need a job to sustain it.

 

  1. Know the limits of your body. It is much easier for students to find a window in their schedule. For those who are already working, the weekends is the only option, not unless you’re willing to lose some sleep for late night gaming. This should be avoided as you will lose focus during the day. Sleep is also essential for health. Remember that a healthy gamer will have more time to play in the future.

 

17
Apr

Breast Cancer Myths Debunked

When it comes to breast cancer, there are two definite facts: one out of eight women will be diagnosed with the disease, and that this disease is the top cause of cancer-related deaths among women in Singapore. Still, there are a lot of information about the disease that’s just not true. To clear things up, this article tackles misinformation about breast cancer so that you can make more informed decisions with regards to your health.

1. MYTH: Breast Cancer Only Occurs to Women

Fact: Men can be diagnosed with breast cancer too, although it’s a hundred times less common among them. For men, the lifetime risk of acquiring breast cancer is about one in 1,000. Diagnoses of the disease usually come at the later stage for men, which causes the significant increase in their mortality rate. Some of the signs of breast cancer among men include lumps, swelling, nipple discharge, and skin dimpling.

2. MYTH: Breast Cancer Only Happen to Older Women

Fact: When it comes to age, breast cancer doesn’t discriminate. Although increasing age is a risk factor for getting breast cancer, it doesn’t mean that younger women are not vulnerable to the disease. In fact, it tends to be more aggressive in younger women. To better understand your risk of acquiring breast cancer, know your family history – both maternal and paternal histories – and consult your doctor.

3. MYTH: Every Breast Cancer is the Same

Fact: According to a study conducted by Singapore health experts, there are different types of breast cancer. Researchers are now discovering that the major subtypes of the disease – HER2-Positive, Triple Negative, and Luminal A and B – can be further classified into sub-categories with different progression patterns and response to treatment, which opens the door to more individualized treatment plans.

4. MYTH: The Disease is Always in the Form of Lump

Fact: Lump formation is a sign of breast cancer, but there are other signs during your breast cancer screening in Singapore that can point to a breast cancer diagnosis, such as skin irritation, nipple inversion, swelling, redness, or discharge other than breast milk.

5. MYTH: Deodorant and Wired Bras Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Fact: This is one misinformation that has been easily debunked by research. A study conducted by a group of health experts found that bra-wearing habits, such as using an underwire bra or number of hours worn, are not linked with an increased risk of breast cancer among post-menopausal women. In addition, there’s no conclusive evidence associating the use of deodorants and antiperspirants with developing breast cancer Singapore.

6. MYTH: Regular Mammograms are Not Necessary

Fact: Although proper diet and exercise reduces the risk of getting breast cancer, scientists still don’t fully understand what really causes breast cancer – or the impact of other factors – and that’s why health experts recommend having regular mammogram screenings as an integral part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Visit your doctor to know when you should start having an annual mammogram screening, since the age you should start getting them may vary depending on the medical history of your family.

7. MYTH: Breast Cancer Only Affects Those with Family History of the Disease

Fact: Unfortunately, anyone can be diagnosed with breast cancer. About 70 percent of women who were diagnosed with breast cancer had no identifiable risk factors. Still, having a first-degree family member (sibling, parent or child) with breast cancer doubles your risk of acquiring the disease, but it’s still possible to get it even without any family history.

8. MYTH: Busty Women Are More Likely to Get Breast Cancer

Fact: Breast size doesn’t really contribute to breast cancer Singapore, but breast density does. Breasts with higher densities have an increased likelihood of getting breast cancer. The only sure way to know about your breast density is to have a mammogram screening, but do know that breast density is typically lower in large breasts.

9. MYTH: Mastectomy is Needed if You’re Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

Fact: Although it’s necessary in some cases, this belief is not entirely true. Depending on the stage of your breast cancer, your oncologist may recommend undergoing radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, mastectomy, or a combination of these treatments. Diagnosis of breast cancer, especially if it’s detected early enough, doesn’t always mean that you’ll lose the affected breast.

10. MYTH: Miscarriage and Abortion Increases Breast Cancer Risk

Fact: While there are evidences that having children before the age of 30 reduces the risk of developing breast cancer, there’s no research to support the idea that early end of pregnancy through abortion or miscarriage could increase one’s risk of getting breast cancer.

11. MYTH: Breast Implants Causes Breast Cancer

Fact: A good news for those who are thinking of reducing or enhancing their bust size is that there’s no proven link between increased breast cancer risk and breast plastic surgeries. Implants can make mammograms difficult, but it won’t increase your chances of developing the disease. In fact, women who’ll undergo breast reduction surgery might see a decrease in their breast cancer risk.

12. MYTH: Radiation Emitted by Screening Tests Causes Breast Cancer

Fact: Although mammograms give off a small amount of radiation, its radiation dose is much lesser than a standard chest X-ray. It’s such a low level that it won’t increase your breast cancer risk. Also, know that ultrasounds and MRIs (Magnetic Resource Imaging), which can also be used to screen breast cancer, contain no radiation at all.
Armed with these breast cancer facts, you’re now capable of reducing your risk of developing the disease or planning a treatment in case you develop breast cancer.