For example, think about when you calculate the temperature with a thermometer. You use your mouth for it, right? And it is that the mouth is undoubtedly one of the most recommended places to calculate the temperature, but for this we must not drink cold food or drinks for 10 minutes prior to the measurement. Of course, in the case of children it will always be advisable to use another place. Another of the most recommended areas to measure body temperature is to use the armpit, certainly one of the classic parts when we talk about thermometers. Unlike in the mouth, the armpit is perfect for measuring the temperature in children. Same case for the ear, one of the methods used for both adults and children. Finally, we will also mention the rectal area, optional in the case of the elderly but nothing recommended for the little ones in the house. Also mention that in cases of hemorrhoids or bleeding in that area, we should completely advise against this area. Now that you know the different recommended body parts to measure body temperature, you can calculate this much more accurately without resorting to the forehead. Depending on the age it is recommended to use one area or another The mouth is one of the most recommended areas to measure the temperature Image: iStock When we think we have a fever or ask to have our temperature measured, we usually go to the forehead, either with the lips or the hand. But is it really the best place to calculate it? Contrary to what we can think of as a more extended area, the forehead is not the best place to take body temperature well.
Viewpoints: A Doctor Finds Father’s Hospital Care Frightening; Politicization Of Science Has Hurt Research Funding This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. WBUR: Cognoscenti: Even A Doctor Can’t Keep His Father Safe In The HospitalThree years ago, on a Friday afternoon, I received a frantic phone call from my mother. My active and healthy father was in the hospital with a suspected stroke. I immediately started driving to New Jersey, where they lived. I knew I had to be there to ensure that my dad would be safe. He had been taken to one of the most dangerous places in the world: a hospital. The story of my dad’s three day stay in a major American teaching hospital is remarkably unremarkable (Ashish Jha, 4/5). Journal of the American Medical Association: The Future of Biomedical Research For decades the importance of biomedical research was a reliable pillar of bipartisan agreement, as evidenced by the continuous high levels of funding that both parties have sustained during the last 3 presidential administrations. … This coming year, there will almost certainly be no increase in NIH funding. Moreover, sequestration means that the NIH will actually lose approximately 5.1% of its current level of funding, or about $1.55 billion. Bipartisan support has all but evaporated, and biomedical research is quickly becoming just another partisan issue. … Four factors contribute to the erosion of support for the NIH. First, there is increasing politicization of science in general (Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, 4/4). Los Angeles Times: Blowing Smoke On Workplace Health The best way to hire productive employees is to look for people with qualifications, talent, honesty and commitment. Now, however, a small but growing number of employers are looking for something else as well: job applicants who don’t smoke. As much as we despair of the death and damage caused by tobacco, this new employment criterion strikes us as a lamentable and unwarranted intrusion into applicants’ private lives — and one that should worry anyone in this country who has an elevated risk for any sort of injury or illness. In other words, most of us (4/4). The Washington Post: Obama Must Take The Lead On Medicare Reform Reforming Medicare must be part of long-term deficit reduction. Alas, between House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) plan to replace Medicare with a “premium support” and President Obama’s refusal to countenance it, Washington is hopelessly deadlocked. Or maybe not. There are ways to generate meaningful savings that don’t involve either abolishing Medicare “as we know it” or perpetuating the status quo (4/4). The Washington Post: The Politics Of Roe V. Wade And Gay Marriage Arkansas last month enacted a law that bans abortion after 12 weeks. North Dakota went even further, banning abortion after six weeks. These blatantly unconstitutional statutes aren’t the product of a 40-year-old Supreme Court ruling. They are the result of a sincere and intense belief — one I do not share — that abortion is the taking of a human life. They do not demonstrate the folly of the justices’ intervention in Roe. They demonstrate its necessity (Ruth Marcus, 4/4). The Washington Post: Let’s Go Down The Aisle Toward Legalized Pot Anytime now, Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to make an announcement about marijuana, one of the administration’s trickier policy problems. In November, two states, Colorado and Washington, passed ballot initiatives — by strong margins — to legalize marijuana use. Both states established regulatory systems akin to those for alcohol, though Washington’s is somewhat more stringent. And both states acted in defiance of federal marijuana policy: The 1970 Controlled Substances Act makes marijuana illegal and places it in the same class as heroin. How should the administration respond to this frontal challenge? The answer is: View it not as a threat but as an opportunity (Jonathan Rauch, 4/4). Boston Globe: BC Should Work With Students To Resolve Issues Over CondomsBoston College has taken action against a student group that dispenses condoms, intending to reinforce Catholic Church teachings in favor of marriage and against premarital sex. Administrators are certainly within their rights, as overseers of a private Catholic institution, to crack down. But it’s still an unfortunate move: The administration and the student group coexisted respectfully for four years before the administration abruptly changed course. There’s no reason to believe they can’t do so again. And BC’s leaders would earn the admiration of students by being mindful of their interests and needs — which might, in turn, make them more receptive to church teachings (4/5). Bloomberg: How To Finish the Last, Hard Path To Polio Eradication The end of polio is in sight. Last year, there were fewer cases of the disease — 223 — in fewer endemic countries — three — than ever. Still, the eradication campaign can seem like Achilles’ effort to outrun the tortoise in Zeno’s paradox: There’s always a little more ground to cover. The goal can be achieved only if health workers can find and inoculate the last unvaccinated children on earth. That’s going to take an estimated $5.5 billion (in addition to the $9 billion spent so far), a huge commitment from endemic-country governments and a push by Muslim leaders to counter anti-vaccination extremists (4/3).