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Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)(i.e. Chicken Soup)

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke ——– Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is this: Ask the person to ‘stick’ out his tongue. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

10 uses for baking soda

FYI for everyone with young children.

Here’s what baking soda can do for you:

1. A gentle scrub with a damp cloth gets crayon off tables, walls, and other surfaces you’ve probably never thought about.

2. Forget the bleach, bicarbonate of soda works wonders to get the grime off second-hand toys or that grubby high chair you pulled out of the loft for baby number two.

3. Say goodbye to the ring around the bath. Bicarbonate of soda, a microfibre cloth, and a little elbow grease (just count it as your exercise for the day) does wonders on bath-tub grime. You can use it to brighten grout too.

4. In the kitchen: scrub the counter, shine the sink until you can see the bags under your eyes reflected back at you, clean the oven and hob, and even soak burnt food out of pans with bicarbonate of soda.

5. Add a small bowl of bicarbonate of soda to your fridge to neutralise smells.

6. To restore old plastic containers that are stained or sticky, sprinkle in some bicarbonate of soda, and then rinse with warm water. Your containers will look as good as new.

7. Before bathing, sprinkle some soda liberally into your bath water. You’ll be amazed at how soft your skin is when you get out.

8. Add a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda to your regular shampoo once a week. Rinse thoroughly, and then condition as normal. The soda will help remove the residue from leftover conditioner and other hair products.

9. At some point, your little one is likely to wee on the floor. It’s unavoidable, but don’t despair.  Lightly dust your carpets with bicarbonate of soda, leave over night, then vacuum the next morning. As good as new!

10. And finally, if your child gets stung by a bee or bitten by an insect, soothe the sting or itch with a paste made from baking soda and water.