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Detecting Dangerous Indoor Air Pollution

Cedric Fernando, MD, is an experienced medical practitioner in the field of occupational health and safety. As medical director of the occupational health department at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, Dr. Fernando prevents, treats, and manages workplace-related injuries, diseases, and substance abuse issues in Unicoi County, Tennessee.
Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can affect the health and well-being of those exposed to it. Despite its lack of recognition as a public health threat, indoor air pollution is listed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the fourth-largest environmental danger in the United States. Annually, more lives are lost to illnesses related to poor IAQ than are lost in alcohol-related car accidents.

The instruments and techniques used in indoor air pollution detection are advanced and varied. Wireless detection monitors have improved air safety in buildings by allowing IAQ experts to remotely monitor for gas or radiation, collect data, and generate reports in a timely fashion. IAQ monitoring devices are able to detect all of the most common air pollutants, which include carbon monoxide, radon, formaldehyde, and microbial contaminants such as mold.

Measuring levels of carbon dioxide can give an early indication of air quality in a building. Though not considered a pollutant in low amounts, elevated levels of carbon dioxide can indicate the presence of other pollutants.


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Dr. Cedric Fernando on Whether Middle-Aged Fitness Can Fight Chronic Disease

A new study suggests that middle age may be an excellent time to exercise, especially if you care about avoiding chronic disease in old age. Researchers found that people who lead an active life in their 30s, 40s, and 50s were less likely to suffer from diseases like diabetes as they aged. For every 20 percent someone increased his fitness level, he or she saw a 20 percent drop in his or her risk of chronic disease. The relationship between fitness and disease held true for both men and women.

The scientists also found that physical fitness did not seem to confer a longer life. Rather, it just ensured that people would be healthier as they aged. While less fit adults were likely to suffer from lung and heart problems and endure a slow decline, the adults who exercised in middle age stayed healthy and active until they died suddenly. Researchers recommend that middle-aged adults engage in two and a half hours of moderate exercise a week in order to preserve their health into old age.

About the Author: Dr. Cedric Fernando practices medicine in Tennessee. Dr. Fernando serves as Medical Director for the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Occupational Health Department in Erwin.

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Questions to Ask Your Doctor During a Physical

By Dr. Cedric Fernando

Dr. Cedric Fernando performs a variety of pre-employment evaluations in the Occupational Health Department at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, including annual physicals. Annual physicals provide an excellent opportunity for patients to speak to their physicians about personal health topic. When you visit your physician for a physical, make sure to ask your physician about the following subjects in addition to other questions that come to mind.

Q: What should I expect at a physical?

Generally, physicals consist of the same gamut of tests: listening to the patient’s heart and lungs, taking weight and blood pressure, examining the abdominal area, and checking hearing. For occupational physicals, employers sometimes require extra tests, including blood and urine samples.

Q: What is my ideal healthy weight?

Your physician can inform you of your ideal weight based on your age, height, and other variables. Share your family health history with your physician, as this will help him to put together a regimen of tips to help you reach your ideal weight.

Q: Is my blood pressure normal? If not, how can I regulate it?

Many patients do not understand the numbers that comprise blood pressures. Do not hesitate to ask your doctor to clarify your numbers and what they indicate regarding your health. Should your physician deem your blood pressure as too high, ask about foods you can eat and medications you can take to even it out. Also, take time to ask about your cholesterol.

Q: What female issues should women be concerned about?

Women typically ask many more questions during their physicals because their bodies require careful observation due to issues regarding pregnancy, regular periods, and so forth. For women, ask your doctor about whether you should use birth control, how often you should come in for breast cancer screenings, and other female issues.

About the Author: Dr. Cedric Fernando has served as the Medical Director at the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Occupational Health Department since 1987. As Medical Director, Dr. Cedric Fernando oversees occupational health services, such as performing physicals, treating patients who file workers’ compensation claims, conducting workplace drug tests, and more.

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