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How to unlock your child’s potential by instilling these essential learning habits

Quipper, one of the best LMS in the Philippines, is here to help parents navigate their way into safeguarding their child’s future by instilling these essential learning habits. 

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Nothing beats parents as the best teachers a child could have. As they grow up, parents significantly influence their children’s development and shape their abilities, attitudes, and future decisions. And as their primary guardians, the most valuable gift that a mother and a father can offer is to nurture them to become lifelong learners. 

Filipino parents often tell their children that education is the greatest inheritance they can offer, and it’s true. Education can help make or break a child’s future and will carry them to better stations in life, but this will not be possible without the utmost support a parent can give. 

That is why Quipper, one of the best LMS in the Philippines, is here to help parents navigate their way into safeguarding their child’s future by instilling these essential learning habits. 

Teach them the importance of time. Children often waste time playing games or going out with their friends. While allowing kids to have their leisure time is okay, teaching them how to use time wisely is important.  

Parents can teach their kids the importance of time management by keeping tabs on their tasks. Encourage them to own a mini planner or any notebook where they can write down the tasks they need to accomplish. Or, if it permits, you can set goals for a day where they must finish certain activities or assignments in school within a given time frame and gain a reward after completing one like going out to a movie or buying them their favorite food. 

Set realistic goals for your child. As a parent, what do you want for your child to achieve? You might want them to reach greater heights and have a successful future. But how can you help your child become one if you are setting unrealistic goals for them and cause them internal pressure? 

Parents should always set realistic goals for their children; part of this is accepting that sometimes, a child can make mistakes or fail. By accepting these, you are raising a child that has a healthy mindset in learning. 

Encourage your child to read. Knowledge is power, and one can attain loads through reading. Parents should instill a love for reading in children from an early age. Encourage them to read various books and expose them to different genres. It doesn’t have to be novels or heavy non-fiction, but a simple children’s storybook or even a newspaper is enough.  

Afterwards, allow your child to process what they have read and discuss among yourselves. This will enhance your child’s comprehension skills and make them a good observer.  

Foster collaboration and teamwork. To build your relationship and bond with your child, you can ask them to work on small projects together, like building a puzzle or cooking together, to get them used to working with other people. They must realize the importance of working and learning from their peers and building their confidence. Teach them interpersonal skills that would make them effective classroom students. 

Support your child at all times. A good parent is the one who supports their child in all their endeavors. A parent should always be their number one cheerleader for whatever interests or likes a child might get into. A parent should also be updated with their child’s learning progress which Quipper’s Parent App offers. 

With Quipper’s Parent App, they can monitor their child’s progress in school and properly guide them on their assignments or activities. So, parents can assist their children in challenging work and foster their growth. 

The Quipper Parent’s App can also help parents determine if their child has pending assignments if they’re consistent in answering on time, or how many topics they have mastered. So, as a parent, you can make necessary interventions at home, like reviewing complex subjects and topics or assisting them in answering their assignments. This participation will strengthen the parent-child relationship and enhance the student’s academic achievement and performance. 

The education landscape is changing, and so is the learning dynamics of a child. That is why every parent should collectively reinforce these habits to create a healthy learning environment for their child. 

Quipper shares the same pursuit with parents of fostering strong learning habits in children. The LMS platform recognizes the parents’ vital role as teachers, mentors, and champions. Together, they can continue to empower children with the tools and habits they need to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and compassionate contributors to society.

To learn more about Quipper Philippines and its other programs and initiatives, visit https://www.quipper.com/ph/.   

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Acetaminophen reduces sepsis patients’ risk of having organ injury

Intravenous acetaminophen was safe for all the sepsis patients, with no difference in liver injury, low blood pressure, or other adverse events compared to the placebo group. Among secondary outcomes, they also found that organ injury was significantly lower in the acetaminophen group, as was the rate of acute respiratory distress syndrome onset within seven days of hospital admission.

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Intravenous acetaminophen reduced sepsis patients’ risk of having organ injury or developing acute respiratory distress syndrome, a serious condition that allows fluid to leak into the lungs.

This is according to a study, “Phase 2b Randomized Trial of Acetaminophen for Prevention and Treatment of Organ Dysfunction in Critically Ill Sepsis Patients”, that appeared in JAMA.

As FYI: Sepsis is the body’s uncontrolled and extreme response to an infection. In sepsis, red blood cells become injured and die at abnormally high rates, releasing so called “cell-free hemoglobin” into the blood. The body becomes overwhelmed and can’t remove this excess hemoglobin which can lead to organ damage.

While the trial did not improve mortality rates in all patients with sepsis regardless of severity, the researchers found that acetaminophen gave the greatest benefit to the patients most at risk for organ damage. With the therapy, those patients needed less assisted ventilation and experienced a slight, though statistically insignificant, decrease in mortality.

To test the therapeutic potential of acetaminophen more fully in a mid-stage clinical trial, researchers enrolled 447 adults with sepsis and respiratory or circulatory organ dysfunction at 40 US academic hospitals from October 2021 to April 2023.

Patients were randomized to receive either acetaminophen or a placebo intravenously every six hours for five days. The researchers then followed the patients for 28 days to see how they fared. They also completed a special analysis using data only from the patients with levels of cell-free hemoglobin above a certain threshold. The team’s primary interest overall was the number of patients who were able to stay alive with no organ support, such as mechanical ventilation or kidney failure treatment.

Scientists note that identifying high levels of cell-free hemoglobin as a biomarker that could be tested when patients are first admitted to the hospital would be a breakthrough, because it could help quickly determine which patients with sepsis might benefit from acetaminophen therapy.

The researchers found that intravenous acetaminophen was safe for all the sepsis patients, with no difference in liver injury, low blood pressure, or other adverse events compared to the placebo group. Among secondary outcomes, they also found that organ injury was significantly lower in the acetaminophen group, as was the rate of acute respiratory distress syndrome onset within seven days of hospital admission.

When looking more closely at the patients with higher cell-free hemoglobin, the researchers found that just 8% of patients in the acetaminophen group needed assisted ventilation compared to 23% of patients in the placebo group. And after 28 days, 12% of patients in the acetaminophen group had died, compared to 21% in the placebo group, though this finding was not statistically significant.

“While the anticipated effects of acetaminophen therapy were not realized for all sepsis patients, this study shows that it still holds promise for the most critically ill” said James Kiley. “Though, more research is needed to uncover the mechanisms and validate these results.”

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Extreme heat associated with children’s asthma hospital visits

Daytime heat waves were significantly associated with 19 percent higher odds of children’s asthma hospital visits, and longer duration of heat waves doubled the odds of hospital visits. They did not observe any associations for nighttime heat waves.

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For children seeking care at urban pediatric health centers, extreme heat events were associated with increased asthma hospital visits.

This is according to research published at the ATS 2024 International Conference.  

“We found that both daily high heat events and extreme temperatures that lasted several days increased the risk of asthma hospital visits,” said corresponding author Morgan Ye, MPH, research data analyst, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. “Understanding the impacts of climate-sensitive events such as extreme heat on a vulnerable population is the key to reducing the burden of disease due to climate change.”

For this study, Ye and colleagues looked at 2017-2020 electronic health records from the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, which included data on asthma hospital visits by patients of the hospital, some of whom are from Benioff Oakland’s Federally Qualified Health Center, and demographics including patients’ zip codes. They used data from the PRISM Climate Group of Oregon State University to determine the timing of daily maximum (daytime heat waves) and minimum (nighttime heat waves) for each zip code. The researchers restricted their analyses to the region’s warm season (June to September). To evaluate the potential range of effects of different heat wave measurements, they used 18 different heat wave definitions, including the 99th, 97.5th and 95th percentile of the total distribution of the study period for one, two or three days.

They designed the study in a way that allowed them to determine the association between each heat wave definition and a hospital visit. They repeated the analysis for Bay Area and Central California zip codes.

The team discovered that daytime heat waves were significantly associated with 19 percent higher odds of children’s asthma hospital visits, and longer duration of heat waves doubled the odds of hospital visits. They did not observe any associations for nighttime heat waves. 

According to Ye, “We continue to see global temperatures rise due to human-generated climate change, and we can expect a rise in health-related issues as we observe longer, more frequent and severe heat waves. Our research suggests that higher temperatures and increased duration of these high heat days are associated with increased risk of hospital visits due to asthma. Children and families with lower adaptation capacity will experience most of the burden. Therefore, it is important to obtain a better understanding of these heat-associated health risks and susceptible populations for future surveillance and targeted interventions.”

The authors note that past research has suggested positive associations between extreme heat and asthma, but findings regarding hospitalizations and emergency room visits have been conflicting. Additionally, many other studies have focused on respiratory hospitalizations and not hospitalizations for asthma, specifically, and have not included or had a focus on children. This study is also unique because it investigated the effect of daily high temperatures but also the effects of persistent extreme temperatures.

This study demonstrates that even milder extreme heat temperatures may significantly impact health. These effects are more pronounced in climate-susceptible populations, including children and those who are medically vulnerable, such as those served by the urban pediatric health center in this study. The authors hope these study results will lead to more equitable health outcomes and reduce racial/ethnic disparities observed in climate-sensitive events.

“These results can be used to inform targeted actions and resources for vulnerable children and alleviate health-related stress during heat waves,” they conclude.

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Pru Life UK employees participate in annual blood donation drive with Philippine Red Cross

The life insurer also advocates health and safety protection, especially for families in need. In partnership with the Philippine Red Cross, Pru Life UK employees are engaged in blood donation drives, contributing to a safe and quality blood supply for the Filipino community.

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Pru Life UK’s commitment to supporting communities goes beyond financial education and inclusion. The life insurer also advocates health and safety protection, especially for families in need. In partnership with the Philippine Red Cross, Pru Life UK employees are engaged in blood donation drives, contributing to a safe and quality blood supply for the Filipino community.

The blood donation drive has been an integral part of Pru Life UK’s community investment programs since 2016. To date, close to 500 bags of life-saving blood have been donated by PRU employees and agents. Sustainability Changemakers, Pru Life UK’s volunteerism program, engages its people to take part in supporting communities in need.

“My younger brother needed to get immediate surgery during pandemic. Imagine the feeling of being helpless with hospitals saying no to my brother’s surgery. People experience this most of the time, so I want to help even with the simple gesture of donating blood. Since then, I’ve donated four times through Pru Life UK’s employee blood donation initiative. More than just donating, bloodletting reminds me of how fragile life is and that we should take care of our health in any way we can.” PRULifer Jonel Yulas shared following the company’s recent blood donation drive.

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