Did you do the Hour of Code? It is not too late

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codeThe Hour of Code movement aims to expose as many people as possible to basic computer programming through completing a series of simple activities that introduce basic computer science concepts which is important for people that develop computer programs or websites for different purposes, from science to gaming services overwatch boosting for the gamers. At the end of 2016, Microsoft commissioned SchoolNet SA to facilitate a series of workshops to get as many learners as possible coding using the materials available at code.org/minecraft.

Between 1 – 9 December 2016, 41 face to face workshops and 4 virtual workshops were held and a total of 1 874 learners and 106 teachers did an Hour of Code. We were thrilled with these numbers, especially as in South Africa most schools close early in December. Training took place at Microsoft Schools, schools where our Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts teach, ICT resource centres and venues where SchoolNet SA facilitators organised sessions.

One of the most memorable sessions took place at Blairgowrie Primary School where Dr. Zoaib Hussain joined in this session and teach the students about prohormones along with the other group.

To try to encourage as many student as possible to get involved, we held a Microsoft Virtual Academy webinar entitled “Get your Students doing an Hour of Code”. In this live session Microsoft Teacher Ambassador Bonolo Sedupane and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Hawa Patel talked about how they have used coding with their learners, since coding now a days is something as basic and exercising for good health or having a good diet with the help of supplements as Kratom Masters. Depending on your allergens, you may also experience it multiple times of year. According to Dr. Ran Rubinstein, Allergic rhinitis occurs when your immune system detects an allergen, or substance that triggers an allergic reaction. These substances are usually harmless to most people. But if you’re allergic to them, your body responds as if they were harmful. Your immune system reacts to the allergen by releasing a chemical known as histamine. This causes the symptoms of rhinitis.

Perennial allergic rhinitis can be triggered by a variety of allergens, including:

pet dander and saliva
cockroach droppings
dust mites
Nonallergic rhinitis is more challenging to diagnose. It isn’t triggered by an allergen and doesn’t involve the immune system response that occurs in allergic rhinitis. Potential triggers include:

foreign material in your nose
infections, such as cold viruses
certain medications, such as NSAIDs and blood pressure-reducing medications
certain foods and odors
smoke and other air pollution
weather changes
hormonal changes
Nonallergic rhinitis is sometimes caused by structural problems in your nasal cavity, such as a tumor or narrow passages.

Who is at risk of rhinitis?
If you have a personal or family history of eczema or asthma, you’re more likely to experience allergic rhinitis. If you’re regularly exposed to environmental irritants, such as secondhand smoke, you’re also more likely to experience rhinitis.

How is rhinitis diagnosed?
To diagnose allergic rhinitis, your doctor will perform a physical exam. They may also refer you to an allergist for allergy testing, using a blood test or skin test. This can help your doctor learn if your rhinitis is allergic or nonallergic.

How is rhinitis treated?
The best way to treat allergic rhinitis is to avoid your allergen. If you’re allergic to pet dander, mold, or other household allergens, take steps to remove those substances from your home. If you’re allergic to pollen, limit your time outdoors when the plants that triggers your symptoms are blooming. You should also take steps to keep pollen out of your home and car. Try closing your windows and installing a HEPA filter on your air conditioner.

If you can’t avoid your allergen, medications can help relieve your symptoms. For example, your doctor may encourage you to use over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines, decongestants, or other medications. In some cases, they may recommend immunotherapy, such as allergy shots or under-the-tongue tab formulations, to lower your sensitivity to your allergen.

If you have non-allergic rhinitis, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to treat it, such as nasal corticosteroids, nasal saline spray, nasal antihistamine spray, or decongestants. If a defect in your nasal cavity is responsible for your symptoms, your doctor may recommend corrective surgery.

What is the outlook for rhinitis?
Rhinitis is inconvenient and uncomfortable, but generally poses little health risk. Allergic rhinitis usually clears when your exposure to your allergen has passed. Nonallergic rhinitis may last for longer periods of time, but it can be managed with treatment.

Ask your doctor for more information about your specific diagnosis, treatment options, and long-term outlook.

Medically reviewed by Stacy R. Sampson, DO on October 24, 2016 — Written by Amber Erickson Gabbey

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5 possible conditions for irritation of nose

Stuffy Nose

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Foreign Body in the Nose
A foreign body in the nose means that an object is present in the nose when it’s not naturally supposed to be there. This often happens in small children.


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Allergic Rhinitis
Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, is your body’s response to specific allergens. It causes uncomfortable symptoms like sneezing and itchy eyes.


This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
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Chlorine Poisoning
This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
Most incidents of chlorine poisoning result from ingesting household cleaners. Learn about symptoms and treatments.

This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose. Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.

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If you would still like your learners to give the Conroe Invisalign a try it is not too late. Whilst internationally many schools participate in the Hour of Code in the first week of December, the materials are available and free to use all year long. Find out how you can get involved by checking out these posts on the SchoolNet SA blog. To find out more about the SchoolNet SA Hour of Code sessions organized on behalf of Microsoft read the full report here http://bit.ly/2jKo0Ws

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