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Health Words of the Day, Part Two 今日健康词

My attempts to create an online presence for the Chinese community continue to plod along in painful spurts, as my limited Chinese writing skills limit my ambitions to bring my blog’s wellness information to a much wider audience here in China. But my Weibo miniblog is continuing to expand and get more fans, especially with my series of “Health Words of The Day”. Written in Chinese, English and pinyin, it has become good language practice for me as well. Here’s the second collection of them:

减肥 jiǎnféi = to lose weight。例如: losing weight is the #1 way to prevent diabetes. 减肥是最有效的预防糖尿病的办法 Jiǎnféi shì zuì yǒuxiào de yùfáng tángniàobìng de bànfǎ

预防疾病 yùfáng jíbìng = prevent disease. 例如 example: A good family doctor teaches his patients how to prevent disease. 一个好的家庭医生教他的病人如何预防疾病。

传染 chuánrǎn = infectious/ contagious. 例如 example:感冒的病毒很容易传染; 洗手可以预防感冒 . The common cold virus is very infectious; hand washing can prevent it.

鼻炎bíyán = Rhinitis. 例如 Example: the main symptoms of rhinitis are runny nose and cough 过敏性鼻炎的主要症状是流鼻涕和咳嗽. Guòmǐn xìng bíyán de zhǔyào zhèngzhuàng shì liúbítì hé késou

防晒霜 fángshài shuāng = sunscreen. 例如Example: Suntan lotion can help decrease your risk of skin cancer. 使用防晒霜可以帮助减少患皮肤癌的风险 Shǐyòng fángshài shuāng kěyǐ bāngzhù jiǎnshǎo huàn pífū ái de fēngxiǎn

Health Word of the Day 今日健康词: This Week's Collection

Sina Weibo microblog logoMy microblog on Sina Weibo has slowly started to take off, thanks in part to a new feature: a bilingual health word of the day. I try to write it both in Chinese and English and hopefully choose a word that is topical — such as radiation (辐射 fú shè), or hay fever (花粉过敏 huāfěnguòmǐn). You can read the first week’s words below. As usual, I invite everyone to follow my Sina Weibo microblog: I think Sina Weibo is far more useful and interesting than Twitter, even if Twitter were available here. OK, here we go:

沙尘暴 shāchénbào = sandstorm. 例如 Example: 北京在春天有很多沙尘暴。Beijing has many sandstorms during the spring season. Read more (english):

心脏病 xīnzàngbìng = heart disease. Example 例如:exercising 150 minutes each week can help prevent heart disease. 每周锻炼150分钟可以帮助预防心脏病。

糖尿病 tángniàobìng = diabetes. 例如 Example: many Chinese people have diabetes but they do not know it. 很多中国人有糖尿病但是还不知道。

花粉过敏 huāfěnguòmǐn = hay fever。例如 example:my nose is running and I am sneezing; is it hayfever season already? 流鼻涕和打喷嚏;是不是花粉过敏季节已经来了?

吃素的人 chīsùderén = Vegetarian. 例如 Example:吃了很多肉可能是对我和环境不健康,也许我应该成为一个吃素的人。Eating a lot of meat might be unhealthy for me and the environment; maybe I should become a vegetarian. Read more (english):

病毒 bìngdú = Virus。例如 Example:”普通感冒是由病毒,而不是细菌引起的。所以你不需要静脉注射抗生素。The common cold is caused by a virus, not a bacteria. So you do not need intravenous antibiotics.”

高钠血症 gāo nà xuè zhèng = hypernatremia (too much salt in blood). Example: “If you eat too much table salt, you can develop hypernatremia, and you could die.”

辐射 fú shè = Radiation. Example: “The nuclear radiation in Japan is headed east, over the Pacific.”