Showing posts with label health days. Show all posts
Showing posts with label health days. Show all posts

Autistic Pride Day- June 18

Autistic Pride Day, or Autism Pride Day, is a day celebrated on June 18 to mark the broad spectrum of autism and teach the public about autism and the autistic community.
The holiday was created by an organization called Aspies For Freedom, a group of people with high-functioning Asperger syndrome, which aims to raise public awareness of autism and Asperger's.
The autism spectrum is a broad spectrum of cognitive and perceptual impairments that are manifested primarily in communication disorder, repetitive behavior, and sensory dysregulation.
Autistic Pride Day has been celebrated since 2005 to show that autism also has positive sides. At the first International Autism Awareness Week, the New Scientists newspaper published an article by Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen - "Proud to be autistic."

In honor of International Autism Awareness Day, here are some interesting facts about autism:

About 21.7 million people worldwide are on the autism spectrum.

In the United States, 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism.

Whites are 5 times more likely to be on the autistic spectrum than girls.

The doctor who claimed there was a link between vaccines and autism, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, was accused of presenting false data and losing his medical license as a result.

Many people around the world believe that there is a link between vaccines and autism and avoid vaccinating their children as a result.

"Autism Intensive World Theory" assumes that autistics "shut down" because they experience and feel too much.

People on the autistic spectrum yawn less than ordinary people. The more severe the autistic condition, the less yawning is observed in them.

There are almost no differences in the anatomy of the brain of people with autism to people without.

Find an association between low vitamin D levels in pregnancy and neonatal autism.

The UK has more than 250 autism-friendly cinemas, where the sound is lower, the lighting is dimmer and you can put your food and drink into them.

A 2008 study found that although it is assumed that autism is a lifelong disability, there is evidence that between 3% and 25% of people who suffer from it, are eventually cured of it.

Studies show that drama classes are especially helpful in improving the social skills of autistic children.
The symbol of awareness of the endless spectrum of autism. This icon replaces the previous icon, a movie with colorful puzzle pieces, which many adults did not like on the autistic continuum.

World Blood Donor Day - June 14

Every year on June 14, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day.
The event, founded in 2004, is designed to raise awareness of the need for safe blood for its use and its blockages, and to thank blood donors for their life-saving contributions.
World Blood Donor Day is one of eight official public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Tuberculosis Day, World Vaccination Week, World Malaria Day, World Tobacco Day, World Jaundice Day and World AIDS Day.

A blood donation is the taking of blood from a person to use it or its products until it is given to another person who needs it, through a blood transfusion. Blood transfusions help save millions of people every year. They help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions to live longer and a higher quality of life, and support complex medical and surgical procedures. They also play a vital and life-saving role in maternity care. They help lower death rates due to severe bleeding during and after childbirth.
In the blood donation process, a donor of 450 ml of blood + 3 test tubes is taken from the donor to check the type of blood and that the blood is not infected with AIDS, jaundice or syphilis.
In the process of blood transfusion, the blood or its components are transferred to the person who needs an increase in blood volume.

Many countries do not have a sufficient supply of safe blood, and blood services face the challenge of obtaining safe blood to use a sufficient amount. Adequate supply can only be guaranteed through regular donations by blood donors who do not receive payment. The goal of the World Health Organization is for all countries to receive all their blood supply from donors by 2020. In 2014, 60 countries had their own blood supply based on 99-100% volunteer blood donations, and in 73 countries are still largely dependent on donations Of family members.
World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on June 14, the birth date of Karl Landsteiner in 1868. Karl Landsteiner was a biologist and physician who developed the modern method of blood classification in 1900 of the ABO, based on identifying the presence of collapse factors in the name. In 1937 he discovered the factor RH (a protein component that if present in the blood the blood type is a plus and if not then a minus). He was born in Austria as a Jew but converted to Christianity at the age of 22. In 1930 he received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for developing the ABO blood classification method and in 1937 he received a prize for discovering the RH factor.

Why should you donate blood?
Already in ancient times bloodshed was a common medical treatment and was considered beneficial to health.
Today it is known that blood donation encourages the bone marrow to produce new blood cells at an increased rate, to compensate for the deficiencies caused by the blood donation. During the renewal of deficiencies the body creates cells that aim to provide the body with protection against viruses and bacteria, so a regular donation maintains a more resilient immune system. It has been found that people who donate blood regularly live on average five years longer than those who do not donate, because their immune system is stronger.

A person who donates blood regularly to stay alive after massive blood loss is higher than a non-donor, because his body is already "trained" in blood loss situations and knows how to fill in the gaps faster.
It was found that people who donated blood at least once a year showed better results in blood sugar tests. It has also been found that blood donation reduces the risk of heart disease.
World blood donor day

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day- May 12

Every year, since 1993, World Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is marked around the world.
The problem with fibromyalgia is that it is a "transparent" disease, a disease without a cure and for no apparent reason.
The main symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread and chronic pain throughout the body, muscles, joints and skeleton but it has many other different symptoms like: chronic fatigue, sleep disturbances (like difficulty falling asleep and discontinuous sleep), headaches, difficulty concentrating and memory, general feeling of stiffness in the morning , Dizziness, abnormal body heat, sensitivity to light, noise, odor, temperature changes, mood disorders, sleep sweating and more.

Fibromyalgia causes significant damage to the life of the sufferer. It causes very severe pain, so much so that the patients are bedridden and unable to get up.
Patients' ability to work is impaired and it also adversely affects mood.
Studies suggest that it is an injury to the central nervous system, which causes overexcitation in the process of pain processing and its passage.
The causes of fibromyalgia are unknown. A possible cause is a genetic family background and also environmental factors such as mental stress, infections, a whiplash accident and more.
Incidence of the disease
Fibromyalgia affects 3-5% of the population. Most sufferers are women. This is a higher number of patients with multiple sclerosis, breast cancer and muscular dystrophy (ALS)! Not only older women in mid-life suffer from the disease, in recent years more and more young people are being diagnosed with it, including men and children.

Treatment of fibromyalgia
There is still no cure for the disease and it is considered a chronic disease. Patients are given medications that relieve the many symptoms they are suffering from, not against the disease itself.
Some people believe that a vegan diet helps.
Fibromyalgia is not a psychological disorder! Studies have shown through brain scans that the chemical and biological processes in people suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue are significantly different from the rest of the population.

May 12 is intended to raise awareness of the suffering caused to patients with the disease, for the purpose of research that will reveal the causes and cure of the disease and the importance of consideration for patients.

May 12 is also Nurses Day

World Lupus Day - May 10

World Lupus Day is celebrated every year on May 10th. Today's goal is to raise awareness of a disease that little is known about, but for those who suffer from it, it has a devastating effect on him and his family.

Lupus is a chronic disease that causes the immune system to become overactive, creating antibodies that attack the body's healthy tissues. Lupus can cause pain, inflammation and damage to any part of the body and can be fatal. There is currently no known cure for the disease and about five million people suffer from lupus disease worldwide.
Lupus Day was first celebrated in 2004. It was founded by organizations aiming to fight lupus from thirteen countries, calling on governments to increase funding for research, provide better treatment services, increase epidemiological data and raise disease awareness.

Lupus Day is associated with the color purple, and people can show their support by wearing purple clothes or buying special purple ribbons with the caption "Help us solve the cruel mystery." One of the supporters of World Lupus Day and the ambassadors of the disease-fighting organization, is Julian Lennon, the son of John Lennon, whose girlfriend Lucy Wooden (who inspired the Beatles song "Lucy in the sky with diamonds") died as a result of the disease. sourceWorld Lupus day

May 10 is also Stay Up All Night Night

National Barrier Awareness Day - May 7

In 1986, on May 7, Ronald Reagan announced National Barrier Awareness Day.
This day is designed to raise awareness of the barriers and obstacles suffered by some 36 million Americans with various disabilities.

Eighty percent of Americans experience some disability in their lives. These can be permanent or temporary disabilities. Society must, according to the manifesto written by Reagan, understand and appreciate the barriers and obstacles they have to deal with and how important it is to help them, because even the disabled can overcome and contribute to our society.
Many disabled people face financial, cultural, and physical barriers due to a public lack of understanding of their needs. We need to be more aware of the barriers that prevent or hinder so many citizens from fully participating in our social life, and how much they could have contributed if these obstacles had been removed ...

Purple day for awareness of epilepsy - March 26

Purple Day is an event designed to raise awareness of epilepsy. This day has been going on since 2008, and to mark it people wear a purple item in their clothes, or a purple ribbon.
The creator of this day is Cassidy Megan from Nova Scotia in Canada who suffers from epilepsy. Her idea was to get people to talk about the disease, dispel myths about the disease and raise awareness about it in general, and also to make people with epilepsy understand that they are not alone.

In 2009, the Anita Kaufmann Foundation in New York and the Epilepsy Association in Nova Scotia joined forces to launch International Purple Day. The combined efforts have led to the involvement of many organizations, schools, businesses, politicians and celebrities around the world. The Purple Day, held on March 26, 2009, was attended by more than 100,000 students, 95 jobs and 116 politicians.
These two organizations (The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia, Anita Kaufmann Foundation) are the global sponsors of Purple Day and are committed to partnering with individuals and organizations around the world to promote awareness of epilepsy.
Epilepsy disease is a group of long-term neurological disorders characterized by epileptic seizures. These seizures are events that range from short and almost indistinguishable events to long periods of strong tremors. Seizures that appear in epilepsy have no immediate cause. Seizures that occur for some reason are not considered epileptic. (Source: Wikipedia)

Down Syndrome Day - March 21st

 World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), which falls on March 21, is a World Awareness Day that has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. The goal of Down Syndrome Day is to raise awareness that people with Down Syndrome can be integrated into society, to make their voices heard And fight for their rights.

The date 21 in the third month (March), was chosen to mark the uniqueness of the trisomy 21st chromosome that causes Down syndrome.

Down syndrome is due to the fact that in the DNA of every cell in the body there are three copies of chromosome number 21, instead of only two. The syndrome was first described by John Langdon Down in 1866 and is therefore named after him.

Down syndrome sufferers usually have a unique appearance that includes slanted eyes, small ears, a flat face and a broad forehead, straight hair, a short neck and a lower-than-average height. They used to be called Mongols because of their resemblance to the Mongol people.

People with Down Syndrome may also suffer from low IQ, between 40 and 75 IQ, childishness and lack of independence and verbal impairment. They may also have heart defects. The syndrome cannot be cured, but the syndrome can be diagnosed already in pregnancy, using ultrasound tests: in Nuchal scan tests and systems review and in  amniotic fluid test.

In recent years, there has been progress in the treatment methods for children who have Down Syndrome and they are able to achieve achievements that allow some of them to integrate into society. Their life expectancy now stands at 60 years, unlike previous years (in the 1980s it was only 25). In order for them to be able to progress and recover, they need adapted medical care, a normative and enriching environment and intensive care from an early age.

World Kidney Day - The second Thursday in March

Kidney Day was created in 2006 as a joint initiative between the International Association of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). Kidney Day is designed to be a campaign to raise awareness of kidney health. Currently, it is excellent in close to 100 countries around the world.
The purpose of Kidney Day is to raise awareness of kidney-related diseases and the overall importance of the kidneys to our health. Another goal is to emphasize disease prevention, in an attempt to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and related health problems, on a global scale.

When is International Kidney Day coming out in the coming years?
2021- March 11
2022- March 10
2023- March 9
2024- March 14
2025- March 13

What are the important signs to pay attention to that indicate a kidney problem?
Itching and dryness of the skin - One of the functions of the kidneys is to strengthen the bones and maintain a balanced level of minerals in the bloodstream. If your skin is suddenly dry and itchy, it may indicate bone disease that is sometimes a manifestation of kidney disease. This is due to the fact that the kidneys are unable to maintain a balance between the minerals in the body, especially calcium and phosphorus.

Fatigue and lack of energy - Feeling tired and lacking in energy can have many causes, but one of them is a decrease in kidney function that leads to the accumulation of fluids and toxins in the bloodstream. Chronic kidney disease can also cause anemia which is also manifested in fatigue and weakness.

Urine foam - Kidney failure can cause the accumulation of proteins in the urine. This can be manifested in the foam that appears in the urine. If it does not disappear after flushing the toilet, it could indicate that the kidneys are not filtering a protein called albumin and therefore it reaches the urine. If a urine test reveals that you have albumin in your urine, it could indicate a kidney problem.

Swelling of the ankles and feet - Decreased kidney function can cause excess fluid in the body which can manifest itself in swelling of the face, abdomen, feet and ankles. The swelling was caused because of the difficulty of the kidneys in removing the sodium from the bloodstream.

Difficulty falling asleep - When the kidneys are unable to properly filter the toxins from the body, i.e. through the urine, the toxins can interfere with us falling asleep. A study has found that people with kidney disease have more sleep disorders compared to healthy people.

Strange taste in the mouth - Another manifestation of the accumulation of toxins in the blood because of the difficulty of the kidneys to remove them from the body is a feeling of metallic taste, like that of rust in the mouth.

Muscle cramps for no apparent reason - One of the reasons for the contraction is a lack of calcium, sodium and potassium ions. The kidneys are the ones that regulate these minerals into the bloodstream so if you suffer from a lot of muscle cramps, it may indicate their dysfunction.

Vomiting and nausea - One of the substances excreted from the body by the kidneys is urination. When there is a kidney problem and as a result it accumulates in the body, it is excreted into the digestive tract and there it is broken down by bacteria and becomes ammonia. Ammonia causes significant irritation of the gastrointestinal tract, decreased appetite, nausea and vomiting.

Any symptom that appeared on the list can indicate problems in other organs as well. If you have one or more symptoms than what appears here, do not ignore, it is important that you check your health with the doctor.

More interesting facts about kidneys:
Do you know the cute kid from this picture that travels all over the net and serves as the name of a "Successed kid"? It turns out that the story behind the picture is a campaign by the family of Justin Griner, who contracted cancer in 2006 and his kidneys collapsed, to raise money for his treatment. The boy in the picture is his son, Sam Griner, and his picture holding a sand on the beach was uploaded by his mother to the GoFundMe website. The family managed to raise more than $ 75,000 in the campaign.

Death due to kidney disease is in 10 place among the causes of death in the world in 2019. (Source: World Health Organization)

In kidney transplant surgery, the diseased kidneys are not removed, but the healthy kidney is added to the lower abdomen.

We wish you complete health!

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Dress in Blue Day - The first Friday in March

Dress in Blue Day was initiated by Anita Mitchell, an American teacher who recovered from stage 4 colon cancer but lost a close friend and her father to the disease.
Mitchell wanted to raise awareness for early detection of life-saving colon cancer. In 2006 she worked with her classmates on an idea for a day of illness recognition. They came up with the idea that instead of the regular uniforms that should be brought to school all year round, on the first Friday of March they could come in blue clothes of their choice, provided they donated one dollar to colon cancer research.

Subsequently, every March became the month of awareness of colon cancer awareness.
The idea of ​​dressing in blue on the first Friday in March to promote disease awareness became national in 2009. Anita introduced the idea to the Colon Cancer Association and they enthusiastically promoted it throughout the United States. A blue star was chosen as a symbol for the memory of people who died of colon cancer.
Early detection of colon cancer significantly increases the chance of recovery.
Colon cancer has no visible symptoms in the first two to three years of development, so it is recommended that anyone over the age of 50, the age at which the risk of the disease increases, do tests to detect the disease, such as a stool test and a routine colonoscopy. People who have symptoms of colon cancer are advised to get tested even if they have not reached the age of 50.

The symptoms of colon cancer are:
A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, soft and mucous bowel movements, constipation, a change in the diameter of the bowel which lasts for more than a few days. A feeling of lack of vacancy. Rectal bleeding or blood mixed with feces, the blood can be red or walnut and even prone to black. Abdominal pain. Weakness / anemia due to iron deficiency. Weight loss. These symptoms can also indicate the presence of other diseases, but it is recommended to be tested anyway when they appear.
To prevent the disease one must maintain a healthy lifestyle: avoid smoking and obesity, exercise and eat healthy.
In 2011, Carmen Mark Valvo, an American fashion designer, partnered with the Colon Cancer Committee to promote Blue Dress Day.

How to mark Dress in Blue Day?

First of all, wear blue clothes that everyone usually has in the closet and tell people the cause, to encourage them to read and get to know the disease and go get tested. You can donate to the Association for the War on Cancer, you can donate hair to cancer patients and most importantly, promote awareness of the disease to prevent its tragic consequences.
In the photo: A guy dressed as a blue star during a happening to raise awareness of colon cancer, on the first Friday in March, in the USA (Source)

Rare Disease Day - 28 February

Rare Illness Day is a day marked on the last day of February (i.e., usually on February 28 and once every four years on February 29). This day is designed to raise awareness of the existence of rare diseases and improve access to medical care and representation for people with rare diseases and their families.

Rare Diseases Day was founded in 2008 by the European Organization for Rare Diseases (EURORDIS). According to the organization, the treatment of rare diseases is not sufficient as well as the social networks to support people suffering from these diseases and their family members.
A rare disease is also called an "orphan disease" - a disease for which no resources have been invested over the years to research it and develop vaccines and drugs against it, because in science most of the time and resources are invested in more common diseases in the population. Rare diseases are most often complex genetic diseases, and according to the World Health Organization there are more than 5,000 types of such diseases.
All the rare diseases affect about one percent of the world population. In the EU the definition of the rare disease is its existence in one person out of 2,000 people. In the US the disease is rare if it is present in one in 2,500 people.

Diagnosis of rare diseases is difficult and takes longer than common diseases, because many times the existing symptoms are suitable for common diseases and because of misdiagnosis, the treatment is not appropriate and the patient suffers more. The remedies for rare diseases are usually not in the health basket because too few sick people need them.
Examples of rare diseases: Fabry disease, Morquio syndrome, Pompe disease.
Rare Disease Day

February 28 is also Chocolate Souffle Day and Tooth Fairy Day
February 29 is also Leap Day

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation- February 6

February 6 has been declared by the UN today as zero tolerance for female  Genital Mutilation.
Female  Genital Mutilation is a cruel practice committed primarily against minors aged 3-13, which involves all procedures involving partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genitalia for non-medical reasons, and is recognized worldwide as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
Female  Genital Mutilation is very common especially in Northeast African countries, the Horn of Africa and West Africa. The custom also exists among the Bedouin and Kurds in the Middle East (except in Israel). Thousands of women go through the process every day, even today.


The custom is almost non-existent in Muslim countries in the rest of the Middle East and Central Asia.
Female circumcision is a cruel way of reflecting the inequality that is rooted between the sexes and is an extreme form of discrimination against women. Female circumcision not only destroys women's lives by infringing on their physical integrity and right to sexual pleasure, but also endangers their lives. The surgeries are apparently performed without medical supervision and often, with contaminated knives, leading to the deaths of many as a result of the surgery.
The practice of female circumcision has been going on for more than a thousand years, but the World Health Organization and UNICEF are working to eradicate it completely from the world. One of their major achievements was its outlawing in Egypt and Eritrea, but it seems the road is still long.
Although it seems to be done only in Third World countries, it turns out that even in Europe Muslims practice their daughters in secret. In East London, in 2010, young Muslim girls undergo the painful surgery at the initiative of their mothers Link to the article.


February 6 is also Frozen Yogurt Day

Cancer Day - February 4th

Every year on February 4, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) together with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (UICC) mark World Cancer Day to promote ways to alleviate the global burden of cancer.
Cancer is the growth and spread of uncontrolled cells in the body. It can affect almost any organ in the body. Tumors often invade tissues and can send metastases to distant sites. Many cancers can be prevented by avoiding exposure to common risk factors, such as tobacco smoke. In addition, a significant portion of the cancer can be cured by surgery, radiation or chemotherapy, especially if it is detected early.

Some interesting facts about cancer:
Every day, 20,000 people around the world die from cancer.
Cancer causes more deaths than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
There are more than 100 types of cancer. Any part of the body can be damaged.
Over 30% of cancers can be prevented by avoiding tobacco and alcohol, a healthy diet and exercise.
There are 28 million people worldwide who have won cancer.
Exercise like walking can lower the risk of lung cancer by 25%.
Compounds extracted from marijuana cause the cancer cells to freeze and prevent them from spreading.
One cigarette contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.
According to recent studies, multivitamins increase the risk of cancer and heart disease.
There are more cases of skin cancer caused by tanning in beds and tanning salons than cases of lung cancer caused as a result of smoking.

According to studies, tall women have a higher risk of getting cancer.
The three "Marlborough men" died of lung cancer: Wayne McLaren, David McLean and Dick Hammer.
Encouraging data: Cancer mortality rates dropped from 215 deaths per 100,000 people in 1991 to 172 deaths per 100,000 people in 2010.
The announcement of Angelina Jolie's mastectomy as a means of preventing the onset of breast cancer doubled the number of women examined in the first few months.
Pre-diabetes increases the risk of developing cancer by 15%.
Pilots, flight attendants and flight attendants are twice as likely to develop melanoma skin cancer because of their high exposure to UV rays.

World Autism Awareness Day - April 2

International Autism Awareness Day is a day set by the UN with the aim of raising awareness of autism and increasing the acceptance and integration of autistics in society.
Autism Day was set by the UN in 2007 and is celebrated every year since April 2. This day is one of the four official health days set by the UN.
Autism is a developmental disorder that includes difficulties in interpersonal relationships and in the social, linguistic and communicative fields, in stereotypical and repetitive behavior and in a disorder in social skills.
In the last decade of the twentieth century, it has become clear that this syndrome and all other autistic spectrum syndromes have additional symptom groups such as sensory regulation problems (such as hypersensitivity to touch and relative insensitivity to pain) and coordination problems.
The term "autism" was coined by Dr. Leo Kenner in 1943, when he studied a group of 11 children at Jones Hopkins Hospital in Maryland, USA. These children probably had classical autism. At the time, a German scientist named Dr. Hans Asperger described a phenomenon similar to autism named after him, Asperger's Syndrome.

How to mark World Autism Awareness Day?
You can learn about autism from books, movies, etc. You can volunteer in places where autistics stay like in hostels. You can donate to charities for autistic people or buy gifts from places that employ autistic people and thus help promote them in society.

April 2 is also Reconciliation Day and Ferret Day

World Health Day - April 7

World Health Day is celebrated every year by the World Health Organization. This day was first announced in 1950 and since then every year it is dedicated to an issue that is important to draw attention to. World Health Day is celebrated with a gathering of regional, local and international events related to the chosen theme.
World Health Day is a good day to decide on a healthier lifestyle change like to start doing sports, eat less sweets or quit smoking.

The World Health Organization is a United Nations agency that focuses on the public health of the world as a whole. The organization has a constitution signed by the countries involved.
Everyone should be concerned about their own health and that of their community, and if you have come to this page, then this is a good time to turn your attention to this year's topic. By checking out their website: This year, on April 7, 2021 the issue is "Building a fairer, healthier world".
The World Health Organization has been involved in mobilizing many health efforts all over the world. The organization works to disseminate information about the vitality of medicines for public health, awareness of infectious diseases and prevention and more. The movement to eradicate smallpox began in 1958, at the initiative of Victor Zhdanov, the then Deputy Minister of Health of the Soviet Union. In 1979, the World Health Organization declared that smallpox had disappeared from the world, making it the first disease in history to be eradicated by the dedicated efforts of humans.
Anyone can take a hand in improving the overall health of the world, and one can start by worrying about the health of yourself, your family and your community. You can also donate blood on this day. The blood bank should always have healthy doses of blood. You can also take as a task an examination of your environment - for example, are there standing water sources that may be fertile ground for insects such as mosquitoes that spread disease by bites?
If you follow the link of the World Health Organization, you will find more topics and ideas for improving world health on World Health Day.

April 7 is also No Housework Day

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