If you are a parent of elementary-age children you'll have no doubt received your school supply list for the new school year by now. Alongside pencils, erasers, and plastic folders without prongs (lord forbid you to send the ones with prongs) you'll likely see a large bottle of hand sanitizer somewhere on that list. Hand sanitizer is an important part of illness prevention, especially in schools and hospitals, but does it really work? Well, it depends on what you mean by "work". If you are expecting 30 seconds of hand rubbing as that cold wet gel magically disappears to kill all
Heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke, happen when the body is not able to properly cool itself. While the body normally cools itself by sweating, during extreme heat, this might not be enough. In these cases, a person’s body temperature rises faster than it can cool itself down. Heat stroke occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. When heat stroke occurs, the body’s temperature rises rapidly, your natural sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can
During the summer months, one way many families beat the heat is by spending time by the pool. Whether it's your own backyard pool, a blowup kiddie pool or a pool at your vacation resort, all pools pose safety risks. According to the CDC, drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death for children between the ages of 1 and 4. Also, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 390 deaths a year on average are attributed to drowning in a swimming pool or at a spa. So how can you keep your family safe at the pool this summer?
Summer will be here before you know it, and if you are a parent that may not be such good news. Soon, your children will be home, with you, for 10 whole weeks. We all love our children, but how do you keep them occupied all summer long? Studies show that too much screen time for children can be detrimental to their health and development. Aside from the obvious consequences lack of physical activity has, too much screen time can affect children’s mental health and has been shown to increase the chances of depression in children. So, what can we do?
Easter is just around the corner, and you can smell the sugar in the air. Whether you like Goldbrick Eggs, Peeps, or Cadbury Eggs, taking care of your teeth is especially important. When thinking about your health and wellness most people think of diet and exercise, but did you know that your oral health can impact your overall health? Your mouth is full of bacteria, most of them harmless, but if neglected bacteria can grow and lead to infections, gum disease, and tooth decay. Some studies show that there is a link between certain diseases and poor oral health. Some of those
So how is your New Year’s diet resolution going? If you answered not so good, read on to find out how reading nutrition labels may help you get back on track. Most medical professionals recommend sticking to a well-balanced diet. Diet fads don’t last and are usually very restrictive making them hard to live with. A well-balanced diet, while it may provide slower weight loss, avoids the side effects of most fad diets, such as low energy or simply feeling deprived, which can lead to giving up. A well-balanced diet is one that gives your body the nutrients it needs to function
As you’re making your lists and checking them twice this holiday season, don’t forget to add getting your flu shot. Peak flu season runs from December through February. It is estimated that 5-20% of the population will get the flu this year leading to 200,000 hospitalizations due to complications from the flu virus. What’s more, 3000-49000 people die each year from the flu, making it one of the deadliest viruses around. The CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months old get an annual flu shot. This recommendation has been in place since 2010 when the CDC voted for “universal” flu vaccinations.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes, a treatable, but yet uncurable disease that affects the way your body regulates blood sugar. There are two main types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. People with Type 1 diabetes don’t produce insulin whereas people with Type 2 diabetes don’t respond to insulin as well as they should. In type 1 diabetes, your immune system mistakes your body’s own healthy cells as foreign invaders. The immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. After these beta cells are destroyed, the body is unable
Pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween candy aren’t the only things October is known for. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The month of October is dedicated to educating women about early detection of breast cancer. Studies show that the earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the easier it can be to treat. While your OBGYN may do a breast exam during your annual visit, the only real expert on your body is you, especially if you are performing regular self-breast exams. Performing regular self-breast exams will help you get familiar with your breasts and to know what is normal and what isn’t. If
National Women’s Health & Fitness Day is observed on the last Wednesday in September. It is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages. More than 500 groups across the country will host women’s health and fitness events at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation districts, local health and service organizations, schools, retirement communities, houses of worship, and other community locations. An estimated 50,000 to 75,000 women of all ages are expected to participate in these local activities. Activities will be noncompetitive and may include walking events, exercise demonstrations, health screenings, and health information workshops. As