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An Aspirin A Day

An Aspirin A Day

Is an aspirin a day better than an apple a day at keeping the doctor away? According to the US Preventive Services Task Force, an aspirin a day for people in their fifties and sixties may help in the prevention of a first heart attack or stroke. This is so-called primary prevention—in other words: if you’ve never had a heart attack or stroke, this will prevent one. There may also, and I stress may... »

Under-armed and Dangerous:  Dealing with Body Odor

Under-armed and Dangerous: Dealing with Body Odor

Summer and its heat and humidity can mean body odor – especially from our arm pits.  And, under-arm odor is equal- opportunity, so LADIES, don’t tune me out for this one! So, getting to the PIT of the matter, why do we sweat and why does it make us smell like a goat?   Your skin has two main types of sweat glands: ECCRINE glands:  located all over our bodies and secret mostly water and salt.  This... »

When Exercise Gets You Down – How to Prevent Falls

When Exercise Gets You Down – How to Prevent Falls

Can exercise get you down?  One of the few hazards of regular exercise is that you can occasionally trip and fall.  And, these falls can be a simple as a little trip up on the pavement, to the more devastating wipe out on a treadmill or down stairs. Falling is primal and our bodies do everything to prevent it from happening. The moment you become off balance, your brain registers that something’s ... »

Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow

Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow

For all you commuters out there, can you positively identify the song on the radio in the car next to you? If you can and you’re moving to the groove, it’s ok for you. But I can assure you, it is NOT ok for the driver next to you. So, what, exactly are you risking when you face the music too loud and too often? There are many causes of hearing loss but your commuting neighbor is on their way to no... »

Kids Screening:  How Much Screen Time for Children?

Kids Screening: How Much Screen Time for Children?

Common sense tells us that spending every waking moment looking at a device screen is not healthy for children.  Even so, screen time for kids has crept up significantly in past years as more types of mobile devices allow constant access.  A Kaiser study found the average 8-10 year old spends nearly eight hours a day with a variety of different media.  And 11 hours for older children! As if “telev... »

Don’t Get Burned – Dealing With a Bad Sunburn

Don’t Get Burned – Dealing With a Bad Sunburn

You went to the beach and forgot the sun would be there too, so you’ve got sunburn. Now what? Unfortunately, there’s really no quick fix for sunburn. Your body will heal itself, but it’ll take a few days.   The trick for you is not to get in the way of your body as it does its thing, so here’s what to do in the meantime:   Dampen a towel with cool water and place it on the sunburn OR take a c... »

Getting a Dinosaur to Heel

Getting a Dinosaur to Heel

In the summer blockbuster Jurassic World, dinosaurs stomp and chomp through box office records, and the movie’s heroine (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) runs from the woman-devouring prehistoric creatures in… high heels? The question is, “are they the best shoes to run for your life in?”  “Are they the best shoes for life?” What’s the big deal – they look great, right?  But, there are some health i... »

Bite Night

Bite Night

Much to everyone’s horror, bed bugs are back.  Yes, the world has yet to eradicate Cimex Lectularius – the common bed bug.  I’m reminded of the old childhood saying:  “Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.” But what happens if they do bite? Well, although extremely creepy, bed bugs don’t transmit infections so no worries there. In fact, you don’t even feel them bite. All that happens is tha... »

Food Goes Day-Part Agnostic

Food Goes Day-Part Agnostic

If you’re anything like me, you’re saying to yourself, what the heck does day-part agnostic mean?  And what does it have to do with food? Well, if you’ve ever read a food critic’s review, you know they are always coming up with interesting ways to describe food in general, cooking food and eating food.  So, food going “day-part agnostic” means that you can basically eat whatever you want WHEN you ... »

Taking the 5th – Vital Signs

Taking the 5th – Vital Signs

Traditionally there are four vital signs and if they are out of whack, you’re in trouble.   When assessing anyone, doctors look for the following to be within acceptable ranges: body temperature, pulse rate, respiratory rate (rate of breathing) and although not technically a vital sign, blood pressure as it is often measured along with the others. The concept of a 5th vital sign has made its way i... »

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