Manage Seasonal Affective Disorder

The end of August signals the winding down of summer. It is a time of transition – long, warm days giving way to cooler temperatures. The lush green vegetation and blooms of the season begin to fade as the colors of autumn take center stage. For many, this is an easy and expected change. But…

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Summer Hives

Summer can be especially hard on people who have sensitive skin or are prone to skin rashes or hives. The heat and humidity that accompanies the summer months can lead to a number of different types of rashes that can turn the fun of summer into an itchy, uncomfortable mess, the most common is heat…

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Summer Food Safety Tips

According to recent statistics, about 48 million cases of food poisoning are reported each year, and most of them happen during the summer months. This is due to bacteria, which is the result of poor food handling practices and higher temperatures that can lead to disaster.To that end, we have gathered some helpful food safety…

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Asthma in Summer

For children and adults who suffer with asthma, summer can be both a blessing and a curse. Asthma attacks are linked to an increase in pollen, heat, and rain followed by high temperatures that allow the growth of mold. Additionally, asthma in summer is caused by poorer air quality, which can affect the average person, but…

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15 Safe Grilling Tips

July is considered National Grilling Month, but it is safe to assume that most of us look forward to using our grills all summer long. And whether you are a weekend grill master or love firing up the grill every day, there are some grilling safety tips to follow to ensure that your grilling experience does…

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Treating Heel Pain

When the weather is warmer, we do more jogging, running, climbing, hiking, and walking. All of these activities are good for our health and wellbeing, but these high intensity activities can put stress on the feet, causing heel pain that can be directly attributed to two conditions–foot or heel spurs and/or plantar fasciitis (fashee-EYE-tiss).What is a…

Any Tips for Traveling with Medicines?

Continuing Series: Questions from Consumers …While traveling this summer, there are a few rules to observe that will optimize your safety and the experience away from home, especially if you are being treated for a chronic condition and traveling with medicines. Packing and Storing Your MedicinesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests you know how readily…

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Athlete’s Foot – Know the Cause & Treatments

While athlete’s foot (Tinea Pedis) can occur year round, chances are that during the summer the number of reported cases will probably spike.  One reason is that we sweat more when it’s hot.  When our feet are confined in shoes or sneakers for long periods of time during the summer, bacteria can easily grow. The…

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Avoiding Heatstroke

What is Heatstroke?Heatstroke occurs when the body’s temperature reaches 104°F+ and has no way of cooling itself off. This is not a fever, which is the body’s reaction to an infection. Exposure while working outdoors, relaxing at the beach, or doing any activity that prolongs sun exposure without shade or proper hydration can result in heatstroke.How…

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Summer Hydration

You might think that “hydration” would be a routine part of everyone’s day. A natural thing to do; you get thirsty – you drink a beverage to quench your thirst, right? Well, the simplest things to do are often the hardest.The human body is made up of about 50–65% water and as infants that number…

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