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A Mumps Message

August 10th, 2016
The recent outbreak of mumps back in May in New England got me thinking. When I was a child, some of my friends went through mumps, but I got lucky. I had chicken pox, but was spared mumps. Still, I wondered about them. How do you get mumps and what are they like? As a kid, I knew you got to stay home from school, but that’s about all I knew. And I didn’t…

Close to Home

August 3rd, 2016
  It happened. The Zika virus has struck in the United States, and it hit close to home. It was recently announced that four Florida residents, three men and one woman, were the first known instances of local transmission of the virus.1 Until now, the cases of Zika virus in the US had come after the people traveled to a country where the virus is being transmitted or had sex with someone who traveled…

Inattention Blindness

July 20th, 2016
In today’s busy culture, the ability to multitask is considered one of the most valuable skills to possess. We pride ourselves on being able to handle two or more mental functions at the same time. The thing is, research shows that, in reality, that can’t be done. Our brains are not wired that way. That’s why talking on a cell phone, even a hands-free device, while driving is simply not safe. Many of us…

Have a Pool? Ways to Keep Small Children Safe

July 6th, 2016
When a small child falls into a swimming pool and no one is watching, he or she can disappear alarmingly fast. Don’t expect to be alerted of trouble. The child is more likely to sink silently. He or she won’t call for help, or thrash in the water in an attempt at survival. Knowing pool safety rules can prevent such a tragedy and in Florida they are more important than ever. The statistics…

The Painkiller Problem

June 22nd, 2016
June is National Safety Month, and in 2016, the organizers decided to focus on four areas: medication safety and prescription painkiller abuse; driving, biking and working safely; first aid and emergency preparedness; and preventing slips, trips and falls. These are all important, but right now, I’d like to concentration on the problem with painkillers. It’s more than a “problem” actually. Everything I read refers to the issue of prescription painkiller abuse as an American…

Rating the Country’s ‘Fittest Cities’

June 15th, 2016
You’ve probably heard this advice about fitness: To get more exercise, get a dog. You’ll be forced to go on walks. For cities, that adage might include get more dog parks. The number of dog parks per capita is one of the indicators used in the American Fitness Index to determine fitness scores for the country’s 50 largest metro areas. The annual index is from the American College of Sports Medicine and the…

Surviving Summer Heat

June 8th, 2016
Summer is almost here, and most of the country will soon be bathed in summer heat. Here in Florida, we’ve already gotten a taste of the warmer temperatures, with more to come. However, prolonged or intense exposure to high temps can lead to a host of heat-related illnesses. How does this happen? Your body naturally cools itself off through sweating, but it has to work overtime in the extreme heat. As it tries to…

What is Pre-Diabetes and How do I Know if I Have It?

June 1st, 2016
Years ago one of my relatives developed Type 2 diabetes. I knew nothing about diabetes at the time. I accompanied him to see a hospital dietitian, where basically he was told: here’s what you can eat, here’s what you can’t; go home, follow the rules and you’ll be fine. Since then, I’ve learned that diabetes is far from simple. Managing it requires meticulous self-care. Many people are successful, but many are not. A lot…

What’s Your HBP IQ?

May 11th, 2016
It seems like we were just celebrating the New Year and now it’s May. May is a month of celebrations, too, as it’s National High Blood Pressure (HBP) Education Month. It’s a time to clear the cobwebs about HBP and focus on the ways we can control it. It’s basic biology. Blood flows through the body in a series of vessels. Arteries take oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the organs and tissues throughout…

Hunting and Gathering: Paleo Snack Food

May 4th, 2016
Our neighborhood chain drugstore now has a “Paleo Pantry,” where high-profile front-aisle shelf space is filled with dried meat bars, bone broth and bags of snacks like coconut chips. Until recently, this is where the chocolate bars lived. I don’t know if you can call their relocation an eviction, but all things chocolate now reside on aisle two. I’m not on the Paleo diet, and it isn’t really for me, but apparently plenty of people have decided to try eating…