Archive for 'Wellness / Prevention'

Skin Patch Might Tell if You’ve Been in the Sun Too Long.

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Scientists from Northwestern University report that individuals may soon be able to wear a small battery-free patch that can alert them when they are approaching an unsafe level of ultraviolet (UV) ray exposure. Researcher Dr. Steve (Shuai) Xu notes, “In the [United States], we’re in a skin cancer epidemic, which is driven by excessive UV exposure… Thus, this technology would be useful for the majority of individuals by empowering them to know how much UV they are actually getting.”

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Are You at Risk for AFib?

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Currently, 2.7 million Americans live with atrial fibrillation (AFib), a condition characterized by an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications. The American Heart Association lists the following risk factors for AFib: advanced age, high blood pressure, heart disease, drinking alcohol, family history, and sleep apnea.

American Heart Association, November 2018

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Healthier Lifestyle Improves Breast Cancer Survival Chances.

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Among a group of 2,300 early stage breast cancer patients, those who most closely adhered to advice regarding eating a healthier diet and becoming more physically active were more likely to survive the disease.

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, December 2018

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Child Fever Guidelines.

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Fever is generally not a concern, but some cases do require medical attention. The Nemours Foundation recommends that you seek immediate care if your child shows the following behaviors or symptoms: won’t stop crying; exhibits extreme irritability or fussiness; has trouble waking up; develops a rash or purple spots that look like bruises; has blue lips, tongue, or nails; has a stiff neck; has a severe headache; is limp or refuses to move; has trouble breathing that doesn’t improve when ...

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Prevent Swollen Gums.

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Unhealthy gums are often swollen, red, and painful. Triggers for swollen gums usually include poor dental care, malnutrition, poorly fitted dentures, or side effects of a medication. To prevent swollen gums, the National Library of Medicine recommends the following: consume a balanced diet that includes a wide variety of fruits and vegetables; skip foods that can lodge under the gums, such as popcorn or chips; avoid mouthwash that irritates your gums; brush and floss your teeth regularly; and visit your ...

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