Archive for 'Wellness / Prevention'

Reasons to Maintain a Healthy Weight.

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The National Institutes of Health notes that maintaining a healthy weight may reduce the risk for the following: type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney disease, fatty liver disease, pregnancy difficulties, and some types of cancer.

National Institutes of Health, April 2020

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Protect Yourself from the Sun to Prevent Skin Cancer.

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The American Academy of Dermatology reports that many Americans don’t take proper precautions to protect themselves from the sun. To reduce the risk for skin cancer, the academy recommends the following: seek shade when the sun’s rays are the strongest, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; wear sun-protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, a widebrimmed hat and sunglasses; use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a sun-protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher on all skin not covered by clothing. ...

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Hoarse Voice?

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For the most part, the causes of hoarseness—a raspy or strained voice—are not serious and usually resolve within a few weeks. The Cleveland Clinic offers these probable causes of hoarseness: a common cold or an upper respiratory infection, using your voice too much or too loudly, gastroesophageal reflux, smoking, allergies, thyroid problems, and trauma to the voice box. If symptoms fail to resolve within two weeks, consult with your family doctor.

Cleveland Clinic, January 2020

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How to Deal with a Flea Infestation.

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To prevent, reduce, or eliminate a flea infestation, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends the following: check carpets, cushioned furniture, and cracks and crevices daily; steam clean carpets regularly and pay extra attention to areas where pets sleep; wash all pet bedding and family bedding every two weeks; use a flea comb on your pet to expose adult fleas; and keep your pets indoors as much as possible.

Environmental Protection Agency, January 2020

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Play It Safe with Household Chemicals

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Common household items such as paint and cleaning supplies can contain toxic chemicals. The Cleveland Clinic recommends the following safety tips: wear an apron, gloves, and goggles when working with oven cleaners; ensure that the area you’re using chemicals in is well ventilated; wear latex dishwashing gloves when using antibacterial cleaners; wash your hands immediately if you get chemicals on your skin; and opt for non-toxic cleaners, if possible.

Cleveland Clinic, January 2020

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