June 20, 2012

CDC’s Tips for Heat Safety

1 Protect Yourself in Wilting Heat

The first day of summer ushered in wilting heat, humidity and temps in the mid 90s on the US east coast. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following to stay safe: Monitor those at risk for heat-related illnesses, including the elderly, chronically ill and infants and children. Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even with open windows, on a hot day. Wear sunscreen and lightweight, loose clothing. Avoid alcohol and sugary beverages which can be dehydrating. Avoid very cold drinks as they may cause cramps. When possible, stay indoors in air conditioning. If you must be outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention. Signs include dizziness, headache, elevated body temp, rapid pulse and red, hot and dry skin.

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Diabetics Do Not Heed Dangers of Hot Weather

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Dehydration, Dizziness, Headache, Heat Wave, Heat Stroke, Record Breaking Heat, Elevated Body Temperature, Dry Skin, When to Seek Medical Attention

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Purging About As OFten As Teens

2 Women in Their 50s Have Eating Disorders Too

Middle-aged women engage in extreme exercise and dieting, binging and purging about as often as adolescents, reports WebMD. The research, published in International Journal of Eating Disorders, was conducted by the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program. The findings show that 3.5 percent of women over 50 reported binge eating in the last month, which is very similar to the rate of younger women who binge. The research also showed that 8 percent of the middle-aged women studied had purged in the last five years. Researchers say that 62 percent of the women indicated that their shape or weight negatively impacted their lives.

More at WebMD | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Eating Disorders Middle Aged, Women 50s Eating Disorders, Eating Disorder Rates Older Women, University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program

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80 Percent Cured

3 Radioactive Skin Patch Kills Skin Cancer

Results from a small cohort of patients with basal cell carcinoma on their face demonstrated that treatment with a Phosphorus-32 (P-32) skin patch successfully killed most of these tumors after just a few office visits. Ten patients ranged aged 32 to 74 years old had these patches put on lesions near the eyes, nose and forehead at three time points for three hours. Biopsies taken at three months and within three years after treatment found that 80 percent of the participants were completely cancer free. No healthy tissue was damaged from the treatment. This is welcome news because skin cancers operations and post-operative skin grafting can be difficult. Future studies will be done before it can be used in a clinical setting and researchers hope it can treat other superficial skin cancers.

More at Science Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Drinking Coffee May Help Reduce Skin Cancer

Tags: Skin Cancer, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Phosphorus-32 Skin Patch, Skin Cancer Treatment

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