Back-to-School Tips to Keep Kids Healthy and Safe

07.26.2015

Back-to-school prep means more than a trip to the office supply store. Help kids stay strong, healthy and safe this school year by putting wellness front and center. “Thinking about back-to-school now can help parents keep kids on track for a healthy summer and start to school,” says Dr. Sandra Hassink, MD, FAAP, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics. With that in mind, Hassink recommends taking the following steps. Ease into the School Schedule Ease the back-to-school transition by keeping bedtime and meals scheduled during the summer and adjusting timing as school approaches. If your child has been going to bed later than usual, begin adjusting his or her bedtime earlier toward the end of summer. Depending on age, children and teens need between 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep nightly. For young children, arranging to see their new classroom and meet their new teacher before school starts can …

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Tips to Help You Avoid Surplus Fat as You Age

07.20.2015

There are many ways you can stay fit and promote a long, healthy life. And you probably know about some of them, particularly those habits that are widely discussed in the media and by doctors. However, scientists have recently made new discoveries that can help you activate weight loss while gaining control over deadly aging processes. Beyond eating a well-balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise, how can you facilitate a healthy body weight? Your Body’s Enzymes Can Help New research indicates that when certain enzymes in your body are functioning properly, certain aging processes, such as weight gain, can be slowed or even reversed. One enzyme, in particular, known as AMPK, is being highlighted by medical researchers, Adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK), an enzyme found within every cell, serves as your body’s master regulating switch, determining body fat composition and how long you will live. When switched “on,” AMPK …

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Tips to Get Faster, Stronger and More Flexible

07.14.2015

If you work out a couple times a week, you are on the right path to good health. But experts say this can and should be just the beginning of your fitness journey. “Our bodies are designed to be fast, powerful and agile,” says Paul “Coach” Wade, fitness expert and author of the new book “Explosive Calisthenics.” “However, modern Americans have become the slowest, least agile members of our species in all history.” Wade says a vanishing percent of people even attempt to unlock their body’s full athletic potential. To help, he is offering tips to take your overall fitness to the next level. Ditch the Excuses Getting in great shape requires consistency, and it’s all too easy to make excuses for missing a workout. Whether you’re always on the road or can’t afford to renew your gym membership, Wade says such excuses don’t hold water. “While modern training methods …

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News Review From Harvard Medical School — More Intense Exercise May Extend Life

07.07.2015

Working up more of a sweat when you exercise may help you live longer, two new studies find. And for most people more vigorous exercise appears to be safe, a third study suggests. All of the studies focused on middle-aged or older adults. One included more than 204,000 people. Researchers kept track of them for more than 6 years. They were divided into groups based on how much of their exercise was vigorous, such as running, compared with moderate activity, such as brisk walking. Those who said up to 30% of their exercise was vigorous were 9% less likely to die during the study than those who did no vigorous activity. The death rate was 13% lower for those who did more than 30% vigorous exercise. A second study had similar results. The journal JAMA Internal Medicine published both of them. The journal Circulation published the third study, which looked …

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Parents Play a Big Role in Keeping Teen Drivers Safe

06.27.2015

(StatePoint) For teens, getting behind a wheel can seem like an exciting taste of freedom. But too much leeway too soon can have dangerous results. Car crashes are the number one killer of teens, and half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating high school, reports the National Safety Council (NSC). Luckily, states with a Teen Safe Driving Coalition are helping change the game. The Coalitions — comprised of state and local government, law enforcement, public health agencies, traffic safety and injury prevention organizations, academia, businesses, teens, parents and crash survivors — were established by NSC and The Allstate Foundation. They have worked at the grassroots level for the last four years to educate parents and teens about the risks of teen driving. Coalitions exist in California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas to offer solutions for parents to …

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Should I use Flonase or Nasacort for my allergies?

06.22.2015

Both are good options. Research suggests that nasal steroid sprays like fluticasone (Flonase Allergy Relief) and triamcinolone (Nasacort Allergy 24 HR) are the most effective stand-alone medications available for relieving congestion, sneezing, postnasal drip and other allergy symptoms. For that reason, many experts consider them the best first option for allergy sufferers. Plus, Flonase and Nasacort are both available as over-the-counter medications. One drawback of Flonase and Nasacort is that it can take several hours before you begin to feel some relief from your allergy symptoms. And it may take several days before you get the full benefit of the drug. This means to get the best results, you should use them every day during the allergy season and not just when you have a flare-up. To get the most benefit from the steroid sprays, it’s important to follow the proper technique to make sure the medication stays in your …

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4 Essential Tips for Staying Safe While Traveling

05.26.2015

(StatePoint) Adults 50 and over are some of the nation’s most frequent travelers; however, they can be particularly at risk for various vacation woes. Whether embarking on a multi-week cruise or a quick weekend road trip, travelers should take steps to avoid certain snafus, say experts. “Some of our happiest memories are those spent traveling, but the unfortunate reality is our time away from home can leave us vulnerable,” says Dave Austin, vice president, marketing services at AARP Services, Inc. “By preparing beforehand, travelers can diminish certain risks and focus on enjoying their trip.” According to Austin, there are several ways travelers can protect themselves, including: Safeguard Belongings Make copies of travel documents or scan them and email them to yourself so they won’t go missing, even if your bags do. Keep at least one source of money, such as a credit card, in a place other than your wallet …

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The best place to go for urgent care medical help in Boca Raton, Florida is Boca Regional Urgent Care.

04.29.2015

The best place to go for urgent care medical help in Boca Raton, Florida is Boca Regional Urgent Care. Urgent Care is the place to go when traveling to a hospital emergency room is not feasible. Urgent Care is the type of facility where medical needs are met in an urgent and rapid manner. This Urgent Care facility is staffed with board certified Emergency Medical Physicians. Urgent Care centers are rapidly becoming the foremost manner of medical care for many age groups. Mothers with young children appreciate the Urgent Care centers for their kind and compassionate manner when attending to their child’s needs. To wait in a typical emergency room for hours is not the way in which mothers with children would choose to treat their families. Urgent Care centers offer almost no wait, and are changing the way in which families medical issues are addressed. Young professionals also search …

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How to Best Protect Your Skin this Summer and Beyond

04.27.2015

(StatePoint) Despite the warnings about the aging effects the sun can have on your skin, only five percent of Americans apply sunscreen to their body daily, according to a recent survey conducted using GfK’s Knowledge Panel. While experts say that using sunscreen should be a year-round habit, during the active, outdoor days of summer, it’s even more critical. “Make this the year that you adopt a healthy summer sun care routine for your skin, particularly if you spend long periods of time in the sun,” encourages Dr. Richard C. Kirkpatrick of the Brevard Skin and Cancer Center. Kirkpatrick offers several skin-protecting tips for sun lovers: Everyday Protection The midday hours are the most hazardous for UV exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends staying in the shade when possible and using sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. For everyday sunscreen options for your …

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Why You May Not be Losing Weight

04.09.2015

(StatePoint) When it comes to weight loss, the recommendation of “diet and exercise” has become a standard refrain from personal trainers, fitness gurus, magazines and even doctors. But the issue is more complex, say experts. “There are underlying physiological, and in some cases pathological, mechanisms driving weight gain,” says Dr. Michael A. Smith, senior health scientist for Life Extension Foundation and host of “Healthy Talk” on RadioMD.com. “Until you address these issues, you won’t be as successful on any diet plan as you could be.” So far, research has identified nine weight gaining mechanisms: insulin resistance, hormone imbalance, excessive carbohydrate and starch absorption, muscle loss from low physical activity, low brain serotonin, slow resting metabolism, abnormal fat cell signaling, low adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase activity and diet imbalances. “Think of these nine mechanisms as pillars holding up an overweight frame burdened with too much body fat,” says Smith. A successful approach …

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