Parents Play a Big Role in Keeping Teen Drivers Safe


(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?


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


(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.


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


(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


(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 “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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News Review From Harvard Medical School — Fitness May Reduce Lung, Colon Cancer Risk


Men who are fit in middle age may have lower risks of some cancers in later years, a new study finds. The study included nearly 14,000 men who were part of a long-term health study. Their average age when the study began was 49. Nearly all were white. Men were given treadmill tests to assess their fitness. After the men turned 65, researchers looked at Medicare records to see who was diagnosed with cancer. On average, they looked at 6½ years of records for each man. Men who had the top fitness scores in middle age were 55% less likely to develop lung cancer than those who were least fit. They were 44% less likely to develop colorectal cancer. But they were 22% more likely than less fit men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The men who were most fit also had a 32% lower rate of death from …

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Are You Reaching for the Right Pain Medication?


(StatePoint) The use of opioid painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin is on the rise and this trend is taking its toll. Opioids account for 46 deaths each day in the United States — more than any other drug. Is your pain medication the best option for you? Depending on the type of pain you’re experiencing, and the duration of your expected treatment, the answer may be “no.” “Surprisingly, opioids are not very effective pain medications, and they can also have serious side effects,” says Dr. Donald Teater, M.D., medical advisor to the National Safety Council. Acute pain includes dental pain, back pain, renal colic pain (kidney stones), sprains and fractures. What may be surprising to some is that studies show a combination of over-the-counter acetaminophen and ibuprofen is more effective at relieving acute pain than opioids. Not only are opioids less effective than NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) in particular …

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Eating Between Meals May Help You Live Longer—If You Do It rRght


You probably think of your afternoon snack as an indulgence, one that adds pounds, not benefits. But not if you make smart choices. Studies suggest that some between-meal bites may actually extend your life and help you maintain a healthy weight. For most people, snacking contributes about 25 percent of your daily calories. That’s why you want to make every bite count. A study from Auburn University in Alabama found that older adults who snacked twice per day got 18 percent more vitamin C, 16 percent more beta carotene, and 10 percent more vitamin E than those who didn’t. They also got slightly more magnesium and potassium. What makes a healthy snack? Small portions of nutrient-packed, unprocessed foods. Allow yourself two snacks per day. Each should include at least two food groups and have 150 to 200 calories. Consumer Reports’ food experts say a 6-ounce container of low-fat yogurt with …

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9 Smart Ways to Save on Health Care


How to get more bang from your out-of-pocket buck 1. Don’t pay for care you don’t need. If you are sick and need to see a doctor but your doctor can’t see you because he or she has no openings, go to Boca Regional Urgent Care (BRUC) and avoid the expense of going to the E.R. Of course there are times that and E.R. visit is necessary but if it isn’t you can save a lot on copays and out of pocket costs by going to BRUC. The Clinic is open every day from 9am-9pm. Walk right in, no appointment is needed. Pre-registration is available online at 2. Find out the price ahead of time. Obviously this tactic works only for non-emergency situations. But did you know that the price of a routine MRI might vary four-fold among imaging centers that participate in your health plan? Or that an …

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