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5 skin-saving facts about sunscreen


iTriage Using sunscreen correctly can help prevent skin cancer and signs of aging Sunscreen may be big business, but not nearly enough of us seem to buy into its importance. More than half of the respondents in a new Consumer Reports survey say they usually skip sunscreen. It’s not surprising, then, that the incidence of nonmelanoma skin cancers, the most common types, has reached alarming proportions—up 77 percent in the last 14 years—and rates of melanoma, the mostly deadly form of skin cancer, have also increased. Knowing the facts can save your birthday suit—and possibly your life. 1. You’re never too old to start wearing sunscreen For years, experts wrongly believed that people got most of their sun exposure before age 18. Here’s the reality: By age 40, you’ve racked up only half of your lifetime dose of UV rays; by age 60, just 74 percent. And for those older …

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Choosing Wisely: Choosing a Pain Reliever: What To Do If You Have Kidney Disease or Heart Problems


Posted by: Consumer Reports Health on March 18, 2014 If you need a painkiller but suffer from high blood pressure, heart failure, or kidney disease, it’s best to steer clear of some commonly used pain relievers. Those include: • Ibuprofen, which is sold under the brand names Advil and Motrin, and also as a generic or store brand. You can buy it without a prescription at the drug store. It’s sometimes combined with other drugs in other over-the-counter products, such as certain cold remedies. • Naproxen, sold under the brand name Aleve and as a generic or store brand. It doesn’t need a prescription, either. • Celecoxib, a prescription drug sold as Celebrex. All three of those drugs, which are called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, can ease pain and inflammation. But they are too risky if you have any of those health problems. Here’s why: They’re bad for high …

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Why You Should Be Worried About Antibiotics


Consumer Reports These lifesaving drugs are being misused and might stop working if we don’t take important precautions now. The drugs we have relied on for 70 years to fight bacterial infections—everything from infected cuts to potentially deadly pneumonia—are becoming powerless. Why? Because antibiotics are often misused by doctors, patients, and even people raising animals for meat. And that misuse, which includes prescribing or using those drugs incorrectly, breeds “superbugs”—dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can’t be easily controlled. The problem often starts when we’re sick. We ask our doctors for antibiotics to treat problems that the drugs simply don’t work against, such as colds or the flu. Those illnesses are usually caused by viruses, not bacteria—and antibiotics don’t work against viruses. Doctors, of course, know that the drugs don’t work for viral infections. But they’re often all too willing to comply. That’s partly because they want to make their patients happy, …

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Pounds of Pain: Why Decadence Can Lead To A Decrepit Low Back


iTriage Steak Diane. Truffled potatoes. Flourless chocolate cake. Pinot…uh oh. Next time you splurge on an indulgent meal, you may end up paying more than just the restaurant tab. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low back pain treatment. And not surprisingly, low back pain is directly tied to weight gain. In fact, it’s the most common cause of job-related disability. Low back pain most often strikes between the ages of 30 and 50, right about when women are gaining weight from pregnancy and when men and women are settling into a more sedentary lifestyle, explains the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Since the lumbar region of the back supports the weight of the upper body, even a few extra pounds can result in low back pain, which may lead to more serious and debilitating …

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How to Combat High Grocery Bills When You Have a Food Allergy


iTriage According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, only 8% of American children, and 3% to 4% of the general population, suffer from a food allergy. That’s the good news. The bad news is that almost 40% of children with allergies experience severe reactions, many of which are expected to last into adulthood. If you or someone in your household has a food allergy, you know how important it is to shop with care. But, that care comes at a cost – many allergy-friendly foods are more expensive than their counterparts. Don’t let your allergy concerns drive you to the poorhouse. Combat high grocery bills with the following tips. 1. Embrace Customer Loyalty Programs Participate in your grocery store’s customer loyalty program and swipe your customer card whenever you check out. This enables your grocer to electronically tracks purchases and send out targeted coupons. It’s a great …

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6 Ways to Keep Your Bones Strong and Healthy


iTriage Osteoporosis affects approximately 52 million Americans and is known as the “silent killer” because it can be symptomless. In fact, most people only find out they have it once they break a bone from a small bump, fall or even sneeze. The real problem is not the fracture, but the complications that compound the situation. Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens a person’s bones. It can occur as a result of too much bone mineral loss, or when bones lack the ability to build bone strength. Osteoporosis is most commonly scene in elderly females. 13.5% of people die within 6 months of an osteoporosis-induced fracture. By year two, the mortality rate from fractures rises to 20%, a frightening statistic that further proves that osteoporosis is indeed a silent killer. Is osteoporosis preventable? Not entirely, but there are steps you can take to lower your risk of ever developing the …

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Cleaning the Mobile Germ Warehouse


By KATE MURPHY, NY Times TAKE a look at your mobile device. Do you see oily fingerprints and lint on the touch screen? Dust and crumbs forming particulate frost in the corners? Is that a hair stuck at the screen’s edge? To repel germs, grease and pet hair from your laptop, there are antimicrobial and protective keyboard, trackpad and palm rest covers that are nearly invisible and washable. Because our electronics are constantly within our grubby grasp, they can get pretty gross. They are taken into public restrooms, handed to runny-nosed toddlers, passed around to share photos and pressed against sweaty skin in gyms. Repeated studies show what accumulates is germy nastiness worse than what is on the bottom of your shoe. “That devices can be a source of disease transmission is not a subject of debate anymore,” said Dr. Dubert Guerrero, an infectious disease specialist at Sanford Health in …

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How to Handle 6 Common Dental Emergencies


ITriage Bad things can happen despite the most prudent of dental care. Teeth can chip and other problems can occur that can potentially lead to permanent damage. Whenever these bad things occur, it is best to be prepared until a visit to the dentist can be arranged. Below you’ll find advice for dealing with six common dental emergencies to provide you time to get to the dentist. Abscesses Abscesses can occur at any time. An abscess is a type of infection that either surrounds the tooth in the gums or between two teeth. An abscess will form a puss-filled bump that can be painful and if left untreated, can spread to the rest of the body. For this reason, it is essential to see a dentist; however, in the time that one can’t be seen immediately, swishing warm salt water in the mouth can help to kill bacteria and draw …

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A Quicker Trip to the Doctor, for Minor Ailments


Ann Carrns, NY Times Christine O’Rourke, who often travels for her job as a regional sales manager for a laboratory company, says she doesn’t have time to wait to see a doctor when she is ill. So instead, she visits a local urgent care clinic near her home in Morris Plains, New Jersey. “I’ve waited an hour and a half at an internist’s office,” Ms. O’Rourke, 42, said. “I can’t do that, with my job.” She sees a specialist periodically to help manage a chronic ailment that she’s had since childhood. But for sore throats and minor injuries, she typically stops by the FastER Urgent Care clinic near her home; the longest she has waited was roughly 30 minutes, on a busy Sunday during cold and flu season. “They’ve really become my primary care doctor,” she said. Urgent care clinics are a growing option for many Americans. There are now …

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5 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick When Traveling


iTriage While illness can strike at any time of year, holiday travel makes most of us more susceptible to sickness. We’re stressed, we’re cold, and we’re spending time in cramped trains, planes and cars with lots of other people. “During the holidays, upper respiratory illnesses, such as the common cold and the flu, are very common,” says Susan Rehm, M.D., Medical Director of the National Foundation for Infectious Disease. “Gastrointestinal infections that cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea also spread during the holiday season.” So what can you do to avoid bringing home more than presents? Dr. Rehm suggests following these tips to ensure that your holidays are happy and healthy: Stay up to date on routine immunizations “Staying on top of routine immunizations is one of the best things you can do to prevent getting sick while traveling,” says Dr. Rehm. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) …

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