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Everything You Need to Know About Exercise and Hydration

Posted 6 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 – Working up a good sweat when you exercise lets you know you're working hard, but it's also a sign that you're losing water – water that needs to be replaced. Water not only regulates your body temperature, it also helps lubricate joints and transport nutrients. If you're not properly hydrated, you won't be able to perform at your peak. You could even experience fatigue, cramps and more. And thirst is actually a sign that you're already getting dehydrated. You want to prep before you take your first workout step. In fact, no matter what time you exercise, it's important to hydrate throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is to drink 2 cups of water in the hours before exercise, and then another cup 20 minutes in advance. During exercise, drink up to one cup every 20 minutes or so. When working out for over an hour, you may need a sports drink. After the ... Read more

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U.S. May Still Benefit From Climate Accord

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – Despite the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris Accord on climate change, the United States will benefit from international efforts to slow the global environmental threat, researchers say. Improvements in air quality and health are likely as a result of domestic and global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study led by scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "Our results show that the U.S. can gain significantly greater co-benefits for air quality and human health, especially for ozone, by working together with other countries to combat global climate change," co-lead author Yuqiang Zhang said. The researchers compared how aggressive worldwide action or no action to reduce climate change-causing greenhouse gas emissions would impact air quality and public health in the United States by 2050. The ... Read more

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Lunchtime H2O May Be Key to Curbing Kids' Obesity

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – Getting kids to drink water with their school lunches could help keep their weight in check and save the United States billions in obesity-related costs, a new study contends. Researchers calculated the effects of going nationwide with a program piloted in 1,200 New York City schools between 2009 and 2013. Placing water dispensers in school cafeterias led kids to drink three times more water at lunch, which was linked to a small but significant decline in their risk of being overweight a year later. Doing the same nationwide could prevent more than a half-million kids from becoming overweight or obese, the researchers said. The cost of expanding the program to all public and private schools in the United States would be small – about $18 per student between kindergarten and 12th grade. Over each child's lifetime, that would save society $174 in medical and ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Dehydration, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

How Would Your Family Weather a Disaster?

Posted 24 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Sept. 23, 2017 – News coverage of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have made one thing abundantly clear: Planning for disasters could save your life. "The biggest issue that we as first responders run into is that people fail to plan. Then things that could have been simple issues become big problems," said Scott Buchle, program manager for Penn State Health Life Lion EMS. The emergency service operates throughout south central Pennsylvania. Countless Americans live in areas prone to blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes. And don't discount severe thunderstorms that bring flash floods or ice storms that cause widespread power outages. People should have enough water, non-perishable food, medication, battery backups and other supplies to get through 48 to 72 hours, Buchle said in a Penn State news release. When reviewing preparedness lists from state and federal agencies, ... Read more

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Marching Band Members Can Use a Physical Tuneup

Posted 4 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 4, 2017 – School marching band members are athletic performers who must be physically fit to manage their routines and fancy footwork, experts say. "These athletes participate in rigorous practices to perfect routines for game day while wearing heavy uniforms in hot, humid conditions," said Mary Mundrane-Zweiacher, an athletic trainer and certified hand therapist. They have unique needs in terms of preparation and protocols that help minimize risk of overuse injuries and heat-related illness, she said in a news release from the National Athletic Trainers' Association. Trainers often work with student athletes, but band members should have access to this type of support when preparing for a new season, according to the trainers' association. "Athletic trainers can play a vital role working with secondary school and collegiate marching bands, color guards and others ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Dehydration, Heat Stress

Pediatricians Sound Alarm on Rapid Weight Changes in Young Athletes

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 – Young gymnasts, figure skaters and wrestlers who try to quickly shed pounds by fasting or restricting fluids may be endangering their health, pediatricians warn. Similarly, young football players or power-lifters who try to rapidly pack on muscle may also be undermining their health, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said. "Sometimes, children and teens in certain sports believe they need to achieve a particular body type to be successful," report author Dr. Rebecca Carl said in an AAP news release. "Unless they have a healthy strategy to work toward their goals, however, they can end up defeating themselves and causing health problems," Carl added. AAP experts point out that rapid weight loss by means of fasting or avoidance of fluids can actually lead to a loss of muscle strength, speed and stamina. Quick weight loss can also impair ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Dehydration, Weight Loss/Failure to Thrive

Will Climate Change Bring More Highway Deaths?

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 – America's roads may become more dangerous as an unexpected consequence of climate change, a new study suggests. After seeing an abrupt spike in traffic fatalities in 2015, which reversed a 35-year downward trend, road safety experts assumed increased cellphone use was to blame. But when the statistics for that period showed no change in smartphone use, researchers turned to the weather. And that's where they found their answer. "Apparently most of the increase in road deaths was related to temperature increase, simply because people go out on the road more when it's warmer," explained study author Leon Robertson. "The people who were more likely to die were pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists, so it was obvious that people are on the road more when the temperatures get warmer," Robertson added. He is now retired from the Yale University School of Public ... Read more

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Health Tip: Heat and the Elderly

Posted 22 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- People 65 and older are more likely than younger people to have heat-related illness. Older people often have trouble regulating body temperature due to a chronic medical condition or use of certain prescription drugs. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home doesn't have air conditioning, locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area. Do not rely on a fan to cool you when it's really hot outside. Drink more water than usual, and don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. If your doctor limits the amount of fluids you drink, ask the doctor how much you should drink during hot weather. Don't use the stove or oven to cook. It will make your home hotter. Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Take cool showers or baths. Do not perform very strenuous activities, and get plenty of rest. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Prevent Dehydration

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Dehydration, a dangerous loss of body fluids, should always be on your mind during the hottest days of the summer. People who are exercising or playing outdoors are most at risk. The best way to prevent dehydration is to drink often throughout the day, especially before an outdoor activity. The American Council on Exercise recommends: Drinking at least 17 ounces of water two hours before the start of exercise. Drinking at least seven ounces every 10 to 20 minutes during exercise. Drinking at least 16 ounces of fluid for every pound of body weight lost after exercise. Here are signs of dehydration: Fatigue Loss of appetite Flushed skin Inability to tolerate heat Lightheadedness Dark-colored urine Dry cough Read more

Related support groups: Dehydration, Heat Stress

Health Tip: Plan for a Heat Wave

Posted 15 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Weather gurus generally define a heat wave as several days of temperatures that are 10 degrees or more above average, often accompanied by high humidity. The American Red Cross says people in areas prone to heat waves should plan ahead, especially if they care for infants or the elderly. Here's what the organization suggests: Pay attention to the local weather forecast. Stay in an air-conditioned place. If no air conditioning is available at home, keep a list of nearby cooling centers. Create an emergency kit, in case there's a power outage. Never leave anyone or a pet in a hot car, even with the windows open. Make sure pets have enough water, food and a cool, shady place to stay. Read more

Related support groups: Dehydration, Heat Stress

Health Tip: Think Smart During a Hot Spell

Posted 11 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Older adults, young children and people with chronic health problems are considered most at risk of illness during hot weather. To help you stay cool, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these summer tips: Don't leave anyone – children, the elderly or pets – inside a car, even for a few minutes. Even in 70-degree weather, a car can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. Limit outdoor activity as much as possible. Stay out of the sun, especially if you're already sunburned. Sunburn impairs the body's ability to ward off heat. Wear light-weight clothing, a hat and sunglasses. Clothing should contain a breathable, tight weave to block the sun's ultraviolet rays. If you don't have air conditioning, avoid aiming a fan directly at you. Hot blowing air tends to dehydrate you faster. Read more

Related support groups: Dehydration, Heat Stress

Health Tip: Conserving Water During Drought

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Drought is the most costly and far-reaching extreme weather event, the National Weather Service says, having cost the United States more than $1 billion since 1980. Here are the agency's suggestions for what you can do to conserve water during a drought: Don't fill pools, water lawns or leave water running while doing dishes or brushing teeth. Repair leaky faucets. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Limit time in the shower. Read more

Related support groups: Dehydration, Heat Stress

Health Tip: Don't Use Sunscreen on Newborns

Posted 7 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Applying sunscreen on infants aged 6 months and younger isn't a good idea, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Chemicals used in sunscreen can harm newborns, who should avoid the sun altogether. Young babies can't regulate body temperature properly, making them especially prone to overheating and dehydration, the agency says. The FDA recommends: Keep infants out of the sun as much as possible. If infants do go outside, avoid the sun when ultraviolet rays are strongest, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Create a canopy over baby's carrier or stroller. Dress baby in lightweight, tight-weave long pants; a long-sleeve shirt and wide-brimmed hat. Watch baby carefully for signs of overheating and dehydration. Give baby breast milk or formula regularly. If baby develops a sunburn, get out of the sun immediately and apply a cold compress as soon as possible. Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Dehydration, Sunscreen, Prevention of Sunburn, Heat Stress, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation, Coppertone, Deeptan

Earth Will Heat Up by End of Century

Posted 31 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 – Whether or not you believe in climate change, the Earth is going to get hotter by the turn of the century, new research predicts. How much warmer? Approximately 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), according to scientists from the University of Washington, in Seattle. That may not sound like much, but the researchers said it represents a long-anticipated "tipping point" for climate change. "Our analysis shows that the goal of 2 degrees is very much a best-case scenario," said study author Adrian Raftery. He is a professor of statistics and sociology at the University of Washington. "It is achievable, but only with major, sustained effort on all fronts over the next 80 years," Raftery explained in a university news release. In fact, there is just a 1 percent chance that planet warming will be limited to the 1.5 degrees Celsius set by the 2016 Paris ... Read more

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Climate Change May Trigger 60,000 More Premature Deaths by 2030

Posted 31 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 – If nothing is done to address climate change, tens of thousands more early deaths may occur worldwide from exposure to air pollution in the coming decades, a new study contends. Increases in air pollution caused by rising temperatures will trigger an additional 60,000 premature deaths each year around the globe by 2030, and as many as 260,000 more premature deaths annually by 2100, according to the results of several different climate models. More people will die from diseases like heart attack, stroke, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which are exacerbated by exposure to smog-laden air, said study co-author Jason West. He's an associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering with the University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health. The projected deaths occur "under a scenario where no big policies ... Read more

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