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Rehydration: How Much Is Too Much?

Posted 15 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 – Staying hydrated is a mantra not only when exercising, but throughout the day for optimal health. Yet it's possible to get too much of a good thing. In recent years, a number of athletes have died from a condition called exercise-associated hyponatremia, or EAH, which results from overwhelming the kidneys with excess fluid and upsetting the body's natural balance of ...

Forecast Sees Abnormal Heat Worldwide Through 2022

Posted 15 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 – This year's record-breaking worldwide heat wave is likely a preview of coming attractions, scientists say. Using a new method for predicting global temperatures, researchers concluded that 2018-2022 may be even hotter than expected. While global warming appeared to have eased early in the 21st century, the new forecasting method points to the likelihood of abnormally ...

Health Tip: How Drought Can Harm Your Health

Posted 13 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

HealthDay News) – Drought conditions occur when it doesn't rain for an extended period. The lowered water supply can trigger wildfires and dust storms, which increase the amounts of small particles that float in the air. This can irritate the bronchial passages and lungs, worsening existing respiratory problems and raising the risk of respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia, the ...

Study Forecasts Dramatic Floods in Western U.S. Due to Climate Change

Posted 6 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 – Climate change could more than double the risk of rain-on-snow flooding in parts of the western United States and Canada by the end of the century, researchers report. The risk is highest in the Sierra Nevada, the Colorado River headwaters and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Rain-on-snow events can cause damaging flooding as rapid snowmelt triggered by prolonged rainfall ...

Climate Change Means More Deadly Heat Waves: Study

Posted 31 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 – As the northern hemisphere is struck by one deadly heat wave after another this summer, new research suggests things are only going to get worse. Climate change is triggering record high temperatures. And extreme heat has been blamed for hundreds of deaths, while dangerous wildfires have raced through neighborhoods in the western United States, Greece and as far north as ...

Health Tip: Have a Safer Summer

Posted 30 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Summer typically is a whirlwind of long days, summer barbeques, pool parties and camping trips. With all of that activity, it's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the American Cancer Society says. The society suggests: Get plenty of exercise during the cooler part of the day, such as in the early morning or evening. Drink plenty of water. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and ...

It's Hot Outside: How to Stay Safe When Thermometers Rise

Posted 27 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 – As much of the United States continues to swelter through 90-plus temperatures and high humidity, one emergency physician is offering advice on keeping safe. First, Dr. Robert Glatter said, it's important to know that anyone can be a victim of heat stroke, but some people are at particular risk. "Heat stroke develops when the body is unable to effectively sweat to cool ...

Health Tip: Treating Heat-Related Illness

Posted 19 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

-- High summer temperatures pose a particular risk for the elderly, the National Institute on Aging says. Because of poor circulation and other factors, older people typically are at greater risk of heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion. The agency offers this "to-do" list if you think someone might have a heat-related illness: Call 911 without delay. Get ...

AHA: Protect Your Heart and Health During 'Dog Days' of Summer

Posted 17 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Summer is a time for barbecues and other outdoor fun, but it's also a time for sweltering heat. And experts say everyone, especially the elderly and very young, need to know how to limit the potentially deadly effects of high temperatures. The ancient Greeks and Romans called the sultriest days of summer the "dog days." The Old Farmer's ...

Heat Waves Can Dull Even Young Minds, Study Says

Posted 10 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 – As America sweats through another summer, new research suggests that heat waves can slow the brains of even healthy young adults. In the face of extreme heat, college students living in dorms without air conditioning did worse on tests of mental skills than their cooled-off counterparts, researchers found. Both test-taking speed and accuracy seemed to suffer, said study ...

As Temperatures Soar, Study Warns of Fatal Heat Stroke at Work

Posted 5 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 – Much of the United States has been sweltering in triple-digit heat this week, but new research finds outdoor workers can suffer fatal heat stroke from temperatures that only reach the high 80s. In fact, six of 14 cases of fatal heat stroke investigated in the new study "occurred when the Heat Index was below 91 degrees Fahrenheit," noted a team led by Dr. Aaron Tustin, ...

Beat the Heat on Your Summer Vacation

Posted 2 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 – Before you head out for a sunny summer getaway, get familiar with the signs of heat-related illnesses. Once at your destination, build in time for your body to adjust to the climate. If you're lounging by the water and taking only short walks, your risk of a heat illness is low. But if you're not in great shape and aren't used to the heat, beware of strenuous activities ...

Hot Cars, Drowning: Keep Your Family Safe This Summer

Posted 29 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 – Along with sun and fun, there's unexpected danger lurking during the summer. More accidental deaths occur in the United States during July and August than during any other two-month period of the year, according to the National Safety Council. "Unfortunately, when we look at accidental deaths, summer is not the carefree period we'd like it to be," said Ken Kolosh, manager ...

Look Before Locking: Protect Your Child From a Hot Car Tragedy

Posted 27 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 – Before the summer of 2018 was even one day old, 16 American kids had died after being left in hot cars, according to a group called KidsAndCars.org. Last year's toll was 43, and, on average, 37 children die in hot cars each year in the United States. "We know there are families all across America right now holding their precious babies, unaware that they will lose them ...

Health Tip: Learn Warning Signs of Heat Stroke

Posted 20 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

-- As summer weather heats up, it is important to recognize symptoms of heat stroke. Normally, you regulate your body temperature by sweating. But in some cases, the body's temperature-control system is overtaxed and your temperature rises too quickly. Very high body temperature can cause damage to the brain and to other organs. People at highest risk of heat-related illness include: infants and ...

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