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Marching Band Members Can Use a Physical Tuneup

Posted 17 days ago by

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

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

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

Related support groups: Dehydration, Heat Stress

Health Tip: Heat and the Elderly

Posted 22 Aug 2017 by

-- 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

Related support groups: Dehydration, Heat Stress

Health Tip: Prevent Dehydration

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by

-- 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

-- 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

-- 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

-- 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

-- 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

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

Related support groups: Dehydration, Heat Stress

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

Posted 31 Jul 2017 by

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

Related support groups: Cough, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Maintenance, Dyspnea, Dehydration, Cough and Nasal Congestion, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Acute, Bronchiectasis, Respiratory Tract Disease, Heat Stress, Reversible Airways Disease

Health Tip: At Risk of Heat Illness?

Posted 14 Jul 2017 by

-- Everyone's prone to heat-related illness, but you may have risk factors that make you more vulnerable to heatstroke, heat exhaustion or heat cramps. The National Safety Council says you're at greater risk if: You have a chronic heart or circulatory problem. You're a senior citizen. You work outside. You take certain medications, especially those that help regulate body temperature or sweat. You abuse drugs or alcohol. Read more

Related support groups: Dehydration, Heat Stress

Despite Warnings, Kids Are Still Dying in Hot Cars

Posted 14 Jul 2017 by

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 – On July 2, a 7-week-old baby boy died after being left in his grandmother's van for almost eight hours on a hot summer day in Mary Esther, Fla. The boy's mother placed the infant in a rear-facing car seat in the van after church. But the grandmother wasn't told the baby was in the vehicle, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's office. By the time the grandmother realized the baby was in the van, he had already died from the heat. Sadly, that youngster isn't alone. Dozens of children die every year from heat stroke after being left in a hot car, most often because a parent forgot them in the back seat, child safety experts explained. "It's surprisingly common, and the thing that's most important is it's 100-percent preventable," said Dr. Ben Hoffman, director of the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Tom Sargent Safety Center in Portland, Ore. "Anybody is ... Read more

Related support groups: Dehydration, Heat Stress

Climate Change Delivers 'Double Whammy' to 4 in 10 Americans

Posted 12 Jul 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – Four in 10 Americans live in areas where they face a climate change-linked "double whammy" of smog and high ragweed pollen levels. That's the conclusion of a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Washington, D.C., was the worst of these "hot spots," the findings showed. People in areas with high levels of ozone smog and ragweed pollen are at increased risk for respiratory allergies and asthma. This can lead to more sick days, increased medical costs, and a higher number of heart problems and premature deaths each year, the report authors noted in an NRDC news release. "It's alarming: Today, 127 million Americans live where ragweed and ozone can threaten their next breath. And climate change can make matters worse," said project leader Kim Knowlton, a senior scientist at the NRDC. "This double-whammy health threat will just get worse if ... Read more

Related support groups: Allergic Reactions, Allergies, Allergic Rhinitis, Hay Fever, Dehydration, Anaphylaxis, Nasal Polyps, Heat Stress, Ragwitek, Ragweed Pollen Allergen Extract

Health Tip: Battling Muscle Cramps?

Posted 12 Jul 2017 by

-- The tight, searing pain of a muscle cramp is tough to forget. But do you know why your muscles spasm? The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these possible causes: Failing to stretch muscles before exercise. Exercising muscles that are over-fatigued. Exercising in hot weather. Exercising when you are dehydrated or lack electrolytes. Overexerting yourself during exercise. Being overweight, being sick or taking certain medications. Being older. Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Spasm, Muscle Pain, Nocturnal Leg Cramps, Dehydration, Muscle Twitching, Heat Stress

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