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Health Tip: At Risk of Heat Illness?

Posted 7 days ago 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 7 days ago 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 9 days ago 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, Anaphylaxis, Dehydration, Nasal Polyps, Heat Stress, Ragwitek, Ragweed Pollen Allergen Extract

Health Tip: Battling Muscle Cramps?

Posted 9 days ago 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, Muscle Twitching, Dehydration, Heat Stress

Health Tip: Take Care of Kids Exercising in Summer Heat

Posted 10 days ago by

-- Kids love to play, run, swim and explore – especially during summer. But that's when parents should keep an eye on them to help guard against heat-related illness. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: When heat or humidity are high, lower the intensity of your child's play. Restrict play outdoors until your child has adjusted to warmer weather. Encourage your child to drink water before playing outdoors. Then schedule water breaks about every 20 minutes. Dress your child in lightweight, light-colored clothing that absorbs sweat. Take your child to a cool area immediately if you see signs of lightheadedness, dizziness or nausea. Read more

Related support groups: Dehydration, Heat Stress

Health Tip: When Summer Heat Gets Intense

Posted 16 days ago by

-- Intense summer heat can be downright dangerous. To help protect yourself, the American Red Cross advises: Don't leave a pet or child in a closed car. Drink fluids throughout the day, even if you're not thirsty. Skip drinks that contain alcohol or caffeine. Eat frequent, small meals. During the hottest times, stay indoors and postpone exercise. Dress in lightweight, lightly-colored, loosely-fitting clothing. If you must work outside, do so with a buddy. Check frequently on family, friends, neighbors and pets. Read more

Related support groups: Dehydration, Hangover, Heat Stress, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Heat Deaths in U.S. Cities Could Jump 10-fold If Climate Change Isn't Slowed

Posted 30 Jun 2017 by

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 – America's exit from the Paris climate change agreement will lead to more punishing summer heat waves and thousands of additional heat-related deaths each year in major U.S. cities, a new report claims. Conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the report projected that all 51 of the country's urban areas with more than 1 million people will experience more dangerously hot summer days both in the middle and late parts of this century. In 45 of the largest cities, excess deaths on dangerously hot days could increase 10-fold, from an average of about 1,360 each summer between 1975 and 2010 to 13,860 by the mid-2040s, the report concluded. "That's the equivalent of 150 American deaths every summer day," said report author Juanita Constible, special projects director of the NRDC Climate Center. In the report, Constible and her colleagues looked at ... Read more

Related support groups: Dehydration, Heat Stress

Climate Change Likely to Widen Gap Between Rich, Poor in U.S.: Study

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by

THURSDAY, June 30, 2017 – Climate change could cause significant economic damage to the United States and increase the gap between the rich and poor, a new study suggests. If nothing is done to slow climate change, the poorest third of counties nationwide could see as much as a 20 percent decline in income, the team of economists and climate scientists concluded. Using computer modeling and climate projections from scientists around the world, the researchers analyzed how higher temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, rising seas and intensifying hurricanes would affect life, energy demand and labor in the United States. Counties at greatest economic risk are those in the South and lower Midwest, which already tend to be poor and hot, the researchers found. "In the absence of major efforts to reduce emissions and strengthen resilience, the Gulf Coast will take a massive hit," said ... Read more

Related support groups: Dehydration, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Heat Stress

Stay Safe as Summer Temps Soar

Posted 12 Jun 2017 by

MONDAY, June 12, 2017 – As the first major heat wave of the season has much of the eastern United States sizzling, people need to take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, an emergency doctor says. Hot temperatures and high humidity are likely from the shores of New England through the Great Plains. Temperatures could reach into the 90s for days, according to The Weather Channel. In some areas, record high temperatures set in the 1800s could be broken, USA Today reported. "It's vital to drink plenty of cool fluids, and stay out of the sun during the mid-part of the day [10 a.m. to 2 p.m.] when the sun is typically the strongest," said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Try to reduce exertion when the heat index climbs – conserve your energy," he recommended. "If you will be exercising in the heat for under one hour, make sure you ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Dehydration, Sunscreen, Prevention of Sunburn, Heat Stress, Coppertone, Deeptan

Climate Change May Hit Cities Hardest: Study

Posted 30 May 2017 by

TUESDAY, May 30, 2017 – Climate change may cost major cities more than double what it will in other areas due to something called the "urban heat island effect," researchers contend. This occurs when natural surfaces such as vegetation and water are replaced by heat-trapping concrete and asphalt. The effect is exacerbated by heat-producing sources such as cars and air conditioners. The heat island effect is expected to add an extra 2 degrees to global warming estimates for the largest cities by 2050. "Any hard-won victories over climate change on a global scale could be wiped out by the effects of uncontrolled urban heat islands," said study author Richard Tol, a professor of economics at the University of Sussex in England. The analysis of nearly 1,700 cities estimated that the heat island effect could boost the total economic costs of climate change for major cities this century by ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Dehydration, Prevention of Sunburn

Health Tip: Create a Spring Weather Kit

Posted 11 May 2017 by

-- From tornadoes to thunderstorms to floods, spring weather can be unpredictable. Be prepared with a kit of essential emergency supplies. Here are items to include, suggested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: A flashlight, weather radio and batteries, as well as an emergency evacuation plan for your family. Contact information for your family and neighbors, insurance information and medical information. A first aid kit, including bandages and antibiotic ointment. A supply of non-perishable food and bottled water to last up to five days. Sleeping bags, blankets and personal hygiene items. An emergency kit for your car. Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Dehydration, Prevention of Sunburn

More Climate-Fueled Wildfires May Lie Ahead

Posted 13 Apr 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 – Climate change will fuel extreme wildfires across the globe in coming decades, including the western United States, scientists predict. Researchers in the United States and Tasmania analyzed data from nearly 500 extreme wildfires that occurred around the world between 2002 and 2013. "Almost all happened under bad conditions – high temperatures, dry conditions and strong winds – which tell us that weather and climate are very important," said study author Mark Cochrane. He's a senior scientist at South Dakota State University's Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence. The scientists then used monthly world weather data from 2000 to 2014 to predict likely changes in fire behavior between 2041 and 2070. The study authors concluded there would be a 20 percent to 50 percent increase in the number of days when conditions are prime for fires. "Those conditions ... Read more

Related support groups: Dehydration, Burns - External

Global Warming Could Raise Temps to Levels Not Seen for 420M Years: Study

Posted 4 Apr 2017 by

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 – In a century or two, Earth's climate could warm to a level that last occurred hundreds of millions of years ago, some researchers predict. After studying evidence of ancient atmospheric conditions, investigators concluded that if people burn all available fossil fuels, carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere would be similar to 200 million years ago. The result: By the 23rd century, Earth's climate could be its hottest in 420 million years, the researchers warned. CO2 levels in the atmosphere have varied over millions of years. But fossil fuel use in the last 150 years has boosted levels from 280 parts per million (ppm) before industrialization to nearly 405 ppm in 2016, according to the researchers. If people don't halt rising CO2 levels and burn all available fossil fuels, CO2 levels could reach 2,000 ppm by the year 2250, the researchers said. CO2 and ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Dehydration, Prevention of Sunburn

Expect More Deadly Heat From Climate Change, Study Suggests

Posted 27 Mar 2017 by

MONDAY, March 27, 2017 – Deaths related to extreme heat are expected to keep rising, even if most nations can contain global warming at agreed-upon levels, a new study reports. Nations supporting the 2015 Paris Agreement have pledged to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels. However, extreme heat events are expected to occur ever more often as the 2 degree Celsius limit is approached, researchers said. An analysis of 44 of the 101 most populous "megacities" showed that the number of cities experiencing heat stress doubled with 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 F) of warming, researchers reported. That trend would potentially expose more than 350 million additional people to heat stress by 2050, if population continues to grow as expected, the study authors said. "As the climate warms, the number and intensity of heat waves ... Read more

Related support groups: Dehydration, Heat Stress

Navigating Ski Slopes Safely

Posted 6 Jan 2017 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 – Many people head for the slopes at the first sign of snow, but it's important to get into shape and take other safety precautions to ensure winter sports are fun and injury-free, the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) cautions. First, skiing or snowboarding equipment should be properly maintained and adjusted before you hit the mountain, the group advises. Local ski shops offer these services as well as providing rental equipment. It's also important to wear water- and wind-resistant clothes while skiing and snowboarding. Look for snow-friendly features such as wind flaps that cover zippers, cuffs that cinch at the wrists and ankles, collars that hug the chin and adjustable drawstrings. Don't cut corners when choosing skiing and snowboarding equipment and clothing, the NSAA recommends. High-quality products will help you stay safe and warm. The NSAA provides ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Fracture, bone, Dehydration, Compression Fracture of Vertebral Column, Prevention of Sunburn, Prevention of Fractures

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