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Health Tip: If You Feel Faint

Posted 13 days ago by

-- Typical symptoms of feeling faint include feeling lightheaded, dizzy, weak, nauseated and sweaty, the American Academy of Family Physicians says. Fainting can be triggered by standing up too quickly, working or playing too hard in hot weather, breathing quickly, becoming very upset or by certain medications used to treat high blood pressure. The academy offers these suggestions if you feel ...

Health Tip: Decoding Bottled Water Terms

Posted 18 days ago by

-- Bottled water is the fastest growing drink choice in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency says. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates bottled water as a packaged food under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The EPA defines the different types of water available: Artesian water, ground water, spring water, well water – These types of water stem from ...

Climate Change Ups Heat Deaths, Especially Among Elderly: Report

Posted 19 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 – Risk of heat-related disease and death is rising worldwide due to climate change, a new report warns. Hotter temperatures threaten the elderly and other vulnerable people with heat stress, and heart and kidney disease, according to an international team of experts. Last year, more than 157 million at-risk people were exposed to heat waves worldwide. That was 18 million ...

ER Nurses Might Do Better 'Eyeballing' Patients

Posted 16 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 – "Eyeballing" emergency room patients may be better than a formal medical assessment in identifying those most in need of urgent care, a new study suggests. Nearly 6,400 patients seeking ER care were assessed over three months. Nurses used an established triage protocol to determine which patients were the sickest, while medical students and phlebotomists (blood ...

Rehydration: How Much Is Too Much?

Posted 15 Aug 2018 by

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

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

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

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

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

-- 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

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

-- 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

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

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

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, ...

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