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Astronauts May Get Space Fever

Posted 11 Jan 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – Weightlessness apparently causes astronauts' body temperatures to run a little hot while in space, a new study reports. The researchers used forehead sensors to monitor the core body temperature of astronauts on the International Space Station. Measurements were taken before, during and after their venture. When at rest in space, the astronauts' body temperature ...

Global Warming's Humidity Could Put Lives in Danger

Posted 27 Dec 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 – You may have heard the expression: It's not the heat, it's the humidity. Researchers seem to agree, and are now warning that humidity is likely to increase the threat to human health from climate change-related temperature hikes in certain parts of the world. Those areas include the southeastern United States, the Amazon, western and central Africa, southern areas of ...

Marching Band Members Can Use a Physical Tuneup

Posted 4 Sep 2017 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Health Tip: Cooling a Heat Rash

Posted 2 Aug 2017 by

-- Heat rash describes the bumpy, itchy skin that develops during hot and humid weather. To tame the problem, the American Academy of Family Physicians advises: Stay indoors when the weather is hot and humid. Run air conditioning or fans to help you stay cool. Apply a cool compress to the rash. Keep affected skin dry. Wear loosely-fitting clothing to avoid additional irritation.

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 ...

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 ...

When Disaster Strikes, Don't Forget Your Pets

Posted 30 Jul 2017 by

SUNDAY, July 30, 2017 – People are urged to prepare for disasters by having an emergency plan, and animal experts say that your plan needs to include your pets. Hurricanes, tornadoes or floods can be unpredictable, and although no one can control the weather, people can control how prepared they are for these threats. If an evacuation order is given, it is best if you are ready to leave right ...

Health Tip: Conserve Energy

Posted 25 Jul 2017 by

-- When the power goes out, it may mean throwing away lots of food, not to mention the inconvenience of no lights and no TV. You can help prevent a blackout by saving energy. To help conserve power, the American Red Cross advises: Unplug home appliances that draw electricity even when not in use. Common culprits include TVs, computers, phone chargers and video consoles. Turn your air ...

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