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Health Tip: Pool Fencing Helps Prevent Drowning

Posted 29 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

-- The inviting blue waves of a swimming pool can be deadly for a curious youngster. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 1 to 4, the American Academy of Pediatrics says, citing U.S. government statistics. The academy offers these pool-fencing suggestions: The fence should be at least four feet high and completely surround the pool, separating ...

Make Your Next Camping or Hiking Trip Trouble-free

Posted 12 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Aug. 11, 2018 – Planning ahead is the key to staying healthy and safe when you go hiking or camping, experts say. "'Be prepared' is the Boy Scout motto, and it is one of the best ways to avoid pitfalls and make the most of any hiking or camping trip," said Dr. Jonathan Adams, a family medicine physician with Penn State Health Medical Group in State College, Pa. Check the weather ...

More Research Links Sunscreens to Marine-life Damage

Posted 1 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – Sunscreen washing off swimmers may pose a threat to fish and other aquatic life, a new study suggests. Ultraviolet (UV) filters have been added to many personal care products, including sunscreens, moisturizers and makeup. And swimmers, in particular, are advised to reapply sunscreen often or risk a painful and potentially harmful sunburn. But scientists have now begun ...

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 ...

Sun's Harms Rise After Organ Transplant

Posted 30 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 – Organ transplant recipients are at increased risk for skin cancer and need to protect themselves, a dermatologist warns. "Individuals who receive organ transplants need to take immunosuppressive medications for the rest of their lives, and this makes it more difficult for their bodies to fight disease, including skin cancer," said Dr. Christina Lee Chung. She is former ...

Shield Yourself From the Summer Sun

Posted 29 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, July 28, 2018 – When you're out having fun in the sun this summer, remember to take steps to prevent sunburn. Along with being painful, sunburns can cause lasting damage that can lead to a number of skin problems, including skin cancer, warned Dr. Suzanne Olbricht, chief of dermatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. "The sun's UV rays damage the DNA in the cells of ...

Your Sunscreen May Not Be as Protective as You Think

Posted 25 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 – Many people apply sunscreen too thinly, and that could mean far less sun protection than they hoped for, new research shows. So, it might be a good idea to use sunscreens with a higher sun-protection factor (SPF) to begin with, the British researchers advised. "What this research shows is that the way sunscreen is applied plays an important role in determining how ...

How to Use Sunscreens the Right Way

Posted 10 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 – Stick or spray-on sunscreens are essential tools against skin cancer, but it's important to use them the right way, a dermatologist says. "Sticks are easy for under the eyes and the backs of the hands, while spray sunscreens are often easier to apply on children," Dr. Debra Wattenberg said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. "However, it's important to ...

Health Tip: Have a Fun and Safe Vacation

Posted 2 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Nothing can ruin a summer vacation faster than an unexpected trip to the hospital. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers these suggestions for a healthier vacation: Avoid tanning or spending too much time in the sun. Check your medications before you leave to make sure you have enough. Never pack medication in checked luggage. If you wear contacts, always use clean hands when putting ...

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 ...

Don't Skip Kids' Sun Protection on the Fourth

Posted 1 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, July 1, 2018 – When planning your Fourth of July outing, remember sun protection for youngsters. "It is imperative for parents to protect their children from the harmful effects of extreme sun exposure," said Dr. Alberto Pappo, director of the Solid Tumor Division at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Kids are not immune from cancer just because they're young, Pappo ...

Health Tip: Treat a Sunburn

Posted 27 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Feeling like you're getting a sunburn? Get out of the sun quickly and begin treating your skin, the American Academy of Dermatology advises. The burn eventually will heal, but getting a burn because you forgot to apply sunscreen or simply stayed under the sun's rays too long increases your chances of developing skin cancer. The academy offers these sunburn treatment suggestions: Put a cold, ...

Health Tip: Choose Protective Sunglasses

Posted 19 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

-- It is important to protect your eyes from sun-related ultraviolet damage. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests how: Choose sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of both UV-A and UV-B rays. Wear sunglasses every day, even when it's cloudy. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to block UV rays from affecting your eyes from the sides and above the glasses. Some contact lenses also have UV ...

Strategies to Avoid Sunburn

Posted 16 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 – If you could protect yourself from cancer, you'd do it, right? Yet most Americans still aren't taking the easiest step to prevent the most commonly diagnosed type – skin cancer, which will affect one in five people at some point in their lives. Only 14 percent of American men and 30 percent of women regularly use sunscreen when outside for more than an hour, according to ...

Does Salt Water Help Your Cut? And Other Health Myths of Summer

Posted 16 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 – It's often said salt water is good for cuts. Or that sunscreen isn't needed on cloudy days. But both are incorrect, says Isabel Valdez, a physician assistant and instructor of family medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. When you head outdoors this summer, you should be aware of some common health myths, she noted. "Salt water from the beach can actually ...

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