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Heat Safety Awareness Day: Staying Safe in the Heat

Heat Safety

May 25th, 2018 is Heat Safety Awareness Day!

Here are some tips to safely handle the heat:

Foods and Fluids:

  • Drink plenty of water, regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink; at that point, you’re already dehydrated. Note: if your doctor limits the amount of fluid you should drink, or has you on water pills, ask your doctor how much you should drink during this hot weather.
  • Limit your intake of alcoholic and caffeinated beverages; these will dehydrate you.
  • Also limit drinks with substantial amounts of sugar, since these can cause you to lose more body fluid.
  • Very cold drinks may cause stomach cramps, so drink them slow.

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4 Important Warning Signs of A Stroke   pdf

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Strokes kill about 140,000 Americans each year and are the fifth leading cause of death according to the CDC.

A stroke occurs when there is a disruption of blood flow in the brain, either a blockage of a blood vessel (an ischemic stroke) or a blood vessel bursting and bleeding into the brain (a hemorrhagic stroke). The ischemic or blocked blood vessel stroke is most common, accounting for about 80-90% of strokes.

While there is no way to reliably predict strokes in the future, it is vitally important to spot the warning signs when a stroke is occurring.

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Shingles: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention   pdf

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Shingles (herpes zoster) is an outbreak of blisters by the same virus that causes chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). After getting over the chickenpox, the virus remains dormant in the body. Doctors don’t know why the virus suddenly reactivates years later.
It is estimated that one out of every three Americans will develop shingles. Half of the shingles cases occur in people 60 and older.

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Yet another reason to stand up   pdf

Standing Up

Recent research from the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre, UK is giving us more evidence that prolonged sitting increases health risks. We already know that lengthy sedentary time (defined as sitting or reclining with low energy expenditure) is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. This research shows increased sedentary time is associated with the amount of fat deposited around the internal organs.

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