Heat Safety Reminders

The Village of Lombard shared that the National Weather Service is predicting hot temperatures for the area this weekend, with a heat index of up to 110 degrees on Saturday. The Lombard Fire Department is reminding residents to beat the heat by following these tips:

  • Stay hydrated! Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids. Drink 2-4 cups of water every hour if you are in the heat.
  • NEVER leave a child, senior citizen, or pet in a car. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate. A car can soar to 100 degrees in 10 minutes on an 80 degree day.
  • Check on family members or neighbors who live alone.
  • If you, or someone around you experiences dizziness, nausea, headache or confusion, seek medical attention.

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Get More Out of Mouthwash Than Just Fresh Breath

Cheryl Bond-Nelms shared in AARP’s Healthy Living eNews that surprise, surprise — mouthwash is more useful than one might expect. Mouthwash has been around since 1879 and originally was used as an antiseptic for surgical procedures. Today we know it’s great for killing germs in your mouth and freshening breath, but mouthwash also can come in handy for a variety of unusual uses. For example, it can be used to treat dandruff or even keep cut flowers alive longer.

Here are eight unexpected uses for mouthwash. Just make sure you use a mouth rinse that is alcohol-based.

Toothbrush Cleaner

Studies have found that a toothbrush sitting in a cup or brush holder in the bathroom can get disgustingly dirty. According to one study by the University of Manchester in England, the average toothbrush is full of bacteria, 10 million or more, including E. coli and staph due to splash-back from the sink and toilet. This is where mouthwash can be extremely useful. It can kill bacteria in your mouth as well as your toothbrush. Place your brush in a cup of mouthwash for about 10 minutes. Rinse the brush with water before you brush your teeth. The antiseptic qualities will kill the germs and make your toothbrush fresh and clean.

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Hepatitis A

The Center of Disease Control shared that there is a foodborne illness that may not be on your radar.

Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by the Hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis A can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Fortunately, infection with the Hepatitis A virus is not a lifelong infection like other forms of hepatitis, and there is a vaccine to prevent it.

Also, new cases are less than 3,000 a year in the United States. Hepatitis A can spread when a person ingests food or water contaminated by human waste that contains the virus. Food can become contaminated at any point: growing, harvesting, processing, handling and even after cooking. The Hepatitis A virus is even hardy enough to survive in frozen foods.

Many people get Hepatitis A while traveling to other countries. Regardless of where travelers eat or stay – even at high-end resorts – it is still possible to get infected with the hepatitis A virus. Before traveling, it is important to check to see what vaccines are recommend, including the Hepatitis A vaccine. Read more

Vaccinate Your Preteen This Summer

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The CDC suggests that because most preteens get their shots in the month of August before school begins, it can be difficult to get in to see your child’s doctor or nurse. Make an appointment to get your child vaccinated earlier this summer and beat the back-to-school rush!

Vaccines help protect your preteen, as well as their friends and family members, from serious illness.

What vaccines does CDC recommend for my preteen?

Boys and girls should get the following vaccines at age 11 or 12 years:

  • HPV Vaccine
    Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine helps protect against HPV infections that cause cancer. All boys and girls should get two doses of HPV vaccine before they turn 13 years old. Children who start the vaccine series on or after their 15th birthday need three doses to get complete protection.
  • Meningococcal conjugate vaccine
    Meningococcal conjugate vaccine protects against four types (serogroups A, C, W, and Y) of Neisseria meningitidis bacteria. These bacteria can cause infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and bloodstream infections (septicemia). Teens should get a booster dose of this vaccine at 16 years old.

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8 Superfoods You Should Be Eating Now


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Hallie Levine wrote for AARP thatHigh-fat dairy products (such as yogurt and cheese) have been linked to lower type 2 diabetes risk.

If you’re old enough to remember when oat bran and spinach earned all the nutrition gold stars, experts say it could be especially important that you check out today’s short list of tastier superfoods. “Food is really medicine, especially as you get older and are concerned about staying at a healthy weight while reducing your risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease,” says Tonia Reinhard, a professor of nutrition at Wayne State University in Detroit and author of Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet. Here are the eight items experts say to put on your grocery-shopping list today.


The active ingredient in this earthy-sweet spice is called curcumin, and it appears to offer a trove of health benefits, including one you might want to write down: improving memory and mood in adults over 50 who have mild memory loss, according to a University of California, Los Angeles, study published in March. Curcumin is also a potent anti-inflammatory, says Cynthia Sass, author of Slim Down Now: Shed Pounds and Inches with Pulses —The New Superfood. And other research reveals turmeric’s ability to shut down genes involved in the growth and invasion of cancer cells, improve liver function, lower cholesterol, protect against Alzheimer’s disease and fend off viral infections, adds Sass. Is there anything this miracle spice can’t cure?

How to get it: Add it to an omelet, toss it into roasted veggies or rice, even sprinkle a little on your soup or salad, advises Reinhard. Sprinkling in a pinch or two should suffice; more than that can turn your teeth yellow. Read more

The Habits of Highly Successful People

     Milan Krstovic, Jr. Media Relations Associate, at  Porch and her team shared that perhaps we should forget “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” These days, gurus across the internet claim dozens of routines will put you on the path to fulfillment. In one camp, there are the evangelists of wholesome habits: Get up early, make your bed, and exercise, and you’ll inevitably encounter success. Then you have the mindfulness contingent, who says daily meditation will deliver clarity to even the most frazzled capitalists. Other habit-based programs take consistency to the extreme, suggesting eating and wearing the same things each day. If you’re skeptical of these well-intentioned suggestions, don’t kick yourself for your cynicism. It’s hard to know if any of these habits truly work for you––or anyone.

That’s why Data for Stories  experimented on its own, surveying over 1,000 people on how successful they feel in several major life areas. They then asked them about their habits to gain a statistical view of the practices that correlate most closely with fulfillment. If you’ve wondered which habits allow other people to achieve their purpose and prosperity, you won’t want to miss the results. Read on to see how successful people consistently spend the one resource they can’t replenish: their time. Read more

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