Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather!

The Center for Disease Contro; shared the following information about heat-related illness and how to stay cool and safe in hot weather.

Now is the time to prepare for the high temperatures that kill hundreds of people every year. Extreme heat causes more than 600 deaths each year. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet many people still die from extreme heat every year.

Take measures to stay cool, remain hydrated, and keep informed. Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can’t compensate for it and properly cool you off. The main things affecting your body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather are:

High humidity. When the humidity is high, sweat won’t evaporate as quickly, which keeps your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to.
Personal factors. Age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use can play a role in whether a person can cool off enough in very hot weather. Read more

How to protect kids from the sun’s harmful rays

Tanya Altmann and Tiffany Fischman shared in The Washington Pos that it’s long been known that excessive childhood sun exposure and sunburns are significant risk factors for developing skin cancer and premature aging (such as sun spots and wrinkles) later in life.

Children have thin, delicate skin and are even more susceptible to sunburns than adults. Prevention and moderation are the keys to protecting your kids, and there are plenty of options for barriers to shield them from the harmful rays.

Here are ways to keep your family safe in the sun.

Prevention and coverage

The best protection from the sun is limiting direct exposure during peak the intensity hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is also the time your kids will likely want to be out and about on a beautiful summer day, and you don’t want to discourage them from active outdoor play. You just need to be prepared.

Apply sunscreen, of course, to any exposed skin, but also have your child wear sun protective clothing. Look for clothing rated with an ultraviolet protective factor (UPF) of at least 30, which will block the most harmful rays.

Encourage your child to wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Seek shade often; bring an umbrella to the beach and be extra careful around water, snow and sand, which are known to reflect ultraviolet rays and increase the risk of burning. Read more

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

The Center for Disease Control shared that Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease, or HFMD, is a contagious illness caused by different viruses. It is common in infants and children younger than 5 years old because they do not yet have immunity (protection) to the viruses that cause HFMD. However, older children and adults can also get HFMD. In the United State,s it is more common for people to get HFMD during spring, summer, and fall.

HFMD is usually not serious, and nearly all people recover in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment. Rarely, an infected person can develop viral meningitis and may need to be hospitalized for a few days. Other even more rare complications can include polio-like paralysis or encephalitis (brain inflammation) which can be fatal.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Mainly Affects Young Children

HFMD mostly affects infants and children younger than 5 years old. Although older children and adults can get it too. When someone gets HFMD, they develop immunity (protection) to the specific virus that caused their infection. But people can get the disease again because HFMD is caused by several different viruses.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease is Contagious

People with HFMD are most contagious during the first week of their illness. However, they may sometimes remain contagious for weeks after symptoms go away. Some people, especially adults, may not develop any symptoms, but they can still spread the viruses to others. The viruses that cause HFMD can be found in an infected person’s:

  • Nose and throat secretions (such as saliva, sputum, or nasal mucus)
  • Blister fluid
  • Poop (feces)

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What to know about traveling with Medicare

Happy portrait of senior couple, woman embracing her husband suggests that before you go, remember to look into Medicare coverage outside the United States.

If you have Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance), your health care services and supplies are covered when you’re in the U.S. However, in general, Medicare won’t pay for health care services or supplies if you travel outside the U.S. (except in these rare cases).

That doesn’t mean you have to travel abroad without coverage. Here are 3 ways you can get health coverage outside the U.S.:

  1. If you have a Medigap policy, check your policy to see if it includes coverage when traveling outside the U.S.
  2. If you have another Medicare health plan (instead of Original Medicare), check with your plan to see if they offer coverage outside the U.S.
  3. Purchase a travel insurance policy that includes health coverage.

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Dental Expo at Metropolitan Family Services

You’re invited to the Dental Expo at Metropolitan Family Services (222 E. Willow Ave in Wheaton) on July 18th from 9 to 2 pm.

Please note that this event is intended for children ages 0-3 as it is focused on preventative dental care and easing the fear and expectations for children and parents that often comes with the first dental visit.

The Oral Healthcare Professionals, specifically Dr. Eric Jackson, will be providing dental screenings and individualized dental education for families. Thank you, Dr. Jackson! We will also have special giveaway items for every family in attendance which include an event tote bag, dental board book, cup, age-appropriate toothbrush and more!!

If you have any questions, please  contact:

Elise Schram, MPH, CHES. Project Director, Wheaton/Warrenville Early Childhood Collaborative, Metropolitan Family Services DuPage, 222 East Willow Avenue | Wheaton, Illinois 60187 Read more

Happy Fourth Of July

8 Best Snacks for Active Older Adults

K. Aleisha Fetters wrote for Siver Sneakers in Trivity Health that you know a granola bar isn’t the most nutritious snack, but it’s a lot easier to eat on the go than an egg white omelet.

Which begs the question: Can a packed schedule and a high-protein diet coexist? Yes, says Elizabeth Adler, R.D., a dietitian with Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition Services in New York City.

“Whole and minimally processed foods that are naturally high in protein are your best bets,” she says, adding that snacks with at least 10 to 15 grams of protein will keep your stomach content and your muscles fueled between meals.

Another reason to reach for protein-filled snacks: Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that older adults who spread their protein intake throughout the day (not just at mealtimes) have stronger, healthier muscles.

Here are eight convenient snacks to help solve your active-body, active-life diet dilemma.

High-Protein Snack #1: Hard-Boiled Eggs

Eggs contain the most bioavailable form of protein there is. That means your body absorbs and uses the protein from eggs better than it does protein from any other food, says Atlanta-based sports dietitian Marie Spano, R.D. Read more

Heart attack signs in women

Ann Davis, M.D. whose specialty is Cardiology with Edward Hospital and Midwest Heart-Advocate Medical Group shared in the  Edward-Elmhurst Health, Healthy Driven newsletter  that we’ve seen it on television and movie screens; the camera focuses on a pained look on a man’s face, he grabs his chest dramatically and then falls to the floor. This is what we think a heart attack looks like — and it does sometimes — but it can come on much more subtly, especially for women. Sure, both men and women can experience a classic presentation of extreme pain or pressure in the chest, sometimes described as the feeling of an elephant on the chest. In fact, chest pain, pressure or tightness is the most common heart attack symptom for both men and women. But there are other ways the body may tell us something is wrong.

Although men and women can have atypical symptoms, women are more likely than men to experience them. Understanding these heart attack warning signs, and reacting to them, can mean the difference between life and death.

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a heart attack — the cessation or drastic reduction in the flow of blood that delivers oxygen to the heart. That statistic represents about 790,000 people, 430,000 of whom are women according to the American College of Cardiology.

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What you should know about fainting

Edward-Elmhurst Health shared that scriptwriters often go for laughs when they have their characters faint in uncomfortable situations, like the first-time dad in the delivery room.

But passing out in real life isn’t a laughing matter, despite the fact that fainting (also called syncope) is frequently brought on by something non-life-threatening. Among possible causes is dehydration, overheating, exhaustion or a strong emotional response.

A common type of fainting, especially among children and young adults, is called vasovagal syncope. In these cases, fainting stems from excessive stimulation of the vagus nerve, a regulator of blood pressure and heart rate.

The person passes out when their blood pressure drops, reducing blood circulation to the brain. Stress, pain, hunger, and use of alcohol or drugs are among the potential triggers. These types of faints become less common as we age because the nervous system doesn’t react as quickly.

Other fainting episodes can be a sign of a significant medical problem, including heart disease, anemia, low blood sugar, a seizure disorder or a disease of the autonomic nervous system. Read more

How to raise smoke-free kids

Advocate Children’s Hospital shared with the Daily Herald Newspaper that the sad truth is that most smokers picked up the bad habit during their teenage years.

Nearly nine out of 10 cigarette smokers first tried smoking by age 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and on a daily basis, 2,100 young adults become regular cigarette smokers.

“No teenager, or adult for that matter, is immune to nicotine addiction. Teens can get hooked after smoking just a couple cigarettes for the first time, not realizing they are on the path to a lifelong addiction,” says Dr. Sai Nimmagadda, a pediatric allergist and immunologist with Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge.

Nimmagadda urges parents to do everything in their power to decrease the chances of their child reaching for a cigarette. He recommends parents use the following strategies to discourage teen smoking:

• Don’t Smoke: Not only are you saving your children from inhaling secondhand smoke, but you are also serving as a good example by not normalizing smoking in the home. Don’t allow visiting family members or friends to smoke in your house either.

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