Craving Fun In The Sun, Then Leave The Limes At Home

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didyouknow?Adding a slice of lime to a favorite summer drink is nice to cool off with, but it could leave your skin burning, say dermatologists at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

The condition, called phytophotodermatitis, happens when a certain plant compound comes in contact with the skin, making that one area light sensitive. During the summer, lime juice is the common cause for this condition, which is why some doctors call it ‘margarita dermatitis.’

“The reaction usually looks like sunburn, or a poison ivy rash, with redness and sometimes swelling and blistering,” said Dr. Rajani Katta, professor of dermatology at Baylor. “It can be itchy and painful, and leave behind skin discoloration.”

The photosensitizing compound is also found in plants such as celery, parsley and even Queen Anne’s Lace. Exposure can come from fruit drippings, scratches from branches or airborne particles.

“It’s not just the plant that causes the condition,” Katta said. “The skin must be exposed to both the plant compound and the sun.”

Treatment is similar to treating a poison ivy rash. Cool compresses and hydrocortisone creams along with oral antihistamines are used. Severe cases could require steroid pills.

“This is a common condition, but most cases are mild and people usually won’t head to the doctor,” Katta said. “I find patients are more bothered by the discoloration left behind rather than the inflamed area.”

Preventative action is best. Be aware of what plant products you come in contact with and wash the area thoroughly before going out in the sun. As always, make sure to apply sunscreen and stay in shaded areas to maintain good skin health.

Baylor Expert Offers Tips For Successful College Transition

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teensBack-to-school takes on new meaning for students heading off to college, with the focus shifting from new school supplies and clothes to developing time management and study skills and living on their own for the first time. A Baylor College of Medicine expert in family psychology offers some helpful tips.

“There are a number of issues that teens heading off to college for the first time may face,” said Dr. James Bray, professor of family and community medicine at Baylor. “It’s their first time away from home and living independently, and they don’t have the usual support system. For some, it’s the first time they’ve had to buckle down and study hard. It’s important for students to be prepared to develop new habits and seek out help if needed.”

Develop new routines and habits

Creating new habits and routine is key, Bray said. He suggests setting up regular study times and sticking to them. Students who struggle with getting to class on time or studying effectively may be able to find campus assistance. Many colleges and universities offer courses or workshops on these topics. Students also can seek out advice and help from a dormitory resident assistant, or RA.

Eating healthy and finding time for exercise also should be part of the new routine, Bray said. It will help students deal with stress, and keep off the so-called ‘Freshman 15.’ Many colleges have gym facilities and group exercises classes included as part of their fees, so students should take advantage of those programs. On the other hand, watch out for the unlimited food available in school dining halls.

Recognize feelings

Bray acknowledges that some students will start to feel anxious and homesick, or even depressed.

“It’s important to recognize these feelings and not just suffer in silence,” he said.

If needed, college students should head home for a weekend visit. Again, they should take advantage of campus resources such as counseling centers and RAs. Without seeking help, grades may begin to fall, Bray said.

Be aware of alcohol abuse

Another issue for college students to be mindful of is binge drinking, Bray said. This is more common among college freshmen and sophomores. By junior year, there is a decline in alcohol abuse; however, if it persists after this point, students may have trouble finishing school and moving on with successful careers.

He points out that underclassmen are typically underage, and drinking can have legal consequences with lifelong implications on their careers.

There also are serious potential health effects of binge drinking. “Anytime you drink five or more drinks on one occasion, it has implications for your health, including putting you at risk for injury and increasing your risk of sexually transmitted diseases and, for women, being victims of sexual assault.” What’s more, alcohol abuse can affect brain development, which continues until about age 22 or 23.

“College students need to be aware of the situations they are in, such as at parties or other college events where there is alcohol,” he said. Stick with friends, have a cell phone charged, limit alcohol intake and trust instincts.

Finally, Bray said to remember that students living in dorms are in close quarters and illnesses can spread quickly. Students should stay up to date on vaccinations and seek out healthcare if they aren’t feeling well, before it leads to missed class time.

Helpful Information For First-Time College Students

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universityLearn about common health issues facing first-time college students and proactive steps you can take from a Mercy Health expert in new video. Video becomes available on social media this week.

Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) – a Catholic healthcare ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky – has devoted the eighth of its monthly Mercy Health: Helping You Be Well videos to preparing first-time college students for healthy school careers. More than one in 10 college students suffer from anxiety-related problems.

In a concise video on Mercy Health’s YouTube channel, a Mercy Health expert addresses these questions:

* What kinds of health issues do college freshmen face?

* As parents, what can we do to help prevent these health issues and be supportive?

* What are the warning signs?

* What are some ways a student can get mentally ready for college?

An infographic with skin cancer facts is available at http://bit.ly/1IoTgic. Mercy Health is also sharing helpful information throughout the month on its social media channels.

Mercy Health: Helping You Be Well, which spotlights key health issues and tips for healthy living, debuted in December. The videos feature Mercy Health physician experts who are committed to making lives better – mind, body and spirit.

About Mercy Health

Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) is the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest health systems in the United States, employing more than 32,000 employees in Ohio and Kentucky. With $6 billion in assets, Mercy Health operates about 450 health facilities, including 23 hospitals, eight senior living communities, five hospice programs and seven home health agencies. Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) consistently rates Mercy Health among the nation’s top health systems for clinical quality and efficiency. In keeping with its mission, Mercy Health provides about $1 million per day in community benefit services. Mercy Health’s bonds are rated AA- by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch, and A1 by Moody’s. Mercy Health also partners with HealthSpan which provides health maintenance organization and insurance coverage. Mercy Health is a founding member of Health Innovations Ohio, which focuses on providing health services that result in higher quality, better health and greater value. For more information, visit http://www.mercy.com or connect with Mercy Health on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter (@LivingMercyHlth).

Health Briefs TV To Present View On Obesity Update

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obesityHealth Briefs TV will soon present a segment covering the updates on obesity.

Health Briefs TV is scheduled to present a View on obesity segment update. More than two-thirds of the American population is overweight or obese, according to a recently published report. The top-notch health and medical show will examine preventative steps communities, families and schools can take to combat the medical and societal problem. From corner stores to school lunch rooms and kitchen pantries, there are always healthy alternatives to choose. The health briefs segment will air soon on cable television networks – regionally and nationally – in the United States.

The Health Briefs TV show explores the emerging technologies, progressive treatments, revolutionary people, and innovative healthcare options that are all part of the global health industry. It explores topics relating to the health and medical fields and offers valuable information about the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of many common ailments. The show’s producers take pride in sharing up-to-date, valuable information about new procedures, prevention tips and outstanding businesses. It also features interviews with innovative health and medical professionals in the industry.

The program is hosted by Kevin Harrington. It is headquartered in South Florida and films on location throughout the United States and Canada. It is broadcast on most regional and national cable television networks. The show is a proud leader of quality, educational programming. It is produced in part by Anthony DiMeglio, Melissa Leibowitz and Rob Marshall. Join the fans, the show’s staff on popular social sites to discuss and comment on stories of the day. Learn more about Health Briefs TV on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and health-briefs.com.

Health Briefs TV Presents Segment On Preventing Heart Disease

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active familyHealth Briefs TV will soon broadcast a segment focusing on steps to take to prevent heart disease.

Health Briefs TV producers are pleased to present a segment focusing on steps to take to prevent heart disease. Roughly 60,000 people perish from the fatal medical problem every year – more than lives taken by diseases such as cancer. Medical professionals lecture patients that healthy lifestyle changes can prevent the development of heart disease, and save lives. The medically-themed segment can be seen on regional cable television networks throughout the country.

The Health Briefs TV show explores the emerging technologies, progressive treatments, revolutionary people, and innovative healthcare options that are all part of the global health industry. It explores topics relating to the health and medical fields and offers valuable information about the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of many common ailments. The show’s producers take pride in sharing up-to-date, valuable information about new procedures, prevention tips and outstanding businesses. It also features interviews with innovative health and medical professionals in the industry.

Health Briefs TV is hosted by Kevin Harrington. It is headquartered in South Florida and films on location throughout the United States and Canada. It is broadcast on most regional and national cable television networks. The show is a proud leader of quality, educational programming. It is produced in part by Anthony DiMellio, Melissa Leibowitz, Andrew Mazza, and Rob Marshall. Join the fans, the show’s staff on popular social sites to discuss and comment on stories of the day. Learn more about Health Briefs TV on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and health-briefs.com.

Tips To Beat Summer Heat

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grandparentchildWith summer in full swing, it is time to make the most of everything that makes summer special. Whether planning a trip to the beach to soak up rays, prepping for your backyard barbecue, or just participating in any outdoor activities, Riverdale Urgent Care wants everyone’s summer to be a healthy one. But remaining healthy and safe during the summer requires keeping some tips in mind while enjoying all that the season has to offer.

With summer sun comes outdoor fun but as those rays bring their heat, they also bring dangerous UV rays. Skin does not have to feel hot to be burned. Sunburn can occur in as little as 15 minutes but can sometimes take up to 6 hours to become evident with redness, burning and blistering. The best protection against sunburn is really to stay out of the sun, but that is impossible. So when out in the sun remember the following:

* The sun is strongest between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

* Sunburn can still occur on cloudy days

* Sunscreen should be put on at least 30 minutes before going out and should be at least SPF15

* Arms and legs should be protected by loose-fitting cotton clothing

There is another danger that lurks in the summer time that many aren’t even aware of until it’s too late. Instances of heat-related illness, such as heat cramping, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, increase as the temperature rises. Some populations – infants, young children, the elderly, and people with heart disease or high blood pressure – are particularly susceptible to the effects of summer heat. Whether it is a sunburn or heat-related illnesses, if left unaddressed, it can become more serious. Heat stroke is particularly dangerous because it requires immediate emergency medical attention.

Riverdale Urgent Care is available to treat summer sun-and-fun-related medical issues, so don’t wait until they are emergencies to call.

About the company:

Riverdale Urgent Care is conveniently located at 5665 Riverdale Ave. in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, N.Y. At Riverdale Urgent Care, each staff member brings in-depth understanding, extensive experience and skills. In addition to treating life’s everyday minor injuries, they offer drug testing, blood testing, vaccines, on-site X-rays, EKGs, stitches and rapid in-house testing for flu, strep throat and mono. They can also perform physicals for DOT commercial drivers, camp, school and employment.

The Health And Well-being Benefits Of Modern Rhinoplasty

By James Helliwell

newsRhinoplasty is not just used for increasing your aesthetic appearance. Rhinoplasty can help with a wide variety of health problems and can be used to increase personal well-being. You should always go to a reputable practice. We spoke with Sam Becker, who runs The Rhinoplasty Center based in Philadelphia to outline some of the health benefits that this procedure can have.

Alleviating respiratory sleep problems

Many sleep problems can be linked to breathing issues such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous condition in which sufferers stop breathing in the middle of sleep. The condition may lead to heart problems, and, when it is severe, it may increase the risk of stroke and cancer.

This is important because sleep apnea often stems from an underlying physiological problem, which, in some cases, stems from a malformed or misshapen nose. In these cases, getting rhinoplasty may significantly alleviate, if not cure, the underlying cause of the sleep apnea, as changes may be made to the size and shape of the nose, thus facilitating easier breathing.

Correcting injuries stemming from sports or accidents

A number of people suffer with body image issues as a result of damage done while playing sports or being involved in an accident, as nose injuries are common. A broken or fractured nose can seriously affect the appearance of the nose, as well as cause respiratory problems that may not have existed previously.

Getting rhinoplasty can remedy both the aesthetic and health-related consequences of a nose injury, which will boost feelings of confidence and well-being.

Increasing self-esteem and feelings of psychological well-being

Many people don’t understand the extent to which unhappiness with facial features can lead to feelings of diminished psychological and emotional well-being. If looking in the mirror causes someone unhappiness to the point of withdrawing from work or social activities, it may be time to consider examining the cause and exploring solutions that will enhance feelings of happiness and self-esteem. The nose is a very common source of unhappiness for a number of people, making rhinoplasty instrumental in solving longstanding problems.

Decrease Hernia Risk

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didyouknow?In light of recent patient questions about the best ways to reduce their risk of a hernia, Dr. Towfigh reminds patients that exercise can help reduce hernia risks in a variety of ways.

As one of the Western United States’ leading experts on abdominal wall hernias, Dr. Shirin Towfigh of the Beverly Hills Hernia Center regularly fields questions from patients and colleagues about the best ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat hernias. Recently, says Dr. Towfigh, the attention of many patients has been turned to the area of hernia prevention and what each individual can do to decrease their personal risk factors for hernias. Dr. Towfigh explains that this is the perfect time of year to address that question, as exercise is often the best answer to the question of hernia prevention. “While year-long exercise is the best defense against a hernia, June weather offers an extra incentive to anyone who has yet to adopt a routine.” According to Dr. Towfigh, there are two main ways that exercise can reduce a patient’s risk of developing a hernia:

* It Can Strengthen Abdominal Muscles – A hernia occurs when internal organs protrude through a weakness in the abdominal wall. Dr. Towfigh notes that a weakness can be more easily exploited and stretched when the muscles are weak. By adopting an exercise regimen that works to strengthen the abdominal muscles, prospective patients can help stop naturally occurring holes from turning into hernias.

* It Can Aid in Weight Loss – Dr. Towfigh notes that being overweight and risk of a hernia are very closely correlated. This makes sense, as excess fat can cause increased internal abdominal pressure, which can press upon and stretch the abdominal wall, resulting in a hernia. Yet, it should be noted that extremely rapid weight loss can increase the risk of a hernia, so adopting a steady, consistent exercise and diet regimen is best.

seniorexerciseWhile exercise is perhaps the best, most proven way that patients can reduce the risk of developing harmful hernia symptoms, Dr. Towfigh notes that there are a variety of other behavioral modifications that current or prospective hernia patients may consider, especially when a surgery has already been scheduled. Dr. Towfigh states that, while it is understandable that many patients may need to remain on blood thinners or aspirin for other medical conditions, these can increase the risk of bleeding after hernia repair. Also, smokers should note that, because nicotine can worsen blood flow, it is recommended that patients stop smoking prior to surgery in order to aid in the healing process.

If patients want to learn more about the various risk factors for preventing hernias or surgical complications after a hernia repair, they can call Beverly Hills Hernia Center at 310-358-5020 or visit them online at http://www.beverlyhillsherniacenter.com today.

Bright Ideas For Sun Protection And Skin Care

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sunSun Protection Factor (SPF) is not the only factor to consider when protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

“We all know SPF is important, but it extends beyond that,” said Dr. Ida Orengo, professor of dermatology and director of the Mohs/Dermatologic Surgery Unit at Baylor College of Medicine. “Diet, clothing and familiarity with your skin type all factor into sun protection.”

Diet

Diet can play a role in preventing skin cancer, Orengo said. The following items have been proven to reduce the growth of malignant cells and skin tumors:

* Omega-3 fatty acids

* Green tea

* Resveratrol (an ingredient in red wine)

“We have also conducted a study that proved low-fat diets play a role in preventing skin cancer,” she said.

For those looking to increase their skin’s threshold for sunburn, Heliocare® sun pills can help and, according to Orengo, a recent study showed that nicotinamide, a type of B vitamin, also may reduce the number of skin cancers one gets.

She recommends vitamin D supplements for people who are experts at avoiding the sun.

“It’s important to remember that we do need sun,” she said. “When sun hits the skin it transforms vitamin D into its active form. We need about 10 to 15 minutes of daily sun exposure for proper vitamin D levels. Vitamin D supports healthy brain, heart and immune system function.”

Your physician should be consulted before changing your diet or taking supplements. Orengo warns that diet alone cannot prevent or cure skin cancers, only help aid in the process.

Clothing

For long days out in the sun you’ll need more than sunscreen. Orengo suggested tossing out the baseball caps with ventilation holes and opting for a hat with no holes and at least a 3-inch brim.

“Consider buying lightweight clothing that properly covers and protects your body from the sun’s rays,” she said. “Many outdoor stores now sell sun-protective clothing. There also are products that will add SPF to your own clothing.”

Types of skin

Another tip to protecting your skin is to know your own skin type, said Orengo. The Fitzpatrick scale is a numerical classification system that recognizes how varying types of skin respond to sun exposure. Orengo said dermatologists are familiar with the scale but individuals should also take time to understand their own risk. .

Type 1: burn all the time

Type 2: burn every time, then turns into a light tan

Type 3: burn but get a good tan

Type 4: sometimes burn, always tans

Type 5: rarely burns, always tans

Type 6: never burns, always tans

“Types 1, 2 and 3 are more likely to get skin cancer,” she said. “Types 4, 5 and 6 can get skin cancer, but it’s less likely. They should still protect themselves from the sun.”

For some types of skin, sunblock may work better than sunscreen because it physically blocks ultraviolet radiation from penetrating the skin. This is especially true for people who have sensitive skin, Orengo said.

Regardless of your skin type, Orengo said skin health should be everyone’s concern and following these tips, as well as seeing your doctor regularly for skin checks, is a good way to prevent skin cancers.

SML Shares Its Top Ten Best Places To Move In 2015

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familywalk2Simple Moving Labor’s (SML’s) annual Top Ten Best Places to Move in 2015 includes newcomer Provo, Utah, in the number one spot and four Texas hubs make the list as well. If a move is on your to-do list for 2015, here are the hot spots drawing attention.

Provo, Utah captures the number one spot on the “Top Ten Best Places to Move in 2015” list, bumping Boise, Idaho to number two since last year. Simple Moving Labor, the national leader in moving labor, compiles and publishes the list annually.

West Palm Beach, Florida, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Austin, Texas – all new to the list, compared to 2014 – round out the Top Five. Texas is the most represented state with Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio joining Austin as one of the hottest places to move to in 2015. Dallas just barely missed out on joining, too. Florida and Utah both had two cities on the list.

“As a nation, we tend to relocate very cyclically, migrating naturally to the places where we can work, raise a family, and enjoy a certain quality of life,” said SML President Matt McCollum. “Some of these places might not be the first to spring to mind when you think of where people love to live, but these residents would tell you otherwise – and people looking to move are listening.”

SML looked at cities with populations over 200,000 and then compares the median income, median price of a sold house, projected home value growth over the next three years, and the home affordability index. The unemployment rate is used as a tie breaker.

To even be considered for the list, the community had to beat the national average for median income ($53,046 annually) and have an unemployment rate under the national average of 5.7%. SML drew the statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Forbes.com, Zillow.com, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“The numbers make a compelling argument, but it is when you start looking a little deeper, seeing what the residents say about an area, that the true story comes out,” McCollum said. “The residents in these communities are the city’s strongest advocates. They love where they live and want people to realize it.

Salt Lake City, Utah and Orlando, Florida also made this year’s list. The full rankings include:

1. Provo, Utah
2. Boise, Idaho
3. West Palm Beach, Florida
4. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
5. Austin, Texas
6. Orlando, Florida
7. Salt Lake City, Utah
8. Houston, Texas
9. San Antonio, Texas
10. Fort Worth, Texas

ABOUT SML: Founded in 2007, SML is the nation’s leading provider of moving labor services – help loading or unloading your rental truck or storage unit – as well as door-to-door, full-service moves. No matter your moving needs, SML delivers the manpower, work ethic, customer service, and expertise to make your next move a simple move.