Protect your eyes this summer
Seattle just experienced an unusually hot and sunny stretch of weather. We had to dig out our hats and sunglasses early this year. Anyone who didn’t might have ended up with a case of sunburned eyes.
Bottom line on top: Eyes can get sunburned, too!
Eyes are especially prone to sunburn when sunlight is reflected off water, sand or pavement (or snow in the winter).…
read on Mahjongg for stress relief
For more than five years, one of my best friends has been battling ovarian cancer. A fierce fighter (and fabulous friend), she has endured surgeries and several rounds of chemotherapy to keep this grim disease at bay. Her oncologist monitors her condition with the blood test CA-125.
Early last summer, her CA-125 began creeping up into the “let’s watch it but not get too excited—yet” territory. …
read on What is a Citizen Scientist?
More and more scientists are taking advantage of the power of the internet, or the “crowd,” to help gather and process huge amounts of data.
can be anyone. You just have to have an interest in science (and a computer). Citizen Scientist
I’m taking part in
. Cochrane Crowd Support evidence-based medicine
has been the go-to … Cochrane Library read on Thank a nurse this week 😊
, so I wanted to give a shout out to all my fellow nurses. National Nurses Week Thank you for your hard work and dedication to your patients, even though I know it’s often under very difficult circumstances.
There continues to be a nursing shortage in this country, but nursing schools don’t have enough slots for all the young men and women …
read on All deep breathing isn’t the same
Finding ways to relax and reduce stress is one of my tenets of good health, along with eating well, exercising and spending quality time with friends and family.
Bottom line on top: Deep breathing is recognized as an effective way to calm down when you’re feeling anxious or angry.
Did you know there is a wrong way and a right way to breathe …
read on May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month
We’re on the cusp of summer, which is a great time to think about protecting your skin from the sun.
More than 4 million people are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer every year in the US. Damage from ultraviolet (UV) radiation is responsible for the majority of cases.
The best skin cancer prevention tip? Limit your exposure to UV light, …
read on Dry drowning and secondary drowning
The weather is warming up and soon schools will be out for summer break. That means more kids playing in the water.
Bottom line on top: Kids can actually drown outside of a pool or lake Dry drowning and a similar but different condition called secondary drowning are relatively rare, thank goodness, but can happen up to 24 hours following a near-drowning when parents think … read on Reading is my favorite pastime 🙂
There are so many great healthcare books! I’m excited to share some of my favorite reads to celebrate
(which was actually yesterday, but whatever). World Book Day
Some books are very informative and can help us get better care from our doctors, or guide our health decisions, or keep us safe in the hospital.
Others help us change our lifestyles to sleep better, eat …
read on Start the conversation
Some of the most tragic patients we see as nurses are those who are unable (or their family members are unable) to make decisions on what type of care they do or don’t want near the end of life.
This often results in futile and expensive care that causes pain and emotional distress for everyone involved.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
This week is
… National read on How do I know it’s Spring?
Violent bouts of sneezing? Check.
Crazy red and itchy eyes? Check.
An incessant drip, drip, drip from my nose? Check.
Anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies, like me, has a love-hate relationship with Spring.
And the drug makers love us! Prescription and over-the-counter medications for seasonal allergies are huge money makers; we spend billions every year!
I’ve tried a lot of different remedies over …