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 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 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 …
read on Your drops might be making things worse
Do you suffer from chronically dry, red, itchy eyes? The eye drops you use might actually be making your eyes look and feel worse.
Like so many over-the-counter (OTC) products, there are dozens of eye drops from which to choose. How do you know which is best?
As always, ignore the front of the package (the marketing claims) and read the ingredients.
Oxymetazoline … read on We all need a better night’s sleep
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), most
. American adults aren’t getting enough sleep
Are you part of the epidemic of sleeplessness?
, so I want to offer these 5 tips for a better night’s sleep, based on some of my previous posts. (I know National Sleep Awareness Week I don’t get enough sleep, so it’s a topic close … read on Melatonin dosages vary widely Melatonin is a hormone that our brain makes to help us get to sleep.
Before we messed up our natural sleep cycles with artificial lights,
, and world-wide jet travel, darkness would signal our brains to release melatonin and put us to sleep. (That’s why you might feel sleepy in a dark theater when watching a movie or … 24/7 exposure to TVs, computers and smart phones read on Are you sleep deprived?
Next week, March 11-17, is National Sleep Awareness Week.
National Sleep Foundation (NSF) sponsors the week to raise awareness of the health benefits of a good night’s sleep. (#7Days4BetterSleep)
As if we didn’t know!
But if you need a reminder, here’s
about the effects of sleep deprivation: a TED-Ed video Good sleep habits start in childhood
Good sleep habits are …