Protect yourself with a flu shot
Flu season is reaching its peak. Hospitals have been overwhelmed with patients and are running out of spare beds.
in almost every state. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting widespread, epidemic-level flu activity
The bad news is that this year’s flu strain, H3N2, is especially severe, and the flu vaccine isn’t a great match 😕
But the good news is that if …
read on Baby, it’s cold outside!
Most of the headlines over the last few days have focused on the arctic “cyclone” and
brutally cold temperatures affecting a big chunk of the US.
Low temperature records are being shattered. Many states are reporting wind chills of -30°F or less.
That’s not just cold—that’s life threatening.
Outside my house, in Seattle, the weather is a pretty seasonal 40°F. And rainy. Lucky us.
But anyone …
read on And save money on healthcare!
I’m writing this post on New Year’s Day. Typical of the day, I’m also pondering a few questions.
What did I learn last year about staying healthy? What have I done well in my quest to be healthier and save money? What can I do better this year?
As so many of us know, healthcare is unreasonably expensive. My goal the last few years has …
read on Avoid the emergency room
Fridays, weekends and holidays are always bad times to get a doctor’s appointment, and many people end up in an emergency department. Which costs a lot of money, even for those with health insurance.
What can you do to decrease your chances of needing emergency care or other expensive healthcare over the holidays?
An emergency physician recently posted some
good tips on the healthcare blog KevinMD, … read on This is my week for buying gifts for my family. I try to get everyone something that I think will not only bring them pleasure, but better health 😊 *I have to include a disclosure here that this post contains affiliate links for Amazon. That said, I’m not trying to make any money with my blog, so if you can find these products for better prices elsewhere, great! … Last year read on December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month
Every year, more than 250,000 kids under the age of 14 are injured by toys.
So if you’re shopping for young children this holiday season, here are some tips and resources to help keep kids safe!
Prevent Blindness, the sponsors of Safe Toys and Gifts Month, : offers this pretty comprehensive do and don’t list Avoid toys that shoot or include parts
read on Do brain games lower dementia risk?
Yes and no.
Most brain or cognitive training apps divide their “games” into several categories, such as attention, memory, speed and flexibility.
reports that only the a study recently published in an Alzheimer’s journal speed games were associated with a lower dementia risk (29% lower!).
I was really interested in this report. My husband and I enjoy playing these games, even though
… I’ve read on The hazards of raw cookie dough
Just in time for the cookie-baking frenzy of the holidays, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued
. a consumer warning about the health hazards of eating raw cookie dough
This didn’t seem like new news to me. We’ve all heard for years that we shouldn’t eat raw cookie dough because eggs can carry the
bacteria.… Salmonella read on The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and isn’t that when illness always seems to strike?
Few things are germier than a school where lots of kids and adults are stuck in small rooms, touching the same objects and breathing the same air.
Kids bring those germs home on their hands and touch everything there, too. Then parents get sick and spread the virus to co-workers. And so on, and so …
read on It’s easier than you think!
The other day I watched in horror as a friend with mild cold symptoms swallowed two extra-strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) tablets with a large swig of NyQuil.
If he had followed with a double whisky, I would have suspected a suicide attempt.
“What are you doing?!” I shrieked, and grabbed both bottles from him. “You just swallowed a massive dose of acetaminophen!”
“Really?” he replied, without …