Younger is better, but… Bottom line on top: There is a benefit to getting the HPV vaccine after 26. that not only cause cervical cancer, but mouth, throat and anal cancers, as well. The HPV vaccine protects against the most common types of viruses
It’s most effective when given before a child becomes sexually active.
But what about all the 20-somethings out there who didn’t have access to this vaccine? …
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 Raccoons are super cute, but don’t feed them
My house is on the edge of a green belt, and one summer we had a family of raccoons living in a dead tree very close to my kitchen window. I loved being able to watch the mom and her babies as I prepared a meal or washed dishes.
Several of our neighbors actually put cat food out to entice more raccoons …
read on A new drug, but not a new treatment, for peanut allergies
The media have been reporting on
for severe peanut allergies. The drug, known only as AR101, has not yet been approved by the FDA, but may be by the end of the year. a potential new treatment
It’s basically a capsule with a bit of peanut flour, and it works by gradually desensitizing the patient to the protein in …
read on Flu rages on
I thought it was safe to go back to the gym.
I’ve skipped the month of January because flu has been at epidemic levels for several weeks now, and just isn’t slowing down like it normally does after a week or two.
at the gym, I’m being more cautious. last year I’m sure I caught the flu
But when I arrived at the gym early …
read on 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 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 …