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 …
read on October is Breast Cancer Awareness month
October has become the month to pressure women to
and schedule their annual mammograms. Buy Pink!
But I’d rather see more women informed about the effectiveness of annual mammograms (not as much as you might think).
And I’d like to see more care providers drop the paternal attitudes and really have a conversation with women about the pros and cons of screening mammograms, and …
read on More exercise, more soluble fiber
I’ve been posting about my husband’s high cholesterol
. Last December his total cholesterol was 297, with an LDL (low-density lipoprotein) of 219 and an HDL (high-density lipoprotein) of 65. since it became quite high about a year ago
Now I’m happy to report that after 9 months of pretty simple lifestyle changes his total cholesterol is down to 240. His LDL (the …
read on With the news of another massive hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego, I wanted to re-publish this post from Sept. 2016 about hepatitis A and encourage everyone to get vaccinated! FN Hepatitis A outbreaks
This morning I read about a hepatitis A
outbreak in Virginia. The source is apparently contaminated strawberries used to make smoothies. So far, 40 people have become sick.
This outbreak follows on the heels
of … read on