Enjoy that morning cup of coffee
I’ve been a coffee drinker my entire adult life.
A couple cups of coffee in the morning make me more alert and ready to start the day.
And I enjoy hanging out in coffee shops and inhaling the fragrance of freshly-ground beans.
Over the years there have been many small studies showing coffee in moderation can be good for you.
More recently …
read on Every day for the last week I’ve seen a new report of someone dying or losing a limb due to “flesh-eating bacteria.”
Is there an epidemic? Should we panic?
Flesh-eating bacteria are bacteria that cause a serious—and deadly—disease called
. necrotizing fasciitis
But even though necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a really, really bad disease, it’s also really, really rare.
The news media like to pick up these stories because …
read on An ugly problem with an ugly name— hallux valgus
Last summer I noticed I had the beginning of a small bunion.
Horrified, I wanted to find out if there was anything I could do to keep it from becoming bigger, uglier and more painful.
Anything except surgery. The last thing I want is foot surgery.
I also wanted to know how to prevent a bunion from developing in my other …
read on Stay safe this 4th of July!
My state’s Fire Marshall recently reported
a drop in fireworks-related injuries and fires in 2018.
That’s good news, but 209 injuries is still too many.
As a nurse I’ve seen what both legal and illegal fireworks can do to hands and faces. It’s not pretty.
It’s especially tragic when small children are burned or disfigured.
I ran across this young girl’s PSA about fireworks …
read on Polypharmacy is the rather uniquely Western medicine epidemic of popping too many prescription drugs.
There’s an old healthcare joke with the punchline
“There’s a drug for that!” Sadly, that’s true.
It’s ironic, but too much health care is killing us, especially our seniors.
A recent report by the Lown Institute shows the scope of the problem: There’s been a 300% increase in polypharmacy over the last 20 years. 42% of
read on June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month.
For years I’ve heard that blueberries are good for brain health. Which is great, because I love blueberries and try to work them into my diet several times a week.
And there is
some evidence to support the connection between blueberries and the human brain.
Most blueberry studies to date have been performed on animals, but more recent studies—funded in part by …
read on A recent study out of my alma mater, the University of Washington, says that as global temperatures continue to rise, so will the number of heat-related deaths. “Older adults, children and outdoor workers are among those populations particularly susceptible to higher temperatures,” [Professor Kristie L.] Ebi said.
But there are heat-related deaths every summer, and it’s always been important to be informed about how to prevent heat exhaustion …
In my state, Washington, spring/early summer is an especially dangerous time around our streams and rivers. The melted snow coming down from the mountains makes the water very high and very fast. Parents and small children are often unaware of the danger and not prepared.
I’m listing some basic summer water safety tips, but drownings can happen year round in hot tubs, bathtubs, ponds, lakes—pretty much any source of water. …
read on Mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and other biting insects are active this time of year. Most cause discomfort; some carry dangerous diseases. Protect yourself with an effective bug repellent.
There are four chemicals on the market that make up most of the available bug repellents.
Always read the labels to know what the active ingredients are, and follow the directions for use, especially if you’re using it on children.
DEET is …
read on For years one of my family members has had to have multiple skin cancers—basal cell and squamous—removed from his face.
He heard that the supplement niacinamide might help prevent these skin cancers, so I volunteered to do a little research into the research. 😄
Vitamin B3, niacin, niacinamide & nicotinamide
First I had to educate myself about the multiple and confusing names in this group of supplements!
Vitamin B3 is … read on