Kids recently started another School Year. Most parents, I hope, made sure their children’s vaccinations were up to date.
But adults need vaccinations, too. So it’s a great time for all parents—and all adults—to double check that you’ve had the recommended vaccinations for your age group.
Here is a list of 7 vaccinations adults should get, or at least talk to a care provider about.
1. Seasonal flu shot
read on OK, this title is a little misleading. I don’t think we should eat these foods just for their alleged anti-inflammatory properties.
Inflammation, after all, is part of a healthy body’s healing process. It’s what helps us fight infection and heal wounds.
The real culprit to poor health is
, which has been associated with all kinds of diseases including diabetes, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, allergies, and cancer.… chronic inflammation read on Kidney stones are more common in the summer
The kidneys’ job is to filter and clean our blood. They need to be well hydrated to do that!
That’s why summer heat and dehydration are big risk factors for developing kidney stones.
Related post: 10 tips to prevent heat exhaustion What are other common risk factors? Age (more common as we get older) Gender (more common in men) Genetics (if close
read on 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 …