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August 2016

Arthritis Update

Staying Active Can Help Ease Pain

It has been quite some time since doctors told people with arthritis to “rest their joints.” We now know that physical activity can help reduce pain and improve function, mobility, mood, and quality of life for most adults with many types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and lupus.

Most people with arthritis can safely participate in a self-directed physical-activity program or join one of many proven programs available in communities across the country. Some people may benefit from physical or occupational therapy.

Regular physical activity is just as important for people with arthritis or other rheumatic conditions as it is for all children and adults. Studies have shown that participation in moderate-intensity, low-impact physical activity improves all of these areas without worsening symptoms or disease severity. Being physically active can also delay the onset of disability if you have arthritis. Both aerobic… Continue reading

It’s Back-to-School Time!

Share the Road – Safely – with School Buses

As the TV commercial says, “They’re going baaaack!” If you find yourself driving behind a school bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing.

Never pass a school bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children. If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop. The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children. Stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.

Source: National Safety Council

Heat Stroke

Stay Smart, Stay Safe

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related disorder. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. The body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails and the body is unable to cool down. When heat stroke occurs, body temperature can rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given.

Symptoms include:

  • Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
  • Hallucinations
  • Chills
  • Throbbing headache
  • High body temperature
  • Confusion/dizziness
  • Slurred speech

Take the following steps to treat a person with suspected heat stroke:

  • Call 911
  • Move the person to a cool shaded area
  • Until medical help arrives, help cool the person by soaking their clothes with water; spraying, sponging or showering them with water; and fanning their body.

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vaccine Update

Is It Time for the Shingles Vaccine?

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful skin rash that develops on one side of the face or body. It can also cause damage to hearing or vision. The shingles vaccine reduces the risk of developing shingles and the long-term pain that can follow. Your risk of shingles increases as you age.

The shingles vaccine is recommended for people age 60 and older, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (Always check with your doctor about the right age for you to receive a particular vaccine.) This is a one-time vaccination. There is no maximum age for getting the shingles vaccine.

The vaccine is important regardless of whether someone has had chickenpox, which is caused by the same virus as shingles. Studies show that more than 99 percent of Americans ages 40 and older have had chickenpox, even if they don’t… Continue reading

Rx Gourmet

Heart Healthy, Diabetes Friendly – and Delicious!

Most everyone – whether meat lover or vegetarian – enjoys a sweet and savory treat from the grill. This recipe is perfect for grilled vegetables, chicken, pork or beef.

If marinating both vegetables and one or two meats, make sure to marinate each separately with its own batch of liquid. Never reuse liquid. Brown sugar and orange juice used in the marinade can cause the mean and veggies to char easily, so watch closely when cooking on the grill or broiling.

Teriyaki Marinade

Makes 1 ¼ cups marinade; enough for 2 ½ pounds of vegetables, meat or poultry

  • ½ cup Lite Tamari (50% less sodium) soy sauce*
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 to 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Whisk together ingredients and pour over meat and vegetables. Marinade for about two hours. Different foods will… Continue reading

Your Child’s Eyes

Is Your Child Ready for Contact Lenses?

If you’re considering whether your child is ready for contact lenses, you will want to talk with your optometrist or ophthalmologist. You should also consider: Is your child mature enough to safely wear contact lenses? He or she should be able to follow these safety tips.

  • Always wash hands before cleaning or inserting lenses, and carefully dry hands with a clean, lint-free cloth.
  • Rub, rinse, clean and disinfect contact lenses as directed and only with products recommended by your doctor.
  • Never expose contact lenses to water or saliva.
  • Don’t wear lenses for longer than the prescribed wearing schedule. Don’t sleep in lenses that were not prescribed to be worn this way.
  • Never wear someone else’s lenses.
  • Always have a prescription for any lenses you wear.
  • When playing sports, wear safety goggles or glasses over your lenses.
  • In general, always have a pair of… Continue reading