Softening Water Does Not Help Eczema

February 28, 2011

An estimated 20 percent of children and one in 12 adults have eczema. A new research study suggests that although hard water is thought to provoke the itchy and discomforting skin condition, softening the water does nothing to relieve symptoms.

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Climate Change Affects Allergies

February 23, 2011

Ragweed pollen affects at least one in 10 people in the United States. A new research study suggests that ragweed season is lasting longer and longer each year due to climate change. This means that for people living in northern climates, they may be exposed to longer seasons of pollen with stronger levels of pollen as well. This may change the timing of preventive medications as well as affect physicians trying to diagnose allergic disease.

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Vacations Affect Your Happiness

February 15, 2011

According to a study published in the Applied Research Quality Life, the act of planning a vacation gives us the largest boost in happiness. Anticipating a vacation also gives a boost of happiness for eight weeks. So if you were looking for a reason to take a trip out of town, this is the perfect one.

Happy Vacationing!

World Cancer Day

February 7, 2011

February 4th is World Cancer Day, so we decided to shed some light and help spread awareness on this issue that causes millions of deaths every year. 30-40% of cancers can be prevented and one-third of cancers can be cured with early treatment and diagnosis.

5 Tips to Help Prevent Cancer:

  1. Just Breathe: You can prevent cancer when you stop smoking, chewing and sniffing tobacco. Try to avoid exposure to passive smoke to further reduce your risk.
  2. Drink in Moderation: Research has indicated that men who have 2 alcoholic drinks/ day and women who have 1 already have an increased chance of developing certain cancers. The more alcohol a person consumes, the higher the risk.
  3. Don’t Risk Infections: There are a number of infections that either directly cause cancer or increase the risk of cancer. Interventions such as immunization, treatment of infections and behavior change can reduce exposure to specific risk factors.
  4. Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle: A healthy diet and regular physical activity can contribute to preventing cancer. Researchers recommend 30 minutes of physical activity every day, and a balanced meal, which should contain more vegetables and fruit than protein.
  5. Enjoy the sun without getting roasted: Stop using tanning beds and avoid excessive sun exposure. Remember to use sunscreens and protective clothing as an effective cancer prevention method.

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