Each year, one in six people in the U.S. gets food poisoning from the Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli bacteria in spoiled food. That’s 48 million cases annually with 128,000 hospitalizations (and 3,000 deaths).
Mosquitos and summer go hand in hand, as the days are longer and activities can stretch from the early morning into dusk. The longer time spent outdoors, the more exposure we have to annoying dive-bomber mosquitos and other bugs that bite. But some mosquitos can pose a real danger to humans and pets, especially when they carry either the West Nile virus or the Zika virus — diseases like that can’t be prevented with a vaccine or medication. That’s why protection is key, if we want to enjoy the season as planned.
Ticks – the small, blood-sucking bugs that live outdoors in grass, leaf piles, trees, and shrubs – like to hitch a ride: on you, or your dog, or your cat. Unlike other bugs, ticks like to stick around by remaining attached to your body after they bite. Most tick bites are harmless, but some pass diseases on to their human or animal “landing” sites, often causing symptoms within the first few weeks.
The great escape outdoors only brings with it the usual triggers when it comes to allergies and asthma. (And if you think spending time indoors makes you immune, think again: dust, mold, and pet dander can present themselves in the cleanest of households.)
If you’ve ever asked yourself that question, you’re not alone. The skin is the largest organ in the body. Skin cancer affects more than two million people in the U.S. each year. If caught early, skin cancer is often treatable and curable. If it’s spotted late or ignored, and it spreads, it can sometimes lead to major scarring or death.
Spring forward, March ahead… whatever adage one wants to use for Daylight Savings Time, the mere act of setting clocks one hour ahead kicks off (in a perfect world) the beginning of milder temperatures, plus longer days (in a good way). In short, there’s more time and energy with which to live, work, play—and exercise.
Ahhh, the snack attack: You’ve barreled through the day again, without much of a break. If you’ve taken any time for food at all, it’s been quick (and hopefully not fast food!).