When in Doubt, Throw It Out

No matter how much you might be craving that leftover potato salad, if it’s past its prime, don’t dine.

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).

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Say “Buzz Off” to Mosquitos That Carry Disease

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.

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Ticks: Unwelcome Passengers

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.

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Start the “Mole Patrol”

Is it a freckle or is it a mole? Is it okay – or not?

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.

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Just a Walk in the Park: Small Steps First Lead to Huge Health Benefits

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.

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