If you’re on your cell phone all the time, you’ll want to read this:


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If you notice a rash starting to form on the side of your face where you hold your cell phone, that’s no coincidence. Dermatologists have dubbed the condition “mobile phone dermatitis.”

According to the British Association of Dermatologists, an outbreak on your ears or cheeks could be caused by the nickel surface on your cell phone. It happens wherever the skin touches the cell phone for too long. Nickel is a common metal, and is found in everything from belt buckles to coins. It’s also one of the most common causes of skin allergies.

To avoid this from happening, try using a corded headset.

Cancer concerns all of us.


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A study from the American Cancer Society finds that many people are misinformed about their cancer risk… Here are some facts:

•39% of people think that living in a polluted city puts them at greater risk for lung cancer than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. But in fact, smoking is BY FAR the leading cause of lung cancer – it’s behind 90% of all cases.

•30% of people believe cell phones cause cancer. While the vast majority of research shows no link between cell phones and cancer, a few studies DO show a small risk. It’s really too soon to tell. So the American Cancer Society recommends going hands-free whenever you can to keep the phone away from the side of your head.

And finally: 6% of people believe underwire bras can cause breast cancer. But there’s no evidence to support this.

Want to lose weight and feel great?


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Here are a few easy tips to help you eat healthier right now – from Michael Pollan, author of “In Defense of Food”:

#1: If you can’t grow it, or can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. Potatoes obviously come from the ground, and eggs come from hens… But where do Pop-Tarts come from? If your best guess is “Aisle 7,” pass ‘em up!

#2: Don’t buy food where you can buy gas. It’s tempting to save time by grabbing groceries at the gas pump, or at a store where you can get a giant box of cereal and a lawn chair. But a survey by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that convenience stores charge a lot more for nutritious food than supermarkets do, like fresh produce and milk… Which means, if you “multi-shop” at one location, you’re more likely to buy cheaper, less-healthy foods.

#3: Remember, there’s no fruit in “fruit flavor.” On food packages, the word “flavor” means it was stripped of its real taste, and something artificial was substituted.

Finally: Don’t drink your dessert. Vitamin waters and energy drinks may sound healthy, but they’re really just sweetened water packed with calories. Bottom line: If it’s not skim milk, plain water, or regular coffee or tea, consider it a treat.

Are your kids staying hydrated?


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Be aware of how much your kids are exercising this summer. Young athletes are at risk of dehydration in hot, humid weather. An emergency room physician from the Cleveland Clinic says not getting enough water can lead to heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Kids should be familiar with the signs they’re becoming dehydrated.

If they feel a Charlie horse in their legs, tingling fingers, dizziness, light-headedness, or cramps that won’t go awaythose are all signs they aren’t getting enough water and are losing electrolytes. Kids produce more heat and sweat less than adults do. And they’re also less likely to drink enough water while exercising outside. So make sure your kids stay hydrated.

Do you know someone who suffers with Gout?


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Gout is a condition characterized by abnormally elevated levels of uric acid in the blood, and it’s currently the #1 form of inflammatory arthritis. More than 3 million North Americans already suffer from gout, but the numbers are climbing fast! There was a 23% spike in diagnoses last year! Why? Because of our diet!

Gout is marked by a build-up of crystal-like deposits between joints – mainly in the big toes, ankles, elbows or shoulders. Researchers have found that foods high in a compound called purine are the most likely cause of gout build-ups. Purine’s common in organ meats – like chicken livers and turkey gizzards – as well as in shellfish, beef and alcohol. Also, new studies have found a link between gout and high-fructose corn syrup, a common ingredient in sugary sodas and processed foods.

The pain of gout can be so bad that the weight of a bed sheet feels excruciating – and a single flare-up can last a week or more. Fortunately, gout is treatable with medication, but the #1 factor in controlling gout is diet.

Let’s bust some summertime myths…


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• How about this one: You can’t swim after eating. That’s false. Years ago, medical experts thought it was dangerous to swim within an hour of eating… Because they believed digestion diverted blood away from muscles, and could lead to dangerous leg cramps. But today, even the American Red Cross says it’s OK to swim after eating.
• One more summer myth: Mayonnaise causes picnic poisoning. Again, that’s False. Mayo earned its bad rep back when people ate mayo they made at home… Because it contained raw eggs, which can be full of harmful bacteria. But today’s store-bought mayonnaise is pasteurized and sterile, so that’s not an issue. In fact, a recent study in the Journal of Food Protection found that professionally-made mayonnaise actually slows the growth of salmonella and other bacteria on food… Just keep in mind that all perishable food can spoil if it sits out for more than two hours.

Don’t brush your teeth right after meals! 


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It’s not as gross as it sounds: It turns out, the acids in many foods soften tooth enamel, making your teeth vulnerable to damage from brushing.
So, wait at least an hour. By then, the acids will have cleared and the enamel will have re-hardened. Also, you can’t speed the process, rinsing your mouth with water won’t make a difference. So just wait.

Always double-check your medical bills! 


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hospital-bills-wpExperts estimate that 90% of hospital bills contain errors. And those mistakes can add up to big, unexpected costs for patients. For example, if a doctor’s office or hospital enters an incorrect procedure code, it may not be covered by your insurance. Other billing errors include things like adding an extra zero to a price – so an $80 medication becomes $800.

So how can you protect yourself? Try these tips:

Ask for an itemized copy of your bill. A lot of patients find unfair or excessive charges for items like gowns, toothbrushes, or gauze, that are supposed to be included as part of room and board or operating room charges.

Look for typos, like an extra zero added to the price of an item. And make sure you weren’t charged for tests you didn’t have.

You should also watch out for double-billing. For example, you might get billed for a scalpel…When you’ve already been billed for an “operating kit” that includes a scalpel.

If you see any unusual charges on your bill, make an appointment with the medical provider to go over it. And if you need help, try a service like Medical Billing Advocates of America – at BillAdvocates.com. This company charges a portion of the money they help you recoup.

Do you walk enough every day?


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Walking more throughout the day really DOES help you stay trim. Want proof? University of Copenhagen researchers asked volunteers to reduce their steps from an average of 10,000 per day to about a thousand.

The results? The participants’ belly-fat levels increased by 7 percent after just 2 weeks of cutting back. The study authors say that skipping the gym doesn’t cause obesity, being sedentary is the true culprit.

So use a pedometer and aim to walk more throughout the day. Just so you know, 10,000 steps – or roughly five miles – is considered ideal.

If you plan on hitting the beach, beware of the sand! 


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Researchers at the University of North Carolina found that digging in the sand raises the risk of diarrhea by 27%. For kids under age 11, that number jumps to 44%.

Other studies have found high levels of E. coli bacteria in the top 8 inches of sand. In fact, levels can be almost 40 times those found in the water at the same beaches.

The contamination may come from storm sewer runoff, or from the feces left by birds or other animals. And once the germs are there, the sand provides a moist environment for the bacteria to rapidly reproduce.

To stay safe, use hand sanitizer after playing in the sand or water, until you can get to a bathroom to wash your hands with soap and fresh water.


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