Zika: What You Should Know

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A relatively new virus is prompting worldwide concern because of how quickly it is spreading across the globe. Also alarming is its connection to microcephaly, a neurological birth disorder. Transmitted by the aggressive Aedes aegypti mosquito, the Zika virus is rare because it can infect the fetuses of pregnant women who have the virus.

Symptoms of Zika are generally mild and include headaches, fever, rash and sometimes conjunctivitis (pink eye). Most people don’t even realize that they have been infected by the virus, which is why it is such a concern for pregnant women.

The Zika virus has spread to more than 20 countries since May of 2015. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning pregnant women against travel to any affected areas. Furthermore, health officials in several of those countries are telling female citizens to avoid becoming pregnant, in some cases, for up to two years. Several states have confirmed the virus in individuals who traveled to areas where the virus is circulating.

Researchers are working to create a Zika vaccine. Until then, the best method of prevention is to avoid travel to areas with active infestations. If you do travel to one of these areas, be sure to wear mosquito repellent and thick clothing that covers as much of your body as possible. Unlike most mosquitos, the type that carries Zika is most active during the daytime hours until dusk, and it also prefers to be indoors. This makes it very important to use screen doors and windows and to stay in air-conditioned hotels when possible.

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Sleep and Your Health

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Many people fall short of the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night. With busy schedules, it may be tempting to stay up late, but sleep is an important factor in overall health. A good night’s sleep allows bodies to rest, repair cells and fight off illness.

The body undergoes certain changes during sleep. Heart rate and breathing slow, body temperature drops, and yet the brain remains incredibly active. In fact, sometimes the brain is even more active during REM sleep (a state of deep sleep usually associated with dreaming) than it is during the normal waking state.

Insufficient sleep can cause many negative side effects, including drowsiness, loss of productivity and impaired judgment. In addition, losing sleep can affect mood and increase the risk of accidents and injury. Long-term side effects of not getting enough sleep include weight gain, obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Your lifestyle, your schedule and stress can affect how much sleep you get each night. However, if you are having trouble sleeping, there are several steps you can take:

  • Stick to a schedule to help regulate your body’s internal clock.
  • Exercise.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine.
  • Establish a relaxing bedtime routine, such as reading.
  • Keep the TV out of your room as bright light can interfere with your natural sleep cycle.
  • Have comfortable bedding and pillows.
  • Keep your bedroom temperature between 60 and 67 degrees.

Getting enough sleep will boost your immune system and help you stay alert and productive throughout the day. With cold and flu season just around the corner, it’s now more important than ever to make sleep a priority.

5 Essential Nutrients for a Healthier You!

Are you wanting to make a commitment to your health in the new year? To improve it and maybe become more active? Take a look at this article from Everyday Health for great tips on the 5 Essential Nutrients to Maximize Your Health | Guide to Essential Nutrients | Everyday Health.

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Reboot Your Workout

bigstock-Running-sport--trail-runners--47575639It’s very common to fall out of a fitness routine, especially at this time of year. Everyone has their excuses: holiday schedule changes, bad winter weather, injury or illness, failed New Year’s resolution, etc.

Regardless of the reason, you need to get back in the habit. Now is a perfect time to recommit to achieving and maintaining a prime fitness level. But before you start to pick up where you left off, be mindful of the following things:

  1. Start slow. Do not try to make up for lost time. Depending on the length of time since your last workout and the reason for stopping, you might not want to resume working out at the same level you were at when you stopped. Rather, decrease your exertion by 20 to 30 percent and gradually build your way back up.
  2. Choose an activity you like. Enjoying your workouts is a must. If you find cardio preferable to weight lifting, focus on that. The goal during the first month is to get moving, whichever way you choose.
  3. Recruit a buddy. Grab a friend to join you. Adding a partner to your workouts can boost your commitment and give you someone to discuss fitness with, and the two of you can keep each other motivated.
  4. Track every workout. Charting your workouts is a great way to watch yourself steadily improve and to stay motivated. Small fitness milestones give you a series of short-term goals to reach as you work towards your overall goals.

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Osteoarthritis Tips for Caregivers!

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By Chris Iliades, MD | Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH

Are you currently caring for a loved on with osteoarthritis?  This article from Everyday Health, gives some great tips on how to keep your loved one active and maintain life quality.  Please read via Helping a Loved One With Osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis Center -EverydayHealth.com.

 

 

What are the five reasons you should call into work sick?

5 Signs You’re Too Sick for Work

Calling the boss for a sick day is never fun, but there are definite times when you’re simply too sick to work.

By Madeline Vann, MPHMedically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III MD, MPH

Article via 5 Signs You’re Too Sick for Work – Seasonal Guide to Healthy Living – Everyday Health.

Do you agree with these 5 reasons, or do you feel there could be more?

Try some of these foods when hunger strikes

This article gives some good tips on foods which will fill you longer and help stop hunger cravings.  Read more via http://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health-pictures/satisfy-your-appetite-with-these-delicious-choices.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthDietandNutrition_20130710#/slide-11

Lose Weight and Feel Full – Is this possible?

Foods That Help You to Lose Weight and Satisfy Your Stomach

By Beth W. Orenstein | Medically reviewed by Cynthia Haines, MD

The best foods for weight loss are those that fill you up and keep you feeling full longer. You won’t even feel like you’re on a diet when you put these filling foods on your menu.

Read More via Foods That Help to Lose Weight – New Year Center – Everyday Health.