Although Philip Hone became a symbol of upper class New York City, his life began in 1780 as the younger son of a poor carpenter. At the age of 16, he joined his brother’s auctioneering business. By the time he was 35, it had made him a very wealthy man, enabling him to retire at the age of 41.
You and Your Health
Climate changes that affect our health
An increasing incidence of obesity in the United States is causing the rise of other associated health problems, one of which leads to heart disease and premature death. This condition is called sleep apnea syndrome (SAS), and it can occur in both children and adults.
Cold weather is just as challenging to your skin as warm weather seasons. This time of the year, you may notice dryness and flaking, and in some cases, cracking of the skin in exposed areas such as around your mouth and fingers. Exposure to extreme cold temperatures also places you at risk of developing skin damage due to frostnip or frostbite.
Cold weather is here—the time for many of us to start thinking about getting a flu shot. The 2018-2019 vaccine is now available and, for those of you who have not received one, this is a great time to make your appointment with your doctor. Review your immunization status and talk about other winter health issues.
Persistent blood pressure elevation or hypertension affects about one in three, making it the most common chronic disease seen in medical practices. As we age, the incidence increases. Only about 7% of people aged 20 to 54 years of age have hypertension; 54% in people 55 to 64; and 78% for elders 75 years old and older.
The Alzheimer’s Association and SAGE (Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders) have just released a paper (“Issues Brief: LGBT and Dementia”) focusing on the effects of Alzheimer’s and other dementias on this population.
Now that summer is here, allergy suffers are reacting to agents associated with this season. April showers and May flowers and their associated allergens change over to tree pollen in late spring and then in summer to grasses, weeds and other seasonal challenges.
Our summer has started, and we are experiencing higher outside temperatures and an increased chance of insect bites, sunburns and possible dehydration, heat exhaustion or stroke (hyperthermia). This article will highlight health strategies to prevent these types of summer health problems.
HYPERTHERMIA AND DEHYDRATION
Colorectal (colon and rectal) cancer is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed, with prostate and lung cancer in males and breast and lung cancer for women being more common. Annually there are about 135,000 people diagnosed with bowel cancer and 50,000 related deaths.