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.
You and Your Health
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.
The history of the use of medicinal plants goes back to the Paleolithic age, approximately 60,000 years ago. There is a great deal of written history on the use of herbal treatment in Sumerian, ancient Egyptian, and Greek history. Bronze age Chinese documents record a list of over 200 plants with medicinal properties.
Experiencing neck or low back pain is a virtually universal experience. Spine pain is a common reason for seeking care and treatment from our primary care physician. This article will describe common conditions causing pain in our neck and back and an overview of treatment.
Mechanical causes for neck and back pain
We are constantly exposed to a wide range of electromagnetic radiation. This can include very low-frequency radio waves; microwaves; visible light; infra- and ultraviolet radiation; and x-rays, gamma rays and cosmic radiation from the universe.