Author: Washington Adventist Hospital

Control Your Summer Allergies

Summer Allergic Reactions by Nurse Rose Melendez | WGTS 91.9 FM http://wgts.org/sites/default/files/Health%20Minute%207-26-17%20%281%29.mp3 Many people think of spring as the time for allergies, but there are actually a number of irritants that can cause seasonal allergies or allergic reactions in the summer. Our health expert, Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, shares her advice for keeping summer allergies at bay. What causes allergies or allergic reactions in the summer? Nurse Rose: There are a number of plant, insect and food-based irritants that can cause summer allergies including: Summer pollen from grass or ragweed Bugs that are more active like bees, wasps and yellow...

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Is Exercising in the Heat Safe?

You might have noticed that it’s been pretty hot outside — with temperatures climbing into the 90s. For people who exercise regularly, you might be wondering — is it safe to exercise in the heat? “Exercising in the summer should be approached with some caution and planning, but it can be done,” according to Lauren Conley, a clinical exercise physiologist. She offers these tips to stay safe when exercising this summer. Modify Your Workout If you plan to exercise outdoors, do it in the cooler morning or evening hours On very hot, humid days slow down from your regular...

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Preventing Heat Exhaustion & Knowing the Signs

Avoiding Heat Exhaustion (Kids & Pets) by Nurse Rose Melendez | WGTS 91.9 FM http://wgts.org/sites/default/files/Health%20Minute7-19-17%20%281%29.mp3 It’s heating up outside! While we love the warmer weather it’s important to remember that there are health risks with high heat. Our health expert, Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, shares the signs of heat-related illness and how to prevent these problems. What types of health problems can occur in extreme heat? Nurse Rose: Normally, the body cools itself down by sweating. Heat related illness can occur when the body heats more quickly than it can cool itself down, leading to heat exhaustion or the life-threatening...

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How Smoking Harms Those Around You

How Smoking Harms Those Around You by Nurse Rose Melendez | WGTS 91.9 FM http://wgts.org/sites/default/files/AHC_170712.mp3 As we spend more time outside over the summer, many parents express frustration when they see other parents smoking around their kids in public places like amusement parks. Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, shares how second-hand smoke can harm others, especially children. How common is smoking in the U.S.? Nurse Rose: While smoking has indeed become less common in recent years, an estimated 36.5 million Americans still smoked in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, about 1 in 5 children...

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Summer and Your Child’s Screen Time

Screen Time Over Summer Break by Nurse Rose Melendez | WGTS 91.9 FM http://wgts.org/sites/default/files/Health%20Minute%207-5-17.mp3 School is out for the summer, which means more time for fun in the sun … and behind a screen. Our health expert and mother of three, Rose Melendez, RN, offers these tips for parents to help children of all ages find balance in their technology use. Can screen time affect a child’s health? Nurse Rose: We’re seeing more and more evidence that too much screen time can have a negative impact on a child’s health, especially with the near-constant use of smart phones and...

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