Factors that increase the risk of hyperthermia may include:
* High blood pressure or other health conditions that require changes in diet. For example, people on salt-restricted diets may be at increased risk. However, salt pills should not be used without first consulting a doctor.
* Heart, lung and kidney diseases, as well as any illness that causes general weakness or fever.
Summer weather can pose special health risks to older adults and people with chronic medical conditions. It is critically important that adults particularly susceptible to hyperthermia and other heat-related illnesses know how to safeguard against problems.
Hyperthermia is caused by a failure of the heat-regulating mechanisms of the body. Heat fatigue, heat syncope (sudden dizziness after prolonged exposure to the heat), heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are forms of hyperthermia. Older adults are at risk for these conditions, and this risk can increase with the combination of higher temperature, individual lifestyle and general health.
Lifestyle factors can include not drinking enough fluids, living in housing without air conditioning, lack of mobility and access to transportation, overdressing, visiting overcrowded places and not understanding how to respond to hot weather conditions. Older people, particularly those with chronic medical conditions, should stay indoors in cooler spaces on hot and humid days, especially when an air pollution alert is in effect. People without air conditioners should go to places that do have air conditioning, such as senior centers, shopping malls, movie theaters and libraries. Cooling centers, which may be set up by local public health agencies, religious groups and social service organizations in many communities, are another option.
As a parent it is up to you to teach and help your child learn the importance of daily oral health care. One way you can do this is by demonstrating healthy habits yourself. Make brushing and flossing a family activity. Brushing and flossing every day will help your child have healthy teeth, which will help him or her enjoy better dental check ups
Lymphomas are caused by an abnormal proliferation of white blood cells and can occur at any age. A clinical trial has shown that patients with a specific molecular subtype of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) are more likely to respond to the drug ibrutinib (Imbruvica) than patients with another molecular subtype of the disease. The study appeared online July 20, 2015, in Nature Medicine.
Participate in a Research Study or Clinical Trial
Walking, running or biking to end cancer, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis or another disease can be great ways to raise money for causes. But if you can’t, or you want to do more, consider participating in a research study or volunteering for a clinical trial. Whether you’re in good health or not, and regardless of age, your participation could help researchers understand the disease they are studying and get closer to a cure, a treatment, or a way to prevent it.
Learn more, or find a clinical trial near you.
Mutations in the presenilin-1 gene are the most common cause of inherited, early-onset forms of Alzheimer’s disease. In a new study, published in Neuron, scientists replaced the normal mouse presenilin-1 gene with Alzheimer’s-causing forms of the human gene to discover how these genetic changes may lead to the disorder. Their surprising results may transform the way scientists design drugs that target these mutations to treat inherited or familial Alzheimer’s, a rare form of the disease that affects approximately 1 percent of people with the disorder. The study was partially funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health.
To avoid any issues while traveling, be informed about airfare, ticketing, flights and luggage.
Airfare and fees
Airlines are required to disclose all fees on their websites, such as the price of the ticket, and fees for meals, baggage, and reservation cancellations and changes.
Many airlines offer non-refundable tickets. Passengers who cancel their trip may not get their money back. However, passengers may reschedule their trip for a fee.
More than 20 million Americans aged 20 or older may have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and millions more are at risk of developing the disease. Despite its public health burden, awareness and treatment of CKD remain low — especially in communities most affected by the disease. Many with CKD who need treatment do not receive it. And many with key risk factors like diabetes and high blood pressure don’t know they are at risk.
When cancer strikes, it may be possible for patients to fight back with their own defenses, using a strategy known as immunotherapy. According to a new study published in Nature, researchers have found a way to enhance the effects of this therapeutic approach in glioblastoma, a deadly type of brain cancer, and possibly improve patient outcomes. The research was funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) as well as the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which are part of the National Institutes of Health.
Floods are our country’s #1 natural disaster. They occur in all 50 states, at all times of year, and plenty of damage occurs outside of high-risk areas.
If your home is flooded, your homeowners insurance policy probably won’t pay for repairs. Most policies don’t cover floods. The National Flood Insurance Program, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), works closely with more than 80 private insurance companies to offer flood insurance to homeowners, renters, and business owners.
Learn more with the booklet FloodSmart, Know Your Risk. You can also visit www.FloodSmart.gov
The recent measles outbreak demonstrates how quickly a nearly-eliminated disease can spread. World Immunization Week serves as a great opportunity to learn more how vaccines save lives. Did you know that vaccines for children prevent 16 diseases that persist in other nations?
Vaccines work best when most members of a community are vaccinated; protect your kids and others by following a vaccine schedule according to their age. If you’re worried about the safety of vaccines, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website and get the facts.
Accidental poisoning by common household items kill more people than car accidents each year. Products we use everyday such as medicines, household cleaning solutions, children’s art supplies, makeup and other personal items can be toxic if
Learn about the dangers and who’s most at risk, how to poison-proof your home, and what you can do if you experience an emergency. Contact the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222 and use this emergency checklist as a guide for what information to give the poison expert on the phone. Keep the Poison Help Line number handy or save it on your cell
You may know the experience: Your e-mail account starts behaving oddly, or your computer is slowing down and acting up. You may have been hacked, or gotten a virus. Would you know how to address an e-mail hack, secure your device, and protect your identity?
Want more information? Visit OnGuardOnline.gov for information on:
- Hacked E-mail
- Tips for Using Public Wi-Fi Networks
- Tech Support Scams
- and lots more.
The Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have launched our “Never Give Up Until They Buckle Up” campaign.
Traffic safety data tells us that as children get older, they’re less likely to buckle up. Over the past 5 years, 1,552 kids ages 8-14 were not wearing seat belts when they died in a crash, and one in four of those kids were age 14.
This campaign is urgently needed because—as many parents can attest—seat belt use often falls by the wayside during the hectic shuttling of kids to and from school and activities, when running short errands, or when parents are a bit worn down by the daily grind.
Against a backdrop of rapid scientific advances and dramatic changes in the landscape of mental health care, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has issued a new Strategic Plan for Research. Informed by the successes and challenges of recent years, the new plan updates the strategic objectives of its 2008 predecessor with the aim of balancing the need for long-term investments in basic research with urgent mental health needs.
Here’s some serious cute for your morning: Two bear cubs holding paws at Lake Clark National Park in Alaska. Lake Clark is home to a diverse population of wildlife, including brown bears. During the summer months, it’s common for visitors to see a gathering of bears along Lake Clark’s Cook Inlet. Photo by Mary Gretchen Kaplan