Summer is finally here and many of us are looking forward to picnics and barbecues.
Avoiding pesky picnic ants is usually much easier than avoiding something far more dangerous - food bacteria. These harmful bacteria (food-borne pathogens) are often impossible to detect by sight, small, or even taste.
Concussions usually occur by a bump, jolt or blow to the head. Occasionally this may cause a loss of consciousness. They range from mild to severe and can affect a person's memory, judgment, reflexes, speech, balance and coordination.
Concussions are common in contact sports like football, hockey, and soccer, but they can also occur on the playground. We must be cautious because this is a brain injury and can have serious consequences if not recognized and allowed to heal.
Now that the temperatures are heating up, you and your family will be looking for ways to cool down.
Cleveland has many options for beating the heat in the summer, including:
- Boating on the lake
- Visiting beaches on Lake Erie
- Swimming in public and private pools
- Enjoying time at water parks
Swimming is a great active family activity, but it’s important to remember these water safety tips whenever you are in or around water.
We summarized the most helpful information shared by the Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the lists below.
For additional references and resources on water safety, see our resources list at the end of this post.
Important Water Safety Tips
Prevent Unsupervised Access to Pools & Hot Tubs
- Install appropriate barriers around your home pool or hot tub and remove access ladders to above ground pools when not in use.
- Add safety covers and pool alarms for extra protection.
- Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.
- Use the buddy system! Never swim alone. Even at a public pool or lifeguarded beach.
- Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- Make sure everyone in the family can swim well. Sign your kids up for swimming lessons once they are old enough. Cleveland Metroparks and the YMCA are two programs places that offer swimming lessons.
- Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
- Don’t drink alcohol if you are swimming or watching children in the water.
- Watch out for rip currents. A rip current is when the water pulls you away from the shore. If you get caught in a rip current, swim along the shoreline until you are out of the current, then swim to shore.
You know that eating right and getting exercise are part of a healthy routine.
But did you know that specific foods and exercises may help relieve some of your arthritis pain and swelling?
Foods That Fight Inflammation
No one food can relieve arthritis, but eating—or avoiding—certain foods can help combat inflammation throughout the body.
What to Eat
- Omega-3 fatty acids from cold-water fish, such as salmon and tuna
- Green leafy vegetables
- Canola and olive oil
- Green tea
- Margarine and butter
What to Limit
- Omega-6 fatty acids from egg yolks and red meat
- French fries and other fried foods
- Packaged cookies, crackers, baked goods, and other processed, sugary foods
- Fruit juice
In combination with these dietary considerations, staying active is one of the best things you can do for your body.
Since June is National Safety Month, we decided to focus on an area you can improve right now: bicycle safety.
Whether it’s you or your child hitting the streets on two wheels this summer, keep these bicycle safety tips in mind.
- Check your equipment.
- Make sure your brakes work and your tires are inflated properly.
- Adjust your bicycle to fit.
- If you stand over your bicycle there should be 1-2 inches between you and the top bar (road bike) or 3-4 inches (mountain bike).
- The seat should be level front to back and the height should allow a slight bend of the knee when the leg is fully extended.
- The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat.
- Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet.
Are your kids reluctant to wear their helmet?
Boston University made a great video that is entertaining and shares useful information.
Warning: The song may get stuck in your head…[Video 1:34]
Rules of the Road
If you suffer from severe grass and ragweed allergies, you’ll want to meet our board-certified allergist/immunologist, Nancy Wasserbauer, DO. She offers promising new treatment options to her allergy patients who suffer sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes.
An Alternative to Allergy Shots: Prescription Allergy Tablets
The latest advance in allergy relief are prescription tablets that are placed under the tongue and can be taken at home. Recently approved by the FDA, the tablets will provide an alternative to allergy shots for many patients.
“Many people with untreated allergic symptoms don’t know how much better they can feel once their symptoms are properly diagnosed and managed,” says Dr. Wasserbauer.
What is Immunotherapy?
He’ll be the first to tell you that he knows nothing about boxing, but Westshore Primary Care rheumatologist Dr. Mohammed A. Ali, MD, has extensive experience in diagnosing, treating and managing patients with arthritis, rheumatic diseases and osteoporosis.
These health problems affect the joints, muscles, bones and sometimes other internal organs. If you have any of these diseases you know that they are often complex, and that you may benefit from the care of a qualified rheumatologist.
Osteoarthritis Symptoms and Risk Factors
Patients with osteoarthritis, one of the most common forms of arthritis, are a big part of Dr. Ali’s practice.
About 27 million people in the United States have osteoarthritis, a chronic condition in which the cartilage that cushions the joints breaks down and causes the bones to rub against each other.
“Symptoms include sore or stiff joints, stiffness after resting that goes away after movement, and pain that is worse after activity or toward the end of the day,” says Dr. Ali.
Common risk factors include:
- Increasing age
- Previous joint injury
- Overuse of the joint
- Weak thigh muscles