Warm weather means more people are mowing their lawn and doing yardwork and grilling food.
While these activities seem innocuous, it’s important for parents to remember that gasoline, kerosene, lighter fluid, and certain other household cleaning products present a high risk for injury or death when children mistake these hydrocarbons for food or drink and ingest the chemical.
In a study in the June 2013 Pediatrics, “Pediatric Hydrocarbon-Related Injuries in the United States: 2000-2009,” researchers studied data from the National Poison Data System and the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System over a ten-year period and found that 66,000 calls were made to regional poison centers, resulting in more than 40,000 emergency department (ED) visits for hydrocarbon-related injuries in children under 5 years of age.
Most injuries occur during warm weather months, with 31 percent of exposures being reported during warm months, versus 17 percent to 19 percent reported in the winter months. Most ED visits and calls to poison centers involved boys aged 1 to 2 years swallowing or breathing in gasoline, but most injuries did not require hospitalization. Continue reading
If you’re like me, you go into autopilot when you make a salad … some greens, a few sliced tomatoes, croutons and a bit of dressing.
But if you’re looking for something a bit different, try this Spinach Salad with eggs and fruit. It’s a classic pairing of spinach with eggs, with the uncommon addition of apples and figs for a sweet, savory and satisfying meatless meal.
Don’t care for figs? Neither do I, so I substitute raisins instead.
Give this recipe a try, then tell us what you think! Continue reading
This week is National Women’s Health Week, a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women’s health and its importance.
It also empowers women to make their health a priority and encourages them to take the following five steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases:
- Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings.
- Get active.
- Eat healthy.
- Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
- Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet, and texting while driving. Continue reading
Several businesses are dedicating the month of May — Miracles Month — to help sick and injured Kansas kids through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Via Christi Health.
Walmart and Sam’s Club customers can help support CMN Hospitals at Via Christi Health by donating $1 — or more — at checkout from May 7 to June 21.
Chico’s, 2122 N. Rock Road, and White House Black Market, 1900 N. Rock Road #138, will be selling special-edition Miracle Balloon charm bracelets for $20 — with $10 of every purchase benefitting CMN Hospitals and the sick and injured Kansas kids it serves.
In addition, Chico’s will create a unique card for a child receiving treatment at the Via Christi ChildLife Center at our hospital on St. Francis. Chico’s will print and deliver the card and donate $1 for every card created at chicos.com/sendasmile or facebook.com/chicos. Continue reading
Now that warmer weather appears to be here to stay, it’s a good time to remember to use sunscreen when spending time outdoors and to watch for sales at local stores so you can begin stocking up on sunscreen for the summer.
The Environmental Protection Agency has the following tips for staying safe in the sun:
Remember that the active ingredients in sunscreen won’t usually block out the complete spectrum of UVA and UVB rays, so be sure to do the following:
- Avoid sun tanning and tanning beds
- Generously apply sunscreen
- Wear protective clothing
- Seek shade
- Use extra caution near water and sand
- Watch for the UV index Continue reading
As you might have heard, actress Angelina Jolie recently announced that she’d had a preventive double mastectomy after discovering she carried the BRCA1 gene mutation, which sharply increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
We asked Patty Tenofsky, MD, a breast care specialist with Via Christi Clinic to explain the BRCA genes and the options open to women who may have them:
We’re all born with two copies of many different genes, one copy from the mother and the other from the father. Two genes in particular, BRCA 1 and BRCA 2, work to prevent breast and ovarian cancer; however, in some cases, a BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 alteration or mutation is inherited from a parent. This alteration interferes with normal gene activity and makes the person with the altered gene more susceptible to developing breast or ovarian cancer.
Fortunately, these genes are fairly uncommon; only 10 percent of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer will have these altered genes. Continue reading