Summer is often the time of year most people enjoy. It is more relaxing, a chance to enjoy outdoor activities, take vacations, and spend time with friends and family. However, many may also find it a time to take more precautions with sunburn, mosquito bites, and accidents. While not all accidents and health issues can be eliminated steps can be put in place to help prevent such concerns. Sunlight provides health benefits including vitamin D which helps absorb calcium. It is also thought to boost mental health and cognitive function. But too much sun can lead to health problems one of which is Melanoma which is the most serious type of skin cancer which affect primarily adults but has also been diagnosed in children and teens. How to stay safe in the sun and which sunblock to use? Check out these resources: Skin and Sun- Safety First (MedlinePlus Magazine) Sun Safety (National Institute on Aging) – PDF How Can I Protect My Children from the Sun? (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Many are concerned about mosquitoes and not just their annoying itchy bites but concerns about Zika and other related illnesses. Though the Northwest may not have as much concern as warmer and more humid parts of the US it is good to consider using mosquito repellent. Which ones are safe and effective to use? Check these resources: Block the Buzzing, Bites, and Bumps: Preventing Mosquito-Borne Illnesses (News in Health, National Institutes of Health) Protecting Yourself from Stin...
Source: Dragonfly - Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Source Type: news
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