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Healthy Holiday Travel Tips

Healthy Holiday Travel Tips

By Dr. Bruce Kaler, U.S. HealthWorks

Here are some tips to make sure you reach your destination this holiday season without contracting a nasty cold or the flu.

Get a flu vaccine as soon as possible: The current vaccine is widely available in almost all communities. It takes a minimum of two weeks to develop any immunity after receiving the flu shot. Although this requires acting soon and planning ahead, it is the absolute most important factor.

Get adequate rest the night before travel: Having seven to eight hours of restorative sleep will give you a fighting chance of resisting whatever exposure you get when traveling. Travel days are usually long and hectic.

How can parents on a budget keep kids healthy and safe?

How can parents on a budget keep kids healthy and safe?

Free Children's Health Screenings

On Saturday, Oct. 29, Sam's Clubs in Sacramento will offer children's health screenings to help keep kids healthy and safe.

* The children's screenings are free and open to the public - no membership required.

* They will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at all four area Sam's Clubs with pharmacies -

7147 Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights,

8250 Power Inn Road in Sacramento,

3360 El Camino Avenue in Sacramento and

2496 Iron Point Road in Folsom.

* Screenings include free fingerprinting kits, DNA swabs, blood pressure tests, BMI tests and visions checks -- a $100 value.

* Regular health screenings like this are part of Sam's Club's commitment to help build healthier communities.

Source: Susan Morgenstern, Mitchell Communications Group, Inc.

Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29

Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day scheduled for October 29, 2011.  This is an opportunity for county residents to dispose of old and unwanted prescription drugs.  Three sites will be operating where these drugs can be disposed of free with no questions asked.  The hours of collection will be from 10a.m.

Suicide Prevention and Linked In

Suicide Prevention and Linked In

A great feature of Linked In is the ability to join groups and participate in conversations about business related topics. Recently I responded to a comment thread that was a little off topic but permissible. I was fairly ruthlessly attacked in writing by one of the other group members. While this did not necessarily bother me, there were a few issues that saddened me and touched a sensitive spot in my soul.

The sum total of the attack upon me, and others, was that we were mentally ill for the beliefs we held. Allegedly, this is a group centered on health insurance topics so I guess this was the writer’s way of sliding a health related issue into his diatribe. This gentlemen was so ‘off base’ in his comments that some us of started to refer to him as Crazy Bill.

However, the most disturbing development was the number of people who supported and believed in what Crazy Bill was advocating.

Ways to Avoid Black Widow Bites

Ways to Avoid Black Widow Bites

"Come into my parlor said the spider to the fly," is an often quoted saying. Whoever originated it may have had this arachnid in mind. The mere thought of the Black Widow causes most of us to pause and evokes fear and panic in the hearts of a few.

A female with an egg sac may be a bit protective but contrary to urban legend, black widows do not aggressively come out to bite us. They’re shy creatures that prefer to avoid contact with humans or any creatures that may pose a threat to them. If disturbed, as with any spider, black widows will flee to a sheltered area and wait until whatever caused it to flee has passed. They tend to inhabit secluded areas, usually low to the ground, where, they are likely to avoid detection. It is this habit however, that is the main problem. Bites usually occur when unsuspecting humans put their unprotected hands, bare feet, etc.

Tip for preventing heat-related illnesses

Tip for preventing heat-related illnesses

Even though the spring has yet to arrive, summer is just three weeks away. Summer safety may not be on the forefront of your thoughts. If your kids are like mine, they will go and keep on going even during the heat of the day.

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Infant pajamas designed to stave off SIDS

Infant pajamas designed to stave off SIDS

New moms have one less thing to worry about thanks to a new program designed to allow infants to sleep more safely.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital's Sleep Safe encourages the use of a sleep sack, much like a sleeping bag, instead of traditional swaddling. With the child secure and sleeping on their back, they are less at risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.

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