This summer, health news was dominated by information on the H1N1 flu virus. And just like a child’s game of “telephone,” the facts about the disease got mixed up by the time they’d traveled person to person. So we’ve put together a list of the most important swine flu facts and myths, as well as information on what you can do to keep you and your family healthy this cold and flu season. How many people have been affected? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 556 deaths from H1N1 as of late August, and 8,843 patients hospitalized because of the disease. More importantly, the CDC has found that the rates of hospitalization of H1N1 patients are similar to the number of people hospitalized for the seasonal flu every year. What about the number of people predicted to get it? Some health organizations believe there may be anywhere from 30,000 to 90,000 deaths from swine flu this year, and though those numbers can ...
Heat sensitivity is a popular topic in the summer months, especially when you have multiple sclerosis. It has been a popular topic on my mind as of late with temperatures reaching 103°F with heat index values between 110°F and 115°F.
What is heat index?
The heat index, or “apparent temperature,” is a measure of how hot is truly feels when relative humidity is added to the actual air temperature. The National Weather Service will issue a heat advisory when the heat index is expected to exceed 105° to 110°F (depending on local climate) for at least two consecutive days. We have been experiencing “stupid heat” on the East Coast.
My fiance loves the heat, whereas I am not a big fan. Probably even worse than sheer heat is the humidity. When it is humid my mind and body take a serious downturn. I begin to have trouble walking straight. Then I get cranky as I have trouble thinkin...
Flu and exercise; Colds and exercise
Can exercise help you avoid colds and flus?
Exercise helps the disease-fighting white blood cells in the body move from the organs into the bloodstream.
Overall, you can improve your immune system by eating a proper diet, getting enough rest, reducing stress, and exercising regularly. This will decrease your chances of getting a cold or the flu.
Even if studies find that exercise doesn't prevent colds or the flu, exercise is good for overall health.
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