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Firework Safety Tips for the Fourth of July

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We hope everyone has a happy and safe Fourth of July tomorrow! According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 200 people will visit emergency rooms with firework-related injuries every day in July.

If you choose to set off sparks this Independence Day, taking precautions goes a long way towards keeping you and your loved ones safe. Keep these safety tips in mind:

Keep Kids and Pets Away
Children should not light or handle fireworks, even after they’ve been used. Used fireworks can still be hot and active.

Be Prepared
A spark can land somewhere it’s not supposed to. Be ready with a hose, a fire extinguisher or buckets of water; the seconds you’ll save by being prepared could be the difference between a minor burn and major destruction.

Location is Key!
Here’s what firework companies say about picking the safest location to light your fireworks:

•Light Fireworks on a Hard Surface. The best surface for lighting fireworks is one that is hard, flat and level. You want to “ensure the stability” of the firework so it doesn’t fall down and change directions.

•Don’t Light Fireworks on the Grass. Grass isn’t a stable surface. If you must light fireworks on the grass.

•You Need a Clear, Open Space. If there are buildings, vehicles, trees or other overhead obstructions nearby, it’s not a safe place to set off fireworks.

Here Comes the Sun! By Dr. Victoria Guerra Farley

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Summer is here again! This time of the year can be especially harsh in Southern Nevada, with temperatures often reaching the triple digits. Although many people enjoy the outdoors during the summer months, the heat and sun can pose a wide variety of risks to your health. Before you head out for some fun in the sun, remember the following tips from your HealthCare Partners physicians to keep you and your family safe this season.

Hydrate:
Drinking water is important year-round, but it is particularly essential in the summertime. When temperatures are high, it is very easy to become dehydrated if you don’t drink enough fluids to replace what is lost when you sweat. Dehydration can cause headaches, weakness, confusion and even unconsciousness. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water regularly, even when you are not thirsty.

Sun Exposure:
Sunlight can be extremely harmful, excessive exposure to the sun is a major cause of skin cancer. You don’t have to avoid the sun altogether, however. Always apply sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. The physicians at HealthCare Partners recommend products with sun protection factor (SPF) values of 30 or higher. In fact, the higher the SPF you can find, the better and don’t forget to re-apply throughout the day if you will be outdoors for prolonged periods of time. Also remember to wear a shirt, hat and sunglasses for extra defense. Hats and clothing with SPF embedded in them are also extra handy and will help you stay protected.

Heat Illness:
During hot weather, our body temperatures can reach dangerous levels. Typically, your body cools itself by sweating. When you are exposed to too much heat, however, sweating is just not enough, and heat illnesses such as heat rash, heat exhaustion and even life-threatening heat stroke can occur. Be familiar with the signs of heat illness, including red, dry skin, excessive sweating, nausea and a fast heartbeat. Stay safe by remaining in the shade whenever possible and hydrating often.

Outdoor Activities:
Limit your time spent doing strenuous outdoor activities during hot days to avoid heat illnesses and overheating. Try to avoid going outside from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the time of day when it is hottest and UV rays are most intense, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Schedule activities such as running, biking and lawn work early in the morning or later in the afternoon when temperatures are cooler.

Swim Safety:
Swimming and water sports are especially enjoyable in the summertime. Experiencing these activities with a partner makes them safer and even more fun. Always remember to supervise children whenever they are in the water. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. Remember to stay vigilant as signs of drowning are not like what we see on TV or in the movies. People who are drowning are physiologically unable to call out for help or wave their arms. Being alert around water is extremely important, but the most vital precaution is learning to swim.

There’s plenty of fun to be had this season. Just remember these simple tips from your providers at HealthCare Partners to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer!

National Cancer Survivors Day Highlights Ongoing Battle Against Disease By Dr. Xiantuo Wu

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Communities around the world this spring participated in honoring those who have won the battle against cancer. June 7 marked the 28th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day, an international effort to recognize individuals who have survived cancer and to support those still fighting the disease. This occasion serves as a crucial reminder of cancer’s prevalence and the importance of focusing on cancer prevention, research and treatment.

Approximately 14 million people around the world each year learn they have cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, more than twice as many people die from cancer than from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. By 2030, cancer will become the No. 1 killer in the U.S., according to a recent report from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The types of cancer diagnosed most frequently in the U.S. include melanoma, lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.

There is hope for many facing this disease. Thanks to ongoing advancements in diagnosis and treatment, survival rates for the more than 100 forms of cancer are increasing. Two of every three people diagnosed with cancer today survive for at least five years, according to the American Cancer Society.

Preventative efforts and early detection are keys to improving cancer survival. Health experts recommend a variety of steps to help reduce the risk of getting cancer and improve the chances of survival if diagnosed. Simple lifestyle modifications and vaccinations have been proven very effective. Avoiding tobacco products is strongly advised, with smoking linked to several types of cancer, including lung cancer, head and neck cancer, bladder cancer and pancreatic cancer. An active lifestyle and healthy diet with limited alcohol and fat intake are also believed to help with prevention of certain types of cancers. Vaccination against the human papilloma virus (HPV) can help prevent cervical cancer, as well as head and neck cancers. Hepatitis B vaccination can also effectively reduce the risk of liver cancer.

Some cancers can also be found early before they have a chance to grow and spread, dramatically increasing the likelihood of beating the disease. The American Cancer Society recommends specific screening guidelines for adults, including yearly mammograms for women 50 to 74 years old, a pap smear with HPV tests for sexually active women, colonoscopy screenings for men and women over 50 years old, and prostate-specific antigen screenings for men older than 50. For more information about cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment, visit www.cancer.org.

HealthCare Partners Medical Group Oncology/Hematology strives to educate patients about cancer prevention, early detection and comprehensive treatment. The leading medical group provides patients with a broad range of therapies for cancer treatment, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted molecular therapy, clinical trials, radiotherapy with image-modulated radiation and high-dose brachytherapy. In addition, patients have access to special services, such as a full-service laboratory, genomic testing, nutritional counseling, genetic counseling, financial counseling, a specialty pharmacy and state-of-the-art treatment centers.

To learn more about HealthCare Partners Medical Group Oncology/Hematology, visit http://www.hcpnv.com/oncology-hematology-health-clinic-las-vegas.

Physical Well-Being for Seniors By Dr. Elron Mighty

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Physical health for seniors encompasses more than just the absence of disease. It also involves maintaining an active lifestyle to improve physical and mental well-being. HealthCare Partners is committed to helping all of its patients lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives.

As we age, the level of care needed to stay healthy changes. Our providers recommend the following activities to help seniors stay in shape:

• Walk at least three days a week for 30 minutes per day. You can gradually work up to walking five days a week.
• Keep up with daily activities, such as gardening and cleaning.
• Set goals and visualize yourself reaching these goals to stay motivated and improve exercise performance.
• Exercise with a friend or family member to encourage each other to live a better lifestyle.
• Join an exercise group or try water aerobics at a local gym or recreation center. These venues provide an air conditioned place to stay out of the heat during the summer months.
• Strength train to help improve balance and strengthen the knees and back. This can assist in preventing falls by keeping your body strong.

In addition to helping seniors stay healthier longer, physical activity comes with several other benefits which include:
• Weight Control
• Reducing the risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, and some Cancers
• Strengthening bones and muscles
• Improving the ability to do daily activities and maintain independence
• Lowering blood sugar and blood pressure
• Increasing chances of living longer

At any age, it is important to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise or diet plan. The physicians and care coordinators at HealthCare Partners are available to create a routine that is specifically tailored to your needs. Talk to your health care provider today about how you can start increasing your physical activity.

Allergy Tips & Awareness

SpringAllergies_ShutterPreventative medicine is at the core of HealthCare Partners’ Total Care Model. Each year, nearly 35 million Americans suffer from springtime allergies, with the most common trigger being pollen. Pollen consists of tiny grains released into the air by grasses, weeds and trees. It can also travel for miles, leaving in its path countless watery eyes, runny noses and scratchy throats.

Consider implementing the following tips to help you deal with springtime allergies:

  • Keeping pollen in check
    Quite often, Mother Nature greets Southern Nevadans with high winds. On those days, we recommend to stay indoors. The best time to go out, for those with allergies, is on calm days or after a rainstorm, which greatly reduces the amount of pollen in the air.
  • The cleaner, the better
    There are several ways to tame pollen within the household such as washing bedding once a week in hot water. Since pollen can accumulate in one’s hair, showering before bed is recommended. When possible, keep windows closed to prevent pollen from entering the house. Wash items that can collect pollen, such as towels and throw rugs, on a regular basis. And, vacuum at least twice a week.
  • When outdoors
    When pollen counts are high, it’s best to stay indoors. But when that’s not possible it’s best to delegate gardening chores or lawn mowing to avoid stirring up dust and pollen. Or, wear a mask when doing so. Remove clothing worn outside and shower to remove pollen from the skin. Monitor local media for each day’s pollen count and avoid outdoor activities in the early morning when pollen counts are highest.
  • The great indoors
    Keeping the air as clean as possible inside the home is key. It’s impossible to keep all allergy triggers from entering the home but they can be reduced. Use the air conditioner, and if possible, use high-efficiency filters and keep them maintained. Using a dehumidifier to help keep the air dry is also recommended.

Allergies affect everyone differently, which is why HealthCare Partners recommends consulting a physician to determine your best course of care. For someone with asthma, spring is often a difficult time to manage asthma symptoms. Grass and pollen from trees and flowers can trigger an asthma flare-up. Click here for a list of asthma triggers & tips:  Spring Focus on Asthma.