Archive for June 4th, 2013

How to protect your kids’ eyes from too much sun exposure

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Before sending their kids outside to play most parents covered them with sunscreen to protect their skin from too much of the sun`s UVA and UVB rays.

But they should also do something to protect their children`s eyes, says an expert.

“There is a lot of research that shows the harmful effects of too much sunlight for a child`s eyes. Sunlight over exposure can lead to aging of the lens and retina damage,” said James McDonnell, MD, medical director of pediatric ophthalmology at Loyola University Health System and professor of ophthalmology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

McDonnell suggests that if a child is going to be in the sun for 20 minutes or longer sunglasses are essential.

But, McDonnell said, there are a lot of sunglasses out there that are not effective at protecting kids` eyes from damaging rays.

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4 lifestyle changes could protect heart, reduce death risk

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

A large, multi-center study has added more evidence in support of regular exercise, eating a Mediterranean-style diet, keeping a normal weight and, most importantly, not smoking.

The study led by Johns Hopkins researchers found that adopting those four lifestyle behaviors protected against coronary heart disease as well as the early buildup of calcium deposits in heart arteries, and reduced the chance of death from all causes by 80 percent over an eight-year period.

“To our knowledge, this is the first study to find a protective association between low-risk lifestyle factors and early signs of vascular disease, coronary heart disease and death, in a single longitudinal evaluation,” said Haitham Ahmed, M.D., M.P.H., the lead author who is an internal medicine resident with the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at Johns Hopkins.

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7 ways to get a good night’s sleep

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

We know that there are many health benefits of getting enough sleep, and that the negative impacts of sleep deprivation can be severe.

But many of us have a tough time actually making it happen by following earlier-to-bed schedules.

People who are night owls and shift workers do have more medical and mental health problems, but it’s not clear if this is just the genetic makeup of night owls or that those who stay up late have these issues, Michael Breus, Ph.D., told the Huffington Post.

A reason, according to him, that works for everyone is early risers get more sunlight and that helps for Vitamin D, and resetting the biological clock.

Breus has suggested seven ways to get to bed earlier tonight and to develop a lasting early-to-bed habit.

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