October 1, 2013
You go to the gym to get healthier, not bring back infection. The warm moist environment is a perfect breeding ground for creepies crawling about the gym like warts, Candida, MRSA and E Coli.
A study in military gyms have shown that 73% of all weight equipment is contaminated with viruses.
Basketballs and volleyballs have also been shown to spread potentially dangerous germs with bacteria surviving on the balls for up to 3 days in the storage closet.
Skin infections are one of the most likely to be transmitted to athletes. Plantar warts, Klebsiella, E coli, Candida (jock itch, athletes feet, ringworm, yeast infections), Staph, MRSA or Herpes can all be transmitted in the gym.
Dr Deb’s Gym Germ Tips
September 3, 2013
The temperature outside may finally be cooling off, but many women feel eternally in August. 65-85% of women will suffer from hot flashes, some starting in their 30s and continuing throughout their life. Many women feel paralyzed with fear when it comes to treatment or not taken seriously by their doctor.
Women should never be made to feel this is all in their head or not a big deal. Women now live 1/3 of their life past the age of menopause with 50 million women in the US in the age range where they could experience menopausal symptoms. . A recent study published in Menopause showed that women with severe hot flashes had poorer health, more doctor visits and decreased productivity at work. Menopause has been associated with poor sleep, memory issues, irritability and weight gain.
Dr. Deb’s Menopause Myths
1. Hormone Therapy is Dangerous and Causes Cancer
August 6, 2013
We are entering death week for back to school sports with more sudden deaths occurring in August than any other month, most within the first 7 days of practice. High school athletes suffer 2 million injuries , have 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations every year.
This past week I had the pleasure of participating in the NFL Moms Safety Clinic held at The Ohio State University. In addition to meeting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Coach Urban Meyer (at the envy of every husband), the Moms went to lectures on proper equipment fittings, concussion recognition, proper tackling technique and heat stroke prevention.
Children face many risks when playing sports. Today’s blog is most certainly Dr. Mom advice as I have 4 very active children, 2 of them starting high school football this week. My son had a significant concussion last year (at basketball practice interestingly enough) so I speak from my head as well as my heart on this topic.
Dr. Deb’s Fall Safety Sports Tips
July 2, 2013
Nothing can cause a fright like a tick bite. This year we’ve seen more of the little buggers, not just in the woods where we expect, but they have penetrated our own back yards. Ticks are on the rise as more deer that carry ticks live in our neighborhoods and milder winters aren’t freezing them off. I’ve already removed one from my dog and one from my daughter this month. Don’t run for the kerosene! Learn the safe way to prevent and remove ticks.
Dr Deb’s Tick Prevention Tips
June 4, 2013
I consider myself the Sunscreen queen carrying sunscreen in my purse, car, and various places throughout my house. Imagine my shock and embarrassment when on a recent beach vacation my kids had their first blistering burn after less than 2 hours of sun. I thought I was doing sunscreen right but we got burned on sunscreen gone wrong.
One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person's chances of developing melanoma later in life. Most cancer death rates are decreasing but melanoma and deaths from melanoma are increasing faster than any other cancer.
Dr Deb’s Sunscreen Mistakes
1. SPF too high