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Chatham Council on Aging offers program on avoiding falls staring February 11[Jan. 28, 2015]
The Chatham County Council on Aging has scheduled an eight-week program, A Matter of Balance, to help seniors address concerns about falling. According to the Council, people who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. The program is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.
Suicide rate for elderly men is alarming[Jan. 27, 2015]
The North Carolina Injury & Violence Prevention Branch, part of the State Division of Public Health, has just released the 2015 N.C Suicide Prevention Plan. A related report from this branch, "Elder Suicide in North Carolina," presented some alarming data. From 2008 to 2011, 905 North Carolinians age 65 and older died as a result of violence, with 741 of them committing suicide. More than 80 percent of these elder suicides were men-mostly white men who used firearms.
ShopSmart’s secrets for sunburn relief[Jun. 25, 2013]
There’s no cure for a sunburn, but there are ways to minimize the misery. The July 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, highlights effective treatments that can help heal after a sunburn and identifies products to avoid when scorched by the sun.
Consumer Reports: Store brands from Target and Walmart top latest sunscreen ratings[May 23, 2013]
In Consumer Reports’ latest Ratings of sunscreens, Up & Up (Target) Sport SPF 50 spray and Equate (Walmart) Ultra Protection SPF 50 lotion earned the highest scores in tests and were among the least expensive. Some of the priciest sunscreens Consumer Reports tested offered less than their labeled SPF value, a measure of protection from burning UVB rays.
ShopSmart reveals the real deal with vitamin D[Apr. 23, 2013]
Vitamin D has been touted as the answer to all kinds of health problems, but many of these claims are overblown. The April 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, features answers to some of the most common questions about Vitamin D and names the best from its tests of 32 products.
Chatham County Public Health encourages regular breast screenings for women[Oct. 26, 2011]
Throughout October, the Chatham County Public Health Department will spotlight breast cancer, including offering low to no-cost breast exams, pelvic exams, pap smears and mammograms to women between 50 to 64 years old who meet the program requirements. During this period, some women may qualify for screening incentives at the public health clinic. Call 919-742-5641 to see if you qualify and to schedule an appointment.
Forty-eight percent of Americans on meds making risky health care tradeoffs[Oct. 7, 2011]
As a result of the flagging economy, Americans are making risky tradeoffs that could be dangerous to their health, according to Consumer Reports’ annual prescription drug poll. Forty-eight percent of Americans who currently take a prescription medicine told pollsters they’d cut health-care costs, for example, by putting off a doctor’s visit or medical procedure, declining tests, or ordering cheaper drugs from outside of the U.S. That’s an increase of 9 percentage points since 2010.
Chatham Public Health Department warns of ground turkey recall for salmonella[Aug. 11, 2011]
The Chatham County Public Health Department advises residents to be aware of the following recall due to illnesses caused by Salmonella Heidelberg associated with consumption of ground turkey. The NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports that the recalled meat was sold at Wal-Mart, Aldi, Ingles and Kroger retail stores.
KidSCope offers services to meet mental health needs of children[Jul. 27, 2011]
As difficult as it is to imagine, children as young as 2 or 3 years old may have depression or anxiety. In fact, it is estimated that between nine percent and fourteen percent of children from birth to five years of age experience social and emotional problems that negatively affect their functioning and development. The numbers for developmental disabilities are equally staggering. The N.C. Autism Society estimates that one out of every 110 children born today has some form of autism spectrum disorder.
Reduce the likelihood of stings during outdoor activities[Jul. 20, 2011]
The advent of warm weather is the time for outdoor fun and yard work. Picnicking, swimming, golfing, tennis, gardening and lawn mowing are just a few of the activities people engage in when the weather is pleasant. But no one likes to be stung by an insect and for the 3-5 percent of the population who are allergic to an insect sting, such an event could be life-threatening. There are only a few types of insects which cause most of the problems. With the proper knowledge and precautions, the likelihood of being stung can be greatly reduced.
Consumer Reports rates Jenny Craig best diet; Weight Watchers scores a distant third[May 11, 2011]
Jenny Craig, the diet program that combines counseling with a portion-controlled regimen of pre-made foods supplemented by home cooked sides, has been designated a Ratings winner by Consumer Reports Health. With an overall score of 85, Jenny Craig easily surpassed the popular Weight Watchers (57) program by nearly 30 points.
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