A Memorial Day Remembrance: Major Philip B. Larimore, Jr.

General Health
This weekend, many of us will gather with family and friends for barbecues and picnics to celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial kickoff to summer. But, at some point between the hot dogs, hamburgers, and volleyball, I hope each of us will take time to reflect on what Memorial Day is really about – remembering the American soldiers who have lost their lives in battle to protect the freedoms so many of us take for granted. While Memorial Day is intended to honor our fallen, we should not forget those who have pledged to make the same sacrifice if called upon – the young men and women still serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, the United States and in more than 130 foreign lands. And, I want to take this opportunity to share…
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How to Keep Bugs Off This Memorial Day (and Summer)

Children's Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer season for most of us. So, now that summer is officially here and everyone is spending some quality time outside -- which means protecting ourselves and our kids from mosquitoes and other insects. Bug bites are not only irritating, but can put you and your family at risk for all kinds of diseases, such as West Nile virus and malaria. CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton shared the best bug repellent products as judged by Consumer Reports to keep your family safe through this summer season. Ashton suggested these bug sprays: Off: Deep Woods Cutter Off: Smooth and Dry These sprays can give you up to eight hours of protection against mosquitoes, however, many products contain a chemical commonly used…
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Grilling This Memorial Day (and Summer)? Spices may play role in reducing cancer risk

Cancer, Nutritional Health
Researchers are reporting that adding certain spices to your steaks or burgers before tossing them on the grill this Memorial Day (and summer)  will not only add to the flavor of the meat, but may also cut the risk of cancer long associated with the cooking of beef. Here's a report from the AP: Scientists at Kansas State University found that three spices in particular — fingerroot, rosemary, and tumeric — seem to direct the greatest amount of antioxidant activity toward preventing the formation of heterocyclic amines (HCAs). HCAs, they note, are the cancer-causing compounds that are produced when foods such as beef are barbecued, grilled, broiled or fried. Specifically, the three spices appeared to cut back on HCA production by upwards of 40%, the team observed, thereby significantly reducing…
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5 Skin Protection Tips For Memorial Day (and Summer)

Cancer, Children's Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Whether you are light- or dark-skinned, whether it's cloudy or sunny outside, we physicians recommend you wear a sunscreen, and plenty of it. But, the simple act of preventing a sunburn while enjoying the sun has become complicated with questions about how much sunscreen to use (more than you think), how often to apply (frequently) and what those acronyms (UVA, UPF, SPF) mean. Here's a CNN article with helpful details: This week, the Environmental Working Group likened some sunscreens to "modern-day snake oil," calling most of the products ineffective and questioning their safety. It said that the products were "exposing people to potentially hazardous chemicals." The report did not appear in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Dermatologists say there is no evidence that sunscreen is unsafe and that going unprotected is much…
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