A slick sidewalk might send your safety into a skid. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons say your ankles often bear the brunt of bad weather, with injuries ranging from strains to fractures. The foot specialists dispel the old wives' tale, "if you can walk on it, it's not broken," adding that you can walk on a broken ankle. They advise applying ice as soon as possible after an ankle injury. And if pain and swelling lasts for more than a day, make an appointment with your doctor.
In this post-hormone replacement therapy era, what's a menopausal woman supposed to do about hot flashes? The North American Menopause Society has come out with recommendations for women facing their own personal heat waves. Lifestyle changes, such as exercising, keeping rooms cool, and relaxation techniques, can help control mild to moderate hot flashes. Women with more heated problems may find relief from prescribed medications, such as antidepressants and antihypertensive drugs.
A stroll through a new concept home will reveal some healthy features. The Geni G model home in Florida combines earth-friendly and energy-saving materials with a healthy bonus. Carpeting is made from recycled plastic bottles and is cushioned by microbe-inhibiting padding. Cupboards are crafted with wood that's nearly formaldehyde-free. And the home is tightly insulated with a foam that seals out mildew-loving humidity and doesn't release lung-irritating gases.