PESTS

The following tips for removing a tick come from the Centers for Disease Control:

— Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.

— Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove with tweezers. If unable to remove the mouth-parts easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.

— After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

— Never crush a tick with your fingers. Dispose of a live tick in alcohol, or by placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape or flushing it down the toilet.

If you develop a rash or fever within several weeks of removing a tick, see your doctor.

SKINCARE

Tips for reducing your risk of sunburn

Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. The following tips to help reduce your risk of sun damage come from the FDA:

— Limit your time in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are at their most intense.

— Wear clothing that covers skin exposed to the sun, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, sunglasses and hats. Sun-protective clothing is now available, although not always regulated by the FDA (only if used for medical purposes).

— Use broad spectrum sunscreens with an SPF value of 15 or higher regularly and as directed. (Broad spectrum sunscreens offer protection against UVA and UVB rays, two types of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.) Read the label to ensure you use the sunscreen correctly, and ask a healthcare professional before using sunscreen on infants younger than 6 months.

PREGNANCY

Choline: A vital nutrient while pregnant

Nutrition is always an important consideration for women, but there’s no time more critical to consider what you eat than when you are pregnant.

“It’s no secret pregnant women need additional nutrition, but we continue to learn more and more about nutrients that are important during this time. We already know things like Omega-3s and folic acid are significant for fetal development, but one nutrient we’re now realizing is vital is choline,” says registered dietitian nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner.

A recent Cornell University study found that choline intake was particularly beneficial in the third trimester. Researchers found infants exposed to higher levels of maternal choline during this period had improved brain information processing speed.

Blatner notes Eggland’s Best eggs, yolks included, are an excellent source of choline, with one egg providing 147 mg or about 25 percent of the daily choline recommendations for pregnancy.

RETIREMENT

Eating right and staying healthy in retirement

In a recent paper titled “Salt Appetite Across Generations,” Israeli researchers from the University of Haifa indicated that among seniors, a reduced sense of thirst could increase the risk of serious dehydration. They also noted that the appetite for salt does not diminish with age, and suggested that this could be used to help sustain hydration and prevent the dangerous symptoms that result from dehydration.

Another study published in the American Journal of Hypertension identified significant risks to cardiovascular health and longevity from consuming less than 1, or more than 3 teaspoons of salt per day. Fortunately, most Americans, including seniors, when left to their own choice consume right in the middle of this range.

Low-salt diets can also cause seniors to suffer from mild hyponatremia, an electrolyte imbalance in the blood that can lead directly to walking impairment, attention deficits and a much higher frequency of falls.

— Brandpoint