TIP OF THE WEEK

The Mayo Clinic recently posted an article responding to the following question: “How can I cope with the huge amount of information coming at me every day? I feel like I’m ‘drinking from a fire hose.’”

The article offered two concepts to help cope with all of that info from social media, news, email and more.

1. Recognize you have limited bandwidth. “You have only so much capacity on your mental and emotional hard drive. You can only take in a certain amount of information at once. An overloaded hard drive can’t function properly,” the story said.

2. Practice selective listening. “Learn to focus on what’s important amid the flood of information and chatter. ... Consider being selective about the information you take in on social media, online sites, email and other outlets.”

More health and medical information is available at mayoclinic.org.

KIDS’ HEALTH

Get kids vaccinated now

Dr. Robert Jacobson, Mayo Clinic Children’s Center pediatrician and vaccine specialist, advises parents to ensure their child has recommended vaccinations and be aware of changes to those recommendations.

He suggests parents contact their family physician or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s online registry to stay informed of the recommended school admission vaccine requirements for their child. For example, children can now be vaccinated for human papillomavirus (HPV) at age 11, rather than having to wait until they are 16 years of age.

What’s more, some vaccines are now more easily administered. Jacobson says, “We’ve combined the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine with the chickenpox vaccine so a single dose will cover all four of those diseases.”

CANCER

Cancer care costs are on the rise: How to get help

Cancer patients face increasing out-of-pocket costs for their treatment, which adds to the stress of a cancer diagnosis and living with a disease.

There are a number of ways to find financial assistance for expenses related to treatment, such as:

— Negotiate with health-care providers to reduce medical fees or adjust the payment schedule in cases of financial hardship.

— Apply for grants and financial aid from employers, labor unions, community service agencies, religious and fraternal groups or organizations such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

— Form a committee of volunteers to conduct fundraising events, sales, raffles, canister collections or letter-writing and publicity campaigns.

— Cash in benefits from life insurance policies through life insurance loans or accelerated benefits, which can provide cash payouts to seriously ill policyholders.

PREGNANCY

What days are best to conceive?

When a couple is planning to have a baby, understanding the 28-day cycle can mean the difference between success and disappointment, says Dr. Gloria Richard-Davis, fertility specialist and author of “Planning Parenthood.”

Consider the following when trying to conceive:

— A simple at-home ovulation predictor kit like First Response will identify your two most fertile days by pinpointing a surge in the luteinizing hormone that triggers ovulation.

— Stick to a healthy, well-balanced diet and practice stress relief.

— Prenatal vitamins with sufficient folic acid like prescription OB Complete are critical even before trying to conceive to ensure a healthy pregnancy journey for mom and baby.

— Brandpoint