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Newswise: National Poll: Safety not always top of mind for parents choosing kids’ summer camps
19-May-2022 8:05 AM EDT
National Poll: Safety not always top of mind for parents choosing kids’ summer camps
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Less than half of parents rate general safety policies as essential to their camp decision, according to the University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

Released: 10-May-2022 2:10 PM EDT
Children grow faster during school year than during summer holidays

It has been long recognized that in Western countries, children are more likely to become overweight or obese over the summer.

Released: 23-Feb-2022 12:45 PM EST
Extreme heat linked to increase in mental health emergency care
Boston University School of Medicine

During periods of extreme heat, clinicians should expect to see an increase in patients requiring mental health services, according to a new study led by Boston University School of Public Health researchers.

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Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Extreme Heat? Take These Steps to Stay Cool and Avoid an ER Visit
Released: 21-Jul-2021 12:10 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: Extreme Heat? Take These Steps to Stay Cool and Avoid an ER Visit
Penn State Health

When your skin gets dry and warm and you can’t sweat, it’s likely a medical emergency. Learn how to identify the signs of serious heat-related illnesses, and how to prevent them, from emergency medicine physician Dr. Eleanor Dunham in this week’s Medical Minute.

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Released: 20-Jul-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Lyme Disease: What you Need to Know
Hackensack Meridian Health

While summer may mean more time outside, the season brings an increased threat of tick bites. These parasites can be relatively harmless, but can also carry and spread illnesses like Lyme disease. We spoke with Mountainside Medical Group’s Crystal Tank, M.D., and Ashany Sundaram, M.D. to learn more.

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Released: 15-Jul-2021 10:05 PM EDT
Poor and Minority Communities Suffer More from Extreme Heat in U.S. Cities
University of California San Diego

Low-income neighborhoods and communities with higher Black, Hispanic and Asian populations experience significantly more urban heat than wealthier and predominantly white neighborhoods within a vast majority of populous U.S. counties, according new research from the University of California San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy.

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Released: 14-Jul-2021 4:40 PM EDT
Make a Splash This Summer: Tips to Get the Most Out of Swimming and Stay Safe
Hospital for Special Surgery

Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise. HSS expert offers tips to get the most out of the sport, avoid injury and stay safe both in the pool and in open water.

Newswise: Frequently Asked Questions on Staying Safe in the Sun
Released: 13-Jul-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Frequently Asked Questions on Staying Safe in the Sun
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Ultraviolet rays from the sun can be harmful and damaging to our skin. While skin cancer can be detrimental, it is also highly preventable. Skin cancer expert from Rutgers Cancer Institute answers common questions to protect yourself from the sun.

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Released: 24-Jun-2021 11:20 AM EDT
How to Treat Keratosis Pilaris at Home
American Academy of Dermatology

The start of summer means more tank tops and shorts, and for some people, a pesky new skin condition they may not have noticed before. Keratosis pilaris causes tiny, rough feeling bumps to appear on the skin, most often on the upper arms and thighs. According to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, this common and harmless skin condition affects people of all ages and races and occurs when dead skin cells clog the pores.

Released: 24-Jun-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Throwing Shade: Measuring How Much Trees, Buildings Cool Cities
Ohio State University

A new study is the first to calculate exactly how much shaded areas in cities help lower the temperature and reduce the “urban heat island” effect.

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Released: 22-Jun-2021 12:10 PM EDT
The Importance of Daily Sunscreen Use
Hackensack Meridian Health

Wearing sunscreen every day, even if you are outside only for short periods, is an important step in keeping your skin looking healthy and preventing skin cancer.

Released: 22-Jun-2021 9:05 AM EDT
Mental Well-Being Higher in the Summer vs. Fall
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Mental distress tends to be lower in the summer when compared to the fall, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

15-Jun-2021 12:30 PM EDT
Barriers to Swim Lessons Contribute to Tragedies
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Summer 2021 will be the first time many people venture back in the water following the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent study by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago underscored the need for families to practice water safety and teach children about safety around pools and at the beach.

Released: 14-Jun-2021 11:15 AM EDT
School’s Out for Summer – Time to Play It Cool on the Playground
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

With playground season in full swing, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) encourages parents and guardians to take a moment to familiarize themselves with the risks on playgrounds and ways to prevent injuries. Although minor bumps or bruises occur on playgrounds, many playground injuries, such as broken bones, dislocations and concussions, are more severe.

Released: 7-Jun-2021 4:05 PM EDT
Infectious disease experts weigh in on how to plan a safe family vacation this summer
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

For parents of children who are not eligible to receive a vaccine, jumping in the car or jetting away on an airplane is not so easy this summer. Infectious disease experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) share some tips to help families plan a safe vacation for the whole household.

Newswise: Safety experts offer tips to prepare for potentially dangerous hurricane season
Released: 3-Jun-2021 9:30 AM EDT
Safety experts offer tips to prepare for potentially dangerous hurricane season
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Summer is just around the corner, and so is hurricane season. Weather experts are warning Americans to prepare for an active and potentially dangerous Atlantic season – which gets its official start on June 1. With the potential for heavy rain and strong winds, the threat of power loss, and dealing with potentially dangerous cleanup in the aftermath of a storm, experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) say preparing in advance is the best way to weather anything hurricane season may bring.

Released: 28-May-2021 1:45 PM EDT
Know the Risks of Dry Drowning and Secondary Drowning: You May Save a Life
Memorial Hermann Health System

Many people will be out on the water this Memorial Day weekend. Knowing the risks of drowning just might help save a life.

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Released: 26-May-2021 3:45 PM EDT
Summer travel forecast: Mostly sunny
University of Delaware

Travel experts predict a strong summer tourism season fueled by pent-up demand and eased COVID-19 restrictions. But increased bookings and revenue for restaurants will depend on continued success with controlling the pandemic and the ability of businesses to find labor.

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Released: 5-May-2021 11:05 AM EDT
This Summer, Camps Need to Protect Kids From COVID-19, and Allergy and Asthma Triggers
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

This summer, camps for kids will not only have to protect kids from COVID-19, but kids with allergies and asthma will need to be kept safe from an allergic reaction or asthma flare.

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Released: 5-May-2021 11:05 AM EDT
What is Hand Therapy?
Hackensack Meridian Health

Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes a bevy of pastimes requiring arm strength. Whether swimming, swinging a bat or pushing a lawnmower, our upper extremities get plenty of use during warmer months. Learn about how Mountainside Medical Center can help you take extra care of your body, from hands to shoulders and every joint and ligament in between.

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Released: 11-Aug-2020 11:05 AM EDT
How to Prevent and Treat Common Summer Rashes
American Academy of Dermatology

As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country, many people may find themselves spending more time outdoors for a much-needed change of scenery. While gardening, hiking in the woods and swimming can provide relief amid continuous social distancing measures, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology say the increased exposure to things like sunlight, insects and poisonous plants can cause some itchy and painful rashes. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps people can take to avoid unwanted rashes and other skin issues while still enjoying the outdoors.

Released: 10-Aug-2020 9:30 AM EDT
Heat-related Injuries and How to Stay Cool
Beth Israel Lahey Health

Before lathering on the sunscreen and heading outdoors, it's important to know the signs of heat-related injuries and how to stay cool when the temperatures soar.

Newswise: Summer Sundays Go Virtual
Released: 5-Aug-2020 11:40 AM EDT
Summer Sundays Go Virtual
Brookhaven National Laboratory

rookhaven Lab is moving its Summer Sunday program to an online format for 2020. Over three Sundays this summer, the Lab will host a series of live, virtual events for everyone to interact with the Lab in a new way. Each event will feature a guided tour of a Brookhaven Lab facility followed by a live Q&A with a panel comprised of the facility’s scientists.

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Released: 22-Jul-2020 5:20 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: What you need to know about Lyme disease
Penn State Health

Tricks to avoid ticks – and what to do if one latches on – from Tara Simmons, a community health nurse at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Released: 20-Jul-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Summer is Long on Fun, Short on Sleep
American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)

A survey by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) shows many adults sleep less than usual during the summer. The AASM provides sleep tips for a restful summer.

24-Jun-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Common Fireworks Release Toxic Metals Into the Air
NYU Langone Health

Some of America’s favorite Independence Day fireworks emit lead, copper, and other toxins, a new study suggests. These metals, which are used to give fireworks their vibrant color, also damage human cells and animal lungs.

Released: 1-Jul-2020 11:45 AM EDT
How to Celebrate the Fourth of July During the Pandemic
Rush University Medical Center

While parks and friends’ backyards will be open to celebrate July 4, it’s still important to interact safely with others amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Even though more places are reopening in Chicago and around the state, there still is a risk of infection with the COVID-19 virus when outside your home.

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Released: 30-Jun-2020 10:40 AM EDT
What to Wear to Protect Your Skin From the Sun
American Academy of Dermatology

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., and nearly 20 Americans die from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, every day. As more Americans prepare to head outdoors for the 4th of July holiday, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology have an important reminder: dress to protect yourself from the sun. In addition to seeking shade and applying sunscreen, wearing protective clothing goes a long way in protecting you from the sun’s harmful UV rays, which can increase your risk of skin cancer. However, not all clothing is created equal when it comes to sun protection, say dermatologists. Some garments provide better UV protection than others.

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Released: 26-Jun-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Top Summer Safety Tips for Children
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers summer safety tips for children and families so they can enjoy summer activities in a safe and healthy manner

Released: 25-Jun-2020 1:45 PM EDT
BIDMC’s Research & Health News Digest: June 2020 Edition
Beth Israel Lahey Health

A monthly roundup of research briefs showcasing recent scientific advances led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center faculty.

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Released: 23-Jun-2020 12:00 PM EDT
Story Tips From Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19
Johns Hopkins Medicine

It seems there will never be enough “thank you’s” for the incredible doctors, nurses, technicians and support staff members who are working around the clock to help patients with the dangerous coronavirus disease. Their dedication, determination and spirit enable Johns Hopkins to deliver the promise of medicine.

Released: 17-Jun-2020 3:30 PM EDT
Is a summer vacation safe for your family?
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Destinations are opening up for summer vacation, but does that mean it is safe to travel with your family? The most important consideration while traveling during COVID-19 is weighing the risk, says Curry Bordelon III, DNP, assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing.

Newswise: Parents Are Twice as Likely to Be Concerned About Ticks Transmitting Diseases Than of Mosquitoes
10-Jun-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Parents Are Twice as Likely to Be Concerned About Ticks Transmitting Diseases Than of Mosquitoes
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

When it comes to bug bites, parents are twice as likely to be concerned about ticks as they are about mosquitoes transmitting disease, a new national poll finds.

Released: 10-Jun-2020 1:20 PM EDT
UNH Researchers Offer Tips for Parents About Summer Camps During COVID-19
University of New Hampshire

Summer camps everywhere are facing the difficult decision of whether to open this year. For families the challenge is choosing whether to let their children attend. Experts at the University of New Hampshire have developed a tip sheet meant to help parents navigate information and guide them to make informed and comforting decisions whether to send children camp during the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic.

Newswise: Expert available to comment on COVID-19 risk perception and summer vacations
Released: 18-May-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Expert available to comment on COVID-19 risk perception and summer vacations
Indiana University

Becky Liu-Lastres, assistant professor in the Department of Tourism, Event, and Sport Management at IUPUI is available to talk about COVID-19’s potential impact on vacations this summer, particularly how tourists will make travel decisions based on their perceived risk and how that affects small businesses in particular.

Newswise: Survey: 60% of Americans Say They Have Gotten Sunburned So Badly Their Clothes Were Uncomfortable
Released: 18-May-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Survey: 60% of Americans Say They Have Gotten Sunburned So Badly Their Clothes Were Uncomfortable
American Academy of Dermatology

Memorial Day — long considered the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. — is quickly approaching, and dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology are urging Americans to practice safe sun as they head outdoors, especially as shelter-in-place measures related to COVID-19 begin to lift. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., affecting one in five Americans in their lifetime, yet new data from the AAD shows that many Americans aren’t protecting themselves from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

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