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What does S. A.D. mean?

What does S. A.D. mean?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mood disturbance that characteristically occurs in the autumn or winter with remission in the spring and summer. Its development coincides with the fewer hours of sunlight available during the winter. In a given year, up to 5% of the U.S. population is thought to experience mood changes during the ...
Does my asthma inhaler affect the ozone?

Does my asthma inhaler affect the ozone?

Since 2009, a quiet transition has been occurring to replace the propellant currently being used in inhaled medications with a more environmentally friendly product. By the end of this year, the last two medications that use an ozone-depleting propellant will have been removed from the market. Prior to 2009, chloroflurocarbons (CFCs) were widely used to ...
What is the best way to treat a common cold?

What is the best way to treat a common cold?

Historical accounts of cures for the common cold abound. An 18th century cookbook offered the following recipe for making tablets for treating colds: “Take pearls, crab’s-eyes, red coral, white amber, burnt hartshorn, and oriental bezoar, of each half an ounce; the black tips of crabs-claws three ounces; make all into a paste, with a jelly ...
What really works to treat a cold?

What really works to treat a cold?

The common cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory system. On average, children have six to eight colds per year, and adults have two to four. The common cold places a heavy burden on society, accounting for approximately 40% of time taken off work and millions of days of school missed by children ...
What is in Hand Sanitizers and How Do They Work?

What is in Hand Sanitizers and How Do They Work?

Plastic containers of hand sanitizer are appearing everywhere—at restaurant counters, offices, gyms, even in campground pit toilets. And no wonder, keeping hands clean through proper hand hygiene is a proven way to avoid getting sick and to prevent spreading germs. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the standard for this is washing with ...
How do I keep my skin from getting dry in the winter?

How do I keep my skin from getting dry in the winter?

In the wintertime, a number of factors can cause skin to dry out, leading to uncomfortable scaling, cracking and itching.   Lower outdoor humidity along with exposure to forced air heating, wood-burning stoves, space heaters and fireplaces can all cause skin to lose moisture.  Additionally, taking long, hot showers or baths and use of deodorant and ...
What are some tips for driving safely in inclement weather?

What are some tips for driving safely in inclement weather?

Statistics indicate that of the more than 6 million vehicle crashes each year, 24% are weather-related. Weather-related crashes are defined as those that occur in adverse weather (i.e., rain, sleet, snow, and/or fog) or on slick pavement (i.e., wet pavement, snowy/slushy pavement, or icy pavement). Data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ...
How do I keep my New Year’s resolutions?

How do I keep my New Year’s resolutions?

Lose 5 pounds this year? Spend more time with your family? Find a new job? Millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, but relatively few are successful in keeping them. This is evidenced by a 2007 study conducted by British psychologist Richard Wiseman who found that 88% of all resolutions end in failure. Not surprisingly, ...

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