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Breast Cancer Screenings Still Important During Pandemic

Don’t Skip This Test: Breast Cancer Screenings Still Important During Pandemic

Every two minutes, a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer. An estimated one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime and it’s the leading cause of cancer death in women around the world. If it’s someone close to you, just one is too many. That’s why we can’t let our guard down against this disease, even as we fight COVID-19.

Early detection is essential because most women have no symptoms and 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history. Delaying screenings can allow a cancer to grow undetected and become more difficult to treat.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, isolating at home and social distancing is encouraged to protect our communities. Unfortunately, home may not be a safe place for many families experiencing domestic violence. Domestic violence is also known as intimate partner violence. Recognizing violence as a social determinant of health CHI is honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month during October 2020.

Backpacks

Backpacks

While a backpack is still one of the best ways to tote homework, an overloaded or improperly worn backpack will get a failing grade. Worn correctly and not overloaded, a backpack is supported by some of the strongest muscles in the body: the back and abdominal muscles. They work together to stabilize the trunk and hold the body in proper postural alignment.

However, improper backpack use can cause injury, especially to children with young, growing muscles and joints. The American Physical Therapy Association recommends a child’s backpack should weigh no more the about 10 percent of his or her body weight.

Back to School with Balance

Back to School with Balance

Regardless of how early families start preparing for the start of a new school year, there never seems to be enough time to stop back to school stress from affecting kids of all ages and their parents. Articles typically abound this time of year with stress-busting tips and strategies. As a psychologist, I’ve written more than a dozen of these articles, and although I do believe traditional stress reducing strategies (e.g., breathing, relaxation, and pacing) are helpful, we all know that the stress facing our kids and parents this year is different. I doubt you need a psychologist to tell you that there’s no magical stress-busting strategy that can make starting school in the midst of a global pandemic easy. Instead, allow this psychologist to offer a different strategy: Stop wasting time trying to kick stress to the curb.

Outdoor Buzz: Take the Sting Out of Insect Bites

Outdoor Buzz: Take the Sting Out of Insect Bites

Whether you’re in the backyard or the back country, you may encounter nature’s smallest locals: bees, mosquitoes, ticks and chiggers. While usually just an annoyance, some bites and stings can hurt, itch, spread disease, or even be deadly. The first step to protecting yourself is taking preventive measures to keep these pesky creatures at bay.

Play It Safe with Mother Nature

Play It Safe with Mother Nature

First Aid Tips for Common Outdoor Injuries
Families are flocking to the great outdoors because it’s a COVID-19 safe way to play. But it’s not without minor dangers like insect stings, burns and more. Here’s a quick guide to dealing with most common summer and fall injuries.

Heat Stroke is No Joke: Know the Symptoms

Heat Stroke is No Joke: Know the Symptoms

Summer is time for fun in the sun, but hot days can turn dangerous quickly. Heat-related conditions send thousands of people to emergency departments each summer, and needless tragedies occur when children and pets are left inside hot vehicles. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke happen when you’re exposed to excessive heat and the body absorbs more heat than it can release.

While heat exhaustion is serious, heat stroke is a dangerous, potentially deadly condition that occurs when the body’s core temperature rises to 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

12 Ways to Manage Pain without Opioids

Sweet Relief: 12 Ways to Manage Pain without Opioids

Pain is big problem for millions of Americans. In fact, lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. If the hurt isn’t completely disabling, it can still result in lost income and interfere with daily life.

Naturally, we all want to make pain go away. But reaching for a prescription opioid isn’t the best answer – or sometimes even an option. The current medical recommendations are to not use opioids at all for people with chronic pain and instead try alternative methods of pain control.