2017 Editions Featured Health Magazine March 2017

Toxic Beauty: Safe ways to Keep your Makeup Fresh

You can protect yourself using these guidelines for an average shelf life limit on your favorite makeup items.

Lip Products
Lipsticks are mixtures of oils, waxes and pigments that typically carry a maximum shelf life of two years. Just because lipsticks can last for years doesn’t mean you should use them for more than one, according Snyder. Sadly, a top-dollar tube of Chanel is no exception — the quality and safety of makeup decreases with time no matter how much it costs.

Eye Color
Each time you pump your mascara wand, you send a puff of germ-filled air inside the tube. Even in brands formulated with antibacterial agents, mascara should be swapped out every three months. Buy yourself a bulk four-pack at the beginning of the year and set a quarterly reminder for this beauty ritual.

In the worst-case scenario, contaminated mascara can cause pseudomonas aeruginosa, a corneal infection that causes permanent vision damage.

Pencils and eyeshadow should be replaced after six months.

Concealers and Foundation
Foundation expiration dates can vary as much by its formulation as its packaging. When capped and properly stored, a concealer can last as long as a year. Cream foundations maintain their quality for four to six months, while liquid is best used in three to six months. Foundation packaged in a wide-mouth jar is more exposed to airborne bacteria, so it may need to be replaced sooner.

Proper Handling
According to celebrity makeup pro and healthy beauty expert Todra Payne, a little extra caution with your cosmetics can help you get more mileage from your products. Always apply makeup with clean hands, but never put your fingers directly into the jar — opt for items with pump dispenser lids, or use a cotton swab, spatula or brush to remove the product. Adopt a weekly cleaning routine for any non-disposable applicators if you use makeup daily.

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Ages & Stages Health

Clinical Trial for Autism Treatment Taking Place

The Blüm Study is a Phase 3 clinical research study for autism that is enrolling across the United States. There are no needles and no pills; rather, CM-AT is an investigational drug that represents a new approach to treating autism that focuses on the relationship between the gut and the brain. ...
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Ages & Stages Health

Tips to Protect Your Child’s Hearing

There are many steps that kids — and adults — can take to protect their hearing, including the use of noise canceling earphones and ear plugs in loud environments. Learn about these strategies and more, as well as common sounds that create safe and unsafe levels of noise. ...
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Ages & Stages Health Parenting

National Birth Defects Prevention Month Focuses on ‘Prevent to Protect’

Women can increase their chances of having a healthy baby by reducing their risk of getting an infection during pregnancy. The National Birth Defects Prevention Network offers several health tips to help pregnant women and women who may become pregnant as part of its theme, "Prevent to Protect: Prevent infections for baby’s protection.” ...
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Aging Answers Health Parenting

Tell Older Loved Ones ‘Don’t Fall for Me’ this Valentine’s Day

The Ohio Department of Aging is encouraging kids to tell their grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives “Don’t fall for me” this Valentine’s Day as part of its STEADY U Ohio fall prevention program. Download free printable Valentines and more. ...
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Ages & Stages Featured Health Parenting

Keep RSV at Bay this Season

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is one of the most common viruses that cause respiratory tract infections in young children.

In most parts of the country, RSV starts to peak in fall and winter seasons.

Spread by Touch
According to Giovanni Piedimonte, M.D., of Cleveland Clinic Children’s, RSV is highly contagious and is spread by touch.

“Most of the infections occur because somebody has been touching their nose and touches somebody else and the inoculation in the new person that receives the virus is either through the nose or through the eyes,” Piedimonte said.

He added that RSV can stay alive on a surface for several hours, which is why it’s important for folks to remember to wash their hands, especially during fall and winter months.

RSV can sometimes be confused with rhinovirus, or the common cold, because of a similarity in symptoms.

Symptoms of RSV, which typically last for about five days, include:

  • cough
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • fever

Who is at Risk?
Piedimonte said RSV is very common, especially among young children.

Every child will likely be infected by age three, with about 50 to 60 percent of children being infected in their first year of life. Usually only one percent of those infected will require hospitalization.

Piedimonte said RSV can be very dangerous for the very young and the very old.

“If RSV hits a young baby or an old individual or somebody who has predisposing chronic diseases, it’s going to land you in a hospital and it’s going to be much more severe than typical rhino viral infections,” he said.

Piedimonte added that parents with babies under the age of six months should avoid crowded areas, such as shopping malls, to lessen the chance of contracting RSV or any other contagious virus.

— Submitted by Cleveland Clinic News Service

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Featured Health

Have we been Brainwashed by Cleaning Brands?

These days it’s hard to read a magazine, go grocery shopping, or even catch up on Facebook posts without encountering advertisements that urge you to wonder: “Is my house clean enough?”

Not only do you want a clean living space for your family, you want a healthy one. Many commercial cleaning products have cleansing and germ-reduction properties, both of which are beneficial — but simultaneously, you’ve probably heard that exposure to bleach, ammonia and other chemicals poses its own health risks to you and your family. The following is a quick cost-benefit analysis of a few commonly used cleaning chemicals versus their nontoxic alternatives.

Because of their cost-effective and germ-, dirt- and/or stain-removing attributes, bleach and ammonia are mainstay cleaners both as ingredients in commercial solutions and by themselves. However, in either form, bleach and ammonia can trigger eye, skin and respiratory irritation with each exposure. (According to non-profit research organization The Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, with repeated exposure, bleach also can cause the onset of asthma.) Bleach also is popularly used for its disinfectant properties — but bear in mind surfaces without grime already removed cannot be well penetrated by bleach to kill germs. If you have young children, bleach and ammonia (particularly in open containers) also can pose ingestion risks.

Kids under 6 frequently explore their worlds by taste; although it seems the strong smell of these cleaners would discourage anyone from drinking them, this isn’t always the case. Poison Control Center statistics for 2014 list household cleaners as the second-most common substances implicated in pediatric poison exposures. As a rule, never mix bleach and ammonia with anything but water — when combined with many other cleaning agents (including each other), both substances create toxic fumes.

Other common ingredients in cleaners, such as fragrances, can be problematic as well; some products derive their fresh scent from ingredients called phthalates, which can cause hormonal disruption and/or risk to reproductive organs.

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2017 Editions Aging Answers February 2017 Health Magazine

Help Your Aging Loved One Manage Finances while Minimizing Stress

Caregivers are almost inevitably called upon to participate in the planning and management of a loved one’s financial future. While no single process can help everyone work through this delicate and complicated task, there are some steps caregivers can take to reduce uncertainty and lessen the effects of a crisis.

Open the Lines of Communication
Few topics are as sensitive — or as important — as personal finances. Any conversation on money matters needs to be handled with respect for your loved one’s autonomy and feelings.

Focus on the benefits of planning. Stress that a good financial blueprint can only happen if discussions are straightforward and honest.

Share information or decisions about your own finances and insurance. This will help both of you get comfortable with the idea of mutual responsibility.

If there is an immediate concern that needs to be addressed, use “I” statements, such as “I am worried that…” or “I think a living will is a good idea.” Avoid “you should,” which sounds demanding and demeaning.

Point to examples of others who may have found themselves in similar situations.

Remember that a person’s ability to conduct their own financial affairs is quite often tied to a sense of their self-worth and independence. If you don’t agree with your loved one’s decisions, ask questions that will help them decide if the decision is best, such as “If your plan doesn’t work out the way you’d like, what else might you do?” Look for and present other options to breed trust.

Assess the Current Financial Situation
Caregivers tend to approach this step in one of two ways: either they are overprotective or they are too relaxed. As in most aspects of caregiving, what’s most important is to help your loved one to assert as much independence and control as he or she reasonably can.

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