Summertime is meant for enjoying outdoor activities, but if you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to put you in danger. In recognition of Lightning Safety Awareness Week, the National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency want you to learn ways you can enjoy the warm temperatures and still protect yourself and your family when storm clouds roll in. “Lightning is one of the top storm-related killers in the United States,” said John Jensenius, a Lightning Safety Specialist with the NWS. “Unfortunately, people are often involved in activities and take risks that put them in a dangerous and potentially deadly situation.”
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Should work much like sunscreen SPF labels, telling users how much protection they will get, agency says.
A new graphic for insect repellant labels will show consumers how many hours the product will protect them from mosquitoes and/or ticks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says.
“We are working to create a system that does for bug repellents what SPF [sun-protection factor] labeling did for sunscreens,” Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, said in an agency news release.
Use of the graphic is voluntary and insect repellant makers who want to use it must submit an application that includes test results proving how long their product works. The graphic is limited to products applied directly to the skin and could start appearing on insect repellants early next year.
From IMA member BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois …
Open enrollment on the Health Insurance Marketplace ended on March 31, 2014, for most Americans. However, your personal situation may change after you have already enrolled and March 31 has come and gone. So what can you do if you want to make changes to your health insurance coverage after open enrollment?
Special enrollment period
After March 31, you can enroll in or change your long-term health insurance plan on the Marketplace or on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois website, but only if you meet certain criteria. To be eligible for special enrollment, you need to have recently gone through a qualifying life event such as:
Physical activity in middle age might reduce risk of memory disorders, studies suggest
Being physically active in middle age appears to help reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, suggest the findings from two new studies.
“In our studies, we found that physical exercise at various levels, especially in midlife, is beneficial for cognitive function,” Dr. Yonas Geda from the Mayo Clinic, said in an Alzheimer’s Association news release.
Health officials offer tips for coping with summer’s soaring temps
Summer’s heat puts everyone at potential risk for heat-related illness, but seniors and people with chronic health problems are especially vulnerable.
Heat illnesses — collectively known as hyperthermia — include heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat fatigue and a life-threatening condition called heat stroke. A person’s risk for heat illness depends on a number of factors, including outside temperature, general health and individual lifestyle, according to the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA).