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Summer is a great time to experience the outdoors with your family. Along with taking precautions against heat-related illnesses, you can also take steps to keep the mosquitos away!

For most people, mosquitos tend to a slight annoyance. However, sometimes getting bitten by a mosquito can mean the transmission of a serious disease. Some of the illnesses that can be spread by mosquitos in the US are the West Nile Virus and different kinds of encephalitis (acute inflammation of the brain). In order to stay safe this summer, it’s a good idea to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites when enjoying the outdoors.

It is important to take steps to prevent mosquito bites both inside and outside of the home.

For outdoor mosquito prevention, make sure you remove any areas where there could be standing water. Mosquitos lay eggs near water and can quickly multiply. Tightly cover any storage container water, or treat it with larvicides if you are not planning to drink the water. Treat the garage, under patio furniture and decking with insect spray, as mosquitos like to rest in dark/humid areas.

For indoor mosquito prevention, make sure your screens are secure and untorn. Do not prop open doors and allow mosquitos to come inside. Remove any standing water from sinks, bathtubs or pots to prevent the laying of eggs. You can also use an insect “fogger” inside the home to kill mosquitos, and to reach the dark humid places in the home, such as in closets, under furniture or in the laundry room.

Keep in mind that mosquito bites effect our furry friends too through the spread of heart worms in dogs and cats. Protect your animals with monthly pills, a topical gel or a longer-term injectable product. Check with your local veterinarian today!

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One in three children in the United States are overweight or obese. The number of obese children has almost tripled in the past three decades. Childhood obesity increases health risks the child will face later in life. Because of this, it is important to know what causes childhood obesity and the best ways to fight it.

Several factors play into the risk of a child becoming obese.

  • Eating high-calorie, low nutrient foods
  • Low levels of physical activity
  • Sedentary activities (watching television, play on the computer/other device)
  • Abnormal sleeping habits
  • Use of certain medications

Being overweight in childhood increases the likelihood of being obese as an adult and sets the stage for dangerous conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insulin resistance (diabetes), joint problems and fatty liver disease.

As a parent or caretaker, you can prevent childhood obesity by helping your child increase exercise and cut down on sedentary activities. It is recommended that children get 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The CDC provides excellent tips for how to make sure your children are getting active.

Food preparation is also important in maintaining a healthy weight. Removing high-calorie foods from the home reduces temptation to snack. You can also try modifying some of their favorite unhealthy recipes to make them healthier. For example, instead of fried chicken, try a delicious baked chicken recipe.

The most important thing to remember is that healthy weight change doesn’t happen overnight. The best way to achieve and maintain a healthy weight is through consistency and commitment.

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Most people will experience a headache at some point in their life. At the least, headaches are an inconvenience. At the worst, they can indicate a serious health problem. Here are some common types of headaches and whether you should wait it out – or if you should seek medical attention.

Primary headaches are those that are not a symptom of an underlying disease or health problem. These include:

  • Cluster headaches (occur in patterns or ‘clusters’)
  • Migraines
  • Tension headaches

Primary headaches can be caused by certain lifestyle choices, including drinking alcohol, lack of sleep, skipped meals or stress.

A secondary headache is a symptom of a disease that can irritate and activate nerves of the head. A few of these headaches include:

  • Sinus headaches
  • Thunderclap headaches (sudden, severe headaches associated with multiple causes)
  • External compression headaches

The causes of secondary headaches vary from benign to severe. These conditions include concussions, encephalitis (brain inflammation), brain tumors, ear infections and high blood pressure.

So, when should seek medical attention? If your headache is coupled with confusion, fainting, high fever (over 102 degrees), stiff neck, nausea or vomiting, it could indicate a more serious condition. If your headaches are happening more than usual, worsen, don’t improve with over-the-counter medication, or keep you from your normal activities, you should seek medical attention to explore your options of alleviating the symptoms.

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Summer is officially here, and so is the inevitable heat that comes with it! Being outdoors is one of the simple joys of summertime, but it can sometimes be dangerous. Whether you’re working out or relaxing at the park, it’s important to know how to keep you and your family safe from the hazards of high temperatures.

When your body is exposed to high heat, especially when coupled with humidity, your core body temperature can rise. In an effort to cool itself, your body will send more blood to circulate throughout your skin, leaving less blood for your muscles. These factors can increase your heart rate, putting more stress on your body. Perspiration can also fail as a cooling mechanism when exposed to high heat for too long.

Some of the ailments you run the risk of developing when your core body temperature rises are:

  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat cramps
  • Heat syncope (fainting)
  • Heatstroke

The symptoms of these heat-related illnesses vary from nausea and headaches to fatigue and shortness of breath. If you aren’t feeling well, seek medical attention.

There are ways to safeguard you and your family from the potentially harmful effects of heat overexposure.

  • Avoid physical activity outside during the hottest part of the day (10AM – 4PM).
  • Drink plenty of water before you go outside, and keep hydrating in the sun.
  • Take frequent breaks from activity and find shade.
  • If you must be in the sun for long stretches of time, be sure to stretch your leg muscles often. This will prevent blood from pooling in your legs, potentially leading to fainting.

These are just some of the ways you can protect yourself in the heat. Always make sure you exercise common sense. If you’re hot, take a break!

If you would like to learn more about staying safe in the summer heat, read more on how to pick the right SPF sunscreen for your skin!

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When it comes to exercising, it seems like people are never at a loss for new excuses. “I work too much,” “I don’t have time,” “My kid needs help with their homework,” “I walk a lot at my job…” the list goes on and on. But even in a small town like Laredo, “I don’t have anywhere to work out,” is the last excuse you should make for why you aren’t working out.


Obesity is one of the greatest health risks facing the United States today. While obesity may be preventable, it has many causes that people don’t usually think about. Diet and exercise make an obvious impact on a person’s obesity, but they aren’t the only important factors to consider. Income, ethnicity, and where you live are closely linked to the development of obesity.


February is a month full of love, sweets, roses, and … heart health! It’s not just a time to celebrate your loved ones; February is a great time to take steps toward improving the health of your heart. Heart disease affects more than 600,000 Americans each year. This can be in the form of coronary artery disease, heart attack, irregular heart rhythm or heart valve disease. However, there are ways you can start taking care of your heart and reduce your risk for heart disease.

Heart-Healthy Eating

You don’t have to give up foods immediately, but you can make small changes in what you eat. We all love snacking, but snacks can add unwanted sugar and sodium. Switch up the bag of chips for healthier options such as apples, berries, whole-grain crackers, rice cakes, nuts, and seeds. If you’re used to grabbing a soda (loaded with sugar), try sparkling water or soymilk instead. For those with a sweet tooth, try a baked apple or bake banana nut bread. Both are delicious and healthier alternatives.

Daily Exercise

One of the best ways to improve your cardiovascular health is exercise. It doesn’t have to be boring, and we’re not asking you to start CrossFit tomorrow (unless you want to). According to the American Heart Association, they recommend “at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least five days per week for a total of 150 minutes” for overall cardiovascular health. You can walk your dog, ride your bicycle or lightly jog. What matters is finding an exercise activity that you like doing, or finding an exercise buddy to help keep you accountable.

Manage Your Stress

Stress affects your mental health as well as your physical health. It can give you a headache, tighten muscles, and clench your jaw. When you’re stressed, it can cause your breathing to quicken and your heart rate and blood pressure to rise. If you have a history of heart disease, it’s important you learn how to manage your stress. Studies have shown meditation helps lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Quit Smoking

It’s not easy, but we highly recommend taking those cigarettes to the trash. When you quit smoking, you reduce your risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (a buildup of fatty substances in your arteries), lung cancer, and stroke. If you’re not a smoker, be sure that you avoid other people’s smoke as “second hand” smoke can still cause health issues.

Know the Signs of a Heart Attack

Pay attention to the signs your body is telling you. These are the common symptoms of a heart attack:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Jaw, neck, back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweatiness
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness

If you are experiencing any chest pain, come to our facility. Laredo Emergency Room is located at 7510 McPherson Rd, and we’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No appointments necessary. Follow us on Twitter to learn health tips for you and your family!



At birth, there are more men than women globally. Men outnumber their female counterparts 105 to 100. By the time men and women hit 65 to 74 years of age, however, the table is turned, and men are outnumbered by women 80 to 100.

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