Integrated Insights

Bike Riding - May

bikeriding2It's a beautiful day — the sun is shining, the birds are chirping. What could be more perfect than a bike ride? Bicycling is a common means of transportation as well as a very popular sport and means of exercise. Along with increased use of bicycles comes the risk of injuries. Bicycle accidents result in more than 500,000 visits each year to Emergency Departments, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Injuries attributable to bicycling range from common abrasions, cuts, and bruises to broken bones, internal injuries, head trauma, and even death.

The most common cause of bicycle crashes is due to falls or collisions with stationary objects. Accidents involving motor vehicles account for 90% of all bicycle-related death. The majority of these bicycle deaths are caused by head injuries.

Prevention is truly the best medicine.

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Seasonal Allergies - April

00390506What are seasonal allergies, allergic rhinitis and hay fever?

They are all names for similar signs and symptoms. These symptoms can include:

  • a clear nasal discharge
  • an itchy nose with sneezing and sniffing
  • itchy, watery, pink eyes (eye allergies)/li>
  • sometimes, sinus or ear congestion.

Hay fever is the most common allergy. More than 15% of people have it. Although pollen is usually the cause of hay fever, similar symptoms can also be caused by pets, farm animals, molds or something else. During April and May the most common pollen causing hay fever is from trees. In June and July, the pollen is usually from grass. From August until the first frost, the leading cause of hay fever is ragweed pollen.

This is a chronic condition that will come back every year during pollen season, perhaps for a lifetime. Therefore, it is important to learn how to manage it.

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