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SUM 2017

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h o u s e c a l l s { summer 2017 } 7 "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." HEALTH MYTH: A poison ivy rash is contagious. TRUTH: Unless traces of urushiol—the oily resin found in the leaves, stems, and roots of poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac plants— lingers on the skin, a rash is not contagious. To prevent spreading, wash the exposed skin immediately with soap and warm water, as well as any clothes that may have come into contact with the plant. On High Alert } } the buzz 'Tis the season for beach days, barbecues, and, unfortunately, tick bites. And according to a recent news release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this summer is predicted to be one of the worst on record for the spread of tick-borne illnesses. Though the bites themselves are rarely harmful, several species of the parasite are capable of spreading serious diseases, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (both of which are found in the Southeast), as well as Powassan: a new, potentially fatal tick-borne disease that's most common in the Northeast. To ward off tick bites, experts recommend avoiding places with thick vegetation or high grass (and covering skin with pants, boots, and long sleeves when needed); walking in the center of trails while hiking; using insect repellent with 20 percent or more of DEET; and inspecting skin after spending time outdoors, especially the underarms, scalp, and groin areas. If a tick is found, remove it with tweezers, thoroughly cleanse the area, and place it in a sealed bag. If a rash or fever develops, seek medical help immediately. —THOMAS EDISON, AMERICAN INVENTOR AND BUSINESSMAN (1847-1931) Characteristics to Cultivate OF THOSE STUDIED WHO POSSESSED THE LEAST NUMBER OF THESE TRAITS, 25 PERCENT SHOWED SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION, COMPARED TO ONLY THREE PERCENT OF THOSE STUDIED WHO HAD FOUR OR FIVE OF THE CHARACTERISTICS. take a look: ONE- THIRD OF THOSE POLLED WITH THE LEAST NUMBER OF THESE LIFE SKILLS HAD POOR TO FAIR HEALTH; ONLY SIX PERCENT OF THOSE WITH ALMOST ALL OF THE SKILLS REPORTED THE SAME. 1 2 3 Following a study involving more than 8,000 people age 52 and older, researchers from the University College London recently found that five life skills may increase a person's chances of being happy and healthy. Findings linked these skills—emotional stability, determination, control, optimism, and conscientiousness—with better overall health, greater financial stability, and a reduced risk for depression, chronic disease, and social isolation. NEARLY HALF THE PEOPLE WHO REPORTED HAVING HIGH LEVELS OF LONELINESS HAD THE FEWEST OF THESE SKILLS; OF THOSE WITH FOUR OR FIVE SKILLS, 11 PERCENT REPORTED BEING LONELY.

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