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A battle plan for the information age

It would be foolhardy to pursue a full-scale elimination of technology in modern society. More realistic: a written plan detailing the parameters that suit your entire family. (For Spectrum Health Beat) While kids get some benefit from using digital and social media, such as early learning and exposure to new ideas, too much of it...

Rise of the urban tick

Biologists have seen a jump in the number of ticks in city parks. (For Spectrum Health Beat) As deer populations have exploded across America, moving from forests to suburbs to urban parks, they have brought the threat of Lyme disease to millions of city dwellers, a new study finds.In fact, the deer tick that spreads...

The prudent pyre

A bonfire adds a warm, welcoming glow to any graduation party. Just make sure the atmosphere is calm, not raucous and reckless. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Bonfires are a popular way to celebrate big events among teens, but they’re at risk for serious burn injuries, an expert warns.“The only guaranteed way to prevent bonfire burn...

The kissing bug—cause for concern?

If you come across a suspected triatomine, the CDC recommends placing it in a container with alcohol and taking it to your local health department. It can be tested for Chagas disease. (For Spectrum Health Beat) It sounds like something out of a horror film: A blood-hungry insect feeds on its prey’s faces while they...

Stay sun smart—shun the rays

An ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure: A severe sunburn in your youth can nearly double your chances of developing melanoma later in life. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Only half of Americans routinely protect themselves from the sun when outdoors, a recent American Academy of Dermatology survey found.Those who don’t practice...

Sneezin’ season has sprung

There are about 30 different types of pollen and it is possible to be allergic to more than one type. If you suffer regularly from allergy problems, ask your doctor for an allergy test. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Spring is in the air—and that can mean misery for people with seasonal allergies.“Allergies affect millions in...

Those perilous pooches

Researchers have found that injuries sustained while dog walking—fractures, specifically—have jumped 163 percent in the 65 and older group over the past 15 years. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Walking the dog can be great exercise for seniors, but there could be one downside: fractures.Fractures suffered by elderly Americans while walking their dogs have more than...

Allergic to red meat? Blame a tick

Based on new findings, scientists suspect people are more likely than first thought to develop a red meat allergy if they’re bitten by a tick. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Certain tick bites can cause a red meat allergy—and now scientists are shedding new light on the condition, known as alpha-gal syndrome.Alpha-gal is a sugar found...

The Top Health Benefits of Green Space

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In fitness, there’s virtue to variety

Changing your exercise routine to incorporate a variety of approaches, such as weights one day and running the next, can help reduce the odds of injury. (For Spectrum Health Beat) If you’re not yet familiar with the fitness approach called cross-training, it might sound like hard work. But it’s really just a way to add...

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