How has your family kept cool this summer? The waterpark? Indoor activities? Share your family's tricks with us.


Heat stroke happens when body temperature is at least 104 degrees. Symptoms include a strong, rapid pulse, lack of sweating, dry flushed skin, faintness, staggering, confusion, combativeness, disorientation or even coma.

Here’s some advice for helping people stay cool and avoid heat-related illnesses, known collectively as hyperthermia, which occurs when the body overheats.

Hyperthermia includes heatstroke, heat fatigue, heat syncope (lightheadedness or fainting in the heat), heat cramps and heat exhaustion. Older people are especially at risk because they lose some ability to adapt to heat and may have medical conditions that are worsened by heat.

People without fans or air conditioners should go to public places with air conditioning or cooling centers, which are often provided by local government agencies.

Heat stroke happens when body temperature is at least 104 degrees. Symptoms include a strong, rapid pulse, lack of sweating, dry flushed skin, faintness, staggering, confusion, combativeness, disorientation or even coma. Seek immediate medical attention for a person with any of these symptoms, especially an older adult.

If you suspect someone is suffering from a heat-related illness:

    • Move them into an air conditioned or other cool place.
    • Urge them to lie down and rest.
    • Remove or loosen tight-fitting or heavy clothing.
    • Encourage them to drink water or juice.
    • Apply cold water, ice packs or cold wet cloths to the skin.
    • Get medical assistance as soon as possible.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services helps eligible households pay for home cooling and heating costs. Apply for assistance by contacting your local or state LIHEAP agency. For more information, go to www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap/ or www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap/brochure/brochure.html.

-- National Institutes of Health

New Research: Tests for tuberculosis may change

The use of currently available commercial blood (serological) tests to diagnose active tuberculosis often leads to misdiagnosis, mistreatment and potential harm to public health, says the World Health Organization. WHO is urging countries to ban the inaccurate and unapproved blood tests and, instead, rely on accurate microbiological or molecular tests.

Did You Know?

No state reported their adult obesity rate to be less than 20 percent in 2010. – CDC.gov

Health Tip: Wear the right material

When exercising, cotton can hold moisture and cause chaffing. Cotton socks can absorb moisture, swell, lose shape and form against your foot, which may cause blisters. Dry fit and polyester materials are better choices because they manage sweat buildup more efficiently and will keep you comfortable during your workouts.

-- Life Fitness

Number to Know

8 percent: Diabetes affects more than 8 percent of the U.S. population. – American Diabetes Association

Children’s Health: Kids are safer in grandma’s car

Researchers in a new study hypothesized children being driven by grandparents would be at higher risk of injury. What they found is children are actually safer in a crash when grandparents are driving. The study authors examined five years worth of crash data and found children in grandparent-driven crashes had half the risk of injuries as those in parent-driven crashes. Study authors suggest grandparents may drive more cautiously when they have “precious cargo” on board, but they also conclude that children’s safety could be enhanced if grandparents followed current child restraint guidelines.

-- American Academy of Pediatrics

Senior Health: Have you been tested for diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes often affects people who are overweight, underactive and older than 45, according to the American Diabetes Association. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and people who have a family history of the disease are also at an increased risk.

The American Diabetes Association distributes Stop Diabetes Community Leader Kits, which contain health brochures, information on how to live with diabetes, diabetes risk tests and Stop Diabetes promotional materials. It's party of an effort to get people with type 2 diabetes diagnosed and get treatment started earlier.

-- ARA