Weekly Health Watch with how to protect your pets and family from ticks and fleas, new research on hypothermia, what foods can protect you from skin cancer and more.

For pet owners, warm weather brings the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors with their furry loved ones. But it also brings the risk of flea and tick infestation. Here are some tips to help avoid both:


- Don't give fleas and ticks a welcoming environment. Mow regularly, keep shrubs trimmed and rake up leaves. Keep the garbage covered so it won't attract rodents.


- You can spray your yard to kill adult fleas and ticks. Spray wherever your pet frequents the most. Allow it to dry before letting pets or people onto the treated area.


- Shampoos clean your pet by eliminating adult fleas, ticks and flea dirt. The active ingredients must come in contact with the pests for a certain period of time in order to be effective. Results are immediate.


- Treating your home with carpet powders, carpet sprays, room foggers or home sprays will help control fleas. Every area your pet frequents should be treated, including the garage, basement, kennel and yard.


-- Family Features


New Research: Hypothermia treatment sees benefits


A treatment to reduce the body temperatures of infants who experience oxygen deficiency at birth has benefits into early childhood, according to a follow-up study by a National Institutes of Health. Children who received the treatment as infants were more likely to have survived to ages 6 and 7 than were children who received routine care, the study found.


Did You Know?


The 2012 influenza season set a new record for the lowest and shortest peak for influenza-like illnesses since recording began. -- CDC


Health Tip: TV can help your workouts


Multitask by watching TV when you work out and you may be able to find the 'flow' more easily. The TVs in your gym are meant to act as healthy distractions while you exercise. Try aligning your next gym visit with timing of a favorite TV show, and watch it from a fitness machine instead of your couch, and let your mind escape while your body continues working out.


-- Life Fitness


Number to Know


6 million: Tobacco kills almost 6 million people every year and is one of the leading preventable causes of illness and death around the world. – World Health Organization


Children’s Health: Book for modern-day dad


"Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro" by Dr. David L. Hill is published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and it offers an index of accessible advice, both medical and emotional, tailored especially for fathers. The role of fathers has changed monumentally over the past half century, and with it has come new expectations for today’s dads. They are expected to think outside the old breadwinner role and reinvent fatherhood on their own terms –– an exciting but intimidating task.


Senior Health: Food can protect skin, too


You know sunscreen can help you avoid skin cancer, but did you know eating red and orange foods like tomatoes and orange peppers can help, too? These foods carry lycopene and beta-carotene, powerful antioxidants. They both offer natural protection from the sun and may help repair sun damage.


-- AARP


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