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What You Need to Know About Hypothermia

What You Need to Know About Hypothermia

When the core body temperature is below 95 °F hypothermia can develop. It happens if the body loses heat faster than it can be produced. In her Catching Health blog, Diane Atwood explains why some people are at risk even if they don't go outside. Read more...

Frostbite: What You Need to Know

Frostbite: What You Need to Know
Bitterly cold — that’s what the weather report says — danger of frostbite. Catching Health shares some frostbite dos and don'ts. Read more ..

Do You Ever Worry About Contaminants in Your Drinking Water?

Do You Ever Worry About Contaminants in Your Drinking Water?

Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, personal care products, flame retardants, detergents and new types of herbicides and pesticides. What do these items have in common? They’re all emerging contaminants that have detected at trace levels in drinking water.  

Learn more and find out how you can help prevent emerging contaminants from getting into our drinking water ...

Cancer Risks for Firefighters: More Than You May Realize

Cancer Risks for Firefighters: More Than You May Realize

Two years ago, 43-year-old Maine firefighter Mike Nixon was diagnosed with malignant melanoma — the most dangerous form of skin cancer. "I had a spot develop in a weird place on my ear," he says. "It wasn't on top where you'd think people would get skin cancer, where there is sun exposure. It was up near the top part of my left ear, but underneath the fold in the shaded part — the one and only part that is shaded except the ear canal. My wife spotted it.

Anaphylaxis. Learn the facts about this life-threatening allergic reaction.

Anaphylaxis. Learn the facts about this life-threatening allergic reaction.

When Ricker Hamilton got stung by a wasp a few years ago, he immediately began showing signs of a severe allergic reaction. It was third time in 20 years that he'd been stung and thankfully, he carried an EpiPen just in case. It probably saved his life.

An important reminder about cold weather and carbon monoxide

An important reminder about cold weather and carbon monoxide

The warmest it's supposed to get in my neck of the woods this coming week is 30°F. Not even above freezing! Cold weather like this increases the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning because people are more apt to use space heaters for extra warmth. Anything that burns fuel can be a source of carbon monoxide. The gas is produced when the fuel is not completely combusted, which can happen if an item or appliance is poorly maintained or not used or vented properly. Read more ...

Frostbite: What You Need to Know

Frostbite: What You Need to Know

Bitterly cold - that’s what the weather report says - danger of frostbite.

Did you know that if you have frostbite, your skin freezes and ice crystals form inside your cells?

Did you know that no matter what you might have seen in old movies, rubbing or massaging frostbitten skin only makes things worse? Read more ...