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How to diagnose and treat summertime rashes

Cityline | posted Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015

Heat rash:

  • Heat rash usually results in small dots on the skin and feels sandpaper-like. It can be found under the breasts or in skin folds.
  • Why does heat rash happen? If you’re wearing tight clothing or have skin folds, your blocked sweat glands can lead to heat rash during the sweaty summer months.
  • To treat heat rash, use an over-the-counter cortisone cream or powder.

Athlete’s foot:

  • Athlete’s foot is detected by a scaly, flaky foot, possibly between the toes.
  • You can contract athlete’s foot by walking barefoot at places like the gym, by sharing socks, or getting a pedicure with tools that have come in contact with athlete’s foot.
  • To treat athlete’s foot, use an anti-fungal cream and be sure to wear shoes at the gym.

Poison ivy:

  • Poison ivy is usually in clusters of 3 leaves, and the leaves can be either serrated or clear-edged.
  • The plant is typically found in low-lying areas, such as along borders of roads or stony patches.
  • Treat poison ivy with cool water and soap. Be sure not to burn poison ivy to get rid of it as it can get in your lungs.

For more tips from Dr. Marjorie Dixon, watch the video below:

8 common sunscreen mistakes you’re probably making

Kate Gertner | posted Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015

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1. Using expired goods: Yes, sunscreen does expire! Over time the active ingredients that work to protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays deteriorate and become less effective.

2. Improper storage: Where you store your sunscreen is almost as important as how often you apply it. The glove compartment, windowsill and even your beach bag may seem like convenient places but exposure to extremely hot or cold temperatures will hider the formula’s effectiveness.

3. Light-handed application: Repeat after us, you can never apply too much sunscreen. NEVER. Slather it on often (abide by bottle’s recommended re-apply times) and liberally from head-to-toe.

4. Lingo confusion: Many foundations, BB creams and tinted moisturizers list an SPF (sun protection factor), which is a measure only of the sunscreen’s effectiveness at blocking out sunburn-causing UVB rays (but not the potentially more dangerous UVA rays). For complete and effective broad-spectrum coverage (protection against both UVB and UVA rays) you need to look for products with the circle. This year, Health Canada has introduced guidelines on the amount of UVA protection required for effectiveness. Now, if a sunscreen meets these standards, the UVA symbol will be circled on the package.

5. Playing the numbers game: Don’t be fooled There is very little difference between SPF 50 and SPF 100. Soon, high SPF numbers will be a thing of the past: 50+ will be the highest sunscreen SPF on store shelves.

6. Using only on sunny days: You might be surprised to know that some of the worst sunburns occur on the cloudiest days. UV rays are invisible and can penetrate though clouds, haze and fog — they’ll get you when you least expect it.

7. Applying protection when you are already exposed to the sun: There is a reason you’re supposed to apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. Creams and sprays need time to absorb into the skin in order to be effective.

8. Missing the lips, ears and top of the feet: The little bits are just as sun sensitive as the rest of your face and bod. Be sure to spritz on the sun protection to keep these sensitive areas burn free too.

5 common grilling mistakes (and how to avoid them)

Chatelaine | posted Thursday, Jul 16th, 2015

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Even if you’re a master of the grill, after a winter spent away from the barbecue, you may find your skills are a little rusty. And if you’re a grilling novice, these tips are a great place to start. It’s the perfect time to get acquainted with your barbecue; avoiding these common mistakes will result in a delicious summer filled with effortless eats.

Here are five common grilling mistakes, a few simple tips for avoiding them:.

1. Using the wrong grilling method.
There are two ways to grill: direct heat and indirect heat. The direct heat method cooks foods that are placed directly on the heated grates. This is the commonly used when you want a good char on your vegetables, like when grilling asparagus or green onions, or for when you want a golden crust on your meat, like burgers andsteaks. With indirect grilling you create a heated zone on one side of the barbecue and use residual heat to cook food evenly – this method works perfect for grilled pizza.

Direct heat: Cheesy sliders with red onion marmalade.

Indirect heat: Grilled margherita pizza.

How do you know which method to use? Go for the indirect method when cooking foods that require more than 25 minutes of grilling, for cuts of meat over 2 inches in thickness or for highly delicate foods that can burn or scorch quickly.

2. Overcooking meat, poultry and fish.
It can be difficult to precisely control the level of heat on a barbecue, which can lead to dry, overcooked food. The best way to avoid this is to use an instant-read thermometer to check doneness. Fish can be a little trickier; a great tip is to grill fish at five minutes per 1/2-inch of thickness.

3. Food sticking to the grates.
There are a few steps you can take to prevent food from sticking to the grates. Start by cleaning the grates before each use and follow-up by brushing them with cooking oil (this will season the grates and allow food to release). Be sure to preheat the grill for at least ten minutes before grilling and allow the food to cook long enough to form a sear before flipping.

4. Vegetables falling through the grates.
Grilling adds a unique smokiness and complex flavour to vegetables. They cook quickly, but depending on their size, they are notorious for falling through the grates. Try using a veggie basket, or a favourite trick of the Chatelaine Kitchen is to create veggie packets out of aluminum foil like in our warm potato salad.

 5. Over-marinating the meat.

Marinating is one of the easiest ways to add a ton of flavour to meats and vegetables. Unfortunately, it is also easy to over-marinate leading to tough meat. Marinating times are impacted by the cut and size of the meat, but here are a few to keep in mind:

Flank, skirt and brisket: These tougher cuts should be marinated at least two hours, but can withstand up to 12 hours (keep in mind that brisket can be marinated for up to 24 hours).

Steak and chops: These cuts of meat benefit from a shorter marinating time as they will become tough if left in the marinade too long. Thirty minutes to four hours is plenty of time to soak up flavour. Try a shorter marinating time with our tandoori lamb chops.

Chicken: If you’re tight on time, 20 minutes will make a difference to chicken, but try to marinate for two hours or overnight for optimal flavour. For an easy weeknight dinner, try this citrus grilled chicken.

Fish: The acidity will start to cook the fish, so marinate for 15 minutes and no longer than an hour. No time to marinate? Try this cedar-plank salmon recipe – the flavouring is brushed on just before cooking.

Safe home remedies for garden pests

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2015

Pests

We love animals, but they’re not always welcome in the garden — especially when they’re eating your plants! Carson Arthur shares his solutions for keeping creatures out without harm.

For cats:

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 rosemary spears (or lavender)
  • 1 litre boiling water

Method: Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle. Let cool before applying to areas where cats have been.

For deer and rabbits:

  • 6-8 rhubarb leaves
  • boiling water

Method: Pour boiling water over rhubarb leaves in heatproof container. Let cool before applying to inedible plants, like cedar trees. The leaves are toxic, so the mixture shouldn’t be sprayed on vegetable  or fruit plants.

For aphids:

1 regular-strength Aspirin
1 litre water bottle

Method: Dissolve Aspirin in water and apply to aphid-infested plants.

For more tips, watch Carson’s segment below!

Diabetes in the Summer

Leah Sarich | posted Thursday, Jul 9th, 2015

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It’s hard to stick your diet and exercise regimen in the summer, and here in Calgary, during Stampede. But for those with Type 2 diabetes, the consequences of not sticking to those lifestyle choices can be dire.

Karen Kroeker was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at 40. She’s been living with the disease for years now and even though she’s on three medications, injects herself with insulin twice a day and regularly checks her blood sugars, she says summer is still hard. In fact, she says any type of celebration or even a dinner party is tricky when everyone else wants a few cocktails and lots of dessert. Summer is also challenging because she likes to go camping and travels often making a routine difficult.

But Endocrinologist and diabetes specialist Dr. David Lau from the University of Calgary says many patients don’t realize how dangerous it is to let your sugars get out of control, even for a short time. He says diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage. And these serious complications occur when sugars are too high or too low.

So, Dr. Lau recommends talking to your doctor or diabetes educator about strategies for staying on track over the summer. He encourages patients to ask about new medications. For example, he says there is a new class of medicines that increases the amount of sugar excreted through the urine which doesn’t affect insulin levels as much. These medicines may be easier to use through the summer.

Both Dr. Lau and Karen encourage those with type 2 diabetes not to let it rule their lives. They suggest taking control of the disease so you can have as normal a summer and Stampede as possible!

For more information about diabetes visit this website.

5 ways to get your family outside this summer

Today's Parent | posted Thursday, Jul 9th, 2015

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After 13 years, I found the silver bullet: the trails. Lacing up for a run, walk or bike ride slays my kid’s grouchiness within minutes (or at least half an hour). We’ve always been an active family, but it was only after tween angst hit (hard) that I noticed the correlation between trail time and better moods. Since then, it’s become my go-to parenting tool.

Studies show being outdoors doing physical activity lowers depression risk, reduces anxiety and improves behaviour—but that’s moot if you can’t get your brood outside. So my advice is: Don’t ask, tell. Bribe. Threaten. Cajole. Whatever works. Because the payoff is pretty sweet.

Within minutes, Esmé typically takes off, power walking with the dog. Or cycles ahead as I follow on foot. Or pushes herself to breakneck speed, to drop her dad and I on family trail runs, eager to be alone with her thoughts.

Sometimes she doesn’t notice me catching up, and I hear her humming to herself, an unguarded moment for my taciturn introvert. Other times, she slows down so we can walk and talk. Or she gets silly: On a recent outing, I wondered why she was lagging as I jogged ahead. I found out when she rode past me, hitting me with the brushy end of a five-foot-long reed that she’d fixed, jousting-rod style, to her bike.

If you’re not already an especially active family, it can be hard to know what to do beyond hanging out at the local playground or splash pad. Here are a few ways to enjoy summer outside with your kids.

• Open-water swimming. Check local lake and river water-quality updates. Then put down the Kindle and wade in!

• Orienteering and geocaching. Go on a high-tech treasure hunt using your GPS. Be prepared for trails and mud.

• Explore a provincial park. Even better—explore at night. Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park hosts guided wolf howls.

• Pick up a rod. Google “learn to fish” and your province to find free programs.

• Search for creatures. Look for snails after it rains. Go out after dark and watch bats swoop for insects. Bring a flashlight and see what bugs are underfoot.

12 best sunscreens for every skin type and adventure

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, Jul 7th, 2015

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Stampede Medical

Leah Sarich | posted Tuesday, Jul 7th, 2015

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At its peak, there can be 100 thousand people at Stampede Park making it the third largest city in the province. And like in any city, medical emergencies can happen.

This year, the medical team has a staff of 242 people including volunteers that work 24 hours a day. During the busiest times on park, there are 40 medical staff on site. There are eight medical rooms, basically one in every building. However, the medical room at the Corral is not operating this year.

Scott Wardley, the Manager of Medical Services for the Calgary Stampede says they most commonly see people for heat exhaustion and blisters from new cowboy boots, but they also see more serious conditions like heart attack and stroke. But Wardley says they’re prepared for it all. They have paramedics and EMTs in the medical rooms and roving through the park wearing medical communications so they can be dispatched at any time to a specific location. The team also has a mini ambulance on site they can use to get a patient stabilized and taken off the park to a waiting Alberta Health Services ambulance that will transport that patient to hospital.

Wardley says with the advanced life support level of care on park members of their medical team can administer medications in more serious, time sensitive situations like a heart attack or stroke where care is required as soon as possible.

Also new this year is the Stampede Essentials store in Weadickville. It’s a London Drugs where you can buy anything from sunscreen to allergy relief, pain medications to stomach remedies. You can even talk to a pharmacist.

Wardley recommends coming prepared to Stampede. Make sure you’ve worked in your new cowboy boots, wear your cowboy hat, use sunscreen, drink plenty of water and take breaks in the shade. He also recommends anyone with a preexisting medical condition check in with the medical team when they arrive on park.

For more information about the Calgary Stampede visit their website.

 

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