1. New sleep requirements for kids

    The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has new recommendations for children’s sleep requirements. All these figures included nap time. PS: if your child has a tough time getting to sleep, then you might reduce screen time (games, videos) before bedtime. Here are the times. 4 to 12 months: 12 to 16 hours 1 to 2 years: 11 to 14 hours 3 to 5 years: 10 to 13 hours 6 to 12 years: 9 to 12 hours 13 to …Read More

  2. Do you wear contact lenses?

    If you do, the Centers for Disease Control want to remind you of three easy steps to prevent eye infections: Don’t wear contact lenses while sleeping – unless directed to do so by your eye doctor. Don’t “top off” solution – never mix fresh solution with old or used solution. Don’t swim or shower while wearing contacts – germs found in the water can stick to your contacts.…Read More

  3. CDC says: “Pregnant? Get Vaccinated!”

    Vaccines are an important part of planning and having a healthy pregnancy. During pregnancy you share everything with your baby. If you are planning to become pregnant, talk to your healthcare professional to be sure you are up to date on your vaccinations. If you are pregnant, the Centers for Disease Control recommend getting two vaccines during your pregnancy: TDAP to help protect against whoopi…Read More

  4. Make sure your kids use sunscreen

    In a new study, scientists from the very sunny nation of Australia have found that people who regularly used sunscreen as kids reduced their risk of developing skin cancer as adults by a whopping 40 percent. The study looked at 1700 people aged 18-40 and compared regular users of sunscreen to people who rarely used it.…Read More

  5. Advice about ticks

    Lots of people worry about ticks. It is okay to be concerned, especially if you live in or visit Loudoun County, but tick bites and the diseases that sometimes accompany them can be prevented. The Centers for Disease Control have a definitive list of hints and measures – even a video on how to properly remove a tick. It’s here.…Read More

  6. Planning overseas travel?

    Planning Summer travel overseas? The Centers for Disease Control have lots of advice on how to have a safe trip (click here). And, if you need vaccines or medicine, contact the Medics USA office nearest you.…Read More

  7. Watch out for waterborne disease this summer

    The pools are open so watch out for waterborne disease this summer. About one-third of all recreational, waterborne illness is caused by hotel pools and hot tubs, according to a report from the Centers for disease Control (CDC). The CDC recommends the following steps to protect yourself when swimming in pools, soaking in hot tubs, or visiting water playgrounds: Don’t swim or let your kids swim i…Read More

  8. Permethrin works wonders against ticks

    If you are especially concerned about ticks as Summer approaches, then you should be looking at permethrin-treated clothing. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently completed a series of experiments, and they found that the insecticide permethrin has excellent effects on the three species of ticks known to spread disease in the United States. More info can be found here.…Read More

  9. Drowsy Driving Is a Bigger Problem than You Think

    Drowsy driving is a much bigger problem than we think, says a new report by the American Automobile Association (AAA). The Federal government, in the form of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, says that drowsiness is responsible for 1.4 percent of all police-reported crashes. The AAA study claims that drowsiness is actually responsible for 10.6-10.8 percent of those crashes severe…Read More