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Health digest for March 26, 2013

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Beware: Too many pills can be a prescription for tragedy.
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Few are truly at-risk for dangerous vitamin deficiencies, but many could benefit from a diet rich in hair-, nail- and skin-nourishing foods.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 60,000 young children end up in the emergency room each year from wrongly ingesting medicines.
Paul Reyes, Express Scripts pharmacist and host of Ask the Pharmacist radio series, offers these tips for preventing accidental and unintentional poisonings, and what to do if you suspect your child or teen has ingested a potentially poisonous substance:
-- Be cautious of colors:Medications can be colorful and can be mistaken for candy. Parents should not encourage children to take their medicine by comparing it to candy.
-- Lock it up:Lock up all medicines and vitamins in a cool, dry place. Tightly secure caps and keep medicines in their original labeled containers.
-- When not to share: Remind children they should never share their medication.
-- Know your numbers: If the child has collapsed or is not breathing, dial 911. If the child is awake and alert, call the Poison Hotline at 800-222-1222 and follow the operator's instructions. If possible, have available the victim's age and weight, the container or bottle of the poison, the time of the poison exposure and the address where it occurred.
-- Know the signs:Look for signs such as vomiting, drowsiness and any residue odor in the child's mouth and teeth. Some products cause no immediate symptoms, so if you suspect your child has ingested a potentially hazardous substance, call the poison hotline.
-- Keep calm: It's important to remain calm so you can effectively communicate with emergency personnel. If the child ingested medicine, do not give anything to the child by mouth until advised by the poison control center. If chemicals or household products have been swallowed, call the poison control center immediately or follow the instructions on the label.
-- GateHouse News Service

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TRY THIS Nourish skin from the inside out
Just in time for spring break beach escapes and shopping trips to buy warmer weather's skin-baring fashions, here's advice on what to eat to nourish your skin from the inside out.
--Citrus fruit, nectarines, red peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, kiwi and green leafy vegetables are good sources of vitamin C, which is vital for building collagen, a spongy network of fibers that keeps skin plump, elastic and wrinkle-free.
-- Think deep red tomato sauce and red peppers for lycopene. This carotene-like compound may even help blunt sunburn damage.
--Drink water - the equivalent of 8 glasses a day, including the water from fruits and vegetables. It keeps skin moisturized from the inside.Avoid alcohol and caffeine -- they dry and dehydrate skin and cause fine lines to be more visible.
--Protein and the mineral zinc are essential for cell repair and wound healing, so snag poultry, fish, beef, pork, eggs, fat-free or low-fat milk, soy foods, beans, nuts, seeds and nut butters.
Sources of zinc include oysters, legumes or beans, nuts and seeds, oatmeal, poultry, wheat bran and wheat germ.
-- Healthy mono-unsaturated oils in olive oil and avocados regulate water content within the cell wall and help the body absorb vitamins. Omega-3 fats found in fish and seafood help boost skin health, too.
-- McClatchy Newspapers

Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure names the 2013 Honorary Survivor Chair
Barb Goettig recently was named the Honorary Survivor Chair of this year'sKomen Quad Cities Race for the Cure.
The 58-year-old Davenport woman was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram when she was 43.
She then completed 6 months of chemo and 30 radiation treatments, according to a news release.
Ms. Goettig has participated in the Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure since the 1990s, according to the release, but it takes onnew significance for her now that she's a survivor.
"It's a good reminder to all women that you have totake charge of your health. Get that mammogram," she said in the release.
Ms. Goettig hopes to inform local women they can survive breast cancer, and that a positive attitude during treatmentis irreplaceable in the arsenal of weapons to fight the disease, the release states.
Ms. Goettig was nominated for the position by her nieces, Jennifer Stender and Kathleen Myers.
This year's Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure will be held on June 8 and will start in front of the i wireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline. It includes a 5K and a 1.2-mile run/walk.
For more information, or to register, visit