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The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these tips for safe lawn mowing this summer:

• Try to use a mower with a control that stops the mower from moving forward if the handle is let go.

• Children younger than 16 years should not be allowed to use ride-on mowers. Children younger than 12 years should not use walk-behind mowers.

• Make sure that sturdy shoes (not sandals or sneakers) are worn while mowing.

• Prevent injuries from flying objects, such as stones or toys, by picking up objects from the lawn before mowing begins. Have anyone who uses a mower wear hearing and eye protection.

• Do not pull the mower backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary, and carefully look for children behind you when you mow in reverse.

• Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute or crossing gravel paths, roads, or other areas.

• Do not allow children to ride as passengers on ride-on mowers.

 

Some sunscreen sprays outshine the rest

Memo to beach bums: get ready to pump it and spray it, and don’t apply it in the wind.

New tests of sunscreens by Consumer Reports Health reveal that four spray-on sunscreens provided the best protection from the sun’s Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. The ratings are available in the July issue of the magazine and online at www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org. The magazine also looks at insect repellents.

Consumer Reports Health identified four products that earned top overall scores: Up & Up Sport Continuous SPF 30 (Target), a CR “Best Buy;” Walgreens Sport Continuous SPF 50; Banana Boat Sport Performance Continuous SPF 30; and Aveeno Continuous Protection SPF 50. These products provided Very Good UVA protection and Excellent UVB protection and met their SPF claim even after treated skin was soaked in water for 80 minutes. 

At an outside lab, Consumer Reports Health assessed how well each product blocked UVA and UVB rays, in addition to how well they lived up to their claimed sun protection factor—the measure of UVB protection—after volunteers soaked in water while wearing the sunscreen. UVA and UVB can both cause sunburn, skin damage, and certain skin cancers. UVA can also cause wrinkles. SPF is a measure of UVB sun protection on skin treated with sunscreen; put simply, if your skin normally turns red in ten minutes, then an SPF of 30 could lengthen that time to 300 minutes.

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When the tornado roared through the region June 6, it claimed five lives, millions of dollars of property and for many, peace of mind.

Throughout the week, TV, newspapers and the Internet brought a non-stop gallery of images and stories of destruction and devastation.

The trauma left behind in the aftermath of a disaster can be long-lasting for victims.

“What you have to remember is it’s normal to grieve after such a devastating event,” said Dr. Mychail Scheramic, a psychologist and manager of the Ketterer Behavioral Center at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. “It can be a very healthy process for people to go through the process of mourning and cleanup and rebuilding. They’re coping with a big portion of their lives.

“Whether you were a victim yourself, a witness, or just saw the devastation on TV or driving by, the trauma can produce a sense of shock, sadness and fear,” he said. He added that over time and with their own support systems, most people are able to cope with the emotional and physical demands after a natural disaster.

For children who might not be able to verbalize everything they’re thinking or feeling, it’s especially important for adults to initiate a conversation about what happened.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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