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If your family will be cooling off at pools, oceans, lakes or rivers this summer, the best way to avoid tragedy is for everyone – adults and children – to know how to swim.

Practicing water safety techniques (Español) is also important, even for those who are able to swim. 

“Drowning is a quiet killer. Many times people are right by the pool and they don’t realize someone in the water is in trouble. Adults should take turns being responsible for watching the kids in the pool 15 minutes at a time. Absolutely nodistractions such as cell phones, conversations or even reading!” says Raj Gandhi, MD, medical director, trauma services, at JPS Health Network.

Tips from the JPS School-Based Health Centers team:

  1. Learn to swim! Enroll in swim lessons.
  2. Stay out of the deep end, especially if you cannot swim or are a beginner swimmer.
  3. Kids should always have an adult with them while swimming -- never swim alone!
  4. Wear an approved life vest if you cannot swim. Arm floaties are not lifesavers!
  5. Always wear a life vest if you are in a boat or other watercraft.

 

 

 


Men's Health
 
1 in 8 U.S. Workers Has Some Hearing Loss: CDC...
SOURCES: Katrien Vermeire, Ph.D., director, Hearing and Speech, Hearing and Speech Center, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, N.Y.; Darius Kohan, M.D., chief, otology/neurotology, Lenox Hill Hospital, and Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital, New York City; April 21, 2016, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
4/21/2016

THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 -- Nearly 13 percent of U.S. workers suffer from at least some hearing loss, a new federal government study finds.

And 2 percent of the more than 1.4 million workers tested across nine industry sectors between 2003 and 2012 had "moderate or worse" hearing loss...

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Many Manly Men Avoid Needed Health Care...
SOURCES: Mary S. Himmelstein, doctoral candidate, department of psychology, Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey, Piscatway; Timothy B. Smith, Ph.D., professor, department of psychology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; online Preventive Medicine; Journal of Health Psychology
4/29/2016

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 -- Macho men are less likely than women to visit a doctor, and more likely to request male physicians when they do make an appointment, researchers say.

But these "tough guys" tend to downplay their symptoms in front of male doctors because of a perceived need t...

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Men Miss Out on Bone Loss Screening...
SOURCE: Houston Methodist, news release, May 5, 2016
5/12/2016

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 -- Unlike women, men at risk for osteoporosis don't get routinely screened for bone loss, a new study shows.

As a result, men may not receive treatment or take the steps necessary to protect their bone health, the researchers found.

"Women have a screeni...

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