TIP OF THE WEEK

To avoid wheezing, sneezing and itchy eyes, here are three tips from AllergyandAsthmaRelief.org to manage your asthma and allergies this upcoming holiday season.

Avoid the mistletoe. All those hugs and kisses during the holidays make it easy for germs and viruses to spread. Catching a cold or coming down with the flu can make asthma and allergy symptoms even worse.

Watch out for that ... tree! Mold on a Christmas tree and terpene found in the sap can trigger allergies you thought you had under control. A better option is to use an artificial tree.

Careful with holiday treats. Holidays are about food, so you need to be extra careful about food allergies, according to http://acaai.org. Let your host know what ingredients to avoid. If you are hosting, prepare food you know everyone can eat.

WOMEN’S HEALTH

What women should do for good health

Everyone wants to be healthy, but good health is not a finite goal; it’s an ongoing process that unfolds over a lifetime. For women, the traditional caretakers of everyone else in their families, aging can cause surprising health changes. Vaginal health is as important to a woman’s overall well-being as good nutrition, proper exercise and bone health, says Dr. Alyssa Dweck, an OB/GYN, author and expert on women’s health.

Yeast infections can occur at any age, Dweck notes. Women who have never had one before should visit their gynecologist to confirm that’s what they have. Women who have experienced a yeast infection before can easily self-treat with topical remedies. Treatments like Monistat can work faster with fewer drug interactions than oral medications, and are available in a variety of treatment dosage strengths and forms, including Ovule, cream or suppositories.

RESEARCH

Clinical trials and their role in cancer research

Cancer clinical trials help researchers determine if a treatment option or drug is safe and effective against certain cancers. Today’s drug development strategies typically incorporate precision medicine approaches into their research platform.

One example of a clinical trial is the Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) Study. This trial aims to improve the understanding of how commercially available anti-cancer drugs perform on a broader range of cancers by matching drugs to tumors with specific genomic mutations that the drugs are designed to target regardless of their location in the body.

You can learn more about the study at clinicaltrials.gov.

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SPORTS HEALTH

Watching hockey can cause heart stress

According to a new study conducted by the Montreal Heart Institute, watching hockey can put stress on a fan’s cardiovascular system. According to researchers who took the pulse of fans during a Montreal Canadiens game, fans watching the game on TV saw a heart-rate increase of 75 percent, while fans in attendance had a 110 percent increase in heart rate. The 110 percent increase in fans is equivalent cardiac stress with vigorous exercise.

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