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 Annual 2006

Annual 2006

 

           

Annual 2006

Breathe Easy, By Mary Lee Shalvoy
Asthma, from a Greek word meaning, "breathe hard," is a chronic disease in which the lining of the airways of the lungs is swollen or inflamed. The airways are unusually sensitive to irritations, or "triggers," induced by allergies.
Getting A Grip On Stress, By Renee Macalino Rutledge
According to the Mayo Clinic, our bodies respond to stress by releasing the adrenocorticotropic hormone, or ACTH, from the pituitary gland, which is located at the base of the brain. ACTH then causes the adrenal glands to flood the bloodstream with stress hormones that can focus concentration and increase strength and agility. However, consistent activation of this stress-response system, also known as the "fight-or-flight" reaction, can disrupt the body's processes.
Living with Diabetes, By Mary Mcinerney
There are approximately 60,000 Alameda County residents diagnosed with diabetes, and another 30,000 who are unaware they have it, said Brenda Rueda-Yamashita, director of the Alameda County Public Health Department's diabetes program. With diabetes, the body doesn't produce or properly use insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy. Both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles, although the cause isn't known. Often, there aren't symptoms.
Sun and Skin, By Noelle Robbins
Most dermatologists urge the use of sunscreen products SPF 15 to SPF 30, opaque clothing and hats as the best way to protect the skin.The use of tanning booths is strongly discouraged. And although there is general consensus that excess sun exposure, particularly sunburn, can significantly raise the risk for developing skin cancer, sometimes years later, there is ongoing debate about the health benefits of totally eschewing the sun.
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