Keep home clean to cut allergens
Allergic asthma can cause permanent damage to the airways. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology suggests you decrease exposure to allergens in your home by regularly replacing air conditioner filters and keeping windows and doors closed. Vacuum weekly, and wash pillows, sheets and blankets in water at least 130 degrees.
Get your vitamin E to protect health
Sweet red peppers, sunflower seeds and mango chunks on spinach make a tasty salad. RealAge.com notes that each is rich in vitamin E, important to improve strength in those 65 and older. The body's cells can be damaged by chemicals released during normal functions. Vitamin E helps protect against that and is thought to lessen hardening of the arteries. The Web site recommends a daily dose of 400 international units.
Advance reported for oral insulin
Researchers in Texas report development of a gel-like material that could allow insulin to be taken orally, rather than by injection. Acid in the stomach destroys insulin, preventing oral ingestion. The study describes a promising gel that responds to changes in pH levels, protecting the drug from that destruction.
On the calendar
Thursday through May 10, free skin cancer screenings. At seven locations in the bay area. To find a location nearest you, go to www.aad.org/SkinCancerScreening/LocationSearch.aspx.
Saturday, 9 a.m., Walk with Us to Cure Lupus Walkathon, Al Lopez Park, Tampa. For information, call Stephanie Chapman at (813) 258-5816.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon, free physicals for student athletes attending north Pinellas County high schools. Performed by Morton Plant Mease Health Care physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists. At Ptak Orthopaedic & Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant St., Clearwater. Will also be offered May 17 at Palm Harbor University High School, 1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor. Physicals are free, but individual schools may request a $15 fee to support booster clubs. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian, or forms must be presigned.
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