Convenience vs. privacy: the Facebook situation

Here are 4 tips to protect your data from being shared on Facebook.

Everyone’s favorite social media site is currently the subject of hot debate, and we’re here to keep you grounded amidst the madness. First, let’s talk about what happened. Back in 2014, a quiz made the rounds on Facebook. 270,000 users took the quiz, which harvested data not just about them, but also their friends. As a result, the quiz aggregated the private info of 50 million Facebook users. All that data was then allegedly sold to the Trump presidential campaign.

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Bicycle Safety

Important Safety Tips for Bicyclists

Always Ride with Traffic and Follow the Rules of the Road

Don't Ride on the Sidewalk

Be Predictable and Visible

Watch for Turning Traffic

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A Rough Day at Work

Work-related injuries and deaths may be more common than you think—particularly among men.
For many office workers, a bad day at work may involve unnecessary meetings, a flood of emails and hectic deadlines. However, for others—particularly those who work in some of the more dangerous industries such as construction, agriculture or manufacturing—a bad day on the job might include a workplace accident that can be debilitating or even fatal.

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Frostbite Prevention

Children are at greater risk for frostbite than adults are. Because of their greater surface area children lose heat from their skin more rapidly than adults do. Parents can help prevent frostbite by dressing their child(ren) in layers and covering all body parts from exposure to the cold by wearing hats, scarves, and mittens.

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Don't get tricked by cyber scams

The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. Make sure you know who's knocking at your digital door with these tips for protecting your personal information.

Think before you click!

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National Safety Awareness Month | Ask the Nurse

Ask the Nurse answers: Here's how to look better guys

Ask the Nurse: Christine Hammerlund, President of Assured Healthcare Staffing and Nurse

Question: I'm a 50-year-old man and I'm starting to worry about my appearance. Where do I start? What can I do besides plastic surgery to get rid of the lines and jowls? BILL IN MUNDELEIN

Chris: So you want to stay youthful and maintain your best look, but not sure how? What if you're a middle aged man? You've had an entire life of people telling you that you shouldn't worry about aging because it's all inevitable, right? So, you're starting to look like your grandfather, but you'd rather not.

OK, so you're willing to take a little advice, but let's not go all New Age. You're a real guy who wants some real guy solutions to feeling better and looking better. So just sit back and relax. Let me do all the medical research.

1. Get some sleep.

Chronic sleep deprivation adds years to your face. Here's why: The extraocular eye muscles are exercised during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and could atrophy when not used. Use it or lose it. This may contribute to the circles beneath your eyes after a poor night's rest. If you can't sleep, then don't go low-carb at dinner. Men who consume carbohydrates before bed have significantly longer REM sleep cycles than when they ate a low-carb meal.

2. New skin.

Shaving in the morning actually stimulates the creation of new skin cells. As you age, your cell-renewal process slows. By age 50, the cycle to make new skin takes twice as long as it did when you were a kid. Your skin also gradually looses collagen, the spongy protein beneath the epidermis. That produces wrinkles and sagging, particularly around your eyes, where the skin is thinnest. Try Retin-A (tretinoin) or retinol or L'Oreal Paris Men's Expert Vita Lift Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Moisturizer. Just don't let your wife see it.

3. Lose just a little.

Don't want to lose your marbles later? Lose some calories now. Eating less can reduce markers of inflammation and insulin resistance, which are suspected risk factors for mental decline.

June is National Safety Awareness Month

Each year, thousands of older Americans fall at home. Many of them are seriously injured, and some are disabled. Falls are often due to hazards that are easy to overlook but easy to fix. 

  Download this checklist  from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help you find and fix those hazards in your home.

Download this checklist from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help you find and fix those hazards in your home.

Ask The Nurse: Is the "5-Second-Rule" Really Safe?

dropped food bacteria

Dear Nurse Chris: My husband grew up in a family that allowed the “5-second rule.” If you dropped food on the floor, but picked it up in less than five seconds, it was OK to eat. I know it’s crazy, but can I give him – and our two sons – some evidence that the “5-second rule” is terrible?  Rosa in Mundelein

Dear Rosa: The 5-second rule was not used in our house; if it fell on the floor it was tossed out. Thank goodness our bodies are made the way they are, because the hydrochloric acid in our stomachs has saved us from many an illness.
There’s good science for this view. Tell your family to listen up:  it's probably not even safe to follow a 1-second rule. The transfer of bacteria from a contaminated surface to food is almost instantaneous - or, at the very least, quicker than human reflexes.

In a recent study, Clemson University food scientist Paul Dawson and students contaminated several surfaces (ceramic tile, wood flooring, and carpet) with Salmonella. They then dropped pieces of bologna and slices of bread on the surfaces for as little as 5 seconds and as long as 60 seconds. After just 5 seconds, both foods had already picked up as many as 1,800 bacteria (more bad bugs adhered to the bologna than the bread). After 60 seconds, it was up to 18,000 bacteria!

There are 76 million cases of foodborne illness annually in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control - so unless you're the only family on the block that sterilizes your floors hourly, stop eating dropped food. "Let's not forget what comes into contact with floors--people bring animal feces on their shoes into their homes," Dawson said.

And don't assume that countertops are clean. Dawson's team also found that the Salmonella actually survived as long as four weeks on the test surfaces.

I am also a stickler about hand washing. Many potential illnesses can be avoided when washing hands with soap and water. Hand washing before meals, after using the restroom, after playing outside, after coughing and blowing your nose, before preparing food and after touching food (such as raw meat) are some of the ways to avoid getting sick.