Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).Read More
As a child, I was an easy mark for playground torments: smart, insufferably rule-abiding, decidedly unpretty. The tormenter I remember most distinctly was not my first bully, nor my last, but his attacks would turn the others into footnotes.
He was in my class for years; his mom was my softball coach, driving me to and from practice when my single mother could not.Read More
Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved tips.Read More
The Gurnee Police Department has shared this information to help make individuals more aware of information they need immediately during a phone call to them, especially during in-progress emergencies.Read More
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.Read More
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 TrafficRead More
Preventing Falls at Home
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.
Be Ready for the Unexpected with an Emergency Supply Kit.
Through its Ready Campaign, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security educates and empowers Americans to take some simple steps to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Ready asks individuals to do three key things: get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.
All Americans should have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs. Following is a listing of some basic items that every emergency supply kit should include. However, it is important that individuals review this list and consider where they live and the unique needs of their family in order to create an emergency supply kit that will meet these needs. Individuals should also consider having at least two emergency supply kits, one full kit at home and smaller portable kits in their workplace, vehicle or other places they spend time.
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.
School tragedies such as the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida affect us all. Here are some helpful resources to help in dealing with the trauma.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
The Lake County Sheriff's Office, Walgreens and several local police departments have prescription drug disposal boxes to take back your old, outdated or unused prescription drugs.
Find out what items are accepted and a disposal location near you.Read More
Summer heat can increase the risk for heat-related illness like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Learn how to beat the heat and enjoy your summer safely.Read More
Wisconsin schools, bracing for the next mass shooting, are turning to gunshot-detecting sensors that police across the country rely on, hoping the technology will lead to faster response times when there's an active shooter.Read More
Let the tears roll, for crying out loud
By Chris Hammerlund
Dear Chris: The holidays always leave me an emotional wreck. I'm the one in the family who prepares all the food, gets the decorations ready, handles the Christmas tree and deals with the kids and their gifts. But instead of it making me happier, I find myself crying for no particular reason. Is that normal? Any tips so I don't always feel like a mess? Angela in Mundelein
Dear Angela: Not only is a good cry a permissible gift to yourself, science says it's a necessary way the body cleanses itself internally. Look it up. It's in all the biology books.
But even if I didn't have the research at my fingertips, just ask yourself how you feel after a big, loud, blubbery cry. Most people feel much better, and it's not just an illusion. Your body often sends you clear signals. Crying is one of them.
What makes you cry can be a thousand different stimuli - pain, grief, joy, hormones, or even genetic influences. This uniquely-human experience is natural and necessary for biochemical cleansing - helping the body dump toxins and reset healing processes. Sobbing flushes stress hormones while prompting endorphin production - the feel-good chemical responsible for soothing raw pain, calming overstimulation, and boosting optimism.
I love those endorphins. In fact, I've often wondered if people who are more naturally and visibly “happy” with the world are that way partly because their endorphin triggers are easier to access. People who cry freely may have a big advantage in tapping endorphins.
You may be one of those people who cry at any moment - weddings, birthday parties, or your kids' school plays. Or you may be the type who can't remember when you last cried.
Either way, crying often catches everyone when or where they don't want to weep. Others might not want to watch you weep.
But sorry, Angela, they're just going to have to get over it. What sort of a family do you have anyway? The “why” of crying may seem obvious. You're happy or sad. But that's too simplistic.
Dr. Stephen Sideroff is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA's School of Medicine, as well as the Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics says people cry for very complex reasons. For instance, he says, people cry in response to something of beauty. He calls it “melting.” They are letting go of their guard, and tapping into a place deep. Crying can also be a survival mechanism.
Jodi DeLuca, a neuropsychologist at Tampa General Hospital in Florida, says that crying might be a signal you need to address something. Maybe you are frustrated, overwhelmed or even just trying to get someone's attention. Maybe you are secretly angry that no one helps you at the holidays. That would certainly make me cry.
On top of that, crying may have a purging biochemical purpose. So relax. It's just a part of being a complex physical specimen.
In any case, the last emotion you should feel about crying is that it's a bad thing that should be stifled because it makes someone else uncomfortable. Personally, I think we need a National Day of Crying.
Who am I, and why would a person listen to me? Both fair questions. I'm Christine Hammerlund and I've been a nurse for years. I have delivered babies, saved lives, and cared for hundreds of patients through their medical triumphs and tragedies. Now I run Assured Healthcare at http://www.assuredhealthcare.com.
December 4-10th is National Handwashing Awareness Week
The 4 Principles of Hand Awareness
- Wash your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating
- DO NOT cough into your hands
- DO NOT sneeze into your hands
- Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth