Lice. It’s every mother’s worst nightmare -- but with 12 million cases around the world each year, it can affect anyone. Dr. Oz identifies the 3 different kinds of lice, where they live, and what you can do to get rid of them the right way.

 


Lice Facts:

  • Head lice are wingless, parasitic insects that feed on blood.
  • You can get lice by sharing personal belongings and through close personal contact.
  • Symptoms of a lice infestation include intense itching. Itching is the result of an allergic reaction to lice saliva.
  • The best place to look for lice on an adult is behind the ears and on the back of the neck.
  • Lice can be as small as a a strawberry seed or up to 1/8 of an inch in size. 
  • Lice nits (the eggs) can be easily mistaken for dandruff, but they don’t brush off the hair. They are stuck to the hair shaft.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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