Summer

What the color of your urine says about your hydration

We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, especially when exercising and especially in the heat. But how do you know if you’re really drinking enough water in proportion to your size and activity level? That’s where the “Pee Chart” comes in. New University of Texas head football coach Tom Herman created the …

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Therapy dogs dressed in summer best

Dog Days of Summer brings joy, mayor to Plano

On Tuesday, July 21, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano held its first Dog Days of Summer Parade, which featured 21 dogs in their best summer outfit of the day. You could see the excitement in all these animal assisted therapy volunteers as they walked in with leashes in hand. The dogs too couldn’t resist …

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Not all sunscreen products are equal

As the warm summer months approach, it’s important to remember some critical facts about using your sunscreen.  Not all sunscreen products are created equal. Fortunately, in 2013 the FDA required sunscreen manufacturers to include some new facts about their products on the label. Although all sunscreens help prevent sunburn, only those with an SPF of …

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Beat Heat Stroke: Stay Safe in the Summer Heat With These Tips

A tall glass of water or iced tea is a valuable ally in the summer heat. But staying hydrated is just one way to prevent heatstroke and heat-related illness. Keep in mind that babies and children younger than four, as well as adults older than 65, are at higher risk for heat-related illnesses. High humidity …

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Fireworks Safety

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, many people are looking forward to the dazzling fireworks displays that celebrate our Independence each year. But, fireworks can be very dangerous. In 2011 more than 9,000 emergency department visits were due to fireworks-related injuries. As an emergency physician with more than 15 years of experience and as …

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3 Quick Tips for a Healthy Cookout

Summer wouldn’t be the same for many Americans without the traditional backyard barbecue. By planning ahead and making healthy choices, you can enjoy summer barbecues and reduce your risk for developing chronic diseases. Add flavor and variety to your next barbecue with these 3 quick tips: 1.  PLAN AHEAD AND SERVE SMARTER SIDES Know how many people …

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Summer Shoe Shopping Tips From an Orthopedic Surgeon

Summer is just around the corner, and everywhere you look bright-colored flip-flops, wedges and sandals are calling your name. But while you’re shopping for that perfect pair of summer shoes, remember that there is more to a great pair of shoes than just color and style. Robert Berry, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon on the medical …

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