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May 2004
 
Fall 2003 - Winter 2004 Sports Barn Newsletter
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OTC Medications Make Heat More Dangerous
Some over-the-counter medications can make the summer heat more dangerous. Antihistamines, found in cold and allergy medicines, can make the body sweat less, potentially accelerating heat-related illnesses. “These medications cause the mucus membranes in the body to dry up and actually cause you to sweat less,” says Dr. Greene Shepherd, clinical...
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Hot Weather Tips
It happens every summer: Overzealous fitness and nature enthusiasts ignore common sense guidelines and suffer heat-related illness they could have avoided. Heat exhaustion kicks in when your body dehydrates due to sweat (fluid) loss with no fluid replacement. Symptoms include fatigue; weakness; dizziness; muscle cramps; nausea; and cool, clammy,...
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Insect Repellant
As West Nile virus moves rapidly across the United States, doctors are recommending that people be more cautious about the mosquitoes buzzing around. Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus can pass the disease to humans. While human infection is rare, some people exposed to the virus suffer mild-to-moderate flu-like symptoms. Dr. Elizabeth...
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Stick With It!
Summer is nearly over, but that doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of physical activity for the next year. Here are ideas to help keep you moving. 1. Set long-range goals. Perhaps you want to get in shape for a winter ski trip. Don’t wait until the last minute! Good strengthening exercises for skiing muscles include lunges, knee extensions,...
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