Yes, we are finally getting some decent weather and we want to spend as much time as possible outdoors. What’s holding us back? In Manitoba, blacklegged ticks (deer ticks) may carry the Lyme disease bacteria. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted to people through the bite of blacklegged ticks (deer ticks) and western blacklegged ticks. When a young tick feeds on an infected animal, it picks up a bacterium, normally carried by mice, squirrels, birds and other small animals. You could show symptoms in three to 30 days if you are the tick’s next meal after it has ingested infected blood. Health Canada estimates that about 10 per cent of blacklegged ticks in any infected area carry the bacterium which causes Lyme disease.
Adult male, nymph, adult female and larva of blacklegged ticks
Blacklegged ticks exist in three active stages: Larva, nymph, and adult. Unfed larvae and nymphs are light in colour and very difficult to see. Unfed adult female blacklegged ticks are approximately 3 to 5 mm in length; and are red and brown in colour. Adult males are smaller than females and are uniformly brown in colour.
Working as a sports official, or referee, is a noisy job. In fact, a recent study suggests that referees who use whistles are more likely to suffer from symptoms of noise-induced hearing loss compared to people in a similar age group in the general population. Whistles commonly used by referees can be as loud as 106 decibels, and science tells us that regular exposure, even briefly, to sounds above 85 decibels can lead to permanent hearing loss. Nearly half of the referees who participated in the survey reported ringing in their ears after a game, which is a symptom of damage to sensitive inner ear sensory cells that can lead to noise-induced hearing loss. The findings were published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene.
Gordon B. Hughes, M.D., program director for clinical trials at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at the National Institutes of Health, has first-person experience of the perils of loud whistles acting as a referee at club soccer matches. “Everyone on the field needs to hear the whistle, so I would blow it hard,” says Dr. Hughes. “No matter how brief the sound was, it would hurt my ears every time. That’s a warning that the sound is too loud and potentially harmful.”
So what can referees do to protect their hearing? Dr. Hughes suggests using “vented” ear molds. “They are custom-fitted to the ear canal and reduce sound by up to 25 decibels,” he says. “That reduction will let referees perform their duty while protecting their ears all day.”
Whistles aren’t the only things making loud noises at sporting events, however. Cheering fans, marching bands, or other signaling devices such as starter pistols, add to the cacophony. So, whether you’re a professional referee or a spectator, think about wearing hearing protectors to save yourself from hearing damage.
What do you do to protect your hearing? Molded vented plugs do work so you can enjoy the noise and excitment as well as protect your hearing. It is a Win Win!
Summer is fast approaching and with school soon over for children, camp time starts. Whether assisting in a camp or sending your child to a camp you should check if immunizations are up to date! Vaccine preventable diseases are more likely to occur in groups of susceptible children and adults. Illness and severe complications can and do occur from these preventable diseases.
If sending a child to camp:
Send a signed consent for them to be seen and treated by a health provider;
Provide your contact number in case you have to be called for any reason; and,
Send a copy of their immunization record along with any allergies and health instructions.
This helps them receive the attention they may need in as quick a manner as possible.
Camps are a special time for children and some may have health conditions or medications that make them more susceptiple to illness than the average child and they may not even be able to have certain protective vaccines. Feel good that your child is immunized for their protection so they can create an environment that helps others have a fun experience and be protected.
Check here for Manitoba Health information about vaccines and immunization schedules specific for various age groups.
Want to get into shape? Want to make a difference? How you approach the later may actually help you to achieve both.
As raising money for charity is becoming increasingly difficult, taking on extreme challenges for charity can both capture potential donors’ attention and drive your motivation to work out like never before. After all, those adrenaline fueled stunts and epic, unforgettable, adventures do demand a certain level of endurance and physical prowess, non?
What can better capture the imagination than a six day multi-terrain race across the great, stony Gobi desert in China? Or perhaps eleven days whitewater rafting down the Zambezi into the depths of Victoria Falls, wrestling with the biggest commercial white water rapids in the world? Continue reading →
As the weather improves, we get inspired and anxious to work in the garden, get rid of the old left overs from the fall and start planting for the summer. It is important to realize that Tetanus lies in soil and dirt and is a toxin that can enter our system in even the smallest scrape. If unprotected it makes you very ill. Children get protection from tetanus with their childhood immunization programs. Did you know as an adult (young or old) we need a Tetanus booster every 10 years? That is not often, but very necessary to keep us protected from this toxin.
Here’s a short video on the importance of tetanus.
Just let your health provider or clinic know it has been 10 years since your last shot.
Well, it may not be a perfect May 10, but it’s a perfectly good day to announce that your Red River Rebel Riders (rrrr…) are back with a goal of raising $10,000 for MS in this, our 10th year! This year’s ride will be September 7 & 8 in Riding Mountain National Park.
Yes, 2013 marks 10 years! How can you help to make it a perfect 10?
Come out to our first eventSaturday June 1: Bowling at the Dakota Bowling Centre from 5 to 8 pm. $20 ($10 for children 12 and under) will cover your bowling, shoes, pizza, pop, popcorn, and a donation for MS. Bring friends and family for a fun evening with the team. Call Marnie at 204-949-8521 for tickets (click here for details).
Join the 2013 team. We already have 5 registered riders: Marnie Boulet, Guy Dugas, Gurdeesh Ghuman, Dayna Graham, and Michael Poitras. Train with us this spring and summer to get in shape for the big ride Sept. 7. Email email@example.com for details or simply click here and then click on the Join this team button.
Protecting your and your family’s hearing IS important.
Once lost you do not get it back. A small little ear plug does an amazing job in helping you stay safe not only at work, but when at home and during times of recreation. Get out, enjoy whatever activity you like (even mowing the lawn!) but be protected and be mindful of those little ears who are with you.
For a brief escape try Wild Sanctuary . This site not only provides an introduction to the concept of sound ecology but lets you pause to take a walk in your mind and enjoy the forest! This is just one of the many excellent referrals available through Quiet.org.
Wow, the snow has finally melted (mostly) and it actually feels like spring. Nice. Here’s this weeks collection of wellness links courtesy of the Monday Mash.
Jazz Winnipeg has put out its lineup for the Winnipeg Jazz Festival that runs June 13th to the 23rd. Despite the name, the Jazz Festival features an eclectic mix of artists covering a wide variety of jazz styles, with some soul, blues, indie rock, and hip hop thrown in for good measure. Many of the performances take place in the Jazz District in Old Market Square, just a stone’s throw from our Exchange District campuses. You can find the full list of performers here.
One of the best things about spring is the return of so many birds who are coming back to their summer home or migrating through on their way further north. To familiarize yourself with bird songs, there’s some great resource books out there that have pictures accompanied with audio – such as the Backyard Birdsong Guide produced by Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I also came across a cool sounding app called iBird – which I haven’t used but might just pick up.
If you dread this time of year, when there is non-stop hockey and basketball playoff action and the television is going non-stop, Psychology Today has some advice for you – with five tips for living with an avid sports fan.
When the Wellness blog debuted over a year ago, one of the first posts was a video collaboration between Doctor Mike Evans and filmmaker Nick de Pencier entitled 23 and a ½ hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health? touting the benefits of spending 30 minutes a day taking a walk. Since posting this excellent piece (initially shared by Lucille McLeod) I had forgotten about this wellness dynamic duo until last week, when I came to work and found a Globe and Mail article on my desk. The article was dropped off by Ashley Blackman – who is a Wellness Nut and Director of Research and Planning – as he is often sending me Wellness-related articles that he finds.
Aside from the interesting advice being provided, I am drawn in by the art of storytelling, which I think these two have aced. I doubt there are many people who can make Acne interesting, but somehow they do. Like all things medical, these videos aren’t necessarily the definitive word on the subject(s), but they provide a foundation for looking further and considering other advice and information.