It’s Menopause Awareness Month.

Menopause is defined as the final menstrual period and is usually confirmed when a woman has missed her periods for 12 consecutive months (with no other obvious causes).

Find more information from the North American Menopause Society.

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A salmonella outbreak apparently caused by contaminated ground turkey has killed one person and sickened at least 76 other people in 26 states, CDC officials say.

Read full story: Salmonella-Tainted Ground Turkey Outbreak Hits 26 States

close up of box fanThe heat has taken its toll on more than plants and property, but also on human lives.

Consider donating a fan or funds to Family Eldercare as they continue to Keep Austin Cool with their annual summer fan drive.

Quick nutrition quiz:

  1. How much water should you drink each day?
  2. Name three nutrients you’ll get eating lobster.
  3. What’s the best way to drink soda?

Teens in San Antonio are learning more about how to eat health. You can read the full story here.

Woman in swimsuit applies lotion to child's armIn case you missed this important information released by the FDA, we’ve posted it here with a link to the story:

On June 14, 2011 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new requirements for sunscreens currently sold over-the-counter (OTC) (i.e. non-prescription). These requirements support the Agency’s ongoing efforts to ensure that sunscreens meet modern-day standards for safety and effectiveness. The new requirements, as well as several proposed changes for future rules, are outlined in four regulatory documents that include a Final Rule, a Proposed Rule, an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and a Draft Guidance for Industry.


FDA Q & A about new over the counter (OTC) suncreen recommendations

large yellow sun on orange sky

The UV Index was developed in 1994 by the National Weather Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

It helps you plan your outdoor activities so you can avoid exposure to intense UV radiation.

Learn more from the EPA here and look up your UV Index.

fireworks star-bursts in the sky

The drought and heat have cancelled Austin’s annual fireworks display on July 4, but there’s still a lot to do in Central Texas.

The Austin Real Estate Home blog has put together a list of alternative activities to the traditional fireworks display.

Have a healthy and safe July 4th and if you have a health care need ADC’s EasyCare will be open Monday, July 4th from 9am to 5pm.

woman with arms bent behind head, sitting upFor many people trying to lose weight, knowing where to get started with exercise can be one of the hardest parts.

With so many different exercise plans and differing expert opinions, knowing how and what to do for exercise can be tricky.

With this app from the iTunes store, women can have all the tools they need at their fingertips. The app features 16 complete workouts and 130 exercises, making it easier than ever to burn fat and build your best body.

Remember to consult a physician before starting any diet or exercise program.

For more information on weight loss and overall health, contact ADC’s Weight & Health Risk Management Program.  With decades of medical experience on our side, we can help you achieve your health goals.

Robert Hootkins on cover of MD News magazineA unique treatment is now available for patients suffering from familial hypercholesterolemia.

It’s called lipid apheresis.  The therapy was once only available at larger institutions, now patients have an option for treatment right here in Austin.

ADC nephrologist Robert Hootkins, MD is working in conjunction with North Austin Medical Center and Fresenius Medical Care to provide this treatment.

Read more at MDNews.

shelves of patient recordsThe Austin American-Statesman recently included an in-depth look at the evolution and use of electronic medical records at The Austin Diagnostic Clinic.

You can read the full article here.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending against the continued prescribing and use of the pain reliever propoxyphene because new data shows that the drug can cause serious toxicity to the heart.

This drug is a pain reliever sold under various names including Darvon and Darvocet. The FDA has requested the manufacturers voluntarily remove the product from the U.S. market.

If you are taking these medications consult your physician about their use and switching to another pain medication.

Read more about the recall here.