Author: DCA Staff Writer

Get Ready: Flood Preparedness Week, October 21–28

If this year’s rainy season is anything like last year’s, the threat of floods in California is a real concern. To prepare, California Flood Preparedness Week, October 21–28, can help inform you on your flood risk and any necessary safety measures you should take. According to the Department of Water Resources (DWR), flooding is the…

Eclipse Blindness: It’s a Thing

You may have done it. Even the President did it. If you looked up at the solar eclipse on August 21 without eclipse glasses or other eye protection, there’s a chance you may have caused damage to your eyes. According to NASA, the sun’s surface is so intensely bright that it produces enough light to…

Plantar Fasciitis: Taking Steps to ‘Heel’ Thyself

Your feet take a beating every day. They’re responsible for helping you stand, walk, and sometimes kick, run, and dance. With all that daily wear and tear, over time your feet may suffer from aches and pains—one of the most common of which is plantar fasciitis. This painful foot condition occurs when there’s an inflammation…

Some Antibiotics May Do More Harm Than Good

When taken properly, antibiotics are generally thought of as innocuous, helpful medications. However, not all bacteria-fighting drugs are alike. One class of antibiotics, called fluoroquinolones, can cause dangerous, possibly permanent, side effects—even birth defects. Despite their extreme potency and potential risks, fluoroquinolones—including Avelox, Cipro, Factive, Levaquin, and Ofloxacin—are commonly prescribed to treat a host of…

Desperately Seeking Slumber

An alarming health issue that literally lurks in your sleep has been getting more attention lately and with good reason. Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder in which a person may stop breathing more than 50 times per hour and it can target anyone, at any age — and it can affect your brain in…

Don’t Get Tripped Up Exiting a Timeshare

Getting rid of a timeshare isn’t easy, and, unfortunately, some cons are taking advantage of that predicament. Timeshare scams have been operating for some time; the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) began warning consumers about this type of fraud back in 2012 and updated their warning in 2013. Although the idea of renting or…

People Foods Can Be Dangerous for Pets

What may be innocuous foods for you may be highly toxic for your pet to consume. Before you slip them a snack, know what foods can be harmful—or even life-threatening—to your pet. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), here are…

Mammograms: Women Join the Conversation

Mammogram screenings starting at age 40 reduce the chances of death due to breast cancer, but screenings can also lead to harmful effects such as anxiety, false-positive results, unnecessary biopsies, and overtreatment. As a result, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has recently updated its mammogram screening guidelines. With its new recommendations, which apply…

A Sweetheart of a Scam: Online Dating Fraud

Online dating can be complicated. It entails sifting through loads of profiles, getting a dialogue going, deciding if you want to meet, going on a date, and eventually figuring out if you’re actually compatible. Now to make the process even trickier, you also need to take precautions against online dating fraud. Online criminals use dating…

Keeping it Cool: Worth Your Time and Energy

Turning down the temperature on your air conditioner isn’t the only solution for keeping your house cool. Here are some easy ways, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the U.S. Department of Energy, to stay comfortable during the warm months, while also reducing your home energy bill. Draw your shades. Simply closing…

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