Always Wear Sunscreen

Written by Gary Gresham

Always wear sunscreen. How many times have you heard that? The American Academy of Dermatology reaffirms its long-standing position that sunscreen protection is beneficial in preventing painful sunburn, photo aging and skin cancer.

You should always wear sunscreen regularly as part of an overall sun protection program. Whenever possible wear a hat, sun protective clothing and avoid peak sun hours.

For added protection against dry skin problems look for moisturizers with sunscreen in them. To be most effective, sun protection should begin in childhood and continue throughout your life. Use sunscreen protection as part of a daily routine.

Here are some helpful tips when going outside inrepparttar sun:

1. Try to stay out ofrepparttar 148684 sun between 10 am and 4pm whenrepparttar 148685 sun is at its hottest.

2. Apply sunscreen protection with at least 15 SPF and reapply every two hours when outside, even on overcast days.

Talking Money with Your Doctor: Drugs and Tests for Less

Written by Gary Cordingley

Would you buy groceries without knowing their prices? I suspect not. You probably comparerepparttar costs of different boxes of cereal in order to getrepparttar 148663 best deal. But when it comes to medical care, do you even ask forrepparttar 148664 prices involved?

While it's true that good health is priceless, and cutting corners on health care is risky, there is still much you can do in order to obtainrepparttar 148665 same good value in medical care that you insist upon in other areas of your life.

If you lack a prescription plan that pays for your medications, it's high time you discussedrepparttar 148666 cost of drugs with your doctor. Your doctor's number-one choice in medication for your medical condition might be expensive. There are usually reasonable alternatives that cost less. You should take advantage of your doctor's expertise in estimating trade-offs involved with each of your options.

Apart from prices, your doctor is already balancing a number of important factors in making a drug recommendation. First, of course,repparttar 148667 drug needs to be medically effective—otherwise, why bother? The doctor also takes into consideration what other medications you are taking, what other illnesses you have, your age, your gender,repparttar 148668 drug's side-effect spectrum, and also its convenience aspects, like how many times per day it has to be taken and whether or not blood-tests are required to monitor it. A drug that might score high on effectiveness and side-effects might still be inconvenient. An alterative might be both convenient and effective, but pose a higher risk of side-effects.

Sorepparttar 148669 truth ofrepparttar 148670 matter is that your doctor is already sorting through all sorts of trade-offs in choosing a medication to prescribe. Factoring inrepparttar 148671 prices of alternative drugs just builds onrepparttar 148672 comparing-apples-to-oranges process you are paying your doctor to do for you inrepparttar 148673 first place. But ifrepparttar 148674 doctor doesn't know that you lack a prescription plan, he or she might not includerepparttar 148675 cost of drugs in these reckonings and you might be stuck with a prescription that wrecks your budget.

The next step in obtaining maximum value for your investment in medication is to shop it around. Let your fingers dorepparttar 148676 walking by phoning several pharmacies for a price-check. I even write out a script for my shy patients who get nervous when they talk to medical personnel. It goes something like this: "Hi, I'd like to do a price-check on my prescription medication. How much would it cost to buy thirty furosemide 20 milligram (or whatever) pills? Thank you very much. Have a great day!"

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