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Summertime requires careful health precautions

June 22, 2013
By C. Paul Martin, M.D. , Marshall Independent

Recent graduations, Liberty Park band concerts and summer days remind us that the wonderful time of summer with its activities and vacations is here. This season does present us with many opportunities for fun and relaxation, but we must use caution with regard to our activities, especially sun exposures. However, it isn't just the bright sun's effects which present health problems to us. As Dr. Sally Dorfman (Medscape) has remarked: "There is a dark side. Skin cancer, insect bites, poison ivy, foodborne illnesses, drowning, burns, and injuries lurk in the shadows. Take this opportunity to remind patients - and ourselves - of the importance of prevention to avert, or at least minimize, the risk of summertime discomfort, illness, injury and death."



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