All light suppresses the secretion of melatonin, the hormone that regulates your body clock. During the day, this is a desirable effect, because it keeps you awake. At night, you need melatonin to help you drift off to sleep.
Fans of 56-year-old actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus were shocked last month when she announced she was battling breast cancer, partly because she’s so young and partly because we don’t think it can happen to anyone we know. It was a sad coincidence that she revealed her diagnosis just days before the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, observed every October.
Every two minutes in the United States someone dies of sepsis, according to the Sepsis Alliance. That death toll is higher than deaths from prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined. Every year, eight million people around the world die of sepsis, 258,000 in the U.S. alone. One in three people in this country will develop sepsis in their lifetime. It is the number one cause of rehospitalization.
The Fourth of July is nearing, one of the three big holidays known for barbecues, along with Memorial Day and Labor Day. The centerpiece of all the picnics and backyard parties nearly always includes the distinctive aroma of various grilled meats wafting over the festivities, whetting appetites for whatever’s “on the barbie.”