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  • Groundhog Day Winter Sale!

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    That’s rightGroundhog Day is a this Friday, and until it happens, we know not when Winter 2018 will end.
    It is already bitter cold in many areas, wet and flooding in others, and who-knows-what still lies in store for Americans this cold and blustery season... Are you Winter Ready?

    To help you be Winter Ready, we are offering you an additional 10% off now through Groundhog Day on all these great Winter Items you need! Enter Code “Burrow” in your shopping cart and take an extra 10% off our already deep-discounted prices on these Winter Essentials.

    "Winter, slumbering in the open air, wears on its smiling face a dream... of spring." While Groundhog Day is a lighthearted movie about a fun winter rite, the reality is that - just as in days gone by - Winter is still Deadly and Dangerous Today.

    Groundhog Day is February 2 and has been celebrated since 1887. On Groundhog Day, crowds gather in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to see if groundhog Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow after emerging from his burrow, thus predicting six more weeks of winter weather. Originally, in many locations where this was observed with less famous groundhogs than Phil, the way it worked was that if the day was cloudy when a groundhog emerged from its burrow on this day, then it would indicate an early Spring; if it was sunny, the groundhog would supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather would then persist for six more weeks. Some say that the tradition has its origins in ancient European weather lore, wherein a badger or sacred bear was the prognosticator, as opposed to a groundhog. The custom also has strong similarities to the Pagan festival of Imbolc (the seasonal turning point of the Celtic calendar, which is celebrated on February 2 and also involves weather prognostication).

    Get ready for a long Winter with all the great Winter Safety Needs above and learn more by reading our Winter Safety Articles.

    If you don't "get" the quotes above… you really need to watch the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray – always good for a chuckle.


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    Available Online or Toll Free – This sale ends at Midnight on Groundhog Day! (2/2/18) While this is a Winter Sale, and applies to all the recommended Winter Items above, there are oh-so-many other items we offer that apply to Winter Readiness (for instance, you can’t be ready for Winter Exigencies without a First Aid Kit…) so we are making this discount available site-wide on all our products, except Laerdal, Simulaids, and Oxygen Items!
    Offer cannot be combined with any other offers or incentives. Offer cannot be applied to completed orders. While supplies last, offer subject to substitution or change without notice, call with questions or for further details.

  • Mosquitoes Kill

    Mosquitoes are responsible for more deaths than any other creature on the planet.

    This comes to mind at present because of the current Zika Scare, but it has been a known fact for a long time.

    Mosquitoes are harbingers of death - they carry West Nile VirusDengue, Malaria, Chikungunya, Yellow Fever, La Crosse Encephalitis, and many other gnarly diseases.

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    More reading: World Mosquito DayThe Best Way to Stop Bug Bites according to Consumer ReportsWhat is DEET? Is it Safe?HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF FROM MOSQUITO BITES?

    It is almost inevitable that when in the outdoors, insects will be present. While they may not be harmful, an insect bite can be irritating and bothersome. Our Insect Repellents are effective in keeping the bugs away while our Sting Relief Pads soothe itching associated with bites that you couldn't prevent. These are great to have available in first aid kits, or packed up in your camping supplies.

  • Flu Epidemic

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    It is the New Year, but flu season has already officially crossed the epidemic threshold, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fifteen children have died across the country from influenza, as the number of states reporting a "high" level of influenza activity jumped from 13 to 22 in one week. The determination follows an earlier warning from the agency that this year's flu season could be a severe one. Keep in mind, however, that epidemic-levels of flu activity in the U.S. are a typical part of the annual flu season. In other words, it's simply too early to determine just how severe this year's epidemic will be. The CDC uses several methods to track and characterize the outbreak. "Right now, all of the CDC's influenza surveillance systems are showing elevated activity," The CDC's flu division said in an e-mailed statement. The influenza season reaches an epidemic level when the proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza reaches a certain threshold: 6.8 percent. According to the CDC's latest available information on the flu season, the percentage is currently at the threshold.

    This Season’s Flu Activity Has Reached the Epidemic Threshold, the CDC Says

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  • Cough? Cold? Flu? Infection? Pandemic?

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  • Foods that help Fight the Flu

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    You know what flu season means — get a flu shot and do whatever you can to stay healthy. These foods (and teas) can help you fend off the flu, and eat and drink well too.

    9 Natural Flu-Fighting Foods

    Eating and drinking right can help boost your immune system

    Regardless how you feel about flu vaccinations - with or without getting one yourself, there are some basic precautions for avoiding contamination and some foods you can easily incorporate into your diet during Flu Season that will help boost your natural immunity to Influenza and the Common Cold.

    Black-Eyed Peas

    These nutritious legumes are rich in zinc, a trace mineral that keeps your immune system in working order. Pinto beans, peanuts, roasted pumpkin seeds and wheat germ are other good choices.

    Carrots

    They're rich in beta-carotene, which your body uses to ward off respiratory infections. Other good sources are dark green vegetables, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and winter squash.

    Chicken Soup

    It may not prevent the flu, but a bowl or cup of soup can help your immune system fight off the virus in its early stages, thanks to a compound called carnosine. The only catch: You need to consume chicken soup throughout your illness to reap its benefit, says a 2012 study.

    Tea

    Green, black and oolong tea all contain naturally occurring compounds that reduce the risk of flu, including quercetin, a powerful antioxidant, and L-theanine, an amino acid found only in tea. Decaf teas contain the amino acid, herbal teas don't.

    Yogurt

    Probiotics, the beneficial bacteria found in yogurt and other fermented foods, strengthen the immune system. Not a fan of yogurt? Try cottage cheese, kimchi (a fermented Korean dish made of seasoned vegetables) or sauerkraut instead.

    Almonds

    These popular nuts are a rich source of the antioxidant vitamin E, which helps your body ward off viral infections. To maximize the absorption of vitamin E, opt for chopped almonds, almond butter or almond oil.

    Tomatoes

    Vitamin C-rich tomatoes boost the body's natural defense system in the same way their citrusy relatives do. One medium tomato provides 40 percent of your daily vitamin C, so have a glass of tomato juice at lunch and treat yourself to pasta with tomato sauce for dinner.

    Wild Salmon

    It's high in vitamin D, which the immune system needs to kill harmful bacteria and viruses, says John S. Adams, M.D., professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Farm-raised salmon has less, but is also a good source.

    Mushrooms

    These powerhouses increase the body's resistance to viral infections by boosting the activity of natural killer cells, a vital part of the immune system. Mushrooms are rich in selenium, low levels of which can increase the risk of developing a severe flu.Mixed super foods (Sam Kaplan; Stylist: Matt Vohr for Halley Res

  • Who is watching the Spread of Flu while CDC is Shut Down?

    Flu Watch is a BIG responsibility of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention - with the Government shut down - who is monitoring the spread of Influenza this Fall?

    Athenahealth to Monitor Flu Activity During Government Shutdown

    During the government shutdown, health IT vendor athenahealth plans to monitor flu activity and issue updates accordingly. Such activity normally is conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which had to furlough nearly 9,000 workers during the budget fight in Washington. CDC normally issues a weekly flu report, and the media help announce disease outbreaks and launch public awareness campaigns. Without those reports, detection of flu trends could be delayed.

    During the government shutdown, health IT vendor athenahealth plans to monitor flu activity and issue updates accordingly.
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    Such activity normally is conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which had to furlough nearly 9,000 workers during the budget fight in Washington. CDC normally issues a weekly flu report, and the media help announce disease outbreaks and launch public awareness campaigns. Without those reports, detection of flu trends could be delayed.

    Thanks to its database built on cloud-based architecture, Watertown, Mass.-based athenahealth has the ability to report data in real time. Its client physicians also are dispersed around the country with good statistical representation across practice types and sizes, Iyue Sung, director of core analytics, says in a blog post.

    Flu outbreaks generally begin in late fall, but can start earlier. Athenahealth's analysis of vaccination rates by primary care physicians parallels those of previous years, Sung writes, though those who received their shots at retail clinics, schools or the workplace were not included. So far, it has seen no evidence of early flu outbreaks.

    Sung says athenahealth's data tracking of the flu season last year was close to that issued by the CDC. His post doesn't say how often athenahealth plans to update its reports.

    There's no end in sight for the shutdown and with some of the National Institutes of Health's biomedical and clinical research initiatives put on hold, a small but desperate group of children with hard-to-cure cancer as well as a Massachusetts man's last-chance treatment for cancer are among those whose treatment may be delayed, reports the Boston Globe.

    However, the NIH has recalled a few furloughed workers to reopen its clinical trials registration website.

    Meanwhile, the GOP is trying to cobble together piecemeal funding for popular agencies such as the Veterans Administration and NIH, and painting Democrats as working against the interests of those children with cancer, according to Reuters.

    The VA has warned that the government shutdown will reverse its long-sought progress on reducing the backlog of disability claims.

    And three insurance companies say they have enrolled a small number of customers through the glitchy federal online marketplace, so it is working, reports Kaiser Health News. The Obama administration continues to attribute problems to overwhelming volume, but some IT experts say software design might also be at fault. Computer security specialists, however, have ruled out a cyberattack known as a denial of service as the cause of the delays, according to the New York Times.

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    To learn more:
    - read the athenahealth post
    - check out the Boston Globe story
    - here's the Reuters post
    - read the Times article

  • West Nile Case is State’s First This Year

    A southeast Georgia resident is the first human case of West Nile virus confirmed in the state this year. The Department of Public Health said that the adult Brantley County patient was infected in May and recovered without complications and without having to be hospitalized. Nationally, the CDC has reported 10 cases of West Nile virus this year, with one death, as of July 2. It’s a virus most commonly spread by infected mosquitoes.

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  • Historic Virus Emergency - MERS & WHO

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    While the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS CoV) hasn't yet reached pandemic potential, the World Health Organization (WHO) is worried enough about the virus to call its second-ever emergency meeting.
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    The first emergency meeting happened in 2009 and the subject was the H1N1 bird flu virus, which sickened thousands. The meetings are part of a relatively new system called the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee, which was implemented after the SARS outbreak in 2002.

    The talks will take place on Tuesday, July 9, and Thursday July 11, over a phone conference with experts from around the world. though the virus was first reported on back in September of last year, researchers still haven't been able to figure out where it's coming from and how it's infecting humans.

    Eighty people have been sickened and 45 have died, according to the latest numbers. Most cases are either in Saudi Arabia or in people who had recently visited that country. Researchers have seen limited human-to-human spread, as well.

    During the meeting, researchers may decide to label the virus an "international health emergency," according to the AFP. Experts are worried about the potential for spread during the annual Hajj pilgrimage — one of the world's largest gatherings, taking place in Mecca and Medina.

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