Members of Congress are still huddled in cloakrooms, sweating over how best to pay for healthcare, but that doesn't mean the rest of us have to stay inside. Today's headlines include a little health news you can use in the great outdoors.
First, a cautionary note to high school coaches from America's athletic trainers: Go easier on the kids in the heat of summer — especially at the start—to keep them alive all season long. "Acclimatization" is key to preventing heat stroke and death in young athletes, research shows. That means work up gradually — over a couple of weeks — to those two-a-day, full-pad practices, and push water and other fluids all day long and into the evening. Already, some coaches are balking.
Now, what about camp? In its H1N1 flu update yesterday, the CDC said the new flu is sticking around beyond the usual season, so now that most schools are closed, it's not surprising to see outbreaks at kids' camps in North Carolina, Georgia, and elsewhere.
Don't panic. As today's Los Angeles Times reports:
...the CDC had the same recommendations for camps as it did for schools: Sick children should be sent home and not allowed to return for a week or for 24 hours after the last symptoms disappeared.
One camp in Georgia is isolating for a week any campers (or counselors) who exhibit even a hint of a flu symptom, but campers and parents aren't complaining. The South Florida Sun Sentinel quotes a dad:
The neat thing is that the kids in isolation are getting a full camp program—sports, crafts, they even took a hike yesterday," he said. "So, as parents, we've got no complaints and are perfectly comfortable leaving Jolie there. We told her she probably shouldn't do a lot of hugging and we were going to send her a stock of Purell, but camp is doing all the Purell-ing she needs.
If nothing else, he says, the experience will make for a great "What I did last summer" essay come fall.