If you are preparing to undergo surgery, it is important to follow all pre-operative directions from your physicians. These can range from quitting smoking as soon as you know you are to face surgery to getting a full eight hours of sleep the night before your procedure.

Did You Know?


World Suicide Prevention Day is Sept. 10 and promotes worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides. – World Health Organization



Health Tip: Low-intensity workouts



Climbing stairs, riding a bike or pedaling an elliptical are all great low-imapct workouts that can fall into the high-intensity category, depending on your effort. Don't forget dancing and aerobics, which usually incorporate lots of overhead arms and movement using large ranges of motion.


-- Life Fitness


Number to Know


50: Tobacco products will eventually kill up to 50 percent, or half, of the people who use them.  -- World Health Organization


Children’s Health: Circumcision has health benefits


New scientific evidence shows the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks of the procedure, but the benefits are not great enough to recommend routine circumcision for all newborn boys, according to an updated policy statement published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The revised policy says the decision of whether or not to circumcise should be left to the parents in consultation with their child’s doctor.


-- American Academy of Pediatrics


Senior Health: Preparing for surgery


If you are preparing to undergo surgery, it is important to follow all pre-operative directions from your physicians. These can range from quitting smoking as soon as you know you are to face surgery to getting a full eight hours of sleep the night before your procedure. Make sure your doctor and anesthesiologist are both aware of every medication you take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements, since they can all affect your anesthesia and surgery.


-- ARA/ lifelinetomodernmedicine.com