Don’t Let Dry Mouth Become A Health Hazard
Dry mouth affects millions of Americans, especially those using many commonly prescribed drugs—but it can be treated.
(NAPSI)—If you or anyone you care about is among the majority of Americans who have stopped or wanted to stop taking a prescribed medication due to side effects, there could be good news. Some common side effects can easily be treated with over-the-counter products.
According to a new survey by Wakefield Research, nearly one in three adults has completely stopped taking a medication because of side effects like dry mouth. Some 50 percent of Americans are on a prescription drug of some sort and more than 400 common medications can cause dry mouth, including over-the-counter cold remedies and antihistamines, antidepressants and commonly used medications for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol. When you take more medication, you increase the risk of dry mouth. You have a 35 percent increased risk for dry mouth when you are on three or more medications.
Dry mouth sufferers often don’t notice they have a problem until their saliva flow has already dropped by 50 percent. Here’s how to tell if you’re among the millions affected:
Dry Mouth Checklist
• Do you take one or more medications daily?
• Does your mouth usually feel dry?
• Do you regularly do things to keep your mouth moist?
• Do you get out of bed at night to drink fluids?
• Does your mouth usually become dry when you speak?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have a problem with dry mouth.
More About Dry Mouth
Also called xerostomia, dry mouth affects approximately one in four adults, especially women and older people. If left untreated, it can cause even more oral health problems such as cavities. Dry mouth increases the likelihood of tooth decay by approximately three times because of the lack of saliva that naturally protects teeth and gums.
Ask Your Pharmacist
Fortunately, pharmacists can help by encouraging and increasing dialogue with their patients. “We want you to ask us about medication side effects and what to do if you experience them,” said Pamala S. Marquess, Pharm.D, a compensated spokesperson for Biotène. “Our job is to also let you know what side effects you may experience with your medication and counsel you to use the correct product for your level of severity. For example, dry mouth is a very common side effect, so it’s important to treat its symptoms to avoid creating other issues. As a pharmacist, I can tell you that Biotène is the No. 1−recommended dry mouth symptom treatment. It is specially formulated with moisturizers and lubricants and provides soothing relief.”
You can take a dry mouth quiz and find further facts about dealing with dry mouth at www.biotene.com and (800) 922-5856.
Unlock Your Family History In Five Easy Steps
You can learn a lot about your family’s past without ever leaving home.
(NAPSI)—Researching your family history can be the journey of a lifetime. Not long ago, learning about your ancestors might have meant hours of sifting through dusty old boxes or reels of microfilm at libraries, churches and even city halls. New technology advances, however, such as searchable websites and mobile apps, have made it easier for anyone to discover, share and preserve his or her family history—without ever leaving the couch.
Maybe that’s why so many people are digging into their family trees today. According to a Harris Interactive survey, nearly 87 percent of Americans are interested in discovering more about their own history. It is easier than ever before to hop online or use your smartphone to get a glimpse into your family’s past, revealing the secrets and stories that make you who you are today.
If you are ready to begin your online family history journey, here are five simple steps to help you get started:
1. Start with what you know. Simply enter a few details about yourself, your parents and grandparents into an online family tree. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the facts; this is just the beginning.
2. Search historical records. A simple online record search could help you find family members in historical censuses, military and immigration records, newspaper articles and more. Use these records to continue tracing your family back through time. Stay organized by adding what you discover to your online family tree.
3. Ask your family for more details. Family history can be a wonderful excuse to pick up the phone or pay a visit to your loved ones. Record interviews with relatives as well as search family photo albums and heirlooms for missing details. Attach these documents to your online family tree to create an illustrated time line of your ancestors’ lives.
4. Take a DNA test. The AncestryDNA test can be a great way to learn what ancient genetic material you’ve inherited. Not only does the test give you a map of where your ancestors might have lived, it can connect you with long-lost family members you might be related to.
5. Share your discoveries. Share your family tree so that all your family members have a better understanding of their rich heritage. Document your family history journey by creating a book, calendar, poster or another meaningful gift.
Ancestry.com has billions of records to help you in your family research and build your family tree. From your great-grandfather’s Civil War military records to your aunt and uncle’s marriage certificate, the site can be a one-stop shop for discovering your family’s roots.
To start your own family history journey, visit www.Ancestry.com.
Correcting Skin Tone
Even-toned skin can now be easy to achieve.
(NAPSI)—A bright spot in the beauty landscape is that you can now get rid of dark spots while concealing imperfections with a continuous, daily treatment.
Chemists have found a way to correct skin tone using high-potency vitamin C and broad-spectrum sun protection. The result is Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream, a daily formula that offers lightweight yet buildable coverage, developed with amino acid−coated natural mineral pigments. In addition, this BB-for “blemish balm”-can reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines while providing hydration and broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection.
“With the newer BB formulas now covering such a broad range of concerns, these products have essentially created an entirely new category,” says Dr. Adam Geyer, Kiehl’s Product Development Consulting Dermatologist.
Formulated with sensitive skin in mind yet effective for all skin types, Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream is available from the experts at Kiehl’s Since 1851 in four shades. All are fragrance-free, paraben-free, dermatologist and allergy tested and won’t clog pores.
To learn more about Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream, please visit www.Kiehls.com/BB-Cream.
What Women Want—In A Swimsuit
Get in the swim with the latest look in swimsuits.
(NAPSI)—Women, it seems, would rather be heard than seen…in a swimsuit, that is. In fact, according to a recent survey of women conducted on behalf of Lands’ End, more women (66 percent) would be self-conscious appearing in public in a swimsuit than they would be giving a speech.
The survey also found what women do like about a swimsuit: Ninety-eight percent said proper fit is essential.
Women confess to feeling “exposed” when wearing a swimsuit in a crowd but the survey also found that only 20 percent are concerned about the opinion of the general public.
Popular At Pool And Beach
Here are a few of the other ideas women have about what to wear for sunning and swimming:
• One-Piece Preferred—One-pieces continue to rule among almost seven out of 10 women.
• Bold Bikinis—Nevertheless, almost half plan to brave a bikini this season.
• Multiple Choice—Two-thirds plan to purchase a new swimsuit this year and almost a quarter will get more than one suit.
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The Healing Power Of Water
Exercising in water may be more fun in chlorine-resistant swimwear built to enhance curves.
(NAPSI)—To help you get in the swim for fitness exercise, renowned aquatics expert, U.S. Masters Swimming and Synchro Champion Dr. Jane Katz answers questions on water exercise:
Q: Who should exercise in water? The magic of water works for everyone. All ages. All ability levels. Whether in shape or overweight, workouts can be adapted to fit one’s needs.
Q: What are the benefits of aquatic exercise versus other fitness routines? Water is simultaneously buoyant and resistant. People can relax in it but still stretch and strengthen. It’s a holistic workout—mind, body and spirit.
Q: You often touch on those spiritual benefits of water workouts. Can you explain? Aquatic fitness is a freeing experience. You may be overweight or have a joint problem, but you will still feel good. I teach a group of mature-women water exercisers. Some might not have exercised before taking this class, or they come in with a cane. But by the time class is over, they’ve left the cane by the side of the pool. Everyone’s feeling good.
Q: And how would you say Aquabelle suits fit into an aquatic fitness routine? Aquabelle swimsuits are functional, fashionable and built for fitness. They fit well and look good whether you’re full figured or frail. They’re so colorful, splashy and fun that you’re excited about putting on your swim finery, so to speak. To get 20 percent off the swimwear, you can use code Katz20 at www.swimsuitsforall.com.