Monthly Archives: March 2014

Tetanus infection

On last night’s episode of “Resurrection,” Jacob’s father cut himself and needed stitches.  What else should he receive??  A tetanus shot.  In theory, any cut or scratch can lead to a tetanus infection, even if it’s not severe enough to require stitches.  Tetanus infections can be serious and even fatal in some cases.  Thus, it’s important to keep your tetanus status current, and to ask if you need a tetanus shot after any injury, as some are more susceptible than others to tetanus infection.

Nuts decrease your risk of diabetes and reduce mortality risk!

Eat nuts to decrease your risk of diabetes, reduce your cholesterol, and reduce your mortality risk!  Nuts were associated with a “significantly reduced risk of mortality” in a recent study of people at high cardiovascular risk.  Nuts have also been shown to decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes and to reduce cholesterol.  A handful (1.5 ounces) is optimal, particularly since nuts are high in calories, and it’s best to avoid salted or sugar coated nuts.