Deflecting mosquitoes during bite season

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The best way to fend off mosquitoes is to apply a repellent with 15-50 percent DEET, 20 percent picaridin or 30 percent oil of lemon eucalyptus. Repellents with lower percentages are not as effective.

Mosquitoes are incredibly well adapted for living on Earth in extreme conditions. They exist at 8,000 feet in the Himalayas and below sea level in the California desert. The eggs of mosquitoes can survive months to decades in desert, frozen tundra and even on dried flowers.

When it rains, the eggs hatch immediately, releasing mosquito larvae. Water reduces the amount of oxygen available to the eggs, which triggers hatching. Mosquitoes’ normal diet is nectar and aphid excrement. Blood is ingested only to fulfill reproductive needs. Mosquitoes become sexually mature at 2 days old and mate in swarms at dusk or dawn.

El Camino Hospital hires new chief operating officer

El Camino Hospital recently appointed James D. Griffith as its new chief operating officer.

Griffith previously worked as COO and chief strategy officer for Tanner Health System in Carrollton, Ga.

Creative ways to squeeze exercise into a workday

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Modify the way you work to fit in extra exercise, including swapping out your desk chair for a Swiss exercise ball to strengthen your core and posture.

You may often feel like your workday is so busy that you barely have time to breathe and are utterly exhausted by the time you get home. According to a study in the Journal of Applied Psychology, daily work stressors and long work hours can have a negative impact on health behaviors.

That’s why it’s important to break up the workday and get in some exercise to counteract the negative impact. Following are four creative ways to squeeze exercise into your work routine, no matter how busy you may be.

Leaps and bounds: El Camino YMCA member runs through barriers to qualify for NYC Marathon

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After giving birth to two children, local resident Patricia Kubala hit the gym. She joined the El Camino YMCA in Mountain View three years ago to lose weight and met instructor Kathryn Wolfe, who introduced her to the idea of a runner’s club. Kubala plans to run in the New York City Marathon next month.

Local resident Patricia Kubala, 27, is conquering much more than she expected nearly three years ago when she joined the El Camino YMCA in Mountain View to start taking care of herself again after having two children: She plans to run in the New York City Marathon Nov. 4.

Kubala has lost 47 pounds, a direct result of the three to five times per week she commits to showing up at the Y to work out.

The tyranny of the mind and mindfulness

Stuck in a rut. Try as you might not to think about what just happened, or didn’t happen but should have, still you can’t let go. Even if you want to let go, and you’re not sure you want to, the “insult” sticks in your head like Velcro.

In your mind, an endless mental vicious cycle of resentment or doubt or regret or anger spins: “She’s always so difficult!” “He doesn’t care about my feelings!” No peace is to be found.

Understanding and treating incontinence

Last month’s column on pelvic health received so much positive feedback that I’m following up with a look at a common, related topic: bladder leakage.

You sneeze, jump, laugh or cough, and suddenly you feel a small amount of urine leak out. Sound familiar? First, there is no need to be embarrassed. Bladder incontinence affects millions of women of all ages, especially pregnant and postpartum ones. A recent study revealed that more than 10 percent of women between the ages of 19 and 30 experience unintentional leaking of the bladder. Prevalence peaks around menopause, and it still remains a common problem among women over 60.

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