Think Health Science: Summertime Health Hazards

Jun 15, 2017
Nathan Cone / TPR

With summer comes plans for lazy days, vacations at home or abroad, and spending time in the great outdoors. But summer livin’ is also fraught with unique health hazards ranging from mosquito-borne illnesses to sun exposure to contaminated food to all manner of physical injuries due to increased outdoor activities. A single sunburn can increase the risks of developing skin cancer, and five or more sunburns in your life can double the risk of melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer.

From Texas Standard:

It's been smooth sailing for Leon Bridges this summer. The 27-year-old neo-soul singer from Fort Worth has gotten lots of critical acclaim as well as a mighty big hat tip from President Obama, who included Bridges on his second-annual summer Spotify playlist.

The playlist runs the gamut from indie rockers like Courtney Barnett and Edward Sharpe to Brazil's Caetano Veloso. Dan Solomon, who writes for Texas Monthly, thinks the president may have overlooked some Texas flavor. 

From Texas Standard:

Walking out to get the mail? Put on some repellant. Seriously.

One type of mosquito you really want to avoid right now is one that is out and about in the middle of the day. It is the type that carries a painful disease that’s spread from South and Central America into Mexico and, perhaps soon, Texas.

Jody Castro

You might have always wanted to get into the water and laze in the summer’s heat. Or wanted to make sure your children knew how to swim but couldn’t afford the lessons. Well, here’s the chance for some summer cheer for San Antonio residents.

Beginning next month (June), the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department will offer free group swimming lessons at 23 outdoor pools to children 4 and older, and adults, on a first come first served basis, post registration. 

You have to drop in and register in person for the program, called VIVA SWIM For Life, at any of several locations [the full list of locations is available here] on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Least Hot Summer In 7 Years Ahead For Texas?

May 1, 2015

LUBBOCK — Texas lakes are the big beneficiaries of good rains across the state the past two months and forecasters say a continuing El Nino weather pattern will linger through next winter.

That’s good news for a state four years removed from its driest-ever year in 2011.

Forecasters also say this summer in Texas could be the least hot in seven years

Texas received 200 percent of its normal rainfall in March and April. That boosted lake levels from 65 percent full three months ago to 74 percent as of Friday.