Weekly Health Watch with items on how to care for your feet in the summer, how to do proper lunge rows and more.

During the summer, your feet may endure stubbed toes, miles of walking, hot sand and even sunburn. So be kind to your tootsies, and take note of these tips for protecting your feet from summer heat, courtesy of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

- Walk barefoot as little as possible. Going shoeless exposes your feet to sunburn, plantar warts, athlete's foot, ringworm and other infections, and it increases the risk of injury. Wear open-toed shoes around the pool, to the beach, in locker rooms and even inside your hotel room, as infection-causing bacteria can linger in carpets and on bathroom tiles.

- Apply sunscreen on your whole foot, especially on the tops and fronts of ankles. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help minimize foot swelling caused by the heat.

- Always pack an extra pair of shoes, especially if you expect your feet will get wet. And take along a foot-care kit that includes sterile bandages, antibiotic cream, an emollient-enriched cream, blister pads and an anti-inflammatory pain-reliever.

- Choose flip-flops that bend only at the ball of the foot, and ones that provide arch support, which cushions the foot and provides stability. High-quality soft leather for the thong part of the flip-flop will help you avoid blisters. Don’t choose flip-flops with soles that freely bend and twist, which offers no support or stability.

- Your toes or heels should never hang off the edge of the flip-flop. Throw away flip-flops that are old, worn, cracked or frayed.

- Never wear flip-flops for doing yard work, playing sports or taking long walks. Do wear good, supportive flip-flips at the pool, beach or in public places.

-- ARA

New Research: Teen birth rate down

The adolescent birth rate declined for the second consecutive year, preterm births declined for the third consecutive year, adolescent injury deaths declined and fewer 12th graders binge drank, according to the federal government’s annual statistical report on the well-being of the nation’s children and youth.

-- National Institutes of Health

Did You Know?

There are 19 countries that have laws requiring large, graphic health warnings on tobacco packages, nearly double the number of two years ago.

Health Tip: Proper lunge rows

Using 10- or 15-pound hand weights, get into a lunge position and bend forward from your hips, not your spine. Pull the weights up to torso-level in a rowing or sawing motion, and slowly lower back to the starting position. Your back is typically one of the stronger upper body muscles, so don't be shy about increasing your weight.

-- Life Fitness

Number to Know

4,400: In 2010, 4,400 children under the age of 5 were treated in the emergency room for pool related injuries. –chop.edu

Children’s Health: ‘Late talkers’ will catch up

Up to 18 percent of children are “late talkers,” but the majority catch up on their language skills by the time they enter school. Less is known whether language delay is a risk factor for psychosocial problems later on. In a new study, children who were late-talkers had mild levels of behavioral and emotional problems at age 2, but they were at no greater risk of these problems during childhood or adolescence. Study authors conclude these findings support a wait-and-see approach for late-talkers with otherwise normal development, but they also note the scientific evidence linking persistent language problems with psychiatric difficulties.

Senior Health: Signs of stroke

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. Brain cells die when deprived of oxygen and nutrients provided by blood. Because stroke injures the brain, a person suffering a stroke may not realize what is happening. This is why the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke recommends that bystanders act rapidly if they recognize any of the following signs of a stroke:

* Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body).
* Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech.
* Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
* Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination.
* Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

-- ARA

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