Weekly Health Watch with how to stock your first-aid kit, information on nicotine, a health tip and more.

If your kids are adventurous, cuts and scrapes are inevitable. Putting together a travel first-aid kit can help you take care of those boo-boos and get everyone back on track for having fun. Some first-aid travel essentials include:

Bandages: Contrary to the old myth that you should let your wounds air out, you should always cover them up with adhesive bandagessw to keep out dirt and germs, which results in better and faster healing.

Antibiotic ointment: Have an antibiotic ointment on hand, such as Neosporin, to kill bacteria and minimize any scarring from wounds.

Small cold pack: Keep a fun gel pack in the cooler to help relieve the pain of bumps and the sting of scrapes.

Sunscreen and aloe gel: Keep plenty of sunscreen on hand for everyone. And in case the kids do get too much sun, aloe gel can soothe the sting.

Itch cream: Mosquitoes, chiggers and other biting insects are everywhere, so plan ahead for itch relief.

Cleaning aids: Pack cotton balls, swabs and antibacterial wipes to clean dirt, sweat and sunscreen out of wounds

-- Band-Aid/ Family Features

New Research

Marketing campaigns can double the likelihood of condom use. According to the World Health Organization, a new study showed that people were twice as likely to use condoms, on average, if they were exposed to marketing methods, such as an effective supply of locally branded condoms, compared with those who had not come across marketing campaigns.

Did You Know?

Like heroin and cocaine, nicotine changes the way the brain works, creating feelings of pleasure or satisfaction and causing users to crave repeated doses of it. -- CDC

Health Tip: Don’t forget to breathe

When your workouts get challenging, you may start to hold your breath as you are focusing on the strain.Your muscles and body need oxygen to effectively burn calories, so make sure you consciously breathe while exercising, which will also help avoid getting dizzy. It's best to inhale when preparing, and exhale when exerting during your strength training workouts.

-- Life Fitness

Number to Know

150: For substantial health benefits, the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends at least 150 minutes, or 2 ½ hours, of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, such as brisk walking. This activity should be done for at least 10 minutes at a time.

Children’s Health: TV shows liked to sleep problems

A new study tested whether changing the type of videos and television shows watched by 3- to 5-year-old children improved their sleep. Study authors found children who received the healthy media use intervention –– like replacing violent and age-inappropriate media content with educational and pro-social media content –– had significantly lower odds of sleep problems, and that this effect persisted across the intervention year, but faded six months after the program ended.

-- American Academy of Pediatrics

Boomer Health: Study suggests probiotic with antibiotic

Nearly 1 in 3 people who are prescribed and consume an antibiotic develop diarrhea. But a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found those who took a probiotic along with the antibiotic were 42 percent less likely to develop diarrhea.

-- AARP

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