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Hot summers in Arkansas we kids ate lots of Popsicles, how about you?

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Invented by a Kid, Loved by All

 The Popsicle® brand is an American classic, with more than 30 creative variations of the original Popsicle® product. And believe it or not, it all started with an accident!
 
In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson left a mixture of powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick in a cup on his porch. It was a cold night, and Epperson awoke the next morning to find a frozen pop. He called it the “Epsicle.” 
 
It was a hit with his friends at school, and later with his own kids. They constantly called for “Pop’s ‘sicle.” So in 1923, Epperson changed the name and applied for a patent. A couple of years later, Epperson sold the rights to the brand name Popsicle® to the Joe Lowe Company in New York. The rest is history!
 

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Asthma and Allergies . . . Today is World Asthma Day

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Asthma and allergies are much more common in people with a family history of asthma or allergies. The factors which worsen asthma vary from individual to individual. Each person with asthma should seek to determine exactly which factors cause their asthma to worsen. Common asthma triggers include:

  • Allergies, such as to house dust mites, cockroaches, cats, dogs, molds, mice, and grass, weed, and tree pollens
  • Infections, colds, influenza, and other respiratory viruses
  • Irritants, such as strong odors from perfumes or cleaning solutions, air pollution, and especially smoke from tobacco, incense, candles, or fires
  • Exercise, especially in dry or cold environments
  • Cold or dry weather and changes in temperature and/or humidity, such as with thunderstorms
  • Strong emotions, such as anxiety, laughter, or crying (which can cause heavy breathing)
  • Reflux of acid from the stomach (GERD)
  • Pain medications, such as aspirin or NSAIDs (10% of those with asthma are aspirin and NSAID sensitive)
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