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Story ideas and photo opportunities for July

Contact: Wendy Wilson, Media Team Director, 570-703-7807,

Ticked off from ticks: Is this summer driving you "buggy?" Ticks are rampant this type of year, and while you take steps to prevent getting Lyme disease, sometimes it can be unavoidable. Geisinger physicians can talk about firsthand experience with Lyme disease this year, and how the warning signs can sometimes be misread as well as their own tips about how to treat Lyme disease effectively.

Picnic basket basics: We're going on a picnic, and we're bringing something that begins with the letter…"s" for "safe to eat". Are you packing your summer meals safely? Salads made with mayonnaise that can quickly spoil in the heat, improper storage of meats and even contamination of grilling utensils all pose health risks for those trying to enjoy the great outdoors. Geisinger dietitians share alternative recipes that keep well past when the sun goes down, and how to prevent your health from "spoiling" while you're dining al fresco this summer.

Active with autism: Although summer spontaneity may be a fun idea, for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it can lead to anxiety. It's best to make a schedule for the day of summer fun with an autistic child. Parents can share it verbally as a reminder, or show them a document with some pictures of the activities they have planned. If they still want to leave room for spontaneity, make sure they tell their child of a possible "surprise," so they aren't caught off guard. Experts from Geisinger's Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI) can provide these tips and more on fun in the sun for children with ASD this summer.

Use your head: With the fall sports season just a month away - and the FIFA World Cup in full swing - athletic trainers, coaches and athletes are giving some more serious thought to the impact concussions have on athletes. Recent lawsuits by former National Football League players against the league have raised exposure on the health impact of concussions on athletes - particularly their cumulative effect on the brain. Dr. Sergio Buzzini, chief of adolescent medicine, documented how young athletes are more susceptible to concussions in a study "Sport-related concussion in the young athlete," and can give the low down on why kids should keep their heads up.

This little piggy went OUCH!: Going barefoot? Beware! While many kids and adults go barefoot during the summer, there are serious injuries and nasty infections that can occur. Puncture wounds, bee stings or serious burns from stepping on stray campfire coals or fireworks - they're all hidden dangers beneath your feet this summer. Geisinger experts have your summer barefoot safety tips so you can flick off the flip flops and minimize injuries and infections.

Cool baby is happy baby: For new moms, the summer can be a tricky time to keep babies safe and comfortable. f a baby is overdressed, he or she could develop a heat rash. Underdressing or exposing baby's body to the elements can cause a damaging sunburn or heatstroke. Overheating of babies has also been linked to sudden infant death syndrome. When babies are hot, they sleep more soundly, making it difficult to arouse them. Talk to a Geisinger pediatrician for ways to make sure your baby's internal thermometer keeps the right reading during hot, summer days.

Baby on board: Summer vacations, weddings, family picnics and beach weekends don't get put on hold just because you're pregnant. Geisinger physicians have the list of tips and tricks to make sure your travel plans don't hit a snag just because you're carrying an extra passenger. What should you pack? How should you travel? Where can you travel? What should you wear when you're cooped up in the car? You ask; Geisinger doctors answer.