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www.harrisondaily.com Thursday, November 7, 2013
Local Weather Today’s forecast Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 36. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Tomorrow: Sunny, with a high near 60. South southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow night: Mostly clear, with a low around 42. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
• Harrison 58º/61º
Extended forecast Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 41. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 64. Light east southeast wind becoming south southeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.
9th 17th Sunrise 6:40 a.m. Sunset 5:11 p.m.
25th 2nd Moonset 8:18 p.m. Moonrise 9:53 a.m.
Maps and weather charts from Associated Press and Weather Underground.
Statewide City El Dorado Fayetteville Fort Smith Harrison Hot Springs Jonesboro Little Rock Mountain Home Pine Bluff Russellville
High Low 72 64 64 50 66 58 61 58 68 64 66 56 70 63 60 56 71 58 67 61
Precip 0.01 0.31 0.71 0.72 0.25 0.03 0.17 0.98 0.01 0.80
Lake and River Levels
Buffalo River Flood level 7 a.m. 24-hour change Boxley — 1.45 0.12 Ponca — 2.02 0.03 Pruitt — 3.72 0.08 Hasty — 5.54 0.08 St. Joe 27 3.59 0.03 Hwy. 14 — 2.90 0.07 Lakes Current level 24-hour change Beaver Lake 1118.48 0.08 Table Rock Lake 915.60 0.10 Bull Shoals Lake 657.27 -0.10 Norfork Lake 552.61 0.01
Record High 83º (2009) Record Low 15º (1959) One year ago High 58º, Low 37º Ten years ago High 42º, Low 33º Precip. year to date 37.72 inches
THE DRS. OZ AND ROIZEN
Walking away from breast cancer By MICHAEL ROIZEN, M.D., AND MEHMET OZ, M.D. Walk-a-thons are major fundraisers for many charities, and breast cancer research and development is one of the top beneficiaries of this popular and increasingly star-studded activity. Just ask breast cancer survivors and fundraising veterans Sheryl Crow, Edie Falco, Cynthia Nixon and Robin Roberts, who have helped various breast cancer organizations raise millions of dollars. From 2003 to 2011, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer raised more than $420 million. But the (non-trans-fat) icing on the (carrot) cake is that the act of walking itself actually reduces your risk of developing breast cancer. A recent American Cancer Society study looked at 73,000 women over the course of 17 years and found that, whatever your weight, walking about 3 miles in
60 minutes every day is solidly linked to lower breast cancer rates. We say do it five to seven days a week, and aim for 10,000 steps a day! And as you go further and get stronger, pick up the pace. Stride out for three hours a week, and you moderately reduce your risk; hoof it seven hours a week, and you slash the risk of breast cancer by 14 percent compared with those who walk three hours or less a week. But here’s our favorite: If you start out walking seven hours a week and then ramp up your activity level so that you’re really breaking a sweat with fast walking, aerobics, running or dancing, you cut your breast cancer risk by an astounding 25 percent. Now, that’s doing more than talking the talk!
Getting rid of hidden hazards Ever since Edgar Alan Poe wrote “The Telltale Heart,” people have been worried about what
menace might be lurking, unseen, in their homes (just think of this year’s “The Conjuring”). But there’s nothing supernatural about the menaces hiding in your dishwasher and vacuum cleaner. Luckily, you can exorcise them pretty easily. One new study found that 62 percent of dishwashers harbor mold, and half of those had black fungus-like yeast (Exophiala) that can make you sick — triggering headaches, respiratory and neurological problems. In dishwashers, it’s the rubber gasket around the door that’s a breeding ground for harmful organisms. Over time, debris can collect in and on it — it’s not washed out during a cycle. Make sure you wash under it once a week with a regular household cleaner. Also check spinning arms for debris blocking the water holes, and clean around the drain in the bottom of the machine. Use a standard dishwasher
cleanser monthly. And then there’s your vacuum cleaner, which can spew molds and harmful bacteria. Even if yours has a HEPA filter (they don’t always block potential allergens and bacteria), vacuuming kicks up debris, including bacteria, mold and dust mites detritus. This may be why Environmental Protection Agency studies show pollutant levels in the home are two to five times higher than outside! Your best bet to contain these potential troublemakers: Use microfiber or electrostatic — never feather — dusters; change your vacuum’s HEPA filter regularly; get rid of old carpets; and wash area rugs and behind and under furniture weekly. Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Medical Officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. For more information go to sharecare.com.
ASK DR. K
Mixed results for glucosamine and chondroitin By DR. ANTHONY KOMAROFF DEAR DOCTOR K: What’s the verdict on glucosamine and chondroitin? Do they help relieve osteoarthritis pain? DEAR READER: Whether glucosamine and chondroitin pills help osteoarthritis pain has been controversial. As with most medical controversies, there rarely is a verdict that everyone accepts. So I’m not sure there is a verdict yet in this controversy. In fact, I’m going to argue that the controversy may be misguided: It may not be a question of whether these pills help everyone with osteoarthritis or not. There’s no doubt that we need good and better treatments for osteoarthritis. I speak as a sufferer who had a hip replaced because osteoarthritis had destroyed it. Living with arthritis can be challenging, as the pain and stiffness make it difficult to perform
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daily tasks most people take for granted. Glucosamine and chondroitin are compounds found in healthy cartilage, which is the tough but flexible tissue in our joints. Joints are the places where two (or more) bones meet, but bone doesn’t rub against bone. Instead, in most joints it is the cartilage lining one bone “kissing” the cartilage lining the other. Osteoarthritis involves the breakdown of normal cartilage. So it makes sense that taking supplements of naturally occurring compounds like glucosamine and chondroitin could help maintain cartilage in people with the condition. Randomized clinical trials have compared each of these two supplements, alone and in combination, against placebo (dummy) pills in people suffering from osteoarthritis of the hip and knee. An analysis of 10 studies that included nearly 4,000 patients did not find much evidence of reduced pain from glucosamine and chondroitin. Some studies found only a temporary benefit, and only among patients with the most pain. On the other hand, there also was no evidence of side effects from these substances. And consider this: When a randomized trial does not find that a treatment produces better symptom relief than a placebo pill, that means that the average person in the study got no benefit from the treatment. However, it is possible that some of the people in the study really did benefit.
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Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our 80s. We have three wonderful kids, all married, who live nearby. We have always been close. The problem is, one son thinks I am trying to control him. He never tells us when he is planning to go out-of-town. If we can’t reach him for days, we worry. He rarely answers his cellphone on vacation, and when he does pick up, he gets angry. We believe, out of respect for us, he should give us a quick call letting us know where they are headed and when they arrive so we won’t worry. It’s not like we would call them on their vacation. I am certain that his wife, whom we also love, texts or uses Facebook to let her family know where they are. Are we unreasonable? He rarely calls us even when he is in town. We see him once every two weeks when he stops by for a few minutes. We don’t require any assistance from him, financial or otherwise. I know he reads your column faithfully, so we would greatly value your opinion. — Concerned Mother Dear Mother: Some children understand a parent’s fears and will call regularly, not only so Mom and Dad don’t worry, but also to check and make sure the parents are OK. But not all kids think this way. Your son interprets this as “controlling,” although that is not the intent. He otherwise seems to be a good son, so please try to compromise. Some people avoid phone calls because they require an actual conversation. Perhaps he or his wife would be willing to send a group text or email to both sides of the family, including you or one of your other children, who could then let you know he’s out of town. Ask whether this would work better for him. (Facebook is not a good way to do this — strangers can learn that your house is unoccupied.)
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Dear Annie: I have worked in an emergency department for 30 years. Please tell your readers not to call their local emergency room for medical advice. They cannot see your ankle injury, evaluate your potential heart attack, or determine whether you are having a stroke or whether your laceration needs stitches. Please do not curse at the ER employee on the phone when they explain this to you. They are doing this for your own good. Do not call your local emergency rooms and ask whether they are busy. If you have time to get on the phone and “hospital shop,” your emergency must not be all that urgent. Do not call your local emergency room and ask how long their wait is. They are an emergency room, not your local restaurant. Thank you. — No Name, Please Dear No Name: We appreciate your comments. Please, folks, they are called “emergency rooms” for a reason. Dear Annie: I can relate to “Lonely for Friends.” I am 42 years old and happily married. I, too, have had trouble making friends for as long as I can remember. I have had only two close friends in my entire life. I consider myself an introvert. I get along well with many people, but it never becomes more than an acquaintanceship. I was in a needlework group for 15 years and never truly fit in. I am involved in my church, but have not made any friends. I suspect it may have to do with reading body language. I can’t interpret the signals I’m getting and don’t realize when I need to make the next move. Counseling didn’t supply any revelations. Over time, I have come to enjoy being alone. I love my husband’s company, but I sometimes wish I had someone to go shopping with. — Not Quite Lonely in Virginia Community Publishers, Inc. (CPI) is an independent, privately held, corporation owning 28 newspapers in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Founded in 1982, the company also operates standalone printing facilities in Springfield, MO and Nowata, OK. Eight employees and officers of the Company own 100% of the stock and/or have stock options. Further inquiries about the Company may be directed to Ronnie Bell, Publisher, at (870) 741-0602 or firstname.lastname@example.org.