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BONE APPÉTIT! (continued): pool, you know how muddled sounds can be when traveling through liquids. These three tiny bones act like a pipeline, transmitting sound vibrations through the inner ear canal to the auditory nerve. • By contrast, the biggest, longest, and strongest bone in the human body is the femur. It’s the bone that most of us call the “thigh bone,” and it extends from the hip down to the knee. Due to the sheer density necessary for this bone to support most of our weight, only an extremely violent injury is likely to cause a fracture. • Forensic anthropologists are scientists who analyze human skeletal remains for legal purposes. From a single bone or even bone fragments, they may be able to determine a person’s gender, race, and age. They might even learn where the bone’s owner grew up, and what his or her diet was like. Their skills can be put to use not only to identify recent victims, but also ancient human remains. • What parents tell their children are “growing pains” are the same aches a doctor may refer to as OsgoodSchlatter’s Disease. It sounds serious, but is relatively common (especially in young athletes) and is usually outgrown with no complications. The tibial tubercle is the point where kneecap tendon anchors to the shinbone. The tendons of a child very active in sports develop faster than the kneecap does. This pulls on the tibial tubercle, causing discomfort in the knee and lower leg. • The humerus is the long bone that runs from your shoulder to your elbow. Some call it the “funny bone” due to its name (which resembles “humorous”). Others say that it’s due to the fact that when you accidentally bump the ulnar nerve in your elbow, you get a funny, tingling sensation up your arm. (That’s funny as in “strange,” not funny “ha-ha.”) • About one-fourth of the bones in your body are located in your feet. Each foot has 26 bones and 33 joints. The natural arch in your foot is created by a combination of the tarsal and metatarsal bones, along with some tendons and ligaments. An arched foot helps to support the erect posture of a human and distribute its weight evenly with the least amount of wear and tear on the tootsies. • What we usually refer to as our “tailbone” is properly called the coccyx. The word comes from the Greek for “cuckoo,” because ancient physicians thought that the bony protrusion resembled a cuckoo’s beak. • The most commonly broken bone in the human body is the clavicle, also known as the collarbone. It is an S-shaped bone that connects the shoulder to the sternum (or breast plate). Why is this bone susceptible to such punishment? When humans fall down, they instinctively hold out their arms to brace and protect themselves. This action slams the hands hard onto the ground, and the force of the fall is typically absorbed by the shoulder joint, which jams harshly into the collarbone. turn the page for more! DOG OWNERS Complete Dog Waste Removal

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Shih-tzu Is Biting Herself Crazy DEAR PAW’S CORNER: What would make my shih-tzu bite her tail? I noticed that “Mitzy” was constantly trying to nibble her own tail. When I looked closer, I found a hard lump and a small cut that was draining. She bites at it worse at night. Mitzy has no fleas, but she does have dry skin. What’s going on? -- Alice H., via e-mail DEAR ALICE: Without knowing exactly where the lump is located, I can’t say for certain. It goes without saying that any change in a dog’s behavior, or anything odd that you notice on your pet (such as a new lump or a draining cut) should prompt you to visit the veterinarian as soon as possible for a thorough checkup. Some dogs, regardless of breed, suffer from chronic dry skin. But dry skin can be a herald of a deeper health problem, such as a thyroid condition, which can only be determined through a blood test. So, the best thing to do, again, is mention it to Mitzy’s vet when you bring her in to have the lump checked. The vet may do a biopsy to determine whether the lump is benign. He or she also will ask you a number of questions about Mitzy’s daily behavior: how much and how often she eats, if she is drinking and urinating more than usual, if the dry skin has been a problem for a long time or if it’s recent, any known food allergies or health problems, and so on. If there are no underlying problems, the vet may recommend that you try a change in Mitzy’s diet (he or she will give you some options) to treat her dry skin. You can also add an Omega 3 supplement to her food -- the vet may have this available, or you can purchase the supplement at a pet store. Send your tips, questions and comments to Paws Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or e-mail them to (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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BONE APPÉTIT! (continued): • Osteoporosis is responsible for 1.5 million bone fractures in the U.S. every year. It affects women more than men, and white women more than other ethnic groups. After you turn 50, consult with your doctor regularly to discuss your bone density. Early detection can lead to preventative measures that will keep your bones in good shape! • Andreas Vesalius, a 16th-century Belgian scientist, was one of the first persons to accurately depict human anatomy. The key reason he was successful in this endeavor is that he performed detailed surgical examinations of human cadavers. He created a firestorm of controversy in 1543 when he published a report that claimed both men and women had 12 sets of rib bones. Religious scholars charged him with heresy, since the Old Testament clearly stated that Eve was created from Adam’s rib, implying that males should be one bone short in the thoracic area. • The very first attempt at hip replacement surgery occurred in Germany way back in 1891. Professor Themistocles Gluck replaced the ball of a human femur with one fashioned out of ivory. Unfortunately, the bone eventually failed due to infection and the body’s natural “rejection” tendencies. Other surgeons tried various materials (such as glass and rubber) without success. Finally, in 1925, American orthopedic surgeon Marius Smith-Petersen noted that shipping companies were using a then-new material called stainless steel to protect cargo from seawater corrosion. His stainless-steel hip joints worked well and soon became the preferred replacements.

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Online Learning A whole world of knowledge has opened up to me since I discovered online learning. We have a wealth of classes available to us right on the Internet, ranging from informal to the university level, self-tutorials to instructorpresented, free to little cost. At Lifetime to Learn [] you’ll find Photoshop Introduction, Microsoft Outlook: Taming Your Inbox, and more. At Computer School for Seniors [www.] learn to restore old photographs and take great digital photos and much more. Ed2Go [] has an online instructor for every class, not just a tutorial you do yourself. Each class runs for six weeks and costs $99. Recent additions are Start Your Own Arts and Crafts Business and Business Law for the Small Business Owner. At the university level, imagine taking a course on Yeats from MIT, or a beginning French language class from Carn-

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bat veteran. He was good; I’ll have to give him that. He could weave a fine story. And yes, I had niggling doubts. I didn’t follow the same advice I’ve given here: follow your gut. I was so taken by the tales themselves that I suppose I was willing to overlook certain details for the sake of the stories he told. Problem was that he didn’t always tell the same tales to everybody, and it took comparing notes with others to find all the inconsistencies. Solving this one was easier than it generally is. A neighbor down the street offered up the initial clue: His mother made the comment, “He wasn’t in the Army. It was his brother.” And that brother had died. I don’t want to say it was a vigilante posse that showed up at his door, but we did have questions. After a couple of haughty denials, he confessed all. The medals he wore on holidays? They belonged to his brother. The tales of exploits? Again, those of his brother, heard during long evenings over a few beers. No, he said, he had not applied for benefits. Obviously the records would reveal the truth. He went a little pale when told that just saying the medals were his was good enough for a six-month jail sentence. Your attempts to get to the truth if you suspect an imposter likely won’t be this easy. But trust your gut. Listen when those little inconsistencies start to add up, and ask questions. Those who have the right answers won’t mind. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail. com. (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Macular Degeneration Can be Wet or Dry DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Everything I read or hear about macular degeneration is always about dry macular degeneration. I happen to have the wet kind, and would like to know what its treatments are. I’ve heard that vitamins work. Do they? Thank you. -- T.R. ANSWER: In the well-off countries of the world, macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people over 50. There are two varieties, wet and dry. The dry kind is the more common of the two, accounting for 85 percent to 90 percent of all macular degeneration cases. Both involve deterioration of the macula, a small circle on the retina, jam-packed with vision cells necessary for high-resolution sight like reading, watching TV, distinguishing faces and driving. Wet macular degeneration comes from a sudden proliferation of fragile blood vessels blossoming in and around the macula. Those vessels leak fluid and blood, and disrupt that sensitive area of sight. Wet macular degeneration often comes on quickly and can progress rapidly. You might have heard of the vitamin-mineral mixture used for slowing the progression of macular degeneration. It consists of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene and the minerals zinc and copper. It is much more useful for dry macular degeneration. For wet macular degeneration, eye doctors can inject the eye with medicines that stop the generation and growth of new, delicate blood vessels. Lucentis and Avastin are two examples. Photodynamic therapy is another method of handling wet degeneration. Here, a drug that is sensitive to light is injected into a blood vessel. The drug localizes in the newly formed, fragile, trou-

blemaking macular vessels. A laser is flashed on those vessels and they dry up. I don’t know if your doctor has suggested any treatment. It may be that you’re not at a stage when therapy would provide the most benefit. The booklet on macular degeneration describes the disease and its treatments. To obtain a copy, write: Dr. Donohue -- No. 701W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I crave salt. I sprinkle it heavily on an egg in the morning. At noon I sprinkle it on potatoes, and in the evening on meat, corn or tomatoes. As a snack I eat raw potatoes sprinkled heavily with salt. My mother used lots of salt on her food. She lived to be 96. -- B.

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pleasant task. In summary, nothing would surprise me in this current business atmosphere, but as of this writing, Sprint is still on board with NASCAR for several more years. Let’s hope more NAIs NASCAR’s Title Sponsor SCAR fans sign up for Sprint services. *** in Trouble? Q: Did a MOPAR-powered car ever win an Indy Q: Greg, I hear that Sprint Nextel is in trouble Car race, and if so who drove it? I know the anand may back out as sponsor of NASCAR’s swer, but want to prove it to my retired friends top division. Any truth to the rumors? -- Cal here where I live. Thanks for your column. -B.L., Port Richey, Fla. L., Pennsylvania A: Cal, it’s no secret Sprint Nextel is struggling as a company, but I haven’t heard any news that it would drop its Sprint Cup sponsorship anytime soon. However, things change quickly in the business world, and the latest buzz is that the company is on the auction block, and several companies, including foreign concerns, are interested in buying. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal said “people familiar with the matter” are saying that NII Holdings Inc., a wireless Latin American business provider, and some private-equity firms are interested in buying Nextel from wireless carrier Sprint. Sprint acquired Nextel in 2005 for an estimated $35 billion, but has been negatively affected by customer defections. To make matters worse, just imagine if Jeff Burton were to win the championship in the AT&T wireless car and the CEO of Sprint had to present Burton and owner Richard Childress the big money at the year-end banquet? That wouldn’t be a

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A: B.L., over the years, you and your friends in Port Richey and New Port Richey have been loyal readers with lots of good questions. As you already know, the Andy Granatelli-owned, Grant King-wrenched, Plymouth-powered Indy Car driven by Art Pollard won the Dover, Del., Indy Car race back on Aug. 24, 1969. On the high banks of Dover’s Monster Mile, the first-ever Delaware 200 was held, and Pollard claimed his second victory of the season in the No. 57 STP Gerhardt Plymouth. He started 10th, and then led the final 72 laps to win over Gordon Johncock. Sadly, Pollard lost his life trying to qualify for the Indy 500 on May 12, 1973, following a morning practice session crash. He was a beloved and highly respected driver who always took time to talk with the fans and media. *** Q: I’ve been to an NHRA national event where the nitro cars are running to 1,000 feet instead of 1,320, and it all seems OK to me. Do you

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think they will ever go back to 1,320? -- Ann K., North Carolina A: I’m not sure, Ann. Currently, there is no talk about going back to 1,320 foot until the NHRA feels it’s safe to do so. That extra 320 feet is where a lot of trouble happens in cars that go from zero to 330 mph in four seconds, so for now, I’d say we’re going to be enjoying 1,000-foot runs instead of the full quartermile. Write to Greg Zyla in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send an e-mail to gzyla@ (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

PHOTO CUTLINE: Art Pollard makes his final laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the morning of May 12, 1973. Pollard is credited with Plymouth’s only victory in Indy Car racing. (Mike Pollard photo)

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