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Northwest Ohio Regional

2014 Medical and Health Directory A supplement to The Press, and The Beacon


March 2014 Northern Ohio Regional Medical and Health Directory

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Story Index

Medical Directory Index

Anti-cavity products............4 The annual physical...........6 Workout mistakes..............8 Sun exposure myths........10 Manage heartburn............12 Breast self-exam..............12 Advice for athletes...........14 Improving memory...........16 The shingles vaccine.......18

CH Benefits............................................19 Comprehensive Ctr for Pain Mgt............23 Edgewood Nursing Center.....................23 Gad, Dr. M. Adel....................................11 Genoa Retirement Village......................21 Gibsonburg Pharmacy.............................9 Heartland of Oregon...............................13 Hospice of NW Ohio..............................11 James Optical........................................22 Lutheran Home at Toledo......................15 Magruder Hospital....................................3 Manor at Perrysburg..............................13 Maumee Bay Vision Center...................15

Mercy Health - Toledo..............................2 NW Ohio Primary Care Physicians..........5 O.E. Meyer.............................................24 Parschauer Eye Center..........................19 Riverview Healthcare Campus...............11 Sexton D.D.S., Dr. Joseph P. ...............23 Stein Hospice.........................................17 Thompson, D.D.S., Dr. Shawn.................7 Vasko Family Dental Care.....................23 West Harbor Dental...............................17 Wood County Health District..................21 Zatko, D.D.S., Dr. John..........................23

Healthy nails.....................22 Diet pop & weight gain.....22

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Local dentist’s xylitol toothpaste kills bacteria A drastic shift in thinking has begun for parents trying to keep their kids away from the dentist drill. Up until now, regular brushing and the use of fluoride was all parents could do to help protect their kids’ teeth from decay. Dr. Stephen Branam, a pediatric dentist based in Oregon, has developed a line of products designed to offer parents another weapon in the war against cavities. His company, Branam Oral Health, has produced an all-natural, xylitol-based toothpaste that has been shown in clinical studies to reduce by 72 percent the bacteria that can cause cavities, and lead to ear infections as well. Because toddlers are not brushing soon enough and with a toothpaste designed for them, 28 percent of all children ages 2-5 have tooth decay in their baby teeth. Tooth decay is the numberone fastest growing disease in children today, Dr. Branam notes. The CDC reports that: • 28 percent of children aged 2-5 experience decay in their baby teeth; • 50 percent of children have had tooth decay by age 11; • 68 percent of 19-year-olds have tooth decay in permanent teeth; Fluoride was once the go-to solution for parents; however, it is not safe for babies and toddlers to swallow, and is also simply designed to build up enamel, not kill bacteria. Xylitol, however, is proven safe for babies and toddlers to swallow and has been tested in long-term clinical studies confirmed by regulatory bodies worldwide. Although xylitol has been widely used in many other countries for decades, it is just recently showing up more in consumer products in the U.S. Because of its sweet taste and low glycemic index, xylitol was first approved as a food additive by the FDA in 1963. Over 35 other countries have case study after case study proving the

Dr. Stephen Branam with his line of anti-cavity products. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean) effectiveness of xylitol. It’s been approved for pharmaceutical and oral health care applications as well such as lozenges and chewing gum. Finland even implemented a national campaign to promote xylitol use specifically to reduce tooth decay in children. They discovered a 90 percent reduction in decay after the first year. Xylitol for kids was slow to be adapted in the US because of the choking hazards of chewing gum and hard candy products. However, xylitol toothpaste has recently begun to surface to offer a drastic change in thinking for parents. It takes the focus off of brushing with fluoride and cleaning to build a defense system to plaque and turns it to the actual reduction of the bacteria that eats away at kids’ teeth. Branam Oral Health recently

took the xylitol claims a step further and conducted a clinical study at the University of Toledo that proved their formulation of all-natural xylitol kids toothpaste and tooth gel reduced 72 percent of the cavity-causing bacteria. This is a claim no other toothpaste brand or company can make. The company’s distribution doubled overnight into national grocery chains like Ahold (Stop & Shop and Giant) and Whole Foods. Branam Oral Health also makes a patented pacifier that eliminates bacteria build up in babies and a xylitol gum for adults. For more information on Branam products and the effectiveness of xylitol, visit Check the ZIP code finder for a store location near you.

Health Tips

Did you know? Contrary to popular belief, acne is not the result of eating greasy foods. It is generally caused by hormones that stimulate glands in the skin to produce an excess of an oily secretion known as sebum, which helps shed old skin cells and keep the skin soft. When too much oil is produced,

the pores in the skin can become blocked and dirt, bacteria and cells may build up. This blockage forms a pimple. Acne tends to run in families and can be triggered by hormonal changes or stress. Research does not indicate that chocolate, nuts and greasy foods contribute to acne.

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What to expect at an annual physical

Those who have never had a physical examination may be unsure of what to expect.

Depending on a patient’s age, doctors may consider a more extensive examination...

Routine health screenings are an integral part of maintaining personal health. Those who have never had a physical examination may be unsure of what to expect of such a procedure. That uncertainty can induce anxiety. However, a physical examination is a simple procedure for many people. Depending on a patient’s age, doctors may consider a more extensive examination, but the following procedures are what constitute a physical for younger patients without preexisting medical conditions. Vital signs – During a physical, doctors will check patients’ vital signs. Patients can expect to have their blood pressure taken and pulse rates measured. Respiration rates may be taken to determine if there is a lung or heart problem. Doctors also will examine a patient’s ears, nose and sinuses. The neck and possibly under the arms also will be examined to check the feeling of the lymph nodes and the carotid arteries. Some doctors hook patients up to a machine that measures heart rhythm through sensors on various areas of the body. Medical history – Doctors also discuss patients’ medical histories, updating their charts with any new information when necessary. Inquiries about particular health issues that run in the family will be discussed, as well as any illnesses or hospitalizations patients may have had in the past. Doctors will ask patients if they are taking any medications or supplements, and also will ask if patients have been dealing with any nagging medical issues. Physical examination – During the physical examination, doctors will look at and feel patients’ abdomens to detect the size of their livers and to determine if there is any abdominal fluid present. The stethoscope may be placed on the abdomen to listen for bowl sounds. The physician also may examine other areas of the body, including the back and spine to ensure there are no abnormalities. A weight and height check will be given to measure for body mass index, or the percentage of body fat patients have, which will then be measured against the norm for patients of similar age, weight and height. Female who do not see a separate gynecologist also may receive a pelvic examination and breast exam during

their physical examinations. Doctors will check that the uterus and reproductive organs are in good health, and feel for lumps or other issues within the breast tissue. A sample may be taken from the cervix so a Pap smear can be conducted to determine if cervical cancer is present. An external exam will look for sores or other indications of disease. Men can expect a visual examination of the penis and testicles. The physician will check the external structure to look for abnormalities like tumors or hernia. To check for hernia, the physician may examine visually or feel the scrotum and ask patients to cough as

part of the exam. Dermatological exam – Some doctors will examine the skin for the appearance of unusual moles or growths that could be indicative of skin cancer or refer patients to a dermatologist for such an examination. Additional tests –Nerves and neurological responses, including strength and balance tests, may be tested during a physical. Doctors also may look for sensory changes in the extremities of the body. Doctors may order urine and blood analyses to verify that the levels are within range. A blood test usually will include a cholesterol test, and may include an examination of blood-sugar levels to rule out diabetes. Men and women over the age of 40 may be referred to specialists who can conduct a mammography, colonoscopy or prostate examinations. These tests will rule out the presence of cancer or other diseases. Doctors also may suggest patients have their vision and hearing checked. Annual physicals can reassure men and women that they are in good health. Such examinations also can serve as early detection systems that can catch potential health problems before they become more serious.

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Avoid common workout mistakes

Working out with a trainer or a friend may help men and women get more out of their workouts.

So you’re committed to getting fit and healthy. You’ve even shelled out the bucks for a gym membership, but you’re disappointed that your workouts just aren’t paying off as you had expected. Although exercise results vary, certain behaviors could impact just how much weight a person can lose and how efficient workouts may be. For those who want to increase the measurable results of their workouts, try to avoid these common mistakes. • Not giving it enough time. Many people want to see immediate results when they begin a new exercise regimen. While such instant gratification is possible, it’s foolish to expect to wake up and look in the mirror after a week’s time and see a complete body transformation. Many health experts say a safe weight loss goal is one to two pounds each week. For each pound of fat to burn, you need to shed 3,500 calories weekly. Do this by exercising and reducing caloric intake. Don’t give up prematurely. After a few months your clothes may fit better and you can see a change in muscle tone and overall fitness. • Sticking with the same routine. Routines can make it easier to manage everyday life. For example, waking up and going to bed at the same time each day helps many people maintain the energy they need to live life to the fullest. But routine is not always a friend with regard to exercise. When you do the same exercise routine over and over, your body becomes acclimated to that routine and your muscles recognize the motion. As a result, your body doesn’t have to work as hard to do the workout. Altering your routine means you’re essentially keeping your body on its proverbial toes. This will help you to burn more calories and even prevent you from getting bored with your workout. • Skipping strength training. Cardiovascular activities like running on the treadmill can certainly burn calories, but cardiovascular exercise alone is not enough to achieve optimal health. Strength training helps build lean muscle and strengthen bones, so it’s important to make both cardiovascular and strength-training exercises a part of your workout routine. • Maintaining a moderate pace. Much like doing the same exercises over and over, sticking to the same pace will lull your body into complacency.

If you feel you are hurt, don’t make things worse by ignoring an injury.

Vary the pace of your workout so that you move through intense, moderate and slow movements. Higher-intensity parts of the workout will get your heart pumping and burn calories. • Working out alone. When you work out alone, you do not have the

benefit of friendly competition to motivate you as you exercise. With no one to egg you on, you may be content to stick to a certain number of repetitions instead of trying a little harder. A partner can provide camaraderie and help you make the most of your exercise regimen. • Ignoring possible injury. No one is immune to injury, which can result from lifting weights that are too heavy or using improper form. If you feel you are hurt, don’t make things worse by ignoring an injury. The body needs time to recover from injury, and ignoring an injury can lead to additional problems that will only extend that recovery time.

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Sun exposure myths can be harmful To many people, sunshine equates to happiness, including fun times outdoors and walks on the beach. Despite warnings about excessive exposure to the sun, many people cannot get enough of the sun’s potentially harmful rays. While taking in the sun is beneficial, it poses many dangers as well. Separating fact from fiction is essential for sun worshippers who plan to spend ample time outdoors. Knowing the facts about sun exposure is essential to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. Unfortunately, certain widely spread myths can make it difficult to differentiate between fact and fiction. • Myth: I need to soak up the sun to get enough vitamin D. It’s true that the sun helps the body produce vitamin D, but you do not need to spend hours in the sun to fulfill your body’s need for vitamin D. Five to 10 minutes of sun exposure is adequate, and you can include vitamin D in your diet by consuming foods and beverages such as oily fish, fortified milk and orange juice. Dairy products, such as yogurt and cheese, also contain the vitamin D your body needs. • Myth: I have dark skin, so I don’t need to wear sunscreen. The idea that more melanin the skin contains the more protected it will be from sun exposure is not necessarily a myth. Dark-skinned people typically do not burn as quickly as those with lighter skin. But many dermatologists agree that darker skin is not adequate protection against cancer and even premature wrinkling. According to Mona

Knowing the facts about sun exposure is essential to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. Gohara, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine, a person with mediumbrown skin has a natural SPF of around 13. However, it is advisable to use SPF 30 for basic sun protection. • Myth: I’m wearing enough sunscreen. Many people underestimate how much sunscreen is necessary to protect the skin. It is recommended to use at least 1 ounce of sunscreen on exposed areas of the skin for maximum protection. Read the label of the

product. You may need to apply the sunscreen every two hours or more depending on your activity level and how much sunscreen is lost to sweating or swimming. You even need sunscreen on cloudy days or if you sit by a window while you work. Also, wait 30 minutes between application and heading out into the sun. Chemical sunscreens take that long to work. • Myth: The skin on the legs and arms is not as delicate as the face. It’s safe to get a little tan in these areas. Skin is skin, and no one area is less prone to sun damage and cancer risk than another. In fact, dermatologists say melanoma is most likely to form on the head and trunk of men and arms and legs of women. African-Americans are at a higher risk for lentiginous melanoma, which develops on the palms and the soles of feet. • Myth: Sunscreens cause cancer. In 2001, a small study on mice suggested oxybenzone, an ingredient that is commonly used in sunscreens, produced free radicals that may contribute to melanoma. However, the FDA has approved the use of oxybenzone and there is no definitive link between human use of the ingredient and melanoma. If you are worried about chemicals, select a mineral-based sunscreen instead. Despite what’s known about sun exposure and skin cancer, many myths about exposure to the sun still prevail. Regardless of what you hear, it’s best to wear sunscreen every day and cover up to protect your skin.

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Laugh more, burn calories There are a host of ways fitnessminded folks can burn a few extra calories, even if they don’t know they’re doing it. For instance, those who can’t sit still and tend to have a nervous personality may burn more calories than a person who is calm. That’s because fidgeting can burn up to 350 calories a day. Laughing more can also burn extra calories. Scientists estimate that laughing 100 times is equivalent to a 10-minute workout on a rowing machine. Remember to get some shut-eye as well. Research has found that dieters

who get adequate sleep can more easily shed weight. For those who are feeling amorous, engaging in intimate behavior can burn up to 360 calories an hour.

Daytime drowsiness Do you find yourself reaching for a can of soda or a cup of coffee during the day to banish fatigue? Many do. But you may want to grab a bottle of water instead. Research indicates that lack of water is the number-one trigger of daytime fatigue. Therefore, not only can drinking adequate supplies of water keep you refreshed, it can also help to keep you more awake - even during a boring business meeting.

It pays to de-stress Many people know that stress can be bad for your mental health, but as it turns out, it can also be bad for your physical health. Researchers have linked behaviors associated with stress, such as drinking alcohol, using drugs, or even binging on comfort foods, with the deterioration of the adrenal gland. The adrenal gland releases stress hormones that signal to the body whether to fight or get out of the situation (flight). If mollifying substances are introduced into the body, it negatively affects the delicate way the stress system works, and the adrenal gland eventually putters out. That Continued on page 11

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Continued from page 10 means the body can be in a constant level of stress, or a person can feel stressed even over minor things. This also impacts the heart, liver, blood pressure, and a number of other factors. Keeping stress in check is important, but it shouldn’t be done in a way that does more harm than good.

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Caregiver support Families, not social service agencies, nursing homes or government programs, are the main providers of long-term care for older persons in northwestern Ohio. The National Family Caregiver Support Program, implemented as a part of the Older Americans Act of 2000, recognizes the monumental role caregivers play in caring for older family members. The program offers information to caregivers about available services; assistance to caregivers in gaining access to services; counseling, support groups, and caregiver training; respite care to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities; and supplemental services to complement the care provided by family caregivers. For more information about this program, call the Area Office on Aging at 1-419-382-0624, ext. 185.

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Take steps to better manage heartburn Heartburn is one of the most common reasons people visit their doctors. If you suffer from a burning feeling in your chest or throat, experts recommend preparing for your next doctor’s appointment by learning more about heartburn and what you can do to manage the condition. “Physicians often use upper endoscopy to diagnose and manage gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD,” says Dr. Molly Cooke, president of the American College of Physicians (ACP). “But this is not an appropriate first step for patients with typical heartburn.” The ACP advises against upper endoscopy for heartburn, unless other serious symptoms are present. According to the ACP’s recommendations, it can be an expensive test that doesn’t necessarily improve the health of patients, exposes patients to preventable harms, and can lead to unnecessary interventions down the line. “For those whose heartburn is accompanied by difficult or painful swallowing, bleeding, anemia, weight loss, solid food sticking in the esophagus, or recurrent vomiting, an upper endoscopy is appropriate,” advises Dr. Cooke. Sensible diagnosis is just part of the equation. Prevention and management of the condition is important too. The ACP recommends the following steps to help relieve occasional heartburn as well as GERD: • Make lifestyle changes. Lose excess weight, stop smoking, eat smaller meals, don’t lie down for several hours

Don’t suffer. Take steps to manage your heartburn. after eating, wear loose-fitting clothes, and limit how much alcohol you consume. Resist foods and beverages that can trigger your heartburn, such as chocolate, peppermint, coffee (with or without caffeine), garlic, onions, and fried, spicy, fatty or tomato-rich food. • Raise the head of your bed. Place wood blocks under your bedposts to raise the head of your bed six to eight

inches. • Control acid. Over-the-counter antacids such as Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids, or Tums may ease heartburn. For a stronger acid-reducer, try an H2 blocker such as famotidine (Pepcid and generic) or ranitidine (Zantac and generic). • Consider proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Medicine to reduce gastric acid production is warranted in most patients with typical GERD symptoms such as heartburn or regurgitation. PPIs are a group of drugs that relieve symptoms and heal the lining of the esophagus in almost all sufferers. For best results, take them 30 to 60 minutes before a meal. Omeprazole and lansoprazole are sold over-thecounter as low-cost generics. If symptoms don’t improve after two to four weeks, ask your doctor about taking two doses daily. Free online resources can help you discover the best treatment for you. For example, you can visit www. and click on “heartburn” for a free drug report on PPIs. Left untreated, GERD can inflame the lining of the esophagus, causing a condition known as esophagitis. A few GERD patients develop Barrett’s esophagus, a disorder that can, in rare cases, lead to cancer of the esophagus. Visit for more tips on managing your health care, including resources developed in collaboration with Consumer Reports.

Proper steps to conducting a breast self-exam Women recognize the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, which includes conducting self-exams to detect for breast cancer. Breast self-exams are vital to discovering abnormalities, including lumps or tenderness, in the breasts. Self-examination increases the chances of early detection of breast cancer. John Hopkins Medical Center states that 40 percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump. Doctors urge women to conduct monthly self-exams to familiarize themselves with the look and feel of their breasts, which enables them to more readily recognize any abnormalities that may indicate illness. There are a number of ways to conduct a breast self-

exam, and women are urged to find the method they feel is most comfortable for them. The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., offers these tips for conducting a breast exam at home. • Examine breasts in the shower. A breast examination can take place in the shower while you are washing. NBCF says you should use the pads of your fingers and move around your entire breast in a circular pattern, moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month for any lumps, thickening or hardened knots. If you find a lump, visit your physician for an evaluation. • Conduct an examination in bed. The breast tissue will naturally dis-

tribute over your chest wall and ribs when you are lying down. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit. Squeeze the nipple and check for discharge or lumps. Then repeat the process on the left breast. • Conduct a visual examination. Standing in front of the mirror, you can look at your breasts with your hands at your side and over your head. Look for any differences between breasts. Many women find that their breasts are not exactly the same shape or size, but unusual dimpling or taut or thick skin may be indicative of a problem.

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Health Tips

Staving off Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A new study in the journal Neurology suggests that working out is the most effective way to protect the brain from Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. Researchers studied roughly 700 study participants from Scotland, all of whom were born in 1936. Each participant reported their levels of leisure and physical activity at age 70, rating their physical activity on a scale from moving only to perform household chores to participating in heavy exercise or competitive sport several times per week. Participants were also asked to rate how often they engaged in social or intellectual activities. At age 73, participants received an MRI to measure certain biomarkers in their brains. Those who participated in more physical activity showed less brain shrinkage and fewer white matter lesions, both of which can be signs of Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. And while social and intellectual activities can be beneficial in preventing Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease, the study found that social and intellectual engagement werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as helpful to the brain as physical exercise. The types of physical exercise most beneficial to the brain are still being studied, though information presented at the 2012 Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Conference suggested that strength training is perhaps the most effective form of exercise.

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Advice for aging athletes Retired professional athletes often speak about the difficult moment when they knew it was time to retire from professional competition. The transition can be easy for some but far more difficult for others. But aging amateur athletes know you need not be a professional to realize there comes a time when your body is telling you it’s time to ease up. Athletes are used to pushing themselves and stretching their limits, but some limits are best not pushed. Such is the case with the limits posed by aging. While athletes don’t have to completely fold up shop and hang up their cleats, tennis shoes or other athletic equipment as they approach senior citizen status, there are steps aging athletes can take to ensure they aren’t pushing their bodies too far as they grow older. • Recognize your new recovery time. Veteran athletes tend to have a sixth sense about their bodies, knowing how long they need to recover from common ailments like ankle sprains, knee pain, back pain and shin splints. Despite the body’s remarkable ability for recovery, it’s not immune to aging, and that recovery time will increase as the body ages. Whereas a sprained ankle might once have been as good as new after a few days of rest, aging athletes must recognize that the same ankle sprain now might require more recovery time. Returning too quickly from an injury can only make things worse for aging athletes, so don’t push yourself. • Take more time to warm up. As the body ages, its response time to exercise increases. This means the body needs more time to prepare itself for cardiovascular and strength training exercises. Increase your warm-up time as you age, gradually increasing the intensity of your warm-up exercises until your body feels ready for more strenuous exercise.

Recognizing limitations and the changes one’s body is going through is an important element of staying healthy as you approach older adulthood. • Focus on flexibility. The more flexible you are, the more capable the body is of absorbing shock, including the shock that results from repetitive activities. But as the body ages, it becomes less flexible, which makes it less capable of successfully handling the repetitive movements common to exercise. Aging athletes should focus on their flexibility, stretching their muscles before and after a workout. In addition, activities such as yoga can work wonders on improving flexibility for young and aging athletes alike. • Don’t stop strength training. Some aging athletes mistakenly feel they should stop strength training as

they get older. No longer concerned about building muscle, aging athletes might feel as if they have nothing to gain by lifting weights and continuing to perform other muscle strengthening exercises. But the body gradually loses muscle mass as it ages, and that loss puts the joints under greater stress when aging athletes perform other exercises. That stress can put people at greater risk for arthritis, tendonitis and ligament sprains. While you no longer need to max out on the bench press or challenge yourself on the biceps curl, it is important to continue to make strength training a part of your fitness regimen as you age.

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Macular degeneration risk Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is a disease that affects the part of the back of the eye called the macula. This may cause the center part of a person’s vision to become blurry or wavy. It also can cause a blind spot in the center of vision, according to Prevent

Blindness America. The organization also notes that more than 2 million Americans ages 50 and over have AMD, a 25 percent increase from the previous decade. In addition, AMD is one of the leading causes of blindness in Canada. Although anyone can experience AMD, and it’s most prevalent in people ages

65 and older. Gender also plays a key role in a person’s risk for AMD. According to the National Eye Institute, women have a higher risk for AMD, and it may be traced to a reduction in estrogen production after menopause. In a study titled, Continued on page 15

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Health Tips Continued from page 14 “Menopausal and Reproductive Factors and Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration” by Diane Feskanish of Brigham and Women’s Hospital that was published in the April 2008 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, researchers found that women who used oral contraceptives before menopause and received hormone replacement therapy after menopause had the lowest risk for wet, or advanced, AMD. But these results came at a price. The same women who had lower incidences of wet AMD saw increased incidences of early, or dry, AMD when taking hormones. Although more research needs to be done, estrogen seems to play some type of role in the formation of AMD. An eye doctor can assess visual acuity at routine visits.

Turn off the tube A 2012 study published in the journal Pediatrics found that the average American child is exposed to nearly four hours of background television each day. Background television is when the television is on but children are not watching it. That kids are exposed to so much background television on a daily basis is significant, as numerous studies have shown too much television, even background television, has an adverse effect on children’s development. According to the study, background television in particular has been linked to poorer interactions between parent and child as well as poorer performance on cognitive tasks. The study was conducted using a nationally representative telephone survey of 1,454 parents with at least one child between the ages of 8 months and 8 years old. Children in that age group typically watch about 80 minutes of television each day, meaning their daily exposure to television is roughly five hours. The study also found that children who are younger, African-American or come from poorer families are exposed to even more television on a daily basis.

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Prioritizing a good night’s sleep is one way to improve memory.

Ways to improve memory

But sometimes memory loss has nothing to do with aging...

Everyone forgets things from time to time. Periodically forgetting where you left your keys is likely not indicative of a bad memory. But some people find themselves forgetting things more frequently, a troubling development for those who can’t explain their sudden loss of memory. Memory loss is often considered to go hand-in-hand with aging. As a person ages, conventional wisdom suggests memory will begin to fade. But sometimes memory loss has nothing to do with aging, and a lot to do with a brain that isn’t sharp because of an unhealthy lifestyle. The following are a few ways men and women can improve their memory. • Get some sleep. Men and women who aren’t getting enough sleep can almost certainly blame that lack of shuteye for at least some of their memory

loss. When you don’t get enough sleep, your brain’s ability to think critically, solve problems and even be creative is compromised considerably. In addition, research has shown that memoryenhancing activities occur during the deepest stages of sleep, further highlighting the importance of getting a full

night of interruption-free rest. • Hit the gym. Exercise is another activity that can improve memory. Daily physical exercise increases the amount of oxygen that gets to your brain while reducing the risk for certain disorders, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease, both of which can lead to memory loss. • Manage stress effectively. Stress has a host of negative side effects, not the least of which is its impact on your memory. Chronic stress that goes untreated can destroy brain cells and damage the region of the brain that deals with the formation of new memories as well as the retrieval of older memories. Numerous studies have shown that men and women cite their career as their primary source of stress. Since quitting your job is likely not an option, find ways to manage your stress more effectively. This may mean finding a way to make the most of your time, be it working more efficiently, emphasizing planning ahead or even vowing to stop procrastinating. Other ways to manage stress include making time to relax and recognizing that you have limits while seeking the help of others. • Make some dietary changes. Diet can also have an impact on memory. What you eat is fuel for both your body and your brain, and a poor diet can have a negative impact on your memory. Be sure to include omega-3 fatty acids, sources of which include salmon, tuna and other cold water fatty fish, in your diet. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids, which can also be found in walnuts, can boost brain power and possibly reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Foods with antioxidants, including fruits and vegetables, can also protect your brain cells from damage, which can have a positive impact on your memory. Leafy green vegetables like spinach, romaine lettuce and arugula as well as fruits like apricots, mangoes and cantaloupe are good sources of antioxidants. A diet high in saturated fat, which is found in red meat, whole milk, butter and cheese, has been found to have a negative impact on memory. Research has shown that such a diet increases a person’s risk of developing dementia while impairing an individual’s ability to concentrate and remember things. Loss of memory is often a momentary lapse, but those who find themselves becoming more and more forgetful can take steps to improve their memory and their quality of life.

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Health Tips

Choosing a doctor Choosing the right doctor is a critical decision that requires some in-depth research. Very often, individuals make this decision purely by which names turn up on a health insurance plan, while others choose the doctor who is closest to their homes. Although managed care has changed the way many look for and use doctors, this doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean a person should remain hands-off in the selection process. Narrow down potential doctors by their specialty, academic history, proximity to home, and whether the doctor is board-certified. A doctor who is board-certified has taken several extra years of training and passed a difficult board examination. To remain board-certified, he or she sometimes must complete continuing education and periodic recertification. After the list is made, you can select two or three eligible doctors and make appointments for non-care-related interviews. This way. there is the chance to gauge the doctorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; personality, how well the interaction goes, and how comfortable you would feel in his or her care. The doctor who best meets this criteria is likely going to make the best fit.

Keep the blood flowing High levels of exercise can help to prevent stiffening of the arteries in middle-aged men and women. Researchers at Indiana University studied 21 men and 28 women, 33 of whom were highly active swimmers who exercised vigorously for more than 200 minutes per week. The remaining 16 participants exercised moderately or not at all. The study found highly active middle-aged men and women had significantly less arterial stiffness than those who were inactive or exercised moderately. Among men and women in the inactive group, men had less arterial stiffness than women, suggesting exercise may be more beneficial for women than men with regard to reducing the risk of developing arterial stiffness that can lead to cardiovascular disease.

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Is the vaccine necessary? Doctors, pharmacies and walk-in medical centers now offer more vaccinations than just the standard flu shot. People have the opportunity to get vaccinated against chickenpox as well as an offshoot of that illness known as shingles. But is the shingles vaccine necessary? And if so, why? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one in three people in the United States will develop shingles in his or her lifetime. Shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster, is caused by the varicella zoster virus. This is the same virus responsible for chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox is susceptible to having shingles years later. That’s because, despite being inactive, the virus remains in the body. Although doctors are not sure why, the varicella zoster virus can reactivate, causing shingles, which have different and more severe symptoms than chickenpox. It is important to note that herpes zoster is not caused by the same virus that causes genital herpes. Unlike chickenpox, which is characterized by itchy pustules that spread across the body, shingles generally begins as a very painful burning rash on one side of the body or face. The rash forms blisters that will scab in about a week. Prior to the presentation of the rash, the skin may itch and men and women may feel pain and tingling feelings in the area where the rash will develop. Unless a person has a weakened immune system, the rash will usually be in one banded area of the body. Otherwise, it could be more widespread like the chickenpox rash. Shingles is not contagious in the obvious sense, meaning a person with shingles will not give another person shingles. However, the shingles virus can be spread to another person who has never had chickenpox. Chickenpox may develop, but shingles will not. Because the shingles rash is often in areas of the body concealed by clothing, transmission to others is rare. After the shingles blisters have scabbed over, a person can no longer pass on the zoster virus. Shingles occurs later in life, primarily after a person has reached his or her 50s. Therefore, the CDC recommends the shingles vaccine (Zostavax) for individuals age 60 and older. The vaccine will protect the body against

Burning back pain and tingling could be indicative of shingles. the reactivation of the zoster virus. It also may help those who have never had chickenpox from contracting chickenpox. The vaccine isn’t fail-safe, though. In some cases, even vaccinated people will still experience shingles, although the outbreak may be less severe than if the shingles vaccine was never received. The vaccine, which requires just a single dose, transmits a live virus as a single injection in the upper arm. Redness, pain, swelling, and headaches are known side effects. The vaccine is safe for most individuals. However, those who have a weakened immune system, are receiving immune-system-suppressing drugs, have tuberculosis, are pregnant or trying to become pregnant or have had a life-threatening allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the shingles vaccine should not be vaccinated. Even those who have had shingles before are urged to get the vaccine to prevent future occurrences. It is important for people to discuss their treatment options with their doctors and also to inquire if their medical insurance covers the shingles vaccine.

Health Tips

Protecting hearing The most common type of permanent hearing loss is from frequent exposure to loud or moderately loud noise over a long period of time that causes damage to the soft tissue of the inner ear. Fortunately, this kind of hearing loss is preventable. Signs of noise-induced hearing loss: • Ringing in the ears for several hours after sound exposure; • Ears feel full or stopped up; • Speech that seems muffled or far away; • Difficulty hearing in noisy or group settings. How to know if a sound is too loud: • If you have to shout to be heard above the noise; • If you cannot understand the person who is speaking to you from less than two feet away; • If a person standing near you can hear sounds from your stereo or iPod headset while it is on your head. Source:

Bike safety for kids, adults Before heading out for a spin or two-wheeled commute on your bicycle, remember these tips offered by the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians: • Protect your head and face by wearing a helmet that meets government standards. • Wear sports sunglasses that can stop dust and bugs from getting into eyes. • Wear bright, reflective clothing when riding making it easier for drivers to see. • Use padded shorts and a comfortable seat to reduce buttock pain. • Avoid riding at night. • Always stay alert and look out for anything in the way. • Parents should teach children basic traffic rules and make sure they ride in safe places. Children younger than age 10 should not ride near traffic.

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Heart-healthy diet Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S.? Diet is a major component of living a heart healthy life. In fact, the food you eat can affect the way blood flows through your heart and arteries. The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians offers these tips for showing a little love to your heart: • Eat fewer saturated and trans fats, which are found in foods such as butter, saturated or hydrogenated vegetable fats such as Crisco, animal fats in meats, and fats in whole milk dairy products. • Choose whole grain breads, which are high in fiber and complex carbohydrates. • Eat fruits and vegetables, which are naturally low in fat. • Baking, broiling and roasting are the healthiest ways to prepare meat and poultry. • Use either a non-stick pan or nonstick cooking spray instead of butter or margarine. • Dry beans, peas and lentils offer protein and fiber without the cholesterol and fat that meats have. • Choose low or nonfat versions of milk, yogurt and cheese products. • Eat no more than four egg yolks a week (use egg whites or egg substitutes).

Clean hands, better health Hand washing is by far one of the best ways to prevent germs from spreading and to keep you and your family from getting sick. When washing, make sure to: • Use warm water. • Use soap and lather up for about 10 to 15 seconds (antibacterial soap is not necessary—any soap will do). • Make sure you get in between the fingers and under the nails where uninvited germs like to hang out; and do not forget the wrists. • Use a nail brush at least once a day. • Rinse and dry well with a clean towel and turn the faucet off with the towel. Source:

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ABOVE: Mayor Vince Leone shakes the hand of Alejandro Zapata

Alejandro Zapata: Citizen of the Year, 2013 By Jasmine Cupp On the night of Saturday, Feb. 22, at Slater’s Madison Street Pub in downtown Port Clinton, Mayor Vince Leone presented Alejandro “Hondo” Zapata with a key to the city and the title of Citizen of the Year for 2013. “We usually present the award at City Hall,” said Mayor Leone, “but for Hondo, I thought this would be a better venue.” Slater’s was already packed with regular Saturday night patrons and party goers for Stella Lopez’s birthday party. Around 10:30 p.m. Mayor Leone, along with Michelle, Isaiah, Xavier and Zayden Zapata and other friends and

Mayor Leone read the Proclamation from the Office of the Mayor to Zapata and everyone in Slater’s: Proclamation from the Office of the Mayor Whereas: The true strength of any man can only be expressed by the way he cares for his fellow man, and; Whereas: Alejandro Zapata brought the heart of a City together to honor the young, brave soul of Devin Kohlman, and; Whereas: Alejandro Zapata led our community to forget their differences and bring forth the true spirit of caring, and; Whereas: He proved his love of his fellow man through his selfless acts of kindness for one family, the effects could be felt beyond our City limits and even our State and Country, and; Now, Therefore: as Alejandro Zapata not only expressed his unselfish love for his community but has proven that he is his brother’s keeper, it is for this reason that I, Vincent P. Leone, Mayor of the City of Port Clinton, Ohio, with great honor and humility present the title of Citizen of the Year for 2013! In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and cause the Seal of the City of Port Clinton, Ohio, to be affixed this 22nd day of February, 2014. Vincent P. Leone, Mayor

Below: Wife Michelle Zapata with their children Zayden, Isaiah, and Xavier family, parted the sea of patrons to reach Hondo, who was deejaying. For one of the only times in his life, Zapata was speechless. The crowd yelled in support for Zapata. Taking in the moment, he soon gathered his thoughts. “If you are struggling, I am the example that you can make it through,” said Zapata. “Everyone has problems; some people’s problems are bigger than others. It’s all about family and all about paying it forward. Thanks for being by my side (he said to wife Michelle) and you too, boys. It’s like I always say, every day’s a blessing.” Zapata was a key player in getting the community involved with helping Devin Kohlman and his family during Devin’s illness. In the end, not only was the community involved and invested in Devin, but the county, the state, the nation and the world. Like Mayor Leone stated in his proclamation, the selfless acts of caring meant so much to Devin and to everyone in our community. “The Citizen of the Year award is strictly the mayor’s decision,” said Mayor Leone. “There are folks that have worked hard in organizations, but we are looking for individual, outstanding citizens. He brought together a community like no other. I wish I could accomplish what he has accomplished. He brought a town together despite their differences. He really deserves this.”

Bruce Winters announces his candidacy for re-election as Ottawa County Common Pleas Judge Citing his desire to continue the many new programs he has instituted while in office, the Honorable Bruce Winters has announced that he is running for re-election for Judge, of the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court as an Independent candidate. Judge Winters has served the communities of Ottawa County as Common Pleas Judge for the past 5 years. The very integral programs implemented by Judge Winters include a highly supervised bond release system, intensive probation for high need/risk offenders, drug testing for criminal defendants, drug court, inhouse intensive outpatient treatment program for drug and alcohol offenders, and a mediation program for foreclosure cases. Judge Winters has been able to decrease the Court’s annual budget while securing federal grant monies to process child support cases and state

grant monies to assist with probation. A graduate of the University of Toledo, College of Law, Winters holds a degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Toledo. Winters was a practicing attorney for 21 years. Prior to becoming Ottawa County Common Pleas Judge, he served Ottawa County communities as a Police Officer, Juvenile Probation Officer, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Magistrate. Winters currently serves with the National Judicial College and the Ohio Judicial College as an instructor for new magistrates and judges.












Cruisin’ for cancer with the Buckeyes Q This column might be a bit short this week, since I was able to score passage for Mary Alice and I aboard the Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Ship last week for the Buckeyes Cruise for Cancer, hosted by OSU football coach Urban Meyer and his wife Shelly. This was the seventh annual cruise that started with Chris Spielman and his wife Stephanie, who died from breast cancer several years ago. We met a lot of very neat people, including Iris Keels, the mother of Paul Keels, the voice of the Buckeyes, who worked many years at Xavier University. It turns out that we knew a lot of the same people from back when I went to school there in the late 1960s. Then it turns out her son started his broadcast career the same place I did, at WVXU FM. One of the highlights, as indicated by the photo, was when Dr. David George and his wife Pat met Eddie George, the Heisman Trophy winner. We kidded David all week about getting together with his “Cousin Eddie”. The alumni band played every day, the alumni cheerleaders led the crowd in cheers every day, and Urban and Shelly Meyer and their family members talked about the loss of Urban’s mother, who also died from cancer. Meyer became very emotional discussing that topic. The cruise raised close to a half million dollars for cancer research. There were quite a few Ottawa Countians on the trip, including County Commissioner Jim Sass and his wife Mollie. Q Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Nathan Holman of Port Clinton, who was one of 167 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for Mutach’s Market on page 6A in last week’s Beacon. Nathan wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week, so if you find him, drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center or click on the Find Wylie Icon at our website, Q This Saturday, March 1, is Community Preparedness Day. It will be observed at the Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare Campus near Oak Harbor. Activities start at 8:30 a.m. with a free Pancake and Sausage Breakfast followed by presentations from Ottawa County Sheriff, Steve Levorchick on Home Security; Kenan Mylander from Mercy St. Vincent’s Burn Unit on Fire Safety; Mike Drusbacky on what to do in the event of a nuclear accident, chemical spill and train derailment; Kimberly Newman, a Toledo TV meteorologist on severe weather preparation; and finally Beth Leggett from the Ottawa County office of the American Red Cross with what should go into an Emergency Supply Kit. Q The Port Clinton High School Leadership Council is hosting the Ohio Association of Student Councils State Conference from April 24 to 26. They are looking for community help in housing the 500 to 800 students who will be in attendance that weekend. What’s involved? First, select the number of students you can house (they don’t need beds, just floor space for sleeping bags). They will need transportation to and from PCHS. They will need a good breakfast on Friday and Saturday mornings. Forms are available at the high school. For more information, call 419-734-2147. This is obviously a big endeavor and your help is very much needed and appreciated. Q Even though I was gone all weekend, we still had our Editor, Jasmine Cupp, at Saturday’s Magruder Hospital Charity Ball. We always do a photo collage of the big dance, and so it is this year. Check out page 6A. Q Don’t forget our “Coffee with the Editor” session at Common Grounds every Wednesday at 9 a.m. According to Editor Jasmine Cupp, we had a good group there last Wednesday. Lots of interesting local topics are discussed. It is our opportunity to have a sit-down with our readers and learn about what you want to see in The Beacon as we enter our 32nd year of community publishing. Also, don’t forget that Common Grounds is offering their gourmet coffee for just 99-cents with one refill. Q I met Jack Miller during a breakfast speaking engagement at Otterbein North Shore a couple of weeks ago. Jack owns Beacon Point Driving Range at the intersection of State Route 2 and Lakeshore Drive. Jack has begun a “Golf Quiz” which you can find on one of our sports pages each week. Check out your golf knowledge.

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By J. Patrick Eaken Press Staff Writer The Ohio Department of Transportation District 2 announces that the Anthony Wayne Bridge is scheduled to close March 17 at 7 a.m. The bridge will be closed to both vehicles and pedestrian traffic through September 2015. Built in 1931, the Anthony Wayne Bridge is a nationally recognized historical bridge that connects downtown Toledo with the east side. ODOT awarded the $28.7 million project to the E.S. Wagner Company in Oregon. Work includes re-decking the bridge, replacing the existing truss end spans, rehabilitation of the existing substructures, new street lighting and rebuilding the sidewalks, railings and fence. Following the closure, lane restrictions will be put in place for an additional construction season for painting with a project completion date slated for December 2015, weather permitting. “It’s going to send a lot more cars down Main Street. It’s going to have a negative impact on some businesses, like those gas stations right at the base of the bridge — on both sides,” District 3 councilman Mike Craig said. “I’m more concerned about businesses that have drive-in traffic. The drive-up businesses will have a negative impact and what I’ve been telling people is, ‘It’s a negative-impact, yeah, and it’s going to be a long time — 19 months. But if they don’t do this now, they could close that bridge.’” Other downtown bridges open during the construction period are the Martin Luther King Bridge, which leads directly into Main Street in East Toledo, the Craig Bridge which connects Summit Street to Front Street, the Veterans Glass City Skyway Interstate I-280 span, and the DiSalle Bridge that spans I-75 near downtown. ODOT will be holding an informational meeting to discuss the Anthony Wayne Bridge project on March 5 at 6 p.m. in the East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Dr., Toledo. ODOT will also post updates on Facebook and Twitter.



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Little Bitz is happy to be back home with George and Addie Decker. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)


Lost Yorkie, “Little Bitz” is back home By Kelly J. Kaczala Press News Editor George Decker had his prayers answered on Tuesday. Little Bitz, his three year old Yorkie mix that’s been missing since Feb.11, was returned to him and his wife, Addie after someone recognized a photo of the dog that appeared with an article in The Press last week. “We got her. She’s sitting right here in my lap,” George told The Press Tuesday afternoon. Decker, 80, had been inconsolable since the 10 lb. dog slipped away from him after he had opened his car door in the parking lot of Nose to Tail, a groomer at Coy and Navarre Avenue, for a 9:30 a.m. appointment. The dog, donning a pink wool coat, red collar with a pink leash trailing behind, had dashed across Navarre Avenue by the time Amie Brodie, owner of Nose to Tail, had sprinted down the street to help George retrieve it. But a motorist had picked up the dog and drove away. Crushed, George could hardly contain his pain. He considered Little Bitz, which had helped him recover from a stroke last year, his “baby.” He couldn’t sleep for days, blaming himself for losing his grip on the dog’s leash. He and Addie had filed a report with the Oregon police, checked with the Lucas County

It was so lonesome when she was gone. We had no life in us at all. I felt sick half the time.

Canine Care & Control (formerly known as Lucas County Dog Warden), posted a photo on Facebook’s Toledo Area Lost and Found Pets, and circulated fliers in hopes of finding Little Bitz, but to no avail. After their story appeared in The Press last week, calls came pouring in, said Addie. “People called me like you wouldn’t believe,” she said. “Someone called and said, `Addie, I don’t have your dog, but we’re praying for you.’ Also among the calls was a man who said “My heart breaks for you.” “He said he saw a woman in a brown midsized Chevy with two children in the back seat pick the dog up. He was right be-

hind her. He told me he was going to go that way every day to see if he could find the woman.” A staff member from the Wood County Humane Society also called, said Addie. “One of the women who works there said she would go in every day to look for our dog,” said Addie. She said `If I can’t find your dog, I will find you another little dog.’” George said he was grateful for the support from the community. “Everyone wanted to get involved,” he said. Someone suggested putting an ad in Toledo’s daily newspaper, but Addie said they had already done so before contacting The Press “and we didn’t get one call.” On Tuesday morning, they got the call they were waiting for. “A young woman said `I think I have your dog,’” recalled Addie. The woman’s grandmother had read the story in The Press and informed her the dog she had found was George and Addie’s. “I asked the woman to call Little Bitz by her name to see if she would respond,” Addie said when she got the call. The woman, according to Addie, said the dog wasn’t paying attention to her. “I said `Let her hear my voice on the phone,’ and when I called out to her, Little Bitz knocked the phone out of that woman’s (Continued on page 2)

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Keep your nails looking healthy Nails are more than a fashion statement — they reflect our overall health. A new video from the American Academy of Dermatology provides advice on caring for your nails to keep them looking their best. “Always keep your nails clean and dry and cut nails straight across using sharp nail scissors or clippers. Slightly round the tips of your nails to provide maximum strength,” said board-certified dermatologist Phoebe Rich, MD, FAAD, clinical adjunct professor of dermatology at Oregon Health Science University, Portland. “Never bite your nails or remove the cuticle. Not only do these actions damage the nail, they also increase the risk of infection.” Dr. Rich shares more nail tips: • Keep nails shaped and free of snags by filing with an emery board. • Do not use your nails as a tool, such as opening pop cans. • Trim toenails regularly. Keeping them short will minimize the risk of trauma and injury. • When toenails are thick and difficult to cut, soak your feet in warm salt water. Mix one teaspoon of salt per pint of water and soak for 5 to 10 minutes. • Avoid “digging out” ingrown toenails, especially if they are infected and sore. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, see a dermatologist for treatment. • Wear shoes that fit properly. Also alternate which pair of shoes you wear each day. • Wear flip flops at the pool and in public showers. This reduces the risk of infections caused by a fungus that can get in your toenails. “If you notice changes in your nails or experience swelling or pain, see a board-certified dermatologist as these can be signs of serious nail problems,” said Dr. Rich. “It’s very important to see a dermatologist if you have diabetes or poor circulation and experience nail problems as nail infections could affect your overall health.” These tips are demonstrated in “Tips for Healthy Nails,” a video posted to the Academy website.

Can diet soda cause weight gain? For decades, people have turned to diet soft drinks as a healthier alternative to regular soft drinks. However, consuming diet soda on a regular basis may have some serious health ramifications, including weight gain. It may seem counterintuitive to suggest that diet sodas may be causing people to gain weight, particularly because these sodas are commonly consumed by people who are trying to lose weight. However, artificial sweeteners found in some diet sodas may increase a person’s risk of obesity. It’s not entirely what you are eating that can cause weight gain but what the body thinks it is eating (or drinking) that plays a role. There are two factors at play with regard to the artificial sweetener conundrum. First, The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio has researched the potential link between obesity and artificial sweeteners. Researchers have found that something in the chemical structure of these sweeteners alters the way the brain processes the neurotransmitter serotonin. In addition to helping with sleep, mood and other functions in the body, serotonin helps tell the body when it is full. When natural foods and sugars are consumed, serotonin signals to the brain to turn off your body’s appetite. However, artificial sweeteners may prolong the release of serotonin, and your appetite remains in full force long after it should have abated. Another component of artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, is that these chemicals can trick the body into thinking it has, in fact, consumed sugar. That triggers the pancreas to produce the insulin needed to regulate blood-glucose levels. It also causes the body to store the glucose as fat. This can lead to low blood sugar, which may cause you to eat a sugary treat in response. Having diet soda or eating a sugarless item once in a while won’t create any long-term effects. But repeat-

Diet soda may seem a healthier option than sugary drinks, but it may cause weight gain and contribute to obesity. edly relying on artificial sweeteners could affect appetite and change blood sugar levels for good. These aren’t the only consequences to diet soda and other beverages. Drinking diet soda regularly may affect cardiovascular health. According to the American Heart Association, research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference found people who drink diet soda every day have a 61 percent higher risk of vascular events than those who reported no soda consumption. Regular soda isn’t a better alternative. It can contribute to weight gain and cardiovascular issues as well as an increased risk for diabetes. A 2011 review published in the journal Circulation stated that a positive association has been shown between sugar-sweetened soft drink consumption and weight gain in both children and adults.

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Health Tips

Fight the Bite The Ohio academy of Family Physicians offers these tips to help avoid mosquito bites: • Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. • Repair or replace all torn screens in your home. • Remove all discarded tires from your property. • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers. • Make sure roof gutters drain properly. Clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall. • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and hot tubs. If not in use, keep empty and covered. • Drain water from pool covers. • Change the water in bird baths at least once a week. • Turn over plastic wading pools, wheelbarrows, and other similar items when not in use. • Clean ditches of obstructions so they drain properly. • Eliminate any standing water that collects on your property. • Check trees for cavities that hold water and fill them with soil, gravel, or sand. • Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their properties. • Use insect repellent with DEET and follow the label directions.

Smoke alarms save lives According to the National Fire Protection Association, 92 percent of all civilian structure fire deaths in 2011, the most recent year for which statistics are available, resulted from home structure fires. Not surprisingly, kitchens are the leading area of origin for home structure fires. Forty-two percent of such fires, which peak during the dinner hours between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., began in the kitchen. And while smoke alarms may not prevent fires, they can prevent deaths stemming from home structure fires. Three out of five reported home deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or homes with smoke alarms that were not in operation.


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