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TIDBITS® SEARCHES FOR SUNSHINE
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Many people suffer from the blues during the winter months because of a lack of sunshine, but spring will bring us all warmth and sunny days soon! This Tidbits explores the gigantic star that our planet revolves around. • The sun is a huge star that is the center of our solar system. Earth is tiny compared to the sun. Our entire planet could fit inside the sun 109 times if it was a hollow ball! Of course, it’s not hollow; it is filled with hot gasses. How hot? The surface of the sun is about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit (5,500 degrees Celsius). The core, or center of the sun, is estimated to be more than 28 million degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 million C). • The sun is 864,000 miles (1.4 million km) in diameter, almost 35 times larger than the diameter of the earth and is about 330,000 times the mass of earth. • On a mountain summit on a hot summer day, it appears that the sun is really close to earth. However, it is nearly 93 million miles (150 million km) away. It takes sunlight about eight minutes to reach us. Even with that distance, the light and heat keep our planet warm, allowing plants to grow and even giving us a sunburn if we are not careful. Without the sun, earth would be frozen and dark all the time and could not support life as we know it. • The closer you get to the earth’s poles, the more extreme the days are with and without sunshine. The North Pole does not have sunshine for 186 days a year. • Barrow, Alaska, doesn’t have any sunshine in December and January, but when summer rolls around, June through August, they are blessed with continual sunshine 24 hours a day. • Today, much attention is focused on our need for vitamin D, known as the sunshine vitamin. Being in the sun is the best way to satisfy your body’s need for vitamin D; it is produced in your skin when your skin is exposed to sunlight. • A lack of vitamin D can put you at increased risk for the bone disease osteoporosis. Low vitamin D can also cause poor metabolism, a weakened heart and cause your body to heal slowly from broken bones and cuts. Turn The Page For More!
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Page 2 For Advertising Call 251-285-4116 aTHE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Steffy unsuccessfully tried to keep Liam from returning home to Hope. Bill and Katie argued over who was best for Liam -Hope or Steffy. Brooke and Ridge tried to find a creative way to celebrate Eric and Stephanie’s wedding anniversary. Hope and Liam’s night of passion was rather uneventful. Stephanie received a surprise visit from Sally Spectra’s former partner in crime, Gladys Pope. Hope confided in her mom about her disappointing evening with Liam. Hope met with therapist Dr. Stacy Barton to try to get to the root of her problem. Wait to See: Bill goes to great lengths to keep Steffy from signing the annulment papers. Liam makes a startling admission to Bill. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Madison stood up to Ian and demanded a divorce. Kate tried to steer Lucas away from Sami. Abigail arranged for her and Melanie to run into Austin and Carrie on vacation. Bo was jumped from behind and beaten into a coma. Hope found out that John was still an ISA agent and begged him to let her help him so that they could hurry home to Salem. Daniel and Jennifer agreed to remain friends. John and Hope came face-to-face with Stefano in Alamainia. Abigail showed up at Austin’s room while Carrie was out. Madison drove Brady away by convincing him that she loved Ian. Billie answered the phone in Bo’s hospital room when Hope called to check on Bo’s condition. Wait to See: Abe feels shut out by his own son. Rafe discovers Nicole’s secret.
Somehow, muffins seem to fit the bill for a filling breakfast, a tasty snack and even as an offering for dessert. These muffins are no exception! 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup quick oats 1 cup raisins Sugar substitute to equal 1/4 cup sugar, suitable for baking 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon apple pie spice 1 cup fat-free milk 2 tablespoons fat-free sour cream 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1 egg or equivalent in egg substitute 1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray a 12-hole muffin pan with butter-flavored cooking spray or line with paper liners. 2. In large bowl, combine flour, oats, raisins, sugar substitute, baking powder, baking soda and apple pie spice. In a small bowl, combine milk, sour cream, applesauce and egg. Mix well with a fork to combine. 3. Add milk mixture to flour mixture. Mix just until moistened (batter will be lumpy). Evenly divide batter into prepared muffin wells. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. 4. Place pan on a wire rack and let set 5 minutes. Remove muffins from pan and continue cooling on rack. Makes 12 servings. ¥ Each serving equals: About 129 calories, 1g fat, 4g protein, 26g carbo., 140g sodium, 2g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1 Fruit.
GENERAL HOSPITAL Starr was shocked to see her father, Todd, at her bedside at the hospital. Sonny confronted Carly about her relationship with his nemesis, Johnny. Dante ran a ballistics test on the gun found in Kate’s office. Holly pleaded with Ethan to avoid going after Helena. Carly was furious that she wasn’t allowed to visit Jason. Alexis was actually more concerned with how Carly’s affair with Johnny was going to affect Sonny instead. Lulu accused Delores of stealing the photograph from the evidence room. Steve insisted that Olivia know the truth despite Maggie’s protest. A trial got underway at the courthouse. Wait to See: John McBain strolls into Port Charles. Monica and Tracy get into a quarrel. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Sharon dumped Adam after she found out that he helped Patty escape from the institution, which resulted in Jack’s injuries. Adam tried to assure Sharon that he had changed, but for once Sharon put her kids ahead of her man. Phyllis walked up just as Nick was comforting Sharon with a hug. Avery persuaded Daniel to fight for custody of his daughter, Lucy. Lauren accused Daisy of stalking her. Jack asked Avery to be his attorney in his lawsuit against Genevieve. Devon awoke from his surgery unable to hear anything. Wait to See: Nikki is fed up with Victor’s machinations. Adam faces legal trouble after his role in Patty’s escape. 1. What was the name of the Alice Cooper band’s debut album, and when was that? 2. Name King Crimson’s first single to chart. 3. What was the original name of the band Supertramp? 4. Who sang “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” and when? 5. What is the stage name of Stacey Lynn Swain? What’s her most well-known hit? 6. Which group had a modest hit in 1971 with “Love Is Life” off its eponymous debut album? Answers 1. “Pretties for You” (1969). 2. “The Court of the Crimson King” in 1969. It was the group’s first chart song -- and the last -- in the U.S. 3. Daddy, before renaming themselves in early 1970. Supertramp’s first two albums didn’t chart, but the 1974 album “Crime of the Century” made it to No. 38 in the U.S. 4. Aretha Franklin, in 1967. The song went to No. 1 on the U.S. R&B chart, followed by chart-toppers “Respect” and “Baby I Love You.” 5. Stacey Q (with Q being the name of her first band). The song “Two of Hearts” off her “Better Than Heaven” album (1986) climbed to No. 3 on the charts. 6. Earth, Wind & Fire.
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• Even though Florida is nicknamed the “Sunshine State,” there are five other states that actually have more sunshine. According to the National Weather Service, Arizona, California, Texas, Nevada and New Mexico catch more rays. • The sunniest place in the United States where you can absorb some natural vitamin D is Yuma, Arizona. The next four places are: Redding, California; Flagstaff and Phoenix, Arizona; and Las Vegas, Nevada. • Juneau, Alaska, is the cloudiest city in the United States with only 30 percent of the annual possible sunshine. Other areas that lack sunshine, where vitamin D supplements may be needed, are Quillayute, Washington; Elkins, West Virginia; Hilo, Hawaii; and Anchorage, Alaska. • If you search the internet for businesses, towns, clubs and other organizations that use the word sunshine in their name, you will probably be amazed. It seems that everyone loves sunshine! The word seems to imply happiness. However, there are a few places borrowing the name that haven’t turned out so sunny. How about ghost towns? • Sunshine, Tennessee, is also known as Kinsel Springs, after S.J. Kinsel who established the town in the early 1900s. Located in what is now the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, at one time it had a large resort hotel, and people rode the train from Knoxville to enjoy swimming in the Little River and walking across the swinging bridge. After the hotel burned in the 1950s, and the railroad’s demand for the local lumber dried up, the company was discontinued and the town died. The swinging bridge has been renovated, but not much else is there today. • Mr. Kinsel, known for his wealth, was also known for his generosity. He donated a large sum of money to the International Sunshine Society. The society was started in the early 1900s to help infants and children who were blind, to bring “sunshine” to their sweet lives. • Two mines named “Sunshine” were located in Utah and Idaho, for gold and silver respectively. • Sunshine Mine in Utah was expected to be a great gold find but proved to be disappointing and was abandoned after 15 years of work. Only about $400,000 in gold was extracted. Sunshine Canyon, where the mine was located, has been deserted since 1910. • Sunshine Mine in Idaho, located between the towns of Kellogg and Wallace in the Idaho panhandle, was a silver mine that produced almost 365 million ounces of silver from 1904 through 2001. Unfortunately, the Sunshine Mine has the distinction of being the spot of the worst disaster in Idaho history. A fire in the mine in 1972 killed 91 workers. A monument to the lost miners was erected near the mine and can be viewed there today. • Sunshine Hill, Texas, near Wichita Falls, got its name from the fact that at 1,208 feet (368 m) above sea level, it was the highest hill in the area. The school that was established there in 1889 was the only structure left in the town in recent years. Unfortunately, the school burned to the ground in March 2011. • North of the border in Alberta, Canada, is Sunshine Village Ski Resort, one of three ski resorts within Banff National Park. It claims to have up to 30 feet (9 m) of snow in the winter! It also has summer hiking access and fun programs beginning in June. • All of us need to be thankful for the sun coming up every morning and going down every night. There have been numerous religions that have the sun as their centerpiece. The Egyptians, Aztecs, Greeks and Japanese all had major tenets of their beliefs based on the sun. The Aztecs actually thought the sun died every night and had to be resurrected each day.
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1. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What term refers to a type of patterned sock or sweater and a region within a country? 2. LOGOS: What is the official logo of the Atlanta Braves baseball team? 3. HOLIDAYS: When was Father’s Day first celebrated officially? 4. CHEMISTRY: What is the color of sulfur at room temperature? 5. ANATOMY: What human organs are responsible for cleaning waste from blood? 6. HISTORY: In what year did U.S. law require cars to include turn signals? 7. FOOD & DRINK: Which vegetables are used primarily in succotash? 8. BIBLE: What is the longest book in the Old Testament? 9. U.S. GOVERNMENT: Which Constitutional Amendment deals with self-incrimination? 10. MOVIES: What new category was added to the Academy Awards in 2001? Answers 1. Argyle (sock and sweater) and the Argyll region in western Scotland 2. A tomahawk 3. 1910 4. Yellow 5. Kidneys 6. 1954 7. Corn and lima beans 8. Psalms, with 150 chapters 9. The Fifth 10. Best Animated Feature HOLLYWOOD -- Now that the Oscars have been handed out, everyone is going back to the films they were making before they were hit by the tornado that is the Academy Awards! George Clooney will be stranded on a space station in outer space in “Gravity” with Sandra Bullock, due out Nov. 29. Best actor nominee Gary Oldman made “Guns, Girls and Gambling” with Christian Slater, Dane Cook, SNL’s Chris Kattan and Powers Boothe. They play a band of criminals hunting for a priceless Native American artifact. No release date yet. On July 20, the $250 million Batman sequel, “The Dark Knight Rises,” hits theaters with repeat stars Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. Also added to the mix are Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levett, which spells MUST SEE! On Aug. 31, Oldman’s “The Wettest County” with Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce and “The Help’s” Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain arrives. Chastain, who starred opposite Brad Pitt in “The Tree of Life,” has “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” out June 8 and currently is before the cameras in “Hurt Locker” Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow’s film, “The Hunt for Osama Bin Laden.” The film also stars Kyle Chandler of “Friday Night Lights,” Jennifer Ehle (Clooney’s wife in “The Ides of March”), plus Joel and Nash Edgerton. It’s due out Dec. 19. Chastain also has two companion films, with Joel Edgerton, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers.” She’s also slated to star in a Broadway revival of “The Heiress” this fall. Ironically, the Pasadena Playhouse is staging “The Heiress” with Richard Chamberlain (of “Dr. Kildare” and “The Thornbirds”), threetime “The Young and The Restless” Emmy winner Heather Thom and “Newhart”/”Designing Women” star Julia Duffy. Imagine, two productions about heiresses, and not a Kardashian or Hilton in sight! *** Oscar-winner Olivia Spencer (Best Supporting Actress for “The Help”) has “Smashed” on deck (not to be confused with the NBC series “Smash”). It’s about a hard-drinking woman who decides to get sober. It stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who was in “The Thing” last year and will be Mary Todd Lincoln (to Benjamin Walker’s Lincoln) in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer.” She’s also in “A Glimpse into the Mind of Charles Swan III,” written and directed by Roman Coppola, with Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, “Parks and Recreation’s” Aubrey Plaza and “Medium’s” Patricia Arquette. The Coppola family is truly showbiz. There’s family head Francis Ford Coppola (Oscar-winning director of the “Godfather Saga”); his daughter, Sofia, and son, Roman, both directors; his sister, “Rocky’s” Talia Shire, her son Jason Schwartzman, as well as cousin Nicolas Cage. Their family motto must be: “If there has to be such a thing as nepotism ... keep it in the family!”
Q: You always seem to be on top of this, so could you let me know as soon as you find out who the new contestants will be on the next season of “Dancing with the Stars”? -- Pauline R., Oxford, Ohio A: You know I will, Pauline. The new season’s contestants are the usual hodgepodge of athletes, singers, entertainment reporters and actors (with the usual soap star thrown in for good measure). The new season, which begins Monday, March 19, consists of “Family Matters” actor Jaleel White, singer Gladys Knight, football player Donald Driver (who did very well for me in fantasy football a few years back), “The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd, singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, “Little House on the Prairie” actress Melissa Gilbert, Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan, tennis player Martina Navratilova, soap star Jack Wagner, telenovela star William Levy, operatic singer Katherine Jenkins and “Extra” co-host Maria Menounos.
*** Q: I love ABC’s “Suburgatory,” especially Jeremy Sisto. I’ve had a crush on him since “Clueless.” Any chance that one of his former “Clueless” castmates will appear on his new show? -- Justine M., via e-mail A: Not only is there a chance, but it is actually happening. “Clueless” star Alicia Silverstone will join Jeremy on “Suburgatory” for a four-episode story arc at the end of this first season. No word yet on her character, but I can’t wait to see what they come up with! *** Q: It’s official; I am hooked on “GCB.” Can you give me any info on the handsome actor who plays Blake? -- Trudy F., via e-mail A: Mark Deklin, 44, along with being a super actor, also is a professional fight director, talented musician, smartypants English- and history-degree holder, father, husband and all-around great guy. I spoke with him recently about his role of in-the-closet Blake (who’s married to Cricket, but it’s OK, because she knows and is fine with it), and he gave me the scoop: “As the season goes on, we explore the dynamic of our marriage,” Mark said. “What are the rules? If we’re not jealous of the other’s sexual encounters, what are the things
that we ARE jealous of? There are certain guidelines. Being with someone else sexually is not seen as a betrayal in that marriage, but having a best friend outside the marriage IS a betrayal. We’ve had a lot of fun figuring it out together.” *** Q: Can you tell me what one of my favorite actresses, Elaine Hendrix, has been up to lately? -- Jeff D., Savannah, Ga. A: Aside from saving animals in her spare time as the founding officer of Animal Rescue Corps, the “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion” actress just landed a lead role opposite Judy Greer in the ABC pilot “American Judy.” The comedy centers on Judy, who gets married and moves to the suburbs, juggling stepkids, her mother-in-law and the ex-wife (Elaine) of her husband, who also happens to be the town sheriff. PHOTO: Mark Deklin
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Sick Cat Can’t Stop Pooping DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My 8-year-old longhaired cat, “Buster,” has gas and diarrhea. He was given Flagyl for two months with no improvement. Then he took three months of probiotics, and no improvement. Now he gets 5 mg of prednisone and 5 drops of Rescue Remedy daily. His butt has been shaved to help keep him clean, and I wash it once a day. Buster eats special cat food, but that doesn’t help his digestion either. We have quarter-sized circles of poop all over the house, and I am breaking my back cleaning the carpet and floor. My husband says to euthanize him. What more can I do? -- Pat R., via email DEAR PAT: Such long-term diarrhea is certainly cause for concern, and I know it can be intensely frustrating to care for and clean up after a sick cat. Please convince your husband to shelve the euthanasia suggestion, however. Buster sounds like he has inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)-- a term that describes a collection of symptoms, such as frequent (or constant) diarrhea, but not a specific cause. Flagyl is a common treatment for IBD, as is prednisone. Rescue Remedy is a natural remedy to calm pets. Buster’s vet should run a number of tests, if he or she hasn’t already, to rule out bacterial infection, parasites or a metabolic condition. If a conclusive cause isn’t found, you must try and find ways to mitigate his symptoms. The change in diet also is recommended in case a food allergy is the problem. You’re feeding Buster a specialty cat food, but if it isn’t working, try other brands or even try making homecooked cat food. Additional information can be found online. And realize you’re not alone: Many owners are caring for cats with IBD. Please don’t give up on Buster.
They All Get Giddy on a Monday Night DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The nofrills Daytona 500 got off to a colorful start on Monday night, mainly because the dude with his hands on the plunger set off the fireworks early. On the start, Matt Kenseth bump-drafted Greg Biffle while everyone else played nice ... for slightly more than a lap. The bump draft worked out nicely. Behind the streaking Fords at the front caromed the five-time champion, the previous winner, the banished bad boy and ... The Danica. Contact between Elliott Sadler’s plebeian Chevy and Jimmie Johnson’s royal one touched off the bottle rockets. The last time a driver began a championship season with a 500 victory was Johnson in 2006. Since then he has finished no better than 27th. Next up for the winner of five of the past six titles: He and crew chief Chad Knaus try to duck the book being hurled at them by the always arbitrary NASCAR judiciary. “I’m really bummed out,” said Johnson, and he wasn’t insincere. He said he had some “help” from behind, which is an odd way for destruction to be described. Johnson still earned $327,000 dollars, or about $163,000 per lap. Lots of times, rained-out races seem restrained when everyone comes back and reconjures the magic. In particular, it’s usually later than the second lap when someone touches off a brawl of sparks and fire. Rain apparently isn’t calming when it’s the Daytona 500 and first place is worth $1.5 million or so. Eleven laps later Ryan Newman went spinning down the back straight, but he had a signed excuse because a tire went flat. Then there’s Danica Patrick, who, as usual, got more attention than Tony Stewart, Lenny Kravitz and Mitt Romney combined. She won a Nationwide Series pole, but otherwise competed in three races -- two major-
league and one minor -- and wrecked a league-leading 1.000. It will undoubtedly get better, in large measure because it is impossible for it not to. It seemed like yesterday when Trevor Bayne won the race, but this time Bayne barely made it a lap. The Kurt Busch Resurrection Tour went on immediate hiatus. It’s one of the reasons NASCAR insists on having 43 cars in every race. Sometimes the big shots charge the barricades too quickly and reinforcements are necessary. *** Quotable Quotes: “I think we (he and Greg Biffle) did everything we could at the end.” -- runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr. “If I knew something, do you think I’d tell you?” -- Matt Kenseth, asked why he was able to stay ahead of Earnhardt and Biffle. “I have hit a lot of things, but a jet dryer? I mean, no ...” -- Juan Pablo Montoya. “This is what he (Kenseth) deserves. He’s a hard-core racer, and he’s a good man.” -- Carl Edwards (eighth)
A second-lap wreck at the rain-delayed Daytona 500 took out 5-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and damaged Danica Patrick’s car enough to effectively take her out of the race. (Getty Images for NASCAR photo)
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It’s citrus time! Prepare for your family’s next snack attack with 100 percent pure fruit juice magically transformed into whimsical and eye-catching citrus bowls and slices using unflavored gelatin and scooped out orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit halves. Later, when you hear a mid-afternoon “I’m hungry” groan, say, “It sounds to me like it’s time to eat some art.” Here’s how to make the healthy sunshine snack: ¥ On March 23, 1836, in hopes of keeping pace with the furious march of technology, the U.S. Mint unveils its first steam-powered press. The new-fangled contraption helped crank out coins more efficiently. ¥ On March 25, 1911, at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York’s Lower East Side, a fire quickly engulfs the factory and claims 146 lives, mostly young women. Because management had locked the exit doors, many of the garment workers either expired from asphyxiation or leapt from windows -- a fatal, 10-story fall. The factory’s owners were eventually found guilty on charges of manslaughter. ¥ On March 20, 1920, Bugatti delivers its first 16-valve car to a customer in Switzerland. The Bugatti was a symbol of wealth and status, and its cars were equipped with massive racing engines. The renowned American dancer Isadora Duncan was riding in a Bugatti when her trademark long scarf caught in a rear wheel of the vehicle, and she was instantly strangled to death. ¥ On March 22, 1947, President Harry Truman issues an executive decree establishing a sweeping loyalty investigation of federal employees in every department and agency. The program uncovered only a few employees whose loyalty could be “reasonably” doubted. ¥ On March 19, 1952, the one-millionth Jeep is produced. The name “Jeep” is reportedly derived from the Army’s 1941 request that car manufacturers develop a “General Purpose” vehicle. “G.P.” turned to “Jeep” somewhere along the battle lines. ¥ On March 21, 1971, “The Andromeda Strain,” the first movie to use computer animation, opens. The sci-fi thriller, featuring scientists racing against time and an alien virus, was the first of many films to be made from a Michael Crichton book. ¥ On March 24, 1989, the worst oil spill in U.S. territory begins when the supertanker Exxon Valdez runs aground on a reef in Prince William Sound in Alaska. An estimated 11 million gallons of oil eventually spilled into the water, polluting more than 700 miles of coastline.
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ANSWER: Yes, there are special migraine medicines, so it is important to determine if your headaches are true migraine headaches. Some of the distinguishing attributes of migraines are the following: They begin before age 40. More women have them than men. The headache starts out with minor pain but often progresses to intense and incapacitating pain. The word used to describe it is “throbbing.” Nausea and vomiting frequently accompany it. In a little more than half of migraine patients, the headache is on one side only. Bright lights and noise intensify the pain. Sufferers try to find a dark, quiet room where they can lie down until the headache goes, and that can take four to 72 hours. Migraine sufferers can identify triggers that bring on their headaches. Stress, missing a meal, too much or too little sleep, menstrual periods, bright lights, certain odors like cigarette smoke or perfume and fatigue are some of the things that start a migraine. Alcohol -- beer and red wine in particular -- chocolate, some cheeses and cured meats like hot dogs, sausage and bacon are triggers for some. Aspirin, Tylenol, Midrin and naproxen alleviate mild migraines.
Cafergot is a migraine standby. A group of newer drugs are especially good for migraine sufferers. Seven of them are available. Some names are Imitrex, Maxalt and Zomig. Imitrex comes as a nasal spray and as an injection, administered like insulin. Zomig also comes as a nasal spray. This is a godsend for those who become sick to the stomach along with the headache. Not all migraine headaches produce all the signs and symptoms I mentioned, but if you have more than two of these characteristic symptoms, it’s a good bet that you suffer from migraines. The booklet on headaches describes the common kinds and their treatment. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -No. 901W, 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: Many of my friends take aspirin for the prevention of a heart attack or stroke. I decided I should join them. Is this a wise move? -- K.H. ANSWER: Aspirin and similar drugs are the rule for prevention of heart attacks and certain strokes. The aspirin dose in greatest use is 81 mg -- low-dose aspirin. Three different regimens for the prevention of stroke are acceptable: Plavix, aspirin or aspirin combined with sustained-release dipyridamole. The aspirin-dipyridamole combination comes in one tablet called Aggrenox. Note that these are for prevention of second heart attacks and strokes. For the prevention of a first heart attack or stroke, patients should consult their doctor, who will evaluate each patient’s risk. Based on that, the doctor will recommend a regimen that’s appropriate. It’s not a good idea to self-medicate with any medicine.
• Fog is defined as “a large mass of water vapor condensed to fine particles, at or just above the earth’s surface; thick, obscuring mist.” Smog is “fog that has become mixed and polluted with smoke.” The word smog is a portmanteau, which is a blend of two or more words into a new word. • Fog can be dangerous to your health if it impedes visibility and causes automobile or airplane crashes, but otherwise, just breathing it in is not harmful. Smog, on the other hand, can be extremely bad, especially to people with allergies and/or asthma. • Since the word “smog” was first used, scientists have worked on minimizing it and its consequences. Dr. H.A. des Voeux is given credit for the first recorded use of the word in a paper he presented to the Public Health Congress in London in 1905. He was quoted in a Daily Graphic newspaper article saying, “It required no science to see that there was something produced in great cities which was not found in the country, and that was smoky fog, or what was known as ‘smog.’” The next day, the Globe wrote that, “Dr. des Voeux did a public service in coining a new word for the London fog.” • London is indeed known for its fog, as is San Francisco, but Grand Banks, off the island of Newfoundland, Canada, is known as the foggiest place in the world. The cold Labrador Current from the north and the warm Gulf Stream from the south meet at Grand Banks and cause the almost ever-present fog. • Two towns, Argentia, near Grand Banks, Newfoundland, and Point Reyes, California, near San Francisco, have over 200 foggy days per year. The high humidity from the fog makes for beautiful greenery in both areas. • The “Great Smog of 1952” in London was a horrendous event that occurred over a four-day period and was the cause of approximately 12,000 deaths. The smog resulted from the widepspread use of coal for heating. In particular, the smog related to this disaster was the type that occurs mostly during cold winter days and is primarily a mixture of sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, “soot,” from the burning coal. The episodes of smog in London were nicknamed “pea-soupers.” • The smog over most cities, including Los Angeles (L.A.), is not due to coal use, but caused by photochemicals. Complaints of pollution in L.A. date as far back as the late 1860s. Photochemical smog, which mostly occurs on warm sunny days, contains oxidants, such as ozone, that cause eye irritation, respiratory problems and damage to plants. Photochemical smog first became apparent in the 1940s. • Many countries, including the United States and Canada, have air quality standards today and monitor and regulate smog-causing industries to protect the citizens and plant life. Even though smog persists in many areas, it is much improved with the regulations and awareness. • Other densely populated cities of the world, including Beijing, Berlin, Cairo, Hong Kong, Moscow and New York, have smog issues too.
Online Banking Grows by Leaps and Bounds Say it isn’t true. Seniors are moving to online banking? So says a survey done by the American Bankers Association. For the first time ever, those of us age 55 and older now prefer doing our banking online rather than going to the bank in person or using the mail. It wasn’t just a few of us either. We went from 20 percent of seniors doing banking online in 2010 to a whopping 57 percent in 2011. Part of this, it’s said, is due to the banks now having a long list of requirements to avoid the fees they now charge. In some cases we’re required to have a very large balance in savings or we’re charged a monthly fee to get statements by mail. Doing our banking online is often one of the ways we can save money. Why do we do it? It’s convenient, especially if we no longer drive or if we live in places with inclement weather. For those of us who are so busy it’s not easy to get to the bank during working hours, online banking is a means to easily take care of business. That doesn’t mean we’re eager to use our cell phones to conduct bank business, however. We’re not quite there yet. Computer classes have made us more comfortable pressing keys, but a small cell phone is easily lost. So, what can we do online? We can: transfer funds from one account to another, check balances, see if a check has cleared, view our statement and pay bills. If you want to explore online banking, remember two key safety steps. Keep good virus protection on your computer, and close your browser after you log out of the bank’s website. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible.
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Handling Lump-Sum Benefits and Taxes If you began receiving Social Security Disability Insurance payments in 2011, you could have a problem when you file your tax return and end up paying too much. Here’s why: Since it takes so long to begin receiving SSDI benefits, it’s possible that you’ll receive a one-time lump-sum payment that includes back payments for previous years. Those benefits are taxable income, and you could pay taxes at a rate up to a whopping 50 percent. The calculation to determine your income includes any other income you have. According to a news release by the Allsup Disability Life Planning Center, an average SSDI benefit is $1,073, which comes to $12,876 for
the year. For a couple, a total income of more than $19,000 (or $9,950 for an individual) requires that a tax return be filed. However, if you receive a large lump-sum payment and report that, as well as any other income, you could end up paying too much in taxes. This is where you’ll need the help of a tax preparer or tax preparation software to complete your return: You’re allowed to spread that lump-sum income out over previous years. You’ll receive a Form 1099 showing the amount of SSDI income you received, with the amount showing in Box 3. If you want to complete your return yourself or read about filing to get an estimate of the tax you might owe, go online to the Internal Revenue Service website at irs.gov and search for Publication 915. The name is “Social Security
and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits.” Look for the Lump-Sum Election on page 11 for detailed instructions on the Worksheets 1 through 4 that need to be filled out. Scroll down and look for the examples of the worksheets. The result of the calculations on those worksheets determine which election method will get you the lowest tax. Publication 915 contains other helpful information as well. If you receive a FORM SSA-1042S Social Security Benefit Statement and don’t understand the numbers in the various boxes, the publication explains each one. If you receive railroad retirement benefits on FORM RRB1099, this publication explains the figures in each of the 11 boxes. If you do your taxes yourself and have a question, you can contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. Your best bet, however, if you’ve received a lump-sum benefit, is to get help from a tax preparer.