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Study: Aspirin Lowers Return of Breast Cancer A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology showed that women with breast cancer who were taking a low dose of aspirin had a 46 percent lower risk of recurrent disease than those who did not take the easily accessible, over-thecounter medication. Researchers from Harvard Medical School studied 4,164 nurses, ranging in age from 30 to 55 who developed breast cancer between 1976 and 2002. The participants were followed until 2006. Approximately half of the patients were taking aspirin to reduce their risk of heart disease. Although the dose taken was not documented, the majority took the equivalent of one baby aspirin (81 milligrams) daily. Researchers were surprised to find that not only did the women taking aspirin have a lower risk of recurrence, but the risk of death from breast cancer was decreased as well. Aspirin belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. Motrin (ibuprofen), Aleve (naproxen) and Celebrex (celecoxib) are also NSAIDs. This type of drug is an analgesic used to relieve pain and to suppress the immune system -- an effect that is often employed to treat patients with inflammatory disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis. At a low dose, aspirin also interferes with the ability of platelets to clump together, which has been shown to significantly reduce risk of heart attack and stroke. For patients at risk of heart disease, cholesterol deposits in arteries can increase the incidence of platelet clumping, an initial step in the development of a blood clot that can lead to heart attacks and stroke. Interestingly, the benefits of aspirin on heart attack and stroke risk are much better in men than women, where aspirin has been shown to have little effect in those under 65 and only reduces stroke risk in women over 65 years of age. Numerous studies have shown that NSAIDs appear to prevent the development of cancer. In the early 1970s, research revealed that taking NSAIDs suppressed the development of polyps in patients at high risk of colon cancer, and in some cases even caused polyps to regress. In another study, patients who had been diagnosed with polyps took aspirin to reduce the risk of recurrence. It has also been suggested that NSAIDs may reduce the risk of cancer of the esophagus, stomach, breast, prostate and lung. However, NSAIDs have not been widely promoted as cancer-combating medications because the research has not been 100 percent positive. In 1996, a clinical trial called the Physicians’ Health Study found that taking aspirin did not reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. Nearly a decade later, a study published in Journal of the American Medical Association followed thousands of women participating in the Women’s Health Study. This study found that aspirin did not prevent the development of breast cancer. While the final word on NSAIDs is not in, the evidence seems to indicate that aspirin may have a protective effect against cancer. Consequently, it is appropriate that, irrespective of age, anyone at high risk of or diagnosed with breast, colon, prostate or lung cancer should take 81 milligrams of aspirin daily. The other NSAIDs may also be effective in reducing cancer risk, but they should not be used as

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cancer prevention unless more compelling evidence CASEY’S CORNER (from page 9) is presented documenting significant value. Although NSAIDs are easily accessible and shows were inundated with angry callers demanding inexpensive, the drugs are not without side effects. the “killer” whale be put down. Never mind the size, Even at a low dose, aspirin can cause significant doesn’t the name itself serve as fair warning? Whale trainers acknowledge that killer whales are irritation of the stomach and increase risk of dangerous animals. But what about animals that aren’t bleeding. Approximately 1.2 people per 1,000 taking aspirin will have a major stomach bleed annually, a considered dangerous? Cowboys have been killed risk that is much higher than the risk of dying of any riding horses. Dog trainers have been killed working with dogs. The truth is, people are killed by animals cancer. Celebrex does have a lower risk of bleeding, when they gamble -- knowingly or cluelessly -- with but it may increase heart attack and stroke risk. All the unpredictable forces of nature. the NSAIDs can lead to high blood pressure and Is it the killer whale’s responsibility to adhere to kidney disease. the rules of its enforced human lifestyle? Or is it the For men over the age of 50 and women over 65, human’s responsibility to understand that, regardless the risk of heart attack and strokes is so high that of training, regardless of perceived love, an animal is the benefits of taking aspirin outweigh the risks. an animal? As always, it is important to discuss every element As a dog trainer, I have two reactions to these of preventive therapy with your primary care events: 1) relief that I’m not dealing with something physician. Complementing healthy lifestyle changes that weighs 1,200 pounds, andTUES., JAN.to26 2) a desire be that with the appropriate medications can mean health much more vigilant in spreading the word of the everPlease review carefully. Double check:  Phone Number(s)  Spelling  Pr and happiness for years to come. growing importance for all dog owners to educate Patrick J. Flynn ourselves and our dogs. Dr.Business David Lipschitz the author Card, is B&W, 26x of the books, “Breaking Woof!

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Fault belongs to the partners, not the parents Q: Recently I angrily blamed my husband

when our daughter called to tell us her husband was asking for a divorce. Now he is not speaking to me. He never liked our sonin-law, and before their marriage he tried to talk our daughter out of going through with the wedding. Now our daughter has two small kids, no job and no husband. We are being forced to step in and help out. Fortunately, we have the resources to do this, but what can I do now to repair my relationship with my husband?

clubs, does volunteering and has been looking for a new companion. He found one he likes who happens to be my best friend. They get together frequently, and enjoy each other’s company. However, I innocently overheard him talking with his buddies about another lady he is also seeing a couple of hundred miles away. My friend apparently is not aware he is seeing another woman. He drives over to see her once a month. He tells her he is visiting his mother. Should I clue her in?

A: What do you think his intentions are toward

your friend? Are they really deeply involved or is theirs mostly a casual companionship? I’m sure their relationship meets some sort of need for each of them. Sometimes, after living alone for a long period, individuals become afraid of taking risks or making commitments. We all understand what we need, but communicating it to a partner can be difficult. After bringing out the facts, each partner has the choice of accepting the relationship as it exists or breaking if off. Monogamy may not even be what either of them wants. It takes two to make a relationship. She may already know and simply does not want to give up what they have going. I vote for telling her. If your friend is not aware of the other lady it’s time for her to discuss her future with this gentleman. They need to bring out into the open what both of their intentions and expectations are. Every relationship should be based on truth, trust, honesty and open communication. If each partner does so, it will strengthen them both. It’s their call. Character really counts.

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Disability Benefits for Widows But Not for Wives Q:

My mother is 60 and disabled. She never worked or paid Social Security taxes. She was married to my father for many years, but he died a long time ago. She remarried, and the marriage lasted 15 years before they got a divorce. That man is 65 years old and still working. He’s a lawyer and makes a good living. Mom spent many hours filling out disability forms and has all kinds of documentation from doctors indicating she is disabled. She took them to the Social Security office to file for benefits as a disabled ex-wife of the lawyer. They told her filling out the forms was a waste of time. They said all she is due is a small widow’s pension from my dad’s Social Security record. Because they were married for over 10 years, why can’t she get disability benefits from her well-to-do second husband?

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hospital costs. You may have noticed that you don’t pay any monthly premiums for Part A now that you’re on Medicare. The Medicare premium withheld from your Social Security check pays for the Part B section of the program. Part B generally covers doctor visits, lab fees and other medical expenses. By the way, that Part B premium covers only 25 percent of the program’s costs. The rest of Medicare Part B funding comes from general revenues. So, you really weren’t the victim of “double withholding.” Again, each deduction is paying for a different part of Medicare. Have you ever checked if you really need the Part B of Medicare? As a general rule, if you are working and covered by your employer’s health insurance, you don’t need Medicare Part B -- meaning you could be saving $96.40 per month if you drop that coverage. And later, when you retire and lose your employer’s regular insurance coverage, you can reapply for Part B and won’t pay any penalties that usually go along with delayed enrollment in the program.

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have to remind my readers that I do not currently work for the Social Security Administration. I retired Ad Proof: several years ago, following a 32-year career. And guess what? They didn’t allow me to take their Bram’s computer records with me! 1/16th page, Black & White I can answer any general questions you might Jan.about 10 - Social Feb. Security 14, 2010programs and policies. But have I[Volume can’t work 6: onIssue individual cases or look up anyone’s #3 -#8] private Social Security records. To get someone to Corrections due by: 6 pm, Mon. 01/04/10 do that, you’ll have to contact the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213. If you have a Social Security question, Tom Margenau has the answer. Contact him at thomas. margenau@comcast.net. To find out more about Tom Margenau , visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM.

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She can’t get disability from her second husband because there is no Social Security coverage for a disabled wife -- or ex-wife. (There is coverage for disabled widows, but not for disabled wives.) Given your mom’s age and lack of her own Social Security coverage, the fact that your mom is disabled is not an issue for Social Security purposes. Let’s review your mom’s options. She will never be eligible for any kind of Social Security on her own record, including disability benefits, because she never worked and paid into the system. Because she was married to husband number two for more than 10 years, she is potentially due benefits on his record, but not until she is at least 62 years old. At that point, she would be due about onethird of his basic Social Security benefit, if that pays a higher rate than what she’s due on your father’s record. Because she is 60 years old, your mother is currently due reduced widow’s benefits on your father’s Social Security account. The rate would be about 70 percent of your father’s basic Social Security benefit. As I mentioned above, there is Social Security coverage for disabled widows. But the rate payable to her as a disabled widow is the same (70 percent) as what she’s due based solely on her age. So, there is no point in filing for disability benefits. Just remember that when she turns 62, she should check into divorced wife’s benefits from husband number two. Or, if he dies, she should apply for divorced widow’s benefits on his record.

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Fight Depression With Exergames It can be a vicious cycle: Depression can cause a lack of interest in physical activity, yet physical activity can help alleviate depression. How do we motivate ourselves to be active when we just don’t want to? There might be a solution right in our nearest electronics store: The Nintendo Wii games. The Nintendo Wii Sports was designed to get young people up off the floor -- where they sit with remote controls in their hands -- and get them doing something physically active. However, a new study has shown that the very same games can help seniors become more active. The University of California San Diego School of Medicine used the Wii Sports games (golf, boxing, tennis, bowling and baseball) on test participants. One-third of them reported that their depression was at least 50 percent better by the end of the study. Nintendo also has a Wii Fit Plus package, and it’s much more comprehensive than the basic Sports. It lets you weigh in, take body fitness tests, record your results, tells you how many calories you’re burning and lets you customize your own workout, including exercise you’ve done away from the Wii. The game includes balance, strength, yoga, aerobics and training. Think of the positives: You get to do it indoors, so weather isn’t a factor. You play with others. It has a one-time cost. It’s fun. There is another potential benefit to the Wii games, specifically tennis and Cooking Mama: A very short study showed that those who’ve had a stroke were able to cut the amount of time it takes to do everyday activities after playing the Wii games. Ask your doctor if he or she thinks the exercise games in Wii would benefit you. And then, ask your local seniors center if they’ll purchase one for group use! Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com.

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strengthen and stretch back muscles in an attempt to relieve pressure on the spine and its nerves. Antiinflammatory like Aleve, control pain. 22)medicines, Creating more balance in your life You might is need stronger pain medicines. Epidural especially important now so that injections ofyou’re cortisone inflammation notease distracted whenand yougive getthe into spinal canalprojects and spinalthat nerves more room. “Epidural” will make demands on means the injection is made into a space in the spinal both your physical and mental enercanal abovegies. its covering membrane. Surgery may be a solution when these measures fail. 23 to NovemSCORPIO (October on back pain discusses the many ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The An pamphlet ber 21) As much as you enjoy being conditions that lead to one of medicine’s biggest unexpected problem should be handled right when others are not, show your problems. Itgenerous describesside different conditions as quickly as possible so that it doesn’t by offering to and usetheir what treatments.you To obtain copy, write to: Dr. Donohue cause too much of a delay. Someone knowato everyone’s benefit. This -No. 303W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. who knows what you’re facing could way, you gain admirers and avoid or money order (no cash) for $4.75 provide Sixty-two needed advice. resentment. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: must be the Enclose a check U.S./$6 with the recipient’s printed name22 andto (April 20 to May An Canada SAGITTARIUS (November age when ever ythingTAURUS falls apart. I’m there. My 20) address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. situation seems to be taking December 21) This is a good week for latest body part tounsettling give way is my back. I have forever to be resolved. Fortunately, the Archer *** to aim at healing relationback pain a considerable amount of the time. DEAR DONOHUE: Will you repeat theor yourto Bovine aptitude forme patience is DR. ships. Whether it’s at home, at work It finally brought me a doctor, who tells article on a runny nose when eating? My husband strongI have this been week,told so to you’ll among your friends, get everyone to set I have spinal stenosis. take be more it’s embarrassing him. -- J.W. start. thanI’m able to wait itfor out. straight and to make a fresh Aleve for my pain, and scheduled physical has it, andthings

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• On April 3, 1860, the first Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously leaves St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif. Ten days later, the westbound rider completed the approximately 1,800-mile journey and arrived in Sacramento, beating the eastbound mail’s arrival in St. Joseph by two days.

• On March 31, 1889, the Eiffel TowGEMINI (May 21 to June 20) TakCAPRICORN (December 22 to Janer is dedicated in Paris. Tower designer therapy. I don’t have great hopes of a cure. What ANSWERS: explain why run upon ing aelse stand against an uncalled-for situuary Some 19) Although you noses like things done Gustave Eiffel, a noted bridge builder, exactly is this? What can be done for it? eating by invoking sensitivity changes, ation involving a friend or co-worker your way, this istoa temperature good time to listen to was a master of metal construction and -- T.R. cold food. it couldYou be that spices start isn’t easy, but somehow you’ll i.e., risehot to or ideas fromOrothers. might even find designed the framework of the Statue nose dripping. reflexof the stenosis challenge and do for it. Rely advice yourselfChewing agreeingmight with trigger one oramore of Liberty, which had recently been ANSWER: Spinal accounts abouton the the nose run. And, in all truth, the reason someone you suggestions. erected in New York Harbor. one-third of all casesfrom of low-back pain. It’strust. an elusive that makes their PROOF beADVERTISING something that remains a mystery. CANCER (Junelesson. 21 to July There AQUARIUS (January 20 to Februconcept that calls for an anatomy The22)could • On April 2, 1902, the first American Atrovent nasal spray, a favor prescription item, arespinal still some questions all sidesChanges that ary backbones (vertebrae, column) have a on tunnel 18) Aspects positive action TUES., JAN. 5 canto 5:00 Final DUE: p.m.. theater devoted solely to movies opens stanch the drip. A drying antihistamine need tospinal be dealt with in order allow reclaim running through them -- the canal. In that canal tosometimes your ideas from someone who Please review carefully. Double check:  Phone Number(s)  Spelling  Prices  Hours Housed in a circus tent, in Los Angeles. taken an hour before meals is another way to keep hurt feelings to nerves. heal. Get your work- might want the glory without doing or tunnel is the spinal cord and spinal Spinal the venue was dubbed “The Electric the can nose dry. resort to to find medicine place tasks canal done has early so that you stenosis signifies that the spinal narrowed anyPeople of the shouldn’t work. Expect many Theater.” Admission was 10 cents for a before every meal. They should save it for occasions devote more to loved ones. and is pressing on the spinal cordtime or spinal nerves. people rallying to support you. one-hour show. when a drippy nose is a source of embarrassment. Senior Benefits LEO August That, in turn, produces back(July pain 23 thattotravels to 22) the Consider PISCES (February 19 to March 20) 1/16th page, 26x This curiosity has a name, gustatory rhinorrhea. new spring makeover buttocks, the back ofathe thighs or the lower leg.that Thewill show You might feel uneasy about taking • On March 29, 1927, Major Henry Feb. 28 - Aug. 1, 2010 ♦ [Vol. 6: Issue #10 - #32] Peter K. Levine Law Firm*** all you and in your best that step forward at work or in your pripain worsens on standing or Leos waking, andLeonas goes away O’Neil de Hane Segrave becomes the Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, 1/12fashionpg. Dr.13x 4C when the person sits.light. A new hairdo and some vate life. But who knows better than first man to break the 200-mph barrier. but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers Corrections DUE: 3 p.m., Tuesday ♦ 02/23/10 Jan. 10, 2010 Vol. 6 that - No.3 able new clothes help put amay fresh Aging is the most important factor incan developing while water keeps write him you or request an order form treading of available health newsletters Driving a 1,000-horsepower Mystery FL 32853-6475. glow on your image. spinal stenosis. Back ligaments, which hold the at P.O. Box 536475, youOrlando, afloat, it doesn’t get you anySunbeam, Segrave averaged 203.8 backbones in place, VIRGO thicken and calcify. 23 Arthritic (August to September where. mph on the course at Daytona Beach, changes in the backbones sprout bone emotional spurs that weather 22) Some stormy, BORN THIS WEEK: You have a Fla. impinge on the canal. 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A: That is indeed Rachelle Lefevre playing Katie

Campbell. She also plays Victoria in “Twilight” and “New Moon.” Due to misunderstandings and scheduling conflicts, Rachelle was replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard in “Eclipse,” the third installment of “The Twilight Saga.” ABC has not yet made a decision on whether “The Deep End” will be renewed. For now, all five episodes can be found on ABC.com.

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Last-Minute Tax Savings If you’re still working on your taxes and looking for some last minute deductions to reduce your tax bill, here are a few to consider: State taxes: If you paid state taxes for the year 2008 when you filed last year, you can deduct that amount from your Federal return. Property tax: Until recently, only those taxpayers who itemize deductions (Schedule A) could deduct their property tax. Now, even if you take the standard deduction, you can deduct some or all of the property tax you paid in 2009. There’s a limit, however. You can deduct the amount that is lower: the taxes you paid, or up to $500 for single or $1,000 for filing jointly. Charitable deductions: If you tend to save all your receipts, it could be worth your while to look for those related to charity. You can deduct your expenses for quite a number of things: the cost of ingredients for the cakes and pies you baked, mileage at 14 cents per mile, postage for mailings, and more. Home improvements: If you made energysaving improvements to your home, you can deduct part of the cost. Windows, water heaters, doors and more are included. (Unfortunately this doesn’t apply to everyday appliances such as dishwashers and refrigerators.) Each item has a different limit on how much can be deducted. Go online to www. energystar.gov and scroll down to Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency. Read the particulars on your appliance or energy-saving product. You’ll need IRS Form 5695 as well as your receipts and the Manufacturer’s Certification Statement to send in with your Form 1040. Home purchase: If you bought your first home in 2009 before Nov. 7, you could be eligible for a credit of up to $8,000. If you are a repeat buyer who purchased a home after Nov. 7, 2009, and who will close on a house by July 1, you could be eligible for a credit up $6,500 if you’ve lived in your home for at least five years. This government program has changed since it was first started in 2008 with a $7,500 interest-free loan to first-time homebuyers. If you’ve bought a home at during that time, check to see if you qualify. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send email to columnreply@gmail.com.

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