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Medicare population. Although the total amount of surgeries for lumbar stenosis remained consistent between 2000 and 2007, the complex procedure became the dominant approach, increasing 15fold from 1.3 to 19.9 surgeries for every 100,000 Medicare beneficiaries. A total of 32,152 of the complex surgeries were performed during the first 11 months of 2007 at a cost of $80,888 each, compared to a cost of $23,724 for the other two more minor approaches. If complications were less and the outcomes were better, the increased expenditures would be worth the benefit. However, this is simply not the case. In terms of greater mobility, less pain and improved quality of life, the outcome was no better for the complex procedure and the complication rate was much higher. Life-threatening complications occurred in 2.3 percent of patients having either decompression or simple fusion, compared to 5.6 percent for those having the complex procedure. Those being treated by the older procedures were less likely to die and required fewer readmissions to the hospital. These results offer an important message for patients and physicians. It is easy to justify more complicated therapies in the hope of achieving better outcomes, but often the aggressive approaches fail to meet our expectations. For patients, you must always understand the data behind your physician’s recommended course of action. How long has the procedure been performed? What are the success rates? Is it more beneficial than a conservative approach? Ad Proof: For physicians, we must be vigilant in assessing, Stansberry evaluating andChiropractic re-evaluating the need for newer, more sophisticated therapies. In health care, Business Card, BW, 6x RATE we must all do our part to improve outcomes May 9, 2010 (Volume 6: #20) while simultaneously considering cost. And with a thoughtful approach to medicine, the two can coexist perfectly. Corrections due: Tues. • 5/4/10 • 4:30 pm

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CASEY’S CORNER (from page 9) Amendment to cover depictions of animal cruelty engaged in an exercise of hypotheticals: What if an animal rights organization wants to produce a video that uses graphic images to make a point? What if hunters want access to instructional videos on killing and cleaning their prey? Under the law, both of those scenarios were permissible, as the bill contained an exception for items that have “serious religious, political, scientific, educational, journalistic, historical or artistic value.” “Crush videos” fall under none of those exceptions, and most of us would be hard-pressed to articulate their inherent social value. The battle may be over, but the war is not won. In disposing of the old law, the Supremes all but begged Congress to write a new one. In anticipation of this verdict, the co-chairs of the Animal Protection Caucus did exactly that. Reps. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., and Jim Moran, D-Va., along with 54 co-sponsors, have already introduced “more narrowly focused legislation (that) would prevent video depictions of drowning, impaling, burning and crushing of animals, while addressing constitutional concerns outlined by the court.” It’s anyone’s guess as to whether the new bill will satisfy the Supremes’ on-again, off-again love affair with the First Amendment. Regarding its predecessor, as Alito put it, “the Court’s interpretation is seriously flawed.” Woof!

After the age of 60, virtually everyone complains of low back pain that is second only to an upper respiratory infection as a reason for employee absenteeism. And it’s the single most common cause of long-term disability. Although it is generally difficult to manage and medical relief can be elusive, for people with a condition called lumbar stenosis, surgical therapies can be extremely successful in reducing pain. Lumbar stenosis disease affects one in 1,000 people over the age of 50 and is associated with a narrowing of the spinal canal, the central part of the bony spine that encases the spinal cord. This narrowing is caused by arthritis, degeneration of the vertebral disks and thickening of the ligaments that keep the vertebra in alignment and stable. In rare cases, injury to the spinal cord and tumors can lead to stenosis. The condition can either affect the neck (cervical spine) or low back (lumbar spine). Dog trainer Matthew “Uncle Matty” Margolis is co-author of 18 Patients with lumbar stenosis typically experience books about dogs, a behaviorist, a popular radio and television low back pain that comes on slowly and can vary guest, and host of the PBS series “WOOF! It’s a Dog’s Life!” in intensity from mild to severe. Pain occasionally Send your questions to dearuncle.gazette@unclematty. radiates down into the legs and is made worse by com or by mail to Uncle Matty at P.O. Box 3300, standing and walking. Many patients find relief by Diamond Springs, CA 95619. bending forward. If the compression is particularly serious, patients can also experience numbness, Dr. David Lipschitz is the author of the books, “Breaking “When you need a helping hand” weakness, changes in gait and balance as well as the Rules of Aging” and “Dr. David’s First Health Book of TUES., JAN. 26 loss of bowel and bladder control. More Not Less.” To find out more about Dr. David Lipschitz Sturdy grab bar assistance Please review carefully. Double check:  Phone Number(s)  Spelling  Pr For people with severe pain where conservative visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com. provides security and safety in your bath, or any other treatments have been unsuccessful, or if there More information is available at www.DrDavidHealth.com. area in your home. is evidence that nerve compression is leading to COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM We provide professional urinary incontinence or neurological deficits in the installation and a selection lower limbs, surgery is the best option to correct the of styles and colors. stenosis, improve symptoms and ensure a better Specializing Bob’s Clock Repair in: •Bathing Aids •Grout Cleaning quality of life. HANDI-BARS BZ 4C 26x •Tile Installation and Repair To date, there are three common surgical (760) 469-3208 More! Jan. 31, 2010 •Much V6-No.6 Jack Jones Ceramic Tile Lic.#482707 approaches to the treatment of lumbar stenosis. Two are relatively minor treatments and one is a more Ad Proof: complex procedure. Of the two simpler surgeries, PAIN RELIEF one is a procedure called decompression, which Hillside Auto Salvage Solutions to an often misdiagnosed problem. involves widening the narrowed spinal canal. The ������������������������������������������ 1/16th Page, 4C, 26x other is simple fusion of two vertebrae together, • Tues., May 18, 2010 These solutions We also Service, Repair and New Jan. helps 24, 2010 - July 2010 which relieve the 11,pain by stabilizing the repair Wall, can help with • @ US Bank Community Room Mantel, Movements from Germany spine. 72 260 Hwy 111 Ship’s and • Numbness • Burning Only 18 31 years Cuckoo The third procedure involves fusing three or more Palm Desert Profesionally installed assistance grab bars • Cramping Clocks experience ���������������� Corrections due: Wed., 01/20/10, noon Seats vertebrae together and treating the front and the • Restless legs • Time: 1 2 pm in your own home. We have several styles to Carlsbad / San Diego / Desert Communities • Sharp electric pain CALL NOW to back of the spine. This operation is more extensive Servicing Coachella Valley on Fridays choose from. They can be installed anywhere • Pricking/Tingling and complicated, but many back surgeons believe reserve seats! (760) Call for In-Home service appointment to feel more hallSponsor: The Foundation for Wellness Professionals strongly thatyou the need success rates are secure; so high bathrooms, that the �������������������������������� Guest Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey V. Stansberry, D.C. more aggressive approach is preferred. In a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers examined the trends in treatment, complication rates and costs All rights reserved. Property of: associated with surgery for lumbar stenosis in the

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Little Girls Will Get Social Security on Mom’s Record Q: I am a 35-year-old father of two little girls.

My wife has breast cancer and is not expected to live much longer. She hasn’t worked since the girls were born, but she did work steadily -- and paid Social Security taxes -- for about six years before then. I am wondering what kind of Social Security benefits the girls would be due if their mother passes away. And would I be due any benefits? I work and make about $95,000 per year.

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Even though your wife doesn’t have an extensive work history, it sounds like she’s worked and paid Social Security taxes for enough years to be “insured.” That means your daughters will be eligible for Social Security survivor’s benefits on her record. I really can’t tell you how much money the girls would get from Social Security each month. The average monthly benefit for two children is about $2,000 combined. But because your wife hasn’t worked in a while, you probably can expect a little less than that. You can get a much better idea by checking your wife’s latest Social Security statement. She would have received one about three months before her most recent birthday. That statement, in addition to providing projections for future retirement benefits, also gives estimates of payments due to widows, widowers and surviving children. If you were not making as much money as you are, you might be due widower’s benefits on your wife’s Social Security record. (The government actually calls them “father’s” benefits.) I used the hedging phrase “might be due” because there is a maximum amount of money that can be paid to survivors on any Social Security account. The maximum monthly payout varies depending on the account holder’s basic Social Security benefit. It’s usually reached when more than two people are claiming benefits on the account. But that maximum is a moot point in your case because your income is well above the $14,160 per year earnings threshold. Your $95,000 annual salary doesn’t prevent the girls from receiving Social Security, but it will keep you from collecting father’s benefits. One final point: You will be due the one-time miserly $255 Social Security death benefit that’s paid to the spouse of someone who dies.

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Who’s the Wisest of Them All? There’s another study out comparing seniors with younger age groups. This time the research was on social dilemmas and conflicts, and predicting how they would turn out -- in other words, wisdom. Researchers broke participants into three age groups: 25-39, 40-59 and 60-plus. Subjects then read fake newspaper articles about different types of interpersonal conflict. Then they were asked questions like, “What do you think will happen next?” Later, the participants were called back for more tests. This time they read letters from an advice columnist and were asked questions such as, “What do you think should be done?” The results were broken into wisdom-related categories, such as searching for compromise, recognizing change, taking into account the perspective of others and searching for a resolution. The researchers worked blind when they tabulated the results: They didn’t know the subject’s age group. So what did this study show? It proves what we already knew, that we seniors are able to take information we’ve accumulated over a lifetime and make wise decisions, especially when it comes to conflicts. We’re better able than our younger counterparts to compromise, admit it when we just don’t know something, take into consideration the viewpoints of others and make accurate predictions about how situations will turn out. So, what do we do with our wisdom, now that it’s been acknowledged? A few ideas come to mind: ● Act as mediators for divorcing couples or squabbling families. Ad● Work Proof: with groups of schoolchildren, the Bram’sthe better, on understanding the viewpoint younger of1/16th others. page, Black & White ● Work as advisers to young couples with Jan. 10 - Feb. 14, 2010 unhealthy spending patterns, or in culture conflict [Volumein 6: Issue #3 -#8] resolution companies. While some of us by: already workMon. in roles such Corrections due 6 pm, 01/04/10 as these, what we really need now is for more “wisdom” positions to be developed. 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 328536475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com.

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Is it true that S. Epatha Merkerson is leaving “Law & Order”? I hope not, since she is one of my favorite characters. -- Sheila F., Harrisburg, Pa.

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I have a question about the stars of the TV series “JAG.” I know Catherine Bell is in “Army Wives,” but what about David James Elliott? Where can I see him? -- Mare, via e-mail

A: David James Elliott, 49, has been keeping very

busy with TV miniseries and movies, his most recent being the Hallmark Channel original movie “Dad’s Home.” David stars as a dad who loses his job and has to stay at home. When the former workaholic is suddenly thrust into the lives of his children, whom he doesn’t really know at all, it’s just in time to heal the family bonds he has been breaking. Sharon Case (“The Young and the Restless”) co-stars. The movie premieres on Saturday, June 19, just in time for Fathers’ Day. ***

I’m sorry to be the one to tell you that the rumors are true. Merkerson recently told EW.com that she did indeed plan to leave the hit crime drama after 16 years on the show. She revealed: “It’s the end of my contract this year, and the story line has been so perfect. I’ve given it my best for 16 years. It’s time to move on. I’m doing other things, and this will be a great way to leave what has been an extraordinary gig.” *** Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at letters@cindyelavsky. com. For more news and extended interviews, visit www. celebrityextraonline.com and twitter.com/Celebrity_Extra. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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I have always been a big fan of Emeril Lagasse and always watched his cooking show, “Emeril Live.” I read that he has a new show coming out soon. What is it, and where can I watch it? -- Doris J., Atlanta

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The goodnatured chef is back on TV with a new variety/talk show, “The Emeril Lagasse Show.” As Emeril himself told me, his goal is to have fun and entertain his fans, as well as his guests: “We had Sammy Hagar on, which was a great show. He’s a great musician, but Sammy Emeril Lagasse just didn’t come to play. He came to not only play a song, but he came to actually play and be a part of the show.” You can catch “The Emeril Lagasse Show” on the ION network Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ***

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You are correct, Genie. I spoke recently with Kevin McHale, the talented young actor who plays Artie on the megahit “Glee,” and he told me what a thrill it was to work on that show. “They were really, really nice. They’re all geniuses. I remember the very first take we shot was the first scene that I’m in with Steve Carell. He starts improvising, and I had to hide my face behind the pizza boxes, ‘cause I’m like, ‘This is ridiculous.’ Every time I start frowning -- the same thing on ‘Glee’ -- if you see me frown, it’s because I’m about to laugh.” ***

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I was a faithful viewer of the sitcom “Becker,” and I would like to know what the star, Ted Danson, is up to lately. -- Sara S., Fort Worth, Texas

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Ted co-stars in the Glenn Close legal drama “Damages,” which airs on FX. He also co-stars in the HBO comedy series “Bored to Death.” When Ted’s not working, you can find him tending to his organic garden at his and wife Mary Steenburgen’s home in Ojai, Calif. ***

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keep a small sewing kit (inon your • The Apollo 11 astronauts leftnearby a plaque the desk, moon jacket, purse, or car) so that you can quickly to commemorate their historic landing. The plaque repair the problem. Even amateur sewers can reads: “Here Men Fromof The Earth First Set accomplish enough a Planet “fix” to keep from Foot Upon to Thewalk Moon Julythat 1969, A.D. We meeting Came In having into important withFor a safety pin holding your collar shut. Peace All Mankind.” • What to do when Lightning Strikes. There are manyCLIP myths about the actions to take AND SAVE when you’re stuck outdoors during an electrical storm. The number of deaths and injuries have risen as a result. Be smart. Read up on what not to do and where not to be during an electrical storm. • How to Read an Electric Meter. The ability to read the dials on your electric meter adds a level of protection between you and your local utility company. Once you read the meter, you can estimate your electric bill based on the kilowatt/hour rates from your utility bill. (Yes, meter readers make mistakes!) This knowledge can also serve to alert you to any sudden increase in usage, which might signal a faulty electrical appliance or unauthorized use of your service by a neighbor. • Basic Bathroom Repair. Of all the plumbing fixtures in our homes, none is more essential than a functioning toilet. And when one overflows after 5 p.m., you’ll probably pay overtime rates to get the problem repaired. But there are a few “do-it-yourself” fixes that novices can employ to keep their facilities operational, such as flapper valve, fill valve and seal ring replacement. • Read Tidbits Each Week. It provides you with a much-needed dose of infotainment!

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