Archive for April 2012

Preventive Measures

April 26th, 2012 — 12:44pm

Follow these guidelines and you will increase your chances of preventing tinnitus from occurring: If you are exposed to loud music, wear earplugs or earmuffs. Continue reading »

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Food Selection and Feeding. Part 2

April 25th, 2012 — 3:49pm

Feeding Schedules

Once you’ve picked your dog food you still need to decide how much to feed and how often. The amount to feed may be suggested on the dog food package but since each animal is an individual, don’t be surprised if the optiaml amount necessary is significantly different from that on the label. Continue reading »

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Food Selection and Feeding. Part 1

April 25th, 2012 — 3:42pm

Types of Food

There are three main types of dog food: dry; semi-moist, and; canned. Dry pet foods have a shelf life of six months to a year; semi-moist foods stay fresh for nine months; a canned pet food will remain fresh for several years. Currently, very few manufacturers provide freshness dating on their products but it is a disclosure that should be encouraged. Continue reading »

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Street Drugs Inhalants

April 18th, 2012 — 12:15pm

A variety of inhalants are popular among street drug users. They include nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), amyl nitrite (“poppers”), butyl nitrate (“rush”), chloro-hydrocarbons (from aerosol sprays), and hydrocarbons (from glue and paint thinner.
Inhaling these harmful substances provides the user with a temporary “high” and then serious after-effects.

Symptoms of inhalant use:

Nausea and fatigue;
Coughing and nosebleeds;
Lack of coordination;
Violent behavior.
Health risks:

Suffocation; With glue or paint thinner, users may suffer permanent damage to the brain and nervous system.

An increased risk of violence.

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Will Ephedra Be Banned? Part 2

April 12th, 2012 — 11:57am

“We knew a long time ago that ephedra, because it is close in chemical structure to amphetamines, raises blood pressure and heart rate,” says pharmacist and research associate for the Public Citizen Health Research Group, Larry Sasich. “Before the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994, ephedra was not a controlled substance, though some strengths could only be obtained by a prescription. Continue reading »

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Will Ephedra Be Banned? Part 1

April 12th, 2012 — 11:52am

he debate over the safety and regulation of supplements appears to be growing in intensity. The latest flap concerns ephedra (also marketed as ma huang, Chinese ephedra and epitonin), the popular dietary supplement that is used as a weight-loss aid and energy booster. Continue reading »

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No One Believes She’s 73!

April 10th, 2012 — 5:52am

Anne Jeffers has lived with osteoarthritis for 40 of her 73 years. But you’d never know it by the pace she keeps up.
She walks at least 2 miles every morning, a habit she started about 20 years ago. She does all her own housework, and most of her yard work. But that’s not all. Jeffers goes to a 45-minute water aerobics class 3 days a week. It is taught by an Arthritis Foundation certified aquatics instructor. Continue reading »

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April 2nd, 2012 — 6:25am

Osteoporosis is the loss of bone mineral density (BMD). The major consequence of osteoporosis in female athletes is that it places them at risk for stress fractures as well as more serious fractures of the hip or vertebral column. Continue reading »

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