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2 - Paulding County Progress Health & Medical Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The basics of boosting metabolism
Men and women looking to shed
a few pounds and keep those
pounds off often look for ways to
boost their metabolisms. Some may
not know just what metabolism
means, and though it is a complicat-
ed combination of processes,
metabolism is perhaps best
explained as the sum of those
processes, each of which is institut-
ed to convert food into energy.
So it’s no surprise that so many
people, especially men and women
whose metabolisms have begun to
slow down, want to boost their
metabolism and turn that food into
energy more quickly.
Though metabolism is a collec-
tion of complicated processes,
boosting metabolism can be rather
easy. The following are a handful of
ways to do so, which can help men
and women reach their fitness
goals.
• Eat the right foods and eat
more often. Many adults have been
turned on to the concept of grazing,
an approach to diet wherein adher-
ents eat small portions of food
every two to three hours instead of
the more traditional three square
meals per day. But grazing is only
effective when men and women eat
the right foods.
Each small meal should still have
nutritional value just as if it were a
large meal.
When eating smaller meals,
include healthy sources of protein
and fiber. Vegetables tend to be
especially beneficial because they
are high in fiber, a nondigestible
carbohydrate that is hard for the
body to break down. As the body
works hard to break down fiber, it’s
burning energy and boosting its
metabolism along the way.
Fish is another potentially benefi-
cial food for those looking to boost
their metabolisms, as studies have
shown that the omega-3 fatty acids
found in fish oils increase the levels
of fat-burning enzymes in the body
while decreasing the body’s level of
fat-storage enzymes.
Eating more often benefits the
body because doing so stimulates
metabolism, reassuring the body
that food will be coming on a regu-
lar basis. When meals are skipped
or there are long intervals between
meals, the body reacts as if it might
run out of food and begins to store
fat.
• Add some lean muscle. Lean
muscle can boost metabolism, so a
workout dominated by cardiovascu-
lar exercise won’t have as positive
an impact on metabolism as one
that includes a combination of
weight training and aerobic exer-
cise. When muscles are worked
hard, the body needs to work hard
to recover and rebuild those mus-
cles, burning more calories and
boosting metabolism as a result.
• Don’t believe everything you
read or hear. Suggestions abound
as to ways to significantly improve
metabolism. Unfortunately, many
of these suggestions boost metabo-
lism but not enough to help people
lose weight, which is the ultimate
goal of many people looking to
boost their metabolisms.
For example, green tea has its
proponents who feel it can have a
significant impact on metabolism
thanks to EGCG, a compound
found in the tea that has been
proven to elevate metabolism.
However, the impact of EGCG on
boosting metabolism is negligible,
Strength training to build lean muscle is one way men and women can
boost their metabolisms.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Paulding County Progress Health & Medical - 3
Finding time to exercise is no
small feat for many men and
women. Obligations at home and
at the office can make it hard to fit
in a workout, a familiar quandary
for men and women with multiple
commitments.
Though it’s not always easy to fit
in a workout when juggling multi-
ple responsibilities, men and
women must consider the responsi-
bility they have with regard to
maintaining their physical and
mental health. The United States
Department of Health and Human
Services advises that healthy adults
get at least 150 minutes a week of
moderate aerobic activity or 75
minutes a week of vigorous aero-
bic activity, and that such activity
should be spread out over the
course of the week.
In addition, the DHHS also
advises that healthy adults include
strength training exercises in their
workout regimens at least twice a
week. Such a workout schedule
can improve both physical and
mental health, making it easier for
men and women to handle their
hectic schedules.
While such recommendations
may seem manageable, many men
and women still feel as if there’s
just not enough time in the day for
them to incorporate a daily exer-
cise regimen. The following are a
few ways such men and women
can find time for fitness.
• Take a walking lunch. Many
professionals have heard of a
“working lunch,” but those
strapped for time to exercise might
want to take a walking lunch
instead. Rather than sitting at your
desk or in your favorite booth at a
nearby restaurant on your lunch
hour each day, consider squeezing
in some time to walk during those
30-60 minutes you normally spend
eating or catching up on office gos-
sip with coworkers. Invite a few
coworkers along, walking to and
from your favorite restaurant or
finding a nearby park and going for
a quick walk. This is an easy way
to squeeze in the recommended 30
minutes of moderate aerobic activ-
ity each day, and you will no doubt
feel more energized after lunch
than if you had simply eaten with-
out exercising.
• Exercise in the morning.
Research has shown that men and
women who exercise in the morn-
ings exercise on a more consistent
basis than those who exercise later
in the day, including after leaving
the office at the end of the work-
day. When exercising in the early
morning hours, men and women
are less likely to encounter sched-
uling conflicts, as coworkers, col-
leagues and even the kids will like-
ly still be asleep. That means fewer
interrupted or missed workouts.
• Prepare meals ahead of time.
If working out in the morning sim-
ply won’t work out for you, then
consider planning meals in
advance so you can free up time
between the office and dinner each
night. For example, slow cookers
and crockpots make it possible to
start making dinner in the early
morning and require little or no
effort once you arrive home in the
evening. Plan to cook a few meals
each week in a slow cooker, which
will free up time for you to work-
out when you would otherwise be
preparing dinner.
• Work while you workout.
Smartphones and tablets have
made it easier than ever to get
work done while you’re away from
work. This includes getting some
work done while you’re getting in
your weekly recommended aerobic
activity on the treadmill, elliptical
machine or exercise bike. Thanks
to smartphones and tablets, you
can now read and answer emails
and work on some projects while
you sweat away those extra
pounds.
• Get off the couch. Many men
and women prefer to unwind on
the couch as they catch up on their
favorite television shows and
movies. But such unwinding
should not come at the expense of
working out. Much like catching
up on work at the gym, you also
can catch up on your favorite
shows and movies while at the
gym. Many smartphones and
tablets now have apps that allow
users to access subscription
streaming services, so users who
can’t find time to exercise should
take advantage of such apps and
watch their favorite shows and
movies from the treadmill instead
of the couch. Readers who can
comfortably read while exercising
can follow a similar route and read
on the elliptical instead of sitting
sedentary in a chair as they make
their way through the latest best-
seller.
Finding time to exercise can be dif-
ficult, but even the busiest men and
women have several options at
their disposal as they attempt to
make fitness a bigger priority in
their lives.
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How does alcohol effect the human body?
Alcohol is often considered an
essential element of adult social
functions, but adults who
overindulge in alcohol are likely
doing themselves a significant dis-
service. Alcoholic beverages can
negatively impact a person’s phys-
ical and cognitive abilities. But
when it is consumed in modera-
tion, alcohol can have some posi-
tive effects as well. Understanding
what alcohol really does to the
body and brain may help some
people make more informed choic-
es.
The Good
The idea that alcohol can have
both good and bad effects on the
body may seem like a mixed mes-
sage, but that does not mean it isn’t
true. The effect of alcohol on a per-
son’s body often depends on the
frequency and quantity of alcohol
that individual consumes.
Moderate alcohol consumption,
such as one or two drinks per day,
can have a positive impact on a
person’s health. The Mayo Clinic
says moderate alcohol consump-
tion may provide the following
benefits:
• Possibly reduce risk of diabetes
• Possibly reduce risk of
ischemic strokes
• Lower risk of gallstones
• Reduce the risk of dying of a
heart attack
• Reduce risk of developing
heart disease.
According to the Harvard School
of Public Health, alcohol has the
ability to raise good cholesterol
and lower bad cholesterol. Anti-
inflammatory effects and antioxi-
dants in some beverages, such as
wine, can reduce blood problems
that lead to clogged arteries.
Alcohol in moderation may also
help fight fat. A 2010 study pub-
lished in The Archives of Internal
Medicine found that women who
had one or two drinks per day were
less likely to gain weight than
those who didn’t drink at all.
Researchers believe there is a link
between people who drink fre-
quently and how their bodies adapt
and metabolize alcohol differently
from those who limit their drinking
to nights out on the town or other-
wise only drink rarely.
Alcohol increases levels of a
hormone that improves insulin sen-
sitivity and makes it easier for the
body to process glucose and use it
as energy, potentially benefitting
those with type 2 diabetes.
Although alcohol may be associ-
ated with poor judgment, moderate
drinking may stave off cognitive
impairment. Alcohol may improve
blood flow to the brain and make
brain cells more tolerant to stress,
preparing them for major stresses
that can induce dementia down the
road.
The Bad
When moderate drinking turns
into compulsive or binge drinking,
the positive benefits of alcohol
consumption no longer apply.
Drinking too much can take a seri-
ous toll on the body.
According to the National
Institute on Alcohol Abuse and
Alcoholism, alcohol can interfere
with the brain’s communication
pathways. While it does not
destroy brain cells, it certainly
inhibits them, impairing an indi-
vidual’s ability to think clearly.
Alcohol also can disrupt mood and
behavior, causing individuals who
drink to excess to engage in behav-
iors that are out of character.
Alcohol also lowers inhibitions,
which can lead to irresponsible
behavior.
Moderate drinking may help the
heart, but excessive alcohol con-
sumption can damage the heart,
potentially causing cardiomyopa-
thy, or stretching and drooping of
the heart muscle. Excessive con-
sumption of alcohol can also lead
to an irregular heart beat and high
blood pressure, and over time,
excessive drinking may induce
stroke.
Drinking too much can weaken
your immune system, making your
body a much easier target for dis-
ease. The National Institutes of
Health notes that men and women
who regularly overconsume alco-
hol are more likely to contract dis-
eases like pneumonia and tubercu-
losis than people who do not over-
consume alcohol.
Alcohol also can damage the
liver and pancreas. Heavy drinking
can cause fatty liver; inflamma-
tion, known as alcoholic hepatitis;
fibrosis; and cirrhosis. Alcohol
causes the pancreas to produce
toxic substances that can inflame
blood vessels in the pancreas and
prevent proper digestion.
The Very Bad
The body often treats alcohol as
a poison and attempts to fight back
against this perceived poison. It
produces an enzyme called alcohol
dehydrogenase, or AD, which
reaches the alcohol when it passes
through the stomach lining and
liver. Its goal is to sober you up by
taking a hydrogen atom off the
ethanol molecules in the alcoholic
drink, rendering it into a nonintox-
icating substance. Some think AD
plays a role in hangovers. Aspirin
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How to reduce your risk for diabetes
Millions of people across the
globe suffer from diabetes, a term
used to describe a group of metabol-
ic diseases in which a person has
high blood glucose (blood sugar)
resulting from the body’s cells not
responding properly to insulin and/or
inadequate insulin production.
According to researchers at
Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and
Diabetes Institute, if the spread of
type 2 diabetes continues at its cur-
rent rate, there will be roughly 439
million adults with diabetes across
the globe in the year 2030.
Though some cases of diabetes
cannot be prevented, a healthy
lifestyle can prevent or delay the
onset of type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is the most com-
mon form of diabetes, occurring
because the body does not use insulin
properly. Initially, the pancreas will
make extra insulin to account for the
body’s resistance to insulin, but over
time the pancreas cannot produce
enough insulin to maintain normal
blood glucose levels.
The risk of developing type 2 dia-
betes increases as people age, and
while there is no way to halt the
aging process, there are many other
ways for men, women and children
to reduce their risks of developing
type 2 diabetes.
• Shed those extra pounds. Being
overweight increases your risk for a
host of ailments, including type 2
diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
According to the American Diabetes
Association, losing as little as 10 to
15 pounds can make a significant
difference for people looking to
reduce their risks of developing type
2 diabetes.
When attempting to lose weight,
men and women should recognize
that making lifestyle changes is a
more effective way to shed pounds
and keep weight off than fad diets
that may promise quick weight loss
but tend to be less effective at keep-
ing that weight off over the long
haul.
Successful weight loss typically
involves a combination of physical
activity and a healthy diet. Include
physical activity as part of your daily
routine several days per week, taking
it slow at first if you have not exer-
cised regularly in quite some time.
As your body begins to adapt to
exercise, you can gradually
increase the intensity of your
workout routines.
Adopting a healthy diet is anoth-
er way to lose weight and maintain
that weight loss. A diet low in calo-
ries and fat is a good start. Men and
women who need to lose a signifi-
cant amount of weight may want to
work with a dietitian and/or nutri-
tionist to create a meal plan that is
likely to produce the best results
and address any vitamin or nutrient
deficiencies they might have.
• Focus on fiber. Adding more
fiber to your diet is another way to
prevent or delay the onset of type 2
diabetes. Foods that are high in
fiber tend to make people feel
fuller, reducing the likelihood that
you will overeat. Fiber also helps
the body control its blood sugar
levels, and fiber can lower a per-
son’s risk of heart disease.
Many foods include fiber, but
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Though aging increases a person’s risk for type 2 diabetes, a healthy
lifestyle that includes routine exercise and a healthy diet can help men and
women reduce that risk significantly.
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How to reduce your risk for diabetes
Caring for people with chronic conditions: Communicating with doctors
(NAPS) – More than 65 million
people in the United States care for
someone with a chronic condition,
disability or frailty. These care-
givers often accompany their loved
ones to doctors’ appointments. By
making the most of these appoint-
ments, caregivers can help
improve the care their loved one
receives and also ease some of the
stress they often experience as a
caregiver.
“Clear communication between
physicians and caregivers can help
make appointments more produc-
tive and beneficial for everyone
involved, most importantly, the
patient and care recipient,” said
Rhonda Randall, D.O., chief med-
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Retiree Solutions. “Remember that
you and the physician share a goal:
providing the best care for your
loved one.”
If you are a caregiver, consider
these tips:
• Introduce yourself: Get per-
mission from your loved one to
speak directly with doctors. This
typically requires the patient to
sign a release form at each doctor’s
office. Explain your role. Ask
questions about diagnoses, med-
ications and ongoing care needs.
• Educate yourself:
Understanding your loved one’s
conditions will help you better
communicate with doctors and
make you a better advocate.
• Document important infor-
mation: Keeping a record of
physician contacts, medications,
symptoms and health changes will
help you remember what to
address at each appointment and
help the doctor make informed
decisions. Ask for copies of test
results and keep them for future
reference.
• Understand health coverage
and benefits: Before appoint-
ments, learn what is covered by
your loved one’s health plan. Ask
physicians about the risks, benefits
and alternatives to their recom-
mendations and the associated
cost. Avoid financial surprises by
understanding out-of-pocket costs
for appointments, tests or proce-
dures. If you have questions, call
the number on the back of the
insurance card.
• Ask questions: Come to
appointments prepared with a list
of questions. During the visits, take
notes so you can refer to them later.
• Don’t neglect your own
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will put you in the best position to
provide care for others. If you care
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Take the right steps toward
colorectal cancer prevention
COLUMBUS – Prevention is an impor-
tant tool in living a long and healthy life.
Are you taking the necessary steps to pre-
vent the second leading cause of cancer
deaths in the United States?
Colon cancer is cancer of the large intes-
tine (called the colon). Rectal cancer is
cancer of the rectum (which is the part of
the large intestine closest to the anus).
These forms of cancer have many common
features. They are often referred to together
as colorectal cancer.
“It is important to screen for colorectal
cancer to detect early stages of the disease
before symptoms occur. By screening early
we can detect lesions such as polyps, non-
polypoid lesions, and other conditions. It’s
also good to know that the colorectal area
is within normal limits,” said Byron
Morales, MD, a family physician in Upper
Sandusky.
If you experience any of the following
warning signs, you should contact your
family physician:
• Bleeding from your rectum
• Blood in your stool or in the toilet after
you have a bowel movement
• A change in the shape or consistency of
your stool (such as diarrhea or constipation
lasting several weeks)
• Cramping pain in your lower stomach
• A feeling of discomfort or an urge to
have a bowel movement when there is no
need to have one
• Weakness or fatigue
• Unintended weight loss.
“Prompt diagnosis and treatment can be
performed if problems are detected early or
can be caught before it has time to spread,”
said Dr. Morales.
“My advice to the public regarding col-
orectal screening is to have a yearly physi-
cal exam and fecal occult blood test
(FOBT) with your primary care physician.
If the FOBT is positive the next step would
be to get a screening by a subspecialist.
And, if at any time you see any changes in
bowel habits or blood in the stool, consult
your family physician,” advised Dr.
Morales.
According to Dr. Morales, colorectal can-
cer is the second most common diagnosed
cancer in the United States. In 2011, there
were over 141,000 people diagnosed with
the disease and over 49,000 were expected to
die. Colorectal cancer rates have been
declining since 1998 with 3.0 percent per
year for men and 2.3 percent per year for
women; even with these declining rates
though it is important to remember that any-
one can get colorectal cancer.
“You can take simple steps now that are
helpful in preventing this disease. Eat a diet
high in fiber, exercise, avoid alcohol/ciga-
rettes, and maintain a healthy weight,” con-
cluded Dr. Morales.
The facts about weight and well-being
(NAPSI) – If you or someone you care
about feels there’s a slim chance of keeping
fit, it may be because of certain common
but false ideas. Here’s a look at a few, as
well as some facts about weight loss and
nutrition.
1. Myth: Healthy eating costs too much.
Fact: Eating better doesn’t have to cost a
lot. Try these ideas for healthful eating on a
budget:
• Use canned or frozen fruits and vegeta-
bles, which may provide as many nutrients
as fresh ones at lower cost. Rinse canned
veggies before you cook them to remove
extra salt. Choose fruit canned in its own
juice or packed in water.
• Canned, dried or frozen beans, lentils
and peas are healthful sources of protein
that last a long time and may not cost
much.
2. Myth: If I skip meals, I can lose
weight.
Fact: Skipping meals may make you feel
hungrier and lead you to eat more than you
normally would at your next meal.
Consider these ideas:
• For a quick breakfast, make oatmeal
with low-fat milk, topped with your
favorite fruit.
• For healthful snacks on the go, pack a
small low-fat yogurt, whole-wheat crackers
with peanut butter, or veggies with hum-
mus.
3. Myth: Physical activity only counts if
I can do it for a long time.
Fact: The U.S. government recommends
150 to 300 minutes of activity each week,
but you don’t need to do it all at once. To
benefit, you can exercise for as few as 10
minutes at a time. Here are some ways to fit
activity in:
• If you’re in a safe, well-lit area, get off
the bus or train one stop early and walk the
rest of the way to where you’re going.
• Plan a game of basketball or soccer or
go dancing with friends.
Learn More
You can get more information from the
“Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths” fact
sheet created by the Weight-control
Information Network (WIN), a national
information service of the National
Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and
Kidney Diseases, part of the National
Institutes of Health. The fact sheet covers
more myths, presents facts and offers ways
to make healthy eating and physical activi-
ty part of your daily life. It also explains the
Nutrition Facts label, suggests ways to “eat
the rainbow” of healthful fruits and veg-
gies, and lists smart choices for vegetarians
and people with lactose intolerance.
For a free copy or more information, call
(877) 946-4627 or visit
www.win.niddk.nih.gov or www.face-
book.com/win.niddk.nih.gov.
By managing your blood pressure, you can lower your risk of heart
attack, heart failure, stroke, peripheral artery disease and kidney disease.
Two keys are maintaining a healthy weight and regular physical activity. To
learn more, visit www.heart.org/HBP.
DID YOU KNOW. . . .
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students, teachers and families to save lives with the CPR in Schools
Training Kit. Learn more at http://beCPRsmart.org, heart.org/cpr and
www.heart.org/CPRinSchools.
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10 - Paulding County Progress Health & Medical Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Parkview Health adds Paulding County
Hospital to electronic health record system
FORT WAYNE – Parkview Health and
Paulding County Hospital recently
announced the two will collaborate in an
effort to better patient care and access to
medical information through Parkview
Community Connect.
Parkview’s Community Connect program
works to extend electronic health records to
independent physicians and hospitals
throughout the region. As part of this align-
ment, Paulding County Hospital remains
independent but can tap into the same elec-
tronic health record system that Parkview
facilities use.
“Availability of an electronic health
record system is essential in today’s fast
paced, digital world and will help us further
provide excellent care to our patients and
improve healthcare access for the entire
community,” said Gary Adkins, CEO,
Paulding County Hospital.
“We are very pleased to collaborate with
Parkview on this project. Access to such a
robust system of records that patients and
physicians can view anywhere with a secure
internet connection is a great tool to have
available,” Adkins added.
Parkview Community Connect securely
connects patients and doctors into their per-
sonal electronic health record used in all
Parkview hospitals, physicians’ offices and
all participating independent hospitals and
physician’s offices. This integrated
approach was designed to help eliminate
paperwork, decrease cost by eliminating
duplicate tests, increase efficiency, improve
patients’ quality of care and much more.
Paulding County Hospital was the first
hospital to participate in Parkview
Community Connect.
Since May 2013, when Parkview began
communicating the availability of
Community Connect, multiple northeast
Indiana physician practices have signed on.
Implementation of the program in
Paulding County Hospital is under way in
anticipation of a May 30 activation date.
A healthy respect for the benefits of tea
Tea is a popular beverage that has
been enjoyed for centuries. An esti-
mated three billion cups of tea are
consumed across the globe every
day, with many people looking to
tea when they are sick or to prevent
illness.
As popular as tea has become,
certain misconceptions about tea
have spread over the years. The fol-
lowing can clear up some of the
more common misunderstandings
about tea.
Myth: Different tea varieties
come from different types of tea
plants.
Fact: Commercial tea comes
only from the leaves of the camelia
sinensis plant. Different methods of
processing determine which variety
of tea is produced. Black and
oolong tea develops from oxidizing
and fermenting tea leaves, while
green tea is produced by steaming
wilted leaves. White tea is uncured
and unfermented. One study
showed that white tea has the most
potent anticancer properties com-
pared to more processed teas.
Myth: Adding milk to tea negates
the health benefits.
Fact: According to a study pub-
lished in the Journal of Agricultural
and Food Chemistry, the same
amount of catechins, which are
antioxidants associated with a
reduced risk of some diseases, can
be absorbed tea that contains milk
as tea that does not.
Myth: Anything with the name
“tea” is true tea.
Fact: Only tea from tea plants
constitutes real tea. Herbal varieties
of tea are actually tisanes made
from flowers and bark of other
plants.
Myth: Fruits and vegetables
contain more disease-fighting
antioxidants than tea.
Fact: Research indicates that tea
has about 10 times the amount of
antioxidants of vegetables and
fruit. Individuals who consume
reduced-calorie diets often find tea
that is a good, no-calorie source of
antioxidants.
Myth: Antioxidants can turn
back aging.
Fact: Antioxidants may con-
tribute to personal longevity, but
they cannot reverse signs of aging.
Antioxidants have been known to
neutralize free radicals in the body
that can contribute to many differ-
ent diseases, including various
forms of cancer.
Myth: Tea never goes bad.
Fact: It may take some time for
properly stored tea to spoil, but the
level of antioxidants in tea does
begin to diminish after a few
months. Research by the Journal of
Agricultural and Food Chemistry
indicates catechins in green tea
decrease by 32 percent in just six
months. Tea is most beneficial to
human health when it is consumed
within six months of its production.
Myth: Tea has much less caffeine
than coffee.
Fact: The amount of caffeine in
tea can vary. The average amount of
caffeine in tea ranges from 14 to 61
mg per eight-ounce cup. Coffee, on
the other hand, can contain between
27 and 200 mg per serving.
Myth: Hot tea is better for you
than cold tea.
Fact: As long as the tea is steeped
in water long enough, both hot and
cold tea provide the same bang for
your buck.
Myth: Tea can prevent cancer.
Fact: Tea has been extensively
studied for its cancer-preventive
activity. Both the antioxidants as
well as the caffeine in tea have been
implicated as potential cancer-pre-
ventive compounds, according
information published by the
American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition. Natural compounds
called polyphenols in green tea
might protect against several can-
cers, including those of the prostate,
GI tract, lungs, breast and skin.
A growing number of human
studies suggest that tea can slow
cancer progression.
Other possible health benefits:
• Tea drinking appears to lower
Studies have found that some teas may help with cancer, heart disease,
and diabetes; encourage weight loss; lower cholesterol; and bring about
mental alertness.
the risk for heart disease and stroke.
• Caffeine and catechins found in
green, oolong and white teas may
increase metabolism and promote
weight loss.
• Tea polyphenols are thought to
strengthen bones and protect
against fractures.
• People who drink tea could see
improvements in mood, concentra-
tion and performance.
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Open-bore MRI now available at PCH
By DENISE GEBERS
Progress Staff Writer
PAULDING – While being fis-
cally responsible to the community,
the Paulding County Hospital has
also brought its services to a new
cutting-edge for its patients.
Patients in need of magnetic res-
onance imaging (MRI) service are
now able to visit a mobile open-
bore MRI system versus a tradition-
al system or an open system. The
change has many advantages.
The hospital contracted with
DMS Health Technologies of
Fargo, N.D., to supply open-bore
MRI technology to better serve
local patients. The traditional MRI
was cramped, and to some claustro-
phobic, but had good magnet
strength of 1.5 Tesla, making for
clear images. Open MRIs in this
area have Tesla ranges from 0.2 up
to 1.0, making for less clarity in the
scans.
The new open-bore MRI has a
diameter of 70 cm as opposed to the
45 cm x 110 cm opening of the tra-
ditional units and has a shorter bar-
rel, only 125 cm long. Greater mag-
net strength, 50-60 percent more
powerful, means maintaining the
1.5 Tesla for quicker times in the
scanner and clear images.
Extra space in the bore of the
machine allows for larger patients
and those who tend to be claustro-
phobic to be more comfortably
diagnosed.
Andy Cunningham, RT(R), MR,
an MRI applications specialist with
DMS, explained the two-year-old
Siemens Espree MAGNETOM unit
is larger than a traditional MRI,
approaching CT scanner dimen-
sions, and accommodates up to 550
lbs. on its table.
“Exams take 10 to 45 minutes
depending on the type and what we
are looking for, as well as the
patient’s needs and tolerance,” said
Cunningham.
Scans can be made of the muscu-
loskeletal system, the neurological
system, the vascular system and
individual organs within the body.
Pediatric and elderly patients, those
in ICU or dependent upon medical
equipment can be accommodated.
Patients are given headphones
because there is a lot of clicking
sounds involved with the scans.
They may bring their own CD or
music can be provided.
Superconducting magnets are
operating 24/7/365 and are cooled
by liquid hydrogen. The magnetic
field extends about eight feet from
the unit, but does not extend outside
the trailer in which it is hauled.
The mobile unit will be available
on Saturdays and Tuesdays at PCH.
Karol Carnahan, who has been with
the hospital 15 years and is a 21-
year MRI veteran, has been trained
to use the new equipment.
Trials were done the last week of
November when the unit first
arrived and during the first week of
December as Carnahan was being
educated in the proper procedures.
Hospital officials say they chose
to contract for MRI services rather
than install equipment of their own
because of constantly changing
technology in the medical field. An
investment of that magnitude would
prevent an upgrade when new tech-
nology presented itself.
Colorectal cancer: Thousands of new Ohio cases each year
By Mary Kuhlman
Ohio News Connection
COLUMBUS – This year in Ohio, sever-
al thousand new cases of colorectal cancer
will be diagnosed. Hundreds of them will
be fatal, even though colon cancer is very
treatable when caught early, according to
Dr. Carol Burke, gastroenterologist at the
Cleveland Clinic.
“It’s really important to know about col-
orectal cancer and its prevention,” she said,
“because colon cancer is one of the most
common cancers in American men and
women, and it’s the only preventable can-
cer that we have.”
Burke recommended that both men and
women start to follow a testing schedule
when they reach age 50. Risk factors
include family history, poor diet, smoking,
drinking, lack of exercise, advanced age
and ethnic background.
“African Americans are a particular sub-
group that’s at high risk,” she explained,
“and instead of starting at the age of 50
years old, which is recommended for most
ethnicities when patients don’t have risk
factors, African Americans should really
start at the age of 45.”
Data indicates a drop in colorectal cancer
rates over the past few decades that Burke
said is tied to an increase in screenings. In
2010, the American Cancer Society esti-
mated more than 5,900 new cases of colon
cancer were diagnosed in Ohio.
Some people may avoid screenings
because of fear of the unknown or the pro-
cedure itself. But Burke said colon screen-
ings very rarely result in complications,
and added that cost should not be a barrier.
“Insurance companies are required to
offer colorectal cancer screening and
colonoscopy,” she said, “and patients
should go to their doctor if they haven’t
been encouraged to have a colorectal can-
cer screening or colonoscopy and advocate
for their own good health.”
An estimated 40 percent of age-eligible
Ohioans are not getting screened for colon
cancer, Burke said.
More information is available at
www.cdc.gov.
12 - Paulding County Progress Health & Medical Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Does your home have
unsafe radon levels?
Found in rock, soil, water, natural gas,
and some building materials, radon is a
radioactive gas. Radon can seep in through
the foundation of a home or building built
on radon-contaminated soil. Exposure to
radon can cause cancer.
Inhabitants of homes contaminated with
radon or those who work in buildings
where radon has seeped in may be at a
greater risk of developing cancer than those
who do not live or work in such buildings.
According to the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, radon is responsible for
about 21,000 deaths from lung cancer each
year in the United States alone. Roughly
one out of every 15 homes in the U.S. has
unsafe levels of radon.
Radon is most often found in basements
because the gas sinks to the lowest points
in buildings. However, even those homes
or buildings without basements can have
unsafe levels of radon.
Property owners should have their
homes or buildings tested for radon, as
exposure to radon does not produce any
symptoms, meaning those who live and
work in buildings where they are being
exposed to radon won’t know unless build-
ings are routinely tested.
Kits to test radon levels can be purchased
at many hardware stores, or property own-
ers can hire professionals to conduct tests
for them.
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Stop blood clots before they stop you
(NAPSI) – Every year, up to 600,000
Americans develop blood clots in the veins
of their legs or lungs. Risk factors for these
clots vary, but most frequently involve sur-
gery, hospital stays of three or more days,
hip and knee replacement, cancer and can-
cer treatment, a family history of blood
clots, or disorders that simply cause their
blood to clot too much.
Blood clots that form in the legs or lungs
are responsible for about 100,000 deaths
annually. Fortunately, the use of blood thin-
ning medications, also known as anticoag-
ulants, stops clots from forming and can
mean the difference between life and death.
Surprisingly, some people at risk may
not be given these medications or may not
take them as prescribed.
“You should discuss the prevention of
blood clots with your doctor, particularly if
you’re hospitalized or having surgery,”
explains Gary Raskob, PhD, Dean of the
College of Public Health at the University
of Oklahoma, and Chair of the Medical &
Scientific Advisory Board of the National
Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA). “If you take
a blood thinner, talk to your doctor about
any concerns or problems you have, and
get clear instruction to help you take the
medication properly.”
According to Dr. Raskob, blood thinning
medications like warfarin have been pre-
scribed for decades. These older therapies
require routine blood tests and can interact
with other medications and certain foods.
Newer blood thinning medications intro-
duced in recent years don’t require blood
testing, have fewer drug interactions and
can be taken without special dietary con-
siderations. Both older and newer blood
thinners effectively prevent or slow the for-
mation of dangerous blood clots.
For more information, visit the NBCA
website at www.stoptheclot.org.
Shriners Hospitals for Children provides innovative pediatric specialty
care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. The health
care system cares for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal
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and therefore won’t make much of an impact on a
person’s weight.
The same can be said about capsaicin, an active com-
ponent found in chili peppers that some feel boosts
metabolism enough to promote weight loss. Though
capsaicin can boost metabolism slightly, studies have
shown that influence is not significant enough to affect
a person’s weight.
• Don’t get too comfortable. Modern technology
may be a reason why waist sizes are getting bigger.
Heating and cooling systems may be must-have items,
but when the body is too comfortable, it burns less ener-
gy to stay warm in the winter or comfortably cool in the
summer. A study from the National Institute of Health
Clinical Center found that people who slept in a room
kept at 66° burned 7 percent more calories than those
who slept in a room at 75°. Sleeping in a cooler room
may just be the easiest way for men and women to
boost their metabolisms.
Boosting metabolism and shedding extra pounds is a
goal for many men and women. But while metabolism
is a complex set of processes, the various ways to effec-
tively boost that metabolism can be quite simple.
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can reduce the effectiveness of the body’s AD enzymes,
making hangovers worse.
People who overconsume alcohol may be inadver-
tently poisoning their bodies with alcohol. Receptors in
the stomach, intestines and the brain recognize when
the body has been infiltrated by a suspecting invader or
poison. In an effort to protect itself, the body may try to
expel the offending substance to safeguard itself from
damage. This is why many people vomit after they con-
sume an excessive amount of alcohol.
Drinking too much alcohol may be linked to a greater
risk of developing certain cancers. Researchers have
linked overconsumption of alcohol to cancers of the
mouth, esophagus, throat, liver and breast.
Reckless behavior spurred on by lowered inhibitions
that result in poor decisions is another potentially dan-
gerous, and sometimes deadly, side effect of overcon-
sumption of alcohol. For example, men and women
who drink excessive amounts of alcohol often feel
capable of driving even when their blood alcohol con-
centration limit is exceeding the legal limit. Driving
while intoxicated can lead to injury and even death, and
oftentimes innocent motorists are injured or even killed
simply because they were sharing the road with inebri-
ated drivers.
Even at the legal blood alcohol concentration limit of
.08 percent, muscle coordination is lost, reaction time
and hearing is impaired and judgment and self-control
are hindered. As an individual’s BAC increases, these
symptoms are only exacerbated.
Drinking alcohol has various effects on the body
depending on the amount and frequency that a person
drinks. Learning the facts may motivate men and
women to consume alcohol more responsibly.
Does your home have
unsafe radon levels?
Over 80 percent of women who develop breast cancer have little to no family history of the disease. Learn
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Study: Drivers engaged in other
tasks about 10% of the time
Drivers eat, reach for the phone, text, or
otherwise take their eyes off the road about
10 percent of the time they are behind the
wheel, according to a study using video
technology and in-vehicle sensors.
Risks of distracted driving were greatest
for newly licensed teen drivers, who were
substantially more likely than adults to be
involved in a crash or near miss while tex-
ting or engaging in tasks secondary to driv-
ing, according to the researchers from the
National Institutes of Health and Virginia
Tech.
“Anything that takes a driver’s eyes off
the road can be dangerous,” said study co-
author Bruce Simons-Morton, Ed.D.,
M.P.H., of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver
National Institute of Child Health and
Human Development, the NIH institute
where the study was conducted. “But our
study shows these distracting practices are
especially risky for novice drivers, who
haven’t developed sound safety judgment
behind the wheel.”
The study of drivers in the Washington,
D.C., area and in southwestern Virginia
appears in the Jan. 2 New England Journal
of Medicine.
Experienced adults were more than twice
as likely to crash or have a near miss when
dialing a cell phone as when they did not
dial and drive, but did not have an
increased risk while engaging in other tasks
secondary to driving.
However, the researchers found that dis-
tracted driving substantially increased the
risks for new drivers. Compared to when
they were not involved in secondary tasks,
novice teen drivers were:
• eight times more likely to crash or have
a near miss when dialing
• seven to eight times more likely when
reaching for a phone or other object,
• almost four times more likely when
texting, and
• three times more likely when eating.
Talking on a cell phone did not increase
risk among the adult or teenage drivers.
However, because talking on a cell phone
is preceded by reaching for the phone and
answering or dialing – which increase risk
greatly – the study authors concluded that
their results provide support for licensing
programs that restrict electronic device use,
particularly among novice drivers. They
also stressed the need for education about
the danger of distracted driving.
Citing earlier studies, the researchers
noted that about 6 percent of drivers are 15
to 20 years old. Further, these younger
drivers are involved in 11 percent of acci-
dent fatalities and 14 percent of reported
crashes that result in injury. The study
authors concluded that these data and their
results indicate distraction appears to be an
important contributor to this increased
crash risk.
Dr. Simons-Morton collaborated with
first author Sheila G. Klauer, Ph.D., Feng
Guo, Ph.D., Suzie E. Lee, Ph.D., and Tom
A. Dingus, Ph.D., all of the Virginia Tech
Transportation Institute in Blacksburg, and
Marie Claude Ouimet, Ph.D., now at the
University of Sherbrooke in Canada.
To conduct the study, the researchers
analyzed video from cameras installed in
the cars of about 150 drivers. About one-
quarter of the drivers were novices, having
had their license for no more than three
weeks. The remaining drivers had, on aver-
age, 20 years of experience and ranged in
age from 18 to 72.
Footage was taken whenever the cars
were in motion, over a period of 12 to 18
months. Sensors recorded acceleration,
sudden braking or swerving, drifting from
a lane and other data.
When a crash occurred, or drivers had a
near miss, the researchers documented
whether the drivers were engaged in a dis-
tracting activity. They identified episodes
when drivers talked, dialed or reached for a
cell phone, reached for another object in
the car, adjusted the car’s temperature or
radio controls, ate, drank, looked at a crash
or something else outside the car, or adjust-
ed a mirror, seatbelt or window in the car.
The researchers also compared the fre-
quency of these activities when a crash or
near miss occurred to their frequency dur-
ing segments of uneventful driving.
“Our data support the current trend in
implementing restrictions on texting and
cell phone use in vehicles,” said Dr.
Simons-Morton. “As new forms of tech-
nology increasingly are available in cars,
it’s important that drivers don’t feel com-
pelled to answer every incoming call or
text.
“For young drivers’ safety, parents can
model this habit when they are at the
wheel, and also let their children know that
they should wait until the vehicle is
stopped before taking a call – even when
it’s from mom or dad.”
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