Senior Living / Health & Fitness Focus
Written by Joyce Kyle Tuesday, 12 July 2011 15:57Why do some relationships last forever and others fall apart? Here are some ways you can make your partner feel appreciated again and prevent your relationship from becoming a casualty.
1. Think of ways you can do the unexpected and be thoughtful. Remember what you did when you wanted to win your partner over.
2. Pay attention to your appearance. Dress nicely; get into shape.
3. Spend regular time together alone.
4. Look for ways to compliment your partner.
5. Hug when you say hello and...
Written by Fred Cicetti Tuesday, 07 June 2011 13:18Q: I heard that marijuana helps glaucoma. I’d like to try it, but won’t I get in trouble?
A: Marijuana can help your glaucoma and it could definitely get you in trouble because it’s illegal.
Marijuana refers to the parts of the Cannabis sativa plant, which has been used for medicinal purposes for more than 4,800 years. Doctors in ancient China, Greece and Persia used it as a pain reliever and for gastrointestinal disorders and insomnia.
Cannabis as a medicine was common throughout most of the world in the 1800s. It was used as the primary pain reliever until the invention of aspirin. The United States, in effect, made prescriptions for Cannabis illegal through the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. The only opponent to the legislation...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 10 May 2011 16:07Audrey Baker grew up watching her mother put table salt on nearly everything—steak, potatoes, even gravy. Believing the nutrition myth that salt is bad for health, Baker sometimes scolded her mom for her old-fashioned ways.
As an adult, Baker carefully monitored what she ate, putting herself on a low-salt diet with lots of water. But one day at home, she became light-headed. Her heart raced, her chest pounded. She called 911 and was rushed to an emergency room.
The problem: hyponatremia, a more-common-than-you-might-think condition in which the blood level of salt (sodium) in your body becomes abnormally low.
“That’s when I realized my body does need salt,” Baker said. “They gave me a saline solution drip with sodium in...
Written by Fred Cicetti Tuesday, 10 May 2011 16:06Q What is the leading cause of hospitalization of older people? Is it heart attacks or strokes?
A The number one reason people over age 65 go into the hospital is congestive heart failure (CHF), or simply heart failure. If you have CHF, your heart can’t pump enough blood. This condition develops over time.
Heart failure is most common in older people, and is more common in African-Americans. Men have a higher rate of heart failure than women. But, because women usually live longer, the condition affects more women in their 70s and 80s.
In normal hearts, veins bring oxygen-poor blood from the body to the right side of the heart. It is then pumped through the pulmonary artery to the lungs, picking up oxygen. From there, the blood...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 12 April 2011 17:23Marion County has 17 teams and just over 100 people participating in this year’s Walk Kansas fitness challenge.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the Kansas State University Research and Extension program, Walk Kansas challenges each six-person team to combine their distances to reach at least 423 miles, the distance between the state’s east and west borders.
The program began March 13 and will end May 7.
Marion County didn’t participate in the inaugural year, but over the past nine years the local program has drawn around 20 teams, according to Nancy Pihl, who is in charge of the program as the county’s family and consumer sciences agent.
For many, Walk Kansas has become the first step toward...
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