Written by Fred Cicetti Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:09Q I have to have cataract surgery and I’m a little frightened. Should I be?
AI don’t know anyone who isn’t a little frightened by surgery of any kind, but cataract removal is one of the safest and most effective types of surgery. It’s also one of the most common operations performed in the United States. About nine out of 10 people who have the surgery have improved vision.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens, the clear part of the eye that helps focus images like the lens in a camera. Cataracts can blur images and discolor them.
Most cataracts are related to aging. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. There are other causes of cataracts such as diabetes, eye...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:08Children who hear their parents criticize themselves for being too fat will be more likely to think poorly of their own bodies.<p>
With spring around the corner, kids, tweens and teens across the country will doff sweaters for tank tops and jeans for shorts. And, as a parent, you may feel more conscious than ever of our society’s preoccupation with body image and how it affects your child.
Just as concerning as the rise in childhood obesity is the rising number of children—even very young children—who are obsessed with being thin.
“We see children as young as 6 years old complaining that their stomachs stick out, or bragging about having the chicken pox because it means going to bed without...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:06For many in Kansas, participating in Walk Kansas—a Kansas State University Research and Extension health challenge —signals spring, said Walk Kansas coordinator Sharolyn Jackson.
The 2009 program will begin March 8 and continue to May 2.
Last year, Walk Kansas involved 24 teams across Marion County; participants combined to log more than 11,000 miles.
Over the eight-year history of the program, Walk Kansas has grown to more than 20,000 participants statewide, said Jackson, who is Extension’s northeast area specialist in family and consumer sciences.
Each year, the participants form teams of six to log 423 miles, the equivalent of walking across Kansas.
This year, she said, some adjustments and additions to the program are...
Written by Jenny Terrell Tuesday, 06 January 2009 13:54Jeanne Rziha, co-coordinator with Anna Woods of the Biggest Loser program, shows the report participants received when the body composition analyzer calculates numerous data about them, including body mass index, body fat percentage and total body fat mass.
Rziha checks the body composition analyzer in preparation for this week’s weigh-ins.
Monday and Wednesday of this week participants will have their initial weigh-in to start the third edition of The Biggest Loser competition in Marion County.
Sponsored by Greenhaw Pharmacy and Woods Wellness, The Biggest Loser is intended to promote a healthier lifestyle and provide motivation.
“Hopefully, people are motivated to...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 06 January 2009 13:50Daily monitoring can help you and your doctor bring your blood pressure levels down to 120 or lower, which is recommended to avoid risks of stroke or heart attacks.
You’ve worked hard your entire life to earn your retirement, and now you should enjoy it. But you won’t be able to actively socialize with friends, family and neighbors, enjoy spending time on your hobbies or taking trips to see the grandchildren if you don’t maintain good health and a good quality of life.
The average life expectancy is now 78 years, plenty of time to enjoy your golden years. You don’t need to see a doctor every day to stay healthy; with the guidance of your physician, there are many ways you can take care of yourself...
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