New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 21, 1991, Page 12

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

February 21, 1991

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Page 12 Herald-Zt/lung, New Braunfels, Texas Coastal cities boomed during 80s, census says Thursday, February 21, 1991 WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans flocked to big metropolitan areas near the nation's coasts in the 1980s, at the expense of the heartland, census figures show. The pattern reflected the economic shift from manufacturing to service economies and the appeal of such Sun Belt states as California, Texas and Florida. Census Bureau figures released Wednesday show that 90 percent of America’s urban centers got bigger in the 1980s, although most of that growth was in the suburbs, not the core cities. And for the first time, more Americans live in big urban centers — those with I million people or more — than in smaller cities and rural locales. There are 39 urban areas with a million or more residents. Those located within IOO miles of the Atlantic, Pacific or Gulf of Mexico grew by more than 14 percent in the 1980s. The interior metro areas grew by 8.6 percent. The changing shape of the economy accounts for much of the growth on the coasts and the decline of the interior, said William Frey, a research scientist at the University of Michigan Population Studies Center. The interior cities depend on manufacturing and farming to earn a living and declined when those sectors fell on hard times in the 1980s. The erosion of auto-industry jobs in Detroit and the collapse of the steel industry in Pittsburgh are examples. The coastal cities depend on the growing service economy — financial services and the like — arid so grew. Sharing the ‘Sound of Music' t fro presenting musical selections rn "Sound of Music" at a recent gathering of the New Braunfel Music Study Club j(TFMC and NFMC) were local (residents costumed as members of the singing Von Trapp family. Responding to Maria's (Lots Gerhardt, right) instructions are, from left, Melissa Gerhardt and Sommer Seidel, Abigail Smith and Jeff Gerhardt, Shannon Seidel and Jon Gerhardt, and Leigh Bingham. Costumes were provided by Costume Chalet. (Photo by Karla Wenzel) Benefits to meet patient’s ‘skilled need’ Vital Signs by Pat Armstrong RN, BSN Each day our office receives numerous health related questions. Considering that many of you may have the same questions, I would like to share some of those questions. My mother is in a nursing home, they now tell me that her benefits will run out soon. How will I care for her when her medicare is depleted? You do have options available. Fust, it is important for you to know that medicare benefits for nursing homes and medicare home benefits are funded separately. Your mother’s benefits will continue when she goes home as long as a “skilled need” exists. The “skilled need" can be physical therapy, speech therapy, or nursing. For more information, call Girling Health Care and talk with their medicare professionals anytime, at 629-5090. I have been having a problem with constipation. Can you suggest a miracle cure? No miracle cure, but I will make a few suggestions. If the constipation you refer to is temporary, then Clip and Allergic Reactions Symptom: Difficulty in breathing. Swelling around the eyes, face ami neck. Treatment: Place head and neck backwards. Put ice around neck. Pull on tip of longue to bring tongue forward. Seek medical aid immediately. Convulsions Symptom: Falling. Frothing at the mouth. Stiffening of the body. Jerky, uncontrollable movements. Unconsciousness. Treatment: Clear area of hard or sharp objects. Loosen tight clothing, but do not the obvious thing to do is nothing. Simply let nature take its course, usually the situation will resolve itself. You might find it helpful to add fiber, or roughage, to your diet. Fiber speeds the passage of food through the intestine and also retains water which adds to the bulk and softness of stool. All these factors can decrease the strain of a bowel movement. Remember that each person’s digestive system is different. Some people can eat large amounts of fiber without the slightest inconvenience, while it may cause distress in others, lf such a diet causes pain, distention, mucus in the stool or other evidence of irritation, a physician should be consulted. If you would like to add more fiber to your dict, there are numerous cereals which contain bran which is a good source of fiber. Spinach, raw carrots and whole fruits arc also excellent sources of fiber. Moderate exercise has also been proven to assisi in the bowel movement process. I have several amalgam fillings. Is there any truth to the recent news reports that these may be “hazardous” to my health? restrain child. When convulsion subsides, turn child on left side. Watch breathing. Call doctor. Do not give child anything to drink during convulsion. Fever Symptom: Elevated temperature with readings above 98.6* F. Sometimes accompanied by delirium. Treatment: Undress the child in cool room, avoiding drafts. Place child in partially filled tub of lukewarm water and sponge entire body for 15 to 20 minutes. Dry child vigorously and repeat if To the best of my knowledge, the debate persists as to if, in fact, amalgam fillings can cause health problems. The best answer I can give you at this time is that the American Dental Association (ADA) insists that amalgam fillings are safe. Only those allergic to mercury (less than 1% of the population) need avoid amaglam fillings. FYI Due to rising costs, hospitals chief executives across the nation predict that most health care will be provided outside the hospital by the year 2000. This survey collected opinions of more than 1,700 hospital administrators. The hospital chiefs felt that 330-550 of 5,500 acute care hospitals will close in the next 5 years. The survey concluded that the occupancy rate of hospitals was below 40% last year. If the results of this survey hold true, we at Girling Health Care expect to be very busy in the years to come. No matter how large we grow, we will remain dedicated to providing quality personalized health services in the home. necessary. Call your doctor for any fever. Choking Symptom: Difficult breathing. Gasping breaths. Unable to talk. Treatment: Turn child upside down and give a few rapid blows between the shoulder blades. If this docs not bring results, use the Airway Obstruction described on card herein. Burns: First and second Degree Symptom: First degree — Red or discolored skin. Second degree — Blisters of mottled skin. Treatment: (Copies of this survey U.S. Hospitals: The future of Health Care is available by writing Raymond J. Cisneros, Deloitte and Touche, 125 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110.) My kidneys have been bothering me. Should I see a specialist in San Antonio? Usually it is best to refer the problem to your family physician first. Although your problem may be your kidneys, it also could have other causes. Your physician is the one who can make this determination. He/She will then refer you to a specialist if necessary. Also, we are very fortunate to have excellent physicians right here in New Braunfels, including several “specialists”. There is really no need to make a trip to San Antonio to find a qualified physician (unless of course you just enjoy driving). DIRECT YOUR QUESTIONS TO: GIRLING HEALTH CARE, INC. 189 E. AUSTIN ST., #104 NEW BRAUNFELS, TX 78130 OR CALL 629-5090 OR 1-800-580-5090 Immerse in cold (not ice) water until pain subsides. Gently blot dry and apply Silver Dyne dressing. Seek medical aid for second degree bums. Eye Injury (Laceration) Symptom: Eye can be extremely sore and painful. Lids will probably be closed tightly. Treatment: Seek medical aid immediately, preferably an eye specialist. Lie child down Mid cover both eyes loosely with gauze or clean cloth. Secure child’s hands, and avoid sunlight. If there is swelling place ice packs over gauze-covered eye. save this handy first-aid guide Help For Chronic Headache Sufferers ny Kooy r. joyce, mjj., Director Texas Headache Institute and Facial Pain Center Headache is one of the oldest and most common ailments known to man, yet we are just beginning to understand it. Over the centuries, headache has been blamed on possession by demons, weakness in character and pure imagination. Now we know that headache is a very complex medical problem with hundreds of causes. In many families, the tendency to develop headache is inherited. The good news is that the more we learn about headache and its triggers, the more we can do to help headache sufferers. New treatment approaches can help about 90 percent of the estimated 45 million men, women and children who suffer from severe, recurrent headache. People who are prone to headache can often help themselves by changing their lifestyle to avoid some of the most common headache triggers. For example: •Establish a regular daily routine. Have meals at regular intervals, go to bed and get up at about the same time every day. •Stop smoking. Both carbon monoxide and nicotine affect the brain and can cause headaches in certain people. •Avoid consuming large amounts of ice cream or cold drinks quickly, because the cold can often cause headaches. •Look for a dietary connection. Foods can trigger headaches in some people. Keep a diary of everything you eat and drink and note when headaches occur. It may provide dues to which foods you should avoid. The table below shows the biggest culprits. •Use pain killers sparingly. Your body can quickly become dependent on them so that larger and larger doses are needed for pain relief. For more information on headache management, contact the Texas Headache Institute and Facial Pain Center, One Village Park, Suite 200, 14607 San Pedro, San Antonio, Texas 78232,512/496-6002. Common Food Triggers of Headaches Foods containing tyramine: Chocolate aged cheese vinegar liver, organ meats alcohol sour cream yogurt yeast extracts Foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG) Foods and beverages containing caffeine: Coffee tea cola drinks chocolate General foods: Com eggs fatty foods milk and milk products onions peanuts pineapples soybeans tomatoes wheat seafood beer, wine, liquor Citrus fruits Foods containing nitrite: Hot dogs sandwich meats bacon DENTIST GENERAL PRACTICE Jeff W Jones 831 Landa, Suite B New Braunfels, Texas 629-7494 OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY Cesar Reyes M D. Ronald A. Valdez, M D. Obstetrics, Gyneocotgy & Infertility 12709 Topperwein next to Humana Hospital-Village Oaks (512) 657-4099 SENIORS HEALTH SERVICES Humana Seniors Association Humana Hospital-Village Oaks 12413 Judson Road San Antonio, Texas 78233 512/637-1113 WEIGHT LOSS SPECIALISTS Nita Priest, Ed D. The OPTIFAST*frogram Humana Hospital-Village Oaks 12413 Judson Road San Antonio, Texas 78233 512/655 6784 New Braunets Texas •24 MR EMERGENCY SERVICES ■GENERAL MEDIC AUSURGIC AL HOSPITAL ■COMPLETE MA TERM TY SERVICES •COMPLETE OUT PATIENT SERVICES •DAY-PATKNT SURGERY 143 E Garza (512)625 9111 Dr. Henry Hull Dr. Robert Alcasabas (Optometrists) •Comprehensive Vision Care •Contact Lenses 625-5716 WE Healthcare R«g*iw«d Nu**** >«mt    Adm ‘PhytcD Th***), Spew > Thwapy 'U«dc4 SOOD Wark ‘Occupatenai 'Medcd f QtHpmwM MWJ CD SuCP*** Serving New B<auntels Canyon Lake Seguin. Universal City A now San Marcos 189 24 Hour Service E Austin New Braunfels 629-5090 1-800-580-5090 Health Care Professionals interested in providing information for the Medical Focus Directory are invited to call 625-9144 ifumana Hospital ■ Village Oaks Your closest full-service San Antonio hospital. Take 1H-35 South to Toepperwein Exit. Go one block east to corner of Topperwein and Judson Roads. 650-4949 24-Hour Emergency Room • Birthing Center • Day Surgery Center ‘Cancer Treatment • Physical Therapy • Breast Diagnostic Center • CT Scanning Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Center • Childbirth Classes • Cradle Club • Humana Seniors Association • Nuclear Medicine ;

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