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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                8A Q HeraldZettung g Friday August Health Briefs Satoproduce SACRAMENTO Calif AP In an effort to prevent costly food contamination scares Californias fresh produce industry joined state and federal regulators to announce adoption of voluntary foodsafety guidelines The guidelines contained in a slick 31 page booklet cover food sanitation measures from the field to the table in many cases offering what industry representatives called best management practices for implementing what is already state law The guideline booklet includes such advice as Monitor the possibility of drift of manure or compost from open fields into adjacent fields of maturing crops Clean and sanitary water is recommended for use in washing produce in the field The water may be tested periodically for All storage staging and packing areas should be regularly cleaned and monitored for animal or pest The remnants of product left on the belts tables lines and conveyors could provide a source for microbial growth therefore cleaning by scrubbing to remove particles should be part of the cleaning Stuttering causes backtoschool woes When teachers hear a child begin to stutter the immediate reaction is one of concern mixed with a host of urgent questions Should they call on him in class or will that only make the stuttering worse How should they handle teasing by other children What should they do about reading aloud The nonprofit Stuttering Foundation of America answers these and many other questions in its brochure The Child Who Stutters at School Notes to the For more information write the Stuttering Foundation of America Box 1 1749 Memphis TN 38111 or call 18009929392 Vitamins minerals may decrease disease risk Americans are stricken with deadly diseases every year from cancer to heart disease And while genetics plays a large part in people developing certain diseases nutrition should not be excluded as a key factor in possible prevention In fact it has been shown that vitamins and minerals found in a variety of foods actually can be disease and illness fighters and should be included in the diet Austin Diagnostic Clinic registered dietician Tarie Beldin said that with proper nutritional education people may be able to eat their way to better health Foods such as apricots pumpkin and carrots all have been shown to be potential cancer fighters because they contain beta carotene Beta carotene is an antioxidant that helps protect cells from damane that t ild lead to cancer If an individual wants to potentially decrease his risk of heart disease a high fiber menu that includes wheat dried peas and legumes may help reduce cholesterol levels In addition milk and eggs may help to support the functions of the immune system because they both contain zinc Asthma patients used as drug company lobbyists Americans with a una became unwitting i r the industry earlier thi after they were stirred up by a oup quietly backed by a pharmai mail firm with a big iake in tl 00 million inhaler business The Food and Drug Administration has been iiiundai with letters lingn a plan to phase out metea 1 tlosi inhalers or MDIs that use u propellant harmful to the I ui protective ozone layer Most of the letters are handwritten und make pui personal pitches that a corp lubbyist could not Many of the writers were spu into action by a mailing last yeai from a group called the ComrninY to Protect MDIs a pitch that doctors patient advocates and federal regulators say was exaggerated and premature The group was financed by Glaxo Wellcome one of the drug companies that commands a large part of the millionayear inhaler market and is lagging behind a competitor in the lace to new inhalers McKenna Care offers home health care McKenna Care is the home health unit of McKenna Hospital In keeping with the hospital mission and service to the community the home health department is another way of delivering quality healthcare to the citizens of Comal County The agency provides for nursing services physical therapy occupational therapy speech therapy home health aide and medical social worker These services are provided with physician order McKenna Care also provides the Lifeline service as a community benefit These are the devices that people wear to summon help in an emergency For instance a person would fall and press the button on the necklace This action would summon a neighbor family member or EMS depending on the situation This can save the patient from hours on the floor awaiting help In keeping with the hospital philosophy McKenna Care accepts many forms of insurance Medicare Medicaide selfpay and some charity care The agency provides care based on medical need and not method of reimbursement The agency accepts patients of all kinds Because of the nature of disease and illness to strike at any time of day or night the agency maintains a registered nurse on call when the office is closed The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 to If one of the patients should experience a problem getting help is only a phone call away The patient or family member calls the office number An answering service will take the patients name and phone number with a brief message The answering service will page the nurse who will call the patient If a visit is needed the oncall nurse will make a visit Of course the oncall nurse is not a substitute for EMS Sometimes the oncall nurse will phone triage determine that EMS is the more appropriate response The nurse then would activate EMS for the patient McKenna Care works with many different community resources and agencies to meet the needs of the patients It coordinates with EMS outpatient rehabilitation or other facilities if the patient is not able to stay at home The staff of McKenna Care supports patient rights and will attempt to assist the patient to carry out the patients wishes To support patient rights home health referrals at McKenna Hospital are received by the social services department The social workers visit with the patient and explain home health care The patients are given the choice of agencies to provide the services that the doctor has ordered If the patient chooses McKenna Care then the intake liaison will coordinate the services needed at home To learn more abaout McKenna Care or home health call the agency at 6297568 and ask for Charlaine Neckar This article was provided by Health Reach an eye on Texas Melanoma is preventable curable Skin cancer is the most prevalent of all cancers It is estimated that by the year 2000 the risk of melanoma the most dangerous skin cancer among Anglos in the will be 1 in 90 persons Prevention is the best defense cover up with clothing and sunscreens with at least a 15 SPF rating v Melanoma deaths in Texas 2145 1288 D Male Female 92 89 Anglo Hispanic J34 35 AfricanAmerican Melanoma early detection Monthly examinations can catch skin cancer in the early stages when it is almost always totally curable Look for any moles with Asymmetry one half of a mole does not match the other IU order irregularity the edges are ragged notched or blurred the pigmentation coloring of the growth is not uniform IS iameter greater than 6 mm about the size of a pencil For more information call 18004CANCER SOURCES John Sharp Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Texas Cancer Registry and American Cancer Society Resistant bacteria shows up in DwTADAuevreB By TARA MEYER Associated Press Writer S Judy Extra calcium not needed for breast feeding n O X t A 1 1 BOSTON AP A new study questions the longheld belief that breastfeeding women need to consume extra calcium to protect their bones Nursing mothers typically lose about 1 percent to 2 percent of their total bone mineral density including 3 to 5 percent in their spines But they gain it back after they stop breast feeding To help make up for the loss dietary guidelines have long urged women to consume extra during breast feeding vVhiut s advice seemed to make sense u u never been clearly proven Dr Heidi J Kalkwarf and others from Childrens Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati randomly assigned 383 new mothers to take either milligrams of extra calcium a day or lookalike dummy tablets All the women were already consuming less than 800 milligrams a day in their regular diets The study found the extra calcium had no significant effect The nursing vumen all lost about 4 percent of the bone in their spines regardless of whether they took the The results were published in Thursdays issue of the New England Journal of Medicine along with an editorial by Dr Ann Prentice of the Medical Research Council in England ATLANTA AP A staph germ that has resisted medicines drug of last resort has shown up for the first time in the United States and may soon be unstoppable the government said Thursday The timer is going said Dr William Jarvis a medical epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention We were concerned it would emerge here it has emerged here and we are concerned weie going to see it popping up in more A strain of staphylococcus aureus bacteria found in a Michigan man in July showed an intermediate level of resistance to vancomycin one step from immunity to the drug the CDC said The CDC and the Michigan department of health would not identify the man or say where he lives The patient who suffered kidney failure had been taking vancomycin for a year and a half for a recurring infection from an abdominal catheter used for kidney dialysis He was successfully treated with a combination of drugs including vancomycin Jarvis said The Michigan discovery came three months after a similar resistant strain was found in Japan In May the CDC reported that a 4 monthold Japanese infant developed staph from a boil after heart surgery That strain of staph also showed an intermediate resistance to vancomycin and the baby was treated with other drugs hospitals were alerted to watch for the strain here Now that you have two in such a short time there will be heightened said Richard Schwalbe director of clinical microbiology at the University of Maryland Staph bacteria are the No 1 cause of hospital infections They are blamed for about 13 percent of the nations 2 million hospital infections each year according to the CDC Overall the 2 million infections kill The timer is going off We were concerned it would emerge here it has emerged here and we are concerned were going to see it popping up in more Dr William Jarvis medical epidemiologist to people The bacteria can collect on clothing blankets walls and medical equipment Hospital workers can pass them on by hand and they can cling to tubes inserted into the body To combat their spread many hospitals across the country have restricted use of their most potent antibiotics and isolated their sickest patients Dr Robert Haley chief of epidemiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas said theres no reason hospitals cant eradicate resistant staph These are unique special strains that can be said Haley former chief of the CDCs hospital infections branch There needs to be Moms not aware of possible dangers in giving infants water AP It is unnecessary and possibly dangerous to give young babies water in addition to breast milk or infant formula federal researchers say Many mothers are unaware of the potential danger and give their infants water on a regular basis a iiuiy found an infant ingests too much water baby can suffer oral water which occurs when necessary sodium in the blood so Illuted that the body n i fuicti properly Ihe result can be an altered mental s abnormally low body itID raturc bloating and even res Babies less than a month oiu are especially susceptible because they cannot tilt r water out of their systems as fast a lder infants A 1993 survey of more than mothers nationwide revealed that onefourth gave water to their newborns at least three times a week caid researchers led by Dr Paula D Scanati of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention No difference was found in amounts given during summer and winter the researchers reported in the August issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine published by the American Medical Association The American Academy of Pediatrics has said that except in hot weather human milk or formula provides nursing infants with all the water they need to replace what they lose through normal bodily functions The federal researchers found that rates of giving babies water were higher among women who used infant formula instead of breast feeding among women with less than a highschool education and among mothers with less than in family income The report contained no information on whether any of the babies given water became ill aggressive surveillance in hospitals Once you see it dont let it stay and spread around the hospital until you cant get rid of For patients the rise of drug resistant germs means that the medicine they get for their infection may not make them better forcing doctors to switch to one or more of the 100 antibiotics now on the market However many fear the time is growing near when there will be no alternative antibiotic to turn to Penicillin was a wonder drug that killed staph when it became available in 1947 Within a decade some strains grew resistant a development attributed to overuse of antibiotics and the failure of some patients to take their medicine properly Then came methicillin in the 1960s then vancomycin which was so potent it was regarded as the silver bullet against staph Theres going to be a lot of throwing up of arms with doctors saying now we have to live with Haley said That is not true We must fight it vigorously We are also going to have to be much more stingy with our use of Pharmaceutical companies are working to develop new antibiotics An experimental new antibiotic called Synercid made by 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