Originally created 04/14/02

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BACK IN TIME

April 14, 1941

COLUMBIA - A "pay as you go' plan for the South Carolina highway department is the legislative proposal of two state lawmakers.

The bill introduced would prohibit the issuance by the highway department of new bonds.

The bill would require the outstanding principal of bonds each year be reduced in an amount equal to the certificates and obligations maturing that year.

The legislators said they suspect new industry is avoiding South Carolina because of an "unsound" economic structure that allows about 45 percent of the state revenues devoted to roads while only 35 percent is devoted to education.

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STRESS BUSTERS

- Go to bed 15-30 minutes earlier at night.

- Allow some personal time every day. If you have a house full of children, get up 15 minutes earlier in the morning. Use the time to read, relax and reflect on the day.

- Improve your appearance. Get a haircut, manicure or new outfit. Looking better will make you feel better.

- Limit activities with negative friends who reinforce bad feelings.

- Go to a movie.

- Help someone.

CHILDREN'S FIRE SAFETY

Children may visit the Fire Avenger link to learn fire safety tips on the Georgia insurance commissioners Web site. The Web address is www.gainsurance.org.

Consumers also may visit it for other information, to e-mail questions, file complaints, search for an agent, access the insurance company directory, and even compare auto insurance rates. Many of these features are available in Spanish.

In addition, insurance agents may check the status of their license, download applications and other forms, and file those forms online.

The latest newsletters, news releases and employment opportunities are also available. And also in the near future, parents will be able to check to see if their child's school has conducted the required monthly fire drills, and health consumers will be able to access information regarding complaints against health maintenance organizations (HMOs).

For more information, visit the Web Page at www.gainsurance.org, or call the Commissioner's Consumer Services Division at 404-656-2070, or 1-800-656-2298.

Calls are taken from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

SUNDAY BLUES

A lot of people begin to get glum on Sunday afternoons because they know the weekend is over and another work week is looming.

But experts say that there are some things to do to fight such Sunday anxiety.

Following are tips from Dr. Steven Gravenkemper, a corporate psychologist.

- Schedule an official worry hour on Sunday. "Jot down concerns," he says. "Look for common themes. Sometimes concerns focus on the boss or the workload."

- Talk out your concerns with a spouse or friend.

"When people have anxiety, they tend to ruminate over and over inside their heads," Dr. Gravenkemper says.

Sharing your anxiety serves two purposes: You can get your feelings off your chest. Plus, others can often offer a perspective in terms of how realistic those concerns are. And, he adds, if you frequently use the same person as a sounding board, offer to take him or her out to dinner.

- Avoid taking a Sunday nap. Tempting as those may be, you'll only feel worse when bedtime comes.

- Try to keep your weekend sleeping pattern regular. You may still be anxious Sunday, but you better your chances of getting a good night's sleep.

- Dallas Morning News

WINDOW WASHING

Avoid streaks when washing windows. Don't use cleaners with vinegar and ammonia. Use cheap paper towels that don't contain additives and when they are saturated and dirty pitch them and start again new.

SO, WHAT'S IT GOOD FOR?

Despite having more tools to diagnose appendicitis, doctors aren't getting any better at it.

In nearly one of four appendectomies performed in women of childbearing age, the removed appendix is actually not infected.

The rate of misdiagnosis among young women and older men has actually increased, according to the results of a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The misdiagnosis rate among men is about 9 percent, vs. 23.2 percent among women.

The disparity may be because women have more complex anatomy in the right side of their abdomen, such as an ovary, a uterus and fallopian tubes.

YOU RANG?

A recent Mayo Clinic test of cell-phone use near 17 types of ventilators and heart monitors showed the phones interfered with the equipment more than half the time. So, if you must make a call while at the hospital, first ask where it's safe to use your portable - or find the nearest pay phone.