Originally created 06/25/02

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BACK IN TIME

June 25, 1930

Bishop Frederick T. Keeney, formerly resident bishop of the Atlanta area, Methodist Church, and bishop of China, will lecture in Augusta twice tonight. The first talk will be made at the First Baptist Church, of which Rev. Fred E. Smith is pastor, at 8 o'clock, and the second at Bethel A.M.E. Church at 9 o'clock.

Bishop Keeney is here under the auspices of the citywide Ministers' Alliance for the benefit of St. Mark M.E. Church. He was chosen because of his factual knowledge of conditions in the war-torn republics of the Far East, leaders of the movement stated last night.

STAYING ACTIVE, HAVING STRONG BONES

The summer, with its warm weather, is a good time to develop an active lifestyle, says the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Among the benefits of staying active are decreases in the chances of developing osteoporosis, loss of bone tissue and bone strength.

Other ways to build strong bones and prevent osteoporosis include:

  • Eating high-calcium foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt.
  • Reading food labels to identify unhealthy and calcium-rich foods.
  • Stopping smoking, which can accelerate menopause and cause a deterioration of bone loss.
  • Limiting intake of alcohol and caffeine, which can limit the body's ability to absorb calcium.
  • Staying active by walking, stair climbing, weight training or jogging.
  • HEALTHFUL SLEEP TIPS

  • Establish and maintain a regular bedtime and wake-up time every day.
  • Find the amount of sleep you need to feel consistently refreshed.
  • Create a comfortable, quiet, clean and dark environment for sleeping. Your bed and the temperature of your bedroom should be comfortable.
  • Establish a regular pattern of relaxing behaviors for 10 to 60 minutes before bedtime, to avoid taking the day's troubles to bed.
  • Exercise on a regular basis.
  • Don't nap during the day or evening.
  • Don't eat heavy meals or drink large amounts of liquids before bedtime.
  • Don't dwell on intense thoughts or feelings before bedtime.
  • Don't lie awake in bed for long periods of time. If not asleep within 20 to 30 minutes, leave your bedroom and do something relaxing until you feel sleepy.
  • Don't allow your sleep to be disturbed by your phone, pets, family, etc.
  • Don't use alcohol, caffeine or nicotine, all of which may impair your ability to sleep.
  • Be prepared to go to bed a little bit earlier the night before daylight-saving time begins.
  • NOT SO FAST...

    Over-the-counter pregnancy test kits might not do the job early in pregnancies.

    The kits routinely recommend testing as early as the first day of a missed period, but researchers found that the tests were only 90 percent accurate that day.

    Most home tests are less sensitive than the test used in the study, which was reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    Women with a negative test result may fail to protect themselves from exposures to toxicants in the workplace or medications that could damage a developing fetus, the researchers said.

    HOW TO KEEP A VCR CLEAN

    Dust and dirt can build up inside VCRs over time, requiring periodic cleaning to keep them working properly.

    To do this, take a cotton swab soaked in isopropyl alcohol. Open the tape door and rub the swab along the heads of the VCR. The black dots mounted on a silver cylinder are the carbon filters that read tapes. After cleaning the heads, take a brand-new tape and let it run in the VCR for three to four minutes.

    If this doesn't get the VCR clean, the machine might need to be professionally serviced.

    RISKY BUSINESS

    Risk researcher Paul Slovic says Americans tend to fear risks they don't understand more than risks from the familiar. Risk experts, however, say the typical American is more likely to be injured by items from the category of "known risks" than from the "unknown risks."

    Dreaded, unknown risks include:

    1. Nuclear weapons

    2. Nuclear reactor accident

    3. Radioactive waste

    4. Pesticides

    5. Asbestos insulation

    6. PCBs

    7. Satellite crashes

    8. Pollution from coal burning

    Known risks, not dreaded include:

    1. Power mowers

    2. Snowmobiles

    3. Chain saws

    4. Home swimming pools

    5. Recreational boating

    6. Electric shock

    7. Bicycles