Originally created 07/24/02

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BACK IN TIME

JULY 24, 1972

Philip E. DeLorey, the chairman of the Department of Nursing at Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth, Va., has been named associate dean of the School of Nursing at the Medical College of Georgia.

The appointment was announced by MCG Nursing Dean Dr. Dorothy T. White. "Mr. DeLorey will assist in revision of the School of Nursing's total curriculum," Dr. White said, "as we work to better attune our curriculum with contemporary views in nursing."

HELP FOR PARENTS

PKIDS (Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases) supports families touched by chronic, viral infectious diseases, including hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. It has information on treatments and civil right protections.

Check out www.pkids.org or (877) 557-5437.

GRASS TIPS

During hot weather, remember not to cut your grass too short, which can increase water loss and raise soil temperatures. Leave clippings on the lawn to decompose. Visit www.ces.uga.edu.

MEN'S HEALTH

MCG Health Systems offers this advice to keep men healthy:

  • Stronger muscles result in reduced heart rate and blood pressure, which may help you avoid straining your heart during exertion, which can cause a heart attack.
  • Ask your father questions about his last physical or vision screening. High blood pressure and diabetes are genetic, and glaucoma is highly inheritable.
  • A physical exam should include checks of heart and lung function, blood pressure, measurements of height and weight, reflex and strength tests, and a checkup of the genitalia every year.
  • You should get a skin cancer exam with your physical every three years between ages 20 and 39 and every year over age 40.
  • Get a complete eye exam once between ages 20 and 39 (more often if you have diabetes or a family history of glaucoma or other eye disease - and annually if you are 50 or older. See your optometrist every two to three years if you wear glasses or contacts or have other vision problems.
  • Total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglyceride levels should be checked during your physical every five years. If you have a family history of heart disease or your number or other factors put you at high risk, your cholesterol level should be checked more often.
  • SAFETY FIRST

    Unintentional injuries continue to be the fifth leading cause of death after heart disease, cancer, stroke and chronic lung disease. Yearly, about 60.5 million people seek medical attention or suffer at least one day of activity restriction from an injury.

    MCG Health Systems offers the following safety tips, adaptable for the year:

  • Wear properly fitted bicycle helmets. Helmets should cover the upper part of the forehead to cushion it in case of impacts.
  • Riding a motorcycle in 90-degree or hotter weather can be dangerous to your health. Remember that your body sweats, so drink plenty of fluids and drape a wet towel around your neck.
  • Regardless of your skin type, a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 should be used if you are going to be in the sun for more than 20 minutes.
  • To help prevent heat-related illnesses, wear lightweight and light-colored clothing, carry water or juice and drink constantly, and eat frequent, small meals.
  • After being outdoors for a long period, inspect yourself for ticks, and shower immediately after coming indoors.
  • Do not wear headsets when running so you can hear an approaching car or attacker. Stay clear of parked cars or bushes, vary your route, and have your door key ready when approaching home.
  • Studies show that wearing your seat belt adds to longevity and helps alleviate potential injuries in car crashes.
  • Learning to swim is the best thing you can do to stay safe in and around the water.
  • HURRICANE SURVIVAL

    Hurricane hazards come in many forms, such as storm surges, high winds and floods. By knowing what actions to take, you can greatly reduce the effects of a natural disaster on your family and personal property. AAA Auto Club South suggests the following tips to help prepare for a natural disaster:

  • Before the storm: Meet with household members and discuss how to respond to a pending disaster. Trim trees and shrubbery, cutting weak branches and trees that could fall on your home.
  • During the storm: Stay away from doors and windows. Designate a "safe room" for added protection from flying debris. Remain indoors until officials announce an "all clear."
  • After the storm: Don't touch loose or dangling wires. Don't drink tap water until officials deem it safe.
  • For more tips on preparing for a hurricane, including tips on filing insurance claims and an emergency supply checklist, visit the nearest AAA branch or go to AAA.com.

    AAA Insurance Agency is a division of AAA Auto Club South, the third largest AAA club in the AAA federation, with more than 3.4 million members in Florida, Georgia and the western two-thirds of Tennessee.