Originally created 02/03/03

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BACK IN TIME

FEB. 3, 1978

The Medical College of Georgia could lose $6 million if the federal government cuts off funds to the University System of Georgia to force formulation of an acceptable desegregation plan, college officials said yesterday.

Most of MCG's loss would be in research money, President William Moretz said. The college's total budget is $76 million.

O. Torbitt Ivey of Augusta, a member of the Board of Regents, said he is "reasonably assured" the situation will be resolved during the board's meeting in Atlanta on Monday through Wednesday.

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AROUND TOWN

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

MONDAY

PANEL DISCUSSION: Augusta State University will observe Black History Month with a panel discussion at 2:30 p.m. in the Science Building, W1002, 2500 Walton Way. The panel of ASU professors will discuss the history of the Republican Party of Georgia. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 737-1710.

COLUMBIA COUNTY DEMOCRATS: The Columbia County Democratic Party will meet at 7 p.m. at the new juvenile court conference room at the Evans Court Center, Ronald Regan Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call 868-0959.

DRY SKIN MYTHS

Winter brings on dry skin concerns, along with several misconceptions. Here is what experts say.

MYTH 1: The more water you drink, the dewier your skin will be.

TRUTH: Even eight glasses of water a day won't make a difference, said Dr. Kelly Hood, a San Francisco dermatologist: "The top layer of skin and hair are capable of retaining moisture from an external source, but not from within."

MYTH 2: Dry skin leads to wrinkles.

TRUTH: Sun damage and facial movements, not dryness, cause those lines and wrinkles. "Hydrating skin doesn't get rid of wrinkles; it just plumps the skin and makes it look better," said a Dallas dermatologist, Dr. David Alkek.

MYTH 3: Drinking alcohol dries out the skin.

TRUTH: Alcohol would make a difference only if you were a severe alcoholic suffering from deficiencies of the vitamins thiamin and niacin, said Dr. Ellas L. Toombs, a Washington, D.C., dermatologist.

MYTH 4: The longer the shower or bath, the more supple your skin will be.

TRUTH: The key to soft skin isn't moisture alone, but moisture trapped in by a barrier to stop it from evaporating, said Dr. Robert Jackson, the professor emeritus of Canada's University of Ottawa.

MYTH 5: Dandruff stems from an overly dry scalp.

TRUTH: Actually most dandruff is caused by an excessively oily scalp, which causes skin cells to reproduce and shed more rapidly.

MYTH 6: You can get addicted to lip balm.

TRUTH: Using lip balm won't make you need more. What does make your lips thirsty, though, is licking them. As saliva evaporates, it draws water from the lips, Baltimore dermatologist Dr. Margaret Weiss said.

MYTH 7: Lemon softens parched elbows and heels.

TRUTH: While lemon exfoliates, it also will burn if you have any cuts or abrasions. It's more effective as a bleaching agent, Dr. Jackson said.

- Source: Better Homes and Gardens

WET WEATHER DRIVING TIPS

The AAA warns motorists that rain can result in dangerous driving conditions that require motorists to drive with special caution.

"Heavy rain limits a motorist's ability to see, and water on the road surface reduces traction and can hinder vehicle control," said Yoli Buss, the director of traffic safety at AAA Auto Club South. "Storms can arrive suddenly and the rains can sometimes be torrential. The most important steps to take when driving in wet weather are to buckle up, slow down, and put your headlights and wipers on."

To minimize the hazards associated with wet weather driving, AAA said, follow the following precautions:

  • A hard rain can limit visibility and traction. If you must drive under such conditions, use your headlights to make sure others see you, slow down and avoid hard braking and turning sharply. Stopping on a slippery surface requires more distance, so increase your following distance.
  • Focus your attention as far ahead as possible - at least 20 to 30 seconds. The best way to stop on a slippery surface if your car is not equipped with anti-lock brakes is to use threshold, or controlled, braking and shift to neutral.
  • To do this, keep your heel on the floor and use your toes to apply firm pressure on the brake pedal fairly hard so the wheels nearly lock.

    If the wheels do lock, ease off the brake pedal slightly, to a point just before locking. This will help your vehicle stop without locking the wheels.

    If your car is equipped with anti-lock brakes, the key to activating the anti-lock system is steady, firm pressure to the brake pedal.

  • If conditions become too hazardous to continue driving, it is best to pull off the road at a rest area or exit the freeway and go to a protected area until conditions improve.
  • If the side of the road is the only option, pull off as far as possible, preferably past the end of a guardrail. Turn off your headlights, but turn on your emergency flashers to alert other drivers.