Originally created 09/15/03

News you can use



BACK IN TIME

SEPT. 15, 1975

Augusta City Council will today consider a proposed contract between the city and Richmond County for joint construction of a crime laboratory.

Council will also be asked to ratify the selection of Sydney Carter as architect for the proposed Augusta branch of the Georgia Crime Laboratory.

AROUND TOWN

MONDAY

COMPUTER CENTER OPEN HOUSE: The SeniorNet Computer Learning Center will hold an open house from 9 to 11 a.m. at the center, University of South Carolina Aiken's Gregg-Graniteville Library. Speak to instructors and sign up for computer classes. The open house is free. For more information, call (803) 641-3288.

CAR SEAT EDUCATION: Safe Kids of East Central Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia will hold car seat education classes from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Medical College of Georgia conference center, Room BT-1810. Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to learn car seat safety and correct installation. Pre-registration is required. The class is free. For more information, call 721-5437.

MANAGING HEART DISEASE

Chronic heart disease can be deadly without proper medical treatment and follow-up care at home. Heart patients can, to a large extent, help control their illness by living a healthy lifestyle.

  • Cut down on the amount of sodium you consume each day.
  • Choose fresh rather than canned vegetables.
  • Monitor your blood pressure on a regular basis.
  • Eliminate or limit use of caffeine.
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco.
  • Exercise as directed by your doctor.
  • Minimize stress.
  • Learn to accept situations you cannot improve.
  • Set aside a few minutes for yourself every day.
  • Don't keep your concerns and fears to yourself. Join a support group and/or talk to your doctor, close family members and friends, or a health-care professional as needed.
  • Find an enjoyable hobby.
  • For more information about living with heart disease, go to the American Heart Association Web site at www.americanheart.org or call 481-1811.

    HEAD START ON CANCER

    Beginning colon cancer screenings earlier than the currently recommended age of 50 could detect another 10 percent of cases, say researchers at the University of California-Irvine.

    They recommend starting at age 42 for blacks and 44 for whites.

    FLYING FEARS

    If airplane flights make you nervous, here's a suggestion: Have a snack before getting on the plane.

    That's the advice of Japanese researchers who study how fluids and food might prevent fainting and heart attacks among air passengers.

    Tests simulated the conditions of a flight to 10,000 feet - where low cabin pressure at a high altitude causes reduced oxygen supply in the body. Researchers measured heart function, blood flow and oxygen saturation of brain and organ tissues in fasting participants and those who had lunch and a beverage.

    Fasting subjects experienced decreased blood pressure. In comparison, nonfasting subjects did not have significant change in blood pressure; food and fluid helped maintain oxygen levels.

    So eat.

    Source: Better Homes and Gardens