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September 15, 2008

Quotable

“Nobody can be in good health if he does not have fresh air, sunshine and good water.”

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Rx notes

Heavy backpacks

It’s not uncommon to hear children as young as 12 years old complain about pain in their shoulders, neck and back because of a backpack that’s overloaded or improperly worn. Debbie Tong, a physical therapist with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in California, suggests that parents follow the American Physical Therapy Association guideline that a backpack should weigh no more than 15 percent of a child’s weight. Following this guideline will lessen wear and tear on muscles and ligaments and prevent poor posture. Tong suggests that parents help children by taking out items that can be left at home or school.

Selenium balance

Selenium, a mineral, is among antioxidants in our food supply that may help lower risk of cancer. The recommended daily allowance is 55 micrograms for adult men and women. Seafood, meat, grains and Brazil nuts are major dietary sources of selenium, said the American Institute for Cancer Research. While selenium is important, it’s just as important to not overdo it because too much selenium may cause nerve damage, hair loss and digestive disturbances. The maximum amount of selenium (from food and supplements) is 400 micrograms – a level that likely would be reached only with fortified foods and supplements.

Wear your helmet

It’s never too hot to wear a bike helmet. No matter how much you perspire and no matter how much it messes up your hair, you can’t go bareheaded when you’re on a bike, said fitness expert Thomas Gilliam. Kids should never ride without a helmet, no matter how brief the ride and no matter how close to home. If the heat bothers your children, ride with them early in the morning or in the evening and wear your helmet, too.

To do

Happy babies

“Happiest Baby on the Block” class is being offered 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal. The class provides a five-step technique to calm and comfort infants and to help them sleep longer and better. Cost of the class is $25 per couple. Register at (877) 270-4968 or at www.bromenn.org.

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Tips for patients

Illinois State Medical Society has developed tips for patients on how to better navigate and evaluate the many sources of medical information. Understanding Media and Internet Health Information may be found on the medical society’s Web site, www.isms.org/patients.

Tuesday

Two worlds

Blending race and biology is a balancing act for parents who adopt.

Inside

Dr. Peter Gott D2

To Your Health D5

Health Digest D5

Health Calendar D3

Dear Abby D3

Horoscope D5

Obituaries D4

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Tips for patients

Illinois State Medical Society has developed tips for patients on how to better navigate and evaluate the many sources of medical information. Understanding Media and Internet Health Information may be found on the medical society’s Web site, www.isms.org/patients.

Tuesday

Two worlds

Blending race and biology is a balancing act for parents who adopt.

Inside

Dr. Peter Gott D2

To Your Health D5

Health Digest D5

Health Calendar D3

Dear Abby D3

Horoscope D5

Obituaries D4

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