Health _ Safety_ August 2005 by yaosaigeng

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It Can’t Happen to Me!
                                              uncomfortably warm and excused                  ing the heart procedure was 3 hours!
                                              himself. He stepped outside. Although           Fortunately, he was in the emergency
                                              the temperature that night was in the           room within 45 minutes of the onset
                                              40s, he began sweating profusely. Also          of his symptoms. Because of the
                                              during this time, he began to feel an           immediate response of his co-workers
                                              uncomfortable sensation in his arm              in contacting emergency services, Phil
                                              from the elbow down. Then came the              suffered no permanent heart damage.
                                              chest pain. Phil described the pain as             One of the reasons Phil expressed
                                              excruciating. His co-workers realized           an interest in sharing his story with
                                              that something was seriously wrong              his fellow co-workers and employees
                                              and called 911.                                 is that many people don’t realize that
                                                 He was rushed to St. Barnabas                a heart attack could happen to them,
                                              Hospital and immediately was hooked             even at the young age of 37—but it
                                              up to an EKG monitor. Once the nurse            can! If you experience signs or symp-
                                              saw the heart rhythm, she rushed out            toms associated with a heart attack—
                                              of the room and came back with four             don’t wait! Call for help or go to an
                                              other nurses. The cardiologist on duty          emergency room immediately.
                                              informed Phil that he had suffered a               Mike Hogan, Distribution Super-


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               on’t wait!” Phil Cicala,       heart attack! Phil then underwent a             visor Orange District and co-worker
               a 37-year-old machine          heart procedure where it was discov-            of Phil’s, had this to say: “I’m not sur-
               operator out of Orange         ered that a piece of arterial plaque had        prised that Phil is raising awareness by
Gas, knows all too well what waiting          broken off, causing an almost complete          his incident. As the local safety council
could have meant.                             blockage in the artery leading to his           chairperson, he does an outstanding
  On April 22nd, Phil and several             heart. This was the cause of his heart          job raising awareness in the interest
of his fellow co-workers were out             attack.                                         of accident prevention. If we can take
celebrating the recent promotion of              From the time Phil felt the first            anything away from this, it is to partic-
one of their colleagues. While eating         symptoms to the time he was undergo-            ipate in the upcoming Cardiovascular
dinner, Phil suddenly started to feel

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InsIde     thIs   Issue
CheCk your             GettinG sCreeneD?          seasonal tips             Does it hurt to                         August 2005
risks
                                                                            lift your arm?
                                                                                         TM
Screening schedule     Know your numbers          Stay safe and have        HomeCare for
                                                  fun this summer           shoulder pain
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PSEG and You
Don’t Wait!                                                                                               Continued from page 1


Disease Screenings (see schedule below), complete the online Health Risk Assessment (www.pseg.com/benefits), and
follow up with your doctor. Phil’s situation is a real eye-opener. If it can happen to him, it can happen to anyone.”
  Phil is well on his way to a full recovery and has learned a lot managing his heart attack risks in the process. He definitely
understands the significance of his family’s history of heart disease; he has made the commitment to exercise regularly by
doing aerobic exercise five times a week, or more; and he limits saturated fat in his diet.
  For a discussion of heart disease risk factors and the signs and symptoms associated with having a heart attack, see page 8. Y




Cardiovascular Disease Screening Schedule
Date      location          time              Date      location          time               Date      location          time

auGust                                                                                        11 West Orange             10:00 am–11:30 pm
                                              15 Plainfield Gas           7:00 am–11:00 am
15 Harrison                7:30 am–12:30 pm                                                   12 Cranford–CO              10:30 am–3:30 pm
                                              15 New Haven, CT            7:00 am–12:00 pm
16 Trenton CS              7:00 am–12:00 pm                                                   13 New Brunswick Gas                   (7am)
                                              16 Central Div–Somerset     7:00 am–11:00 am
17 NIC/CCC-Cranford         8:00 am–4:00 pm                                                                               7:00 am–11:00 am
                                              19 Burlington–ASB           7:00 am–11:00 am
18 NIC/CCC-Cranford         8:00 am–4:00 pm                                                   14 Linden Gen               11:30 am–3:30 pm
                                              20 SIAC-Bordentown          7:00 am–11:00 am
19 NIC/CCC-Cranford         8:00 am–4:00 pm                                                   17 General Office            7:00 am–3:00 pm
                                              21 Palisades Div–Secaucus   8:00 am–12:00 pm
22 Salem Training Center    8:00 am–1:00 pm                                                   18 General Office            7:00 am–3:00 pm
                                              22 Palisades–Hackensack     7:00 am–11:00 am
23 NBU                      7:00 am–3:30 pm                                                   19 Springfield              8:00 am–12:00 pm
                                              23 Hudson Genarating Station
24 NBU                      6:00 am–3:30 pm                                                   20 Harrison (M&R)           7:00 am–10:30 am
                                                                        7:00 am–12:00 pm
25 NBU                      6:00 am–3:30 pm                                                   21 Essex/Kearny Gen          7:30 am–9:30 am
                                              26 Orange–ASB/GD            7:00 am–11:00 am
26 New Brunswick CS        7:00 am–10:00 am                                                   24 Sewaren Gen              7:00 am–10:00 am
                                              27 Edison Training Center   6:30 am–10:00 am
29 Bridgewater-Meter       7:00 am–10:00 am                                                   25 Mercer Gen               7:00 am–10:00 am
                                              27 Edison Generating Station
29 Waterford, OH           7:00 am–11:00 am                              11:30 am–1:00 pm     26 S. Plainfield            7:00 am–11:00 am
30 Clifton–ASB             7:00 am–11:00 am   28 CPPC                     7:00 am–10:00 am    27 Oakland-ASB/GD           7:00 am–11:00 am
31 Clifton–GD              7:00 am–11:00 am   29 Jersey City–GD           7:00 am–11:00 am    28 Bergen Gen               7:00 am–10:00 am
                                              30 Central Div–Elizabeth    7:00 am–10:00 am    31 Southern Div–Bellmawr
september                                                                                                                 7:00 am–10:00 am

1 CMS                      7:00 am–11:00 am   oCtober
2 Summit                   6:00 am–12:00 pm   3 Burlington Gen            7:00 am–10:00 am
                                                                                              november
6 Metro–Clifton            7:00 am–12:00 pm                                                   1 Southern Div–Lawrenceville
                                              3 Lawrenceburg, IN          6:00 am–10:00 am
                                                                                                                         7:00 am–3:00 pm
7 Metro–Irvington          7:00 am–10:00 am   4 Audubon Service & Dist.
                                                                                              2 Southern Div–Moorsetown
8 Trenton Gas              7:00 am–11:00 am                               7:00 am–11:00 am
                                                                                                                       7:00 am–3:00 pm
9 Hackensack–CO            7:00 am–11:30 am   5 Burlington–CO             7:00 am–10:00 am
                                                                                              3 Camden CSC                7:30 am–10:00 am
12 Oradell-ASB/GD          7:00 am–11:00 am   6 Harmon Cove                8:00 am–4:00 pm
                                                                                              3 East Gate/Cherry Hill     12:00 pm–3:00 pm
13 Jersey City ASB         7:30 am–10:00 am   7 Fleet Maintenance         7:30 am–12:00 pm
                                                                                              TBA Albany, NY              7:00 am–10:00 am
14 Maplewood               7:00 am–12:30 pm   11 Roseland                 12:30 pm–4:00 pm
14 Bridgeport, CT          7:00 am–12:00 pm




                                  Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Workers, Healthy Company
 
Health and Productivity
 What’s Your Number?                                 by Michael Beaudoin, Health Promotion Manager




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          o you “know your numbers” and, more importantly,
          do you know what they mean?
             Cardiovascular disease screenings will be taking
place throughout the company from mid-August through
early November (see the schedule on page 2). These screen-
ings offer a great opportunity to measure your numbers and
see if you are at an increased risk for developing heart disease.
Below is a guide outlining the numbers you will learn about
when you participate in the screenings. How will your num-
bers measure up?

total Cholesterol (tC)

<200                      Desirable
200–239                   Borderline
>240                      Increased risk
hDl “Good” Cholesterol                                              blood pressure

Prevents cholesterol from building                                  The amount of pressure exerted on the walls of your
up in the arteries. Higher numbers are better!                      arteries through the heart’s pumping action. Systolic (top
>60                       Desirable                                 number) is the pressure exerted when the heart beats and
41–59                     Borderline                                forces blood out of the heart. Diastolic (bottom number)
<40                       Increased risk                            is the pressure exerted in between heartbeats. Only one
                                                                    of the numbers needs to be elevated for a diagnoses of
tC/hDl–ratio
                                                                    hypertension.
<3.9                      Desirable
                                                                    <120/<80                Desirable
4.0–4.9                   Borderline
                                                                    121/81–139/89           Borderline
>5.0                      Increased risk
                                                                    >140/>90                Increased risk
lDl “bad” Cholesterol
                                                                    Glucose (blood sugar)
Main source of cholesterol that causes buildup and block-
                                                                    65–110                  Desirable
ages in the arteries. Lower numbers are better!
                                                                    111–199                 Borderline
<100                      Desirable                                 >200                    Increased risk
130–159                   Borderline
                                                                    bmi (body mass index)
>160                      Increased risk
                                                                    18.5–24.9               Desirable
triglycerides
                                                                    25–29.9                 Borderline (overweight)
Another form of fat in blood. Levels that are in the bor-           >30                     Increased risk (obese)
derline category or above can indicate an increased risk of
heart disease.
<150                      Desirable
150–199                   Borderline
>200                      Increased risk


                                                                                                                                 
Our Safety Culture
 Look Around PSEG—Prevention Really Works!
 P
         revention Works, PSEG’s comprehensive injury preven-          imbalance of the body’s tissues, causing early fatigue,
         tion initiative, which is focused on preventing muscu-        discomfort, and ultimately, breakdown of the machine.
         loskeletal disorders (e.g., pains, sprains, and strains),       It doesn’t have to be this way. By acting to keep our risks
 continues to gain ground in linking every person’s health             in check, we can count on our working tissues to support
 directly to our total safety and well-being. And at many              us both on and off the job, well into the future.
 levels—it’s working!
                                                                       evolvinG to meet ChanGinG neeDs
    To those closely involved, this is not a surprise. “Keeping
 the human machine well maintained, which includes ample                  The Prevention Works initiative has continued to evolve
 attention to the four key wellness areas—aerobic (cardio-             since its start in September 2004.
 respiratory) conditioning, flexibility, strength/stability, and       X More groups are participating, including the fossil
 nutrition—is yielding predictable results for the people utiliz-      plants, which had originally decided to run a pilot at
 ing this great resource: more energy, less illness, and less pain,”   Power Connecticut, but have recently gotten underway.
 says Mike Eisenhart, Physical Therapist and clinical team lead        X Creative ideas and strategies have emerged, including an
 for the Prevention Works initiative (contracted through Pro-          “Early Injury Response System” using the Prevention Works
 Activity Associates, LLC).                                            team, which rolled out in Gas Delivery in mid-June.
    However for some, the results have been quicker or even            X Additional avenues have been explored to ensure all bases
 better than expected. For Joe Byelick, a 31-year old Service          are covered including an integration of work performed by
 Technician Apprentice out of Orange Gas Shop, the results             the Prevention Works team, the medical department, the ergo-
 were excellent. He had this to say: “I was having pain in my          nomics subcommittee of the culture team, and work being
 shoulder that was really intense every morning. I was in              done through the job site observation process.
 touch with Neal (Davis), my division safety coordinator, who
 arranged for me to be seen by the Pro-Activity therapist. The         results anD outComes
 therapist gave me some stretches and exercises that I could do          Although it is somewhat early to judge the impact the
 at home and in the gym. It worked really well for me, I only          Prevention Works initiative has had on PSEG as a whole,
 had two sessions, and just today I was thinking that I couldn’t       there have been some interesting findings so far:
 remember the last time it hurt—it’s totally resolved.”                X In a group of 119 associates who completed a comfort
 brinGinG it all toGether                                              survey prior to, and following, the mini-clinic portion of
                                                                       the Prevention Works initiative, self-reported discomfort was
   One of the primary objectives of the Prevention Works
                                                                       reduced by an average of 34.67 percent across all body regions
 initiative is to help PSEG associates understand the direct
                                                                       (with greatest average reduction at the elbow: 50.33 percent).
 connection between various risks they face and current or
                                                                       This group averaged 4.1 visits with the therapist over the 10-
 future musculoskeletal disorders and disease. This is achieved
                                                                       week mini-clinic period at their location.
 through:
 1. Manager/supervisor training (held twice annually).                 X In a group of 96 associates seeking consultation for a wide
                                                                       variety of concerns (across eight different lines of business),
 2. Initial training (one time per participating location).
                                                                       resting blood pressure was reduced from an average 132/84
 3. Quarterly refreshers (four times per year at each                  to 123/81 and average low back extension time and average
    participating location).                                           core abdomen hold time (both related to future back pain)
 4. New hire training (organized twice annually).                      improved 44.16 percent and 41.37 percent respectively, follow-
 5. Mini-clinic (Free, one-on-one, behind closed doors                 ing the mini-clinic portion of the initiative.
    consultations held at each participating PSEG location                The Prevention Works initiative continues to have great
    twice annually).                                                   potential for many of our people, including those who have
   Both work-related risks (e.g., awkward or over-extended             discomfort and those who would like to prevent future prob-
 positions, whole body vibration) and lifestyle-related risks          lems. Years of clinical research has confirmed one of the most
 (e.g., high blood pressure, sedentary lifestyle, obesity) come        basic laws of nature—the human body performs best when it
 together to create a tissue environment that almost is toxic          is well maintained and receives good care. Keep an eye out at
 and accelerates age-related body changes. The result is chronic       your location for the Prevention Works team—they can help
                                                                       you to start working well! Y
  
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Safety FY.I.
backpack safety                                                      Is It a True Emergency?
 S   chool students



                                                                     A
                                                                              voiding the emergency room whenever possible saves
     of any age need
                                                                              time, stress, and money. However, it’s crucial to be
 to carry their sup-
                                                                              able to recognize true emergencies.
 plies with them.
                                                                        Seek emergency help immediately if you encounter these
 However, doctors
                                                                     situations:
 are seeing chil-
                                                                     heart attack. Severe pain in the middle of the chest, pain in
 dren with back,
                                                                     the jaw or upper back, numbness (not by itself), or pain that
 neck, and shoulder
                                                                     spreads to arms (especially left arm), shortness of breath, and
 injuries caused by
                                                                     cold sweats.
 carrying backpacks
 that are too heavy,                                                 stroke. Sudden  fainting, dizziness, slurred speech, changes
 too large, or poorly                                                in vision, stupor, disorientation, and/or marked weakness
 designed. In some                                                   on one side of the face or in one or more extremities on the
 cases, the children                                                 same side of the body.
 simply are carry-                                                   shock. Pale, clammy  skin; weak, rapid heartbeat with shallow,
 ing their backpacks                                                 hurried breathing; lackluster eyes; cool extremities, confusion,
 incorrectly.                                                        and possible agitation. Keep the person calm and still.
 The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recom-                     loss of consciousness. The   person will not waken or rouse.
 mends looking for these features when you buy a                     Feel for a pulse and listen for breathing while you watch to
 backpack for your child:                                            see if the chest rises and falls.
 ✢ Wide padded shoulder straps that won’t dig into                                                    may indicate a severe allergic
                                                                     extreme difficulty breathing. This
    the shoulders and impair circulation.                            reaction, an asthma attack, or something caught in the throat.
 ✢ Padded back to protect your child’s back from                     severe bleeding. Callfor help if bleeding is very severe or does
    sharp objects inside the pack.                                   not stop after you have applied direct pressure for 10 minutes.
 To prevent injury, the AAP advises:                                          F or higher (rectal temperature in an infant less
                                                                     fever. 103
 ✢ The backpack and its contents should never weigh                  than 3 months of age).
    more than 10 to 20 percent of the student’s body                 severe vomiting or diarrhea, especially             in infants.
    weight. For example, a child weighing 80 pounds
                                                                     poisoning. Breath that smells like chemicals, nausea and
    should carry no more than a 16-pound backpack.
                                                                     vomiting, difficulty breathing, bluish lips, stupor, weakness,
 ✢ Always use both shoulder straps. Avoid slinging the               heart palpitations. Call the U.S. Poison Control Center at
    backpack over one shoulder.                                      800.222.1222.
 ✢ Pack heavier items closest to the center of the                     Always check to see if the victim is wearing a medical
    backpack. Off-center loads can cause muscle strain.              emergency bracelet such as MedicAlert . It also is a good idea
                                                                                                                           TM




 ✢ Consider using a rolling backpack. Remember they                  to learn CPR through your local chapter of the American Red
    still must be carried up steps and may not be prac-              Cross or American Heart Association. Y
                                                                     For more information: American Red Cross, www.redcross.org
    tical in bad weather. Y
 For more information: American Academy of Pediatrics, www.aap.org




                                                                                                                                       5
Informed Health Consumer

 saving on medications                                                                             This series explores various supplements,
                                                                                                   methods, and practices commonly used in
                                                                                                   complementary and alternative medicine,
                                                                                                   or CAM.


T                                                                                                  Homeopathy
        he high cost of prescription drugs is a major concern for
        all of us.
           These tips may help you save money at the pharmacy:
➺ shop around: Unless you need your medicine right away, take the
                                                                                                   H      omeopathy is a medical system based on
                                                                                                          the idea that every person has a self-healing
                                                                                                   response. People use homeopathy to treat
  time for comparison shopping. Some retailers compete by match-
                                                                                                   a range of health concerns, from wellness to
  ing the lowest price available in your area.
                                                                                                   the treatment of injuries, diseases, and chronic
➺ ask about generics: A   generic drug contains the same active ingre-
                                                                                                   conditions.
     dients in the same dosage and strength as a brand-name drug.
                                                                                                   What is homeopathic treatment?
➺ Check your plan formulary: Your     health plan’s drug formulary
     maintains a list of commonly prescribed drugs, usually in a tier                              Homeopathic practitioners try to stimulate the

     system, according to the copayments for the various medications                               body’s defenses by giving extremely small doses

     that treat a particular condition. Ask your doctor if drugs with                              of substances that would cause symptoms of ill-

     lower copayments are right for you.                                                           ness when given in larger doses. This approach is
                                                                                                   called “like cures like.” Homeopathic medicines,
➺ a about samples: Your
   sk                        doctor may be able to give you free
                                                                                                   taken with the supervision of trained profession-
     manufacturer’s samples that are appropriate for short-term
                                                                                                   als, are safe and are unlikely to be harmful. Some
     conditions such as bacterial infections (e.g., sinusitis).
                                                                                                   are so highly watered down that not one mol-
➺ use mail order: If  you take medication on a regular basis for                                   ecule of the original substance remains. Remedies
     a chronic condition such as asthma, arthritis, or high blood                                  are regulated like other over-the-counter drugs
     pressure, ordering larger quantities (60- to 90-day supply)                                   and are available without a prescription.
     through a prescription mail service offers considerable savings
                                                                                                   Does it work?
     and convenience.
                                                                                                   Homeopathy has been subject to much debate in
➺ try discount cards: You may be eligible for drug discount cards
                                                                                                   scientific circles. According to the National Center
     offered by manufacturers for certain medications. Your doctor
                                                                                                   for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
     may have information about available discount programs.
                                                                                                   (NCCAM), a number of the key homeopathic con-
➺ Divide the dose: In     certain circumstances, some medications are                              cepts do not follow the laws of science (particu-
     cheaper when purchased at a higher dose than you require. Ask                                 larly chemistry and physics). The results of clinical
     your doctor if it is appropriate for you to purchase a double-dose                            trials, reviews, and analyses of homeopathy have
     of your medication and split the tablets in                                                   been contradictory or are very controversial. Yet
     half before you take them. Note: Not all med-                                                 some people feel that if homeopathy appears to
     ications can be split without altering their                                                  be helpful and safe, then scientifically valid proof
     effectiveness.                                                                                and explanations are not needed.
➺ Get a yearly checkup: Once     a year, take all                                                  As with other CAM treatments, discuss your
     your medications and dietary supplements                                                      interest in homeopathy with your primary care
     to your doctor and pharmacist. They may be                                                    physician, especially if you have a chronic health
     able to suggest less expensive alternatives, or                                               condition, are pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Y
     your doctor may find that some medications                                                    For more information: National Center for Complementary and Alternative
                                                                                                   Medicine, www.nccam.nih.gov
     are no longer necessary. Y
For more information: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, www.fda.gov




 
                                                                       Next   issue :   ReAdiNg   dRug lAbels
 Your Mind

Stay Sharp, Keep Learning

M
            ore and more adults are finding value in                         personal enhancement
            lifelong learning. In fact, a student’s ability to
                                                                                Beyond the workplace, you
            learn, contribute, and compete is not determined
                                                                             can expand your personal hori-               Dr. Binetti manages behavioral
by his or her age. Older students have the advantages of
                                                                             zons by taking a history course,             health issues for the PSEG
greater experience, self-knowledge, and wisdom that often                                                                 Medical Department.
                                                                             studying a new language, or
make learning easier and more meaningful.
                                                                             learning a new computer appli-
professional advancement                                                     cation. Meeting new people and exploring ideas will broaden
  Continuing your education enhances your employability.                     your understanding of the world. As a bonus, actively devel-
In today’s competitive business climate, you can stay current                oping your personal interests can help create a better balance
with in-demand job skills by taking advantage of any avail-                  between your work life and home life.
able on-the-job training programs or community education                        Your education doesn’t have to stop at any time in your
programs. By showing your interest in upgrading your skills,                 life. In fact, it’s never too late to earn your GED or go to
you’ll send a positive message that you’re interested in per-                college. Consult with EAP by calling 800.430.0747 to
sonal advancement and improvement.                                           discuss your interest in continuing your education. Y




                                      Asking Effective Questions
                                                                                         by Rob Baldino, CSW, MBA, CEAP


  Your                                                    D     oing your job well
                                                                requires good communi-
                                                          cation skills. Specifically, you
                                                                                                • follow up with specific questions that will
                                                                                                give you the information you want.

                                                                                                • use positive body language. You'll seem




      E
                                                          have to be able to get the            more persuasive by making eye contact than
                                                          information you need from             if you appear agitated and distracted.
                                                          others on a regular basis.
                                                                                                • be nonthreatening. Avoid questions such as
                                                          Asking good questions can
                                                                                                “Why didn’t you ...” or “How could you ...,”
                                                          make this task much easier.




      A
                                                                                                which put the other person on the defensive.
                                                          Keep these tips in mind:
                                                                                                • remember timing. Ask your questions at
                                          • what’s your goal? Decide what are you try-
                                                                                                a time when they can be well received. Ex-
                                          ing to accomplish before asking a question.
                                                                                                cess noise or other distractions weaken your
                                          • start with broad, open-ended questions.             message.




      P
                                          People will be more willing to share informa-
                                                                                                Good communication skills can be learned
                                          tion with you and tell you what they want.
                                                                                                and refined. Contact EAP at 800.430.0747 if
                                          • be a good listener. After you ask a question,       your communication skills are hindering your
                                          really listen to the answer. Listening to others      effectiveness on the job or in your personal
                                          makes them more likely to listen to you.              relationships. Y
Rob Baldino, CSW, MBA, CEAP,
is the director of PSEG’s award-winning
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
and CEO of Care Plus Solutions.




                                                                                                                                                     
Fitness and You
Heart Attack Warning Signs
        by Michael Beaudoin, Health Promotion Manager, under contract for PSEG




A
          heart attack is a frightening event, and you probably     goes away and comes back. The
          don’t want to think about it. But, if you learn the       discomfort can feel like uncom-
          signs of a heart attack and what steps to take, you can   fortable pressure, squeezing, full-
save a life—maybe your own.                                         ness, or pain.
   Many people think a heart attack is sudden and intense,          Discomfort in other areas of the
like a heart attack you see in the movies, where a person           upper body, including pain or dis-
clutches his or her chest and falls over. The truth is that many    comfort in one or both arms, the
heart attacks start slowly as a mild pain or discomfort. If you     back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
feel such symptoms, you may not be sure what’s wrong. Your
                                                                    shortness of breath often comes along with chest discomfort.
symptoms may even come and go. Even people who have had
                                                                    But it also can occur before chest discomfort.
a heart attack may not recognize their symptoms, because the
next attack can have different symptoms. Women may not              other symptoms may   include breaking out in a cold sweat,
think they’re at risk of having a heart attack, but they are.       nausea, or lightheadedness.
   It’s vital to learn the warning signs of a heart attack, which      Learn the signs, but also remember: Even if you’re not sure
include:                                                            it’s a heart attack, you should still have it checked out. Fast
Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the      action can save lives! Y
center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or      Source: National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, www.nhlbi.nih.gov



Reduce Your Heart Attack Risk
 1. Learn your family history of heart       4. High cholesterol. When there is too                 3 Prevent and control high cholesterol.
 disease, then tell your doctor.             much cholesterol (a fat-like substance)                6. Lose weight and keep it off. This calls
 2. Cigarette smoking greatly increases      in the blood, it builds up in the walls                for a change of lifestyle that combines
 the risk of fatal and nonfatal heart        of arteries. Over time, this buildup nar-              sensible eating with regular physical
 attacks in both men and women.              rows the arteries, which slows or blocks               activity—not a temporary effort to
 It also increases the risk of a second      blood flow to the heart. If the blood                  drop pounds quickly. Talk with your
 heart attack among survivors. Women         supply to a portion of the heart is cut                health care provider about developing
 who smoke and use oral contraceptives       off completely, a heart attack results.                an action plan, which includes a heart-
 have a greater risk than women who          Cholesterol levels are affected by diet,               healthy, low-calorie nutritious eating
 only smoke. The good news is that quit-     weight, physical activity, age, gender,                plan, and physical activity.
 ting smoking greatly reduces the risk of    and heredity.                                          7. Be physically active, which reduces
 heart attack. One year after quitting,      5. Prediabetes. To reduce the risk of dia-             the risk of heart-related problems,
 the risk drops to about one-half that       betes and heart disease, you should:                   including heart attack. Physical activity
 of current smokers and gradually                                                                   can improve cholesterol levels, help con-
                                             3 Follow a heart-healthy eating plan,
 returns to normal, in those without                                                                trol high blood pressure and diabetes,
                                             which is low in saturated fat and choles-
 heart disease.                                                                                     and manage weight. It also increases
                                             terol, and moderate in total fat.
                                                                                                    physical fitness, promotes psychological
 3. Prevent or control high blood pres-      3 Aim for a healthy weight.
                                                                                                    well-being and self-esteem, and reduces
 sure by losing excess weight; becoming      3 Be physically active each day. Try to
                                                                                                    depression and anxiety.
 physically active; following a heart-       do 30 minutes of moderate-intensity
 healthy eating plan, including foods        physical activity such as brisk walking on             Talk with your local Wellness Rep or
 lower in salt and sodium; limiting alco-    most, if not all, days of the week.                    visit the WellPower Web site at
 hol intake; and, if you are prescribed a    3 Don’t smoke.                                         www.pseg.com/benefits under "Health
 medication, taking it as directed.          3 Prevent or control high blood                        & Wellness Focus" for information about
                                             pressure.                                              all the programs offered by PSEG. Y



 
Health and Wellness
                                                                                   ➻   infection and skin disease
 Ron Mack, MD, is PSEG’s medical director.
                                                                                   ➻   painful ulcers

ASk DR.                                                                            ➻   taste impairment



MACk
                                                                                   Q. what signs and symptoms would alert me
                                                                                      to dental health problems?
                                                                                   a. See your dentist right away if you have:
About                                                                              ➻   bleeding, swollen, tender gums
Diabetes and                                                                       ➻   pus between the teeth and gums

Dental Health                                                                      ➻   persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
                                                                                   ➻   loose or separating permanent teeth
                                                                                   ➻   change in the way your teeth fit together when
Q. i have just been diagnosed with diabetes. are there                                 you bite, or change in the way your dentures fit
   any additional risks for dental problems because of                Q. what can i do to lower the chances of having
   my diabetes?                                                          these problems?
a. There are several oral health problems associated with             a. Tell your dentist you have diabetes. Having professional
    diabetes, including:                                                  cleanings and examinations will help your dentist spot
➻   tooth decay                                                           developing problems and begin treatment. The most criti-
➻   gum disease                                                           cal thing you can do, next to brushing and flossing daily,
                                                                          is keep your blood glucose controlled properly. Y
➻   salivary gland dysfunction, dry mouth
                                                                      For more information: See page 10.
➻   fungal infections


 Water Fun

                               T   here’s still plenty of summer
                                   weather left to enjoy a refresh-
                               ing dip in the pool, lake, or ocean.
                                                                       ❂ Don’t drink and swim (or boat). Alcohol impairs athletic
                                                                           ability and judgment, making swimming or piloting a boat
                                                                           extremely dangerous.
                               Sensible safety and health precau-        est
                                                                       ❂ t the waters. Avoid diving into unfamiliar water until
                               tions can assure you and your fam-          you have determined how deep it is. Jump feet first before
                               ily have experiences that leave only        attempting to dive.
                               happy memories!
                                                                       ❂ stay afloat. Wear an approved safety vest when boating,
    Establish safety rules for your entire family, and be sure             rafting, or water skiing.
    everyone understands and follows them. These suggestions
                                                                       ❂ watch the sun. Keep track of the time you’re spending in
    can help:
                                                                           the sun. Wear sunscreen, cover up, seek shade, and wear
    ❂ learn to swim. This is the most obvious rule, and one of             sunglasses.
       the most important. However, the American Academy of
                                                                       ❂ be vigilant. Keep a first aid kit and emergency phone
       Pediatrics advises against swimming lessons for children
                                                                           numbers available, and take a course in CPR. In any near
       under the age of 4.
                                                                           drowning incident, complications can occur quickly, so get
    ❂ never swim alone. Always swim with a friend or family                prompt medical attention. Y
       member, preferably in the vicinity of a trained lifeguard.




                                                                                                                                      
Approaches for Change
                                                wellness
                                      Coach    elizabeth a. alcorn, DDs
                                                                                       Dental Health


                                                                                       Y    ou may know that by taking
                                                                                            good care of your teeth, you can
                                                                                       avoid cavities and make sure your
Elizabeth Alcorn has practiced general dentistry for 17 years. Her rural homestead,    teeth last a lifetime. But, did you
which she shares with her husband, two daughters, and several horses, is a welcome     know that regular brushing, floss-
contrast to her demanding professional practice.
                                                                                       ing, and visits to the dentist also will
                                                                                       help assure that you stay healthy?
                                                                                       Good dental health is more than just




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                                                                                       avoiding cavities: The consequences
            hen it comes to protecting the health of your teeth and mouth, your
            best offense is a great defense. With regular visits to the dentist and    of poor mouth health can affect more
            careful daily care, you can prevent a number of serious conditions,        than just your teeth.
including gum disease, cavities, and oral cancer. Your dentist is your most valu-      ✥ periodontal disease is an infection
able partner for avoiding serious oral health problems. When you see your den-         that attacks the gums and structures
tist—ordinarily about every 6 months (more frequently if you have ongoing dental       that support the teeth and keep them
conditions)—problems caught early are simple and usually inexpensive to fix.
                                                                                       in place. This infection can lead to
   Here are some tips to remember:
                                                                                       tooth loss, and bacteria from peri-
u floss your teeth once a day, ideally at bedtime. This gives your mouth a break
                                                                                       odontal disease can travel through
    from the bacteria. Dental floss is the best insurance for removing bacteria from
                                                                                       the bloodstream to other parts of
    between your teeth.
                                                                                       the body, potentially causing serious
u try to brush after every meal with a soft toothbrush. Choose a toothbrush with the
                                                                                       health problems such as blood clots,
  American Dental Association seal of approval, which assures that the toothbrush
                                                                                       heart infections, pneumonia, early
  is safe and effective.
                                                                                       labor in childbirth, and difficulty reg-
u add an antibacterial mouthwash—with ingredients such as those in Listerine®—
                                                                                       ulating blood glucose for people with
  to your daily care. Your dentist may prescribe a stronger mouthwash if necessary.
                                                                                       diabetes. Warning signs include red,
u eat a balanced diet. Remember:
                                                                                       swollen gums, loose teeth, and bleed-
  –Avoid sticky “white” foods such as chips and cookies.
                                                                                       ing when you brush your teeth.
    –Choose low-sugar, high-fiber snacks.
                                                                                       ✥ oral cancer. During your dental
    –Chew sugarless gum after meals (when you can’t brush) to help remove plaque.      checkup, your dentist or hygienist
    –Foods with a high-alkaline content, such as cheddar cheese and bittersweet,       will examine you for signs of oral
     dark chocolate, neutralize the acid formed by bacteria.                           cancer. Signs may include whitish or
   The number one cause of oral cancer is the use of                                      red spots, or other changes in the
alcohol and tobacco together—a deadly combina-                                            color of tissues; a lump, thicken-
tion, as oral cancers are very disfiguring and can                                        ing, rough spot, crust, or eroded
be fatal. Unfortunately, the survival rate for oral                                       area; pain, tenderness, or numb-
cancers has not improved since the 1940s, generally                                       ness, difficulty chewing, swallow-
because the cancers are not detected until the later
                                                                                          ing, speaking, or moving jaw or
stages. Your dentist should always perform an exam-
                                                                                          tongue; a sore that bleeds or does
ination of the tissues of the mouth, lips, and tongue
                                                                                          not heal; or a lump or mass in the
during routine checkups. Y
                                                                                          neck. Y
For more information: American Dental Association, www.ada.org




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LifeStyle
Benefits of
Strength Training


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                                                                 Super
                                                                 F oods
          hile most of us aren’t looking to
          build bulging muscles and probably
aren’t interested in lifting heavy weights,
research has shown that moderate strength
training is beneficial for most adults. Here
are some compelling reasons:                                     Really?
❂ improved physical performance. Strength



                                                                 A
training increases muscle size, strength, and                              s the old saying
endurance.                                                                 goes, “An apple
❂ bone health. Studies show that strength
                                                                           a day keeps the
training increases bone density and reduces
                                                                 doctor away.” Now scien-
the risk of fractures in postmenopausal
                                                                 tific research may be verify-
women aged 50 to 70.
                                                                 ing some of that homegrown wisdom.
                                                                    Functional foods are those that research has shown to have
❂ posture. Improved posture not only
                                                                 health-promoting ingredients or components beyond basic nutri-
enhances your appearance, but also
                                                                 tion. They include whole foods, fortified, enriched, or enhanced
improves your breathing, improves balance,
                                                                 foods, and dietary supplements.
and takes stress off the abdomen.
                                                                    Biologically active components have been discovered in many
❂ Decreased risk of injury. Improved muscle                      foods, and the potential benefits of these foods have been identi-
tone, flexibility, and balance reduce the risk                   fied. For instance, apples and other foods contain phenols, which
of falling. Strong, conditioned muscles are                      contribute to healthy vision and heart health. Similarly, compo-
less likely to be injured when overused or                       nents in dietary fiber (oat bran), fatty acids (walnuts, flax, fish
misused.                                                         oil), soy protein (soy beans), carotenoids (carrots, tomatoes), and
❂ arthritis pain management. Studies at                          flavonoids (berries, tea) are being researched vigorously to learn
Tufts University showed that strength train-                     more about the role they play in growth, development, and dis-
ing reduced pain significantly, improved                         ease prevention.
clinical signs and symptoms, and decreased                          While science is giving us more and more useful informa-
disability in osteoarthritis.                                    tion about the healthful properties of the foods we eat, the fact
❂ weight management. Muscle mass pro-                            remains that no single food or supplement is a magic bullet for
motes higher metabolic rate. Muscle tissue                       health. Unfortunately, the media frequently is quick to promote
burns calories faster than fat.                                  “super foods” or vitamin combinations with supposed extraordi-
                                                                 nary properties. It’s true that many functional foods may contrib-
Before you begin any exercise program,
                                                                 ute to good health, but these beneficial foods should be included
talk with your doctor if you have a chronic
                                                                 in your diet along with a wide variety of other foods as part of
health condition or if you have been inac-
                                                                 your healthy lifestyle. Y
tive. A successful strength training program
                                                                 For more information: Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, www.healthierus.gov/guidelines
should always be done with the guidance                          International Food Information Council, www.ific.org
of a skilled professional trainer. Y
For more information: The Amercian College of Sports Medicine,
www.acsm.org




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 Your Work
                                                                                                    WoRk
                                                                                                    Desk Stretches
                                                                                                                     Perks          ™




                                                                                                    S   itting in one position at your
                                                                                                        work station for long peri-
                                                                                                    ods can cause neck and back
                                                                                                    pain, irritability, headaches, and
                                                                                                    eye strain. Try these stretches:




  Praising for Good
                                                                                                    Shoulder/arm stretch



H
           ow do you encourage people to          ☛ be sincere. Your message will have more         ➽ Sit or stand with your back
                                                                                                    straight.
           work hard, or your children to             impact when it is genuine and honest.
           keep their grades up? Although                                                           ➽ Place your hands above your
                                                  ☛ whenever possible, make it public. If you
money and other incentives are considered                                                           head—arms behind your ears—
                                                      want to make someone stand 10-feet
                                                                                                    with fingers interlaced and palms
important rewards for good performance,               tall, praise him or her in front of family,   facing the ceiling.
recognition motivates most of us. And                 friends, or co-workers.
                                                                                                    ➽ Press toward the ceiling until
praising is one way to give that recogni-
                                                  ☛ Do it immediately. If you see a positive        you feel the stretch.
tion—everyone appreciates positive feed-
                                                      action, let the person know about it right    ➽ Hold for 15 seconds, then
back for a job well done.
                                                      away.                                         relax.
   Try to make a conscious effort to
praise others. However, one kind of               ☛ be as precise and specific as possible.         ➽ Repeat three times.

praise does not fit everyone. Getting                 Avoid just telling the person, “Good job.”
to know each person’s personality,                    Explain why you are pleased and encour-
                                                                                                    Side
needs, fears, and expectations can                    age continued excellence. For example:
                                                                                                    stretch
help you praise appropriately.                        “We congratulate Team 10 for reducing
                                                                 reworks by 60 percent over the     ➽ Sit or

                                           s for the w last 3 months. Your out-
   When the time comes to hand
                                                                                                    stand with
out the gold stars, remember             d
these tips:                           or                               standing progress and
                                                                                                    your back
                                                                                                    straight
                                w




                                                              is




                                       Praise out of season,             attention to detail is
                                                                e




☛ praise should fit the                                                                             and your
    achievement. A 5-min-             or tactlessly bestowed,             deeply appreciated.”      hands
    ute compliment for                 can freeze the heart                  Finally, if someone    together, reaching overhead.
    taking out the trash is             as much as blame.                 praises you, accept       ➽ While exhaling, bend from the
    as inappropriate as a                                                 the compliment and        waist, with control, to an
                                                –Pearl S. Buck                                      11 o’clock position; hold for
    casual “thank you” for                                               express your thanks. Y
    completing 6 months’                                                                            15 seconds, then inhale as you
                                                                                                    return to the starting position.
    work on a difficult project.
                                                                                                    ➽ Repeat three times on
                                                                                                    each side. Y
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SafetyConnection
SUMMER HEALTH & SAFETY TIPS
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
                                                             by Tom Galvin, Corporate Health & Safety Advisor




D
          r. Julie Gerberding, CDC       injured or killed in boating accidents.
          director, recently discussed   Drowning is the second leading cause
          the importance of taking       of injury-related death for children
simple, common sense precautions         age 14 and under. Follow these com-
that everyone can do to help keep        mon-sense precautions for safe sum-
families safe as they enjoy the sum-     mer fun in the water:
mer. “I encourage everyone to get out    _ An adult should supervise young
and be active—and play it safe—this         children closely any time they are
summer.”                                    swimming, playing, or even bath-
                                            ing in water.
sun anD heat
   More than a million cases of the      _ Never swim alone or in unsuper-
most common forms of skin cancer           vised locations. Teach your children
are diagnosed each year. Protect your-     always to swim with a buddy.
self during the day when the sun’s       _ Never drink alcohol before or while
UV (ultraviolet) rays are strongest        swimming, boating, or water ski-
(between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.)         ing. And never drink alcohol while
by wearing long sleeves and pants and      supervising children.
applying sunscreen and protective lip    _ Learn to swim. Swimming lessons          _ Cook meat, poultry, and seafood
balm with an SPF of 15 or higher. Be       benefit adults and children older          thoroughly. Use a meat thermome-
sure to reapply frequently, especially     than age 4.                                ter to be sure your grilled meats are
after swimming.                          _ Maintain your pool properly to             done. Ground beef, for example,
   Heat exposure caused 8,015 deaths       help prevent the spread of infec-          should be cooked to an internal
from 1979 to 1999. The elderly, the        tious diseases. Never swallow water        temperature of 160 F.
very young, and people with chronic        from a pool, lake, or river.             _ Don’t cross-contaminate one food
health problems are most at risk.
                                                                                      with another. Wash your hands,
Even healthy people can fall victim      fooD safety
                                                                                      utensils, and cutting boards after
to summer heat. Take the following          Summer is the season for outdoor          they have been in contact with raw
precautions:                             barbecues and picnics, however, food-        meat or poultry and before they
_ Drink plenty of water or other         related illness can put a damper on          touch another food.
   nonalcoholic beverages.               those outdoor fests. CDC estimates
                                                                                    _ Bacteria can grow quickly at room
_ Wear lightweight, loose-fitting,       that 76 million Americans get sick
                                                                                      temperature, so refrigerate leftover
  light-colored clothing.                from food-related illness every year.
                                                                                      foods promptly.
_ Limit strenuous activities to          More than 300,000 end up hospital-
                                         ized, and about 5,000 die each year        _ Wash produce thoroughly to
  the cooler parts of the day.
                                         from food-borne illness. Protect your-       remove visible dirt, and discard
water safety                             self and your friends and family in          the outermost leaves of a head of
  Thousands of Americans drown           these ways:                                  lettuce or cabbage. Y
each year, and thousands more are

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ChronicCondition

Understanding Eczema

E
        czema, or dermatitis, is a general term for inflamma-     ➤ Contact dermatitis. An
        tion of the skin. Anyone can get eczema, but it is more     irritation or an allergy
        common in children and infants. It affects about 10         can occur on areas of
percent of infants and 3 percent of the total population in the     the skin that have come
United States. Eczema includes skin conditions such as:             in contact with the
➤ atopic dermatitis. An inherited condition characterized by        identified substance
   dry, sensitive, itchy skin.                                      such as poison ivy, or
                                                                    exposure to chemicals
Q&A                                                                 or harsh soaps.

Q. what are the signs and symptoms of eczema?                     ➤ seborrheic dermatitis. Commonly called “dandruff ” when
                                                                    it occurs on the scalp, it can affect the face and chest, and
a. Eczema may cause the following:
                                                                    the creases of the arms, legs and groin. It causes the skin to
✘ Mild to severe itching                                            look a little greasy and scaly or flaky.
✘ Red, raised skin lesions                                        ➤ nummular dermatitis. Coin-shaped eczema spots on the
✘ Cracked, dry, or scaly skin                                       legs that possibly are caused by skin dryness.
✘ Peeling skin                                                      Most of the time, bouts of eczema come and go, but dur-
✘ Oozing and crusting (in severe cases)                           ing dry winter months, eczema can linger for weeks and can
                                                                  be difficult to soothe. Eczema can flare up for any number of
Q. what can i do to relieve eczema?
                                                                  reasons, including:
a. These approaches may help:                                     ➤ contact with harsh detergents, rough fabrics,
✘ Over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams and antihistamines          or cosmetics.
  may relieve itching.                                            ➤ poor sleep habits.
✘ Try calamine lotion for “weeping” eczema.                       ➤ emotional distress.
✘ In children, eggs, milk, and orange juice may cause skin        ➤ food allergies (about 10 percent of the time).
  rash; check with your doctor before eliminating foods from
                                                                  ➤ poor circulation in the legs.
  your child’s diet.
                                                                  ➤ compromised immune system.
✘ Apply cold, wet dressings to itchy areas.
                                                                     In babies and children, the itchy, crusting, oozing rash usu-
✘ Keep skin moist and well lubricated. Apply a therapeutic
                  ®      ®          ®
                                                                  ally occurs on the face and scalp. In adults and teens, the rash
  lotion (Eucerin , Keri , Lubriderm ) or baby oil immediately
                                                                  may occur on the feet and hands, inside of the elbows, backs
  after contact with water, before skin has had a chance to
                                                                  of the knees, wrists, face, neck, and upper chest.
  dry.
                                                                     Talk to your doctor if over-the-counter hydrocortisone
✘ Use soap sparingly, and choose nonsoap or superfatted           creams do not satisfactorily control itching; you suspect
  bath bars rich in lanolin, cocoa butter, or cleansing cream.    childhood eczema is caused by an allergy; or a scaly rash
✘ Avoid scratching, which could cause a secondary bacterial       appears on your face and is accompanied by unusual joint
  infection.                                                      pain and coughing. Y
                                                                  For more information: American Academy of Dermatology, www.aad.org
✘ Wear cotton or fabrics that don’t irritate skin.

✘ Wear rubber gloves (avoid latex products if you have a latex
  allergy) when cleaning or doing dishes.

✘ Manage stress. Y

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 SelfCare
                                                 What can I do for shoulder pain?
E
        very year, more than
        4 million Americans                                                                             If physician referral is not recommended at this time,
        see their doctors for                Signs and                        Call Your                 Try HomeCare :              TM


painful shoulder condi-                      Symptoms:                        Doctor if:                Heat/Cold                         Rest
tions that interfere with
                                             ✜ bursitis: mild to              ✜ Your arm is numb        • Apply an ice pack to the        • Rest an injured shoulder
their ability to do their
                                             severe pain with lim-            and weak and looks        injury for 20 minutes, four       for 48 hours.
jobs and enjoy recreational
                                             ited movement.                   out of position, or       to eight times a day.             •   Rest the joint for a few
activities. The shoulder
joint has the widest range                   ✜ rotator cuff tear:             you have pain and         •   For an old shoulder injury,   days if an activity aggra-
                                             constant pain, limited           tenderness and a          warm the joint before activ-      vates your shoulder pain.
of motion of any joint
                                             motion, pain at night.           bump on the middle        ity and apply an ice pack         Activity
in the body. Therefore, it
                                             ✜ frozen shoulder:               top of your shoulder.     afterwards.                       • Before using an injured
tends to be unstable and
                                             feels stiff and tight;           These may be signs of     Medication                        shoulder, warm it up by
can give rise to a vari-
                                             hard to lift arm over-           shoulder dislocation      • Try aspirin, naproxen, or       moving at 70 percent of
ety of painful problems.
                                             head, reach behind               or separation.            ibuprofen for pain and            maximum effort, and then
Although you may be able
to trace your shoulder pain                  back or across chest;            ✜ You have severe         stiffness.                        stretch it gently.
to a particular injury, most                 limited motion.                  pain, bruising, and       Cover                             Prevention
shoulder pain comes from                     ✜ arthritis: pain                redness after an inju-    • Wrap with an elastic ban-       • Allow some time to get
strain, overuse, general                     and swelling, limited            ry. This may indicate a   dage to reduce swelling and       into shape for your activity.
wear and tear over time,                     motion. Joint may feel fracture.                           add stability.                    •   Learn proper form for
or arthritis. Y                              warm.                  ✜ HomeCare does                                                       exercising and recreational
                                                                              not bring relief after                                      sports.
This article is intended to increase awareness of health and medical
care issues. None of the information in this text is intended to be a         1 week.
substitute for appropriate physician diagnosis and medical care.



         Reality Check                             Reality Check presents interactive tools to help you evaluate your health and well-
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                                                   being. It may be useful to share this information with your health care provider.


 Amsler Grid

                                                                                           M        acular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness
                                                                                                    in people over age 55. Initial symptoms include distor-
                                                                                           tion of vision, which causes straight lines to appear wavy.
                                                                                           Eventually, central vision is lost, making it difficult to read or
                                                                                           recognize faces. The Amsler grid can help identify early signs
                                                                                           of macular degeneration by detecting visual problems caused
                                                                                           by changes in your retina. To use the Amsler grid:

                                                                                           1. With good lighting, hold the chart at a comfortable
                                                                                               reading distance—about 12 to 14 inches away.

                                                                                           2. Wear your reading glasses or use the reading portion of
                                                                                               your bifocals.

                                                                                           3. Cover one eye and stare at the central dot on the grid.

                                                                                           4. Notice the pattern of lines and squares.

                                                                                           5. Repeat with the other eye.

                                                                                           If you see blurring or gray areas, areas of distortion, wavy
                                                                                           lines, or holes or spots in any areas of the grid, talk to your
  For more information: American Academy of Ophthalmology, www.aao.org                     eye care professional right away. Y
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                                                                                                       to help patients and their families know
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