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					              Messengers for Health
                                        July 2008

                       BILITAACHIIA IISAHPUA

                                   July Retreat
                            Tuesday and Wednesday
                                    July 14-15
                             Little Bighorn College

                              Meeting Highlight

Smoking Packs a Tougher Wallop for
MONDAY, May 4 (HealthDay News) -- Women may be more vulnerable than men to
cancer-causing ingredients in cigarettes, according to a new study.
In an examination of data on 683 people with lung cancer who had been referred to a
lung cancer center between 2000 and 2005, Swiss researchers found that female
patients tended to be younger when they developed the disease, even though they
tended to smoke significantly fewer cigarettes than men.
"Our findings suggest that women may have an increased susceptibility to tobacco
carcinogens," wrote Dr. Martin Frueh and colleagues. The study was to be presented
this week at the European Multidisciplinary Conference in Thoracic Oncology, in
Lugano, Switzerland.
The results add to growing evidence that smoking poses greater health risks to women
than men, according to the conference co-chair, Dr. Enriqueta Felip, of Vall d'Hebron
University Hospital in Barcelona, Spain.
"In the early 1900s, lung cancer was reported to be rare in women, but since the 1960s,
it has progressively reached epidemic proportions, becoming the leading cause of
cancer deaths among women in the United States," Felip said in a news release from
the European Society for Medical Oncology.
"Lung cancer is not only a man's disease, but women tend to be much more aware of
other cancers, such as breast cancer," she noted. "Several case-control studies seem
to suggest that women are more vulnerable to tobacco carcinogens than men."
Another study presented at the conference found that women tend to do better than
men after surgery to remove lung tumors. The study of 640 patients found that median
survival after surgery to remove non-small-cell lung cancer was 4.7 years for women
and 2.1 years for men.
More information
The American Cancer Society has more about women and cancer
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: European Society for Medical Oncology, news release, May 3, 2009

                                       July is Healthy Eyes Month

                    Protecting Your Eyes from Summer Irritants
Without the proper precautions, summer can be a rough season for your eyes. Dr. Gregg Feinerman, board-certified
ophthalmologist and eye surgeon, recently offered advice for protecting your eyes against common summer irritants.

        Chlorine: In a new survey by ROHTO eye drops*, one-third of American adults indicated
         that the chlorine in swimming pools is a top cause of eye irritation for them. "Always
         wear goggles or keep your eyes closed when putting your head under chlorinated
         water," said Dr. Feinerman. "After swimming, you can refresh your eyes with eye drops -
         I like them because they provide a gentle cooling sensation and instant relief for redness
         and dryness."

        Sun: Even one day in the sun can result in "photokeratitis," or a burned cornea, and over
         time, sun exposure can contribute to cataracts, so always wear sunglasses with 100
         percent UV protection. "Wearing sunglasses without the proper UV filters can trick your
         eyes into thinking they're protected them they're not," explained Dr. Feinerman.

        Allergens: Americans identified allergies as the primary cause of eye irritation in the
         ROHTO survey. Yard work, such as mowing the lawn, often kicks up allergens into the
         air. "Those with especially sensitive eyes may want wear work goggles when doing yard
         work," says Dr. Feinerman. "You can also try soothing eye drops to reduce itch, irritation,
         redness and burning."

        Salt Water and Sand: The beach isn't the best place for your eyes - anyone who's ever
         gotten ocean water or sand in their eyes knows it's not a pleasant feeling! Protect
         yourself from windblown sand by wearing sunglasses or shielding your face with a hat.
         Rinse your hands with fresh water after swimming in the ocean to avoid.

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Eye: Fact or Fiction

 How eye smart are you?

Sitting too close to the TV will damage your vision.

   o Fact
   o Fiction

Reading in the dark will weaken your eyesight.

   o Fact
   o Fiction

Using glasses or contacts will weaken my eyesight, and my eyes will eventually
become dependent on them.

   o Fact
   o Fiction

Children with crossed eyes can be treated.

   o Fact
   o Fiction

There's nothing you can do to prevent vision loss.

   o Fact
   o Fiction

Using a nightlight in your child's room will contribute to nearsightedness.

   o Fact
   o Fiction

1 – Fiction

Sitting closer than necessary may give you a headache, but it will not damage your
vision. Parents of children and teens who habitually sit close to the TV should consider
having their vision measured to screen for uncorrected refractive errors.

2 – Fiction
You may experience eyestrain from reading in dim light, but it will not weaken your
eyesight or harm the eyes. Reading in the dark is counterproductive because the parts
of the eye that generate the clearest, most precise visual images require light in order to

3 – Fiction

Vision correction (whether with glasses or contact lenses) focuses light rays entering
the eye in order to create a crisp visual image on the retina. It is true that nearsighted
children become more nearsighted up until age 30 or so, but don't blame the eyewear!
The focusing power of the eyes changes throughout life. That is one reason why routine
eye exams are so helpful. Use of eyeglasses or contact lenses will not weaken eyesight
or cause any focusing problem to worsen.

4 – Fact
The medical term for cross-eyed is strabismus (say STRUH-BIZ-MUSS). There are
several different causes for misalignment of the eyes, and a thorough eye exam is
necessary to accurately diagnose the problem and its cause.
Depending on the cause of the crookedness, some children with strabismus can be
managed with prescription eyeglasses, whereas other kinds of strabismus require
surgery. Prompt treatment is essential to protect the deviated eye from losing vision – a
condition called amblyopia (lazy eye)
5 – Fiction
Most cases of vision loss can be treated. Depending on the specific disorder, vision loss
can be halted, reversed, or even completely restored. See your doctor if you experience
decreased vision, abrupt flashes of light, or the presence of a "curtain" that obscures
your eyesight. Sudden, total loss of vision is a medical emergency -- get immediate
6 – Fiction
Some researchers have suggested that use of nightlights may contribute to
nearsightedness (myopia); however, there is not enough evidence to support this claim.
Keeping a nightlight on in your baby's room may actually help stimulate the infant's
visual development and eye coordination skills when they are awake.

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Raspberry-Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

Jammy raspberries and rich chocolate combine for a delicious, tart frozen yogurt. It is quick and
easy to prepare, but plan ahead if you’re using fresh berries—they take a little longer to freeze.
Mini chocolate chips give you the most chocolate in every bite, but any kind of chip will work—
dark-chocolate lovers should try bittersweet chips.

Makes 8 servings, 1/2 cup each (1 quart)

ACTIVE TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 35 minutes
    - 3 cups fresh or frozen (not thawed) raspberries
    - 2 cups low-fat plain yogurt
    - 1/3 cup sugar
    - 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    - 1/2 cup chocolate chips, preferably mini
1. Place raspberries, yogurt, sugar and vanilla in a food processor and process until
2. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker (or see “No Ice Cream Maker?” below).
Freeze according to manufacturer’s directions, or until desired consistency. Add
chocolate chips during the last 5 minutes of freezing. Transfer to an airtight container
and freeze until ready to serve.
No Ice Cream Maker?
Pour the mixture into a 9-by-13-inch pan and place in the freezer. Stir every few hours,
until the mixture is firm along the edges and semi-firm in the center, 2 to 6 hours (using
frozen berries will shorten the freezing time). Transfer to a food processor and process
until smooth. Transfer to an airtight container, stir in chocolate chips, cover and freeze
until ready to serve.
NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 147 calories; 4 g fat (2 g sat, 1 g mono); 4 mg cholesterol; 25 g
carbohydrate; 4 g protein; 4 g fiber; 45 mg sodium; 253 mg potassium.

MAKE AHEAD TIP: Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 week. Let stand at room temperature for
about 30 minutes before serving.
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“Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.”

               -Native American Proverb

                              “A brave man dies but once, a coward many times.”

                                           -Native American Proverb

Knock Knock!
Who is it?
Doris, who?
Doris locked, that's why I had to knock!

What do you get when you cross a turtle and a porcupine?
A slowpoke.

               Messengers in the Community
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    Start thinking of ideas for planning community workshops starting this fall!
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