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Treatments can help those with diabetic nerve pain in hands and feet
(ARA) - In the United States alone 25.8 million children and adults have diabetes. About 25 percent of those with diabetes have pain and numbness from nerve damage which can be disruptive to living a normal life. The good news is new treatments and strategies can help eliminate this pain today and in the future. Diabetic nerve pain, or neuropathy, is caused by nerve damage over time. This neurologic disorder most often affects the hands and feet. Pain can be a tingling, burning or cramping that disrupts a person’s ability to do everyday activities. Because nerve fibers are very sensitive to high levels of blood sugar, diabetic nerve damage typically occurs slowly. Your risk for diabetic nerve pain is higher if you: * Have poor blood sugar control * Have had diabetes a long time * Have high blood pressure * Smoke * Are tall “When neuropathy strikes, it is painful and can disrupt sleep; because of this it can also lead to mood changes and lower quality of life,” says Dr. Vera Bril, a neurologist with the University of Toronto. cases not receiving care.” “Diabetic nerve pain is often unreported and more often untreated, Bril is the lead author of new guidewith an estimated two out of five lines from the American Academy of Neurology that outline the most effective treatments for diabetic nerve pain. In addition to taking preventive steps like managing blood sugar levels, eating healthy and exercising, the guidelines found that a number of drugs may also help relieve diabetic nerve pain. According to the guidelines, strong evidence shows the seizure drug pregabalin is effective in treating diabetic nerve pain and can improve quality of life; however, doctors should determine if it is appropriate for their patients on a case-by-case basis. In addition, the guideline found that several other treatments are probably effective and should be considered, including the seizure drugs gabapentin and valproate, antidepressants such as venlafaxine, duloxetine and amitriptyline and painkillers such as opioids and capsaicin.
Find out what’s really keeping you awake
(ARA) - What do sleep deprivation and pain have in common? Much more than most people realize. First, many people suffer from both conditions. More than 150 million Americans say they are not getting enough sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. And back pain affects more than 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lives; as we grow older, more than 50 percent of us will have chronic pain of some sort, according to
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The guideline also studied a number of non-medicine treatments. Only one - transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation, or TENS, a widely used pain therapy involving a portable device - was found to help relieve diabetic nerve pain. The nerves to the feet are the longest in the body, and this is why the feet are most affected by diabetesrelated nerve pain. In order to take good care of your feet, consider the following steps: 1. Clean feet daily using warm water and mild soap. 2. Check feet and toes daily for cuts, blisters or other problems. 3. Keep toenails trimmed and filed smooth. 4. Wear shoes outside and slippers inside to protect feet from injury. 5. Make sure shoes fit well and don’t cramp feet. Nerve pain is a chronic problem for people with diabetes. Visit www. aan.com/patients for more information.
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Give your teen a confident smile with top oral health tips
1. Floss for healthy teeth and gums Flossing daily will help teens have healthier teeth and a more radiant smile. Flossing is especially important in cases where teeth are crowded because it helps remove the plaque between teeth that regular brushing does not remove. After flossing, consider using a fluoride mouthwash to help kill germs and If your child admires certain celeb- keep tooth enamel strong. Busy rities, in part because of their radi- teen tip: Small travel toothbrushes ant smiles, you might be interested and floss make cleaning easy for to know she can easily follow the teens on the go - simply slip into a same steps to smile success that backpack or sports bag. many young stars today do. Anyone who performs, competes or 2. Regular dentist visits make a just wants to smile with confidence difference should consider the following tips: Being proactive is the best defense against decay, cavities and (ARA) - Oral health is probably not a priority for your teen, but a healthy smile can benefit your child in a multitude of ways both today and in the future. A great smile provides confidence no matter what your teen is doing - from performing in a school play to taking Facebook photos, playing sports or just hanging out with friends. other health issues. To keep a healthy smile, teens should visit their dentist once every six months for a cleaning. If your teen’s teeth require straightening, schedule a consultation with an orthodontist to discuss various treatment options. 3. Teeth can be straightened without almost anyone knowing Getting braces might seem like a dreaded rite of passage for teenagers, but new technology Teen star Ciara Bravo works closely with makes the process easy. her orthodontist to achieve a healthy Teen stars like Bailee smile. Madison, Ciara Bravo and band mates from Allstar Weekend have all straight- 4. Whitening treatments can ened their teeth by using clear make a difference braces called Invisalign Teen. Typically, teens are not known for great eating habits and this can afThese clear aligners are nearly in- fect their teeth’s health and color. visible, so treatment is inconspicu- Soda, coffee, fruit juices and cerous, making it easier for teens to tain foods can damage enamel and “fit in” rather than call attention to over the years, stain teeth so they their mouth. Removable aligners appear more yellowed or browned. allow teens to continue their favor- Having a white smile is imporite activities such as playing sports tant to teens, so consider limiting and musical instruments - activi- colored drinks and foods that are ties that can be challenging or un- highly acidic, or brush and floss comfortable with traditional metal teeth afterwards. Some whitening braces. Dr. Gilbert Snow, who treatments may be an option, but treats top teen celebrities, explains discuss with your dentist or orthohow Invisalign works: “A series of dontist first. custom aligners are created just for your teeth. Throughout the course A confident smile is one of life’s of treatment, you will be required best assets no matter what you do. to wear these clear, removable Your teen can have a great smile, aligners one at a time; each one just like their favorite celebrities, moving your teeth closer to their simply by following these smart final, aligned position.” dental tips.
Six steps to a healthier and more livable lifestyle
(ARA) - Often, the thought of getting healthy conjures up images of restrictive diets, counting calories and hours at the gym. However, deprivation diets and strict workout regimens tend to be shortterm fixes that never meet your long-term goals. Luckily, there are simple and realistic ways for you to feel great, boost your energy and increase your overall health and the effects can last a lifetime. Start with these six simple steps and before you know it, you can be living a happier and healthier lifestyle (without missing your old one). 1. Find new role models. Do your recipes tend to start with butter and continue with other high-fat, high-calorie ingredients? If so, your cookbook needs an update from new role models that pride themselves on healthy cooking. Whether you are looking to move toward a vegan lifestyle like Oprah’s favorite, Tal Ronnen, or are just looking to lighten up your current menu, adding more vegetables, fruits and lean proteins - with less fats and cheeses - will be a step in the right direction. “Eating plant-based foods can be tasty and healthy,” says Ronnen. “It isn’t a sacrifice anymore. It’s a step up when you look at the benefits of eating a plantbased diet and one of the greatest benefits is health.” 2. Equip your kitchen. Once you’ve found a new role model and updated your recipe repertoire - it’s time to give your kitchen a make-over. Swap out the deep-fat fryer for new appliances and gadgets, such as salad spinners and veggie steamers. One that is a favorite among many chefs is the Vitamix TurboBlend VS, a highperformance blender which has multiple functions, including juicing, blending, grinding and cooking - and comes with a “Live Fresh” recipe book and “Let’s Get Started!” DVD instructional video to get you on the right path to creating healthy meals and lifestyle. 3. Change how you eat. Are you a latenight snacker? Do you save up your calories all day for a big dinner? How you eat is just as important as what you eat. Experts agree that skipping meals leads to trouble. Be sure to eat within an hour of waking to get your metabolism going; eat moderate meals throughout the day, and if you’re feeling famished, drink a glass of water and you will be less likely to overeat. 4. Get moving. Getting fit doesn’t necessarily mean joining a gym or running a marathon. Even moderate exercise is beneficial to your heart and helps with weight control. Plus, it helps your body release endorphins and other hormones to make you feel better. Be sure to start slow (so your muscle soreness doesn’t discourage you) and set realistic goals to motivate you to continue any program you start. 5. Enlist a support group. Sticking to a new program is much easier when you aren’t going it alone, so look to others to keep you on track. Challenge family members to find and test a new healthy recipe each week; enlist a co-worker to walk during the lunch hour rather than going out to a restaurant; plan active, fun activities for weekends to keep your body moving. 6. Relax. Stress is a part of most everyone’s lives - but to be healthy, you need to find a way to relax. For some it’s yoga or meditation; for others a comforting book and a good night’s sleep; or maybe just an evening of laughing with friends. Determine what works for you and be sure to add a dose of stress relief to each day. When it comes to incorporating healthy choices into your lifestyle, it’s important to start slowly, make realistic changes and not get discouraged if you don’t follow the program 100 percent. Remember a healthy lifestyle is for the long haul - it’s not a sprint.
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(ARA) - If most of what you know about probiotics comes from yogurt advertisements, you may - understandably - be skeptical about the bacteria’s health benefits. After all, the information came from a source that wants you to buy a probiotic product. Numerous independent researchers and health organizations, however, also back the value of probiotics.
strains of probiotics can help treat diarrhea (especially if it’s been caused by a rotavirus), constipation, urinary tract infections and irritable bowel syndrome. Some researchers also believe that by benefiting the gut, probiotics can also help support the immune system. In addition to yogurt, you can also find dietary supplements that claim to have probiotics in them. As consumer interest in this beneficial bacteria has grown, so too have the number and variety of products that claim to provide a dose of probiotics, including cereal, juice and granola.
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Probiotics are bacteria that are similar to beneficial micro-organisms that naturally live in our digestive system. There are two basic groups, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, which are further divided into species and strains, says Joy Dubost, Ph.D., a registered dietician and a spokes- You can learn more about probiotperson for the Institute of Food ics and other food issues at www. Technologists iftfoodfacts.org, the consumer website of the Institute of Food Evidence suggests that several Technologists.
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Be your own advocate: Get the information you need
(ARA) - Getting a diagnosis of any kind of cancer can be frightening. One of the first things many patients do is learn everything they can about their illness, including what options for disease management and treatment are available. This can be challenging if a person’s cancer is considered rare, which defined by the National Institutes of Health as a cancer that affects fewer than 200,000 people. Patients with rare cancers are more likely than those with more common cancers to say they lack access to credible and reliable information, causing them to feel alone in dealing with their disease, according to a national survey. For many like newlywed Carolina Williams, getting the right diagnosis and information about her GIST, a rare and life-threatening cancer, was important to both her and her family. One day, about a year into her marriage, Carolina Williams became extremely bloated and experienced terrible stomach pains which came on suddenly. Her husband knew something was seriously wrong when he found her unconscious on the floor from pain. He immediately brought her to the emergency room. There a physician conducted a CAT scan which revealed a large mass in her stomach that was diagnosed as a benign cyst. After four days of medical procedures to drain the cyst, a 7-pound solid tumor was removed and tested for cancer. “Once my doctor removed the tumor, I wanted to make sure that the hospital did the proper tests to check if the mass was cancerous,” says Carolina Williams. “I wasn’t going to leave it up to chance so I requested that an oncologist perform the tests. I am glad that I pushed for this, because I was soon diagnosed with a gastrointestinal stromal tumor, or GIST, which is considered a rare form of cancer. I was then able to get the information I needed to help understand my disease.” When it comes to helping manage their own disease and acting as their own advocate, patients should seek out resources both through their physicians and reliable online websites. For some rare cancers, like GIST, there are a number of online resources, including www.GISTTheFactsInfo.com, an educational site for GIST patients and their families that was developed by Novartis Oncology. “It is so important for people with cancer, especially those with a rare cancer like me, to act as their own advocate when it comes to getting the right diagnosis, disease information and ultimately the right disease management plan,” says Carolina Williams. “Working with my doctor and learning more about my disease has helped me focus on the other important things in my life, including enjoying time with my husband and taking care of my son. They mean the world to me.” About Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST) GIST is a rare, life-threatening cancer of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Most cases of GIST develop in the stomach or small bowel. They often do not cause any specific symptoms, making it difficult to diagnose and to treat. The exact number of people diagnosed with GIST each year is not known. In the U.S. alone, the incidence of GIST is estimated to be up to 6,000 new cases each year. For more information about GIST go to www.GISTTheFactsInfo.com.
Practical tips for migraine relief
(ARA) - Anyone who has ever experienced a migraine knows how debilitating it can be. When you’re suffering from a migraine, it’s likely that you have a hard time focusing on anything else besides the pain you’re enduring. If migraines are interfering with your daily life, it’s a good idea to visit a doctor who can suggest the best ways to combat your headaches. But there are also some practical steps you can take to avoid migraines. Here are a few ways you can minimize the onset of migraines and ease your pain and nausea during a migraine episode: * Get good and regular sleep. Migraines often follow sleepless nights. Do what you can to establish a consistent sleep schedule. If you’re having trouble sleeping, remove distractions such as a TV or radio, which can prevent you from entering a deep sleep when left on all night. * Try acupressure therapy. Similar to acupuncture, but without the needles, acupressure can provide natural pain relief by applying pressure to certain points in your body. This can be done with your hands, or through a device you can wear, such as Sea-Bands, which can be worn to apply pressure to a point just below your wrist. A recent study conducted by Berolina Clinic in Germany concluded that 83 percent of its participants - all chronic migraine sufferers - experienced a reduction in nausea when wearing Sea-Bands. * Establishing consistency in your diet can also help reduce the frequency of migraine attacks, according to the medical experts. Also, if you suspect a certain food is causing your migraines, try eliminating it from your diet and see if it helps. Eating at different times each day or skipping meals can also trigger migraines. * Try relaxation techniques. Stress is a major cause of migraines, so anything you can do to eliminate stress from your life will help. In addition, you may want to try deep-breathing exercises and muscle-relaxing routines designed to help your body deal better with stress and tension. If you are looking for a place to get started, ask your doctor which types of exercises he or she recommends. * Get regular exercise. Perhaps nothing reduces stress and promotes good sleeping habits more than getting a good workout on a regular basis. Being physically active for at least a half hour a day can go a long way toward reducing your headaches. * If you do experience a migraine attack, try to get to a dark, calm place. Lie down and sleep if your pain and schedule allows you to. Applying hot or cold packs to the affected area or the back of your neck may also help relieve your pain. The pain caused by migraines can be extremely unpleasant and affect your ability to participate in normal daily activities. By doing what you can to avoid migraine attacks, you’ll help ensure that the disruption they cause is kept to a minimum. For more information on migraine relief, visit www.sea-band.com/blog.
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Trend Towards Home Care
An aging population has led to the expansion of the home health care industry in recent years. Older individuals dealing with agerelated conditions, recovering from surgery and those with chronic illnesses can benefit from a variety of in-home health care and support services. Different levels of in-home care are available. A Personal Care Attendant can assist with more hands-on care such as; bathing, dressing and hygiene. A Companion can help with meal prep, light housekeeping, personal care and transportation. A home based person might also find it beneficial to have an emergency pendant connected to 24/7 TeleCare response. Home care provides various ways to keep persons where they are most comfortable–at home. A little extra support and care with every day tasks can go along way! Whether you or a loved one need support in the home, hospital, a long-term care facility, or another residence, ResCare HomeCare can help. Since 1975, ResCare HomeCare’s legacy is providing personalized services to individuals of all ages, physical conditions and cognitive abilities. Whether you or a loved one is recovering from illness, injury or surgery, living with a chronic disability or dealing with the natural process of aging, the dedicated employees at ResCare HomeCare are here to help. We provide professional care such as homemaking, respite and many other services in the home, the hospital, long-term care facilities and other places of residence. The Colville ResCare HomeCare Branch has been managed by Diane Connelly with the acquisition in 2009 from HomeCare of Washington. With over 8 years of experience in HomeCare Ms. Connelly brings her expertise to the Colville area and welcomes all inquiries. For a free in home conference, please call 509.684.4119. Colville Physical Therapy 217 E. 2nd Ave, Colville • 509-684-5027
Colville Physical Therapy has been performing quality patient care for over 25 years. Tiger Physical Therapy is located just 4 miles south of Ione at the intersection of Hwy. 20 and Hwy. 31. Randy L. Lindsey, PT, LAT, AT, C is a certified physical therapist and licensed athletic trainer and our other certified physical therapist Karen L. Lee, MPT would be happy to evaluate your condition or injury and determine an appropriate treatment program. We provide comprehensive care of orthopaedic and muscular skeletal injuries and can help you take an active stand about your comfort and function. After surgery, it is important to start therapy as soon as possible to decrease swelling, decrease pain, increase your range of motion and increase your overall function. This will allow you to return to work or a sporting event much quicker without a re-injury and prevent chronic future problems. This will also help you to get back to doing the fun activities you have enjoyed doing prior to your surgery or injury. Remember you have a choice of physical therapy offices! Be sure to ask for Colville Physical Therapy or Tiger Physical Therapy.
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When to get help for painful joints
(ARA) - If your arm goes numb and your speech is slurred, you know you need to seek immediate medical attention. When you nick yourself shaving, you know you can deal with it yourself. But for the vast number of maladies in between, it can be difficult to know when to go to the doctor and when to deal with it on your own. One of the most difficult situations in which you need to make the “home care vs. professional care” decision may be when something affects your joints. The joints do some important work for the human body, and figuring out when things will get better on their own and when you may have a more serious problem is not easy. When to seek help William Ungureit, clinical director of the physician assistant training program at South University in Tampa, Fla., says there are some important signs that will tell you when to seek professional care. “If the joint is warm to the touch and swollen, seek immediate help,” Ungureit says. “Those are signs of a possible infection, something that won’t get better on its own.” Likewise, if you know that the joint pain is the result of an injury such as a fall, put an ice pack on the injury and seek help right away. This type of injury will usually be accompanied by swelling and the inability to bear weight. Otherwise, painful joints often can be treated at home with overthe-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium. And what about ice and heat? “Cold therapy (ice) can be used for chronic injuries, such as pain after running,” says Ungureit. “Heat therapy is recommended for injuries that have no inflammation or swelling. Heat is ideal for sore, stiff, nagging muscle or joint pain.” If you decide to treat the pain at home, you still need to see your primary care physician if the pain lasts more than two weeks. Your physician may offer prescription pain relievers or other treatment. Chronic joint pain Treatment for chronic joint pain may be more involved, Ungureit says. “Non-inflammatory joint pain usually signifies osteoarthritis, which is caused by trauma to the joint or degeneration of the joint tissue in weight-bearing joints.” That means the knee, hip and spinal joints. According to the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative, a movement sanctioned by the World Health Organization, one in five Americans has some form of arthritis. And contrary to the perception that arthritis is a disease of the elderly, more than half of those with arthritis are under the age of 65. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but it can be managed with pain killers, physical therapy, steroid injections such as cortisone, or other injections to help lubricate the joint. As a last resort, surgery to realign or completely replace a joint may be an option. Complete joint replacement is now available for the knee, shoulder, hip and ankle. Motion is lotion Although you can’t prevent osteoarthritis, you can do things to help lessen its onset and its painful effects. “Losing weight and exercising regularly are great ways to combat osteoarthritis,” says Ungureit. “When it comes to joints, we say that ‘motion is lotion.’ Dropping five or 10 pounds may not seem like much, but five pounds per step adds up fairly quickly on your joints.” What about herbal supplements and other alternative treatments for joint pain? Ungureit says there’s nothing wrong with trying them, but make sure you tell your doctor which ones you are thinking about taking, since some supplements can interfere with other medications. So while you may not need to consult your doctor for every ache, there are some serious signs to look for, and some effective steps that both you and your doctor can take to help relieve those painful joints.
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Increasing daily energy levels is a goal for many men and women. Many adults are increasingly looking to energy drinks or highly caffeinated beverages like coffee to get the job done, while others are fearful that such beverages, though effective at improving energy levels, could have an adverse effect on their overall health. For those who feel energy drinks or another cup of coffee is not the ideal solution to increasing their energy levels, consider the following tips. * Exercise. While it might seem counterintuitive to exercise if you’re feeling fatigued, that fatigue might very well be a result of lack of exercise. Daily exercise helps increase energy levels and improve mood. Something as simple as taking a walk during a lunch break can vastly improve energy levels. * Drink plenty of water. Dehydration can make people feel lethargic. Drinking the recommended daily amount of water can boost energy levels, especially after a workout when the body often craves fluids. * Carefully monitor sugar intake. Sweet foods with lots of sugar will provide an initial energy boost. However, that boost is fleeting, and blood sugar levels will rapidly drop after it. Instead of sugary snacks, select whole grain foods, which slowly and steadily increase the body’s energy levels. * Check magnesium levels. Constant feelings of fatigue could be indicative of a magnesium deficiency. Studies have shown that women with magnesium deficiencies expend more energy to do physical tasks than they did when their magnesium levels were restored. Almonds, hazelnuts and cashews are good sources of magnesium, as are whole grains and fish. * Don’t skip meals. Exhausted or fatigued men and women are often busy at work, which commonly results in missed meals. Skipping meals, according to studies published in the journal Nutritional Health revealed, leads to greater feelings of fatigue by day’s end. Make eating all your meals a priority, and energy levels are likely to improve.
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The body needs vitamin D to help absorb calcium, which is responsible for keeping bones, muscles and even the heart healthy and strong. D Without enough vitamin D, men and women are at a heightened risk for osteoporosis, a bone condition in which bones become brittle and fragile due to tissue loss. Vitamin D is also beneficial for those who love to exercise. Muscles that don’t get enough calcium will cramp, hurt or feel weak, possibly leading to chronic muscle aches pains. If the body is getting enough vitamin D, muscles are less likely to cramp or ache. While it’s possible to include vitamin D in a daily diet, it’s also difficult because there are not many foods rich in vitamin D. However, men and women can take a multivitamin or even a vitamin D pill to ensure they get their daily recommended amount of vitamin D.
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Massage is an important part of a healthy, active life. Regular massage increases circulation, stimulates the immune system and reduces stress. It can improve flexibility, speed healing, and lower your perception of pain. Be sure to make massage a part of your “preventative maintenance” routine!
Providing quality health care to local communities since 1978
Northeast Tri County Health District is always working for a safer and healthier community. We enhance personal and community health through innovative programs and information, which include:
· · · · · · · Immunizations WIC (Women, Infant and Children Nutrition Program) Family Planning Controlling communicable diseases Protecting drinking water and food supplies Strengthening families Preparing effective responses to public health emergencies and natural disasters
MEDICAL
Chewelah Ione Northport Orient Springdale Loon Lake Lake Spokane
DENTAL
Colville Springdale Lake Spokane
Swedish * Structural Relief Therapy * Sports * Hot Stone Reflexology * Hydrotherapy * Lymph Drainage Massage
ASSISTED LIVING: Chewelah
www.newhp.org
EOE & Provider Administration: 509.935.6001
ABMP Certified Massage Therapist Brenda Windom, LMP • lic#MA60114035
For more information, visit www.netchd.org or call 509-684-5048
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