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Monday’s medical myth: bed rest is best for back pain

In Everyday Living, Opinions on August 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

For those suffering with back pain, this article from The Conversation offers new insight.

Minimize bed rest and take short walks around the house if you’ve got low back pain.

“Severe low back pain is a common and dreaded problem that rivals only hay fever, asthma, hypertension and dermatitis as Australia’s leading cause of long-term illness.

“The instinctive response to severe pain is to rest the injured body part and reduce normal activities while it heals.

“But from the mid-1990s, studies comparing bed rest to more active treatment for acute back pain have reached the same conclusion: bed rest is not best for pack pain.

“Light activity – such as short walks around Read the rest of this entry »

today’s news … Tuesday, August 23

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2011 at 6:00 am

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there! Today’s Weather!   Today in History!

Quote for today“Ah, gits weary – An’ sick of tryin’ – Ah’m tired of livin’ – An’ skeered of dyin’, – But ol’ man river, – He jes’ keeps rollin’ along!” – last line of “Ol’ Man River” (music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II)

  • E-A-R-T-H-Q-U-A-K-E! Did you feel it; we shrugged it off as just an old house shuddering. More here. And hereLancasterOnline report here.
  • Lawmakers push for change in Pa.’s prevailing wage” (York Dispatch)
  • A section 8 renter who does not want to be in Columbia! (craigslist.org)
  • From a Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era article about “cuts” at county schools: “COLUMBIA: The district cut one science and one literature teacher at the junior/senior high school, along with an inclusion teacher and an instructional support teacher at the elementary level. – The cuts may result in larger class sizes and fewer electives at the high school. – Columbia is participating in the IU 13 Virtual Solutions consortium that enables secondary students to take online courses while remaining in their “home” schools. – About 12 students have enrolled so far, saving the district about $30,000 over the cost of cybercharter school tuition if the students were to leave the district. – The program allows students to participate on Columbia Read the rest of this entry »

Agenda and notes from last night’s special Council meeting

In Government, In Columbia on August 23, 2011 at 5:45 am

Here is the agenda for a Special Council meeting held at the Borough Hall last night. Councilor Mary Barninger, Council vice-president, convened the meeting at 7:22 p.m. Council president Mary Wickenheiser is on vacation, as is Councilor Duncan and the mayor. Attending the meeting were Councilors Michael Beury, Renae Sears, Kelly Murphy, Jim Smith and borough manager, Norm Meiskey. Two citizens attended the meeting.

The meeting began later than advertised because the scheduled Highway Committee ran was still in progress.

The special meeting was called to consider “awarding the Plane Street Phase I Community Development Block Grant Project to the lowest responsible bidder” and “other Borough business.”

During the meeting, there was a smattering of discussion about the bids received; among the lower bids received, the bids received were “remarkably close” to one another. Following deliberation about past performance of several of the bidders, there were no issues with any of them, and the determination was to award the project to low-bidder, Pennsy Supply. The winning bid for the Project is $321,956 and change.

Only one “other business” topic was introduced; it dealt with a local organization’s submission of a Borough “facilities use” request. The Council considered the request and had questions about incomplete information. Borough Read the rest of this entry »

“Will the Food Safety Modernization Act help prevent outbreaks of foodborne illness?”

In Everyday Living, Opportunities on August 23, 2011 at 5:37 am

The following is a report in the current issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

“Large-scale outbreaks of foodborne illness have recently focused attention on the ability of the U.S. food-safety system to protect the public health. The nationwide outbreak of Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium infection associated with peanut products that is described by Cavallero et al. is one example.1 This contamination, which was ultimately traced to the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), took a high toll — 714 people were affected, about 200 were hospitalized, and 9 died. Investigators found multiple potential routes of contamination at PCA facilities, such as rain leakage and cross-contamination between raw and roasted peanuts. Although the outbreak was eventually contained, key parts of the food-safety system clearly failed.


‘There is a public health imperative to do Read the rest of this entry »