APRIL 4, 2011

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Local Projects to Help Kids Get Outdoors

Funding will support partnership programs in 18 states and Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $1 million in cost-share funding for children's programs in 18 states and Puerto Rico, furthering USDA's commitment to connect young people around the country with America's great outdoors. The two programs receiving funding through this announcement will reach tens of thousands of young people this year, and support the goals of both President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative and First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Initiative. Keep reading...

APRIL 1, 2011

Take Steps to Ensure Your Healthcare Wishes Are Followed

Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst is a somewhat cynical English proverb.  But it can also serve to remind us that we should take steps to ensure our quality of life and provide a clear understanding of our wishes for ourselves during traumatic events.
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MARCH 31, 2011

Tonto National Forest outfitter guide survey

PHOENIX – Tonto National Forest recreation planners are conducting  an outfitter-guide needs assessment to determine the public and agency need for commercial recreation activities across the forest. Keep reading...

MARCH 31, 2011

Arizona Has the Lowest Cancer Rates in the U.S

But Many People are Diagnosed Too Late to Survive

Good news for Arizonans! Findings from a report by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) determined that Arizona’s cancer incidence rates are the lowest in the nation. According to the United States Cancer Statistics (USCS) Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report (which compares the rates of cancer across 49 states, six metropolitan areas and the District of Columbia) Arizona ranks 50th and 49th in key categories. Keep Reading...

MARCH 30, 2011

Keeping weight down can decrease risk of arthritis

Losing just five pounds can save the knees from feeling 15 to 20 pounds of pressure

HOUSTON – Extra pounds are tough on the knees, even increasing the risk of arthritis, an orthopedic surgeon at Baylor College of Medicine said.

“Weight management is a major part of managing arthritis, particularly knee arthritis. If you are overweight or obese, then the incidence of arthritis goes up significantly,” said Dr. Melvyn Harrington, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at BCM.

Losing just five pounds, Harrington said, can save the knees from feeling 15 to 20 pounds of pressure.

If a knee injury does occur from playing sports, or through some type of accident, Harrington recommends the RICE treatment (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation). If pain is continuous, a trip to the physician may be necessary.

Most cartilage injuries do not require surgical treatment, Harrington said, and can be treated at home or with physical therapy.

However, surgery may be required, said Harrington, “if the torn cartilage is causing locking and catching [when the knee gets stuck], and isn’t getting better with non operative management.”

Some medications such as the antibiotic CIPRO® have been shown to weaken tendons. Harrington advises to be cautious while exercising when taking these medications.