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2D MONDAY,JULY6, 2015THE NEWS-STARWWW.THENEWSSTAR.COM HEALTH & FITNESS Ted Telano Sings Ted Telano will sing to seniors at 11a.m. Tuesday. Southern Gospel with a twist of comedy If you love Southern gospel music, you’ll want to mark your calendar for 10:45 a.m. Thursday. Gene Norman, who sings a mixture of country gospel, Southern gospel and Light Contemporary music, will be at Carolyn Rose Strauss Senior Center in Monroe. Norman promises to throw in a bit of comedy to keep things lighthearted and upbeat. To stay for lunch after the show, sign up with Mary Simpson, the dining site manager, no later than noon Wednesday. Alaska Cruise Or Nashville Bus Trip If Alaska is on your bucket list, call Diane Gaines at Ouachita Council on Aging who will host a group cruise June 7-14, 2016. If you can’t wait that long to be on the road again, join the group for abus tour to Nashville scheduled for Nov. 16-20. Only 10 spots remain on the Nashville trip. Call Gaines at 387-0535, ext. 205, or 348-1034. STRAUSS CALENDAR Daily activities Monday Aerobics 9:15 a.m. Lunch 11:45 a.m. P arty Bridge 1p.m. Bridge 1p.m. Tuesday Ceramics 8 a.m. P okeno 10 a.m. Ted Telano Sings 11a.m. Lunch 11:45 a.m. Mexican Train Dominoes 1p.m. Advanced Line Dancing 2 p.m. Wednesday Ceramics 8 a.m. Quilting 9 a.m. Aerobics 9:15 a.m. G ospel Singing 11a.m. Lunch 11:45 a.m. B eginners Art 1p.m. Ponytail Canasta Club 1p.m. Thursday Advanced Art 9 a.m. Q uilting 9 a.m. Bible Study 10:30 a.m. Lunch 11:45 a.m. C anasta 1p.m. Sunshine Quilters 1:30 p.m. Friday Aerobics 9:15 a.m. K ilpatrick Bingo 10:30 a.m. Lunch 11:45 a.m. Ceramics noon. Bridge 1p.m. Walk With Ease Class 1p.m. WOSC’s Monthly Birthday Party Join WOSC at 2 p.m. Thursday, in the Multi-Purpose Annex for the July Birthday Party. Cake and punch are provided by our Community Partner, Senior Insurance Advisory Services. AARP Defensive Driving Class for Senior Drivers Drivers ages 55 and older are encouraged to attend an AARP Defensive Driving Class at WOSC, with AARP instructor Bill Edmondson from 8-11:30 a.m. Friday. The cost of the program is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. Payments must be paid by check or cash to AARP at the time of the class. Many drivers ages 55 and older receive a three-year auto- m obile insurance reduction after attending this seminar. Class enrollment is limited. Drivers can register at WOSC’s front counter or call 324-1280. The next class will be Aug. 14. Conquer Computer and Techno-phobia at WOSC Basic Computer and Internet Instruction Classes are offered a t the West Ouachita Senior Center every Thursday from 2–4 p.m. These sessions are taught in WOSC’s Computer and Technology Lab by a ULM Computer Science student, Tara Ebarb. Classe s focus on navigating the basic functions of a computer, browsing the Internet safely, the basics of sending and receiving email and operating mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads. WOSC CALENDAR Daily activities Monday Ceramics8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. C rochet Class9 a.m. to noon Beginner’s Yoga11a.m to 12:15 p.m. Oxycise 2-3 p.m. Z umba3:15-4:15 p.m. Tuesday Art Class9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Line dancing10 -11a.m Beginner’s Spanish Class10-11a.m. Intermediate Spanish11a.m.-noon V antage Fitness 1-2 p.m. Slow Motion Dance 2-2:30 p.m. B allroom Dance2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday Zumba9-10 a.m. Quilting9 a.m. to noon C rochet Class9 a.m. to noon B asic Yoga11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mexican Train Dominoes11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. O xycise2-3 p.m. Thursday Ceramics8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Quilting9 a.m. to noon Beginner’s Line Dance9-10 a.m. I ntermediate Line Dance 10-11a.m. Bible Study10-11a.m. Gospel Singing12:30-2 p.m. Computer Class2-4 p.m. Accelerated Line Dance Class 2:153:30 p.m. Friday Art Class9 a.m. to 1p.m. Crochet9 a.m. to noon B ingo10-11a.m. Mexican Train Dominoes11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. thenewsstar.com Breaking News / Photo Galleries / Videos / Calendars / Weather Maps / Classifieds / More (which allows fat burning in s keletal muscle) were actually healthier than mice with the gene. Instead of becoming obese, insulin resistant and eventually developing diabetes as Mynatt and his team predicted, mice without the CPT1B gene burned blood sugar and were significantly healthier and leaner than mice that burned fat. Additionally, prospect according to Mynatt. “Building on this new discovery, we now want to figure out how our muscles are communicating with the rest of the body so we can develop better therapies,” Mynatt said. “The k ey goal here is to find better treatments for diabetes and perhaps even lead us to a cure.” Mynatt’s work entitled, “Impaired mitochondrial fat oxidation induces adaptive remodeling of muscle metabolism” was recently featured in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. mice without the CPT1B gene burned more metabolic energy than their counterparts, even with a high-fat diet and less exercise. “This is kind of like maintaining the same fat mass w hen we’re older that we had as teenagers and having a higher and more efficient metabolism, even with the lifestyle of a couch potato,” Mynatt said. Future research will focus on inhibiting fat usage in skeletal muscle without impacting the heart by targeting specific tissues, which is a challenging Discovery Continued from Page 1D through a tube into a blood vessel and guided to the clot, like the stents long used to treat blocked heart arteries. But unlike heart stents, which are left in place to prop the artery open, brain stents trap the c lot and are removed with it. Earlier this year, several major studies found these devices dramatically cut the risk of death or disability in people whose clots persisted after treatment with tPA. The guidelines say these p atients can be treated with a stent retriever if it can be done within six hours of symptom onset, they have a severe stroke caused by a clot in a l arge artery and their doctors have brain imaging showing at least half of the brain on the side of the stroke is not permanently damaged. The benefit of stent retrievers beyond six hours, or for people not treated first with tPA, is unknown. “We think it probably works in some of them, but we just don’t have the hard evidence” Two brands are sold in the U.S. — Trevo, made by Stryker Corp. of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Solitaire, made by Covidien, now part of Minneapolis-based Medtronic Inc. to recommend it, Powers said. Where patients seek help matters. Only major stroke centers can do the technically difficult procedure with stent retrievers. Stroke Continued from Page 1D STAN SHOLIK/AP The American Heart Association has endorsed using removable stents, such as this one made by Covidien, to open clogged arteries in the brain t hat cause strokes. recent years. How exactly can you protect yourself from insects in the summer and what products are safe to use on your family? Thankfully, the bug bites of summer can be prevented w ith proper preparation and equipment. “For most people,” says camp counselor Beau R ichards, “the best thing you can do is to wear bug spray with at least 30% DEET in it. I ’m outside all day every day with kids in the summer and am pretty prone to bites, but as l ong as I remember to reapply every 90 minutes or so I can stay pretty clear of bites.” R ichards explains that the most common mistake people make with bug spray is forgetting to reapply at the proper times. Some, however, forego bug spray altogether for fear that DEET is toxic to the skin. The issue of DEET safety was recently tackled in an article in Popular Science magazine that explained that the insect repellant, used by over 30% of the population each year, has been the victim in recent years of a “perception problem.” Lifeguard Kaci Soma explains, “I think that people are trying to live a more wholesome lifestyle and avoid c hemicals and stuff, so they’re trying to only put really natu- r al things on their bodies, but t hat makes them think that chemicals like DEET are going to give them cancer. That toms of a more serious condition. West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans through mosquito bites and has no known vaccine or treatment plan. The condition causes a f ever in victims that, for 99% of the population will clear on it’s own. In some patients, however, the fever can result in cerebral damage that can cause lasting effects. For these reasons, any mosquito b ite swelling abnormally or that feels hot to the touch should be monitored very c losely. If a fever should arise after being bitten a trip to your primary care physician is rec- o mmended, where it will likely be recommended that you begin a course of over-the- c ounter pain relievers. Tick bites, however, can cause more serious damage s hould Lyme Disease be contracted. The disease, caused by bacteria carried by blacklegged ticks, includes symptoms such as fever, body rash, migraines, and fatigue. If left untreated the condition can begin to shut down the joints, heart, and nervous system. If you have been bitten by a tick, particularly in a region of the country in which Lyme Disease is a known concern, you should see a doctor the moment a rash appears. Treatment includes a simple course of oral antibiotics that, when treated in a timely manner, will clear the disease from the b ody. No matter what type of bug h as bitten you, if you feel that y our body is reacting abnormally, you should see a physician immediately. isn’t the case.” Indeed, DEET has been proven safe by multiple independent sources, including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Recommended application is only o nce a day, with a repellant containing no more than 30% DEET. Additional reapplication should be avoided. In order to cut down on the insect population on your personal property, cutting down on s tanding water may help the problem. Insects are drawn to damp places, so leaving stand- i ng water in ponds and creek run-offs contributes to insect infestations. Additionally, t reating shady areas and areas near the home with an aerosol fogger can help to rid your p roperty of existing insects and help to quell the resurgence of the bugs. It is generally not rec- o mmended to treat personal property with pesticides. If you do find yourself suffering from bug bites, however, it is imperative that you treat the bites quickly and with discernment in order to avoid a greater infection. A simple internet search will often help to match the bite with an image and treatment options, but there are some universal tips that will help any bite. Placing an ice pack over the bite for twenty minutes will help to limit inflammation while over-the-counter antihistamines can help to calm symptoms such as burning a nd itching. Rarely, a mosquito or tick b ite will show more inflamma- t ion or tenderness than a typical bite, in which case it pays to be on the lookout for symp- Insects Continued from Page 1D WWW.THENEWSSTAR.COM

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