Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 25, 2002 · Page 21
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Friday, October 25,2002 FAMILY Page 21 Coming events Apple-dumpling sale Is being held by Hope Lutheran Church in Homer City. To place an order, call (724) 479-2354,4798423 or 479-2344. The cost is $2 per dumpling. Pickup dates are Nov. 5,6 and 7. Reunion Armstrong East Mustang Class of 1991 and 1992 Will hold a reunion Friday, Nov. 29, at the Rustic Lodge in White Township. Check-in starts at 6:30 p.m., a buffet dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and entertainment and dancing will be provided from 8 to 11 a.m. For more information, contact Tony Buffone, Class of 1991, at (724) 465-1032 or by e-mail at aehs91@yahoo.com. For members of the Class of 1992, contact Susan (McLean) DeVaughn at (724) 357-3052 or by e-mail at de- vaughn@iup.cdu. Planners do not know the whereabouts of the following members of the Class of 1992: David Bell, Shannon Cook, Steve Costigan, Dale Duncan, Aubrey Grislcy, Jamie Kline, Anthony Leone, Daniel Miller, James Mimoz, William Painter, Rebekah Piper and David Sheaffer. Anyone with information on these people is asked to call DeVaughn. Linda Cobb, the queen of clean Household Help DEAR QUEEN: I have a West Bend 4-quart slow cooker that is just about worn out. I can't locate a new one in any of the stores in my area. It is the best I've ever had. I would like to buy another one. Can you help me? — RA., Donora, Pa. DFj\R P.A.: Having not found West Bend slow cookers at any of the usual stores, I'm thinking the best thingyou can do is go directly to the source. If you have a computer and are comfortable shopping online, then check out West Bend's Web site at www.westbend.com. If the Internet is not your thing, give the company a call at (262) 334-6949. The 4-quart slow cooker runs about $36.50 plus tax, shipping and handling. I also found your slow cooker on a Web site for Do It Best stores (www.doitbest. com). There are several member stores across the country, including a few in Pennsylvania. The corporation's phone number is (260) 748-5300. DEAR QUEEN: I would like to know how to clean my propane gas tank. It is under a pine tree and is covered with sap, which has collected dirt. I would like to clean it before they paint it this year. — Mabel Santhony, Alger, Mich. DEAR MABEL: Wash the tank with the following cleaning solution: 8 cups of water, l /2 cup of chlorine bleach, V4 cup of baldng soda and 2 tablespoons of baking powder. If you need scouring powder, use 4 parts baking soda and 1 part washing soda. Store the powder in a shaker container. If the sap gives you trouble, saturate it with linseed oil. Let it soak, and then rub with an old rag or a paper towel moistened with the oil. DEAR QUEEN: Recently, I bought a house in Sun City West. The fiberglass showers and tubs have a brown cast that I am unable to get off.The tub and showers seem clean to the touch. 1 have used everything I can think of to remove the discoloration. Do you have a suggestion? — J. Stedman, Sun City West, Ariz. DEAR j.: Heat white vinegar until.it is hot but not too hot to pour into a spray bottle and work with. Spray it heavily on the shower or tub. Wait 15 to 20 minutes, and then moisten a scrubbing-type sponge with more of the vinegar, and scrub, using additional healed vinegar as necessary. Rinse well and dry. Newspaper Enterprise Assn. PICK A CARD — The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Bernard 339, will Hold a Fall Luncheon Card Party Wednesday in the church hall at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Roman Catholic Church. A salad-bar lunch will begin at noon, followed by card games, table prizes, a raffle and more. A donation of $6 will be requested from those who attend. Tickets will be available at the door, and parking will be provided in the church lot. Planners for the event are, from left, Marlene Stotsky, Joanne Meyers and Mary K. Moreau. (Gazette photo by Tom Peel) To the bone Hormone leptin may be key to bone loss in eating, exercise disorders Engagement Drs. Shafic and Marie Twal of Indiana announce the engagement of their daughter, Sumaya Michele, to Bruce T. McCleave Jr., the son of Bruce and Jeanne McCieave of Lake Forest, Calif. The bride-to-be is a 1995 graduate of Indiana Area Senior High School and a 1999 graduate of Boston College with a degree in mathematics. She has been employed as an administrator for Saddleback Community Outreach in Laguna Hills, Calif., and is now attending the University of California, in Irvine, in the graduate program for mathematics. The future groom is a 1993 graduate of Lincoln High School in Stockton, Calif., and a 2000 graduate of California State University in Fullerton. He is a computer software engineer at NowDocs International in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and is attending California State University, Fullerton, in the computer science graduate program. SUMAYA MICHELE TWAL and BRUCE McCLEAVE JR. They are planning an Aug. 2,2003, wedding in Indiana. By IRA DREYFUSS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — Researchers have spotted a likely new reason for bone loss that afflicts women and teenage girls who exercise so much or eat so little that they wind up starving themselves. The focus is on the appetite hormone leptin, which is produced by fat cells and influences brain chemistry that regulates appetite. When fat cells are plump, leptin levels are high. When fat cells are lean, leptin levels are low. But scientists believe leptin's role gets more complicated in people who eat far less than they require for normal metabolism. In these cases, the body reduces activities that are not vital, and building bone is among them. Researchers say very low leptin levels prevent bone cells from doing their normal job of building mineral in bone. "The bone goes to sleep," said Dr. Michelle R Warren of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. "It's almost a hibernation, to conserve energy." Warren and colleagues at Columbia-Presbyterian reviewed research, including her own, in the October issue of a medical journal, The Physician and Sportsmedicine. They focused on girls and women whose energy deficit can lead to an exercise-associated amenorrhea — the Iqss of their regular monthly periods. Over lime, women with this condition can lose bone, setting (hem up for increasingly fragile bones, including osteoporosis, as they age. A low-calorie, high-encrgy-output imbalance can happen because of the demands of physical activities — thinness is a valued characteristic in gymnasts and ballet dancers, for instance. It also can happen to those with anorexia, the compulsion to be thin. "Low leptin levels have been reported in amenorrheic women who exercise regularly at liigh levels," the journal said. Previous research had focused on estrogen, which declines in amenor- rheic females. That was pardy blamed for the shutdown of the reproductive system and loss of bone. The new research indicates it's not so simple. Estrogen and leptin seem to have different ways of doing damage, Warren said. While leptin loss retards new bone- building, estrogen loss seems to take the brakes off other cells, called os- teoclasts, which strip out old bone mineral, Warren said. The result would be double the bone vulnerability — growth is inhibited and loss is accelerated. Exercising this much also reverses what would otherwise be a healthy trend. "Physical activity is important in maintaining bone mass; however, many women tend to exercise excessively, causing hormonal changes that predispose them to an increased risk of fractures," the journal article said. Warren said the leptin link is worthy of further study. But scientists say there is no sign now that leptin supplements would solve the bone- loss problem. Warren said the idea sounds promising but research to show it would spur new bone growth has not been done. In addition, the supplement might harm appetite in people who have calorie-balance problems, she said. It's also too soon for doctors to use leptin lex'els as an early warning sign of inadequate bone mass, said Dr. Carol Otis of Kerlan-Jobe Or- thopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, who did not work on the review article. Leptin is more properly "a marker of inadequate nutrition and weight loss," she said. And even use of low leptin levels as an indicator of calorie-balance problems could be misleading, Otis said. Leptin levels vary during the day, so several blood samples would be required, and normal reference levels of leptin in the blood have not been determined, she said. (On the Net: Physician and Sportsmedicine: www.physsports med.com/index.html) Double vision a correctable problem By PETER H. GOTT, M.D. Newspaper Enterprise Assn. DEAR DR. GOTT: I'm 89 and in basically good health — except that I suffer from double vision. In the past 10 years, I have been examined by five Veterans' Administration optometrists and three civilian ophthalmologists. Each time I complained of seeing two images, the subject died. Reading is all but impossible. I have to alternate eyes from the loss of peripheral vision. Yet my clarity in each eye is 20/20. What options do I have? DEAR READER: See a real eye doctor. I mean—really— going to an ophthalmologist and complaining of diplopia (double vision) is like going to a cardiologist because of severe, recurrent left chest pain. If you get put off, the doctor is more than missing the boat; he or she could be criticized for ignoring an obvious symptom that could lead to serious health consequences. In the main, doplopia results when one or the other eye wanders so that the brain receives two simultaneous, but slightly different, images. In a gendeman your age, the possible causes are numerous and include stroke, tumor and diseases of the ocular muscles. You need a diagnosis, testing and — probably — special prism eyeglass lenses to correct the deficiency. My advice is that you be examined by the best ophthalmologist in your community. Failing that, you should make an appointment at the eye clinic of a teaching hospital or tertiary medical center near you. Let me know the outcome. DEAR DR. GOTT: I have been very sick with periodic episodes of vomiting, for no apparent cause. I'm 24 and have suffered for two years. Doctors tested me extensively. Everything was normal. Still, I ended up in emergency rooms, because I was so dehydrated that I needed IV fluid replacement. Eventually, I required brief hospitaliza- tions about once a month. After surfing the net in desperation, I discovered that I have a very rare disease called cyclic vomiting syndrome. Just putting a name to my disorder, knowing that I'm not crazy and realizing that only I am in charge of my health has helped reduce the frequency and severity of my attacks. I would also like to publicly thank the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association (www.geocities. com/HotSprings/Falls/8150/) for their support and encouragement. Please inform your readers of mis syndrome. DEAR READER: Like most physicians, 1 was unaware of the syndrome you describe and have never seen a patient with it. So I'm delighted to learn about it and publish your letter. Evidently, the disorder — which has been called "abdominal migraine" — is very rare and consists of unprovoked episodes of overwhelming nausea that may produce dehydration, exhaustion, vomiting and uncontrollable weakness. While there is, as yet, no specific treatment, prescription anti-nausea medicine (such as Compazine) in pills or suppositories may help lessen the violence of the affliction. Of particular interest is the observation diat once sufferers of CVS can place a name on their disorder and receive proper emotional support, their symptoms become less severe. Whether or not anti-migraine medication may help CVS patients remains to be seen. Births Mason Ray Engel Laken Engel announces the birth of her brother, Mason Ray, on Sept. 25, 2002. He weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 17 inches. He is the son of Brenda and Kevin Engel of Clymer. His grandparents are Bob and Jeanne Engel and Jerry and Karen Holliday, all of Indiana. His great-grandmother is Susan Holliday of Indiana. Chase Daniel Carnahan Jason and Jamie Carnahan of Indiana announce the birth of their first child, a son, Chase Daniel Carnahan. He was born on Sept. 10,2002, at 6:58 p.m. at Indiana Regional Medical Center, weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces. His grandparents are Dan and Mary Carnahan and Dan and Linda Butler, all oflndiana. 'Mickey's House' turns into who's who of villains Each week, Evan Levine, author of "Kids Pick the Best Videos for Kids"from Carol Publishing, previews and rates two children's programs available on TV or video. By EVAN LEVINE Newspaper Enterprise Assn. Mickey's House of Villains Walt Disney Home Entertainment This new release claims that it's the first movie to bring together all of Disney's greatest villains, which may well be true. The problem is, as in many of the "House of Mouse" episodes, their appearance is so brief that it's hard to tell if they're really there. First off, it's not so much a movie as a collection of cartoon shorts (both new and classic) and music, including a culminating showstopper called "It's Our House Now!" It's part of a showdown between the good guys, like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Pluto, and the bad guys, from Cruella ("101 Dalmatians") to Ursula the Sea Witch ("The Little Mermaid") and so on. It's something of a "greatest hits" of bad guys. The evildoers want to turn the House of Mouse (for die uninitiated, a nightclub where Mickey is host) into the House ofVillains, but the video is really just an excuse to show off a collection of cartoons, some of which are enjoyable. On the downside, there's an awful lot going on here, and much of it seems unconnected. Emma, 5, was a little overwhelmed by the concept of so many "baddies" together in one space, and she didn't quite understand what they were all doing there. She did like some of the shorts, especially one where Huey, Dewey and Louie get back at their Uncle Donald for tricking them on Halloween. Others include Goofy missing his chance to become a ghost and a few that revolve around haunted houses. The classic ones are the real treat — at any time of year. Ratings Scale: 1-10 (10 is the highest) Appropriateness: 5 — Some of the scenes may border on scary for younger kids. Visuals: 6 — Lots to look at, with some nice classic animation. Humor: 6—A few of the individual segments are very amusing. Believability: 5 — The characters are sometimes taken out of context, which could be confusing. Social Value: 5 — Some of it seems like an al- tempt to recycle material, but some of it is enjoyable. Fun Factor: 6 — Viewers may like seeing so many characters together in one place (although briefly). Rugrats "Curse of the Werewuff" Nickelodeon; Oct. 28 The Rugrats babies are out in force for this primetime Halloween special, which airs on Monday, Oct. 28, as part of Nickelodeon's "Shriek Week." The show celebrates Halloween "Mickey's House of Villains" gathers all the baddies under one roof. and scary things all week iong. In the special, the spiteful Angelica tells the babies gleefully that they will turn into whatever they dress up as for Halloween — and they won't be able to turn back.The only way to stop the curse, she informs them, is to give her all of their Halloween candy. This, of course, is something too terrible for any child to contemplate. The kids ultimately discover that there are different ways to be brave and to iearn to stand up for oneself. "I was worried that Chuckie would have to be a werewolf forever, but he wasn't," Ella, 5, informed us. "Thank goodness." The special is just scary enough (meaning not loo scary at all), so it shouldn't alienate its core audience of younger kids. Special episodes of popular shows often stray too far from what they do best, but this one keeps to the characters' strengths and imparts a gentle moral as well. Other special episodes airing throughout Shriek Week include "The Fairly OddParent," "AllThat" and other favorites. Appropriateness: 7 — Its not-scary theme makes this one just fine for kids 4 and up. Visuals: 6 — Kids familiar with the show will find the familiar look friendly. Humor: 5 — The preschool humor — heavy on misunderstanding and potty jokes — is enjoyable to many kids. Believability: 6 — At its core, the episode showcases many of the worries that kids have surrounding Halloween. Social Value: 6 — Kids' worries about Halloween and the different transformations that take place arc legitimate and are dealt with head-on. Fun Factor: 6 — A lively romp for "Rugrats" fans.

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