The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 3, 2001 · Page 6
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AB THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2001 HEALTH THE SALINA JOURNAL SUICIDE Killing the trend Surgeon general launches a plan to prevent suicide By ANJETTA McQUEEN The Associmeii Press WASHINGTON — The government has mapped a plan ahned at preventmg suicides by encouraging the troubled to seek help and making sure treatments and medicines are there when they do. "There are few who escape being touched by the tragedy of suicide in their lifetimes," said Surgeon General David Satcher, who released the plan Wednesday. Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in the United States, killing 30,000 people each year. More than 650,000 people make the attempt. The surgeon general's plan presents a wide range of strategies, including creating a uniform way that hospitals and police can report suicide deaths and injuries. Some policy-makers want to focus on getting help to the troubled long before they consider taking their lives. The Associated Press Surgeon General David Satcher meets reporters in Washington Wednesday to unveil a national strategy for suicide prevention. Many Americans who suffer mental illnesses simply don't have enough health insurance coverage to get need­ ed treatment, said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Domenici is trying to ex­ pand laws that force insurance companies to offer the same level of coverage for mental health as they do for physical conditions. "The attitude has been, 'We don't understand it, so let's don't cover it,' " Domenici said in an interview Wednesday Satcher is credited with being the first surgeon general to focus on suicide and mental health in general. The plan, promised in 1998 after a national suicide prevention conference, was debated by experts who compiled some 80 recommendations. Pared down to 68, the goals are set for 2005 and would be voluntary on the part of states, local agencies and anyone else who wanted to follow them, officials said. One recommendation is to enlist the help of churches and community centers in spreading the word that suicidal thoughts and actions are signs of illness and nothing to be ashamed of • WATER Study: Bottled wate^ no better than tap Bottled water group spokesman says criticism is misguided By The Associated Press GENEVA — Despite perceptions that it's healthier, there is little difference between bottled water and tap water — apart from cost — a conservation group said Thursday. "Bottled water may be no safer, or healthier, than tap water in many countries while selling for up to 1,000 times the price," the World Wildlife Fund said. Bottled water is the fastest growing beverage industry in the world, worth up to $22 billion a year, according to the fund. A study commissioned by the fund found the "bottled water market is partly fueled by concerns over the safety of municipal water and by the marketing of many brands which por; tray them as being healthier than tap water." The fund also said bottled water sales were rising because people were worried about pollution. "Our attitudes toward tap water are being shaped by the pollution which is choking the rivers and streams," said the fund's water campaign director Richard Holland. ; But the study — conducted by University of Geneva researcher Catherine Ferrier.— said the only difference |)e- tween some bottled water and tap water is that it is distmb- uted in bottles rather thj^n pipes. J But Stephen Kay, spokesman for the International Bottfed Water Association, said IJTE fund's criticism was misguide ed. "The goals are laudable, and* we agree totally that people have a right to clean drinking water," he told The Associated Press by telephone from Alexandria, Va. "But bottled water sales are a symptom of the problem, not the cause itself." "The difference between bottled water and tap water is that bottled water's quality is consistent," he said. BRIEFLY Exercise effective in preventing diabetes For the first time, doctors have convincing evidence that overweight people can lower their risk of diabetes by slimming down and exercising. People who are obese and sedentary are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, also known as adult-onset diabetes. Past studies have raised the possibility that a better diet and exercise can delay or prevent the disease, and doctors have long offered such advice to patients, but the new research is the first carefully conti'olled study to show this really works. "This is now the proof that it can be done," said Dr. Jaakko Tuomilehto of Finland's National Public Health Institute, who headed the research reported in today's New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers calculated the risk of diabetes was reduced by 58 percent in patients who were counseled how to lose weight, change their diet and exercise, compared with those who received only general advice. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and is a growing problem worldwide. At least 16 million Americans have diabetes, which prevents the body from regulating blood sugar. Brain damage linked to untreated jaundice CHICAGO — Short hospital stays after birth — sometimes called "drive-through deliveries" — may be contributing to infant brain damage caused by untreated severe jaundice, health officials warned Wednesday. In an alert issued to the nearly 5,000 hospitals it evaluates, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations said doctors are seeing a re-emergence of a rare condition called ker- nicterus in newborns. Kernicterus can develop if jaundice becomes severe and usually causes a form of cerebral palsy with poor muscle control. Hearing loss, teeth malformations and other handicaps also may occur Jaundice affects more than half of all U.S. newborns. It may go away by itself or with treatment that usually involves placing the infant under special fluorescent lights. Blood transfusions are done in severe cases. From Wire Service Reports PENTAX 2320 I 'lanet Galaxy Center, .827-2497 ••\i-w.fa\irotiisinc.cofn Zhicone Gas GriUs .XA i yy. 823-7512 •C\U/Z<J, 1125 E. Crawford -'i SUNFLOWER YEN CUING Chinese Restsaurant DELIVERY 823-1685 Open 7 days a week Dine In & Carryout 540 S. Bfoadway • 823-2089 New Product axid SHowroom Updates At Orr's Furniture City, we are constantly striving to keep our inventory and showrooms on the cutting edge of fashion here in the midwest. With this in mind we have recently decided to update our main floor showroom which includes the Lane Gallery, Winners Only Gallery, casual wood dining area and our mattress department. This update will be both the products on the floor and the showrooms themselves. Consequently the decision has been made to immediately commence an inventory liquidation of all products in the following categories: ail Lane recliners, motion sofas and loveseats, sleepers, Lane leather groups, motion sectionals, all Winners Only home office products, all casual wood dining and ciinettes, all coordinating occasional table groups, curios, grandfather clocks and all bedding products. In addition to these main floor showroom products we are also liquidating Samuel Lawrence bedrooms. 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Secuonal List $3,312 Sale $1,398 Thomasville Dresser, Mirror Chest, Queen Headboard List $2,995 Sale $1,488 rhomasville Dresser, Mirror Chest, Queen Headboard List $3,895 Sale $1,588 7 Piece Oak Dming Set List $1,465 Sale $648 Grandfather Clock Cable Driven List $2,159 Sale $996 Grandfather Clock Cable and pulley weights List $2,099 Sale $877 Cocktail Table or End Table • List $720 Sale $298 nths No Payments and No Interest Financing Available tpirrr' ORR'S FURNITURE CITY Phone Toll Free 518 Lincoln Ave. 1-888-557-5865 P.O. Box 23 email: orrs@kansas.net Downtown Clay Center Open Weeknights Til 7 p.m. Saturday 10-5 Sunday 1-5

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