The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 1, 1996 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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J±1§.SALINA JOURNAL HEALTH FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1996^3 T ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS Power lines aren't a health risk Two-year study finds no evidence that energy fields harm people By PAUL RECER The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A panel of scientists who evaluated about 500 studies on the health effects of high voltage power lines found "no conclusive and consistent evidence" that electric and magnetic fields cause any human disease. "Taken altogether, the current body of evidence shows that exposure to (electric and magnetic) fields does not constitute a threat to human health," said Dr. Charles Stevens, chairman of a National Research Council committee that spent two years studying the issue. "We have failed to find a hazard." Stevens, a professor at Salk Institute and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute neurobiologist, said Thursday that his committee analyzed about 500 studies conducted since 1979 and found nothing to clearly prove that electrical fields are harmful to health. No conclusive evidence, he said, was found to link electromagnetic fields with cancer, reproductive and developmental abnormalities, learning or behavior. There are studies that find a "weak, but statistically significant" link between high voltage electrical transmission lines and T CORONARY HEART DISEASE "Taken altogether, the current body of evidence shows that exposure to (electric and magnetic) fields does not consitute a threat to human health." Dr. Charles Stevens who chaired committe that studied the issue the incidence of a rare childhood leukemia, but Stevens said the committee found that research to be flawed. The leukemia link, he said, is based on the assumption that homes near transmission lines are immersed in stronger magnetic and electrical energy fields than are homes removed from such power lines. He said researchers used the size of electrical transmission lines as a basis to estimate the strength of magnetic fields in nearby homes. Later research, said Stevens, has shown that such estimates are not accurate. Electromagnetic fields in homes near power lines are actually lower than was estimated, he said. As a result, the committee concluded that studies linking the childhood cancer to electrical wiring "have been inconsistent and contradictory and do not constitute reliable evidence." The committee said that the slight increase in childhood leukemia in homes near power lines may be linked to other environmental factors, such as older houses, higher traffic and more pollution. Stevens said that even laboratory studies with animals and cell cultures have failed to find biological damage caused by electrical fields. Some of these studies used energies thousands of times stronger than the fields found in the average home, he said. "People have not been able to think of a mechanism by which electromagnetic fields could have an effect," Stevens said. Electromagnetic fields have been a human health concern since 1979 when researchers first linked some childhood leukemias to the proximity of high-voltage power lines to where the children lived. Some researchers also have found a greater incidence of cancer among electrical workers who are commonly exposed to energy fields created by high-voltage power transmission. Other stud- ies, however, have not found such a link. Though the link between electricity and disease has long been controversial, some consumer groups have sued power companies or forced utility firms to move power lines or install shielding. Concern about the issue prompted scientists in Finland to survey their entire country to check on the incidence of cancer among people living within 500 yards of high-voltage lines. The study found no connection between adult cancer and the low- level magnetic fields caused by power lines. Other studies in recent years have had similar results, but Stevens said few of those studies were as thorough or detailed as the work of the 16-member committee of the National Research Council, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences. Stevens said that the committee has not proven that there was no connection between electromagnetic fields and health but rather found that there is no evidence of harm. Despite its prestigious source, the report is certain not to be the final answer. Congress ordered a five-year, $65 million study by four government laboratories to test whether electromagnetic fields harm nerve cells, trigger breast cancer cells or affect other biological processes. ^e News You Can Use Salina Journal MAURE WEIGH Auto - Home Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron PRE-CHRISTMAS SALE! 331/3% Off Christmas Merchandise! Mowers (Wreaths. Ornaments, Trees. Stuffed Animalx, Etc.} 2450 South 9th • Mid-State Mall, Salina (913) 823-9191 lltli.Annual.Abilene.Gun.Sho,w Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 9 am-5 pm Sunday. Nov. 3rd, 9 am- 4pm STERL HALL On The Abilene Fairgrounds West on 3rd Street to Rogers then 2 blocks North. • Rifles • Shot Guns • Knives • Handguns • Reloading Supplies • War Memorabilia • Collector Coins & Ball Cards SAFETY FIRST! - No Loaded Weapons Allowed - All Guns Will Be Checked At The Door For Your Safety. Food Served Both Days - Herington Boy Scouts ADMISSION ONLY $2.00 Children under 12 FREE with adult admission Not Responsible For Accidents 24 Hour Professional Armed Security Commissioned Law Enforcement Officers . Sponsored By The Dickinson County Law Enforcement Reserves Anger in old men is bad on hearts Extreme anger in older men increased their chance of coronary disease, study shows By JAY JORDEN The Associated Press DALLAS — Kicking the furniture and other forms of anger expressed by the grumpiest of older men can be hazardous to their own health. Such extreme anger increased their risk of coronary heart disease two to three times above their relaxed counterparts, a study of veterans at Harvard Medical School found. And the angrier they are, the higher their risk. A seven-year follow-up study found 59 cases of coronary heart disease among 559 of the angriest men in a group of 1,305 Veterans Administration patients, according to Dr. Ichiro Kawachi, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard University. T MEDICAL SERVICES By contrast, he said, only eight cases were reported by the 199 men who had no anger symptoms. Anger was quantified through a written survey, according to a report in today's edition of the American Heart Association journal Circulation. "We're talking about extreme anger here," Kawachi said. "From the kinds of questions we asked the subjects, some felt like exploding, others were constantly irritable and grouchy — still others would hurt furniture and even other people. This is not the common, garden- variety irritation that we might feel." Such anger, he said, triggers the body's "fight or flight" mechanism that releases stress hormones into the bloodstream and slows the progress of platelets, which form clots that can begin a heart attack. Another team of Harvard scientists in 1995 found that the risk of having a heart attack two hours after an anger episode was 2.3 times greater than for a person who had not been angry. The new study of men ages 46 to 90 demon- strated "a more long-term increase in risk of coronary heart disease among older males," Kawachi and other authors at Harvard and the VA wrote. The cycle of stress that triggers anger and release of adrenalin and noradrenalin must be interrupted through either avoiding stressful situations or coping with them constructively, Kawachi said. "This is an important study because it adds to the large body of study and evidence that anger is a risk factor for coronary heart disease," said Dr. Redford Williams Jr. at Duke University Medical Center. "Especially important for this study is that it shows the risk extends later into life for the elderly." "Other studies already show that younger men and women with higher levels of hostility are at risk of heart disease and heart attacks," said Williams, director of Duke's Behavioral Medicine Research Center. "Becoming a grumpy older man may have its cost as well. This puts older men on notice." mployment SATURDAY November 2, 10 AM - 3 PM '.oy A .iJ.rj.b1r 1 looking ^os 1 A £) alidad 1 J-oib? is there an organization in Salina that could help you get the job or training you want? Representatives from businesses will be on hand to take applications and interview potential candidates. The Expo is for anyone looking for a job or wanting to upgrade a job. Bring your resume for a free review by trained specialists. Have Your Resume Critiqued By An Expert! • ;:: Sponsored by OCCK, Inc. KSAL/KY94 Kansas State University-Solina Kansas Rehabilitation Services The ADA Project Mini-seminars every 30 mlnMtes on • employment topics like "Job Searching on the Internet," "TQM,^ and : "Interviewing" . ' At the- i: Call 827-9383 or 826-2608 for details K-State Salina Ruling favors Medicare patients Patients in HMOs should get hearings if denied services, court rules By ARTHUR H. ROTSTEIN The Associated Press TUCSON, Ariz. — Medicare patients enrolled in health maintenance organizations have the right to prompt hearings if they are denied medical services, a federal judge ruled in an order expected to have nationwide impact. The federal Health Care Financing Administration, which oversees Medicare, has legal responsibility for overseeing HMOs under contract to provide care to Medicare patients, Judge Alfredo Marquez ruled. The federal government had contended that HMOs were privately owned and that it could not be held accountable for their actions. "Existing reconsideration procedures followed by HMOs fail to secure minimum due process for Medicare beneficiaries," Marquez wrote. "Notice and informal hearing requirements set forth by T WICHITA Restaurant worker gets hepatitis A By The Associated Press WICHITA — A food handler at a Wichita restaurant is recovering from hepatitis A, and anyone who ate at Dutch's Steak House between Oct. 17 and Oct. 25 has a chance of developing the viral infection. Customers can get free immune globulin shots from the health department to prevent themselves from developing the disease. Symptoms include nausea, fever, abdominal discomfort, vomiting and diarrhea. Hepatitis A can be fatal for the elderly or people with weak immune systems. statute and regulations are all but ignored." There are 38 million Medicare patients nationally, with some 4 million enrolled in HMOs, according to the Social Security Administration. "It's a nationwide class action, so it will apply to all Medicare enrollees in HMO plans," Sally Hart Wilson, an attorney who filed the original lawsuit, said Thursday. A decision hasn't been made on whether to appeal, said Michael Huangs, a Justice Department attorney in Washington who worked on the case. Marquez's ruling, issued Oct. 17, resulted from the 1993 lawsuit by the Center for Medicare Advocacy on behalf of five Tucson women enrolled in a local HMO plan. The lawsuit accused Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala and the Health Care Financing Administration of failing to oversee Medicare HMOs properly. It did not seek monetary damages but asked the court to order Shalala to put into place and enforce effective notice, hearing and appeals procedures when HMO T HOMEMADE STEROIDS service is denied. Each of the plaintiffs contended that they suffered serious consequences from a system that did not allow for a timely opportunity to appeal denial of services. One woman who suffered from diabetes complained of pain in her foot but received no response from her doctor with the health maintenance organization. She subsequently lost her leg at the knee to amputation. Then, after her discharge from the hospital, the HMO refused her home health care, even though she needed intravenous medication at home. A second patient was refused an ambulance after suffering a broken back at home, forcing her daughter to drive the woman to the hospital. A third was turned down for physical therapy after hip surgery, and two others were denied nursing home care payments. Marquez ordered lawyers for the plaintiffs to draw up a proposal to meet the need for prompt and appropriate hearings when services are denied. c* Four men injured after bungling steroid recipe Homemade connection was 'like drinking lye,' says police spokesman By Associated Press MASSAPEQUA PARK, N.Y. — Four men hoping to bulk up with the aid of a homemade steroid ended up in the hospital after drinking a near-lethal mixture. Police said James Rama^n, 20, and several friends mixed the chemicals at his home Tuesday night to create a muscle-building power drink, apparently following a recipe in a bodybuilding book. "They were supposed to let it sit for a while until it reached a certain pH level," said Nassau County police spokesman Bill Bendel, referring to the system for measuring acidity. "But they did not wait. At the level they drank it, it was like drinking lye." The friends swallowed small quantities of the drink and immediately suffered severe reactions. Raman was in very critical condition Thursday at Massapequa Park hospital with internal injuries affecting his respiratory system. John Rojas, 21, who received third-degree burns to his face when he passed out into the bubbling mix, was in critical but stable condition. Adam White, 20, was in stable condition and Anthony Badalamenti, 19, was released. The stuff was so strong that Raman's parents, a 19-year-old girl who was with the group and three police officers who arrived at the scene had to be treated for chemical fume inhalation. Police found a book called "Underground Steroid Handbook" at the scene. «=» c* «=» €=» «=» «=» <=» c* cr» South Middle School Anderson, Bill - English. 7310 Bainter, Lyrnan - Pre Algebra 7330 Bainter, Lyman -Algebra ..7326 BarhydUoan-LD 7323 Beams, Juanita- Reading 7312 Bell, Jeff-Social Studies 7315 Bell, Jeff-English 7311 Berglund, Kay-Math 7316 Brown, David-Science 7319 Clark, Virginia - Science 7322 Domann, Wendy - English 7325 Feiguson, Terry - PreAlgebra 7328 Ferguson, Terry -Algebra 7344 Oansel, Sheryl - English 7304 Hilyard, Jack - History 7321 Hoelting, Daryl - Math 7313 Hoelting, Daryl - Science 7355 Horst, Deena - Art 7334 Knutson, Cyndy - Science 7302 Moser, Lonnie - Social Studies 7306 Platt, Jeff-History 7354 Ratcliff, Joyce - English 7309 Rathlef, John - History 7336 Reinking, Merilyn - Explo/FACS....7353 Riddle, Theresa- Science 7320 Schmidt, Mary - Math 7301 Seim, Lesa - Math 7305 Sliiiver, Jeff-Social Studies 7317 Sturges, Jennifer - Science 7314 Turunel, Bette - Spanish 7335 Walle, Barbara - Explo/FACS 7343 Wilkins, Sudana - Spanish 7356 Winslow, Susan - English 7352 Roosevelt Lincoln Clark, Joseph - Science 5240 Crank, Chris - History 5060 DeForest, Karma - English 5080 Duncan, Brian - Exploratory 5441 Eilders, Kate-Pre Algebra 5090 Elders, Kate-Math 5091 Eiklers, Kate. - Algebra 5092 Filzpatrick, Ray - Enriched English... 5100 Fitzpatriek, Ray - English ...5101 Frable, Lenore - LD English 8th 5586 Frable, Lenore - LD English 7th 5191 Frable, Lenore - Study Skills 8th 5194 Frable, Lenore - Study Skills 7th 5195 Geiger, Sue - English 8th 5120 Geiger, Sue-English 7th 5130 Gruen, Danette - Spanish 8th 5141 Hutcliinson, Cassandra -Reading 5160 Johnston, Lisa - Vocul Music 5170 Johnston, Lisa - Slang Gang 5171 Johnston, Lisa - Orchestra 5050 Jones, Daniel - Social Studies 5180 Lambert, Vaughn - Science 5200 Larson, Cindy - BD 5420 Laubahn, Glenn - Math 8 5210 Laubalin, Glenn - Pre Algebra 5213 Laubahn. Glenn-Algebra 5212 Lenkiewicz, Lea - History 5221 McDaniel, Brenda - Social Studies....525() McMillen, Gayle - Band 7 5260 McMillen, Gayle - Band 8 5261 Morrison, Belli - Social Studies 7th...5472 Morrison, Beth - Social Studies 8th ...5473 Murphy, Dawn - English 5020 Murphy, Steve - Science 8th 5280 Murphy. Steve - Science 7th 5190 Noonan, Becky - Math 8 5290 Noonan, Becky - Pre-Algebra 5291 Noonan, Becky - Algebra 5292 Nowak, Brian - Exploratory 5441 Pemey, Kathryne - Science 5300 Pridey, Joanne - Science 5510 Ramsey, Mark- Pre Algebra 5520 Ramsey, Mark-Math 7 5521 Ramsey, Mark - Math 7th and 8th 5522 Reddig, Julie - Enriched English 5530 Reddig, Julie - English 5531 Ribble, Nancy - LD Social Studies....5540 Ribble, Nancy - LD Raiding 5541 Ribble, Nancy - LD Reading/Skills....5542 Ribble, Nancy - LD English 8 5543 Ribble, Nancy - LD English 7 5546 Ruder. Chris - Math 7 5220 Ruder, Chris-Pre Algebra 5140 Sackrider, Barbara-P.E 5550 Shivers. Karen - LD History 5580 Shivers, Karen - LD Reading 5581 Shivers, Karen - LD Reading/Skills...5582 Sliivers. Karen - LD Math 8 5584 Shivers, Karen - LD Math 7 (5lh hour).5583 Wilkins, Sudana - Spanish 7th 5431 Wilkins, Sudana - Spanish 8th 5432 Wilson, Mitch- Industrial Tech 5441 To hear your child's teacher you must use a touch-tone phone. Dial 825-6000. Press the 4-digit category number by the teacher's name Call Deb Nelson at 823-6363 if you have questions. Sttlina Journal Mine Newspaper In Education

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