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12/22/03

HealthWise at 5 From 12.22

  • Shoveling and Heart Attacks

Have long been linked but new evidence shows that the winter season itself, whether you live in a cold or warm climate increases your risk of a heart attack. Researchers at the University of Minnesota say factors like respiratory infection, holiday stress and eating and drinking too much all play a role. Additionally, blood pressure surges that occur mostly in the morning are a concern in any season for those people who are prone to those morning peaks. So reduce out your risk by watching your diet, keep active on a regular basis, not just when it's time to shovel snow and always follow your treatment for high blood pressure that is recommended to you.

  • Poinsettias

Contrary to popular belief, the poinsettia is not actually poisonous. But according to the Medical College of Georgia, a lot of people react to it because of an allergy, particularly people who are allergic to latex. Researchers at that college say the plant comes from the same family tree that latex is derived from and shares two allergy-causing antibodies. So, milky sap from the poinsettia can cause mild to severe reactions like a latex allergy, depending on the sensitivity of the person.

  • Blood Drive

Don't forget, there are still two days left to give blood for Christmas. The Country Christmas Blood drive continues Monday and Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at UBS in Lubbock which is at 2523 48th Street. Also, on Monday the mobile unit is at the United Supermarket in Muleshoe until 8 p.m. So folks out there can answer the call too. On Tuesday, the mobile unit will roll back into Lubbock and set up shop in the Best Buy parking lot from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and that's where all donors during this Christmas drive will be eligible for some big prizes, not to mention the satisfaction of perhaps saving a life.

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