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SNOW-SHOVELING ADVICE

Remember that shoveling snow provides a strenuous workout that can take its toll on your back. Here are some tips to remember when that snow really falls:

-- Warm up before going outside. Stretch or do light exercise to loosen your muscles.

-- Use your legs, not your back, when lifting a load of snow.

-- Lift small loads and rest frequently. Stop if it hurts.

-- Stay hydrated.

-- Dress warmly. Wear gloves and a hat that covers your ears to avoid frostbite.

Save a life

For people diagnosed with leukemia and related cancers, a bone marrow transplant often is the only hope for a cure. But many in need of a marrow transplant cannot find a matched donor within their families. In an effort to increase the number of people currently in the national marrow registry, the Leukemia Society of America and the National Marrow Donor Program are sponsoring searches for potential donors.

One such drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 2 in Student Union Room 145-B on the University at Buffalo North Campus. Potential bone marrow donors need only donate a small sample of blood, which then will be tested to identify the donor's specific type of bone marrow for confidential registration in the national donor program. For more information, call the Leukemia Society at 635-9111.

Managing menopause

Hot flashes, mood swings, sleep disorders. These are just a few symptoms associated with menopause. Each year, millions of women face these physical, physiological and emotional changes with little preparation for the important transition they are about to make.

"Prime Plus/Red Hot Mamas," a menopause management national program, is being brought to Western New York by the Catholic Health System and Expressly for Women, the women's health division at Sisters Hospital.

The free program includes a year-long series of health education sessions, group support and other activities. An introductory program entitled "Pause and Effect: Transition Into Menopause" will be held Saturday 1/2 9 at 10 a.m. in Sisters Hospital. Programs will continue each month, alternating between Sisters and the Marian Professional Center adjacent to the Mercy Hospital parking ramp on Abbott Road. For information, call 447-6205.

Battling dry, winter skin

Adopting a simple skin care routine can be the solution to dry skin during the cold winter months.

"Dry, itchy, flaky and scaly skin is a common winter complaint," says Dr. Sylvia Hsu, a dermatologist at Baylor College of Medicine. "This condition usually continues through the winter months when humidity is low."

The condition is called xerosis. It mostly affects the lower legs, hands and arms and can usually be controlled with a few changes to the daily routine. Avoid long, hot showers during the winter because hot water will dry out the skin. Instead, take lukewarm showers or baths that last less than five minutes. After bathing, pat the skin dry with a towel and apply moisturizer within 30 minutes.

If the skin becomes cracked, severely inflamed or infected, see a dermatologist.

When a limb swells

Lymphedema is a condition in which lymphatic fluid builds up, causing a limb to swell. People who have undergone cancer surgeries are at risk, especially if they have had a lymph node removed. If left untreated, lymphedema may lead to chronic infections.

For more information about lymphedema, contact the National Lymphedema Network at (800) 541-3259 or visit the Web site www.lymphnet.org.

To your health

Think fresh fruits and veggies are always the most nutritious? Can that popular belief: Some nutrients fare better in the process of freezing and canning, Fitness magazine reports. Nutritionally speaking, tomatoes, spinach, peaches and apricots are better canned. Peas and lima beans are best frozen. Potatoes and strawberries are best fresh.

By News Staff Reporter Lisa Muehlbauer, compiled from staff and wire reports.

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