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! CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, Jan. 4 - Jan. 6, 2005 - 21 Senior citizen seeks help for resistant lice Q: I am 74 and have fine hair. A month ago I came down with a case of lice after a visit to a barbershop. My doctor recommended Rid. I used it twice with no success. I bought a product on the internet, and it did no better. We have washed the sheets and clothes every day, vacuumed, etc. Any recommenda- tions? A: Most people think of lice in terms of children at day care or summer camp. But lice don't care about age. Anyone can be susceptible. In some communities, lice have become resistant to the usual treat- ments. Alternative approaches, include Hair- Clean 1-2-3, a product containing coconut oil, anise oil and ylang ylang oil in an alco- hol base: To locate it, check the Web site www.hairclean.com, or call 800-448-1448. The alcohol base may add to its antilice power. Another product that contains alcohol and has been used against lice is old-fash- ioned Listerine mouthwash. Massage it in- to the scalp, cover the head with a towel and leave the Listerine on for 15 minutes. Then shampoo it out. You might have to do this every few days to kill off the emerging lice. I Joe and Teresa Graedon Briefly Bayhealth opens Milford walk.in site WalkIn Medical Care, Bay- health Medical Center's walk-in medical facility for minor illness- es and injuries, opened in "Milford Jan. 3. WalkIn Medical Care in Mil- ford is staffed with family physi- cians and nurse practitioners who treat patients on a walk-in basis, saving the patients an emergency room visit for minor illnesses and injuries. WalkIn Medical Care is located at 301 Jefferson Ave., one block away from Milford Memorial Hospital. Patients may be seen from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, calL430-5705. Ostomy support group to meet Jan. 4 Be*be Medical Center's ostomy support group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 4, in the Tunnell Cancer Center conference room. The group is for new and sea- soned ostomates who discuss is- sues and answer questions. For details, call Wound Care Services/Diabetes Management at 947-2500 of Lynda Dunham at 645-3528. MS Shore Group to meet Jan. 5 Dr. Michael Fraundorfer will discuss pharmaceuticals at the monthly meeting of the Sussex County Shore Group, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, PEOPLE'S PHARMACY Joe and Teresa Graedon answer letters from readers. Write to them in care of King Features Syndicate, 888 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10019, or email them at pharma- cy@mindspring.com or via their website www.peoplespharmacy.org. Any heartburn remedies? Q: I am just recovering from a terrible cough and infection that my doctor diag- nosed as walking pneumonia. This is the second time I have come down with pneu- monia, and my doctor has warned me to stop taking Prevacid. He prescribed it for reflux. Now my heartburn is back, but he says he won't prescribe another drug. Can I take Prilosec OTC, or is there something else that will work? A" Medications like Prevacid, Prilosec, Aciphex or Nexium reduce stomach acid very well. So do OTC drugs like Tagamet, Pepcid and Zantac. Researchers have won- dered whether reducing acid so dramatical- ly might allow bacteria and viruses from food and water to survive in the stomach. Stomach acid normally kills germs, but if they survive they might get into the lungs. Your physician might be reacting to an article ("Journal of the American Medical Association," Oct. 27, 2004) linking acid- suppressing drugs to pneumonia. That is why you probably should avoid Prilosec OTC and other powerful reflux medicines. Antacids don't modify stomach acid long enough to cause complications. Sipping chamomile tea, chewing gum and sucking on hard candy are surprisingly effective for heartburn. Many readers tell us that a spoonful of yellow mustard, though it might not be palatable, can stop heartburn quickly. So can baking soda in water, although the sodium content is too high for long-term use. We are sending you our "Guide to Diges- tive Disorders" for more information on heartburn remedies. Anyone who would like a copy may send $2 in check or money order with a long (No. 10), stamped (60 cents), self-addressed envelope to Grae- dons' People's Pharmacy, No. G-3, P.O. Box 52027, Durham, NC 27717-2027. Sanitizers cause rash Q: Hand sanitizers are very effective and do not require wetting or drying off hands, but they are worse than soap for some peo- ple. My 6-year-old daughter cannot use them. Every time she does, her skin turns bright red and hurts. Every year I tell her teachers that she will not be using hand sanitizers. No soap that she has used ever caused this problem. I just thought you might like to know that some people have to use soap in- stead. A: Frequent hand washing, whether with soap and water or waterless sanitizers, is the best way to avoid colds and flu. Other readers also report that sanitizers may be irritating, but it's hard to tell which of the various ingredients could be respon- sible. The meeeting begins at 7:30 p.m., in the Sunshine Caf6 at Be*be Medical Center in Lewes. For more information, call Kay at 422-9584 or Jamie at 684-4513. Beebe offers breastfeeding support Be.be Medical Center wil host a breastfeeding support group from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Thurs- day, Jan. 6, in the south Confer- ence room. .For more information, call For more information, call 645-3762. Cancer Buddies meets Jan. 12 Cancer Buddies support group will meet at 5:30 p.m., Wednes- day, Jan. 12, in the Tunnell Can- cer Center Conference Room. This support group is for cancer survivors and caretakers. Guests are encouraged, and re- freshments will be served. For details, call 645-3770. CPR courses set Beebe Medical Center offers cardiopulmonary resucitation classes. More information is Fibromyalgia support group meets Jan. 7 A fibromyalgia support group will meet from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 7, at the Lewes Senior Cen- ter. For details, call the Be*be Medical Center Department of In- tegrative Health at 645-3528.  arable at 645-3248. Cancer in Common meets Jan. 11 Cancer in Common will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Ep- worth United Methodist Church, 20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth NewClasses In Rev. Diane S. Pk.D. b/r d"S,p/at.d Comt=r/w Weli,'fflon Pm'kwa e Beth,,y Benck DE  Appomtm  I.lormatian XFT Beach. Cancer in Common is a spiritu- ally based support group whose purpose is to provide a Christian environment for people whose lives have been touched by can- cel Meetings are open to anyone who is a cancer survivor or cur- rently fighting cancer, and people close to them. 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Average blood flow increased 33% at the metatarsus (portion of the foot between the instep and the toes), and 35% at the Achilles tendon, and average temperature increased 5 degrees Fahrenheit at the metatarsus and 8 degrees Fahrenheit at the great toe. Additional research is needed to determine if L-arginine cream has any clinical benefit in preventing or reducing amputations or other foot complications. Please watch this ad to learn more about Professional Compounding! VILLAGES OF $ POINTS, LEWES (302) 645-0090  Open Mon.- Sa