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CAPE GAZE'FIE - Tuesday, January 8 - Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 29 Simple solution puts stop to doggy hot spots PEOPLE'S PHARMACY macaroon cookie remedy when I read about it in your column. I ate two each morning and had good benefit for a while, but then I had to increase the dose. After a few months, even three cookies were not helping the diarrhea. Instead, I turned to Dannon Activia yogurt. Dannon advertises that it will refund your money if Activia doesn't solve the problem in two Q.: I read somewhere of a solution for hot spots on dogs: 1/3 Listerine, 1/3 baby oil and 1/3 water. Shake these up in a spray bottle and spray it on the dog, rubbing it into the spot. If you do this when you first see the dog worrying a spot, it stops the problem in its tracks. I think the Listerine dries it out and the baby oil soothes it. It works like a mir- acle. A." We have written before about using a solution of equal parts Listerine, mineral oil and water for these itchy spots. We suspect the herbal oils in the Listerine fight fungus and possibly bacteria. Some dogs' hot spots may be linked to Malassezia fungus, and the antifungal activity of this mouth- wash might be helpful. The development of itchy spots may be related to allergies. Ask the vet about ways to reduce your dog's exposure to potential allergens. Yogurt cures diarrhea Q.: I had chronic diarrhea for several years, so I was interested in the coconut weeks. I didn't get any money back, but I am happy. Not only did it eliminate my diarrhea, it also sol.ld my husband's long- standing constipation.problem. A.: Activia contains probiotic bacteria that are supposed to help reestablish a healthy balance of microbes in the gut. Yogurt is made from cultured milk, so it is an excellent way to deliver living bacteria. Probiotics have gained popularity in Europe, but are still relatively unknown in the United States. Nonetheless, there is some research to link probiotics to promoting better diges- tive health, soothing eczema and boosting immunity against respiratory-tract infec- tions. Peroxide for toenail fungus Q.: I tried your hydrogen-peroxide treat- ment for toenail fungus, and it worked like a charm. A." The reader who suggested this applied over-the-counter hydrogen perox- ide from a drugstore daily to the nails with a cotton ball after showering. Arthritis drug ups cholesterol? Q.: My total cholesterol rose significant- ly while I took glucosamine and chon- droitin to relieve arthritis of the knees. I took it from May 2005 to May 2007. I have always had a healthy, low-fat diet, so I was surprised at the increase. In 2003, my cholesterol was 159. In April 2007, it was 273. Six months later, it had dropped back to 233 after I stopped the supplement. Do you think there is a connection? A.: Several small studies have not shown any association between glucosamine and chondroitin and elevations in cholesterol. We have heard from many readers like you who noticed an increase while taking such supplements, however. Editor's note: Joe Graedon is a pharma- cologist, and Teresa Graedon is a medical anthropologist. Write to them in care of King Features Syndicate, 888 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10019, or via their website at serve." Diehl brings more than 25 years of expe- rience in the nursing field and in commu- nity involve- ment. She has most recently DIEItL served as the clinical education specialist for Beebe Medical Center where, since 2004, she has been responsi- ble for developing educational programs for nurses. She also has been working as a nurse in the Beebe Medical Center Emergency Department. Diehl began her nursing career in 1978 as a licensed practical nurse at Memorial Hospital in York, Pa. She earned her associ- ate's degree in nursing from Harrisburg Area Community College. Upon becoming a regis- tered nurse, she went to York Hospital to become an emergency room nurse. In 1991, she joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, where she worked for six years. After she left the Army, she con- tinued to work in the emergency rooms of Memorial Hospital and University of Pennsylvania Hospital. She also has worked as a sexual assault nurse examiner. While in Pennsylvania, her community health experience included working in a health edu- New cancer support group begins Jan. 12 Young people in their 20s to 40s have special issues to cope with when they are diagnosed with cancer. Concerns about relationships, the effect of their cancer diagnosis on their family and on their work performance are some of the topics addressed in this open forum facil- itated by Clare Wilson, RN, LPMHC. Being Young With Cancer will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, and continue to meet on the second and fourth Saturday of each month at The Wellness Community-Delaware. The Sussex facility-is located in Suite 312 of the Medical Arts Building at the Beebe Health Campus, cation program for York County schoolchildren, working in a health education program for women and children in a home- less shelter and chairing a Safe Kids Coalition Buckle Up pro- gram. She also set up a variety of heath screening events. She served on the executive board of the York County Safe Kids Coalition and on the York County Domestic Violence Committee. Diehl earned her bachelor's degree in business management from York College and her mas- ter's degree in science from the University of Phoenix. She is also board certified for emergency nursing. Prior to settling in Sussex County, Diehl served a three-year stint as a traveling nurse in 2001, working on assignments in San Diego, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; Baltimore; and Ocean City, Md. Diehl is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association, the National Nursing Staff Development Organization and the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. "I look forward to getting out into the community and educating people about the importance of screenings and detecting life- threatening diseases as early as possible," Diehl said. "We want people to know of the healthcare programs available to them, espe- cially if they have financial con- strictions, and that early care can make a difference." Healthcare professionals are needed for face-to-face tobacco cessation counseling. You can help Delaware smokers conquer their addiction--and be paid for it. Who should apply.:' Healthcare professionals, including pharmacists, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, or others with at least a bachelor's degree and current license or certification. Required training Must attend a full-day initial training program and participate in quarterly continuing education opportunities. Compensation You will be responsible for three meetings with each client, as well as completing and submitting assessment forms and other required data. Initial Assessment: $50. First and second follow-up appointments: $25 each. Georgetown, Delaware Tech Campus on Saturday, January 12. To register, please contact Tanya Richards at or call The American Cancer Society at 302-324-4227. Leave your name, title, company name, address, telephone number and email address. O DELAWARE HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES Division of Public Health Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Peggy Diehl to oversee outreach programs Beebe Medical Center appoint- ed Peggy A. Diehl, RaN, MSN, CEN, to the position of communi- ty health nurse coordinator. Diehl, who began in her new role Dec. 10, is responsible for Beebe Medical Center's commu- nity health programs, which include free health screenings, outreach to local organizations, participation in local health fair- sand health education. Community health outreach efforts focus on the prevention and early detection of disease and illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Diehl also will oversee Beebe Medical Center's community health nurses who conduct screen- ings and events, and the Community Healthcare Access Program (CHAP) care coordina- tors based at Beebe Medical Center. Diehl reports to Mark B. Thompson, director of public relations and community health. "We are pleased to have some- one of Peggy's experience and background to coordinate our many health screening and educa- tion programs," said Thompson. "We believe that she will be a true asset to Beebe as we continue to grow and meet the healthcare needs of the communities that we Beebe names new community health nurse coordinator