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The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station's Tick
Management Handbook is available (in downloadable PDF
The body-mass index (BMI) is a way of assessing people's weight
while taking into account their height. You can think of it as
how much a person weighs per inch of height. The BMI is a single
number because it is a ratio — in this case, the ratio between
weight and the square of one's height.
The basic equation uses metric units. It is weight in kilograms
divided by the square of height in meters and looks like this:
Your weight in kilograms (your height in
meters)2 = your body-mass index
Many people think of gout as an archaic and uncommon affliction, but it is becoming more common, mainly among older men who eat a lot of meat and seafood and drink a lot of alcohol, particularly beer. The diuretics ("water pills") that many people take to control high blood pressure are another contributing factor. Gout can also be a problem for transplant recipients. Cyclosporine, the immunosuppressant taken to reduce the chances of organ rejection, is to blame. The encouraging news is that almost all cases are treatable. In fact, gout is one of the few curable forms of arthritis, an umbrella term for dozens of conditions that cause inflammation in the joints. The trouble is making sure people get the care they need and follow through on taking medications.
Deer tick nymphs are most active in the warmer spring and summer
months. A tick bite can lead to Lyme disease or other illnesses.
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station published an
excellent handbook about tick management several years ago. Here
are eight tips for protecting yourself from ticks, culled mainly
from that handbook.
Some studies have suggested that a little extra weight may be
beneficial to older people. Bigger people tend to have thighbones
(femurs) with higher bone mineral density readings, an indication
of bone strength. A number of studies show that heavier women are
less likely to break a hip than women who would generally be
considered closer to a healthy weight. And some data suggests
that overweight, and even obese, people do better than their
normal and underweight counterparts after coronary artery bypass
Additional information about recently published articles on a
possible alternative treatment for migraines, avoiding the need
for hip replacement, and the effect of high blood pressure on
I am 63 and have tears running down my face at odd times. Most of
the information I've found on the Internet is about infants with
blocked tear ducts. Can you provide some information about
tearing in adults?