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Food, Health & Fitness ,p,all (]azett,Thursday,,uhry J 3, 199731 Meniere's Disease Molly Williams, RN Pahrump Valley Home Health Between 5% and 10% of the general popula- tion have a hearing impairment. One third of people older than age 65 experience a hearing loss. There are many diseases that do affect hearing. Meniere's disease is but one example. The ear is divided into three areas. The exter- nal ear, middle ear and the inner ear. The exter- nal and middle ear are involved with hearing and the inner ear is involved with hearing and with balance. Meniere's disease is a chronic disease that involves the inner ear and causes a triad of symptoms such as vertigo (dizzinessbr spinning sen- sation), hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the . ear). Fullness or a ease is still unclear. An oral hours. Sudden attacks may a p S During an attack avoid radin lights and avoid sudden position changeg O!ber interventions are: If a smoker, stop Smoking: Stay al ............... Skillet Barley Paella Perk up mealtime doldrums with this fla- vorful one-pan entree featuring chicken, shrimp and pearl barley. An economical meal - stretcher, pearl barley adds nutty flavor and heart-healthy fiber to en- trees, salads, soups and side dishes. For more fiber-rich recipes featuring pearl barley, send a SASE to National Barley Foods Council, Department MR, W. 905 Riverside, Suite 501, Spolane, WA 99201. 2 2 1/2 3/4 1/4 1 1/2 2 Skillet Barley Paella tablespoons olive oil pounds chicken parts (legs, thights, breasts) cup pearl barley pound chorizo sausages, sliced each small green and red bell pepper, seeded and diced cup sliced green onion teaspoons minced garlic 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 2 cups chicken broth 1/2 teaspoon oregano salt and pepper, to taste 1/2 pound cooked shrimp 1 package (10 ounces) frozen green peas 1/4 cup chopped cilantro or parsley Heat in oil in large skillet. Add chicken; cook 5 minutes or Until lightly browned, turning occasionally. Remove chicken from skillet; keep warm. Add barley, sausages, peppers, green onion, garlic and turmeric to skillet. Cook 5 mintues or until barley is golden, stirring often. Add bfOth, oregano and seasonings. Arrange chicken over barley in skillet. Cover and cook over meduim-low heat 35 to 40 minutes or until barley is almost tender and mogt of liquid is absorbed. Add shrimp, peas and cilantro; simmer 10 to 15 minutes longer to finish cooking and blend flavors. Add more liquid if mixture is dry. Makes 6 servings. Per serving: 356 calories, 30g protein, 13g fat, 30 g carbohydrate, 128mg cholesterol, 7g fiber, 651mg so- dium. Simple Tips May Save Your Life When CO Strikes Carbon monoxide poisoning affects about 10,000 people each year in thd United States and 800 to 1,000 die. Carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas produced by incomplete com- bustion of fuel, has no color, taste or odor. According to the December issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter, following a few simple tips can often prevent poisoning. * Know the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Signs and symptoms include headache, fever, skin rashes, dizziness, weakness, fatigue, nausea, vomit- ing, shortness of breath, chest pain and trouble thinking. You also may lose consciousness. * Be aware of possible sources of carbon monoxide. These include gas and oil furnaces, wood stoves, gas appliances, pool heaters and engine exhaust fumes, ciga- rette smoke and paint removers containing methylene chloride. Cracked heat exchangers on furnaces, blocked chimneys or flues and disconnected or blocked appli- ance vents can allow carbon monoxide to reach living areas. Tight home construction may also increase your risk. * Get a detector. Detectors are available in plug-in and battery-powered models and may cost between $35 and $80. Buy one that sounds an alarm. If the alarm sounds, open dorrs and windows to allow fresh air in. If anyone is having poisoning symptoms, leave that area immediately and call 911 or your fire department from a nearby phone. If no one is having symptoms, leave doors and windows open, turn off all fuel-burning appli- ances and have a qualified technician inspect your home. Confused about your You're not alone - high blood pressure medicine? Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure,* making it one of the most common medi- cal conditions affecting our society. As a result, there are many different kinds of medication on the market that are used to treat high blood pressure. My patients often ask me questions about different drugs, wondering if the medica- tion they're taking is right for them. In the following paragraphs, I've answered a few of the most common questions to help clear up some of the confusion high blood pressure patients may be feeling. I quit taking medicine because of a story I read in the paper. What should l do now? You should not stop taking your medicine without first speaking to your doctor. High blood pressure is a very serious condition. In addition to high blood pressure, your blood pressure medication may have been prescribed for other medical conditions like chest pain. My advice is to call your doctor immediately to discuss any concerns you may have. He or she can recommend what you should do next. Stories in the news media on medical studies usually are simplified so a general audience can understand them, and information that greatly affected the outcome of a study often omitted in the process. In addition, all studies eventually are evaluated by doctors who aren't directly involved so that objective expert opinions about the study data can be obtained. Sometimes the news media will run stories on studies that have not yet received this kind of review. In many cases, further studies are needed to verify findings. Again, the best thing you can do is talk to your doctor. Dr. William Applegate is professor and chairman, Department of preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. "Confused About Your High Blood Pressure Medicine ? You're NoiAlone" is a public service feature supported by Hoechst Marion Roussel, maker of one of the broadest lines of cardiovascular products on the market today. *Heart and Stroke Facts: 1996 Statistical Supplement, American Heart Association.