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a guide of medical physicians, medical advice and other health tips

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    of acute sinusitis include:* Nasal congestion Nasal discharge Facial pain and pressure Cough or congestion Loss of smell Fever Bad breath Dental pain Fatigue

    How Is Sinusitis Diagnosed?Doctors will typically ask for a full list ofsymptoms when attempting to diagnose theproblem. If the doctor suspects sinusitis, heor she may press the sinuses to feel for ten-derness and might also tap the individual'steeth to determine if the paranasal sinus isinflamed.There are also tests available to determine ifa person is suffering from sinusitis. Thesecan include studying the mucus culture, con-ducting a CT scan of the sinuses, allergytesting, nasal endoscopy, or even bloodwork.

    How Is Sinusitis Treated?When a person is diagnosed with sinusitis,their treatment will depend on whether they

    were diagnosed with acute or chronic sinusi-tis.For acute sinusitis patients, treatment can beas simple as taking a decongestant or inhal-ing steam. Nonprescription decongestantnasal drops or sprays have also been proveneffective at managing symptoms. However, ifsuch treatments are used beyond their rec-ommended use, congestion may actually in-crease. Nonprescription decongestants usu-ally recommend usage last no longer thanfive days, so if the conditions don't improve,cease taking them and consult your physi-cian. If the doctor prescribes antibiotics, 10to 14 days is the typical treatment schedule.Chronic sinusitis sufferers might be told tofind some warm, moist air. Inhaling steamfrom a pot of boiling water that's been re-moved from the heat might also help allevi-ate symptoms. In addition, a warm compresscan relieve pain in the nose and sinuses,while nonprescription nasal decongestants,when used in adherence with the recom-mended dosage, might also be effective. The best thing to keep in mind when suffer-ing from sinusitis is to be proactive if yoususpect you have it. Delaying treatment willonly extend the often painful and uncomfort-able symptoms.

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    When the weather begins to warm up, many peo-ple start taking steps to trim their waistline andshed those extra pounds packed on throughoutthe winter. While this is common, it's just as com-mon for men and women to underestimate howmuch work they need to do to get healthy.A 2010 survey from Harris Interactive/HealthDayof more than 2,400 men and women over theage of 18 helped shed light on just how far offmany people are when assessing their ownhealth. In the survey, nearly one-third of all re-spondents from the "overweight" class felt theywere normal size, while 70 percent of those whowould be considered "obese" felt they weremerely overweight.Misconceptions about an individual's own healthis likely a reason for the ongoing overweight andobesity epidemic in the United States. If men andwomen don't believe there's a problem, then theydon't feel there's anything to address. However,the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionnote that 34 percent of adults age 20 and overwere obese in 2007-08, and an additional 34 per-cent were overweight (and not obese) during thattime period. Though this is certainly problematic, it's also notdifficult for motivated men and women to fix theproblem if they so desire. In addition to exercise,eating a more nutritious diet is one of the bestways to maintain a healthy weight. Oftentimes, ahealthy diet does not involve making a drasticoverhaul. Instead, many people find it's easierthan they expected. Embrace bright fruits and vegetables. Densein nutrients and low in calories, fruits and vegeta-bles are an essential element to a healthy dietand can be enjoyed throughout the day. Andwhen it comes to fruits and vegetables, thebrighter the better. Brighter, deeper colored fruits

    and vegetables typically have a high concentra-tion of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Don't just go green. Fruits and vegetablescome in many different colors, and those colorseach provide their own distinct nutritional value.Many vegetables are green, and greens providea host of vitamins and minerals. Greens are of-ten loaded with calcium, iron, magnesium, potas-sium, and zinc as well as vitamins A, C, E, and K.Sweet vegetables, including corn, carrots andbeets, might not be as eye-catching as theirgreener counterparts, but these also provide agood source for vitamins and minerals whileadding some sweetness to a diet as well.Colorful fruits also provide a host of nutritionalvalue, including vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. Include more wholegrains. Whole grains cannot only help combat exist-ing conditions like highcholesterol, but they canalso protect men andwomen from a host of oth-er issues. Those issues in-clude cardiovascular dis-ease, stroke and evensome cancers. What'smore, because they'rehigh in fiber, whole grainsmake men and womenfeel more full without eat-ing as much, which canhelp discourage overeat-ing. Easy ways to includemore whole grains in yourdaily diet include replacingwhite bread with wholegrain bread, trading re-fined pastas for whole wheat

    alternativesand passing onwhite rice in favorof brown rice. None of these adjustments arevery difficult, but they can pay significant divi-dends. Don't abandon snacks. Quitting snacks coldturkey will likely result in overeating. And snacksaren't the problem; it's what men and womenchoose to snack on that's the true culprit. Whenchoosing snacks, select foods that make up forany lost nutrients. For instance, if you have nothad enough protein, choose a healthy, protein-rich snack like mixed nuts or peanut butter to getyour daily recommended protein. Instead ofchoosing a low-calorie snack like pretzels, find a

    Choosing healthy snacks, such as apple slices, is one wayto make a diet more nutritious.

    Easy Means To aMore Nutritious Diet

    nity.OConnor said a heightened awareness is rec-

    ommended for those in their 50s, not becausecolon cancer chances increases, but the develop-ment of colon polyps increases.

    The overwhelming majority of colon cancercomes from polyps, OConnor said.

    Not all polyps are bad less than half lead tocancer.

    If you can identify and remove polyps at thatpoint early in the scheme of things, you can thusprevent subsequent development of potentialcolon cancer, OConnor said. That way we reallyare able to use the phrase cancer prevention, asopposed to early detection. I would much rathernever have to deal with a cancer. If I can tell folks

    We fished out a little polyp in there, that is great.They never have to know what might have been.

    For the liver and other organ systems, OConnorsaid those in the Roanoke Valley should not waitfor a certain age to become health conscious.

    Folks need to be ongoing and very cognizant oftaking care of themselves, he said. That gener-ally revolves around diet and making sure we fuelthat machinery properly with good, high-fiber foodson an ongoing basis throughout the course of ourlifetime.

    OConnor sees his practice and the opening ofthe Digestive Health Center as a wonderful oppor-tunity to assist patients and physicians in the com-munity by helping provide ongoinggastroenterological and liver services for those

    Here the new Digestive Health Center staff readies the procedure area. Pictured are Shantea Connell, RN, manager of the Center, foreground, DarleneWolgemuth, RN, left, and Laura Dickens, RN. All are from Roanoke Rapids.

    Shantea Connell, manager of thenew Digestive Health Center at Halifax Regional Medical Center,shows where the hang to dry in anew cubbard-type container whichwas part of the digestive centers rennovations.

    ABOUT THE DOCTORRory V. OConnor, MD, a board certified gastroen-terologist, recently opened his office on the Hali-fax Regional Medical Center campus.As a gastroenterologist, OConnor is a physicianwith training and experience in the managementof diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. OCon-nors practice will cover the full range of hepatol-ogy, diseases of the liver.He earned his medical degree from the Universityof California, San Francisco, and spent three yearsas an intern and resident at Wadsworth VA/UCLAMedical Centers in Los Angeles.OConnor continued his professional trainingthrough a Fellowship at the University of Califor-nia, San Diego. He joined a medical practice in Cal-ifornia and spent 13 years there before moving toHawaii, where he continued to practice. While in Hawaii, I was the endoscopy director atour hospital, which is virtually the same size asHalifax Regional. Likewise, our community onMaui is similar in size to the community served byHalifax Regional, he said.OConnor will work closely with the staff of the Di-gestive Health Center, where he will perform a fullrange of endoscopic procedures.My wife and I are empty nesters with our chil-dren either in college or graduates, so we are mov-ing back to the mainland to be clos