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Page 12 Cheney Free Press Thursday, November 18, 1982 How to cure the common cold How does one treat a cold? Bundle up next to a roaring fire? Sweat it out by running several miles? Immerse oneself in a tub or homemade chicken soup? Or, does one run out to one's local pharmacy and buy all the cold remedies, hoping that one will provide relief? Those who do the latter contribute to a half-billion-dollar-a-year industry... and that figure doesn't include what is spent on aspirin. A cold is caused by one or more of 120 different viruses and affects your body in many different ways. Viruses are usually short-lived and resist virtually all forms of medication. Most colds run their course in about a week, with or without cold medication -- including antibiotics. To treat a cold, doctors suggest the following: --Get plenty of sleep --Drink more fluids than normal --Eat well-balanced, light meals --Avoid stress Using cold remedies sold over the counter may provide temporary relief, which is important, but they won't "cure" or even shorten the stay of one's unwelcome visitor, physicians say. If one wants temporary relief, pharmacists believe one should be aware of a few things before one purchases cold remedies. Above all else, remember to read the labels carefully -- and completely. Even over-the-counter cold medications interact with other drugs and can cause more serious medical problems. Also, make sure that the drugs one purchases and use have not been tampered with. Inspect the package or bottle for any signs of tampering and return any suspect ones to the oharmacist. There are two common types of cold medications. One includes ingredients that will act on a specific problem, while the other will work on every cold symptom from A to Z. To help decide which medicine is right, first ask some basic questions, L Remedies ii:i Recently, several cold remedies have been removed from prescription status and are now available as over-the-counter drugs. At left, Chenoy Owl Pharmacy owner Fritz McGinnls holds one such remedy. At right, Say-Mart Pharmacist Tom Byers holds the most recent addition to over-the.counter drugs. like: "Do I have a single complaint or are there a variety of symptoms?"; "Is there any skin rash or irritation?"; "What type of cough is it -- 'loose' or 'tight?' ". Those who aren't sure should contact their doctor. Those who are reasonably certain they know the answers should ask their pharmacists for the best medication available over the counter. Here are a few hints on how various medications work: Antihistamines help stop a runny nose. When used in spray form, the drug contracts blood vessels, which in turn constricts the dripping. Oral antihistamines (tablet and liquid) act the same way. However, they can also restrict blood vessels in other areas of the body. People with high blood pressure, hyperthyroid conditions, diabetes, glaucoma or other eye diseases, should consult a physician before talking any cold medications, especially antihistamines. They also may cause drowsiness and/or blurred vision. Decongestants, which are found in a variety of cold medications, act differently than antihistamines -- they reduce-the stuffed-up feeling that may accompany a cold, They are often mixed with other cold remedies instead of being marketed as a seperate pro- duct. Coughing is an annoying aspect of a cold. However, it does serve a function. Coughing is a natural defensive re- action to fluid buildup in the lungs. Therefore, trying to stop a cough is not advised. There are a variety of cough medications on the market designed to do different things for different types of cough -- expectorants induce coughing, while antitussive syrups restrain them. Before purchasing a cough remedy, ask the pharmacist which is best. Last, and certainly not least, is aspirin. Americans take more than 20 billion aspirin tablets a year -- a daily consumption rate of more than 20 tons. Although aspirin is the most commonly used drug, it can be harmful unless label directions are followed. Because of its wide use, aspirin leads over- the-counter medications as a cause of adverse reactions leading to hospital- ization or other problems such as gastric irritation. Aspirin is mainly used to reduce the aches and pains that can accompany a cold. It is an anti-inflammatory drug. Thus, it reduces swelling in the joint tissues of the body. Aspirin effectively combats fever as well. However, like a cough, a fever can be an important body reaction to your cold. It is important to treat the cause of the fever, not just the rise in body tempera- ture along. If a fever persist more than three days while taking aspirin, con- sult one's physician. Aspirin substitutes, known as aceta- minophen, also work to reduce fever, but they do not contain the anti- inflammatory ingredient found in aspirin. The lack of this ingredient makes the substitute less irritating to the stomach lining. In some instances of a cold accompanied with an upset stomach, the acetaminophes may be preferred. Regardless of which one chooses, doctors strongly recommend taking only the recommended dosage latin News During the first four weeks of the 1983 farm program signup period, farmers enrolled 8.7 million base acres under the feed grain program and 8.7 million acres under the wheat program. Everett Rank, administrator of USDA's Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, said the signup, which continues through March 31, is required before farmers are eligible for program benefits such as commodity loans, target price protection, land diversion payments and the grain re- serve. At the time they sign up, producers may request an advance of 50 percent of their projected deficiency payments and 50 percent of their land diversion payments. When farm prices are below the target price, a deficiency payment is made equal to the difference between the target price and the higher of the market price received by farmers or the loan rate. Base acreage, on which advance deficiency payments have been re- quested, totals 5.4 million acres under the feed grain program and 6.4 million under the wheat program. Farmers who sign up to participate in the feed grain and wheat programs agree to reduce their base acreage of these commodities by at least 20 percent. Feed grain producers sign up for a 10 percent acreage reduction and a 10 percent paid land diversion, while the requirements for wheat producers are a 15 percent acreage reduction and a five percent paid land diversion. The acreage taken out of production will be devoted to a conservation use, Rank said. Bonneville Power Administration Ratepayers fund fish program Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) recently endorsed a majority of the Regional Power Planning Council's fish and wildlife program recommend- ations. Peter T. Johnson, Bonneville ad- ministrator, submitted final written comments to the council concerning its draft fish and wildlife plan. He said BPA will "do our level best to imple- ment those portions of the program for which Bonneville will have responsi- bility." Johnson said the council has ac- complished much in the short time frame for adoption of its fish and wildlife program. Because ratepayers will pay for most of the fish program, BPA will be obliged to examine individual meas- ures carefully. "Together with the council, we need to be assured that each measure to be implemented is prudent and reason- able," he said. Johnson said BPA perceives itself and the council as partners, with a common purpose and common object- ives. BPA has a clear duty to protect and enhance fish and wildlife adversely impacted by hydroelectric develop- ment on the Columbia River and its tributaries. "The ultimate tests of BPA's ability to implement the fish and wildlife program will be BPA's rate-setting proceedings and budget reviews," he said. BPA's proposed rates will be ex- amined by wholesale power customers and others during the upcoming rate hearings. In addition, BPA's budgets are reviewed by the'U.S. Department of Energy, the Office of Management and Budget and Congress. "In each of these forums, individual fish and wildlife measures will be scrutinized," he said. "This is all the more reason for the council and BPA to work together cooperatively." Johnson said he was confident that those measures which come to BPA well defined, evaluated and assessed will pass the rates and budget hurdles "with high marks." The council's draft program contains provisions for in- creasing water flow over dams to assist fish migration. These provisions in- volve significant sacrifice of generat- ing capacity and power sales revenue. The council's proposal also contains programs for aiding fish passage around dams, including transportation and physical improvements at dams. All expenditures by BPA to carry out the program are funded by ratepayers. Eagle women plan Young, inexperienced, but potentially very talented, the Eastern Washington University women's basketball team will open its 1983 season Friday, tack- ling host Wyoming, a very experienced team, in the first round of the Wyoming Dial Tournament. The Eagles and the Cowgirls will tip off at 1 p.m. in Laramie. Southern Methodist and Weber State, one of Eastern's rivals in the new Mountain West Athletic Conference, complete the tournament field. The consolation game will be played between Friday's losers at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The winners will meet for the champion- ship Saturday at 8 p.m. (MST). The season opener will be one of four successive tournament appearances for EWU. Coach Bill Smithpeters also will send his team into competition in: the Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 22-23 in Logan Utah; the WSU Dial Tourna- ment in PulIman on Dec. 3-4, and the Dial Sun Devil Classic on Dec. 9-11 in Tempe, Ariz. Four year stars Marie Loos and Neil Ann Massie are gone along with standout guard DeAnne Nelson; but, Smithpeters has "letter-winners Lisa Comstock (Spokane) and Jennifer Keegan (Vancouver) returning at point guard, along with veterans Lori Clarke (Abbotsford, B.C.) and Monica Van Riper (Sekiu) on the wings. However, all four are sophomores. Post players Sue Karstetter (Spokane) and Heidi Vedder (Coeur d'Alene) are the only seniors, and frontcourt standout Fay Zwarych (Vernon, B.C.) is the only junior. Zwarycl/ is trying to rebound from ankle surgery which handicapped her most of the 1982 season after she returned at midyear. Smithpeters has labeled post players Kathy Taylor (Tacoma) and Cristy Cochrach (Castle Rock) as his best freshman prospects since Loos and Massie. Both will play extensively; including during the early-season tournaments. For the third peters will send'. handicapped by i Massie was accident, before the 1981 operated upon disability in 1982 campaign. I 9.3 points man, has missed She expected to from her left ing a hairline metatarsal. Zwarycl was weekend when of clinics and area. couver) has back problem practice and EWU tuned meeting the baskets in a baskets, the powerful 62-51. Wyoming is and the for the High ference title. Wyoming has 6'3" center forward Rita Kline averaged rebounds. age shoooter, 9.8 rebounds. among the Classic. SMU is of star Rhonda 21.3 points the assistant ang Davis, a 6'0" productive man Lee Ann Jackson 6'4" points [] O BACHI rent, Lake. COLOR GARAGE sale at 123 Walker, $45, Saturday, Nov. 20, 9 am-noon. 27p-0 605O. FRESH English walnuts and filberts, $1.30/Ib. 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