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MOVE IT! . . . World Health Day is April 7. This year's theme, "Move for Health," draws attention to the benefits of physical activity and the dangers of sedentary lifestyles. More information is available at "I encourage adults to exercise throughout their lifetimes. Walking is something you can fit into your normal daily routine. Before starting any exercise regimen, consult your physician or physical therapist," said Ann H. Newstead, M.S., P.T., N.C.S., assistant professor of physical therapy at the Health Science Center. Newstead conducts several interesting studies among older Americans, including evaluation of the effect of a jumping exercise on bone mineral density in post-menopausal women, and comparison of the gaits of seniors who have suffered a fall vs. those who have not fallen.

ALCOHOL AND YOU . . . The Southwest Texas Addiction Research and Technology Center (START) is a site for National Alcohol Screening Day on Thursday, April 11. START physicians will screen interviewees from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lecture hall foyer at the Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl. This free, anonymous service is open to anyone who wants to make healthy decisions based on the facts about alcohol. The public may call (210) 562-5400 or 562-5433. "Alcohol abuse costs this country an estimated $185 billion annually, including health care costs, productivity losses, traffic crashes and alcohol-related crime," said START Center Director Bankole A. Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., the Wurzbach Distinguished Professor at the Health Science Center.

YOU HIT MY EYE! . . . April is Sports Eye Safety Month. Kenneth H. Zaslow, M.D., clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Health Science Center, says most sports-related injuries occur in young males. "Sports injuries often are related to small projectiles such as tennis balls, racquetballs, baseballs or hockey pucks," he says. "These can cause fractures of the bones surrounding the eye, bleeding within the eye or retinal detachment." Finger pokes, which are common incidents during basketball games, also may be severe enough to require treatment. "Parents and friends should always remind youngsters to wear protective goggles when engaging in high-risk sports," Dr. Zaslow says.

Contact: Will Sansom or Aileen Salinas