March 12, 2009
Can I transplant my dogwood while it is blooming? I planted it too close to the house two years ago, but it is flourishing. Dogwoods are forest understory trees, so choose a new location that is at least part shade. Spring is the time to transplant your dogwood, but wait until the soil is workable, i.e. dry enough that a ball of soil squeezed in your hand will crumble when you bounce it. Working with soggy soil that contains a high percentage of clay could turn it into cement. When you transplant your dogwood, prepare the transplant hole ahead of time.
April 24, 2008
My 81-year-old mom is currently prescribed allopurinol to prevent gout, enalapril and labetalol for high blood pressure, metformin for diabetes, Plavix to thin her blood, Zocor to control cholesterol, plus extra magnesium and potassium (Klor-Con). She exhibits confusion, symptoms of dementia and dizziness, and has fallen several times. I think these medications may be excessive, and at this stage, some may even be counterproductive. Opinion? Your mother's medicines could be having an impact on her overall health.
November 15, 2007
With flu season and the MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) staph infection upon us, we are urged to wash our hands frequently, usually "with warm, soapy water." My memories of Bacteriology 101 aren't clear, but I can't recall that warm water kills anything. Soapsuds, on the other hand, do carry nasty things away. Is there any science behind the "warm water" suggestion? You are absolutely right that warm water is no more effective than cold for removing germs. Soap and water don't kill germs, but only wash them off the surface of the skin.
September 30, 2007
Figures protest domestic violence The Harford County Chapter of Silent Witness Initiative will display human figures, to represent people killed as a result of domestic violence, at various locations during October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Free-standing, wooden figures will be unveiled today at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2515 Churchville Road, Churchville; and Deer Creek Harmony Presbyterian Church, Route 161 at Harmony Church Road, Darlington. Each figure represents a woman, man or child in the local community who was killed as the result of domestic violence.
September 16, 2007
Residents who live or work within 10 miles of the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant can acquire potassium iodide to keep at their home or business by attending either of two sessions planned by the Harford County Health Department. The sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 6 at North Harford Middle School, 112 Pylesville Road, Pylesville. After those dates, potassium iodide may be obtained by calling 410-638-8476. Potassium iodide helps protect the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine, which might be released in the event of a radiation emergency.
March 3, 2006
Is there any adverse interaction between Lipitor and pomegranate juice? I know there is a problem with grapefruit juice and Lipitor and wondered whether there could be a similar problem with other tart juices. I have been reading that pomegranate juice is very beneficial, but I take Lipitor, so I thought I should check first. Grapefruit affects drug metabolism and leads to higher levels of many medicines, including Lipitor. As a result, Lipitor may be more likely to cause side effects.