Ask The Experts 12/29/18


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    ? HVAC Q. A. How can I save on my energy bills this time of year when my furnace is constantly running? Brad Haas Comfort Advisor There are many different things that you can do to save on your energy bills: 1) Make sure your thermostat has fresh batteries and is set for your winter comfort needs. In order to save energy, we recommend setting your thermostat to a cooler temperature at night and while you re at work, and turning it up when you re home. If you don t already have one, winter is an excellent time to upgrade to a programmable thermostat. This will help keep your thermostat on the most efficient setting all season long. 2) Sign up for the Comfort Club! The Comfort Club is a preventative maintenance agreement for your HVAC system. Having an agreement not only gives you the advantage of priority service in the event of a system failure, but also ensures that your tune-ups are done on schedule which keeps your system running at peak performance. 3) Also, open window shades during the day to let the sun warm the house and at night close them to keep the warm air in. Ensure that vents are free from obstructions to allow air to circulate thus, eliminating your system from working harder. Give us a call to help with all of these energy saving tips at: 605-665-4348 or stop by at: 2018 Broadway, Yankton. Yankton Vermillion Sioux City 2018 Broadway, Yankton 665-4348 Pharmacy/Nutrition Funeral & Cremation Q. What is the benefit of funeral or cremation packages? Jim Goglin Funeral Director, CFSP Funeral and cremation packages are made competitively priced so you don t have to settle for less to receive the best. We explain your options & respect your wishes. We advertise our prices because we know we are less in price not in service. We charge what funerals or cremation should cost not what funeral homes can get away with when there is no competition. Our prices are the same in all of our funeral homes. We can and will earn your trust here in Yankton like we have already done in our three other funeral homes: Tyndall, Scotland, & Tripp. We also own our own crematory located in Tyndall, one of only 10 licensed crematories in the entire state of South Dakota. So your loved one never leaves our care. A. Goglin Funeral Homes Yankton Tyndall Scotland Tripp Q. New guidelines for aspirin A. 807 W. 31st St., Yankton 665-4414 866-615-2906 Chiropractic Snow tips from your chiropractor: Pharmacy 665-8261 Ear, Nose & Throat Sheila Fitzgerald, DC Shoveling snow can wreak havoc on the musculoskeletal system. The American Chiropractic Association suggests the following tips for exercise of the snow shoveling variety: Layer clothing to keep your muscles warm and flexible. Shoveling can strain de-conditioned muscles between your shoulders, in your upper back, lower back, buttocks and legs. So, do some warm-up stretching before you grab that shovel. When you do shovel, push the snow straight ahead. Don t try to throw it. Walk it to the snow bank. Avoid sudden twisting and turning motions. Bend your knees to lift when shoveling. Let the muscles of your legs and arms do the work, not your back. Take frequent rest breaks to take the strain off your muscles. A fatigued body asks for injury. Stop if you feel chest pain, or get really tired or have shortness of breath. You may need immediate professional help. After any of these activities, if you are sore, apply an ice bag to the affected area for 20 minutes, then take it off for a couple of hours. Repeat a couple of times each day over the next day or two. If you continue to feel soreness, pain or strain after following these tips, it may be time to visit you doctor of chiropractic at First Chiropractic Center. We look forward to serving you!! Q. Dr. Rumsey, with family coming for the holidays, I really struggle understanding conversations in Matthew Rumsey, our big group. Do you have any Au.D. CCC-A advice? A. Sir, you are definitely not along! Even people with normal hearing can struggle in noisy environments, but often times understanding conversation is the first sign of hearing loss. Some quick tips for better listening include trying to limit noise in the room such as TVs, radios, or even clanking dishes. Focus on one speaker at a time. Listen with both your eyes and ears. If you have hearing aides, wear them! Don t bluff. Be assertive and ask for clarification. Whether you have tried these tips and are still having difficulties, schedule an appointment with an audiologist to explore other options to point you in the right direction toward better communication. Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Professional Office Pavilion 409 Summit St., Ste. 2600, Yankton 668-8601 2507 Fox Run Parkway, Yankton, SD, 665-8073 Fitness/Health Q. I heard you have an underwater treadmill, how does it work? A. Podiatry Angie O Connor Clinical Exercise Specialist Yes we do! Our underwater treadmill functions very similarly to a land based treadmill. In fact, the two look very similar. The treadmill is in the pool at a depth so that the water hits most people at chest level. Users can adjust the walking/running belt speed up to 5.0 mph for forward facing and/or side step workouts. While the water increases buoyancy and decreases the impact on joints it also provides extra resistance to improve strength. It can also provide a great cardiovascular workout. For even more resistance our swim jets can be turned on at the same time, providing a river type workout environment. If you ve never given water workouts on an underwater treadmill a chance they are certainly worth a try. 501 Summit, Yankton 668-8357 Leah Rempfer There is talk out there about whether Hy-Vee Pharmacist NSAIDS (like ibuprofen and naproxen) reduce the cardiovascular protective effect of aspirin. Aspirin and ibuprofen compete for the same receptor sites which may reduce aspirin s antiplatelet effect. OTC ibuprofen labels give such a warning, but now naproxen labels may also be jumping on board with the warning. Patients with a high cardiovascular risk should limit NSAIDS, but chronic NSAID use with aspirin may only lead to a small decrease in the antiplatelet effect of aspirin. If those on low-dose aspirin therapy need a chronic NSAID, do not be too concerned about the interaction. Make sure to be consistent with the aspirin therapy, because that is most important. If there is concern about an interaction between aspirin and NSAIDS, patients can take nonenteric-coated aspirin about 30 minutes before an NSAID. Do not be concerned about NSAIDS taken once in a while interacting with aspirin therapy or topical NSAIDS either. have Q.Ibig toe.arthritis in my Are there implants for big toes? A. Terence Pederson, D.P.M. There are MANY implants for big toe arthritis. Implant surgery has been possible for the big toe for decades. Some implants are designed for one side of the joint, where others cover both sides. Certain implants are hinged. Others are separate pieces. The trick is to decide which implant is right for the type of arthritis you have, while taking into account factors that have directly contributed to the arthritis. There is a new implant on the market made from contact lens material. It is essentially a thick plug that replaces the worn out cartilage, and acts as a buffer in the big toe joint. This new implant allows smooth range of motion and eliminates pain. It does not require plates or screws, so there is no metal in your foot. Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Professional Office Pavilion 409 Summit St., Ste. 2600, Yankton 668-8601

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