Stat for April 12: Quick reads on health news

2013-04-11T20:32:00Z Stat for April 12: Quick reads on health newsCompiled by Mike McInally Corvallis Gazette Times
April 11, 2013 8:32 pm  • 

Carr wins health award

The 2013 winner of the Benton County Health Department’s Sheldon Wagner Public Health Service Award is Alsea Rural Health Care Clinic sole practitioner Mary Ann Carr, for her years of dedication to the health of her community.

Carr has lived and worked in Alsea since 1981, treating three generations of patients. Carr has been a one-person public health system over the years. She also has provided school health services for the Alsea School District.

The two other nominees for the award were city of Corvallis Parks and Recreation Department Assistant Director Steve Deghetto, a key collaborator on the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities project, and Carolyn Raab, who worked for the Oregon State University Extension Service and was active with Health Department advisory committees and public health issues until her death in 2012.

The Sheldon Wagner Public Health Service Award, established in 2008 by the Public Health Planning and Advisory Committee, is named for Wagner, who served for many decades as a physician, researcher, professor, author and passionate public health advocate.

Benton County (April 11)

Q10 and statins

A laboratory study has shown for the first time that coenzyme Q10 offsets cellular changes that may be linked to a side-effect of some statin drugs - an increased risk of adult-onset diabetes.

Statins are some of the most widely prescribed drugs in the world, able to reduce LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels, and the risk of heart attacks. However, their role in raising the risk of diabetes has only been observed and studied in recent years.

The possibility of thousands of statin-induced diabetics is a growing concern, and led last year to new labeling and warnings by the Food and Drug Administration about the drugs.

The findings of the new research were published as a rapid communication in Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders.

Pharmacy researchers at Oregon State University who authored the study said the findings were made only in laboratory analysis of cells, and more work needs to be done with animal and ultimately human studies before recommending the use of coenzyme Q10 to help address this concern.

Oregon State University (April 9)

Mobility program

A new health promotion program aimed at people with physical mobility issues seeks participants from the Corvallis area.

Simon Driver, an associate professor in exercise and sport science at Oregon State University, is creating the program based on a successful model he created at a medical facility in Texas. The eight-week program is aimed at people ages 18 to 75 who have limited mobility – defined as having difficulty walking one block, or using an assistive device such as a walker, cane or wheelchair.

The eight-week program is part of a research project by Driver to determine the effectiveness of the program on increasing physical activity. The program will take place in the Women’s Building on the OSU campus. Participants must be able to attend the program once a week for 90 minutes during an eight-week period.

To learn more information on qualifications for the program and to sign up to participate, email health.disability@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-5927.

Oregon State University (April 8)

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