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December 2015
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  1. Plan Ahead - So much stress comes from the last-minute rush to get things done.  Make lists and assign jobs to others.  Prioritize and minimize!
  2. Be Mindful Not to Overextend Yourself -  It is so easy to over extend yourself during this time of year - with food, money, time and energy!  Don't be shy about accepting offers of help.  So when a guests asks "what can I bring" to your dinner party your answer should be "dessert or an appetizer!" And when you visit friends and family set expectations frankly about how you can contribute and participate.  
  3. If you are Travelling, Check your Bag -  It might cost you something extra but not having to deal with luggage through the terminal and the narrow aisles of the airplane means your hands will be free and your balance unimpaired so that you can move around safely.  It also means you might just have extra room in the luggage for the slippers that feel so good on your feet or the extra pillow that helps you sleep better.
  4. Set Reminders to Take your Medications - Travelling, house guests, time off from work and so much more can disrupt your daily routine.  Use your smart phone, computer and even your alarm clock to set reminders to take your medications on time.
  5. Make and Take Time for Yourself -  Do your best to eat healthily, get the rest you need and to continue your exercise routines.  These healthy habits will help you maintain strength, energy and positive attitude.
Mounting evidence of previously unknown, and sometimes permanent, side
effects prompted review by a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel of widely prescribed antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. In early November 2015, more than 30 individuals spoke at an open public hearing about their own experiences with these effects, many saying they had lost years of their lives. These adverse effects have been seen in larger numbers of patients since the FDA approved fluoroquinolone drugs. The panel was asked to consider whether the current labels adequately explain the benefits and risks for the three conditions (sinus infections, urinary-tract infections and bronchitis that worsens existing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and, if not, whether the labels should be revised.  To read more click here
"Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common compressive neuropathy in the upper extremity, and most commonly develops in postmenopausal women." At the October Conference for the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, researchers presented preliminary results from a Korean study that indicated that women younger than age 50 undergoing release surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome had lower vitamin D levels than age-matched controls, although there was no similar association for older women. Additional studies will be needed to clarify the potential role of vitamin D in the pathogenesis of carpal tunnel syndrome, and to explain the age difference seen in this study, the researchers concluded.  For more information click here!
In a carb-crazed season, this recipe builds on the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes for a rich but healthful holiday worthy dish.
Rosemary Mashed Sweet Potates with Shaollots
(from Cooking Light)
As 2015 comes to a close the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy wants to wish all of you a very happy holiday season and best wishes for the year ahead!
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