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PAGE 6B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 20, 2014 Three ways to get healthier from the inside out (StatePoint) Heart health should be ayear-round consid- eration for anybody looking to lead a healthy life. While that may sound like a daunting task, better heart health can be possible with a few steps in the right direction. Iconic television, stage and screen actor, Tony Danza, makes his health a top prior- ity, even when facing a busy schedule. Danza, who knows the importance of diet, exer- cise and "doing good to feel good," offers his go-to tips for fitting health and wellness into your daily lifestyle: Turn Your Daily Habits Into Exercise. Most people know that exercise, in addi- tion to a healthy diet, also plays a key role in bettering your overall health. However, many people have trouble fit- ting exercise into their busy schedule or think they have to look to costly private training options to see results. What most don't realize is fitting in exercise can be as easy and cost-efficient as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going for a walk on your lunch break. Encourage others, like your friends or family, to join. you on these mini exercise sessions. Having a support system of people who are look- ing for ways to be healthier can help provide motivation to keep going on your journey to better health. Get Your Fiber Up. Fiber is a crucial component to our cliet, but most Americans are not getting the recommended daily amount of 25 to 38 grams of fiber, according to the American DieteticAssociation. Many people know that fiber can help promote digestive health, but few know that it can also promote heart health. Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include seven grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk, as in Metamucil, may reduce the risk of heart disease by low- ering cholesterol. One adult dose of Metamucil has at least 2.1 grams of this soluble fiber. "Metamucil has been an important part of my health regimen for over 20 years. It's a simple way to get multiple health benefits and an extra fiber boost since it can be hard to get all the fiber you need from food alone," says Danza. Do Good; Feel Good. Overall health and wellness also comes from how you feel about yourself as an individu- al. Danza makes giving back to the community a regular practice and lists it among his healthy habits. "Giving back is good for the soul and really warms the heart. You will be amazed to see how much you do for yourself as a person, when you are helping and giving back to others," says Danza. The future of cancer treatment may lie in an experimental 'immunotherapy' vaccine (BPT)--Diane'Altenburg doesn't mind a good chal- lenge An army wife for 28 years and mother to five children, she and her fam- ily moved 17 times, across states and continents as military roles changed. But even with all the travel, AI- tenburg never felt put out. She regarded it all as part of her military life and part f service. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time 15 years ago, she looked at it as an op- portunity for service once again. Altenburg beat the cancer into remission and, afterwards, worked with the Henry M. Jackson Founda- tion and Walter Reed Army Medical Center to create a breast cancer wing. She was one of a handful of patient advocates who worked on the project. The completed wing offered breast cancer patients a place to seek counseling and dietary ser- vices and even-get their hair and make-up done. r Little did Altenburg know then, she would one day return again as a patient. Four years after her first diagnosis, Altenburg was back in the wing she helped create. She developed a second breast cancer, and this time it was invasive and spread to her lymph glands. While a second cancer di- agnosis may be debilitating to some, Altenburg took it in stride, saying she doubted cancer ever really went away and that she never believed in the phrase "cancer-free." She resumed her fight and, once again, beat the cancer into remission.It was at this time that Altenburg's doctor asked if she would be interested in participat- ing in a clinical trial for an experimental vaccine called NeuVax, or nelipepimut-S. The vaccine - part of a new class of cancer fighting drugs called immunothera- pies - triggers the body's immune system to attack cancer cells not destroyed by radiation or chemotherapy as well as target any new, growing cancer cells. Aitenburg, who had vol- unteered for numerous medical trials in the past, agreed to take part. "I don't wear pink, I don't do the walks. This is my way of giving back," she sa!d, adding that she wanted to do something to help prevent her children and grandchildren from facing breast cancer one day. She was one of 200 women to participate in the trial anl made the frequent ' drive to Walter Reed from her home in Springfield, Virginia. Upon arriving, she received a dose of the vaccine in her thigh and had her vitals monitored for an hour. She went home and returned a couple days later so researchers could monitor how the vaccine was affecting her immune "system. She would then receive booster shots every six months for almost five years. Before the trial started, Altenburg had questions about the procedure. She wanted to know if there were any side effects and how the vaccine would af- fect.her life, but she found the effects to be negligible. "The drive up (to Walter Reed) was the hardest part," she says. The trial concluded for her six years ago, and Al- tenburg's cancer still has not returned. Instead of worrying about battling a disease, she is free to enjoy her life, including spending time with her husband, Max S. Watzman D.O. Family Physician Barimo Family Medicine Michael Barimo D.O. Marie Christensen M.D. Max Watzman D.O. Bennett Feld P.A. Medical Village at Winter Park 483 N. Semoran Blvd. Suite 206 Winter Park, FL 32792 Telephone: 407/678-2400 Office Hours by Appointment retired Major General John D. Altenburg, Jr. She's also busy keeping up with their five children who are spread across the country. And, in what free time remains, Altenburg gives tours at Gunston Hall. "I always say if you need something done, ask a busy person. They're most likely to do it," She says. The future development of anti-cancer medications has already benefited from a certain busy woman who didn't mind a good chal- lenge. The NeuVax Phase 3 PRESENT study is ongo- ing and actively enrolling breast cancer patients. To qualify, you must be cancer free and have completed Diane Altcnburg your chemotherapy and radiation treatments. You can learn more about this groundbreaking research and the eligibility require- ments needed to participate in the clinical trial by visit- ing neuvax.com. New Israeli optical scanner warns of foot ulcers in diabetics By Viva Sarah Press Israe121c Diabetic foot ulcers are a major complication of.dia- betes mellitus and affect 15 percent of diabetics. Thanks to Tel Aviv University sci- entists these non-healing chronic diabetic ulcers can now be assessed ahead of time. Dr. Assaf Shachmon and Hagai Ligomsky of Tel Aviv University were recently awarded the top prize in a contest sponsored by the Chief Scientist's Office for their optical scanner that identifies diabetics at risk of developing foot ulcers. Statistics show that foot ulcers precede 84 percent of all diabetes-related lower- leg amputations. Shachmon and Ligomsky won NIS 100,000 in a contest that identified Israel's 'en- trepreneurs of the future'. 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"An important part of our job is to make innovation a real cultural value," Avi Hasson, chief scientist at Israel's Economy Ministry, was quoted as saying by the Times of Israel. "We start at a young age and bring the message of innovation to the entire population, en- couraging young people to see science and technology as their future."