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4B Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 Lassen County Times, Westwood PinePress Moving along quickly Construction crews work dili- gently on setting up the • steel frame of the new court- house building along River- side Drive. Photo by Patrick Shillito Live healthier: eat chocolate occasionally. Middle-aged and elderly Swedish women who regular- ly ate a small amount of chocolate had lower risks of heart failure, in a study re- ported in Circulation: Heart Failure, a journal of the American Heart Association. The nine-year study, con- ducted among 31,823 middle- aged and elderly Swedish women, looked at the rela- tionship of the amount of high-quality chocolate the women ate, compared to their risk for heart failure. The quality of chocolate consumed by the women had three servings per month had a 26 percent lower risk. • Those who consumed at least one serving daily or more, didn't appear to benefit from a protective effect against heart failure. The lack of a protective ef- fect among women eating a higher density cocoa con- chocolate every day is proba- tent, somewhat like dark bly due to tile additional calo- chocolate by American stan- ries gained from eating dards. In this study, re- chocolate insteadofmorenu- searchers found: tritious foods said Murray • Women who ate an aver- Mittleman, director of the age of one to two servings of Cardiovascular Epidemiolo- the high-quality chocolate per gy Research Unit at Harvard week had a 32 percent lower Medical School's Beth Is/'ael risk of developing heart fail- Deaconess Medical Center in ure. Boston, lead researcher of • Those who had one to the study. WEEKEND WINNERS WHEEL Drawings Every Fri • Sat • Sun You could win Cash Prizes from S25 up to S500 See Casino for complete rules DIAMOND WILLOW ROOM ? " ! Έ : Ver0nica I Valdez G a rcia I November 26 & 27 DJ OUTLAW 9pm - 1:30am BINGO Sundays 12, 2, 3: 30pro Tuesdays 4, 6, 7:30pm Poker Tournaments Wednesdays at 6pro Saturdays at 11am KARAOKE Thursdays - 9pro to 1am Brainstormers Pub Quiz Thursdays 6:15pm to 8:30pro Host Your Holiday Party at Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel Monday Night Football 5:30pm 'Owner Lic. #0E35003 ° No License Too Many Tickets NO PRO B LEM ! ! Phone: 209-954-1900 • Cell: 209-403-6278 Fax: 209-954-1906 rving Lassen and Plumas Counties "You can't ignore that chocolate is a relatively calo- rie-dense food and large amounts of habitual con- sumption are going to raise your risks for weight gain," said Mittleman. "But if you're going to have a treat, dark chocolate is probably a good choice, as long as it's in moderation." High concentration of com- pounds called "flavonoids" in chocolate may lower blood pressure, among other bene- fits, accord)ng to mostly short-term studies. However, this is the first study to show long-term out- comes related specifically to heart failure, which can re- sult from ongoing untreated high blood pressure. In the observational study, researchers analyzed self-re- ported food-frequency ques- tionnaire responses from par- ticipants 48 - 83 in the Swedish Mammography Co- hort. Combining the results with data from national Swedish hospitalization and death registries between 1998 through 2006, the researchers used multiple forms of statis- tical modeling to reach their conclusions on heart failure and chocolate consumption. Mittleman said differences in chocolate quality affect the study's implications for Americans. Higher cocoa con- tent is associated with greater heart benefits. In Sweden, even milk chocolate has a higher cocoa concentra- tion than dark chocolate sold in the United States. Although 90 percent of all chocolate eaten across Swe- den during the study period was milk chocolate, it con- tained about 30 percent cocoa solids. U.S. standards only require 15 percent cocoa solids to qualify as dark chocolate. So, by comparison, American chocolate may have fewer heart benefits and more calo- ries and fat per equivalent amounts of cocoa content compared to the chocolate eaten by the Swedish women in the study Also, the average serving size for Swedish women in the study ranged from 19 grams among those 62 and older, to 30 grams among those 61 and younger. In contrast, the standard American portion size is 20 grams. "Those tempted to use these data as their rationale for eating large amounts of chocolate or engaging in more frequent chocolate con- sumption are not interpret- ing this study appropriately," said Linda Van Horn, Ph.D., R.D., immediate past chair of the American Heart Associa- tion Nutrition Committee and professor in the Depart- ment of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "This is not an 'eat all you want' take-home message, rather it's that eating a little dark chocolate can be health- ful, as long as other adverse behaviors do not occur, such as weight gain or excessive intake of non-nutrient dense 'empty' calories." Heart failure occurs among about 1 percent of Americans over age 65. A condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to the rest of the body, heart failure rates are increasing as our aging population grows. 'nything that helps to de- crease heart failure is an im- portant issue worth examin- ing," Mittleman said. Seat belt usage at all lime high Californians hit an all-time high mark for buckling up their seat belts according to figures just released by the California Office of Traffic Safety. In an observational survey done during the sum- mer, 96.2 percent of drivers and passengers were using seat belts or child safety seats. This is up from the 2009 fig- ure of 95.3 percent and above SPORTS BAR November 26 & 23 PHIL PRUNIER 9pm-l:30am Happy Hour Every Day 5pm-7pm The symptoms include: • Daytime Sleepiness/Irritability • Loud Snoring • Depression/Anxiety • Restless Sleep/Frequent Urination at Night • Morning Headaches • Sexual Dysfunction • Increased Appetite the previous high in 2008 of 95.7 percent. The figures were released just prior to the start of the twice-yearly, "Click It or Tick- et" enforcement campaign, set to run Nov. 15-29. More than 150 local law en- forcement agencies statewide and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be partici- pating in this year's "Click It or Ticket" mobilization. Banner Lassen Medical Center An estimated 20 million Americans suffer from a disorder known as sleep apnea. The disorder can lead to serious consequences including an increased risk of heart problems, stroke or high blood pressure. If you have sleep apnea symptoms, contact your doctor. Sleep studies will help your doctor diagnose sleep apnea and are available locally through the sleep lab at Banner Lassen Medical Center. For more Information. call JoAnn Mahloch at 530-252-2187. "Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fa- talities in motor vehicle crashes," said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the Cali- fornia Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). "Estimates indicate that well over 1,300 Californi- ans survived crashes by buck- ling up last year. However, we must continue to stress the importance of seat belt usage since hundreds of others will not be gathering with their families during the holidays because they chose not to use their seat belts." California ranks very high in usage rate compared to the national average of 84 per- cent. California's child safety seat usage rate also reached a record high of 95 percent in 2010, up from 90.9 percent in 2009 and the previous high of 94.4 percent in 2008. The 2010 teen/high school seat belt survey is currently underway, but in 2009 teens were trailing in their, usage rate at 91.1 percent. SUMMI.T BUSINESS ADVISORS • Mark Smith CExP, CBI CA LIC#01525569 Plumas & Lassen Counties Only Licensed & Certified Business Broker Locally Owned • Confidential summitbusinessadvisors.com FREE Consultation 530-836-1570 Graea,