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Health line

By Times staff
Published February 20, 2007


Eat lots of veggies, look like a carrot?

A new study has confirmed that eating too many carrots can change the color of your skin. Infants eating diets rich in pureed green vegetables and meats can consume large quantities of the nutrient beta-carotene, which can lead to carotenemia, a yellowish-orange pigmentation of the skin. This condition, considered harmless in babies, generally corrects itself by the end of infancy.

Got flu symptoms? They may pay off

If you have had flu symptoms - aches, fever, fatigue - for less than 48 hours, you can take part in research seeking to learn the overall impact influenza has on the community. Participants will be financially reimbursed for their time after reporting to Tampa Bay Medical Research's office at Mease Countryside Hospital, 3251 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. First call 727 724-3316, ext. 108; if you have had the symptoms for longer than 48 hours, you are no longer eligible for this study.

By the numbers

89 Percentage of professional fitness trainers who say they work out with some sort of portable fitness device that requires batteries.

42 Percentage of the trainers who say they recommend that their clients use heart rate monitors and/or calorie counters.

24 Percentage of those age 36 and older who say they seek fitness help for health reasons.

15 Percentage of those ages 18 to 35 who say they primarily seek fitness to bulk up and tone muscles.

On the calendar

Today through Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m. each day, free cholesterol and blood pressure screenings at various CVS pharmacies. Call locations near you to learn which are offering the screenings; no appointment necessary.

Today, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free seminar on financial concerns of caregivers for those with Alzheimer's disease. Led by Gregory McClure, certified life underwriter specializing in long-term care insurance. On Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m. the topic is community resources, presented by Elaine Jensen of the Neighborly Care Network. Reservations required; call (727) 517-7800 or e-mail 371MKTG@ Adult day care will be provided; please request it when making your reservation. At Arden Courts of Seminole, 9300 137th St. N.

Wednesday, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free seminar on joint pain, including arthritis of the knee and hip, and nonsurgical treatment options. Presented by the Arthritis Foundation, Freedom Square and Stryker Orthopaedics, at Freedom Square, 7800 Liberty Lane, Seminole. Reservations required; call toll-free 1-800-887-6997 or go to

Thursday, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Free, full-body skin cancer screenings, performed by Morton Plant Mease physicians and nurses. At Turley Family Health Center, 807 N Myrtle Ave., Clearwater. Will be repeated March 22. Registration is required; call (727) 462-7500.

Compiled from Times wires and staff reports

[Last modified February 20, 2007, 06:25:40]

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