Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from the McWane Science Center for to check out the new Body Worlds Rx exhibit. It is from anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, inventor of Plastination science. This new exhibition focuses on the most prevalent contemporary diseases afflicting children and adults alike, along with their causes and effects. BODY WORLDS RX is an informative and entertaining presentation of the latest research on top health issues and will inspire visitors to embrace preventive health care. From organs to muscles, to the nervous system, and to skeletal structures, visitors will have an unprecedented look inside the intricate systems of the most sophisticated mechanism in the world, the human body. Preserved by the process of Plastination, a complex technique that removes the fluids from the body and replaces them with plastics that harden, the specimens on display show impressive comparisons and contrasts between healthy bodies and organs and those stricken with disease. Particular emphasis is put on some of the most common ailments such as back pain, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, dementia, and more. BODY WORLDS RX illustrates common ailments such as back pain, arthrosis, cancer, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases dementia, and more. Whole-body plastinates, organs and translucent body slices show the complexity of the human body, and its vulnerability in a way that textbooks cannot. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children on to pof your admission to the museum. For members, the first visit is free and $2 for each additional visit. For more information, call (205) 714-8414 or visit www.mcwane.org.
GARDENING - Bethany O'Rear, Regional Extension Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, joined us to discuss fertilizing trees and shrubs. Now is the time to get your ornamental plants ready for the spring flush. This month you should fertilize all shrubs, excluding azaleas and camellias, according to soil test results. Conduct a soil test – a necessary step in monitoring nutrient levels in your soil. Results provide recommendations for correct lime and fertilizer applications. Do not fall victim to the erroneous thought of "if a little is good, then a lot must be better." Kits are free and available at many local garden centers, surrounding libraries and all county extension offices. Only fee – cost of mailing to AU Soil Testing lab and price for analysis - $7. Too much lime or fertilizer can be harmful, or even lethal in certain situations. For example, too much phosphorous inhibits a plant's uptake of other nutrients in the soil, and can result in discolored leaves and poor growth. Also, can runoff and affect our waterways. Generally speaking – soil test every 2-3 years. When selecting a fertilizer, it is important to note that some commercially available products release their nutrients quickly. If too much fertilizer is made available to the plant at one time, burning of leaves and stems can occur, and in more serious cases, plant death. Best to choose "slow release" fertilizers. This class of fertilizers allows large applications without plant injury. The nutrients are released over time, reducing the number of applications needed per year. Some products are a blend – quick release for immediate nutrients and slow release for nutrients over time. If the results of a soil test indicate nutrient deficiencies, your product of choice should contain applicable amounts of those nutrients. An example of suitable fertilizers and application rates is included in soil test recommendations. In some cases, another fertilizer product can be successfully substituted for the recommended one. However, this decision requires further investigation, and should not be made in haste. Check with your local garden center to find the product that works best for you. Have questions about your report – call your local Extension office. They have the answers.
ASK THE DOCTOR - Grayce Arnold, DO, is a St. Vincent's Health System physician who practices at Mayfair Internal Medicine in Homewood. Dr. Arnold is an internal medicine physician. She discussed and took viewer questions about types, symptoms and testing for diabetes. There are multiple types of diabetes:
o Type 1 Diabetes – Previously known as juvenile diabetes, this type of diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce enough insulin.
o Type 2 Diabetes – Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and also very preventable. Type 2 diabetes causes a person's body not to process insulin properly, leading to higher than normal blood glucose/sugar levels.
o Gestational Diabetes – Many women develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy when their blood glucose levels are higher than normal. This can occur even if the woman has no history of diabetes.
Pre-diabetes is another condition when a person's blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be considered diabetes. This can lead to type 2 diabetes and heart disease. You can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by maintaining a healthy body weight, eating well and staying active. Symptoms of diabetes can include frequent urination, feeling very thirsty or hungry even after you've eaten, extreme fatigue, blurry vision, cuts and bruises that are slow to heal, weight loss, and tingling, pain or numbness in your hands/feet. There are several ways to diagnose diabetes. Testing should be carried out by your health care provider. If you need a physician referral, you can all call St. Vincent's Dial-A-Nurse at 205-939-7878.
WING & CLAW - From New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal–winning author Linda Sue Park comes a captivating fantasy-adventure about a boy, a bat, and an amazing transformation - "Wing & Claw #1: Forest of Wonders." This is the first book in an enchanting trilogy, which richly explores the links between magic and botany, family and duty, environment and home. In the story, Raffa Santana has always loved the mysterious Forest of Wonders. The forest is home to countless strange plants, each one filled with promise. For a gifted young apothecary, every leaf has the potential to unleash a kind of magic. If only Raffa's cautious father would allow him to experiment freely, Raffa knows he could discover miracles. When an injured bat crashes into his life, Raffa invents a cure from a rare crimson vine that he finds deep in the forest. The powers of the vine are stronger than Raffa could have imagined. His remedy saves the animal, but also transforms it into something much more than an ordinary bat, with far-reaching consequences. Raffa's experiments lead him away from home to the forbidding city of Gilden, where troubling discoveries make him question who he can trust . . . and whether exciting botanical inventions—including his own-might actually threaten the very creatures of the forest he wants to protect. Linda Sue Park, recipient of the Newbery Medal for A Single Shard, is the acclaimed author of numerous books for young readers, including the longstanding New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water. Learn more at www.lindasuepark.com.
ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Erin Miller from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the Rock Hyrax. For more information, visit www.birminghamzoo.com.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES - Exorbitant prescription drug prices are a hot button issue right now with no end in sight. From public outrage to Congressional hearings to pharma's 'bad boy,' Martin Shkreli, the concern about high drug costs isn't going away anytime soon. And coming down the pike is a pipeline full of very expensive specialty medications. A new AARP report shows the prices of prescription medications are rising much faster than inflation. Recent data show that retail prices for over 600 of the prescription drugs most widely used by older adults increased at a rate that is 6 X higher than the inflation rate. This trend is unsustainable by any measure. The average cost for just one drug is $11,000 per year! More and more Americans are finding that they simply can't afford the prescription drugs that they need to stay healthy. As drug prices go up, all consumers get stuck with the bill in one way or another. Leigh Purvis, Director of Health Services Research, AARP Public Policy Institute, discussed the current trends in retail prices of prescription drugs and highlights from the latest Rx Price Watch Report. She discussed what's behind these price increases and how they impact people, employers, insurance companies, and taxpayer-funded programs like Medicare and Medicaid. Leigh also shared tips for managing rising costs without sacrificing your health or financial security.