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Donors from all ethnic groups encouraged to give blood
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 08 April 2010 15:01

Every day, hospital patients undergoing treatment for cancer or other serious diseases depend on blood being there for ongoing care.

April is National Minority Health Month and people from various ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to give blood through the American Red Cross.

“Just by being you, you have the power within you to make a difference to someone in need,” said Annie Marckel, communications manager of the Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross. “That power is blood.”

Blood type, like eye color, is an inherited trait, and differs among ethnic groups. Sometimes, the most compatible blood to give to a critically ill patient comes from someone with the same ethnic, racial and genetic background. Blood donations from diverse donors can also be important in the summer when supplies of high demand blood types like O and B run low.

More than 50 percent of African-Americans have Type O blood, compared to 45 percent of Caucasians. Nearly 20 percent of all African-Americans have Type B blood, and 25 percent of Asians, compared to 11 percent of Caucasian. In the Hispanic population, Type O is prevalent, with close to 60 percent of Hispanics having Type O blood.

 
Exercise can be the best medicine
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 08 April 2010 15:00

You know exercise can help you lose weight, but did you know that exercising can also increase your energy levels, help improve your mood and lower the risk of some diseases?

Exercise benefits every part of the body. It causes the body to produce chemicals that can help a person feel more peaceful and happy, and can even promote better sleep. People who exercise burn more calories and look more toned than those who do not. It also helps people lose age better.

“Exercise is truly the best medication I can provide patients,” said David Weldy, a family physician from Toledo. “Eating is the input of calories. Exercise is the output side of the same coin; therefore, you should probably spend as much time exercising as you do eating and you should do some of it every day, just like you eat every day.”

According to the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, building regular exercise into your day:
• Reduces your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes and obesity;

• Keeps joints, tendons and ligaments flexible;

 
BGSU honoring laboratory director for research
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 08 April 2010 14:56

Gary Fahle wasn’t a star athlete and he wasn’t class president at Eastwood High

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Eastwood alumnus Gary Fahle will be
honored by Bowling Green State
University as one of the university’s
100 most distinguished alumni at an
awards ceremony April 24. Fahle is
director of the Microbiology Molecular
Diagnostics Laboratory at the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md.

School. He was the editor of the school yearbook and played saxophone in the marching band.

After graduating in 1981, he decided to study at Bowling Green State University.

“Both my parents worked at Bowling Green, so I kind of grew up with Bowling Green pretty much in the backyard,” Fahle said of his father, Dale, who was a painter, and his mother, Karen, a secretary in the BGSU personnel department. “It was kind of a logical choice, plus they have a good program in the sciences.

“I decided to go there and see where it leads me. If I needed to go somewhere else, I would have. They had everything I needed, so it kind of worked out well.”

Did it ever.

BGSU, which is celebrating its centennial this year, selected 100 of its most distinguished alumni to honor with its Centennial Alumni Award. The university chose Fahle as one of its honorees. He will attend the school’s awards ceremony April 24 at the Bowen Thompson Student Union on the BGSU campus.

 
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