1.Avoid taking birth-control pills that contain high levels of estrogen.
2.Consider using a diaphragm or IUD for contraception. However, an IUD is not recommended for submucous fibers, because it's apt to cause more bleeding.
3.Talk to your doctor about a prescription of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists, which block the production of estrogen, allowing fibroids to shrink.
4.Get tests done to rule out a cancerous fibroid if it is growing fast.
5.Have your fibroid surgically removed if it is obstructing your reproductive passages and you are unable to get pregnant. In almost all cases, only the fibroid is removed, not the uterus.
6.Permit your surgeon to remove your fibroid surgically if you are having symptoms or the fibroid has grown abnormally large. This surgical procedure is called myomectomy.
7.Ask your doctor about uterine artery embolization, which is a procedure that cuts off the blood supply to the fibroid to reduce its size.
8.Discuss endometrial ablation for heavy menstrual bleeding caused by fibroids. This procedure removes the uterine lining.
9.Agree to a hysterectomy only when the fibroid has caused your uterus to grow beyond the size it would from a three-month pregnancy, or if you have severe bleeding that can't be stopped using any other method of treatment or if a fibroid is cancerous.
1..Accept that for some of the more aggressive malignant fibroids, hysterectomy, along with the removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries, may be necessary.
Rapid growth of a fibroid may be an indication of malignancy.
Most fibroids can be removed without removing the uterus. If your doctor recommends a hysterectomy, consider getting a second, or even third, opinion.
Fibroids generally shrink as your hormone levels decrease into your 40s and 50s.
Fibroids can grow back after a myomectomy.
Never take GnRH agonists for more than six months, to avoid menopausal symptoms.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact a physician or other health-care professional before engaging in any activity related to health and diet. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.
1.Find out which side of the car the gas tank fill spout is on.
2.Pull up to the appropriate gas pump, making sure the fill spout is facing the pump.
3.Turn off the car.
4.Open the gas tank door. On newer cars, this is done with a button from the inside of the car, but on older cars the tank can be opened by hand, often with a key.
5.Unscrew the cap of the gas tank.
6.Put the gas cap where you won't forget it.
7.If you're paying with a credit card, run the card through the machine and follow any printed instructions. Otherwise, see the attendant. Many gas stations in cities require you to pay before you pump.
8.Select the type of gas you'd like (regular, premium, super). Never put diesel fuel in a nondiesel engine.
9.Lift the handle of the gas hose off its stand and insert the nozzle into the tank of your car. Make sure it is securely inserted by pushing it in firmly.
1..Push the switch or press the button on the pump to allow the gas to flow. This switch is different at different stations; follow the instructions at the pump.
1..Pull up on the trigger located in the handle of the gas hose. This will release the gas into the tank of your car.
1..Some triggers lock into place, freeing you to wash windows and check oil while the machine pumps gas. Check for this feature.
1..Note that when the tank is full, the fuel will stop pumping. Remove the gas hose. Don't try to "top off" the gas tank because this will lead to spillage.
1..Firmly screw the gas tank cap back into place and shut the gas tank door.
Tips: Keep a box of latex gloves in the glove compartment. Put them on when you get gas to keep your hands clean.
Be sure your car is turned off before you begin to pump.
Extinguish all cigarettes before entering a gas station. Don't smoke when pumping gas.
1.Buy penstemon in 4-inch containers and all the way up to gallon sizes at nurseries.
2.Buy the plants in summer when they're in bloom, so you can pick out the color you want.
3.Choose healthy-looking plants that have leaves all the way to the base.
4.Plant in well-drained soil in a sunny spot in the garden. ( Image a.)
5.Add some organic fertilizer to the planting hole, and water well. ( Image b.)
6.Break up the roots at the bottom using a hand cultivator - a tool that looks like a claw - if the plant is pot-bound. ( Image c.)
7.Grow penstemon in the border or rockery of your garden.
8.Plant against a sunny wall for protection if you live in Zone 6 or 7. click photos to enlarge
9.Add a light application of an organic fertilizer on the ground around the plant every spring.
10.Water weekly the first summer, especially if the plant is in a very hot, dry spot. But be careful not to overwater - penstemon are drought-tolerant once established.
11.Cut back each stem after flowering to a place just above a set of leaves that show new growth. You may get another flowering later in the summer or early fall.
12.Wait until all chance of a freeze is over, then cut back your penstemon, leaving stems that are just 6 inches long. This way, the plant will bush out and have a more compact form.
Penstemon grow best in well-drained soil in a sunny spot, and are valuable for mid to late summer color in the garden.
Sometimes a branch will grow into the soil and then turn and grow up again. If this happens, check to see if it has formed roots where it touches the soil. If so, you can cut the stem from the main plant and have a brand-new plant.
1.Get a training partner. If you can find someone who is as motivated to train as you are, you can push each other to work harder and get better.
2.Warm up and stretch before every training session. Try an easy jog or bike ride followed by a few pull-ups and 10 minutes of stretching.
3.Get in cardiovascular shape. Run three to five miles three days per week, bicycle, or swim.
4.Keep your abdominal muscles in shape with sets of sit-ups and develop your shoulders, back and arms with push-ups.
5.Climb! Climb in indoor gyms in the cold of winter and outdoors when the weather is warm. The more time you spend on real rock or plastic, the more in tune you'll be with your body and the better you'll boulder.
6.Hit the weight room. Use low weight and high reps to achieve a "burn" in your arms, similar to what you'd feel after a long day on the rock.
7.Boulder as often as possible. Practice moves that force you to focus on your weaknesses.
8.Allow your body to rest for at least 24 hours between climbing or bouldering sessions. Your muscles need time to rebuild and grow.
9.Pay attention to your diet. A healthful diet is part of an overall high level of fitness, and a high level of fitness can only help your bouldering.
1..Be realistic. Try not to force yourself to train if you're bored with bouldering. When that happens, it's time for a break.
Hang boards, designed specifically for climbing training, can be quite useful if you know how to use them. If you decide to use a hang board to improve your bouldering, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid injuries.
The best way to become a better boulderer is to boulder as often as possible. Get out there and have fun, and you're bound to improve.
Warnings: Bouldering is a physically demanding sport that could result in serious injury. We recommend that you seek the proper equipment and training before undertaking this activity.
1.Start Composer and choose Open from the File menu. Locate the page and double-click to open it.
2.Choose Format from the File menu and click on Page Colors and Properties.
3.Click on the Colors and Background tab.
4.Choose the Use Custom Colors option and click on the Background Color button to select a new color.
5.Save the file and click on the Preview button to view it in the Netscape Navigator browser. The title will be located on the upper title bar, above the menu bar.
Use contrasting colors for easy readability. Use light colors with dark text and dark colors with light text.
Avoid flashy or garish colors for a more professional look.
1.Look for a guide that's easy to read outdoors.
2.Choose a guide with clear photos that are easy to cross-reference with information on each reptile, such as any of the National Audubon Society's "Field Guides for Reptiles" or its "First Field Guides" for children.
3.Study the description and charts about each reptile and its habitat to decide whether it answers your or your child's questions.
4.Check out the guide's size and durability. A small field guide such as the 4-by-6-inch "Golden Guide for Reptiles" will fit in your pocket or backpack.
5.Decide if you want a guide for a specific location, area, state or species.
6.Choose a guide based on the user's level of experience. For the young naturalist, choose one that has good photos of common reptiles with not-so-technical writing.
7.Give the "Simon and Schuster's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of the World" to introduce a child to the world of reptiles.
8.Try the "Peterson Field Guide for Reptiles & Amphibians" for the more experienced naturalist. The drawings and paintings provide specific markings for easy identification.
Tips: Check with your state Wildlife and Game Commission. Sometimes it has a handy pocket-sized guidebook covering local species for only a few dollars.
1.Set goals. If you want to buy a house or car in a few years, your investment strategy will be different from the one you will adopt if you want to invest for retirement and other long-term goals.
2.Get rid of high-interest debt first. Use part of the money to pay off credit card debt and other high-interest loans.
3.Invest part of the money in a tax-deductible individual retirement account (IRA) or a Keogh plan (for the self-employed) if retirement is among your goals. Not only will you be saving for retirement, but you'll also be getting tax breaks.
4.Choose an IRA or Keogh investment that suits your goals and your appetite for risk. You may want to put the money in a mutual fund that qualifies as an IRA or Keogh plan.
5.Consider investing a portion of the money in an aggressive-growth mutual fund if your goal is to raise money for a down payment on a car or house.
6.Consider launching your own small business. If you know how to write, for instance, buy a computer and take on freelance writing assignments. The investment will pay for itself in several months and give you something to fall back on if you lose your regular job.
Diversify. Avoid putting your money in one stock or one kind of stock (for example, automobile companies).
Choose tax-deductible investments before you try other things. Maximize your 401(k) investment, for instance, and take advantage of IRA and Keogh plan provisions in the tax code.
Buy stock in the company you work for. Many employers offer an employee stock purchase plan that allows workers to buy stock at a 10 or 15 percent discount. You can make a quick profit - if the stock price doesn't drop 10 or 15 percent after you buy. Steps:
1.Contribute the maximum-allowable annual amounts to any pre-tax retirement accounts for which you qualify (Keogh, 401k, 403b, etc.).
2.Contribute to individual retirement accounts (IRA) for you and your spouse.
3.Pay off all consumer debt.
4.Calculate the adverse financial impact of your death on your family and purchase adequate life insurance.
5.Make sure that you have adequate savings for emergencies and projected expenditures.
6.Purchase an annuity only if you still have disposable and increasing reserves that are being taxed year after year, even after taking care of all of the above needs. (See Glossary for a more comprehensive definition of "annuity.")
It is advisable to have gone through the process of producing a comprehensive financial plan before purchasing an annuity.
Interest and capital gains in an annuity, under current tax laws, do not have to be reported on your income tax return.
Many annuities provide limited, penalty-free withdrawals for long-term care or personal emergencies.
Withdrawals can also be taken without a company-penalty for income purposes, within contract limitations.
While modern annuity contracts have a number of features and investment options, remember that they are financial instruments created primarily for retirement income purposes and are treated as such by the IRS.
If you surrender funds or make a major withdrawal from an annuity before you are 59 1/2-years-old will subject you to IRS penalties.
The insurance company underwriting the annuity may also impose significant back-end charges for surrendering or withdrawing amounts from a recently purchased contract.
Traditional Methods: Footnotes and Endnotes
1.When you make a reference to a research source in your text, place a superscript numeral (a number placed a bit above the line you're typing on) at the end of the sentence the reference is made in.
2.Write a corresponding footnote or endnote with the same number for each superscript numeral that you make.
3.Place footnotes at the bottom of the page the reference is made on. Single-space the lines of the footnote. Double-space between footnotes if more than one occurs on a page.
4.Place endnotes on a separate page at the end of your paper. Double-space between endnotes.
5.Write a full citation the first time you refer to a source, listing all its bibliographic information in your footnote/endnote: author, title, publisher, place of publication, date of publication and the page numbers cited.
6.Abbreviate the footnote/endnote for subsequent references by writing only the author's name and citing the page number.
Tips: To save space on each page, put footnotes in a smaller font than the primary text.
Make sure the numbers you enter in the superscript are in numeric order.
Periodicals and books have different types of bibliographical information.
MLA (Modern Language Association) or Parenthetical Citation Method
7.When you make a reference to a research source, write the name of the author and the page number the reference is taken from in parentheses, making a "parenthetical citation."
8.Include the citation at the end of the sentence before the period, if the reference occurs within a sentence.
9.Place the citation at the end of the quoted text after the last period, if you wish to cite more than four lines of text.
1..Write only the relevant page number in the parentheses, if the name of the author of the source you're citing appears in the text.
1..Write full citations for your sources on a separate page at the end of your paper. This page should be titled "Works Cited" or "Reference List." A full citation should include the author's name, the date of publication, the title of the work, the place of publication and the name of the publisher.
Overall Tips: The traditional method, the MLA method and even some teachers employ different approaches to writing a full citation. Consult your teacher or style handbook for more information.
1.Close all tables that are open.
2.Use the F11 key to open the Database window. Click the Table tab.
3.Click the Relationship icon on the toolbar, or select Relationships from the Tools menu. A window appears displaying your relationships.
4.Locate the tables that you want to change, then double-click on the line that joins them. A window appears.
5.Edit the relationship options using the guide in the window.
6.Click to set referential integrity if desired. Referential integrity ensures that relationships between related tables are valid and that you don't accidentally delete related data.
Tips: If the tables you want to change don't appear when you open the relationship window, click Show Table on the toolbar and double-click each table to be added.
1.Coil up a swag of silk greenery or flowers instead of a typical tieback.
2.Decorate a grapevine wreath to complement your room scheme, or leave it plain. Thread your curtain through it.
3.Use an inexpensive Western-style belt (tooled leather with a bold buckle or a Native American beaded style) in a child's room. It's great with denim.
4.Use a red bandanna as a tieback. This look is also sharp with denim and works well in almost any casual room, from a child's bedroom to a powder room or family room.
5.Buy a length of chain (can be doubled if desired) to use as a tieback. Brass-plated or black-painted decorative looks great, or you can spray paint plain chain to match your decor.
6.Purchase grosgrain ribbon (about 1 inch wide) in a color that contrasts with the curtain and tie a bow at the outer edge of the window. This is a great way to make a solid-color curtain seem more integrated in a multicolor room scheme.
7.Braid grosgrain or other ribbon and sew into a circle. Slip the curtain hem through the circle and hide the seams of your tiebacks behind the curtain.
8.Weave ribbon through a wide piece of eyelet trim as a feminine tieback.
9.Go funky by recycling men's neckties (inexpensive at thrift shops), knotted as when they're worn; loop the knots onto the wall hook for the tieback. The ties don't have to match each other as long as each one integrates with your color scheme.
10.Replace your regular tiebacks with Christmas garlands when 'tis the season to be jolly.
Tips: You can loop your tiebacks around large cuphooks or other hooks installed at the desired height a few inches from the right and left sides of the windows.