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THE TIMES, JANUARY 9, 2014, PAGE 8 -- Like us at Facebook.com/theponchatoulatimes tamin again By PROF. RANDOLPJ :OWES M.D.,-PhD (EDITOR'S NOTE: Longtime medical columnist for The Times, the author is an accomplished surgeon, medlcal inventor, and Country music recording artist. Dr. Howes grew up on his parents' Ponchatoula strawberry farm. He is a graduate of St. Joseph, Ponchatoula High School, Southeastern, Tulane - two doctorates, followed by a residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in plastic surgery. He says he is "retired" now in Kentwood. The doctor's column appears on facebook.com/the- ponchatoulatimes and on facebook.com/theindependencetimes. It is also available online at ponchatoula.com/ptimes) Headlines boldly state, ' Vitamin E 'beneficial' in de- mentia" but is that true? A December 2013 study in the journal JAMA found peo- ple with mild to moderate A1- zheimer's disease on high doses of vitamin E had a slower rate of decline than those given a dummy pill. High doses of the vitamin delayed the decline in daily living skills, such as making meals, getting dressed and holding a conversation, by about six months over a two- year period. Vitamin E did not preserve thinking abilities though, and did no good for patients who took it with another Alzheimer's gaedication. But, the Alzheim- er's Society said the dosage was very high and might not be safe. And, Dr. Doug Brown, director of research and development at the Alzheimer's Society, said: "It is vitally important that people always seek advice from their doctor before consider- ing taking supplements. More research was needed to see if vitamin E really does have ben- efits for people with dementia, and whether it would be safe to be taking such a high dose on a daily basis." Dr. Eric Karran, director of research at Alzheimer's Re- search UK, said it was too early to recommend taking vitamin E supplements. It failed to pre- vent healthy people from devel- oping dementia or to help those with mild impairment ("pre- Alzheimer's") in other studies, and others suggested it can be harmful. , In February 2007, the Jour- nal of the American Medical Association published a study showing that antioxidant vita- mins A and E do not prevent cancer, strokes or heart disease. Investigators were shocked to find that A and E actually in- creased the incidence of these Same diseases and increased overall mortality (increased death rates) by over five per- cent. o Dr. Howes Investigators were shocked to find that A and E actually increased the incidence of these same diseases and increased death rates by over five percent. A March 1, 2008 study, pub- lished in the American Jour- nal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, showed that the use of 400 mg of vitamin E daily resulted in an increased risk of developing lung cancer, particu- larly in smokers. Vitamin E can interfere with blood thinners, cholesterol drugs and other medicines. In the America that I love, we realize that about 35 mil- lion people worldwide have de- mentia, and Alzheimer's is the most common type. In the U.S., about 5 million have Alzheim- er's. There is no cure and cur- rent medicines just tempbrarily ease symptoms. Vitamin E fell out of favor after a 2005 analy- sis of many studies found that those taking more than 400 units a day were more likely to die of any cause. Please check out my book, Antioxidants Linked To Deadly Unintended Consequences at www.amazon.com for a detailed Vitamin E analysis. Refills: ORDERONLINE AT .floydsfarnilyp harmacy:com Rx Local :Mobile Appon your iPhone: Pepitone power Former Ponchatoula Councilman Danny Pepitone (cen- ter) is pictured with his great nephew Justin Pepitone and his co-star on television's "Mud People" Ginger Magen Hall at Memorial Park on Saturday. (Times Photo) Florida Parishes Bank Announces Fourth Annual John L. McGee Scholarship Recipients Florida Parishes Bank Chairman of the Board Fritz W. An- derson II announced the four recipients for the Fourth Annual John L. McGee Scholarship. This year's recipients are Meghan Landry, Jake Lipps Elise Mondebello, and Katlin Morse. "Each of these students met and surpassed the criteria for the John L. McGee Scholar- ship," said Anderson. "This year we had the most applications in the history of the scholarship and it was by far the most com- petitive." Florida Parishes Bank estab- fished this college scholarship fund to help local students con- tinue their studies, and to honor Johnny McGee, the bank's long- term president. spring to Louisiana State Uni- versity where she will major in Fashion Merchandising. Jake Lipps, the son of Mike and Allison DuPont, is a gradu- ate of Ponchatoula High School. He is attending Southeast- ern Louisiana University as a Nursing major and he will be applying to Nursing School in January. Elise Mondebello, the daugh- ter of David and Michelle Mondebello, is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School. She is attending Louisiana State University and majoring in Dental Hygiene. Guitarist Reed Alleman Mondebello will be applying to the Dental Hygiene at the LSU Dental School in New Orleans in the spring. Katlin Morse, the daughter of Kelly and Abby Morse, is a graduate of Ponchatoula High School. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Electronic Media from Southeastern Loui- siana University and she con- cluded her first semester in the Organizational Communica- tions Graduate Program. "Johnny McGee would be very proud of these students and their academic accomplish- ments," said Anderson. Pirate spotted at New Year party Captain Jack Sparro aka David Gueldner, and child- hood friend Lisa Gabriel enjoyed the New Years Eve flash mob concert in the heart of the Antique City. (Times Photo) Musician James Bass (Times Photo) Florida Parishes Bank awarded four $500 scholarships this year for Tangipahoa Parish students who are attending a Louisiana university. "Johnny McGee believed in helping students with their ed- ucation," said Mrs. Evelyn Mc- Gee. "In all the years we were married, Johnny knew the true value of a college education." Meghan Landry, the daugh- ter of Paul and Abby Landry, is a graduate of Ponchatoula High School. She completed her sophomore semester at South- eastern Louisiana University and will be transferring in the jammed at "flash mob concert" New Years Eve in Ponchatoula (Times Photo) Jamming guitar giants Reed Allemon and Chris Roussel United States Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 4-11 will hold its monthly meeting on January 14,2014 at the Ham- mond Recreational Center located at 601 West Coleman Avenue in Hammond beginning at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in joining may attend. For more information on USCG auxiliary activities please contact Pete Scamardo at 504- 704-9840. ]FLU SHOTS NOW AVAILABLB If DRIVE THRU SERVICE AVAILABLE TEXT & EMAIL NOTIFICATION WHEN RX IS READY MOST INSURANCE ACCEPTED I P, EFILL RX ON OUR WEBSITE OR MOBILE APP JEWELRY & GIFTS/GREETING CARDS 1625 HWY 51 N PONCHATOULA Located 1 mile south of North Oaks (Next to Cafe NOLA ) FREE LOCAL DELIVERY !! 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