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,.Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 13B 1 HPV, from page 12B originally approved HPV vaccine only for use in girls, it is now recommended for everyone as boys are also at very high risk. A 2011 report indicated that HPV may cause more cases of , mouth and throat cancer in men than smoking. It predicts that it will become more common than HPV-related cervical cancer - by 2020. The risk of developing oral cancer from an HPV infection is quite significant, and right now, almost three times more men in the U.S. are orally infected than women. ': Oropharyngeal cancer often forms in the lymph tissue at the base of the tongue and on the tonsil. Common signs include protracted sore throat and pain or difficulty swallowing. Tumors may , also develop on the neck if the cancer has spread to that area. People say, "Don't smoke tobacco, or you're going'to get cancer." And the cancer risk from smoking is 17.5 percent higher than the general population. However, if you have chronic HPV, your risk of developing cancer is 234 times the normal population. According to the CDC 2011 statistics, 53 percent of girls had received at least one dose of the HPV vaccine and 35 percent had received all three doses in the series. Only 8 percent of boys had received at least one dose -- a number that's expected to go up, because the vaccine has been routinely recommended for boys only since 2011. Some parents have been , reluctant to vaccinate their children since the new shot became available -- and boys in particular, because their HPV-related cancer risk is less recognized. But it is critically important for boys and girls to get ,',vaccinated, HPM emd its complications don't discriminate based on gender. Twenty-five percent of teens who have had sex at least once are positive for HPV at any given time. Yet for measurable cervical HPV most teens will be cervically HPVfree by age 21. This is due to the fact that most young people exposed to the virus have healthy strong immune systems and the body clears the infection naturally. The older a person gets the less likely it is that the body will be able to clear this infection. How do you know if ", you have HPV? See your doctor. The Pap smear can be used to check the cervix or the anus. The : guidelines at the present time indicate a woman should get a first Pap smear (the test used to check for ", cervical cancer and HPV) at the age of 21. Once a monogamous woman has had three normal annual Paps she may safely wait and have a Pap every three r to five years. If you are a male with a female partner and her Pap smear is negative then you can accept that you are . negative. If you are a male with a male partner then you should ask for an anal . Pap to be done annually. i" As far as oral HPV is concerned, there is no - screening test to detect it at this time, although there is ongoing research. The best way to prevent cancer from ,, HPV at this time is by getting immunized with the HPV vaccination. For more information or , to get the vaccine, call your health care provider. You may also contact Plumas County Public Health Agency at 283-6330 to speak with the nurse of the day or make an appointment. . PCPHA has programs providing low- and no-cost immunizations with : Gardasfl. Edie O'Connor is a physician assistant with the Plumas - County Public Health Agency. Garden harvest can be preserved for meals, giizs, Melinda Myers The cucumbers have filled the vegetable drawer, you've run out of cabbage recipes and your family is refusing to eat one more BLT. Or maybe you just couldn't resist that special deal on a bushel of tomatoes, potatoes or apples at the farmers' market. So what is a gardener or shopper to do with all that produce? Because properly stored vegetables will hold their flavor and nutritional value longer than those left in a plastic bag or set on the sunny kitchen counter, consider preserving some for the long winter ahead using one of several methods. Storage orchard racks and slatted crates placed in a cool dark location have long been used to store squash, onions and potatoes. The stackable racks provide ample storage space, so fruits and vegetables do not touch. Keeping stored fruit separated prevents rot from spreading from one fruit to the next. Plus, the slatted sides allow airflow to extend storage longevity. Those in colder climates can store their carrots and parsnips right in the garden. Once the soil gets a bit Fermenting crocks and canning jars are a few tools gardeners can use in preserving the season's bounty. Photo courtesy Melinda Myers crunchy, cover them with straw or evergreen boughs for easier digging in winter. Then dig as needed or harvest during the first winter thaw. If this isn't possible or not your style, try out a root vegetable storage bin. The root crops are layered in sand or sawdust and placed in a cool dark location. Just remove and use as needed. No snow shoveling needed. Drying is one of the oldest food preservation techniques. Most of us have grabbed a few bundles of herbs to hang and dry. Expand your drying endeavors to include fruits and vegetables. The goal is to quickly remove moisture without cooking the food. You can make your own dehydrator or purchase one. Research has shown that blanching vegetables and fruit before drying helps destroy harmful bacteria: Blanching involves a steam or boiling water bath followed by a cold water bath. Timing varies with the fruit or vegetable you are preparing. Another ancient food preservation technique, fermentation, is experiencing a comeback. Cultures around the world have fermented fruits and vegetables for thousands of years. Unique flavors, storage options and health benefits have many gardeners revisiting this tradition. Fermenting cucumbers into lyickles, cabbage into sauerkraut, and berries into preserves are just a few options. The ingredients can be as simple as water, salt and spices. All you need is a vessel, vegetables and fermenting culture. You can jump-start your efforts with a fermentation crock kit (, which includes the crock, cover and weights to make sure your veggies stay safely submerged in water. Or quickly lock in the flavor and nutrition of your fruits and vegetables with freezing. You'll need airtight containers or bags that are durable, don't leak and won't become brittle in low temperatures. Some'produce types do not freeze well and others may need to be blanched before they are packed in the freezer bag or container. But frozen items can easily be retrieved from the freezer and included in your winter meals. Canning is a bit more involved, but can be lots of fun. This process preserves the food and keeps it safe by preventing the growth of undesirable bacteria, yeast and mold. The sealed jars keep the flavor in and bad microorganisms out. So gather your produce, jars, pressure cooker, canner and friends to create tomato sauce, salsa, jams and jellies to enjoy or give as gifts. Plumas offers At midnight the moon peeked up over the ridge. I thought I heard a coyote, but maybe it was my own imagining. All else was quiet except for the murmur of wind in the pines. No other human activity was obvious. The Big Dipper was visible at the foot of my sleeping bag. The Milky Way was above my head. I saw flashes in the sky and shooting stars streaking with golden tails. Being still, I could see a lot of activity above me -- satellites, planes and other unknown (to me) skyward traffm. I felt that I ..... was Offt0p'of'the  wrId, both in altitude, and in my own mind. It's all so close to home... thousands of acres of forest, rocks, streams and lakes. And much of it seems like a private retreat. I rarely see another person. And when I do, they are often quiet and respectful of the peaceful wilderness. There is seldom any need to travel far, spending money and resources flying to Patagonia or the Pyrenees to camp. It is perfect right here in Plumas County. We started up the trail about 3 in the afternoon, our packs bulging with everything we would need. It had been about 30 years since I had actually carried a pack with everything I needed. Much of my hiking and backpacking had been with the Coastwalk organization, hiking the California Coastal Trail each summer. During this yearly week-long trek, the only backs that were engaged were the backs of the U-Haul trucks that hauled our gear from campsite to campsite. The daffy 6- to 10-mffe hikes lU We can-assist-wl" ih" " dl U your building needs- HI !! from plans to the [41 j ,'mishedproduct n I ............................. I m 1530) 283-2035 P.O. Box ! 369 QUINCY, CA 9]5971 LIc. #453927 incredible natural i)eauty in our backyo:rc! ., .: COMMUNITY GREEN PAMELA NOEL horizon. I watched as the deepening sunrise chased away all the stars except for Venus and Jupiter, shining so brightly they almost appeared to be "planted" there just for my viewing. As soon as the sun was officially "up," we made our way down to the lake and dove in. Brisk hardly describes the initial plunge. But the briskness introduced our bodies to the morning in a great way. Pores reacting and hearts pounding, we felt life at its best. There are few better way; to start the day. Laving our packs at our carmsite, we decided to take a day Mke to the next lake. A much smaller lake, it was perfect for our second dip of the day. Colder than our initial morning plunge, we could feel the cold seeps entering the lake. It was way we made our way around the lake, swimming to an6ther outcropping of rocks, sunning ourselves warm, then back into the lake. Deciding to visit one more lake before returning to our gear, we hiked on about 20 more minutes. This lake was not beckoning in terms of swimming, but had a bounty of plant, animal and insect life to offer us. Ducks, mud hens and dragonflies entertained us while we snacked. One duck seemed to be stuck in the "up tail" position, seemingly interested in some tasty 'ge/0lb bottom in the mud. A variety of dragonflies flew clockwise were free from having to carry anything but my lunch. Our only chore wasto unload the truck each night, set up our tent, and then relax for the evening. Our backs were saved.., and it made it easy to take children and family along. Packing my own gear this week is a good reminder of what we don't need in life. It also reminds me of the openness I can experience when I don't have to deal with my normal daffy clutter. I feel most free when I am out in the wilderness, all that I need heartening to experience right on my back. firsthand the recharging of After an evening of gazing the lakes, especially during at stars and trying to keep my this drought time. We crawled sleeping bag's broken zipper from the water onto warming closed, a whisper of pink rocks, heating ourselves appeared on the eastern . before we dove back in. In this LET US SAVE YOU TIME & MONEY REACH 75+ MLLtON READERS WITH ONE ORDER, ONE--BILL, Community Classified Ix $650 Statewide ' 25 words/245+ [Japers $435 North/T485 South Daily Classified 7 days $995 i.  25 words41 papers/7 days $650 North/S650 South  CLASSIFIED COMBO 8 days $1,270 25 words/282+ papers Statewide DISPLAY - Comrduntty Newspapers 140+ papers lx $1,600 2x2 Statewide; Sizes: 2x2; 2x4; 2x5; 2x6 $1,240 2x2 No.; $1,2402x2 So. CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPERS DELIVER[ around the lake, like a constant parade of jeweled beauty. One in particular caught my eye. It looked like a biplane with double wings, black and white spotted. Knowing that the day was moving on we decided to continue. Back to our original lake we packed up our gear and took a last swim before the trek back to our car. As we hiked up over the crest we looked back to take one more look, to carry us through to our next visit. We are grateful for this beautiful place, hopeful that nYle" to' rij oy what ' is truly here in our "own backyard." E ................. ,,,,l!!ii i Come Take a Look 6190 Buena Vista Road, Portola Off A- 15 Beautiful home on 8.62 acres with barn, outbuilding, privacy and a pond. Price Reduced to S387,000 call Carole at 249-6009 to preview Carole Benson, BRE#01896707 , Coldwell Banker Chandler Real Estate 181 E. 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