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Grandparents, Keep Your Meds Up and Away From Young Children

10 hours 13 min ago
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(NewsUSA) - Grandparents love spending time with their grandchildren. Grandbabies bring so much joy. However, it's not unusual for the curious, tiny fingers of youngsters to end up in places they shouldn't. Putting precious or breakable objects out of reach is important, and so is keeping medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight of young children.

More than 70,000 children end up in emergency departments each year after getting their hands on medicines left within reach. That's 165 kids -- or roughly four busloads of kids -- per day. Far too often, that medicine belonged to a grandparent.

Where are young children getting their hands on medicines? From countertops and bedside tables, purses and pockets, and loose pills on tables or floors. Weekly pill minders can help you keep track of multiple medications, but they rarely have child-resistant features so a curious child can't get into the colorful medicines stored inside.

"Grandparents and parents may not be aware of the danger posed by leaving medications where young children can reach or see them," says Dr. Dan Budnitz, director of the Medication Safety Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "A few simple steps -- followed every time -- can protect our children."

So, grandparents, enjoy your precious time with your young grandchildren. But whether hosting them in your house or visiting at theirs, remember to store your medicines in a place they cannot access. Here are some tips from CDC's "Up and Away and Out of Sight" initiative:

* Keep all medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight in a high cabinet or other place inaccessible to your grandchildren. If you think you may forget to take your medicines if they are not in sight, leave yourself a reminder on the refrigerator or somewhere you check daily.

* Never leave medicine or vitamins out on a counter or bedside table, even if you have to take the medicine again in a few hours.

* Always relock the safety cap on a medicine bottle. If it has a locking cap that turns, twist it until you hear the click.

* Never tell children medicine is candy so they'll take it, even if your grandchild does not like to take his or her medicine.

* Keep purses, bags or coats that have medicines or vitamins in them out of reach and sight of young children.

* Program the Poison Help number (1-800-222-1222) into your phone so you have it in case of emergency.

Visit UpandAway.org for more tips on safe medicine storage.

Smartphone to Become Wallet -- Are Customers, Businesses Ready?

10 hours 16 min ago
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(NewsUSA) - Much is being made of Apple's announcement of the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch. Overshadowed by this, however, was the introduction of Apple Pay -- a technology touting an easier way to pay for goods and services using mobile devices. But is this too much too soon -- even for Apple?

Coming on the heels of this month's massive credit card breach at Home Depot, it is clear that credit card companies need to rethink how consumers' personal information is handled.

Relying on near field communication (NFC), Apple Pay will link a consumer's mobile phone with retail stores that are NFC-enabled. NFC technology has been praised for its security and convenience, but analysts argue that mobile payments will suffer because consumers are not yet comfortable paying with their phone, and merchants are finding that using NFC technology is more expensive than the traditional debit and credit card system.

For concerned individuals, they need only look to the horizon. Launching on Nov. 15, a company called MovoCash will address the gaps left by NFC technology.

"MovoCash is a transformative way to think about payments," says Eric Solis, CEO and founder of the company. "What we're doing is serving as a convergence technology designed to help consumers bridge the gap between old-world payment systems and new technological advances."

MovoCash, according to Solis, is a bank-agnostic payments platform that allows consumers to link their bank accounts to their MovoCash account for mobile payments with no limitation on the number of supported banks. Any bank account or credit or debit card in your wallet can be used to load a MovoCash account, eliminating the direct link required by conventional NFC technology.

What this means is that there is no direct link between the merchant and consumers' personal credit or banking information. Should the MovoPlastic card get hacked, the dummy number on the card will not reveal any personal information. It can be loaded with as much (or as little) money as desired. Additionally, the company's redemption technology differentiates it from Venmo and PayPal by unlocking P2P (peer to peer) payments for immediate merchant purchases.

"We believe MovoCash addresses consumers' desire for a more integrated payment experience using a mobile device without changing their comfort level of using a mag stripe on the back of a plastic card," says Solis.

For more information on this innovative technology, visit www.movocash.com.

As Insurers End Coverage for Compounded Drugs, Patients Struggle

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 4:01pm
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(NewsUSA) - It's a David-vs.-Goliath dispute, and millions of patients are caught in the middle -- perhaps even unaware they're about to lose coverage for the compounded medications they need for their conditions.

At issue are the customized medications pharmacists prepare for patients who can't metabolize or tolerate commercial drugs. Compounded medicines often are the only option for doctors treating certain children and seniors, patients coping with the pain of cancer and diabetes, and those with liver or kidney diseases.

In one corner: powerful insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) hell-bent on saving money by eliminating or cutting coverage of those medications.

In the other corner, fighting to reverse their moves: a coalition of patients, physicians, pharmacists and pro-patient groups like the Veterans Advocacy Group of America, the Kidney Cancer Association and the Arthritis Foundation.

"This is about shifting costs to patients," says Jay McEniry, executive director of Patients and Physicians for Rx Access (saverxaccess.org). "Physicians are being placed in the impossible position of either prescribing a compounded medication the patient needs but can't afford, or prescribing a less effective treatment because it may be covered by the patient's insurance."

The list of "Goliaths" who've announced or already implemented such cutbacks now includes United Healthcare/Optum Rx, Catamaran, CVS/Caremark, Harvard Pilgrim and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in several states.

But the coalition's immediate wrath is directed at the nation's largest PBM: Express Scripts, which in September is slated to stop covering 1,000 drug ingredients commonly found in compounded medications -- effectively "eliminating an entire class of medications," says McEniry.

Express Scripts and others argue that commercial drugs can do the job just as well for less money. But try telling that to patients like Linda Sauer.

The Dwight, Illinois, woman relies on her doctor-prescribed compounded medications for relief from several painful and debilitating conditions, and is outraged that Express Scripts' decision leaves her no choice but to pay for them out of pocket.

"They're denying me access to medicines that work better than the mass-produced drugs I've tried," she says. "It will cost me and others hundreds of dollars per month."

Sauer at least has read the advisory notice from Express Scripts, which the coalition claims gives "misleading reasons" for targeting what it calls "essential medicines" whose ingredients are purchased from FDA-regulated suppliers. But what of patients who didn't?

Sadly, they're in for a shock the next time they try to fill a prescription.

4 Tips to Start Your Day a Little Earlier

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 8:07am
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(NewsUSA) - If you happen to be a person who just can't seem to find enough hours in the day, it might be time to get an earlier start. And, if you've already tried waking up before sunrise, only to meet a crashing halt following lunch, these four tips may help:

Tip 1: Avoid hitting "snooze" at all costs. Try moving your alarm clock far enough away from the bed so you'll be forced to stand up and walk to turn it off.

"When you hit the snooze button repeatedly, you're fragmenting what little extra sleep you're getting, so it is of poor quality," says Robert S. Rosenberg, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Centers of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff, Arizona.

Tip 2: Fuel up with a hearty breakfast. So, you're probably tired of hearing this advice by now. Yet, if more people actually followed through with it, there wouldn't be a need to stress it over and over. According to a January 2014 Penn Schoen Berland study, although nearly 85 percent of Americans believe breakfast is important, just over half say they choose to skip it because they don't have enough time, would rather sleep in or don't like preparing it. If time is really an issue, consider quick options like Hormel Compleats breakfasts (www.hormel.com), which can be ready in just 60 seconds.

Tip 3: Power up with protein. According to health.com eggs --and even bacon -- can be potent breakfast options to keep you going and give your body the energy it needs to get through the day. Some easy-prep breakfast options -- like the Compleats varieties mentioned in tip number two -- even feature eggs.

"Eggs are a great source of nutrients," said Mitch Kanter, Ph.D., executive director of the Egg Nutrition Center. "Just one egg contains 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein and antioxidants."

Tip 4: Set an earlier bedtime. If you are a night owl by nature, but want to start your day sooner, gradually shift your bedtime earlier each night. Once you find a time that allows you to wake up early and get through the day without feeling like you need a nap, stick to it. The most productive early birds aren't sleep deprived. As Aristotle noted, "It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth and wisdom."

If You Want to Help Avoid Back Problems, Stop Slouching

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:36am
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(NewsUSA) - Remember how mom always reminded you about your posture? Turns out she was right.

Years of poor posture, we now know, puts undue pressure on the spine and supporting muscles and ligaments that can result in everything from back pain to muscle strain to degenerative arthritis. And many of us make things worse on a daily basis.

How so?

Research has found that common things like stress, obesity, incorrect posture while sleeping, walking and working, and -- yes, all you fashionistas out there -- wearing high-heeled shoes can contribute to poor posture.

And the back pain alone that often follows hurts us in more ways than one. "Americans spend at least $50 billion each year (seeking relief from) back pain," notes the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. "And it's one of the most common reasons for missed work."

If you just read those stats while seated, here's a quick checklist to see if you're maintaining the correct posture:

* Relax shoulders and keep forearms parallel to the ground when working at a keyboard.

* Don't cross your legs.

* Use a footrest if your feet don't reach the floor.

For those who are past the checklist stage, know that the federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research almost twenty years ago recommended spinal manipulation provided by a doctor of chiropractic as a "safe and effective, drugless" treatment for sufferers of low back pain.

"Old habits die hard," says Ron Kirk, DC, an avid supporter of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress and founder of Straighten Up America (straightenupamerica.org). "But a doctor of chiropractic can recommend exercises to strengthen core postural muscles and can help you choose proper postures to reduce your risk of injury during activities."

For more information, visit www.yes2chiropractic.org.

Join the Force to Fight Lung Cancer in Women

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:05am
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(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - "Join The Force" and Help Save Lives is an initiative formed to fight lung cancer in women, which is the No. 1 cancer killer of women. LUNG FORCE will make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding. Learn more at Lungforce.org.

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Common-Sense Strategies From a Natural Marketing Guru

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:56pm
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(NewsUSA) - When it comes to natural marketing expertise, there may be no other like Peter Tabibian.

As founder of the Z-Burger restaurant chain located in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore region, Tabibian has grown his business with a mix of great food, great style and breakthrough marketing and promotions.

"Marketing is the engine of any successful business," says Tabibian. "And once you turn the engine on, business just grows and grows."

What makes Tabibian's success impressive, however, is that he never attended college. Instead, he honed his craft working low-level fast food jobs before taking a significant personal credibility risk opening his first Z-Burger (www.zburger.com) in the Tenleytown section of Washington, D.C.

"Throughout the past seven years, I've expanded the menu from hand-crafted burgers with endless toppings and fresh-cut fries to one that includes 75 varieties of hand-spun milkshakes and concretes," says Tabibian.

As new Z-Burger locations were opened, he helped design exteriors and interiors to give each one a unique look and feel. But great looking restaurants were only the beginning. Tabibian had to let the world know -- and with his wild imagination and street-sense marketing practices, he created some of the restaurant industry's most talked about promotions.

Six years ago, Tabibian created the annual "Independence Burger Eating Championships," which now rivals Nathans as the top eating competition in the U.S.

Tabibian has become a champion of the American worker with his promotions offering free food to government employees who were without paychecks due to the sequestration -- which landed Z-Burger in The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

His restaurants have also become places where people in distress can find comfort in a free meal -- whether for local residents without power due to storms, or for the homeless who have annual Thanksgiving meals at Z-Burger, complete with turkey burgers and French fries with gravy.

Other memorable promotions included free purple burgers in celebration of the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl victories, and heart-shaped burgers on pink buns for Valentine's Day.

What's more, his all-around genius recently earned Z-Burger the "Best Burger Award" from the No. 1 radio station in Washington, WTOP-FM.

Certainly, Tabibian's marketing prowess is having an effect as Z-Burger has been featured on the History Channel, TMZ, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX national news broadcasts. Even former President Bill Clinton has stopped by for a meal.

Stay Cool for Next to Nothing: Power Down the AC on National Ceiling Fan Day

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 4:07pm
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(NewsUSA) - The kids are back in school, football season is starting and fall is around the corner, which means it is time to turn down the air conditioner and rely a little more on your ceiling fan to save energy and money.

This September 18 marks the second annual National Ceiling Fan Day (NCFD). More than 20 ceiling fan manufacturers, the American Lighting Association (ALA) and leading energy conservation groups invite everyone to join the fight to reduce energy consumption by turning off their central cooling systems and staying cool with ceiling, floor, desk and wall fans to save trillions of kilowatt hours of energy consumption.

As an extra incentive to participate in the energy-saving effort, many fan retailers are offering discounts to consumers in conjunction with NCFD. You can find a list of local ALA-member fan retailers online at AmericanLightingAssoc.com.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends using ceiling fans to reduce or eliminate the need to use your AC, because ceiling fans consume far less electricity. Many ceiling fans consume as few as 15 watts of electricity, while AC systems can use upwards of 5,000 watts when used for the same amount of time.

While saving energy is a good thing, saving money is not bad either. Operating a fan can cost as little as $1 per month. That is quite a savings compared to approximately $100 per month to run an AC unit in a typical home. To maximize your savings, use an Energy Star-certified fan. Ceiling fans that have earned the Energy Star label are 60 percent more efficient than conventional fans.

Initiated by fan manufacturer Fanimation, NCFD is supported by the ALA and many additional ALA-member fan manufacturers, including Casablanca/Hunter Fan Company, Craftmade; Emerson Ceiling Fans, Feiss-Monte Carlo, Kichler, Matthews Fan Company, Minka-Aire, Progress Lighting, Quorum International, Regency Ceiling Fans, Savoy House, Sea Gull Lighting, The Modern Fan Co., Vaxcel International and Westinghouse Lighting, as well as The Home Depot and Lowe's Companies, Inc.

Many of the nation's leaders in energy conservation and efficiency are also on board. Those supporters include the EPA's Energy Star Program; Alliance to Save Energy; Affordable Comfort, Inc.; and Environmental and Energy Study Institute.

The purpose of NCFD is to bring national attention to escalating energy costs and consumption. The day is devoted to saving energy and raising awareness about how ceiling fans can fit into an overall energy- and cost-savings plan. If every American participates in NCFD by turning off their AC and using fans for their cooling needs, the United States will save enough energy to power the entire city of New York for months.

For more information about how to save energy with ceiling fans and for a list of ALA-member fan retailers and manufacturers, go to AmericanLightingAssoc.com.

10 Steps to Help Older Adults Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:39pm
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(NewsUSA) - Some of the most serious injuries among older adults, age 65 and older, are caused by falling. More than 1.6 million older Americans end up in the emergency room or hospital because of a fall, according to the National Institutes of Health. Seniors who have broken a hip by falling can have trouble recovering and regaining mobility.

The good news is many falls are preventable. One of the first things you can do if you take prescription medication is have your health care team review your medication.

"Some prescription medicines and over-the-counter drugs, or a combination of them, can make you dizzy or sleepy. Either can lead to a fall," said Jaza Marina, M.D., a geriatrician at Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta. "If you fall, be sure to let your doctor know, even if you aren't hurt. Sometimes falls are a sign of a new medical problem that needs attention."

Many underlying causes of falls can be treated or corrected. Dr. Marina recommends these 10 proactive steps to reduce the risk of falling.

Make your home safe.

1. Remove clutter, throw rugs and electrical cords that might cause you to trip.

2. Store items on bottom shelves.

3. Add grab bars where necessary -- in hallways, stairways and bathtubs.

4. Add a rubber bath mat in the shower or tub.

5. Make sure your home is well lit. Use night lights in hallways and bathrooms.

6. Keep a phone and flashlight by your bed.

Take care of yourself.

7. Stay as physically active as you can.

8. Wear comfortable shoes with good support.

9. Have your vision and hearing checked.

10. Use a cane or walker if you feel unsteady.

For more information on how to prevent falls, visit share.kp.org/preventing-falls. Also check out everybodywalk.org for tips on walking as an exercise. For questions or advice about a specific condition, talk to your physician.

Family-Friendly Programming Storms The Weather Channel

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:34pm
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(NewsUSA) - If you are a parent, you are probably well aware of how difficult it is to find quality family-friendly programming on TV. You know, shows that don't force you to keep your finger hovering over the remote "just in case."

Well, parents can breathe a little easier thanks to America's favorite source for weather. The Weather Channel has a new live morning show, AMHQ with Sam Champion. Champion, one of the best-known and most-liked TV personalities in the country, joined Weather in March after years at WABC-TV and more recently Good Morning America (GMA).

According to Champion, what drew him away from his long-standing role as America's No. 1 weatherman while at GMA was the format for AMHQ -- short for "America's Morning Headquarters" -- because the show "not only aims to prepare viewers for the day by forecasting regional and local weather, but looks ahead at the news and events that will unfold and shape their days."

What's really hitting home for parents, however, is the show's educational material. Most recently, AMHQ aired pieces on orca whales, National Heat Stroke Prevention Day, hail formation with a replica of the largest hailstone ever found and flash floods in Colorado. It's this type of programming that parents -- and their children -- are enjoying together.

"We got feedback from viewers telling us they liked having the show on in the morning when their kids are getting ready for school because there is content about science and the natural world around us," says Champion.

Regular science segments include "Science Behind...," which takes viewers through the reasons weather phenomena occur, and "View from Above," pieces about space. And while Champion says he didn't set out to create a family show, it's not necessarily a bad thing to be branded that way.

"We don't need to be a show that leads with the latest sensational tabloid crime or be a place with people yelling and arguing just for entertainment," he says.

Throughout AMHQ, the show will cover every aspect of the day's weather, along with news, business, sports, technology and health, all told uniquely through a weather lens and with the goal of forecasting the day ahead. The show airs weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET. To learn more, visit weather.com/AMHQ.

Every Room Tells a Story if You Set the Stage

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 2:42pm
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(NewsUSA) - Remember the last time you walked into a professionally designed home and marveled at its beauty? Chances are, the designer carefully planned the interior finishings -- like crown mouldings and interior doors. While trim and doors have a major impact on interior décor, few homeowners select them with the same care as their furnishings or paint.

Interior finishings are decorative interior products that create the look, feel and flow of design throughout your home. They include trim, interior doors, wall treatments, chair rails, ceiling treatments and mantels -- and they all significantly impact the design of a room. Because these products are critical to a room's design, you will notice their use in many movies or TV series, where sets are carefully designed using trim and doors -- setting the stage for dramatic stories to unfold. It's almost impossible, for example, to imagine "The Great Gatsby" or "Sex and the City" filmed with bare walls behind them. Designers know that it's trim and doors that create the character of a home.

In addition to making a space look professionally styled and creating character, these architectural elements are also functional. Interior finishings can make walls seem taller, hide seams between windows and walls and conceal flaws. When incorporated into plans early in the design process they can also help save money. The richness of finishings used on walls, ceilings and doors lessens the need to fill a room with furniture and accessories.

However, in the past, finding the right interior finishings was often difficult and uninspiring for homeowners, builders and designers. That is, until recently.

"Gone are the days of rummaging through a chaotic selection of trim and doors," says Jan Rutgers, who led the design of Metrie's (www.metrie.com) unique Then & Now Finishing Collections.

According to Rutgers, the Metrie collections of coordinated and professionally designed trim and interior doors take the guesswork out of selecting finishings. Metrie's collections are designed to blend with today's home décor styles, are sized to fit together with ease and are coordinated so that trim and doors are harmonized in design and detailing.

"Now interior finishing can be a simple three-step process: First, choose a Metrie collection that matches your style. Then select the elements you want. Finally, add personal touches like stains, paints or finishes for a cohesive, professional look and feel. In other words, finish before you start," says Rutgers.

For inspiration and design ideas, Metrie has created a library for each collection at Metrie.com/inspired-living.

Carrageenan: Sustainability From Farm to Table

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:30am

(NewsUSA) - Over 200,000 tons of dried, farmed, tropical seaweed are produced every year. The majority of the world's red seaweed is farmed by nearly 60,000 family farmers in Africa, the Philippines and Indonesia. These families apply sustainable farming techniques that help to protect and preserve the habitats where they farm.

Seaweed farming is one of the most environmentally friendly types of aquaculture. Tropical carrageenan cultivation utilizes no chemical treatments, such as fertilizers. Seaweed farms help to preserve coral reefs by providing a sheltered habitat for local species of fish and invertebrates, which increases diversity where the seaweed is grown. Further, seaweed farming does not cause major physical landscape or seascape changes and can serve to mediate green house gas emissions and excess nitrogen in the water that causes harmful algae blooms.

Carrageenan is extracted from red seaweed with minimal processing. It is included in recipes for shelf-stable beverages, dairy desserts, baked goods and many other foods enjoyed across the world -- foods that taste delicious with less fat and sugar, foods that are vegan, kosher and halal.

With 7 billion people in the world to feed, it is essential to have products that can travel distances safely and arrive to needful communities intact and nutritious. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, millions of people around the world suffer from protein malnutrition. When used in protein-enriched beverages, carrageenan aids in the extension and protection of the nutritional value of protein while improving the creaminess that is affected by processing. Carrageenan is used to stabilize liquid nutritional supplements for infants and young children, ensuring safe access to nutrition for children, particularly in regions with unreliable water quality where malnutrition is prevalent.

Beyond enhancing nutrition, carrageenan also contributes to the reduction of food waste. More than 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted globally each year. When used in packaged food and beverages, carrageenan enables processes and recipes that extend shelf life, making them more widely available and less prone to waste.

Carrageenan is a valuable food additive that helps to ensure the health, safety and reach of the global food supply. The product of seaweed harvested by hand by farmers across the globe provides a sustainable foundation for the creation of a food system that can feed the world.

To learn more, visit fmccarrageenan.com.

 

 

 

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Guiding Treatment of Advanced Breast Cancer Using Subtypes

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:01pm
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(NewsUSA) - For patients with breast cancer, knowing whether the diagnosis is early stage or advanced is needed to help treat the disease.

Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer for Georgia Cancer Specialists, Cheryl Jones, MD, has experience in treating patients with advanced breast cancer, an incurable but treatable disease, which comprises metastatic (stage IV) and locally advanced (stage III) breast cancer.

Metastatic breast cancer occurs when the cancer spreads to other parts of the body and is treated differently than earlier stages of the disease. Dr. Jones explains the importance of understanding tumor subtypes to help patients become more involved in treatment discussions.

Here she addresses questions about the different subtypes, which include human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 positive (HER2+) and hormone receptor-positive (HR+).

Q: How do HR and HER2 status help determine a treatment plan?

Dr. Jones: Each tumor's genetic makeup helps oncologists identify the best approach to the treatment of advanced breast cancer.

HR+ tumors, which occur in approximately 70 percent of cases, are fueled by hormones like estrogen and progesterone. Therefore, postmenopausal patients may benefit from hormonal therapy, such as an aromatase inhibitor, which blocks the production of estrogen from helping the cancer grow.

If the breast cancer is HR-, accounting for about 15-20 percent of cases in the US, then we treat with drugs other than hormonal therapy, such as chemotherapy.

If the tumor overexpresses the HER2 gene it is known as HER2+ and requires aggressive treatment such as with drugs that target the HER2 protein. This occurs in about one in five breast cancers.

Q: What are the biggest considerations when treating advanced breast cancer subtypes?

Dr. Jones: For advanced HR+/HER2- breast cancer, we consider how this type can outsmart hormonal therapy over time and become resistant, resulting in tumor progression.

Treatments exist that may extend the benefits of hormonal therapy. For example, Afinitor (everolimus) is a prescription medicine used to treat advanced HR+/HER2- breast cancer, along with the medicine exemestane (an aromatase inhibitor), in postmenopausal women who have already received certain other medicines for their cancer. Afinitor can cause serious side effects, including lung or breathing problems, infections and kidney failure which can lead to death.

Even though HER2+ tumors tend to be more aggressive, HER2 targeted treatments also exist.

Tumors that are both HER2- and HR-, known as triple negative breast cancer, cannot be treated with HER2 targeted or hormonal therapies, so we will commonly use a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

Visit www.Afinitor.com to learn more about advanced HR+/HER2- breast cancer.

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Afinitor is a prescription medicine used to treat advanced hormone receptor-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer, along with the medicine exemestane, in postmenopausal women who have already received certain other medicines for their cancer

Important Safety Information

Patients should not take Afinitor if they are allergic to Afinitor or to any of its ingredients. Patients should tell their health care provider before taking Afinitor if they are allergic to sirolimus (Rapamune®) or temsirolimus (Torisel®).

Afinitor can cause serious side effects, including lung or breathing problems, infections, and kidney failure, which can even lead to death. If patients experience these side effects, they may need to stop taking Afinitor for a while or use a lower dose. Patients should follow their health care provider's instructions.

In some patients, lung or breathing problems may be severe and can even lead to death. Patients should tell their health care provider right away if they have any of these symptoms: new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, difficulty breathing, or wheezing.

Afinitor may make patients more likely to develop an infection, such as pneumonia, or a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection. Viral infections may include reactivation of hepatitis B in people who have had hepatitis B in the past. In some people these infections may be severe and can even lead to death. Patients may need to be treated as soon as possible. Patients should tell their health care provider right away if they have a temperature of 100.5?F or above, chills, or do not feel well. Symptoms of hepatitis B or infection may include the following: fever, chills, skin rash, joint pain and inflammation, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea, pale stools or dark urine, yellowing of the skin, or pain in the upper right side of the stomach.

Afinitor may cause kidney failure. In some people this may be severe and can even lead to death. Patients should have tests to check their kidney function before and during their treatment with Afinitor.

Afinitor can cause incisions to heal slowly or not heal well. Patients should tell their health care provider if their incision is red, warm, or painful; if they have blood, fluid, or pus in their incision; or if their incision opens up or is swollen.

Common side effects include mouth ulcers. Afinitor can cause mouth ulcers and sores. Other common side effects include infections, feeling weak or tired, nausea and vomiting, skin problems, headache, weight loss, loss of appetite, cough, diarrhea, fever, swelling of the hands, arms, legs, feet, face, or other parts of the body, joint pain, abnormal taste, stomach-area (abdomen) pain, nose bleeds, increased blood cholesterol and sugar levels, decreased blood phosphate levels, low red and white blood cells, and the absence of menstrual periods (menstruation).

Please see full Prescribing Information for Afinitor available at Afinitor.com.

Rapamune® (sirolimus) and Torisel® (temsirolimus) are registered trademarks of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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Taking the High Road to Scotland

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:58pm
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(NewsUSA) - "Braveheart" or "Brigadoon"?

Depending on your age, either the Mel Gibson drama or the Gene Kelly movie musical, respectively, probably piqued your interest in Scotland. And why not? A country that battled England for its independence long before we did (it may finally get it this year through the ballot box), and one so gorgeous it makes grown men sing of "the heather on the hill" (at least on screen) will have that effect.

Today's Scotland, though, is what one writer calls "an eclectic blend of old world charm and new world glitz." And with the latest, all-inclusive Scottish Isles and Glens package from CIE Tours, which just received the prestigious Scotland's Heritage "International Tour Operator of the Year" award, your stay isn't limited to just the two major cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Not when there are all those grand castles, picturesque lochs, and friendly villages waiting to be explored.

Among the tour's highlights:

* The Isle of Iona. One word: otherworldly. That's the sensation you're left with from this holy place famous for its Celtic crosses and fully restored cathedral where 50 Scottish kings were buried during the Middle Ages.

* The 5,000-Year-Old Village of Skara Brae. The BBC calls it "one of the most remarkable discoveries in modern archaeology." What no one seems to have the answer to is this: What were the farmers who once lived in the intricate maze of dwellings hiding in the secret spaces found under stone dressers?

* The Scottish Highlands. Here's where Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Highlanders were defeated by King George II's forces at the bloody Battle of Culloden in 1746. It's also where dogs still herd sheep. You'll see that and more after driving along the stunningly scenic shores of Loch Ness. (Monster alert!)

* The Ghost Tour. Tax collectors and bootleggers once clashed beneath the now-famed Royal Mile thoroughfare in the capital city of Edinburgh, which might explain why so many spots are said to be haunted. Your tour guide provides what we'll call "energetic accounts" of the alternately horrific and hilarious details.

* The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Don't let the title throw you. With the world-famous Edinburgh Castle as a backdrop, this is really a huge international festival featuring bagpipes, highland dancing and military bands.

IF YOU GO: The respected CIE Tours has escorted millions of Americans on motorcoach tours of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for more than 83 years. For more info on this and other packages, contact your travel agent, or call CIE at 1-800-243-8687 or visit www.cietours.com.

Supporting Arts in Education

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 4:31pm
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(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - In celebration of back to school, JCPenney Cares is focusing on supporting arts in education across the country. JCPenney customers can help ensure that arts remain an essential element of the school experience for all students by rounding up their purchases to the nearest dollar. Contributions will be donated to JCPenney Cares to fund national and local programs supporting arts in education. Partners include Turnaround Arts, Young Audiences and Little Kids Rock. Learn more at jcpenney.com/jcpcares.

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Fall Foes: Watch out for These Stinging Insects

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 8:49am
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(NewsUSA) - Many stinging insects become more aggressive in late summer and fall. Their hives are near maximum capacity, and they are scavenging for food to sustain the colony into the colder months. Being able to recognize different types of stinging pests can help determine whether there is an actual threat.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) advises to always use caution around stinging insects, especially if you suffer from insect allergies. Here are some stinging insects that you should look out for this fall:

Africanized Bees

Africanized "killer" bees are indistinguishable from honeybees to an untrained eye. The only physical difference is in the length of their bodies. Africanized bees are much more aggressive than normal bees, will chase a target up to a quarter mile from their hive and are known to wait should a target go under water.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are also known as "umbrella wasps." They live in small colonies and are not aggressive by nature. However, they will sting if their nest is threatened. These nests are usually up high and can be attached to tree branches, porch ceilings or attic rafters.

Bald-Faced Hornets

These hornets are larger than other stinging insects. They get their common name from their coloring, which is mostly black with a white face. Hornets are typically very aggressive. Anyone or anything that invades their space will elicit a defensive response. They have smooth stingers and can sting multiple times.

Yellowjackets

There are several species of yellowjackets, and they are distinguished from other stinging insects by their black head and distinctly black and yellow patterned abdomen. They are most active in late summer, when their colonies are at their peak. They are territorial and will sting people who come near their nests.

Stinging insects and nest or hive removals should only be handled by pest professionals. Some species have nests containing thousands of individuals that could swarm and sting and could create a dangerous situation. Proper identification is also important as some species are pollinators and are beneficial to the environment. Qualified pest professionals or apiarists can safely relocate pollinator colonies from the property without destroying the hive.

For more on stinging insects or to find a pest professional in your area, visit PestWorld.org. For more information on pollinators, visit PollinatorHealth.org.

Fishing and Boating are Great Activities for the Entire Family

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:35pm

(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - "Protecting Memories" reminds us that fishing and boating are great activities for your family to make memories on the water. Participating in these fun outdoor activities actually contributes to the protection and conservation of our nation's waterways for generations to come. Learn more at TakeMeFishing.org.

 

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