Patients Helping Patients With Kidney Disease

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one out of every six adults in the United States is living with chronic kidney disease (CKD). If you are battling this disease or caring for someone who has it, help and support are just a phone call away. The Renal Support Network (RSN) offers a unique program called the RSN HOPEline, a patient-run, toll-free telephone service that specializes in patient-to-patient support for people diagnosed with CKD and those who care for them.
Callers gain valuable insights from speaking to someone who understands — a knowledgeable patient who has learned to live successfully with the illness. RSN HOPEline operators share their experiences and impart strength and hope. RSN is a nonprofit, patient-focused, patient-run organization that provides non-medical services to those affected by CKD.
For more information, visit or call RSN HOPEline at 1-800-579-1970 (English) or 1-800-780-4238 (Spanish).

Medicare’s Extra Help Program Lowers Price of Medications

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Making ends meet should not mean going without your medications. If you have limited income and resources, Medicare’s “Extra Help” program sets it up so this year you pay no more than $2.50 for each generic drug and $6.30 for each brand-name drug.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimate that more than 2 million people with Medicare may be eligible for the subsidy but are not currently enrolled to take advantage of these savings.
A recent law changed how income and assets are counted. Life insurance policies do not count as resources. Any help you get from relatives, friends and others to pay for household expenses — like food, mortgage, rent, heating fuel or gas, electricity, water and property taxes — does not count as income.
After these changes in 2010, many people qualify for the program and don’t know it. Even if you were previously turned down for “Extra Help” due to income or resource levels, you should reapply. You could get help paying for Medicare prescription drug coverage premiums, copayments and deductibles. To qualify, you must make less than $16,335 a year (or $22,065 for married couples). Even if your annual income is higher, you still may be able to get some extra help. Your resources must also be limited to $12,640 (or $25,260 for married couples). Resources include bank accounts, stocks and bonds.
There’s no cost or obligation to apply — it’s easy and free. Apply at or call at 1-800-772-1213. Medicare beneficiaries can also receive assistance in their local communities from their State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) and many tribal organizations.
For information about how to contact these organizations, go to To learn more about prescription drug coverage, go to, or call 1-800-633-4227. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. This information was prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

DeVry University Seniors Learn There’s Value in Pro Bono Work

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – In a social media powered society, instant gratification is something we have come to expect. More of our daily routines are executed online, be they personal or professional, so when our computer crashes so does our productivity.
In the not-so-distant past, PC problems, virus removal and most other computer-related issues were resolved by carting your PC or laptop into a service center. This is not an easy burden to bear when time is of the essence. With immediate response in high demand, computer support companies have moved their services online, offering comprehensive tech support without the hassle of waiting at in-store service lines.
With the ability to get news, updates and results online in real-time, shouldn’t you be able to access computer troubleshooting online when an issue arises?
In an effort to harness the potential of remote access, some standout IT businesses are implementing remote services to create a better user experience for their clients. Geeks On Call, a trusted provider of on-site IT services nationwide, recently announced the launch of their Remote PC Repair Services.
If a person’s computer suddenly crashes, slows down or gets a virus, Geeks On Call is there with comprehensive technical support to see the issues through to solution. Because the troubled computer is remotely accessed through the Internet, there is no need to wait for a technician to make a house call. However, if there is no Internet access to the computer, Geeks on Call still has an on-site assistance option — in many cases, it can get a technician to you the same day you call. And unlike other services, it can dispatch a technician directly to your location with the ability to refund the majority of the service call.
By taking advantage of remote computer repair with services like those offered by Geeks On Call, users will see real-time solutions for serious computing problems. Remote Services are available 8 a.m. to midnight in the customer’s time zone at 1-800-905-GEEK (4335). For more information, visit

No-Cost IT Service Audits Save Money

Voice and Data Systems are crucial to the success or failure of most businesses. Many companies provide laptops, cell phones, and Internet connections that require expensive maintenance by internal IT departments.  However, paying for full-time IT services and multiple telecom providers may be an overlooked and unnecessary expense. A no cost analysis of these computer support and telecommunication expenses can save companies money.

Geeks On Call has been a nationwide leader of on-site computer support to thousands of businesses for over a decade. Recognizing a need for advice with telecom service contracts, this leader in outsourced IT services recently announced a new professional telecom audit service designed for business of all sizes to save money.

Whom Does NASA Call to Recover Lost Data?

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(NewsUSA) – In the past, research institutions and government agencies stored data on tapes and hard drives — often without backing up the information. Today, …

Answering an Enduring Call, America’s Toughest and Brightest Become America’s Few

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – In cities and towns across America, from major metro areas to small farming communities, young men and women are heeding their nation’s call to service and challenging themselves to see if they have what it takes to become a United States Marine. Marine Corps recruiting has recently experienced an increase in “walk-in” office traffic, as well as online requests for more information about opportunities in the Marine Corps and increased interest in their officer programs.

The increase is in response to a 2007 President-approved recommendation by the Secretary of Defense for a permanent increase to the end strength of the U.S. Marine Corps from 175,000 to 202,000 over the next five years. Currently, the Corps is set to reach this goal in fiscal year 2009, two years ahead of schedule. This outcome is a combination of recruiting efforts, high retention and re-enlistment among Marines, and low attrition among first-term enlistments.

So, what does it take to become a Marine? Answering the call to serve is just the beginning. All who respond must prove themselves in the most demanding 12 weeks of their lives. Marine Corps recruit training is an unwavering, relentless and uncompromising process of transformation. The process instills in all recruits the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Collectively, it is an epic test of mind, body and character.

“There is only one reason to put yourself through the toughest 12 weeks of your life — and that is to become a United States Marine,” said Lieutenant Corporal Oscar Franquez, Jr., of Canyon Country, Calif., one of three Marines featured in an advertisement in support of recent recruiting efforts. “Becoming a Marine has allowed me to defend my country and become part of a centuries old tradition of service and sacrifice.”

The call to become a Marine is answered by the best and the brightest of each generation. This has been the case since 1775, when the Second Continental Congress requested that the first Marine battalions be formed. For generations, the Marine Corps has taken young Americans who have answered the call and forged them into Marines through a time-tested crucible known as recruit training.

“By earning the title, Marines take their place in a 233-year old brotherhood of smart, tough, elite warriors who are ready to win our nation’s battles and serve their communities as quality citizens,” said Major General Robert E. Milstead, Jr., Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruiting Command.

The Corps’ rigorous training process is featured in America’s Few, a new advertising campaign launched September 19 by the Marine Corps. America’s Few demonstrates what it really takes for young men and women to earn the title of Marine and take their place in the impenetrable line of warriors stretching back 233 years. The ads can be viewed at