Recognize the Signs of Seizures

<b>Recognize the Signs of Seizures</b>“></td>
<td>
<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Epilepsy is a serious neurological disorder that can develop at any time in life, but there is a particular susceptibility in young children and the elderly. The condition produces seizures, which can range from a momentary disruption of the senses to short periods of unconsciousness or staring spells to convulsions. A seizure happens when a brief, strong surge of electrical activity affects part or all of the brain. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy. Epilepsy affects more than 3 million people in the United States and 50 million people worldwide; yet, many people do not recognize the signs of a seizure.

Many times, the symptoms are misinterpreted as alcoholic or drug-induced intoxication. Some epilepsy symptoms have even been known to confuse law enforcement officers, who may mistake someone experiencing a seizure or post-seizure behaviors for mentally ill or criminal behavior.

For example, in Oakland County, Mich., police didn’t see a seizing Daniel Belongea’s medical bracelet and tasered and arrested him for disorderly conduct. In Nashville, Tenn., Federico Becerra, Jr. died after emergency personnel attempted to physically subdue his movements.

To prevent these tragic oversights and to ensure that first responders know how to care for people with epilepsy, the Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit organization, is expanding its “First Responders Training” program. The goal is to teach law enforcement and emergency medical response teams the correct way to respond to people experiencing seizures.

For more information on seizures, or to find out if training is available in your area, call the Epilepsy Foundation at 800-332-1000, or visit www.epilepsyfoundation.org.

Looking to Truckers for Gas-Saving Tips

<b>Looking to Truckers for Gas-Saving Tips</b>“></td>
<td>
<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – High gas prices affect every business, but trucking companies especially feel the hit.

As diesel prices rise, truckers spend big bucks on shipments. Companies feel reluctant to pass extra costs on to consumers, so higher gas prices tend to cut into truckers’ profits. But many shipping companies and owner-drivers are taking steps to make big-rig transportation less expensive.

The tips that truckers use can help anyone save fuel -; and money -; whether they drive an eighteen-wheeler or a Mini Cooper. The folks at North South Leasing Company (www.nsleasing.com), a company that leases and sells trucks to businesses and individuals, offer these tips to drivers looking to save money on the roads:

– Don’t idle. Running your engine while your car is stopped wastes gas -; you get zero miles per gallon. Trucking companies are putting in policies to prohibit drivers from idling their trucks unless it is absolutely necessary. You should do the same.

– Maintain your car. Truckers constantly fine-tune their rigs. Likewise, car owners can improve their fuel efficiency by taking their vehicles to the shop at least four times annually, or whenever the seasons change. Making sure that filters remain unclogged and that engine components work properly can boost efficiency, so vehicles will use less fuel.

– Properly inflate your tires. Low tires reduce fuel efficiency, so make sure that your tires’ air pressure levels meet their manufacturer’s recommendations. Keeping your tires properly inflated at all times can save you well over 100 gallons of gas per year.

– Don’t drive aggressively. Aggressive behavior, like taking sharp turns and making sudden starts and stops, does not just risks lives -; it also reduces fuel economy. Try easing into stops and coasting down hills to reduce fuel usage and to reduce wear and tear on vehicle components.

– Drive the speed limit. Most cars lose efficiency when they exceed speeds of 65 miles per hour. Con-way Freight of Ann Arbor, Mich., has lowered the top speed of its fleet of 8,400 trucks from 65 mph to 62 mph. It may seem like a small amount, but it saves approximately 3.2 million gallons of fuel a year and about $1.2 million in fuel costs each month for the company.

For more information, visit www.nsleasing.com.

Women Need to Know More About Treating Heart Disease

<b>Women Need to Know More About Treating Heart Disease</b>“></td>
<td>
<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Although 73 percent of women know how to prevent heart disease, many are unaware of how to treat it once a diagnosis has been made.

In a survey of 1,979 women over age 35, only 55 percent said they understand how to treat heart disease. Respondents often incorrectly named prevention techniques such as exercise and healthy eating as treatment options, and less than 10 percent named actual treatments such as angioplasty and stent placement.

Hispanics and African-Americans, both considered high-risk groups for heart disease, were twice as likely as Caucasian women to say they did not know any treatments at all.

The survey was conducted by the “Healthy From the Heart” campaign sponsored by the National Women’s Health Resource Center and Cordis Corp. The campaign encourages women to learn about treatment options for coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease, so they can make better decisions if diagnosed.

“The good news is that women are aware that they are at risk for heart disease. The bad news is that they are overly confident in their ability to prevent it and treat it,” said Dr. Cindy Grines, an interventional cardiologist with William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oaks, Mich. “Women must realize that education is the key to conquering the threat of coronary artery disease. There are a variety of treatment options now available.”

The most common procedure for treating coronary artery disease is balloon angioplasty with a coronary stent. Angioplasty widens narrowed arteries by threading a balloon-tipped catheter through the arm or groin artery to the blocked artery in the heart. The balloon is inflated to compress the plaque against the artery walls, which in turn expands the blood vessel so blood can flow more easily.

Scientific advances have led to the development of the drug-eluting stent, a tiny mesh scaffold that props the artery open while releasing small amounts of a particular drug, such as sirolimus, inside the artery over a period of time. This helps keep plaque from reforming and helps prevent repeat blockage from occurring inside the blood vessel.

Coronary bypass surgery is another treatment option. While more invasive, it is a safe and effective treatment for patients who may not qualify for angioplasty and stent insertion.

Experts recommend patients talk with a doctor about what treatment option is best for them. To learn more about heart disease treatment options, visit www.cordis.com for a downloadable “Healthy From the Heart” brochure.