Smoking and Strokes

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Have You Heard of Gaucher Disease?

Many people are unaware that there are approximately 7,000 identified rare diseases that affect about 25 million people in the United States. Rare diseases are considered orphan diseases when fewer than 200,000 people are affected. Many orphan diseases are genetic disorders. Gaucher disease is one of these genetic disorders.

Gaucher disease, named for the French physician who first described the symptoms in 1882, is an inborn metabolic disorder. Patients born with the disease cannot produce an enzyme called glucocerebrosidase, which helps break down a specific complex lipid, glucocerebroside. If the body cannot break down this lipid, it builds up in body tissues, including the spleen, liver, bone marrow, lymphatic system, lungs, skin, eyes, kidneys, heart and the nervous system.

A Look at Gaucher Disease ? A Rare Genetic Disorder

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Save Money, Help the Environment With Properly Inflated Tires

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Tips for Making Exciting Ice Cream Sundaes

The Roman emperor Nero ate flavored ice to get through Italy’s stifling summers, and frozen treats have only become more popular since the 4th century B.C.  According to the International Dairy Foods Association, the United States produced 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream in 2008, and 90 percent of the population enjoys the sweet treat.

Americans also like to stick with the classics – vanilla accounts for over 25 percent of all ice cream sales. But there’s far more to ice cream than vanilla in a cone. Cold Stone Creamery , an ice cream parlor known for its customizable offerings, has a few tips for exploring more unique possibilities:

•  Think beyond chocolate sauce and cherries.
Cereal, chocolate chips, fruit, jams, sprinkles, pie fillings, cookies crumbles, brownie chunks, chopped nuts and whipped cream are only the beginning!

Online Education Puts Nurses on the Right Track

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – The United States doesn’t have enough nurses, and the nursing shortage will only get worse. Due to new health care legislation, an estimated 32 million Americans will enter the health care system by 2014 — according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the national nursing shortage will increase 29 percent by 2020.

Many Americans want to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) but are turned away. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, schools turned down more than 54,000 qualified applications to professional nursing programs in 2009. The reason? Program capacity is too low due to a lack of nurse educators.

But some nurses are advancing their training through self-paced, online education programs like those offered through The College Network and its partner institutions.

Online programs provide nurses with the ability to earn a valuable BSN while continuing to work full time in their current nursing job, gaining valuable hands-on experience while also providing for their families.

Advantages of online BSN programs include:

1. Self-paced education. Those with significant work experience might be out of practice when it comes to studying in a traditional school environment. Companies like The College Network ease the transition by allowing adult learners to take their time or move more rapidly through their courses than would be possible in a classroom setting.

2. Ability to work and study simultaneously. Students can take courses and study on their own timeline. Without needing to take off work, drive to campus and sit in a classroom each week, students can earn their degree while working full time and keeping family commitments.

3. No waiting lists. A nurse who wants to earn a degree at a traditional college is often placed on a waiting list until a spot becomes available. In the two to three years it can take to get to the top of a waiting list to start a program, that student could have completed the entire program from an online education provider.

To learn more about The College Network’s programs for nurses, visit www.collegenetwork.com/nursingPR.

Online Education Puts Nurses on the Right Track

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25 Years of Achievements – Charity Still Going Strong

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – One charity, Christian Relief Services, has been using community partnerships to fight poverty, not only in the United States, but all around the world. As the organization celebrates its 25th year of service, it’s clear that its philanthropy has made a notable difference in communities in the United States, Africa, Haiti and Lithuania to name a few.

Christian Relief’s efforts improved thousands of lives in 2009 alone. For example, Christian Relief teamed up with Bread and Water for Africa, to ship medical supplies, hygiene items, shoes, clothing, tools, and school supplies, including textbooks, all valued at over $9 million to partner organizations in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Zambia. Christian Relief also supports sustainable grassroots programs in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi and Cameroon.

Along with Americans Helping Americans (AHA), Christian Relief distributed over 1,000 pairs of new boots and 1,000 warm blankets to Appalachian children in West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina in 2009. Since July 1, 2009, Christian Relief and AHA have also provided special food boxes to 8,995 individuals in the Appalachian region of West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. For the holidays, Christian Relief gave Appalachian families over 10,000 whole turkeys and supplemental food, including fresh fruits, vegetables, bread and a dessert item. Christian Relief continued its support of service-enriched housing and community centers, as well as local affordable and transitional housing programs.

On American Indian reservations, Christian Relief worked with American Indian Youth Running Strong to distribute food and supplies to 12 American Indian-run church and community food banks and food pantries. In 2009, Christian Relief provided over 2 million pounds of food for over 29,000 individuals, as well as 32,000 holiday turkeys and 162,000 pounds of food for Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday meals.

Over 3,000 children received 5,000 new winter coats, 7,000 new blankets, 5,000 pairs of new shoes and school supplies. In addition, Christian Relief funded the construction of water wells, community gardens and emergency heating.

For more information, visit www.christianrelief.org.

Salt and Your Health

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Salt is essential to keeping your body’s fluids in balance. But too much salt can lead to a host of health problems.

The chemical name for dietary salt, or table salt, is sodium chloride. Most doctors focus on the sodium part.

“The best-known effect of sodium on health is the relationship between sodium and blood pressure,” explains Dr. Catherine Loria of the National Institutes of Health.

Dozens of studies, in both animals and people, have shown that increasing salt intake can raise blood pressure. And high blood pressure has been linked to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems.

About one in three adults nationwide has high blood pressure. Another third have blood pressure numbers high enough to risk developing high blood pressure. That’s why, Loria says, “it’s really important for the majority of the population to reduce their blood pressure.”

Experts recommend that people take in less than 2,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day. People with high blood pressure should shoot for 1,500 mg or less. But right now, the average man in the United States takes in over 4,000 mg of salt per day, and the average woman over 2,800 mg.

Would you miss the taste? “Several studies have shown that as you gradually reduce sodium intake, you lessen your desire for salty food,” Loria says. In the U.K., where salt consumption has dropped by 10 percent over the past five years, surveys found that most people didn’t notice any difference in the taste of their food.

Most of the salt in the average American’s diet comes in prepared and processed foods, including restaurant food, cold cuts and canned foods. Surprisingly, over 20 percent comes from grain products, such as breads, cereals, crackers and chips.

“I think the best guidance we have is for people to pay attention to nutrition facts on the labels,” Loria says. Try to choose foods that list less than 5 percent of the daily value of sodium per serving on the nutrition facts label.

Even small reductions in salt can help your blood pressure. If you can’t find a low-salt alternative to a particular food, try something that’s lower than what you usually buy.

Why not start now? Make small changes at first, and then keep working to gradually lower your family’s salt intake.

For more information, visit http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/.

25 Years of Achievements ? Charity Still Going Strong

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