New In-Office Treatment For Sinusitis Relief
(NAPSI)—Doctors just received good news for the more than 31 million Americans who suffer from sinusitis.
Often referred to as a sinus infection, sinusitis can be debilitating, causing extreme facial pain and pressure, congestion (continuous runny nose), dental pain, headache, sore throat and fatigue. It is more prevalent than both heart disease and asthma, with a greater impact on patients’ quality of life than chronic back pain or congestive heart failure. In fact, sinus conditions cost the United States health care system more than $8 billion annually.
Most patients see their isolated cases of sinusitis resolved with antibiotics, nasal steroids and/or antihistamines. However, many experience sinusitis regularly over time, and while medication may resolve the symptoms each time, they continue to return. The continuous use of these medications to treat recurrent disease can create drug resistance or other health issues for patients.
Advanced cases of sinusitis may be treated with functional endoscopic sinus surgery, or FESS, which takes place in the operating room and involves general anesthesia.
Now, a new, FDA-cleared, minimally invasive procedure performed in the doctor’s office quickly and comfortably opens the sinus passage, restoring ventilation and natural sinus drainage.
How It Works
The Vent-Os procedure is based on the principle of osmosis, which draws fluids across a membrane. A small osmotic capsule—the size of a grain of rice—is gently inserted into the obstructed sinus opening, where it absorbs the natural fluids in the sinus to slowly expand over an hour. After it has opened the sinus passage, it’s easily withdrawn and the patient can leave immediately. Because the procedure is designed to be comfortable for patients, only a topical or local anesthetic is needed.
“Opening up the sinus passage is an important factor in reducing or eliminating the often debilitating symptoms of sinusitis,” said Peter J. Catalano, M.D., FACS, Chief of Otolaryngology, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Boston, Mass., and a clinical investigator for the study. “The Vent-Os procedure could be an ideal option for sinusitis sufferers whose symptoms are not severe enough to warrant surgery but who suffer the poor quality of life and health risks associated with repetitive or failed use of antibiotics and steroids.”
For further facts, see www.sinustreatmentinfo.com.
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CPR Training For Schools
(NAPSI)—Kids learning bystander CPR may be the answer to reducing death from the 420,000 cardiac arrests that occur outside of a hospital each year. Sadly, most of those victims die because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR or are afraid they’ll do something wrong. Further complicating the issue are the disparities among Latinos and African Americans, who are 30 percent less likely to have bystander CPR performed on them in an emergency, according to a study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. People who live in lower-income, African-American neighborhoods are 50 percent less likely to have CPR performed.
Fortunately, the American Heart Association (AHA) trains students, teachers and parents in CPR via its CPR in Schools initiative to help eliminate these inequities, exposing lifesaving skills to millions at a young age.
A recent study learned that residents of high-risk neighborhoods believe teaching children about lifesaving CPR and then having them share this knowledge with their families and friends is key to spreading the message.
“Our continued research shows disparities exist in learning and performing CPR and we are ready to move beyond documenting gaps to finding solutions to fix them,” said Dianne Atkins, professor of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa. “School is a great equalizer, which is why CPR in schools is an integral part of the solution and will help increase bystander CPR across all communities and save more lives,” she added.
Several states now require all students be trained in psychomotor skill-based CPR before graduating from high school. That means more than a million students trained in CPR each year, which means victims of cardiac arrest have a greater chance at getting the help they need before paramedics arrive.
To learn more about CPR in Schools legislation, go to http://beCPRsmart.org. To learn more about CPR in Schools initiatives, call (877) AHA-4CPR or visit www.heart.org/CPRinSchools.
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Keeping Your Baby Safe During Sleep
(NAPSI)—Key ways to help keep your baby safe while sleeping.
Nearly 4,000 infants die each year suddenly and without warning. Babies can unexpectedly stop breathing. These deaths can happen during a nap or at nighttime. Sometimes the cause of death is known, such as accidental suffocation. But, sometimes the cause is not known. Some infant deaths are determined to be Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which is when an infant under 1 year of age dies and the sudden death is still unexplained after a thorough case investigation (a complete autopsy, a full examination of the death scene, and a review of the infant’s and family’s health history).
What To Do?
As a parent or caregiver, these are the key ways you can help keep your baby safe during sleep:
• Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night.
• Put your baby in a separate sleep area but in the same room where you sleep. Your baby should sleep in a safety-approved crib*, bassinet, or portable play yard.
• Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib*, covered by a fitted sheet. Remove crib bumpers, blankets, quilts, soft objects, and toys from the crib.
• Breastfeed your baby to reduce the risk for SIDS.
• Do not smoke or allow anyone to smoke around your baby.
Your Questions Answered
Experts at the National Institutes of Health answer your questions about keeping your baby safe while asleep.
Are babies more likely to spit up and choke on their backs?
No. Healthy babies naturally swallow or cough up fluids. In fact, babies may actually clear fluids better when on their back.
What if my baby rolls onto his stomach during sleep? Do I need to put him in the back sleep position again?
No. Rolling over is an important and natural part of your baby’s growth. Most babies start rolling over on their own at 4 to 6 months of age. If your baby rolls over on his own during sleep, you do not need to turn him over onto his back. The important thing is that your baby starts every sleep time on his back to reduce the risk of SIDS.
What if my baby’s grandparents or another caregiver wants to place my baby to sleep on her stomach for naptime?
Babies who usually sleep on their backs, but who are then placed to sleep on their stomach, such as for a nap, are at HIGHER risk for SIDS. So it is important for EVERYONE who cares for your baby to use the back sleep position for all sleep times—for naps and at night.
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s (NICHD) Safe to Sleep® campaign educates parents and caregivers about keeping babies safe while asleep. Learn more at http://safetosleep.nichd.nih.gov/.
*For more information on crib safety, contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission at 1-800-638-2772 or http://www.cpsc.gov.
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Tips On Helping Children Sleep
(NAPSI)—Clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Breus, one of the nation’s top sleep experts, has some advice to offer parents. Known as “The Sleep Doctor,” he’s a widely recognized leader in this ever-evolving field and perhaps best known for his appearances on Dr. Oz, CNN, Oprah, “The View” and “The Doctors.”
Dr. Breus notes that “peaceful sleep is essential for everyone; it refreshes energy and enhances creativity and productivity in our daily lives.” According to the National Sleep Foundation, daily sleep needs range from 12 to 14 hours for 1- to 3-year-olds; 11 to 13 hours for ages 3 to 5; and about 10 to 11 hours for 5- to 12-year-old children.
Using characters from Disney’s newly released animated classic Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition on Blu-ray to illustrate, Dr. Breus offers six important steps. “By following these tips,” he says, “I’m certain families will have better luck with their kids’ bedtime routines and ultimately get a better night’s rest themselves.”
1. Be consistent. Going to bed and waking up at the same time (even on weekends) will help your children keep Maleficent’s evil henchmen out of their dreams.
2. Use Flora’s gift of beauty. Help your children finish up whatever they’re doing, clean up their toys and make the room neat, comfortable and ready for sleep.
3. Use Fauna’s gift of song. While everyone’s getting ready for bed, sing a few favorite soothing songs while they bathe, brush their teeth and put on pajamas.
4. Use Merryweather’s gift of true love’s kiss. Dim the lights, turn on a night-light and read a book. If kids still have trouble quieting their busy brains, try the “relaxation game.” And then give your little ones that loving kiss good night.
5. Embrace Maleficent’s color of darkness. The color black is best for sleep, though most children like a little light at night. Keep in mind that some night-lights (LEDs, for example) contain “blue light” and that can actually keep a child awake by preventing the brain’s production of melatonin, which starts the engine for sleep. So make sure your child’s night-light is one that filters out blue light.
6. Follow Sleeping Beauty’s name, Aurora. She is so named because she fills people’s lives with sunshine. When children wake up in the morning, stop by a sun-filled window or take them outside for 15 minutes of brightness. Sun exposure helps reset their internal biological clocks each morning. Parents can also leave the window shades open so the child can wake with the morning light.
Dr. Breus notes, “For tips two through four, I recommend ‘The Power Down Half-Hour Technique,’ which I created for children, with 10 minutes spent on each of the activities mentioned. The consistent routine helps calm them down and unconsciously signals the brain to get ready for sleep. Roughhousing and other similar ‘fun games’ often initiated by parents who haven’t seen their children all day usually result in poor sleep.”
Finally, here are three rules for napping for infants and toddlers:
1. Set a specific nap time, or make it three to four hours after they last woke up.
2. Have a consistent pre-nap routine (it will not be as long as the pre-bedtime routine).
3. Let children soothe themselves to sleep, even when napping.
For more sleeping tips and information from Dr. Breus, visit www.TheSleepDoctor.com.
For more information about the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, visit www.movies.disney.com/sleeping-beauty.
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“See Me” Medicine
(NAPSI)—These days, there’s more to medicine than meets the eye. It’s true, physicians rely heavily on what they can see to diagnose and treat the patients in their care. From inspecting a wound, to studying X-ray imagery, to watching someone react to different stimuli in a physical examination, doctors use visual examinations as a critical component in understanding the state of a patient’s health.
New On The Medicine Scene
Today, however, physicians also rely on being able to communicate and exchange visual information, even when a patient or a colleague isn’t physically present. High-speed broadband and Ethernet-based networks support easy sharing of large medical image files and videoconferencing for remote health care visits and virtual collaboration. As in so many industries, broadband has been transformative in health care. Visual media—high-resolution imagery and video—have become fundamental tools in the evolving medical field.
In the U.S., cable companies are the primary source of residential high-speed broadband connections and, after delivering TV for more than half a century, cable operators are also experts in delivering video. This expertise extends not only to homes across the country but to businesses, including health care facilities nationwide.
Consider These Examples
Charter Communications recently worked with Oregon Health Network to complete an 87-mile fiber network running from Grants Pass, Oregon to Crescent City, California. This broadband pipeline will let technicians send a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) X-ray from Oregon to Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City in less than a second.
A rural health clinic in Oklahoma uses cable services from Cox Communications to support videoconferencing with health specialists in Oklahoma City. A stroke victim was the first patient to benefit from the system.
Time Warner Cable delivers video offerings to health care facilities, including access to training and patient education, through its video-on-demand service, indicating that there’s growing need for health care-specific video delivery.
As the medical industry increasingly depends not only on broadband but on high-resolution imagery and video, cable companies are expected to become more important allies in patient care. The trend is likely to accelerate in the months and years ahead.
For more information, visit the Healthcare section of www.cablemeansbusiness.com.
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Shining A Light On Rare Cancers
(NAPSI)—Every year, about 14,500 people are diagnosed with myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs), a group of rare blood cancers that originate in the bone marrow—and the more you know about them, the better you can be at finding support for yourself or someone else affected by this diagnosis.
Living with a rare cancer, like an MPN, often comes with its own unique set of challenges. Getting an accurate diagnosis can be difficult. Unlike many cancers, most people have never heard of MPNs, which can make those diagnosed feel isolated. People with MPNs don’t always look like they are sick, and very often the treatment is “watch and wait” or symptom management only. MPNs include polycythemia vera (PV), essential thrombocythemia (ET) and primary myelofibrosis (PMF).
Who Can Help
To remedy the situation, the Cancer Support Community (CSC) created “Shining the Light on MPNs.” Supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Incyte Corporation, it aims to educate people on the challenges of living with an MPN and provide communities and individuals with resources for support. CSC affiliates are hosting educational workshops and activities all during the month of September to talk about what exactly MPNs are, what it’s like to live with one, current treatments and new treatments on the horizon, and where to go for support.
Planned activities include informative sessions on diagnosis and treatment, living well with an MPN, nutrition workshops and a chance to network with others impacted by MPNs. Information about other organizations offering support and information for those with an MPN and their loved ones will also be available.
CSC is an international cancer nonprofit helping to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.
Backed by evidence that the best cancer care includes social and emotional support, the organization delivers a comprehensive menu of personalized and essential services including support groups, educational workshops, exercise, art and nutrition classes, and social activities for the entire family, free to men, women and children with any type or stage of cancer and to their loved ones.
“Life with a rare cancer comes with unique challenges and it is important for the general public to recognize these,” said Kim Thiboldeaux, president and CEO of CSC. “CSC is dedicated to providing social and emotional support to people diagnosed with all kinds of cancers, no matter how rare.”
What You Can Do
Anyone interested in MPN awareness can share his or her experiences using the social media hashtag #MPNAware2014. In addition, anyone diagnosed with cancer should consider these tips:
• Take one day at a time.
• Build a support network of positive, consistent people.
• Communicate your cancer-related concerns to your health care team so that they can help you find support.
• Try to stay calm and connected. Mindful meditation, yoga, exercise and journaling can help reduce stress.
• Take good care of yourself. Try to eat well, get plenty of sleep, exercise.
How To Learn More
For more information, visit www.CancerSupportCommunity.org/MPNAware2014 or call (888) 793-9355.
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Building Strength With A Hashtag: Breast Cancer Community Unites To Raise Awareness
(NAPSI)—Jewel Crawford Ajibade, Linda Carey and Priscilla Dzurich Ribera are just three of the estimated 173,000 women in the United States who are living with metastatic breast cancer. Managing an incurable disease is challenging for them, but each takes a unique approach to living with the condition.
“There is no right way to battle metastatic breast cancer—just your way,” says Ajibade, who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (the most advanced stage) in 2006 and lost her mother to the disease.
Since her diagnosis, Ajibade has become an advocate for women living with metastatic breast cancer through Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) and a passionate believer in the power of sharing one’s story—a method that has helped her cope with her own reality.
“I have connected with stories from several women throughout my journey, and I want to share that sense of community with others,” says Ajibade. “You never know how many lives you’ll impact by speaking up.”
To help create awareness of metastatic breast cancer, Ajibade is encouraging women to participate in the nationwide #MBCStrength photo-sharing campaign. Women with metastatic breast cancer can post their photos on Twitter using the hashtag #MBCStrength to illustrate the word that unites each of them in their journey: strength. Photos posted on Twitter with #MBCStrength will be considered for a display in Times Square on October 13, 2014, Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
“People often wonder what it’s like to live with metastatic breast cancer. By participating in this campaign, we have the opportunity to showcase not just our challenges but also the love and support that guide us through our journeys,” says Ajibade.
Ajibade’s personal account is also featured at www.MyMBCStory.com, an educational website tailored for women with metastatic breast cancer developed by AstraZeneca with input from breast cancer advocacy organizations LBBC and Metastatic Breast Cancer Network. Her story is featured alongside that of Carey, who draws strength from expression through art and involvement in The Tutu Project, and Dzurich Ribera, whose personal source of inspiration is her family.
“It’s important to not hold in your feelings. You have to find some avenue to express them,” says Carey, who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2006.
Carey and her husband, Bob, created The Tutu Project—a collection of photos in which he wears a pink tutu—as a form of self-therapy. The project has resonated with many people around the globe and, 11 years later, the couple continues to raise funds for women with breast cancer and receive expressions of gratitude for the laughter their photos bring.
Following her metastatic breast cancer diagnosis, Dzurich Ribera feared that others would define her by her condition. While having her blood drawn one day, she shared this concern with another woman in treatment at the facility.
“I was desperately looking for a role model—someone who was doing well in spite of living with metastatic breast cancer,” says Dzurich Ribera. “I shared that feeling with her and she replied, ‘You have to be your own positive story.’ I know she was right and, through the ups and downs, that has always stuck with me.”
Ajibade, Carey and Dzurich Ribera are connected in their determination to help redefine what it means to live with metastatic breast cancer. Having helped many women through her advocacy work, Ajibade advises, “Each person living with metastatic breast cancer will find her own methods of coping, but one of the first steps we can take in this journey is to open up and share our stories.”
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It’s Flu Season—Here’s How To Avoid The Bug
(NAPSI)—While flu season in the U.S. historically starts in October, most of us don’t think about it until either we get sick or a family member or co-worker does, and by then, it may be too late. One of the few facts about flu season is that it’s always unpredictable and may peak at any time in the fall, winter or even spring months.
That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people get the flu shot each year as soon as vaccine is available.
Many Americans do just that—however, as a society it seems we’ve become more reactive when it comes to flu season, and data supports it. A notable behavioral shift over the past few years has seen a considerable percentage of the population waiting to get their flu shots until flu activity becomes widespread. And that may not be the wisest choice.
“It takes up to two weeks for the body to build full immunity following a flu shot, and you’re significantly increasing your chances of getting sick if you wait until the last minute when flu is already circulating in your community,” said Harry Leider, M.D., Walgreens chief medical officer. “Sometimes, people can get complacent after a couple of mild flu seasons, but the past two years we’ve seen how far-reaching the impact of a severe season can be, and why it’s so important to get a flu shot early as the best way to protect yourself and those around you.”
Flu Shots: The Earlier, the Better
Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in February and January, respectively, but in recent years has peaked earlier, including hitting a December high just last season. Flu cases can be reported as early as September and October, as was the case in 2013, and the season can run through spring months of March or April.
While flu shots are particularly important for the very young, the elderly and pregnant women, the flu can be very serious for anyone, including young and healthy adults. Last season, patients between 18 and 64 years of age accounted for nearly 60 percent of flu-related hospitalizations reported to the CDC. And with this population, that can also mean lost workdays, child care issues and other economic repercussions.
Flu-associated hospitalization rates last season remained highest among people 65 and older, followed by those 50 to 64 years old with the second-highest hospitalization rate.
An Everyday Effort
An annual flu shot is the best preventive measure you can take, but Dr. Leider says there are small, everyday tips that can also help keep you healthy throughout the always unpredictable flu season. Dr. Leider recommends:
1. Wash your hands—this may sound simple, but always make sure to wash your hands to help protect yourself from any germs and bacteria. Sanitizers are also effective and often found in many public venues for those who don’t carry their own
2. Cover your nose and mouth—if you cough or sneeze, cover the germs! This helps ensure that you don’t spread any germs to your peers. And don’t forget to wash your hands afterward.
3. Stay home if you’re sick—if you’re not feeling well, that doesn’t mean that everyone else around you has to feel awful, too. If you’re sick, stay home! It’s one of the easiest ways to prevent others from catching your germs.
4. Stay hydrated while traveling—dehydration can be a contributor to illness, so always drink plenty of water, especially while flying.
5. Other good health guidelines—make sure you’re eating healthy and getting enough sleep at night. Making sure your overall lifestyle is healthy can prevent you from getting sick...or worse if you’re already feeling ill.
Your Local Pharmacy Can Help
Walgreens pharmacies offer flu shots daily with no appointment needed, and in most states, offer a wide range of 17 CDC-recommended vaccines, including those to protect against shingles, pneumonia, pertussis (whooping cough), meningitis, hepatitis and others.
And when you get a shot, you’ll be helping to provide one for a child in need in a developing country. Through a partnership with the U.N. Foundation, Walgreens is donating the value of a lifesaving vaccine, primarily polio and measles, for immunizations administered at its pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics.
To learn more, please visit www.Walgreens.com/GetAShot.
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