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Miranda Cosgrove

Niki Taylor

Jennifer Lopez

Harry Potter

Vanessa Williams

Ben Stiller

LeAnn Rimes

Arnold Schwarzenegger

100 Million Smiles And Counting

(NAPSI)-As part of its ongoing national education program, Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®, Colgate-Palmolive Company announced that it has reached 100 million children in the United States, providing free dental screenings, oral health education and treatment referrals. The company celebrated the milestone recently with a brush-a-thon in midtown Manhattan, with over 170 children from P.S. 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School in the Bronx, New York and actress and musician Miranda Cosgrove, star of the Emmy-nominated television series "iCarly."

Colgate set the ambitious "100 Million Smiles" goal in the U.S. in 2002 to help reduce the epidemic of oral disease in urban and rural areas where children are especially at risk. Bright Smiles, Bright Futures, which began in 1991, uses mobile dental vans staffed with volunteer dentists to conduct free dental screenings, distribute multicultural educational materials and samples, and educate children and their families about the importance of maintaining good oral health.

The program also partners with the World Health Organization--the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations--Family Dollar Stores, dental and education professionals, and community groups to reach more children and raise awareness of the association between oral health and overall health.

Getting children to develop good brushing habits early is critical. According to the U.S. Surgeon General's report Oral Health in America, oral disease remains a national epidemic, with tooth decay now being the single most common chronic childhood disease among 5- to 17-year-olds--more common than asthma or hay fever.

During the event, actress and musician Miranda Cosgrove, a role model for young people, emphasized the importance of good oral care, leading the students in a celebratory brush-a-thon. "It is unfortunate that there are millions of people who can't get to or can't afford to go to the dentist, which is why efforts like this are so important," Cosgrove said. "Children are busy and distracted and don't realize how important it is to practice good dental habits or what maintaining them can mean in terms of their overall health. I am hoping that getting the message out will help encourage more kids to brush their teeth and go to the dentist."

"Today, we are celebrating a terrific milestone," Dr. Marsha Butler, Colgate's Vice President, Global Oral Health and Professional Relations, told brush-a-thon participants, "but there is still much work to be done in terms of eradicating oral health disease. Tomorrow, we will be back in the communities, in our dental vans, raising awareness and helping to meet the oral health challenges facing us all."

For more information on Bright Smiles, Bright Futures or Colgate's mobile dental van initiative, please visit www.colgatebsbf.com or call (212) 310-2638.

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Teaching Teens The Rules Of The Road

(NAPSI)-Recent research shows that setting house rules for teen drivers could help them steer clear of car crashes when it's done constructively.

In fact, teens who say their parents establish rules and pay attention to their activities in a helpful, supportive way are half as likely to be in a crash. According to research from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and State Farm®, it's important for parents to communicate with teens that the rules are in place to keep them safe--not in order to control them.

Motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for adolescents, and a teen driver's greatest lifetime chance of crashing occurs in the first six to 12 months after receiving a license. However, studies show that the majority of these crashes are preventable.

It's a fact that supermodel and celebrity mom Niki Taylor knows personally. "As the mother of two teenage sons and a car crash survivor, I know firsthand the gravity of this issue, and I wanted to try to do something about it," she says.

To help parents talk with their teens, Taylor teamed with State Farm and CHOP to develop an online resource to guide parents in setting rules that are the most likely to protect their teen drivers. The resource offers these tips:

Set Permanent Driving Rules

  • Use seat belts on every trip.
  • Do not use cell phones or other electronic devices while driving. Help your teen follow this rule by setting the example: Complete calls before your car is in gear and pull over for urgent calls.
  • Follow all driving laws, including no speeding.
  • Do not drive while impaired or ride as a passenger with an impaired driver.
  • Do not ride with an unlicensed or inexperienced teen driver.

Set Initial Driving Limits

  • No peer passengers. Include siblings as passengers after a teen's first six months of driving only if they are properly restrained.
  • No nighttime driving. Gradually increase driving curfew after practicing driving at night with your teen.
  • No high-speed roads. Slowly add more difficult roads after practicing together.
  • No driving in bad weather. Allow teens to drive in more difficult conditions, such as light rain or snow, after you have practiced with them.
  • Control the keys. Gradually increase the amount teens can drive after six months of being responsible--even if they drive their own car.

Go to www.statefarm.com/teendriving for more information on how to talk with your teen about safe driving.

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Help Protect Your New Baby's Health By Protecting Yourself

(NAPSI)-Newborns are not the only ones in the family who need to be immunized against diseases--most adults, especially new parents and their family members, do too.

That's the advice of doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who say adults and adolescents should speak with their health-care providers and make sure that they are up-to-date on all of their recommended vaccines. It's particularly important for those who have close contact with young infants to be vaccinated with the tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) booster vaccine to help protect themselves and their infants against pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough.

While pertussis in adults and adolescents may take a milder form that is often mistaken for a cold or bronchitis--the disease is serious and can be deadly in infants. In fact, data indicate that 90 percent of reported pertussis deaths have occurred in infants younger than four months of age.

Sadly, when a source could be identified, about 50 percent of babies diagnosed with pertussis had contracted the disease from their parents. The Hispanic population--which is the fastest growing and largest minority in the U.S.--is particularly hit hard by pertussis. Hispanic babies may be at higher risk for contracting pertussis, and the risk of dying from pertussis may be higher in Hispanic infants than in non-Hispanic infants.

"I didn't know how serious pertussis could be for an infant," says actress and singer, Jennifer Lopez. "When I learned that I could help protect myself from contracting pertussis and reduce the chance of spreading the disease to my babies simply by getting myself vaccinated with a Tdap booster vaccination, I didn't hesitate."

Lopez, a mother of twins, is working with the March of Dimes and Sanofi Pasteur on a new national pertussis education campaign, "Sounds of Pertussis."

This campaign focuses on educating new and expectant parents about the dangers of pertussis and how they can prevent the spread of the disease by getting vaccinated with a Tdap booster.

While most adults were likely vaccinated against the disease during childhood, immunity against pertussis wears off over time, in about 5-10 years, leaving them susceptible to getting and spreading the disease.

"Despite the CDC recommendations published in December 2006, only two percent of all adults 18-64 years of age had ever received the Tdap vaccine," says Dr. Alan R. Fleischman, senior vice president and medical director for the March of Dimes. "With an estimated 800,000 to 3.3 million people getting pertussis every year, it's vital that we start turning those numbers around to help protect adults and infants."

Talk to your health-care provider or visit www.SoundsofPertussis.com for more information.

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Magical Adventure

(NAPSI)-With a new video game based on the sixth movie in the Harry Potter™ film series, even a Muggle™ can take off on a magical adventure. Just as fans are certain to be dazzled by the film when it hits theaters, the "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™" video game from Electronic Arts is certain to cast a spell of its own, giving fans a chance to relive the magic, action and suspense of the film.

In the video game, players return to Hogwarts™ to help Harry survive a fraught sixth year. They will also have a chance to engage in exciting wizard duels, mix and brew magical ingredients in Potions class and take to the air to lead the Gryffindor™ Quidditch team to victory. Coinciding with the theatrical release of the sixth "Harry Potter™" film, the game has players journey toward a dramatic climax as they seek to discover the identity of the Half-Blood Prince.

It is available for the Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PSP and Nintendo DS platforms, as well as Windows PC, Macintosh and mobile devices. To learn more, visit www.ea.com.

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Helping More Women Dress For Success

(NAPSI)-A polished, professional image can help you express success. That's the advice from Joi Gordon, CEO of not-for-profit Dress for Success Worldwide, an organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life. Ms. Gordon offers these tips to help women "look the part" in any professional setting:
  • A Fresh Face-Opt for clean makeup in a neutral palette-think brown, taupe or soft peach hues. Don't let your makeup overpower you.
  • Keep It Simple-When choosing an outfit, go for neat and tailored clothing in simple colors, such as beige, navy or black. Let your personality shine through by adding classic, understated jewelry or accessories.
  • Stay Positive-Be confident in your abilities and expressions while also being respectful. Smile genuinely, look others in the eye, give a firm handshake and most importantly, always be yourself.

In honor of working women who have made BOTOX® Cosmetic (Botulinum Toxin Type A) the most popular physician-administered aesthetic treatment for the last seven years1, actress and singer Vanessa Williams is teaming up with Allergan, Inc., the maker of BOTOX® Cosmetic, to launch a new charitable education campaign benefiting Dress for Success through a $250,000 donation from Allergan to help the organization continue their mission.

Up to $50,000 of the total donation will be generated through an online drive, with Allergan donating $2 on behalf of each of the first 25,000 people who visit and register at www.ExpressSuccessCampaign.com.

"As a working woman and actress, I know how important it is to 'dress for success' when interviewing for a new position or in any professional setting. It's no secret that I receive BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments, which is a quick procedure that reduces the two frown lines in between my brows that look like an '11' and give me a tired or stressed appearance," says Williams. "For me, putting my best face forward means finding ways to help other women express their own success, personally and professionally. That's why I'm so excited to be involved with the campaign."

When pledging support on the Web site, people also can enter for the chance to win a trip for two to New York City to have lunch with Vanessa Williams, read Vanessa's personal blog, get interview and workplace tips and view an inspirational video featuring Vanessa Williams and three Dress for Success graduates.

Additionally, the Web site includes information about how to register to attend educational events featuring Vanessa Williams, Joi Gordon and an experienced aesthetic-specialty physician who will provide accurate information about BOTOX® Cosmetic and answer questions about what to expect from treatment. Attendees will be asked to donate nearly new professional attire as a cost of entry.

To get involved, visit www.ExpressSuccessCampaign.com.

1American Society of Plastic Surgeons; 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Procedural Statistics. Available at http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Media/Press_Kits/Procedural_Statistics.html.

Indication - BOTOX® Cosmetic is approved for the temporary treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people ages 18 to 65.

Important Safety Information - BOTOX® Cosmetic injections should not be given to people who have an infection where the physician proposes to inject. They should not be given to people who are known to be sensitive to any ingredient in BOTOX® Cosmetic.

Serious heart problems and serious allergic reactions have been reported rarely. If you think you are having an allergic reaction or other reactions, such as difficulty swallowing, speaking, or breathing, call your doctor immediately. The most common side effects following injection include temporary eyelid droop and nausea. Localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness and/or bleeding/bruising may be associated with the injection. Patients with certain neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects.

Additional Important Safety Information - The FDA on April 30, 2009, in its update to the early communication sent in 2008, gave the following recommendations:

  • Understand that dosage strength (potency) expressed in "Units" or "U" are different among the botulinum toxin products; clinical doses expressed in units are not interchangeable from one botulinum toxin product to another.
  • Be alert to and educate patients and caregivers about potential adverse events due to distant spread of botulinum toxin effects following local injections including: unexpected loss of strength or muscle weakness, hoarseness or trouble talking (dysphonia), trouble saying words clearly (dysarthria), loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids.
  • Understand that these adverse events have been reported as early as several hours and as late as several weeks after treatment.
  • Advise patients to seek immediate medical attention if they develop any of these symptoms.

For BOTOX® Cosmetic full product information, please visit www.BOTOXCosmetic.com.

© 2009 Allergan, Inc. Irvine, CA 92612. Æ marks owned by Allergan, Inc.

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Giving More And Spending Less

(NAPSI)-You don't have to break the bank to give a gift to the whole family. The key is to find one item that appeals to both parents and kids alike. That way, one purchase can cover the whole group.

For instance, giving a fun board game or video game can be a great way to encourage family time. You might also give a trip to the museum or a gift certificate to an area restaurant. Movies make wonderful gifts as well, and you can find a number of family favorites for less than you might expect as part of a "DVD Combo Pack."

The packages offer films on three formats: Blu-ray Disc, digital copy for play on portable devices such as iPods, and a single-disc DVD for use on standard DVD players. Here's a look at three top movie choices, just in time for the holidays:

Living History

In "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," guard Larry Daley finds himself lured into his biggest, most imagination-boggling adventure yet. In this second installment of the "Night at the Museum" saga, Larry must save his formerly inanimate friends from what could be their last stand amid the wonders of the Smithsonian.

A Trip Through Time

The subzero heroes from the family-favorite "Ice Age" are back in "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs." This time, Sid the sloth gets into trouble when he creates his own makeshift family by hijacking some dinosaur eggs. Soon after, the gang must embark on a mysterious underground adventure to save their hapless friend.

They Came From Upstairs...

In the adventure comedy "Aliens in the Attic," the Pearson family kids spend their summer vacation battling a group of tiny--but feisty--green aliens. The youngsters must band together to defeat the invaders and save the world--but the toughest part might be keeping the whole thing a secret from their parents.

For more information, visit www.foxstore.com.

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LeAnn Rimes Urges Everyone With Psoriasis To Take Action To Help Themselves And Others

(NAPSI)-Grammy Award-winner LeAnn Rimes is calling on lawmakers to help find a cure for psoriasis so not another child will have to face what she did growing up with this disease.

"I was first diagnosed with psoriasis as a toddler. There were times in my childhood when I was covered with red, itchy patches over most of my body," Rimes said. "Imagine your skin's on fire, that's what psoriasis feels like. No one should ever have to experience that pain."

Psoriasis is one of the most prevalent autoimmune diseases in the country, affecting as many as 7.5 million Americans. Psoriasis is a noncontagious, chronic, inflammatory, painful disease for which there is no cure.

In addition, psoriasis frequently occurs with a range of other health concerns including Crohn's disease, diabetes, hypertension, heart attack, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, metabolic syndrome and obesity.

Rimes has made two trips to Washington, D.C., lobbying senators and representatives about the importance of funding research into this often-overlooked disease.

On Capitol Hill, Rimes advocated for members of Congress to support $1.5 million in funding to create a national psoriasis patient registry and encouraged them to co-sponsor the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Research, Cure and Care Act, the first and only comprehensive psoriasis legislation.

Like most Americans, few legislators are aware that psoriasis affects so many people and is disfiguring and disabling. People with psoriasis suffer from low self-esteem, public discrimination and a general lack of understanding of the disease even among doctors.

"Psoriasis affects more Americans than almost any other autoimmune disease, yet the federal government's research investment amounts to just $1.38 per patient per year," said Rick Seiden, chair of the National Psoriasis Foundation Board of Trustees.

"We don't know what exactly causes this disease or how it evolves. Why does one person experience lesions all over her body while another person has spots just on his elbows? How is psoriasis linked to psoriatic arthritis and other diseases? When multiplied by the millions of lives affected, it is imperative we find the answers to these questions and more," Seiden continued.

Rimes has met with key members of Congress including Sens. Arlen Specter (D-PA), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Reps. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS), Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) to talk about the bill and tell them her story.

Rimes says people with psoriasis should take action right away to help themselves and others.

"If you or someone you love has psoriasis, it's time to speak up," she said. "First, get the treatment you need and deserve. Then let your representatives in Congress know that we need their help to find a cure and make life better for millions of Americans."

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rimes during the singer's visit. Boxer is a co-sponsor of the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Research, Cure and Care Act.

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Cards And Calendars With A Difference

(NAPSI)-When it comes to sending holiday cards or choosing calendars with a difference, this could be the perfect answer.

You can get beautifully illustrated cards, calendars and gifts that not only show friends and family that you are thinking of them but that also show your good taste and consideration for others. That's because the sale of certain professionally illustrated cards, calendars, books, gift wrap, notepaper and puzzles provides the means to financial independence for dozens of talented, disabled American artists and acts as an inspiration for many others.

The quality of their work is recognized by many, including California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who used the artwork painted by one such artist, Dennis Francesconi, as the image for his government house Christmas holiday card last year.

About The Artists

Another reason to send or give these products: The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) organization provides a fine example of the contribution the disabled can bring to the workplace when given the opportunity.

Not a charity, the MFPA is an international, for-profit association wholly owned and run by disabled artists. Members paint with brushes held in their mouths or feet as a result of a disability sustained at birth or through an accident or illness that prohibits them from using their hands.

How To Get Them

There are two ways to buy the cards, calendars and other products. Conveniently, there's a nationwide holiday product mailing in the second week of October, which is National Disability Awareness Month.

In addition, you can visit the Web site at www.mfpausa.com at any time.

Learn More

At that site you can not only order gifts and cards but find out more about the MFPA, the artists and their products and view some of their work.

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