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New Help And Hope For Dyslexics

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the one in five people affected by dyslexia-a disability that makes reading difficult-there may be good news for you.

Those struggling to manage the condition can now find hope in the 1in5 Initiative, a new campaign to drive greater public awareness of dyslexia through online PSAs and an interactive website: Explore1in5.org.

Understanding Dyslexia

Despite its prevalence, dyslexia is commonly misunderstood and can be difficult to diagnose, causing emotional, social and educational struggles.

Here’s what’s known about it: As with many learning disabilities, people are born with dyslexia and it is often shared across generations. It doesn’t go away-you can’t outgrow it or take medication for it. It occurs in people of all races and income levels.

Research indicates that the brains of people with dyslexia are organized differently than those without the disorder, causing difficulties processing printed content into meaningful information. At the same time, many people with the disorder are exceptionally bright and creative. They may struggle with processing information in printed form, but they often have exceptional talents and strengths in other areas-a fact borne out by the remarkable number of highly accomplished leaders in business, the arts and other fields who have dyslexia.

What To Do About It

There’s no cure, but dyslexic individuals can adjust and succeed with the right educational support and accommodations. For instance, experts often recommend audiobooks for students, as they are recognized for their effectiveness in improving comprehension, reducing the stress of studying, and helping children regain their confidence in the classroom.

Parents and students can share their stories and help others find answers and resources to manage the condition as quickly and easily as possible through Explore1in5.org. The site is optimized with video and audio content for those who struggle to read print and is filled with input from dyslexics of all ages.

Visitors are encouraged to share a video story or upload a blog post about their dyslexia tribulations and triumphs.

The idea is that through community awareness efforts and sharing real-life dyslexia stories, common misconceptions will be alleviated and individuals will be encouraged with resources and a sense of hope. The 1in5 Initiative is powered by Learning Ally, a national nonprofit that provides audiobooks and educational solutions to support all people who learn differently.

Learn More

You can find further facts and advice online at www.Explore1in5.org.

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Tips For Keeping Your Eyes In Tip-top Shape

(NAPSI)—Any time of year can be the right time to take a look at how you can maintain the health of your eyes. The good news is that there are simple steps you can follow to keep your eyes healthy and make sure you are seeing your best.

Here are some tips from the experts at the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health.

• Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure your eyes are healthy. Many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration often have no warning signs.

• Know your family’s eye health history. Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with an eye disease or condition since many are hereditary.

• Eat right to protect your sight. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and collard greens, is important for keeping your eyes healthy. Research indicates there are also benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna and halibut.

• Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma.

• Wear protective eyewear. Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home or in the workplace. Make a habit of wearing the right type at all times.

• Quit smoking or never start. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.

• Be cool and wear your shades. Sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Look for ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.

• Give your eyes a rest. If you spend a lot of time at the computer or focusing on any one thing, you sometimes forget to blink and your eyes can get fatigued. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eyestrain.

• Clean your hands and your contact lenses—properly. Always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them as appropriate.

To learn more, visit www.nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes.

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Healthy Summer Survival Guide

(NAPSI)—The warmer months mean social gatherings, travel and an active outdoor lifestyle. Ensure that you take the appropriate steps to stay safe and healthy this summer so you can have fun with confidence.

1. Get outside and rejuvenate your mind and body, but ensure that you give your skin a bit of TLC. Ultraviolet rays can harm your skin even when it’s cold or cloudy, so take the necessary precautions to protect your skin. Choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) rating of at least 15 and apply 20 to 30 minutes before going outside.

2. Exercise, also known as Mother Nature’s antidepressant, can have a direct effect on your overall mood and self-confidence. Physical activity is also at the cornerstone of healthy aging, according to the experts at the National Institute on Aging. Move vigorously: Jog, swim, dance or garden at least 20 minutes a day, at least five days a week. Just remember to stretch your muscles first.

Joining a gym can not only be a great way to get fit, it can be a good place to find new friends. Studies show socialization is vital, especially as you grow older. The National Institute on Aging adds that engaging in social and productive activities you enjoy, such as taking an art class or volunteering in the community or with your place of worship, may help maintain your well-being. Studies have also found that people involved in hobbies and other social and leisure pursuits may be less likely to develop some health problems, including dementia. They might even live longer.

3. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation—especially on hot days. According to the National Institutes of Health, people over 65 should have no more than seven drinks a week and no more than three drinks on any one day. While there are ingredients in red wine that may be good for your health, you can get many of the same benefits from a glass of grape juice.

4. If you are a denture wearer, the idea of dentures dislodging during dinner with friends or a meeting with colleagues can be mortifying. A recent study by Wakefield Research for Fixodent revealed that 72 percent of respondents avoid some type of food because of their dentures. In fact, more than 57 percent of all respondents have ordered “denture safe” food when dining out with company. If your dentures don’t fit well, you should seek the care of a prosthodontist. Additionally, to help with oral hygiene and avoid potentially embarrassing slips, you should consider using a denture adhesive. Fixodent® is one such adhesive that helps seal out food particles and kills odor-causing bacteria for a clean mouth and fresh breath. With Fixodent, you can eat, drink, laugh, and go about your day knowing that your dentures will not only stay in place but give you full-mouth protection.

Learn More

For helpful tips and tools on living your life to the fullest, visit the Fixodent Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Fixodent.

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Early Detection Of Breast Cancer: Something To Really Like!

(NAPSI)—We all reflect on how the women in our lives are so important to us and our families. FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. and the National Breast Cancer Foundation are working together to raise awareness and encourage all women to understand the importance of early detection of breast cancer. The partnership recently launched Images of Health, a campaign designed to provide educational resources and support for breast cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones.

Understanding Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is one of the leading health crises for women in the United States . According to the National Cancer Institute, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. There is currently no known cure and early detection is critical to survival.

“Fujifilm is committed to investing in research and developing innovative imaging technologies that play a key role in the screening, detection and diagnosis of breast cancer,” said NBCF founder and CEO Janelle Hail. “Their support allows us to continue our mission—saving lives through early detection and providing mammograms to those in need.”

One simple test. Powerful results.

A mammogram is an x-ray that allows a qualified specialist to examine the breast tissue for any suspicious areas. Annual mammograms are typically recommended for women over 40, or earlier for women who have a history of breast cancer in their family.

“The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages,” said Breast Cancer Survivor Betty Dedon, product and marketing manager, FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. “Being well-informed is important for understanding breast cancer. Images of Health provides resources—including interactive tools and educational materials.”

Promoting Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Throughout the month of May, participants are invited to “Like” Images of Health on Facebook and encouraged to share an inspirational health story and photo regarding a woman in their life for a chance to be entered in the Fujifilm Images of Health Mother’s Day Photo Sweepstakes. Eligible entrants will have an opportunity to win a red FUJIFILM FinePix JZ100 camera, including a camera case and 4GB SD card or a pink FUJIFILM INSTAX™ Mini 8 and INSTAX™ Mini Twin Film Pack, as well as a LIV® breast self-examination aid. Approximate total value of all Sweepstakes prizes offered is $1,233.54.

Fujifilm is dedicated to promoting the early detection of breast cancer through advances in digital mammography and through increased awareness.

For more information and for a Sweepstakes Entry Form, details and Official Rules, visit www.facebook.com/imagesofhealth.

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When Hot Flashes Meet Summer Heat: Tips To Help Keep You Cool

(NAPSI)—If you’re among the nearly 75 percent of menopausal women who suffer from hot flashes,1 it can be tough to enjoy the sunny weather worrying about a sudden hot flash in summertime. And since hot weather tends to be a common hot flash trigger,2 these sudden feelings of warmth can be exacerbated. But, with just a little planning and preparation you can get on the right track to an enjoyable summer.

Here are some tips that can help temper those seasonal hot flashes:

• Learn your hot flash triggers. Every woman can learn how to help stay cool by paying attention to her own individual triggers. Keeping a journal to record your findings can help identify underlying triggers.2

• Layer, layer! Dress in layers so that they can be removed when feeling warm; use a fan or open a window to keep air flowing; decrease the room temperature; or sip a cold drink.3

• Say yes to the cool pool and no to the hot tubs. Both hot tubs and saunas can cause your body temperature to rise and trigger a hot flash. It’s best to avoid these if you’re sensitive.2

• Watch what you eat and drink. Hot and spicy foods, caffeinated drinks and alcohol can trigger a hot flash.3

• Relax. Yoga, meditation or other helpful relaxation techniques may provide some relief.3

• Don’t smoke. Smoking is linked to an increase in hot flashes.3

• Improve your diet. Some women may find relief if they improve their diet.2

• Hormone therapy. Prescription estrogen continues to be the most effective option for relieving the discomfort of hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause.1 The FDA recommends the lowest effective dose with any estrogen therapy for the shortest amount of time to achieve personal treatment goals.4

When simple lifestyle changes aren’t enough to control hot flashes, you and your physician may decide to explore hormone therapy treatment options. Your physician may prescribe Divigel®, a bioidentical5, transdermal estrogen gel with the lowest FDA-approved dose of transdermal estradiol gel or spray (0.25 mg/day estradiol) for hot flashes.6-9 Divigel® is used to treat moderate to severe hot flashes due to menopause. Generally, women should be started at 0.25 mg/day of Divigel®.

For patients who are prescribed Divigel®, saving money is easy and just a few clicks away at divigel.com. Patients can print the Patient Savings Coupon, bring it to their local pharmacy, and pay no more than $25 on their Divigel® co-pay amount. The Patient Savings Coupon is for eligible patients only and limited to a maximum savings of $25 each on four Divigel® prescriptions. Offer expires on December 31, 2013.

Divigel® (estradiol gel) 0.1% is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe hot flashes due to menopause.

Important Safety Information for Patients

What is the most important information I should know about Divigel® (an estrogen hormone)?

• Using estrogen-alone increases your chance of getting cancer of the uterus (womb). Report any unusual vaginal bleeding right away while you are using Divigel®. Vaginal bleeding after menopause may be a warning sign of cancer of the uterus (womb). Your healthcare provider should check any unusual bleeding to find out the cause.

• Do not use estrogen-alone to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, strokes or dementia (decline of brain function)

• Using estrogen-alone may increase your chances of getting strokes or blood clots

• Using estrogen-alone may increase your chance of getting dementia, based on a study of women 65 years of age or older

• Do not use estrogens with progestins to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, strokes or dementia

• Using estrogens with progestins may increase your chances of getting heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, or blood clots

• Using estrogens with progestins may increase your chance of getting dementia, based on a study of women 65 years of age or older

• You and your healthcare provider should talk regularly about whether you still need treatment with Divigel®

Divigel® should not be used if you have unusual vaginal bleeding, currently have or have had certain cancers, including cancer of the breast or uterus, had a stroke or heart attack; currently have or have had blood clots, currently have or have had liver problems, have been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder, are allergic to Divigel® or any of its ingredients, or think you may be pregnant.

Tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical problems and the medicines you take, if you are going to have surgery or will be on bedrest, and if you are breastfeeding.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any of the following symptoms: new breast lumps, unusual vaginal bleeding, changes in vision or speech, sudden new severe headaches, or severe pains in your chest or legs with or without shortness of breath, weakness and fatigue.

Common side effects that may occur with Divigel® include headache; breast pain; irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting; stomach or abdominal cramps, bloating; nausea and vomiting; hair loss; fluid retention and vaginal yeast infection.

Serious but less common side effects include heart attack, stroke, blood clots, dementia, breast cancer, cancer of the uterus, ovarian cancer, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, gallbladder disease, liver problems, and enlargement of benign uterus tumors (“fibroids”).

Alcohol-based gels are flammable. Avoid fire, flame or smoking until the gel has dried.

Please see Patient Information for Divigel® at www.divigel.com and talk to your healthcare provider. For more information, call 1-888-650-3789 or visit www.divigel.com.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects to Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. at 1-855-899-9180, or to the FDA by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch  or calling 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information about hot flashes, talk to your doctor, and visit www.divigel.com to learn more about this treatment.

Divigel® is marketed in the U.S. by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.

© 2013 Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., Maple Grove, MN 55369

References

1. Shanafelt TD, Barton DL, Adjei AA, Loprinzi CL. Pathophysiology and treatment of hot flashes. Mayo Clin Proc. 2002;77(11):1207-1218.

2. Hot Flashes. Listen to Your Body. http://www.drnorthrup.com/womenshealth/healthcenter/topic_details.php?topic_id=130. Accessed April 18, 2013.

3. Mayo Clinic. Hot Flashes: Definition. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hot-flashes/DS01143. Accessed April 18, 2013.

4. US Food and Drug Administration. Menopause and Hormones. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForWomen/ucm118624.htm. Accessed April 18, 2013.

5. The North American Menopause Society. Menopause Guidebook. 7th ed. Mayfield Heights, OH: The North American Menopause Society; 2012.

6. Divigel® [package insert]. Minneapolis, MN: Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.; 2012.

7. EstroGel® [package insert]. Herndon, VA: ASCEND Therapeutics, Inc.; 2008.

8. Elestrin™ [package insert]. Philadelphia, PA: Azur Pharma, Inc.; 2012.

9. Evamist [package insert]. St. Louis, MO: Ther-Rx Corp.; 2011.

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Allergy Answers

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the estimated 40 million Americans who battle seasonal allergies each year, you know the condition is nothing to sneeze at. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize your discomfort.

According to the experts at the National Institutes of Health, the best treatment is to avoid the offending allergens altogether. When that’s not possible, you can still soothe allergy symptoms, including the sniffles, watery eyes and sneezing, with Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong tissues.

In addition, air purifiers, filters, humidifiers and air conditioners provide varying degrees of relief, though none is 100 percent effective. It also helps to wash your hands often with soap and water and try to stay in when the pollen is at its worst.

Various over-the-counter or prescription medications can help, too. See your doctor to determine which may be best for you.

Learn More

For further facts and tips, visit www.Facebook.com/Puffs.

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Are You Ready For The Real Cost Of Health Care?

(NAPSI)—Recent health care changes may offer more Americans access to major medical coverage, but consumers should be aware of the effect that out-of-pocket health care costs will continue to have on their bank accounts. Consumers may find themselves financially unprepared for an unexpected illness or injury if they do not understand all aspects of the cost of medical care.

The U.S. government predicts that household out-of-pocket health care expenses will reach an average of $3,301 per year by 2014; yet, the 2013 Aflac WorkForces Report (AWR) finds that only 23 percent of workers are saving more money in anticipation of medical expense increases.

Due to rising health care costs, employers are likely to shift more of the share to their employees—which can mean higher copayments, deductibles and premiums-to try to limit company spending on health benefits.

“Major medical insurance was never designed to cover everything,” said Manisha Thakor, personal finance expert. “Benefits packages don’t cover copays, co-insurance or necessary medical supplies, among other things, and the true cost of accidents and illnesses can be staggering.”

There are also expenses that continue—like rent or a car payment—when people have an illness or injury that prevents them from working. This could mean costs higher than people anticipate.

Consumers can prepare themselves for the unexpected by following this simple, four-step plan:

1. Take advantage of employer-sponsored wellness programs. Not only will consumers feel better as a result of taking proactive steps to improve health and wellness, but participating could lower insurance rates, depending on insurance plans.

2. Go to preventative care checkups once or twice yearly. Taking action to offset potential problems down the road helps minimize the chance of illness or poor health escalating into a costly condition.

3. Increase your savings rate. According to the AWR, most people aren’t saving enough. Nearly half (46 percent) of American workers have less than $1,000 in savings, which may not cover costs associated with serious illnesses or accidents. Now more than ever, it’s important to prepare for out-of-pocket health care expenses.

4. Talk to HR to understand medical insurance coverage. Consumers can stay involved in benefits decisions by educating themselves on what’s available. They should turn to HR representatives for clarity if they are uncertain about insurance offerings and also consider voluntary insurance to fill gaps in coverage.

To see additional study results, or to learn more about the real cost of illness or injury, consumers can visit www.AflacWorkForcesReport.com and www.GetTheRealCost.com.

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Rare Genetic Disorder Brings Families Together

(NAPSI)—While the bonds that unite families are usually associated with positive events, such as weddings or holidays, those bonds can be more challenging when entire families are impacted by a hereditary disease. Christie Hardin knows this firsthand. For years, she and more than 30 members of her extended family have lived with hereditary angioedema, or HAE, a rare genetic disorder that can cause severe swelling in various body parts including the hands, feet, face, gastrointestinal tract and airway. But now, on-demand treatments are helping generations of families affected by HAE take more control of their lives.

Living with the Disease

“As a child, I could remember my mother having swelling attacks in just a matter of minutes and my brothers would miss school due to painful abdominal swelling that would leave them both bedridden for days,” recalls Hardin. “It wasn’t until my teens, when I started experiencing the same painful swelling, vomiting, nausea and limited mobility, that I understood the severity of HAE.”

HAE affects an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 people in the United States , and is caused by a genetically inherited deficiency of a protein in the blood called C1-esterase inhibitor. Symptoms are often misdiagnosed as allergic reactions, colitis and appendicitis. While inaccurate diagnoses result in prescriptions for ineffective treatments and unnecessary exploratory medical procedures, a single accurate diagnosis can often lead to answers for an entire family suffering from the symptoms of HAE. Even with an accurate diagnosis, patients like Hardin struggle to get their family members engaged in learning more about and managing their condition while seeking appropriate treatment options.

“Education and understanding are the foundation of managing any condition,” said Hardin. “As an advocate for HAE awareness, I’ve encouraged many patients, especially my family, to become their own advocates.”

Treatment Options

On-demand treatment for HAE can decrease the duration of an attack from days to less than an hour, providing patients and their physicians with the option to develop an HAE treatment plan tailored to meet their unique needs. Hardin—who, after receiving treatment, encouraged other family members to work with their physicians to develop a treatment plan—credits these new therapies with giving families like hers control of their lives again. Patient assistance programs ensure that all eligible patients have access to therapy.

“While HAE is a lifelong condition, thanks to the availability of therapies, my entire family can now live their lives knowing these attacks are treatable,” said Hardin.

To learn more, visit www.haeday.org.

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