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(NAPSA)—The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a leader of federally funded research efforts on sickle cell disease, is exploring several safe and effective treatments, and leading initiatives to find a cure. To participate in a clinical trial, go to www.clinicaltrials.gov and search sickle cell disease.

When the water from a well is cloudy, it may mean a breach in the well system that could affect the water's taste, odor and safety. Have the water tested by a drinking water testing laboratory. Learn more from the National Ground Water Association at www.WellOwner.org.

Volunteering in the fire service provides a unique way to give back to the community while developing skills and experience that can contribute greatly to your personal and professional life. Learn more about volunteering and find a nearby fire service volunteer opportunity at www.MakeMeAFirefighter.org.

This holiday season, give gifts and cards that are a bit different, such as those created by the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, a unique, international self-help group of disabled professional artists. Cards, calendars and other items are available at www.mfpausa.com and (877) MFPA-USA.

What you do in autumn determines the quality of your yard in spring, said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. For tips on outdoor power equipment safety, go to www.opei.org. For information on safe fueling, go to www.LookBeforeYouPump.com.

Music is a gift that keeps on giving. Bring the joy of music home this holiday season and download the Steinway & Sons Piano Buyer's Guide at www.steinway.com/buyersguide to find a piano that fits your needs and budget.

Through Girl Scouts, girls learn to face challenges head-on, embrace failure as a learning opportunity, create lasting relationships, and find dynamic solutions to social issues-all while building the skills and courage they need to take the lead every day and empower themselves for life. To join or volunteer, visit www.girlscouts.org/join.

Online travel agencies can make the entire travel experience easier and more worry-free. With online travel pioneer Travelocity, the Customer First Guarantee offers such benefits as 24/7 social media customer service, a price guarantee and more. Learn more or book a trip at www.travelocity.com.

The veterinarian-formulated, natural way to deter dogs from eating cat stools is to give both animals tasty NaturVet Outta My Box soft chews from Garmon Corporation. Learn more at www.naturvet.com and (888) 628-8783.

If you're 65 or older and worry about the cost of an eye exam, the American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeCare America programs may be able to help. Learn more, including eligibility criteria, at www.aao.org/eyecareamerica.

Financial services companies have found a way technology can make investing more convenient and affordable. Automated advisors, such as Ally Invest, the online brokerage and wealth management arm of Ally Financial, can invest your money for less than human financial advisors do. Learn more at www.Ally.com.

The nation's largest internet provider, Comcast, has new technology called Xfinity xFi that helps parents manage, personalize and control their kids' online activities. To learn more, visit www.xfinity.com/myxfi or download the xFi app.