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‘Dry drowning’ claims 10-year-old’s life

The tragic death of a South Carolina 10-year-old more than an hour after he had gone swimming has focused a spotlight on the little-known phenomenon called “dry drowning” — and warning signs that every parent should be aware of.
“I’ve never known a child could walk around, talk, speak and their lungs be filled with water,” Cassandra Jackson told NBC News in a story broadcast.
 Jackson had taken her son, Johnny, to a pool near their home in Goose Creek, S.C. It was the first time he’d ever gone swimming — and, tragically, it would be his last.
At some point during his swim, Johnny got some water in his lungs. He didn’t show any immediate signs of respiratory distress, but the boy had an accident in the pool and soiled himself. Still, Johnny, his sister and their mother walked home together.
“We physically walked home. He walked with me,” Jackson said, still trying to understand how her son could have died. “I bathed him, and he told me that he was sleepy.”
Spongy material 
Later, she went into his room to check on him. “I walked over to the bed, and his face was literally covered with this spongy white material,” she said. “And I screamed.”
A family friend, Christine Meekins, was visiting and went to see what was wrong. “I pulled his arm and said, ‘Johnny! Johnny!’ ” Meekins told NBC. “There was no response. I opened one of his eyes and I just knew inside my heart that it was something really bad.”
Johnny was rushed to a local hospital, but it was too late. Johnny had drowned, long after he got out of the swimming pool.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, an average of 3600 people […]

Make Fast Food Friendlier

Feeding your children nutritious meals between all your daily activities can be a challenge. While you zoom back and forth between soccer practice, the dance recital, the PTA meeting and picking up the dry cleaning, you’re lucky to find time to grab a meal at the drive-thru. If you must eat on the go, here are some tips to make fast food healthier for you and your family members:
Pass on the “value-size.” When you supersize, the size of your fries isn’t the only thing that gets bigger.
Skip the sides. Eating a burger or sandwich by itself is often filling enough. If you do want a side, consider ordering a fruit cup or side salad. Most fast food restaurants now offer them.
Avoid double meat and bacon. A serving size of meat is 2-3 ounces — about the size of a deck of cards. You’re probably getting well over that with a single meat patty. Bacon is high in calories and fat with little nutrient content.
Try the grilled chicken sandwich. Poultry without skin is significantly leaner than the meats most fast-food companies use in their burgers.

Eat your sandwich open-faced. By eating only half the bun, you can eliminate unnecessary calories.
Ask for a wheat bun. Some places offer a wheat alternative, some don’t. It never hurts to ask.
Skip the mayo and other sauces. These dressings and sauces add unnecessary calories.
Drink water, diet soda or low-fat milk. Sodas are loaded with sugars, which have calories you don’t need.
American Heart Association

UPS driver save a man’s life

An UPS delivery driver Maurice Lynch was finishing his route in Wildwood Point when he noticed a lawnmower with no driver on it rolling through a yard toward a house.
“Now the average man, perhaps in a hurry, would have gone about his business, but Maurice is not your average man,” said  Nancy Anderson.
Instead, Lynch backed up his truck and pulled into the yard, where he found the body of a large man lying face down in a three foot deep, muddy ditch. Lynch immediately called 911 and ran over to help the man, who showed no signs of life.
The man’s wife came running out of the house to join in what would become a life-saving rescue. After consulting with the 911 dispatcher, CPR was commenced with the wife giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and Lynch performing the chest compressions.
“At first it did not appear to be working,” said Anderson. “Then after a few more moments there was a slight movement.”
The duo continued CPR, and suddenly, the man caught his breath, his heart started beating and the color returned to his face.
A few moments later, the Warren County Rescue Squad arrived, with EMT Tommy Curl at the wheel along with paramedic Rick Brown. After spinal packing the man and placing him on a backboard, the three men struggled to lift the man out of the ditch.
Just then, Wildwood Point resident Bobby Talton happened to drive up on the scene. He immediately jumped into the ditch to help lift the man to safety.
“The man sustained grave injuries to his neck and spine and was transported to Halifax Regional Medical Center and subsequently airlifted to a trauma hospital,” said Anderson. “He faces a long, arduous recovery but continues to […]

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    4-Year-Old Child Dies After Choking at Dallas Elementary School

4-Year-Old Child Dies After Choking at Dallas Elementary School

 A 4-year-old pre-kindergarten student  died after choking on food at Mount Auburn Elementary School.
The Dallas Independent School District said workers in the cafeteria saw and heard Manny Ramirez choking. They immediately called 911, performed the Heimlich maneuver and gave him CPR, the district said.
A nurse was able to dislodge the food from Ramirez’s throat, DISD said. At that point, he became responsive, the color returned to his face, and he started talking.
DISD said Ramirez then started to have some type of seizure and his heart stopped. Paramedics tried to revive the boy, but he died at the hospital.
The district sent a letter home to parents letting them know that the staff at the school did everything they could to save Ramirez.
“They heard him coughing, and they saw that he was in trouble, he was in distress,” DISD spokeswoman Rebecca Rodriguez said. “They came to his aid and, from that point on, they were with him every minute and they actually called for help and called the nurse, and they did what they were trained to do. We’re going to hope that parents understand, at that point, that he was never alone during this incident.”
At least one parent told NBC 5 they don’t blame the school for what happened.
“I mean, if you have small children, a lot of times they’re in a rush to get outside and go play and sometimes you have to slow them down,” said parent Elva Tapia. “There really isn’t anybody there that’s right over them. I mean, they do have monitors and teachers in the cafeteria, but I mean there’s a lot of kids there. They can’t be one on one.”
Parents also said they were glad they were told about the incident so […]

Portable Device Makes Breast Cancer Surgery More Precise

Currently, women undergoing a lumpectomy to remove a cancerous breast tumor have to wait five to seven days after their initial surgery to learn whether a second surgery is necessary. It typically takes pathologists that long to determine whether the surgeon has removed all the cancerous cells in the breast.
Now, with the use of a testing device called MarginProbe, surgical oncologists can know immediately—while the patient is still in surgery—if they’ve missed any cancerous cells.
The goal of a lumpectomy is to completely remove the cancerous tumor while preserving as much of the patient’s normal breast tissue as possible. The surgeon wants to see only healthy tissue surrounding the removed tumor. But in up to 60 percent of cases, cancerous tissue is missed and the patient has to return to the operating room.
Surgeons at UC Irvine Medical Center are the first in the country to use the MarginProbe System, a specimen testing device that can determine with 50-percent certainty whether the edges, or margins, of the removed tissue are “clean.”
Alice Police, M.D., a surgical oncologist at UC Irvine, began using MarginProbe in March.”This new technology is a game changer for early-stage breast cancer surgery, and we’re already seeing better results,” she said in an interview with Healthline.
“The nature of breast cancer cells is such that the pathologist cannot accurately assess a frozen section during surgery,” Police explained. Although the pathology testing step will still be necessary, MarginProbe reduces the need for re-operation by 56 percent, according to the results of an FDA trial.
The MarginProbe System consists of a sterile handheld probe and a portable console. When the probe tip touches a specimen of tissue removed during a lumpectomy, electromagnetic signals are transmitted into the tissue […]

Nanoparticles of Grapefruits to Treat Cancer

Researchers used nanoparticles derived from grapefruits to deliver targeted drugs to treat cancer in mice. The technique may prove to be a safe and inexpensive way to make customized therapies.
Nanoparticles are emerging as an efficient tool for drug delivery. Microscopic pouches made of synthetic lipids can serve as a carrier, or vector, to protect drug molecules within the body and deliver them to specific cells. However, these synthetic nanovectors pose obstacles including potential toxicity, environmental hazards and the cost of large-scale production. Recently, scientists have found that mammalian exosomes—tiny lipid capsules released from cells—can serve as natural nanoparticles. But making therapeutic nanovectors from mammalian cells poses various production and safety challenges.
A research team led by Dr. Huang-Ge Zhang at the University of Louisville hypothesized that exosome-like nanoparticles from inexpensive, edible plants might be used to make nanovectors to bypass these challenges. The scientists set out to isolate nanoparticles from the juice of grapefruits, grapes and tomatoes. Their work was funded in part by NIH’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). The study appeared on May 21, 2013 in Nature Communications.
The researchers found that grapefruit juice yielded the most lipid nanoparticles. They then prepared grapefruit-derived nanovectors (GNVs) and tested them in different cell types. GNVs were taken up by a variety of cells at body temperature. These nanovectors had no significant effect on cell growth or death rates. They proved to be more stable than a synthetic nanovector and were also taken up by cells more readily.
The scientists next tested the GNVs in mice. Three days after fluorescently labeled GNVs were injected into a tail vein or body cavity, they appeared primarily in the liver, lungs, kidneys and […]

Grilled Tuna with Chickpea and Spinach Salad


1 Tbsp olive or canola oil

1 Tbsp garlic, minced (about 2–3 cloves)

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp oregano, minced (or 1 tsp dried)

12 oz tuna steak, cut into 4 portions (3 oz each)

For salad:
½ can (15½ oz) low-sodium chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
½ bag (10 oz) leaf spinach, rinsed and dried
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 medium tomato, rinsed and cut into wedges
⅛ tsp salt
⅛ tsp ground black pepper


1-    Preheat grill pain or over broiler (with the rack 3 inches from heat source) on high temperature.

2-    Combine oil, garlic, lemon juice, and oregano, and brush over tuna steaks. Marinate for 5-10 minutes.

3-    Meanwhile, combine all salad ingredients. (Salad can be made up to 2 hours in advance and refrigerated.)

4-    Grill or broil tuna on high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side until the flesh is opaque (not shiny/transparent) and                      separates easily with a fork (to a minimum internal temperature of  145°F).

5-    Serve one tuna steak over 1 cup of mixed salad.

Prep time
Cook time
Serving Size

25 minutes
20 minutes
4 servings
1 tuna steak, 1 C salad


Total fat
10 g

Saturated fat
2 g

42 mg

418 mg

Total fiber
5 g

31 g

15 g

874 mg

Summer is coming, learn pool safety tips and CPR.

If an emergency should happen, it’s so important that parents and families are prepared. After winter, chances are that you’re eager to open up the backyard pool for another summer. Whether you’ll be diving in or just dipping your toes over the edge, most people look at pool season as an opportunity for cheap, outdoor fun. Still, safety is important. Roughly 5,200 children are treated each year for spa and pool-related accidents.  Drowning (according to the CDC) is the number one cause of accidental death for children ages 1-4, swim safety experts, including those with ISR (Infant Swimming Response) encourage parents to learn CPR and to update their skills regularly.
Before you take that first dip, make sure you’ve taken the proper safety precautions to ensure that this summer will be enjoyable but, most importantly, safe. Below is a checklist of safety tips to review before summer kicks off.

Install a fence around your pool. To prevent kids from getting too close to the pool without supervision, install a fence and self-closing or self-locking gate around your pool or yard.

Keep your pool secure during off-hours. Although a fence will help with this, lockable safety covers on your pool or spa will ensure that kids can’t find their way into a pool without adult supervision. Look for door, gate, or pool alarms that will alert you of a problem.

Learn CPR.  CPR is one of those skill sets that, as parents, we should all have, yet pray we never need to use.  Hopefully you won’t need it, but it’s important to be up-to-date on your knowledge of CPR for children and adults. CPR can help save a loved one’s life. Being able to administer CPR is a skill that anyone can […]

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    Did you know you can substitute Butter for unsweetened Applesauce in recipes to promote heart health?

Did you know you can substitute Butter for unsweetened Applesauce in recipes to promote heart health?

9 Healthy Substitutions for Everyday Foods
When it comes to cooking and baking there are easy (and tasty) heart-healthy substitutions you can incorporate in your daily meal preparation.
Substituting new foods for your tried and true staples might feel foreign at first. (I’ve been there.) But if you stick with it you will start to notice positive reactions from your body and even learn to love the taste.
Here are nine heart-healthy substitutions to try.
1. Whole-wheat flour
Instead of white, processed flour try to incorporate whole-wheat flour into your baking. Because whole grains, like whole-wheat products, contain the entire grain, they are more fibrous than their white counterparts—and more likely to keep you full throughout the day. But before you swap, be sure to check the recipe, as the ratio may need to be adjusted.
This substitution applies to bread and pastas as well. Whole-wheat options at the grocery store have become more readily available, so next time you’re shopping be sure to explore your market’s selection. Not sure your family will embrace whole-wheat pasta or flour? Mix it in with white to get them acclimated, suggests Dr. Janet Brill, nutrition expert and author of Cholesterol Down and Prevent a Second Heart Attack. Your family won’t even notice.
2. Unsweetened applesauce
In many baking recipes, you can reduce the amount of saturated fat by substituting butter for fiber-filled, unsweetened applesauce—or any fruit puree—and canola oil, Brill said. (Butter can be replaced with half canola oil and half puree.) Still looking to cut back? Brill suggests trying ground flax seeds in place of oil.
3. Greek yogurt
Delicious on its own, Greek yogurt can wear many hats. An easy, heart-healthy swap? Serve this naturally sour yogurt instead sour cream. You’ll need one small container […]

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    Are you tired of getting your heart broken by FAT brothers? Why are you not attracted to FAT sisters, they actually look out for you?

Are you tired of getting your heart broken by FAT brothers? Why are you not attracted to FAT sisters, they actually look out for you?

Meet the Fats, some are bad, some are better.
Sure, you’ve heard of them. You’ve probably spotted them on nutrition labels. You may have even read up on them. But how well do you really know the fats? Here’s your chance to get better acquainted with the Fats family: the Bad Fats Brothers and the Better Fats Sisters.
Like any family, the Fats share some common traits. For example, they all give your body energy and they all have 9 calories per gram. But some fats are better than others. Continue to read to meet the Bad Fats Brothers, Sat and Trans, and the Better Fats Sisters, Mon and Poly. Find out what they’re like and where they hang out to help you decide how much you want them as your friends.
The Bad Fats Brothers

They’re a charming pair, Sat and Trans.  But that doesn’t mean they make good friends because they clog arteries and break hearts. Learn how to limit your time with them by avoiding the foods they’re in. Read each profile to know the when and how to stay away from Sat and Trans.



Sat’s my name.  And food loaded with saturated fat is my game.  I’ve been around a long time – even if you don’t recognize me, I’m sure we’ve met before.  After all, I’m in many of the foods you love.
Eating is my greatest passion.  I’m talking big, thick steaks, loaded potatoes and anything with butter in it.  Or on it, or over it…Yum!  The way I see it, food is one of life’s biggest pleasures.  So, how about a bacon cheeseburger?  And you’re gonna have dessert, right?  Let’s have a big piece of cheesecake. C’mon, don’t be shy.  There’s plenty to go around.
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