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    FCC announces inquiry into 911 system following murder of East Texas mother

FCC announces inquiry into 911 system following murder of East Texas mother


On Monday, FCC commissioner Ajit Pai announced that the FCC will be starting an inquiry to determine what steps can be taken to ensure that no matter where someone dials 911, they reach emergency personnel.
In December, Kari Rene Hunt was allegedly stabbed to death by her estranged husband after he cornered her in a bathroom at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Marshall. Kari’s nine-year-old daughter immediately dialed 911, but the call never went through because the phone system required her to dial ‘9’ to get an outside line. The child tried to call three more times, each one with the same result.
“Kari’s daughter behaved heroically under horrific circumstances,” stated Pai. “But the hotel’s phone system failed her, her mother and her entire family.”
Pai is sending a letter to the ten largest hotel chains in the country to find out what happens when a guest dials 911. If they don’t immediately reach trained emergency personnel, they will have to respond with a plan for solving that issue.
In his first speech as an FCC commissioner, Pai said that, “when customers dial 911, they need to reach emergency personnel; it shouldn’t matter whether they are using the public-switched telephone network (or PSTN), a VoIP application or a wireless phone.”
Pai added that it also shouldn’t matter whether they are using a phone at a hotel, motel or office building, saying that if you dial 911 in a large building, you need to reach someone who can help. He added that the technology to enable this to happen already exists.
“Kari is gone, and there is nothing we can do to bring her back. But her death will not bein vain if we can take action […]

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    RoXXX’s Designs Rock: Taking your basic T-shirt to another level, that’s full of creativity and personality.

RoXXX’s Designs Rock: Taking your basic T-shirt to another level, that’s full of creativity and personality.

My name is Roxanne Sepulvado and I am a Radiology Technician that has ventured out into the design world. With my new business adventure, “RoXXX’s Designs”, I design t-shirts, hoodies, pants, bags, aprons, koozies, and much more. You can pick whatever color and style shirt or item you prefer and a design theme/idea. With your personality and my design creativity, together we can create a masterpiece!
I have enjoyed designing shirts and items for many of my family, friends, and co-workers.  They have been my main supporters and customers, which is why I decided to open my design ideas to everyone.  I love to do great things for great people. I think that it is amazing to know, within any healthcare facility, you can help treat and care for a person. We truly have the opportunity to make a difference in our patients’ lives or better yet save their lives! With my design ideas you can showcase your pride in your workplace with one-of-a-kind “RoXXX’s Designs” items of your choice.  I love to keep a smile on my face and bring one to yours and your staff and/or patients as well!
Here are few designs concepts that I have already completed for my happy customers. Please feel free to choose one of the designs here or choose a new concept.  I also design items for anyone aside from the medical field as well. To view more of my products, have any questions, or to place orders please visit me on Facebook at Roxxx’s Design (
Most shirts are $25-30, depending on size and design. Contact me for prices on other items. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Article by Roxanne Sepulvado

Resolve: Get fit during holidays for your health’s sake

People who step up their exercise may actually lose weight during the holidays.
The holidays have given us Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but no provision for something like Workout Weekdays. Maybe they should. Being physically active this time of year can help people maintain their weight or even lose a pound or two, one study showed. Plus, it can relieve stress and improve health.
Consider the benefits: Regular physical activity has been shown to lower the risk of early death, help control weight and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression and some types of cancer and a host of other conditions. It lowers the risk of cognitive decline and hip fractures.
And recent research suggests that exercise may be as effective as medication in preventing early death in people who’ve had heart attacks or strokes.
By Jan. 1, many people will resolve to get in better shape, but it’s not too soon to start right now. USA TODAY asked Boston-area sports nutritionist Nancy Clark, author of the best-selling Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, now in a new fifth edition, to talk about the benefits of exercise.
Q: What are the advantages of exercising during the holidays?
A: Exercise does take some time from your busy day, but the benefits include using that time to think about what gifts to give to whom, to plan your to-do list, to connect with friends for holiday walks and runs, to reflect on hopes and fears and to give yourself the gift of health. I multitask when I exercise by planning my day as I bike to work or walk or run with my dog. Exercise disconnects me from e-mails, phones and screens and allows much needed “thinking time.”
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Healthiest State Rankings: Sadly Louisiana Ranks 48!!

Healthiest State Rankings: Hawaii Tops 2013 List
Where you live could say a lot about your health habits — and a new ranking reveals which states have it the best and worst.
On a whole, Americans are adopting healthier behaviors, such as stopping smoking and increasing physical activity, according to the report, published by the United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention.
The report also shows that the percentage of smokers has dropped to 19.6 percent in the U.S. from 21.2 percent in the last year. And physical inactivity has dropped on a whole to 22.9 percent in the last year, down from 26.2 percent.
The findings are based on multiple sources of data, including the FBI, the American Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Education and the Census Bureau. Rankings are based on a number of criteria, including premature death, infant mortality, preventable hospitalizations, high school graduation rate, violent crime, health insurance, child poverty, obesity, diabetes, physical activity and immunizations.
Among other general findings:
– While 27.6 percent of adults are obese in the U.S., the percentage has not increased from the last year (it was 27.8 percent in 2012). The report also showed that 9.7 percent of adults have diabetes. – The infant mortality rate has decreased 39 percent since 1990. – Fewer people are dying from heart-related disease; cardiovascular deaths decreased 36 percent since 1990. – Fewer people are also dying from cancer: Deaths from the disease decreased 3 percent since 1990.
Take a look at the list below to see the top 10 states and the bottom 10 states in the 2013 ranking:
Top 10: 1. Hawaii – Fewer people in Hawaii are lighting up, with […]

Small businesses can save with health care tax credit

Small businesses can claim a larger tax benefit for providing health care to employees, beginning with the 2014 tax year.
Included in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the tax credit is aimed at helping small employers pay for employee health insurance and to encourage more of them to offer it.
For tax years 2010 to 2013, the maximum credit was 35% of premiums for small businesses and 25% of premiums for tax-exempt organizations. Starting with the 2014 tax year, the maximum credit is 50% of premiums for small businesses and 35% for tax-exempt organizations.
For businesses that do not owe taxes, the credit can be carried backward or forward to other tax years. Tax-exempt organizations may be able to claim the credit as a refund. There is also a provision that allows businesses to claim a deduction on the remainder of the premium that isn’t covered by the credit.
More businesses are likely to take advantage of the credit as the ACA’s health care exchanges continue to go online and awareness spreads, says John Arensmeyer, CEO of the Small Business Majority, a small-business advocacy group. Though there is a time commitment involved in applying for the credit, businesses that have taken advantage of the credit like it — some even claimed up to $15,000, Arensmeyer added.
There is no downside to applying for the credit, Arensmeyer says. If a business qualifies, they receive a credit. If they don’t qualify, there is no risk involved. The biggest problem, he says, is the fact that many business owners don’t know they can claim it.
An estimate by the Council of Economic Advisers says 4 million small businesses would be eligible for the credit if they provided health care for their employees. But […]

Eyes might be window into common heart disorder

Damage to the blood vessels of the eyes or kidneys might help identify people who are at raised risk for a common type of heart-rhythm disorder, a new study suggests.
The disorder, called atrial fibrillation, is common in older people and increases the risk of stroke. It also can trigger heart-related chest pain or heart failure in some patients, the researchers said.
In the new study, which is scheduled for presentation Monday at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Dallas, researchers followed more than 10,000 middle-aged people for an average of almost 14 years.
Researchers led by Sunil Agarwal, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, found that microvascular changes — trouble in the smaller vessels of the eyes or kidneys — appeared to be linked to the presence of atrial fibrillation.
For example, while about six out of every 1,000 people with no microvascular disease developed the heart-rhythm disorder, that figure rose to about nine out of every 1,000 for people with micro-bleeds or micro-aneurysms in the smaller vessels of the eye’s retina, the researchers said.
That number rose to almost 17 per 1,000 people for those with signs of vessel damage in the kidneys. It increased to more than 24 per 1,000 in people who had vessel damage in both the eyes and kidneys, the study found.
Why this vessel damage appears to be tied to a higher risk for atrial fibrillation remains unclear, the researchers said.
One expert not connected to the study theorized that small-vessel damage might be an underlying cause of atrial fibrillation.
“This suggests that a potential trigger for developing atrial fibrillation may be worsening microvascular disease,” said Dr. Neil Sanghvi, an electrophysiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “Therefore, treatments […]

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    Diabetics can still enjoy Thanksgiving … with a few precautions

Diabetics can still enjoy Thanksgiving … with a few precautions

‘Tis the season for overeating.
And the biggest threat for most at the eat-a-palooza called Thanksgiving is to our waistline with rolls, stuffing and mashed potatoes ready to derail our diets and permanently affix themselves to our bodies in the form of fat.
But for those with diabetes, carbs and excessive calories become landmines threatening to blow out their blood sugar, leading to potentially serious consequences to their health.
“Definitely if your blood sugar is high one time, it’s not going to be that big of a deal, but the idea is over a long time period if your sugar is high, then you can get into complications like heart disease, neuropathy, kidney disease,” said Shannon Weston, a registered dietician at the University of Texas Health Services in Houston.
David Jones, a hospice chaplain and father of teenage boys in Anniston, AL, was diagnosed with diabetes around nine years ago.
“My mom was diabetic and everybody in her family has been diabetic, so it was kind of like ‘When’s it going to happen?’ And it did,” Jones said.
From what they put on their plates at mealtimes to what they buy at the grocery store and keep the pantry and even where they go out to eat, “It affects the whole family and how you look at food.”
Jones says he’s eaten “a lot of salads” in the last month to get his blood sugar on track. But it’s also helped him develop a strategy to keep his health in check ahead of the holidays.
“I’ve got my mind set, going into the holidays, I’m probably going to eat things I shouldn’t, but I’m going to keep my portions under control,” he said.
“I’m looking at Thanksgiving as a day where I’ll eat […]

Texas health officials warns against whooping cough

Texas health officials say the number of people sick with whooping cough statewide is on track to reach the highest level in more than 50 years.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging people to make sure they are vaccinated against the highly contagious disease that causes a severe cough.
There have been almost 2,000 cases reported so far this year, with the annual total likely to surpass the recent high of 3,358 cases in 2009.
Two infants have died from whooping cough this year.
Both were too young to be vaccinated.
Ten cases have been reported in East Texas.
At least one case has been confirmed in bowie County, where health officials say their main concern is the low number of people receiving immunizations.
Whooping cough spreads easily through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes.
While infants are most at risk, people of all ages can get whooping cough.
KTBS – Julie Parr

Blood Supply Critically Low;Please Go Donate

LifeShare Blood Centers reports the local O negative blood supply is critically low and requests that all eligible type O negative donors give blood as soon as possible.
 “Often we struggle to find donors during the summer months, and the holiday weekend has worsened the situation. The O negative demand is higher than donations, resulting in less than a one-and-a-half-day supply available,” said LifeShare spokesperson Tina Hooper.
 It takes at least 24 hours after someone gives blood before it is available for use. There is no manufactured substitute for human blood, it must come from blood donors. LifeShare is the provider of blood and blood to local and regional hospitals and medical facilities.
 The following LifeShare Blood Centers’ locations are open for blood donations along with several mobile blood drives in the area.

8910 Linwood Ave.
8:00a.m. – 5:30p.m. M, W, F
8:00a.m. – 7:00p.m. T, Th
8:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. Sat.

Bossier City
1523 Doctors Dr.
8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. M, W, F
11:00a.m. – 7:00p.m. T, Th

1321 College Dr.
8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. M, W, F
10:00a.m. – 5:30p.m. T, Th
8:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. Sat.

To locate a mobile blood drive, make an appointment, or for more information call your nearest center or go to 

Q&A on the science of growing hamburger meat in the lab

AP Medical Writer
 At a public tasting in London on Monday, Dutch scientists served a single hamburger made from cow stem cells. Some questions and answers about the science behind the revolutionary patty, how it could help combat climate change and what it actually tastes like.
Q: What are stem cells?
A: Stem cells are an organism’s master cells and can be turned into any other cell type in the body, i.e. blood, tissue, muscle, etc. Adult stem cells are found in small numbers in most human tissues, including bone marrow, fat and muscle.
Q: Why is the meat so expensive to produce?
A: The technology is new and scientists are making very small quantities of meat. There are no economies of scale to offset the initial high costs. If more scientists or companies start using the technology to produce more meat products, that could drop the price substantially and speed up its production.
Q: When could this meat be in stores?
A: Probably not for another 10 to 20 years. It would take years to refine the technology, encourage other producers and scientists to get involved, and overcome any regulatory issues.
Q: Who paid for the research?
A: Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, underwrote the 250,000-euro ($330,000) project, which began in 2006. The Dutch government previously donated 2 million euros to the research.
Q: How is this better for the environment?
A: It could reduce the number of animals needed for the meat industry. Raising cows, pigs, chickens, etc., contributes substantially to climate change through the production of methane gas. Growing meat in the laboratory could reduce the impact on agricultural land, water and resources.
Q: How long does it take to grow a burger?
A: At the moment, a long time. It has […]