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Soccer Posts Record GPA In Spring Semester

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 5:09pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Aaron Gordon's Mississippi State soccer team excelled in the classroom once again, posting a program-record 3.56 grade-point average for the spring semester.

Brothers And McBride Named To SEC Community Service Team

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:28pm
STARVKILLE, Miss. – Two Mississippi State track and field athletes are being recognized for their work off the track as the SEC announced its 2015 Track and Field Community Service Team on Thursday.

Diamond Dawgs Enjoy Successful Spring in Classroom

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 8:36pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the 10th-straight semester under the direction of head coach John Cohen, the Mississippi State baseball team recorded a grade point average of 3.00 or better.

Howland Adds Standout Aric Holman To 2015 Recruiting Class

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 7:40pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Continuing his tear on the recruiting trail, Mississippi State coach Ben Howland announced Thursday the signing of Aric Holman, a four-star standout from the state of Kentucky.

Lee’s Rally Falls Short In Three Setter In NCAA Singles Second Round

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 6:23pm
WACO, Texas – An impressive first season at Mississippi State has come to an end for Jasmine Lee, as the No. 23-ranked Bulldog fell in three sets to UCLA's No. 47 Jennifer Brady in Thursday's NCAA Singles Championship Second Round.

Bougard Named To The Bowerman Trophy Watch List

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:29pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Multi-event athlete Erica Bougard continues to make history at Mississippi State as she has been the first-ever female athlete to be named to The Bowerman Women's Watch List.

How Plumbing Is Flushing Into the Future

Lifestyles - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:25pm
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(NewsUSA) - It's scary to imagine a life without proper plumbing. In fact, most people seem to take modern-day plumbing for granted. But the plumbing industry has grown by leaps and bounds throughout the years.

Before the introduction of modern-day plumbing luxuries such as sewage drainage and disposal systems, flushing toilets and water treatment systems, diseases ran rampant due to the lack of clean water. Diseases such as polio, cholera, and even the black plague took the lives of far too many people before modern plumbing was introduced as we know it today.

There was a time when waste was dumped onto streets, or even into rivers, instead of being properly disposed. This unfortunately contaminated drinking water, which helped spread those killer diseases. However, that's a thing of the past. In today's world, clean water is easily accessible thanks to modern-day plumbing luxuries.

Although the plumbing industry has grown by leaps and bounds throughout the years, the industry continues to look for new ways to improve. The industry is now focusing on improving efficiency, conserving water and reducing costs for homeowners. And the way to accomplish those goals may involve a greater focus on "green" technology.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing is an example of a company dedicated to improving the plumbing industry.

"Mr. Rooter Plumbing is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of customers and the nation, through sanitation and continuously seeking ways to improve through industry innovation," says Mary Kennedy Thompson, president of Mr. Rooter Plumbing. "We are working to be recognized as the world's leading company in the plumbing and drainage service industry."

The future of plumbing will look to find new ways to reduce water usage without sacrificing performance or aesthetic appeal. With a great deal of home technologies turning to solar power, the plumbing industry may follow suit. For example, traditional water heaters may eventually be replaced by solar-powered water heaters, which would use free energy from the sun to heat water for showers, dishwashers and washing machines. In addition, other plumbing fixtures such as flush valves could also incorporate solar power technology someday.

Without the benefits of modern plumbing, the world would not be able to sustain life as it is today. Thankfully, the plumbing industry is continuing to find new ways to improve, and new ways to save homeowners money by conserving water.

For more information, visit MrRooter.com/45th-anniversary.

New App Takes the Task Out of Boat Maintenance

Lifestyles - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:24pm
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(NewsUSA) - Looking to spend more time out on your boat than stuck at the dock? Well, a new web app, which you can access from any mobile device and makes maintaining your boat a (summer's) breeze, may help you do just that.

The app, called MyTaskit, connects boat owners with service techs, offering a convenient way to communicate directly with boat yards about service appointments, repair jobs or routine maintenance -- all of which means more time on the water and less on dry land.

"There's transparency around which tasks have been assigned to which people," says Kevin Hutchinson, founder and CEO of MyTaskit. Whether the MyTaskit app is used on a mobile device or accessed via a desktop computer, "boaters can see the status of projects that are open, in progress, waiting authorization or estimate approval, or completed. The last thing you want to realize is that something needs fixing and you're five miles off shore."

When users post an online task on MyTaskit, they can explain any issue to a service pro; they can attach photos or videos to describe the problem, too.

"Boats are complex possessions, with multiple moving parts that need frequent service and attention," Hutchinson says.

And even if your boat just needs a little TLC or maintenance, the app can come to the rescue. It conveniently stores manuals for everything on a boat, from its icemakers to its engines. Once you enter the specific type of engine your boat has, for instance, MyTaskit will automatically send a service reminder at manufacturer-recommended intervals.

The app is free of charge to boat owners, captains and their crews, and includes up to 1GB of storage (owners can purchase more storage as needed).

What's more, the app is making waves in other ways. Got a problem with your plumbing or electricity at home? MyTaskit will soon be able to connect with those service providers for your home or even RV.

"Because it's highly task-oriented, MyTaskit can help people stay coordinated with all their service providers," Hutchinson says.

The ease-of-use extends beyond consumers to service professionals, who say the MyTaskit "Pro" side of the app helps them to coordinate business with their existing customers online in a manner that strengthens the bond and fosters greater customer loyalty.

For more information, visit www.mytaskit.com.

Talk Before You Take When Dealing With Medicine

Lifestyles - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:22pm
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(NewsUSA) - Experts say communication is key when dealing with prescription medicine.

Research has shown that a gap in communication between health care providers (HCPs) and patients about the potential risks of prescription medicines can result in adverse drug events. Increasing communication about prescriptions can help ensure that patients avoid such events, improve adherence to their medicine regimen(s) and live healthier lives.

The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) launched a campaign earlier this year called "Talk Before You Take," aiming to spark this necessary patient/HCP engagement and encourage more conversations between patients and HCPs.

"It's imperative that health care providers and patients keep the lines of communication flowing," says Ray Bullman, NCPIE executive vice president.

Bullman and his colleagues' research for the campaign was developed by Johns Hopkins University and Ipsos Healthcare, with support from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, nearly half of Americans take prescription medicines, and over 20 percent of Americans take at least three. However, the research found that approximately 62 percent of patients were not aware of any safety warnings about their medicines. Ten percent of patients unaware of the possibility of a severe side effect actually experience a serious reaction.

"It is important for patients to understand how to take their medicines safely so they experience all the benefits and minimize the potential risks," said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "Talk Before You Take encourages more discussion about medications between patients and their health care providers and pharmacists, which can improve the health of patients and our health care system."

In addition, the campaign offers four tips for patients and caregivers to guide conversations with HCPs:

* Talk to your health care provider and ask questions about the benefits and potential risks of prescription medicines you take.

* Tell your health care provider about all of the medicines you are taking -- including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and dietary supplements.

* Tell your health care provider about any allergies or sensitivities that you may have.

* Read and follow the medicine label and directions.

For more information, visit www.talkbeforeyoutake.org. This work is supported by FDA grant number 5U18FD004653-03.

MSU’s Lee Dominates To Advance To NCAA Singles Second Round

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:03am
WACO, Texas – In her first year in the Maroon and White, 23rd-ranked Jasmine Lee continues to impress, as the Mississippi State women's tennis star downed Stetson's No. 91 Alizee Michaud, 6-0, 6-4, in the NCAA Singles Championship First Round on Wednesday at Baylor's Hurd Tennis Complex.

Eclectic Father's Day Gift Ideas for Dad

Lifestyles - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:17pm
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(NewsUSA) - What is it about Father's Day that can hang up the savviest gift giver? For Mother's Day, the presents are easy and unfailing: perfume, Godiva chocolate, dinner, flowers or a gift certificate for a massage. Dads, however, seem to always end up with the short end of the stick.

"This is the time you can indulge Dad and get him those things he's ogled, but hasn't gone to buy on his own," says Byon Penn, a manager at Jerry's Home Improvement Center in Eugene, Ore. "But the ole, traditional necktie doesn't quite cut it these days."

Eric Garland, a father of two, agrees.

"There's less of an emotional hoopla around Father's Day traditionally, because men were considered more self-reliant," Garland told USA Today in an interview. "We don't expect a lot, frankly. We don't ask for it ? that goes to the image of men as the strong, silent provider who don't need the open emotional support and affirmation of even those who are closest to them, which are their families. But I think that's changing."

To help you find the perfect gift for the perfect man, the following tips might help:

* The Stylish Dad. A bottle of his favorite Scotch, some cufflinks made from the wood of his favorite baseball park, or if you must get a tie, perhaps a silk tie from Brioni or Turn-bull & Asser will be sure to please.

* The Tobacco-Loving Dad. Cigars or pipes, will do for the gentleman who appreciates a good smoke now and again.

And for those dads who would rather indulge in smokeless tobacco, consider accoutrements like a portable spittoon. FLASR (www.flasr.com), an Atlanta-based tobacco accessory producer, has created a one-of-a-kind, pocket-sized spittoon that allows dads to take snuff, dip or chew anywhere they are. It's perfect for everyday use or while hunting, fishing or any other outdoor sporting or leisure event. FLASR reusable spittoons feature the exclusive Thumb-Lok Twist Cap for one-handed ease of use. This innovative closing mechanism ensures that it stays securely closed when not in use, eliminating the risk of spill and leaks often seen with cups and bottles.

* The Outdoor Dad. Barbecues are a classic gift for those who fashion themselves Master of the Grill. Anything hobby- and leisure-related, such as a tackle box or digital fishing scale for the fisherman, or a 10-in-one tool that will saw tree limbs or open a bottle of wine for the rugged outdoorsman are also great ideas.

 

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