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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.

When on an Association Board, Education Is a Must

Lifestyles - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:15pm
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(NewsUSA) - Running a community association can be a rewarding but difficult task -- a minefield for even the most savvy, seasoned and well-intentioned arbiter.

Federal, state and local laws are changed, passed, or modified; buildings age; interest rates are as solid as a two-celebrity marriage; budgets, insurance companies and community elections present their own challenges.

If you are one of the more than 66 million Americans who live in a homeowners association or condominium, you might be thinking of becoming a board member, or perhaps you already serve on an association board. Either way, educating yourself is of paramount importance to you, your neighbors and community.

Which is why Community Associations Institute (CAI), a national education and advocacy group, is offering a new, comprehensive education course that will help community association board members better understand association operations, management and governance.

"We know from national surveys that association board members are dedicated volunteers doing their very best to serve their communities and neighbors," says CAI Chief Executive Officer Thomas Skiba, CAE. "But that doesn't mean they know everything they need to know. Many boards get in trouble because they don't know what they don't know. That's why this course can be helpful."

A Big Commitment

Although board members certainly go in with eyes wide open about the amount of time they will be volunteering and devoting to the association, Skiba points out that the role also requires a commitment to understand the legal, leadership and operational obligations of the position.

"The information and insights conveyed in the workshop can save association leaders time, money and unnecessary headaches, perhaps even help them avoid costly, divisive lawsuits," says Skiba. "Even with a skilled community manager or attorney, board members can find themselves facing the unanticipated surprises and traps that association boards inevitably encounter."

CAI has tapped experts in the community association business to develop a workshop that is available both as an online course and a classroom workshop by CAI chapters. The curriculum, Skiba says, is for both self-managed communities and those association boards that rely on a professional community manager or an association management company.

Highlights of the Workshop

The Board Leadership Development Workshop provides association board members with information and perspective on the critical elements of community association operations. So whether you're a first-time board member or a tenured officer, there's something for everyone. Here is just a sampling of what the program includes:

* The functions of president, secretary and treasurer.

* Governing documents.

* Finances and reserve funding.

* Board and annual meetings.

* Rules compliance and enforcement.

Visit www.caionline.org or call 888-224-4321 to learn more.

UPDATED STATS: 23 Diamond Dawgs In Professional Baseball

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:41pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Twenty-three former Mississippi State baseball players are currently in professional baseball, including three currently playing in Major League Baseball.

Thirty-Six Bulldogs Earn Degrees at Spring Graduation

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:54pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Thirty-six Mississippi State Bulldogs officially earned their academic degrees in 2015 spring commencement ceremonies held on campus.

Eighteen Diamond Dawgs Set To Play Summer Ball

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – With the 2015 season in the rearview mirror, 18 returning Mississippi State baseball players will look to improve their skills in preparation for next spring.

MSU’s Lee Set To Open Play In 2015 NCAA Singles Championship

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 3:21pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Looking to add to an already remarkable season, Mississippi State women's tennis standout Jasmine Lee will travel to Waco, Texas, this week for the 2015 NCAA Singles Championship at the Hurd Tennis Center on the campus of Baylor University.

Claremore is ready for rodeo

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 1:07pm

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Cowboys and cowgirls from all over the country are preparing to converge on Claremore this week.

The Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo – the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s 2014 Small Rodeo of the Year – will feature nearly 600 entries for the upcoming event, set for 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 22-Sunday, May 24, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena. Discounted tickets can be found on the rodeo’s website, www.WillRogersStampede.com; fans can also follow the rodeo on Facebook.

David Petty

David Petty

But there’s so much more to the Memorial Day Weekend festivities in Rogers County.

“We’ve worked really hard this year to put together the best experience possible for people who want to come to a professional rodeo and have a good time,” said David Petty, chairman of the volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo. “We’ve got a lot for the fans to enjoy with Miss Rodeo America Lauren Heaton along with our great acts, Tomas Garcilazo and John Harrison.”

Heaton is the first Miss Rodeo Oklahoma to win the national crown. Gracilazo is a charro who earned the PRCA’s Dress Act of the Year in 2012 and ’13. Harrison, of Soper, Okla., won the 2014 PRCA Comedy Act of the Year and the Coors Man in the Can.

Together, they bring the pomp and circumstance and valuable entertainment to the event, but the action comes in the competition. A big reason why so many contestants make their way to Claremore every May is because of the bucking stock from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, a Dallas-based livestock firm that has been one of the top five in the PRCA each of the past two seasons.

“Having Pete Carr and his crew at our rodeo is one of the reasons our rodeo has seen recent success,” Petty said. “He has amazing bucking stock and produces an incredible rodeo.”

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

That’s key to the biggest and best names in the game, including world champions like Rocky Patterson, Guy Allen, Mary Walker, Ryan Jarrett, Will Lowe, Trevor Brazile and Sage Kimzey. Brazile and Kimzey are reigning champions – Brazile in steer roping and the all-around and Kimzey in bull riding.

Kimzey also is the reigning Will Rogers Stampede champion. That win was a key reason he ran through the 2014 season in dominating fashion.

He will be joined in Claremore this week by several other Wrangler National Finals Rodeo or Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping qualifiers who come from the area: Tie down ropers Jerome Schneeberger of Ponca City, Okla., and Mike Johnson of Henryetta, Okla.; steer wrestler Tom Duvall of Hichita, Okla.; team ropers Coleman Proctor of Pryor, Okla., and Jake Long of Coffeyville, Kan.; barrel racer Tana Poppino of Big Cabin, Okla.; bull rider Tate Stratton of Kellyville, Okla.; and steer ropers Brodie Poppino of Big Cabin and Brady Garten of Claremore.

“It’s a very exciting week for us, and we’re ready to put on the kind of show that has people talking,” Petty said. “It takes a lot of work to put on an event like this, but we do this because we love it and we love this community. It’s an amazing experience.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Track & Field Men’s Team Ranked No. 8; Women No. 15

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:44am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Moving up 10 spots after the SEC Outdoors Track & Field Championships, the Mississippi State men's team is ranked No. 8 in the USTFCCCA rankings.
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