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Track & Field Set To Host SEC Outdoor Championships

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 5:49pm
Starkville, Miss. – With 18 men's and women's SEC teams ranked in the Top 25, the Mississippi State track and field teams turn their focus toward the most competitive conference championship in the NCAA as they prepare to host the 2015 SEC Outdoor Championships.

McFatrich Signs Seven In First MSU Volleyball Recruiting Class

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 5:37pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After months on the recruiting trail, Mississippi State volleyball coach David McFatrich has assembled his first Bulldog recruiting class, signing seven newcomers for the 2015 season, he announced Wednesday.

Baseball Wraps Up Regular Season At Tennessee

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:50pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State baseball (24-27, 8-19 SEC) wraps up the regular season with a three-game Southeastern Conference road trip at Tennessee (21-15, 8-18 SEC) beginning Thursday.

The Eyes Have It -- New Corrective Lens Marks Vision Breakthrough

Lifestyles - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 3:03pm
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(NewsUSA) - Imagine going into cataract surgery with poor vision and coming out with outstanding vision. Well, thanks to breakthrough intraocular lenses (IOLs), this may not be so far-fetched. [An IOL is an artificial lens placed in a person's eye to restore vision after cataract surgery.]

Today, medicine is moving beyond a one-size-fits-all model and is entering an age of more personalized treatment. An example of this growing trend is that doctors can now offer customized lens treatment options to improve people's vision after cataract surgery. Even those who have worn glasses their entire lives -- or are just starting to use readers -- have the potential to be free of glasses post cataract surgery.

Developed by Abbott and recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the Tecnis Multifocal 1-Piece IOLs (+2.75D and +3.25D) provide individualized options to the more than 20 million people estimated to undergo cataract surgery. These lenses allow people to have a full range of outstanding near, intermediate and far vision that can be customized based on a person's own vision needs and lifestyle.

"Many of my cataract patients are of working age and have very active lifestyles," said Tal Raviv, MD, FACS, Medical Director of the Eye Center of New York in Manhattan. "The ability to see all distances -- from looking at a smartphone to watching a movie on the big screen -- without the need for corrective wear is not only a benefit but a necessity." Overall, people may not need to wear their glasses for daily tasks.

Cataracts cloud the natural crystalline lens in the eye, and typically progress slowly causing vision loss, and can be potentially blinding if left untreated. Cataract surgery is one of the most common and safest procedures in the U.S. with more than 3 million surgeries expected to be done each year from 2014 to 2016 -- and that number is expected to grow as the population ages. In fact, as new technologies become available that can significantly improve vision, today's boomers are even opting to have the procedure done earlier in life (40's, 50's and 60's) so they can maintain their healthy, active lifestyles.

"I am constantly on my phone or computer and my vision was definitely becoming blurry," said Vivian Gemelos, Dr. Raviv's patient. "When I was told I had the option to have my vision corrected at all distances without glasses when my cataract was removed and replaced with this new lens, I jumped at the opportunity. I had one eye done and immediately saw the difference. Even colors are brighter. Now, I can't wait to have my other eye done."

For more information, visit www.abbott.com.

INDICATIONS: The TECNIS® Multifocal 1-Piece intraocular lenses are indicated for primary implantation for the visual correction of aphakia in adult patients with and without presbyopia in whom a cataractous lens has been removed by phacoemulsification and who desire near, intermediate, and distance vision with increased spectacle independence. The intraocular lenses are intended to be placed in the capsular bag. IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: No matter what lens you choose, there are risks or problems that can happen with cataract surgery. The problems could be minor, temporary, or affect your vision permanently. Whereas your use of glasses may decrease, it may come at the cost of some sharpness of your vision. Even with glasses, this loss of sharpness may become worse under poor visibility conditions such as dim light or fog. If your eye is not healthy (including glaucoma), your vision may not be good even after your cataract is removed. In this case, you may not get the full benefit of the multifocal IOL. . There is a chance that your vision with a multifocal IOL may not be good enough to perform very near or detailed "up-close" work without glasses. Multifocal IOL implants may be inadvisable in patients with conditions such macular degeneration, retinal pigment epithelium changes, and glaucoma. CAUTION: Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician.

Pepper Spray Conversations Heat Up, Myths Debunked

Lifestyles - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:18pm
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(NewsUSA) - Much has been made about using pepper spray for personal protection -- everything from whether it should be legal to carry while traveling by air, to determining its value in self defense. In honor of June's National Safety Month, let's separate fact from fiction, and bring a little clarity to this effective tool:

Myth: Some wasp sprays can be substituted for pepper spray.

While potent on nasty insects, they simply do not have the stopping power to work on humans.

Myth: Some people are immune to pepper spray.

Untrue, says SABRE, a manufacturer of security products for law enforcement and the general public. According to a 2001 University of Utah study, some pepper sprays fail because they do not include the necessary measures to guarantee strength consistency. To ensure heat consistency, SABRE operates a high-performance liquid chromatography lab that tests the strength of every pepper spray batch. SABRE eliminates pepper spray failures due to bad batches.

"That's a fancy way of saying that scientists are now able to determine how many parts per million of heat-causing alkaloids are present in a given chili pepper," wrote Dr. Paul Bosland, a genetics research scientist from the University of New Mexico, in Smithsonian Magazine.

Myth: Scoville Heat Units (SHU) can be used to determine strength.

Actually, major capsaicinoids are the only way to determine the heat strength of pepper spray. A Scoville Heat Units listing on pepper spray is subjective and can be inaccurate.

Myth: There is a no-fly rule with pepper spray.

According to the FAA, "one 4-ounce container of pepper spray" is permitted in checked baggage provided it is equipped with a safety mechanism to prevent accidental discharge. While legal to carry in all 50 states, certain restrictions apply so be sure to check your state's website for regulations.

Myth: There is a chance that you could spray yourself.

SABRE sprays have various safety mechanisms, making it virtually impossible to spray yourself accidentally.

Myth: If used, it could be taken away and used against me.

The whole purpose of pepper spray is to be able to stay at a distance, while incapacitating your attacker. In this way, you can stay up to 10 feet away for sprays and 12 feet away for gels. For added protection, SABRE has a stop strap that will stop the device from spraying if the pepper spray is pulled away from the strap worn around your wrist.

Myth: There is no guarantee it will affect an attacker.

Unless you've purchased a bad batch of pepper spray, some of the effects you can expect are: involuntary eye closure, imbalance, loss of breath and facial area burning -- all which give you time to escape.

For more information, visit www.sabrered.com.

MSU’s Lee Earns ITA Southern Region Player to Watch Honors

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After an impressive sophomore campaign that landed her a First Team, All-SEC selection, Mississippi State women's tennis standout Jasmine Lee was named the ITA Southern Region Player to Watch on Tuesday, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced.

Victoria Vivians Ready For USA Basketball Team Trials

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:32am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – While many students enjoy some rest and relaxation following the grind of the school year, Victoria Vivians will be competing for the opportunity to wear the Red, White and Blue, one of the highest honors in sports.

This Spring, It's all About That Bass Fishing -- and Your Basic Gear

Lifestyles - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:59am
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(NewsUSA) - The days of using a stick, some string and a worm are as much a part of American culture as apple pie and baseball. Unlike that time, there are now many choices for anglers this spring, depending on where you'll be fishing.

In fact, selecting your gear is half the fun. But for starters, set aside the rods, reels, rigs, jigs and tackle, it's also just as important to remember these items that are often overlooked:

* Use sunscreen. You only have to suffer from sun poisoning one time to understand the relationship between sun and water. While the water may be cold and temperatures out-side chilly, sun reflecting off the water will still give you a burn. A sweat proof sunscreen that won't run and sting the eyes is ideal, as is one that won't leave a greasy residue that could adversely affect your grip.

* Wear a base layer. A thin T-shirt is a must as a base layer, better if it is made of fabric that wicks away moisture. There are even some that are made to be water repellent and stain resistant with anti-odor properties for those in warmer climes. Since this is the layer that is in direct contact with your skin, you want something that will allow moisture to escape as you sweat.

* Find the right pants. Spring days on the water are usually an all-day event, and call for versatility in your clothing. To that point, pants that convert to shorts are ideal. Like shirts, pants should be stain-resistant. Additionally, the pants should have plenty of pockets (with zippers) to carry anything extra. If you don't have access to a boat or dock, extend your fishing range with a good pair of fishing waders.

* Cover your head. Hats with a hard-hat liner will keep your neck, ears and head warm in cold weather. For warmer climates, a wide-brimmed hat will guard against sunburn, overheating and overexposure.

* Bring the extras. This could include a life vest, cooler or, if you happen to be a smokeless tobacco user, a portable spittoon like those offered by Flasr. The Atlanta-based company prides itself on creating the first-of-its-kind portable spittoon that is small enough to fit in your pocket and carry along wherever you go -- whether it's fishing on a lake or hunting in a blind. Its advanced closing mechanism ensures that it stays securely closed, eliminating the risk of spills and leaks.

For more information, visit www.flasr.com; Market listing: FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR).

Jacksonville ready for rodeo

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:44pm

JACKSONVILLE, Texas – Rodeo fans in this east Texas community of nearly 15,000 know they can expect world-class action every May.

Jacksonville-signThe Tops in Texas Rodeo is a showcase of the sport’s brightest stars, including the animal athletes from Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo. This year’s event is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14-Saturday, May 16, at Lons Morris College Arena, the closest venue of the season to the Carr ranch near Athens.

It’s the perfect place for great athletes to shine. Take Evan Jayne, a bareback rider from France now living in Texas. He won the Jacksonville rodeo a year ago with a ride on Black Coffee, a quick mare that has been selected six times to buck at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. This season Jayne is the third-ranked bareback rider in the world standings.

Rising star Wacey Hathcock earned the saddle bronc riding victory on Trail Dust, a strong bay mare that has bucked three times at the NFR.

The list goes on and on. The leaderboard at the Tops in Texas Rodeo is a combination of up-and-coming superstars mixed with established champions.

It’s what fans have come to expect when the rodeo hits Jacksonville.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

MSU’s Schmid Named ITA Southern Region Most Improved Player

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:06pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After dominating on the doubles court and picking up a number of notable wins in his senior season, Mississippi State's Tassilo Schmid was named the ITA Southern Region Most Improved Player of the Year, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Tuesday.

Trevor Fitts Named To SEC Baseball Community Service Team

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 8:19pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State baseball right-handed pitcher Trevor Fitts was named to the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team, the league announced Tuesday.

Soccer Inks Iceland Standout Elva Astthorsdottir

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Aaron Gordon added another player to the attack for the 2015 season with the signing of Icelandic midfielder Elva Astthorsdottir.

Tips for Finding Summer Activities for Kids

Lifestyles - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:41am
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(NewsUSA) - We all know they're coming . . . the dog days of summer. As parents, we love having the kiddos home and the absence of the daily grind of the bus, lunch-making and homework, but with every upside, there is a downside. And for kids in the summer, it's boredom!

For this reason, parents spend a good amount of time searching and registering their kids for activities to keep them engaged and out of trouble. With so many options available, where do you start? Where do you find activities that are of interest to your kids, while also being kind to your wallet?

A good place to start is online. There are some great parent resources available that provide parents the opportunity to search different activities -- all relevant to your child.

For instance, ACTIVEkids.com is an easy-to-use website for parents to discover and register kids for activities, classes and camps. ACTIVEkids enables parents to find a broad spectrum of activities from art seminars to dance classes to local summer camps -- search by gender, age and interests to find activities that are the most relevant to parent and child. It has a database of more than 120,000 activities nationwide and serves kids ages four to 18.

Another option is the local YMCA. If you're not familiar with the YMCA in your area, we suggest you check it out. It's a great family organization for kids and adults of all ages. Their programs focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Many local locations offer health and fitness programs that help children (and adults) to increase energy, decrease stress, prevent illness, maintain a healthy lifestyle and just enjoy quality time with family and friends.

The Y offers a number of different summer programs that promote positive self-esteem, good decision making and self-help and care. There are likely to be one or two great options for your child.

The recreation department in your town is another great place to look for activities -- and they are usually very affordable. Most towns offer programs from tennis and swim lessons to painting and music classes. The programs are usually run by local experts and are located right in town. Plus, if you coordinate with some friends, you might be able to catch a morning break that can be enjoyed and filled with some "you" time.

Wherever you go to find fun, engaging activities for your kids, just make sure you remember to carve out some simple, relaxing family time, too. The summers fly by much faster than the school year.

Business Travelers Get Taste of Ireland at Airline's New Lounge

Lifestyles - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:00am
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(NewsUSA) - Business travelers may feel like they live in the sky, but one airline is working to make sure they have their feet firmly -- yet comfortably -- planted on the ground.

As an extension of its new business class service, Aer Lingus has opened a lounge at JFK International Airport in Terminal 5, aiming to offer the warmth of Ireland to travelers even before they begin their journeys. From natural-stone wall accents to oak floors, raindrop-shaped light fixtures to pint glasses along the bar, the space inspires function and relaxation.

"You can see when you look through this lounge the Aer Lingus brand," says Jack Foley, vice president North America for Aer Lingus. "You can see the Irish roots in it, but you can also see the functionality of a business trip in this lounge."

All business class customers and Gold Circle members (plus a guest) can enjoy a wide range of amenities. They include a business center with complimentary Wi-Fi, separate quiet area stocked with chaise lounge-style chairs and revitalizing areas that feature everything from TVs to showers.

The facility also offers patrons the chance to dine pre-flight, where a hot buffet, soups and sandwiches, and wine and spirits are served.

Located across from Gate 26, the lounge is also well situated should travelers desire to take in the airfield or the historic TWA Flight Center. However, history buffs need not look any further than the lounge, which features a wall installation remembering prominent Irish Americans such as President John F. Kennedy and artist Georgia O'Keeffe.

Aer Lingus moved to Terminal 5 less than two years ago, Foley says, citing it one of the "top 10 terminals in the world."

"Now we have our own piece of Terminal 5, which really sets the brand apart," he says.

In Dublin, the airline's headquarters, travelers will also find enhanced features to that airport's business-class lounge. The Aer Lingus Gold Circle Lounge, located in Terminal 2, is a tranquil setting where guests can comfortably recharge. In addition, the lounge now has a shower area where guests can refresh pre-flight.

For more information, visit www.aerlingus.com.

Trio of Diamond Dawgs Up For Multiple Honors

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:41pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Three Mississippi State baseball seniors have been named finalists for various national and statewide awards.

Tse, Bell named to The 2015 SEC Community Service Team

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 4:48pm
STARKVILLE, Miss – Senior Rica Tse and redshirt freshman Ross Bell were named to the 2015 SEC Community Service team for their work off the course.
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