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Coming Home From the Hospital? Here's What You Need to Know

Lifestyles - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 11:17am
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(NewsUSA) - Few things in life are certain, but chances are there will be at least one health event that requires hospitalization and, following that, rehabilitation.

While hospitals provide an array of services that can help, most people prefer to get well in the comfort of their own home. Although beneficial in the recovery process, home care can also have its own distinct obstacles. Couple that with a patient's fears and struggles of what's to come in the weeks and months ahead, and it can create a perfect storm for both patients and caregivers.

To help, the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), a nearly 6,000 member worldwide organization, has created ReSTART, an online resource that provides information for those who are (or will be) in rehab for everything from strokes to joint replacements to head injuries and those who will be caring for them.

When you consider that recent studies cite as many as 75 million Americans suffer from some type of disability, a website such as ReSTART can make a huge impact on understanding what patients will inevitably experience while on their road to wellness.

The goal, according to ARN, is to get patients who have a disability to a point that they are, once again, as self-sufficient as possible and able to live a full life.

"My clients have been through acute rehab and are back in their communities," Susan Wirt, a past president of ARN, told The American Nurse in an interview. "I figure out how they can be well and healthy despite their chronic conditions," she said.

Indeed, rehabilitation nurses effectively manage complex health care issues; collaborate with other professionals and disciplines such as occupational or speech therapists; provide patients and caregivers with needed education; set patients' goals that maximize independence; and establish plans of care that maintain optimal wellness, according to the ARN. With National Rehabilitation Awareness Week on the horizon (Sept. 20-26), ARN is stressing the importance of advocacy.

"Advocacy is also a huge role for us," Michelle Camica, MSN, CRRN, and past president of ARN, told The American Nurse in the same interview. "We serve as the patient's advocate when addressing issues with other members of the health care team and sometimes with a patient's own family. We always want to make sure patients are getting the right care in the right place at the right time," she said.

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Saving Water Is Easy With These Simple Plumbing Updates

Lifestyles - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 11:10am
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(NewsUSA) - Saving water is becoming an increasingly popular subject these days, especially in areas around the world that are suffering severe droughts. Luckily, saving water is extremely easy if you make a few easy plumbing updates in your home. For more information, visit

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List of nominees is out

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 7:31pm

The PRCA released its list of nominees for end-of-the-year awards.

Winners in each category will be announced during the PRCA Awards Banquet, set for Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa in Las Vegas, one night before the opening round of the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Congratulations to all the well-deserving nominees:

Wayne Brooks
Randy Corley
Mike Mathis
Boyd Polhamus
Andy Stewart

Linda Alsbaugh
Sunni Deb Backstrom
Haley Bridwell
Amanda Corley-Sanders
Sandy Gwatney

Beutler & Son Rodeo
Frontier Rodeo
Pete Carr Pro Rodeo
Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo
Powder River Rodeo
Stace Smith Pro Rodeo

Jason Bottoms
Shawn Calhoun
Gary Rempel
Shandon Stalls
Matt Twitchell
Jeremy Willis

Tomas Garcilazo
Bobby Kerr
Rider Kiesner
Jennifer Nicholson & Brandi Phillips
Amanda, Lynn & John Payne

John Harrison
Keith Isley
Troy Lerwill
Gizmo McCracken
Cody Sosebee

John Harrison
Keith Isley
Troy Lerwill
Justin Rumford
Cody Sosebee

Kenny Bergeron
Clay Heger
Darran Robertson
Dusty Tuckness
Cody Webster

Bridgeport, Texas
Claremore, Okla.
Huntsville, Texas
Nacogdoches, Texas
Yuma, Colo.

Deadwood, S.D.
Estes Park, Colo.
Lufkin, Texas
Sidney, Iowa
Stephenville, Texas

Cheyenne, Wyo.
Lovington, N.M.
Ogden, Utah
Pecos, Texas
Pendleton, Ore.

Denver, Colo.
Fort Worth, Texas
Jackson, Miss.
Nampa, Idaho
San Antonio, Texas

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Mississippi State teams with Twitter™ followers to power #WeRingTrue

MSU News - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 5:51pm
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STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University is teaming with its followers on Twitter™ to launch #WeRingTrue, an innovative social-media initiative that reinforces MSU's standing as a world-class academic research university.

“Our supporters tell us that they want to know more about cutting-edge research and life-changing initiatives underway at Mississippi State,” said Sid Salter, MSU’s ‎chief communications officer. “Based on their feedback, we’re establishing a social media tool that not only keeps our followers informed but helps them share our success stories with the world.”

The MSU Athletics Department successfully unveiled Virtual Cowbell through the same EdgeTheory technology in 2014 to promote the university’s athletic accomplishments and engagement. Now, the university will add the academic component to that social media strategy.

With the introduction of its #WeRingTrue component, Mississippi State becomes the first university in the nation to tell both its athletics and academic stories using this innovative technology to Twitter™ users. Messages also can be easily adapted for other social media platforms.

Each week, Mississippi State approves a series of #WeRingTrue tweets covering three categories: pride points, campus life, and news and events. Tweets are automatically published on subscribers’ Twitter™ handles based on categories they select in the sign-up process.

The #WeRingTrue option is free, and subscribers maintain complete privacy and control of their personal Twitter™ accounts.

Salter noted that #WeRingTrue is part of a soon-to-be-launched branding initiative that highlights the many ways the university is driven to make a difference. Strengths include diversity, cross-campus collaboration, and a supportive and nurturing environment where students are encouraged to pursue big ideas and bold actions.

“Our latest feature taps into the voices of students, faculty, alumni, and the entire Mississippi State community,” Salter said. “They are our ambassadors to the world, and now they have a convenient tool to promote the many great things happening here every day, especially in the realm of academics and research.”

Student-led teams at Mississippi State are involved in a number of research and development projects with state, national and global impacts. They are working to get unmanned aerial systems flying safely in the nation’s airspace, designing the car of the future, and generating solutions to world hunger, to name just a few.

Learn more about Mississippi State and sign up for the #WeRingTrue program at

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MSU Bulldogs In The NFL

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 5:34pm
Below is a list of former Mississippi State student-athletes who are currently on NFL Rosters.

Mullen, Prescott Preview LSU Game; Bulldogs Move Into AP Top 25

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 3:30pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen and senior quarterback Dak Prescott previewed the Bulldogs' Southeastern Conference-opening showdown against No. 14/15 LSU at their weekly press conference on Tuesday.

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Stairlift

Lifestyles - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 3:14pm
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(NewsUSA) - Regaining the freedom to move around your home may be as easy as installing a stairlift. If you, a friend or a family member has trouble with stairs but would like to stay in your current home, a stairlift may be the right solution.

Stairlifts are gaining popularity in the United States as the population ages. Many older adults continue to enjoy good health and want to remain in their homes, but find stairs to be a challenge.

Today's stairlifts, such as those manufactured and installed by Acorn Stairlift, do not require any structural changes to the home, and they do not damage the stairs or home decor. The stairlifts are designed for quiet, efficient operation, powered by two small 12-volt batteries under the seat or by regular house current.

Some top things to know when considering adding a stairlift to your home include:

* Stair style. Choosing the right stairlift for your stairs helps you get the most from the product. Acorn Stairlifts are available in designs specific to straight stairways, curved stairways and outdoor stairways such as front steps or patio steps. The modular style of Acorn Stairlifts allows for easy installation without structural changes to the home.

* Safety features. All models of Acorn Stairlifts include multiple safety features. The chair and built-in footrest typically fold up when not in use, allowing for easy passage on the stairs. The Acorn Stairlifts also feature sensors on the foot platform that will stop the lift when triggered. In addition, Acorn Stairlifts include remote control components to make it easy for family or others to operate. The stairlifts also include safety belts, lockable swivel seats and light touch controls for easy operation by individuals whose dexterity is limited.

* Support. Acorn Stairlift provides aftercare and support from trained service technicians who can address any problems with your stairlift. In addition, look for a company such as Acorn that offers a warranty that covers the motor and gearbox on the stairlift for as long as you own it, plus a one-year warranty from the installation date on all other parts.

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So Many September Birthdays, So Many Gifts to Buy

Lifestyles - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 3:13pm
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(NewsUSA) - No, you're not imagining it.

The reason you always seem to be buying September birthday presents is it's the month when most American babies are born. If you count back nine months, you can figure out why. "The holidays may not be a popular time for birthdays, but they sure are a popular time for conception," notes

Want some more trivia? All 10 of the top birth dates are in September. And September 16 -- the most popular birthday of all -- also happens to be when both Mickey Rourke and David Copperfield made their debuts into the world (judge for yourself how that worked out).

If you're into astrology, you know these birthday boys and girls have certain traits -- often overlapping -- that offer clues into what gifts they might like. Here are some ideas for your shopping list that speak to them:

* Sensual. We could all take a few pointers from the folks who assembled the $160,000 worth of free goodies that top Oscar nominees went home with last March. Among the swag: French Mediterranean sea salt "harvested by man like it has been for 2,000 years." If its $1,548 price tag seems only-in-Hollywoodish, try one of those beauty boxes-of-the-month subscriptions.

* Intellectual. Clearly, the oeuvre of an Adam Sandler is beyond them, so consider a boxed set of Ken Burns documentaries. With horn-rimmed glasses thrown in for easier viewing.

* Perfectionist. It just so happens that "perfect" is the word the Wall Street Journal used earlier this year to describe Baume & Mercier's Clifton line of watches for men. The very affordable 10052 model -- epitomizing the trend towards timepieces the paper notes "can be operated without a Ph.D." -- screams class with its sun satin-finished silver dial, thick black alligator strap, and elegant blue steel hands that sweep past the hours and seconds.

And since diamonds are considered lucky for anyone born in September, the women's polished steel Promesse 10178 from the same Swiss watchmaker is also a no-brainer. The diamonds -- eight of them -- are set in the indexes of the silver "drape guilloche" decor dial, and its shimmery oval bezel is carved from natural white mother-of-pearl. You can shop both watches at the Baume & Mercier e-boutique or by calling 1-800-MERCIER, where free engraving and wrapping are available. Click here to watch the video

And, oh, Begley also happens to have been born on September 16.

Regular season winding to a close

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 2:59pm

Less than four weeks remain in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s regular season.

That means it’s a scramble for all the top players in the game to position themselves for the postseason. Only the top 15 cowboys in each event advance to ProRodeo’s grand finale, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Taos Muncy

Taos Muncy

For the cowboys “Riding for the Brand” of Tate Branch Auto Group, only a few rodeos remain for them to cash in. Success is vital if they want to play for the biggest pay in the game, especially for heeler Jim Ross Cooper of Monument, N.M.; tie-down roper Clint Cooper, who is originally from Lovington, N.M.; and Marty Jones, a steer roper from Hobbs, N.M.

Jim Ross Cooper sits 24th in the world standings with a little more than $42,000 in season earnings. He needs to move up nine spots in the standings to secure his sixth NFR qualification. He is $14,000 behind Quinn Kesler, who sits 15th; but Jim Ross Cooper knows he’ll need to earn $20,000 in the final month to make a serious run for Las Vegas.

Jake Cooper

Jake Cooper

Jones is 27th on the steer roping money list. He needs to at least double his 2015 money if he wants a shot at qualifying for his 15th Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping. Clint Cooper is a little further down the standings, sitting 34th with a little more than $28,700. Like Jones, he’ll need to at least double his earnings if he has any hope to return to Sin City for the sixth time.

The outlook is considerably different for heeler Jake Cooper of Monument and saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy of Corona, N.M. Both sit inside the top 15 in their respective standings: Jake Cooper has pocketed $65,692 this season and is 11th, while Muncy has $91,732 and is fourth.

Still, there is plenty of money left on the table to help them improve their places in the world standings. The reality for Jake Cooper is that he’s less than $7,000 from moving into the top five. There are several big-money rodeos in which he could catch that kind of money in one fell swoop. The higher the cowboy is in the standings, the better the chances are to make a run at that elusive world title.

Muncy knows that well. Not only is he a two-time titlist, he’s heading to the NFR for the eighth time in his career. He is more than $20,000 behind the No. 1 bronc rider, Cody DeMoss of Heflin, La., but he can make up ground over the next few weeks.

Not only that, but NFR go-round winners will earn more than $26,000 a night. Over 10 Las Vegas nights, it all will make a difference.

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New App Bridges Gap Between News and Social Media

Lifestyles - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 9:33am

(NewsUSA) - We live in a digital world that is constantly evolving. Those of us who were born prior to the dot-com bubble were able to witness firsthand how technology transformed the way we lived our day-to-day lives. Then, in the early 2000s, the rise of social media forever changed how we interact with one another. Entire industries were forced to adapt to this new era. There is one industry that is still in the early days of its evolution: the news industry.

A recent poll by the American Press Institute revealed that 85 percent of millennials say keeping up with the news is important to them. With growing millennial interest and the recent increase in digital news consumption, it's no surprise that some of the biggest social media companies are trying to break into the news industry.

This new frontier of digital media has companies like Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter racing to apply the news to their existing platforms. The truth is, the news needs a platform of its own.

Enter Rantt, the social network for news. This startup aims to inform and inspire the masses.

Zak Ali, co-founder and CEO, believes the recent surge of people engaging with the news online has created a new genre: social news.

"When you read a story that truly impacts you, one that you can't ignore, you feel the need to interact with it," he said.

Backing Ali's assertion is a Pew Research poll that found 46 percent of people active on social networks have discussed a news-related issue or event. The problem, Ali said, is that the scattered nature of the Internet forces people to navigate among many different sources to read credible news stories and to share their opinions.

"Too often will you see really well thought-out posts buried beneath a mountain of unrelated content. Your voice matters. You shouldn't feel like a bystander while reading the news. On Rantt, you don't have to," Ali said.

Rantt delivers the latest news from top news sources. By tailoring the feed to your interests, Rantt aims to provide only the content that's important to you. Not only can you discover news stories, you are encouraged to speak about them and publish pieces of your own.

"With Rantt," Ali said, "you aren't just reading the are becoming a part of it."

For more information, visit to download the app from the Apple App Store.

Country superstar Sara Evans brings voice to MSU Riley Center Sept. 24

MSU News - Tue, 09/08/2015 - 1:00am

Sara Evans

Songs about love and heartache will soar through the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian when country superstar Sara Evans arrives for a concert on Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. As a bonus, concertgoers can enjoy a pre-show party with refreshments in the Grand Lobby starting at 6 p.m.

Evans has lived just down Interstate 20 in Birmingham since her marriage to former University of Alabama and pro football quarterback Jay Barker, now a sportscaster. She rocketed to stardom in 1998 with her first number one single, “No Place That Far.” Four other chart-toppers have followed: “Born to Fly,” “Suds in the Bucket,” “A Real Fine Place to Start,” and “A Little Bit Stronger.”

Evans’ voice has been turning heads ever since she was a young girl performing in her family’s band in Missouri. Whether she’s belting out a defiant ballad or painting an aching portrait of love gone wrong, she packs every song with deep emotion.

“I’ve always felt like I’m a very lucky person to be given a gift to sing,” she said.

Tickets are $65 and $59 at the MSU Riley Center Box Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 601-696-2200.

Frazier Wins 2015 Eastern League Batting Title

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 09/07/2015 - 8:30pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Former Mississippi State baseball All-American shortstop Adam Frazier captured the 2015 Eastern League batting title Monday.

MSU Seeks To Break World Record At Cowbell Yell Thursday

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 09/07/2015 - 7:26pm
STARKVILLE, Miss.— Mississippi State football fans will attempt the Guinness World Records title for most people ringing cowbells simultaneously during "Cowbell Yell" Thursday, Sept. 10.

Updated Stats: 26 Diamond Dawgs In Professional Baseball

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 09/07/2015 - 12:33pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Twenty-six former Mississippi State baseball players are currently in professional baseball, including four currently playing in Major League Baseball. Below are their updated stats following games that ended Sunday, September 6, 2015. Please tweet any corrections to @HailStateBB

Watch Dan Mullen's Weekly Press Conference At 1 p.m. Tuesday

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 09/07/2015 - 12:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen's weekly press conference will be held at 1 p.m. CT Tuesday.

Bulldogs and Golden Eagles Play to 0-0 Draw

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 09/06/2015 - 11:30pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After claiming a 4-0 victory on Friday night against Nicholls State, Mississippi State battled in-state foe Southern Miss to a 0-0 draw to cap off a successful weekend for Bulldog soccer.

Bulldogs Open 2015 With 34-16 Win At In-State Rival Southern Miss

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 09/06/2015 - 2:30am
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Mississippi State (1-0) beat Southern Miss (0-1) 34-16 on Saturday night, opening the 2015 season with a road victory.


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