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September is National Preparedness Month, designed to encourage Americans toprepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.


Citizen Corps is the Federal Emergency Management Agency's grassrootsstrategy involve communities in all-hazards emergency preparedness andresilience. Local Citizen Corps councils enable planning between governmentand civic leaders and provide localized support for outreach and educationalefforts to the public. For more information about Citizen Corps, visit www.citizencorps.gov.


More free information can also be found at ready.gov, listo.gov,1-800-BE-READY, TTY 1-800-462-7585, and 1-888-SE-LISTO.


- ready.gov


New Research: Marrow cells may be stem cell alternative


Isolating cells from a patient’s blood or bone marrow that nourish bloodvessels may be a safer and less arduous route to treatment of cardiovasculardisease than obtaining rare stem cells, according to research from EmoryUniversity School of Medicine in Atlanta.


In recent clinical trials, doctors in several countries have tested theability of a patient’s bone marrow cells to repair damage, such as heartattacks and peripheral artery disease, created by problems of blood flow.


“The focus has been on stem cells, but it looks like the main beneficialeffects come from transplanted cells’ ability to support the growth ofnearby blood vessels,” says senior author Young-sup Yoon, MD, Ph.D.,associate professor of medicine (cardiology) at Emory University School ofMedicine. “Based on this idea, we wanted to identify a population of cellsenriched with the capacity to regenerate blood vessels.”


- Emory University's Woodruff Sciences Center


Did You Know?


Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability anddeath in the U.S. Each year, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurelyfrom smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and an additional 8.6 millionhave a serious illness caused by smoking.


- CDC


Health Tip: Study suggests beer-psoriasis link


Women who drink regular beer may be increasing their risk of developingpsoriasis, an autoimmune disorder affecting the skin, new findings suggest.


Other options, such as light beer and wine, were not linked to such a risk.


Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School andBoston University tracked 82,869 women who had not initially been diagnosedwith psoriasis from 1991 through 2005. The participants, from the Nurses'Health Study II, reported their alcohol consumption and, over the course ofthe study, reported whether a doctor had diagnosed psoriasis.


The researchers found that even relatively moderate amounts of beer seemedto increase the risk of psoriasis, with 2.3 drinks a week driving up therisk almost 80 percent.


- HealthDay


Number to Know: $10,000


Results of a large national study show that nearly three-quarters of obesepatients with type 2 diabetes who undergo weight-loss surgery are able tostop insulin and other antidiabetes drugs within six months.


“The cost to care for the average obese diabetic person in America is$10,000 a year, which could be cut to $1,800 with a very safe operation thateliminates more than 80 percent of the medications these individuals havedepended on,” says Marty Makary, M.D., M.P.H., an associate professor ofsurgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the study’sleader.


- hopkinsmedicine.org


Children’s Health: Disparity in abuse evaluations


Black children are more likely to be evaluated for abuse than white childrenwith comparable injuries, according to a new study from The Children’sHospital of Philadelphia, raising concerns some children are being subjectedto unnecessary testing while other cases of abuse go undiagnosed.


The study, which appears in the journal Pediatrics, looked at 3,063 infantsadmitted to 39 pediatric hospitals with traumatic brain injuries not relatedto car accidents. The researchers compared the race and economic status offamilies with the subsequent diagnosis of child abuse after traumatic braininjury. Black families and families with governmental insurance were morelikely to come under scrutiny than white families and families with privateinsurance. 


- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Senior Health: Tips for preventing falls


Approximately 66 million Americans care for their aging parents and, eachyear, one in three older Americans fall in their home.


The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these fall-preventionguidelines for older Americans and their caregivers:


- Eliminate all tripping hazards, such as loose rugs.


- Install grab bars or handrails on both sides of the stairway and othersafety devices near bathtubs and beds.


- Place a lamp or flashlight near the bed.


- Keep clutter ­like pets’ toys or papers ­off the bedroom floor.


- Replace satiny bedsheets with products made of nonslippery material, suchas wool or cotton.


- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons


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