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For the Week of April 5, 2012 April 11, 2012-

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22

Aries, others are wondering if you are up to the challenge of doing something different and out of your comfort zone. This seems like just your style this week.

Pick your battles, Scorpio, because not everything will necessarily go your way. There is no point in creating extra stress and grief for yourself.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21

Taurus, butting heads in a conflict is easy, but it’s not so easy to let things slide like water off a duck’s back. You will earn greater respect for being nonconfrontational.

Sagittarius, relax and open up to the ones you love. You may be surprised just how fulfilling and liberating this can feel, especially when you do it frequently.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, work on rebuilding a relationship that may once have taken a backseat to more pressing matters. You never know when you need to call in a favor.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, your stubbornness appears once you set your mind to something and get to the task at hand. This can have its pros and cons, especially at work.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, you have exerted all your energy and now you’re looking to lessen the workload. Now could be the time to delegate some of your responsibilities to others.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, lean on friends and family when a difficult situation presents itself. Not everything has to be a secret this week; you can use some support.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, expect to see everything in black and white in the days ahead. This is alright, just avoid taking this perspective to the extreme. Sometimes you have to have faith.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, things are changing all around you and you’ll get left behind if you don’t make some attempts to catch up.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, accepting help is not a weakness. While you may want to be an independent person, accept the help others have generously offered.

Born This Week APRIL 5: Agnetha Faeltskog, ABBA singer (62) APRIL 6: Candace Cameron, Actress (36) APRIL 7: Russell Crowe, Actor (48)

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, sometimes you want to play the role of the savior. While your efforts are generous, not everyone will accept your advice or your gestures.

APRIL 8: Julian Lennon, Songwriter (49) APRIL 9: Kristen Stewart, Actress (22) APRIL 10: Mandy Moore, Singer (28) APRIL 11: Joss Stone, Singer (25)


Junior Historian Program St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site (located in Mt. Vernn, is now accepting applications for the summer Junion Historian program. It will meet weekly in July, Monday or Thursday 1011:30am. Free. Students will be introduced to historical interpretation and learn how to lead effective and interesting tours. For information, contact David Osborn at 914-6674116.

Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture Society - Discussion •Sun Apr 8 11am “Ethics in Government” Presentation by David Kornbluh. Discuss how to find new structures to limit the impact of money on politics. 4450 Fieldstone Rd. (corner of Manhattan College Parkway. For information call, (718) 548-4445. Meeting • Sun, Apr 15, 1pm “Cat Lovers’ Meet” Do you want to meet other people who share your stories, feelings and joy about cats? Meet at Starbucks, 3503 Johnson Ave., Riverdale. (Venue may change so call David (718) 796-1227).

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fter reading a recent article with some measure of incredulity I asked the next 20 people I saw“Did know that the Federal Government is involved in a longtime business using prisoners to make products that compete with private industry?” Nineteen said-“what, are you kidding?” the 20th had read the same article as I and was just as astonished. Meet Federal Prison Industries (FPI) which uses prisoners for labor and pays them 23 cents to $1.15 per hour, FPI sells only to other government agencies…in fiscal 2011 it has overall sales of $745 million. FPI’s net loss was $1.8 million last year.. However in 2010 FPI lost $56.3 million including a $35 million write off for defective helmets recalled by the military. What does FPI make? Try office furniture, electronics and clothing manufacturing. These days it is also in renewable energy. Also factories in New York and Oregon are producing solar panels. It is also looking into starting to manufacture energy efficient lighting and small wind turbines. For the inmates working is expected to keep them busy, reinforce the value of work, increase sense of self worth and reduce recidevism. According to the Bureau of Prisons the working inmates are 24 per cent less likely to return to jail. What does Representative Bill Huizenga of Michigan think of the program? “ If China did this –having their prisoners work at sub par wages in prisons, we would all be screaming bloody murder.” In the United States there is a growing cadre of small and medium sized business owners, , who are beat out of contracts by FPI, that are chanting a rather strong and negative chorus to Congress. Let’s see what happens in the days ahead. (This community service represents the views of Jules W. Rabin only)

Registration for FREE Computer Literacy & GED Programs •The State University of New York’s North Bronx Career Counseling and Outreach Center is currently accepting applications for GED Preparation, Math Tutoring, Business Office Technology and Microsoft Certification; ATTAIN Lab Computer based training programs such as Pre: Home Health Aide, CNA, Security, Building Maintenance, Office Skills, Customer Service and more! Seats ARE Limited and Going Fast. Computer Literacy classes begin on Monday, April 23 and GED classes begin in August! 2901 White Plains Road, Bronx. For information, call (718)547-1001.

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Westchester Sandbox Theatre is now registering for its Summer Camp! Camp runs Monday Friday, 9am-3pm. July 9 - 27. Tuition $850 - 10% discount for siblings. Campers will have a great time working daily with professional teaching artists to bolster creative expression, physical fitness and build confidence while honing skills in creative writing, acting, singing and dance and also spend several days offsite swimming, on nature hikes, scavenger hunts, theater olympics and a trip to the Bronx Zoo. For more info or to register call:914-630-0804. 931c E Boston Post Rd Mamaroneck. Submit your group’s event for publication, by MAIL OR FAX ONLY to: Tri-State Media, 510 5th Avenue, Pelham, NY 10803. FAX: 914-220-4949 Submissions should be received at least 3 weeks in advance of event.

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Flea Market • Sat Apr 7, 10am - 4 pm The Community Church at the Circle There will be a wide selection of new and used household items, crafts, jewelry, cosmetics and clothing. Vendor tables rent for $25. This event is indoors, admission is free and plenty of parking. 7 East Lincoln Avenue, Mt. Vernon.

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Fun By The Numbers Like Puzzles? Then you’ll love sudoku. This mind-bending puzzle will have you hooked from the moment you square off, so sharpen your pencil and put your sudoku savvy to the test!

Level: Intermediate Here’s How It Works: Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 thru 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle!

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Ensure The Pets You Love With A Pet Food Containing L-carnitine— An Ingredient That Loves Them, Too by Johnny Lopez, Ph.D. (NAPSA)—When it comes to pet food, most people give little thought to the ingredients in the bag. Fortunately, in some pet foods, there’s a multitasking molecule—L-carnitine—that can do your animal a world of good. Here’s how: Burn, Baby, Burn L-carnitine helps transport fatty acids inside to the cell’s furnace (that is, the mitochondria), where they can be converted into energy for the body to use for breathing, eating, resting, metabolism, activity and so on. It helps pets stay lean and live longer, while also helping with extra energy. Surprise! Fat is good for the heart An estimated 80 percent of the energy to run that vital organ comes from fat. Together, fat and L-carnitine can generate the fuel the heart needs to keep up with the daily beat. The largest concentration of L-carnitine resides in the heart and skeletal muscles. In order to maintain a healthy heart in all stages of a growing animal’s life, make sure the pet food that supports heart health includes Lcarnitine. Muscles need more than spinach Skeletal muscles require constant energy—and there, L-carnitine plays an important role. It also helps optimize blood flow, which is controlled in and out of the muscles via clamps in the capillary beds. It’s important that these clamps remain open so muscles get the nutrients and oxygen they need. L-carnitine helps keep these clamps open, helping mus-

A multitasking molecule called L-carnitine is added to some pet foods to help your furry friend have more energy, a better immune system and a longer life. cles with their maintenance, function and recovery. For senior pets, it can help maintain muscle mass. Antioxidants: To serve and protect The body continually produces free radicals, which can wreak havoc on it. When free radicals come into contact with cell membranes, they can cause cell death, loss of tissue integrity and a weaker immune system. One way to keep free radicals in check is with antioxidants, which the body produces to fight them. L-carnitine was recently shown to help the body crank out more of its own antioxidant defense by turning on its antioxidant genes. It helps the body produce its own defense to control free radical damage. L-carnitine also offers overall support of immune health. Giving Them L-carnitine It’s estimated the body can pro-

duce only about a third of the Lcarnitine it needs—the rest must come from food and dietary supplements. That’s where a company called Lonza comes in. It’s recognized as the global L-carnitine expert and leader in the manufacturing of CarnikingTM—a special grade of L-carnitine developed for pets. Savvy pet parents look for Carniking TM L-carnitine in pet foods used in weight management, in active formulas, and in foods designed to help support muscle development and function in animals of all ages. Learn More You can get further information about L-carnitine and animal health from your veterinarian and online at www.carniking.com. • Dr. Lopez received a master’s in animal science and a doctorate in monogastric nutrition from the University of Missouri.


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Wine Picks For Romantic Dates At Home by Richard Vayda (NAPSA)—Busy couples don’t have to let hectic schedules and budget concerns interfere with a great date night. Dinner at home can transform into a romantic evening by elevating a delicious meal with the right wine pairings. To help you bring a slice of romance to your next dinner Richard Vayda date, consider these simple dishes and wine pairings: Appetizers Traditional Melon and Prosciutto—ripe pieces of melon wrapped in thinly sliced prosciutto go well with a fresh and fruity Prosecco—a perfect start to a meal. A frizzante brut style has elements of white peach that highlight the melon fruit, and hints of sweetness countering the prosciutto’s salt. Traditional Caesar Salad— with garlic croutons can be paired with a Beaujolais. Salads are typically difficult to pair with wines because of the acidic dressings, and Caesar salads additionally need a wine that goes with multiple, complex flavors while still matching the freshness of the greens. Beaujolais, with its bright acidity, light tannins and young fruit tinge, does a nice job. If white wine is preferred, try a crisp, full Sauvignon Blanc. Entrées Restaurant-quality fresh-fromthe-freezer pizza makes a romantic date night a snap. Italy’s top-selling frozen pizza, Ristorante by Dr. Oetker is available in the U.S., and includes delicious varieties, such as: Pizza Mozzarella—combines mozzarella cheese with tomatoes,

Pizza and wine set the stage for a romantic night at home. Edam cheese and a delightful mixture of herbs. The cherry-plum flavor of a Chianti Classico has food-friendly acidity and tannins, which love cheese, tomato and herb pizzas. For an extra treat, try a Chianti Classico Riserva or a sparkling red Lambrusco, for vibrant, young berry fruit along with the fizz. Pizza Spinaci—layered with savory leaf spinach, Edam and mozzarella cheese, with a hearty garlic sauce, this goes well with a Côtes du Rhone Rouge. It has a good balance of red plum fruits, tannin and spice but doesn’t overwhelm. Dessert Mixed Berries—with vanilla whipped cream go splendidly with Moscato d’Asti. This light sparkling wine packs a lot of fresh apricot flavor, excellent both to end a meal and to marry with a fruit dessert. Look for current vintages for the freshest fruit flavors. For more sparkle, try a traditional Asti (formerly Asti Spumante). Learn More You can find more advice, recipes and information about quality pizza at www.oetker.us. • Mr. Vayda is Director of Wine & Beverage Studies at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, and a restaurant consultant.


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Beware Identity Theft During Tax Season (NAPSA)—According to a recent survey, many people engage in behavior online that could lead to identity theft during tax season, often due to some common misconceptions about the risks of preparing and submitting tax documents—but you may be able to avoid these behaviors. Here’s a look at the problems: Online Passwords Most people are aware of the possible risks of sharing personal information during a transaction; 88 percent worry the organization they share personal information with could suffer a data breach, yet only 31 percent have a unique password for each site they use. Online Tax Submission Respondents expressed mistrust of their tax preparers, with 53 percent concerned about identity theft. Postal mail continued to be the most trustworthy of delivery options with 60 percent listing it as the most secure way to file their taxes. Nevertheless, 53 percent submit taxes online. IRS Contact Methods Too many respondents don’t know how the IRS contacts tax payers: 40 believe it can be via email, mail or phone. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers through e-mail. Here are a few tips to help you: When Preparing Your Return 1. Be aware of suspicious emails and phone calls about your refund, filing or stimulus checks—Check with the IRS at www.irs.gov to learn how to spot scammers and thieves posing as the IRS and a list of known phishes. 2. Be diligent choosing a tax preparer—Work with a credible firm and be extra cautious

Tax ID theft doubling in the past two years means a more complex crime to solve. Services like PrivacyGuard can help. about new or seasonal offices. Check the IRS website for advice on choosing a tax preparer. 3. Secure your computer—If you file electronically, be sure to install updated firewalls and antispyware protection. During and After Filing 1. Mail securely—If you file via mail, do so directly from the post office, not in an unlocked mailbox. Use first class mail with a tracking number. 2. Safeguard sensitive information—Keep paperwork in a safe location at home. Outside, make sure it’s not visible. 3. Microshred your documents—Cross-cut shredders just don’t “cut” it these days. A microcut shredder literally turns documents into dust. Get Identity Theft Protection For extra identity protection, consider enrolling in an identity theft protection program such as PrivacyGuard. Its triple-bureau credit monitoring scans your credit files every day and quickly alerts you to any problems. Learn More For more advice, visit www. privacyguard.com or call (800) 374-8273.


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How To “Get Your Plate In Shape” (NAPSA)—According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, it’s important to increase your focus on fruits and vegetables and your understanding of proper portion sizes. To help, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) offers suggestions on how to “Get Your Plate in Shape.” Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. •Whether fresh, frozen or canned, a variety of vegetables— especially dark-green, red and orange vegetables, plus beans and peas—is an important part of your diet. Choose “reduced sodium” or “no-salt-added” canned vegetables. •Add fruits to meals and snacks. Buy fresh fruits and those that are dried, frozen or canned in water or 100 percent juice. Make at least half your grains whole. •Choose 100 percent wholegrain breads, cereals, crackers, pasta and brown rice. •Check the ingredients list on food packages to find whole-grain foods. Drink fat-free or low-fat milk. •Fat-free and low-fat milk have the same amount of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole milk but less fat and fewer calories. •If you’re lactose intolerant, try lactose-free milk or a calciumfortified soy beverage. Vary your protein choices. •The protein food group includes seafood, nuts and beans, as well as lean meat, poultry and eggs. •Twice a week, make seafood the protein on your plate and keep meat

A properly balanced plate can provide the nutrients you need with fewer calories and less fat— and still taste great. and poultry portions small and lean. Cut back on sodium and empty calories from solid fats and added sugars. •Drink water instead of sugary drinks. Choose 100 percent fruit juice instead of fruit-flavored drinks. •Compare sodium in foods and choose those with lower numbers. Add spices or herbs to season food instead of salt. •Switch from solid fats to oils when preparing food. “Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean-protein foods contain the nutrients you need without too many calories,” explains registered dietitian and Academy spokesperson Andrea Giancoli. She also recommends avoiding oversized portions by using a smaller plate, bowl or glass. Learn More For more information on getting your plate in shape, visit www.eatright.org.


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Learning By Listening To Others (NAPSA)—There’s a lot to be learned by listening to stories of those who faced the same difficult journey that you do—and listening can be an especially valuable skill for those recovering from cancer. One person who knows this all too well is Della Haverty, whose recovery from colon cancer involved surgery, plus numerous oncologists’ visits and repeated blood work. The 51-year-old Ohio mother had not anticipated how important listening would become throughout her journey to cancer survivorship. “When you go through something as personal as colon cancer, you are left with questions,” said Haverty. “Since I didn’t know anyone who had survived colon cancer, I found I had no one to ask.” What she did have, however, was the Cancer Survival Toolbox, a set of audio CDs provided by her health insurer that allowed her to listen and learn from survivors as they shared their experience, skills and resources. “Much of colorectal cancer awareness focuses on the critical aspect of screening,” said Pamela Goetz, director of Survivorship Programs at the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS). “We know effective screening can have a huge impact on the number of people who survive colon cancer, which is now the third-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.” But, it’s also critical to address the ongoing survivorship needs of those who are diagnosed with cancer, beyond screening, says Goetz. “If you have cancer, you may need to relearn skills to be able to advocate for yourself and get the medical care that’s best for you, from the point of diagnosis through treatment and, for some, to the final stage of survivorship,” said Goetz. “The toolbox uses cancer patients’ stories to provide practical solutions to commonly faced problems that resonate with others facing the same journey.” The toolbox was created by a team of expert nurses and social

A new toolbox uses cancer patients’ stories to provide practical solutions to problems encountered during the recovery process. workers, drawing on their professional and personal knowledge to develop a program for survivors of any type of cancer, along with their friends, family and loved ones, to help them gain the skills to advocate for themselves at any stage of their survivorship. The toolbox is available from the NCCS through Empowerment and Action for Cancer Care, an alliance between Genentech and WellPoint. For more information, visit www.canceradvocacy.org/toolbox. Some of the communication, negotiation and decision-making tips of the program include: •Expressing your feelings by letting others know how you feel and what you think; •Picking the experts you respect and trust to be part of your health care team;

•Identifying and asking for the help and support you need; •Understanding that you are an individual, not a cancer statistic. The toolbox helps patients learn how to find reliable information about their disease, as well as how to analyze information they may see on the Internet. It also helps them understand their own decision-making style and communicate their preferences with their providers. Haverty listened to the program over a period of four months while driving in the car. “The CDs provided the advice, answers and encouragement I needed to be a survivor and continue this journey,” said Haverty. “Listening to other survivors’ stories of suffering with the disease, and victory against it, gives me the courage to face every day.”


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Book Offers Techniques For Self-Improvement (NAPSA)—The ability to be happier, rechannel fears into something constructive, improve your health, remove barriers to your success and become more prosperous is all a matter of training your mind. That’s one of the key concepts in a new self-improvement book that offers readers personal development methods that are based on self-hypnosis techniques. The book—“The TurboCharged Mind” (The Business School of Happiness)—also contains a number of techniques for creative visualization and other ways to reprogram a person’s subconscious and rechannel untapped mental energies to enhance your ability to succeed. Subconscious Success The authors, the sister and brother team of Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, have been described as the “New First Family of Health.” They contend that most of a person’s daily functions are accomplished on a subconscious level and that you are what you believe subconsciously. They also hold that subconscious thoughts are capable of affecting you physically, as well as psychologically. Planting Seeds The end of each chapter includes a series of “mind seeds”— key points intended to reinforce the main concepts in the chapter and serve as a mechanism for review. For example:

A new book contains a number of techniques for tapping mental energies and enhancing your ability to succeed. •“Everything I need is already within me”; •“Your self-image is the key to your personality and your behavior”; and •“A healthy body is a requirement for a healthy mind.” Said Tom Griesel, “All change begins in our minds with the thoughts or ‘seeds’ we choose to plant there.” Tested Techniques The book builds on the themes put forth in other books by the authors, such as “TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust,” “TurboCharged Recipes: Delicious Fuel for Your Fabulous Fat Burning Machine” and the soon-to-be released “365 TurboCharged Days.” To learn more, visit the website at www.turbocharged.us.com.


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A Delicious And Nutritious Probiotics Boost (NAPSA)—Adding more probiotics to your diet can be a “feel good” experience. Probiotics are “friendly” bacteria that perform useful functions that range from helping to keep your digestive tract running smoothly, to manufacturing vitamins, to protecting you from harmful bacteria. According to Registered Dietitian Tamara Freuman, “Cultured dairy products—such as yogurts and kefirs—are among the tastiest, most convenient and timetested vehicles for delivering a daily dose of probiotics.” For versatility and flavor, she recommends easy-to-digest kefir— drinkable yogurt—on its own, as a base for smoothies or in place of buttermilk, cream or condensed milk in just about any recipe. “Kefir is a great way to satisfy creamy cravings without all the fat of buttermilk or cream,” adds Freuman. “It’s also an excellent source of probiotics, and now with new lactose-free kefir options, even the one in 10 Americans who, like me, are lactose intolerant can enjoy kefir without the tummy-troubling lactose.” The word “kefir” is thought to have derived from the Turkish word “keif” for “good feeling.” Make your own good feelings by experimenting with kefir in your kitchen. Here’s a recipe to get you started. Serve it as a tasty entrée for warm-weather meals or pour it into shot glasses and top with grilled shrimp for a party-worthy appetizer with roasted corn, pico de gallo garnish and your favorite hot sauce.

Serve this creamy chilled avocado soup as an entrée or an appetizer. Chilled Avocado Soup 3 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled 2 ⁄3 cup frozen peas 1 cup Plain Kefir (such as Redwood Hill Farm goat milk kefir OR Green Valley Organics Lactose Free cow dairy kefir) 1 ⁄4 cup chopped cilantro 1 Tbsp. chopped white onion 2 tsp. seeded and chopped jalapeño (to taste) Juice of one lime Water or chicken broth Salt, to taste Place avocados, peas, kefir, cilantro, onion, jalapeño and lime juice in a blender. Puree until smooth. Add warm water or chicken broth to thin out the soup. Add salt to taste. Serves 4 to 6. For more kefir recipes, visit www.RedwoodHill.com and www. GreenValleyLactoseFree.com.

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Overcoming Barriers To Better Health Can Make Seniors Part Of The Solution To Our Nation’s Spiraling Health Care Costs (NAPSA)—An astounding 87 percent of Americans 65 and older have at least one chronic condition, and 67 percent have multiple chronic conditions, according to a 2004 report prepared by Partnership for Solutions. Baby boomers are aging into Medicare at a clip of 10,000 per day, which means that the number of Medicare beneficiaries with chronic diseases is set to skyrocket, putting an unprecedented strain on our health care system. These startling statistics mean that, more than ever, seniors need to understand the connection between the sustainability of our health care system and their lifestyle choices. “The U.S. spends more on the health of a 65-year-old than any other country in the world. Almost one-third of total health care expenditures in 2008, the last year for which we have data, were spent on care and treatment of the elderly,” said Reed V. Tuckson, M.D., executive vice president and chief of medical affairs, UnitedHealth Group, which serves more than 9 million members through its portfolio of Medicare plans. “Because the health of our seniors is important and we all have a stake in escalating health care costs, it’s essential that we work together to support each other in making healthy lifestyle choices.” To help older adults feel empowered about their health, Dr. Tuckson authored “The Doctor in the Mirror,” which is based on the premise that much of our wellness is in our own hands. Dr. Tuckson says seniors can break down barriers to better health by making small lifestyle changes that can result in significant improvements: •Take a permanent vacation from smoking. It’s never

Small lifestyle changes can make a big difference in a senior’s health. too late to quit—and people often see immediate health benefits once they do. •Watch your weight. Start by calculating your body mass index (BMI). With your BMI in mind, develop a plan to help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. •Have your blood pressure checked regularly. This “silent killer” usually has no outward symptoms but can increase the likelihood of cardiovascular disease–related death. •Get active. Start with simple goals, such as elevating your heart rate 15 to 30 minutes per day. Then incorporate stretching, balance and strength exercises into your routine. •Adopt a healthier diet. Choose foods that are low in cholesterol and sodium, including lean meats, fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy and whole grains that contain plenty of fiber. For more tips, strategies and resources designed to help older adults age with vitality, find “The Doctor in the Mirror” on Amazon. com or visit www.DoctorInThe Mirror.com.


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Ten Tips To Help Stay Connected In Today’s Always-On World (NAPSA)—The reality of today’s always-on world means that life and work must keep moving. So when you can’t be where you need to be due to unplanned events such as bad winter weather, a family situation or a surprise meeting, let Microsoft Office help you stay productive no matter where you are. “More and more, it seems the daily routine is anything but,” said Alisa Swann, productivity solution specialist at Microsoft. “While we can’t always anticipate what might come along and derail our day, we can be prepared for it. With tools from Office, it’s easy to stay connected to people and information, anytime, anywhere.” Swann recommends the following 10 tips to stay productive no matter what: 1. Be a packrat. Store important documents for free on the Web so you can access them over the Internet or from a computer, iOS device or Windows Phone. 2. Let Office be with you. Create, view, and edit documents from any Mac or PC connected to the Internet, with the free Microsoft Office Web Apps. 3. Seize the moment. Make a quick list, capture images and audio, in Microsoft OneNote on a Windows Phone or iOS device, then access and edit those notes on the Web. 4. Be as good as there. Use Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Broadcast on the Mac or PC to present ideas to people in different locations. Participants can even view on their mobile phone. 5. Work together when you’re not together. Make revi-

When you can’t be where you need to be, you can still stay productive thanks to technology tools. sions with others at the same time using co-authoring in Microsoft Word 2010 and the Word Web App on the Mac or PC. 6. Take people with you. Store contact information for all the important people you know in your Microsoft Outlook Address Book—so you’ll never be without a number, email or address. 7. Mind your time. Manage your calendar and setup, move or cancel appointments on the Windows Phone with confidence. 8. Don’t make them wait. Set an automatic reply from Outlook on your PC or Windows Phone to let people know you’re out. 9. Turn information around on the go. Receive, read, edit and send Office documents from virtually anywhere on a Windows Phone. 10. Enhance your blog. Publish your “marooned manuscript” in a blog and enrich your story by embedding a PowerPoint slideshow. Now it’s time to gear up, settle in and prepare to keep life moving. For more tips and resources, visit www.office.com/snoworshine.


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A Path To Success For Latino Students (NAPSA)—There’s good news for Hispanic high school students who want to pursue a goal of higher education. There’s a resource that can aid their academic development and enhance their chance for success in college and beyond. In fact, many believe Advanced Placement (AP) courses can do that and more. AP courses are designed so that students can learn to think critically, construct solid arguments and see many sides of an issue— skills that prepare them for college and beyond. “In addition to the academic and economic benefits, AP courses can motivate students to have greater self-confidence and see themselves as successful college students and professionals,” says Steve Colón, executive director within the Advanced Placement Program. The courses are offered in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam. Taking them is often seen as a way to demonstrate to college admission officers that students have sought the most rigorous curriculum available to them. A Strategy for Success A recent report from the College Board—The 8th Annual AP Report to the Nation—indicates that students who succeed on an AP Exam during high school typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than their peers. Research also indicates that minority and low-income students who earn a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam are more likely than their peers to earn higher grades in college and a college degree within five years of beginning college. The College Board believes this news has particular significance for Latino students, given that only 19.2 percent of Latinos ages 25–34 have

Advanced Placement courses uncover passions that help students select majors and careers. completed an associate degree or higher. A Way to Reduce Expenses Advanced Placement courses are offered in over 14,000 high schools across the nation. Students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam may be eligible for college credit or advanced placement. This has the potential to accelerate the graduation process and thus reduce or offset the cost of tuition. AP courses can also enhance a student’s scholarship opportunities. A Step up in Science There’s also evidence that students can benefit in a number of ways from AP courses in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines. According to the College Board’s report, minority students who took AP math or science exams were much more likely than non-AP students to earn degrees in physical science, engineering or life science disciplines—fields leading to some of the careers essential for America’s future prosperity. To learn more about AP courses, visit www.collegeboard.org/ap.

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Using Technology To Meet Global Demands (NAPSA)—Understanding and employing new-age technology is proving crucial for agriculture to continue to advance and meet the growing global demands so future generations can enjoy food security. Modern science can identify key traits of a plant to breed improved varieties with the highest possible yield and generate new and cost-effective production methods. In other instances, genetic modification can be used to achieve traits such as disease resistance or herbicide tolerance. Today’s agriculture has a difficult task at hand: to feed an evergrowing population. Luckily, agriculture is armed with cutting-edge technology, helping farmers and industry professionals meet the rising demand for food. Farmers now walk through fields planted with drought-resistant corn, holding smartphones equipped with weed identification apps, using all forms of technology to grow more from less. Within the past decade, the number of farms with Internet connection has increased by 20 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers are using the Internet to get up-to-date information on commodity pricing, connect with other professionals via social media networks and broaden their agriculture knowledge. Farmers now take the Internet directly out to the field. Smartphone use among ag retailers was up 25 percent in 2010, allowing farmers to stand amongst their crop and look up images of pests or diseased plants, access the most recent commodity pricing to better negotiate, or receive storm updates

Today’s technology helps American agriculture meet growing global demands. before the clouds roll in. GPS systems allow farmers to deliver tailored inputs for crops on a field-byfield or even row-by-row need. Weather continues to be a factor in crop yield and farm productivity. Last year in Texas alone, drought led to a record $5.2 billion agricultural loss. Syngenta and other seed companies have developed droughttolerant corn seed to prevent such loss. Using new technologies like drought-tolerant seed is an important frontier for producers as they strive to improve yields and keep up with global demand. The global population is set to reach 9 billion by 2050, meaning farmers need to achieve at least a 70 percent increase in food production. Losing yield due to weather or other challenges is no longer an option. Bringing plant potential to life is how the firm focuses on helping to feed the world. The company invests more than $1 billion a

year in research and development projects. Syngenta scientists have also contributed to Golden Rice; rice that has been genetically engineered to contain beta-carotene and other carotenoids. When consumed, the carotenoids are converted into provitamin A. Once approved for general distribution, Golden Rice is expected to contribute significantly to an effective, inexpensive and simple solution to vitamin A deficiency, a major global health problem caused by impoverished diets. The company’s scientists are helping to meet growers’ needs by developing new ways to increase crop yields, help crops resist diseases and insects, increase quality and meet consumer demands. Helping farmers grow more from less while preserving land and water is vital for future food security.

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When Your College Student Moves Home (NAPSA)—College students don’t just acquire knowledge at school— they also collect a lot of stuff. Fortunately, getting it all home at the end of the semester doesn’t have to be difficult if you follow a few tips from the pros that know at Penske Truck Rental: •Start by picking the proper-size truck for your stuff. Most college students choose a 12- or 16-foot truck for moving out of a college residence or offcampus apartment. •Reserve early. Reserve the truck and any moving accessories at least two weeks in advance. • Safety first. Take some extra time to get to know your rental truck, especially for long moves. Trucks are taller, wider and heavier than standard consumer vehicles. Drive more slowly and take extra precautions. Park in well-lit areas and padlock the rear door. Penske offers 24/7 emergency roadside assistance and optional protection plans. •It’s wise to accessorize. Accessories, such as boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, moving blankets and hand trucks, are essential moving tools and can make the process a lot easier. •Don’t pack everything on the truck. Keep important paperwork, credit cards, identification, change of clothes, drinks and snacks close at hand in a travel bag.

A little planning can make a big difference when your college student is moving home—even if it’s only temporary. •Survival tips. When you get home and the truck is unpacked, college counselors advise students and their parents do four things: 1. Set realistic expectations about house rules and responsibilities. 2. Make mutually agreed-upon adjustments. Curfew may no longer be appropriate, but parents may expect to be notified of late nights out. 3. Keep your sense of humor; ordering a pizza at 2:00 a.m. is “normal” at college but might seem strange at home. 4. Remember, the situation is temporary. Learn More You can find more useful moving tips at www.PenskeTruck Rental.com.


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Don’t Fall For Foreign Lottery Fraud (NAPSA)—Each year, organized groups of criminals target and victimize thousands of Americans by telephone, e-mails and through the mail—but you can protect yourself and your family. The United States Postal Inspection Service has documented over $42 million in losses from this type of fraud. In some cases, people have lost their homes and their savings by chasing the dream of a big “lottery jackpot.” Inspector Paul Krenn advises, “One of the main techniques scammers use is a foreign lottery scam, where they tell you to send money to pay for taxes or fees. If you’ve received a suspected fraud via mail or if the mail was used to continue a crime started online, over the phone or in person, report it to The U.S. Postal Inspection Service.” What To Watch Out For Here are a few facts and signs to consider: •Scammers are using new techniques, such as legitimate mailing lists and new technology. They “spoof” caller ID to make it look as if they’re calling from the U.S. or even a government agency. •Older consumers, especially shut-ins, are often a favorite target for foreign lottery fraud. Look out for checks written or money wired internationally; a telephone that rings constantly; or a stack of

Foreign lottery fraud, a criminal practice where scammers entice U.S. consumers to send money and even provide bank and credit card information, is a growing problem that can have devastating and longlasting effects on victims and their families. lottery or sweepstakes entries. •Scammers are constantly updating their methods. One of their latest tricks is to convince you that you’ve won a foreign lottery and all you need to do is wire a small processing fee (relative to the gigantic prize). Don’t—you’ll never see that money again. •Beware of calls from foreign countries, especially if they’re calling an elderly person. •If you or a loved one receives an unsolicited offer, hang up the phone or delete the e-mail. •Don’t give out personal or financial information to anyone over the Internet or phone.

•Never wire or send money to anyone, anywhere, who says you have won a foreign lottery. •Don’t let anyone pressure you into making an immediate decision. •Never purchase anything until you get all information in writing. Where To Get Help To help people recognize and prevent frauds and scams, The U.S. Postal Inspection Service set up a website, www.deliveringtrust.com. At the site, you can educate yourself, share the information with family and friends, and report suspected fraud sent through the U.S. mail.


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Four Strategies For Conquering The Fear, Returning To The Classroom (NAPSA)—Once you have determined that completing your degree is the best way to achieve your life goals, you’ve probably done your research. You’ve figured out how to make the time, how to pay for school and what degree to pursue. One thing, however, may still be holding you back—fear. It can be scary walking into a classroom full of strangers. What if things are completely different from when you last set foot on a campus? What if everyone in the class is in their teens and you can’t relate? “Being nervous about returning to college is not necessarily a bad thing,” said Dr. Mary Hawkins, president of Bellevue University. “Your apprehension shows your desire to do well. More than 2.5 million people over the age of 30 currently attend college in the U.S. Don’t let fear take away the chance to accomplish the new goals you’ve set for yourself.” Research the Learning Environment “Familiarizing yourself with the situation will help alleviate some of the tension,” Dr. Hawkins suggests. A good place to start is the National Center for Education Statistics at nces.ed.gov. The site’s College Navigator tool allows you to search more than 7,000 schools and view enrollment statistics, including age breakdown, on each. This will give you a good picture of whether the school you are considering attracts more adult learners or more traditional students. Speak With Current Students and Alumni Next, call the schools at the top of your list and ask for referrals to students who have taken or are currently enrolled in the program you might enter. “This is the best way to get a firsthand account of the experience you will have,” Dr. Hawkins continued. “Students and alumni have nothing to gain or lose by being honest about their experiences. Make sure to speak to more than one individual to get a more balanced view of the student experience.” If you feel more comfortable with an indirect route, you can

More than one-third of undergraduate students are over age 25. pose your questions to any alumni groups the school may have on social networks such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Consider Online Learning If the classroom is too intimidating still, look into online learning, which you can complete from the comfort of your own home. “Due to responsibilities, including family, work and community commitments, many working adults find this way of learning is the right fit,” Dr. Hawkins said. “If you are considering this option, include both students who have studied online and in class in your research so you can compare how the experiences vary.” Give Yourself a Deadline Simply putting your plan in writing or talking about it out loud can give you the momentum and accountability to get moving. Give yourself as much time as you need but set a firm deadline. Determine a specific date by which you plan to begin your coursework. Tell family and friends who, you feel, will be supportive. You can also put your plan into writing at www.makeithappennow.org, which offers expert advice on staying motivated. “Remember, most of your classmates will be as nervous as you are,” Hawkins said. “Much like going to the gym after years away or going to the doctor for your yearly checkup, the anticipation is often worse than the actual experience.” Don’t let fear hold you back; once you overcome it, you are on your way to a more promising future.

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Smart Move: Tips On Relocating For A New Job (NAPSA)—Increasingly, those looking for work are finding they may have to move to where their chances of finding a job are greater. According to one study, 44 percent of those interviewed said they would be willing to relocate for a career opportunity this year. Nearly one-third of employers participating in the same study said they are willing to pay to relocate an employee in 2012, especially for positions tied to technology and revenue generation. The study was conducted by CareerBuilder ’s job relocation site, CareerRelocate.com. If you’re thinking of moving to a new city or state, here are some tips to help you have a smooth transition to your new location. Look For Places Where Your Skills Are In Demand For example, you can run a simple keyword search and view a map detailing where the most and fewest jobs are for your line of work on CareerRelocate.com. You can also view actual job listings that offer relocation opportunities. Plan Ahead Learn what you would need to earn in order to maintain your current standard of living in another city. Your research should include factors such as housing, property values, schools, transportation, cost of living indexes, insurance premiums and social life. The next step is to examine how you will move there. Will you drive to your new location, fly, have your things shipped or sell your things and buy new ones when you arrive? Also, it can be

A highly competitive job market is driving more workers to look beyond their own backyard for employment. helpful to have an idea of where you will live before you get there. Make sure to set aside enough to cover expenses, such as moving costs, initial housing costs and furniture. Consider The Weather Wherever you’re headed, make sure to research the weather patterns in your new city or state to plan accordingly for clothing and getting about. Don’t Forget Your Social Life As you research housing and moving expenses, don’t forget to pay a little attention to your new social calendar. Research activities that reflect your interests: a book club, sports teams or whatever you’re into. If you are moving with your family, make sure to line up some social activities for them as well. Reach Out If you have friends, family or colleagues who have relocated in the last few years, reach out to them for valuable insights for your own big change of address. Visit www.CareerRelocate.com to learn more about moving to take a new job.


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New Fuel Treatment Protects Engines From Damaging Effects Of Ethanol Fuel Blends (NAPSA)—The next time you start up your lawn mower, string trimmer or other equipment powered by a gas engine, think about adding a fuel preservative to protect your investment from the harmful effects of ethanol fuel blends. According to engine experts, ethanol fuels begin to deteriorate almost the moment they are pumped, and can break down in the fuel tank causing rust, corrosion, buildup and even significant engine damage. This is particularly an issue in engines only used occasionally—like those on lawn mowers, generators and snow throwers, as well as engines powering sporting equipment such as boats, snowmobiles and ATVs. A potent new fuel preservative developed by Briggs & Stratton, the largest maker of gas engines for outdoor power equipment, provides an easy and inexpensive way to prevent damage caused by ethanol-blended gas while also keeping the fuel fresh for up to three years. The Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment & Stabilizer protects any gas engine, including 2-cycle engines like those on trimmers, which use a blend of oil and gasoline. This protection may be more important than ever–ethanolblended fuels now account for nearly 90 percent of all fuel sold in the U.S., according to the Renewable Fuels Association. The longer these blends sit in the fuel tank, the more damage they can do, resulting in starting issues, rough running and even severe engine damage. “Ethanol-based fuels attract moisture, which eventually separates from the fuel, forming a layer of ethanol-enriched water at the bottom of the tank where it does its damage,” explains Eric

A new advanced fuel treatment and stabiliz er protects gas engines from ethanol-blended fuels. Risse, fuel systems engineer at Briggs & Stratton. A Solution Briggs & Stratton’s Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment & Stabilizer combines a proprietary “triple antioxidant” formula with other ingredients to fight water separation and protect the entire fuel system. Corrosion inhibitors form a protective barrier on metal parts while detergent ingredients help prevent gum and varnish buildup. A metal deactivator works to stop the aggressive chemical reactions caused by dissolved metal ions in the fuel. The net result: extreme protection against fuelrelated problems. The company cautions consumers to avoid certain fuels altogether in small gas engines because of their damaging effects. These include fuels containing more than 10 percent ethanol (such as E15 or E85 gasoline) and gasoline containing other alcohol blends. Learn More For more information on products for outdoor power equipment, visit www.briggsandstratton.com or call (800) 444-7774.


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What To Consider When Choosing Tax Software (NAPSA)—According to the IRS, the number of self-prepared and e-filed tax returns last year increased 14.2 percent over the p r e v i o u s y e a r. U s e o f d o - i t yourself tax preparation software is expected to continue rising, t h a n k s t o i n c r e a s i n g l y u s e rfriendly and convenient options, as well as readily available tax help. “ Ta x p r e p a r a t i o n s o f t w a r e gives consumers a fast, easy and affordable way to do just about everything related to their taxes,” said Jessi Dolmage, spokesperson for TaxACT. “From one-on-one tax help and e-filing, to checking on the status of your returns and refund, taxpayers can do their taxes from the comfort of home.” Software has become the more affordable alternative to professional and storefront preparation, with most ranging in price from free to well under $100. The National Society of Accountants’ 2011 survey of nearly 8,000 tax preparers found the average fee for a Form 1040 with Schedule A and state return was $233. The average fee for a nonitemized Form 1040 and state return was $128. Deciding between software and a professional may be easy, but choosing a software brand and product can be confusing. Here are some tips for making that decision less taxing: Tax preparation websites provide 24/7 access to your returns wherever there’s an Internet connection, and allow you to print and save a copy of your return. Many are even optimized for use on an iPad. Some sites tend to load faster than others, so take that into account if you procrastinate. Online products typically don’t require payment until printing or e-filing, so Dolmage recommends testing a couple of brands. Downloadable software requires space on your computer, flash drive or other storage device and costs a little more. However, downloading is likely the faster and more cost-effective option if you have a slow Internet connection or are preparing additional returns for family and friends. Look for products that include a money-back guarantee. All products save your data as

When considering tax preparation software, make sure you’re comparing apples with apples. you go, allowing you to stop and resume at any time. Look for extra tools that can save time and increase your refund, such as data import of last year ’s return and investment files. If you itemize deductions and donate household items, find a product with a tool that calculates the fair market value of your donations. Many also offer extra tax guidance for life changes such as marriage, addition to the family and moving. The overall look and feel of user interfaces may differ slightly but probably not enough to be the deciding factor. The main difference between brands is price. The more complicated your return, the more expensive the software tends to be. Remember to research the total cost for all the products and services you need, including federal software, state software, e-filing and tax help. Some brands offer “free” phone or chat help, but their software costs more, so you pay for help whether or not you use it. Several brands offer free federal products for “simple” Form 1040EZ and nonitemized returns, but TaxACT Free Federal Edition is the only one that includes all e-fileable forms for simple and complex returns. Unlimited tax and technical help via e-mail is also free. The bottom line is you may find that a fee or two in addition to the product price still costs much less than an all-inclusive product. Carefully research product websites and read expert reviews in top technology and software publications. Visit www.irs.gov for the latest tax information and learn more about TaxACT at www.taxact.com.


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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Celebrates 50 Years (NAPSA)—Fifty years ago, few children with cancer survived, and many doctors believed treatment was futile. On February 4, 1962, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened its doors and took a radically different treatment approach, which proved pivotal in changing how the world fights childhood cancer. The history of St. Jude is marked with milestones in the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other childhood illnesses. In less than 10 years of the hospital’s opening, St. Jude investigators showed that the combination of chemotherapy and radiation cured at least half of all children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The most common form of childhood cancer, ALL was previously considered almost fatal. Today, St. Jude patients with ALL have a 94 percent survival rate. St. Jude is recognized for playing a significant role in improving overall survival rates for all childhood cancers, which have increased from 20 percent in 1962 to more than 80 percent today. “In the nearly four decades I’ve been at St. Jude, I’ve had the privilege of watching the organization grow from one building to a sprawling campus of about 2.5 million square feet of research, clinical and administrative space,” said Dr. William E. Evans, St. Jude director and CEO. “Driven by our patients, and thanks to our employees, colleagues at our fundraising organization, ALSAC, and the public support they generate, St. Jude will only continue to grow in the years to come.” To further speed progress, the hospital embarked on the Pediatric

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened in 1962. Its 50-year history is marked with milestones in the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other childhood illnesses. Cancer Genome Project in 2010. The collaboration between St. Jude and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis aims to identify the genetic changes that give rise to some of the world’s deadliest childhood cancers. Through the three-year, $65 million initiative, investigators are mapping the cancer genomes of 600 children, comparing cancerous cells with normal cells to better understand the pathology of these diseases. The project is already yielding exciting discoveries into poorly understood cancers. “St. Jude has a legacy of taking on the toughest of pediatric cancer questions, and that focus won’t change,” said James R. Downing, M.D., St. Jude scientific director and deputy director. “We’re uniquely positioned to move research and treatment ahead. From the genetic data we collect from the genome project, we’re creating the foundation of knowledge to deliver the next decades’ childhood cancer discoveries and treatments.” Throughout its five decades, St.

Jude research has included work in cancer biology and genomics, pharmacogenomics, gene therapy, bone marrow transplantation, drug discovery, radiation treatment, blood diseases and infectious diseases, integrated into a long series of innovative clinical trials. St. Jude is also a leader in patient care. According to Joseph Laver, M.D., St. Jude clinical director, “the unsurpassed familycentered care that’s provided at St. Jude stems from the multidisciplinary team approach that has been a hallmark of St. Jude since 1962.” “Looking toward the future, St. Jude is a national resource with a global mission and will continue to enhance its leadership as a resource for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases,” Evans said. “We’ve created a collaborative culture whose team members demonstrate unceasing compassion for our patients and families, innovation in our treatment and research, and quality in everything we do.”


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Stop-start systems in vehicles substantially reduce fuel consumption and air pollution (NAPSA)—Buying a car with fuel-saving features typically found only on gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles is becoming increasingly affordable. Currently, one of the most in-demand hybridlike features that consumers seek is a stop-start system, which helps to reduce fuel consumption and improve fuel economy by turning the engine off when the vehicle is not in motion—such as at a stoplight or in traffic—and automatically restarting when the driver releases the brake pedal. This technology is especially helpful for drivers who have long commutes and spend significant time idling in their vehicles. Stop-start systems also substantially reduce fuel consumption and air pollution, which is appealing to members of Generation Y (individuals between the ages of 19 and 31 years old), according to the global accounting firm Deloitte, which oversees an annual survey of Gen Y auto consumers. According to the survey, 59 percent of Gen Y respondents said they prefer an “electrified vehicle” over any other type of car. While hybrids, with their high price points, may be out of reach for Gen Y consumers, vehicles like the economically priced 2013 Kia Rio (five-door and sedan) and 2012 Kia Soul urban passenger vehicle (2.0 liter and 1.6 liter) are more within their price range. With their own start-stop technology called Idle Stop and Go (ISG), Kia Motors presents a lineup of vehicles that eco-minded consumers may take a second look

Idle Stop and Go technology can help improve fuel economy. at. With the ISG technology and fuel economy of up to 40 miles per gallon (mpg), the all-new Rio fivedoor hatchback and its sedan sibling deliver eye-catching design and the latest technologies, including navigation, push-button start and Kia’s UVO voice-activated infotainment system. The Rio also has a 1.6-liter GDI fourcylinder with the option of either a six-speed manual transmission (LX only) or efficient six-speed automatic. As one of only two vehicles in the subcompact segment to offer a Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine, Rio provides an inviting combination of power and fuel efficiency. Also new for Rio for 2012 and emphasizing the Earthfriendly theme, 85 percent of the Rio’s materials are recyclable at the end of its life span. Additionally, the refreshed 2012 Soul offers more power and improved fuel economy, with up to 35 miles per gallon on the highway. With these fuel-saving features, car buyers are expected not to idle or stop before going to check them out. For more information, visit www.kia.com.


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The Benefits Of Serving Your Country (NAPSA)—Helping to make our nation a safer place is not without its rewards. Becoming a member of the Army National Guard, a 375-yearold branch of the U.S. military, gives soldiers a chance to accomplish great things in addition to serving their country and state. For a start, serving is not fulltime and does not require you to leave your personal or professional life behind. The difference between the Guard and other military services is that Guard soldiers serve part-time and close to home. These soldiers can work or go to school full-time and also serve their communities part-time by responding to natural disasters and other emergencies. That may be why it’s such a popular option. Currently, the Army National Guard has 360,000 citizen-soldiers who are ready to protect and serve their local community, state and country at a moment’s notice. Meeting The Nation’s Military Needs The Army National Guard is one component of the U.S. Army. It partners with the other two components—the Active Army and the Army Reserve—to help fulfill the country’s military needs. The Guard dates back to 1636, when Colonial militia forces were organized into regiments in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Since the Pequot War in 1637, the Guard has participated in every national war or conflict. The Guard has a dual state and federal mission. At the state level, it provides vital emergency assistance when there is a natural disaster, such as responding to fight wildfires or helping communities deal with floods, tornadoes,

National Guard soldiers serve their communities by responding to natural disasters. hurricanes and snowstorms or civil disturbance. The Guard also supports federal homeland security efforts and stands ready to mobilize in times of war and national emergency. Emergency And Recovery Efforts In 2011, the Army Guard aided in emergency evacuation, rescue and recovery efforts for events such as Hurricane Irene; the devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri; wildfires in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico; and blizzards across the East Coast and Midwest. On the federal side of things, National Guard units are currently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as in peacekeeping missions in Kosovo and the Sinai Peninsula. Besides the opportunity to serve, there are several financial advantages to signing on that include pay and bonuses, low-cost health and life insurance, plus a chance to rise in the ranks. The Guard also helps members with their education by offering college tuition assistance. For More Information For more information, visit www.nationalguard.com.

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A Restful Bedtime Routine (NAPSA)—Here’s news many sleep-deprived parents will be happy to wake up to. In a recent study led by pediatric sleep expert Dr. Jodi Mindell and JOHNSON ’ S ® Baby, researchers found that the use of a three-step nightly routine incorporating the JOHNSON’S BEDTIME line resulted in babies not only falling asleep easier, but also sleeping through the night better. This three-part process consisting of bath time, a baby massage and quiet time had babies taking 37 percent less time to fall asleep, sleeping 20 percent longer and showing a 50 percent reduction in night awakenings. Three Steps to Better Rest Here’s how it works: 1. Bath Time Gather all necessary bath items, including towels, cleansers and washcloths. Splash some of the bathwater on your wrists to be sure the temperature is less than 120° F. Use one arm to continually support baby’s head, back and neck, while using your other to lather up your little one with JOHNSON ’S BEDTIME Bath, developed with NATURALCALM, a unique blend of essences proven to contain relaxing properties and warm, comforting notes. 2. Massage After drying down baby, lay your baby on a flat surface and warm some J OHNSON ’ S B EDTIME Lotion in your hands before massaging with gentle, circular touches. Start with the face and work your way down, always

A bath and soothing massage just before bed may help your baby get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer.

maintaining eye contact to help baby remain calm and relaxed. 3. Quality Quiet Time Next, ease your little one off to sleep with quality quiet time together. Read a story, sing a lullaby or just quietly enjoy each other ’s warmth. Choose what works for you and your little one, but to ensure that sleep shortly follows, your quiet time shouldn’t exceed 20 minutes. A Modern Response Luckily, the modern mom now has a tool to keep all this at hand. With the recent launch of J OHNSON ’ S new B EDTIME App for iPhone, parents can track and monitor their baby’s sleep patterns, get their related questions answered by pediatric sleep expert Dr. Jodi Mindell, and access a variety of other sleep tools and features such as playable lullabies and a soothing sound mixer. For more information, visit www.johnsonsbaby.com/bedtime.


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Skip The Wait And Have More Fun Today (NAPSA)—Whoever coined the proverb “patience is a virtue” most likely didn’t live in today’s rush-rush, “I want it yesterday” world. There are real-time traffic updates, overnight delivery and high-speed Internet—so why should anyone wait days, even weeks for a DVD to arrive in the mail or take their chances with the leftovers in a vending machine? And waiting for a movie to be available for viewing through a legal online subscription service? Unthinkable. Fortunately, with Movies On Demand ® on cable, the wait is over. Many of the latest releases are available the same day as the DVD—instantly, right at home. All it takes is a click of the digital cable remote. Customers can save even more time before they watch by visiting www.rentmovieson demand.com to see what’s playing and what’s coming soon. So don’t fret if you still haven’t seen Martin Scorsese’s five-time Academy Award® winner “Hugo” or witnessed Milla Jovovich as the world’s deadliest assassin while Orlando Bloom rules the sky in “The Three Musketeers.” Nor do you need to wait any longer to see Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen vie for the attention of an attractive patient (Keira Knightley) in “A Dangerous Method,” or to laugh out loud watching the exploits of Jonah

You can enjoy many of the latest film releases the day the DVD comes out, but instantly, right at home on Movies on Demand. Hill in “The Sitter.” These films and more are all conveniently available on Movies on Demand. There are also a number of terrific releases that the whole family can enjoy, such as “The Muppets,” brought to life with the performances of Amy Adams and Jason Segel, and starring the lovable Kermit the Frog. And the battle for Easter is on in “Hop,” starring James Marsden and featuring the entertaining voices of Hank Azaria and Russell Brand. Plus, everyone will love the ferociously funny exploits of the irresistible and legendary cat “Puss in Boots,” voiced by Antonio Banderas. Or take one small penguin step with the voices of Elijah Wood and Robin Williams in “Happy Feet Two.” So wait no longer—they’re all just a mere click away on digital cable, and the hot, buttered popcorn can be ready almost as fast.


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Spring Forward With Fun, Healthy Physical Activities For The Entire Family (NAPSA)—You made it through the shortest days of the year, and now that the days are longer, take time to add more physical activity to your family’s day. Balancing your child’s school day, homework and other activities can be hectic, but making small changes this spring can lead to big rewards. Before you know it, your family will become a more active and healthier bunch. Parents are role models for their children. When your children see you eating right and being physically active, there’s a good chance they’ll do the same. Living a healthier, more physically active lifestyle doesn’t require expensive sporting equipment or memberships. There are fun, creative ways to improve your family’s physical activity habits. To start, monitor your family’s daily activities for one week. Identify times when your family could increase its physical activity. Each week, add more activity into your family’s routine. Here are a few ideas to get you started: •Play a game of tag instead of watching television. Tag provides fun and physical activity. Children love it—especially if they can chase their parents—and it increases everyone’s heart rate at the same time. •Start a family garden. Begin getting the soil ready to plant flowers and vegetables. If you have limited space, try growing herbs in pots. Homegrown vegetables and herbs are great money savers and ensure you’ll have something available for healthy summer meals and snacks. Fresh herbs are

When your children see you being physically active, there’s a good chance they will do the same. also a tasty alternative to salt when cooking. •Go old school. Help your children draw hopscotch or four square courts on the sidewalk. Sidewalk chalk is a colorful and inexpensive way for children to create their own activity space. •Plan a nature scavenger hunt. Pick up small nets and mason jars for kids to use to catch butterflies or interesting insects, and collect flowers in the neighborhood or at a local park. •Help your children organize a neighborhood softball or kickball game with their friends. Pitch in by planning healthy snacks and drinks to keep everyone energized during games. Start with small steps to get your family to move more. Making little changes can help everyone maintain a healthy weight. For more tips on how to help your family live a healthier l i f e s t y l e , v i s i t t h e We C a n ! (W ays to E nhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) ® website: wecan.nhlbi.nih.gov.


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Quick And Easy Steps To Keep Teeth Healthy And Clean (NAPSA)—A healthy smile is important to your overall look. After all, it is one of the first things most people notice. However, are you really doing everything you should to care for your pearly whites? Does your dentist or dental hygienist ever say that you have to floss more often? Most people brush their teeth every day but many simply don’t like to floss. Unfortunately, by skipping this important step, you risk serious dental issues, such as bad breath, gingivitis and even tooth loss. A good at-home oral hygiene routine should always include flossing. When you floss, you can get in between teeth to remove plaque where regular toothbrushing cannot reach. To make flossing easier, there have been recent introductions of new oral care tools that eliminate the need to use traditional string floss—among these are the Waterpik Water Flosser and the Sonicare AirFloss. Each is easy to use, but when clinically tested, the Waterpik Water Flosser was the clear winner. According to a recently published study in The Journal of Clinical Dentistry, the Waterpik Water Flosser was significantly more effective than the Sonicare AirFloss at removing plaque and

Research suggests taking proper care of your teeth and gums is easier than many people realize. reducing gingivitis. During the four-week study, subjects were given either product, plus a manual toothbrush to use as part of their daily oral care routine. The study found that the Water Flosser was 80 percent more effective than the AirFloss for gingivitis reduction and 70 percent more effective at removing plaque. So for anyone who has had “the talk” with his or her dental professional or simply does not like to floss, the Waterpik Water Flosser offers an easy and more effective way to improve oral health. For more information, visit www.waterpik.com.

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Five Tips For Making The Most Of Your Medicare Advantage Plan In 2012 ( N A P S A ) — Wi t h 2 0 1 2 w e l l under way, many Medicare beneficiaries have some experience using their health care benefits and may be starting to realize what they like—and dislike— about their coverage. By keeping a few points in mind and making some adjustments in how they access care, beneficiaries could enjoy improved health and more money in their pockets in 2012. “For the nearly 13 million beneficiaries enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, taking stock of the benefits available to them will help ensure that they’re making the most of their coverage this year,” said Dr. Rhonda Randall, chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, which serves more than 9 million members through its portfolio of Medicare plans. “Many Medicare beneficiaries are pleasantly surprised when they discover all the ways their plan can help them stay healthy and improve their quality of life.” According to Dr. Randall, the following tips can help enrollees maximize their coverage in 2012: 1. Leverage the plan’s additional benefits. Medicare Advantage plans cover all of the preventive services covered by Original Medicare, such as certain cancer screenings and an annual wellness checkup, usually at no additional out-of-pocket cost to the member. Many Medicare Advantage plans also provide additional benefits that can help beneficiaries maintain or enhance their health, such as gym memberships, disease management programs and 24/7 access to registered nurses. 2. Take advantage of cost savings on prescription drugs. Beneficiaries enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan that includes drug coverage should check their plan details to see if they could save money on their prescriptions, such as by using mail-order pharmacy benefits, switching to generic or lower-tier drugs or taking advantage of special programs available with some plans.

P ro a c t i v e a p p ro a ch t o h e a l t h care coverage can lower costs, enhance health. 3. Stay in network as much as possible. Most Medicare Advantage plans negotiate special pricing with doctors and pharmacies, which translates into lower costs for members. Beneficiaries should use in-network doctors and pharmacies to help save money. 4. L o o k f o r e x t r a p l a n d i s counts on everyday health care items and services. Medicare Advantage enrollees can rack up valuable savings by taking advantage of discounts on things they already use, such as hearing aids. 5. P l a n y e a r l y h e a l t h c a r e expenses with the out-of-pocket maximum in mind. Unlike Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans are required to cap their members’ annual out-ofpocket expenses. In 2012, the maximum amount a Medicare Advantage enrollee can be asked to pay out of pocket for in-network medical services is $6,700. This cap on health care costs can give beneficiaries the peace of mind of knowing that expenses associated with an unexpected illness or hospitalization are limited. By taking a proactive approach to their health care coverage, beneficiaries can lower their costs and enjoy enhanced health and wellbeing in 2012. For ongoing updates, tips and reminders about Medicare, beneficiaries can visit MedicareMadeClear.com, “like” Medicare Made Clear on Facebook or follow @MedicareClear on Twitter. More information is also available at www.Medicare.gov.


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Do you know where your house is wasting water?

(NAPSA)—Did you know that, across the country, leaks account for more than one trillion gallons of water wasted each year? That’s enough water annually to supply Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado combined. Each year, the average American home wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water on easy-tofix household leaks. That’s how much water a family uses to wash 10 months’ worth of laundry, and it could be adding 10 percent to your water bill. Check your water bill in winter; if a family of four uses more than 12,000 gallons per month, you may have a leak. If your water bill is not measured in gallons, you can easily find a conversion calculator online. Finding and fixing leaks around the home is as easy as check, twist and replace. Check toilets for leaks by putting food coloring in the tank and waiting a few minutes; if the

color shows up in the bowl before you flush, you have a leak. The culprit may be a worn rubber flapper, which can be easily replaced at a hardware store. You should also check your outdoor watering system this spring for damage from freezing temperatures. Twist the joints connecting your showerhead and use pipe tape to ensure a tighter connection if you’ve got a leak. Outdoors, twist the hose connection tightly to the spigot and replace the hose washer if necessary. Replace worn gaskets to nip faucet drips; one drip per second wastes 3,000 gallons of water per year! If you need to replace an entire fixture, look for the WaterSense label, which signifies that a product has been independently certified to use less water and perform well. For information about finding and fixing leaks, visit www.epa. gov/watersense.



Note to Editors: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared March 12–18, 2012, Fix a Leak Week. It’s a time for consumers to remember to find and fix household leaks that can waste water and money on their utility bills, but these tips are relevant year-round.


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Dealing With Opioid Painkiller Dependence (NAPSA)—Although, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from prescription painkillers have reached epidemic levels in the past decade, with more than 40 people in the U.S. dying each day, you can protect the people you care about. That’s vital, considering the report also revealed that nearly 12 million Americans misuse prescription painkillers yearly. It’s Not Just a Behavioral Problem For one thing, you should know that the American Society of Addiction Medicine has defined addiction as a chronic brain disease—it is not simply a behavioral problem. “Addiction to opioid painkiller medication is not a failure of personal will,” explained Mark Kraus, M.D., addiction medicine specialist and diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. “People dependent on opioid painkillers need to know there are effective medical treatment options available in the privacy of a physician’s office to help them overcome their addiction.” Doctors Have a Solution Opioid dependence does not discriminate and affects people of all ages and backgrounds. For many, like Lauren N., a young suburban mother, facing painkiller addiction was not what she or her family ever expected. After being prescribed opioid painkillers following surgeries and treatment for migraines, Lauren found herself unable to start the day without taking her dose of painkiller medication. Luckily, she discovered the option of being treated in a physi-

Opioid painkiller addiction is considered a progressive and chronic disease, making medical management an important part of treatment. cian’s office, which meant she could privately address her addiction. People who suffer from opioid dependence often face stigma and barriers that can make starting treatment seem like a daunting task. Many are reluctant to seek help because they think rehab facilities and methadone programs are the only options. The Drug Addiction Treatment Act is intended to help by expanding access to include treatments based in doctors’ offices. A doctor who is certified to treat opioid dependence can now prescribe medications that have been approved to help maintain patients in treatment and reduce opioid use by managing withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings. Where to Get Help Today, people have more options than ever, including a visit to www.TurnToHelp.com, a website that offers a simple screening tool to help individuals recognize addiction and a physician finder to help identify doctors who are specially trained in treating people with addiction to painkillers.


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Turning On The Tap To Save Lives ( N A P S A ) — Wa t e r b o r n e i l l nesses are the second-leading cause of preventable childhood deaths in the world—killing almost 4,000 children every day. Fortunately, the UNICEF Tap Project is helping to provide safe, clean water to children around the world—and you can drink a glass to its success. D u r i n g Wo r l d Wa t e r We e k , March 19–25, dining patrons can pay $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free at participating restaurants. With $1, UNICEF can provide a child with access to clean, safe water for 40 days, or 40 children with access to safe water for one day. “In communities without access to a safe water source and adequate sanitation, disease can spread with lethal swiftness,” said President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Caryl Stern. “Today, for too many of the world’s children, clean water can mean the difference between life and death.” F o r t h e t h i r d y e a r, G i o r g i o Armani Fragrances returns as national sponsor of the UNICEF Tap Project as part of its Acqua for Life campaign, to raise awareness and funds to help UNICEF improve access to safe, clean w a t e r fo r c h i l d r e n w o r l d w i d e . During the month of March, the company will donate $1 for each Acqua di Giò for Men and Acqua di Gioia for Women spray cologne or gift set purchased in the U.S., and $1 for the first 100,000 people who “like” the Acqua for Life page on Facebook. Also, new to the program this year, for each 10-ml Acqua di Gioia Rollerball Eau de Parfum purchased in the U.S., the company will donate 100 percent of the retail sales price—up to $15 per item—to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, while supplies last. Since 2007, more than 10,000 UNICEF Tap Project volunteers have provided their time and creative solutions to build awareness and drive donations for water and sanitation programs in Belize, the

“In some parts of the world, clean water can mean the difference between life and death.” Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Haiti, Iraq, Togo and Vietnam. Once again, the project will benefit from promotional support by ZAGAT.com, OpenTable.com, Seamless.com and Yelp.com. All print advertisements for the UNICEF Tap Project will feature the work of internationally recognized artist Tavis Coburn. A new public service announcement was directed by the international commercial director Brent Harris and supported by Egg Films of C a p e To w n , S o u t h A f r i c a a n d Skunk of Los Angeles, Calif. Supporters can learn more by visiting www.uniceftapproject.org. Wo r k i n g i n m o r e t h a n 1 5 0 countries, UNICEF provides children with health and immunizations, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency and disaster relief. Since 1990, more than 2 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water and 1.8 billion people have gained access to improved sanitation facilities. UNICEF has made a major contribution to this figure through its work with governments and partners around the world. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.


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Give Your Home A Fresh Start (NAPSA)—By adding a touch of color, your home can be transformed into a beautiful oasis—and you can achieve it all by yourself. To help master the art of interior painting, Ace Hardware’s Home Expert Lou Manfredini offers these easy-to-do painting tips: Color Matters: Finding the right color can oftentimes be the most difficult part of the painting process. Manfredini recommends you select colors that you are drawn to and compare them at different times of the day, under different lighting conditions. This will allow homeowners to get a good feel for how each color will look in the home. Also, consider bringing home a paint sample to validate how it looks with the lighting and tones of the room. The Art Is in the Tools: Invest in high-quality roller covers and brushes. Look for “woven” on the packaging, which provides superior, smooth coverage. For professional-grade paintbrushes, Manfredini recommends synthetic brushes high in polyester, such as Ace Supreme or Wooster’s Ultra Pro, because they are durable and hold their shape better. The Right Paint Is Key: For years, professional painters have advised homeowners to use a primer. Now, new premium paint technology means there are paint and primers in one that provide the same professional look but in half the time. One of these new paints, Clark+Kensington is specially formulated to deliver a smooth, professional finish and superior stain resistance that saves homeowners time and money. Available exclusively at Ace Hardware, this paint line offers homeowners a sophisticated color palette of 120 colors that perfectly harmonize to create a cohesive flow throughout the home.

For many, the makeover of any room marks a fresh star t and what better way to begin than with a simple coat of paint. Preparation Is Everything: Preparation is 90 percent of a successful paint job. Cover and protect furniture and floors with drop cloths, take some time to fill holes and cracks with spackle and then sand the area smooth. Make sure to spot prime the spackled areas with paint+primer in one and allow to dry. Next, wipe down all the surfaces with a damp cloth and apply painter’s tape, such as Scotch-Blue Painter ’s Tape, to prevent paint from bleeding onto windows, doors and trim. Paint Like a Pro: After prepping the space properly, you’re ready to paint. Start by giving your paint a good stir with a stirring stick until the paint is uniform in thickness and appearance. When using a paintbrush, start by holding the metal band around the brush securely. Dip the brush about a third into the paint. Next, paint the wall with horizontal and vertical strokes. For a roller, fill a tray with about one-half inch of paint and dip the roller into the paint using short strokes to ensure all areas of the roller are covered. Then, in three- to fourfoot sections, apply the paint in a “W” pattern. Always finish with light vertical strokes. Learn More: For more painting tips and advice, visit www. acehardware.com or stop by an Ace Hardware store.


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Medicine For Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (NAPSA)—The more than 13 million American adults who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), one of the most common lung diseases in the U.S., and the people who care for them, may soon have more treatment options. New Medicines in Development That’s because America’s biopharmaceutical research companies are working on 54 new medicines to treat COPD, according to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). These new therapies are in clinical trials or under review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patient use. The Condition COPD is a serious, progressive lower respiratory disease that encompasses two main conditions—chronic bronchitis and emphysema—characterized by obstructed airflow to the lungs that interferes with normal breathing. People with COPD may be limited in their ability to work, exercise and even perform routine activities. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the number of patients with COPD is increasing. In addition to those who have been diagnosed with the disease, 12 million Americans likely have COPD without knowing it. The NIH says symptoms can include: •Constant coughing, sometimes called “smoker’s cough”; •Shortness of breath while doing activities you used to be able to do; •Feeling like you can’t breathe; •Not being able to take a deep breath; and •Wheezing.

Emerging scientific approaches to treating COPD offer new hope to improve and save lives. If you experience any of these, see your doctor. Early Detection Is Key “Early detection of COPD is imperative, as effective treatment and lifestyle changes can change the course and progression of this devastating disease,” said PhRMA President and CEO John J. Castellani. PhRMA’s mission is to advocate for public policies that encourage medical innovation and research into new medicines for patients by pharmaceutical and biotechnology research companies. America’s biopharmaceutical research sector is the global leader in medical innovation, with more than 300 new medicines approved by the FDA in recent decades. Researchers are currently studying more than 3,000 more compounds. Learn More For more information about the research, see www.phrma.org/ research/new-medicines-COPD.

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Helping Your Pets Take A Bite Out Of Poor Health (NAPSA)—Dog owners who think a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s are barking up the wrong tree—and they are not alone. In fact, according to a recent survey, many pet owners have beliefs about their pet’s health that are not accurate or grounded in science. For example, the study—commissioned by the Greenies brand, the maker of dental chews and treats for pets—found that almost half of pet owners believe that dogs’ mouths are cleaner than humans’ and that any type of chewing is good for a dog’s teeth. It also found that about 40 percent thought it was normal for their pets to have stinky breath. About one-third of pet owners believed that a dog’s saliva was capable of curing human wounds. “There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding a pet’s oral health,” said veterinary dental expert Dr. Jan Bellows, incoming president of the American Veterinary Dental College. “Dogs’ mouths are certainly not cleaner than a human’s. Dogs often carry a variety of germs and bacteria in their mouths that stem from buildup of plaque and tartar that can potentially make humans sick through contact with saliva.” The Right Kind of Chewing “Many pet owners also believe that any type of chewing is good for their dogs, but tooth fractures are a common occurrence in pets because teeth can only withstand a certain amount of pressure from hard objects before they break. When pets chew on inflexible items, such as bones, ice cubes or

According to a survey, almost half of pet owners believe that dogs’ mouths are cleaner than a human’s and that any type of chewing is good for a dog’s teeth. nylon toys, it can put them at risk for breaking a tooth. And while smelly breath in pets is common, pet owners who believe this is normal may be missing the signs of poor oral health or potential dental disease,” Dr. Bellows said. A Healthy Mouth Is Key A healthy mouth is essential to the overall well-being of pets, but misguided information about pet oral health can affect more than just your pet’s mouth. For proper pet oral health, veterinarians advise daily brushing or giving of Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC)–approved dental treats, and at least annual oral exams by a veterinarian with professional cleanings as recommended. “Pet owners who are knowledgeable about their furry companions’ oral health will avoid the pitfalls of commonly held myths and enable the best care for everyone’s well-being,” said Dr. Bellows. To learn more about commonly accepted pet oral health myths and how to keep your pets’ mouths healthy, visit www.Facebook.com/ greenies.


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Preparing For The Future (NAPSA)—It’s always best to plan in advance. Thelma Duggin, a former health industry CEO, knew this to be true in business and in life, but when it came to the life of her mother Elizabeth, advance planning was a pretty tough sell. Elizabeth was in her late 80s at the time and living alone in her Alabama home. Duggin sensed that her mother could use help doing light chores around the house. Her greatest concern, however, centered on Elizabeth’s overall care as she continued to age. Fortunately for Duggin, she had access to a program called Solutions for Caregivers, available through her workplace’s employee assistance program, that has nurses assess a family’s situation and needs, develop a care plan and discuss recommendations with the whole family. Duggin and her siblings, none of whom live in Alabama, arranged for Solutions for Caregivers to develop a care plan for Elizabeth. She was assigned a case manager named Kathy Hawk to work directly with Elizabeth at her home. The way Duggin saw it, “It’s better to do this before they need it.” But there was an issue. “Mom did not want it,” Duggin said. It turned out this simple step helped the whole family outpace a series of potential problems. When an illness placed Elizabeth in the hospital, she asked to receive care from her former physician. Kathy filled out the paperwork to enable that to happen. Elizabeth’s condition required her to receive care at

Older Americans can get a helping hand when they need one, even if family members are far away. a skilled nursing facility; Kathy rated different facilities and found one that most closely met Elizabeth’s needs. She took the reins when Elizabeth developed diabetes and, later, a blood clot. “It comes down to peace of mind for your loved one,” said Duggin. “You feel totally comfortable and confident. Kathy will pick up on things when she talks to our mother that we won’t. It’s been a lifesaver.” Now 91, Elizabeth remains active and actively involved with her family. This past Thanksgiving, Thelma Duggin, her two sisters and brother took Elizabeth to Jamaica, after getting Kathy’s OK. “Kathy did everything,” Duggin said. “[She located a] cardiologist, gave us a list of what to do, got [Elizabeth’s] glucose readings and blood tests. It’s almost like somebody is doing everything for you and you have the confidence that it will get done right.” Elizabeth now resides in assisted living. She talks with Kathy weekly and Kathy sends the family a weekly report. You can learn more at www. WhatIsSolutionsForCaregivers. com or by calling (877) 765-4473.

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Four Easy Ways Drivers Can Save Hundreds In Vehicle Ownership Cost (NAPSA)—Caring for your car can put you on the road to savings. In fact, a savvy consumer can save hundreds of dollars a year on automotive expenses without buying a new car or changing his or her lifestyle. All it takes is a little time and research, and the good sense to choose better-performing products. Here are some easy ways to save money and have your current car last longer: Spend More to Save More Upgrading to one of today’s modern high-performance motor oils can make a meaningful improvement to your car ’s fuel economy and engine life. For instance, independent studies have documented that Royal Purple motor oil improves fuel economy by as much as 5 percent and can significantly reduce engine wear. Using high-performance synthetic motor oil, as opposed to conventional oils, also allows for more miles between oil changes, reducing maintenance costs and the amount of time spent out of service. You’ll pay a little more for premium motor oil, but the savings in fuel and reduced maintenance costs more than make up for the higher price. Find out more at www.royalpurple.com. Shop for the Best Rate One of the easiest ways to reduce the costs associated with your car is to shop around for insurance. Prices vary from company to company, so it pays to do your homework. Get at least three price quotes. You can call companies directly or access information on the Internet. Your state’s insurance regulator may also provide price comparisons.

Upgrading to the right high-performance motor oil can improve fuel economy. Other ways to reduce insurance costs can be found by visiting the Insurance Information Institute’s website at www2.iii.org/ individuals/autoinsurance/. Properly Inflate The U.S. Department of Energy reports that underinflated tires can increase fuel consumption by up to 3 percent. One study estimates that 50–80 percent of the tires traveling on U.S. roads are underinflated. Surprisingly, car owners could save up to 2 billion gallons of gas each year by properly inflating their tires. Keep it Clean A clogged air filter can increase fuel consumption by as much as 10 percent. Air filters keep impurities from damaging the interior of the engine, so replacing dirty filters will save gas and protect your engine. More tips to save money on fuel are available at www.fueleconomy.gov.


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Recognizing American Heart Month And The Importance Of Heart Health And Education (NAPSA)—February is a time often filled with gifts from the heart, from Valentine’s Day chocolates to notes from loved ones. However, February is also American Heart Month, the perfect time of the year to inform loved ones about the prevalence of heart disease and the importance of heart health and education. Take the time this month to learn about the risks of heart disease, such as severe chest pain or a heart attack, as well as lifestyle changes and treatment options that may help. The American Heart Association estimates that every year more than 1 million Americans are hospitalized for acute coronary syndrome (ACS), which includes a recent heart attack or severe chest pain that happened because the heart was not getting enough oxygen.1 In addition, up to one in three patients could have a recurrent heart attack or die within one year of their first cardiovascular event.1 “The goal in treating ACS is to improve blood flow to the heart muscle and ultimately reduce the risk of another heart attack,” said Alex Gold, M.D., Executive Director of Clinical Development, BRILINTA ® (ticagrelor) tablets, AstraZeneca. “Along with these goals, B RILINTA is an important treatment option for ACS patients.”

BRILINTA is the first and only oral antiplatelet FDA-approved medicine to significantly reduce CV death versus Plavix® (clopidogrel). B R I L I N TA significantly reduced the primary composite end point of CV death, myocardial

infarction (MI), which is more commonly known as a heart attack, or stroke versus Plavix. 2 The difference between treatments was driven by CV death and MI with no difference in stroke. The secondary end points included the individual components of CV death, MI and stroke. In patients treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), which is more commonly known as coronary angioplasty, it also reduces the rate of stent thrombosis.2 BRILINTA is a prescription medicine for people who have had a recent heart attack or severe chest pain that happened because their heart wasn’t getting enough oxygen and who are being treated with medicines or procedures to open blocked arteries in the heart.3 BRILINTA is used with aspirin to lower your chance of having another serious problem with your heart or blood vessels such as heart attack, stroke or blood clots in your stent if you received one. These can be fatal.3 If you or someone close to you has been hospitalized due to a recent heart attack or severe chest pain, talk to a doctor about whether an antiplatelet therapy such as BRILINTA may be right to decrease the possibility of a future heart attack.

Important Safety Information About BRILINTA: BRILINTA is used to lower your chance of having another heart attack or dying from a heart attack or stroke, but BRILINTA (and similar drugs) can cause bleeding that can be serious and sometimes lead to death. Instances of serious bleeding, such as internal bleeding, may require blood transfusions or surgery. While you take BRILINTA, you may bruise and bleed more easily and be more likely to have nosebleeds. Bleeding will also take longer than usual to stop. Call your doctor right away if you have any signs or symptoms of bleeding while taking BRILINTA, including: severe, uncontrollable bleeding; pink, red, or brown urine; vomit that is bloody or looks like coffee grounds; red or black stool; or if you cough up blood or blood clots. Do not stop taking BRILINTA without talking to the doctor who prescribes it for you. People who are treated with a stent, and stop taking BRILINTA too soon, have a higher risk of getting a blood clot in the stent, having a heart attack, or dying. If you stop BRILINTA because of bleeding, or for other reasons, your risk of a heart attack or stroke may increase. Tell all your doctors and dentists that you are taking BRILINTA. To decrease your risk of bleeding, your doctor may instruct you to stop taking BRILINTA 5 days before you have elective surgery. Your doctor should tell you when to start taking BRILINTA again, as soon as possible after surgery. Take BRILINTA and aspirin exactly as instructed by your doctor. You should not take a dose of aspirin higher than 100 mg daily because it can affect how well BRILINTA works. Tell your doctor if you take other medicines that contain aspirin. Do not take new medicines that contain aspirin. Do not take BRILINTA if you are bleeding now, especially from your stomach or intestine (ulcer), have a history of bleeding in the brain, or have severe liver problems. BRILINTA can cause serious side effects, including bleeding and shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you have new or unexpected shortness of breath or any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. Your doctor can decide what treatment is needed. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. BRILINTA may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how BRILINTA works. Click to read Medication Guide and the full Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warnings. The Medication Guide and full Prescribing Information can also be found at www1.astrazeneca-us.com/pi/brilinta.pdf. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit http://www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088. BRILINTA is a registered trademark of the AstraZeneca group of companies. Plavix is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb/Sanofi Pharmaceuticals Partnership (c)2012 AstraZeneca. All rights reserved. Note to Editors: Data in the article is from the folowing service: 1. Roger VL et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statatistic - 2012 Update: A Report from the American Heart Association. Circulation Published online ahead of print Dec 15, 2011: e12-e230 2. Date on File, 1343803, AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical LP. 3. BRILINTA Prescribing Information, AstraZeneca LP. 4. “Life after attack” CDC Nov 2009 http://www.cdc.gov/hearthdisease/heart_attack.htm Last accessed Jan 23, 2012. “1530003 02/12”


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Don’t Be Mythed...Get The Facts (NAPSA)—Myths, false information and folklore have created confusion about things that affect decisions in our daily lives. One thing that is true, however, is that fruits and vegetables are healthful foods. Here are the top five myths about fruits and vegetables and the facts that can help you stay healthy. Myth 1: Fresh is best. Fact: Unless you eat them, you don’t get the benefits of fruits and vegetables, so try what fits best into your lifestyle: fresh, frozen, canned, dried or 100 percent juice. If you’re going to cook them anyway or want them fast, think of canned and frozen. Myth 2: Organic is more nutritious. Fact: Organic fruits and vegetables have not been proven to be more nutritious than traditionally harvested fruits and vegetables. Myth 3: Potatoes and other starchy vegetables are fattening. Fact: A plain medium potato, with no fattening toppings, may actually aide in weight loss and maintenance. Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, a good source of fiber and are one of the largest sources of potassium, per serving, of all fruits and vegetables. Myth 4: Dietary supplements are necessary for health. Fact: Fruits and vegetables have hundreds of active compounds with a long list of health benefits, which haven’t been able to be replicated with supplements. Antioxidants in fruits and vegetables are most beneficial when acquired through whole food consumption. Myth 5: Fruits and vegetables are expensive. Fact: Fruits and vegetables can be included in a healthy diet, even on a budget. According to the

A vegetable and seafood sandwich is a colorful way to eat healthfully. USDA, most adults can meet the fruit and vegetable recommendation at an average price of $2 to $2.50 per day. Enjoy this tasty veggie-filled sandwich: Shrimp Confetti Salad Sandwich Preparation time: 15 minutes ½ lb frozen cooked cocktail shrimp (thawed, peeled, deveined) 1 8-oz can yellow corn kernels, no salt added, drained 1 cup black beans, no salt added, drained and rinsed 1 stalk celery, diced 2 Tbsp chopped onion 2 Tbsp reduced-fat mayonnaise ½ tsp salt-free Caribbean citrus seasoning (like Mrs. Dash) Chop shrimp coarsely. Combine with other ingredients. Divide evenly among four slices of bread, spread to edges of bread. Top with tomato slices, lettuce and second bread slice. Serves 4. For more recipes and tips from the experts at Produce for Better Health Foundation, visit www. FruitsAndVeggiesMoreMatters.org.


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How To Decide If A Cat Is Right For You (NAPSA)—Cats can be loving, loyal, feisty or fierce—and if you saw the hit movie “Puss In Boots,” then you know one cat can embody all those traits and more. Adopting a cat can be a “purrfectly” wonderful idea as long as you understand the commitment that comes along with it. Before bringing a cat home, consider these tips from Madeline Bernstein, president of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA): •Evaluate your needs. Are you ready to make the commitment to a pet? Cats can live up to 18 years. On average, pet care costs about $400 a year. •Visit a pet adoption center. Don’t shop when you can adopt. Shelters have many cats to choose from and adoption saves lives. •Questions? Ask the staff. The shelter staff can often tell you the animal’s personality traits, likes, dislikes, temperament, breed, and activity level. Keep your options open. A pet doesn’t have to be a kitten to be a loyal companion. •Patience. Be patient. You may need to visit the adoption centers a few times before you find the cat that’s right for you. •Decide as a family. Does the cat get along with everyone and how does everyone get along with the cat? •You made a decision, now what? Here are some items you should have before bringing your new cat home: ID tag and breakaway collar, cat food, pet bowls (2), litter box (rule of thumb: one for each cat, plus one), litter and scooper, toys, treats, scratching

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One fun way to learn how entertaining cats can be is to watch the animated film “Puss In Boots,” about a legendary feline hero. post, cat carrier (for vet trips/ emergencies) and a plan for veterinary care. •We love our new cat, but we’re having some issues. Don’t give up. The solution may only require a slight adjustment in behaviors. spcaLA has an Animal Behavior Hotline at (888) SPCALA-1, x260 to answer pet behavior questions. Even if you’re not quite ready to commit to a real cat, you can still enjoy how entertaining they can be by watching DreamWorks Animation’s “Puss In Boots,” which is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. This hilarious origin story of the notorious fighter, lover and outlaw tells the true tale of how Puss became a hero long before he met Shrek. Featuring the extraordinary Antonio Banderas as the voice of the irresistible and legendary cat, “Puss In Boots” boasts a sensational cast of voice talent including Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris.

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Saving The Dollar Bill (NAPSA)—An increasing number of Americans have found a new way to save a dollar—or, at any rate, to save the dollar bill. At Issue That’s because they’re asking legislators to oppose the effort to take the dollar bill out of circulation and replace it with a dollar coin. The dollar bill’s supporters say such a switch would not only eliminate an American icon, it would cost businesses money. According to the experts at the economics research firm John Dunham & Associates, getting rid of the dollar bill would cost businesses about $200 million a year and lead to more than 4,000 job losses—and that doesn’t even include additional capital expenses such as new cash registers, change-counting machines, cash drawers, larger safes and so on. There will also be costs to banks, money transfer companies and other financial firms. The Expert’s Opinion “Essentially, this would be a tax increase on businesses from coast to coast,” explained John Dunham. “Americans are already struggling with a poor economy, and forcibly removing the dollar bill from circulation for a dollar coin will only exacerbate these problems for business owners.” The Government Report A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report appears to agree. It indicates “the cost of producing coins for a full replacement is never fully recovered during the 30-year analysis.” Even without considering the cost of producing, transferring, distributing, storing and managing dollar coins, the GAO estimate shows that the dollar coin would actually be a net

Does the buck stop here? Most Americans oppose the effort to take the dollar bill out of circulation and replace it with a dollar coin. cost to the government for at least the first 10 years. The People’s Preference The potential switch is also unpopular. According to a study by Luntz Global, 97 percent of Americans believe the dollar bill is more convenient than the dollar coin. What Some People Are Doing Americans for George—a group of like-minded individuals, businesses and organizations seeking to ensure that the citizens of the United States maintain the ability to choose their preferred currency—has a number of ideas about how to save the dollar bill. What You Can Do To get more facts, sign a petition or learn about additional steps you can take, visit www.AmericansforGeorge.org.


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Facebook Is About Connecting With Friends, Sharing Pictures And…Buying Homes

Many real estate professionals are taking things a step further to provide their community with all they have to offer directly through Facebook. (NAPSA)—Whether it’s reuniting with old friends, sharing pictures or asking for recommendations, people are relying on Facebook more and more to manage their daily lives. According to Nielsen’s State of the Media: Social Media Report, Americans spend more time on Facebook than any other website. With 800 million active users who average more than six hours a month on the networking site, it’s no surprise that Facebook is affecting how we connect with other people, seek out advice and even buy homes. “For today’s homebuyers and sellers, one of the most convenient ways to identify, research and connect with a real estate professional is through Facebook,” said Bev Thorne, CMO of Century 21 Real Estate LLC. “When you think about it, Facebook is all about relationships, a very impor-

tant thing when you’re searching for someone to guide you through one of the most significant moves you’ll make in life.” Giving Homebuyers and Sellers Real Estate Tools Online Today’s new generation of homebuyers is increasingly turning to social networks to begin searches rather than walking into an office and seeking the help of a real estate professional. Whether they realize it or not, users are single-handedly making Facebook the latest word-of-mouth marketing powerhouse. These devoted users, 50 percent of whom return daily, aren’t just sharing gossip and pictures with friends—they’re asking for and sharing advice. Buyers and sellers can rest assured—real estate professionals are taking notice of their desire to connect via Facebook. Realtors recognize the impact Facebook can have on their business and

are putting more effort into their presence in order to connect with potential clients and develop relationships through the site, often through the use of specialized applications (apps). For example, the CENTURY 21® Application for Facebook lets CENTURY 21® Brokers customize their landing page and connect with existing and potential new clients directly through Facebook. With information on current listings and homebuyer and seller toolkits, the app provides people with all the information they need to start their homebuying or selling process, without ever leaving Facebook. Tips for homebuyers and sellers using Facebook: •Ask your friends for input. Facebook is a way to reach out to several friends and neighbors all at once to ask for their advice on local real estate professionals they’d recommend. •Check out local real estate agents’ Facebook pages. Before deciding whether or not you want to reach out to a real estate professional, spend some time on their Facebook page—it should give you some insights into their services and specialties. •Pay attention to content. A sign of a reliable, knowledgeable real estate professional is that they regularly share local market news and trends while consistently engaging with their network. •Look for additional resources. Many real estate professionals will offer tools, such as the ability to view current listings and mortgage calculators, making Facebook your one-stop shop for real estate research. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/century21 to find an agent or begin your property search.


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Beauty Is Waiting In The Wings: Attracting Birds And Butterflies (NAPSA)—Birds and butterflies add color and excitement to a garden that can’t be found from any other source. And their contributions are much more than aesthetic: Birds help control insects and slugs; while butterflies are important pollinators. Almost anywhere a plant grows will get an occasional visit from these attractive and beneficial creatures. Making your yard a welcoming oasis for them can be as simple as choosing the right plants. Inviting Butterflies Butterflies and hummingbirds feed primarily on nectar, a sugary liquid produced inside flowers. Certain plants are exceptional sources of nectar, such as the aptly named butterfly bush (Buddleia), which is a favorite of hummingbirds as well. Though these shrubs have long been popular, newly introduced varieties offer major improvements. For example, a Miss Molly butterfly bush has intense dark magenta flowers on a compact 4˜– 5’ (1.2–1.5m) plant. If space is an issue, you may care to try the Lo and Behold series of butterfly bushes. These shrubs pack all the flower power and attractive silver foliage of their larger kin but in a neat, compact package: Blue Chip is just 24–30” (60–72cm) tall. White butterfly bushes, such as Ice Chip, make an excellent choice for busy people who can only enjoy their gardens at night. The light-colored flowers appear to shine in the dark and at just 18–24” (45–60 cm) tall, it can be planted in a large pot or as an edging around a deck or patio. Attracting Songbirds Numerous species of much-loved songbirds, such as cardinals, cedar waxwings and bluebirds, rely on berries for food. Fortunately, sev-

There are a variety of plants that could help attract songbirds, butterflies and ladybugs to your garden like Black Lace elderberry (left) and Cardinal Candy viburnum. eral easy-to-grow landscape plants provide fruit for the birds and beauty for the gardener. Winterberry holly, a native shrub, is an especially nice choice. Unlike other hollies, it loses its leaves in autumn, making the berry-laden stems extra showy. Some varieties are especially fruitful, such as Berry Heavy, while others are selected for exceptionally bright color, such as Berry Nice. Birds prefer the fruit of winterberry holly when it’s ripe and soft; consequently, the ornamental display remains until mid-winter. Birds, Butterflies and Lady Bugs Certain plants are veritable bird- and butterfly-attracting powerhouses, providing both nectar-rich flowers and edible berries. Black Lace elderberry, for example, blooms in early summer with large clusters of pink flowers favored by a host of beneficial insects including lacewings and ladybugs. Once they have pollinated the plant, the resulting fruit is relished by a number of bird species; human garden visitors are equally fond of this shrub with its lacy dark purple leaves

and attractive habit. It adapts readily to growing in a container, making it especially suitable for nature lovers with limited space. Viburnum is another excellent option that provides nectar and fruit. There are many varieties available, but for maximum wildlife benefit, select one that bears abundant crops of fruit, such as the Blue Muffin with its dark blue berries, or Cardinal Candy with clusters of shiny red berries. Shrubs provide excellent habitat for birds, as their much-branched interiors make lots of perches for building a nest and their foliage ensures good coverage to hide from predators. However, to keep the welcome mat out year-round, it is important to include some evergreen plants in every garden. Varieties such as Soft Serve false cypress add graceful structure and rich color while providing a safe resting spot for feathered visitors, a service they’re sure to appreciate between the meals you’ve thoughtfully laid out for them. For more information on the variety of plants that attract butterflies and songbirds to the garden, visit provenwinners.com.


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