Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer. Each day, approximately 33 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States (about 12,000 women per year). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are an estimated 79 million HPV infections in the US, including more than 14 million new HPV infections per year.
Most people clear HPV. But in those who don’t, it can lead to cervical cancer or other significant diseases. There is no way to predict which people will clear the virus.
Throughout the month of January – Cervical Health Awareness Month – and beyond, Merck is raising awareness of HPV and the impact of cervical cancer in the US. This video contains information about the disease and highlights the importance of speaking with a doctor about ways to help protect against cervical cancer.
By sharing this video with your audience, you can help raise awareness of a public health issue in the US. Viewers may also visit www.hpv**** for more facts from Merck about HPV and the diseases it can cause.
The New Online Marketplace for Affordable Health Care Statewide Options Now Available Through Illinois' Official Health Marketplace Created by the Affordable Care Act
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today launched Get Covered Illinois, the state’s comprehensive education and enrollment online platform for uninsured residents to sign up for health coverage under the Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn's commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Illinois.
“Today we are launching a new state of health care for more than one million of our uninsured relatives, loved ones, friends and neighbors,” Governor Quinn said. “Get Covered Illinois – the state’s new health insurance marketplace – will make health care more affordable than ever for those who need it. While there may be bumps along the way, this is a turning point in our nation and the state as we strive to provide decent health care to all.”
GetCoveredIllinois.gov is the official website marketplace where individuals, families and small business owners can get connected to their new health insurance options with coverage starting Jan. 1. The state is working with community groups in every corner of the state to provide direct enrollment assistance. Get Covered Illinois will be robust with eight major companies that are participating:
Aetna Life Insurance Company
Coventry Health and Life Insurance Company
Coventry Health Care of Illinois, Inc.
Health Alliance Medical Plans, Inc.
Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company (Blue Cross)
Humana Health Plan, Inc.
Humana Insurance Company
Land of Lincoln Mutual Health Insurance Company
"Illinois is excited and proud to be launching the most ambitious wellness initiative in our state’s history," Deputy Governor Cristal Thomas said. “This will require a massive education and sign-up effort, and we are committed to working with our partners across the state to ensure that all of those who are eligible know about their options and are able to select a health plan that meets their needs.”
KILLINGTON, VT. (Sept. 21-22, 2013) – Under sunny, blue skies in central Vermont, before an international crowd of 15,000, the Reebok Spartan Race World Championships crowned new male and female World Champions. Utah’s Hobie Call, 36, and Amelia Boone, 30, of Chicago, finished first and each earned a $15,000 payout. The hotly anticipated season finale with over $290,000 in cash and prizes, featured some of the world’s most talented professional obstacle course racers, Olympians, professional triathletes, and world champion trail runners. NBC Sports was on hand to capture all the action for a television special airing October 19, 2013.
The men’s competitive heat featured the winner, Hobie Call who emerged from the daunting 14 mile course with a time of 3:35:56. Finishing in second place was Australian Spartan Champion Matt Murphy, 28, in 3:44:15, and Spartan Pro Team member Hunter McIntyre, 24, now residing in Pittsfield, Vt., who finished a close third with a time of 3:44:42.
On the women’s side, Amelia Boone, who came in second last year, took the top spot this year with a time of 4:09:52, nearly 15 minutes ahead of the second place female finisher, Australian Spartan Champion Deanna Blegg, 44, who clocked in at 4:24:10. Rounding out the top three was Canadian National team biathlete, Olympic hopeful and 2012 Spartan Race World Champion Claude Godbout, 27, of Quebec City, with a time of 4:34:52.
At the finish line, still caked in mud, Hobie Call, of Erda, Utah, said, “The course is absolutely crazy. I had to do it carefully and pace myself. I’m still in denial that I won. I’m sure I’ll be crying in a corner in a couple of hours,” he jokes.
Female champion Amelia Boone, an attorney at Skadden Arps, says, “It really could have been anyone’s race. That’s what is great about these events. I went out not knowing what to expect. It was the toughest competition I’ve ever faced in a race.”
The Reebok Spartan Beast race, in Killington, Vt., which will attract over 9,000 competitors and 6,000 spectators this weekend, is infamous for a half marathon worth of steep inclines, technical terrain, and challenging obstacles such as carrying 65 pound sand bags, climbing walls, and crawling through mud under barbed wire.
“We continue to push athletes to new limits with our races,” said Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena of Pittsfield, Vt. “This is the toughest race we’ve designed to date, most definitely. We can’t wait to show the world what we have in store for 2014.”
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HGTV Design Expert Carmen De La Paz Shows Viewers How to Turn the Stripes, Colors and Bold Prints from the Fashion Runway into Exciting Designs to Spruce Up Your Home Décor
APRIL 30, 2012 -- Fashion trends influence not only the way we dress, but our overall style and aesthetic sense of design. Lately, bold prints, colors and stripes are dominating the runways, and consequently seeping their way into interior design and decorating; making the old feel new again.
So how can we make changes to old rooms that feel outdated in our homes? How can we take a tired piece of furniture and make it really stand out? Interior design expert and host of HGTV’s HammerHeads Carmen De La Paz is here to show your viewers how they can be on the cutting edge of home design by easily and inexpensively incorporating these latest trends with the help of some paint and ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape.
She’ll provide tips on:
How to update an accent wall of one room, like a kitchen nook, to make it feel brand new
How to turn a boring patio table and chair into standout furniture that will last all summer long
Getting creative with crafts: infusing décor items with bold prints and spring colors
September 12, 2008 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the approval of the vaccine GARDASIL [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, 18) Vaccine, Recombinant] for the prevention of vaginal and vulvar cancer caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18 in girls and women ages 9 to 26. These two HPV types cause 70 percent of cervical cancers, and are known to also cause some vulvar and vaginal cancers, but the percentages are not well defined.
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SKOKIE, Ill., April 27, 2010 – Can a happy marriage erupt in hostility over housework? Fact is husbands and wives argue like crazy when it comes to who does the most work around the house -- a battle that is likely heating up across the country right now during spring cleaning season.
The CLR Chore Wars Report, a new national survey that examines how the opposite sexes clean, commissioned by Jelmar, LLC, reveals that men and women have very different ideas when it comes to sharing household duties and least favorite chores. Relationship expert Dr. Robi Ludwig explains why and offers expert advice.
Sharing is caring
When it comes to chores, 69 percent of women say they do most of the housework. Yet, 53 percent of men disagree, saying the to-do list is equally shared.
Nearly all couples who share chores equally (97 percent) say their marriage is happy. Conversely, people who believe they do all or most of the work in their homes admit they argue with their spouses about it often. One-in-five Americans admit they argue about housework on a monthly basis.
“Arguing over household chores is a common problem and can be very disruptive to a marriage,” said relationship expert Dr. Robi Ludwig. “By embracing each other’s differences and learning to understand their preferences, couples can be happier and even make household chores enjoyable time spent together.” Dr. Ludwig recommends assigning appropriate tasks to each partner by stating, “If each couple sticks to chores they enjoy, this will cut down on the resentment factor.” Ludwig also tells consumers to remember to compliment your partner when he or she does something you appreciate. After receiving positive feedback, the chances they will do it again in the future will increase.
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Betty White and the cast of Hot in Cleveland Go Red for for women and the American Heart Association.
Data shows that more women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement, created by women, for women, dedicated to uncovering the truth about women and heart disease: heart disease can kill you or a woman you love.
Health Expert Patricia Stark Offers Tips on Facing Winter’s Health and Wellness Challenges When You’re Hunkering-Down for the Season.
The weather outside is frightful so you might be hunkering down in the house, but between the lingering house guests, the stress that keeps you from sleeping, being stuck inside can be a less-than-enjoyable experience. And, if you aren’t aware of some of the season’s challengers, from trouble sleeping to carbon monoxide poisoning, winter can be uncomfortable and even dangerous.
Medical corresponded Patricia Spark shares her top season-specific health and safety precautions so you can avoid illness and injury and enjoy the beauty of the winter season.
Patricia answers some of our winter health and safety questions:
Winter is synonymous with cold and flu. How do we keep from getting sick or spreading our virus?
What are some cold weather or winter maladies, and what are some simple remedies?
With a stuffy nose from the common-cold, any tips on how to breathe easier and help get a good nights sleep?
What dangers lurk in our home that we should be aware of this winter?
Rosie Sato Wraps Up $10,000 Grand Prize in the Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest
NEW YORK (December 2, 2011) — Rosie Sato, a master gift wrapper from Gardena, Calif. was crowned the 2011 “Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper" in a national gift-wrapping contest sponsored by 3M, the maker of Scotch brand tape. At Rockefeller Center in New York City, Rosie out-wrapped seven other expert gift wrappers to win the ultimate holiday present – a $10,000 cash prize
Finalists wrapped odd-shaped gifts in three rounds during the contest. Round 1: a gumball machine and a board game, Round 2: an old-fashioned snow sled, Round 3: a six-foot tall backyard play set.
The contestants were judged on three criteria: appearance of the wrapped gifts, the technique used to wrap the gifts and speed. A preliminary judge selected the eight finalists – four amateurs and four professionals –based on a brief essay and tip that showed their talent and experience in the art of gift wrapping
The first runner-up, Diana Lemos from San Diego, Calif. received a $2,500 cash prize. The following six contestants also received smaller cash prizes:
-Angela Choi from Reisterstown, Md.
-Renee Goetz from Forest Hills, N.Y. of Kate’s Paperie
-Alice Krause from Seattle, Wash. of Packaging Specialties
-Jacob Marshak from New York, N.Y. of Boomerang Toys
-Sandy Mayer from Cape Charles, Va.
-Melissa Montoya from Tempe, Ariz. of Dillard’s
The judging panel consisted of three gift wrapping experts:
-Jodi Kahn, writer, crafter and author of Simply Sublime Gifts: High-Style, -Low-Sew Projects to Make in a Snap (August 2010)
-Mark Ski, former producer for Martha Stewart Living
-Laurin Sydney, lifestyle expert and author of the book Why Bother? Why Not?
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, Eggland’s Best is turning their distinctive red “EB” stamp into a pink “EB” alongside the signature Susan G. Komen for the Cure Running Ribbon.
Bahar Takhtehchian, Senior Health Editor from Shape Magazine, shares some of her favorite ways we can all help fight against breast cancer
GenoVive™ Launches a Revolutionary Genetic Solution to Weight Management -- The First DNA Diet to Offer a Full Meal Program
Thirty-five percent of Americans have dieted an average of six times in their life with little to no success; GenoVive offers a new approach using DNA to optimize weight loss
PORT ANGELES, Wash. - Scores of local area school children recited the Pledge of Allegiance today--the 234th anniversary of the adoption of Old Glory as the Nation's flag--as part of the launch ceremony for the Olympic National Park quarter, the eighth coin issued in the United States Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.
United States Mint Launches Seventh Coin in America the Beautiful Quarters® Program in Time for National Park Week
(Coral Gables, Fla., Feb. 17, 2011) – One of Europe’s most popular spirits, ERISTOFF™, today announces its introduction in the United States. For more information visit www.newsinfusion****
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Tasting Tour Visits “Quaker” Locations and Invites Consumers to Taste the Difference and “VOAT”
Minneapolis, MN, September 1, 2010 – Just in time for the heated midterm election season, a new candidate hits the campaign trail. Better Oats™, an innovative new brand of instant oatmeal, will take on its 133-year-old incumbent rival in a tasting tour that will travel to five cities in eight days, pulling in to key “Quaker” locales. The Grains of Change campaign – which launches on Monday, September 13th –lets consumers decide which is better by tasting the two competing candidates and “voating” for their favorite.
“It’s simple: We believe our product is better than Quaker’s,” said Chris Neugent, CEO of Malt-O-Meal, the company that makes Better Oats. “It’s not just our better taste, but also our quality ingredients and superior packaging. We look forward to letting people taste and decide for themselves.”
After launching in Quakertown, PA, the campaign will then travel to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (home of the Penn Quakers); Quaker Square in Akron, Ohio (the original home of Quaker Oats); Chicago (the current home of Quaker); and finally, home to Minneapolis, Better Oats’ campaign headquarters. Over the course of the tour, Better Oats will donate ONE MILLION bowls of oatmeal to food banks in the cities the campaign visits, helping to make breakfast better for everyone. And for every person that voats onsite at each campaign rally, Better Oats will donate an additional 100 bowls of oatmeal to the local food banks.
At each event, consumers will also hear from the Better Oats’ “Oatmeal Czar,” who will present his candidates platform: better-tasting oatmeal, 100% whole grains, added flaxseed, and quality ingredients like real berries, premium chocolate, and unique spices.
Starting Tuesday, September 7th, consumers nationwide will be able to view the Grains of Change tour itinerary on the Better Oats Facebook page, where tour videos, pictures, tweets, and voating results will be posted.
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May is High Blood Pressure Awareness Month
DALLAS —High blood pressure, or HBP, is a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney failure. The longer it’s left untreated, the more serious its complications can become. That’s why you need to know the ABCs of HBP:
♥ Assess your numbers.
♥ Beware of the risk factors.
♥ Create a plan for monitoring and managing your blood pressure.
Assess your numbers
The first step in preventing and controlling high blood pressure is to be informed. The best way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked by a healthcare professional. The test is simple and the results are important. A normal blood pressure reading should be less than 120/80 mm Hg (less than 120 systolic AND less than 80 diastolic) for an adult age 20 or over.
Beware of the risk factors
Several health factors — such as family history, increasing age, unhealthy diet and excess weight — can increase your risk for HBP.
The American Heart Association’s high blood pressure Web site —
www.heart****/hbp — explains how certain health factors can play an important role in your blood pressure health. You can also assess your risk for high blood pressure with our Blood Pressure Risk Calculator and learn how blood pressure affects your risk for heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney disease.
Create a plan for monitoring and managing your blood pressure.
There is no cure for high blood pressure, but the good news is that the condition is manageable — and eight out of 10 people know it, according to a recent American Heart Association survey of 500 people with high blood pressure. About 75 percent of those surveyed monitor their condition outside their doctor’s office, but only about 40 percent keep track of their levels by logging them on paper, or keeping a record of their readings online. It’s important to monitor your blood pressure at home because it can fluctuate. Share those readings with your healthcare provider to determine whether you have high blood pressure and, if you do, what treatment plan is best for you.
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August 17, 2010 - Back-to-school season has arrived, and for many moms this time of year means planning and preparing for eventful mornings, afterschool activities and busy evenings.
For those already stressing, parenting expert Stacy DeBroff can help by offering tips for avoiding the school year scramble and surviving the three most hectic times of day.
The Morning Rush
o Ways to make the most of the morning hours - from time-saving early AM organizational ideas to what to do the night before.
The Afterschool Runaround
o Why after school carpools, sports practices and play dates don’t have to drive you crazy. Plus, how to keep your family on schedule with grab-and-go snack ideas including Smucker’s® Uncrustables® Sandwiches.
The Nightime Crash
o Ways to organize a “homework center” and “weekly schedule center” to keep your evenings on track. Plus, how to get ahead by planning for the next day the evening before.
About Stacy DeBroff:
Stacy DeBroff, heralded as a “parenting guru” (The Wall Street Journal), is a frequent guest on NBC’s Today Show, The CBS Early Show, The View, CNN, and the Rachael Ray Show and a bestselling author (The Mom Book, The Mom Book Goes to School, SIGN ME UP!, and Mom Central: The Ultimate Family Organizer.) Stacy is also the founder and CEO of Mom Central, Inc., a company devoted to providing pragmatic tips and savvy advice to strengthen busy families and enhance the home environment.