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% Brain Health Registry: Speeding Path To Alzheimer's Cure (NAPS)--The statistics on Alzheimer's disease bear witness- ing. The prevalence of the condi- tion is estimated to triple by 2050, growing from 5.3 million today to 16 million. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older. And costs for the disease are taking a toll: In 2015, caring for those with Alzheimer's was esti- mated to be $226 billion, with half of the costs borne by Medicare, according to the Alzheimer's Asso- ciation. By 2050, the cost of Alzheimer's could jump to $1.1 trillion (in 2015 dollars). That makes Alzheimer's dis- ease ripe for breakthroughs in prevention and curative treat- ments. The Alzheimer's Associa- tion says that new treatments for the disease cannot be discovered without clinical trials, which are seeking tens of thousands of vol- unteers, both with and without the disease. Getting On Board With A Registry One of the easiest ways to par- ticipate in a clinical trial for Alzheimer's disease is through a health care registry, which matches individuals to clinical tri- als. The Internet-based, free national Brain Health Registry launched in 2014'is one such reg- istry. With 40,000 current mem- bers, its goal is to double the num- ber in 2016. Th,~. Brain Health Registry aims :o reduce the cost of patient recruitment for clinical trials by building a large online pool of potential candidates. Once volunteers are registered on the site, they complete ques- tionnaires about basic demograph- ics, health, lifestyle and medical history, along with cognitive tests and a consent form on the Brain Health Registry website, www. join.brainhealthregistry.org. The National Institute on Aging makes a strong case for participation in clinical trials: Help others, including future family members, who may be at risk for Alzheimer's disease. Receive regular monitoring by medical professionals. Learn about Alzheimer's and one's health. Test new treatments that might work better than those cur- TV star Linda Gray, among mil- lions with friends or family mem- bers affected by Alzheimer's dis- ease, hopes a PSA she made will encourage others to support and sign UP for a clinical trial registry. to other diseases. In 2011, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) spent only $480 million on Alzheimer's, while cancer research received about $6 billion, heart disease, $4.2 billion and HIV, $3.2 billion. Alzheimer's Affects More Women, Minorities Alzheimer's disease affects a disproportionate number of women, African Americans and Hispanics, as well as older adults over 65 Two-thirds of the 5.1 mil- lion people currer~tly suffering from Alzheimer's disease are women. Unfortunately, African Americans represented 12 percent of the U.S. population in 2011 but only 5 per- cent of clinical trials, and Hispanics comprised 16 percent of the popu- lation but only 1 percent of clinical trial participants. A recent University of Califor- nia at Davis study shows that despite a congressional mandate that research financed by NIH include minorities, nonwhites comprise fewer than 5 percent of participants in NIH-supported studies. The FDA's Office of Women's Health identified major barriers to minorities: lack of disease edu- cation; insurance status; patient inconvenience costs; unavailabil- ity of transportation; distance to a study site; and patient and family concerns about risk. You Can Help To help increase participation rently available, in Clinical trials and help speed , o Get information aba~t,s~p- ,,'-thb~ ~p'atli to cures, peopl~:'ate port groups and resources, encouraged to join the Brain The state of research for Health Registry for free at Alzheimer's pales when compared www.join.brainhealthregistry.org. Does Incarceration Feed the Achievement Gap? By Dan Heyman CHARLESTON, W.Va, - Mass incarceration of African Americans from the war on drugs feeds the achievement gap in U.S. schools, according to a new report. The study from the Economic Policy Institute found 1-in-4 African American students has a parent who is or has been incarcerated - and an African American child is six times more likely than a white child to have a parent who has been in prison. According to Leila Morsy, senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales and co-author of the report, when parents are sent to prison, their children become more susceptible to depression, behavioral problems and ADHD. '~'neir grade point average drops. They're also more likely to drop out of school," Morsy said. '~rhey're less likely to vote. They're less likely to trust the government. They're also less likely to engage in community service." African Americans are not more likely to sell or take drugs, but they are much more likely to be arrested and convicted for drug offenses. In recent years, West Virginia has worked to reduce the number of nonviolent offenders behind bars, but during the current legislative session, lawmakers look likely to toughen some drug penalties. African Americans make up about 3 percent of West Virginia's population but nearly 30 percent of the inmates in prisons and jails. Ames Grawert, counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, said reforming the criminal justice system will improve children's educational prospects, and not just that: "Having spent time in prison is significantly worse for someone's prospects going forward, for the prospects of somebody's family going forwards than just having been through, say, probation," Grawert said. Morsy stressed that sentencing reform and increased educational and employment opportunities for released offenders also would benefit those left behind when a parent goes" to jail. "Improvements in our criminal justice policies will lead to improved outcomes for children," she said. "It will make teachers' jobs easier and are very likely to contribute to narrowing the achievement gap." In 2014, more than 600,000 inmates nationally were serving sentences of a year or more in state prisons for nonviolent crimes. MEDICAL EXPENSE ACCOUNT A Medical Expense Account for Angie Cox has been established at First Century Bank. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated. FRESH PECANS Ascension Church Annual Fresh Pecan (fall crop) sale now in progress. One pound shelled large pieces bags- $10.00, large halves- $10.50. Call Joyce Ritter- 304-466-1515 or Cleo Mathews 304-466-1135. JOHN HENRY DAYS The John Henry Days Committee will be meeting the 3rd Thursday of every month. The meeting will be held at 7;00 P.M.in the basement of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Talcott. Everyone is invited to attend. Volunteers are always needed! Next meeting date is April 20. NARCONON Narconon reminds families that abuse of heroin and opiod drugs has become a national health crisis. Learn to recognize the signs of heroin abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Visit www.nareononnewliferetreat.org/ blog/naloxone-availability.html to learn about the overdose reversing drug known as naloxone and find out its availability in your state. ADDICTION SCREENINGS Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or rewferrals.. 1-800-431-1754. BOOK FOR SALE A book the founding and history of Marthas Chapel Church is now available for sale. For information call Dean Bennett: 304-466-1402. Some Surprising Ways To Reduce Muscle Pain (NAPS)--As the weather im- proves, many people feel more and more drawn to playing games, walk- ing, biking and exercising outdoors. Those can all be healthy ways to have a good ti~e but if you only do them occasionally, you could end up feeling stiff and sore the next day. Fortunate- - ly, you can have your fun and not pay the penalty if you heed these seven suggestions from experts. Create a Routine: Dr. Derek H. Ochi- ai, an orthopedic hip surgeon and sports medicine expert, says, "The key is to build at least mild fitness routines into a regimen at least two to three times a week to maintain general fit- ness so that you can do the fun stuffon the weekends." Start Slow: "A weekend wamor can maintain a healthy balance in his or her fitness routine by including two to three minutes of yoga breathing and move- ment techniques that prepare the body for more activity," adds yoga therapist Veronica Zador. Mix It Up: "Instead of spending 150 minutes doing one activity like run- nmg, consider a combination of activi- ties such as run-swim-run on Saturday followed by a bike ride or volleyball game On Sunday," suggests Dr. Brad- ley Thomas, an orthopedic surgeon. "This will help spread the stress of your workout over multiple body parts rath- er than overburdening one area." Keep Stretching: "Sore muscles are a product of hard work," explains per- sonal trainer Bob Talamini. "To re- duce muscle soreness, I recommend engaging m a combination of light- to low-intensity movement with a good mobility stretch routine." Stay Hydrated: According to fitness expert Jay Jordan, "Your level of hy- dration is critical to minimtze pain as well as optimize performance, so extra electrolytes taken for 48 hours prior aids in minimizing aches and soreness." Get Hot: Heat therapy increases the flow of oxygen to the affected area that's in pain. "When I have an arthritic You don't have to let muscle pain and stiffness keep you from your leisure time exercises and activities. day, just using heat--keeping the joint warm--has really been helpful," says Pam Shriver, the award-winning tennis pro and ESPN tennis broadcaster. Go Topical: So suggests Dr. Aristot- le Economou, author and acclaimed Beverly Hills physician. "Acetamin- ophen has a narrow therapeutic win- dow, meaning the difference between a safe and effective dose and an over- dose, which could lead to liver toxicity, is a relatively small increment in milli- gram consumption." "The Salonpas Lidocaine 4% Pain Re- lieving Gel-Patch provides the maximum strength of lidocaine available without a prescription," says Dr. Bob Arnot, who served as Chief Medical Correspondent for NBC and CBS News. "It desensitizes aggravated nerves and provides unscent- ed numbing relief for up to eight hours. A welcome alternative for people who prefer to avoid taking pills, the active ingredients in Salonpas are absorbed through the skin so they go directly to the pain site and you get fast, king-lasting re- lief that won't upset your digestion. You simply smooth the patch over the area where you want relief and it'll stick there, soothing your pain away." The No. 1 brand of patches in the world, Salonpas is available at major national drug-, food and mass mer- chandise stores nationwide, including Wahnart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid and many others. Learn More For more information, visit www. salonpas.us. U.S.A. Medal Favorites Show How Success Is Built @ Elite athletes, coaches and serious exercisers are recognizing the benefits of refueling with Iowfat chocolate milk. (NAPS)--As excitement builds for the world's biggest winter sports event in February, tales of perseverance and determination highlight the stage. Athletes across the nation will showcase how drive and ambition are built with the power of the human spirit. Athletes And Insights Here's a look at some of the more intrigning tales: While ski jumping has always been one of the most thrilling extreme sports, women have not been allowed to participate along- side their male counterparts at the highest level, until now. The Women's Ski Jumping U.S.A. ath- letes persevered and pushed for their place in history on sports' biggest stage and will join the other 97 events in Russia, 2014. In 2010, Zach Parise scored U.S.A.'s tying goal late in the final hockey game against Canada to send it to overtime. Although his team went home as runners-up, Parise still dreams of winning gold and will get a second chance to" do so in Russia. These incredible'athletes U.S.A. Hockey star Zach Parise plus Women's Ski Jumping U.S.A. athletes Abby Hughes, Alissa Johnson, Jessica Jerome, Lindsey Van. Nita Englund, Nina Lussi and Sarah Hendrickson are being rec- ognized in the new BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MiLK campaign, which showcases what elite athletes have known for years and what research supports: Drinking lowfat choco- late milk after strenuous exercise helps athletes refuel and rebuild their bodies so they're ready to give it their all in their next workout or competition. For any athlete com- peting in Russia in 2014, recover- ing effectively between each intense training session can mean the difference between going home empty-handed and standing on the podium Learn More More than 20 studies now sup- port the benefits of chocolate milk for post-exercise recovery. For fur- ther facts about these elite ath- letes, why they recover with chocolate milk after strenuous exercise, plus exclusive training tips and videos, log on to www. gotchocolatemilk.com or join the conversation at www.Facebook. com/gotchocolatemilk and Twitter @gotchocomilk. Tues. March 21, 2017 Hinton News - 7 e [LEWISBURG, W.VA.] Less than a year after graduating from New River Community and Technical College's cosmetology program, Dyan Hefner owns her own salon. "I was interested in cosmetology in my 20's, but the timing wasn't right," Hefner explained. "I visited the salon at New River CTC in February 2014, and this .time, everything fell into place." Hefner married at 17 and had two children. As time passed, she became interested in earning a degree to have financial stability. She chose New River CTC as it was close to her home. "I was hesitant to go back to school. My husband and children were supportive, but it Was scary. I was nervous, and I wondered if I could do it," Hefner said. "But I did it. I completed the cosmetology certificate program and my associate degree in May 2016." Lady Dye's Modern House of Beauty is located at 182 Lafayette Street, Lewisburg. Applications for fall .are being accepted for the cosmetology program on the Greenbrier Valley Campus. For information about program, contact Instructional Specialist for Cosmetology Lisa Carter at 304-793-3005. New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg) Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas C9unty Campus (Summersville I and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver/ Beckley). i ' ....... " ! i l Getting To The Heart Of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Olympic Skater Shares His Heart-Stopping Experience dr What You ShouM Know About New Implantable Heart Devices (NAPS)--Even a fit and healthy pro- fessional athlete can sufler from sudden cardiac arrest--but a look at Olympic skater Paul Wylie's story may help to shed some light on what you need to know about the latest advancements in implantable heart devices that protect against sudden cardiac arrest and treat other irregular heart rhythms. In 1992, Wylie won the silver med- al in men's figure skating at the Winter Olympic Games. After the Olympics(he ioined the professional skating ranks, winning the 1992 U.S. Open Profession- al Championship and the 1993 World Professional Figure Skating Champmn- ships; he then toured with Stars on Ice Thanks to the latest technoloc~v, for six years before retiring ..... -- " .... ~ skate)r?:~i:tr ~:n;VrYu~:::rT::~s ::mvm pie skater Paul Wylie, can have life- ' ' ' - saving implants and get potentihl~y ues coaching and performing. But in April 2015, he collapsed suddenly while running with friends. Luckily, one of his workout partners started CPR immediately. Upon arrival, paramedics were able to resuscitate him. He was then put into a medically induced coma for several days. Wylie was shocked when he woke and learned that he had suffered sudden cardiac arrest, an abrupt loss of heart function that can result in death if not treated within minutes. In fact, approxi- mately 95 percent of sudden cardiac ar- rest cases are fatal, claiming more than 450,000 lives annually in the U.S. "Once I was conscious, it took days to get my head around "the fact that I was so close to death--in fact, that I had died--and just how fortunate I felt to have h~d the circumstances be what they were:' said Wylie. After surviving sudden cardiac ar- rest, Wylie knew he had to look at ways to avoid another episode in the future After researching options, he chose a device called an implantable cardiovert- er defibrillator (ICD), which continu- ously monitors his heart If a dangerous and potentially life-threatening heart rate is detected, the ICD sends a lifesav- ing electrical signal to correct it. Wylie is now feeling great and recov- ering nicely. He is skating and coaching regularly, while hitting the gym and running again. However, he is not able to get an MRI (magnetic resonance im- aging) scan. Due to the potential harm- lifesaving MRIs, too. ful interactions between the magnet field and his implanted heart device, he is not able to have this important dia~;- nostic scan that helps to diagnose vari ous conditions including stroke, cancer. Alzheimer's disease, and muscle, bo~e and joint pain. o ~, "I worry becat.~ I am so active attd have had MRIs in the past, so I know this could become an issue in the fu- ture:' said Wylie. "I think it's important that people know to ask their doctor about heart devices that are MR-condi- tional, meaning they can allow for M RI screening" When he is ready for his next device. Wylie won't have to decide between the lifesaving protection he gets from his ICD and the option to have an MRI scan. The U.S. FDA recently approved an en- tire suite of implantable cardiac devices by Medtronic that allow for MRI scans in both 1.5 or 3 Tesla machines. These devices include pacemakers, ICDs, in- sertabie cardiac monitors and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators. While February is Heart Month, any time is a good time to learn more about newly available implantable cardiac de- vices. If you. or a loved one is evaluating a recommendation from a doctor to re- ceive an implantable heart device, con- sider asking if it has been approved fo,- use in MRI scans. To learn more, visit www.medtronic. com/mriheartdevices. PSD MEETING The Meadow Creek Public Service District meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Greep Sulphur District Volunteer Fire Department at 6 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.. COMMUNITY SUPPORT The Hinton Lions Club is asking for the Communities support in helping to provide those who need, eye examinations or eye glasses. The Hinton Lions have been providing assistance for over 18 years and are asking community organizations and businesses as well as citizens for monetary donations to continue providing help to those in need in our Community. As news spreads of the help being provided, requests are now outnumbering the Lions Club's ability to help. Once a request is received, the individual's application is screened to insure tha~ other avenues of assistance are pursued before the Lions Club provides help. Donations can be mailed to: Lions Club, Sight Assistance Program, P.O. Box 1321, Hinten, WV 25951. Checks should be made out to: Hinton Lions Club. First Baptist Church of Hinton (108 Temple Street) is pleased to host a special, ~'~I one-time showing of the movie "The Insanity of God" on~ 5undo:- evenin ., March 26t~ ot 7 PM "The Insanity of God" is the true story of missionaries Nik and Ruth Ripken. After the death of their son, this ordinary couple journeys into the depths of the persecuted church, asking the question --- !5_ J ES US WORTH IT? How does faith survive, let alone flourish in the places of the world that are overcome with the darkness of sin, de'spair'and hopelessness? Join the Ripkens-as they tell the story of being taught by believers in persecution "how to follow Jesus, how to love Jesus, and how to walk with Him day by day even when it doesn't make sense." PLEASE NOTE: The actual service time will begin at 6:50 PM and the movie will begin by live stream at 7 PM. There is no charge for this event. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND!I J