Letter from Ivanhoe's President
Today is the birthday of my good friend, Bette BonFleur, who started Ivanhoe in 1978 to produce a magazine on restaurants in central Florida with Cynthia Sucher. Several years later she sold the magazine but kept the company, and I then joined her in the early ‘80s, to get her back into producing television news, which was always her first love. Anyone who wants to wish Bette a happy birthday can click here to send her a message. Our Webdoctor is also having a birthday this Wednesday, and you can wish her a happy birthday at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In what’s being called a “miracle drug,” our story from Denver has news about a medication which is the first to target the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis. According to Dr. Frank J. Accurso at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado, the drug clears out the lungs, reduces symptoms, and possibly also prevents further damage to the lungs. See “Miracle Drug for Cystic Fibrosis” for more information on this medication and how it may help up to 65-percent of cystic fibrosis patients in the near future.
New research from the University of Colorado on juvenile diabetes warns about the small window of time to introduce solid food to a baby, which if not done in that time, increases the risk of Type 1 diabetes. In “Diabetes Development: Baby Food & Type 1 Diabetes,” Jill M. Norris, MPH, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health talks about the specific age your baby should be for beginning to eat solid food in order to avoid the two to three-fold risk of developing diabetes.
In “Stopping Stroke – Blocking Brain Bleeds” Neil Martin, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, UCLA explains a much less invasive method to treat a stroke caused by a brain hemorrhage. Watch the story to learn about this procedure that does not require an open craniotomy, and which Dr. Martin and his colleagues have been working on for more than 10 years.
In other news this week, our own Marsha Hitchcock supervised the fascinating three part series, “Survival Skills.” Take a look at the three stories, “Kid Power,” “Save Yourself from Sexual Assault – Circle of 6,” and “Delancey Street: A Place for Second Chances” for some excellent tips on how best to deal with threatening situations. Topics such as RAD Kids (Resisting Aggression Defensively), on what young people need to know to protect themselves from getting kidnapped, and information on a free app called ‘Circle of 6’ that allows women to stay connected with each other at all times and stay safe are covered in the first two stories.
In “Delancey Street: A Place for Second Chances,” Mimi Silbert, the creator and head of the Delancey Street Foundation, talks about the organization she started 43 years ago which offers violent criminals a way to turn their lives around. Residents of Delancey Street receive an education, an apartment, and a job. As she puts it, “That’s what Delancey Street is about: it’s about trying to become the best of yourself after you’ve been the worst of yourself.”
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Finally, today is Mexican Revolution Day, and I wonder if Joan Sebastian, one of Mexico’s most famous singers and songwriters, will be performing in honor of the holiday. I had the pleasure of watching Joan Sebastian and his remarkably well-trained horses perform last week at his show in Kissimmee where he sang on horseback as his horse danced to the music. And though I didn’t understand one single word, I still loved every minute of it. I’m not sure if it was the 40-ounce beers or the spectacular Friesian/Belgian Black horse he rode in the show, but it was the most fun I’ve had in 20 years! You can see Joan perform in this brief video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg2fmfrdDJE.
And there's more where that came from...
Marjorie Bekaert Thomas
President, Ivanhoe Broadcast News
“I would rather die standing than live on my knees!”
-- Emiliano Zapata, 1879 -1919, Mexican Revolutionary
November 18, 2013
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Health Tips from the Webdoctor
Foods to Help You Snooze:
Tart Cherries: This sweet treat is naturally high in melatonin, a compound that makes you sleepy. It’s equally effective in juice or dried form.
Lemon Balm: This “calming” herb has been used to induce sleep for ages. Make some lemon balm tea by steeping two teaspoons of the dried herb in a cup of hot water for five minutes.
good ol’ Carbs and Protein: Experts say high carb and low protein snacks help boost the sleep–aiding chemicals tryptophan and serotonin. Milk and cereal, peanut butter on toast or cheese and crackers can all do the trick.
Experts say it’s important to keep your pre-bedtime protein low, because protein-rich foods can actually stimulate brain activity.
(Sources: University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester and VA Center of Canandaigua, WebMD)
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