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Protect your pet from heat and sun during dog days of summer

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about summer pet care.

Part of what makes summer enjoyable and fun is sharing it in a variety of ways with our beloved companions, whether traveling, going to the beach, swimming and playing games in the family pool or playing outdoor games of throw and catch.

What is not widely known is that dogs are prone to sun-related skin cancer. Believe it or not, the family dog needs protection from sun and heat all summer long!

According to Dr. Horvath-Ungerboeck, a veterinary dermatologist from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, animals like dogs that enjoy lying on their backs and exposing their bellies to the sun are particularly susceptible to sunburn.

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The enduring spirit of our veterans on the Fourth of July


Celebrating Fourth of July is a yearly spirited American tradition. Also known as Independence Day, July 4, 1776, is the day the Declaration of Independence was signed after all 13 colonies came together in one strong voice saying America will be united and free.

The birth of America must have been a joyous time, following years of turmoil with Britan, for those living through this historic experience.

Today, 241 years later, celebrations to commemorate the fourth range far and wide as fireworks blaze in the sky, parades are marched up and down our community streets and parties and gatherings abounded.

It would be all too easy to forget that the freedom Americans enjoy has not been free.

American freedom has been won through the hardships of many historic wars
and battles, costing many lives or loss of limb.

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Men’s Health Month message needs to last all year long

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(image via-flickrArmy-Medicine)

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about Men’s Health Month.

As the national celebration of Men’s Health Month comes to a close this June, it is critical that the subject of men’s health continues as part of the national health care discussion.

According to Dr. Gremillion, published in menshealthnetwork.org ,

“There is a silent health crisis in America…it’s the fact that, on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women.”

It is estimated that men die approximately 5 years earlier than women.

Here are morbidity rates by top disease processes which compare men and women, published by Men’s Health Network:

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The Solstice heralds the official start of Summer

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about Summer Solstice.

Summer is coming to America! When the Sun is at its most northern point from the equator, summer solstice begins. It is also the longest day of each year, and the brightest having the most
hours of sunlight!

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, summer solstice in the Northern
Hemisphere occurs Jun 21, 12:24 A.M., Eastern Standard Time; Tuesday, June
20, 11:24 P.M., Central Standard Time; Tuesday, June 20, 10:24 P.M.,
Mountain Standard Time; and, Tuesday, June 20, 9:24 P.M. Pacific Standard

As the Sun is at its highest point in the sky, its rays hit the Earth more
directly, therefore causing a warming trend.

Most of us love summer as a time to soak up the Sun by swimming, camping,
visiting parks and participating in other forms of outdoor recreation.

It is also a time when most families travel, and many take to the
highways, byways and scenic routes while enjoying the sense of freedom
and camaraderie of the great American road trip.

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American Lung Association breathing life into awareness of lung disease

(photo by Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

(photo by Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-All about The American Lung Association

Established in 1904, the American Lung Association is one of oldest and among the most venerable non-profit institutions in America.

They began their efforts in 1904 by successfully battling tuberculosis. Later, they discovered the gene which causes cystic fibrosis.

The American Lung Association is responsible for leading the charge to drive down smoking rates and for advocacy efforts which resulted in smoke-free laws.

According to the National Institutes of Health, “People with lung disease have difficulty breathing … millions of people in the U.S. have lung disease.”

As the American Lung Association continues its important work of ensuring clean air to breathe and healthy lungs with which to enjoy it, they also embrace advocacy and research for lung cancer.

Lung cancer represents approximately 14 percent of all cancer diagnoses in the U.S. Every 2.5 minutes someone is diagnosed with lung cancer. Over 220,000 people receive a lung cancer diagnosis each year, making it the leading cause of cancer and cancer-related deaths in America.

Over 156,000 annual deaths are attributed to lung cancer, about 85,000 of them men, 72,000 women.

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London Bridge takes a temporary fall as terrorphobia rises

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(image via pixabay)

Americans once believed in the invincibility of America and that following Pearl Harbor, war and terror would not come to these great shores. The attack on New York City’s Twin Towers killed that belief.

Writing for “The American Interest”, then Vice President Dick Cheney suggested that terrorism might not have an “end date” and that it might never be possible to say, “There, it’s all over with.”

And Cheney might have been entirely correct.

Global terrorism is on the rise; it increased by 25 percent in 2016, according to Breitbart News. The five countries with the highest number of terrorist attacks were Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Syria and Pakistan; they accounted collectively for 72 percent of all deaths from terrorism in 2015, according to CNN.

If attacks were up, they were less deadly; CNN reports that deaths caused by global terrorism are down by 10 percent. However, there was a 650 percent increase in fatal terror attacks on the 34 industrialized countries which make up the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), which include the U.S., UK, Germany, France and Turkey.

This past Saturday night, London Bridge was the scene of a brutal terrorist attack which killed seven and injured dozens more.

Traveling from London Bridge to a popular night spot, terrorists drove a white van into pedestrians, then poured into the crowd to brutally knife people simply enjoying the sites and having a good time.

The Islamic State claims responsibility for this attack, one of three terrorist attacks that night.

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Join me at 2pm ET/11am PT here to watch the 2017 National Memorial Day concert and parade!

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(image via af.mil)

Honoring the brave men and women in uniform who
have given their lives for our freedom is a long-standing American tradition

In 1971, the U.S. Congress made Memorial Day an official national holiday which is celebrated the last Monday of May every year.

Wearing red poppies on Memorial Day is a very popular tradition, and is symbolic of war-torn battlefields with their promise of recovery and new life as poppies were the first plants to grow following a horrific battle.

In 1915, John McCrae wrote the very popular and poignantly beautiful poem, In Flanders Fields:

“In Flanders field the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”

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American Stroke Month: Understanding and avoiding strokes

Fmr. U.S. Sen. Mark Steven Kirk resuming his public duties following a stroke (Image: CSPAN video screen shot)

Fmr. U.S. Sen. Mark Steven Kirk resuming his public duties following a stroke (Image: CSPAN video screen shot)

Every 40 seconds an American will suffer from a stroke, attributing to over 130,000 deaths. With approximately 795,000 Americans suffering from a stroke each year, according to stroke center.org, it is estimated that 600,000 stroke events occur for the first time and 185,000 are recurrent.

Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States.

As a sudden interruption of blood flow to the brain, a stroke is primarily
caused by blockages of an artery or arteries.

A stroke occurs suddenly and requires immediate medical attention.

There are three primary types of stroke, according to strokecenter.org:

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Wildlife conservation at work in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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(image courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park was originally conceived with animal breeding and plant conservancy in mind. Boasting over 1,800 acres of open land, the park today houses approximately 2,600 animals representing over 300 species.

Animals from major continents find refuge in the abundance of open space provided by the park, whose inhabitants include African elephants, zebras, tigers, buffalo, gazelles, rhinoceroses, storks, pelicans and many more.

With an emphasis on providing the most natural environment possible for all its animal inhabitants, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park offers exciting opportunities for human visitors eager to enjoy it.

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Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ graphically explores teen suicide

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(image via wikimedia/Amanda Nobles)

Teenage suicide is an American tragedy, with an estimated 10 out of 100,000 teens determining to end their lives each year. According to the CDC, in 2013, 17 percent of U.S. students in grades 9-12 seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months.

Writer Jay Asher, in his novel “13 Reasons Why,” brings the tragedy of teenage suicide to the fore in a graphically written method, depicting the tragedy of a school girl named Hannah Baker who leaves behind a series of pre-suicide tapes for her classmates.

Each person who received the package of her suicide diary is numbered among those she
believed contributed to her tragic decision. Her instructions to them were specific: Starting with the first recipient of her tapes, teenager Clay Jensen, each recipient was instructed to listen to the entire 13 individual tapes then give to the next person mentioned until all 13 persons had listened to them.

Asher’s spellbinding novel became the subject for a motion picture that was to star actress Selena Gomez as Hannah. Discussions on the film began as early as 2011. However, for a variety of reasons, the film project was eventually shelved in favor of a projected TV series. The project was ultimately taken on by streaming video king, Netflix.

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