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Birth Defects Prevention Month: Protecting the unborn

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

January is Birth Defects Prevention Month. “Birth defect” is the generic term used to describe health and other syndromes created in the development of the fetus while in the womb.

According to the March of Dimes, approximately 1 out of every 33 babies born in the United States have a birth defect. Birth Defects are responsible for over 20% of all infant deaths.

What are Birth Defects

The term “birth defects” is a way to describe a variety of structural changes in one or more parts of the body which are present at birth and can have serious or adverse effects on the health, development or functional ability of the baby, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”).

Moreover, children born with birth defects tend to have greater proclivity for long-term disabilities and illnesses throughout the duration of their lives.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News

2018 Resolutions: Every sunrise brings a new chance for resolutions

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

Christmas 2017 is in our rearview mirror. It is now time to look forward. To look ahead to the promise of the new year. To take a moment to bask in the good-will and afterglow of holiday merriment while looking forward with optimism, and make resolutions to be better.

There is something in the human spirit which is driven to believe in a better tomorrow. Many Americans set new goals through the traditional practice of creating New Year’s resolutions.

A New Year – New Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions first began with the ancient Babylonians. The Babylonians would promise their gods that they would pay off their debts, and also return anything which they borrowed from another.

Over time this early tradition spread all over the world and morphed into a variety of practices and resolutions which were varied, depending on the country, culture and belief systems.

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Merry Christmas from LifeCycles!

(design/image Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

(design/image Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

Christmas and the holidays are times of family, friends and love!

Read my latest Communities Digital News, LLC A LifeCycles Tradition: Memories of Christmas in San Diego here>

A LifeCycles Tradition: Memories of Christmas in San Diego

A LifeCycles Tradition: Memories of Christmas in San Diego

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate–Christmas was always a wonderful experience growing up in San Diego, California.

The concept of a white Christmas is not entirely lost on those who live in warm climates. However, in sunny San Diego, the experience of dashing through the snow is completely foreign.

Even though December is the coldest month of the year in San Diego, the average is still in the high 60’s. Temperatures of 75 degrees or more are not uncommon during Christmas week.

The all-time record: 88 degrees!

The average rainfall is just one and a half inches for the whole month.

Local attractions do their best, bringing out the snow machines and creating artificial snow to delight California children.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News

Homemade and heartfelt: The gift of Cranberry Chutney for the holidays

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(image via Flickr/Anathea Utley)

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-all about cranberry chutney!

Over the Christmas holiday season, gift-giving is an inherent part of expressions of appreciation amongst friends, colleagues and loved ones, those relationships that are held most dear.

Gift-giving can be expensive while also producing feelings of uncertainty as to exactly what type of gift would be best to give.

The following Christmas recipe of Cranberry Chutney, compliments of cookbook author Diane Morgan and published in “Oprah,” is a delightful, palate-pleasing addition to almost any holiday table.

Plus it is inexpensive and easy to make. Which makes it the perfect holiday gift.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News

O’ Tannenbaum: Picking out the perfect Christmas Tree

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(screenshot via YouTube/The White House)

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate–all about Christmas trees.

For many, the day after Thanksgiving is spent looking for the perfect Christmas Tree. According to The National Tree Association, it is estimated that Americans purchase 25 to 30 million trees each year.

Americans have been enjoying decorating their homes with fragrant pine trees at Christmastime for decades. Households across the country will collectively spend approximately $984 million on Christmas trees, according to Nielsen Research reports published in Visually.

Christmas trees slowly became popular in Europe during the Middle Ages, when German and Scandinavian peoples placed evergreen trees outside or inside their homes each winter in celebration of the season and the promise of a fruitful spring.

In the 1800s, German settlers brought their traditions with them to the United States.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News

Alzheimer’s disease: Making the most of holiday traditions

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(photo courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

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

Most Americans love Christmas, and it is considered the most favored holiday each year. For those who have family members stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, sharing family traditions could gradually become greatly altered as this horrible disease becomes more apparent.

Christmas engenders feelings of love, generosity nd good-will as it brings togetherfamily members and loved ones in shared moments and traditions.

Feelings of stressfulness and loss gradually replace joy and merriment when Alzheimer’s strikes the family. When mom or dad, grandma or grandpa slowly decline, never to be the same.

Read more on Laurie’s article in LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News

Multiple Sclerosis: Shining the light on a frightening 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 MS.

Multiple Sclerosis affects approximately 400,000 Americans. 200 individuals are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) every week in the U.S., and 2.5 million individuals worldwide are afflicted with this incurable neurological disease.

It is estimated that three times more women are stricken with MS than men, a discrepancy that is believed to likely be due to estrogen.

Shining the light on this debilitating disease is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which has chapters all over the United States. One such chapter is the outstanding Pacific Coast Chapter located in San Diego, California.

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Friendsgiving, the new millennial way to celebrate Thanksgiving!

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

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-all about Friendsgiving!

Families and friends across America are making plans to come together with loved ones on Friendsgiving Day!

Joyous in the spirit of gratefulness, families will share warm, memorable moments of hearth, home and traditional Thanksgiving dinners. For those without family, Thanksgiving can be a very lonely time. Whether due to distance, illness, or the loss of those we love, discovering new ways of experiencing Thanksgiving can bring us new happiness.

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Veterans Day: Honoring those who protect the freedom we value

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(image via flickr/U.S. Air Force/Josh Pleurer)

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-all about Veterans Day.

Veterans Day is a U.S. federal holiday that we celebrate every November 11.

Originally known as Armistice Day, President Woodrow Wilson first honors our Veterans in November 1919 at the end of World War I.

He said,

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude…because of the thing from which it has freed us,”

In 1938, President Dwight Eisenhower signed HR 7786 into law, forever changing the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day, focusing on the contributions of those who have served in the armed forces.

“From Armistice to Veterans, as one Veteran to all, I salute you all! We should honor ourselves for keeping our flag free and secure. We are the courageous men and women who fought and died for the idealism of liberty and freedom for all.” – Richard A. Zelonis, United States Navy “Forever a Veteran”

American freedom and democracy have come at a great price in terms of human sacrifice.

Published by “PBS Newshour,” the following harrowing statistics reflect the extent to which military lives have been lost in service to our country, beginning with the Revolutionary War.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News