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  • Side benefit of statin drug includes lower infection rates

    Sep. 06, 2011

    Some people must be asking themselves: Is there nothing statins can't do? New research suggests that atorvastin (Lipitor) is not only successful at reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and heart attacks, but also reduces the risk of acquiring a potentially fatal infectious disease.

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  • Remember Me?

    Apr. 01, 2013

    Pete Rozelle served as commissioner of the National Football League from 1960 to 1989. He is credited with making the NFL one of the most successful and popular sports leagues in the world.

    Rozelle disliked the name "Super Bowl," thinking it was corny. He preferred "AFL-NFL Championship Game."

    Credit is given to Rozelle for deciding to add Roman numerals to designate Super Bowls. Since, for example, the Super Bowl for the 2012 football season is played in 2013, marking the game with a year would be confusing.

    CBS passed on Rozelle's idea for "Monday Night Football" because they didn't want to move "The Doris Day Show" out of its time slot. Rozelle took the series to ABC, where it ran 35 years before moving to ESPN.

    Since 1991, the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player has received the Pete Rozelle Trophy, named in his honor.

  • Tips for Medication Safety Week

    Apr. 01, 2013

    Since 1999, the Women's Heart Foundation has recognized Medication Safety Week during the first week of April. The week serves to raise awareness and encourage communication regarding health and medicine.

    Follow these tips from Womens Heart.org to make sure you're promoting medication safety in your life:

    Get educated. Make a list of all the medications and supplements you take and why you take them. Write down both the generic and brand names. Learn to recognize them by name and appearance to prevent accidental double-dosing.

    Check the label. Make sure you are following the instructions for each medication, including the dose, frequency and route (orally, through the skin, etc.). Note other directions such as time of day or whether the drug is to be taken with food. Keep medications in their original containers to avoid confusion.

    Ask questions. Ask for written instructions from your doctor when you receive a new prescription and clear up any questions or concerns you have. Also check with your doctor before taking over-the-counter drugs and supplements.

  • All That Jazz

    Apr. 01, 2013

    With such talented artists as Ella Fitzgerald and John Coltrane in the genre, it's easy to see why jazz has been an enduring musical art form. Jazz is difficult to define, as it has taken many forms and been influenced by many types of music.

    Jazz has its roots at the turn of the century in ragtime and blues, and emerged on its own in the 1910s in New Orleans with Dixieland music, sometimes referred to as hot jazz or early jazz. This type of jazz included such popular songs as "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "Basin Street Blues."

    From Dixieland, jazz transitioned into the dance-heavy swing era, when big bands were popular. In the 1940s, jazz moved away from the big band style and more to improvisation, which led to bebop. At the same time, Afro-Cuban jazz rose, as did one of its key players, Dizzy Gillespie.

    As the frenetic style of these forms passed, the calmer "cool jazz" rose to prominence and was a dominant force in the 1950s. The 1960s saw a Latin American influence with the arrival of Brazilian jazz. Since the 1980s, musicians have offered jazz rock, jazz funk and jazz rap.

    In all its forms, jazz continues to be popular with music lovers.

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