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Here’s some serious cute for your morning: Two bear cubs holding paws at Lake Clark National Park in Alaska. Lake Clark is home to a diverse population of wildlife, including brown bears. During the summer months, it’s common for visitors to see a gathering of bears along Lake Clark’s Cook Inlet. Photo by Mary Gretchen Kaplan

Depending on where you live you could be affected by: tornadoes, thunderstorms, hail, floods, lightning, heat, wildfires, and even tsunamis if you live by the coast. A few precautionary steps now can help you prepare for weather changes:

1) Know the potential hazards in your area and stay abreast of your local forecast at weather.gov.

2) Prepare or restock your disaster supplies kit.

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A newly created team of experts in precision medicine and large clinical research studies will seek public input from the large and diverse stakeholder community interested in the development of the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative and articulate the vision for building the national participant group for the Initiative.  They will help define what can be learned from a study of this scale and scope, what issues will need to be addressed and considered as part of the study design, and what success would look like five and 10 years out.  Formed as a Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD), the team of experts will deliver a preliminary report in September 2015 that will inform efforts to accelerate the understanding of individual differences that play a role in health, with the goal of informing better prevention and treatment strategies tailored for each person.

Scientists have found that a compound originally developed as a cancer therapy potentially could be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The team demonstrated that the drug, saracatinib, restores memory loss and reverses brain problems in mouse models of Alzheimer’s, and now the researchers are testing saracatinib’s effectiveness in humans. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health as part of an innovative crowdsourcing initiative to repurpose experimental drugs.

According to the evidence reviewed by the Committee, limited consumption of alcohol and coffee does not tend to affect overall health. In the case of alcohol it is important to note that the Committee’s analysis only applies to adults. Furthermore, alcohol consumption is not recommended for pregnant women or individuals whose health may be adversely affected by alcoholic drinks.

Coffee consumption in moderation can be part of a healthy diet, although it is worth taking into account how much sugar and cream are added to each drink.

Good health habits. In addition to proper nutrition, it is also important to practice good health habits such as managing your weight, exercising, sharing more family and home-cooked meals, as well as general health monitoring with the help of a doctor.

Measurement of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) in blood can be used to detect disease recurrence in patients with a curable form of cancer known as diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). In most patients, measurement of ctDNA enabled detection of microscopic disease before it could be seen on computerized tomography (CT) scans, which is the current standard for disease assessment. Monitoring for recurrence by testing blood samples may reduce the need for multiple CT scans that increase a patient’s exposure to radiation and add to health care costs.  Advances in the ability to monitor for disease recurrence earlier may also improve the ability of physicians to successfully treat the disease at the time recurrence is diagnosed. This research was conducted by investigators at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and appeared April 2, 2015, in Lancet Oncology.

From the Department of Interior: Mesa Arch at Canyonlands National Park is one of the most photographed arches in southeast Utah. This location is especially popular at ‪‎sunrise‬, when groups of photographers often lie in wait for the glow of sunrise on the bottom of the arch. Even with the crowds, it’s an incredible experience. Photo by Adam Chandio

Be skeptical and research every aspect of an offer before making a decision.  It’s your money and if you don’t understand something, ask questions until you are satisfied.  For additional information for investors, visit Investor.gov

 

Unless you guard your personal information, it may be available to anyone with access to the Internet. Which Includes fraudsters.  If you use social media websites as a tool for investing, be aware of the features on these websites that help you protect your privacy and personal information.

Never rely solely on a testimonial or take a promoter’s word at face value in making an investment.  You can check out many investments using the SEC’s EDGAR database or your state’s securities regulator. You can check out registered investment advisers at the SEC’s Investment Adviser Public Disclosure website and registered brokers at the BrokerCheck website of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Never make an investment based solely on the recommendation of a member of an organization or group to which you belong.  You should use independent information to evaluate any financial opportunity, even those recommended by people you know.

Be Wary of an Unsolicited Offer to Invest: If you receive an unsolicited message from someone you do not know regarding a “can’t miss investment,” pass up the offer and consider reporting it to the SEC.

An over-the-counter drug indicated to treat allergy symptoms limited hepatitis C virus activity in infected mice, according to a National Institutes of Health study. The results suggest that the drug, chlorcyclizine HCl (CCZ), potentially could be used to treat the virus in people. Results were published April 8 in Science Translational Medicine

A National Institutes of Health-funded study found no statistical difference in the primary clinical measure — which assessed changes in function of six organs from before to seven days after surgery — between complex cardiac surgery patients receiving transfusions of red blood cell units stored for short (up to 10 days) versus long (21 or more days) periods. These findings indicate there is no need to alter how hospitals currently transfuse blood in adults going through complex cardiac surgical procedures.

Three-part research approach focuses on communities and health.  Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, researchers at the National Institutes of Health are actively working with Gulf region community partners, to learn if any human health problems resulted from the disaster and establish a new research response plan to be better prepared for future disasters.

Researchers have begun enrolling participants in a multicenter international clinical trial to test whether statin administration can reduce the risk for major adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease, in people with HIV infection. The trial is supported by the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

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