3rd Annual Brain Aneurysm Awareness 5K with Mary in Thibodaux, LA to Benefit Renowned Brain Aneurysm Foundation

3rd Annual Brain Aneurysm Awareness 5K with Mary in Thibodaux, LA

Please join us for a fun family event at Peltier Park in Thibodaux, Louisiana on Saturday, August 29, 2015. The 3rd Annual Brain Aneurysm Awareness 5K with Mary will begin with a free kids fun run at 8:00am. Then the 5K run/walk kicks off. All proceeds from the event benefit the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

The family of a local resident created this special event after their mom truly beat the odds and survived a brain aneurysm rupture in 2012. Prior to the rupture, this mom didnt have a single clue what was happening inside her body. Subsequent to surviving this rupture, she had to undergo another surgery to clamp other aneurysms that had not [yet] ruptured. Now Mary and her family are adamant and steadfast in their efforts to bring awareness to others so that people will become aware of the warning signs and know what actions they need to take immediately. actions.

The 3rd Annual Brain Aneurysm Awareness 5K with Mary only costs $ 20 to participate. Register by August 14th to receive a complimentary t-shirt. Children under 12 are free. The registration fee jumps up to $ 25 after the 14th.

For more information about the 3rd Annual Brain Aneurysm Awareness 5K with Mary taking place in Peltier Park in Thibodaux, Louisiana please visit the events website or email Chasitybaf5k(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Now celebrating 20 years of service, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in 1994 in Boston, Massachusetts with a mission to promote early detection of brain aneurysms by providing knowledge and raising awareness of the signs, symptoms and risk factors; work with the medical communities to provide support networks for patients and families; as well as to further research that will improve patient outcomes and save lives. For more information about the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, visit http://www.bafound.org.

Accelerated Brain Aging in Type 1 Diabetes Related to Cognitive Complications

Pittsburgh, Pa (PRWEB) May 05, 2015

The brains of people with type 1 diabetes show signs of accelerated aging that correlate with slower information processing, according to research led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

The findings indicate that clinicians should consider screening middle-aged patients with type 1 diabetes for cognitive difficulties. If progressive, these changes could influence their ability to manage their diabetes. The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is online and will be published in the May 19 issue of the journal Neurology.

The severity of cognitive complications and cerebral small vessel disease which can starve the brain of oxygen is much more intense than we expected, but it can be measured in a clinical setting, said senior author Caterina Rosano, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor in Pitt Public Healths Department of Epidemiology. Further study in younger patients is needed, but it stands to reason that early detection and intervention such as controlling cardiometabolic factors and tighter glycemic control, which help prevent microvascular complications also could reduce or delay these cognitive complications.

Type 1 diabetes usually is diagnosed in children and young adults and happens when the body does not produce insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar into energy.

Dr. Rosano and her co-authors examined brain MRIs, cognitive assessments, physical exams and medical histories on 97 people with type 1 diabetes and 81 of their non-diabetic peers.

The people with type 1 diabetes were all participants in the Pittsburgh Epidemiology of Diabetes Complications Study, an ongoing investigation led by Pitt Public Health epidemiologist and study co-author Trevor Orchard, M.D., to document long-term complications of type 1 diabetes among patients diagnosed at Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC between 1950 and 1980.

The MRIs showed that 33 percent of the people with type 1 diabetes had moderate to severe levels of white matter hyperintensities (markers of damage to the brains white matter, present in normal aging and neurological disorders) compared with 7 percent of their non-diabetic counterparts.

On three cognitive tests that measure abilities such as information-processing speed, manual dexterity and verbal intelligence, the people with type 1 diabetes averaged lower scores than those without the condition.

Among only the participants with type 1 diabetes, those with greater volumes of white matter hyperintensities averaged lower cognitive scores than those with smaller volumes, though the difference was less pronounced.

The associations held even when the researchers adjusted for high blood pressure and glucose control, which are conditions that can worsen diabetes complications.

The study identified signs of nerve damage, such as numbness or tingling in extremities, as a risk factor for greater volumes of white matter hyperintensities.

People with type 1 diabetes are living longer than ever before, and the incidence of type 1 diabetes is increasing annually, said lead author Karen A. Nunley, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in Pitt Public Healths neuroepidemiology program. We must learn more about the impact of this disease as patients age. Long-term studies are needed to better detect potential issues and determine what interventions may reduce or prevent accelerated brain aging and cognitive decline.

Additional authors on this study are Christopher M. Ryan, Ph.D., Howard J. Aizenstein, M.D., Ph.D., J. Richard Jennings, Ph.D., John Ryan, Ph.D., Janice C. Zgibor, R.Ph., Ph.D., Robert M. Boudreau, Ph.D., Tina Costacou, Ph.D., and Rachel G. Miller, M.S., all of Pitt; and John D. Maynard, M.S., of VeraLight Inc.

This research was supported by NIH grants R01 DK089028, R01 DK034818-25 and R01 HL101959.

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About the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, founded in 1948 and now one of the top-ranked schools of public health in the United States, conducts research on public health and medical care that improves the lives of millions of people around the world. Pitt Public Health is a leader in devising new methods to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases, HIV/AIDS, cancer and other important public health problems. For more information about Pitt Public Health, visit the schools Web site at http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu.


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Brain Science and Web Marketing

Summary: Call it neuromarketing. Call it behavioral economics. Call it Jedi mind tricks. Whatever you call it: brain science and marketing go together. In web design, neuromarketing is used to connect with your visitor’s brains and increase conversion rates by using specific cognitive biases in the design and content of the website. Getting blinded with science. Don’t worry anyone can do it and we’ll show you how!

During this PRO seminar we'll reveal the secrets of marketing masters with specific examples of the relationship between the brain, behavior and marketing on the web. We’ll share the research, the case studies and specific neuromarketing tactics that any website can use to better connect with their customers, including the use of social proof, psychological anchoring and how to tap into cognitive biases in your writing.

What You Will Learn:At the end of this presentation you will be able to:

  •     Effectively use social proof: herds,halos and credibility on your site
  •     Understand the importance of context, contrast and color
  •     Design and write for busy minds

Free Book! All attendees will get a comlimentary copy of Content Chemistry: The Illustrated Handbook for Content Marketing. .A value included in the price of registration.

Presenter: Andy Crestodina, Co-Founder/Strategic Director, Orbit Media Studios

Andy Crestodina is a co-founder and the Strategic Director of Orbit Media, an award-winning 38-person web design company in Chicago.

As a top-rated speaker at national conferences and as a writer for many of the biggest blogs, Andy has dedicated himself to the teaching of marketing. Over the past 15 years, Andy has provided web strategy and advice to more than a thousand businesses.

Andy has written hundreds of articles on content marketing topics for dozens of blogs and media websites. Favorite topics include content strategy, search engine optimization, social media and Analytics. He is also the author of Content Chemistry: The Illustrated Handbook for Content Marketing.   @crestodina

Attendees must be 21+ years old to attend. ID will be required at registration.

Refund requests accepted if requested more than 24 hours prior to event.

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Last Week was Brain Awareness Week; Frank N. Darras, of DarrasLaw Discusses the Importance of Brain Health and Long-Term Care Insurance Planning

Ontario, CA (PRWEB) March 18, 2014

Physical aging is unavoidable but maintaining a youthful brain is not out of the question in this day and age. Last week was Brain Awareness Week, marking what would have been Albert Einstein’s 135th birthday on March 14. Whether you are in your 20’s or much older, everyone should be contemplating the significant role the brain plays in our lives and how to keep it healthy well into old age.

Education wont save the brain PhD’s are as likely as high school dropouts to experience memory loss with old age, the researchers say. Dont count on having a job either. Those with complex or demanding careers may enjoy a limited advantage, but those benefits quickly dwindle after retirement. According to Science Daily, engagement is the secret to success. Those who are socially, mentally and physically stimulated reliably show greater cognitive performance with a brain that appears younger than its years, (Maintain your brain, the secrets to aging success: Science Daily, April 27, 2012).

Keeping the brain stimulated does not have to be limited to retirement or a certain age group. Young adults should participate just as much as the retired crowd. Some ways to keep the brain stimulated include: mental exercises to keep the mind active, fitness to increase blood flow and Web MD states that healthy diet since many processed foods are linked to trans fats, which can reduce blood flow to the brain and cause inflammation. (Eat Smart for a Healthier Brain, Web MD, December 18, 2008)

As outlined in the Open Education Database, these activities are just part of a broad spectrum of available options people can do to maintain a healthy brain. Engagement in an active lifestyle by participating in activities with friends or doing other social activities is just part of the equation. (Brain Power: 100 Ways to Keep Your Mind Healthy and Fit, Open Education Database, February 26, 2013)

Financial stability is another key component to maintaining better health, physically and mentally, counsels Frank N. Darras, Americas top disability lawyer. Save money early and seek the advice of an insurance agent to prepare for retirement and talk about Long-Term Care and Life Insurance. Likewise, a financial advisor/planner will be a valuable addition to any household since they can help provide tips oh how to save and invest. Being financially prepared can reduce stress and save families a lot of hassle.

Even with all these strategies to maintain brain health and keep them in optimal condition, it seems more and more people have the misfortune of suffering Alzheimers disease or another form of dementia. But there are ways to prepare for this outcome, despite hopes and wishes to the contrary.

Long-Term Care costs are increasing every year, going higher and higher into the six-figure category. Dont make the mistake of not locking in today’s premiums because the out-of-pocket expenses later on could be astounding. Long-Term Care insurance is extremely useful for those who have a specific purpose for their assets when they die and people who want choices as to their care if they become ill. Waiting for a loved one’s health to decline before buying LTC coverage, is too big of a risk to take. There is also the option of Medicaid but while it may cover some things there are always conditions and restrictions. The worst of all, is that a person has to be nearly penniless to qualify.

Long-Term Care coverage may help in the years before death but a Life Insurance policy is all about life after youre gone. The policy will help a family cover funeral expenses and provide them with a financial cushion to make their lives a little easier. Alzheimers disease can appear quickly and the ability to make decisions for the family can vanish almost without notice. Deciding early is best, so determine whether life insurance is needed and talk with a trusted insurance agent to decide about purchasing a policy.

Both Life Insurance and Long-Term Care are areas where experts are a necessity. Take my advice and dont agree to the first quote you get. Take the opportunity to find the best plan for you and your family and settle for nothing less. No one ever expects to develop Alzheimers and yet millions of Americans suffer every year. Take steps now to maintain the health of your brain and prevent a dementia related disease like Alzheimers, says Darras.

Frank N. Darras is available for interviews, contact Robin Nolan at McDavid Public Relations. 919-745-9333

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