Jimmy Fallon Wax Figures Arrive At Madame Tussauds

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Following the debut of not one, but five Jimmy Fallon wax figures on NBC’s “The Tonight Show”, the figures have made their way across the United States and are now being displayed in Madame Tussauds locations across the country. Fans can see the Jimmy Fallon wax figures in New York, San Francisco, Washington, Hollywood and Orlando (when it opens on May 4th, 2015). For the first time in history, Madame Tussauds has unveiled five unique wax figures of a single celebrity.

The figures were debuted not only to mark Fallon’s one year anniversary behind “The Tonight Show” desk, but also to celebrate the newest Madame Tussauds location in Orlando, set to open May 4th, 2015. This is where the fifth Jimmy Fallon wax figure will be housed.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jimmy Fallon to five of our U.S. Madame Tussauds attractions, including our newest Orlando attraction opening in May this year,” said Janine DiGioacchino, Divisional Director, Midway North America, Merlin Entertainments Group. “Jimmy is beloved by fans across the world and we look forward to offering so many of our visitors the opportunity to engage with such an entertainment icon.”

In celebration of the release, Madame Tussauds is excited to also announce the launch of their #FallonLipSyncBattle and #MTFallonSelfie contests. These contests give fans the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a trip to the all-new, soon-to-open Madame Tussauds in Orlando, or a trip to one of the following amazing locations: New York, Hollywood, San Francisco, Orlando or Washington DC to see the Jimmy Fallon Figures in person.

Dressed in his classic yet laid back style, each figure was meticulously made by Madame Tussauds studio artists over the course of four months. Jimmy Fallon worked closely with the Madame Tussauds team who spent hours sitting with the star taking over 250 measurements, identifying exact eye color, and detailing each strand of hair.

For more information on the Jimmy Fallon wax figures or the contests, please visit http://www.MadameTussauds.com/Fallon

Demystifying Facet Joint Syndrome

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newsSpine specialist Dr. Kaixuan Liu with Atlantic Spine Center explains this common cause of back pain and offers tips for treatments.

When you’re suffering from back pain, the causes might not seem as important as just finding some relief. Identifying the causes of lingering back or neck pain is important to determining a solution. In many cases, the cause of chronic back pain is due to facet joint syndrome, which is even more common than other diagnosable causes of back pain and offers many possible treatments, according to Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD, founder and president of Atlantic Spine Center.

Dr. Liu clarifies the term “facet joint syndrome” by revealing that the condition is essentially the same as having osteoarthritis of the spine. As part of the connection between two adjacent spinal vertebrae, the facet joints are often the primary source of pain for many back and neck pain sufferers because these joints are almost constantly in motion.

Also referred to as facet disease, facet joint syndrome develops as the discs between spinal vertebrae become thinner, leaving bone rubbing on bone and triggering the growth of painful bone spurs.

“People with this condition have difficulty twisting and bending their spine, which of course is something we need to do all the time,” explains Dr. Liu. “If facet joint syndrome is in your neck, you may have to turn your entire body in order to look left or right. If it’s in the lower back, it may make it challenging to straighten your back or rise from a chair.”

Who develops facet joint syndrome?

Since our facet joints are almost constantly in motion and can break down from wear and tear – as well as repetitive injury – as we get older, the biggest risk factor for developing facet joint syndrome is advancing age. But a combination of other risk factors contributes to this condition, Dr. Liu notes.

These risk factors include:

* Excessive weight

* Engaging in sports or heavy labor

* Family history of facet joint syndrome

* Experience with various types of joint disease, including gout, other forms of arthritis or infections

* Injuries such as whiplash or sleeping with a twisted neck position

* Sudden trauma to the spine, such as abrupt neck-jerking or twisting while lifting overhead

“Obviously, we can’t control our age or our family history of facet joint syndrome,” Dr. Liu says. “But several risk factors for this very painful condition can be modified, and everyone should make a habit of protecting their spine health by avoiding sudden or unusual movements of the spine and by maintaining a healthy weight. We may have more control over developing facet joint syndrome than we think at first glance.”

Tips for facet joint syndrome treatment options

Treating facet joint syndrome can greatly relieve the powerful muscle spasms it often triggers, which can complicate the condition by forcing the spine out of alignment. Fortunately, many possible treatments are available, Dr. Liu says, ranging from simple lifestyle modifications to surgical intervention.

Remedies include:

* Heat (via hot water bottle, heat wraps, hot showers) or cold (cold pad applications) during painful episodes

* Anti-inflammatory medications such as NSAIDs (ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen) or COX-2 inhibitors (Celebrex)

* A restraining collar or supportive neck pillow when facet joint syndrome is in the neck

* Physical therapy involving massage, muscle stretching and appropriate exercises

* Ultrasound or electrostimulation to calm muscle spasms

* Spinal injections of cortisone into the affected facet joint(s)

* Minimally invasive surgery known as endoscopic facet rhizotomy to deaden affected nerves

Non-surgical “conservative” measures are almost invariably tried before surgery for facet joint syndrome would be considered, Dr. Liu says. But by “ablating” or destroying specific nerve fibers implicated in this condition, endoscopic facet rhizotomy can significantly improve patients’ lives by targeting the source of pain.

The brief surgery uses local anesthetic and x-ray guidance to place an electrode-tipped needle alongside nerves connected to problematic facet joints. The heated electrode then deadens the nerves carrying pain signals to the brain.

“The good news is that people with facet joint syndrome don’t have to suffer in silence, with no options,” Dr. Liu says. “Using one, two or a combination of treatments, we can offer dramatic relief to most patients, allowing them to move on with their lives.”

Atlantic Spine Center is a nationally recognized leader for endoscopic spine surgery with several locations in NJ and NYC. http://www.atlanticspinecenter.com, http://www.atlanticspinecenter.nyc

Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD, is a board-certified physician who is fellowship-trained in minimally invasive spine surgery at Atlantic Spine Center.

Springtime Activities That Could Cause Irreversible Eye Damage

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eyeNearly one million Americans have lost some degree of eyesight due to an eye injury. Dr. Shofner shares five popular springtime activities that could harm your vision and valuable prevention tips.

Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center in Nashville, TN welcomes warmer temperatures and sunshine; however, it’s important to be aware of hazards related to spring that could cause irreversible eye damage. Experts say more than 90 percent of eye injuries can be prevented by simply taking a few precautions and wearing safety glasses. Dr. Shofner shares five popular activities and important tips to help prevent eye damage this season.

1) Yard Work. While using a lawn mower, leaf-blower, weed trimmer, chain saw, or any power tool, it’s imperative to wear protective eyewear. These protective glasses should have a snug, wrap-style frame to decrease the likelihood of small, airborne particles getting behind the lenses, which could cause an eye infection or corneal abrasion. Also, check the area for rocks and debris and remove them before mowing the lawn or trimming the hedges. These objects can become dangerous projectiles when shot out from lawn mowers and weed trimmers.

2) General Maintenance. Never clamp any cable to the negative battery post of a disabled car. This greatly increases the likelihood of a battery fire or even an explosion. The acid in batteries is terrible for your car, and even worse for eyes. Store a pair of safety glasses or goggles along with jumper cables and always follow instructions carefully when jump-starting a dead battery.

It may not be well known, but bungee cords are a common cause of severe eye injuries. If pulled too tightly, the hook can break or disconnects from the cord. Sometimes, the hook isn’t placed properly and can come loose or slips. Then, the hook, the cord, and/or the fastener can move directly at an eye at up to 200 miles an hour. Dr. Shofner recommends always wear eye protection when using bungee cords when strapping or securing objects. “Consider using rope or other cords that you can tie,” says Dr. Shofner.

3) Cleaning. Tis’ the season to begin spring cleaning projects. Many household cleaners and pesticides can burn your eyes’ delicate tissues. Always wear eye protection, gloves, read instructions carefully, work in well-ventilated areas and make sure the nozzle is pointed away from the face. Some chemicals that make contact with the eye can cause irreversible eye damage; Dr. Shofner suggests using Eco-friendly cleaning and pesticide products that are safe for humans and animals.

4) Sports. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, roughly a quarter of a million children are seen in the nation’s hospital emergency departments each year due to toy-related injuries. Nearly half of these injuries are to the head and face, and many are eye injuries. Children under age 5 sustain about 35 percent of toy-related injuries. Always wear appropriate eye protection when playing sports. Buy safe toys for kids, avoiding those with sharp edges.

5) At Leisure. Just because it’s not officially Summer, doesn’t mean the sun’s rays can not be harmful. Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays has been linked to eye damage, including cataracts, macular degeneration, pinguecula, pterygium and photokeratitis that can cause temporary vision loss. Always wear UVA/UVB protective sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent when outdoors for any amount of time. Dr. Shofner also suggests children wear protective sunglasses as well as a large brim hat while outdoors.

Note for those who wear corrective eyeglasses: hardware stores sell inexpensive goggles that will usually fit over glasses. A more comfortable option is to purchase a pair of customized safety eyewear with polycarbonate lenses from an eye care practitioner. Contact Shofner Vision Center about suggested protective eyewear.

About Shofner Vision Center

Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center located in the heart of downtown Nashville, TN, specializes in LASIK and cataract vision correction surgery and treats ocular diseases. Dr. Stewart Shofner has performed over 10,000 cataract surgeries and over 30,000 LASIK/PRK surgeries in Nashville/Middle Tennessee area.

After taking all the necessary precautions, accidents still may happen. Dr. Shofner recommends anyone who experiences any eye injury should see a doctor immediately and have a friend or loved one drive you to a nearby medical center. For patients who experience sudden vision changes, impaired vision or general eye concern contact Shofner Vision Center for a comprehensive eye exam to determine appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

What Is Reflexology?

humanbodyThe practice of reflexology is an ancient and natural way of healing the body with its roots more than 5,000 years ago. To some, it is similar in theory to acupuncture because its core principles and target areas are the same for practitioners of both healing methods, but whereas in acupuncture the body is stimulated through the application of small, fine needs inserted into specified areas of the body, reflexology uses only therapeutic touch and focuses on the feet.

The science and practice of reflexology is based on the idea that the feet are like mini road maps to the entire human body. Practitioners of this healing method believe that every part, organ and gland in the body is linked to a corresponding reflex point in the foot. By applying specific pressure to a specific point in the foot, pain or other issues in the corresponding part of the body can be alleviated.

Reflexology ca be used to treat ailments in various parts of the body, working to alleviate the symptoms of various conditions.

Conditions commonly treated by reflexology include:

Menstrual cramps
Back and shoulder pain
Digestive issues
Migraine headaches
Sinus issues
Smoking and drug addiction
…and many more.

Reflexology helps the body to right itself, restore itself to ideal equilibrium. It relieves the buildup of stress, which is believed to be a common cause of many different conditions. Aside from working acutely to target specific conditions, however, reflexology has an overall calming effect, leading to feelings of mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. When positive energy is released, the body experiences a boost in overall energy and stamina, which can lead to a more productive life.

Reflexology is not a medical treatment; it is a natural healing method based in both science and art. It requires specific training and study to become a trained and licensed reflexologist. Although many people shy away from the practice because they believe it will be painful, the truth is that it is actually very rare to experience pain during a reflexology treatment. The sensations felt during a reflexology treatment are felt in the feet, not in the organs to which they correspond. Because of that, it is normal to feel some degree of soreness in the feet for a day or so after the session, but it is not really what could be considered pain. It is similar to the way one might feel following a massage.

These days, more and more people are trying different methods of healing their bodies, combining Western medicine with alternative treatment methods. Reflexology is no exception. It has gained popularity in recent years as a way to manage and treat the symptoms of a wide variety conditions. If you suffer from chronic pain, migraines, sinus pain, chronic allergies or any of a vast array of conditions and have never considered reflexology in Calgary, now could be a good time to give it a try. Always be sure you are dealing with a licensed reflexology practitioner!

– Submitted by Kashif Raza

The Basics Of Thai Massage

healthillustratedThai massage dates about to about 2,500 years ago and its roots aren’t actually Thai at all. It has its roots in the ancient Indian teachings of yoga and Ayurveda, with influence from Chinese medicine. This form of healing came to Thailand along with Buddhism and is today an important element in traditional Thai medicine. In Thailand, Thai massage is a recognized part of the medical tradition and is taught at the university level as part of the regular medical-school curriculum.

The foundation of Thai massage is the concept of invisible energy lines, or Prana Nadis, that run throughout the body. It is these invisible energy lines that supply the body with necessary energy. When there are disturbances in the flow of this energy, it is then that we feel unwell or experience things like lethargy and pain.

During a Thai massage session, ten energy mainlines are massaged through acupressure, with the goal of breaking down the blockages in the energy flow. When these blockages are removed, the body is restored to its optimal energy flow and a feeling of well-being is restored.

There are two main procedures used during Thai massage. The first is the application of gentle pressure with the hands and feet along the body’s energy lines. Second, the therapist will assist the client through a series of yoga-like postures and stretches which are designed to help re-align the body’s energies.

How does Thai massage differ from traditional massage? Thai massage focuses more on re-aligning the body’s energies through manual manipulation, whereas traditional massage focuses on simply relaxing the body through therapeutic touch.

The principal benefits of Thai massage include:

Stimulation of internal organs

Rebalancing of the body’s energy system

Relief of muscle and joint pain

Adjustments to and realignment of the skeletal position

Increased flexibility

Thai massage is generally safe for most people, but it should be avoid by those with certain medical conditions. Anyone with a back or neck injury or a woman who is pregnant should not undertake Thai massage therapy. This is because it can be a little too strenuous for people in those conditions and they could risk serious injury.

For those who do opt to try Thai massage, there are many benefits. If you have tried other methods of pain relief or medications or supplements and are not getting any relief from your pain and feelings of poor health, Thai massage may be a good option for you. Even if you have tried other methods of massage and yoga to treat your conditions and help with your overall health, it might be worth your while to try Thai massage in Calgary. Find a Thai massage therapist near you and make an appointment. At your initial consultation you will simply answer questions about your symptoms and your therapist will work with you to devise a treatment plan for you.

– Submitted by Kashif Raza

80 Percent Of Americans Fail To Meet Fitness Goals

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obesityCosts related to obesity continue to rise with health care costs soaring as a results, MuscleAndFitnessTips.org announces…..

According to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, more than 80 percent of adults in the United States fail to meet the guidelines for both muscle-strengthening and fitness activities, and this trend extends to adolescents. Figures such as this help to explain rising obesity statistics within the country, yet many are working to change these statistics. With the help of bodybuilding and fitness tips, like those found at http://www.MuscleAndFitnessTips.org, individuals find getting healthy becomes an easier task.

“MuscleAndFitnessTips.org provides training articles covering a wide range of topics. Visitors to the site learn about nutrition, popular workout programs, staying motivated, and more. Individuals often find they become a victim of fitness scams, and the purpose of this site it to weed out those scams, leaving only products that actually do as they claim and help users achieve their personal health and fitness goals,” Tom Hofman, founder of MuscleAndFitnessTips.org, declares.

Nutrition plays a role in one’s overall health, yet Americans typically fail to eat a balanced diet. The council found that the average American diet typically exceeds the recommended amounts of refined grains, saturated fat, sodium, and solid fats and added sugars. Americans also fail to eat the suggested amounts of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and whole grains. Individuals often find they struggle to make healthy food choices, and MuscleAndFitnessTips.org can be of aid in this area also.

“MuscleAndFitnessTips.org provides information on foods which burn fat, eating habits of professional bodybuilders, and more. Everything that goes into one’s mouth affects their overall health and fitness. With the right foods, achieving one’s fitness goals becomes an easier task. The site strives to provide the information consumers need to make healthy eating choices,” Hofman states.

The cost of obesity continues to rise. The council estimates Americans spend approximately $190.2 billion every year on illnesses related to obesity, including disability, chronic disease, and death. They project Americans will spend $344 billion a year on obesity related costs, or 21 percent of total health care costs, by 2018. With the help of training articles and tips on getting into shape, Americans can reverse these trends, saving money and their health in the process. Many turn to workout programs for assistance in achieving their fitness goals.

Hofman provides workout program reviews on the site to assist consumers in making informed choices as to which program is right for them. Visit the site to learn about popular programs, such as Burn the Fat-Feed the Muscle and the Turbulence Training Program. With the information found on the site, one can not only choose the best workout program for their needs, but also get into shape and stay that way for life, a goal everyone should strive for.

About Muscle And Fitness Tips:

Tom Hofman founded MuscleAndFitnessTips.org to share insights on fitness and bodybuilding. Individuals often fall for scams in these two industries, and Tom Hofman hopes to help consumers avoid these scams, providing information on the best diet and workout programs offered today. With the help of valuable training articles as well as advice and tips, consumers know they can learn about the best when it comes to fitness and bodybuilding with the help of this site.

Connecticut Dermatology Group Provides Complimentary Skin Cancer Screenings

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informationredIn recognition of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Connecticut Dermatology Group offers a complimentary skin cancer-screening event May 16th at their Norwalk location.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. However, most skin cancers can be treated with great outcomes if found early.

With three offices in Connecticut, located in Norwalk, Milford and Stamford, Connecticut Dermatology Group (CDG) strives to make their patients and the entire Fairfield County community aware of skin cancer risks and the importance of early detection.

CDG will hold it’s second annual Free Screenings for Skin Cancer day at their Norwalk location, located at 761 Main Avenue this Saturday, May 16th from 8 AM – 12 PM.

This year they have launched the “Get Naked, Save a Life” campaign to focus on the life-saving aspect of a skin cancer screening.

CDG treats and cures more than 1,500 cases of skin cancer annually through Mohs Micrographic Surgery. Their Mohs Surgery Skin Cancer Treatment Center is the largest in Fairfield County and provides same-day, on-premise, and minimally invasive treatment of skin cancer tumors. Managing Partner and Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2015, Dr. Steven A. Kolenik III has completed over 19,000 Mohs procedures. He will be at the event to answer any questions.

In addition to the free screenings, the first 50 people to attend will receive a complimentary t-shirt. There will also be a raffle and free giveaways. Register here or call 203-810-4151 for more information!

About Connecticut Dermatology Group

Connecticut Dermatology Group (CDG) is a leader in dermatology services in Connecticut. Since it’s founding in 1964, CDG has provided comprehensive skin care to tens of thousands in Connecticut through its Norwalk, Milford, and Stamford offices. CDG is Fairfield County’s largest physician-directed skincare center providing medical and surgical care, as well as state-of-the-art cosmetic services. CDG has been designated as a national dermatological testing center to conduct clinical trials for new and upcoming medical and cosmetic services. Managing Partner, Dr. Steven A. Kolenik III has been peer nominated as 2015 Top Doctor in Fairfield County by Castle Connolly. Dr. Kolenik III has completed over 19,000 Mohs procedures.

Teenage Baseball Pitchers At Risk For Permanent Shoulder Injury

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newsYoung baseball pitchers who throw more than 100 pitches per week are at risk for a newly identified overuse injury that can impede normal shoulder development and lead to additional problems, including rotator cuff tears, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.

The injury, termed acromial apophysiolysis by the researchers, is characterized by incomplete fusion and tenderness at the acromion. The acromion, which forms the bone at the top or roof of the shoulder, typically develops from four individual bones into one bone during the teenage years.

“We kept seeing this injury over and over again in young athletes who come to the hospital at the end of the baseball season with shoulder pain and edema at the acromion on MRI, but no other imaging findings,” said Johannes B. Roedl, M.D., a radiologist in the musculoskeletal division at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

To investigate the unexplained pain, Dr. Roedl and a team of researchers conducted a retrospective study of 2,372 consecutive patients between the ages of 15 and 25 who underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for shoulder pain between 1998 and 2012. The majority of the patients, which included both males and females, were baseball pitchers.

“Among high school athletes, pitching is the most common reason for shoulder pain,” Dr. Roedl said.

Sixty-one of the patients, (2.6 percent) had pain at the top of the shoulder and an incomplete fusion of the acromion but no other findings. The patients were then age and sex-matched to patients who did not have the condition to form a control group.

Pitching history was available for 106 of the 122 patients included in the study. Through statistical analysis, the researchers found that throwing more than 100 pitches per week was a substantial risk factor for developing acromial apophysiolysis. Among the patients with this overuse injury, 40 percent threw more than 100 pitches per week, compared to 8 percent in the control group.

“We believe that as a result of overuse, edema develops and the acromion bone does not fuse normally,” Dr. Roedl explained.

All 61 injured patients took a three-month rest from pitching. One patient underwent surgery while the remaining 60 patients were treated conservatively with non-steroidal pain medication.

Follow-up MRI or X-ray imaging studies conducted a minimum of two years later after the patients turned 25 were available for 29 of the 61 injured patients and for 23 of the 61 controls. Follow-up imaging revealed that 25 of the 29 patients (86 percent) with the overuse injury showed incomplete fusion of the acromion, compared to only 1 of the 23 (4 percent) controls.

“The occurrence of acromial apophysiolysis before the age of 25 was a significant risk factor for bone fusion failure at the acromion and rotator cuff tears after age 25,” Dr. Roedl said.

Twenty-one of the 29 patients with the overuse injury continued pitching after the rest period, and all 21 showed incomplete bone fusion at the acromion. Rotator cuff tears were also significantly more common among this group than in the control group (68 percent versus 29 percent, respectively). The severity of the rotator cuff tears was also significantly higher in the overuse injury group compared to the control group.

“This overuse injury can lead to potentially long-term, irreversible consequences including rotator cuff tears later in life,” Dr. Roedl said.

Dr. Roedl and his colleagues suggest teenage and young adult pitchers limit the number of pitches thrown in a week to 100. The American Sports Medicine Institute currently recommends that baseball pitchers between 15 and 18 years of age play no more than two games per week with 50 pitches per game.

“Pitching places incredible stress on the shoulder,” Dr. Roedl said. “It’s important to keep training in the moderate range and not to overdo it.”

Dr. Roedl pointed out that many successful professional baseball pitchers played various positions, and even other sports, as young athletes and thereby avoided overuse shoulder injuries.

“More and more kids are entering sports earlier in life and are overtraining,” he said. “Baseball players who pitch too much are at risk of developing a stress response and overuse injury to the acromion. It is important to limit stress to the growing bones to allow them to develop normally.”

“Acromial Apophysiolysis: Superior Shoulder Pain and Acromial Nonfusion in the Young Throwing Athlete.” Collaborating with Dr. Roedl were William B. Morrison, M.D., Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D., and Adam C. Zoga, M.D. Radiology is edited by Herbert Y. Kressel, M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., and owned and published by the Radiological Society of North America, Inc. (http://radiology.rsna.org/) RSNA is an association of more than 53,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists and related scientists promoting excellence in patient care and health care delivery through education, research and technologic innovation. The Society is based in Oak Brook, Ill. (RSNA.org)

Study Looks At Effect Of Diet On Prostate Cancer Progression

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saladsRecent studies suggest that nutrients found primarily in vegetables and fruits can help lower the risk of prostate cancer and possibly slow its development, and those diets higher in these foods and lower in fat and meat may provide some protective benefit against the disease or its progression.

A clinical study called MEAL (The Men’s Eating and Living (MEAL) Study: A Randomized Trial of Diet to Alter Disease) is assessing whether a diet-based intervention to increase vegetable and fruit consumption can slow disease progression, and improve the quality of life for men with low-grade prostate cancer who are under active surveillance. Men are typically offered the option to undergo active surveillance if they meet very specific criteria, including the presence of a small low-grade tumor in their prostate. If there is a larger tumor in the prostate and/or the disease is of higher grade, then these men will likely be offered active treatment with surgery or radiation.

The active surveillance approach involves careful and close monitoring, and can postpone the side effects of active treatment, or even avoid those undesirable side effects. That is achieved by regular prostate exams and blood tests, and periodic biopsies.

With this approach, active treatment is not begun until the disease shows signs of growth or progression, and still allows the doctors and their teams to treat the disease while it is still in an early curative state.

Patients who enroll in the MEAL study are randomized either to a group that receives telephone-based dietary counseling and structured dietary education, or to a control group who receives a booklet on nutrition, exercise, and prostate cancer, but no ongoing dietary counseling.

Men randomized to the intervention group on the MEAL study will receive structured, individualized, one-on-one counseling achieved via half-hour telephone calls over a period of 24 months. The goal is to help them change their dietary patterns and to incorporate at least seven servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit daily.

“This study is the only open national clinical trial to assess a dietary intervention in this population, and has the potential to improve quality-of-life and the treatment of men with low-risk prostate cancer.” says Dr. Guilherme Godoy, assistant professor of urology and the principal investigator of the study at Baylor College of Medicine.

This study is open nationally through cooperative groups, such as CALGB and SWOG, and more information can be obtained at National Cancer Institute (NCI) website ClinicalTrials.gov under the identifier: NCT01238172.

Baylor College of Medicine is one of the sites in Houston where the study is open. For more information or to participate in this clinical trial, please contact Charleen Gonzalez at 713-798-2179, or charleen.gonzalez@bcm.edu.

Launch Of New LEGO Marketplace

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groupkidsBrick Classifieds gives resellers a new marketplace to sell their LEGO items and offers no fees or commissions for a limited time.

Few collector communities are growing more quickly than the exciting world of LEGO buying and reselling. However, for the true collector and seller, online marketplaces with knowledgeable members and premier LEGO sets are few. Now, there’s a new, cost-effective alternative that promises to be a conduit for some of the best LEGO items available – BrickClassifieds.com.

Brick Classifieds was created by the same team that developed Brickpicker.com, one of the Internet’s premier LEGO communities. Considered a definitive source of information on LEGO pricing, investing, deal finding and general information, BrickPicker has a membership approaching 40,000 that relies on the site for the best up to date information. Hearing their members’ lament for the need for an alternative marketplace that would cater to the most discerning collectors, investors, and resellers, brothers Jeff and Eddie Mack set to work. The result is Brick Classifieds.

The first advantage Brick Classifieds users will experience is the site’s connection to BrickPicker. Its thousands of users are highly experienced collectors and resellers that whose business depends on keeping impeccable reputations. These types of sellers will ensure the very best in complete LEGO sets, parts, and minifigures are available. Collectible boxes, books and even manuals are also showcased for the hardcore collector. Meticulously categorized and featuring intuitive sorting tools, Brick Classifieds makes searching for LEGO items easy – be it a simple polybag minifigure or harder to find, highly collectible sets like those belonging to the Star Wars Ultimate Collector’s series. With every item, real photos of the actual item are required – no stock photos allowed which helps buyers know that the seller actually has the item and shows the condition. The site also boasts innovative features to make listing items easier than ever. With the eBay import feature, for example, users can instantly import a listing directly from eBay rather than having to make a new one. It’s the type of marketplace where a seller will be able to sell a 10179-1 Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon set without hassle or back-and-forth haggling – because the buyer knows the asking price will be fair and appropriate for what’s being offered.

Not satisfied to be ‘just another’ secondary LEGO marketplace, Brick Classifieds is bringing a new level of visibility to its users. Both the site and its listings will be posted on major LEGO websites, social media platforms, and search engines. This exposure will result in everyone from the casual hobbyist looking for a deal to the most savvy investors that are scouring the web heading directly to BrickClassifieds.com.

One of the largest complaints from sellers in the community is the ever increasing commission fees being levied. In other marketplaces, fees often increase with the price of the item, and at times there are even combination fees that sharply decrease the amount the seller receives in the end. In contrast, Brick Classifieds has a set, very low commission fee. This doesn’t only benefit the seller – due to not having revenue lost through high commission fees, sellers will offer lower prices to the buyer. And now, for a very limited time, Brick Classifieds is offering zero commission sales. While this exciting new marketplace is being perfected, sellers will be charged no commission fees at all.

With its knowledgeable community and structure designed to save buyers money and provide sellers with more revenue than ever, BrickClassifieds.com is poised to become the ultimate online LEGO marketplace.