Recovery Lane: One Family’s Tragedy Helps Others Prevent Burn Injuries

The Duckworth family can celebrate their daughter’s survival.

(NAPSI)-Each year in America, more than 90,000 children are treated for burn injuries. From scalding water to a candle fire, burns can occur at any time, which is why it’s important to be prepared.

“Burns are real, and they can happen to you,” said Ann Duckworth of Michigan. “We were the best-planned family-changing the batteries in our smoke alarms and practicing our fire escape plan. You must continue to plan and make your family safe, but it’s important to know that things do happen.”

In December 1997, Duckworth’s 6-year-old daughter, Lane, had on her dad’s T-shirt as a nightgown and brushed against a candle. The shirt quickly caught fire. Lane panicked and ran. Her brother, Latham, threw her outside in the snow and rolled her around until the fire was out.

“Lane just looked like she had gotten smoky and needed to be cleaned off, but she was shaking, so we called 911,” said Duckworth.
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Protecting Against The West Nile Virus

(NAPSI)-While outdoor activities can result in itchy mosquito bites and the threat of the deadly West Nile virus, there are a few steps homeowners can take to reduce mosquito populations and protect themselves:

  • Cover, empty or remove containers that hold water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so the best way to decrease mosquitoes around your home is to eliminate standing water. Household items that hold water include wading pools, wheelbarrows, toys, buckets, tarps, boats and tires.
  • Clear standing water from your landscape. Clean out clogged rain gutters and drainage ditches frequently to ensure water does not gather. Fill in low areas of your yard and make sure flower pots and bird baths have clean water every four days.
  • Create movement in areas of stagnate water. Add a water pump, fountain or waterfall to pools or ponds and make sure that the water is circulating properly. Swimming pools should also be chlorinated according to the manufacturer’s directions and covered when not in use.
  • Call the health department. Mosquito control programs may include environmentally friendly larvicides. These larvicides effectively kill mosquito larvae in standing water, eliminating them before they become biting adults.

For more information about how to protect your family and how to get involved in larviciding programs in your area, visit www.mosquitoawareness.com.

Meals That Are Big On Taste, Easy On The Budget

(NAPSI)-A new recipe booklet is stirring things up for family meals, showing that hearty fare doesn’t have to cost a lot, nor does it have to take hours to prepare.

Gourmet Family Meals: Under 10 Dollars, Under 10 Minutes was created by Francesco Rinaldi pasta sauces and member chefs from the American Culinary Foundation (ACF). The booklet offers 20 great recipes, including appetizers and main courses, lighter pasta dishes to heartier fare, special sections on chicken and seafood Italian-style, plus a few recipes “just for kids.”

This recipe for Lasagna Rolls comes from the booklet’s pasta section, and is a super-easy yet novel twist on an Italian favorite.

Lasagna Rolls

12 lasagna noodles, cooked
4 oz. (1/2 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese
15 oz. ricotta cheese
1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained
Salt and pepper to taste
Pinch of parsley
Pinch of basil
Pinch of nutmeg
16 oz. Francesco Rinaldi Traditional pasta sauce

In a medium mixing bowl, combine cheeses, spinach and season with salt and pepper. Add basil, parsley and nutmeg, blend well. Lay lasagna noodle flat on a cutting board. Place 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture on the end closest to you. Carefully roll halfway, flatten a little with a gentle pat and then continue to roll to the end. Repeat this with the remainder of the cheese mixture and pasta.

Heat pasta sauce, either on stovetop or in microwave. Place 3 rolls at a time in a microwave-safe dish; cover and microwave on High for 11/2 minutes. Repeat with remainder of rolls. Pour hot pasta sauce over each roll. Garnish with parsley and sprinkle with cheese.

Recently, Francesco Rinaldi became the first pasta sauce to be honored with the ACF’s Seal of Approval. The award is presented to products that meet the organization’s standards of quality, based on extensive testing carried out by a panel of member chefs.

For information on how to order a free copy of the Gourmet Family Meals booklet, visit www.francescorinaldi.com.

Lasagna Rolls are a quick-and-easy meal idea that can be made quite inexpensively.

Hearing Those Who Are Close To Your Heart

hearing(NAPSI)-Here’s news many grandparents may appreciate hearing about-news that may help them get even more enjoyment out of the time they spend with their grandchildren.

Spending time outdoors with grandchildren can be difficult due to the noise levels at some places such as restaurants, amusement parks and playgrounds. Research shows that a hearing aid using directional microphones can improve speech understanding for many hearing-impaired individuals in a variety of noisy situations.

That’s why a company considered the world leader of hearing instrument technology-Siemens Hearing Solutions-has created a new hearing aid called Triano.

This aid automatically adjusts to a listener’s hearing environment with the help of its Speech Comfort System. It improves a listener’s understanding of speech in a noisy environment, such as a playground, with TriMic, its three-directional microphone system.

For more information and to locate a hearing care professional in your area, visit www.siemens-hearing.com. Or for a free brochure on Triano, call toll-free 1-888-829-8168.

Grandparents can hear the laughter among the noise with the help of a new hearing aid.

Have Your Chocolate And Stay Healthy Too

Hot cocoa contains natural antioxidants, similar to black tea, green tea, fruits and red wine.

(NAPSI)-There’s good news for those who think living a healthier lifestyle means having to give up the foods they love.

Research is showing that it is possible to eat healthy and still indulge in a few of your favorite snacks. Some of these favorite foods may even be good for you.

For example, a 2003 Cornell University study found that hot cocoa is rich in natural antioxidants, natural chemicals that are vital in helping your body combat the damaging by-products of oxygen, called free radicals. People who maintain diets rich in natural antioxidants have less risk of certain cancers and heart disease.

Experts say that, similar to red wine and green tea, hot cocoa is a good source of naturally occurring antioxidants, and is therefore beneficial to your health.

To make it even easier to enjoy these snacks, Nestlé Hot Cocoa now offers consumers three healthy ways to indulge.

The three hot cocoa mixes are low in calories and include fat-free, as well as no-sugar-added hot cocoa. Each mix offers the delicious taste of chocolate combined with the antioxidant benefits of cocoa for maintaining a healthier lifestyle. The mixes are also 99 percent caffeine free and calcium fortified, providing 30 percent of the recommended daily value of calcium.

To learn more, visit the Web site at www.nestlehotcocoa.com.

Making Organic A Matter Of Taste

food_for_thought(NAPSI)-As more Americans turn to organic foods out of personal health and/or environmental concerns, most would agree that when it comes to taste, the majority of organic cereals just don’t measure up.

As a result, organic food providers have been focusing on making their products taste better, while maintaining the many benefits associated with organics.

“Mainstream consumers are unwilling to sacrifice taste for other benefits,” says Tim Bennett, marketing manager of new business for Cascadian Farm, a 30-year-old leader in the organic industry. “Our focus is to offer consumers the best of both worldsÉorganic cereals that taste great and offer all the health benefits associated with foods made with whole grains.”

According to the Food and Drug Administration, diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods-and low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol-may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers.

The company’s cereals include:

  • Honey Nut O’s, which contain whole grain oats flavored with the sweet taste of real honey and almonds. Without milk, one three-quarter cup contains only 110 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 8 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.
  • Wheat Crunch Flakes, a tasty combination of whole grain wheat and rice with a touch of molasses. Without milk, one three-quarter cup contains 105 calories, 0.5 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 6 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.
  • Oats & Honey Granola, a delicious blend of honey-coated whole oats and crisp rice. Without milk, one three-quarter cup contains only 230 calories, 6 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 12 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein.
  • Multi-Grain Squares, a combination of whole grain wheat, corn, rice and a hint of sugar. Without milk, one three-quarter cup contains only 110 calories, 0.5 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 4 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

All of the company’s products are produced without the use of synthetic pesticides or synthetic chemicals.

For more information, visit the Cascadian Farm Web site at www.cfarm.com.

Dramatically Different Drug Eases Itchy Eczema

(NAPSI)-There could be good news for children and adults itching to tame the symptoms of eczema. Eczema is a potentially life-altering skin condition that affects more than 15 million Americans. It’s characterized by painfully itchy, red, swollen, flaky skin.

Scientists are seeing dramatic results from a breakthrough class of prescription medications called topical immunodulators (TIMs).

There are currently two TIMs available. Although indicated for different types of eczema, both have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in children over 24 months of age.

The first TIM, Protopic® (tacrolimus ointment), was proven safe and effective in clinical studies with more than 13,000 adults and children. Used alone, without the aid of steroid treatments, it significantly improved or cleared the signs and symptoms of eczema. Many clinical study patients showed marked improvement in their first few weeks of treatment.

Protopic is used for patients with moderate to severe eczema who do not respond well to or may have side effects with traditional treatments. It can be used for short or repeated periods of treatment.

“Significant results were achieved with Protopic in clinical trials,” said Dr. Ana Duarte, Director, Division of Dermatology, Children’s Skin Center, P.A., Miami Children’s Hospital. “What is particularly important to the medical community and to patients is that these results were achieved without alternating steroids to help manage flare-ups.”

Because Protopic is steroid-free, it can be used on the highly visible areas of the face, hands, and neck without the risk of skin thinning or stretch marks. The most common adverse effects reported in the clinical studies were stinging, burning and itching upon application. There are two concentrations of Protopic. Only the lower concentration is approved for children ages 2 to 15. There may be an increased risk of certain types of skin infections for patients using Protopic. In addition, patients should avoid direct exposure to natural or artificial sunlight and should not cover treated skin with bandages, dressing or wraps.

For more information about advances in healing eczema, call toll free 1-800-727-7003 or visit www.protopic.com for important product information.

Big news for little ones: Steroid-free medication can be used to help clear up eczema even in children as young as 2.

Caring For Caretakers

caretakers(NAPSI)-Americans tend to be giving people. For example, almost 25 million Americans spend all or part of their day assisting older family members or friends who need help.

It’s estimated that half of these caregivers also work outside the home. The resultant time crunch can often leave caregivers feeling guilty and stressed. However, experts say that needn’t be. Try these tips:

  • Don’t try to be all things to all people. Remember that you are not alone and you don’t have to take on all responsibilities.
  • Know their needs. Talk to the person you take care of. Find out what he or she wants and needs. For instance, some older people only need-or want-visitors a few times a week.
  • Know when to get help. Companies offering non-medical care such as Interim HomeStyle Services can help caregivers keep balance in their lives. The company provides well-trained professionals who can assess a person’s needs and provide safe and intelligent solutions-from visiting and reading with a person a few times a week, to sending live-in caretakers.

For more information, visit www.homestyleservices.com.

It’s important for caretakers to take care of themselves, as well as those they look after.