LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE

11-8-11 LIBERTY

Five live web-cams were installed on Ms. Liberty in 2011 as a part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty,. You can watch, in real time, a Panorama of the NJ and NY skylines, Ellis Island, and the New York-New Jersey Harbor.

Click on any of the five pictures and enjoy a live streaming video… day or night, 24/7, starting now.

There’s live audio too, so you can hear the whoosh of aircraft overhead and the honk of boat horns as YOU watch the ships steam across the bay. 

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When Lady Liberty was still in her youth, my parents saw her on their freedom voyage from Kiev, in Ukrania (then part of the Russian Empire) to Ellis Island. I can only imagine their teenage excitement and fulfillment of hope when they saw Lady Liberty from their ship. They were so proud and determined to become Americans- in every way. They quickly learned to speak English and adapted to every American way of life. I am very proud of them.

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The one time I saw The Statue of Liberty was from a US Army troop ship returning from Europe to the Port of New York on a foggy morning. The scene is emblazoned in my memory.

On Monday May 30th, 2016 let’s remember the Veterans of our struggles for Liberty who never returned to see this beautiful tribute.

Memorial Day occurs every year on the final Monday of May. It is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and  Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

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The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from “Decoration Day” to “Memorial Day”, which was first used in 1882. On June 28, 1968, the Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend.The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. Memorial Day endures as a holiday which most businesses observe because it marks the unofficial beginning of summer.

On Memorial Day the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

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11-8-11 LIBERTY

HENRY HITS A HOMER WITH HST

Henry Thompson works 10 hours a day and gets 6 hours of sleep each night. He would like to reverse that and work 6 hours and sleep 10. But he is providing for his three children and wife. The oldest child is graduating high school next month and hoping to get admitted to college. 
Henry has high blood pressure and he snores loudly all night long. He suspects he has sleep apnea and he is beginning to worry about it. His friend Tony told him about the sleep clinic in the hospital. Tony explained the routine-  Finding time to get to a sleep center to meet with a doctor for evaluation, schedule a sleep study, take a night out of the house to sleep in the lab, then meet again with the doctor to discuss prognosis and treatment options . The hospital is a 1 1/2 hour drive for Henry. Henry felt that he just could not take off work that much, even for something as important as his health.                                                                                                                                                                                        
And then he heard “home sleep tests” could be ordered by dentists.     
 He found a dentist, near his home, who had been trained in dental sleep medicine by  Sleep Group Solutions. He made an appointment with that dentist, had an overnight sleep test in the comfort of his own bed, was treated by that dentist, and Henry’s story had a happy ending. Henry slept happily and healthy ever after.

HST

Home sleep studies, like those offered by InterpStudies, a division of Sleep Group Solutions, sends a report by a board certified Sleep Medicine Physician within five business days to a sleep trained dentist.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “These tests usually involve measuring your heart rate, blood oxygen level, airflow and breathing patterns. If you have sleep apnea, the test results will show drops in your oxygen level during apneas and subsequent rises with awakenings.”  The information the HST collects may also include snoring sounds and head and neck movements.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) approves the use of home sleep tests.   The following criteria must be met:
  • You are between 18 and 65 years of age.
  • You have a high risk of moderate-to-severe sleep apnea. 
  • You have no other major medical problems.
  • You have no other sleep disorders.
You also may be eligible for a home sleep test if health or safety concerns prevent you from being able to leave home for a night. A home sleep test also may be used to evaluate your response to some sleep apnea treatments, including oral appliances, surgery, and weight loss.

But what if the nearest sleep center is hours away or booked up for months? Or what if a disability, or dependents, or a job makes a night in a lab too difficult? In cases such as these, a sleep dentist might prescribe a home-testing kit.                                                                                                                                                                                        

USA TODAY Reports:
 Home sleep studies use a less-expensive test that’s gaining ground across the nation, thanks largely to a push by insurance companies and mounting evidence of its effectiveness.
“You get to sleep in your own bed with your own pillow,” said Dr. Laddie Tackett, medical director for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky. “It makes testing more accessible. It makes it more affordable. It makes it more convenient.”  They are less than half the price — up to $400 for a home test, compared with as much as $1,300 in a hospital.
The advantages of a Home Sleep Study are many: 
comfort, convenience, time. travel and cost.  

 

 

MAY IS NATIONAL STROKE AWARENESS MONTH

Be aware that untreated Sleep Apnea is a major risk factor of strokes. One out of 15 adults has moderate to severe sleep apnea and men with moderate to severe sleep apnea are 4 times more likely to have a stroke.
A 2014 study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine showed that people with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea were four times more likely to have a stroke even when results were adjusted for factors like obesity, cholesterol levels, hypertension, and smoking.
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How?  Simply stated, when there are repeated cessations in breathing, as in Obstructive Sleep Apnea, adequate oxygen is not carried to the brain.
7-14-12 BRAIN
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The National Stroke Foundation explains that “sleep apnea can be an after effect of stroke, but can also be the cause of a first time or recurrent stroke. The condition causes low oxygen levels and high blood pressure, both of which can increase the risk of a future stroke.”
Isn’t this another good reason for you to get a sleep test?
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 Read the signs and symptoms from the Center of Disease Control (CDC):

OSA HAS NO REGARD FOR AGE, GENDER OR FAME

SHULA

Legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula was hospitalized and treated because of sleep apnea and fluid retention, said his wife Mary Anne Shula.

Shula is the winningest coach in NFL history (with 347 regular-season and playoff victories) and a Pro Football Hall of Famer. He is also the owner of a successful chain of steakhouses throughout the country.

The 86-year-old was treated and released Tuesday from the Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Barry Freydberg, a Dental Sleep Medicine expert and lecturer for Sleep Group Solutions, who screens and treats patients for snoring and sleep apnea says, “I am glad to hear his sleep apnea was treated. Nearly 18 million people remain undiagnosed with sleep apnea.”

Sleep apnea contributed to the premature death of star Green Bay Packers defensive end Reggie White in 2004.

OSA HAS NO REGARD FOR AGE, GENDER OR FAME

Legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula was hospitalized and treated because of sleep apnea and fluid retention, said his wife Mary Anne Shula.

SHULA

Shula is the winningest coach in NFL history (with 347 regular-season and playoff victories) and is a Pro Football Hall of Famer. He is also the owner of a successful chain of steakhouses throughout the country.

The 86-year-old was treated and released from the Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Barry Freydberg, a Dental Sleep Medicine expert, and lecturer for Sleep Group Solutions, screens and treats patients for snoring and sleep apnea says, “I am glad to hear his sleep apnea was treated, Nearly 18 million people remain undiagnosed with sleep apnea.”

Sleep apnea contributed to the premature death of star Green Bay Packers defensive end Reggie White in 2004.