Health, Medicine & Nutrition
Lifesaving radon bill needs your help! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cassandra Furlong   
Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:24

400 people die in Iowa every year from radon induced lung cancer, but lifesaving radon legislation is in danger of not passing the Iowa Senate.

We urgently need your help to save this bill.

Everyday kids go to school and breathe in this deadly gas. This bill would require testing in schools and help with the cost of mitigation so that our kids can learn in a healthy environment. It also adds radon requirements to new construction and creates an educational awareness fund to help Iowans learn more about the dangers of radon.

The entire state of Iowa is in an EPA Hazard Zone 1 for the highest potential threat of radon.

Will you contact your senator and tell them they need to put the heath of Iowans, especially our children, first?

We need your help today.

Kids Help Make a Bandage Cure More Than a Boo-Boo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lindsay Doyle   
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:29

--Winning Entries in the Bandage Art Contest Featured in New Line of Bandages …

With 100% of Profits Donated to Help Fight Pediatric Cancer --


New York, March 2013-- Hundreds of children throughout the country have shared their messages of hope and inspiration for kids battling cancer – through a unique opportunity to create their very own line of Ouchies bandages.  After reviewing the hundreds of entries, and after thousands of people cast their votes for their favorite design via Facebook, the winners of the “Ouchies for Others” Pediatric Cancer Bandage Art Contest have been selected  – with five winning entries about to see their designs featured on a new line of Ouchies Bandages to be available this Summer.


The winners of the “Ouchies for Others” Pediatric Cancer Bandage Art Contest are:

  • Amber Moosvi, Age 17, Des Plaines, Illinois


o   Name of artwork: “Broken Bear”

o   Story behind artwork: The picture that I made represents two things. The Teddy Bear with a bandage and the feel better soon balloon represents that I’m not completely better but soon I will be because my broken bear has a bandage.  The stars represent all of the people who support me in my battle with Brain Cancer. I couldn’t fit everyone because I have so many people supporting me and I appreciate them so much.



  • Sammy Smith, Age 13, Sandusky, Ohio

o   Name of artwork: “You’re Almost There”

o   Story behind the artwork: Just remember that every time you get a poke or surgery that you are one step closer!  That’s what keeps me going!



  • Tenia Richardson, Age 9, Michigan

o   Name of Artwork: “Love is Cure”

o   Story behind the artwork: I believe with enough love you can cure anything to make a brighter day.



  • Laura Vargas, Age 10, San Antonio, Texas

o   Name of Artwork: “You Can Be Pain Free”

o   Story behind the artwork:  I wanted to do this because I had cancer myself so I wanted other kids not to let themselves down and show them that you can have fun during cancer treatment and never give your hopes up and look cool with my bandage.


  • Erin Lisk, Age 12, Howell, New Jersey


o   Name of Artwork:  “Never Give Up”

o   Story behind the artwork:  My Mom had cancer and even though it was painful, she never gave up.  Now she is happy and healthy.


Through the “Ouchies for Others” program, Ouchies gives 100% of profits from the sale of this unique line of bandages to varied not-for-profit organizations.  All profits from the sale of these new bandages will be going to benefit the important work being done by three national pediatric cancer organizations: The Childhood Leukemia Foundation, Cookies for Kids' Cancer and the American Childhood Cancer Organization.

More than 400 children submitted their designs for the “Ouchies for Others” contest, which gave them the opportunity to tell their own story about the fight against pediatric cancer or anything else uplifting - with the chance to have their designs featured in the new “Ouchies for Others” bandages and tin.  Some offered words of encouragement and a message to “Stay Strong.”  Others drew intricate, colorful designs geared to make others smile.  A few know exactly what it's like for a child to have cancer because they have battled the disease themselves -- and many others know someone who has been impacted by childhood cancer and wanted to do whatever they can to help.  Each entry told its own special story – and deciding on a winner wasn’t easy.

“We wanted to give children the opportunity to help other kids in need, whether its an encouraging word, uplifting picture or story,” says Ian Madover, CEO of Ouchies, who developed the “Ouchies for Others” program as a way to raise awareness, and funds, for not-for-profit organizations serving the needs of children.  “Kids with cancer get pricked many times a day and we thought it only makes sense to put the two together.”

All contest entries can be viewed online at  The five winning entries were selected based on a panel of judges voting from a pool of 25 finalists that had received the most “likes” on Ouchies’ Facebook page.

"We are thrilled that so many children entered our contest, and were truly touched by the beautiful designs and stories they created and shared with us,” says Jennifer Saporta, Director of Sales & Marketing at Ouchies. “The ‘Ouchies for Others’ program has given us the unique opportunity to work with amazing organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children with cancer. We are beyond honored to be able to partner with them and help to increase their tremendous efforts in the fight against pediatric cancer.”


For more information on Ouchies for Others and the Bandage Art Contest, visit For more information on the partner organizations, or to make a donation, visit The Childhood Leukemia Foundation (, Cookies 4 Kids’ Cancer (, and The American Childhood Cancer Organization (

In Iowa's Interest: Medicaid Expansion Is the Right Choice for Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Monday, 11 March 2013 12:19
By Senator Tom Harkin

A growing number of governors, including many Republicans, are choosing to expand Medicaid in their states, taking advantage of the extremely generous terms in the Affordable Care Act.

Under the Affordable Care Act, if states expand Medicaid to everyone up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line, the federal government pays the full cost of those newly eligible beneficiaries for the first three years and no less than 90 percent of the costs after that.  That is a great deal for our state, or for any state – which is exactly why so many governors are signing on.

There is no question that Medicaid expansion is the right choice for Iowa.  It would provide coverage for tens of thousands of uninsured Iowans.  And the more than 60,000 Iowans currently covered by IowaCare would get much better benefits and improved access to doctors and hospitals.

One Iowan told me in a letter how Medicaid enabled her to receive many mental health and rehabilitative services for a disability, and that this helped her to go to school, obtain a degree, and rejoin the workforce.  Another Iowan told me that IowaCare is not sufficient because the program does not cover mental health services.

Iowa’s hospitals and providers, which are eager to save untold millions in uncompensated care, are also encouraged by an expansion of Medicaid.

Expanding Medicaid is also the right choice for our state’s fiscal health.  Under the expansion, independent analysts project that Iowa Medicaid spending would decrease by 2.6 percent, and state and local governments would save more than $530 million over the next decade.

No wonder so many governors are signing up for Medicaid expansion.  Gov. Rick Scott of Florida said, “While the federal government is committed to paying 100 percent of the cost, I cannot in good conscience deny Floridians that needed access to health care.”  Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona argued that the savings to her state from expanding Medicaid would free up general-fund money for higher education.

Last November, Iowans voted to reelect President Obama and rejected the candidate who would have repealed the Affordable Care Act.  Since then, a growing number of governors have said that Medicaid expansion is not about “liberal” or “conservative,” it’s about common sense.

I could not agree more.  It’s time to bring the full benefits of the Affordable Care Act to all Iowans.

For more information, please visit or follow Senator Harkin on Facebook and Twitter.

A PDF version of this article is available by clicking here.


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Written by Jaimie   
Monday, 11 March 2013 11:39

--Receive a complimentary bra fitting while helping find a cure for breast cancer-- 

WHAT: Step into the ring with Wacoal to help knockout breast cancer with Fit for the Cure™! Participate in any Fit for the Cure event to receive a complimentary bra fitting, in Wacoal or b.tempt’d intimate apparel, from a Wacoal fit specialist and sign up to receive a monthly email reminder to do a self breast exam. For every woman that participates, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for breast cancer research and community health programs. Wacoal will also donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt’d bra purchased at these events.

For  over 10 years, Wacoal has swept the nation educating and fitting almost 500,000 women across 411 cities about the importance of bra fit, foundation and breast health. To date, through Fit for the Cure™, Wacoal has donated more than $3MM to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

WHY: Research shows that 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong sized bra. Women should be professionally fitted for a bra once a year to ensure their bra size has not changed as a result of fluctuations in their body.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American women and accounts for 26% of all cancers among women.  Conducting monthly breast self-examination is an important way to detect abnormalities at an early stage. Take 15 minutes to meet with a Wacoal fit expert while contributing to an important cause and sign up for a reminder that could ultimately save your life.

WHEN: Thursday, March 14th, 2013


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Written by John Hedgecoth   
Friday, 08 March 2013 15:53

DES MOINES -- “When it comes to health care reform, Governor Branstad is truly edging toward a worst-case scenario for Iowa.

No one is more involved with federal health care policy than Sen. Tom Harkin. His conclusion that the federal Department of Health and Human Services likely will reject the Branstad Plan for covering some of Iowa’s uninsured is troubling to say the least.

Not only does the Branstad Plan purposely leave 70,000 Iowans without coverage, it requires new federal spending to be approved by Congress and offers less coverage than Medicaid.

If that weren’t reason enough to reject the Branstad Plan, it’s now clear the Governor failed to run his proposal by federal authorities or even design it in a way that is likely to be approved.   Now, Iowa stands to lose the IowaCare program we have, while missing out on a one-time opportunity to cover more than 150,000 of our uninsured neighbors.

Today, I am asking Governor Branstad to direct whatever concerns he may have to the existing Senate Plan (SF296) for Medicaid expansion, and working together I know we can find a solution to bring health care coverage to 150,000 Iowans.

I sincerely hope the Governor comes to his senses soon and realizes accepting federal funds set aside to cover uninsured Iowans is the best path forward.  The alternative would demonstrate failed leadership at its most harmful to Iowa.”


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