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Free Educational Lecture at Gilda's Club QC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Wright   
Thursday, 28 April 2011 07:22

Ask the Doctor about updates on Lymphoma Treatment Options

Presented by:

Brian K. Link, M.D.

Department of Internal Medicine

The University of Iowa

200 Hawkins Drive

Iowa City, Iowa


Program Overview

  • Lymphoma Overview

  • Treatment Options

  • Research Updates

  • Question and Answer Session


Dinner will be provided for all registered attendees.


Date and Time:

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Networking: 6:00 p.m.

Program: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.



Gilda's Club Quad Cities

1234 East River Drive

Davenport, Iowa 52803


Additional Information:

This program is offered free-of-charge to lymphoma patients, survivors and their loved ones; however, pre-registration is required. To register call (800) 500-9976 or (563) 326-7504. Sponsored by the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

USDA Announces Support of Research to Confront Childhood Obesity in National Media Conference Call PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Communications Office   
Monday, 25 April 2011 12:25

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2011 – TODAY, Roger Beachy, Director of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), will hold a national media conference call to help announce research, education and extension grants to institutions across the country aimed at reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity. The long-term goal of USDA-sponsored obesity research is to reduce the prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents. This year’s funding is focused on supporting research programs aimed at obesity in children ages two through eight. Projects were funded in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.


Monday, April 25, 2011

1 p.m. EDT


WHAT:          USDA NIFA Director Roger Beachy will hold a national media conference call to help announce research, education and extension  grants to institutions to help reduce childhood obesity



DIAL IN: 800-593-9988; 1-312-470-7224 International

Passcode: USDA (Given Verbally)

Troubleshooting: 202-720-8560


All callers using the above pass code will be placed in listen only mode. To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.

Seniors Thank Rep. Schilling for Protecting Medicare in New Radio Ad PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Danielle Howe   
Monday, 25 April 2011 07:28

Promises Made, Promises Kept

QUAD CITIES, ILL. - April 22, 2011 - The 60 Plus Association, nationally recognized as the conservative alternative to the liberal AARP, today launched a new radio ad in Illinois's 17th Congressional District, thanking Rep. Bobby Schilling for protecting Medicare during the recent budget debates.

"Rep. Bobby Schilling proved he is different from many in Washington," said Jim Martin, Chairman of the 60 Plus Association.  "Rep. Schilling did what he promised he would do:  protect Medicare for Illinois's seniors.  He voted for the House budget proposal, which strengthens and preserves Medicare, and in doing so, helped ensure the program would be available for current and future seniors.  On behalf of the 60 Plus Association, I would like to thank Rep. Schilling for standing up for Illinois seniors and protecting Medicare - just like he promised he would."

The one-minute radio ad will begin airing on April 21.  The organization has also launched a direct mail campaign this week across the district.  

To listen to the radio ad, please visit


Something unusual happened last Washington, DC of all places.

Elected officials actually did what they said they would.

The House passed a budget that protects and preserves Medicare for years to come.

And our Congressman, Bobby Schilling, voted to protect Medicare and keep it secure for future retirees.

Our national debt is $14 trillion...America is literally spending money we don't have and future generations won't be able to afford.

With 10,000 Baby Boomers reaching retirement age every day, important programs like Medicare are being crushed - and could collapse if we don't act to strengthen and improve them.

No changes for seniors on Medicare now or those who will soon go on it.

Control costs by targeting waste, fraud and abuse - so current and future seniors receive the quality care they have earned.

Call Bobby Schilling at (309) 757-7630. Thank him for voting to protect Medicare and tell him to continue keeping his promise to seniors.

Paid for by the 60 Plus Association.


Analysis of House Republican Plan to Eliminate Medicare/Reopen the “Donut Hole” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Monday, 18 April 2011 14:51
DATE: April 18, 2011

On Friday, April 15th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget for the upcoming year on a party line vote.  The plan sharply reduces the federal government’s investments in education and infrastructure – investments that are necessary to ensure our country remains competitive in the global economy and generates jobs in both the short and long term.  While it makes huge reductions in spending, that is largely offset by completely extending the Bush 2001 tax breaks which were targeted towards the very wealthy.  

The budget also breaks our promises to senior citizens by eliminating Medicare and increasing the cost of prescription drugs.  If enacted, the budget will immediately increase the cost of health care for Iowa’s seniors.  The measure now comes to the U.S. Senate for consideration.  Analysis released today shows that the budget proposal will have a detrimental impact on Medicare in Iowa.

Harkin’s full statement on the House budget proposal can be found here.

“If Congressman Ryan’s budget plan were enacted into law, it would immediately hurt senior citizens currently enrolled in Medicare in Iowa and around the country,” said Senator Harkin.  “There is no question that the time has come for tough budget decisions, but the smart way to bring down the deficit is for Congress to pursue a balanced approach of major spending cuts and necessary revenue increases, while continuing to support Medicare.”

Below are some specific impacts Iowa seniors will face if the House budget is enacted.

Increases Health Care Spending by 2022:

Total cost per Senior under the House budget: $20,500
Total cost per Senior under Medicare: $14,750

Makes Seniors Pay Double Out of Pocket by 2022:

Senior Share under the House budget: $12,500
Senior Share under Medicare: $6,150

Seniors’ Share of Their Health Care Cost by 2030:

Under the House Budget: 68%
Under Medicare: 25%

[Source: non-partisan Congressional budget office.]

Reopens the “Donut Hole” in Medicare:

The Republican budget plan would repeal parts of the federal health care law, including measures to close the “donut hole.”  The health reform law fixed a deficiency in the Medicare prescription drug program by addressing the gap in Medicare Part D coverage that had forced beneficiaries to pay 100 percent of their drug costs after they exceeded an initial coverage limit and until they qualified for catastrophic coverage. That gap in coverage—which totaled $3,610 in 2010—has existed since the drug benefit’s creation in 2006.  

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed by President Obama in March 2010, seniors who get stuck in the “donut hole” will now see the costs of their brand name drugs discounted by 50 percent, phasing out the “donut hole” completely over the next ten years.

Impact on Iowa:
  • An estimated 49,554 Iowa Seniors will be impacted by the “donut hole” in 2012.
  • Additional cost Iowa seniors currently in “donut hole” will pay for Prescription Drugs under the House plan in 2012: $28 million.
  • Additional cost Iowa seniors currently in the “donut hole” will pay for prescription drugs under the House plan through 2020: $554 million.

[Source: Analysis from Senate Democrats.]

Rather than a pessimistic budget, which says America can’t afford to maintain and rebuild the middle class, Senator Harkin believes we need a budget that creates a better future – one that creates jobs, keeps our promises to seniors, educates our children, and reduces the deficit with smart spending cuts and by asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share.

TOPS Celebrates ‘Tons’ of Success in 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kimberly Greene   
Monday, 18 April 2011 13:39
MILWAUKEE, WI – TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) announced another banner year of weight-loss success.  Members of the nonprofit, weight-loss support organization lost a total of 435.63 tons of weight in 2010.  They credit their successes to the TOPS formula of a healthy lifestyle, group support, wellness education, and motivational tools.

“With a continued focus on obesity in this country, we are proud of our members for their collective huge accomplishment,” said Barb Cady, president of TOPS.  “It is our goal to help people on their journey to lifelong health, and we are amazed by the amount of weight lost each year.”

Through TOPS, members learn that weight loss is about more than numbers.  Recognition and on-going support are also important components to successful weight loss.

TOPS reported these weight-loss statistics as their ‘Fabulous Figures’ for 2010:

• Total weight lost was 871,265.68 pounds – or 435.63 tons.

• The average weight lost per chapter equaled 100.03 pounds – an increase of more than 3% compared to 2009.

• A total of 154 members each realized a weight loss of at least 100 pounds, earning them Century Award recognition.

Weekly chapter meetings, awards programs, and regional events comprise a system of recognition and positive reinforcement for TOPS members on the wellness journey.  Goal weights are set in consultation with members’ health care professionals.  When TOPS members reach their weight-loss goal, they are dubbed KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly).  These members maintain their weight – one of the most challenging parts of successful weight management – and continue to benefit from the accountability and support provided at chapter meetings and online.  TOPS’ members-only section of its website features message boards, weight-loss tools, recipes, wellness videos, e-cards, and more.

TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the original, nonprofit weight-loss support and wellness education organization, was established more than 63 years ago to champion weight-loss support and success.  Founded and headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, TOPS promotes successful, affordable weight management with a philosophy that combines healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness information, and support from others at weekly chapter meetings. TOPS has about 170,000 members in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. To find a local chapter, visit or call (800) 932-8677.


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