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Down syndrome a common genetic condition among U.S. population

More than 400,000 people have Down syndrome in the United States, according to the National Down Syn?drome Society. October has been set aside as Down Syndrome Aware?ness Month, a time for the community to be educated on the genetic condition. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has three copies of the 21st chromosome, instead of the usual two. The condition […]

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Similarities outweigh the differences for young Ella
Similarities outweigh the differences for young Ella

Similarities outweigh the differences for young Ella

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Bruce and Kimberlee enjoy the fall day with their daughters Talia, 11 months, and Ella, 5. ?Ella enjoys and loves everything that everyone else does and hates everything that everybody else does,? said Kimberlee Jost, Ella?s mother. ?There are more similarities than differences. It just so happens that she wears her differences readily.?

Like most 5-year-olds, Ella Jost is an active child. She loves to run, watch ?Sesame Street,? ?Veggie Tales? and ?Finding Nemo,? play with her younger sister Talia, and read books, her favorite being ?Brown Bear, Brown Bear.?

Unlike the typical 5-year-old, Ella has Down syndrome.

?Ella enjoys and loves everything that everyone else does and hates everything that everybody else does,? said Kimberlee Jost, Ella?s mother. ?There are more similarities than differences. It just so happens that she wears her differences readily.?

The diagnosis

At birth, Ella was diagnosed with a random form of Down syndrome. Neither Kimberlee nor father Bruce are genetic carriers.

?We suspected (Ella had Down syndrome) the day she was born,? Bruce said. ?We didn?t know beforehand.?

The doctors took samples of Ella?s blood for diagnosis, but the Josts ?more than suspected? their firstborn had the genetic condition.

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Palin has raised Down syndrome profile

Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska recently gave birth to a son with Down syndrome. ?A lot of people have said, when I heard about (Sarah Palin), I thought about you,? said Kimberlee Jost, Hillsboro mother of a child with Down syndrome. Palin?s recent national exposure has put a spotlight on Down syndrome. ?I think a lot […]

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Healthy Geezer- What should we do when we see potential abuse of elders?

Q I have a neighbor, a woman in her 80s. I think someone is hurting her. It might be her daughter. I don?t know what I should do about this.

A Recently, the U.S. Admini?stra?tion on Aging found that more than a half-million people over the age of 60 are abused or neglected each year. About 90 percent of the abusers are related to the victims.

All 50 states have elder-abuse prevention laws and have set up reporting systems. Adult Pro?tective Services agencies investigate reports of suspected elder abuse. To report elder abuse, contact APS through your state?s hotline.

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Boomers driving American volunteerism makeover
Boomers driving American volunteerism makeover

Boomers driving American volunteerism makeover

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As the first wave of retiring boomers leaves the work force and the next wave reaches 55, they are redefining another American institution?volunteerism.

Baby boomers have been rewriting American culture for decades. Now, as the first wave of retiring boomers leaves the work force and the next wave is reaching the 55-plus mark, they are redefining yet another great American institution?volunteerism.

In 2002, Dom Gieras retired from his job with the state of New York after 30 years. Where once his volunteering revolved around his family?s needs including stints managing his son?s baseball teams, today he is a volunteer technology consultant with the Executive Service Corps of the Tri-Cities. Gieras consults on projects for local nonprofit agencies, is a volunteer Webmaster for a literacy organization and is the creator of the Capital District Nonprofit Technology Assistance Project, a Web site that serves as a reference guide to technology solutions for local nonprofit professionals.

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Seven projects that will help the kitchen sell your house
Seven projects that will help the kitchen sell your house

Seven projects that will help the kitchen sell your house

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With just a week?s time, a small investment and a bit of elbow grease, you can easily turn your kitchen into your selling feature with these seven projects.

In today?s market, selling a home involves much more than posting a ?for-sale? sign in the yard. Preparation is key. In fact, experts agree that property appearance and condition play a big role in the home-sale process.

While home improvements can increase buyers? interests, most sellers hesitate to renovate, fearing they may not recoup their costs in the sales price. However, with strategic updates in key rooms, such as kitchens, sellers can increase the value of a home?giving them a leg up on their neighbors to sell more easily and command a higher selling price.

With just a week?s time, a small investment and a bit of elbow grease, you can easily turn your kitchen into your selling feature with these seven projects.

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Downsizing doesn’t necessarily mean donwgrading
Downsizing doesn’t necessarily mean donwgrading

Downsizing doesn’t necessarily mean donwgrading

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What?s driving the trend toward affordable luxury? The homebuying population is graying and the number of single-person households is rising. The population of Americans 65 and older will climb 147 percent between 2000 and 2050, the U.S. Census Bureau predicts.

When shopping for real estate, bigger used to mean better. But preferences are changing, particularly in a tight economy where every dollar needs to go further. A new aesthetic is taking hold, and it?s been dubbed ?affordable luxury.?

?Affordable luxury means living within your means, and yet surrounded by beauty, style and convenience,? said builder Russ Walthall who, with his wife Vickee, has 25 years of experience designing and building custom homes. ?Many people have discovered that they love the details of high-end, expensive homes, but they just don?t need as much space, and they don?t want to deal with all the maintenance that is involved with a large, single-family home.?

What?s driving the trend toward affordable luxury? The homebuying population is graying and the number of single-person households is rising. The population of Americans 65 and older will climb 147 percent between 2000 and 2050, the U.S. Census Bureau predicts.

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You can navigate the changes in TV technology
You can navigate the changes in TV technology

You can navigate the changes in TV technology

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Flat-screen high-deinition televisions are the cutting edge for home entertainment.

By now nearly everyone has heard something about the digital TV transition set to take place on Feb. 17. That?s the day when all full-power broadcast television stations in the United States will cease broadcasting on analog airwaves and begin broadcasting solely in digital.

That?s less than a year away?so now is the time to start thinking about how the switch will affect you. Will you choose to get a converter box or will you take advantage of this opportunity and step up to the amazing picture of a high definition TV with a built-in digital tuner?

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Be aware of tech theft threat at school and in dormitories

Today?s students gear up for back-to-school season by stocking up on expensive technology, from MP3 players to laptops. However, most students are unaware that dorm rooms and schools are some of the most dangerous places to store precious electronic equipment.

Dormitories and schools are among the top five places from which laptops are most likely to be stolen, reports Absolute Software, a firm specializing in computer theft recovery, data protection and asset tracking.

?Students have a false sense of security on campus,? said John Livingston, chief executive officer of Absolute Software. ?Many students are bringing thousands of dollars of electronic equipment into their dorm rooms with little to no security precautions. It?s just open season for criminals.?

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Exercise and massage are part of an arthritis treatment plan
Exercise and massage are part of an arthritis treatment plan

Exercise and massage are part of an arthritis treatment plan

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Arthritis can take the joy out of routine daily tasks.

Opening a pill bottle brings the promise of relief from pain for many people. But for 41 percent of the 46 million Americans diagnosed with arthritis, everyday activities?like opening their arthritis medication? can be very difficult. Is it any wonder, then, that millions seek alternative ways to enhance their doctor-prescribed drug treatment?

Nearly a quarter of all adult Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The Centers for Disease Control report that up to 25 percent of osteoarthritis patients can?t perform major daily activities.

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