Friday, November 30, 2012
Conducted in Ohio and Kentucky, the findings indicated that long term damage to the heart, blood, and arteries resulted from heavy drug use or drinking and put substance abusers at a higher than average risk earlier in life.
"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, close to 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke every year, and strokes are the most common cause of serious long-term disability. One study of 2007 data found that almost five percent of people who had a stroke that year were between ages 18 and 44."
The current study included people from Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky who'd had a stroke before they hit 55.
Dr. Brett Kissela from the University of Cincinnati and his colleagues reviewed medical charts for blood or urine test results or other records of substance abuse for close to 1,200 stroke patients.
In 2005, the most recent year covered, just over half of younger adults who suffered a stroke were smokers at the time, and one in five used illicit drugs, including marijuana and cocaine. Thirteen percent of people had used drugs or alcohol within 24 hours of their stroke, according to findings published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
"The rate of substance abuse, particularly illicit drug abuse, is almost certainly an underestimate because toxicology screens were not obtained on all patients," said Dr. Steven Kittner, a professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore who also wasn't part of the research team.
"It's certainly underreported," he told Reuters Health.
The rate of smoking, drug use and alcohol abuse - defined as three or more drinks per day - seemed to increase among stroke patients between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s.
But Kissela and his team said they can't be sure whether more people were actually using those substances or doctors were just getting better at testing for and recording drug abuse.
The study also can't prove that patients' drug or alcohol use directly contributed to their strokes. It's possible, for example, that people who abuse drugs also see their doctors less often or engage in other risky behaviors that increase their chance of stroke, Josephson explained.
He said the study emphasizes the importance of learning and quickly recognizing the signs of a stroke - such as weakness on one side of the body and dizziness - even for young people. Some treatments can only be used during a short "window of opportunity" after the stroke.
"We see patients all the time who have symptoms that are classic for a stroke and those symptoms are not recognized as being stroke symptoms because of the idea that, â€˜Well, that's something that happens only to older people,'" he said.
Source: The Chicago Tribune
The Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center is offering FREE distance traning opportunities that provide local neighorhoods with useful information on best practices to address the serious problem of underage drinking. Current courses include:
The UDETC offers a wide array of information, resources, and funding opportunities to assist local communities address the issues and consequences associated with underage alcohol consumption....be sure to check it out.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
This topic discusses how communities can use their brand identity to help improve fundraising campaigns.
When: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Where: Big Duck, 20 Jay Street, Brooklyn 11201
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Overview: Campaigns are always an opportunity to emotionally connect with your community, and your brand should be the foundation of any fundraising effort.
Ready to explore how branding and fundraising go hand in hand, but not sure where to begin?
Explore how to speak with a single voice across all channels of communication, learn how your brand will strengthen future fundraising campaigns, and enjoy some bagels and coffee.
IS IT TIME TO RETHINK YOUR WEBSITE?
REMINDER: Big Duck will also be presenting our upcoming workshop, "Is It Time to Rethink Your Website?"
When:Thursday, January 17th, 2013.
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
This presentation offers a a guide to understanding how websites have changed over time; discuss the benefits and drawbacks of redesigning your site; and learn about the features necessary to make your website useful and relevant to your target audience.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
In collaboration with the Borough Lead Organization for the Neighborhood Contractor applicant’s borough, work to develop and implement evidence-based/evidence-informed, environmentally impactful and scalable projects that will result in the availability of healthier food options and reductions in unhealthy foods/beverages and/or portion sizes to a significant portion of the neighborhood’s residents.
In collaboration with the Borough Lead Organization for the Neighborhood Contractor applicant’s borough, engage at least 10 community stakeholders (schools, youth groups, faith-based institutions, etc.) to facilitate learning and discussion about alcohol and its impact on their communities.
In collaboration with the Borough Lead Organization for the Neighborhood Contractor applicant’s borough and the NYC Coalition for a Smoke Free City, work with property managers, tenants, and others on adoption of voluntary smoke-free policies by housing entities reaching one (1) to two (2) multi-unit buildings (containing a minimum of 30 units total).
In collaboration with the Borough Lead Organization for the Neighborhood Contractor applicant’s borough, actively support at least one built environment project to improve active recreation opportunities, active transportation and/or stair use/active movement through buildings.
|Release of Request for Proposals||November 19, 2012|
|Inquiry Period||November 19-November 27, 2012|
|Questions Due to email@example.com
(questions received after this date will not be answered)
|November 27, 2012 at 10:00 am|
Partnership for a Healthier New York City
40 Worth Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10013
Conference Room 5.2 and 5.3
Advance registration is required. Register by contacting Lnguyen@fphny.org by Tuesday, November 27th.
For those that cannot join in person, a conference call option will be made available.
Call-in number: 866-213-1863
Access code: 6381139
|November 30, 2012 at 10 am|
|Answers posted at
|December 7, 2012|
|Deadline for receipt of proposals
(late proposals will not be accepted)
|December 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm|
|Notice of Award||January 22, 2013|
|Anticipated Contract Start Date||February 18, 2013|
|Non-awarded applicants are notified||March 4, 2013|
|Due date for last activity/deliverable of contract||September 15, 2013|
|Contract End Date||September 29, 2013|
A major step for all community partnerships to achieve is the creation of a solid brand identity. Developing a recognizable brand allows groups to connect to their audience and promote their values and message to the masses.
The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America put together a fantastic 1 hour program to help neighborhoods learn about creating their own unique identity....check it out!
Creating Your Coalition Identity....VIEW HERE
Love Your Block (LYB) is a special partnership between NYC Service and Citizens Committee for New York City that provides a unique opportunity for city residents to transform and beautify their neighborhoods and leverage City services. Resident-led volunteer groups (grantees) receive a grant of $1,000 to transform a city block. LYB grantees also receive project-planning and community-building assistance, as well as assistance with local media coverage for the project.
The deadline for this year’s Love Your Block grants is Friday,
NYC Service and Citizens
Committee for New York City’s Love Your
Block grant program is inviting volunteer-led neighborhood groups from across
the city to run projects in the Spring that will transform their blocks and help
beautify New York City.
If you intend to apply for a grant, please
make sure all of your materials are in by this date (please click here for
If you have any questions about the application
process, please do not hesitate to contact Ayodele Oti via email
at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via telephone at
Also, NYC Service and Citizens Committee for New York
City are hosting a Grant Application Information Session tomorrow
(November 27th) from 6pm to 8pm. To RSVP, please
contact Wilfredo Florentino at
Location: NYC Service
253 Broadway, 8th Fl
New York, NY 10007
Note: Please arrive a few minutes early to allow time to get through security.
We look forward to reading your application!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Forward South Bronx Coalition.