When kidney cancer is caught early, it is very treatable and often curable….
Kidney Cancer, by Joshua Ebel, MD; Blanchard Valley Urology Associates
The kidneys are vital organs serving many important roles in your body including, filtering your blood and controlling your blood pressure. Unfortunately, they are also prone to developing abnormal cysts and tumors, some of which are cancerous.
Kidney cancer is in the top 10 most common cancers in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that over 70,000 Americans will be diagnosed with kidney cancer this year alone.
While kidney cancers were once typically diagnosed in advanced stages, most kidney cancers are now diagnosed incidentally and at early stages when patients undergo abdominal computed tomography (CT or CAT) scans or ultrasounds for often unrelated complaints. Some patients with kidney cancer will develop microscopic or visible levels of blood in their urine, which should prompt an evaluation by a urologist to rule out kidney cancer, among other causes such as bladder cancer or kidney stones.
It is important to know that not all abnormal growths in the kidney are cancerous. Many people have cysts (fluid-filled sacs) in their kidneys that are often non-cancerous. However, some more complex appearing cysts should still be evaluated by a urologist. There are also solid tumors of the kidney that are not cancerous but can grow or cause bleeding and should be followed by a urologist. Specialized testing such as dedicated magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs), scope procedures or even biopsies helps urologists in better evaluating some cysts and tumors.
When kidney cancer is caught early, it is very treatable and often curable. Advanced kidney cancer that has already spread to other parts of the body is more difficult to treat. Therefore, it is important to treat kidney cancers before they spread.
Traditional surgery for kidney cancer involved large incisions and prolonged hospital stays. Now, newer approaches, like robotic surgery, allow many patients to keep their kidneys and only have the portion affected by cancer removed. This is called a partial nephrectomy. Larger cancers still require removal of the entire affected kidney (radical nephrectomy), but this can also be performed using a surgical robot, which allows patients to have smaller incisions and recover faster from surgery than with the traditional approach.
So, what is robotic surgery? The Da Vinci surgical robot is a system controlled by a surgeon, such as a urologist, which allows for the greater visualization and dexterity needed to perform complex operations through a series of incisions, most of which are less than half an inch.
As with any potential cancer, it is important to find a center that offers a wide range of specialists and has the newest technologies but is also accessible to you and willing to make you a priority. In addition to urologists, kidney cancer management can require a team of oncologists, interventional radiologists and nephrologists to help manage your care. You should additionally look for a urologist that has the latest training in kidney cancer surgery.
MORE THAN 200,000 PPE ITEMS DONATED TO SUPPORT THE STATE’S FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19…..
COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio’s 23 community colleges have donated more than 200,000 medical face masks and pairs of gloves to hospitals and local first responders across the state, according to the Ohio Association of Community Colleges. Twenty-five much-needed medical ventilators are among the colleges’ donations.
“Our campuses have answered Gov. DeWine’s call to provide PPE equipment and other critically needed medical supplies to those on the frontlines,” said Jack Hershey, President and CEO of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges. “Many of these medical workers and first-responders have been educated on our campuses, so it is doubly gratifying that our colleges are able to support these graduates and their colleagues in this way.”
About 800 N95 masks, 1,150 breathing masks, 12,000 other masks and 223,000 pairs of regular and sterile gloves were donated, Hershey said.
The colleges, which are currently registering students for summer courses, are closed right now to in-classroom instruction. They have the equipment because they offer certificates and degrees in numerous health care programs, including nursing, EMT, laboratory technicians, and respiratory care.
Colleges also donated other health care items, including thermometers, lab coats and shoe and hair covers. Some have offered their parking lots for drive-up testing as well as the use of other campus facilities, if needed.
“In addition to donating equipment and supplies, the colleges are providing support of other kinds to their students, faculty and members of the community, including mental health support, food pantries and helping to successfully navigate remote learning environments,” Hershey said. “Many have already offered use of their facilities and video-conferencing capabilities. A number of colleges of our colleges are using their webpages to provide community resources information, and many will be offering emergency funding assistance to students as needed. These efforts are an excellent extension of the close relationship our colleges have with their local communities.”
The OACC represents the presidents and trustees of the state’s 23 public two-year institutions, working to advance our community colleges through policy advocacy and professional development. For more information, please visit www.OhioCommunityColleges.Org
We should strive for sustainability in order to keep the planet healthy for future generations. You can improve sustainability in your school with these tips….
Sustainability is ever-increasing in importance as people become more conscious of how much we waste, contribute to pollution, and consume resources. To keep the environment healthy, both for its own sake and for that of future generations, we can make changes in our homes, workplaces, and centers of learning. That last location is especially vital to sustainability efforts because schools can lead by example in helping to educate children on the importance of environmental awareness from a young age. While society still has a long way to go, these same children may one day produce innovations that take us further in the effectiveness of eco-friendly endeavors. Even though schools are currently closed, you can make plans to implement these simple ways to improve sustainability in schools for next year.
Have Ways to Recycle
With recycling, it’s easy to get students involved in sustainability. You can set up recycling bins in classrooms and in the cafeteria where the children put paper items and certain plastics. Figure out what types of waste are produced on a regular day at your school and obtain the corresponding bins for those. Rather than just stop there, though, you can organize certain days where teachers incorporate recycling into their lessons so that students know why it is so important. All this will help to make recycling a habit for the students while also creating a more eco-friendly culture within the school.
Increase Energy Efficiency
In addition to physical items, the school can work to save wasted energy. Small actions, including turning off lights when a room is not in use or making sure that entryways into the building stay shut when the HVAC system is on, can conserve electricity. The various appliances in the facility should be energy-efficient as well. Instead of incandescent lights, you might install LED lights around the school, for instance.
Use Sustainable Building Materials
Making major changes to the school building itself may not be necessary. However, when it comes to repairs and outdoor areas, you can use materials that have less of an impact on the environment. If you need to construct a new room or fix a large part of a room, take the opportunity to make sure you’re using insulation effectively. The HVAC system will not need to work as hard to cool or heat the room as a result. For benches and playground equipment, use sustainable materials such as plastic lumber, which is made up of recycled bottles and other containers. An effectively designed playground will be safe, fun, and include sustainability seamlessly so that it does not impede its usability.
Add flavor to your brunch with the sweet taste of honey as part of a remade rendition of a breakfast favorite: chicken and waffles…..and more
(Family Features) Many spring celebrations call for fabulous food, specifically dishes fit for brunch, even if your “crowd” is simply your nearest loved ones gathered at the family table. A wide variety of recipes may fit the festivities, but a combination of comforting bites with sweet and savory flavors is perfect for appeasing all appetites.
This menu of morning recipes includes Chive and Orange Blossom Honey Waffles and Spicy Garlic Honey Chicken as a filling option to base the meal around with Breakfast Casserole as a more traditional dish. For a sweet sendoff, this Brown Sugar Bundt Cake is best served warm as a midday dessert or can be added to your plate as a simple side.
Recipe courtesy of Marcia Stanley, MS, RDN, on behalf of Milk Means More Prep time: 25 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Servings: 6
1 pound red or white potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 small onion, coarsely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
nonstick cooking spray
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup reduced-fat and reduced-sodium, chopped, cooked ham (about 4 ounces)
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss or cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1 tablespoon mustard
Heat oven to 350° F.
In large saucepan, cover potato pieces with enough water to just submerge. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Add onion. Return to simmer, covered, about 5 minutes, or until potatoes are just tender. Drain well. Cool slightly.
Coat 8-by-8-by-2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place potato-onion mixture in baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Gently stir to combine. Sprinkle ham and cheese on top.
In medium bowl, lightly beat eggs. Whisk in milk, mustard and remaining salt. Pour over layers in baking dish. Bake, uncovered, 40-45 minutes, or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
A Bundt Cake for Brunch
Many brunch festivities may center around classic breakfast foods like quiches and fresh fruits, but you can take your gathering to the next level with a treat to pair with nearly any dish.
This Brown Sugar Bundt Cake can be the simple, sweet side your guests crave as a complement to the savory recipes on the table. Made using just a handful of household ingredients, including the flavor-boosting addition of C&H sugars, it can be created in about an hour and served warm during your next at-home brunch gathering.
Recipe courtesy of “Browned Butter Blondie” on behalf of C&H Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 50 minutes
Nonstick cooking spray
2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 3/4 cups packed C&H Golden Brown Sugar
1/4 cup C&H Granulated Sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
C&H Confectioners’ Sugar, for dusting
Heat oven to 350° F.
Grease 10-cup bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
In medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix on low speed.
With mixer on low, add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with yogurt. Begin and end with flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
Pour batter into prepared bundt pan and use offset spatula to level batter.
Bake 50-55 minutes, or until cake is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. If cake browns too quickly while baking, cover with foil after 35 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool on baking rack 20 minutes. Invert pan onto baking rack and gently tap bottom of pan to release cake.
Cool completely before dusting with confectioners’ sugar.
The Ohio State University Extension 4-H staff in Wood County shared a few pictures with theNBXpress, along with this message: “Our Wood County 4-H Members are reaching out to thank Essential workers during these challenging times.” #4happreciatesyou #4hgrowshere
Jenny Morlock , 4-H Program Assistant for OSU Extension in Wood County said ” I just want to reach as many people as possible to let them know how much they are appreciated and teach our kids we can still reach out to others no matter what obstacles we have. Oh, and these kids are all from the Klassy Kids 4-H Club from your neck of the woods (Southern Wood County)!”
Encouraging manufacturers with the capabilities to produce PPE to join the “Repurposing Project,” as soon as possible……
PERRYSBURG — Manufacturers across Ohio have the opportunity to meet the demand of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) as the health care industry faces shortages during the coronavirus pandemic.
State Rep. Haraz N. Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) is encouraging manufacturers with the capabilities to produce PPE to join the “Repurposing Project,” as soon as possible. The completion of an online survey (https://ohiomfg.formstack.com/forms/repurposing_project) is the first step to get engaged.
“Some of the shortages of materials include, but are not limited to gloves, goggles, gowns, and N95 masks,” said Ghanbari. “This initiative is a multifaceted and well-thought out way of using all of our resources to combat COVID-19.”
Collectively known as the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance, the groups helping to lead this initiative include the Ohio Manufacturers Association (OMA), the Ohio Hospitals Association, Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET).
“This intricate approach will help all parties – patients, health care professionals, and manufacturers – to combat the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Ghanbari. “Our businesses here in Wood County are eager to be part of solution; as Ohioans we are all in this together.”
Governor Mike DeWine announced Thursday over 600 Ohio businesses have shown interest in participating in this call to service.
State Representative Haraz N. Ghanbari is serving his first term in the Ohio House of Representatives after being appointed in March of 2019. He represents the 3rd Ohio House District, serving residents of Wood County.
For more information, please contact Representative Ghanbari’s office at (614) 466-8104 or [email protected].
2020 Race for the Cure Events will Hopefully Take Place as Scheduled….
Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio Remains Optimistic 2020 Findlay and Toledo Race for the Cure Events will Take Place as Scheduled
TOLEDO, OHIO. Thursday, April 2, 2020 – Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio® takes the health and safety of breast cancer patients and our supporters, volunteers and staff very seriously.
After careful consideration of the ongoing novel coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) crisis, Komen Northwest Ohio leadership remains optimistic that the 2020 Race for the Cure events will take place as scheduled on Saturday, September 26 in Findlay and on Sunday, September 27 in Toledo.
As previously scheduled, registration for the Findlay and Toledo events opened yesterday, Wednesday, April 1. Those interested in registering for the Toledo or Findlay Races may do so at komennwohio.org/race or by calling 419-724-2873. Early special registration remains at $25 for all adults and $15 for youth (ages 3 to 18), and the first 200 people to register will receive free T-shirt shipping.
We realize that times are challenging and there are many unknowns. Komen Northwest Ohio leadership will continue to consult with national and local health experts throughout the coming weeks and months and will provide updates if changes arise.
Komen Northwest Ohio would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to all of the medical professionals, first responders, and other essential workers throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan who have been working diligently to combat COVID-19.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to all who have been affected by this ongoing crisis. Although this must be our focus, the work of Komen Northwest Ohio will go on. Breast cancer doesn’t stop, and neither will we.
Komen Northwest Ohio continues to help women and men battling breast cancer in our 24-county service area, and we are putting plans in place to ensure funds are raised to support the most vulnerable among us as they battle breast cancer.
We would also like to thank our Komen Northwest Ohio family for their patience and commitment to the fight against breast cancer as we respond to this evolving situation together.
About Susan G. Komen® and Komen Northwest Ohio Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Northwest Ohio is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Komen Northwest Ohio has invested more than $13 million in community breast health programs in 24 counties and has contributed more than $4 million to breast cancer research.
Payment and order are due to the district office no later than Tuesday, April 21, 2020……
The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a spring fingerling fish sale.
Fish species offered include: Bluegill, Hybrid Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Fathead Minnows, and White Amur. Order forms are available on the website at www.woodswcd.com or by stopping by the office at 1616 E Wooster Street (Greenwood Centre – The Courtyard) Bowling Green, OH. Please call ahead if stopping by the office, 419-354-5517 #4. Fish pick-up is Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 9:30 AM at the Wood County Fairgrounds. Payment and order are due to the district office no later than Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
In large bowl, sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and baking powder.
In mixing bowl, cream together oil and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Gradually add in carrots and crushed pineapple.
Add dry mixture to wet ingredients and beat until smooth. Fold in walnuts.
Pour batter into two lightly greased 8-inch round cake pans and bake 25-30 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool completely. Remove cakes from pans and slice off tops to level cakes.
To make frosting: In mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Gradually add in powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
Spread two large spoonfuls frosting over top of one cake and stack second cake on top. Frost entire cake with remaining frosting.
New York, NY – The AKC Museum of the Dog has made available a collection of educational content and online material for audiences to access and enjoy the museum’s collection, programs and resources while the Museum is temporarily closed to support New York City’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Audiences are able to experience the museum through a virtual tour of its current exhibition, “Mush! A Tribute to Sled Dogs From Arctic Exploration to the Iditarod.” This virtual tour, which can be accessed on the museum’s website, includes high resolution photos of the artwork on display and contains extensive contextual and informational labels. The goal of the virtual tour is to further engage those at home by prompting discussion questions and art challenges.
The popular “Paws To Read” program, designed to provide children an opportunity to get creative and be inspired by some of the best children’s fiction books, has also gone virtual. Pre-recorded children’s book readings will be uploaded to the Museum of the Dog’s Facebook and YouTube channel for children to read along online. The books that will be featured in these segments are:
Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
I Will Love You Anyway by Mick Inkpen
Stubby by Kathy Borrus
Furthermore, individuals can go on Museumofthedog.org to access free downloadable worksheets that feature a variety of activities for families. This includes:
In addition to these worksheets, the museum is also encouraging families and children to get creative with their dogs through art at home! Children can create artwork using any household materials and submit a photo of their art for the Community Wall. The art will be featured on our Community Wall frames digitally in the Museum galleries as well as our @MODCommunityWall Instagram account. Guidelines for submission can be found on the website.
The AKC Museum of the Dog is also offering an exclusive membership offer. For a limited time only, individuals who sign up for a Museum of the Dog membership at the Family/Dual Level will received a free Dog Lovers Puzzle to help banish boredom! All new memberships will begin on the date the AKC Museum of the Dog reopens in New York City, however, those who sign up will receive the puzzle and members-only online programming and activities while our galleries are temporarily closed.
About the AKC Museum of the Dog
Founded in 1982, The AKC Museum of the Dog is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of the art, artifacts and literature of the dog for the purposes of education, historical perspective, aesthetic enjoyment and to enhance the appreciation for and knowledge of the significance of the dog and the human/canine relationship. The museum is home to over 700 original paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, bronzes, and porcelain figurines, a variety of decorative arts objects and interactive displays depicting man’s best friend throughout the ages. The AKC Museum of the Dog is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization funded mainly by private and corporate gift donations.
NB 50 Year Club gathering on June 6, 2020 CANCELLED
After talking with the committee, I need to inform everyone that the 50 Year Club will not be meeting this year on the first Saturday in June 2020, June 6th.
With the COVID19 virus, the President and Ohio Governor both mandating stay at home orders for the month of April, and Ohio predicting that it will peak mid May, this seems to be the right call. Considering the age of our members, I do not want anyone to take any health risks.
We have over 700 people on our roster, and that makes it an expensive project to do a mailing, so I’m asking all of you to pass the word. We will plan to reunite on June 5, 2021.