San Bernardino County Fire Department Asks For $550,000 For Seasonal Staffing – Phelan Pinon Hills And Wrightwood

San Bernardino County Fire Department Asks For $550,000 For Seasonal Staffing – Phelan Pinon Hills And Wrightwood

Board Meeting June 12th

(Best Syndication) This dry fire season has prompted the San Bernardino County Fire Department to ask the county Board of Supervisors (BOS) for an extra $550,000 this year. The money is needed for supplemental staffing and if approved may be transferred from the general fund.

Last Tuesday the fire department made their case to the BOS. The Board will vote on the proposal this Tuesday in San Bernardino. Wrightwood, Lucerne Valley and Phelan fire stations are asking for a limited time firefighter on a 24-hour shift basis. The total cost of the staff for the three stations is $168,000.

Angel Cabrera wins US Open Golf Championship

Angel Cabrera wins US Open Golf Championship

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[Best Syndication] Argentinian, Angel Cabrera, surprised everyone by taking home the trophy for the 107th US Open golf championship. Cabrera scored one-under par to place top while both Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods trailed closely behind.

The only other Argentinian to win a major golf title was, Roberto di Vicenzo whom won the 1967 British Open at Hoylake.

The final round on Sunday was Cabrera scoring one-under-par with 69. Furyk scored an even-par score of 70 and Woods was respectably scored at two-over at 72. This was a tough competition and Cabrera did a great round of golf.

Blockbuster Video Rentals will expand Blu-Ray DVD Rentals in more Stores

Blockbuster Video Rentals will expand Blu-Ray DVD Rentals in more Stores

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[Best Syndication] Blockbuster Inc. in the U.S., will be expanding their rentals to have Sony Corp.’s Blu-ray DVD format high definition available to rent at a total of 1,700 stores. Blockbuster said that more customers are chosing the blue-ray format during a 250 store test run.

There are a total of 8,000 Blockbuster stores worldwide. They will begin their expansion in mid-July. Never fear, blockbuster will also offer both formats online through their mailed rentals. There you can choose between HD-DVD or Blu-ray as well as regular DVD rentals.

They will have 250 stores that will continue to carry both HD-DVD and Blu-ray rentals. At this time Blockbuster reported that there was an significantly higher amount of rentals for the Blu-ray discs compared to the HD-DVD rentals.

The pros to the Blu-ray discs are they have a crisper picture, and have more space for special features compared with regular DVD movies. The HD-DVD has a little bit less storage capability. The pro to the HD-DVD is that it is less expensive to manufacturer players, burners and discs.

Risk Factors for Rheumatoid Arthritis – Smoking, Education Level, and Glucose Tolerance

Risk Factors for Rheumatoid Arthritis – Smoking, Education Level, and Glucose Tolerance

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[Best Syndication] Studies were presented at the EULAR 2007, the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology in Barcelona, Spain which pinpointed a number of different risk factors for a person to develop rheumatoid arthritis. These risk factors include both environmental as well as genetic risk factors that can contribute to rheumatoid arthritis. Smoking, the level of education, and metabolic indicators all contribute to the risk factors for developing the disease.

One study showed that smoking increased the risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis with an odds ratio of 1.77; 95% confidence interval 1.13 to 2.78. This study also showed a relationship with education and rheumatoid risk factor. If a person had only an elementary school education only when compared against a university degree education had an odds ratio of 2.46 confidence interval 1.20 to 5.02. The researchers point out that education factor alone may increase the risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Mothers that Breast feed have reduced risk for developing Rheumatoid Arthritis

Mothers that Breast feed have reduced risk for developing Rheumatoid Arthritis

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[Best Syndication] A study was presented at the EULAR 2007, the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology in Barcelona, Spain that discussed the benefits of breast feeding and reduced risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis. Mothers that breast feed for at least thirteen months had a reduced risk for developing the disease. The researchers did not see any relationship to risk factors for oral contraceptive use or hormone replacement therapy with the development of rheumatoid arthritis.

“Whilst other studies suggest that hormonal factors play a part in the development of RA, and we know that pregnancy can result in an improvement in RA symptoms, we wanted to investigate the long term effect of breast-feeding,” said the lead researcher Dr Mitra Keshavarz, of Malmö Hospital University, Sweden. “This study specifically highlights the potential of naturally-induced hormones in protecting individuals from developing RA in the future. Furthermore, it adds to the growing body of evidence in favor of breast feeding and its positive health implications – this time demonstrating its protective benefits for the mother.”

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