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Thursday 12/06/2018
Standardized protocols needed to improve health outcomes related to pregnancy complications
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - The rates of maternal mortality and preterm birth continue to rise dramatically in the United States. According to the CDC and March of Dimes, more than 700 women die of pregnancy-related causes in the U.S. every year, and more than 1,000 babies are born prematurely every day. It’s impossible to point to one specific cause for these serious issues, particularly because of how segmented our healthcare system is. But by standardizing protocols across the U.S. healthcare system, advocates say we could decrease harm and improve care for women and their unborn babies.

Wednesday 12/05/2018
Easy DIY gifts for everyone on your holiday list
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

A history of cancer breakthroughs 65 years in the making
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - When the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) was founded in 1953, little was known about cancer and even less about the immune system. CRI was the first — and for many decades the only — research funding organization that believed that we could one day harness the immune system as a powerful weapon against cancer. Since then, the field of cancer immunology has blossomed and immunotherapy has revolutionized how cancer is treated, thanks in part to work funded by CRI.

This year marks CRI’s 65th anniversary. As part of the celebration, the nonprofit dedicated to cancer immunotherapy research released a list of 30 of the most important CRI-funded scientific breakthroughs. Each milestone can be traced directly back to CRI, which has supported more than 3,200 scientists and doctors at top institutions around the world.

Though distinct, each of these breakthroughs provided crucial pieces to the complex puzzle that CRI has long sought to solve: how the immune system can be used to save the lives of those with cancer.

Foundational discoveries

Many CRI-funded foundational discoveries helped establish immunotherapy as a viable treatment approach for cancer. One particularly important discovery occurred in 1976, when a team led by Lloyd J. Old, M.D., CRI’s founding scientific and medical director, revealed the existence of spontaneously occurring anti-tumor immune responses in cancer patients.

Many of today’s advancements in cancer treatment are a direct of result of these foundational breakthroughs, made possible in part by the $384 million in donor support that CRI has invested in scientists over the last six decades.

Checkpoint immunotherapy

Checkpoint inhibitors that target the PD-1/PD-L-1 pathway have been approved for eleven major cancer types in the United States and around the world, thanks in part to early work funded by CRI. While working in the Emory University lab of Rafi Ahmed, Ph.D., CRI-funded fellows E. John Wherry, Ph.D., and David Masopust, Ph.D., laid the groundwork for these therapies by showing that targeting this pathway could restore the activity of “exhausted” T cells.

These treatments, however, weren’t the first checkpoint immunotherapies approved by the FDA. The first, which targets CTLA-4, was approved in 2011 after a breakthrough in a phase III clinical trial with advanced melanoma patients. CRI-funded postdoctoral fellow Dr. Frank Borriello was part of Dr. Arlene Sharpe’s team at Harvard Medical School that was one of the first to help clarify the role of CTLA4 in immune responses, while James P. Allison, Ph.D., 2018 Nobel Prize recipient, current director of CRI’s Scientific Advisory Council, and chair of the Department of Immunology and the executive director of the Immunotherapy Platform at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, is regarded as a pioneer and one of the driving forces behind the clinical development of anti-CTLA-4 immunotherapy.

Expanding immunotherapy’s applications

Beyond checkpoint inhibitors, immunotherapies like vaccines can educate patients’ immune systems about what cancer “looks like,” while others incorporate patients’ immune cells directly. These cell-based immunotherapies continue to show great promise and are improving survival for many patients, including children, living with cancer.

In 2002, Dr. Cassian Yee, a CRI-funded clinical grantee at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle (now at MD Anderson Cancer Center), helped lead groundbreaking work that was among the first to show that cancer patients’ immune cells could be removed, enhanced in the lab, and then used to help fight their tumors. This work launched the development of many adoptive T cell immunotherapy approaches — including chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy, an approach recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of some types of leukemia and lymphoma.

Rule the holidays using Alexa smart home technology
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - (BPT) – The holidays are known to be the most wonderful time of year, but often bring a sense of urgency and stress to many of us. Whether it’s shopping for gifts, traveling to parties, cooking holiday meals or entertaining friends and family, you’re probably thinking you could use an extra set of hands. But your best option may actually be to go hands free. You can cut through the chaos and make your life easier this holiday season by using all the capabilities of an Alexa smart home with Amazon Echo devices and more.

Tuesday 12/04/2018
Amazon Prime reveals member favorites with Best of Prime 2018
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Over one hundred million people around the world are Prime members, but how do they enjoy the best of shopping and entertainment from Amazon? Just in time to provide inspiration for the holiday season, Amazon’s annual Best of Prime celebrates what members shopped for, watched, read, played and listened to between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018, unless otherwise noted. 

Monday 12/03/2018
This one desk accessory could help you feel better at work
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Take a look at your desk. Chances are you have at least two screens in front of you. From our cell phones to multiple monitors and even tablets, backlit screens constantly demand our attention during the workday, but that quality of light could have a negative impact on our health, comfort and productivity. For a quick fix, add a task light. Proper task lighting is an easy hack that can improve your health, comfort and productivity at work.

Ultimate Life Hack for Managing Your Money after the Wedding Day
Posted: December 03, 2018

(NewsUSA) - While your love may know no bounds for your spouse, things can get a little more tricky when talking about finances.

Friday 11/30/2018
Protecting your data from holiday cyberattacks
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Holiday crime used to mean break-ins and thieves swiping packages from your doorstep. But now there’s an increasing number of cybersecurity threats specifically looking to capitalize on the holiday season. With many people getting new devices, using unfamiliar networks and doing lots of online shopping, bad actors have plenty of targets to choose from. By following these simple steps for data protection, you can keep your digital information secure this holiday season.

Tuesday 11/27/2018
Your 2018 guide to earth-friendly holiday gifting
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Each year, many people count down the days to the holiday season and save their money for festive decorations and gift giving. In fact, the average American will spend over $1,000 on holiday gifts, according to the National Retail Federation.

Wednesday 11/21/2018
4 ways to recreate your entertaining space
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - The holidays, the big game, New Year’s and everything in between: At this time of year there are plenty of reasons to invite family and friends to your home to entertain. In addition, there are also plenty of times — particularly on cold winter nights — when you just want to have a place you can go to get cozy, play a video game or watch a movie in peace.

How to launch a video channel and create a community
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Today's teens can easily connect with like-minded people by making videos and sharing them. For some 85 percent of U.S. teens, a smartphone is their tool of choice to watch, share and publish videos, according to Pew Research Center.

Tuesday 11/20/2018
It’s That Time Of Year Again!!
Updated: November 22, 2018 - 2:38 am

(NAPSI)—For the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is the busiest time of year. USPS expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages, for a total of nearly 16 billion mail and package deliveries.

Holiday Gift Guide: Toys That Teach
Updated: November 22, 2018 - 2:38 am

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, toys that teach important STEM and STEAM skills are as popular with parents as they are with kids. Here are the top seven toys (that also teach) to consider giving this year!

Monday 11/19/2018
5 bonus ideas for your best Black Friday yet
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - If your individual shopping trips are sprints, then Black Friday is your marathon — an action-packed, intense early morning hunt that’s not for the faint of heart. And you love every minute of it. From that first warm cup of coffee while camping out with family and friends to finding amazing deals, Black Friday is a holiday in and of itself. The tips included below will help you make this year’s Black Friday your best yet.

Wednesday 11/14/2018
5 ways to treat your family (and yourself) and save money this holiday
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - The holidays are a cheerful time of year, but the season also comes with increased spending — from purchasing gifts to holiday gatherings and travel. And, while most are shopping for gifts for others, recent research shows that more than half of shoppers are also buying for themselves, adding further to the shopping list.[1] There’s no better time than now to plan for holiday gift shopping in order to scoop up the best deals. 

Tuesday 11/13/2018
AI Meets Hip Hop in Innovative Music Partnership
Posted: November 13, 2018

(NewsUSA) - DigiTrax Entertainment, a pioneer in the music technology industry, brings its artificial intelligence (AI) expertise to the popular hip-hop segment.

How to Stretch Your Holiday Budget by Saving on Mobile Devices
Posted: November 13, 2018

(StatePoint) With this year’s holiday spending expected to rise over last year, according to the National Retail Federation estimates, you may be planning to spend more on décor, gift-giving and travel. If your seasonal plans also include upgrading mobile devices for yourself or for loved ones, keep in mind that you can make room in your budget for those other holiday expenditures by not paying the price for a brand-new model.

Monday 11/12/2018
Digital Cash Can Aid Marital Money Management
Posted: November 12, 2018

(NewsUSA) - You may be happy with your honey, but the happiest of couples can argue over money.

The Ultimate Gift for Golf Gurus
Posted: November 12, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Coming up with clever holiday gifts is always a challenge, especially for someone who "has everything." However, ways to get creative include gifts that provide experiences, not just things to accumulate. Think of enjoying a craft beer or wine of the month, flying a drone or model plane, shushing down the slopes on a customized snowboard, or playing a classic arcade game.

Thursday 11/08/2018
4 Tech Mistakes Stealing Employee Productivity
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - When you’re running a small business, the productivity of your employees can make or break you.

3 technology challenges for entrepreneurs and how to handle them
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - As a small business owner, you face many challenges. From stiff competition for customers to getting your name out there in a crowded marketplace and of course, balancing your budget, there’s always something new that needs your attention.

Wednesday 11/07/2018
The Cord-Cutter's Dilemma
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - You’ve made the decision to cut the cord. Now, how can you continue to enjoy all your favorite shows in a cost-effective and convenient manner?

5 steps to tackling technology and raising your Gen Z child
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

5 compelling reasons to make prepaid wireless service part of your household budget
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Out with the old and in with the new is the mantra most people live by in the smartphone age. New apps, new styles, new functionality, they all have you running to get an upgrade as quickly as possible.

Sunday 11/04/2018
The stats are in: Credit card fraud is down 75 percent because of chip technology
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - The whole idea behind integrating EMV® chips into credit and debit cards was to make transactions safer and more secure for consumers and merchants. A recent report by Visa shows that it has hit the mark. Visa took a look at the numbers, comparing chip card use by consumers and adoption by merchants from the initial rollout of chip cards in 2015 to now.

Thursday 11/01/2018
How parents can encourage and support imaginative play
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Play is a child’s work, and it comes naturally to kids. While we often focus on how a child’s intellectual abilities are coming along, the role of imaginative play in childhood development is often overlooked.

Low-Cost Internet Program Helps Connect Families, Veterans
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:43 pm

(NewsUSA) - Most of us can't imagine life without Internet service at home. We use it every day for news and entertainment, as well as to research healthcare options for our families; to connect with friends and family; to search and apply for jobs, scholarships, or schools; or to shop and save time.

Tips For Having A Smart Move
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:08 am

(NAPSI)—Every year, some 40 million Americans move into a new home. If you’re one of them, consider taking steps to ensure your move is a smart one:

Monday 10/29/2018
Smart Ways to Protect Your Smartphone
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:08 am

(StatePoint) When you check out the latest smartphones from Apple, Google or Samsung, you’ll notice they have something in common: glass designs. Why? Glass allows for wireless charging, better connection signals, bigger display screens, and truth be told, glass feels great and looks beautiful. But these features come with a price -- durability. Compared to metal or plastic, glass cracks, shatters, scratches and can get slippery.

Wednesday 10/17/2018
3D printing is reimagining the way we live today
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - When additive manufacturing technology — better known as 3D printing — was first invented more than 30 years ago it was intended to make the product design and manufacturing process more efficient. At that time, 3D printing was used primarily as a way to create prototypes to validate and perfect product design, but the inventor, Chuck Hull, had no idea how it would change the way we live.

Tuesday 10/16/2018
Make your tailgating party the hotspot
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Tailgates down! Portable grills are full of mascot-stamped brats ready to be washed down by the contents of ice cold coolers. The scene includes enough family and friends to leave no leftovers behind. Rivalry-fueled rhetoric, bag toss tournaments and face painting mark one of the most anticipated traditions of the year.

5 tips to plan the perfect game day
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - You’ve waited all summer for this but now it’s finally here again — the sports season trifecta. That’s right, football season, post-season baseball, the return of hockey and new professional and college basketball seasons on the horizon are all happening at once. It’s a sports-lover’s dream and for you there’s no better way to spend the upcoming weekends than at home watching your favorite team play. But is the environment in which you and your friends enjoy the game up to the level of the event itself? If it isn’t, consider these five tips to up your in-home game-day experience this year:

Thursday 10/11/2018
3 alarming places where germs are hiding in your kitchen
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Your kitchen may look clean, but here’s the dirt on what’s really happening. Although a quick daily clean might keep some of the bacteria at bay, it’s important to remember that germs are lurking in the dark corners often overlooked! Since the kitchen tends to be where family and friends congregate, not only is it alarming to discover that things may not be as clean as you thought they were, bacteria can come in contact with the food you eat. That raises your risk of getting sick.

Wednesday 10/10/2018
Simplicity and savings trigger flip phone comeback
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - The good old-fashioned flip phone is enjoying a quiet resurgence, with sales having increased by 5 percent in 2017. While they’re not exactly poised to overtake the popularity of the iPhone, these venerable devices retain a timeless appeal for those who prefer the simple convenience of using a cellphone primarily for making and receiving calls, and with older users who find smartphones unnecessarily complex for their needs.

Tuesday 10/09/2018
Fun and accessible STEM resources for kids
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Inspiring kids’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) now could help prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that occupations related to STEM are projected to grow 13 percent by 2022 — faster than projections for all other occupations over the same time.

Get Back To Loving Your Digital Life After A Hack
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:08 am

(NAPSI)—Learning you’ve been hacked can be a bummer. Luckily, Allstate believes your online information is just as important as your home or car. To help you learn more about managing your digital footprint, visit www.HiddenWorldOfData.com, which is a hub of educational resources. You can learn more about where your data goes and how to better manage your data privacy and prevent any negative missteps. So whether you’ve been hacked or just want to take the right steps to prevent it from happening, Allstate has your back.

Wednesday 10/03/2018
Make a fashion statement ... with hearing aids?
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - When thinking about fashionable accessories, images of jewelry, scarves, ties or glasses may come to mind. You might even think of the growing number of wearable technology options like earbuds or smartwatches, offering useful and sleek accessories. In any case, hearing aids are often the last thing people think of when it comes to fashion.

Open for business but also open for hackers?
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Protection against cyber attacks is crucial for any small business. A surprising report says that the average small business website is attacked by bots 44 times a day; however, many small businesses can’t picture themselves as a target. It’s easy to think that only large companies are subject to cyber threats, and therefore, overlook developing cybersecurity systems and tools due to cost and lack of resources. Thus, this is the exact reason why hackers will target small businesses — they are expecting to find weaknesses. It is essential for small businesses to protect their data, develop backup measures, and build recovery plans to counteract cyber threats in order to reduce the risk of losing everything they've worked so hard to build.

Avoid chilling accidents with these tips to winterize your home
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Winter will be here before you know it. The season has a way of sneaking up on you and before you realize you’re not ready, the first chilling breezes have already arrived.

Tuesday 10/02/2018
Simple steps to stay healthy during cold and flu season
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - With cold and flu season just around the corner you might think there isn't much you can do to prepare for the inevitable aches and achoos. A few small changes in your routine and at home can go a long way toward keeping you and your family healthy all season long.

Monday 10/01/2018
Technology Breakthroughs Drive Clean Energy Success
Updated: November 13, 2018 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Ongoing concerns about reducing carbon emissions and identifying clean energy sources continue to drive demand for clean energy products and support the development of technology that produces them.

Thursday 09/27/2018
Integrate accessories for added luxury
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Accessories bring a sense of purpose into a space and, with thoughtful selection, can transform a room into an elevated experience. When used creatively and in unexpected ways, they add the perfect finishing touch to a space and can transform the overall aesthetic and design. From hardware to purposefully placed décor, integrate accessories artfully and functionally to achieve beauty and balance for an even more luxurious space.

Tuesday 09/25/2018
Using data to deliver better customer experience
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Today, food delivery competition has expanded from traditional restaurants to include local grocery stores and data-driven giants like Amazon. To stand out, companies need a competitive differentiator. Domino’s, founded in 1960, cut through the increased competition’s crust and remains one of the largest pizza companies in the world because it recognizes this.

Wednesday 09/19/2018
The Top-10 Most Reviewed Software Categories
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:08 am

(NAPSI)—Getting the right software for your company doesn’t have to be hard if you heed the recent research.

Tuesday 09/18/2018
5 Tips to Bring Your Home’s Wi-Fi ‘Dead Zones’ to life
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:08 am

(StatePoint) Whether it’s to stream a movie from the bedroom or lock the front door using smart home technology, you’ve likely come to expect Wi-Fi to reach every corner of your house. The reality is that there are certain locations in many homes where Internet-connected devices and smartphones are unable to receive a steady Wi-Fi signal (or any signal at all) from the router. These sad places are called “dead zones.”

Friday 09/14/2018
It's anniversary time for this fun-loving digital dragon
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - What entertained you in the 90’s? Was it the last episode of Seinfeld? The first episode of Friends or big, exciting adventure films like Titanic, Saving Private Ryan or Armageddon? Maybe you remember something else, and no, we don't mean heading out to the mall in your flannel, your overalls, and your jelly shoes.

Wednesday 09/12/2018
3 questions to ask when looking for your new HVAC unit
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - If you subscribe to the belief that your home is your castle, then you naturally expect to be comfortable in that castle, right? Whether it’s the middle of winter or the dog days of summer, your home’s HVAC system plays a vital role in supporting this comfort, so if you’re in the market for a new system, here are three questions you should ask before purchasing your new system.

Tuesday 09/11/2018
How This Startup Will Kill The Banner Ad
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(NewsUSA) - It has been 25 years since the first banner ad hit the internet. Yet, while the web has changed nearly every other aspect of our society, the way companies advertise online is still stuck in the stone age.

Monday 09/10/2018
5 back-to-school savings tips for parents
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Back-to-school season is in full swing and parents are busy completing their shopping lists. Between new books, school supplies and the latest gadgets, sticking to a back-to-school budget is no small feat. Financial columnist, broadcaster and author Peter Dunn, known nationally as “Pete the Planner,” has some great, deal-savvy shopping tips to help you find the best values and save money during this back-to-school shopping season.