The health of babies in the United States has taken a step backward as the nation’s preterm birth rate worsened for the first time in eight years, the March of Dimes said today. The U.S. earned a “C” grade on the latest March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card amidst widening differences in prematurity rates across different races and ethnicities.
“The 2016 March of Dimes Report Card demonstrates that there is an unfair burden of premature birth among specific racial and ethnic groups as well as geographic areas,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “The March of Dimes strives for a world where every baby has a fair chance, yet we see this is not the reality for many mothers and babies. Babies in this country have different chances of surviving and thriving simply based on the circumstances of their birth.”
The U.S. preterm birth rate went up from 9.57 to 9.63 in 2015, according to final data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Across the country, preterm birth rates were nearly 48 percent higher among black women and more than 15 percent higher among American Indian/Alaska Native women compared to white women.
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From a child development expert whose pet-centric curriculum is helping rehabilitate troubled adolescents to the founder of New York City’s first cat café, Purina’s third Better With Pets Summit showcased how the relationship between pets and people enhances overall emotional wellness.
The day-long summit, which was hosted by Emmy-nominated comedian and writer, Josh Gondelman, took place at the Brooklyn Expo Center in New York City on Nov. 3 and featured three panel discussions that examined the emotional relationship between pets and people, including the reciprocal effects both have on one another. Keynote speeches were presented by Purina senior research nutritionist Arleigh Reynolds, who has researched the dog and human bond for many years in Alaska and supports of The Frank Attla Youth Program; and author and reality television personality Carole Radziwill, who shared how pet ownership has shaped her life experiences.
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Holland America Line has broken ground on a new “Base Camp” complex at the company’s McKinley Chalet Resort near the entrance to Alaska’s Denali National Park. Expected to be complete for the 2016 Alaska cruise season, Base Camp is part of Holland America Line’s ongoing enhancement program at the property that also includes room updates, upgrades to soft goods and hotel decor and additional modifications.
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Nothing heats up Alaska more than second chances and Wild Heat. The quaint town of Cailkirn, Alaska welcomes back Kitty Grant even though she has a secret. But it’s Tack MacKinnon who is willing to look past their history, his heartbreak and her secrets to keep her protected and make her his own. Welcome to The Northern Fire Series by Lucy Monroe. http://www.lucymonroe.com/ #WildHeatNovel Romance
Starting today, Alaska Airlines customers can enjoy free* entertainment directly on their personal electronic devices. The new entertainment service, available today on 50 of Alaska’s 737 planes, will be available at no extra charge through Jan. 31, 2015. Alaska will equip nearly all of its all-Boeing fleet by April 2015.
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When the United States, on the verge of a nationwide energy induced blackout, desperate to find oil, sends in a research party of five to determine the size of the oil deposit, the mission team is in for a horrifying discovery and only one person lives to tell about it. Find out more here, http://bit.ly/LMTit1 Find us on Amazon here, http://amzn.to/Ju7rEY Thriller, Action, Adventure, Drama, Horror, and Sci-Fi Thriller
What can you do in 5 weeks? With the Kaplan Commitment, our students can take courses for their online bachelor’s degree or online graduate programs at no cost for 5 weeks to ensure that Kaplan University is the right fit.* Kaplan University strives to be leader among accredited online universities. We strive to offer our students the care and resources to succeed. Attending university online can seem challenging when coupled with other obligations. Kaplan University understands the demands our students face and offers the convenience and flexibility of online learning.
Students can attend class virtually anywhere they have an Internet connection and where they feel most comfortable. We strive to set ourselves apart from other online universities with the care we show each student. Our goal is to help you achieve your goals; in doing so, we create capable, successful graduates that make Kaplan University a trusted name in education. We are changing the way students view higher education, making university degrees online attainable for everyone—even those with the busiest schedule.
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On July 13, after 11 days, 17 hours and 22 minutes of non-stop driving, renowned adventurer and off-road driver Rainer Zietlow and his team set a new world record certified by Tüv Nord Mobility for driving the length of the Pan-American Highway as they crossed the road’s end in Deadhorse, Alaska. The TDI-Panamericana Endurance Challenge team covered 14 countries and nearly 16,000 miles in a 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI® Clean Diesel SUV. Their journey to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Pan-American Highway’s establishment breaks the previous record by more than three days.
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Celebrity Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are on a mission to find the best fish taco in America.
Teaming up with wild and sustainable Alaska seafood, the Los Angeles-based Border Grill chefs invite home cooks to submit their take on the wildly popular fish taco. Recipes using any variety of wild Alaska seafood are welcome. The grand prize winner will be flown to Los Angeles to serve their winning fish taco alongside the famous chefs on their gourmet taqueria on wheels, the Border Grill Truck. For more details, or to enter, visit www.alaskafishtaco.com.
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Former Baltimore policeman Nate Burns who escaped to a small town in Alaska finds himself falling for Meg Galligan, an independent and feisty bush pilot with her own demons. When her father's body is discovered in a mountain cave, Nate finds himself in the middle of a high profile murder investigation and learns the killer is in the community. Based on the Norah Roberts novel, Northern Lights premieres Saturday March 21st at 9pm ET/PT on Lifetime.