Airplane Safety Information Has Never Been So Much Fun!

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Jess Dixon’s flying automobile c. 1940

In an effort to make “flying the friendly skies” more safe, Delta has decided to get serious.

When it comes to the inflight safety talk, many people think they know the information, find it boring and/or may not pay attention. With the help of some infamous memes, Delta is hoping to change this perception. Safety in the air has gotten real – real entertaining!

See if you agree!

 

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These 5 Hero Moms Will Give You Extra Reason to Celebrate Mother’s Day

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  I consider my Mom a hero. The advocating for ME and Autism she does is amazing. She is the one person I can count on to show understanding and unconditional love to a daughter who’s road is rocked by chronic illness. All my love, Mom, today and always.

The following story is from “Time”

Written by  @tcberenson

From saving a drowning couple to rescuing kids from a bear

It’s true that every mother is a hero, which is why we have Mother’s Day. It’s just one small day of the year for people to appreciate everything mothers do for their families. But it’s also true that all acts of maternal heroism are not created equal. Dealing with the daily challenges of raising kids is one thing, but saving children from a bear is quite another. So here, in honor of Mother’s Day, we present five hero moms of the year.

  • The Mom Who Rescued Her Kids With a Pizza Hut Order

    Cheryl Treadway was being held hostage with her children in Florida and figured out how to escape — using an order from Pizza Hut.

With Treadway’s boyfriend holding her and her three children their home at knifepoint this week, Treadway ordered from Pizza Hut on her phone and asked, in the comments section, for someone to call 911.

Thanks to Treadway’s creative thinking, an employee at Pizza Hut called the police, who then rescued the family.

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  • That resolve ended up being life-saving when she saw a couple drowning off the coast of Cancun last December. There was no lifeguard on duty, so Loiselle, a single mother of two, dove in herself, swam out and brought the couple safely to shore.“Words cannot describe my gratitude but I’ll try,” the man said in an interview. “You saved my girlfriend’s life and most certainly mine too.”Calgary woman rescues, rescues couple, coast of Ca

    Tamara Loiselle and son, reading a letter of graditude from the couple.

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    • The Mom Who Got Her Family Out of a Burning House

      Morgan Stone, mother of five, had only seconds to spare to get her entire family out of their Indiana home before it was engulfed in flames last December.“It took me a second to really realize what was happening. When I opened the bedroom door and it was full of smoke, it took me a minute to grasp that this was a serious house fire,” Stone said.She sprang into action and got her five kids, her father-in-law and her pets out of the house before the whole structure burned.“He says I’m a hero,” Stone said of her fiancé, “But I don’t think I’m a hero, I’m just a mom who got my kids out safely—nothing means more to me than them.”

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      The Mom Who Saved Her Neighbor’s Kids From a Bear

Candace Gama saw her neighbor’s 6-year-old sons waiting for their school bus. Then she saw the bear.

Billings black bear (copy)

The black bear was about 20 yards away, so Gama drove her car between the bear and the kids and yelled at them to get in the car. Then to speed things up, she grabbed the boys by their backpacks and dragged them inside.

According to a local Montana newspaper, Gama’s 5-year-old daughter said her mom was the hero of the day.

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The Pregnant Mom Who Saved Her Family After a Terrible Car Crash

 

Erika Grow’s car hit black ice on the road in Wyoming last November and flipped three times, throwing her husband and sister from the car and leaving her two young children trapped in the back.

Even though she was eight months pregnant, Grow was able to clamber to the backseat and unbuckle her children, ages 3 and 21 months. She put them in suitcases to keep them warm in the freezing Wyoming weather.

Grow’s husband and sister went to the hospital, but her two children and unborn baby were unharmed.

Photo taken after birth of the newest Grow family member.

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Call for Congressional Hearing on Treatment For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

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By Cort Johnson on June 13, 2014

 

The following announcement comes from the FDA Treatment Team, a group of people dedicated to securing FDA approval for Ampligen. For readers who are unfamiliar with Ampligen, it is an immune modulating drug that has been used successfully for many years by ME/CFS specialists to treat severely ill patients. The makers of Ampligen have conducted a number of clinical trials proving the safety and efficacy of Ampligen, but, so far, FDA has not approved it.

getting over obstacles

 

The team has drafted a letter requesting a congressional hearing on Ampligen. You can support their effort by sending your own letter (see template below).

The team has provided email addresses on their template letter. In addition, it is recommended that you send the letter to your own representatives as well via their web forms. Representatives always pay attention to letters sent by their constituents. You can find your representatives HERE  simply by typing in your zip code.

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New Opportunities to Create FDA Action on ME/CFS Treatments

The 21st Century Cures Initiative proposes to accelerate medical breakthroughs .... Ampligen is a breakthrough for some people with ME/CFS -  yet it is still not available.

The 21st Century Cures Initiative proposes to accelerate medical breakthroughs …. Ampligen is a breakthrough for some people with ME/CFS which could be quickly available – if the FDA acted.

Currently, Congressmen Fred Upton (R-MI) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) have spearheaded a bipartisan initiative called “21st Century Cures” to increase the pace of medical breakthroughs. This initiative gives us fertile ground to press Congress and the FDA to provide an environment that attracts drug companies to ME/CFS research and for the FDA to give conditional approval of Ampligen. Remember, if we get one drug across the line, many more will follow.

We are asking you to help us continue to push the FDA to foster and approve treatments for ME/CFS. It is important that ME/CFS stay high on the FDA’s agenda. Please cut and paste the following message and send it to the email addresses below.

.~From The FDA Treatment Team – Cort Johnson, Bob Miller, Billie Moore, Pat LaRosa, Dr. Janet Smith, Anita Patton, and Lori Chapo-Kroger

Send your email to:

margaret.hamburg@fda.hhs.gov; janet.woodcock@fda.hhs.gov; janet.maynard@fda.hhs.gov; howard.koh@hhs.gov

Cc:

mark.ratner@mail.house.gov; monica.volante@mail.house.gov; rachel.stauffer@mail.house.gov; robb.walton@mail.house.gov; catie.fulton@mail.house.gov; christopher.stewart@mail.house.gov; kathryn.allen@mail.house.gov; mitchell.vakerics@mail.house.gov; heidi.ross@mail.house.gov

Subject line: FDA fails to approve drug for ME/CFS – Time for a congressional hearing

In the body of the email:

Recently, Congressmen Fred Upton (R-MI) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) spearheaded a bipartisan initiative called “21st Century Cures” to increase the pace of medical breakthroughs. This initiative provides opportunities to help speed approval for treatments that affect under-served populations – such as those who are severely ill with ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome).

To date, the FDA has failed to approve a drug considered safe for ME/CFS, leaving chronically ill patients to take untested, off-label medications. ME/CFS costs the United States economy approximately $20 billion annually and affects one million Americans. It has left many families in ruins.

The FDA says it will approve drugs with serious adverse side effects that they believe are effective for ME/CFS, but they won’t approve Ampligen, a drug that they acknowledge is safe.

ME/CFS Expert Dr. Charles Lapp, who has treated thousands of ME/CFS patients and has used Ampligen for more than 25 years, said, “Even if Ampligen doesn’t improve a patient, it does no harm.”

The experts have said it works, and the FDA Advisory Committee has said it’s clear that patients are experiencing benefit. More than 700 patients provided testimony at the FDA Advisory Meeting in December 2012 requesting approval of Ampligen, and more than 4,000 signed a petition after FDA denied the approval in February 2013.

In April of 2013 – four months after the FDA denied approval for Ampligen – the FDA admitted they did not have a complete understanding of ME/CFS. We believe that if the FDA had understood the unique needs of ME/CFS patients prior to the Ampligen approval hearing, the drug would have received conditional approval, leading to a functional improvement in many severely ill patients.

The FDA is to be commended for acknowledging the seriousness of ME/CFS. However, more needs to be done. The FDA needs to recognize the special circumstances and desperation of the ME/CFS community and act accordingly by assisting drug companies in bringing their products to market.

A group of patient advocates has demanded a congressional hearing, and I support them. The FDA must live up to its commitment and help those with chronic illnesses. We have a right to treatment; our voices and our experts need to be heard.

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