Rite Aid grants Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington $10,000
WILMINGTON, Del. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington last week received $10,000 in a grant from the Rite Aid Foundation to assist in the operation of Bayard House, a residential maternity home for teens and young women, the Diocese reported.
“We sincerely thank the Rite-Aid Foundation for their support of Bayard House,” stated Richelle Vible, Catholic Charities’ executive director. “This grant will help us to provide Bayard House residents with proper prenatal care in a home-like environment while equipping the pregnant and newly parenting teens and women with the tools they need to live independent, self-sufficient lives once their babies are born.”
Bayard House is the only licensed residential program in Delaware providing direct client care service twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to at-risk, homeless, and pregnant or newly parenting adolescents, women and their babies. The Bayard House program provides residential, educational and referral services to young families in need.
In fiscal year 2008, Bayard House provided 3,594 days of care to young women and their babies. Newborns had average birth weight at 6 lbs. 8 oz., well above the accepted minimal weight of 5 lbs. 9oz. determined as healthy by the American Pediatric Association. Since its inception, Bayard House has celebrated the birth of more than 660 healthy newborns.
Baby Vibe unveils gum massaging product for teething children
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. Baby Vibe on Monday announced its new option for parents seeking teething relief for their children, the JeJe Teether, a product that creates a vibrating sensation that massages aching gums and eases the process of cutting teeth. The vibrations last seven minutes before JeJe Teether switches off automatically.
“The vibration produced by the JeJe Teether actually stimulates gum tissue and facilitates the tooth breakthrough process quite naturally,” stated Mario Gonzalez, co-founder of Baby Vibe. “So the function of the JeJe Teether is twofold: It relieves the pain and shortens the window in which the baby can experience pain.”
Study shows fish oils improve cholesterol levels in athletes
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. According to a clinical study published in January in the inaugural issue of Sports Health: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach, fish oils dramatically improved cholesterol levels in professional football players.
The two-year study titled Evaluation of Lipid Profiles and the Use of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid in Professional Football Players evaluated 36 professional NFL football players, ages 23 to 41, from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Researchers assessed emerging cardiovascular risk factors, as found in the specialized VAP Cholesterol Test, to determine whether omega-3 essential fatty acids found in fish oil can reduce these factors.
During a two month period of the regular 2006-2007 football season, each participant in the treatment group was given 2,560 mg/day of mixed EPA/DHA omega-3 fatty acid supplements in the form of fish oil soft gels.
Results showed that the omega-3 oil raised the athletes’ high-density lipoproteins and lowered triglycerides and other atherogenic subfractions. Elevated levels of triglycerides are associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. These results suggest a strong benefit for lessening heart disease risk factors in football players and possibly other athletes throughout their active years, study authors said.