Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tools to achieve better living through better eating in 2010

A new year, a new decade. A new opportunity to be a better eater, diner and cook. If you truly are what you eat, why not be more conscientious? Feeling good can be as simple as paying attention to what goes down your gullet, and devouring your very favorite foods athome may be easier than you think.
Plenty of local experts can help you improve the ways you consume food. Develop some smart, new habits and see if you wind up with more energy and a better outlook. Here are 10 ways to better foodism in 2010.
1Please your palate. Fond of fish but fear cooking it? Take the Seafood 101 class at Central Market Southlake on Jan. 13 ($55). Love the cuisine of New Orleans? Fort Worth chef Jon Bonnell teaches Taste of the Big Easy at Central Market Fort Worth on Jan. 21 ($70). If you’re crazy about bonbons but have no idea how to tackle them, Dish Event at Market Street Colleyville offers a chocolate class by the Mansion on Turtle Creek’s pastry chef, David Collier, on Feb. 8 ($40). Calendars at all area cooking schools are bursting with opportunities for you to indulge passions you thought out of reach.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

How will the Senate health reform bill affect you?

How will the Senate health reform bill affect you?

By Bill Graves, The Oregonian

December 24, 2009, 4:30AM

   The U.S. Senate is expected to adopt a hard-fought, 2,000-page health care reform bill early this morning. It then goes to a committee of senators and representatives to resolve the differences in their bills, and the final version must pass in the Democrat-controlled House and Senate before President Barack Obama can sign it into law. Here are some questions and answers about the Senate's plan for overhauling health care in America:

Q.: How does this affect me if I already have insurance with my employer? 

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

capsDo young adults go without insurance because they feel invincible? A report from the Commonwealth Fund suggests the answer is more complicated, and based heavily in circumstances and finances.
Some 13.7 million adults aged 19 to 29 lacked health insurance in 2006, up from 13.3 million in 2005, according to the Commonwealth Fund. Even though they make up 17% of the under-65 population, young adults account for nearly 30% of the non-elderly uninsured.
Here are some ways they end up with no coverage:

Study Warns Radiation Dose From Single Test Can Trigger Disease in Some People


(See Corrections & Amplifications item below.)

The risk of cancer associated with popular CT scans appears to be greater than previously believed, according to two new studies published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Childhood cancer heart checks urged

Children who battle and survive cancer run a higher risk of heart problems and must be closely screened, say experts.

Aggressive cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy can harm the heart, multiplying the patient's death risk by seven, data shows.
UK guidelines recommend routine heart trace checks every five years.
But many survivors currently receive no follow-up, US doctors, who studied data on 14,000 childhood cancer survivors, say in an article published at
With the number of survivors steadily rising thanks to improved cancer care, health workers need to look out for signs of heart problems in their patients, say the specialist cancer doctors.

Monday, December 21, 2009

In memory our daughter who lost her fearless battle with angiosarcoma in November of 2009 at the young age of 23, Amiee's Place is expanding our young adult advocacy services in 2010!

Please visit for more information, TO DONATE, or to register for our services.

Wishing you and your loved ones a peaceful, loving holiday season!

Friday, December 18, 2009 and send your friend request to Amiees Place on Facebook!

We look forward to meeting you!

From our family to yours, we wish you joyful moments and lasting memories! After a fearless three year battle with angiosarcoma, our beautiful daughter lost her fight with cancer just after Thanksgiving this year, 2009. Through the time that we spent together these years,as difficult and painful as every day, and every hour was for her, and for her family, she taught us to stay strong and positive and to laugh at whatever you can when life gives you the worst of what you can imagine.

For our young adult cancer fighters, their caregivers and loved ones this holiday season, we want to share our love and strength with you ! Cancer sucks and not knowing is worse. The time we share with the people we love is what transcends time!

*Create on-line or actual memory albums
*Inappropriate laughter can be cathartic!
*Book and video services are available for life long memories. Contact us for details at
*Remember to put yourselves first this holiday season, and every day as you push through this difficult time. Have patience, turn your phone off, sleep, take walks and scream when you need to.
*If you know of a family supporting a loved one through their cancer fight:
* Call them to say 'hi' and let them know what you're up to. The diversion will be appreciated!
* Ask how you can help
* Drop off food, dessert, drinks or healthy snacks the family can grab on the go
* Offer to watch other children
* Participate in local fundraising efforts, if possilbe. Contact us for details on how to start a fund-raiser in your area.
* Send brief inspirational, funny or supportive emails and text messages
* Humor helps!
* Be yourselves and be there. Oftentimes caregivers are cut off from family and friends because of their intensive care-giving responsibilities or out of fear of 'depressing' others. Patience, supportive words and understanding are priceless!

Feel free to contact Amiee's Place at for advice, advocacy suggestions or if you are a young adult cancer fighter or caregiver needing financial assistance. We are here for you!

Our thoughts and love to you during this holiday season and beyond!

Amiee's Place