By- Joan Marie PellegriniThis is to quote Thomas Judge, Director of Lifeflight of Maine. For years, we have known that Mainers are hesitant to call the ambulance when they are having chest pain. There are many reasons for this. Most people think that their pain is â€œreally no big deal.â€ There is denial that they may actually be having a heart attack. Also, who want â€œall those ambulances and people showing up at my door.â€ All the neighbors will be wondering what is going on. Also, the ambulances are busy and should be left to pick up the â€œreally sickâ€ people. And, for people who live fairly close to a hospital, â€œI can get their faster by just driving myself.â€Most people think that they will know if they are having a heart attack. This is because they assume the symptoms are the same for everyone. Unfortunately, this is not true. The chest pain can come on gradually or suddenly. It can be mild or severe. It can be in the front or back of the chest. It can radiate up to the chin or down the arms or even seem to be in the abdomen. A heart attack can happen to people who appear healthy and who feel well. A heart attach can happen even if youâ€™ve had a physical that states you are healthy. Sure, there are other diagnosis that can cause similar symptoms but arenâ€™t as serious (reflux disease, gallbladder disease, joint and muscle disease). However, this is the job of the Emergency Room physicians to determine.Here is what most people forget: the treatment starts once the Emergency Medical personnel arrive. They can get you oxygen, aspirin, and other medications that may be indicated. They can look at your heart rhythm. They can communicate directly with the doctors at the Emergency Room. If you truly are having a heart attack, timing is everything. The saying is â€œTime is muscle:â€ the more time that goes by without enough oxygen to the heart muscle, the more muscle that dies. There are some patients who need to have a procedure right away to open one or more of the arteries in their heart. This procedure is done in the cardiac catheterization lab (cath lab). If you are one of the patients who are having this type of heart attack, it is the goal of the doctors treating you to have you in the cath lab in less than 90 minutes. Your chances of getting your treatment this quickly are much higher if you call an ambulance.So, if there is even a remote possibility that you may be having a heart attack, pick up the phone and call 911. Donâ€™t even think twice about it. So, if there is even a remote possibility that you may be having a heart attack, pick up the phone and call 911. Donâ€™t even think twice about it.
If you hold a credit card you’ve probably noticed that you rates have increased. That’s in anticipation of legislation signed May 22nd that became effective August 20th. Regulations are phased in and the final portions take effect February 22, 2010.Wonder how your increased rate compares with others? According to the Washington Post Pew researches reviewed the lowest advertised rates of nearly 400 credit cards and found that they rose two percentage points, a 20 percent increase, since December. 45 day notice- for rate hike or other significant changes- you can decline the rate hike and pay off the card. Any new charges to the card would be at the new rate. Old requirement was 15 days notice. Bills arrive – the old rule was 14 days until the bill was due, the new rule is 21 days Rate increase for late payment AFTER 60 days instead of effective immediately and must be lowered after 6 months of paying on time. Under 21- Co-signers for those under age 21- and credit card companies on college campususes must disclose agreements with those schools and no ‘free gifts’ for signing up. Other inclusions: Bill will indicate when the balance will be paid off at the present rate. Payments will be applied to highest rate balances- such as a cash advance. Citations:
Cranberry Apple Stuffed Pork ChopsServes 2Ingredients:12 oz. boneless pork, cut into chops at least 1â€ thick2 teaspoons onion, mincedÂ½ cup apple, dicedÂ¼ cup celery, dicedÂ½ cup apple juiceÂ½ cup cranberry juice1 Â½ teaspoons cornstarch2 Â½ teaspoons brown sugarÂ¼ teaspoon black pepperDirections:Combine apple, celery and onion in a bowl and mix well. Set aside. Carefully slice the pork chops lengthwise going down the center. Do not cut it completely in half, slice it about 3/4 of the way down the pork chop so you create a pocket. Stuff each chop with about 3 teaspoons of the apple mixture. In another bowl, combine apple juice, cranberry juice, brown sugar, pepper and cornstarch. In a frying pan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium-high heat, add pork chops and brown for about 5-7 minutes on each side. Reduce heat to low then add juice mixture. Cover and simmer until sauce thickens and pork chops are cooked to your desired doneness.
Why going back to school is good for businessItâ€™s that time of the year again — back to school time! If youâ€™re currently in business or considering starting a business now is a great time for you to head back to school! Like anything your chances for success in business can be greatly improved with education. Here are five other reasons why going to school is good for business.One – Small businesses classes can teach you specific things you need to know to successfully start and run a business.Two – By taking a class you can more easily figure out what parts of your business you do well and what parts you should have others do for you.Three – Youâ€™ll meet small business experts and service providers who can become great resources for you going forward.Four – Speaking of resources – small business classes are a great way to learn about the many resources and programs that exist to assist small businesses.Five – By attending classes youâ€™ll meet and network with other like minded individuals.To find a class near you check with your local Chamber of Commerce, economic development agencies, colleges and universities and this website www.mainebusinessworks.comSo grab your lunch box and get back to school!Iâ€™m Deb Neuman for WABI TV 5 News
By- Dr. Jonathan WoodFrench friesMozzarella sticksHot dogsSpaghetti with red saucePB & JMac and cheeseChicken fingersGrilled CheeseSound familiar? Pick any five of the above and you have the classic all-American Kids’ Menu! And increasingly, this is not just a restaurant menu: it’s the home menu as well!Why do we expect so little from children when it comes to eating?Why are their choices so few and so boring?Why so unhealthy? Where are the fruits? Vegetables? Complex carbohydrates?Do we precondition children to this at an early age?And then continually reinforce it over the course of their early years?Does this stunt their taste buds? What about their culinary imagination and adventurousness?Bottom line:Where is the fresh fish?Where are the beans or broccoli?Where is the grilled teriyaki chicken?Where is the tabbouleh or hummus?Does all the above encourage an unhealthy diet in later childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, one that contributes to obesity and promotes certain diseases and cancers? The definitive answer to this question is difficult to pin down, but the logical answer is “yes”!We are programmed to want sweet high energy food from the time we are born. Breast milk fits the bill and we add to the sweet and fatty selections throughout infancy and childhood. The taste for salt is active by 6 month and we continue to feed that desire through our entire life. Bitter foods (e.g. spinach) typically require repeated exposure in order for one to develop a desire for the taste. In order for children to develop a taste for some of the more “difficult” flavors, it (1) takes time and patience and (2) is easier if it is done early in childhood.Americans are busy people (too busy?) and increasingly have less time for meal preparation. Furthermore, as parents we seem programmed to worrying about our children starving themselves. They won’t! If presented with healthy food, children will eat it. If we worry about their rejected choices and immediately substitute with one of those sweet or fatty or salty foods that we know they will eat, we may feel better. But they will ultimately suffer. Your kids may miss the opportunity to develop tastes for more healthy foods and be destined to look for and get the Kids’ Menu throughout childhood.Soooooâ€¦How can we combat this?How can we change the fact that the most common vegetable eaten by toddlers is French fries?How do we capitalize on the fact that what children eat in the first 2 years of life is a strong predictor or whether they are eating fruits and vegetables at age 10?Make a point of repeatedly offering young children a variety of foods.Start early with fruits and vegetable as snacks – – establish good habits and life will be much easier down the line.Be patient – – don’t rush to replace good stuff on their plate with just any calories. Children will NOT starve themselves!Don’t focus on “it’s good for you”. Simply tell them “this is what’s for dinner”.Make it a family affair – – choose a good balanced menu and don’t “dumb down” the choices for the younger kids.Don’t go cold-turkey on the tasty “unhealthy” stuff – – research also shows that kids may well overindulge later on the “forbidden delights”Avoid the Kids Menu! If you go to a restaurant, inquire about small portions of the adult selections. Or let the kids order some healthy choices from the appetizer menu.Finally, consider offering some exciting or even exotic choices to kids early on. Challenge those developing taste buds and you may provide them with the inclination to stretch their diet down the line. The more they have experienced as kids, the more desirable options they will likely have for a healthy diet as adults.Some books to consider if interested in further reading:Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater by Matthew Anster-Burton (Houghton Mifflin)The Gastokid Cookbood: Feeding a Foodie in a Fast-Food WorldBy Hugh Garvey and Matthew Yeomans (Wiley)My Two-Year-Old Eats Octopus: Raising Children Who Love to Eat EverythingBy Nancy Tringali Piho (Bull Publishing) (due in November 2009)
By- Marion SyversonÂ Berenstein Bears â€“ â€œTrouble with Moneyâ€, â€œDollars and Senseâ€ and â€œThink of Those in Needâ€ are three of the Berenstein Bears series of books that teach children (suggested ages 4- 8) about a variety of ways to understand the topic of money. Those familiar with theÂ series may know that other titlesÂ such as â€œThe Trouble with Choresâ€, may also tie into the money lesson.Â Cat in the Hat- This series called The Cat in the Hat Learning Series includes the title, â€œOne Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Centâ€ (suggested ages 4-8) Â and explains the history of money, bartering, currencies, banking and paying interest.Â The Everything Kids Money Book- For ages 9-12 this book with games and simple graphics, explains a plethora of money subjects such as minting coins, coin collecting, banks, interest, allowances, borrowing, practicing charity andÂ how toÂ shopping a sale.Â Since books of this kind are generally not big sellers local outlets seldom have them readily available. But they can easily be ordered.Â Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Norumbega Financial and Wall Street Financial Group, Inc., are separate entities, independently owned and operated.
Fruit SmoothiesA great way to start your day—-.Must have a blender!Variety of ingredients:Fruit: banana, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, mango, peaches, pineapple. Juice (anything but tomato) Please BEWARE of sugared juicesâ€”high fructose is bad!Yogurtâ€”makes it creamy—use plain!!!!Any one or all of the above is great. Add all ingredients to blender. Blend, pour, drinkâ€¦done!Use remaining in popsicle molds and for snacks.
On a recent vacation I was shopping downtown and made a purchase at a retail store. When I checked out the owner gave me a coupon for 10 % off several other downtown businesses and suggested why they were great places to visit. It worked! I went right next door and enjoyed a great lunch for 10% off and visited a gallery I hadn’t planned to visit! This practice of businesses sending customers to each other is called Fusion marketing. Here are tips for making fusion marketing work for youâ€¦One – Identify businesses that share the same customers as you but who aren’t in the same business as you. Examples include stores, restaurants and museums partnering, landscapers with builders, wedding photographers with florists and so on. Two – Determine what each participating business will offer the customers.Three – Write up a simple agreement between the partnering businesses that states what role each will play and what they will offer.Four – Develop marketing materials to promote the program benefits to customers.Five – Combine customer mailing lists with your partners and get the word out via email, the web, word of mouth and flyers.In today’s economy fusion marketing is a great way to work collaboratively with other businesses to bring business to both your doors at little or no cost.Try it and see what happens!I’m Deb Neuman for WABI TV5 News
By- Dr. Erik SteeleAbout one-third of the adult U.S. population — more than 50 million people — take aspirin to prevent heart disease.But doctors are quick to point out that the century-old drug is a double-edged sword. Although aspirin can fight blood clots that can cause heart attacks and strokes, high doses can increase the risk of bleeding. This can lead to gastrointestinal bleeding and strokes caused by bleeding, known as hemorrhagic strokes.But a daily aspirin regimen isn’t healthy for everyone, and doctors say people should take more care when they decide to self-prescribe. They say it’s important to take aspirin daily only in consultation with a doctor or other health care provider.Self-prescribing a daily aspirin regimen is unwise and widespread.General guidelines call for men ages 45 to 79 and women ages 55 to 79 to take aspirin if benefits, such as preventing heart attacks or strokes, outweigh possible problems, such as gastrointestinal bleeding,. Health.com: Should I take aspirin against heart attacks?And while taking an aspirin in the event of chest pain is widely accepted to limit a heart attack, taking an extra aspirin with the onset of stroke-like symptoms can worsen a stroke if it causes bleeding into the area of the brain experiencing the acute stroke.Another reason against self-prescription of aspirin is that for many people, the drug has very little effect.It may be that up to 20 percent of people who take aspirin don’t benefit from it at all, according to research by Dr. Francis Gengo of the Dent Neurologic Institute, and the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.Being resistant to aspirin makes patients four times more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke or even die from a pre-existing heart condition, compared with nonresistant patients. Health.com: Heart attack risk calculatorSome self-prescribers may be unaware of how aspirin interacts with over-the-counter supplements and herbal remedies. Saint John’s wort has some anti-clotting effects and it may exacerbate the risk of dangerous bleeding if taken along with aspirin.Other patients may forget to take their aspirin, and in some patients, aspirin isn’t absorbed into the bloodstream well. Doctors can use a test to see how well aspirin is being absorbed.”The mechanisms for aspirin resistance are varied, and they’re not really very well understood,” Gengo said. Possible factors include genetic differences, effects of other diseases and blood flow around abnormally narrow vessels. “It can be a whole array of things,” he said.Doctors say that more study is needed on the effects of aspirin and other anti-platelet drugs such as the highly prescribed Plavix. As 20 percent of the U.S. population is expected to be above 65 years old by 2030, finding new ways to combat the risk of heart attacks and strokes could have widespread benefits.
When I was a kid and the family would drive by a school- any school- I would hold my breathe until we’d pass it. It wasn’t learning that bugged me, it was the routine of school. But it’s getting to be that time again: time for school shopping. We’ve talked before about helping kids learn about money by giving them budget information so they can take an active role in making purchasing decisions. They will also learn about every family’s finite school budget. Don’t think they will be traumatized by the information. They will be empowered and will prioritize what item of clothing or technology really deserves a higher level of expenditure. Spending is becoming the activity of choice among kids- Born to Buy, by Juliet B. Schor, compiles some alarming trends with kids and shopping. American kids, according to Schor, believe ‘that their clothes and brands describe who they are and define their social status.’ She goes on to state that, ‘Children’s social worlds are increasingly constructed around consuming.’ (Emphasis mine.) Schor cites data compiled in 1997 showing how kids spend their time. Kids – ages 6 – teens- spend about 2.5 hours shopping per week. That is many times what they spend per week in art, talking to family, reading, outdoors, and studying. It is also more time than they spend in religious activities. (Younger children spend even more time shopping.) Kids might know a lot about stores and ‘cool brands’ but they have little idea on how much money is available for school shopping and how that compares to the long list of things they want. Just a reminder, don’t take any griping about the size of the shopping budget as a personal insult. Kids may whine about a lot of things, it doesn’t mean anything personal. Here are a few ideas for helping kids learn about money during school shopping trips: Have a shopping strategy- talk about the size of the budget before you head out to the stores. Use the internet or store fliers to get an idea of the prices of hoped-for items. Prioritize- How many outfits can be made from the separates you’re planning – or thinking- of buying? Go to the library, or check the internet, or have a fun day with friends making new outfits from just a few pieces of clothing. Be Sensitive- It is the culture of kids to feel that their WORTH comes from the brand. It is not correct that they feel this way, but they feel this way regardless. Help them know that their worth is intrinsic. Juliet B. Schor, Born to Buy, page 13 Schor, pg.11Schor, pg. 30 Marion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com
WrapsIngredients: Wraps & Pita pocketsâ€”any flavor—I like whole wheat Hummus—any flavorâ€”find in your deli section Veggies: Green beans, red bell pepper, carrots, spinach, lettuce, snap peas, sweet onions, roasted sweet potatoes, mushrooms, avocado, cheeses, chickenâ€¦any and all that you like—cut them up strips.To assemble: Spread 2 Tablespoons of hummus on wrap. Fill with anything you like. Fold each side over to meet on the middle. Begin rolling: the hummus should help the wrap stay together. Cut in half and enjoy
A recent study conducted by a Professor at the University of Calgary indicates that we’re procrastinating more than we used to. The study shows that back in 1978 -fifteen percent of us were guilty of it. Today that number is more like sixty percent. If you find you’re among the many saying “I’ll do it later” here are five tips to help you step procrastinating and get it done now!One – Tackle the hardest things you have to do first thing in the day. That way they won’t be nagging at you and you’ll feel better knowing it’s done and out of the way.Two – Schedule time on your calendar to take care of a task you’ve been putting off and only focus on that task until it is done.Three – Post reminders everywhere. A post it note by the front door, on your fridge your laptop or dashboard will not only remind you about something you need to do but all those notes may annoy you enough to get it done!Four – Enlist support from others. Ask a friend, partner or colleague to remind you about a task you need to get done. A little peer pressure can go a long way in reducing procrastination.Five – When you accomplish that task you’ve been putting off. Reward yourself! Chocolate ice cream can be a great motivator to get something done that you’ve been putting off!I’m Deb Neuman for WABI TV5 News
By- Dr. David PrescottStudy Shows Use of Antidepressant Medication has Increased in Past Decade: In a study released this month by, it appears that the percentage of people in America who receive antidepressant medication climbed from just under 6% (5.4%) in the mid-1990â€™s, to just over 10% in this decade. Dr. Mark Olson at Columbia University and Dr. Steven Marcus at that University of Pennsylvania report that more and more people are receiving antidepressant medication, currently more than 27 million Americans. Number of Patients Receiving Psychotherapy for Depression may be Decreasing: In general, it is estimated that only around 1/3 of people with mental illness receive adequate treatment. For depression, while the number of people receiving antidepressant medication increased over the past decade, it may not mean that everyone is receiving the right treatment. Other findings from the same study conclude: The percentage of people on antidepressants who also received psychotherapy decreased from 31.5% to 19.8% between the mid 1990â€™s and the midâ€™2000â€™s. Much of the increase in use of antidepressants was for conditions other than depression. For example, antidepressant medications are often used to treat chronic pain. From other research, we know that depression causes more people to become disabled than diseases like cardiac illness, arthritis, or asthma. What is the Difference between Major Depression and a case of â€œThe Bluesâ€ Major depression, or clinical depression, is more than simply feeling down for a day or two. To be diagnosed with major depression, a person must experience at least five symptoms of depression over a two week period. Some, but not all, of these symptoms include: Persistent sad or irritable mood Decrease in energy and motivationFeeling hopeless or excessively guiltyLoss of appetitePoor Memory or ConcentrationPreoccupation with Death or SuicideLack of enjoyment in activitiesWhat if You or Someone You Know is Reluctant to Get Help? Encouraging people to get help for depression may take time and patience. The following tips may help: Treatment for Depression Improves your Physical and Emotional Well-Being: For some people, realizing that depression is associated with poorer physical health may encourage them to seek treatment. Benefits of treatment include more energy and better sleep. Treatment Outcomes for Depression are Quite Good: Most studies show that the majority of people with depression improve with either medication or psychotherapy. When psychotherapy and medication are used together, about 75% of people show significant improvement within a couple of months. Medication Isnâ€™t the Only Treatment: Most major studies show that both counseling and medications have significant benefit in treating depression. There are good options of many types available if you are struggling with depression. Treatment isnâ€™t forever: Unlike many physical health problems, treatment for depression doesnâ€™t usually go on for the rest of your life. Many people are able to go to counseling or stay on medication for a few months, then gradually taper off.
I recently received a question from a client about tools to help her daughter figure out her budget. Here are some online tools to help. Mint- is a popular, free tool that links your investments with your checking accounts and bills to help you see how you are doing on spending and savings goals. The service is free because sponsors pay for the privilege of selling you on a cheaper mortgage, higher interest rate savings account, etc. Those sponsors don’t have direct access to your info, but Mint interacts with you on their behalf suggesting cheaper loans. The service is free and confidential. Buxfer – also free and a direct competitor with Mint, Buxfer has a secret storage place using Google to help you feel even safer. It does the same things with some interesting add-ons such as Twitter and is also iPhone accessible. There are several other online services available as well as Excel-compatible programs. Not much work to have a good vision of your finances. Being organized saves money! Marion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com
Stuffed Burgers1 lb 90% lean ground beefStuffingâ€™s can vary depending on preference Greek: chopped spinach, feta, red bell pepper Mexican: cheddar, salsa, chilies American: SautÃ©ed mushrooms, onions, cheeseForm beef into the size of a tennis ballMake a crater in the centerFill with stuffingPress beef over stuffing DO NOT press the burger downSeason with coarse sea salt and fresh ground pepperGrill topside first on HOT grill for 2-3 minutes—this is to seal the juices in the burger.Flip and continue for 2 minutes on high, turn down to medium and cook for 2-5 minutes more depending on wellness desired.Serve hot with bun—no toppings needed because the flavor is in the burger!
There is one four letter word that every entrepreneur is familiar with – that word is risk!The key to success as an entrepreneur isn’t necessarily having a high risk tolerance – it’s more about having confidence in your ability to manage risk and being flexible enough to handle challenges. To assess your ability to manage the risk associated with starting or expanding a business ask yourself these 5 questions.One – Are you confident your business will succeed? Have you conducted the research necessary to determine if a market exists and that you can you compete with your competition? Two – Are you able to adapt to change and persevere if things don’t go exactly as planned? Three – What do you stand to lose if the business fails and are you willing to risk that? This could include money, personal and business assets, even relationships.Four – If you have a family, consider how they will tolerate the risk and challenges associated with operating a business.Five – Does taking risk thrill you or scare you to death. If you know it will keep you up at night with worry – you might want to reconsider.Risk can be a very good thing. Great rewards can come to those who take risks. Keep in mind that most successful entrepreneurs take calculated risks not foolish ones. I’m Deb Neuman for WABI TV 5 News
By- Dr. Joan Marie PelligriniWe’ve all heard that sodas are bad for you. Most of us just don’t believe that a few sodas a day or a week are going to cause a problem. It is true that it is hard to make the connection between a few sodas and tooth decay and bone loss. The studies that support this hypothesis have focused on participants whose fluid intake each day was in the form of soda. However, the more real concern for all of us is the hidden and “empty” (meaning no other nutritional value) calories that are in soda drinks. It is estimated that at least 7% of Americans’ extra calorie intake is due to soda drinks alone. There are many foods that are not helping Americans’ fight with obesity but soda drinks are probably the most ubiquitous. How long does it take to go through your day before you are either offered a soda or see someone drinking soda? I want to focus on the relationship of the extra calories in soda and weight gain.It is estimated that it takes about 3500 extra calories to gain a pound. Most soda drinks have about 30 grams of sugar per serving. A serving size for a drink is 8 ounces. A gram of sugar has 4 calories. That means that each serving of soda has 120 calories due to sugar alone. Add to this that very few sodas come in an 8 ounce serving size. Most are sold as 12-20 ounces. That means that each 12 ounce bottle or can has approximately 180 calories (or 240 calories for a 16 ounce bottle). Let’s say you drink one 12 ounce serving of soda a day and you do not increase your activity level (in other words, you are not burning any of these extra calories). That would be 180 calories extra per day, 1260 calories a week, and 5040 calories a month. You would gain over a pound a month and as much as 12-20 pounds a year. These are hidden calories that you are completely unaware of consuming. Children are even more unaware because they do not usually consider the number of calories they are consuming.You are not going to find me telling anyone not to drink soda. I do, however, want soda-consumers to be aware of the hidden calories. Limit your intake. Increase your activity level. Think of soda as a dessert or sweet and forgo something else with “empty” calories at the same time. We need to teach our children also that soda is an “extra”. It is not the best means for hydration. It is because of the extra calories and the rise in childhood obesity that educators wish to limit access to sodas in our public school system. Adults also can learn from this message.
PizzaCrust:Boboli crust—mini or large or fresh pizza dough from the deli sectionSauces:Tomato sauceSalsaAlfredoPestoToppings:Spinachâ€”choppedBell peppers-choppedAvocadoOlivesSquash-shreddedCarrots-shreddedChickenPineapple*****anything that is fresh****Cheeses:MozzarellaCheddarFetaGoatSmoked GoudaPepper jack***Try to introduce new ideas aside from the regular option. ***Assemble pizza as you like then bake according package directions.
Many businesses in Maine are doing business internationally. If you are planning to travel overseas to conduct business there are things you should know and do to insure that your business trip will be a successful one. According to my friends at the Maine International Trade Center here are some things to know before you go First – what is considered appropriate business attire in the country you plan to visit? You don’t want to show up wearing khakis and a shirt in a country where appropriate business attire is a suit and tie. What is considered a proper greeting in the country you will be visiting? Handshakes are universally acceptable but touching is not. While a friendly pat on the back may be acceptable in the US it may be considered a violation of personal space in other countries.Don’t assume or be presumptuous in thinking that everyone speaks English. Take the time to learn some words and phrases in the language of the country you are visiting. Your hosts won’t expect you to master their language but you will win their respect for making the effort.Another great business tip for traveling overseas is to create a business card with your contact information in English on one side and in the language of the country you will be visiting on the other and present the card with the language spoken facing your recipient.For more tips and advice when doing business internationally – contact the Maine International Trade Center at www.mitc.comI’m Deb Neuman for WABI TV 5 News
By- Dr. Amy MoviusThe necktie, despite having no practical use, has been a symbol of (male)professionalism and power for centuries.Â Male physicians who sport ties, along with the ubiquitous white coats, instill increased confidence in their patients, especially those of an older generation.Â Another common thread (pardon the pun) between white coats and neckties is that they are rarely – maybe never for ties – laundered. Professionalism for its own sake has value but it is becoming less clear if this â€œcuts the mustardâ€ for white coats and neckties as the problem of hospital acquired(nosocomial) and resistant infection grows.Â Â In Britain and Scotland, the answer to this is a resoundingÂ â€œnoâ€ as both countries have recently instituted dress codes banning white coats and neckties and other â€œfunctionless clothingâ€.Â In addition, Britain has a â€œbare below the elbowsâ€ policy and Scotland is providing shortsleeveÂ tunics to all health care workers.Â The reasons are simple and easily understood.Â Clothing and accessories travel between patients on health care workers.Â Patients may have infections or be especially susceptible to them because of their medical condition.Â Pathogenic bacteria â€“ i.e.Â bacteria responsible for infections – can â€œhitch a rideâ€ on the clothing or other items medical staff carry with them, much as they can be transmitted by unwashed hands.Â Â Items such as neckties and lanyards also tend to hang or swing directly in front of patientâ€™s faces during examinations.Â Not incidentally, these two items arenâ€™t typically washed. Though there is no direct evidence of patient illness being transmitted in this way, there is a great deal of evidence suggesting it is more than possible.Â Â Contamination of long sleeve/coat cuffs, neckties, lanyards, ID badges, and even nurses caps has been investigated.Â A wide variety of bacteria have been cultured from all of them, including resistant strains.Â If cleaning these items between patients were as easy as, say, washing your hands, the demise of the iconic white coat and tie for doctors might not be up for consideration.Â The American Medical Association has not thus far mandated any specific change.Â However, the AMA has its eye on the issue and did make a statement in June of this year that they â€œadvocate for the adoption of hospital guidelines for dress codes that minimize transmission of nosocomial intections, particularly in critical and intensive care unitsâ€.Â With this in mind, donâ€™t be surprised if your health care provider starts looking less like Marcus Welby MD, and more like Zach BraffÂ from SCRUBS.Â Its all in the name of good medicine.