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Waking Up to Go to the Bathroom Multiple Times Per Night?


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Waking up to go to the bathroom multiple times per night? It’s not because you’re ‘getting old’


(Family Features) It’s a common misconception: the older you get, the more frequently you need to use the bathroom at night. Did you know waking up more than once per night to urinate is a medical condition known as nocturia? Shockingly, 64 percent of American adults do not know.

A recent Harris Poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults, endorsed by The Simon Foundation for Continence, National Association for Continence (NAFC) and the Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC), found that approximately one-third of them suffer from nocturia. Nocturia, which forces individuals to get up more than once per night to urinate, is a leading cause of sleep loss and can put one’s health at risk.

“Before receiving treatment for nocturia, I typically wound up making five trips to the bathroom each night, which I knew wasn’t normal,” said Jack Fagan, a 67-year-old resident of Sewell, NJ. “Treatment has made a noticeable impact on my quality of sleep. I find myself more refreshed and have the energy to enjoy time with family and friends.”

Most people living with nocturia (72 percent) reported they are negatively impacted by the condition at night; 43 percent of whom have trouble falling back to sleep, 12 percent indicated they wake up their partners and 10 percent expressed nervousness about tripping or falling while walking to the bathroom. The impact of nocturia-induced sleep loss can be wide-ranging, affecting physical and mental health. Sixty-one percent of nocturia sufferers experience daytime issues as a result of nighttime urination, including: drowsiness, irritability and reduced productivity and concentration.

Sixty-six percent of nocturia sufferers surveyed have never discussed their symptoms with a healthcare professional; half of respondents reported they thought it was a normal part of aging, and 27 percent believed nothing could be done to remedy the problem.

“We see patients who have suffered with nocturia for many years, as it slowly progresses from getting up twice to over four times per night to urinate,” said Roger Dmochowski, M.D., a nocturia sufferer and professor within the department of urologic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “In my personal and professional experience, nocturia can have serious implications for an individual’s emotional state and daily life, due to sleep disruption, if not diagnosed and treated. Up until recently, we didn’t have effective treatments.”


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The Harris Poll survey was funded by Avadel Pharmaceuticals and Serenity Pharmaceuticals.


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October 24, 2018 |

Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run


Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run Calls Westchester to Raise Awareness for the No. 1 Cause of Disability Arthritis

More than 54 Million Americans live with arthritis including 7 million people in in the Northeast Region


Westchester – The 2018 Jingle Bell Run for arthritis is bringing holiday cheer to Westchester on Saturday, December 8th with the goal of raising $129,150 this year. As over a thousand people gather at Purchase College to join the movement to conquer arthritis, this annual, holiday-themed 5K run, or optional one-mile walk, encourages participants to dress in festive costumes and get moving to raise awareness and funds to cure America’s #1 cause of disability.

Taking place in more than 100 cities nationwide, the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run benefits the more than 54 million Americans (1 in 4 adults), including 300,000 children (1 in every 250), living with arthritis every day. From funding cutting-edge research for new treatments and ultimately a cure to advocating for health care access, the Arthritis Foundation helps those living with arthritis score everyday victories, one step at a time.

“Jingle Bell Run is as annual tradition in Westchester and known nationally as the original festive race for charity,” said Jaclyn Renner, Development Director. “Our honorees and volunteers are what make this event successful and memorable every year, and this year we’re humbled to honor Margaret Carey and Avery Etman who are true Arthritis Warriors and continually commit their time to raising awareness and funds for our cause.”

The Jingle Bell Run is nationally sponsored by AbbVie, CVS Specialty and Cheribundi. To learn more and register for the Westchester event, visit , or contact the Arthritis Foundation at 917-794-2638.

About the Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. The Arthritis Foundation’s goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure. The Foundation also publishes Arthritis Today, the award-winning magazine that reaches 4 million readers per issue.



October 19, 2018 |

User Genius


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By Frank J. Rich



America is the innovator nation. So, the logic follows that Americans, of all walks, are innovators too. This doesn’t mean to suggest that innovators aren’t born elsewhere (35% of American innovations come from immigrants), but that the ambition in Americans (“Anyone can be president of the United States”) is apparent and real. In fact, American innovation was born in Europe, as the golden age of invention ranged from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s.

The human condition is naturally creative, so this means that we Americans (as others) naturally incline toward problem-solving, or finding a better way. It is, perhaps, the reason Apple products have had such success. They are innovative, and appeal to the WPC (wicked, pisser, cool) character in them. Unique design, form over function (opposite conventional wisdom — an innovation in itself), packaging, and creative marketing that moves the Wow meter, are among its characteristic appeal.

Not coincidentally, most innovations come from users of products and services, otherwise known as “customers.” The traditional approach to the customer is to divine what he/she needs or wants. Sometimes, we go as far as to actually look at what he/she is “in the habit of buying.”

“Everyone has a refrigerator; let’s make those, only better.” Ever run out of freezer space? If so, take a look at a new model from Samsung that repurposes any of its four food cabinets as a fridge or a freezer. When you need more freezer room, just move the milk and …, to the left, then repurpose the fridge as a freezer. I’d say that passes the WPC test.

But there is more to the customer than meets the eye. Not least, it’s the stuff of innovation. Most innovations (unique products, services, and applications) are called user innovations. They are called this because the developer expects to benefit by the use of them. So-called beta tests are meant to test the market for new things … to see if they work, gain use by their uniqueness, refinement, or additional marketing to turn “wants” into “needs.” Do most really “need” a cell phone? Data use of mobile devices far outpaces the use of them as phones. Reading, researching, and just keeping up with others and what’s happening, are largely accomplished using data services. Think your “hip cricket” is an absolute necessity? Note that anxiety therapy often includes separation from this modern “ball and chain.”

Most users are innovators at some level. We have all found ourselves saying something like: “They ought to make those gas caps with quick-release mechanisms to avoid getting gas on your hands and to get through the dirty job of pumping it quicker.” Voila!

It’s the way we are — creative beings. That sense in us, not coincidentally, is what informs our buying decisions, what makes us the consumers we’ve come to be. We either like the way something is made, or its ability to solve a problem, satisfy a need, add value, or we don’t.

A manufacturer innovation, on the other hand, is one in which the developer expects to benefit by selling it. In the traditional, manufacturer-centered innovation model, the manufacturer identifies user needs (what he believes), develops products at his expense, and profits by protecting and selling them. It’s the model that first comes to mind, but not the one that produces most innovations. Though it may benefit from demographic and psychographic modeling, it is not the prodigious creativity that obtains from actual use by a user. In this model the user is measuring three very important drivers, though often taken for granted by him/her — how to identify, access, and use, products and services under circumstances that are dynamic in nature. Today, you don’t need a new refrigerator. Tomorrow, yours breaks down, and everything changes.

The model responsible for most innovations is the user-centered innovation paradigm, or “democratized” model.

Back to the Future

If customers are innovators, then does it follow that no matter how many of some kind of something there is on the market there is room for something new and exciting? For some the answer is a definite NO! Henry Ford is known to have quipped: “Who needs another kind of auto? You can have any kind you want from Ford Motor Company, and in any color, so long as it’s black.”

Back then, he was right. That is, until new models from others came along and the basic black for $400 wasn’t everyone’s preference for how to get around.

For others, the answer is a definite YES! Apple, Inc. is the latest and greatest example of product innovation. But where do their products come from? Who would have guessed that the MP3 player, then struggling to displace portable CD players, would find market traction in a reincarnated form by an alien name? All would agree that the iPod, its fundamental workings much the same as MP3s already on the market, would tickle the fancy of music lovers the world over. Truth be told, it was more than unique design that sold the iPod; the product came with a music store and solved a copyright music nightmare by selling, of all things — singles!

Users have custom needs that when satisfied by an existing product are most convenient. It’s what makes consumers of us. The job of the manufacturer, then, is to package, attractively price, make readily available, and improve the product. In software, we call that “upgrades.” Generations of products reflect this process of improvement.

When not satisfied, custom needs often turn into products. We know from our study of the “Use Model” that the greatest competition facing products is the alternative use of the same resources. Customers always find the solution they seek, either an “adequate” product or service already in existence, or one they create. This is called “proximal alternatives.” That is, when we need to drive a nail into a wall, and a hammer is not available, we might use the end of the screwdriver that’s handy or the heel of a shoe. Such solutions are called proximal alternatives, and when found, often become the choice of habit — a key element in the consumer’s makeup. The resultant product might be a hammer that is also a screwdriver when needed. Auto key chains often contain high-intensity mini flashlights, arising out of a “custom need” for an additional, and often, vital function. Many “Aunties” join the family circle because their proximity as neighbors and friends make convenient the use of them as alternative parents. This common occurrence is proximal parenting.

Users, it appears, are responsible for more product innovation than any other groups, including designers and manufacturers. Bet I can guess the question in your mind — “Why don’t we ask ‘users’ what they are using to solve their problems, satisfy their needs?”

Studies show that consumers are not very vocal about the things they need. Oh, they complain a lot, but that may be more a cultural bias than a clear indication of the solution on their minds. You know how it is in the conference room. Those that complain: “it won’t work,” are usually not equipped with the solution that “will work.” Similarly, 97 percent of customers won’t tell you of their dissatisfaction. Of those that do, 90 percent will not say what’s at the root of it. Restaurant owners know this reality well. When diners don’t like the food or some other characteristic of their offerings, they find another place to eat.

We can conclude, then, that it’s important to look into the mind of the consumer, and not just the voice of the consumer. This is what Eric von Hippel of MIT discovered many years ago, and which informed his Lead User Model of innovation. Take a look at the list of products below — all user innovations.

                                   Gatorade                                               Spreadsheet SW

                                   Protein Shampoo                                Feminine Hygiene

                                  Mountain Bike                                     Climbing Piton

                                  Sports Bra                                             White-Out Liquid

                                  Graham Cracker Crust                       Chocolate Milk

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October 19, 2018 |

‘Phantom’ Arrives at the Westchester Broadway Theatre!



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By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel



An outstanding production of Phantom opened at the Westchester Broadway Theatre (WBT) in September. Running until January 27th, with a hiatus for the yearly holiday production, and then returning December 27th, this is one of the BEST WBT shows imaginable!

Based on the classic novel Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, Phantom was written by Arthur Kopit, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and music direction by Bob Bray. While it is a musical, dialogue draws the audience into the plight of every character on the stage of this large cast of over 23 performers. From the fabulous set design, the creative mechanics on stage when the Phantom disappears beneath the surface of the stage, this mystical, romantic, sometimes sinister story line instantly engages the audience. At the dinner theatre audiences will feel as if they are in an ornate opera house watching productions with each wardrobe change of the cast. Mist rises from the stage, the Phantom lurks in the shadows dressed in his long black cape, appearing menacing, yet it is easy to feel sympathy for this disfigured man and his years of isolation.

The Story

The central character, Erik (the Phantom), was born and raised in the catacombs under the Paris Opera House. Through a series of circumstances, he takes on as a pupil a young woman named Christine, who has been a street singer. She has a natural talent and a beautiful voice, but lacks the special training to perform in an Opera company. He agrees to take her on as a student with certain conditions, the main one being that she will never see his face.

Casting is excellent and the two leads, Matthew Billman (Phantom) and Kayleen Seidl (Christine) have voices that gave forth chills as they sang. Billman’s commanding voice took over the stage, with the dramatics of each of his comings and goings —with a swoop of his cape— back into the inner sanctions of the Opera House.

The chemistry between the two was believable and it was difficult not to root for this star-crossed romance. Strong supporting roles included James Van Treuren (Gérard Carrière), who cared for the Phantom during his years in hiding, Larry Luck (Count Philippe de Chandon) Christine’s other love interest, Kilty Reidy (Alaine Cholet), and Sandy Rosenberg (Carlotta).

The standing ovation at the finale demonstrated that this show has it all, with the acting, singing, music, scenery, choreography and over the top special effects. Don’t miss it! Holidays are coming and gift certificates or a night out with friends and family would be perfect for dinner and Phantom.


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October 17, 2018 |

Taking Steps to Prevent Falls


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(Family Features) When you’re young, an injury from a fall may sideline you for a few days or weeks, but a full recovery is usually quick. As you get older, the consequences of falls can become more serious, setting up a sequence of events that can have longstanding implications on independence and health.

It doesn’t have to be that way, however. Although falls typically become more common and can be more serious as you age, falls are not a natural part of getting older. In fact, most falls are preventable. Knowing the factors that put you at greater risk of falling and taking proper steps can help prevent falls.

Risk factors for falls in older people include overall health (chronic diseases and physical conditions), environment (hazards and situations at home) and behaviors, such as rushing around or standing on a chair to reach something.

These steps from the experts at the National Council on Aging can help prevent falls:

  • Stay active: Exercise helps increase or maintain coordination and muscle tone that can keep you steady on your feet and your reactions sharp. Walking, gardening or taking an exercise class are just a few ways to keep your heart healthy and your muscles toned
  • Manage underlying chronic conditions: The better your overall health, the lower your risk of falls. Chronic conditions like diabetes, depression, osteoarthritis, obesity and high blood pressure can increase your risk. Managing those conditions by seeing your health care provider regularly, taking medication as prescribed, eating a healthy diet and choosing appropriate exercise can help prevent falls.
  • Review medications: Side effects from and interactions with some medications can cause dizziness that can increase the risk of falling. Types of medicine associated with an increased risk include sedatives and diuretics as well as those used to treat high blood pressure and anxiety. Talk to your doctor about all prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines you are taking.
  • Get your eyes checked: Vision changes as you age, so it is important to get your eyes checked once a year to make sure your prescription is up to date and screen for any eye-related diseases like cataracts and glaucoma, which are usually treatable when caught at an early stage.
  • Assess your home: Look around your home for potential hazards. Consider enlisting the help of a family member or neighbor who may be more likely to notice things you don’t. Install grab bars in your bathrooms, get rid of slippery throw rugs (or add a rubber backing) and keep passageways inside and outside your home well-lit and free from clutter and debris.


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October 17, 2018 |

What’s in the Can May Surprise You


In Good Taste








Cooking with canned foods combines convenience and nutrition

(Family Features) Simple, convenient and versatile, canned foods provide an array of options for families looking to increase nutrition during mealtimes. However, some home chefs may not be aware of the benefits canned foods bring to the table.

Consider these common consumer misnomers cleared up by the Canned Food Alliance:

Myth: Canned foods don’t count toward dietary goals.

Fact: Canned foods provide important nutrients that deliver on the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines, as all forms of fruits, vegetables, beans, meats and seafood – whether fresh, frozen, canned or dried – are recommended to help ensure a proper balance of nutrients. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the Canned Food Alliance, 95 percent of health professionals surveyed agree that all forms of food, including canned, can help consumers meet the USDA’s MyPlate fruit and vegetable recommendations.

Myth: Canned foods aren’t as nutritious as fresh or frozen foods.

Fact: Research published in the “Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture” shows canned foods can be as nutritious, and in some cases more nutritious, than fresh and frozen counterparts.

Myth: Canned foods are filled with preservatives.

Fact: Because canned foods have already been cooked, preservatives aren’t necessary to prevent spoilage. The canning process itself preserves the food.

Myth: Canned foods are highly processed.

Fact: Once canned fruits and vegetables are picked and packed near peak ripeness, they’re cooked quickly at high temperatures to lock in nutrients, similar to the home-canning process.

Myth: Canned foods are high in sodium.

Fact: Salt and sodium aren’t required for preservation of canned foods, and low- and no-sodium canned food options are available. Additionally, draining and rinsing canned foods can further reduce sodium by up to 41 percent.

Find more canned food facts and recipes at

Chipotle Pumpkin Black Bean Chili

Recipe courtesy of the Canned Food Alliance

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 60-70 minutes

Servings: 4-6

2             tablespoons vegetable oil

1             onion, chopped

1             rib celery, chopped

2             jalapenos, seeded and chopped

3             cloves garlic, minced

1             teaspoon ground cumin

1             teaspoon dried oregano

1/4         teaspoon ground pepper

2             tablespoons tomato paste

1             can (28 ounces) no-salt added canned diced tomatoes

1             cup canned pureed pumpkin

1             cup no-salt-added canned chicken broth

1             can no-salt-added canned black beans, drained and rinsed

1             can (12 1/2 ounces) no-salt-added chicken, drained

1             chipotle in adobo sauce, finely chopped

1             teaspoon brown sugar

salt, to taste

2            green onions, finely chopped

lime wedges, for serving

In Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions, celery, jalapenos, garlic, cumin, oregano and pepper. Cook, stirring, 5-8 minutes, or until vegetables soften. Add tomato paste and cook 2 minutes.

Add tomatoes, pumpkin puree, chicken broth, black beans, chicken, chipotles and brown sugar. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 hour, or until chili thickens. Add salt, to taste.

Garnish with green onions and serve with lime wedges.

Tip: Add preferred canned beans, such as white kidney beans, pinto or Romano beans, in place of or in addition to black beans.

Nutritional information per serving: 240 calories; 6 g fat; 35 mg cholesterol; 210 mg sodium; 29 g carbohydrates; 8 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 18 g protein; 7,390 IU vitamin A; 35 mg vitamin C; 98 mg calcium; 3.2 mg iron.

October 17, 2018 |
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