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Killexams : WMCRC October Activities

AREA — The Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, (CRCofWM) located at 59 Winter Street, Norway, on the Stephens Memorial Hospital campus, announces their schedule of free in-person and virtual classes and activities for the month of October. They do ask participants of in-person classes to please wear a mask. Anyone impacted by cancer (cancer survivors and caregivers) can participate.

Special activities
“Improve How You Move” – Four Fridays in October – 11 a.m. to 12 noon beginning October 7. Somatic Movement with Erin Girzone: Essential Somatics® Movement Teacher, Yoga Instructor, and ACE Certified Fitness Trainer & Behavior Change Specialist. A somatic movement practice is a fabulous way for cancer patients and survivors to manage their ability to move as freely and pain-free as possible and for all ages and abilities. You will learn movement patterns that can be done seated in a chair that Strengthen how you feel and how you move.

Weekly Public Drop-in hours – Thursdays, 9-3 p.m.; other weekdays by appointment. Masks required.

Weekly Ongoing Virtual classes – pre-register for the virtual classes listed below at
“Mind full of Good” – Monday morning meditation – Mondays, 9-9:30 a.m. This enrichment series offers new ways to grow the good in one’s life. Built upon the science of positive neuroplasticity, each week will focus upon cultivating an opportunity to grow inner resources for peace, satisfaction and joy. Classes include instruction, discussion and is suitable for anyone who meditates or is interested in starting a meditation practice. Led by Karen Vasil-Busch, LMT, CAP is a PNT Teacher, Licensed Massage Therapist, Karuna™ REIKI Master and Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

MBSR – “A Mindful Hour” – Thursdays, 9-10 a.m. Learn how the practice of Mindful-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) can assist with reducing stress through breath, movement and meditation. Join Kat Larsen as she leads this weekly class, integrating other practices from her work as a certified yoga therapist and registered yoga instructor.

Weekly in-person classes
Chair Yoga in Harrison, Caswell House Conservancy, 42 Main Street, Harrison – Mondays and Wednesdays – 10-11 a.m. Chair yoga can lessen the impact of chronic illness and pain. It may also help cope with feelings of isolation. Being calmer and more relaxed inevitably leads to a greater feeling of happiness and well-being. Susan Kane teaches this class, which can easily be modified to everyone’s ability level. You do not need to register in advance.

New! Chair Yoga in Bridgton, Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot Street, Bridgton – Weekly on Fridays – 9-10 a.m., starting October 14. Susan Kane also teaches this class, which can easily be modified to everyone’s ability level. You do not need to register in advance.

Strength & Balance for Cancer Wellness – Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Rush Fitness, 141 Western Avenue, Paris. This full body workout class, led by Lori Britting, is tailored to the comfort level and ability of each individual to maintain mobility and strength. Resistance training (with the use of bands, free weights and body weight) has been shown to enhance flexibility and decrease bone loss, reduce stress, and increase overall well-being. Train at your own pace while receiving encouragement and assistance toward achieving your goals. Call the CRCofWM at 890-0329 to register.

Craft & Chat at CRCofWM, 59 Winter Street, Norway: Tuesdays 1-2 p.m. Drop in, explore your creative side, and meet new friends at the same time. All supplies provided, masks are required.

Chair Yoga at the CRCofWM 59 Winter Street, Norway: Thursdays 1-2 p.m. Join Kat Larsen for this gentle form of yoga, which utilizes both seated and standing poses using a chair for support to provide all the benefits of traditional yoga. Chair yoga can help Strengthen core strength and balance, promote better breathing techniques, increase flexibility and help reduce stress. Masks are required. Please call the CRCofWM to register.

Special Groups
New Day & Time!
Women’s Support Group (Thursday, October 20 – CRCofWM, 59 Winter Street, Norway 2-3 p.m. For more information, please call 890-0329.

Men’s Rally Group (Thursday, October 20) – CRCofWM, 59 Winter Street, Norway 4-6 p.m. For more information: Nel Bernard – 207-312-9955 or Vance Jordan -207-583-2975.

The Cancer Resource Center is hosting virtual Dempsey Center Classes beginning 10/28/2022:
The Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine (CRCofWM) has partnered with the Dempsey Center to make their educational classes available to the Norway area. Using the Dempsey Connects virtual platform, clients of the CRC will be able to participate at the CRC office in Norway with CRC staff or virtually from the comfort of their own home. These telecast classes are open to the public across the state at no charge. To sign up for any of these classes, please call the call the CRCofWM at (207) 890-0329.

Programs offered October – December 2022 will include:
1. Managing Cancer Treatment Side Effects with Cannabis/CBD
Friday, October 2,10-11:15 a.m. From treating pain and nausea to helping to ease the symptoms of neuropathy, more and more studies are coming out that demonstrate positive benefits from the safe use of CBD and other cannabinoids. Join the Dempsey Center and experts Dr. Dustin Sulak and Shari Berman to discuss alternative and adjunctive ways to manage the side effects of cancer and cancer

2. The Next Chapter: Support After Cancer Treatment Wednesdays, November 2 thru December 9, 5-6:30 p.m. When cancer treatment ends the impact of cancer can often continue. Join us for this 5-week series to learn techniques for coping with the new physical and emotional reality of your post treatment cancer journey. While connecting with other survivors, learn the importance of eating well-coupled with strategies to optimize your diet, identify how movement and fitness can care for your body and mind, and explore how complementary therapies can Strengthen your well-being.
• Nov 2 – Connect with others in a similar place in their cancer journey
• Nov 9 – Emotional realities post-treatment
• Nov 16 – Movement + Fitness strategies post-treatment
• Nov 23 – Holiday – No meeting
• Nov 30 – Optimizing nutrition
• Dec 7 – Improving well-being through complementary therapies

Facilitators: Maureen Higgins, MSW; Judy Donnelly, RDN; Tish Caldwell, Certified Oncology Fitness Instructor; Liz Como, LMT, Kailie Sullivan, LCSW. This program is open to cancer patients at the end of treatment or post-treatment.

3. Soups On! (LIVE at Dempsey, virtual at the CRC)
Thursday, November 10, 2-4 p.m. Calling all soup lovers! Learn the art of making delicious soup and adjusting the flavor to meet your personal taste bud needs. Discover new recipes and tricks to freeze your favorites for later meals. Led by Judy Donnelly, RDN, LD, Nutrition Program Coordinator

4. What to Eat During Cancer Treatment
Wednesday, November 16, 10-12 p.m. Cancer treatment can affect what you are able to eat and how your body handles food. Join us to learn basic information about maintaining good nutrition to help you feel your best during cancer treatment. Led by Kelly Falone, RDN, LD
Note: As with all Dempsey Center and Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine services, these telecast programs will be provided at no cost. This program is possible thanks to the support of Jane’s Trust, a charitable foundation located in Boston, MA, and Hannaford Foundation.

Monthly Activities
Stamping Up – Making Greeting Cards: October 3. 1-2:30 p.m. Join Cathy Pulsifer for this fun, social activity and make some beautiful greeting cards to take home. Space is limited; masks are required. Materials are provided. Call (207) 890-0329 to sign up.

Wellness Share – 2nd Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Center for Healing Arts & Treatment, 180 Main St., Norway. Reiki is always available, other modalities are available upon request. A somatic movement practice is a fabulous way for cancer patients and survivors to manage their ability to move as freely and pain-free as possible and for all ages and abilities. You will learn movement patterns that can be done seated in a chair that Strengthen how you feel and how you move. Practitioner availability: Reflexology, Massage, Foot Soaks, Crone Sessions, Meditation and more. This is a free event, sponsored by the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine and hosted by Teresia REIKI & Friends. You do not need to sign up in advance. For more information: Charlotte LaBelle, 207-890-2177.

Drum Circle – 4th Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Center for Healing Arts & Treatment, 180 Main St., Norway. You do not need to sign up in advance. This is a free event, sponsored by the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine. For more information: Dan Gravel, 207-604-0323 or Nel Bernard, 207-312-9955.

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Killexams : Chicago-based group brings urgency to philanthropy

There’s an important point to be made about philanthropy. Some people, including givers themselves, suspect it doesn’t do a lot of good.

Think about it. A lot of the major gifts you read about are to universities, museums, the symphony or the ballet company — fine causes, all, but not the kinds of things that directly benefit the poor or tackle major societal problems. Some gifts can perpetuate a cycle of well-endowed institutions with well-paid staff serving a well-off clientele.

Many donors just prefer to stay within a closely defined comfort zone.

To change that, there’s a Chicago-based solution with global ambitions. It’s called Lever for Change, an affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Within that august circle, Lever for Change can be seen as a force that’s just a little subversive.

“We want to shake things up,” CEO Cecilia Conrad said. She wouldn’t characterize her team as rebels, just folks marching to a different drummer, shades of the 1960s.

“We want to provide [donors] with an opportunity to see rigorously vetted, great ideas in the space that I would call social impact,” she said. It concentrates on programs in areas such as poverty, health care, racial and gender inequities, climate change and civic involvement.


Cecilia Conrad, CEO of Lever for Change

“In each case, what we’re hoping to do is to help the donor find great ideas but also to elevate and uplift projects that might not get attention,” Conrad said.

It’s primarily not giving away its own money. The group is a grant facilitator, marshaling the monied clout of cooperative foundations and individuals that have a similar impatience about seeing real change. It’s a challenge grant system, with donor commitments of at least $10 million, allowing for awards of substantial size.

Conrad’s group facilitated a $10 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Chicago’s Communities United. The recipient is training young people to help others in Black and Brown communities overcome mental health issues that arise from violence and poverty. In partnership with Lurie Children’s Hospital, the group wants to enlist 3,000 youths to promote community healing from what it calls the “normalization of trauma,” a chilling phrase if there ever was one.

Lever for Change also managed a $10 million award from several sources to City Bureau, based on the South Side. It trains residents to report on public meetings, replacing what’s been lost in old-style journalism and getting people engaged in decisions that affect them. Bolstering sources of fair information has become a priority of many foundations, including MacArthur, a supporter of the Chicago Sun-Times’ conversion to nonprofit status.

Conrad heads a staff of about two dozen, working on an annual budget of around $9 million. The team has celebrated a milestone. Since its start in 2019, Lever for Change has steered grants worth $1 billion. It enlists numerous donors in its work, while its own funding comes from MacArthur; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman; and Amazon heir MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett, now reportedly divorcing.

Other awards Lever for Change arranged have led to mental health care in Texas, refugee support in 10 countries, entrepreneurial programs in Uganda and Ethiopia, and training for tech careers in U.S. cities.

Conrad said her group’s approach is gaining momentum, with donors getting access to its growing database of programs it has judged to be creative and effective. She’s set a new goal of $2.5 billion in grants out the door by 2025.

The grants issued so far are mostly for multi-year programs, so Conrad said the evaluations are ongoing, with no certified failures yet. But she said there’s a strong tendency among philanthropists to be risk averse. Conrad said she tries to get donors to rethink risk and relate it to their own success with wealth. “Yes, you’re going to take some risk, but that’s how you’re going to have the big impact.”

It’s an ongoing issue. Forbes has reported that many of the 400 richest Americans, with a net worth of some $4 trillion, give just a sliver to charity. And how that’s distributed raises more questions. In 2018, David Callahan, founder of Inside Philanthropy, wrote a stinging critique.

“Billionaire philanthropists give for things like workforce development, but rarely address that the U.S. economy is no longer working for a good swath of the population, even as the rich keep getting richer,” Callahan wrote. “They give for education, but almost never to challenge deeply entrenched patterns of school segregation or the way funding inequities are baked into K-12 systems. They say they want to empower low-income Americans, but rarely invest in movement building efforts or worker organizing or voter mobilization.”

Maybe business schools need to teach that you can’t take it with you.

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Killexams : ProcessMaker Announces ISO 27001 Certification

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Durham, NC, Oct. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, we celebrate a new milestone. ProcessMaker, a leading digital process automation software company based in Durham, NC, has achieved a new benchmark confirming our pledge to protect your data—we are now ISO 27001 certified! Our team takes every step to maintain the highest caliber of information security, and we are proud to see our efforts rewarded.

The International Security Organization (ISO) sets the gold standard for information security management globally. Achieving the ISO 20017 certification requires an intensive, multi-step process performed by an accredited third-party auditor.

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Cybersecurity experts estimate that it can take up to two years for a company to recover from a data breach. The incident racks up lost time and money, costing companies an average of $9.44 million to respond. Mission-critical workflows require a digital process automation platform meeting the highest information security protocols. ISO 27001 demonstrates our commitment to safeguarding your data—and your company’s reputation and resilience. 

ISO 27001 does not just examine the ProcessMaker platform. The auditing team evaluated our entire organization—to certify that our systems, facilities, people, and infrastructure uphold the best practices established by the ISO. At ProcessMaker, we talk a lot about helping organizations achieve operational excellence, and our ISO 27001 certification shows that we strive for the same standards internally. 

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  • World-class controls are in place to prevent unauthorized users from viewing or modifying your data
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Killexams : How Natal Sun In The 12th House Affects Your Life & Relationships

The 12th house is ruled by Pisces and is linked to the planets Jupiter and Neptune. It is the house where we see karmic debt from a past life

Because it is the last house in our chart, it also is synonymous with the most private placement. The 12th is where we keep our secrets, where we explore the darker side of our minds, and it is the place where we shield ourselves from peering eyes. We hide ourselves here as well as our motives. 

Similar to the eighth house, it could have a darker feel since it is connected with our psyche. However, the overall themes for this house are about releasing and preparing to return to the self once planets transit over from the 12th to the 1st house.

For the collective, the 12th house is linked to hospitals, prisons, and asylums. It is a house of service to others, so acts of charity are also connected to the 12th.

There is a need to analyze and dissect this house, but not through the depths of the 8th. Here we remember, learn to let go and forgive. It is a place of release and learning more about ourselves before returning to the first. 

Sun in the 12th house meaning

The Sun is represented by the sign of Leo, a sign that rules the self. The Sun is a luminary reflecting our identity and self-expression.

How we go about and face the world is linked to our Sun sign, so when the Sun is hidden in the 12th, standing out is not easy for the native. Finding their place in the spotlight is a challenge for them.

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There is also a general distrust from the natives when it comes to other people due to past life karma. They will prefer to stay hidden and observe. Discovering who they are and working on things that bring them happiness and purpose will help them flourish.

For the natives to feel happier, they need to learn how to love themselves. Because the 12th house is related to things that are hidden, they need to be comfortable with stepping out and showing others just how powerful they can be.

Creating a positive environment and surrounding themselves with confident and driven people will allow the natives to step out of their shells. Observing and learning about confidence from others can help their self-esteem. They will also feel empowered to be their true self.

The native must also remember not to change anything about their personality and to remain true to who they are. More of their uniqueness will be noticed and appreciated once they feel confident in their style, looks, and abilities. 

Sun in the 12th house traits

1. Dreamer

Those with Sun in the 12th can dream big. The issue is that they need to learn to establish good, solid, and practical plans that can allow them to achieve their dreams by creating a foundation to jumpstart their journey.

2. Creative

They get inspired easily since they have great imaginations. Those with planets in the 12th have an easier time channeling their creative side since Neptune allows them to be artistically inclined.

3. Driven

Even though their Sun is in the hidden area of their chart, the native is still ambitious and driven to succeed. It could be that their lack of self-confidence will stop them from getting to where they want to be. Once they learn to be confident in themselves they can achieve anything.

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4. Romantic

Planets in the 12th House tend to make the natives very romantic. They will prioritize their partners and will shower them with love and gifts constantly.

5. Selfless

This could be good or bad. While the native wants to do good for others, they could lose themselves in the process and abandon their sense of identity.

6. Unfocused

Sometimes, the native could feel too scattered to focus on something. With Sun in the 12th, the Neptunian energy could make them prefer to get lost in their thoughts instead of following through with a plan. Creating structure is essential for them.

7. Pessimistic

Although they might have some spark to take on the world, their insecurity could make them feel as if they should give up. Adding some optimism every once in a while can help them power through.

Sun in the 12th house relationships

Sun in the 12th house relationships might feel challenging since the native will have a tough time showing their partner who they are.

Creating a stronger bond with themselves first will enable them to have successful relationships with others. They will experience a radical way of self-love if they start by learning about their needs and wants first before committing to a partnership.

Establishing good communication with their partner will allow them to reveal parts of themselves. However, they need to learn to create boundaries so that they do not get hurt.

They also need a partner that can push them to discover their hidden potential. Once they do find someone that meets their needs, they will be open and true to who they are.

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A.T. Nunez is an Afro-Latina Astrologer and philosopher living in NYC. She is passionate about astrology and aims to continue writing more about stargazing in the future.

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Killexams : NC clinics want nurses to offer medication-induced abortions No result found, try new keyword!Abortion providers and an abortion-rights group want some judges to permit more trained health professionals in North Carolina to prescribe pills for medication-induced abortions. Mon, 17 Oct 2022 08:47:00 -0500 text/html Killexams : Five takeaways from what’s clearly the only debate between Maryland gubernatorial candidates Wes Moore and Dan Cox Wes Moore referred during the debate to his campaign mantra of “leave no one behind,” talking about expanding access and equity in government services and calling out what he views as Dan Cox’s extremist policies. Here, Moore talks with reporters after the debate. © Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun/TNS Wes Moore referred during the debate to his campaign mantra of “leave no one behind,” talking about expanding access and equity in government services and calling out what he views as Dan Cox’s extremist policies. Here, Moore talks with reporters after the debate.

As Election Day inches closer, Democrat Wes Moore and Republican Dan Cox were fiery and sharp-tongued during the televised Maryland gubernatorial debate Wednesday.

Hosted by Maryland Public Television and WBAL-TV, an NBC affiliate, the debate was the only event of its kind agreed to by both candidates.

Here are some things we learned from the faceoff.

This will absolutely not happen again

Moore, who has declined several invitations to gubernatorial debates and forums so as not to give Cox a platform, agreed in late August to participate in Wednesday’s debate. Unless plans change, it was the only time the candidates will go head-to-head onstage.

Many of Dan Cox's debate answers were consistent with his campaign themes of giving parents more information and rights in their children’s education, opposing the pandemic lockdown measures, cutting taxes and “restoring freedoms.” Here, he speaks with reporters after the debate. © Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun/TNS Many of Dan Cox's debate answers were consistent with his campaign themes of giving parents more information and rights in their children’s education, opposing the pandemic lockdown measures, cutting taxes and “restoring freedoms.” Here, he speaks with reporters after the debate.

Asked after the debate whether he regretted agreeing to participate in only one against Cox, Moore quickly responded, “No, I’m good.”

Insults over answers

Both Cox and Moore spent a fair amount of time attacking each other’s credibility rather than answering questions from the panelists.

For example, Moore had to be redirected to the substance of a question about how to reassure voters about election integrity after he spent his initial response time memorizing a tweet posted by Cox in January 2021 about how he was “co-hosting buses” to the “Stop the Steal” rally outside the Trump White House shortly before rioters overtook the U.S. Capitol to protest the certification of the results of the 2020 election.

“I want to read something: ‘I am co-hosting two buses to the million MAGA March/rally with the Frederick County Conservative Club in support of @realDonaldTrump on January 6, 2021, To #stopthesteal. Demand no #ChinaBiden.’ Those are the words of my opponent,” Moore said.

And, when asked about his solutions to address health disparities for people who live in industrial areas, Cox used nearly all of the time afforded for his answer to attack Moore’s policy on electric cars and his former role as CEO of Robin Hood, an anti-poverty nonprofit organization based in New York City.

Cox has chosen to sidle up to … Gov. Larry Hogan?

Asked how both candidates would grade Hogan’s eight years as governor, Moore responded, “He’s not done yet, so it’s incomplete.”

Cox, on the other hand, gave Hogan, whom he sued over Hogan’s public health precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and attempted to impeach during the 2022 legislative session, an “A on everything except the differences of opinion we’ve had on the COVID,” and said he’s “stood with the governor” on issues related to police funding and lowering tax rates.

Cox has been a persona non grata in Hogan’s office the past few years, leading the sitting governor to call him a “QAnon whack job” and publicly declare that he does not support his campaign and will not vote for him in November.

Policy-wise, both candidates were business as usual

Though they argued constantly over what was true and what was false, the candidates largely stuck to their scripts. After months of campaigning, neither Moore nor Cox made any allegations or introduced any policy plans they haven’t already touched on the campaign trail.

For Cox, many of his answers were consistent with his campaign themes of giving parents more information and rights in their children’s education, opposing the pandemic lockdown measures, cutting taxes and “restoring freedoms” — all subjects approached more with broad brushstrokes than specific policy proposals.

”I will be the only balance possible because one-party rule is not the way of the future of Maryland,” Cox said, referring to Democrats likely maintaining control of the General Assembly in the next session.

For Moore, it was about frequently referring to his campaign mantra of “leave no one behind,” talking about expanding access and equity in government services and calling out what he views as Cox’s extremist policies.

”Freedom is not an empty word to me. My life could have gone a very different way after my dad died. I could have been left behind,” Moore said, referring to the death of his father when he was 3 years old. “But I’m running for governor because we can do better.”

Cox still won’t say whether he’ll accept the outcome of the election

Cox, who recently lost an appeal in the state’s highest court to stop the counting of mail-in ballots ahead of Election Day, has been asked in numerous arenas whether he will accept the results of the general election, win or lose. He has never provided an answer.

Questioned again on the debate stage Wednesday, Cox dodged answering, saying he has “always accepted election results that are fair and that are following the Constitution.” He compared the question to assessing the results of a surgical procedure before the operation has begun.

“It would be similar to saying that before a surgery takes place to ... to decide whether or not the surgery went well,” he told panelists. “That is why the statute of Maryland actually protects Democrats [and] Republicans alike to say there’s a process that has to be followed, and every single candidate on the ballot has a right to that process, and I intend to uphold that process.”

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Killexams : Media literacy class teaching high school kids to separate fact from ‘fake’ now mandatory thanks to Naperville grad

Oct. 16—Illinois became the first state in the country to require media literacy education to be taught at schools through the tenacity of a former Naperville Central High School student.

Starting this school year, Illinois high school students are learning how to decipher fact from fiction through lessons stipulated by law. Lessons cover such things as how to access information, evaluate media message and sources, create media, reflect on media consumption and use social responsibility to ethically consume media.

Braden Hajer, who graduated from Naperville Central in 2021, said his interest in the subject started when he was researching the history of misinformation in fall 2020 for his senior capstone semester project. It was part of the Illinois Global Scholars program, a certification process his social studies teacher Seth Brady helped craft.

Because the program requires students to suggest ideas for actionable change based on their research, Hajer said the next logical step for him was to craft legislation with a focus on educating high school students to distinguish "fake" information from that which is not.

When investigating other legislation that had bee proposed, Hajer found bills that had been introduced but never progressed. For the most part, they just encouraged schools to teach media literacy lessons, he said.

Hajer, now a sophomore at the University of Chicago, said he didn't think most school districts would comply without a mandate so he drafted legislation in late 2020 and reached out to state Rep. Elizabeth "Lisa" Hernandez, D-Cicero, who sponsored a previous bill.

In March 2021, Hernandez filed an amendment that included Hajer's mandate suggestion.

While his semester project technically ended in spring 2021, Hajer continued to push the bill by getting Naperville-area legislators to join on as co-sponsors and enlisted witnesses from area school districts and the Naperville community.

The bill passed both houses in May 2021 and was signed by the governor in July 2021, taking effect this school year.

In a written statement, Hernandez said she's proud of Hajer and his teacher for their collaboration on her legislation.

"Their hard work has helped make Illinois a leader in media literacy education, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with them," she said.

Many Illinoisans rely on social media as their primary or even sole source of news and other important information, Hernandez said.

"Given this trend, it's more important than ever that young people learn to discern truth from fiction and facts from misinformation," she said.

It's human nature to want to share an outrageous headline with friends or family, Hajer said, but it's important to stop and consider what is presented before accepting it as truth.

He like to see high school students view media literacy as more than just another thing they have to learn and not use beyond high school, he said.

"I think media literacy is something that matters, perhaps more than most other skill sets to a terminally online generation," Hajer said.

Media literacy expert Yonty Friesem, an associate professor of civic media at Columbia College Chicago, said everybody, including youth, should understand the impact media has on their daily lives.

Friesem worked with 90 educators over the past year to provide guidance and resources for high schools to comply with the law's directive.

What is revolutionary about the media literary law, he said, is it gives schools the power to implement lessons based on an understanding of the community and the target audience.

"And so the teacher will customize this to what works in their community. Media literacy can be practiced the same way but the content is different, and that's where it's really innovative," he said.

Concerns about the media have been raised for centuries, Friesem said.

"If you go back and you look at how people were referring to newspapers, radio, film when it was just introduced ... there was a fear about the impact of it," he said.

The same can be said for Socrates, he said. "They were afraid that his public speaking would corrupt the youth," he said.

Hajer said he doesn't expect every student will come out of school a media literacy expert, but he hopes some of what they learn will stay with them.

"I do hope that even if students enter in a little bit grudgingly, as high school students tend to do, they walk out of it with a couple of small little tips, pointers, perspective lighteners" and asking questions like why did the person write the article, who are they and what are they trying to prove?

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Killexams : Now that the FDA Has Linked a Second Type of Cancer to Breast Implants, Should I Take Mine Out?

“Have you thought about taking those implants out?” That question was posed to me several months ago by Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. Nevin Golkalp, while I was visiting her office for some routine Botox and lip filler. Somehow, the conversation turned from wrinkles to my breasts.

“No, I’m good” I replied. But the truth is, with my aging implants pushing 20 years old, I had thought about it. accurate Facebook scrolls alerted me to several friends going back under the knife to take theirs out, and chatters of Breast Implant Illness, or BII, had me intrigued. I’d even joined approximately 10,000 other women in a Facebook group aptly titled “Breast Implant Illness” even though I had no symptoms myself.

I was curious, to say the least. Here, in this public forum, women from all over the world lamented about nearly every symptom under the sun—from hair loss to acne, migraines, chronic joint pain and even trouble breathing—attributing nearly all of these symptoms to their breast implants.

Some claimed to have been “misdiagnosed” with fibromyalgia and other disorders and said their doctors had called them crazy. Others posted photos of themselves post-explant surgery, saying their symptoms had all magically disappeared once the saltwater or silicone gel-filled sacs were gone.

Breast implant’s link to cancer is growing

Maybe they’re not so crazy after all. The FDA has now officially linked two types of cancers to breast implants. The first is a type of lymphoma and the latest is squamous cell carcinoma, or SCC, which is a cancer of the scar tissue or capsule that forms around the implant.

There are approximately 1,200 confirmed cases of lymphoma-based cancers and 16 confirmed cases of SCC out of about 35 million women with breast implants worldwide. To make it even more complicated, lymphoma was reported mostly in women with textured implants, while SCC has been reported with both textured and smooth implants.

While the medical community has yet to adequately study the women reporting adverse symptoms that they claim are connected to their breast implants, many women are heading to their surgeon’s offices in droves to explant. In fact, 25% of silicone patients and 8% of saline patients have had their implants removed, according to the National Center for Health ResearchShould I be one of them?

I asked my husband his opinion first, to which he replied “I’d rather have you be here for our kids, and not get cancer, than keep your implants in.” My mom and sister agreed, but surgery for me is not without risks. In my 30s, I learned I had a genetic blood clotting disorder after a near-fatal pulmonary embolism landed me in the hospital for eight days. A subsequent DVT (or blood clot in my leg) forced me onto a regimen of blood thinners for life.

The thought of going under the knife again (and potentially bleeding to death or throwing another clot) terrified me. What if surgery took me out? Which risk was greater?

My decision to get breast implants

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The decision to get breast implants in the first place was not an easy one. I had developed as a teenager with something called Tubular Breast Deformity. I truly felt deformed, and it impacted me both mentally and emotionally during those formative years. I jokingly referred to them as my “mutant boobs,” although, for many years, I hid them from friends, boyfriends and my family members. No one knew I was shielding two very different-sized and shaped breasts under those baggy band tees and grunge flannels. (Hey, no judgment, it was the ’90s after all).

In 2000, after securing my first full-time job out of college at an NBC affiliate, I opted to have breast reconstruction, which involved placing saline implants in both breasts. Silicone implants were not an option at the time as they had been pulled off the market due to safety concerns in 1992.

Several years later, I suffered a complication with the implants known as capsular contracture, which forced me into my surgeon’s office yet again; except this time, after a 14-year ban, silicone implants were now approved and widely available. My surgeon advised me that silicone would be the better option and lower my risk of having the same complications. I agreed and went in for the surgery to swap the implants.

Now, 16 years later and faced with the possibility of yet another “boob job,” I’m exploring all my options. Even without the accurate reports from the FDA, I’d always known this was a possibility. In the extensive paperwork you are required to sign prior to surgery, it does state that implants may not last forever.

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While many implants remain intact for 10 or even 20 years, the chance of rupture increases by 1% each year, according to This is the same, regardless of whether you have saline or silicone-filled implants, and women are reporting BII symptoms in both circumstances.

That said, it seems there are really only three options for me at this point:

1. Take the implants out (and most likely have a breast lift as well as adjust to life with much smaller breasts that likely won’t fit my 5’9” frame).
2. Take the implants out and replace them with a new pair.
3. Do nothing.

Option 3 is not just sitting back and ignoring that there might be a potential problem. Just like you should be doing regular breast self-exams to monitor for breast cancer, doctors say, you should check your implants regularly too.

You can check implants for a rupture with an MRI every two years (which aren’t always covered by insurance), and also with routine breast self-exams (which you should be doing anyway) to assess any possible risks.

“Monitor your breasts, or as we like to say, #feelthemonthefirst of each month to assess any changes,” explains Dr. Alexis Parcells, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in New Jersey, New York, California and Florida. “If you do notice any abnormal changes in breasts or implants, then consult with your doctor.” These changes could include swelling on one side, pain, redness, skin changes or any tightness in the tissue in and around the implant and/or the armpit area.

What doctors are saying

Dr. Payman Danielpour and Dr. John Layke of the Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group concur with Dr. Parcells, and agree that while patients should remain vigilant, overall, the risk is small. “It should be pointed out that only 16 cases have been reported of SCC in those with implants that are more than 20 years old,” the doctors say. “Furthermore, the risk of the other rare cancer reported, ALCL, is about one in every 86,000.” (The FDA issued a recall of one brand of textured implants in 2019 after 600 cases and 33 deaths were reportedly linked to them.)

All the doctors I spoke with agree that more research needs to be done. “It’s important to understand that these instances are very rare, and have been reported with all types of implants, not just breast implants,” says Andy Wongworawat M.D., a plastic surgeon practicing in California.

Taking it into our own hands

While reported cases may still be low, comparatively speaking, that hasn’t stopped several women from erring on the side of caution. Chrissy Teigen famously took her implants out.

Nikki Speer, a 43-year-old mom of three in North Carolina, is also one of them. After losing her mother to breast cancer, she wasn’t taking any chances herself. “About 8 or 9 years after my surgery to get silicone implants, I started having symptoms like migraines, joint pain, and unexplained pain and weight gain. For years, doctors ignored my claims because my blood work always came back normal. So I took matters into my own hands, researched breast implant illness and became my own advocate,” she says. Speer finally had them removed in December 2021 and is glad she did it. “I would never get implants again! I’m slowly healing and trust that one day, I’ll be completely healed.”

Andrea Mendocino Drace, a 43-year-old teacher in New York also opted to have her breast implants removed permanently. Within a year after getting saline implants, she began to have more than 40 symptoms, including diagnoses of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, anxiety and depression. “Doctors told me I was crazy. For years, I didn’t know what was wrong with me,” says Drace, a mother of two. After seeing several doctors, she finally figured out the culprit. “It was my implants all along. After taking them out in 2019, all my symptoms slowly started to go away,” she explains. “I would never put anything foreign in my body again. I’ve done a lot of work and have learned to love myself the way I am.”

These “girls” have been with me while I’ve birthed two children and “birthed” a career helping other women with all of their breast, boob and bra problems (through writing The Bra Book , which is now in its second printing). They’ve allowed me to look and feel “normal” since the age of 21. Since I don’t have any BII symptoms at the moment, and I’m being proactive with monitoring my breasts for any anomalies, I’m planning to keep mine in — for now.

If you’re considering getting breast implants yourself, take note of the risks and be sure to discuss them with a board-certified physician.

If you already have implants and are experiencing issues, the FDA encourages you to file a report through its MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. By filing, you can provide information that helps Strengthen patient safety.

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