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American Heart Association says Older Migraine Sufferers may have more Silent Brain Injury


May is American Stroke Month

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Older migraine sufferers may be more likely to have silent brain injury, according to research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

In a new study, people with a history of migraine headaches had double the odds of ischemic silent brain infarction compared to people who said they didn’t have migraines.

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Think FAST

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Tennessee State Museum to open Groundbreaking Slavery Exhibit


Tennessee State MuseumNashville, TN – A groundbreaking exhibit about the slaves and slaveholders who worked and resided at a distinctive plantation in Tennessee will open next year at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville.

The exhibit, Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation, looks at the lives of both the enslaved African Americans and their white owners on the 13,000 acre plantation in Robertson County, Tennessee. The exhibition, which is free to the public, will open February 11th and close August 31st, 2014.

Allen, Emanuel, Granville, and Henny Washington, former slaves of the Wessyngton Plantation in Robertson County, taken about 1890, courtesy of John Baker.

Allen, Emanuel, Granville, and Henny Washington, former slaves of the Wessyngton Plantation in Robertson County, taken about 1890, courtesy of John Baker.

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One in six people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime; World Stroke Day is October 29th


According to a new survey, people more likely to witness a stroke might not know how to identify one; free app helps people Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – Crystal Wall was having a typical chat on the phone with her sister Chassity Anderson — until her sister’s phone abruptly crashed to the floor and her words suddenly became slurred.

Anderson, 37, was having another stroke.

“Because my sister had suffered from stroke before, I recognized the warning signs and knew to call 9-1-1,” Wall said. “I know stroke is something that can happen to anyone at any time and if it does, you have to act quickly. The longer you wait, the worse it can be.” «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association says Cost, Fear, Lack of Information may limit CPR usage for Urban Minorities


American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Cost, fear and a lack of information are barriers for minorities in urban communities to learn and perform CPR, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Hands-Only™ CPR. (American Heart Association)

Hands-Only™ CPR. (American Heart Association)

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The History of Independence Day


Library of CongressWashington, D.C. – On July 4th, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain.

The Constitution provides the legal and governmental framework for the United States, however, the Declaration, with its eloquent assertion “all Men are created equal,” is equally beloved by the American people.

Philadelphians marked the first anniversary of American independence with a spontaneous celebration, which is described in a letter by John Adams to Abigail Adams.

Declaration of Independence

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission data shows most Child Drownings occur in Backyard Pools


No Entrapment Deaths Since 2008

U.S. Consumer Product Safety CommissionWashington, D.C.A new report out today from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission  (CPSC)  reveals that children younger than age 5 represent more than 75 percent of all pool and spa submersion deaths and 78 percent of pool and spa submersion injuries in the United States involving children younger than 15 years of age.

Government data also show that African-American and Hispanic children between the ages of 5 and 14 are at a higher risk of drowning.

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Blacks develop high blood pressure one year faster than whites


American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – African-Americans with prehypertension develop high blood pressure a year sooner than whites, according to research reported in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Blacks with prehypertension also have a 35 percent greater risk of progressing to high blood pressure than whites, according to health records of 18,865 adults 18 to 85.

Prehypertension is blood pressure ranging between 120/80 mm Hg and 139/89 mm Hg. Hypertension is 140/90 mm Hg or higher. «Read the rest of this article»

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African American Heritage Quilt Collaboration


Collaboration Between The Homeplace, Fort Donelson, & Quilters will Reveal African American Heritage

Land Between the LakesGolden Pond, KY – Quilters from Tennessee and Kentucky will collaborate with The Homeplace, located in Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area, and Fort Donelson National Battlefield to design a series of quilts depicting the African American experience “Between the Rivers” (LBL), and the Civil War in Middle Tennessee. 

The project, which is being sponsored by The Homeplace, Fort Donelson National Battlefield, and the Emmanuel Family Life Center Quilting Guild of Clarksville, will begin with a panel discussion on African Americans at Fort Donelson, Fort Henry, and “Between the Rivers.”  Join us Saturday, November 20th, 2010, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Emmanuel Family Life Center, 303 Fairview Lane, Clarksville, Tennessee. «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU History Department has Busy Saturday


Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Saturday, September 11th, turned out to be a busy day for the Austin Peay State University Department of History as professors and students engaged in academic and philanthropic activities throughout middle Tennessee.

That morning, Dr. David Nelson, assistant professor of history, took a group of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and History Club students across town to the Mount Olive Cemetery, where they spent several hours cleaning out debris and helping restore the neglected historic site

“This is historical preservation. This is what we do,” Nelson said last spring. “This kind of service project fits in perfectly with our organization.” «Read the rest of this article»

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PAT 2009 Regional Conference includes luncheon and afternoon panels


Phi Alpha Theta logo[Part II] Conference Luncheon and Afternoon Sessions

The February 28th PAT 2009 Regional Conference continued with a luncheon and afternoon sessions. This report covers those activities and discussions.

Dr. Minoa Uffelman introduces Dr. Ted Ownby, the keynote speaker

Dr. Minoa Uffelman introduces the keynote speaker, Dr. Ted Ownby.

The luncheon keynote speaker was Ted Ownby, University of Mississippi, Professor of History and Southern Studies, Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. His topic was “Free Bird, Roots, and Family Values: Southern Culture in the 1970s.” Ownby centered his talk on “What it means to be part of a family in the South in the 70′s.” Three elements must be considered. “The South in the 70′s is working out integration and is no longer a rural agrarian culture. The South is establishing a new relationship with the federal government.” «Read the rest of this article»


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