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MIAMI (April 16, 2013) – The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at FIU is partnering with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Miami/Ft. Lauderdale to promote breast health and early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in underserved populations of North Miami Dade.

“This relationship will help us deliver on our mission to address community needs in North Miami,” said Dr. Carolyn Runowicz, HWCOM executive associate dean for academic affairs and a leading expert in cancers that affect women. “The alarming rate of presentation in advanced stage breast cancer will be impacted by this partnership.”

MIAMI (April 16, 2013) -- In a study published in today’s issue of Nature Communications, researchers from Florida International University’sHerbert Wertheim College of Medicine describe a revolutionary technique they have developed that can deliver and fully release the anti-HIV drug AZTTP into the brain.

Madhavan Nair, professor and chair, and Sakhrat Khizroev, professor and vice chair of the HWCOM’s Department of Immunology, used magneto-electric nanoparticles (MENs) to cross the blood-brain barrier and send a significantly increased level of AZTPP—up to 97 percent more —to HIV-infected cells.

For years, the blood-brain barrier has stumped scientists and doctors who work with neurological diseases. A natural filter that allows very few substances to pass through to the brain, the blood-brain barrier keeps most medicines from reaching the brain. Currently, more than 99 percent of the antiretroviral therapies used to treat HIV, such as AZTPP, are deposited in the liver, lungs and other organs before they reach the brain.

333Miami, Florida---Volunteers with  Women's Breast Health Initiative, Florida Affiliate (WBHI) in Miami Lakes, will unveil a groundbreaking new awareness campaign in the fight against both Breast Cancer & Heart Disease. The initiative, called One in Three * One in Eight, will be introduced during its annual Open The Door Reception on May 10th at the Hotel & Resort Turnberry Isle Miami in Aventura, Florida.  The new campaign shares the daunting statistics about breast cancer and heart disease through a bold graphic featuring eight women of various backgrounds and professions. The 3rd woman in the graphic is highlighted in red to symbolize her death from heart disease and the eighth woman is highlighted in pink to symbolize her breast cancer diagnosis.

WBHI CEO/Founder Andrea Ivory, a breast cancer survivor, says it makes sense to combine awareness efforts for both breast cancer and heart disease-the number one killer of women. "The reality is one in three women will die from heart disease. One in eight will be diagnosed with breast cancer. These two diseases combined are taking countless women each year. As a result, we must be even more vigilant in our efforts," Ivory said.

fruit snacksParents often struggle to get their children to forgo unhealthy snacks in favor of healthy options.

Healthy snacks are just as important for kids as healthy meals, as a nutritious lunch can easily be offset by the empty calories of junk food snacks.

Even if your children scoff at carrot sticks and reach for the cookies instead, there are simple ways to motivate them to snack better.