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With all the debate over healthcare reform, focus has been placed squarely on the quality of medical treatment our families receive. Fortunately, the world has recently seen a series of innova- tions that could help people much faster than expected: As the hospital and laboratory con- verge, families could soon benefit from an array of important advancements. One of the fastest-developing areas in the medical field has been in the area of genetics. Whether it be mapping the human genome or the debate over stem cells, scientists have found a variety of technologies that could potentially help cure, and in some cases avoid entirely, an array of diseases. "If stem cells could be made to grow into tissues and organs, waiting lists for transplant recipients would become things of the past. That is still in the fu- ture, but already stem cell therapy to heal diseased organs is being tested in human trials and the prospects look bright," says Kenneth C. Aldrich, Chairman and CEO of International Stem Cell Corporation, a biotechnol- ogy company whose proprietary stem cell lines can potentially be used to treat any disease that can be treated with human cells, without the need to destroy human embryos or use immune suppressing drugs. Diseases currently targeted by such cutting edge technology and research include diabetes, liver disease and. macular degenerhtion. Aside from scientific research, new technologies also could provide immi- nent help to a family's overall health. With roughly 14 million Americans living with asthma, the health industry has,seen a variety of new high-tech treatments, including a unique sensor developed at the University of Pitts- burgh that can track oncoming asthma attacks. Considering these attacks ac- count for roughly a quarter of emer- gency-room visits in the United States, these technologies could be a health- care lifesaver. Meanwhile, for the 15 million American adults suffering from kidney disease, long trips to the hospital for lengthy dialysis sessions cut into mo- ments that could be spent with family. But thanks to a revolutionary portable dialysis machine that cleans blood using a battery, that may no longer be a problem. And in a surprising shift that could forever alter the health of adults and children, a useful piece of health-re- lated equipment may already be sitting in your living room. While Nintendo probably never in- tended for the popular "Wii" video game console to contribute to family health, it has organically gone in that direction. With a series of sports games like "Wii Fit" and the console's motion- sensing remote, children, adults and the elderly are finding home workout al- ternatives that are fun and can track their progress. Who would have thought a child playing video games with grandpa could contribute to a fam- ily's long-term health? With healthcare becoming an in- creasingly important aspect of family life, these and other advancements could help the average family in a number of ways. Whether through ge- netics, nanotechnology or video games, the solution might be closer than you thought. arm Management Minute The Word "Hedge" Means Protection By Robin Schweiger Farm Business Management, Nicollet Minnesota West Community College According to the Self-Study Guide to Hedging with Grain and Oilseed Futures and Options from the CME group, the dictionary definition of hedge is "to try to avoid or lessen a loss by making counterbalancing investments ..." In the context of futures trading, that is precisely what a hedge is: a counterbalancing transaction involving a position in the futures market that is opposite one's current position in the cash market. Since the cash market price and futures market price of a commodity tend to move up and down together, any loss or gain in the cash market will be roughly offset or counterbalanced in the futures market. This study guide is a pdf file that can be downloaded from the move with futures. www.cmegroup.com . To access it, 5. If you want to do options, you start on the home page, click on need to understand futures. education and then click on 7. You may help your lender commodities and you will see the self- become more aware of the opportunity study guide on the right, of hedging. Ten Reasons to Learn to Hedge 8. Some of the marketing advisory 1. The basis is sometimes widest at services use hedging. the top of the market. Why lock in a 9. It is not hard to roll a hedge into wide basis if you like the price? Sell the future. futures instead of cash and wait for the 10. Hedging can be added to your basis to narrow, risk management tool box for a better 2. The basis is sometimes future. narrowest at the bottom of the market. The Farm Business Management Why lock in a low price? If you had it program can teach you how to hedge, hedged, the tight basis is a place to lift but we do not know when to hedge. If the hedge and sell the cash. Your you lock in a price that covers your price has already been established by cost at a profit level you are hedging, comfortable with, it may be a place to 3. Having un-priced grain when start. Knowing your cost and where inputs were bought on the high side you are is priceless. If you want more could be risky, information, call your local Farm 4. If you like to change your mind, Management instructor today. hedging may be a viable option. Instructors and phone numbers can be 5. Margin is easy to repay when found at www.mgt.org. hedging, because the cash tends to Wrestlers, gymnasts set to return to action next week After a break for the holidays, the Ortonville wrestling and gymnastics teams will return to action next week. The Ortonville wrestlers will travel to Browns Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 5 for a meet against Sisseton. The mat men will then have their first home match of the year on Thursday, Jan. 7 hosting Canby and MACCRAY. The Ortonville gymnasts will host Benson on Friday, Jan. 8 at the Ortonville Armory. They will then travel to Sisseton on Saturday, Jan. 9 for the Sisseton Invitational. t TREATING GUESTS TO HOMEMADE COOKIES AND JUICE for Santa Day at the Big Stone City Fire Hall on Saturday, Dec. 19 were some of the Big Stone City Girl Scouts. Pictured from left to right are Justine Wiik, Hannah Strei and Natalie Strei. minimize Strategies for preventative action If you or a loved one suffers from allergies or asthma, you probably know all too well that with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season comes a host of pitfalls that can trigger an at- tack. Here are some strategies to keep these triggers under control. what to do in case of an emergency. 5. Decoration dust-off: Holiday dec- orations can gather mold and dust while in storage. Clean them before you start putting them up. And when it's time to store them away, clean them, seal them in plastic bags, and store the hagged items in airtight con- 1. Restaurant dining: Take time tO tain~r~ or boxes. check restaurant menus before eating 6. Forego the fire: It is possible for out. Call the hostess or manager and have them help you identify menu items the allergic person can safely eat. 2. True green: If a live tree is a hol- iday "must," prep the tree before bring- ing it in the house. Ask if the retailer has a shaking machine, which will physically remove some of the aller- gens from the tree. If not, when you get it home, position it in a place well away from the house or garage and use a leaf blower to remove visible pollen. Before bringing it inside, wipe the trunk thoroughly with a solution of one part bleach to 20 parts lukewarm water. 3. Always green: Even artificial trees can present problems. Sometimes it is necessary to avoid those with sprayed-on snow. 4. Be prepared: You never know what you'll encounter in the way of triggers, including pets, perfume and food, during holiday encounters. Don't leave home without the proper med- ications and equipment, as well as a written action plan so others will know les measure humidity accurately. 8. Rest up: The stress of the holiday season can sometimes trigger an asthma attack. Monitor your stress lev- els. If you do feel stressed, deep breathing and relaxation may help. If you would like more information on "Ways to Minimize Holiday Aller- gies" feel free to contact Gall Gilman- Waldner, Program Development and smoke from burning wood to trigger an Coordination - Minnesota River Area asthma attack. Gas fireplaces can be Agency on Aging, Inc. and Professor more allergy friendly! Emeritus - University of Minnesota at 7. Manage mold: Mold, an allergy 507-389-8869 or e-mail Gall at gg- trigger, can flourish indoors if the hu- waldner@rndc.org. Additional re- midity is too high. Keep indoor hu- sources are available by contacting the midity below 50 percent, as long as Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333- everyone is comfortable and allergy 2433 or visiting the symptoms are minimal. If symptoms MinnesotaHelp.Info website at are a problem, keep humidity below 45 www.MinnesotaHelp.Info. Be sure percent, and preferably about 35 per- to watch for more Family Living Focus cent. A hygrometer can be used to information in next week's paper. to the Outreach Center "Car for Kids" Program Free Same DayTowing Any Model or Condition TAKING SECOND' PEACE with his gingerbread house made in the Family and Consumer Science Class was freshman Elijah tarson. Instructor Peggy Duffield stated that the class did a fantastic job in creating their gingerbread houses. Early copy deadline for the next issue. Jan. 5, 2010 issue will be Weds., Dec. 30th, 2009 at 12 noon. III Independent Ads III Get Noticed. (You re reading this one aren t you?) What We Offer... E%l. - Preparation for National high school equivalency tests - Math - Reading - Writing - Social Studies - Science Transition into [nlphl)inent - Work-related math - Functional Literacy - Reading Fluency and Comprehension - Business Writing Skills - Computer Skills Steaks, Roasts. Hamburger Pork Chops & Roasts 25 LB. BEEF BUNDLE 20 LB. 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