Red Cross baby-sitter training: Aug. 28, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Aug. 29, 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Sept. 11, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Sept. 12, 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Sept. 25, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; cost $30; call (330) 726-6063 for information and to register.
"Trauma to Triumph: A Gift to the Cancer Survivor Community": 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Avalon Inn, Howland; motivational speaker, Edward Leigh, who has been twice diagnosed with cancer; topic, how to find joy in the face of adversity and empower people with the skills needed to cope in trying times. The free event includes refreshments, door prizes and special gifts; call (800) 842-9727 to register.
Projects aim at cholesterol: Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine's Dr. John Chiang, professor of biochemistry and molecular pathology, received grants for two projects for the National Institutes of Health aimed at developing drug therapies for reducing blood cholesterol and triglycerides and treating liver and cardiovascular disease; the grants are $1.2 million from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, and a $1.4 million NIH grant, "Regulation of Bile Acid Synthesis."
Ohio Department of Health beach safety information: Call toll-free (866) 644-6224 for the bacteria levels of Ohio's 88 public beaches; if E. coli bacteria levels exceed state standards, ODH recommends posting signs saying "water quality advisory -- bacterial levels exceed state standards."
Alzheimer's research: Department of Neurosciences at The Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute have found that Nogo, a protein known for its ability to regulate nerve regeneration, may control the progression of Alzheimer's disease. The research, led by Dr. Riqiang Yan, will be published in the September issue of Nature Medicine, and also appears on the Nature Medicine Web site,
Smoking causes adult periodontitis: According to U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona in his study "The Health Consequences of Smoking, A Report of the Surgeon General." A 1982 surgeon general's report said smoking was a major cause of oral cancer; in addition to periodontitis, the new report also finds that smoking is conclusively linked to diseases such as leukemia, cataracts, pneumonia and a number of cancers.

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