Mammograms Cut Risk Of Breast Cancer Death By Half

December 12, 2011
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Women who get routine mammograms can lower their risk of dying from breast cancer by nearly half, a new Dutch study suggests.

INSERT DESCRIPTION“Our study adds further to the evidence that mammography screening unambiguously reduces breast cancer mortality,” said Dr. Suzie Otto, a senior researcher in the department of public health at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The routine screening also decreased the chances of being diagnosed with an advanced cancer, she said.

To view this study online click HERE.
Mammography screening, including the best schedule and the best age to begin, is being hotly debated in the United States and elsewhere. A great number of experts think women should start getting them at age 40. Other think women should discuss the pros and cons of the test at 40, decide on an individual basis and start screens routinely at 50. Otto’s study only looked at women aged 49 and older.

Otto traced 755 patients who died from breast cancer from 1995 to 2003 and another 3,739 control patients corresponded by age and other measures.

Among the women with breast cancer, nearly 30 percent of tumors were found at screening and about 34 percent between screens. Nearly 36 percent of these women had never had a mammogram.
Advanced tumors were found in about 30 percent of the patients who had never been screened but in just over 5 percent of those who had mammograms.

Women who experienced screening reduced their risk of dying from breast cancer by 49 percent. Women aged 70 to 75 had the greatest risk reduction, reducing the risk of dying from breast cancer by 84 percent. The risk reduction in younger women, aged 50 to 69, was smaller, at 39 percent, but still considered substantial.

The greater risk reduction in women aged 70 to 75, Otto said, is probably a result of the long-term good effects of screening participation in the earlier target age group, 50 to 69, before the upper age limit for screening was extended in the Netherlands from 69 to 75.

The study findings “add to the body of evidence supporting the fact that mammography matters in improving detection and survival,” said Dr. Stephanie Bernik, chief of surgical oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “This study focuses on survival.”

The study, however, has some limitations, Bernik noted. It’s not clear, for instance, whether the women who died of cancer got less aggressive treatment or refused treatment. That could have affected survival, of course.

Mammography does lead to “overtreatment” in some cases, Bernik acknowledged. Some cancers that are found on mammography may not have proven to be an issue in a woman’s lifetime. “But there is no way to figure out which cancers will be a problem or not,” she said.

70 Years Later, Pearl Harbor Survivor Tells of Attack

December 9, 2011
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89-Year-Old William Muehleib will visit the place where 70 years ago the sound of Japanese bombs exploding awoke him.
William is one of about 120 survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which killed 2,400 Americans, sunk 12 ships and destroyed 188 aircraft’s. These heroic survivors returned to the Hawaiian island of Oahu for its 70th anniversary.
Pearl HarborThere is no exact figure on living survivors, but the Pearl Harbor Survivors Assn. has 2,700 registered members, said Muehleib, the group’s president. The association estimates that there are between 7,000 and 8,000 who are still living, Muehleib stated.
As an 18-year-old, Muehleib was sent to Hawaii’s Hickam Field, adjacent to Pearl Harbor, as a member of the Army Air Corps to begin aircraft mechanics school.
In November 1941, he and 250 other soldiers were told that instead of classes, they would be forming a ground force battalion and be on 24-hour patrol at the airfield. But on Dec. 5, the men were told they would no longer be on patrol and instead would be going back to school.
Two days later, while sleeping under tents, he and his fellow soldiers were awakened by the sounds of airplanes and explosions.
“I could see underneath the tent flaps Japanese planes dropping bombs,” he said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “I couldn’t believe it was happening.”
After the initial shock, the soldiers fired with their personal weapons as they awaited trucks to take them to their duty stations, Muehleib said. When the trucks came, they piled in and rode over the runways as bombs exploded around them and bullets from Japanese aircraft rained down. They eventually arrived at their gun stations and fought back. 
In the weeks following the attack, there were moments of joy, such as when he came across a friend who had survived; and others of extreme sadness, when he heard of friends who perished, Muehleib said.
Today, returning to the site of the attacks can be difficult, but also heartening.
“It’s touching. You get choked up sometimes,” he said. “It brings into focus the experience you had that day.”
Many of the survivors come to recall the moment of the attack with one another, not to seek acknowledgment of their efforts. “It is something that happened to us; it was a bonding experience,” he said. “We aren’t looking for accolades or special recognition.”
To many, each anniversary takes on greater importance, as the window to honor those who survived is rapidly closing. Many survivors, who are now in their 80s and 90s, do not worry about being forgotten, Muehleib said.  
With the substantial investment the federal government has made in commemorating the attacks, including a sprawling new $56-million Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, what happened on Dec. 7, 1941, will not be forgotten.
“We have no fear of it slowly sliding into oblivion” 

Apple Store Coming to Grand Central Station: Opening Dec. 9 2011

December 7, 2011
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Will you be waiting in line for the opening of the Apple store in Grand Central Station? Apple is set to open a highly anticipated New York store in the historic Grand Central Terminal at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9th 2011. The opening of this location is just in time for the holidays!
Apple's Grand Central Terminal location, still under construction.The 23,000 square foot location is one of Apple’s largest, located in the heart of the historic terminal in Grand Central. Apple reportedly signed a 10-year lease with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) for the space, once occupied by a restaurant.
The industry leader is sure to get lots of foot-traffic with some 750,000 people passing through Grand Central each day and over 1,000,000 people during the holidays. 
Demographics listed on Grand Central Station’s website show that an average 7,500 people an hour pass the corner of 42nd and Vanderbilt Avenue, making it one of the busiest intersections in the city. Roughly 50 percent of its commuters’ household incomes are over $100,000, and 20 percent are over $200,000. Office workers in the neighborhood earn a combined $11.3 billion a year.
Currently, the classic architecture of Grand Central is covered by a black curtain, hiding Apple’s setup. The store located on the northeast balcony is not squared off like other locations, but will be open to the traveling public.
For this reason, hours will flow with the terminal’s hours of operation, open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. They’ll also be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, for you last minute shoppers!
According to the New York Post, Apple will lease the space for about $800,000 the first year and is the only retailer among 100 or so in MTA’s Grand Central Terminal not required to make revenue-sharing payments to the landlord.
However, Apple has taken on the expense of the elevators and reportedly gave previous occupant Metrazur restaurant $5 million to vacate early.

Complete the Fall Semester Successfully Without Distractions

December 5, 2011
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With the holiday season in full bloom, it’s easy to get distracted. Keep these three tips in the back of your head to complete your fall semester successfully, and enjoy the holiday season at the same time!
Concentrate on what’s important: it is very easy to get overwhelmed during the holiday season. Concentrate on what really has to get done, and prioritize accordingly. It would be great to go holiday shopping after class, especially with that friends and family sale going on- but with finals coming up it would be more productive to study and save the shopping for later! Complete what has to get done now, and then reward yourself with fun activities, like taking a trip to see the infamous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree! 
Reflect on the good things: Think back on all the good things you have accomplished this year. Take the time to congratulate yourself for these successes, whether they are financial, educational, personal, etc. Reward yourself for prioritizing successfully. 
Stay focused: classes are almost over! You didn’t work so hard all semester to get caught up in the holiday season and forget to complete assignments or study for the big exam. Finish out the semester strong, and then enjoy everything there is to enjoy about the holidays! Schedule a set time to study and stick to it! 
Happy Holidays!

History and Facts about the Holland Tunnel

December 2, 2011
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About 100 years ago in 1920, the New Jersey Interstate Bridge and Tunnel Commission and the New York State Bridge and Tunnel Commission adopted funds and began construction on what was then referred to as the Hudson River Vehicular Tunnel
Seven years later on November 13, 1927, what is today known as the Holland Tunnel (named as a tribute to its first Chief engineer, Clifford M. Holland) operated under the guise of the two state commissions until the Port Authority of NY & NJ took over operations in April of 1930. 
The first Hudson River vehicular crossing connects Canal Street in Manhattan with 12th and 14th Streets in Jersey City, NJ, and is considered “an outstanding engineering achievement,” ( The tunnel runs 8,558 feet from portal to portal on the North tube, and 8,371 feet on the South tube at a height of 12 feet, 6 inches tall.
One of the most significant challenges all three chief engineers faced was how to ventilate the 1.6 mile long tunnel. “With the dawn of the automobile age, it was imperative to find a way to remove potentially dangerous automobile fumes,” ( 
The third chief engineer, Ole Singstad, found a solution. His idea was to design a circular tunnel with an automatic ventilation system where four ventilation buildings, two on each side of the Hudson River would house 84 immense fans that would provide a change of air every 90 seconds, keeping air quality well within established safety limits. 
This innovation by Singstad made the Holland Tunnel the first mechanically ventilated underwater vehicular tunnel in the world. “The methods used to design and build it still form the basis for the construction of many underwater vehicular tunnels throughout the world,” ( 
The Holland Tunnel was designated a National Historic Civil and Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil and Mechanical Engineers in 1984 because of its valuable contribution to tunnel design and construction. Furthermore, in 1993 it was designated a National Historic Landmark by the US Department of the Interior. 
The Holland Tunnel has 9 toll lanes and has 3.1 million ceiling tiles and 2.9 million wall tiles! The maximum depth from mean high water to roadway is 93 feet, 5 inches. For more information, fun facts and history of the Holland Tunnel, click HERE.

The Famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Tonight at 7pm!

November 30, 2011
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Tonight, Wednesday November 30, 2011, is the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting in New York City! 
Midtown Manhattan will be on lockdown as President Obama, Justin Bieber, Cee Lo Green, Carole King and several other artists arrive in town for the famous tree lighting program. 
Hundreds of thousands of people attend the lighting ceremony of the famed Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center each year, and millions tune in to NBC to view the live broadcast of performances and lighting on TV. The programming begins at 7:00pm, with the actual lighting to take place around 9:00pm. 
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in NYC. The tree, traditionally a Norway Spruce, is illuminated by 30,000 environmentally friendly LED lights on five miles of wire, and crowned by a Swarovski crystal star. The star is 9.5 feet in diameter and weighs 550 pounds. The Swarovski star has topped the famous Rockefeller Center tree since 2004. 
This year the Norway Spruce is 74-feet tall and comes to the big city from Miffinville, Pennsylvania. 
The tallest Christmas tree recorded at Rockefeller Center was a 100-foot Spruce in 1999. In 2006, A Norway Spruce from Ridgefield, Connecticut stood at 88-feet tall for the holiday season. Last season’s tree came from Mahopac, New York and reached 74-feet tall.

Wintering Flowers to Liven Up Your Gloomy Winter Garden

November 28, 2011
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As the weather continues to get colder, your beautiful summery garden will continue to lose its colorful flowers, one by one. Instead of looking out your window at a dreary garden, plant some wintering flowering plants that blossom year round! 

Winter flowers are those that flower between mid-November and March. All winter flowers are a hardy group that can thrive and flower in frigid weather. In addition, they have good foliage, leaves and stems which maintain a good presence year round.

When planting wintering flowers, place them in a sheltered part of the garden, with partial sunlight. Flowers like the winter jasmine, witch hazels, hardy cyclamen and winter aconite are all great choices for your winter garden. 

The jasminum nudiflorum, known as the “winter jasmine” shines when other shiver, features yellow flowers that bloom all through-out winter. They can grow to be 9 feet tall and wide, sprawling throughout the garden and up walls. 

Hamamelis x intermedia cvs, known as “witch hazels” can also grow to be between 8 and 12 feet tall and wide, and are a year round, ornamental tree. The leaves color in the fall, then flower in the winter, giving your garden the structure and color needed throughout the long winters. 

Cyclamen coum and cvs, known as the “hardy cyclamen” push through snow and ice, showing off its beautiful and dainty white, pink and rose nods from short stems throughout the winter and early spring. Year round this evergreen perennial holds its own with heart-shaped, 2 inch wide leaves marbled in silver. Growing 2-4 inches high and 6-12 inches wide, the hardy cyclamen is a must for your winter garden.

In addition, algerian iris, winter heaths and grape hollies are vibrant options to bring your gloomy winter garden to life. For more information, visit your local florist or click HERE.

The Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden is Back!

November 23, 2011
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The Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden is back for its 20th annual presentation of one of New York City’s most beloved holiday traditions. Be a part of the celebration by visiting from now until January 16th!

Within the “enchanting setting” of the Enid. A Haupt Conservatory, model train zip over bridge and past replicas of New York landmark made of plant parts such as nuts, bark and leaves. Stroll through the spectacular gardens, decorate and eat gingersnaps, and get an insider’s look at how the replicas are constructed.
Holiday Train Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty and the famous Brooklyn Bridge. 

Holiday Train Show regular pricing is as follows: children under 2- free; children 2-12-  $10; students/seniors- $18; and adults- $20. Show hours run weekdays from Tuesday-Friday from 10am to 6pm; weekends from 10am-7pm including Friday, November 25th; and holiday weeks (Monday, December 19-Monday, January 2) from 10am-7pm. The show will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
TheNew York Botanical Garden is located at 2900 Southern Boulevard in Bronx, NY. 
For more information on this spectacular event, visit, or click HERE.

The 85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

November 21, 2011
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This year Macy’s will celebrate its 85th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade!
The famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will kick off at 9:00am on Thursday, November 24, 2011. The parade sets the tone for the holiday season for all of New York and the rest of the country on Thanksgiving morning each year, for the last 84 years. 
More than 3.5 million people view the entertainment live along the parade route, which starts at 77th Street and Central Park West and moves south to 59th Street. From 59th Street the parade turns south down 7th to 42nd Street. Then from 42nd Street, the performers will turn east onto 6th Avenue where the parade ends at Herald Square on 34th Street and 7th Avenue in New York City. 

More than 50 million viewers tune in to the live television broadcast while spectators watch in awe as 10,000 participants, including the nation’s best marching bands, performance groups, countless giant helium balloons, breathtaking floats with celebrity performances and Santa Claus, pass before their eyes. 
This year, 11 marching bands from around the country will perform in the 85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, including: Carmel High School Marching Band from Carmel, Indiana; Dobyns-Bennett Marching Indian Band from Kingsport, Tennessee; Hawaii All-State Marching Band from Kaneohe, Hawaii; Homestead High School Marching Band from Cupertino, California; Homewood Patriot Band from Homewood, Alabama; Legacy High School Lightning Marching Band from Broomfield, Colorado; Macy’s Great American Marching Band with musicians representing all 50 states; Miami University Marching Band from Oxford, Ohio; Nation Ford High School Marching Band from Fort Mill, South Carolina; the NYPD Marching Band from NY; and Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band from Canton, Michigan. 
If you are planning on attending the 85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, click HERE for detailed information, including where to view the parade, what time to arrive, etc.

Happy Thanksgiving! History & Traditions

November 18, 2011

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Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November.

The modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition in the United States traces its origins to a 1621 celebration at Plymouth in Massachusetts, when the Plymouth colonists (Pilgrims) and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest. The first Plymouth feast is today acknowledged as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies (

Initially, the Plymouth colony did not have enough food to feed half of the 102 colonists that arrived on the Mayflower. Squanto and the Wampanoag Indian Tribe taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants (

Even though the first thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621, it wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November (

Today, friends and family surrounding a table filled with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie mark Thanksgiving celebrations. Most of these specialties were not available to the Pilgrims and Indians, but the evident theme of “giving thanks” for what you have, including the people around you and the food on your table, are still prevalent.

Plaza College would like to wish everyone a Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving.

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