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Did you know that LA Kelley Communications had the very first on-line listing of national scholarships? We started this many years ago, and now update it yearly. Go to our scholarship page to learn more. But this week I want to highlight one right here.

For the fourth consecutive year, Baxter Healthcare Corporation is sponsoring the Education Advantage scholarship program for hemophilia A patients. Baxter has increased its funding of this program year after year.

To date, 104 scholarships have been awarded, totaling $565,000. Students working toward a bachelor’s degree are eligible for up to $15,000 per year. Students seeking an associate’s degree or pursuing a technical/vocational certificate program are eligible for up to $2,500 per year. Scholarships are renewable for up to three years or until the student finishes school.

The program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s leading non-profit scholarship administrator. Scholarship America is solely responsible for reviewing all scholarship applications, determining financial need and eligibility, and selecting scholarship recipients.

The Education Advantage program will start accepting new scholarship applications on February 1, 2013.  Completed applications are due
to Scholarship America and postmarked by April 1, 2013.
The program goes beyond financial aid with resources to help people with hemophilia A get more out of life, including education planning, career development, health management and community involvement.
For more information on the program, visit or call Scholarship America at 877-544-3018.
Interesting Book I Just Read
Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkum (Kindle)
Scott Berkun may be a professional public speaker, but speaking and writing are two different media. This book is a mixed bag. He shares his own career as a public speaker, trying to be part comic and part storyteller, but neither really works at first. The opening chapters are awkward and clumsy, with repeated references to aliens and spaceships for some reason. Lots of the information he shares is info you can get from much better written books. But midway through the book it does get more interesting. It becomes less about his direct experiences (which are kind of lame) and more about the psychology of presenting, listening and delivering. I found the chapter on TV and other media interesting (perhaps because I don’t do a whole lot of that and wanted to know more).
Know that at least one-third of the book is appendices. These contain good condensed information. I didn’t like his use of profanity,
and wondered what kind of a speaker teaches about what to beware of when he himself swears! Unless you know your audience intimately, unless you are on the level of a Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, or unless you are a comedian, never use profanity for risk of alienating your audience. Two and a half out of five stars.

Happy New Year With Prophy News

All is quiet on New Year’s Day here, with the warmest winter in history in the Northeast. My grass needs to be cut!

Here’s some good news to start the year off…. Baxter’s Advate has been FDA-approved for routine prophylaxis in both children and adults, the only factor product to be so licensed.

In a Phase IV prophylaxis study, funded by Baxter, researchers, led by Dr. Len Valentino of RUSH University, found that prophy on Advate reduced bleeding episodes from 44 to only 1 in a year: great news and findings.

From its press release, Baxter reports that “for the prophylaxis regimen to prevent or reduce frequency of bleeding episodes, Advate dosing of three to four times weekly (between 20 to 40 international units of factor VIII per kg body weight every other day) may be used. Alternatively, an every third day dosing regimen targeted to maintain FVIII through levels greater than or equal to one percent may be employed.”

Of course, most parents and patients know that prophy with many products has been around for a long time. But it’s important for the prescribing doctor to feel comfortable prescribing a product with FDA approval. It takes a long time and money to investigate these products and their treatments, so it’s a cause for celebration when a Phase IV study is complete.

And so is New Year! Wishing you all a great year!

Great Book I Just Read
Lucky Ears: The True Story of Ben Kuroki, World War II Hero

Written for young readers, you can easily polish this book off in 30 minutes, but the images will stay with you a lifetime. Ben Kuroki was born a Nebraska native, of Japanese descent, and suffered through challenges like the horrible Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, and poverty. But he was deemed “lucky” by his parents for the little dimples he had on his ears. He never experienced racism until he enlisted in WWII following the attack on Pearl Harbor. He had no sympathy for the country of his ancestors yet was suddenly treated as inferior. He finally was allowed to enlist, and became one of the most famous bombardiers in US history! He had more bombing runs than almost any one else, so great was his love for the US. Despite the racism, he became a US hero, and was honored by President George W. Bush. He escaped many close encounters with death, and you close the book marveling indeed at his luck, and his wonderful career and patriotism. Five/five stars!

And this makes 35 books I read this year, achieving my goal!

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