Kidney Disease is on the Rise: What You Need to Know

first_img When CKD progresses to the point of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), dialysis therapy or a kidney transplant is necessary to sustain life. Whereas traditionally patients with ESRD visit a dialysis center three times a week for treatments lasting about four hours, a new movement to improve renal care is giving patients access to home hemodialysis.Home hemodialysis is a different way of doing hemodialysis. When prescribed by their doctor, trained patients and their care partners are able to perform their dialysis treatments on their own schedule in their home or while traveling.Additionally, home hemodialysis can be done more frequently, which is closer to how healthy kidneys work. Many patients report – and various studies have confirmed –that compared to three-times-weekly in-center hemodialysis, more frequent home hemodialysis may offer the following health and quality of life benefits: lower risk of death, better blood pressure control with fewer medications, less stress on the heart, quicker recover, more energy, and improved appetite.Given the flexibility and health benefits of more frequent home hemodialysis, many patients are regaining their lifestyles. (StatePoint) Kidney disease is on the rise, according to government statistics. Even if you haven’t been diagnosed, getting informed about it is important, as more than 26 million Americans likely have kidney disease and over 430,000 Americans are currently receiving dialysis treatment for kidney failure, according to the National Kidney Foundation.Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week, recognized August 5 -10, is a great time to get the facts:Ask Your Doctor Those with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) don’t exhibit symptoms until the disease is advanced, according to the National Kidney Foundation. As a result, you could have the disease long before you’re aware. Left untreated, it can lead to other serious health complications.While standard annual physicals don’t include tests that detect kidney disease, you can be proactive and ask your doctor to test you. Age, obesity, high blood pressure and ethnicity can all play a role in your risk of developing the disease. Talk to your physician about what diagnostics are right for you.Treatment Optionscenter_img “Home dialysis has restored my freedom to travel, visit friends and experience so many things I wasn’t able to do during my years of in-center dialysis,” says Henning Sondergaard, a NxStage System One user.  After learning about home dialysis, Henning began using NxStage System One which is currently the only portable hemodialysis system cleared for home use by the US Food and Drug Administration. More information about the benefits and risks associated with home hemodialysis can be found at www.nxstage.com.PreventionWhile some risk factors are beyond one’s control, such as race, age and a family history of the disease, reducing your risk is possible.Getting plenty of exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding smoking are a few ways to promote healthy kidney function. Being informed is also important. Talk to your relatives to learn if kidney disease runs in your family.Don’t let kidney disease go untreated. This Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week, August 5-10, learn more about renal health.  *****last_img read more

Slipped away: BC errors lead to Robinson’s walk-off hit

first_imgBy Michael SudhalterSpecial to The NewsHOUSTON — The Bridge City baseball team led Class 4A power Waco Robinson for most of Saturday’s 4A regional semifinal, but the Cardinals fell short in a one-game playoff on Saturday night at the University of Houston’s Schroeder Park.The Cardinals (24-10-1) led 5-4 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, but a pair of errors put Rockets runners on second and third base, respectively. Robinson’s Tanner James capitalized by hitting a walk-off two-RBI single for a 6-5 victory.Robinson (27-3) will face Little Cypress-Mauriceville, a 5-4 winner over Jasper, in the regional championship later this week.Bridge City head coach Chad Landry said he was proud of his team — including 12 seniors — and he told them so after the disheartening one-run loss.“We were right there,” Landry said. “We can’t look at any one single point in the game and try to dissect it. Overall, Robinson got it done when they needed to.”The Cardinals opened a 2-0 lead in the first inning after third baseman Tod McDowell, a Lamar commit, hit a two-run home run.Bridge City extended that lead to 3-0 in the first, with left fielder Kevin Gordon’s RBI single.Robinson bounced back to tie the game at 3 with James’ RBI single in the bottom of the third.Tanner Doiron, the starting pitcher who went three innings and had a no-decision, belted a two RBI double in the fifth to give the Cardinals a 5-3 lead. Doiron is headed to Alvin Community College next season.Bridge City reached the regional semifinals for the first time in four years and captured their 25th district championship in school history this season. They were eliminated by Robinson in 2012 as well.The regional semifinals were supposed to be a series, but Mother Nature had other ideas, and the teams agreed on a one-game showdown.Saturday’s game marked the second matchup this season between the Cardinals and Rockets. Robinson edged Bridge City, 4-3, on Feb. 26 in the Cameron Yoe Tournament.last_img read more

Thursday throwdown: Hughes runs for 3 scores; Indians now 2-0

first_img Hughes rushed for a game-high 173 yards on 13 carries, and caught one pass for 15 yards. He scored touchdowns on runs of 11, 31 and 38 yards. Johnson completed 10-of-17 passes for 152 yards. He also rushed for 78 yards on seven carries, including a 45-yard TD run. He also passed for a touchdown, hitting Dylan McGough on a 5-yard scoring strike.“We’ve known what kind of runner Hughes was since he was in middle school,” said Faircloth of his junior running back. “He has great vision and great speed. We just get him the ball and he goes.“Roschon is coming along. He got his arm hit a couple of times tonight which led to the interceptions, and those things are going to happen. He’s making good decisions with the ball and he can obviously tuck it and run. He’s an intelligent player and gets us in the right plays at the line of scrimmage.” By Daucy CrizerThe News correspondentBAYTOWN — The one-two punch of Preston Hughes and Roschon Johnson is a force to be reckoned with this season as each player continues to produce big play after big play through two games. On Thursday, the duo accounted for five touchdowns in leading Port Neches-Groves to a convincing 42-7 win over Goose Creek Memorial in non-district action at Stallworth Stadium.“I thought the story of the game was our defense,” said PNG coach Brandon Faircloth after the game. “They played really well. We got some early stops, three of four in a row, and we were able to turn that into some points.“Coach (Dustin) Templin and our defensive staff put together a great game plan and the kids played real hard. They get to the football well. I’m real proud of them. As a defense, we always want to stop the run and we were able to do that tonight.”center_img Already leading 27-0, PNG put together a methodical scoring drive that covered 67 yards in nine plays. Johnson connected with Keynel McZeal for a 17-yard completion and Johnson scrambled for 5 yards on fourth-and-five to keep the drive going. After a Johnson 9-yard scamper to the GCM 5, McGough capped the drive by catching a 5-yard touchdown pass to push the Indians lead to 33-0.The only other scoring in the third quarter was a 33-yard field goal by Preston Riggs that gave PNG a 36-0 lead.GCM (0-2) finally got on the board for the game and the season late in the fourth quarter. DeAndre Herman raced 61 yards for the Patriots’ first touchdown of the season. He finished the game with 105 yards rushing on 13 carries.Gage Carreon closed out the scoring in the game’s final seconds as the Indians were running out the clock. He carried the ball seven straight times, which totaled 53 yards, and scored on a 4-yard run on the final attempt with 0:08 remaining.PNG (2-0) wasted little time in getting on the board, needing just five plays to score on its first possession of the game. Hughes capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run to give the Indians a quick 7-0 leadThe Patriots’ ensuing drive was thwarted when Cameron Stansbury intercepted GCM quarterback Mason Pitts. The Indians put the turnover to good use, with Johnson racing 45 yards for a touchdown. He also had runs of six and eight yards on the quick four-play drive the put PNG up 14-0 with 3:10 left in the first quarter.The Indians made it three touchdowns in three possessions on their next drive. Johnson hit McZeal for a 15-yard completion to the GCM 35. Hughes cashed in two plays later on a 31-yard scamper to open the second quarter scoring. The extra point was blocked to make the score 20-0.The Patriots finally stopped the Indians on their next drive, as Tristan Lavan stepped in front of McZeal to intercept a pass from Johnson at the goal line. GCM put together its best drive of the half, but stalled at midfield.It took PNG just two plays to score on its ensuing possession. Johnson connected with McZeal on a 13-yard pass play to put the ball at the GCM 38. Hughes scored on the very next play on a 38-yard run to give the Indians a 27-0 lead.For GCM, Pitts completed 9-of-16 passes for 102 yards. In addition to rushing for 105 yards, Herman also caught five passes for 48 yards.last_img read more

Thelma Marie Constantine

first_img Visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m.A  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 6, 2016 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Nederland with Reverend John Hughes officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Por She was an amazing mom to her children and all their friends. She loved to cook and bake, and was famous for her delicious brownies that everyone requested. Among other things she enjoyed sewing, dancing, and was very patriotic. She held many offices on the local and district levels of the V.F. W. Auxiliaries.Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vernie Constantine; son, Randy Constantine; and daughter, Ellen Pitts.Survivors include her four daughters, Jeanette Morgan and her husband Dennis of Groves, Delores Constantine of Port Neches, Elizabeth Reeves of Port Arthur, and Wanda Defrancis and her husband Gary of Port Acres; son, Gene Constantine and his wife Judith of Lafayette, LA; twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Thelma Marie Constantine, 83, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Monday, October 3, 2016 at Magnolia Manor in Groves, Texas.Thelma was born December 6, 1932 in Rayne, Louisiana to Lozen Baronet and Ella Hanks Baronet. She was a longtime area resident, member of St. Charles Catholic Church, and retired cook. She was a member of V.F.W. Auxiliary #797 and Military Order of the Cooties Auxiliary.Thelma loved life and lived it to the fullest. Her greatest joy was her family, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.last_img read more

BRIAN JOHNSON ON OUTDOORS: The rut is in full swing

first_img 1. Sit all dayMost deer hunters like to hunt a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the evening. When love is in the air, I encourage you to sit as long as possible.  Pack a lunch and plan to stay the entire day.  Bucks will be chasing does all day long, and if you aren’t there, then it stands to reason that you won’t kill them.2. Be readyIt is hard not to doze off or lose focus while hunting, but try your best to concentrate during this part of the season.  Be sure to listen.  Many times you will hear the sound of a deer trampling through the leaves long before you see one.  Once you see the doe running, know that the buck is in pursuit.  He might be right on her tail or he might be 10 or 15 minutes behind. Realize this … he is coming. And you need to be ready to act when he arrives.3. Use doe in estrous scentDuring this phase of the season, bucks are scent-checking everything. They are looking for a doe in heat that is receptive to breeding.  A mock scrape, scent drag, or scent bomb, may be all that you need to peak his curiosity and draw the big one into range. As I type this article my cell phone begins to ding.I have messages from my deer hunting friends telling me that the time is now.  Bucks are chasing does and the rut is in full swing.  One message said, “Four different bucks came by chasing does in the last 15 minutes!”  This is the time of hunting season that every deer hunter eagerly anticipates.No one can say for sure exactly when it begins or when it ends, but when you are in the woods and it is “on,” there is no doubt.  Here are a few tried and proven methods for hunting the rut: 4. Hunt where does can be foundIf you find the does this time of year, a buck won’t be far away.  Remember that just because a doe or group of does aren’t in their estrous cycle today, it doesn’t mean that they won’t be tomorrow.  Also keep in mind that a doe will repeat her cycle every 30 days until she is bred. You might want to hold off on shooting does at this time of year since they are magnets for giant bucks.5. WhistleWhen a big buck is chasing a doe, he has one thing on his mind and it isn’t food. He wants her. His eyes will often be glazed and his tongue will often be hanging out as he pants from the chase.  At this point you will need to whistle, bleet, bah, or make some kind of noise to stop him.  Be prepared to shoot because if he stops at all, it will only be for a few seconds.These tips should all help improve your odds of success.  However the thing that separates the successful hunters from the unsuccessful one has and always will be patience.  Remember that good things come to those who wait.A rut hunt can go from bad to world class in a matter of seconds.  If you have vacation days left … use them for the rut!  What are you waiting for?center_img Get out there and bag a big one. May God bless you this season.•Brian Johnson, originally of Port Neches, is pastor of the Outdoorsman’s Church in Winnie, owner of DuckDogTrainer.com and is outdoors writer for The News.last_img read more

CROSS COUNTRY: Lamar’s Crowe honored as region athlete of year

first_imgLamar sports information Next Up NEW ORLEANS — After his heroic performance in the NCAA South Central Regional race that earned him first place on the podium and Lamar’s first NCAA Cross Country Championships participant since 2015, Jamie Crowe has been named the South Central Regional Men’s Athlete of the Year, as announced by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.Crowe became the first Southland Conference runner to advance to the NCAA Championships since 2015 when he ran a 31:36.3 in the South Central race. He reached the first split in 6:15.4, trailing runners from Arkansas, UTRGV, North Texas, Rice, and Texas A&M. Crowe began to make his move by the 6.3k split, reaching that mark in third place with a time of 19:49.8. He completed his incredible race in 31:36.3, one of the best performances at the Texas A&M cross country course by any Southland runner in the last decade. The senior from Glasgow, Scotland, has won the past two Southland men’s cross country individual titles and is now the first Cardinal ever to win the NCAA South Central Regional race.Crowe and Jordan Rowe, who finished seventh at the regional race, will continue their seasons Saturday when they compete at the NCAA National Championship in Madison, Wisconsin.last_img read more

Damon West, others denied Paycheck Protection because of criminal history

first_img It was a gut punch for West. In 2009, he was sentenced to life in prison but made parole in 2015 and now works as an author, teacher and speaker, visiting schools and correctional facilities to talk about how he turned his life around.“You go and you pay your debt and you’re still paying your bill,” he said.The Paycheck Protection Program, which already doled out $350 billion and is now awaiting another cash infusion, is supposed to be a lifeline for businesses teetering on the edge, helping them stay afloat and keep their employees on the payroll during the pandemic. WASHINGTON (AP) — Damon West was hoping the government’s coronavirus rescue package for small business owners would help replace the income he’s lost now that he can’t travel the country as a keynote speaker.But then he got a call from his accountant. A question on the application form asked whether, within the last five years, he had been convicted of or pleaded guilty or no contest to a felony or “been placed on any form of parole or probation.”Another asked whether anyone who owns at least 20 percent of the company was incarcerated, under indictment, on probation or parole. If so, they are ineligible. Many people with felony convictions, he noted, have been forced to start their own businesses and become entrepreneurs because it’s so hard to get hired with a record.For West, who lives in southeast Texas and describes himself as the “poster child” of someone who reformed their life after years in prison for organizing dozens of burglaries, the restriction “felt kind of like a kick in the gut, a punch in the gut,” especially given the administration’s talk of second chances.President Donald Trump achieved a rare bipartisan victory in 2018 when he signed criminal justice reform legislation called the “First Step Act.” He has since highlighted efforts to help formerly incarcerated people find jobs and talked about helping the “forgotten” men and women. His campaign spent millions on a Super Bowl ad that featured the story of Alice Marie Johnson, a nonviolent drug offender whose life sentence Trump commuted after reality TV star Kim Kardashian West championed her case. The ad showed footage of the emotional moment when Johnson was released from prison and reunited with her family.“Thanks to President Trump, people like Alice are getting a second chance,” the ad said.Johnson said in an interview Monday that she was aware of the small business rule and and that she and others had succeeded in getting the administration to exempt those with misdemeanor records and to shorten the time frame for convictions from seven to five years.“I’m so sorry for the small business owners,” she said, blaming the speed with which the program had been pulled together. “It’s really heartbreaking that this couldn’t have been fixed. … We are ringing this bell of what is going on. I want you to know that we are not being silent on this.”Trump appeared unaware of the provision when he was asked about it during his daily briefing on Monday.“I’d like to look into that,” he told a reporter.Advocates like Mark Holden from the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity have also been making calls and sending letters to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and the Small Business Administration urging them to amend the policy as they finalize a package to give the program another cash infusion.Holly Harris, executive director of the Justice Action Network, said her group had been reaching out to Republicans on Capitol Hill to try to get their support.That thought is seconded by Shon Hopwood, a professor at Georgetown law school who began his legal career in federal prison writing briefs for other prisoners.“The federal government has made a decision that they’re unworthy of assistance,” he said. “If they get out and feel, ‘I’m never going to get a shot at real life again,’ that’s usually when they get back to the things they know.”center_img Independent contractors and those who are self-employed also qualify. But not, it turns out, if they have had certain run-ins with the law.The Small Business Administration, which oversees the program, did not respond to questions about why the exclusions had been added. But ineligible would-be applicants and their advocates say the restrictions are a slap in the face for those who have served their time, especially from an administration that has trumpeted second chances. They note many businesses run by formerly incarcerated people employ other people with criminal records who could be driven back to crime if they lose jobs.Robert Rooks, co-founder of the Alliance for Safety and Justice, a national criminal justice reform organization, said he’d heard from multiple small business owners frustrated by the provision.“I’m hearing that people have worked their entire life to get to this place where they have something they can call their own. They’ve paid their debt to society, clawed their way to this point, and should be able to get what everybody else is able to get to keep their business afloat,” he said.last_img read more

Rudolph Landry

first_img Pallbearers were Warren Poirier, Ernest Caillier, Steve Jara, Mark Poirier, Butch Cormier, and Gerald LeGrand Sr. Rudolph was employed at the Gulf Port Shipyard for 33 years and after his retirement, he worked at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Groves, Texas for 12 years.He enjoyed gardening, visiting family and friends.He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew and loved him. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Mary Ann Landry of Groves, TX; brothers, Vincent Landry and wife Cecile of Port Arthur, TX, Leroy Landry and wife Betty of Lafayette, and Willis Landry and wife Linda of Lafayette; sisters, Antonia Poirier of Cypress Island, Leona Poirier of Cypress Island, and Ann Caillier of Port Arthur, TX.He was preceded in death by his parents, Whitney and Elena Landry; sister, Juanita Escoyne and her husband Jules; brother, Harold Landry; and brothers-in-law, Lawrence Caillier, Wilbert and Donald Poirier.center_img Breaux Bridge – A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breaux Bridge for Rudolph Landry, 88, who passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at Oak Grove Nursing Home in Groves, Texas.Rev. Stephen Pellessier officiated at the Funeral Mass.Interment followed at St. Bernard Cemetery No. 2 in Breaux Bridge.last_img read more

Abbott bans elective surgeries in Southeast Texas, across state

first_img Hospital capacity is currently most taxed around the state’s biggest cities, as well as most of South Texas.— By Emma Platoff of The Texas Tribune, a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. With cases of the new coronavirus and related hospitalizations rising at alarming rates, Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday expanded his ban on elective medical procedures to cover more than 100 counties across much of the state.Surgeries and other procedures that are not “immediately, medically” necessary — which have already been on hold in many of the state’s biggest cities and several South Texas counties — are now barred in much of the state, from far West Texas to much of Central Texas, Southeast Texas and the Gulf Coast.Those procedures can still take place in some, mostly rural parts of the state, including the Panhandle and the South Plains, as well as much of North and Northeast Texas, excluding Dallas County. “We are freeing up more resources to address upticks in COVID-19 related cases,” Abbott said in a statement.“The State of Texas will continue to do everything we can to mitigate the spread of this virus and support our hospitals and health care professionals as they care for their fellow Texans.”As of Wednesday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized with the virus had reached a record high of 9,610 — twice as many as there were on June 25. But the pressure on hospitals is not evenly distributed around the state.last_img read more

Trainer/strength and conditioning coach ‘good fit’ for Seahawks

first_img LSCPA Director of Athletics Scott Street says Anjima is “a good fit” for the Seahawks.“Kento is not only a board-certified athletic trainer but he’s also a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association,” Street said.“The two roles fit nicely together. When we interviewed Kento, he did a great job. We asked him some hard questions and he had great answers. We thought he was a good fit for Lamar State College Port Arthur.” Anjima arrived in Port Arthur in September after two months working with the National Football League’s Tennessee Titans during their preseason training camp in Nashville, Tennessee.His resume includes schooling in Kyoto; Los Angeles, California; and Flagstaff, Arizona. Along the way he picked up practical experience working with a myriad of athletes and sports organizations.In 2018-19, while completing his master’s in athletic training at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Anjima worked with several teams at the NCAA Division I school, including the national cross-country champions. In 2019, he worked for Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres at their Peoria, Arizona, training camp outside Phoenix; the Tucson, Arizona, Sugar Skulls indoor football team; the Phoenix Rising soccer team; and Flagstaff High School.“I was a collegiate swimmer in Japan but I had several sports-related injuries and so did many of my teammates and friends on other teams. However, there is not enough medical care for the athletes in Japan. That’s how I got interested in sports medicine,” Anjima said. “I found out that the United States is the biggest in the world for athletic training jobs, so I decided to come to the U.S.” From Kyoto to Los Angeles, to Flagstaff, Tucson and Peoria, to Nashville and Port Arthur, the new athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach at Lamar State College Port Arthur hasn’t quite been everywhere, man.But Kento Anjima has been a busy traveler en route to joining the Seahawks athletic department and he likes what he’s found in Southeast Texas.“My time in the United States has been mostly on the West Coast,” said the native of Kyoto, Japan, a former collegiate swimmer there. “Since the weather in Japan is more like the Texas weather, hot and humid everywhere, for some reason I feel like home.”center_img Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association, Health Resources Services Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services as an allied health care profession.Strength training is a natural complement to athletic training, he says.“Being an athlete was a big part of my interest in both,” Anjima said. “They overlap. Somebody has an injury or surgery. The athletic trainer works with them to get back to the field or court and that goes into the strengthening side, conditioning in how to make athletes stronger and faster.”With the Seahawks, he jumped into working with both the LSCPA men’s basketball and women’s softball teams. Those players are busy with offseason conditioning and skills work in preparation for a 2021 restart of junior college athletics after being shut down last spring by the COVID-19 pandemic.“Many schools cut their budgets, dropped sports teams. There were fewer opportunities and more people looking for jobs,” Anjima says of 2020. “I’m so lucky, so blessed to be here in this situation. I really appreciate Scott and the coaches giving me this chance.”last_img read more