Wednesday, April 20, 2011

“Family Fashion Fling Fair” to Warri – 1st of May 2011

The first edition of the Brad E’s fashion and lifestyle event...
The Brad E 4Fs is a fashion and lifestyle event geared towards the fashion and beauty needs of very vibrant and stylish family. This event will feature an interesting mix of everyday essentials from fashion and beauty to travel and household essentials, interior decor to photography and food of course! All for your shopping pleasure.

The Family Fashion Fling Fair will create a conducive and classy environment for networking and fun shopping for the whole family. Various indigenous designers will be showcased at the event including Akpos Okudu, Outspoken by Olujimi, Warri based VWD and Makarizo. There will also be beauty items and free makeover from Oma Makeover and Dolface Studio. Beautiful clothes, shoes, bags and accessories from Jays Gorgeous, Outfittas and Twice as Nice. Homafez will be catering to your interior decor needs There will be loads to eat from Da Range, desserts and cakes from Wedding World, Cupcakes and Pastries by Rufes.

Other exhibitors include Goody2Shoes from Port Harcourt, Naija Sistas Book Stop from Lagos, Canvas Print, Exclusive Daviva!, Schuh, Ify from Port Harcourt, Gubeez Photography, Children’s World & Motherhood Stores, Flomat Bookstore, Pixque and many more.

In the spirit of being socially conscious, Family Fashion Fling Fair has partnered with the Pink Pearl Foundation to help raise breast and cervical cancer awareness. There will be information available on breast and cervical cancer screening at the event.
The Family Fashion Fling Fair take place on the 1st of May 2011 at The Moms Civic Center, Airport Road Warri. From 12pm to 7pm. There are limited spaces available for prospective vendors.
Call 08168480564 or 08098336346 for additional information or any enquiries.

Family Fashion Fling Fair
Date: Sunday 1st May 2011
Time: 12Noon to 7PM

Venue: The Moms Civic Center, Airport Road, Warri

Genetic testing of kids popular with parents

Genetic Testing for Kids......

Genetic tests are tests on blood and other tissue to find genetic disorders. About 900 such tests are available. Doctors use genetic tests for several reasons. These include

•Finding possible genetic diseases in unborn babies
•Finding out if people carry a gene for a disease and might pass it on to their children
•Screening embryos for disease
•Testing for genetic diseases in adults before they cause symptoms
•Confirming a diagnosis in a person who has disease symptoms
People have many different reasons for being tested or not being tested. For many, it is important to know whether a disease can be prevented or treated if a gene alteration is found. In some cases, there is no treatment. But test results might help a person make life decisions, such as career choice, family planning or insurance coverage. A genetic counselor can provide information about the pros and cons of testing.

Parents believe the benefits of testing their children for the genetic risk of some diseases outweigh the negative consequences, according to US scientists.
parents considering personal genetic testing to predict their own risks for common conditions are also likely to have their children tested, a new study suggests.
The more a parent believes they're going to get good news, the more likely they'll want their kids to be tested," said senior study author Colleen McBride, chief of the social and behavioral research branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute, in Washington, D.C. "But that can backfire. Most of them are not going to get a clear, straight-A report card."

In fact, because the tests measure incremental risks and the diseases screened are so common, a majority of parents would learn their children are at risk for developing potentially serious conditions, McBride said.

Hoping to explore the controversial topic of direct-to-consumer genetic testing -- whose accuracy and benefits are still in question -- researchers evaluated responses from 219 parents enrolled in a large health plan. Participants were offered genetic tests to assess their susceptibility to eight adult-onset diseases, including colon, skin and lung cancer; heart disease; osteoporosis; high blood pressure; high cholesterol; and type 2 diabetes.

Parents were more likely to want their child tested if they believed the child was at risk for a condition, were interested in genes' effects on health, or anticipated relief from learning their children were at decreased risk of disease, researchers said. Mothers were more likely to favor testing than fathers.

The study, part of a larger effort by the National Human Genome Research Institute, is published online April 18 in advance of the May print issue of the journal Pediatrics.

Study participants, whose average age was 35, were asked by telephone about their beliefs about the risks and benefits of predictive gene testing for their children, although no children were actually tested in this research.

The parents most interested in the test for themselves made little distinction between the pros and cons of testing for themselves and their children, the study authors reported, generally favoring the information and believing it could lead to better health maintenance and disease prevention.

Organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics have advised against genetic testing of children for adult-onset diseases when the information has not been shown to reduce deaths or disease complications through interventions begun in childhood.

"The big concern out there is these kids are going to show up at the pediatrician and say, 'Hey doc, what do I do?'" McBride said. "Parents see more perceived benefits than may be true."

Dr. Robert Saul, senior clinical geneticist and training program director at the Greenwood Genetic Center in South Carolina, said one worry is that a family might negatively change its lifestyle -- perhaps exercising less -- if they find out their child is likely not at risk for a certain condition, such as high blood pressure.

"The assumption is the tests are conclusive . . . and nothing could be further from the truth," said Saul, also incoming chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Genetics. "I thought it was an important study because it shows that we -- the medical genetics and pediatric communities -- have a lot of work ahead of us to impart information to parents to make sure genetic tests will be used appropriately and judiciously."