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College students create app making it easier to track diabetes

When it comes to diabetes, the numbers are staggering -- 30 million Americans are estimated to be living with the disease, 1.4 million new cases are diagnosed annually in the United States and about 25 percent of those patients don’t know they have the disease.

Those numbers caught the attention of some Harvard students who came up with an easy way for people to track their blood sugar levels.

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It’s an app called Checkmate Diabetes.

Harvard graduate student Michael Heisterkamp is part of the team developing the app and is also a diabetes patient. 

“You need to check 4-5 times a day, up to eight times a day, depending on what your doctor recommends, and that can be a bit of a grind," Heisterkamp said.

All those tests are essential for a person with diabetes because they need to make sure they’re in a safe range.

Dr. Jason Sloane, an endocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, said ‘the biggest problem is, once complications hit, it’s very hard to reverse them.”

Harvard senior Emi Gonzales got the idea for the app when there was a guest speaker in a class.

“He had lost his leg and was about to lose his other leg," Gonzales said. "And I talked to some more people with diabetes and this just seemed like a situation that needed fixing.”

The app makes a game out of tracking blood sugar levels, creating competitions within a person’s network. 

“If you have a scoring system and someone is doing better than you, pushing you, you know you want to get to first right," Gonzales said.

Checkmate Diabetes also offers the ability to connect with other patients.

Soon, they’ll start adding prizes.

Sloan, who has consulted with the budding entrepreneurs, said gamification has been shown to work for health care.

He believes this approach can get people to pay attention to diabetes earlier. 

“It has the potential to change things dramatically,” Sloan said. “Convincing young people, from my experience, has been very difficult. Even from a personal perspective, one of the last things I wanted to pay attention to was my blood sugar.”

Dr. Sloan said earlier interventions can reduce serious complications like kidney failure, amputations, and heart disease later in life.

Checkmate Diabetes is free to download.

Lance Armstrong's former Austin home on the market for $7.5 million

Want to live in Lance Armstrong’s old house?

>> See a video slideshow of the home here

The cyclist’s former home in west Austin, Texas, is on the market for $7.5 million. According to CultureMap, it was originally listed two years ago for $8.25 million.

>> On Austin360.com: See a photo gallery of the home

The six-bedroom, 7.5-bathroom home across the street from Pease Park was built in 1924 and has since been remodeled. The 8,158-square-foot home has a pool with a fountain, a pool house with a full bathroom and kitchenette and a covered outdoor living area.

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Read more here.

Photos: Inside $550K Lion Gate Estate, whimsical home with carpeted ceilings, vintage cars

In the market for a whimsical $550,000 home with carpeted ceilings, vintage cars and statues lurking around every corner? No? You'll still want to check out the now-viral listing for Detroit's Lion Gate Estate. Trust us.

Lion Gate Estate: Bizarre $550K home with carpeted ceilings, vintage cars takes internet by storm

In the market for a whimsical $550,000 home with carpeted ceilings, vintage cars and statues lurking around every corner?

No?

You'll still want to check out the now-viral listing for Detroit's Lion Gate Estate. Trust us.

>> PHOTO GALLERY: Inside $550K Lion Gate Estate

>> See the listing here

"Unique barely begins to describe this one of a kind Grixdale Farms estate," reads the listing by Real Estate One's Alex Lauer. "Every aspect of 'Lion Gate Estate' has been articulated with painstaking attention to detail and mind blowing decorative flair. Too many custom features to list!"

And he's not kidding. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home, owned by a former automotive designer, is the definition of "extra," with a "Liberace-inspired living room" and "museum-like" interior, Curbed reports

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The listing continues: "Highlights include heated swimming pool with outdoor shower and cabana. Custom two car garage with hand painted automotive murals. Finished basement with billiard room and entertainment area. Fenced in yard with fountains and statuary. Sale includes full contents of the house, including Kohler Campbell baby grand player piano, mint condition Frigidaire kitchen appliances c. 1950. One of a kind custom built 1966 Cadillac Fleetwood Sedan, One of a kind custom built 1974 Lincoln Mark IV Coupe, Custom pool table, countless automotive relics and artifacts. Once in a lifetime offering."

But if you want to take a tour, you'd better check the weather forecast first. "Only shown on sunny days," the listing warns.

>> Click here or scroll down to check out some photos of the home

5 tips for keeping a snake-free yard

Forget about "Snakes on a Plane”; we're more concerned with snakes in the yard. Even though snakes are nowhere near as prevalent as our irrational fears would have us think (assuming you don't live smack dab in the middle of rattlesnake territory), if you're a homeowner with a bit of landscape or yard under your direction, you may encounter snakes on occasion.

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That should be no biggie, according to experts at the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension.

"As a general rule, snakes are just as frightened of you as possibly you are of them and often they move as quickly as possible in the other direction," the extension noted. Venomous snake bites are rare and you can readily take steps to treat them. If you're an avid gardener, you may even want snakes in your slice of the great outdoors, since they dine on rodents and insects and can actually help protect you from garden pests.

Not buying it? You can try to keep snakes out of your home life. Just understand that even the best measures are not 100 percent foolproof, according to America's Wetland Resources, which is based in the South.

"There are no magic or absolute solutions," AWR asserted. "There are no poisons or repellents that work, though some new 'breakthrough' is occasionally advertised. Horsehair ropes and trails of mothballs have consistently tested negative, and pest control operators have no answers."

But there are still plenty of valid ways to limit, or possibly eliminate, a slithery presence in your yard, garden or home. Here are five tips from the pros on how to keep snakes out of your yard:

1. Seal crevices. Closer to your home, seal the openings where snakes like to set up house. "Check the clearance of door bottoms, weep holes, openings where pipes enter, cracks and spaces under eaves," AWR recommended. "Don't neglect storerooms and sheds."

AWR added that sealing enough openings to make a difference is much more difficult if you own a raised wooden home.

2. Tidy up the yard. Snakes might choose to live on your property or simply travel through, according to AWR. You want to make your property as inhospitable as possible, so concentrate on ridding it of any places snakes would consider good spots to hide. Remove debris, from piles of boards, tin, sticks and leaves to flat boats on the ground and piles of bricks or stone, AWR advised, and keep vegetation cut back.

3. Stop serving the snake's preferred menu. It's a win-win. When you take away potential hiding places for snakes, the spots where rat and mice families like to congregate are also eliminated. But take this one step further, AWR advised, and take further steps to get rid of the rodents that snakes like to snack on. You may want to involve a pest control agent, but you definitely want to practice anti-rodent hygiene, including not leaving pet food out for more than an hour or so, closing trash cans tightly and securing compost in a sealed container.

4. Combat the climbers. If limbs from a neighbor's yard hang over your fence, snakes may use them as an entry to your place. Consider working with your neighbor to get them trimmed.

5. Consider the snake-proof fence. If you live in an area where one or more venomous snakes are common, you may want to invest in a snake-proof fence, according to NCSU. "Small areas where children play can be protected from all poisonous and most harmless snakes with a snake-proof fence," it noted. "However, the cost of the fence may make it impractical to protect an entire yard."

Make a fence by burying 1/4-inch mesh wire screening 6 inches underground and building it up 30 inches, instructed NCSU.

"It should slant outward at a 30-degree angle from bottom to top. The supporting stakes must be inside the fence and any gates must fit tightly. Tall vegetation must be removed along the fence, both inside and outside."

It's costly, but you can snake-proof the entire yard with a concrete chain wall that extends six inches or so below the surface, noted AWR.

"If you already have a wooden fence and the boards are very close together, a good solution is to snake-proof the bottom."

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One fairly cheap way is to use 1/4-inch hardware cloth cut in strips wide enough to overlap the bottom of the fence so it can be tacked securely and extend down into a narrow trench six inches deep.

AWR added another word of caution for either snake-proof fence design. (Spoiler alert: It's nightmare inducing.) "Many snakes climb by looping over objects and the above described design may virtually eliminate their entry," it noted. "Others, however, can crawl up vertical surfaces if they are rough, such as the trunk of a tree or a brick wall (including the side of a house)."

To overcome this creepy climbing capability, you can place a foot-wide ledge made of wood or metal flashing along the outer side at the top. "This structure makes the snakes lean out away from the wall and it will lose its grip and fall."

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After all this snake talk, AWR does have one bit of great news. "Snakes are rarely abundant in any one location."

And if all your efforts fail and snakes do make their way into your yard, AWR recommended the ultimate fail-safe.

"The best thing you can do for yourself and family is to teach everyone to respect snakes and to be on the lookout for them," according to the AWR website. "Remember, don't touch it with your hands. Use a shovel to place the snake in a deep bucket with a cover. The chances of your encountering a venomous species is remote, but possible enough to always by careful!"

The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma

The 2018 Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma is a FREE three-day event for all homeowners, taking place July 27th-29th at Expo Square. Make plans now to take the whole family to the 10th annual Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma. Parking and admission are both FREE. 

This FREE three-day extravaganza will feature nearly 300 exhibitors from throughout Green Country displaying and demonstrating the newest and hottest services for home improvement/repairs, remodeling, gardening, landscaping, lawn care, home insulation & energy conservation, home security, home furnishings and so much more.  One lucky attendee will even win $500 cash that will be given away each day of the show (no purchase necessary).

Come and watch local horticultural expert Allan Storjohann broadcast his live weekly radio show from 9:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday, July 28th on NEWS102.3 & AM740 KRMG.

JULY 27-29, 2018

The River Spirit Expo Center at Expo Square

4145 East 21st Street

Tulsa, OK 74112

SHOW HOURS:

Friday, July 27th: 12pm-8pm

Saturday, July 28th: 10am-8pm

Sunday, July 29th: 11am-5pm

Do you own your own company and want to be in front of THOUSANDS of prospective customers in only 3 days?  Call Steve McDonald at (918) 493-8531 or email him at Steve.McDonald@CoxInc.com.

SHOW OFFICE: Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma C/o Cox Media Group, Inc. 2625 S. Memorial Dr. Tulsa, OK 74129 (918) 523-2067 - show office (918) 493-5357 - show fax line

Exhibitor Resource Center

SHOW FEATURES:

* FREE parking and FREE admission - it’s the largest FREE summertime Home & Garden show in Northeast Oklahoma!

* Now in its 10th year - the show features nearly 300 unique exhibitors with numerous displays highlighting home decorating and design ideas for inside and outside, plus so much more! 

* Tens of thousands of homeowners who are seeking experts, services and products.

* A live radio broadcast of KRMG’s “The Gardening Show” with Allan Storjohann on Saturday morning.

* Multimedia promotional plan includes live and recorded promotional announcements and live-on-location broadcasts on 4 of the top 5 adult-oriented radio stations in the market, plus TV spots on the Cox cable system and on KOKI-Fox 23, through social media and by newspaper ads in the Tulsa World.

JULY 27-29, 2018 The River Spirit Expo Center at Expo Square (upper level) 4145 East 21st Street Tulsa, OK 74112

SHOW HOURS: Friday: 12pm-8pm Saturday: 10am-8pm Sunday: 11am-5pm

IMPORTANT LINKS FOR EXHIBITORS:

EXHIBITING TIPS: 

How to Exhibit Successfully  

Approaching Visitors on the Show Floor 

Booth & Exhibiting Tips

Do you own your own company and want to be in front of THOUSANDS of prospective customers in only 3 days? Call Steve McDonald at (918) 493-8531 or email him at Steve.McDonald@CoxInc.com.

SHOW OFFICE:Home & Garden Expo of OklahomaC/O Cox Media Group, Inc. 2625 South MemorialTulsa, OK 74129

(918) 523-2067 - show office(918) 493-5357 - show fax line

Exhibitor Information: The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma

The first nine years of the Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma have been tremendous, with tens of thousands of people attending each year. Your business can be a part of the largest FREE summertime home & garden show in Green Country, coming up July 27th through 29th in the River Spirit Expo Center at Expo square.  We bring in qualified buyers (new and existing homeowners) who are committed to finding ideas and answers to their home & garden questions. This show is a highly-targeted and cost-effective opportunity for businesses to market their products or services directly to this sought after group of consumers.

 An estimated $700 billion is spent on home and garden-related products and services each year. According to the NAHB (National Assoc. of Home Builders), the average zip code in America will see over $5 million spent on home improvement this year. That’s a lot of new roofs, landscaping, and remodels! Experts are projecting home improvement spending to increase 6% this year over last, with the average home improvement project costing around $4,000.

With this growing demand for these types of products/services, the Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma has had proven success here in northeast Oklahoma. With such a vast array of products and services, The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma creates the ultimate source for consumers to fill many of their home & gardening needs under one roof! Some ways "The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma" can work for you...

• Increase business • Improve customer relationships • Create an expanded mailing list • Sell your services or products at the show • Distribute coupons, samples and brochures • Showcase new products • Demonstrations • In store promotions and tie-ins • Door prize exposure • Hands-on activity at your boothBuying a Booth Your business can be a part of the largest FREE summertime home & garden event in Green Country! We bring in qualified buyers (homeowners) who are looking for ideas and solutions to their decorating, gardening and home-related questions. For example, did you know that:

 

*92% of consumer event attendees evaluate the companies they do business with by visiting a trade show?

*64% of attendees said that as a result of visiting a company's booth, they bought more of that company's product within 12 months?To help you reach this market, this event offers sponsors and exhibitors many one-to-one marketing opportunities with pre-qualified customers.As a part of "The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma", you'll get unparalleled exposure through our strong promotions packages. This event will be highly-publicized on 4 of the top-rated radio stations in Tulsa, on Fox 23 (the local FOX-TV affiliate) as well as through cable TV advertisements, local newspaper coverage and social media.You can be a part of this winning team of highly successful exhibitors if you hurry and contact us today to reserve your space! Booth SpaceEach 10' by 10' booth comes with:

  • 8' tall back drape and 3' tall side rails.  (Due to the intracacies of the layot, some booths may end up with 8’ tall drape on one or boths sides of the booth as well)
  • 1 6' skirted table
  • 2 premium folding chairs
  • 1 wastebasket
  • Access to 110v electricity (you must provide your own extension cords and power strips)
  • Additional items (extra chairs, tables, carpeting, easels, TV-VCR combos, counter high stools, etc.) may be ordered directly through the show decorator, Event 1 or by calling 918-245-8006.

    Exhibitor Info 

    Show dates: Friday, July 27, 2018 - Saturday, July 28, 2018 - Sunday, July 29, 2018 Show hours: 12:00pm - 8:00pm on Friday, 10:00am - 8:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am – 5:00pm on SundayShow location: The River Spirit Expo Center at Expo Square (at the fairgrounds) at 4145 E 21st St. in Tulsa, Oklahoma Load-in/set-up: Tuesday, July 24th through Thursday, July 26th from 8:00am - 7:00pm each dayAll exhibitors are required to provide us with proof of liability insurance before exhibiting at the show. If you do not have this coverage in place, Cox Media Group has made arrangements so that all of our exhibitors can instantly acquire this coverage at a significant savings from Rainprotection Insurance. Your cost will be just $84 for the entire week of the show. Please contact the show ofice if you need more information on this coverage.The River Spirit Expo Center has multiple drive-in bays with 16' and 21' high doors, a dock height loading platform and an available forklift for moving in large/heavy display items.Each booth comes with access to 110v electricity. Exhibitors must provide their own 16-gauge extension cords and power strips (all booths shouldn't be more than 30 feet from the nearest electrical box - located in the floor). 220 power is available and must be arranged before your move-in date by contacting the show office staff at (918) 523-2067.

    Do you own your own company and want to be in front of THOUSANDS of prospective customers in only 3 days?  Call Steve McDonald at (918) 493-8531 or email him at Steve.McDonald@CoxInc.com

     

    HGS Exhibitor Resource Center

    SHOW FEATURES:

    * FREE parking and FREE admission - It’s the largest FREE winter-time Home & Garden show in Northeast Oklahoma!

    * Now in its 15th year - the show features nearly 170 unique exhibitors with numerous displays highlighting home decorating and design ideas for inside and outside, plus so much more! 

    * Tens of thousands of homeowners who are seeking experts, services and products.

    * A live radio broadcast of KRMG’s “The Gardening Show” with Allan Storjohann from 9am-noon on Saturday morning, January 27, 2018.

    * Multimedia promotional plan includes live and recorded promotional announcements and live-on-location broadcasts on 4 of the top 6 adult-oriented radio stations in the market, plus TV spots on the Cox cable system and on KOKI-Fox 23, through social media and by newspaper coverage in the Tulsa World.

    JANUARY 26-28, 2018 The Exchange Center at Expo Square 4145 East 21st Street Tulsa, OK 74112

    SHOW HOURS: Friday: 12pm-8pm Saturday: 10am-8pm Sunday: 11am-5pm

    The Green Country Home & Garden Show is brought to you by A-Best RoofingEden’s Structural SolutionsDolphin Pools and Amini’s Galleria.

    IMPORTANT LINKS FOR  EXHIBITORS:

    Do you know of someone who owns their own company or works for a business that would benefit from being in front of THOUSANDS of prospective customers in only 3 days? Have them call Steve McDonald at (918) 523-2067 or email him at Steve.McDonald@CoxInc.com.

    SHOW OFFICE: Green Country Home & Garden ShowC/o Cox Media Group, Inc. 2625 S. Memorial DrTulsa, OK 74129(918) 523-2067 - show office(918) 493-5357 - show fax line

    HGS Exhibitor Information

    The first 14 years of the Green Country Home & Garden Show have been awesome, with around 25,000 Oklahoma homeowners attending each year. Your business can be a part of the largest FREE springtime home & garden show in Green Country, coming up January 26-28, 2018 in the Exchange Center at Expo Square. We bring in qualified buyers (new and existing homeowners) who are committed to finding ideas and answers to their home & garden questions. This show is a highly-targeted and cost-effective opportunity for businesses to market their products or services directly to this sought-after group of consumers.

    An estimated $700 billion is spent on home and garden-related products and services each year. According to the NAHB (National Assoc. of Home Builders), the average zip code in America will see over $5 million spent on home improvement this year. That’s a lot of new roofs, landscaping, and remodels! Experts are projecting home improvement spending to increase 6% this year over last, with the average home improvement project costing around $4,000.

    With this growing demand for these types of products/services, the Green Country Home & Garden Show has had proven success here in northeast Oklahoma. With such a vast array of products and services, The Green Country Home & Garden Show creates the ultimate source for consumers to fill many of their home & gardening needs under one roof! 

    This three-day extravaganza will feature over 170 unique exhibitors from throughout Green Country and the U.S. displaying and demonstrating the newest and hottest services for home improvement/repairs, remodeling, gardening, landscaping, lawn care, home insulation & energy conservation, home security, home furnishings and so much more. Come and watch local horticultural expert Allan Storjohann, host of "The KRMG Gardening Show with Allan Storjohann", broadcast his live weekly radio show from 10:00am – 1:00pm on Saturday, January 27th. Bring out your problem plants or questions and ask him while he's at the Green Country Home & Garden Show. You can also hear Allan Storjohann on NEWS102.3 & AM740 KRMG every Saturday.

    Here are some ways the "Green Country Home & Garden Show " can work for you...

    • Increase business  • Improve customer relationships  • Create an expanded mailing list  • Sell your services or products at the show  • Distribute coupons, samples and brochures  • Showcase new products  • Demonstrations  • In store promotions and tie-ins  • Door prize exposure  • Hands-on activity at your boothBuying a Booth  Your business can be a part of the largest FREE springtime home & garden event in Green Country! We bring in qualified buyers (homeowners) who are looking for ideas and solutions to their decorating, gardening and home-related questions. For example, did you know that:

    *92% of consumer event attendees evaluate the companies they do business with by visiting a trade show?

    *64% of attendees said that as a result of visiting a company's booth, they bought more of that company's product within 12 months? To help you reach this market, this event offers sponsors and exhibitors many one-to-one marketing opportunities with pre-qualified customers.  As a part of the"Green Country Home & Garden Show", you'll get unparalleled exposure through our strong promotions packages. This event will be highly-publicized on 4 of the top-rated radio stations in Tulsa, on Fox 23 (the local FOX-TV affiliate) as well as through cable TV advertisements, local newspaper coverage and social media. You can be a part of this winning team of highly successful exhibitors if you hurry and contact us today to reserve your space! Booth Space Each 10' by 10' booth comes with:

    • 8' tall back drape and 3' tall side rails. (Due to the intracacies of the layout, some booths may end up with 8’ tall drape on one or both sides of the booth as well)
    • 1 6' skirted table
    • 2 premium folding chairs
    • 1 wastebasket
    • Access to standard 110v electricity (you must provide your own extension cords and power strips)

    Additional items (extra chairs, extra tables, carpeting, easels, TV-VCR combos, counter high stools, etc.) may be ordered directly through the show decorator, Event 1 or by calling 918-245-8006.

    Exhibitor Info:

    Load-in/set-up:  Tuesday, January 23rd through Thursday, January 25th from 8:00am to 7:00pm each day

    Show dates: Friday, January 26, 2018 - Saturday, January 27, 2018 - Sunday, January 28, 2018 

    Show hours: 12:00pm - 8:00pm on Friday, 10:00am - 8:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am – 5:00pm on Sunday

    Show location: The Exchange Expo Center at Expo Square (at the fairgrounds) at 4145 E 21st St. in Tulsa, Oklahoma 

    All exhibitors are required to provide us with proof of liability insurance before exhibiting at the show. If you do not have this coverage in place, Cox Media Group has made arrangements so that all of our exhibitors can instantly acquire this coverage at a significant savings from Rainprotection Insurance. Your cost will be just $84 for the entire week of the show. Please contact the show office if you need more information on this coverage. The Exchange Center has multiple drive-in bays with 16' and 21' high doors, a dock height loading platform and an available forklift for moving in large/heavy display items. Each booth comes with reasonable access to standard 110v electricity. Exhibitors must provide their own 16-gauge extension cords and power strips (all booths shouldn't be more than 30 feet from the nearest electrical box located in the floor). 220 power is available and must be arranged before your move-in date by contacting the show office staff at (918) 523-2067.

    Do you own your own company and want to be in front of THOUSANDS of prospective customers in only 3 days? Call Steve McDonald at (918) 493-8531 or email him at Steve.McDonald@CoxInc.com.

    SHOW OFFICE:

    Green Country Home & Garden Show C/o Cox Media Group, Inc.  2625 S. Memorial Dr. Tulsa, OK 74129 (918) 523-2067 - show office (918) 493-5357 - show fax line

     

     

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