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NJN/am for Thursday, August 21


A heat warning has been issued for much of Alabama, as temperatures are expected to reach ...
jamboree and go straight into regular-season play, including Tarrant at Fultondale.

A game plan for the heat


FULTONDALE, Ala. (WIAT)- The Fultondale Wildcats have dedicated ...
Oneonta offensive coordinator Phil Phillips, and former Alabama player Johnny Howard.

Corridor X project behind schedule


The section is a little over four miles from 41st Street at Carver High School north to Walker Chapel Road in Fultondale. The $168.6 million project is the largest one bid by the Alabama Department of Transportation. Crews are in tearing out the northbound ...

Fultondale's free Movies in the Park series to feature special screening of 'Muscle Shoals' music documentary


FULTONDALE, Alabama – The free Movies in the Park series in Fultondale continues next week with a special screening of "Muscle Shoals," a music documentary focusing on FAME Studios and the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama, at Black Creek Park Tuesday.

Fultondale principal Stephanie Robinson to fill AHSAA Central Board seat of Hoover's Myra Miles


FULTONDALE, Alabama-- Stephanie Robinson is a life-long educator. She was also a pretty good shortstop and pitcher on Corner's first softball team back in 1985. The Fultondale principal has another proud moment heading her way. She's been selected to fill ...

Fultondale police chief retiring


FULTONDALE, Alabama - Fultondale Police Chief Byron Pigg led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Fultondale City Council meeting for the last time Monday morning. Pigg recently announced his retirement and will be leaving the post at the end of the month.

Traffic Alert: Repairs on I-65 in Fultondale, AL Saturday and Su - Alabamas13.com WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL


BIRMINGHAM, AL - Drivers using I-65 north of downtown Birmingham, near Fultondale, Saturday and Sunday should be on alert for possible delays. The Alabama Department of Transportation says work continues on Interstate 65 as part of ALDOT's project to build ...

Fultondale passes Alabama's toughest smoking ordinance


Fultondale now has the toughest smoke-free law in Jefferson County thanks to an ordinance that passed unanimously on Monday, July 11. Citing the Alabama Legislature's failure to "address the hazards of secondhand smoke," Mayor Jim Lowery introduced the ...

Books-A-Million Opens in Fultondale, Alabama


BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Books-A-Million, Inc. (NASDAQ:BAMM) announced the Grand Opening of a 15,500-square-foot store in Fultondale, Alabama. The store is located in the Colonial Promenade Fultondale at 3429 Lowery Parkway. The new Fultondale ...

NJN/am for Thursday, August 21


A heat warning has been issued for much of Alabama, as temperatures are expected to reach ...
jamboree and go straight into regular-season play, including Tarrant at Fultondale.

A game plan for the heat


FULTONDALE, Ala. (WIAT)- The Fultondale Wildcats have dedicated ...
Oneonta offensive coordinator Phil Phillips, and former Alabama player Johnny Howard.

Corridor X project behind schedule


The section is a little over four miles from 41st Street at Carver High School north to Walker Chapel Road in Fultondale. The $168.6 million project is the largest one bid by the Alabama Department of Transportation. Crews are in tearing out the northbound ...

Fultondale's free Movies in the Park series to feature special screening of 'Muscle Shoals' music documentary


FULTONDALE, Alabama – The free Movies in the Park series in Fultondale continues next week with a special screening of "Muscle Shoals," a music documentary focusing on FAME Studios and the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama, at Black Creek Park Tuesday.

Fultondale principal Stephanie Robinson to fill AHSAA Central Board seat of Hoover's Myra Miles


FULTONDALE, Alabama-- Stephanie Robinson is a life-long educator. She was also a pretty good shortstop and pitcher on Corner's first softball team back in 1985. The Fultondale principal has another proud moment heading her way. She's been selected to fill ...

Fultondale police chief retiring


FULTONDALE, Alabama - Fultondale Police Chief Byron Pigg led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Fultondale City Council meeting for the last time Monday morning. Pigg recently announced his retirement and will be leaving the post at the end of the month.

Traffic Alert: Repairs on I-65 in Fultondale, AL Saturday and Su - Alabamas13.com WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL


BIRMINGHAM, AL - Drivers using I-65 north of downtown Birmingham, near Fultondale, Saturday and Sunday should be on alert for possible delays. The Alabama Department of Transportation says work continues on Interstate 65 as part of ALDOT's project to build ...

Fultondale passes Alabama's toughest smoking ordinance


Fultondale now has the toughest smoke-free law in Jefferson County thanks to an ordinance that passed unanimously on Monday, July 11. Citing the Alabama Legislature's failure to "address the hazards of secondhand smoke," Mayor Jim Lowery introduced the ...

Books-A-Million Opens in Fultondale, Alabama


BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Books-A-Million, Inc. (NASDAQ:BAMM) announced the Grand Opening of a 15,500-square-foot store in Fultondale, Alabama. The store is located in the Colonial Promenade Fultondale at 3429 Lowery Parkway. The new Fultondale ...



USEFUL INFORMATION: YOU NEED TO KNOW

The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the great work of teachers throughout the country, who give of themselves to improve educational opportunities for all students.

 We support the work of teachers through initiatives and resources that lift the profession and help educators and students succeed.

Teach to Lead

Leading from the Classroom

Teach to Lead is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to advance student outcomes by expanding opportunities for teacher leadership, particularly those that allow teachers to stay in the classroom.

The initiative seeks to:

  • Highlight existing state and district systems that are working to support teacher leadership;
  • Share resources to create new opportunities for teacher leadership; and
  • Encourage people at all levels to commit to expanding teacher leadership.

link to video of speech about Teach to Lead

Watch Arne Duncan´s speech announcing Teach to Lead and listen to his discussion with teachers at the National Board´s Teaching and Learning conference. [Transcript]

 "Teacher leadership means having a voice in the policies and decisions that affect your students, your daily work, and the shape of your profession. "
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Health care for childrens: basic information.

What should I look for when choosing child care? Information is available at Child Care Aware of Missouri (Resource and Referral).

How can I get a list of child care providers in my area? A list of licensed and license-exempt child care providers is available at Child Care Provider Search and through your regional resource and referral agency Child Care Aware of Missouri.

What inspection requirements do licensed and license-exempt facilities have? Both licensed and license-exempt facilities are required to have regular fire, sanitation and health inspections. In addition, licensed facilities have additional compliance monitoring inspections each year.

Do all persons who care for children (who are not related to the provider) in their homes have to be licensed by the state? No. A person may care for four or fewer children who are not *related to the provider without being licensed.

What should I do if I notice an in-home provider is caring for more than four (4) unrelated children? Providing unlicensed child care for more than 4 children, who are not *related to the provider, is against the law in Missouri. If you know someone who is providing illegal care, contact us and file a complaint.

How many children may a licensed facility care for at one time? There are several criteria that determine a facility’s licensed capacity. These include:

  1. Square footage for indoor and outdoor areas;
  2. Director’s education and work experience; and
  3. Amount of materials and equipment.

What happens if my child gets sick while they are at the licensed facility? Child care rules document what symptoms require providers to observe children more closely and what symptoms require that providers send children home. Your provider is required to contact you when signs of illness are observed.

How will I learn about the provider’s rules and policies? A licensed child care facility is required to provide the parents with written policies, program goals, admission, care and discharge of the child at the time of enrollment. The provider must also have a copy of the child care licensing rules available for review. License-exempt providers are required to give parents a Notice of Parental Responsibility which includes the facility’s discipline philosophy and policy, facility’s staff/child ratio, and the educational philosophy and policy. Sec. 210.254, RSMo

Can my provider give medications to my child? The center or home provider is not required to administer medication. However, if your provider chooses to administer medication, there are guidelines in the rules that must be followed for licensed and license-exempt child care providers.

What happens if my provider breaks a rule? When it is determined that the provider is not in compliance, the provider is notified at the time of inspection. If there is a consistent pattern of non-compliance or areas that present a danger to the health, safety and welfare of children, disciplinary action will be taken.

What types of disciplinary action can be taken? Disciplinary actions include the following:

Denial of Initial License - A formal action notifying a person why he or she cannot receive a child care license, taken when an applicant for initial license does not comply with statute or licensing rule requirements.

Denial of Renewal - A formal action notifying a person why the child care license will not be renewed at the expiration of the licensing period. This action occurs when the licensee does not comply with statute and licensing rule requirements.

Letter of Warning - Formal correspondence that notifies a licensee that violations have occurred. It is removed from public record after one year.

Letter of Censure - Formal correspondence that notifies a licensee that violations have occurred. It is filed permanently in the public record.

Probation - Places conditions or terms on a license that may exceed the licensing rule requirements for a specific period of time. It may lead to further discipline if the licensee fails to comply with the terms of the probationary license.

Settlement Agreement - This is a negotiation process by which we and the licensee finalize a formal agreement on specific terms or conditions to allow continuation of the license.

Immediate suspension - This is the only action taken by us that immediately terminates the licensed status. This occurs in situations of imminent bodily harm to children.

Revocation - This is a formal action that removes a child care license.

Injunctive Relief - This is a court order that causes a person to cease operating a child care facility or imposes conditions to protect children who are in care at the facility from imminent danger.

Referral to the Prosecuting Attorney - Our action when there is evidence of a statute violation for care of more than 4 children not related to the caregiver without a license.

What will my provider do in an emergency if I cannot be reached? The provider is required to obtain emergency contact information at the time of enrollment. The provider will typically try to contact the parent first, and if the parent cannot be reached, the persons listed as the emergency contacts will be called. You should review your emergency contacts periodically to ensure your provider has updated information.

What is a ratio? The amount of staff, required by licensing rules, per child required in a licensed facility. In license-exempt facilities, the owner/operator defines the ratio.

What are the ratios for group home and child care centers? The following staff/child ratios apply to group child care homes and child care centers:

  1. Birth to 2 years - 1 caregiver for every 4 children
  2. 2 year olds 1 caregiver for every 8 children
  3. 3 to 5 year olds 1 caregiver for every 10 children
  4. Ages 5 years and up - 1 caregiver for every 16 children
  5. Special requirements apply for mixed age groups.

What is the capacity for family home providers? The number of children and the ages of the children in care is defined on the family home provider’s license which must be posted at the facility. A family home provider is limited to caring for no more than ten *unrelatedchildren. The number of *unrelated children under the age of two will affect the total number of children allowed.

How do I find out about complaints made against a provider? When you tour the facility, ask to see copies of current inspection reports. We maintain copies of inspection reports, substantiated complaints and other licensing information. You can view a copy of a child care facility’s licensing record by contacting the child care licensing office. All complaints are investigated, but only substantiated complaints are placed in the provider’s public record.

How do I file a complaint? You can file a complaint by contacting the child care licensing office. A complaint form is available, but the form is not required. We also accepts complaints by telephone. For more information about how to file a complaint,click here. When filing a complaint, please be prepared to give as much detail as possible. This will assist us in gathering the information needed to conduct a thorough investigation.

How often are providers inspected?

Licensed facilities are inspected at least once annually by staff from:

  • Fire safety; and
  • Environmental sanitation.

Licensed facilities are inspected at least twice annually by staff from:

  • Us

License exempt facilities are inspected once annually by staff from:

  • Fire safety;
  • Environmental sanitation; and
  • Us

Unregulated facilities are not inspected by Section for Child Care Regulation.

Can a facility disenroll my child? Yes. Refer to your provider’s written policies and procedures. Each regional resource and referral office has an Inclusion Specialist who can work with the provider and parent before dis-enrollment occurs. For assistance, contact your regional resource and referral office (Child Care Aware of Missouri).

Can the provider transport my child? We have rules that licensed and license-exempt providers must follow. The provider is responsible for the care, safety and supervision of children on field trips or any other time the children are transported away from the facility. Parents must be informed when field trips are planned and written parental consent must be on file for all field trips and transportation. Drivers and vehicles must meet the requirements of Missouri law. Child safety restraints must be used according to Missouri state law.

What are the general differences between licensed, license-exempt and unregulated facilities? Download this pdf to view a chart of general differences in unregulated child care facilities.

How can I find child care for a child with special needs? Contact United 4 Children at 1-800-467-2322. You will be connected to an Inclusion Specialist who will assist your family in finding care specific to the special needs of your child. If your question has not been answered, email childcare@health.mo.gov.

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Child Care Provider Information FAQ Section

Once I get my child care license, what changes impact my license? Issues such as change in ownership, change in location, change in capacity, or a change in hours (adding care after 9 p.m.) can affect a child care license. Prior to making changes that you believe could affect your licensing status, you must contact us.

How long do I have to complete the application process? An application is valid for six months. If your facility is not licensed within that timeframe, you will need to complete a new application.

Are child care licenses permanent? No. A child care license can be issued for a maximum of a two year period.

How many children can I care for without being licensed? Missouri state law allows you to care for no more than four children not *related to you without a child care license.

What type of training do I need on a yearly basis? The director, child care providers, all caregivers and volunteers who are counted in staff/child ratios of licensed family child care homes, group child care homes and child care centers are required to obtain at least 12 approved clock hours of child care related training during each calendar year.

We contract with qualified training organizations to provide accessible and affordable training for child care providers across the state. The training must be based on competencies (essential knowledge and skill areas) for assuring quality child care. Child care related training topics include: health, safety, nutrition, developmentally appropriate activities and learning experiences for children; positive guidance and discipline; positive communication and interaction with families; planning and setting up an appropriate environment for children; professional and administrative practices.

Child care training and professional development opportunities include:

  • Training workshops on various topics;
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) training and assessment to assist child care providers earn a national CDA credential from the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition;
  • College credit training from some colleges and universities;
  • Advanced and specialized training for entry level child care staff, directors, infant/toddler caregivers, and caring for children with special needs; and
  • Individualized technical assistance and training to assist providers to access needs and make improvements in their respective programs.

For a list of approved trainings and professional development, contact Child Care Aware of Missouri at 800-200-9017. Click on Training & Professional Development, then choose the training calendar in your area.

Are there grants or funding available to operate my child care program? We do not provide grants or funding, however there are other resources that may be available to you.

  1. The Child Care Food Program
  2. Department of Social Services, Child Care Subsidy
  3. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  4. Child Care Aware® of Missouri
  5. T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship

What happens if I don´t get licensed and I care for more than four (4) children who are not related to me? If we determine that you are providing care to more than four (4) children not *related to you, we will expect you to immediately limit the number of children in your care to 4 or fewer in compliance with Missouri law. Parents of children in your care will be notified if you are operating illegally. Additionally, local law enforcement will be notified. Legal referrals may also be made to the local prosecuting attorney for further action.

Is there a fee for a license? The State of Missouri does not charge a fee, but you may incur costs to meet required rules. (Examples include install a fence, obtain a medical examination, etc.) In addition, you will need to contact your local city or county to determine if any fees apply to your business.

What types of inspections do I need to obtain a child care license?

  1. Health
  2. Sanitation
  3. Fire safety

How long does it take to get licensed? The exact time to become licensed varies depending on how quickly the applicant is able to meet the licensing rules. The licensing process includes inspections by the Department of Health and Senior Services, Section for Child Care Regulation, Bureau of Environmental Regulation and Licensure, and the Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire Safety. There may also be local building and zoning ordinances that apply. Therefore, it is advisable to begin the licensing process as soon as possible.

What are the educational requirements for a licensed group home or child care center director? Click here to view a chart of the educational requirements.

What is a registered provider? Some families may be eligible for financial help with their child care costs. The Department of Social Services, Family Support Division may contract with licensed and license-exempt providers to pay for child care services for eligible children. If you are interested in this program, contact your local county Family Support Division office.

What should I do if I suspect child abuse or neglect (CA/N)? Child care providers are mandated (required) by law to report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect. These reports must be made to the Child Abuse and Neglect (CA/N) hotline at 1-800-392-3738.

Why does the Section for Child Care Regulation do background screenings? Our rules require background screenings. We have adopted a policy to address background screenings. The following rules and statutes provide the authority for the section to conduct background screenings.

19 CSR 30-62.102(1)(A) states: “Day care personnel shall be of good character and intent and shall be qualified to provide care conducive to the welfare of children.” Similar rules for family homes exist 19 CSR 30-61.105(1)(D)

19 CSR 30-62.102(1) (K) states: “Volunteers counted in staff/child ratios, caregivers and other personnel shall be screened for child abuse/neglect. The screening shall be requested by the provider within ten (10 days) of any individual beginning employment or volunteering in the facility. Any investigated allegation of child abuse or neglect in which the investigator finds reasonable cause to believe that the individual is the alleged perpetrator of child abuse or neglect, shall be evaluated by the department. After review, the department may prohibit the person from being present in the facility during child care hours.” Similar rules for family homes exist 19 CSR 30-61.105(1)(K)

19 CSR 30-62.102(1)(L) states in part: “The child care provider shall request and have on file the results of a criminal record review from the Missouri State Highway Patrol as defined by 19 CSR 30-62.042 Initial Licensing Information and 19 CSR 30-62.052 License Renewal. The child care provider shall request a criminal record review within ten (10) days following a change of the facility owner(s), board president or chairperson, the center director or group day care home provider, employees of the provider, or volunteers counted in the staff/child ratios. The department may request a criminal record review from the Missouri State Highway Patrol for any adult present in the facility when child care children are present. The criminal record reviews shall include records of criminal convictions, pending criminal charges, and suspended imposition of sentence during the term of probation.…

2. Any information received by the department that indicates that the subject of the criminal record review poses a threat to the safety or welfare of children shall be evaluated by the department. After review, the department may prohibit such person from being present on the premises of the facility during child care hours.” Similar rules for family homes exist 19 CSR 30-61.105(1)(L)

19 CSR 30-62.102(1)(M) states: “Any person present at the facility during the hours in which child care is provided shall not present a threat to the health, safety or welfare of the children” Similar rules for family homes exist 19 CSR 30-61.115(5)

Section 210.221, RSMo sets for the powers and duties of the department concerning child care licensing.

Section 210.906, RSMo requires every child care worker hired on or after Jan. 1, 2001 to complete registration with the Family Care Safety Registry.

Section 210.922, RSMo allows the department to use information contained in the Family Care Safety Registry to carry out its statutory duties.

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Environmental Sanitation FAQ Section

I am interested in opening a new child care facility or home, who should I contact? The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Section for Child Care Regulation will assist potential child care providers in getting started with the initial licensing process.  Once the prospective provider has completed an application for licensure, the Section for Child Care Regulation will notify the Division of Fire Safety and Environmental Child Care Program of the provider’s need for initial inspections.

How often are child care providers inspected? For sanitation, child care providers are inspected at least annually.  Providers that routinely fail to meet sanitation requirements may be inspected more frequently.

Who conducts child care sanitation inspections? Inspections may be conducted by Environmental Public Health Specialists from the Department of Health and Senior Services’ Environmental Child Care Program or from the Local Public Health Agency.

How do I file a sanitation complaint regarding a child care facility or home? You can file a complaint by contacting the child care licensing office.  A complaint form is available, but the form is not required.  The Section for Child Care Regulation also accepts complaints by telephone.  For more information about how to file a complaint, click here.  When filing a complaint, please be prepared to give as much detail as possible.  This will assist the Section in gathering the information needed to conduct a thorough investigation.  The Environmental Child Care Program assists the Section for Child Care Regulation in investigating complaints as needed.

Are there differences in sanitation requirements for licensed family homes, group homes, centers, and license-exempt facilities?   Yes, there are a number of differences in sanitation requirements for the different types of child care in Missouri.  Please refer to the sanitation guidelines or contact us for questions about specific issues.

What do child care sanitation inspectors look for? Child care sanitation inspectors conduct thorough inspections to ensure the health and safety of children in care.  Inspectors evaluate cleanliness, facility maintenance, water and sewer services, hygiene, food protection, diapering, and other various procedural issues that promote a healthy environment.

Is lead-based paint allowed in child care? Prior to 1978 lead-based paint was widely used, and any pre-1978 structure may contain lead-based paint.  It is important to understand the difference between lead-based paint and a lead hazard.  Lead hazards are not permitted in child care, but the simple existence of lead-based paint does not necessarily constitute a lead hazard.  Lead-based paint that is deteriorating or on a friction surface are examples of a lead hazard that is not permitted in child care. What are the sanitation requirements for having pets in child care? All animals must be considered to be in good health.  Pets such as cats and dogs should be routinely evaluated by a veterinarian and vaccinated according to the veterinarian’s recommendations or as required by local ordinance.  Birds of the parrot family must be tested for psittacosis.  Reptiles are prohibited in child care.  Other animals are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. NOTE:  the Section for Child Care Regulation also has safety requirements for animals in child care.

What is considered an approved food source in child care? Child care providers must utilize foods from an approved source.  The following are examples of approved sources:

  • Schools and restaurants
  • Grocery and other retail food stores
  • Commercial food warehouses and distributors
  • Local farmer’s market for whole, uncut fruits and vegetables
  • Provider’s garden for whole, uncut fruits and vegetables

The following are examples of unapproved food sources:

  • Custom-exempt processed beef and pork
  • Wild game
  • Farm fresh eggs from individuals without a valid egg license from the Missouri Department of Agriculture
  • Unpasteurized milk
  • Home-canned foods
  • Foods prepared at an uninspected facility such as an employee’s home

If you have questions regarding approved food sources, contact us or your local public health agency.

What are the expectations for a child care provider operating under a boil water order? Depending on the type of water supply, a boil water order may be issued by DHSS, Local Public Health Agency, Department of Natural Resources, or the water supplier.  A boil water order indicates that the water may not be safe for consumption.  Child care providers are expected to follow boil water orders to protect children in care.  If you have questions regarding a boil water order, contact us or your local public health agency.

Why is the required cleaning process so complicated? Certain surfaces are required to be washed, rinsed, sanitized, and air-dried.  The process ensures that surfaces of critical importance such as diapering pads are not only clean to sight and touch, but free of harmful microorganisms as well.

Where can I get sanitizer test strips for my child care? Providers are required to have a test kit for testing sanitizer solution concentrations.  Restaurant supply stores are generally considered the best place to obtain test strips for the various approved sanitizers.

What is ‘date-marking?’ Date-marking certain foods is required for most child care providers.  Refrigerated foods prepared at the facility that are potentially hazardous, ready-to-eat, and held over 24 hours must be labeled with a discard-by date of the preparation day plus seven days.  Commercially processed, refrigerated food items that are potentially hazardous, ready-to-eat, and held over 24 hours must also be date-marked once the product has been opened.  If you have questions about which foods require date-marking, contact us or your local public health agency.

Why is hand washing so important? Good hand washing is the single most important thing a child care provider can do to prevent the spread of disease.  It is critical that provider and child alike learn to wash their hands frequently.


The cord blood: What You Should Know

Mother with sleeping babyThe cord blood is present in the blood vessels of the placenta and umbilical cord, and is collected after the baby is born and then cut the umbilical cord; an important detail.

"Because cord blood is usually collected after delivery and after cutting the cord, intervention is generally safe for both mother and baby," says Dr. Keith Wonnacott, PhD, Branch Chief Therapies Office Phones Cell Therapies, Tissue and Genetic FDA.

Approved Uses

The use of cord blood is only approved for interventions "hematopoietic stem cell transplantation," which was performed in patients with disorders of the hematopoietic (blood producing). The cord blood contains blood cell production can be used to treat patients with cancers of the blood such as leukemias and lymphomas, as well as certain blood disorders and immune system, such as stem cells of sickle cell anemia  and Wiskott-Aldrich

"The cord blood is useful because it is a source of stem cells that are transformed into blood cells. Cord blood transplants can be used for people who need feedback, ie ´re-produce´ these cells producing blood cells, "says Dr. Wonnacott.

For example, in many cancer patients, the disease is found in the blood cells. Chemotherapy to treat these patients undergoing cancer cells eliminates both as producing healthy stem cells of blood cells. Transplantation of umbilical cord stem cells can support the regeneration of blood cells following chemotherapy.

However, the cord blood is not a cure-all.

"Given that cord blood contains stem cells, have been several cases of fraud related to cord blood," says Dr. Wonnacott. "Consumers think that stem cells can cure all diseases, but science has not shown this to be true.Patients should maintain skepticism if the cord blood is available for uses other than blood regeneration by stem "cells.

Information about the storage of cord blood

After obtaining the cord blood is frozen and can be stored safely for many years. "The method of freeze-called ´criopreservación´-is very important to maintain the integrity of the cells," says Dr. Wonnacott. "The cord blood will be stored with care."

Blood from the umbilical cord can be stored in a private bank, so it is available if the baby in the future-or relatives of first or second degree, they need it. The private cord banks typically charge for the collection and storage of blood.

Alternatively, blood can be donated to a public bank so that doctors can use to treat patients who need blood stem cell transplants.

The FDA regulates the cord blood in different ways, depending on its origin, processing level and intended use.

The stored cord blood for personal use, use in relatives of first or second degree, and that also meets other requirements of the FDA regulations, does not need the consent of this body before being used. Still, private cord banks must comply with other requirements of the FDA, including those that require them to register and enroll in the listings, be updated on the proper use of tissues standards, testing and analysis and detection of diseases infectious patients (except when the cord blood is going to be used by the original donor). These FDA requirements ensure the safety of these products to minimize the risk of contamination and transmission of infectious diseases.

The cord blood is stored to treat patients with unrelated donor is eligible to be considered a "drug" and a "biological product". The cord blood in this category must meet additional requirements and be authorized in accordance with a Biologics License Application, or be subjected to research new drug application before it can be used. The FDA requirements help ensure the safety and efficacy of the products in their intended uses.

Not all units of cord blood meeting the requirements necessary to be stored in a public bank, added Safa Karandish, MT, safety officer for the FDA Consumer. If this happens, part of the donated cord blood may be used for non-clinical research.

Tips for Consumers

If you are considering donating to bank cord blood, it is important to study the various options during pregnancy to have enough time to make a decision before the baby is born. If you want to donate to a public bank, ask if the hospital will give birth in a program storage of cord blood.

If you have questions about the risks and the procedures followed to obtain blood, or the donation process, ask your doctor.

The FDA also has a database  which is available with information on banks registered cord blood.

All assertions that the cord blood is a miracle cure is not created; it is not. Some parents may consider using a private bank as an "insurance policy" against diseases that may arise in the future. But it is important to remember that currently the only approved use of cord blood is the treatment of hematologic (blood disorders).

Also good to know that, in some cases, the cord blood is stored may not be appropriate for the child who donated."For example, it is not possible to cure some diseases or genetic defects with cord blood containing the same disease or defect," says Karandish.

Parents of children from ethnic minorities should especially consider donating to a public bank, says Dr. Wonnacott, because the more donations make these groups receive more help minority patients who need a stem cell transplant. (Recipients must be "compatible" with donors so that doctors are more likely to find a good candidate among donors within the ethnic group of the receiver).

"As far as public banks is concerned, there is a clear need for cord blood," says Dr. Wonnacott. "And there is a need especially among minorities to have stem cell transplants. The cord blood is an excellent source of stem cells for transplantation. "

And these transplants can change the lives of patients.


I knew that as an ex-smoker, had increased risk of developing certain diseases and cancer

The story of Alex

An elderly man with white cap smiling

I knew that as an ex-smoker, had increased risk of developing certain diseases and cancer. But when a friend asked me if I had done the test for abdominal aortic aneurysm , I said "what´s that?".

My friend was 67 when his doctor recommended a test to see if he had an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The test showed a small aneurysm and had surgery a few days later. Now, my friend is recovering and takes very seriously its role to warn their friends about the danger of this disease.

As I used to smoke, and as I exercise regularly and I have high cholesterol and blood pressure, have higher risk of developing this disease. So my friend was worried about me and asked me to take the test. I was lucky, because the evidence indicated that he had an aneurysm. However, my doctor recommended several things you can do to reduce my risk of developing this disease. The eating healthy foods and being more active help me to reduce my risk of developing heart disease. Exercise also helps to strengthen my muscles and my heart.

Now, if someone asks what is an abdominal aortic aneurysm, you can not say: "What is that?".

MEN´S HEALTH

Most men should pay more attention to their health. Compared with women, men are more likely to:
  • Smoke
  • Drink
  • Make unhealthy or risky decisions
  • Defer regular checkups or medical care
The good news is that you can start today to take better care of your health. You know what you do to stay healthy? Answer these questions on the health of men to find out (in English).

It´s not too late to acquire healthy habits 

. patents that healthy eating and physical activity part of your daily habits. Eating a healthy diet and regular physical activity can help reduce:
  • Blood pressure
  • The blood sugar
  • Cholesterol
  • The weight
  • If you keep these values ??low, you can reduce the risk of serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.
You can also do the following to prevent health problems:
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation .
  • Stop smoking .


Seek medical attention to stay healthy. Become a regular medical checkups even if you feel well. This is important because some diseases have no symptoms at first. Also, go to the doctor will give you the opportunity to learn more about your health. Also, you can do the following to take care of your health:
  • Become testing you need.
  • Find out if you´re up to date on important vaccinations .
  • See if you have signs of health problems such as diabetes or depression.

Take Action

Follow these tips to take charge of your health.

Make small changes every day. Small changes can yield big results, such as reducing your risk of diabetes or heart disease.
  • Go for a walk instead of smoke a cigarette.
  • Pour yourself a vegetable salad instead of fries.
  • Drink water instead of soda or juice.
  • Follow these tips to consume less salt.
More quick tips to stay healthy [PDF, 1.7 MB].

Talk to your health. Do not be ashamed to talk about your health. Start by talking with your family to know what the disease is in your family are. Use this website to keep track of what you´re finding out. Share this information with your doctor.

Become testing to find the disease early. Screening tests are medical tests that detect disease before symptoms appear. These tests can help doctors find diseases early, when they can be more easily treated.
  • Become measuring blood pressure  at least once every 2 years.
  • Talk to the doctor to see if you should get tested for cholesterol . Doctors recommend that most men cholesterol test is done at least once every 5 years.
  • Get tested for colon and rectal cancer if you´re 50 or older. Ask your doctor which test is best for you.
  • If you are between 65 and 75 years, have you ever smoked, ask your doctor about abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA).
  • If you feel stressed, anxious or depressed for more than two weeks,  ask your doctor to do tests to see if you´re depressed . Most men who have depression feel better when they receive treatment.


Tell your doctor if you have questions about the prostate. All men have prostate. The prostate is a small gland that produces the sexual fluid that carries sperm. Is located below the front of the rectum and bladder.
  • See a picture of the location of the prostate.
  • Learn more about prostate cancer.
  • Look at this list of questions to ask your doctor about testing for prostate cancer .


Ask your doctor whether you should take aspirin every day. If you are 45 or older, take aspirin every day could reduce your risk of having a heart attack. Talk to the doctor and ask if you should take aspirin every day.

What can I do about costs? Many insurance plans,  including Medicaid and Medicare, pay for recommended preventive services such as screenings and immunizations. In addition, the  Care Act Affordable Health ( Affordable Care Act , in English), the law of health reform that was passed in 2010, covers many preventive services . According to the health insurance plan you have, maybe you can make testing and get vaccines without paying anything. Talk to your health insurance to find out what your plan covers.
  • Find out which services are covered by the Act Care Affordable .
  • Find out what services are covered by Medicare  (in English).
Even if you have health insurance, you can receive care. looking for a health center near you (in English) and make an appointment.

Content last reviewed: July 31, 2014

You have the right to a safe workplace

You have the right to a safe workplace. The Law on Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) was enacted to prevent death, injury or illness of workers in their workplaces. The law requires employers to provide free working conditions hazards and unsafe conditions. The Act (OSH Act) created the Administration Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), which sets and enforces standards that protect the safety and health at workplaces. OSHA also provides information, training and assistance to workers and employers. Workers can make a complaint to OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe their employer is not following OSHA standards or there are serious risks. Contact us with questions or to make a complaint . We will keep your information confidential. We are here to help.

The rights of workers under the OSHA Act

Workers have the right to conditions of work without risk of serious harm. Site to ensure safe and healthful workplace, OSHA also provides workers the right to:
  • Ask OSHA to conduct an inspection of the workplace.
  • Exercise their rights under the law of revenge free or discrimination.
  • Receive information and training about hazards, methods to prevent damage and OSHA standards that apply to your workplace. The training must be in a language you can understand;
  • Having access to the results of the tests done to find hazards in the workplace,
  • Read the archives of injuries and work-related diseases ;
  • Access to copies of your medical records ;

Who covers the OSHA

Private sector workers Most employees in the country are under the jurisdiction of the OSHA law. OSHA covers employers and private sector workers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and other jurisdictions of the United States, either directly by the OSHA Federal, or anOSHA-approved state program . State Programs health and safety should be at least as effective as federal OSHA program. To find the contact information for the Office of Federal or state program of the nearest OSHA, see the map of the regional offices. Employees of state and local government Employees who work for state and local governments are not covered by the federal OSHA, but have protection under the OSHA law if they work in states that have a state program approved by OSHA. Four states and a territory of the USA. UU. have OSHA-approved plans that cover only public sector employees. These include: Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and the Virgin Islands. Workers in the private sector in these four states and the Virgin Islands are covered by federal OSHA. Federal workers Federal agencies must have a safety and health program that meets the same standards as private employers. Although OSHA does not assign fines to federal agencies, yes the monitors and responds to complaints from their workers. The States Postal Service (USPS) is covered by OSHA. Not covered by the OSHA Act:
  • Freelance workers;
  • Members of the immediate family of the owners of a farm that did not employ outside workers; and
  • Workplace hazards that are regulated by another federal agency (eg Administration Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Coast Guard)

Standards OSHA: Occupational

OSHA standards are regulations that describe the methods that employers must use to protect their employees from hazards and risks. There are OSHA standards for the construction , agriculturemarine operations , and general industry. latter category are the standards that apply to most workplaces. Standards limit the amount of hazardous chemicals to which workers can be exposed;require the use of certain safe practices and equipment; and require employers to monitor hazards and keep reports of injuries and illnesses in the workplace. Examples of OSHA standards include requirements to: provide fall protection; prevent the collapse of excavations; prevent some infectious diseases; ensure that workers entering confined spaces safely; prevent employees from being exposed to harmful substances such as asbestos; put guards on machines; provide respirators or other safety equipment; and provide training for certain dangerous jobs. Employers must also conform to the General Duty Clause of the OSHA Act ​​requires employers to keep their workplace free of hazards that are recognized as serious. This clause is usually cited when no OSHA standard applies directly to danger.

Workers can request that OSHA inspect your workplace

Workers or their representatives, may file a complaint and request OSHA to conduct an inspection of your workplace if they believe there is a serious danger or your employer is not complying with OSHA standards. A worker can tell OSHA to keep your identity confidential. 's a violation of the OSH Act an employee is fired, demoted, transferred, or discriminated against in any way for filing a complaint or exercise other rights of OSHA. You can make a complaint online , download the form and mail or fax to the office of the nearest OSHA ; or by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). Most of the complaints received from the Internet can be resolved informally by phone with your employer. Written complaints that are signed by an employee or representative and sent to the OSHA office nearest are more likely to result in an OSHA inspection at your workplace. When the OSHA inspector arrives, workers and their representatives have the right to:
  • Be present during the inspection.
  • Talk to the OSHA inspector privately.
  • Take part in meetings between the inspector and the employer before and after the inspection.
When no union representative or the employee, the OSHA inspector must speak confidentially to a reasonable number of employees during the course of the inspection. When an inspector finds violations of OSHA standards or serious hazards, OSHA can issue citations and fines. A citation includes the methods that an employer can use to fix the problem, and the date when these corrective actions must be completed. Workers have the right to challenge only the date when the problem has to be solved. But employers have the right to dispute whether there is a violation, or any other part of the citation. Workers or their representatives must notify OSHA if they want to be involved in the appeal process, if the employer challenges a subpoena. "If you send a complaint requesting an OSHA inspection, you are entitled to a copy of the results of the OSHA inspection and request that they be revised if OSHA decides not to issue citations."

Employer Responsibilities

Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace. Employers MUST provide a workplace free of serious hazards and follow all health and safety standards of OSHA .Employers have to find and fix security issues and health. OSHA also requires employers to try to eliminate or reduce hazards by making changes in working conditions, rather than simply wear masks, gloves, ear plugs, or other types of personal protective equipment (PPE for short in English). Switching to safer chemicals, processes to trap harmful gases, or using ventilation systems to clean the air are examples of effective ways to eliminate or reduce risks. Employers also MUST:
  • Inform employees about the dangers workout, tags, alarms, color-coded systems, information sheets on chemicals and other methods.
  • Save accurate reports of injuries and work-related diseases .
  • Testing in the workplace, such as air sampling, required by some OSHA standards
  • Providing hearing tests or other medical tests required by OSHA standards
  • Locate OSHA citations, data on injuries and illnesses, and the OSHA poster at the jobsite in a place where employees can see them.
  • Report to OSHA within 8 hours after an incident in the workplace where there is a death or when three or more workers to go to hospital.
  • Not discriminate and not retaliate against an employee for exercising their rights under the law.

You can not be punished or discriminated against for exercising their rights under the law of the OSHA

OSHA law protects workers who complain to their employer, OSHA or other government agencies on working conditions that are not healthy or safe, or environmental problems. You can not be transferred, denied a raise, have your hours reduced, be fired, or punished in any other way for exercising their rights under the law of OSHA. OSHA There is help for whistleblowers . If you have been punished or discriminated against for asserting your rights, you must file a complaint with OSHA within 30 days of the alleged retaliation have occurred to most complaints. No form is required, but you must send a letter or call the office nearest OSHA explaining the situation and the alleged discrimination.

What if there is a dangerous situation at work?

If you believe that your work conditions are not healthy or safe, we recommend that you notify your employer of the conditions, if possible. You can make a complaint with OSHA about a hazardous job at any time. But you should not leave the job site only because you made ​​a complaint. If the condition clearly presents a risk of death or serious physical harm, there is insufficient time for OSHA consider, and, whenever possible, you have shown the condition to your employer, you may have a legal right reused to work in a situation where you would be exposed to danger.

Additional information for workers

Does OSHA has reviewed my employer? You can research the history of inspection through their employer seeking establishment of OSHA . Just enter the name of your company and choose the dates you want to examine. What is the danger most commonly cited in my industry? You'll need to know the standard industry classification code (SIC, for its acronym in English) from their employer . Once you know your four-digit code, visit the OSHA Standards that are frequently cited , enter your SIC code and see the information for the last year. Does OSHA provides technical information on hazards? OSHA provides technical information to help workers, employers and professionals in health and safety issues, to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses. For example, you can find information on pathogens, and ergonomic machine guards or fall protection. What is the OSHA materials that may be of interest to workers? OSHA publishes a variety of publications on many topics. Some of the most useful publications for workers are listed below. See OSHA publications for a complete list of materials published by the agency. You can also order publications online.


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