Thursday, October 26

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Phoenix Children's Hospital unveils state-of-the-art laboratory 

Phoenix Children's Hospital unveils its new state-of-the-art pathology laboratory. It's 16,000 square-feet that will help doctors deliver same-day test reults and microscopic images to surgeons in real-time during operations. The hospital's Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has Arizona's only full-service clinical laboratory dedicated to pediatric cases. 

  • New Xylene recycler reuses 90% of the xylene used in tissue processing, cutting down waste by 90-percent  the old method produced over 12 gallons of xylene per week that had to be hauled away by biohazard waste disposal.
  • A state of the art delivery system takes specimens from every floor of the Main Hospital and delivers them to the Laboratory, onto a conveyor belt where they are taken off and processed by Laboratory employees.
  • The Transfusion Medicine (blood bank) is a busy part of the Laboratory ensuring the safe provision of all blood products to all areas of the hospital. In 2016, the blood bank distributed nearly 13,000 blood products.
  • New histology tissue processors called "Leica Peloris II" can process tissue specimens in preparation for sectioning and staining slides in under one and a half hours so providers and patients can receive a same-day test result which is critically important for transplant patients.
  • New hematology analyzer, the Sysmex XN-3000 includes a new automated slidemaker/stainer which allows technologists performing complete blood counts (CBCs) to be more efficient in performing and reporting the tests without having to manually prepare and stain the blood smears, therefore eliminating disruption to workflow, decreasing test turnaround times. 
  • Almost every Phoenix Children's patient will now have a chemistry test that impacts their medical outcome.  The Chemistry section performed almost 1 million tests in 2016. A recent addition to the test menu is the NGAL (Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin). It is an early biomarker for acute kidney injury (AKI), enabling timely intervention to prevent more serious kidney injury.   
  • The Clinical Microbiology Laboratory encompasses bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology, serology and molecular diagnostics.  This full-service laboratory offers comprehensive testing for the isolation, identification and antimicrobial susceptibility of infectious agents utilizing a mixture of traditional and state-of-the-art molecular diagnostic techniques. This technology significantly improves test sensitivity and drastically decreases the time needed to identify potential pathogens, which translates into more efficient patient care and improved outcomes.

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Phoenix Children's Hospital
1919 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, 85016 

Best breakfast patios in the Valley: Morning Glory

Where can you enjoy a scratch breakfast on a garden-side patio? For our week long series on the best breakfast patios around town, we head over to Morning Glory Cafe at The Farm at South Mountain. We're talking delicious garden to table scratch dishes, from savory to sweet.

 Delicious garden to table dishes

  • From savory to sweet, Morning Glory Café has made from scratch dishes anyone will love
  • Dishes are made with items from The Farm's own on-site garden, Soil and Seed
  • Eggs come from Hickman Farms, Meat comes from The Meat Shop in Phoenix and is smoked in house, muffins and scones baked in house, granola made in house, salsas made in house
  • Eat on an outdoor patio right next to the garden
  • Dog friendly! Dogs can enjoy the beautiful scenery, just be sure to have them on a leash!
  • The perfect post-hike spot. With South Mountain a few minutes away, The Farm is the perfect spot to fuel up after a morning hike.

Spend the day at The Farm!

  •  Breakfast, lunch dinner
  •  Yard Games
  •  Botanica  modern market selling local art, wine and food products

 What's Happening at The Farm

  •  Sunday, October 29 Paint a Pumpkin Costume Party at The Farm
  •  Check our website for all garden, cooking and art classes at The Farm!

For more information:

Morning Glory Café at The Farm at South Mountain
6106 S. 32nd St Phoenix, AZ 85042
Phone: (602) 276-6360

Body cam footage to be crux of Brailsford case

In the trial of a former Mesa police officer charged with second-degree murder, his own body cam footage will likely be the crux of the case.  Philip "Mitch" Brailsford is on trial for fatally shooting Daniel Shaver at a La Quinta Inn & Suites, last year. Criminal Defense Attorney, Jason Lamm joins us with why the police body cam video is so controversial, and how it could affect jurors in this case. 

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Garden Guy: Fall Insect Control

Did you know you can reduce the amount of pests in and around your home, without using harmful chemicals? There are a number of organic techniques Dave Owens, The Garden Guy uses, that he shares with us. Best of all, none of them will harm pets, children or the environment.

There are a number of organic techniques I use to reduce the amount of pests in and around my home. Best of all, none of them will harm pets, children or the environment. 

Surrounding your garden with upright rosemary not only repels insects, but it makes a nice hedge. Rosemary naturally repels insects and smells and looks great, too. 

If you have ant problems, try sprinkling bay leaves in and around problem areas. Bay leaves can also be placed throughout your pantry and cabinets for added protection. In addition, peppermint, tansy and geraniums have been known to ward off ants. 

Another herb that grows almost all year in the ground and in pots is basil. Not only is it great for cooking, but basil will ward off flies and mosquitoes. Tip: Grow basil in an area that receives afternoon shade. 

Chemicals can't tell the difference between beneficial bugs and non-beneficial bugs. So the best way to get rid of bad bugs is with garden friendly bugs. The best time to release friendly bugs in in the spring and one of the best insects to release is the ladybug, they are inexpensive, easy to order and ferocious eaters.

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Tara at the Movies: Suburbicon hits theatres 

It's typical Coen Brothers, dark and disturbing, but with a message. Movie Critic Tara Hitchcock joins us with George Clooney's latest project,  "Suburbicon," which he directs, and opens in theatres this weekend.  

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Harrison Fjord gears up for Apache Lake Music Fest

Harrison Fjord is a jazz-influenced psychedelic rock band plays fun and exciting music that delves into improvisation, vocal harmonies, and odd meter rhythms. They saw international success with their viral music video "Approximately 906 Miles," which was recorded live on location at the Mogollon Rim in Payson. See them this weekend at Apache Lake Music Festival.

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How to take the best online profile portrails 

Photographs are the most important part of social media. Now, with so many different types of social networking, it's more significant than ever to portray yourself in the right light for each different platform. Professional photographer Leland Gebhardt shows us the best tips for headshots for business, social media and dating profiles.

Photographs are the most important part of social media. Now, with so many different types of social networking, it's more significant than ever to portray yourself in the right light for each different platform. 
Headshots are used for Business, Social Media, and Dating

Professional Uses:
-Employers seeing a headshot get first impression of you (some prefer conservative approach, others prefer no tie and maybe tattoos).
-Hire a Professional for the best lighting, touchups, and tips.  Plan ahead and shop around.
-Dress the Part, keep it appropriate and with the times, consider buying new clothes.
- Be Friendly & Approachable, Smile and set the Mood.
-Simple Angles, your audience wants to see your face.
-Clean Background, not distracting or inappropriate, solids work best.

Social Media Uses:
-Have fun, it's not a job interview.
-Creative poses are interesting and memorable, show your S-curve, laugh, or do an activity.
-Wear favorite outfit.
-Selfies rock, but make it a lasting worthwhile shot, quality over quantity

-Don't post a selfie
-Focus on you, don't make profile pic from a group shot.
-Keep the photo editing apps minimal, need to look yourself
-Use flattering poses and crops, but be honest

General Tips:
-Can't afford a pro, should still put the same time and effort into it
-Keep hair and makeup simple, how you usually are
-Get a friend to help
-no bathrooms mirrors, driver's seats, or at nighttime lit by phone's flash
-Find your best side
-Look into the camera lens (i.e. not the screen)
-Light from the front
-Use soft directional light from a window or doorway, keep it bright, but avoid direct sun
-Keep light one color, consider turning off indoor lights if near window
-Don't stand even, shift your weight
-Act out smiling and laughing to a friend (the camera)
-Never shoot from below eye level, never look up the nose
-Learn how to use your camera
-Clean your lens

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It's pumpkin season: Time for pumpkin everything

This time of year, you just can't escape pumpkin flavors in just about everything. Joanna Meyer, recipe developer for Sprouts and blogger at Baked by Joanna, shares a fun, festive and delicious recipe for Pumpkin Cookie Dough Pops. 

Sprouts Pumpkin Cookie Dough Pops by Joanna Meyer 

A play on ice cream bars, these pops are filled with eggless pumpkin cookie dough. It tastes like pumpkin pie wrapped in chocolate.

Ingredients: (Use oz. for ounce, Tbsp. for tablespoon, tsp. for teaspoon)

  •     1/2 cup granulated sugar
  •     1/4 cup light brown sugar
  •     4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  •     1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  •     1/4 tsp. salt
  •     1/2 tsp. Sprouts pumpkin pie spice
  •     1 cup Sprouts almond meal
  •     12 Sprouts pumpkin snap cookies, crushed finely
  •     1 Tbsp. milk, dairy or nut
  •     1 Tbsp. rice flour, optional
  •     1 (10 oz.) bag Sprouts semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

    Recommended Toppings: crushed pumpkin snaps, mini chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds, coconut chips, chopped nuts and melted chocolate chips
    Special Tools: popsicle sticks

1.    In a bowl, combine the sugars, butter, vanilla extract, salt, pumpkin pie spice, almond meal and pumpkin snaps. Mix until the butter is evenly distributed. The mixture will look crumbly.
2.    Stir in the milk. The cookie dough should easily squeeze together. If soft, mix in the rice flour to create a firmer dough.
3.    Divide the dough into 10 equal balls and shape into ovals. Insert a popsicle stick and press firmly to secure the dough to the stick. Place on a wax-lined cookie sheet. Freeze for 20 minutes.
4.    Use a spoon to spread melted chocolate over the cookie dough, making sure it overlaps the popsicle stick. Add desired toppings and freeze for another 10 minutes before serving. 

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Five ways to make your relationship better

Relationship expert Susan Bratton tells us there are five pillars of passion that will help your relationship at any stage. 

Universally women value five types of romance most:
The 5 Pillars of Passion
 1. Mindfulness
 2. Sensate Connection
 3. Playful Adventure
 4. Erotic Communication
 5. Declarations

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