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Route 66 Main Street 5k Bunion Derby & Sock Walk

The Tulsa Route 66 Main Street 5k Bunion Derby & Sock Walk will be held on Saturday, September, 13th. This event is for anyone at all levels of fitness. There are three events: 5K Bunion Derby - $25 registration fee, 1K Power Walk - $20 registration fee Sock Walk - $20 registration fee. There is a $15 registration fee for children 12 and under. For 5K Teams of 3 or more there is a $20 registration fee for each participant. A portion of proceeds will support Communities in Schools (Eugene Field Elementary, Clinton Middle School and Webster High School). The festivies will kick off at Milton Stadium (1919 W 40th St Tulsa, OK 74107) at 8am.  Register online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bunion-derby-and-sock-walk-registration-12518413913 Tulsa Route 66 Main Street is a 501 c 3 non-profit organized formed in 2007 as part of the Oklahoma Main Street program. One of four Urban Main Street programs in the state, the Tulsa Route 66 Main Street area centers on Southwest Boulevard (better known as Route 66 ) from the Arkansas River to 33rd West Avenue. Our mission is to restore the Southwest Boulevard corridor as the cultural, educational and economic backbone of our community. The Tulsa Route 66 Main Street is the longest, being 4.5 miles, Main Street in Oklahoma. Discover more about Tulsa Route 66 Main Street on their website at redforkmainstreet.com

Bike the Mother Road for MS

Bike MS is a series of 100 extraordinary cycling events across the county — rides that will take you further than you’ve ever gone before. It’s not the miles that matter — it’s the unforgettable journey. Bike MS will be riding through Oklahoma Saturday September 20th and Sunday September 21st. To register for the event visit bikemsok.orgJoin us for an event that’s more than a ride — it’s anticipation, camaraderie, personal accomplishment, and the knowledge that you’re changing lives… making every mile that much sweeter. As a great personal challenge and achievement that any rider can experience, Bike MS is both a weekend-long and lifelong opportunity to make a difference in your own life, and in the world. You’ll travel through the byways and highways of Central Oklahoma encountering nostalgia of the first highway linking the Midwest to the West Coast. Chandler is the place to be!In 2014, the event will use the Agri-Civic Center in Chandler, OK as it’s central hub. The ride will start, overnight, and end both days in Chandler. Bike MS teams can set up their tent in the Team Village for the entire weekend. Indoor and outdoor camping facilities are also available in our fabulous overnight location and if camping isn’t for you or your team, our Accommodations listing features partnered hotels.Your participation will aid in assisting support programs, services, and research that makes a huge difference to the people who must fight MS every day of their lives.The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to a vision of a world free of MS.Date(s):  Saturday & Sunday, September 20 & 21, 2014  Start/Finish Location:  Lincoln County Agri-Civic Center (directions) 1179 W. 15th St. Chandler, OK  Registration Fee:  $25 — March 18th through June 1st$50 — After June 1st  Fundraising Minimum:  $300 — The minimum $300 fundraising requirement is due by the day of the ride in order to participate.  Route Options:  View our 2014 Route Maps  Age Minimum*:  Riders must be 12 years old on or before September 20th, 2014. *Riders 17 years old and younger must have a signed and notarized Waiver Form before a rider packet can be picked up.  If you would like more information about the event contact Sarah Flowers by email at Sarah.Flowers@nmss.org, by phone at  918-770-7266 or online at bikemsok.org

The Aporkalypse Cometh

Forget saving your brains…save your ribs! On Saturday, September 13, SMG Special Events and the BOK Center bring you the event of the summer. Rib-eating zombies ready to dash to the finish line will overtake downtown for The Aporkalypse Fun Run and 5K starting at 7 p.m. from the corner 3rd Street and Denver Avenue. The run is part of the annual Rib Crib’s Rock ‘n Rib Festival at the BOK Center.

 The Aporkalypse brings a unique twist to the popular zombie runs by encouraging runners to channel their inner-zombie by dressing up as a zombie. The test then comes with the “Pig Out Challenge”, a series of check points throughout the race where competitors must eat ribs and sides and drink beer (for runners who are of legal drinking age).

 “We are excited about the addition of the Aporkalypse Fun Run and 5K to Rib Crib’s Rock ‘n Rib Festival. We know this one-of-a-kind race will bring runners and spectators alike to downtown for a lot of fun and great food." - Jeff Nickler, General Manager, SMG Tulsa

 The Aporkalypse is part of Rib Crib’s Rock ‘n Rib Festival, open September 11 – 14. The Festival opens at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 11 for lunch in downtown Tulsa and runs through Sunday afternoon. The event features four days of championship barbecue, mouth-watering concessions, cooking demonstrations, a kid’s zone, and performances by many regional bands on the ONEOK Outdoor Stage. Admission to the festival is free - all day, every day.

 To register for the Aporkalypse Fun Run & 5k, visit www.fleetfeettulsa.com or www.getsaucedtulsa.com. Questions or other inquiries about the Aporkalypse Fun Run and 5K or other SMG special events can be directed to Brian Smith, Special Events Manager at (918) 894-4268 or bsmith@smgtulsa.com.  

 The SMG Special Events department was created shortly after the opening of the BOK Center with the goal of producing events and festivals that appeal to multiple demographics, provide high-quality yet affordable entertainment while enhancing the community spirit and revitalization taking place in downtown Tulsa. SMG Special Events produces numerous events throughout the year including: Arvest Winterfest, Rib Crib’s Rock ‘n Rib Festival, OK! Play, Literature Live Theatre Series, High School Hoops Showcase and Wingapalooza. SMG Special Events welcomes more than 200,000 visitors to downtown Tulsa annually.

Cost to register for the run is 5K: $25/person,  Fun Run: $15/person,  Pig Out Challenge: $30/person (Prices will increase on Aug. 1). Sign up now at www.getsaucedtulsa.com

Arm Wrestling Tournament Raises Funds for Local Arts

Tulsa Art Spot hosts its inaugural event to support the Tulsa Arts scene. Tulsa Art Spot invites arm wrestlers of all levels to compete in a friendly match to raise funds and awareness for the organization. Arms for Arts is held on August 1, 9pm at Elote Café and Catering, 514 S. Boston, Tulsa. Wrestlers pay an entry of $20 per arm; enter in advance by visiting www.armsforarts.eventbrite.com to guarantee your spot. Walk-ins will be slotted as space allows.

 “Arms For Arts,” promises to be an exciting completion amongst arm wrestlers of all capabilities*. The event is open to the public (children until 11pm) and will have several weight classes. Between matches, wrestlers and spectators can take advantage of Elote’s famous karaoke night and delicious nacho bar. All proceeds will benefit the Tulsa Art Spot.

 About Tulsa Art Spot

Tulsa Art Spot began as a blog created as a way to promote Tulsa arts; it has grown into a community organization with the mission to promote local arts in the Tulsa area through education, empowering artists and art organizations and providing exposure for the Tulsa area arts community locally, regionally and nationally.. Tulsa Art Spot is currently a subordinate organization of the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa.

*Professional arm wrestlers are ineligible to participate.

 

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Are biodegradable heart stents safe?

 

 A stent that helps keep clogged heartarteries open, then resorbs, appears safe, according to a new study.

The study was small, with 50 patients. The follow-up lasted 10 years.

The results are called ''excellent'' by researcher Kunihiko Kosuga, MD, PhD, director of cardiology at Shiga Medical Center for Adults in Moriyama City, Japan.

One patient died of heart-related causes during the study follow-up. Rates of major complications, including heart attacks, were similar to those for metal stents in use now.

The research is published in the journal Circulation.

The biodegradable stents will eventually replace the current metal stents, Kosuga predicts. A U.S.-based expert says the study findings are positive. However, he doesn't expect the new stents to be on the market anytime soon. "The timeline for U.S. approval would be at least five or six years," says Kirk Garratt, MD, an interventional cardiologist and clinical director of interventional cardiovascular research at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

Other companies are already developing biodegradable stents.

Stents 101

More than a million procedures using heart stents are done annually in the U.S. To open the vessel, doctors perform angioplasty. They insert a balloon-tipped catheter into the artery. A stent is collapsed to a tiny diameter and put over the balloon.

When the catheter gets to the blockage, the balloon is inflated to open the vessel. The stent expands and locks into place. The scaffold it forms holds open the vessel.

Clots can form in the stent. Most metal stents are coated with drugs to reduce the risk of clots.

Patients are also typically put on aspirin and take a blood-thinning drug, such as clopidogrel (Plavix), for a time, then typically remain on aspirin for life.

Biodegradable Stents: Study Details

Kosuga's team followed 44 men and six women. The average age was 61. Together, they got 84 stents.

The new stent is made of a cornstarch-based material called poly-l-lactic acid. It completely resorbs in about three years, the researchers found.

The researchers looked for adverse events, such as clots within the stent area. They looked at re-narrowing of the vessels and deaths from heart disease and other causes.

Among the results:

  • The survival rate was 98% for heart-related death.
  • The survival rate was 87% for death from all causes.
  • Half the patients did not have a major cardiac complication.
  • Four patients had heart attacks.
  • One year after getting their stent, the affected blood vessel had re-narrowed in 16% of patients.
  • Two definite clots were found within the stents. One was related to a drug-coated stent implanted close to the biodegradable stent.

Keiji Igaki, PhD, invented and developed the new stent. He is a co-author on the study, but he had no input on the data analysis.

Biodegradable stents are already used in nine European Union countries and Turkey to treat peripheral artery disease. No countries yet have approved the resorbable stents developed by Igaki for heart arteries.

Biodegradable stents cost more, Kosuga tells WebMD. "The cost of manufacturing is about 10% higher than that of the metallic stent," he says.

Biodegradable Stents: Perspective

"These stents actually look safe," says Vincent Bufalino, MD, a spokesman for the American Heart Association and director of cardiology at Advocate Cardiovascular Institute in Chicago. The new report, he tells WebMD, ''gives us some comfort and a long view of these patients."

However, he says, the rate of re-narrowing found, 16%, is about twice that of metal drug-coated stents.

If the biodegradable stent becomes available, it could reduce the need for the blood-thinning drugs used now, Garratt says.

With the metal stents, "we think the blood clot risk falls off fairly steeply after two or three years. It's not clear if the risk ever goes to zero," Garratt says.

Garratt has served as speaker for Abbott Vascular and for Boston Scientific, which also makes heart stents.

SOURCES:Nishio, S. Circulation, April 16, 2012.Kunihiko Kosuga, MD, PhD, director of cardiology, Shiga Medical Center for Adults, Moriyama City, Japan.Kirk Garratt, MD, interventional cardiologist. clinical director of interventional cardiovascular research, and associate director, cath lab, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York.Vincent Bufalino, MD, spokesman, American Heart Association; director of cardiology, Advocate Cardiovascular Institute, Chicago.

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