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MCAD’s Active Design Miami Helps Make Key Biscayne a Healthier Place to Live

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The Miami Center for Architecture & Design worked with the Village of Key Biscayne to implement its latest initiative Active Design Miami and make the village a healthier place to live, work and play for all residents.

With its small size, natural beauty and health-conscious population, Key Biscayne is an ideal place for an innovative program aimed at using design to encourage active lifestyles.

Active Design Miami, a program inspired by New York City’s Active Design Guidelines, sets policy and design strategies to create healthier streets, open spaces and buildings. In Key Biscayne, it found an advocate in Village Council member Brett Moss, whose day job is an architect, general contractor and founder of MOSS Architecture + Design.

Moss, who frequently puts the Active Design standards into play for buildings his firm designs, said the Village joined several other South Florida communities earlier this year in adopting the standards as guiding principles. He would like to see that lead to development that promotes parks, outdoor activity, walking and biking, etc.

“I’m hoping that as we update our vision in Key Biscayne, we keep encouraging people to be outside and walk and bike to different places,” he said. “We should be looking at that in future policy making, zoning, codes and ordinances.”

Moss noted the Active Design philosophy focuses on parks and open spaces, development patterns, transportation and mobility. “I think it’s something that we’re always looking at in Key Biscayne anyway, so it was kind of a no-brainer for me to bring this to the Council.”

Cheryl Jacobs, executive vice president of Miami Center for Architecture and Design, which spearheads the Active Design Miami initiative, agreed Key Biscayne is the perfect place for the guidelines to play out. She applauded the Village for being an early adapter, becoming one of the first of 10 municipal governments and the Miami-Dade County government to sign on.

“Quality of life is really important in Key Biscayne, and anything a municipality can do to give residents an opportunity to have a better quality of life is a positive for that community,” Jacobs said. “Highlighting things like bike share, park access, golf cart access paths is really a quality of life issue. Key Biscayne adopted the concepts so readily, because they have already done some of these things.”

To read the full story, visit Islander News.

PCCSF Treats Infant with Rare Immunodeficiency Disease

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Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida recently treated a patient suffering from an underlying immune deficiency disorder. The life-threatening diagnosis was discovered when the patient was just three months old.

Ryan Norton looks every bit a happy and healthy infant, a positive turn of events that his parents desperately needed.

Life is a little more normal for Sarah and Kevin Norton of Naples, yet their guard is always up for coughs and sniffles from anyone who comes into contact with Ryan. They want to avoid a new round of chaos.

Ryan, who will turn 1 next week, has a rare immunodeficiency disease called x- linked hyper IgM syndrome CD40L. It could land him back in a hospital on a ventilator and feeding tube, needing blood transfusions and antibiotics. He came home in late March after being hospitalized for all of those frightening interventions since mid-December. His parents never knew whether he would make it.

Ryan will have a bone marrow transplant, planned for next summer when he is a little stronger and older. His sister, Sophie, is a perfect bone marrow match. Sophie is 2½ years old.

The sibling match is a blessing that helps Sarah Norton, 27, and her husband, Kevin Norton, 29, stay upbeat that all should turn out well.

“We stay positive because we have to,” she said. “I wouldn’t be able to take care of him.”

She does Ryan’s immunoglobulin replacement infusions at home, and the family stays close to home to avoid Ryan being exposed to ill people. The sacrifices are hardest on Sophie who wants to go and do fun things, she said.

Finding more current research and medical information on Ryan’s condition also was difficult, Kevin Norton said.

The family has a good support network.

Sarah Norton’s parents live in the main house off Oakes Boulevard, with Sarah and Kevin in the guest house.

Publix has been a help — Kevin Norton is a grocery manager at the Publix at the Vineyards shopping center in North Naples.

Sarah Norton stays home now to take care of Ryan, but colleagues at her former job as manager of Pavilion Royal Scoop Ice Cream — near Paragon Pavilion theater in North Naples — did a fundraiser.

The couple has health insurance, but out-of-pocket expenses will mount when the bone marrow transplant gets done for travel and other costs. A GoFundMe account was established by Sarah Norton’s sister.

Broadly speaking, Ryan’s disease means part of the body’s immune system is missing or does not function properly, according to the Immune Deficiency Foundation in Towson, Maryland. These conditions are caused by hereditary or genetic defects. Some conditions affect a single part of the immune system. Others might affect more components of an individual’s immune system.

“He has a problem making the proper amount of immunoglobulins, which are vital for the body to fight infection,” Dr. Allan Greissman, a specialist with Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. He admitted Ryan last December into Joe DiMaggio after he was transferred from NCH North Naples Hospital.

To read the full article, visit Naples Daily News.

Chat Chow TV Video Podcast Expands to the West Coast

Chat Chow TV, an award-winning, mouth-watering video podcast that began in South Florida, expands to the West Coast featuring new weekly webisodes showcasing food personalities in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Foodies can visit Chat Chow TV and see Samuel Marcelino Samson, Manager and Fish Monger of Seattle’s famous Pike Place Fish Market; and Jean-luc Kayigire, owner of Muka Underground Wine and Dessert Lounge; and Ian Garrone, Owner of Far West Fungi organic mushrooms, both of San Francisco.

Launched in Miami on April 2011, ChatChowTV™ is a mouth-watering video podcast that goes behind the scenes with celebrated chefs, owner and mixologists. Chat Chow TV’s creator and executive producer is Cuban-born, Miami –raised Gio Gutierrez, who also serves as Tinsley Advertising’s Director of Interactive Media. Chat Chow TV is a 2011 Telly Bronze Award Webisode winner and a W3 Silver Award Podcast winner.  Foodies can tune in to Chat Chow TV by visiting chatchow.tvFacebook.com/chatchowtv and twitter.com/chatchowtv.