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Tuesday, 23 February 2016 21:30

Help make the voice of rare diseases heard

AUGUSTA - On Feb. 29, the rarest day of the year, patients around the world will mark the ninth annual Rare Disease Day! People living with or affected by a rare disease, patient organizations, politicians, medical professionals, researchers and industry come together in solidarity to raise awareness of rare diseases.

This year, the Rare Disease Day 2016 theme Patient Voice recognizes the crucial role that patients play in voicing their needs and in instigating change that improves their lives and the lives of their families. Supporters in Maine will join voices at the Statehouse Hall of Flags on Feb. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with speakers at 12 noon.

Published in Press Releases
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 11:18

Happy Birthday!

Leap Year is back - a look at why February is getting extra time

This year, we have more time on our hands. Sort of.

Leap Year is a phenomenon that happens every four years to help keep our calendar on track with certain holidays and solstices.

The solar year is approximately six hours longer than 365 days, which adds up after awhile. Well, after every four years, to be precise. But unfortunately, the math isn't that simple. According to Wikipedia, a solar year is about 365.2422 days a bit less than 365.25. This means that every 400 years, we skip three Leap Years. When do we do that? Mathematics!

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