Xavier to hold online fundraiser June 7

Xavier University of Louisiana will hold its fourth annual online, social media-driven fundraising event called “Give. Love. Xavier Day” for 24 hours June 7, starting at midnight.

Participants are encouraged to post about the event via social networks. Conversations are encouraged by sharing the hashtag #GLXU16, connecting to the @XULAalumni website, and visiting www.xula.edu/givelove to pledge and see real-time results.

This year’s theme is “Xavier Proud.”

Gia Soublet, Xavier’s vice pesident for institutional advancement, said all gifts made online that day will go directly to the Annual Fund, which supports scholarships and other programs. The donor goal for this year’s campaign is 3,000 individuals.

Last year, close to 2,500 donors contributed a total of $509,000, far surpassing the previous year’s total of $275,000 by 1,157 donors.

This year’s event has nearly $135,000 in matching challenge grants.

More information on “Give. Love. Xavier Day” is available from Lacrecia James at (504) 520-5129.

Delgado program helps small businesses

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative is helping entrepreneurs in New Orleans grow their businesses and create jobs, according to a progress report conducted by Babson College as part of an independent review.

Delgado Community College is the Gulf South regional center for the program, and business owners access the 10,000 Small Businesses business and management education program through the college.

Participation is free to business owners, who are accepted through a competitive application process

The report, “Stimulating Small Business Growth,” is based on survey results from participants in the program. It analyzes small businesses’ growth during and after their participation in the program.

Between the time business owners started in the program and six months after their graduation, 69 percent reported increasing their revenues and 48 percent said they added jobs.

The program has reached more than 500 area small businesses since its 2011 launch at Delgado. This number includes more than 50 businesses that received more than $12.5 million in loans from the program’s capital partner, Hope Enterprise.

The 10,000 Small Businesses program started in New York in 2009 and, with more than 125 partners and affiliate organizations, has helped more than 6,300 small business owners in 30 sites in the United States and Great Britain.

Applications are being accepted for the program’s next class at Delgado. To learn more or to apply, visit 10ksbapply.com or call (504) 671-5555.

Tulane studies effects of high-salt diets

High salt consumption is associated with a higher risk for cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney disease, according to a Tulane University study appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers followed more than 3,500 patients with kidney disease for almost a decade and examined the association between urinary sodium excretion — a marker for salt intake — and incidents of clinical cardiovascular disease.

The study is the first to investigate the association, said senior author Dr. Jiang He, a professor at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine who holds the Joseph S. Copes chair in epidemiology.

In all, the study tracked more than 800 incidents such as heart attacks, strokes or heart failure among participants and discovered a significant association with higher amounts of sodium in urine. The increased risk was independent of other risk factors, including use of antihypertensive medications, kidney function and history of heart disease.

Sodium excretion was found to be significantly associated with composite cardiovascular disease, heart failure and stroke. The findings were consistent across subgroups, the authors said.

Dr. Katherine Mills, an assistant professor of epidemiology, also was an author of the article, as were Drs. Jing Chen and Arnold Alper from the Tulane School of Medicine.