- Sponsored News - What to do now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged physicians to avoid prescribing opioids in most situations for treating chronic pain, and to seek alternative approaches?
Well, if you're worried about potentially becoming yet another statistic -; a record high 28,647 deaths involving the highly addictive drugs were recorded in 2014 -; know that the most popular alternative is chiropractic care. Which, as the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress notes in its informative white paper
on the issue, is known for its drug-free, non-invasive, and cost-effective approach to relieving pain.
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- Sponsored News - It is one of those items on your perpetual to-do list that never seems to quite get done. You mean to, but encrypting your personal information to keep it safe, seems to fall hopelessly into that chasm between, "I'll do it later," and "Surely, it'll never happen to me."
And yet, if statistics are to be believed, the need to protect your data has never been more paramount.
Think about it: how many times do you swipe your card at a counter, fill out an online form or proffer your e-mail address, or even enter your user name and password on any given website? Each time you do, you are opening yourself up to the opportunity of having your information stolen.
Among veterans of the cyber security wars, it is widely assumed that "100 percent" of Fortune 500 companies have been hacked at some point, Robert E. Lee, a security business partner at Intuit told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution in an interview.
The good news is that there is something you can do to keep your and your family's information safe and secure that is relatively simple and cost-efficient at the same time.
The Gabriel app
, available at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, was designed and built with personal privacy and security as its foundation by VirnetX, an Internet security software and technology company.
For only $50 per year per five users, family members are assured that their communications -- when they talk, video, chat, text, email, or share photos or documents -- are safe and secure.
No one will be able to see, hear, or intercept your communications other than the party you are in contact with because Gabriel does not transmit or store its data with any third party -- not even VirnetX. It is person-to-person, end-to-end encryption that all but eliminates opportunities for hackers.
Other benefits include:
* Making free voice or video calls or sending IMs (instant messages) to other Gabriel members.
* Receiving spamless email.
* Sharing pictures or files that are immune to interception.
For more information, or to download Gabriel, please visit www.gabrielsecure.com
- Sponsored News - As divisive as American politics can be, most Americans want their next president to pursue cancer cures, based on the results of a survey conducted by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)
According to the survey, Finding Cancer Cures, 82 percent of Americans polled want the next president of the United States to reinvest in Vice President Biden's Moonshot to End Cancer initiative. Support for the Moonshot program was favored by a majority of those who declared themselves Democrats (90 percent), Republicans (73 percent) and independents (77 percent).
In addition, 42 percent of the survey respondents said the proposed $1 billion in funding for the moonshot cancer project isn't enough. Those aged 55 years and older were more inclined than younger respondents to think more money is needed (54 percent versus 38 percent), as were those who self-identified as Republicans (45 percent) and independents (46 percent), compared with Democrats (40 percent).
The respondents who supported additional funding were closely divided on the amount needed: 32 percent stated that the investment should be $2-$5 billion, 34 percent said $6-$10 billion and 34 percent said they would allocate an additional $10 billion for the moonshot project.
The new survey from LLS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting blood cancers, is the most comprehensive analysis to date of Americans' attitudes toward efforts to eliminate cancer and the progress that has been made.
"The moonshot program is forging scientific collaboration to accelerate the advancements in research that will get us to a world without cancer," said Dr. Louis J. DeGennaro, president and CEO of LLS. "It is clear from this survey that Americans recognize the need to increase the investment toward a goal that LLS has been committed to for more than 67 years."
LLS funds research to advance therapies, works to ensure access to treatments and serves as the leading source of blood cancer information and support. Please visit lls.org
for more information.
A majority of respondents (60 percent) said they want research dollars invested in cures, while 29 percent said researchers should focus on developing better ways to detect cancer early.
Another 12 percent said that research priorities should focus on developing better drugs.
A majority of respondents said they were optimistic that a cancer cure will be found within the next 20 years, and nearly half predicted a cancer cure within 10 years. "Finding a cure for cancer is indeed a complex challenge," said Dr. DeGennaro. However, "Optimism is warranted and we are on the precipice of great progress," he said.
- Sponsored News - As the health care needs of consumers continue to evolve, it's important to look for insurance offerings that provide more holistic support outside the usual health, dental and vision policies. Consumers should be aware that there are plans available today that will aid in their overall well-being, which includes physical and financial health. Value-added services, such as fraud protection, telemedicine and benefits management support, provide solutions that make life easier - not just when the unexpected happens, but every day. For more information, visit www.aflac.com/aflac-business-solutions
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- Sponsored News - During the summer months, many families spend extra time together - going on trips, enjoying gatherings with family and friends, and making memories that last all year. While the season may be filled with the sounds of joy and laughter, a great day can easily turn into a bad memory when stinging insects are encountered.
Stinging insects are common summertime pests, and their stings
can be more than a painful nuisance for you and your family. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), stinging insects such as wasps, yellowjackets, hornets and bees, send more than half-a-million people to the emergency room every year. While those who are allergic to stings are most at risk, anyone can be affected if a large number of stinging insects swarm and sting en masse.
This summer, it is essential that homeowners take precautions to prevent stings and stay safe outdoors by routinely checking to ensure their property is free from hives and nests. You should check the exterior of your home, paying special attention to overhangs, eaves, the underside of porches and decks, shrubs, trees, sheds and other structures.
If you find a nest on your property, do not get too close and do not attempt to remove it. Instead, hire a trained pest control professional to relocate or remove hives and nests in a safe manner.
To help you prevent stings this season, the NPMA offers the following advice:
* Eliminate standing water and other sources of moisture around the home.
* Keep trash cans covered and sealed.
* When dining outside, keep food covered until ready to eat. Also provide clear plastic cups for your guests, as aluminum cans and plastic bottles are good hiding spots for stinging insects.
* If approached by a stinging insect, remain calm and quiet. Avoid swaying or swinging, as this may provoke an attack.
* Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, loose-fitting garments, open-toe shoes and sweet-smelling perfumes or colognes.
Some stinging insects pose more serious threats than others. A trained pest control professional will be able to properly identify a pest species and determine the risk to your family. For more information on stinging insects, visit: http://www.pestworld.org/news-hub/pest-articles/stinging-insects-101
- Sponsored News - There's no stopping the aging process, but there are options for those who want to look and feel younger. One trend that is gaining popularity as an alternative to plastic surgery is cosmetic dentistry, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
Experts say that with age, faces can shorten, chins can move back, cheeks hollow and wrinkles stand out. These changes can be at least partially abated by taking a seat in your dentist's chair. "When the teeth are in the right position, they fill out the volume (of the face). You see more teeth, resulting in a more youthful appearance," Nicholas Davis, DDS, and past president of the AACD told the Wall Street Journal in an interview. In addition to taking years off of your appearance, you get an added boost of confidence in being able to smile without inhibition.
The following tips from the AACD can help you look and feel younger:
* Contour or reshape your teeth. Look younger by correcting minor imperfections in your teeth. Simply polishing the worn edges and sharp angles of your teeth, they appear more aligned and symmetrical, and you appear younger. Porcelain veneers and crowns can restore and enhance a tooth's original structure, and bonding can conceal gaps, chips and stains to give the appearance of more attractive and youthful teeth.
* Whiten your teeth. A youthful smile is a healthful, white smile. Teeth become discolored over time from drinking, smoking and neglect. Whitening your teeth can belie years of abuse. A word of advice, however: Don't overdo it. Cosmetic dentists are trained to select the appropriate natural shade that suits you. Once teeth are whitened, avoid drinks such as grape juice, red wine, tea and coffee, which stain teeth, and definitely refrain from smoking.
* Replace silver mercury amalgam fillings. For the same reason that tooth decay looks bad, black mercury fillings show your age as well. Black silver mercury amalgam, which has been used for decades to repair cavities, expands and contracts, causing tiny cracks in teeth that can be a concern over time. Replacing that material with a new tooth-colored composite resin filling may both alleviate any further breakdown of the teeth and brighten your smile.
For more information, visit www.YourSmileBecomesYou.com
- Sponsored News - Most parents know how damaging the effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) can be to our skin, which is why they dutifully slather sunscreen on their kids during the summer. But one thing that often gets overlooked is protecting their children's eyes.According to vision-care experts, kids receive three times more UV exposure than adults annually, yet less than 30 percent of parents currently protect their children's eyes with sunglasses.
The reason for concern is that children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the sun's rays because their ocular lenses aren't mature enough to filter UV light as effectively as adults, causing damage to the retina."Everyone buys into what happens to your skin when it comes to sun damage, but many parents are really surprised to learn about the cumulative UV damage to the eyes," Dawn Hartman, an optometrist at Columbus Ophthalmology Associates in Columbus, Ohio, told The Wall Street Journal in an interview.But the right sunglasses can help, as parents become more aware that protection from the sun isn't just skin deep.Babiators
, for instance, is a brand that offers safe and durable sunglasses for babies and kids. They protect them from harmful rays by offering 100 percent UVA and UVB protection, flexible frames and shatter-resistant lenses in stylish colors and patterns. In addition, Babiators are backed by a one-year "Lost & Found Guarantee" -- if the glasses are lost or broken in the first year, they will be replaced for free."We created Babiators because we know that habits form at a young age and we wanted to promote a healthy habit of wearing sunglasses to help protect children's eyes," Carolyn Guard, co-found of Babiators, told The Optician in an interview. "Not only do these glasses shield little ones from UV rays, they are also fun, unique and vibrantly colored so that children love wearing them and parents can rest at ease knowing they are doing their part to promote healthy vision."Experts say that risk is greatest to the eyes between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., because during those times, UV rays come from different angles and eyes receive nearly double the amount of UV than during midday hours.For more information, please visit www.babiators.com
- Sponsored News - If you're feeling sort of tense and achy, it may be because of poor posture.
While the media has jumped on warnings about "tech neck" -- the neck pain and damage sustained from hunching over smartphones and other devices for too long -- you're actually risking harm to your overall health if just about any part of your body becomes misaligned.
That's because, as the American Journal of Pain Management notes, a person's posture affects and moderates every physiological function, from breathing to hormonal production.
Yes, you read that right. Every physiological function.
How so? "Our muscles and ligaments routinely work to balance us as we sit, stand, bend and sleep," explains Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. "Over time, however, uneven stress causes the body to adapt and change -- subsequently causing aches and pains."
Multiple factors can contribute to poor posture -- including injury, stress, obesity, pregnancy and weak postural muscles. Chiropractors have been specifically trained, as part of their minimum seven years of higher education, to provide drug-free, hands-on care that helps to naturally align and strengthen the spine, as well as advise on healthy lifestyle habits.
And speaking of habits, in keeping with National Correct Posture Month, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress
is out with tips designed to help you develop smart ones regarding posture. Among them:
* Maintain a neutral spine, meaning chin up and shoulders pulled back.
* Avoid extended time spent with your head flexed forward.
* Don't cross your legs while seated.
Learn more at F4CP.com.
- Sponsored News - If investors have learned anything from Wall Street in recent years, it's how finicky the market can be. While there is no "sure thing" when it comes to investing, analysts agree that biotech companies remain a solid opportunity.
One company that is emerging head and shoulders above its counterparts is Endonovo Therapeutics (ENDV)
, a biotechnology company developing bioelectronics-based products and therapies for regenerative medicine.
Analysts say that what makes this particular company so attractive is the fact that it is focusing on both the medical device field and as cell therapies.
Endonovo's devices are based on the Time-Varying Electromagnetic Field technology originally developed at NASA. The way it works is this: the technology uses electromagnetic pulses to deliver electrical stimulation to the nervous system and cells. These devices are non-invasive and non-implantable, and are used to prevent and treat vital organ failure by reducing inflammation and cell death at the same time while promoting regeneration.
In pre-clinical studies, Endonovo's technology was found to be an innovative approach to treating acute inflammation, since others in the field typically use implantable electrodes to treat patients. The company is concentrating its efforts on treating inflammation in the liver, which, if validated, could change the landscape of medicine since inflammation is the root of all disease.
In addition, the company has plans to apply for orphan drug designation for its next-generation, off-the-shelf treatment of Graft-Versus-Host (GvHD) disease, using enhanced stem cells from the human umbilical cord.
If Endonovo receives FDA approval to market its product, the company could easily reach a billion-dollar valuation.
For those not familiar with GvHD, it is a rare condition in which immune cells in donor bone marrow or cord blood transplants attack the recipient of the transplant, causing a failure of the graft, and is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality among recipients.
Endonovo's method is different from other companies that are also looking for a way to treat GvHD in that Endonovo's strategy does not include genetic modification and the use of small molecule drugs to enhance the therapeutic properties of stem cells. This means, according to Yahoo Finance, that ENDV's approach may be translated to other types of stem cells, and is easier to scale up and ultimately manufacture.
For more information, please visit www.endonovo.com
- Sponsored News - Did you know that advertisers spend more than $400 billion in the United States to help influence consumers and businesses to purchase goods and services; promote brands and causes, and take action?
Although an advertising jingle may stick in your head, it's a company's logo and brand promise imprinted on your favorite pen, USB drive or travel mug that serves as a daily reminder of a company that is often kept and used for years.
Decades of data show that promotional products are among the most effective forms of advertising. In a 1992 intercept study of travelers at New York's La Guardia Airport, travelers pulled out logoed pens and key rings from their pockets and purses, and recalled how they came to own the products. These findings have been confirmed in several similar studies conducted for the promotional product industry's trade association, Promotional Products Association International (PPAI)
, most recently with a follow-up intercept airport study in 2012.
This year, PPAI studied how marketing decision-makers view and purchase promotional products. Among the key findings: The most important features of promotional products are their ability to promote loyalty (83 percent), reach targets efficiently (80 percent) and appeal to audiences (78 percent).
Other notable survey findings:
* At least 4 in 10 companies have a promotional products budget of $50,000 or more.
* Seventy-two percent of buyers have a promotional products budget of at least 20 percent of their total budget.
* Sixty-five percent consider promotional products effective.
* Usefulness (80 percent), ability to relate to industry-specific themes (71 percent) and uniqueness (69 percent) are the most desired features in promotional products.
* Buyers cite promotional products as most often used in conjunction with social media (72 percent), email marketing (60 percent), online advertising (58 percent) and sales promotions (54 percent).
* More than a third consider promotional products more effective than product samples, social media and sales promotions.
* Half of buyers predict their purchase of promotional products will increase substantially in the next 12 months. Only 3 percent expect to decrease their buys.
For more information, visit www.promotionalproductswork.org