Got Tech Neck? Here’s Some Advice.

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – It’s called “tech neck.” But to really understand the stress you’re putting on your neck every time you look down at some wireless device -; think texting, for example -; just imagine four 15-pound bowling balls sitting atop your head.

Done imagining? Doctors of chiropractic, who regularly consult on issues including spinal alignment and proper posture, have some important advice for you.

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Epilepsy Awareness Day 2016 Largest Turnout Ever

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – November is Epilepsy Awareness month, and this year’s 4th Annual Epilepsy Awareness Day (EAD) was the largest gathering of epilepsy patients and physicians in the world. Held at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, the 2-day event included a convention with over 90 exhibitors, 24 physician/specialist seminars, a Rick Springfield benefit concert, and a full day at Disneyland for the families.
Epilepsy is a brain disorder marked by recurring seizures, or convulsions, and it affects over 2 million Americans, with onset often beginning with children. It is also estimated that as many as one-third of individuals with autism spectrum disorder also have epilepsy. Despite affecting such a large breadth of the population, the National Institute of Health’s estimated research budget for fiscal year 2017 is only $145 million.
EAD is an annual event operated by the Irvine-based non-profit foundation, Sofie’s Journey/EAD, now in its fifth year and drawing people from across the globe. “We wanted to create an opportunity to drive epilepsy awareness, with awareness the key to overcoming challenges created by epilepsy,” states Candy Levy, Co-Founder of Sofie’s Journey/EAD. “At our event we bring together patients, physicians, advocates, non-profits, services, and this year we had a large section of the convention facility for people to meet their possible and future service dogs.”
Sofie’s Journey began with Sofie Levy, who had her first seizure at 5 years old. After years of pursuing treatments and options, the Levy family was given the opportunity of brain surgery for Sofie. Sofie is now in 11th grade, and is eight years seizure-free. To further focus their passion for epilepsy awareness, and to ensure that others are afforded great epilepsy care, Sofie’s parent’s Candy and Brad Levy created Epilepsy Awareness Day with the first event held on November 7, 2013.
“The Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland has become a unique opportunity for patients with epilepsy and their caregivers to interface with non-profit and other groups to openly communicate about their needs and available services,” says neurosurgeon Dr. Gary Mathern. “This is a model meeting that should serve as an example for others around the world.”
There are other conventions globally, including the annual American Epilepsy Society convention held in the beginning of December. What separates EAD is that it is not a typical medical or business convention: it is about the patients and their families. “We have learned so much, met many people with similar things like us, but most importantly we learned that we are not alone in this fight with epilepsy. Awareness is spreading like wild, it’s the best,” says Mandy G. from Kansas. “We have been so lucky to work with the UCLA pediatric epilepsy department to help our son, we travel to the west coast every few months for treatment.”
Preparations are underway for 2017, with an expanded focus. “The good we are doing is an incredible feeling that goes beyond description, says Brad Levy, Co-Founder. “We are transitioning to a full-time Epilepsy Awareness campaign, with a three-day physical event as the anchor for our efforts. Planned for this year, we will have an updated site, multi-platform social media presence, video campaigns, and working more closely with our medical advisory board and hospitals. Our mission is now a year-long epilepsy awareness campaign.”
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Give the Gift of Connectivity, Without the Stress

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Once again, tech is topping lots of wish lists. We’ve all been there. You unwrap your wanted new tech, but before you can use your exciting new gift, there’s usually some assembly or setup required. The setup is a major source of frustration for nearly a third of consumers recently surveyed by Asurion, the global leader in technology support and protection services, who say that putting together new technology has ruined their holiday.
This happens more than you may think. Asurion surveyed over 1,000 consumers and found that 64 percent of people have received a tech gadget for the holidays that they didn’t know how to work. And it’s not just the older generations that are having problems; 75 percent of millennials admit they’ve been stumped by a new device, compared to 53 percent of boomers.
“While the benefits of connected devices are virtually endless, the devices have become increasingly complex, and we’re finding that even the most tech-savvy consumers are being outsmarted,” says Bettie Colombo, spokesperson for Asurion. “We have a team of thousands of tech experts on standby to help consumers avoid the pitfalls and frustrations of setting up new technology so they can get back to enjoying the holidays with friends, family and their new tech.”
The struggle to set up new technology has become such a challenge that 41 percent of people avoid buying their older friends and family members tech devices altogether just to avoid the hassle of helping them set them up. This process can become time-consuming, with 62 percent of millennials spending an hour or more helping friends or family with their devices over the holidays. In fact, six in 10 millennials would be willing to shell out their hard-earned cash to never have to answer a tech question again!
Asurion’s tech experts help users avoid the frustrations of device setup this holiday by making it quick and easy to get help with technology issues regardless of brand or platform. Asurion’s support and protection services are available through most wireless carriers.
“The smartphone has become the remote control for all of your tech,” Colombo says. “Enrolling in your carrier’s support and protection program not only provides you with peace of mind that your smartphone is covered for loss, theft and damage, but also provides you with one-click access to a live U.S.-based tech expert to answer all your questions.”
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New Cancer Treatment Continues to Progress By Filing for Orphan Drug Status

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – It takes a lot to get a drug to market.
First there are reams of applications to submit to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), years of documented research, various trial phases, and a litany of other hoops to jump through that make the process daunting, albeit ultimately worthy.
Consider this: global spending on cancer medicines topped $107 billion last year, and is expected to reach $150 billion by 2020. Over the past decade our understanding of how different cancers evade the immune system has grown exponentially. Likewise, in the past decade the number of potential cancer medicines in mid- to late-stage clinical studies has grown 63 percent to 586, involving more than 500 companies.
For those companies that choose to focus on orphan diseases — that is, those conditions deemed rare — applying and gaining an orphan drug designation could pave an easier path for gaining market approval.
For Propanc Health Group (OTCBB: PPCH), filing for orphan medicinal product designation (OMPD) in Europe for pancreatic cancer for PRP, an anti-cancer compound, means that it is one step closer to bringing a cure for certain types of cancer to patients who desperately need it, as approval requires evidence showing a significant clinical benefit over available therapies.
“This is an important step for Propanc and supports our plans for developing PRP as a treatment solution for aggressive, fast-spreading solid tumors,” says James Nathanielsz, Propanc’s chief executive officer. “Pancreatic cancer is an area where there is an urgent need for viable solutions and we remain determined to bring to market what could become a target and safer treatment approach, which we hope will meaningfully extend patient lives.”
The European Union grants OMPD status to products which treat rare diseases, providing a range of incentives to sponsors developing drugs or biologics such as fee waivers and a 10-year market exclusivity period (post-authorization).
PRP is a naturally derived proenzyme formulation that seeks to halt cancer progression and spreading by eradicating cancer stem cells (CSC) while leaving normal stem cells unaffected.
Experiments were conducted using isolated CSCs from patients, comparing the behavior of the cells pre- and post-treatment with PRP by examining the genetic pathways that control the cells.
In short, the data indicates that the dramatic reduction of cellular markers associated with the process of epithelial-mesenchymal transition as a consequence of PRP treatment could not only reverse the EMT process with the implication to stop tumor growth and metastasis, but also potentially suppress the development of CSCs.
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Three Simple Swaps for a Healthier Lunch

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Choosing a healthy lunch doesn’t have to be boring or a day-to-day challenge. In fact, there are plenty of tasty and healthier substitutions you can make to your favorite meals when eating out or packing a lunch, such as adding more fresh fruits and vegetables and reducing refined grain products such as white bread and sugary foods. And losing just a few pounds can help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.
“The American Diabetes Association is committed to raising awareness and celebrating healthy choices. When it comes to any meal, if you are living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, making the healthy choice is probably at the forefront of your mind, but it’s not always the easy choice. Remember that healthy choices for people with diabetes are the same as for everyone else: choose more vegetables, especially leafy greens, lean protein sources and whole grains in place of processed refined grains whenever you can,” says Sacha Uelmen, RDN, CDE, Director, Nutrition at the American Diabetes Association.
Making better choices at lunch is a great place to start. And even small changes can help.
So check out these healthy swaps below:
* Caesar Salad. The traditional salad contains romaine lettuce, croutons, parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing. Make a healthier salad by asking for the dressing on the side and use it sparingly. Add more veggies to your salad to increase vitamins and minerals, including dark, leafy greens, such as kale or spinach, carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, or onions instead of croutons. Go light on the cheese or skip it altogether. Some restaurants now offer kale Caesar salad.
* Pizza. Two slices of pizza with extra cheese sounds delicious, but it can be high in saturated fat and calories. A better option is to have one slice of regular cheese pizza with veggie toppings and a side salad or two small slices of thin crust pizza with a side salad. And what about soda? Try sparkling water or still water with lemon instead.
* Italian sub. Choosing a sandwich with fries and a soda or sweet tea might satisfy a craving, but it’s also a lunch that is packed with calories. Try a grilled chicken breast or turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread or wrap and add plenty of veggies. Replace regular mayo with avocado, hummus, or light mayonnaise and ask for half the cheese. Add fresh fruit or a small salad in place of the fries. And swap out the soda or sweet tea for water, sparkling water, or unsweetened tea with a splash of lime.
Take the stress out of making these choices on your own and consider a structured meal plan like Nutrisystem D, which provides pre-portioned meals to help manage diabetes and keep healthy eating on track at every meal.
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Many Working Mothers Can’t Afford Their Health Insurance Deductibles

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Working mothers have a lot on their plate. In addition to their professional responsibilities, they are often in charge of numerous household decisions, including choosing their family’s health care plan. However, nearly half (49 percent) of working mothers would not have enough money to cover their health insurance deductible if they needed to do so today, according to a recent survey from Aflac and Working Mother magazine.
When working mothers cannot afford the costs of an unforeseen medical emergency, these tragedies can quickly drain a bank account. So it is no surprise that more than half (54 percent) of working mothers surveyed have had to divert funds away from family vacations, date nights, holiday and birthday gifts — or even children’s college funds — to help cover medical expenses. As a working mom, if you make health care benefits decisions, below are three things to keep in mind that can help protect your family’s financial health:
1. Expand coverage with voluntary benefits to protect your financial future
Voluntary insurance policies supplement major medical insurance to offer extended protection and peace of mind. Although the survey shows that dental, life and vision insurance are the most popular benefits among working mothers, it is wise to consider voluntary products such as critical illness, accident and short-term disability insurance, which provide financial protection if a more costly illness or injury were to occur.
2. Make the most of your paycheck with a tax-free health savings account (HSA)
HSAs are employer-provided saving accounts that allow employees to contribute pre-tax funds to cover future out-of-pocket medical costs. Having money in an HSA can help working mothers avoid having to take money out of their own savings accounts to pay for medical bills.
3. Consult with a professional
Scheduling a one-on-one meeting with a financial adviser or benefits expert can help ensure that benefits are tailored to a family’s specific needs. Some employers even offer these services free of charge.
Family free time should include events such as playing at the park or enjoying a child’s sports game, not worrying about the financial consequences of a medical event. Being prepared is the best way to keep health care costs from placing a burden on family finances and fun.
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How Many Years Does it Take to Become a Doctor of Chiropractic?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Did you know it takes seven years of higher education, intensive study, and rigorous training to become a doctor of chiropractic?

Yep, it’s true. So next time you visit one – whether it’s to treat a musculoskeletal condition or even get advice on proper nutrition – know that he or she truly is committed to helping people move from pain to well-being.

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A Date with Destiny: Video Games Teach Kids Life Lessons

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – It’s an undeniable fact. Among cash, gift cards and the “toy of the moment,” kids want to see video games under the Christmas tree. Rail against it all you want, that’s the reality. But take heart, parents, today’s video games can teach kids valuable life lessons not learned in a classroom.
For those that scoff at the idea that video games have value beyond hours of mindless entertainment, Sherry Turkel, a professor and researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says, “think again.”
“The games demand skills that are complex,” Turkel told The Washington Post in an interview. “There is learning how to learn ? there is nothing mindless about mastering a video game.”
One game that is getting attention for its complexity and teachable moments is Bungie and Activition’s Destiny games, a bold world of action and adventure where kids are a Guardian of the last safe city on Earth. If you’re a veteran and have followed the game from its inception, you may like the newest release, Destiny: Rise of Iron. If you’re a newbie, Destiny — The Collection, contains five games in one collection, including the newest release from the award winning franchise. And best of all, it’s available for just $59.99.
Still not convinced? The following skills are just a few underlying themes in the Destiny franchise that teach kids lessons outside of simple distraction:
* Astronomy. The game offers a futuristic fictional scenario of our Solar System, where humans colonized other planets but were mysteriously brought to the brink of extinction (with known survivors now living in and defending Earth’s last city from alien invaders).
* Problem solving and creativity. In Destiny, players not only fend off alien antagonists, but must also solve mysteries, create their own avatar race and class, and complete multiple tasks.
* Hand eye coordination. As a shooter-based game, Destiny features combat against an onslaught of alien enemy attacks from all angles.
* Team work. The game contains three-player strikes and six-player raids, requiring communication and teamwork.
* Socialization. Unlike other similar shooter-based games, Destiny does not have blood, gore, or adult content. Instead, the game is rated T for teen and focuses on sci-fi fantasy and discovery, making it a perfect game for parents and siblings as well.
Currently Destiny — The Collection and Destiny: Rise of Iron are both offered on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.
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How Well Owners Can Improve Their Water Quality

protectwellwaterWell water is typically an excellent source of good, safe drinking water for millions of Americans. But for those with water quality issues, such problems are easily addressed.

A key to improving water quality is knowing the basics about water testing, well maintenance, water treatment, and groundwater protection, says the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

Unlike public water systems, private well owners are responsible for testing their own water. NGWA recommends that well owners test annually for bacteria, nitrate, and anything of local concern. To get your water tested, check with your county health department to see if it offers testing services, or check with a private drinking water testing lab.

Tax Law Changes Mean Refund Delays Will Affect Millions of Holiday Shoppers

(NewsUSA) – For many gift buyers, the tax refund is that extra paycheck that arrives just in time to pay off holiday bills. However this year, new provisions under the PATH – Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes – Act will impact early tax season refund timing. For tax returns that include the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and/or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), the IRS will issue your refund no earlier than February 15, 2017. Last year, over 26 million Americans received EITC, meaning this change could surprise many who typically plan to get their refund early in the year.Jackson Hewitt Tax Service is responding with a way to help hardworking Americans bridge the gap and get access to money. Taxpayers may prequalify for an Express Refund Advance, a no fee, 0 percent APR loan offered by Metabank available when clients file their taxes with Jackson Hewitt.Those interested should visit, answer a few simple questions, and within minutes see if they prequalify for up to $1300. There’s no credit check, and visitors may prequalify with a refund as low as $500."We are committed to helping our clients get early access to money," said David Prokupek, Jackson Hewitt CEO. "With expected refund delays this year Express Refund Advance is important for millions of hard-working Americans."Starting December 15 when Jackson Hewitt offices begin to open, clients may get started using their last paystub, and receive between $200 and $400. The loan is automatically repaid when clients receive their tax refund from the IRS. Jackson Hewitt kiosks located inside of more than 3,000 Walmart stores will also offer Express Refund Advance, and will open beginning December 27.To learn more or to make an appointment with a tax pro, visit Express Refund Advance is a tax-related refund loan provided by MetaBank; it is not the actual tax refund. Available for a limited time and in participating locations. The amount of the advance will be deducted from tax refunds and reduce the amount that is paid directly to the taxpayer. Tax returns may be filed electronically without applying for this loan. Availability is subject to satisfaction of identity verification, eligibility criteria, application, approval, underwriting standards, and other terms and conditions. Only $200-$400 is available with a paystub (or other acceptable pre-year-end income verification), and remaining amounts are available with a W-2 and upon filing tax return with the IRS. IRS delays may affect the delivery timing of loan proceeds. Disbursement rules apply. Funds loaded onto a card within an hour and direct deposit the next business day. Ask tax pro for details.