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Three days. That’s the maximum amount of time doctors are supposed to prescribe opioids for in most cases, according to the new guidelines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released in March in an attempt to reverse the mounting death toll and serious adverse effects to the liver, stomach and kidneys from the overuse of prescription and over-the-counter pain pills.

Preparing 21st Century Enterprises for Success in the Digital Age

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – It is no longer a brave new world for businesses. The digital age is here, and if experts are to be believed, businesses that have not already embraced this opportunity, risk joining those companies that refuse to adapt, and consequently are rapidly losing customers and revenue.
Consider this: according to the statistical website multpl.com, during 2015, S&P 500 companies as a group lost 3 percent in sales and 15 percent in earnings. At the same time, “Unicorn” private sectors companies, which are valued at more than $1 billion, including organizations such as Uber and Airbnb, are transforming the global business landscape in the digital age and quickly stepping over the old guard.
So what do the likes of Snapchat and Pinterest have that other companies do not? According to HCL Technologies, a leading global IT services company, technology is at the core of these forward-looking enterprises and there are four distinct characteristics that these companies embrace:
* Experience-Centric. These companies strive to offer the consumers a unified experience.
* Service-Oriented. These companies change the operating model to focus on customer experience.
* Agile & Lean. These companies optimize their size for fast-paced maneuvers.
* Ecosystem-Driven. These companies collaborate to extend the ecosystem beyond the enterprise.
“Going forward — with the disruptions in the business landscape due to digitalization, new age business models and technologies — the thinking of ‘business as usual’ and expecting to succeed needs a change,” cautions C. Vijay Kumar, President, Global Infrastructure Services, HCL Technologies. “An enterprise can no longer operate in isolation.”
Instead, says Kumar, an enterprise has to look at a holistic business model transformation, overhauling its business functions and operations for a unified experience. A business must hyper-focus on services and collaborate across the entire ecosystem for success.
While there is no blueprint for success, Kumar believes HCL can help guide companies through digital transformation and ultimately be successful through 3rd-generation, IT-outsourcing partnerships. HCL defines this as Next-Gen IT & Operations, and is uniquely positioned to offer integrated transformation services across applications and infrastructure, while adding the unique elements of hybrid cloud and DryICE, HCL’s 3rd-generation automation platform.
C. Vijay Kumar adds that key elements of HCL’s differentiation include “Digital Infrastructure Transformation that leverages our capability in implementing Software-defined Infrastructure Stack, Hybrid Cloud Solutions, Unified Communications and Modern workplace solutions.”
HCL’s DryICE automation encompasses 30-plus components, including some of the traditional automation solutions and orchestration, machine learning and cognitive solutions. This is a modular approach, enabling enterprises to be lean and agile, and has been implemented across all of HCL’s top customers while gaining significant traction among new customers.
HCL’s Next-Gen IT&O approach adds significant value in making enterprises agile and lean for the digital age. It focuses on end-to-end technology transformation, preparing www.hcltech.com.

Get Involved in Preventing Mosquitoes

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Across the country, families are embracing the warmer weather and spending more time outside. This year, as families prepare to host a variety of outdoor gatherings, mosquito prevention and protecting against mosquito bites should be top of mind.
Mosquitoes transmit numerous diseases and are often described as one of the deadliest animals on the planet. This year, the Zika virus has made the mainstream news and has become a cause for public concern, especially for women who are or planning to become pregnant. As it is unknown how Zika will spread, particularly in the U.S., practicing caution is warranted.
“Proactivity and public cooperation are huge components of mosquito prevention,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs at the National Pest Management Association. “Homeowners play an important role in helping to reduce mosquito populations and can work to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds throughout the season.”
Fortunately, there are several important measures the American public can take in protecting against the diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. The NPMA is urging homeowners to help in eliminate mosquito breeding grounds on their properties and practice vigilance in wearing proper attire to protect against bites:
* Remove all sources of stagnant water. Standing water can be found in areas such as gutters, buckets, flowerpots and bird baths. Mosquitoes only need 1/2 inch of standing water to breed, so it is essential to minimize these areas to reduce offspring.
* Wear an insect repellent containing DEET or another EPA-registered ingredient to help prevent mosquito bites. The NPMA, in partnership with the CDC, developed an instructional video on how to properly apply insect repellent.
* Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. Also take proactive measures during the day to protect against daytime biters like the Asian tiger mosquito, the main carrier of Zika.
* When outdoors, wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants, socks and closed-toe shoes.
* When hosting guests outside, keep the air moving. Using a fan where you and your guests may lounge makes it less likely mosquitoes will land on you. These pests are not strong fliers, so circulating air can make an outside gathering more pleasant.
By following these tips and actively working to prevent mosquitoes on the home front, you will help reduce the risk of you and your family getting bitten by mosquitoes this season.

7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your Wedding Photographer

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Some moments are simply too important to trust to a camera phone.
Your wedding will be one of the most memorable times of your life, and no one can capture it better than a professional photographer. So how do you find the right one? As you interview photographers, ask them these questions to help you determine if he or she is the right photographer for you.
1. Do you have a portfolio I can review?
Reviewing sample work allows you to see the photographer’s style. Is it more formal or candid? Look for images you can see yourself in. Think of three words that describe you and share those with your photographer.
2. Will you create a detailed shot list?
This list will ensure no important photo is missed during your wedding. You should be able to create that list together. Take an honest look at what images really matter and fill your photographer in on situations he or she might need to be aware of in order to prevent awkward moments.
3. Do you belong to any professional associations, like the Professional Photographers of America?
You want to work with the best, and PPA photographers do more than just snap pictures. They have the technical expertise and artistry to make you look your best and bring your vision to life. Watch this video at PPA.com/SeeTheDifference/Wedding to see why you should always use a professional photographer in these true horror stories from real brides!
4. Do you have backup equipment?
You’ve prepared contingency plans for every other aspect of your wedding; your photographer should as well. A true professional will always bring one or two backup cameras, lenses, flashes, lighting equipment, extra memory cards and batteries.
5. Do you have liability insurance?
Accidents happen, and if one of your guests trips over your photographer’s light stand, it’s good to know you both are protected. Your reception venue may even ask the photographer to submit a certificate of liability ahead of time.
6. What happens to my images after the wedding?
Will your images be backed up to a hard drive or the cloud once processed? How long will your photographer keep the images afterward? If you have any concerns about losing your photos, knowing what the photographer plans to do with your images after your wedding is important.
7. When will I get my photos?
Printed photos usually take several weeks, but your photographer may be able to get you some images for social media quickly. Just ask.
You won’t be able to see everything that happens at your wedding. The right photographer will capture moments you never knew existed. To learn how you can find the perfect photographer for your wedding, visit PPA.com/WeddingPhotos.

A Safer Alternative to Opioids for Treating Chronic Pain

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Three days.
That’s the maximum amount of time doctors are supposed to prescribe opioids for in most cases, according to the new guidelines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released in March in an attempt to reverse the mounting death toll from the overuse of prescription pain drugs.
But the guidelines are only that — voluntary standards — and a just-released survey by the National Safety Council shows just how difficult it could be to get physicians onboard: Not only did 99 percent of doctors polled say they prescribe the potentially highly addictive drugs for longer than three days, but — even worse, given their effect on the brain — 23 percent say they prescribe at least a month’s worth at a time.
“Opioids do not kill pain, they kill people,” says Dr. Donald Teater, the Council’s medical advisor.
So what’s a patient looking for a safer alternative for pain management to do?
With the CDC and others, including the Food and Drug Administration, advocating for alternative approaches to the likes of OxyContin, many experts recommend drug-free chiropractic care for those suffering from headaches and other neuromusculoskeletal conditions involving the back, neck and other joint-related extremity pain.
In fact, the whole “chiropractic-first” movement — over both prescription pills and elective surgery — is based on numerous studies showing it yields improved patient outcomes, higher satisfaction and lower costs.
“A more conservative and safer approach is needed, and yet you have 72 percent of doctors in the NSC survey prescribing opioids for back pain,” says Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, noting that doctors of chiropractic have a minimum of seven years of higher education and use techniques focusing on conservative spinal manipulation and structural adjustments.
Learn more at F4CP.com.

Tips for Seniors Who Suffer From Muscle Aches and Pains

Tips4Seniors(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Knees start to hurt. Hips start to ache. Maybe your lower back too. And you finally understand what “tennis elbow” means. Welcome to getting older.
For years, your bones, muscles, and joints have held up with nothing more than a minor twinge here or a bruise there. Now, however, it takes longer to get out of bed and daily aches and pains seem to be the norm.
While it may sound counterproductive, studies have shown that engaging in a moderate strength training program not only helps in toning up, but strengthening muscles that can ache for days. This is especially true as you get older.
Experts say that while some pain is expected as you age, it is also the body’s way of telling you something. The following tips can help tired, sore muscles and joints feel better:
* Soothe with heat. A warm shower or bath, hot water bottle, or warm cloth can help relax tired muscles and ease muscle spams.
* Invite in the cold — therapy, that is. Ice packs can soothe pain, especially if a joint is inflamed or swelling (think joints ankles, elbows, shoulders). Try a cool cloth, cold pack, cold compress wrap, or ice massage. Typically the time is 15-20 minutes on, and the same amount of time off the joint or muscle.
* Practice deep breathing. The benefits of using the breath to soothe yourself cannot be underscored enough. Slow, quiet breathing helps relax the body and mind and ease the pain. Aim for about six long, deep breaths a minute.
* Get a massage. A foot, back, or hand rub can also alleviate pain. Warm oil or lotion may also help you relax. One note: massage in one area for 10 seconds first to see if it feels good.
* Invest in a stairlift. If you have stairs in your home, and there are days that you just can’t seem to make it up due to tired, aching muscles, a stairlift, such as those from Orlando-based Acorn Stairlifts, can help. Unlike chair lifts of old, new models are powered by two small 12-volt batteries under the seat or by regular house current. The chair and built-in footrest typically fold up when not in use. Available for straight or curved stairs, these lifts can be a godsend if you’re recovering from an injury. The lifts include safety belts, lockable swivel seats, and light touch controls for easy operation.
For more information, please visit www.acornstairlifts.com.

How Brand Marketers Drive Lift in Loyalty, Reach

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Advertisers spend more than $400 billion in the United States to influence consumers and businesses to purchase goods and services, promote brands and causes, and take action.
An advertising jingle may stick in your head, but a company’s logo and brand promise imprinted on a favorite pen, USB drive or travel mug is 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.

A New Way to Deal With Dry Mouth

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Did you know that dry mouth is a common condition that may result from a variety of factors, such as smoking, aging, medication, desease, dehydration and emotional stress? If you suffer from dry mouth, you’ll be happy to know that you no longer have to put up with it.
The Problem
An overall sensation of dryness in the mouth, lips, throat, eyes and skin is a common symptom of dry mouth. Sufferers may also experience bad breath, tooth decay, sticky saliva and sensitivity to spicy foods.
Typically, the most common self-help strategies for dry mouth that are thought to be helpful are lip coating with Vaseline or balms, eliminating caffeine and alcohol consumption, humidifying the bedroom, and adding water to food. However, there’s no scientific support of the effectiveness of these strategies.
A recent independent study revealed that the oral adhering discs, patches and melts are rated by dentists as the most effective treatment for dry mouth.
In fact, OraCoat XyliMelts oral adhering discs were rated as more effective than any other dry mouth remedy, including prescription drugs, by an independent study of 1,168 dentists, and are the only product that has been assessed in clinical studies for treatment of dry mouth during sleep.
Where To Go
The discs are available at CVS and Rite Aid pharmacies and at www.oracoat.com, where you can also learn more about them. Mint- free XyliMelts are now available at Rite Aid.

Tamera Mowry-Housley Encourages Parents to Reclaim Family Dinner Nights

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – As a busy working mom to two young children, Tamera Mowry-Housley, co-host of TV’s “The Real,” understands the daily challenge of juggling her time between home and work. However, family time is of the utmost importance to her, and she still sets aside time to cook meals with her family almost every night. She encourages other parents to reclaim family dinner nights, and there’s no better time to start than summer, when the days are longer and the weather is perfect for backyard dinners.
While it may sound daunting and time-consuming to prepare dinner after a long day at work, it doesn’t have to be. To make cooking easier, the RAGU brand has launched its new line of RAGU Homestyle sauces that have a heartier texture and a bolder flavor. Even the most demanding home cooks would be proud to serve new RAGU Homestyle sauces to their family, including Mowry-Housley.
“I’m a busy mom, but I make it a priority to set aside time to unplug and connect with my family over a meal almost every day — products like RAGU Homestyle sauces help me do that quickly and easily,” said Mowry-Housely. She partnered with the makers of RAGU because dishes made with quality ingredients are must-haves at her family’s table, year round.
RAGU Homestyle Sauces contain no artificial colors, no artificial flavors and no high-fructose corn syrup. “The great ingredients and made-from-scratch taste make me feel good about serving RAGU Homestyle pasta sauce to my friends and family,” added Mowry-Housley.
With its new line of sauces, the RAGU brand is honoring its rich heritage by using the tried-and-true cooking methods inspired by its founder, Assunta Cantisano, who started selling homemade pasta sauce in 1937. Made from a bold combination of vine-ripened tomatoes, onions and fragrant herbs and spices such as basil, oregano, fennel and ground black pepper, the ingredients are peeled, chopped and simmered to perfection. The result is a thicker and heartier sauce that hugs pasta perfectly, making it an easy choice for family meals.
With the variety of sauces available — Traditional, Meat, Mushroom, Roasted Garlic and Four Cheese — there are many summer-inspired dishes you can create. For recipe inspiration, Mowry-Housley recommends watching a delicious grilled chicken parmesan and zucchini noodles recipe video featuring RAGU Homestyle Traditional. The recipe was developed by lifestyle influencer Dzung Duong of the popular YouTube channel “Honeysuckle,” and can be found here: https://youtu.be/S3QVZ6bxt8E.
For more information and additional recipe inspiration, check out http://www.RAGU.com and follow along on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

Rolling Stones Exhibit Rocks Music Fans

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – For a Rolling Stones fan, what could top meeting the band in person? New Yorker Alex Emanuel met Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood inside the Recording Gallery within the Rolling Stones retrospective exhibit, Exhibitionism, at London’s Saatchi Gallery.
After handshakes and back slaps with the band, Alex recalled, “It’s going to sound silly, but for a moment I thought I was a member of the Rolling Stones. It’s not every day you get to meet your idols.” He added, “The show has given me a unique glimpse of the city through the eyes of the Rolling Stones.”
Exhibitionism is a Rolling Stones treasure trove, and includes 9 themed gallery spaces with 500 items from original stage costumes, rare instruments, lyric books, backstage and touring paraphernalia, album art, photography, stage designs, personal diaries, and never-before-released audio and behind-the-scenes footage.
Celebrating the Stones’ artistic collaborations in music, art and design, fashion, and film, Exhibitionism also features original works on display from an array of artists as diverse as Andy Warhol, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Dior, Ossie Clark, L’Wren Scott, David Bailey, Michael Cooper, Jeff Koons, Walton Ford, Shepard Fairey, and Martin Scorsese.
“The exhibition offers the most in-depth insight into The Rolling Stones and their incredible career,” says Thea Jeanes-Cochrane, Director of iEC (International Entertainment Consulting), the company behind the exhibit. “We’ve worked hard to create something utterly breathtaking and it’s very pleasing to see the fans reactions.”
Chris Gottlieb, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at VisitLondon.com adds, “Alex’s Rolling Stones tour of London shows how the city is steeped in the history of one of the world’s greatest rock bands.”
Alex was taken on a Rolling Stones-themed, once-in-a-lifetime trip to London after the city’s official tourism body, Visitlondon.com, identified him as a “super fan” of the band.
Alex visited many iconic Rolling Stones locations, including Edith Grove, Chelsea, where the band lived together; Regents Sounds in Denmark Street, where they cut their first albums; the 100 Club, where they played an impromptu gig in 1982, and Olympic Studios where “Sympathy for the Devil” was recorded.
Tourism initiative Fans of London — devised by Visitlondon.com and supported by the GREAT Britain Campaign, British Airways, and Hilton — celebrates many special events across London this year including the Rolling Stones exhibit, Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebrations, and 400 years of Shakespeare’s legacy.
Exhibitionism runs until September 4 at London’s Saatchi Gallery. Tickets are available at stonesexhibitionism.com. Want to win a trip to London for your own music fan fantasy? Visit www.visitlondon.com/fans.