Help Find the Best Cancer Treatments for Kids

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Childhood cancer treatments are unique and they need to be treated as so. It all starts with funding research specifically for kids. Join StBaldricks.org to help find the best cancer treatments for our youth.

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Are You Eating Enough Vegetables a Day?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Only nine percent of Americans are meeting their daily recommended consumption of vegetables, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This May, National Salad Month, make an extra effort to get your greens and meet the 2016 USDA Dietary Guidelines, which recommend that you consume between two and three cups of vegetables per day.
While this may sound like an impossible feat, it’s easy enough to accomplish with one simple dish, a salad. Not only can you make a dent in your daily consumption of vegetables, but you can also work your way towards achieving some of the other USDA Dietary Guidelines recommendations.
Here’s how:
* Add meats such as steak or chicken and nuts such as pecans, walnuts and almonds to get a protein boost. It is recommended that an adult get anywhere from five to six-and-a-half ounces of lean and varied proteins per day.
* Add fruits such as oranges or strawberries to try and hit the two cups of recommended fruit serving per day.
* Crackers or quinoa can help you reach your allotment of three to four ounces of grains, half of which should be whole grains per day.
* A little cheese can go a long way in helping you to meet the three recommended cups of dairy per day.
* Salad dressings count towards the five to seven teaspoons of oils that you should be consuming each day and the oils in dressings, such as canola and soybean, help your body to absorb nutrients from vegetables.
Salads provide a healthy and easy avenue to gather several of the recommended nutrients. Here’s a simple recipe for Baby Greens with Roasted Pears, Feta and Walnuts to show you how easy it is to make a healthy and delicious salad.
All you need are pears, olive oil, baby greens, feta cheese, toasted walnuts, salt, pepper and your choice of salad dressings.
First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and drizzle four pears, peeled, cored and cut into eighths, with one teaspoon of olive oil. Roast in the oven until the edges turn golden brown.
Once the pears have cooled, toss with eight cups of baby greens and your choice of salad dressings (champagne vinaigrette is one recommendation). Sprinkle half-a-cup of feta and half-a-cup of walnuts over the greens, and season with salt and pepper. Now you’re ready to start enjoying National Salad Month like a pro!
For more recipes and ideas, visit The Association for Dressings and Sauces at www.dressings-sauces.org.

Encryption Technology for Your Privacy

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Encryption and controversy seem to go hand in hand lately in the technology community. Case in point: When The FBI sought to compel Apple to assist in unlocking a cell phone in the case of the San Bernardino shooter last December. Ultimately the FBI was denied its request by a California district court.
This type of technology can be a gray area, yet one that tech companies take seriously.
On the one hand, the government insists it needs access to technology in which crimes have been perpetrated, noting that encryption also allows terrorists to communicate in ways that agencies can’t track — all the while, using encryption to secure its own communication. Privacy advocates argue that if the government is using it, private citizens should be allowed to as well, without prying eyes looking over their collective shoulder.
To that point, one company that has come down firmly on the side of citizens and their right to privacy is VirnetX. The software and technology company said it believes in personal privacy and that strong encryption is imperative in protecting those rights.
VirnetX has been so focused on providing secure communications using encryption that it designed an app called Gabriel. Gabriel uses encryption technology derived from a CIA national security project, and is one of a kind.
“Gabriel has been designed and built with personal privacy and security as a foundational principle,” says Dr. Robert Short, VirnetX chief technical officer and chief scientist. To that end, the program currently provides uncompromising data security, which means that users do not have to transmit data to, or store data with, any third party, including VirnetX. Users can therefore have peace of mind that their data is stored only on their devices, be it phone, tablet or computer.
Gabriel is a product unto itself and can be found in Apple’s App store, the Google Play store or gabrielsecure.com. This set of integrated applications allows for secure messaging, secure voice and video calling, secure mail and secure file sharing — all encrypted.
Other benefits to using Gabriel’s encrypted apps include:
* Making free voice or video calls or sending instant messages to other Gabriel members in your network.
* Receiving spamless email.
* Allowing for person-to-person messages that disappear once the session has ended.
* Sharing pictures or files that can’t be intercepted.
Gabriel transmits person-to-person with end-to-end encryption to further eliminate hacking possibilities.
For more information or to download Gabriel, go to www.gabrielsecure.com.

Get to Know Sarcoidosis: A Complex, Misunderstood Disease

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Sarcoidosis may be a new term for you, but for the more than 200,000 people in the U.S. who are living with the condition, it is a frustrating struggle.
The condition has been acknowledged for more than 150 years and has impacted several well-known people, including Bernie Mac, Reggie White, Evander Holyfield, Tisha Campbell-Martin and Daisy Fuentes. Yet little is known about sarcoidosis, including the cause, typical symptoms or disease progression.
Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease where the immune system goes into overdrive, causing cells to group together into clumps called granulomas. When too many granulomas form on an organ, they can interfere with its function. Sarcoidosis can impact any organ; however, the lungs and lymph nodes are affected in more than 90 percent of cases. Although anyone can develop the disease, it is most common among people between the ages of 20 and 40, and occurs more frequently among African-Americans and people of Scandinavian descent.
Since each case of sarcoidosis is unique, the CHEST Foundation of the American College of Chest Physicians and the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR) have teamed up to create Sarcoidosis: Seek Answers. Inspire Results., a campaign that encourages people living with sarcoidosis to take a proactive role in their treatment and spread awareness to those who might be at risk.
“Diagnosing sarcoidosis can be a long and frustrating process for patients,” said Doreen J. Addrizzo-Harris, MD, FCCP and trustee of the CHEST Foundation board. “Symptoms of sarcoidosis can often mimic those of other diseases, such as cancer or arthritis, resulting in misdiagnosis or unnecessary treatment. If symptoms are present, it is important to weigh the possibility of sarcoidosis, and the educational resources available at www.chestnet.org/sarcoid can help.”
Common symptoms include:
1. Fever, fatigue, weight loss, night sweats and an overall feeling of ill health.
2. A persistent cough, shortness of breath and chest pain.
3. Enlarged lymph nodes — most often located in the neck, but they can also be under the chin, in the armpits or the groin area.
With good medical care, most cases of sarcoidosis are not severe and do not cause lasting damage to the body. However, 30 to 40 percent of cases have a persistent condition that may require treatment to control symptoms.
For more information and to download sarcoidosis resources — including patient and provider toolkits — please visit www.chestnet.org/sarcoid or www.stopsarcoidosis.org/awareness.

Mom Knows Best When Picking the Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day

PlayPercentagesIf choosing the right Mother’s Day gift has been your biggest challenge over the years, try taking a cue from mom herself.

Millions of dollars have been spent researching and/or polling what moms desire most, so use it to your advantage! Thank mom, a mother figure or wife for all that she does — from giving you style advice to motivating you when you needed it most — by celebrating your unique bond with a gift she will celebrate for many years to come.

Mom has always been there when you needed it, and she deserves the best. Below are a few ways to treat her on Mother’s Day:

Community Workshops Focus on Preventing Youth Sports Injuries

CrowdfundedWorkshopsAs a parent, you want to prevent your kids from being hurt playing sports. Now you can.

Athletic TIPS (Towards Injury Prevention in Sports) has teamed up with Global Giving — the largest global crowdfunding site for not-for-profits — to help advance one of its key missions: hosting community workshops across the country to better educate young athletes, their parents and advisers on ways to foster “a safer experience” for everyone playing sports at the kindergarten through college levels.

The workshops focus on:
• Concussions
• Nutrition
• Dehydration and heat-related conditions
• Musculoskeletal injuries

A Little Known Fact: Most Insurance Plans Cover Chiropractic Care

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When you visit your doctor of chiropractic, feel free to have your insurance card ready.

About 30 million Americans seek chiropractic care annually, and apparently not all of them know their visits are routinely covered by major medical insurance carriers, Medicare, workers’ compensation, and even some Medicaid plans. Part of the increased availability is a result of non-discrimination measures in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the welcome mat to chiropractic care at various government levels, including military bases and Veterans Administration facilities.

Boosting awareness, say experts, could be a game-changer.

What You Don’t Know About Your Chiropractor

Young patient visiting a chiropractor for the first time.

When you see a degree framed on the wall of any professional organization that you’re visiting, there’s no mistaking a sense of comfort.

Well, the next time you consult a doctor of chiropractic, you won’t be disappointed. Get ready to feel comforted.

That’s because his or her degree speaks to the rigorous training —  a minimum of seven years of higher education, including clinical patient management — that doctors of chiropractic must complete. Not everyone, however, realizes just what that education means in terms of better health outcomes for patients.

What Is $186 Million?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – To the life insurance industry, $186 million represents the fulfillment of promises made to policy owners who turned to life insurers to protect their families’ financial futures.
$186 million is the amount insurers deliver every day in life insurance benefits.
For the families receiving these benefits, life insurance proceeds represent the financial peace of mind that comes with knowing that they can maintain their quality of life, pay for their children’s education and realize their hopes and dreams after the death of a loved one.
Life insurers have a long history of fulfilling their obligations to policy owners and their families. Companies act promptly to pay benefits, usually within 30 days of receiving a claim.
In a small percentage of cases, life insurance policies go unclaimed because family members may not have known that a policy existed. If no claim is made, the policy benefits are transferred to the state in accordance with state laws.
Life insurers want beneficiaries to receive their benefits before the state can claim the money.
In recent years, many companies have been doing more than is required by law. They are making better use of technology to identify policy owners who have died, locate beneficiaries and help them begin the process to claim their benefits.
The American Council of Life Insurers wants all life insurers to try to identify deceased policy owners and seek out beneficiaries. That is why ACLI has been advocating since 2012 for all states to adopt legislation requiring companies to regularly compare their records against the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File, which tracks deaths. If companies find a match, they should try to locate the beneficiaries and help them file a claim.
Twenty states have enacted laws requiring the comparison of company records with the Death Master File. Several others are considering similar laws.
While life insurers work to ensure that fewer policies go unclaimed by beneficiaries, policy owners have an important role to play as well. If you own a life insurance policy, let your beneficiaries know where it is located. Keep it with other financial records or legal papers, or anywhere your survivors are likely to look for it if they need to file a claim.
Keep your agent’s name and contact information easily accessible. The agent can help your beneficiaries fill out the necessary forms and act as an intermediary with the insurance company.
For more information, including tips for finding a missing life insurance policy, please visit www.acli.com.

Mom Knows Best: Even When Buying a Mother’s Day Gift

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – If choosing the right Mother’s Day gift has been your biggest challenge over the years, try taking a cue from mom herself.
Millions of dollars have been spent researching and/or polling what moms desire most, so use it to your advantage! Thank mom, a mother figure or wife for all that she does — from giving you style advice to motivating you when you needed it most — celebrate your unique bond with a gift she will celebrate for many years to come.
Mom has always been there when you needed it, and she deserves the best. Below are a few ways to treat her on Mother’s Day:
* Handwritten Letter. Showing your appreciation for mom with a handwritten note takes time and thought, and she’ll recognize this. Remember all of the moments that mean the most to you and express your gratitude in a way that is unique to the bond you share. It will be a letter she’ll cherish.
* Time to Unwind. A thoughtful way to thank mom for all she does is to give a gift that helps alleviate her busy schedule so she can relax. Whether giving a spa package or simply cleaning the home, research has shown that moms expressed wanting to have time to themselves as a top Mother’s Day gift.
* Create Unexpected Wrapping Paper. Because mom wants a thoughtful gift, why not put extra care into how you wrap it? A unique way to showcase the special bond you share is to create custom wrapping paper decorated with photos of the two of you at different stages of your life.
* Jewelry. Research has shown that jewelry is one of the best-received gifts on Mother’s Day. The question then becomes which jewelry to choose for the one-of-a-kind woman in your life.
Country singer Jessie James Decker and wife to football player Eric Decker, has her own personal favorite: “I’m a huge fan of PANDORA Jewelry,” says Jessie, herself a mother of two. “Their handcrafted pieces are so customizable that you can have fun stacking and layering them to wear every day or on special occasions. On the top of my wish list at the moment are the Sparkling Love Knots earrings and Sparkling Love Knot Pendant, which can be styled on one of PANDORA’s .925 sterling silver or 14K gold necklace chains.”
PANDORA Jewelry (Pandora.net) released a special Mother’s Day collection of 14K gold and .925 sterling silver rings, bracelets, necklaces, charms and earrings with whimsical blooms, symbolic knots and love-filled hearts sure to be on mom’s “most wanted” list.
Whether the woman in your life is modest or tuned into the latest trends, she deserves a gift that makes her feel as special as she actually is. So this Mother’s Day put some thought into it and give her something she’ll actually want to keep.