Colonoscopies Get a Lot Easier Thanks to Technology

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Turning 50 seems to come with its own set of challenges, unlike any other age — be it mental, emotional or physical. It’s also when your doctor is likely to start urging you to get a colonoscopy even if you do not have any symptoms.
But what used to be an unpleasant, albeit necessary and routine procedure, has now become much less invasive, thanks to new technology. The “virtual colonoscopy” (or CT colonography) is now an option for most people who can’t or don’t want to get a standard colonoscopy. It’s being embraced by many doctors and insurers nationwide.
Like its traditional counterpart, the virtual colonoscopy entails drinking a laxative 24 hours prior to the procedure. Unlike the traditional colonoscopy, which involves a long camera-tipped tube, the virtual exam inserts only about a two-inch soft tube that sends small puffs of gas to fill the colon so that a low-radiation dose computer-assisted CT or “CAT” scan can produce two- and three-dimensional views of the colon. The entire procedure takes about 15 to 20 minutes, so you don’t need to be put to sleep and you can go right back to daily activities.
“It’s very good in screening, and the patient’s downtime is less,” Dr. Guy Barat, a radiologist at Community Hospital in New Port Richey, Florida, told the St. Petersburg Times in an interview.
Some diehard traditionalists opine that you still would need a traditional colonoscopy to remove anything found by a virtual colonoscopy. However, the vast majority of exams don’t find anything wrong, and the virtual test has been shown to dramatically increase screening rates. The virtual colonoscopy is an American Cancer Society-recommended screening exam. Even President Obama opted for a virtual colonoscopy over the standard test.
Experts say that the new technology can detect polyps the size of small blueberries, as well as cancer and other diseases. For the more than 140,000 Americans that are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every year, with nearly 50,000 dying largely due to late detection, this screening is vital.
The exam has been FDA approved since 1995, and major insurers, including Cigna, United Healthcare, Unicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and others, now cover their members for virtual colonoscopies to screen for colon cancer.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) says the last obstacle to tackle is to somehow get Medicare to cover beneficiaries for this life-saving exam so that seniors can have the same screening alternative as those with private insurance.
Currently, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force is examining virtual colonoscopies. A “passing” grade from the USPSTF could lead directly to Medicare coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
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Uber’s Surge Pricing Can Be Especially Brutal This Time of Year

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Telemedicine — the ability to access a physician or other health care provider remotely — is becoming an integral part of health care, and an attractive option for many patients looking not only for medical expertise, but for convenience and cost savings as well.
Health insurers are increasingly offering telemedicine as an added benefit in medical plans as a way for members to connect remotely with medical providers, including doctors, psychologists and lactation consultants. These providers can be accessed easily via voice or video, on a mobile device, tablet, or laptop.
Telemedicine sessions with a medical expert are ideal for addressing non-emergency situations such as colds, allergies, headaches, nausea, sore throats, and skin conditions. Telemedicine allows patients to potentially avoid an unnecessary trip to the emergency room or urgent care center, and to speak with a doctor as soon as symptoms arise.
However, telemedicine should not be used for emergency situations; patients in these situations should call 911 or get to an emergency department immediately.
“While telemedicine is not meant to replace your doctor, it provides another avenue for people to receive care when and where they need it, whether they are in a rural community or a big city, and whether they are at home or on the go,” says Beth Bierbower, president of Employer Group Segment for Humana, a leading health and well-being company.
For most telemedicine services, patients can use the phone or download a mobile app and create an account. Once a consultation is requested, the average wait time between requesting a session and speaking to a doctor is often less than 5 minutes.
Telemedicine services are offered through many health insurance plans. For example, Humana offers these services through the Doctor On Demand platform as a benefit on most of its group health plans nationwide. Check with your insurance carrier to see if telemedicine is a covered benefit on your health plan.
Telemedicine sessions often cost less for patients than in-person doctor visits, and offer a similar level of care to in-person medical services. Telemedicine clinicians are uniquely trained to treat patients virtually and are fully licensed to practice in a particular patient’s state.
Many telemedicine platforms ask patients to complete a questionnaire before the session begins that gives the clinician relevant information, including health history and prescriptions, to streamline the patient experience. And, to ease any privacy-related fears, all sessions with a clinician are conducted using private, secure and confidential technology.
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Updating Workplace Ergonomics for Today’s Economy

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – We’ve heard a lot about “workplace ergonomics” in recent years, but with the economy changing — more people are working from home, whether by choice or their employers’ decisions to “go virtual,” — maybe it’s time to acknowledge the obvious: It’s just as easy to injure yourself no matter where you physically work.
Think about it: When it comes to a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries caused by stress to the joints from repetitive tasks, overuse of muscles and poor posture, what’s the difference if you’re slumping in front of an office computer or a home laptop? Or lifting heavy cartons onto the back of a delivery truck or your closet shelf?
As the Society for Human Resource Management advises: “Employees who work from home or travel for work should be taught to assess their ad-hoc workplaces for ergonomic risks.”
If you are hurting, doctors of chiropractic — who have a minimum of seven years of higher education — focus on structure and function. They care for pain syndromes with a drug-free approach that includes spinal manipulation and exercises to help stretch out and strengthen core muscles. Meanwhile, here’s a few tips to follow:
* Invest in a good chair, mind your posture, and learn proper lifting and stretching techniques.
* Keep your eyes at the same height as the computer monitor — without leaning forward — to help avoid headaches and neck pain.
* Take frequent stretching micro-breaks and stay hydrated with water.
“Back injuries are the most prevalent occupational injury, and studies have shown chiropractic patients have consistently better outcomes,” says the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress’ Dr. Gerard Clum, DC.
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Armstrong Williams Leads Largest Minority-Owned TV Group

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Armstrong Williams has never been afraid to challenge the status quo and is no stranger to controversy. While you may not recognize his name, many — especially those in Washington — do. As a well-known conservative commentator, he has worked as a legislative aide and advisor to Strom Thurmond (D-S.C.), as an assistant to then-chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity and current Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and most recently is known as the public face of presidential hopeful Ben Carson.
More than that, however, is Williams’ commitment to diversity. As owner of Howard Stirk Holdings (HSH), a media conglomerate, the corporation not only boasts a minority ownership, but a 75 percent minority work force.
“The world is a diverse place,” says K. Marques Mullings, executive vice president of HSH II. “We celebrate the fact that our workforce reflects that diversity, in the range of issues important to the communities we serve.”
With two more news stations recently added to its list of holdings in Las Vegas and Pennsylvania, respectively, HSH now owns and operates a total of seven television stations.
“We are very proud of our ability to build on the achievements of our founder, Armstrong Williams,” says Howard Stirk’s Corporate Manager, Shirley Dave. “We look forward to offering our new viewers more programming options, and training the next generation of media executives,” Dave adds.
That Williams has paid for his properties from his own reserves is a testament to his tenet on eschewing long-term financing, private investment, or other ownership structures of his media empire. By fully owning his media properties, Williams says he is free to be independent in thought, action, and deed — beholden to no one.
While staunchly independent, Williams is known as a conservative, yet is no slave to party dogma or doctrine and is as comfortable in the inner city as he is in board rooms and at political gatherings.
In the coming weeks, Armstrong Williams productions will travel to the United Kingdom to report on the impact and conditions of the Syrian refugee camps.

Aflac Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Not many things in life are certain, but odds are you will unfortunately face at least one health event that requires hospitalization and, following that, rehabilitation.
While hospitals provide an array of helpful rehab services, most people prefer to get well in the comfort of their own homes. Although beneficial in the recovery process, home care can also have its own distinct obstacles. Couple that with a patient’s fears and struggles of what’s to come in the weeks and months ahead, and it can create a perfect storm for both patients and caregivers.
To help, the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), a nearly 6,000-member worldwide organization, has created ReSTART Recovery, an online resource that provides information for those who are (or will be) in rehab for everything from strokes to joint replacements to head injuries, and for those who will be caring for them.
When you consider that recent studies cite as many as 75 million Americans suffer from some type of disability, a website such as ReSTART Recovery can make a huge impact on understanding what patients will inevitably experience while on their road to wellness.
The goal, according to ARN, is to get patients who have a disability to a point that they are, once again, as self-sufficient as possible and able to live a full life.
“My clients have been through acute rehab and are back in their communities,” Susan Wirt, a former president of ARN, told The American Nurse in an interview. “I figure out how they can be well and healthy despite their chronic conditions,” she said.
Indeed, rehabilitation nurses effectively manage complex health care issues; collaborate with other professionals and disciplines such as occupational or speech therapists; provide patients and caregivers with needed education; set patients’ goals that maximize independence; and establish plans of care that maintain optimal wellness, according to the ARN.
“Advocacy is also a huge role for us,” Michelle Camica, MSN, CRRN, and former president of ARN, told The American Nurse in the same interview. “We serve as the patient’s advocate when addressing issues with other members of the health care team and sometimes with a patient’s own family. We always want to make sure patients are getting the right care in the right place at the right time,” she said.
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Video On Demand Vs. the DVD Market

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Ask any movie studio executive if the DVD gravy train is dead and they will unequivically tell you “absolutely.” They will grudgingly admit that DVD popularity is a thing of yesterday.
One only has to look at the demise of retail giant Blockbuster to see that it’s true.
Taking the place, of course, is Video On Demand (VOD) — the downloading and streaming of movies and television shows on demand to consumers’ computers and internet-enabled televisions, via cable and satelite and mobile devices.
While some in Hollywood may be uncomfortable with this new direction, others are looking at it as an opportunity and potential boom for growth, marketing and, yes, the almighty and important bottom line.
“Whether studios like it or not, business currents and consumer interests have clearly shifted,” says Gordon Scott Venters, CEO of The Movie Studio, Inc. (TMS) a publicly-traded company from South Florida (OTC-MVES). “We can either capitalize on this trend or stick our head in the sand and hope everything will stay the same. It won’t”
And the TMS CEO stated, “I’ve never been one to shy away from the future.”
Which is why the South Florida-based studio released its latest movie “Exposure,” on DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes and streaming digital distribution. This way, Venters says , “We can better promote ‘Exposure’ and all our other films and upcoming releases, like ‘Bad Actress’ and ‘Double Exposure.’
So, what about those small plastic discs that most consumers have come to know and, if not exactly love, have certainly grown accustomed to?
According to the movie studio industry, DVD’s will continue to play a smaller role, albeit a supporting one, to digital.
“DVD’s are going to cease continue to be a viable part of a studio’s revenue,” predicts Venters. “There is clearly now a strong consumer interest in digital viewing.”
To this end, it would seem that studios would do well to embrace the age-old adage of “give the customer what they want, VOD!.” As is the case with The Movie Studio. Acquiring 14 films from Seven Arts Entertainment (The SAFELA Library), VOD gives content, provides measurement and other consumer trends and habits. This gives consumers an array of VOD choices, making it a win-win for movie viewers and producers.
The Movie Studio is very well poised to swiftly become a powerful force in the entertainment industry. To learn more, visit

Firm Creates Niche for Clients With Small Ad Budgets

NewsUSASpecialThere’s no doubt that the advertising industry has taken a hit over the last 20 years and has had the difficult job of recreating itself. To its credit, it has found a foothold through the millennium’s new favorite buzzword: branding. It’s more than a slogan (although the words may be interchangeable), but rather something short and snappy that symbolizes an organization, such as “Where’s the Beef?” “Just Do It” or “Don’t Leave Home Without It.”

While these Fortune 500 companies have deep pockets to spend on promotional advertising, be it a national ad campaign or a one-time, million dollar Super Bowl ad, your average business does not.

Start Today: First Steps to Getting Healthy

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – It’s never too early or too late to be healthy, but not everyone knows where to start. A combination of diet, exercise and healthy supplements can go a long way toward improving the quality of your life. And the prevalence of social media means that you’re never alone in your efforts.
Follow these steps to help get you started on a road to better health:
Eat Wisely and Well
A healthy diet is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. In particular, starting the day with a healthy breakfast has many benefits. Data from multiple studies have shown that people who eat breakfast are less likely to overeat and snack later in the day. Breakfast doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless either. Granola cereals, such as System LS Rise granola, are high in fiber and protein. In particular, System LS Rise features organic ancient chia seeds and barley malt. Also, think outside the box (cereal box, that is). Breakfast can be a breakfast bar, a protein shake or even leftover pizza from last night.
Be Smart About Supplements
Sometimes diet isn’t quite enough, especially for those who eat more meals on the go. In those situations, a multivitamin designed to help support the immune system and provide missing nutrients can help fill the void. Supplements make sure your body is getting what it needs to be healthy.
Build Your Support System
Improving your health can be a struggle, and a little encouragement goes a long way. Today’s social media outlets provide multiple options for seeking advice, as well as sharing health tips and information. For example, the System LS Facebook page provides a place to comment on health and nutrition, share ideas and get motivated by reading success stories.
Get Moving
Moderate exercise can yield a multitude of health benefits, from improving mood, to lowering cholesterol, to building bone density. Other benefits of exercise include maintaining a healthy weight and boosting your energy (because your heart and lungs are working more efficiently). In addition, exercise can enhance your sex life by improving your energy and appearance, which will also boost your self-confidence. Have trouble sleeping? Exercise may be the cure.
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Pepper Spray Conversations Heat Up, Myths Debunked

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Much has been made about using pepper spray for personal protection — everything from whether it should be legal to carry while traveling by air, to determining its value in self defense. In honor of June’s National Safety Month, let’s separate fact from fiction, and bring a little clarity to this effective tool:
Myth: Some wasp sprays can be substituted for pepper spray.
While potent on nasty insects, they simply do not have the stopping power to work on humans.
Myth: Some people are immune to pepper spray.
Untrue, says SABRE, a manufacturer of security products for law enforcement and the general public. According to a 2001 University of Utah study, some pepper sprays fail because they do not include the necessary measures to guarantee strength consistency. To ensure heat consistency, SABRE operates a high-performance liquid chromatography lab that tests the strength of every pepper spray batch. SABRE eliminates pepper spray failures due to bad batches.
“That’s a fancy way of saying that scientists are now able to determine how many parts per million of heat-causing alkaloids are present in a given chili pepper,” wrote Dr. Paul Bosland, a genetics research scientist from the University of New Mexico, in Smithsonian Magazine.
Myth: Scoville Heat Units (SHU) can be used to determine strength.
Actually, major capsaicinoids are the only way to determine the heat strength of pepper spray. A Scoville Heat Units listing on pepper spray is subjective and can be inaccurate.
Myth: There is a no-fly rule with pepper spray.
According to the FAA, “one 4-ounce container of pepper spray” is permitted in checked baggage provided it is equipped with a safety mechanism to prevent accidental discharge. While legal to carry in all 50 states, certain restrictions apply so be sure to check your state’s website for regulations.
Myth: There is a chance that you could spray yourself.
SABRE sprays have various safety mechanisms, making it virtually impossible to spray yourself accidentally.
Myth: If used, it could be taken away and used against me.
The whole purpose of pepper spray is to be able to stay at a distance, while incapacitating your attacker. In this way, you can stay up to 10 feet away for sprays and 12 feet away for gels. For added protection, SABRE has a stop strap that will stop the device from spraying if the pepper spray is pulled away from the strap worn around your wrist.
Myth: There is no guarantee it will affect an attacker.
Unless you’ve purchased a bad batch of pepper spray, some of the effects you can expect are: involuntary eye closure, imbalance, loss of breath and facial area burning — all which give you time to escape.
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High OCTANe Event Comes to Calif., Brings Businesses, Investors Together

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – California has always been the “it” state. The go-to location for creativity and the birthplace of innovative ideas, and successful companies. While not always the case (think: more than a decade of economic and social troubles), it remains the eighth largest economy in the world.
Supporting the idea that the Golden State is still the place to see and be seen, is that high-tech companies employ approximately 1 million people with a payroll of about $100 billion, and that 66 percent of new jobs come from companies younger than five years old.
So, what does all this mean? For OCTANe, a startup accelerator, it’s an opportunity to connect people and ideas with capital and resources to fuel technology and growth in Orange County. Through its LaunchPad SBDC program, the Orange County-based company has seen tremendous initial investment in affiliated startups. With follow-up funding and equity exit activity, total investment in OCTANe LaunchPad companies now approaches more than $780 million since 2004.
In the spirit of continuing its mission to help companies raise capital, OCTANe Launch Pad will be holding its Technology Investor Forum on May 5 in Irvine, Calif.
“The Technology Investor Forum presents a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors, local universities’ faculty and staff and corporate CEOs to come together in one place to build upon the strong foundation of resources in Orange County,” said Bill Carpou, OCTANe CEO.
One award-winning technology company selected by OCTANe to be showcased at the event is MovoCash, Inc.
“We are excited to be a part of what OCTANe is doing to promote economic growth in Southern California, and it is an honor to present along side of the other terrific startup companies hand picked by OCTANe,” said Eric Solis, president and CEO of MovoCash.
MovoCash will be presenting their groundbreaking payments technology in front of over 700 in attendance. The premise of MovoCash is to provide a secure app for consumers to take control of their finances by turning their smartphones into their very own digital banks, generating fraud-preventing one-time-use payment tokens on demand for shopping online or in store.
A total of 10 hand-picked companies will be showcased at the event. To date, past companies that have been selected to present have gone on to raise over $418 million.
“This event serves as a source for capital creation for emerging companies and businesses within the California region and gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to connect with investors from all over the country,” said Carpou.
Attendees will have access to investment panel discussions, a “fast pitch” competition with prominent regional investors, and an innovation showcase demo.
Sponsors of the event include Microsemi, UL, Stradling, Silicon Valley Bank and Microsoft among many others. For more information, visit and