Forget Politics! Together We Can Save Our Climate!

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – One day before President Donald Trump announced his decision to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement, Climeworks, an innovative Swiss startup, launched the world’s first commercial carbon capture plant in Hinwil, Switzerland.
The plant, which filters carbon dioxide directly out of the air, offers a solution in the fight against climate change. Climeworks, which invented and developed a novel CO2 filtering material, aims to remove 1 percent of CO2 global emissions from the air by 2025.
business campaigning Ltd., a Swiss campaigning firm with the motto “meaningful campaigns for meaningful ideas” was “dismayed by Trump’s decision, but buoyed with hope after seeing the launch of this potentially climate-saving technology,” made the decision to launch the Planet First campaign to remove 100 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere and store it safely underground.
The business campaigning team believe that technology now enables ordinary people to collectively make a difference in the fight against climate change, no longer needing to rely on governments to fight it on their behalf.
The filtered CO2 can either be stored safely underground, used as a raw material in the food and beverage industry, or to manufacture carbon-neutral synthetic fuels, which can be used in the auto industry.
The Planet First campaign will fund the removal of 100 tons of CO2 from the air in support of Climeworks’ goal in the fight against climate change.
“We want to make a mark with this campaign. Through technologies, such as Climeworks,’climate protection can become a viable business model,” explains business campaigning Ltd., owner and CEO Peter Metzinger.
“The filter plants in Switzerland can evolve into a global export industry and create a new economic sector — the circular carbon economy. Startups and companies can deliver decisive impetus to truly sustainable climate protection, utilizing CO2 as a raw material and reducing the reliance on fossil fuels. This is how we can fight climate change,” says Metzinger.
The Planet First crowdfunding page is www.wemakeit.com/projects/let-s-remove-100-tons-co2.
For further information, visit www.planetfirst.earth.

Hunger Still Has Hold on America Despite Economic Improvement

(NewsUSA) – While America may not appear to have the kind of hunger that is pervasive in other countries, that’s not to say it doesn’t exist.Hunger remains a concern for millions of Americans, and for people who are "food insecure," the average reported need for food has increased, based on data from Map the Meal Gap 2017, a new report released by Feeding America, a non-profit hunger-relief organization.The report describes the cost of food and food insecurity in communities across the United States.Food insecurity is defined by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all members of a household.According to the USDA, the number of Americans identified as food insecure decreased from 50 million in 2009 to 42 million in 2015. Still, Map the Meal Gap finds that the individuals who are food insecure report needing an average of nearly $530 more per person in 2015 to afford enough food, representing a 13 percent increase since 2008."This is grim news," says Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America, in a statement. "It is disheartening to realize that millions of hardworking, low-income Americans are finding it increasingly difficult to feed themselves and their families at the same time that our economy is showing many signs of improvement, including a substantial decline in the number of people who are unemployed."The online version of the report features an interactive map, and key data points include estimates of the number of food-insecure individuals at the community level, the percentage of these individuals who may or may not qualify for federal nutrition programs, such as SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, as well as information about average cost of a meal in these areas.Consider this: According to the report, even states such as North Dakota, where the rate of child food insecurity is lowest, 1 in 11 children are estimated to live in food-insecure households. In addition, food insecurity tends to be more common in rural areas versus urban areas."Feeding America is particularly concerned about children who struggle with hunger because of the devastating and sometimes life-long consequences caused by lack of adequate nutrition," Ms. Aviv says. "Children are our most vulnerable citizens."The report uses data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as food price data and analysis from the information company Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights.The study was supported by The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Conagra Brands Foundation, and Nielsen.Visit feedingamerica.org for more information about hunger, local member food banks, and opportunities to help. 

Electric Shock Drowning — The Hidden Danger to Swimmers And Boaters

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Before you spend your day at the lake or beach, know that the water may have hidden dangers. Faulty wiring or damaged electrical cords used in docks and boats can cause nearby water to become energized. When a swimmer comes in contact with electrical current, it can cause a loss of muscle control, rapid or irregular heartbeat or even electric shock drowning (ESD).
Electrical shock drowning can occur in both fresh and salt water. However, hazards for swimmers are greater in fresh water systems with lower salt content.
“Electricity can be extremely dangerous when equipment is improperly installed or maintained. Further, normal use of boats and docks can break down the insulation on wiring, leading to electricity leaking into the water,” says Jeff Kuykendall, a product manager at Eaton. “It is critical that electrical equipment and infrastructure used in and around our waterways is regularly maintained by certified electrical contractors and the applicable electrical codes and standards are followed.”
In most recorded electrical shock drowning cases, electrical current leakage originated from faulty wiring or failing electrical equipment in or near boats or docks.
Recent electrical codes and safety standards emphasize the use of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) and Equipment Leakage Circuit Interrupters (ELCIs) to help reduce the risk of electrical shock drowning. These devices are designed to help enhance safety by quickly shutting off power if electrical current leakage is detected.
If you own a boat, dock or marina, contact a certified electrical contractor to address any electrical safety concerns near water. Industry professionals can help maintain or replace equipment and confirm that docks and boats are up to code.
The Eaton Certified Contractor Network (ECCN) can help you locate an Eaton Certified Electrical Contractor who can provide guidance in minimizing the risk of ESD related to your specific site or project needs.
Before swimming in open water, be aware of potential dangers associated with ESD. To help promote safety and reduce the risk of electrical shock:
* Obey “no swimming” signs and pay attention to how you feel in the water.
* If any tingling or numbness should occur while swimming, avoid contact with metal objects.
* Signal for help without inviting others into the water.
* Once you have reached safety, report your experience so that the water can be tested and made safe for others.
To learn more about electrical solutions that enhance safety or to find an Eaton Certified Electrical Contractor near you, visit http://myhome.eaton.com/

Wellness Program Rewards Healthy New Year’s Goals

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As we start the New Year, we have thoughts and make plans about resolutions. Many people with health-focused resolutions will head to the gym for a workout, turn to a weight-loss program or swap soda for water.
While these are worthy steps, it can be hard to maintain enthusiasm over time, leaving you short of your goals. In fact, more than half of the people who make resolutions will break them in less than six months.
Here are a few tips for meeting and keeping your health goals: set personalized and achievable milestones, incentivize yourself and get rewarded for your progress. Programs such as Go365, a wellness and rewards program by Humana, make getting and staying healthy, fun.
Go365, which launched Jan. 1, 2017, motivates members to make positive lifestyle changes by tracking simple wellness achievements. Members are able to choose their level of engagement and participate in personalized activities tailored to their specific health needs and interests.
The program is designed for everyone, so members can benefit whether they are training for a marathon or just getting up off the couch. When they reach a goal, such as running a 5K or participating in a sports league, they get rewarded. Go365 awards its members “Bucks” that can be redeemed for items such as gift cards, movie tickets and compatible fitness devices.
“We want members to stay engaged in their health. Wellness programs such as Go365 make it easier to start with healthy activities each and every day,” says Joe Woods, Chief Executive Officer of Go365. “Go365’s special features make healthy choices and working towards personal health goals rewarding.”
Go365 is available with most Humana commercial insurance plans, and employers can even purchase it as a stand-alone wellness program. Ask your employer to explore Humana programs and you could reap the benefits.
To learn more, visit www.go365preview.com

New Medical Supplement Offers Advance in Bladder Control

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Bladder control is something few people want to talk about, but urinary incontinence is a huge and underreported problem. Studies show that 50 to 84 percent of elderly people in long-term care facilities suffer from unwanted urine leakage. In addition, younger people, especially women, are affected too. Seven to 37 percent of women aged 29 to 39 report some degree of urinary incontinence.
Sometimes urine leaks out when physical stress is put on the abdominal cavity (and, therefore, the bladder) from laughing, sneezing, coughing, or climbing stairs. In other cases, urine flows out before people can act on their sudden urge to go, a condition called overactive bladder. Incontinence can also be the result of other medical conditions, such as psychiatric disorders or urinary infections.
Overall, urinary incontinence affects 26 million Americans, while 33 million suffer from overactive bladder, according to the Simon Foundation and the National Association for Continence.
To prevent or control urine leakage, people can try exercises that strengthen the muscles that control urination. They can opt for drugs that calm overactive bladders or that allow the bladder to be emptied more easily. They can wear absorbent underwear or insert a disposable plug in the urethra. They can even have surgery to keep the urethra closed with a pelvic sling or an artificial valve.
But now there’s a more natural approach to solving this problem — a dietary supplement called UriVarx from Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB Venture Market: INNV). UriVarx contains Cratevox stem bark, Horsetail herb, and Lindera strychnifolia root — ingredients shown both to strengthen the connective tissue that supports the bladder and to relax the muscles in the bladder, thus allowing it to hold more urine.
And unlike most dietary supplements, UriVarx has proven results from rigorous clinical trials that show reductions of up to 50 percent in urinary incontinence and feelings of urgently needing to go.
“UriVarx is a real medical advance for bladder health,” says Dr. Bassam Damaj, President and Chief Executive Officer of Innovus Pharma. “For the first time, people can confront this enormous problem of bladder control with a natural solution.”
For more information, visit www.urivarx.com

Liquid Assets: Water Testing for Household Well Owners A Snap

Easy Well TestingTesting one’s drinking water can be intimidating to a household well owner, but it can be easy if you know a few basic steps, says the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

If you are concerned about your well water, these three steps can help get owners the appropriate tests for contaminants that might present a health risk — or create taste, odor, or appearance problems:

1. Determine what you should test for in your water.

2. Obtain a reliable water test.

3. Get an interpretation of your test results so you can take any appropriate action.
An excellent place to start learning more about these three steps is the NGWA website,
www.WellOwner.org.

Los fanU+00E1ticos de todo terrenos se preocupan por los caminos

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Un cuarteto de los clubes de todo terreno son los ganadores del programa Outstanding Trails del 2016, patrocinado por BFGoodrich Tires, en asociaciU+00F3n con 4 Wheel Parts, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, Blue Ribbon Coalition y Off Road Business Association.
Los clubs y sus caminos nominados son:
–Club Mile-Hi Jeep: camino Sidewinder, Colorado.
–Ohio River Four Wheelers: Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway, Kentucky.
–Club Grand Mesa Jeep: 21 Road, Grand Junction, Colorado.
–Club Piston’s Wild Motorsports: camino Hagen Creek, Yacolt Burn State Forest, Washington.
El programa Outstanding Trails, ahora en su 11 degree aniversario, fue creado para promover la conservaciU+00F3n y responsabilidad del manejo de los todo terreno. El programa invita a los clubes de todo terreno de toda América del Norte para nominar caminos locales que necesitan mantenimiento o mejoras. Un panel de jueces selecciona a los clubes y caminos ganadores, los cuales son elegidos según características únicas, el terreno y el apoyo el club.
Los cuatro clubes de todo terreno elegidos cada año reciben $ 4 000 cada uno, para utilizarlos en los esfuerzos locales de preservaciU+00F3n y protecciU+00F3n de los caminos de sus comunidades. AdemU+00E1s, algunos representantes de BFGoodrich Tires asistirU+00E1n a los eventos del club que estén relacionados con los caminos ganadores, para destacar las características únicas de cada ubicaciU+00F3n y para educar a los conductores de todo terreno en cuanto a la responsabilidad del uso de los caminos.
“El dicho dice así, ‘cuando la teoría se pone a prueba’, y en
BFGoodrich, no solo nos lo tomamos en serio, sino que también creemos que ‘cuando el camino se pone a prueba’ es igualmente importante y que inicia con los neumU+00E1ticos todo terreno T/A KO2”, dice Oscar Pereda de
BFGoodrich. “En nuestros primeros diez años con el programa Outstanding Trails, hemos ayudado a mejorar, reparar, mantener y proteger cerca de 50 caminos en 17 Estados y dos provincias canadienses”.
Cada uno de los clubes ganadores tiene planes para mejorar y mantener sus caminos locales. Uno en particular ha tomado un paso mU+00E1s allU+00E1 en la conservaciU+00F3n del camino en sí mismo, para incluir animales que viven allí. El Club Grand Mesa Jeep “ha adoptado el camino de la Ruta 21 y otros caminos locales y estU+00E1 comprometido con su protecciU+00F3n y mantenimiento,” según el presidente del club, Jeff Bates. Sin embargo, el club no solo ha adoptado la vía, sino también al sapo de espuelas de la Gran Cuenca (también conocido como el “sapo de la Ruta 21”), una especie en peligro de extinciU+00F3n en el U+00E1rea. “El club se ha comprometido a proteger el hU+00E1bitat de los sapos en por lo menos tres U+00E1reas a los largo del camino, con postes y cables”, dice Bates.
Visite bfgoodrichtires.com para obtener mayor informaciU+00F3n.

Study Refutes Link Between Strokes, Chiropractic Care

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Is it time to finally put this one to rest?
Every once in a while, when some high-profile young man or woman dies unexpectedly from a stroke, the media races to find an explanation. Aha! She ran a marathon without being in shape! Aha! He visited a chiropractor several days before to relieve a pinched nerve in his neck!
The latter theory at least is refuted by research done this year by a team of neurosurgeons at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. They performed what they described as “a systematic review and meta-analysis of published data” to determine whether there’s a direct correlation between the manipulation performed by doctors of chiropractic — manual adjustments widely acknowledged to relieve muscle-related pain — and a condition called cervical artery dissection (CAD) in which a small tear opens in the artery walls of the neck.
That’s important since such a tear can result in a stroke should a blood clot form and later break free to block a blood vessel in the brain.
The team’s conclusion? “There is no convincing evidence to support a causal link between chiropractic manipulation and CAD.”
CAD is actually quite rare. It’s been estimated that it annually strikes only two to three people, per 100,000 of the population, and various epidemiologic studies through the years suggest that strokes can occur at an equal rate whether sufferers are under chiropractic or other medical care for the headaches and neck pain it often produces.
As for chiropractic care in general, it’s worth remembering that — after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged doctors last March to avoid prescribing potentially addictive prescription painkillers in the face of mounting deaths — a slew of health experts joined the chorus of those who’d already been praising chiropractic as a safe and effective treatment for neck, mid back, and lower back pain.
“Not only is chiropractic care very safe, it actually poses fewer risks than medical or surgical treatment,” says Gerard Clum, DC, a spokesperson for the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.

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.”
Ask your wireless carrier about Asurion support and protection, or learn more here: https://www.asurion.com/soluto-service/features

Go Green and Save Green with a High-Efficiency Water Heater

(NewsUSA) – As energy costs rise, the "green" movement and conservation efforts have become popular topics. Energy-saving recommendations appear daily in the media, and consumers are being offered subsidies or state and federal tax credits to encourage the purchase of more efficient appliances. However, many homeowners fail to consider their water heater when it comes to going "green."Although today’s water heaters are expected to operate for an average of 13 years, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends shopping for a new water heater if your current unit is more than seven years old. This allows an adequate amount of time for homeowners to research and select a water heater that best meets their needs instead of waiting until their heater breaks down and selecting the cheapest quick fix for cold showers.Consumers are increasingly turning to high-efficiency water heaters when replacing older units or during remodeling and building projects. While these models may cost more initially, savings in water and energy usage continue throughout the lifetime of the appliance, offsetting the price difference. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that these units use 10 to 50 percent less energy, benefits to both your budget and the environment.A recent study by the Gas Technology Institute simulated the residential performance of high-efficiency water heaters and conventional units. The Vertex from A. O. Smith, a hybrid, gas-condensing, residential unit incorporating tank-type and tankless technology, provided the best overall performance at average and high-volume hot water usage, which is the consumption of 64-gallons or more per day of hot water.Endorsed by long-time environmental champion Ed Begley Jr. of the HGTV series "Living With Ed," the Vertex provides sufficient quantities of hot water for shower after shower and operates at 90 percent thermal efficiency. Additionally, it is designed to meet the demands that modern lifestyles require."Using more efficient combustion to produce hot water at lower operating costs and 90 percent thermal efficiency, the Vertex is a good choice for customers who want to save energy without skimping on hot water," said David Chisolm, A. O. Smith Water Heater brand manager.For more information on the A. O. Smith Vertex model, visit hotwater.com/resources/energy-star-qualified-products/.