Lighting Tips to Enhance Your Outdoor Living Space

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Summer is in full swing, but it’s not too late to plan a relaxing staycation or backyard social gathering while the evenings are warm and clear. To make the most of your family and friends’ time, look around your outdoor space to see if the existing lighting works properly and enhances the ambiance.
According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), a few updates to your outside lighting can make your outdoor time more enjoyable. And the best part:It does not have to be complicated or costly to transform your existing patio, deck or pool area into a lovely retreat.
“Creating a beautiful landscape doesn’t have to be expensive,” says Rick Wiedemer of Hinkley Lighting. “A few well-placed, low-voltage path or accent lights can make a huge impact on a well-manicured landscape.” No lawn is too small. “Even modest homes or those with limited yards or gardens can benefit,” he says.
A few outdoor lighting tips:
Layer outdoor lighting. Just like indoor lighting, outdoor lighting is most effective if it utilizes overhead, task and ambient light sources. Even outdoors, where there are not typically boundaries and borders, those three layers will enhance enjoyment and help define smaller sitting and entertaining areas as though they are outdoor rooms.
Create a safe and secure environment. Enhance security with lighting near entrances and in dark corners. Aim lights away from the door so as not to blind anyone as they enter your outdoor area.
Reduce glare. Light walkways and paths with light that is cast downward and fixtures that are hooded. In many cases, exterior-safe dimmers and movable fixtures, which can be added to a patio or porch as needed, can provide flexible control over the level of light.
Add decorative elements. While functionality is the top priority, aesthetic elements are important for a relaxing and inspiring setting. Focus on lighting that highlights architectural and natural details, as well as other decorative elements like arbors, pergolas, patios, etc.
Conserve energy. Consider LEDs for their efficiency. Also think about Energy Star and Dark Sky fixtures that reduce glare and minimize light into the sky as well as neighboring yards and windows. Remember to check the color (chromaticity) of LED outdoor lights. Low chromaticity lights (2700 or 3000K) will look similar to incandescent and halogen bulbs. Higher chromaticity LEDs (4000K and above) will have a whiter, bluer look.
Visit a nearby ALA-member retail store to see the latest outdoor lighting options to make your outdoor space a true oasis. For more, go to americanlightingassoc.com.

Are You at Risk for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Could you be at risk for COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? As the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., it’s quite possible that you are. COPD is estimated to affect 24 million people nationwide, but half remain undiagnosed and unaware of the symptoms, risk factors and treatment options.
COPD is a lung disease that restricts air flow and affects a person’s ability to breathe. While the biggest risk factor for COPD is long-term cigarette smoking, other risk factors include frequent respiratory infections and exposure to second hand smoke, dust or chemicals.
Most people begin to feel COPD symptoms between 50 and 70 years of age, including:
* Frequent cough
* Cough with mucus (phlegm)
* Inability to engage in normal physical activity due to shortness of breath
* Blueness of the lips or fingernail beds
* Frequent colds and nose and throat infections
“COPD occurs in both men and women regardless of ethnicity, residency and background,” says Mark J. Rosen, medical director at the American College of Chest Physicians. “Recent research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found that Hispanics are less likely to report symptoms of COPD than non-Hispanic whites and blacks. While education for everyone is important, emphasis within the Latino community is critical.”
The Hispanic population is quickly becoming the largest minority segment in the U.S. With this growth, the rise in emergency room visits of U.S. Hispanic patients with COPD is double the rate of non-Hispanic patients. Early diagnosis and treatment of COPD can prevent rapid and serious worsening of the disease, and the need for emergency treatment.
The Tome Un Respiro campaign, presented by the CHEST Foundation, AstraZeneca and Sunovion, provides free educational resources in Spanish, urging the Hispanic community to understand the symptoms of COPD, get screened and put a treatment plan in place, if necessary. For more information, visit TomeUnRespiro.com.
There is no cure for COPD, but early detection can significantly improve quality of life for patients. If you think you might be at risk, visit your health care provider to perform a simple breathing test called spirometry.

Anti-Cancer Compound Could Give Cancer Patients New Hope

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – You know how comforting it is to see a degree framed on the wall when you visit some professional’s office?
Well, next time you consult a doctor of chiropractic, get ready to feel very, very comforted.
That’s because his or her degree attests to the rigorous training — a minimum of seven years of higher education, including clinical patient management — that doctors of chiropractic must complete. Not everyone, though, apparently realizes what that means in terms of better health outcomes for patients.
“Doctors of chiropractic are not only trained in problems dealing with the spine, but are formally educated in clinical examination and diagnosis — with a focus on conservative health care interventions for the well-being of the whole person,” explains Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.
Among the required coursework:
* Basic sciences of anatomy, physiology, neurology, biomechanics, microbiology and pathology.
* Ethics and integrity.
* Clinical sciences, including nutrition, rehabilitation and therapeutic procedures.
* Research methodology.
The importance of quality education for chiropractors was recognized as early as 1935, when the National Chiropractic Association created a Committee on Educational Standards. That ultimately led to the formation of the Council on Chiropractic Education, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting agency for schools’ educational and clinical programs leading to the award of a doctor of chiropractic degree.
“They must also serve a rigorous clinical internship,”explains Dr. McAllister.
Learn more at F4CP.com.

Hope for Sufferers of Myofascial Pain?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – For individuals with knee pain due to injury, surgery or simply old age, going up and down stairs at home can be an additional burden.
Common knee conditions or medical issues affecting the knees that may make stair climbing more difficult include the following:
* Arthritis activity. Arthritic hips and/or knees can limit flexibility and make stair climbing difficult.
* Patellar problems. The patellar tendon is responsible for straightening the knee. If this tendon is injured or damaged, the resulting inflammation makes stair climbing painful.
* Kneecap tracking. The kneecap is designed to fit smoothly into the thigh bone, but if it slides out of place, it can cause severe knee pain, especially when taking stairs.
* Cartilage concerns. Knee pain and swelling occur if the cartilage in the knee area is damaged because of a twisting motion.
* Hip hindrance. Weakened hip muscles make lifting the knees (and climbing stairs) challenging and painful.
* Poor core. Core muscles that are weakened by inactivity or injury can contribute to stair climbing problems because a strong torso is needed to keep the spine aligned when climbing up and down stairs.
A stairlift can make a huge difference for individuals struggling with knee pain. Stairlifts are becoming increasingly popular in the United States, and today’s stairlifts, such as those made by Acorn Stairlifts, are easily installed with no structural changes to the home and no damage to home decor. In addition, stairlifts from Acorn Stairlifts are powered by two small 12-volt batteries for quiet but effective operation.
Consider stair style when choosing a stairlift. Stairlifts can be designed to suit straight stairways, curved stairways and outdoor stairways, and the modular design of Acorn Stairlifts allows for easy installation without structural changes to the home.
Acorn Stairlifts’ safety elements include a chair and built-in footrest that can fold up when not in use to allow for easy passage on the stairs. They also include remote control components and foot platform sensors that stop the lift when triggered. Other features include safety belts, swivel seats that lock and light touch controls for those with limited dexterity.
For more details about finding the right stairlift for your home, visit www.acornstairlifts.com.

Crowdfunding’s Latest Effort: Preventing Youth Sports Injuries

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Want to really do something to keep kids from being hurt playing sports?
Athletic TIPS (Towards Injury Prevention in Sports) has teamed up with GlobalGiving — the largest global crowdfunding site for nonprofits — to help advance one of its key goals: hosting community workshops across the country to better educate young athletes, their parents and advisors 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
* Musculosketal injuries
Sports-related injuries have been recognized as “a silent epidemic” among the nation’s youth — accounting for nearly 8,000 emergency room visits daily. The recent launch of the not-for-profit Athletic TIPS program — supported by everyone from health care professionals to athletic directors to retired New York Giants legend Michael Strahan — was a direct response to those dire numbers.
“GlobalGiving allows us to raise awareness regarding the urgency for appropriate sports-related education,” said Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a program sponsor.
The first workshop will take place this spring in San Jose, California, in partnership with Palmer College of Chiropractic. Others are being planned for Dallas, Boston, Atlanta and New Jersey.
Anyone can donate through GlobalGiving.org, though McAllister particularly encouraged doctors of chiropractic to step up since their extensive expertise makes them part of the solution. As for the workshops, health care professionals, athletes, parents and coaches can request one in their area by visiting TIPS4Sports.org. Athletic TIPS will then work with them on the planning and fundraising, as well as potentially putting them in touch with pro athletes to heighten interest.

Step-By-Step: Living With Osteoporosis

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – It is a medical reality we hate to admit. As we age, the risk of osteoporosis increases. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 10 million adults now have the disease. Another 18 million are at risk.
Bones contain living tissue that naturally regenerates on a regular basis. Osteoporosis occurs when these bones are no longer able to recreate tissue as fast as it is lost. The result is a loss of bone density and strength. This breakdown can begin happening as early as age 30 and can be influenced by a variety of hidden factors, including lifestyle choices and even medication.
It can be difficult to know whether or not you have osteoporosis because there are not necessarily any symptoms. Many people first discover they have the disease after fracturing a bone during a fall. Such falls can prove debilitating and even deadly for individuals with osteoporosis.
Naturally, one of the keys to treating osteoporosis, in addition to doctor-prescribed medication, is stopping falls before they happen. This cuts painful fractures that are difficult to recover from out of the picture altogether.
Prevention begins at home. Modern technology, such as a stairlift, might be the answer a loved one needs in order to create a safe space that doesn’t readily lend itself to slipping, tripping or falling. For some, however, deciding to add a lift mechanism can seem daunting.
New-age equipment, such as the Acorn Stairlift, is one of the most timely and reliable solutions on the market. Instead of extensive do-it-yourself home renovation, the Acorn Stairlift includes professional installation that is affordable and efficient, requiring only a few short hours and no additional home renovations. The device attaches to the stairs themselves and can be conveniently folded away when not in use.
Living a healthy life starts with prevention. For older adults, decreasing the risk of a fall is as essential as a home they can feel comfortable residing in. For more information, visit www.acornstairlifts.com.

How to Get More Money for Your Business

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Congress and the Obama Administration, working in concert, may have produced monumental changes to SEC law and regulation that could stimulate the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises throughout the United States.
The changes are potentially significant, affecting millions nationwide. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), small businesses in America account for 49 percent of all private sector employment. There are about 28 million small businesses and SMEs, making up about 46 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP), with a total value reaching $7.7 trillion dollars.
Despite the fact that these smaller entities account for more than 99 percent of all U.S. businesses, the Federal regulatory climate has been tilted towards the challenge of controlling large-scale companies. The resulting body of complex law and regulation has created a challenging maze for SMEs to navigate. As a result, small businesses have had fewer options for raising capital, depressing job creation and employment opportunity.
“So much of our national focus has been on the excesses of big banks that we have forgotten that the real economic engine of the U.S. is small business,” notes REGULUS CEO David Emery. “We need to give small businesses a means to reach their potential.”
That is where the changes in SEC law and regulation come into play. In April 2012, President Obama signed a bipartisan bill nicknamed “The JOBS Act.” The bill is intended to level the playing field by streamlining regulatory requirements, allowing small businesses and SMEs access to billions of dollars held by private investors.
Now, in theory, smaller business will be able to utilize the same mechanisms previously held by larger corporations to raise capital for growth and expansion.
The law is new and much has yet to be determined regarding its effectiveness and application. In addition, many tough and complicated safeguards remain to prevent fraud and abuse. SMEs hoping to use JOBS Act provisions may want to consider counsel from a qualified and experienced service provider.
One such provider is REGULUS. The entity was established to give advisory services to the SME community, with a specific focus on middle-sized businesses.
REGULUS is comprised of a team of hands-on experts who offer personalized resources, including due diligence review, drafting business plans and regulatory filings, and providing strategic business and management consulting.
As exciting changes take hold, these services may prove invaluable to affected businesses.
To learn more, visit REGULUS at www.reguluscorp.com.

It’s Back to the Basics for Investors and Public Companies

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – In today’s tumultuous and ever-changing marketplace, company owners and investors alike must return to financial fundamentals, says new insight from business analysts.
For company owners entering the market, statistics suggest that businesses must place equity as their primary strategy for sourcing capital. Equity capital will allow a company to better implement its business plan and develop its overall capital structure.
Implementing an equity-focused strategy is particularly important due to the two often-misunderstood but equally important product lines that a public company must support.
The first, a company’s products and services, makes up the entity’s core business. The second, the company’s securities, demonstrates to financial markets why a given business is worth an investment. A lack of understanding of these equally-important product lines has resulted in a plethora of poorly-performing public companies.
“Public company management must engineer the business structure and operations to be successful with both product lines,” says RYS & Co. Managing Partner Roy Salisbury. “No business can succeed in the long run without maintaining sound business fundamentals.”
Unfortunately, the misunderstanding often affects investors. In today’s micro and small-cap marketplace, a misguided belief exists that it is essential to drive share volume, or liquidity, to access capital from the market. However, when this occurs, the securities line is forgotten, and true stability is limited.
Today, hundreds of such public companies exist as so-called “shell companies.” For investors, sifting through these broken public companies can be both confusing and deceiving.
The solution, experts suggest, is research. Business strategists recommend looking for a handful of simple but important “red flags” before investing in a company.
An easy place to start is by examining the history of stock shares. Potential warnings include a large number of unnecessary authorized shares, a sharp increase in number of outstanding shares, or issuance of preferred shares convertible into a large number of common shares to insiders.
In addition, investors should check if up-to-date reporting data exists and if any toxic financial commitments can be uncovered, including a lack of gross revenue. Management turnover and any involvement by an Investor Relations Campaign Company (IR) are equally important signs of instability.
In a market where business scams are plentiful, due diligence and common sense are essential. Many strong businesses exist, but finding them or becoming one requires a well-rounded business plan led by a committed, experienced management team.
To learn more, visit RYS & Co. at www.rysgp.com.

Fire Away: How to Prepare For Hunting Season

(NewsUSA) – Although hunting season may still be months away, it’s never too early to start checking things off your to-do list. After all, no matter how you slice it, there is a lot of work that goes into getting ready.Fortunately, for today’s hunter, things have changed drastically from decades past. It used to be that hunters slept in tents, heated tin cans of beans over an open fire, wore puffy down parkas to keep warm, and stayed near paved roads in case they got stuck.Now, lodges, guides, cooks, cell phones and all-terrain vehicles make hunting a more enjoyable and safer experience.With that in mind, the following tips will help you get prepared for this year’s hunting season:* Check your hunting license. Ensure that it’s valid and covers all varieties of wildlife you intend to hunt. Even if you’ve hunted in the same location, check that permit requirements haven’t changed. Regulations get updated yearly, so don’t assume that what was valid last year still applies to your favorite watering hole.* Pack your bag. This tip is two-fold: if you’re planning to head out of town, you’ll need a hunting permit for that state. If you’re staying local, you should pack a bag filled with essential items that will help you survive any unexpected situation, be it weather or something more dire. These include a cell phone, GPS, first aid kit, lighter, maps, binoculars, small rope, pocket knife, bottled water and a few high-energy snacks.* Bring the right clothing. Depending on where you’re headed, you’ll need a light or heavy jacket, gloves, hat and layers for nights when the temperatures dip. And don’t forget the rain gear. If in a warmer climate, you can dress down with lighter clothes, but whatever the case, don’t forget your orange hunting vest. One caveat: wash any clothes you intend to wear with unscented laundry detergent. Animals will (literally) be able to smell you a mile away and not come near you.* Take any necessary accessories. This could include extra ammunition, maps, flashlight, whistle, and if you’re a smokeless tobacco user consider bringing a portable spittoon such as those created by Atlanta-based FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR). The new 4-ounce FLASR pocket-sized spittoon is designed to allow users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution for taking the pleasure of snuff, dip or chew, hunting, fishing or any other outdoor activity. FLASR’s spittoons also help eliminate the scent of chewing tobacco spit, which could ward off animals.For more information, visit www.flasr.com.

Avoid Body Drought — How to Prevent Dehydration

BodyDrought_SOCIt’s in every living cell, tissue and organ, and it’s second only to oxygen as the thing we need most to survive—pure, clean water. We can’t live without it, and we can’t live well without enough of it. We are constantly in need of water as we lose water with every breath and every activity of the body. We are especially at risk for dehydration when we exercise or we are ill—this is when dehydration, even mild dehydration, can take its toll, causing you to feel tired and drained of energy. Anyone may become dehydrated, but young children, older adults and people with chronic illnesses are most at risk.