Taking Care of Your Child’s Eyes in Today’s Digitally Dependent World

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – According to the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2015 American Eye-Q survey, 41 percent of parents say their kids spend three or more hours per day using digital devices, and 66 percent of kids have their own smartphone or tablet.
It’s clear children’s use of digital technology continues to be an integral part of their lives in both the classroom and at home, and it’s predicted that by 2028 — the year in which kids entering kindergarten this fall will graduate high school — many schools will rely heavily on computer simulations for instruction and will even incorporate virtual worlds into curriculu.
While these advances in the classroom may enhance learning, many digital devices are still relatively new, and the long-term effects on young eyes are not yet fully known. Most of today’s commonly-used devices give off high-energy, short-wavelength, blue and violet light, which may affect children’s vision and even prematurely age their eyes. Early research even shows that overexposure to this blue light could contribute to eye strain and discomfort and may lead to serious conditions later in life, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which can cause blindness.
The first step in taking care of children’s eyes is for parents to schedule a comprehensive eye exam for children prior to the beginning of each school year to check eye health and vision. Children now have the benefit of annual comprehensive eye exams, thanks to the Pediatric Essential Health Benefit in the Affordable Care Act, through age 18. The AOA recommends children have an eye exam by
an optometrist soon after six months of age, again at age three and annually thereafter.
With so much time spent on digital devices, it is also more important than ever for parents to watch for signs of digital eye strain in children. Symptoms can include burning, itchy or tired eyes, headaches, fatigue, loss of focus, blurred vision, double vision or head and neck pain. To protect their eyes and vision while using digital devices, parents should encourage children to take frequent visual breaks by practicing the 20-20-20 rule: when using technology or doing near work, take a 20-second break, every 20 minutes and view something 20 feet away.
To find an optometrist in your area, or for additional information on children’s vision and the importance of back-to-school eye exams, please visit aoa.org.

Survey Shows Americans’ Views on Dental Hygiene Differ by Region

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Does where you live impact your flossing and dental hygiene habits? A new national survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) shows it does.
For instance, while more than a quarter of adults surveyed said they lied to their dentists about how often they floss their teeth, those who live in Atlanta (82 percent) are more likely to be honest about how often they floss. Could that be Southern manners at play?
Conversely, one in five, or 20 percent, of Chicagoans said they would rather sit in an hour of the city’s notorious gridlock traffic than floss daily. In D.C., less than one in five participants, or 18 percent, said they would let a friend know if they had something in their teeth.
Other key survey findings by geographic region:
* Three in five (60 percent) of U.S. adults, including New Yorkers, who have a partner say their partner’s oral health has an effect on their intimacy.
* Twenty percent of Houstonians guessed incorrectly when asked what a periodontist treat-ed versus a majority of those in other metro areas.
* Almost half of those in Los Angeles (45 percent) and Boston (44 percent) are more likely than those who live in Chicago or Houston to say a smile is the first thing they notice when meeting someone they are attracted to.
* 21 percent of Philadelphians would rather wait in a long check-out line than floss.
So, while the survey indicates oral health habits may differ from region to region, it also clearly shows that Americans do have one thing in common — we all don’t floss as frequently as we should.
While flossing should only take an extra minute or two each day, it would appear it’s more than we’re willing to give. There are more than 500 bacterial species that can be found in dental plaque, which brushing alone won’t remove, so that should be incentive enough to get flossing.
Whatever the reason for our reluctance to floss, there are benefits to showing your teeth a little love, according to the AAP.
The most obvious is that flossing prevents plaque, and those 500 bacterial species, from building up below the gum line, causing swelling and eventually leading to periodontal disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to a host of oral health issues such as receding gums, tooth decay and tooth loss, and is even linked to other chronic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The good news is that periodontal disease is preventable by brushing at least twice a day, flossing once a day and receiving an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation. If you are at risk for or have gum disease, a periodontist has the specialized training and expertise for the right treatment.
For more information, visit www.perio.org.

Public Smoking Ban Creates Market for New Tobacco Products

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – If you’re a smoker these days, it’s hard not feel a bit vilified. After all, rarely will you find a place that you can light up inside. Same goes for e-cigarette users, who are now also under the microscope and in many places are being banned from using as well. Even dipping tobacco and “chew” are not allowed in public places in San Francisco.
So, what’s a smoker to do? If you happen to be Evan Grossman, you design a smokeless tobacco alternative that circumvents the ban in your favorite restaurant, library, movie theater or other public space, by creating the Pixotine Nicotine Toothpick (www.pixotine.com), a birch wood toothpick infused with a high-quality proprietary blend of organic pharmaceutical-grade nicotine extract that contains no other unnecessary additives or chemicals.
The way it works is this: Nicotine transmits its effects through contact with the skin and absorption through the mouth. When a Pixotine Nicotine Toothpick is placed in the mouth, the saliva aids in drawing out the nicotine, which then gets absorbed into the bloodstream through contact with cells. Chewing slightly on Pixotine enhances the speed at which the nicotine is released. With proper use, first effects can be felt within minutes, depending on the user.
According to its website, the concept is quite basic: people use Pixotine Nicotine Toothpicks just like they would use a normal toothpick to get that refreshing rush. At the office, on the subway or even at an anti-smoking rally, Pixotine is discreet, functional and virtually undetectable. It’s merely an easy way to enjoy all the benefits and pleasure of a cigarette or tobacco product, without judgement or harsh carcinogens.
For some, it’s also a way to switch to a safer alternative entirely.
“After smoking and chewing tobacco for 15 years, I was looking for an alternative. I found this with Pixotine, and it even has saved me money as well. It’s funny because now when I am around someone that smokes it stinks,” said one user.
As an added convenience, Pixotine comes in a matchbook-size package that contains 15 toothpicks, making it discreet, and yet easy to use during those times that you can’t smoke or use your e-cig.
Similarly, Pixotine can satisfy nicotine cravings without leaving the desk or walking out of a child’s basketball game or when traveling on an especially long flight.
For more information, visit www.pixotine.com.

Natural Snacks Make Nutritious Meals

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Three square meals a day are a thing of the past. Busy schedules, diverse dietary preferences and the flow of modern life necessitate more flexible and convenient meals. Luckily, snacking is in the midst of a revolution. Traditional snacks like chips and pretzels have given way to bigger, better and healthier options that deliver both convenience and nutrition in one tasty package. Whether clean-label, organic, vegan or nutrient-added, it’s up to ingredient suppliers and manufacturers to develop products that meet all of these demands. That’s certainly a tall order.
While there are no standard requirements for clean label snacks, naturally derived gums, hydrocolloids and colors are generally accepted in such applications and have become increasingly popular. You might see these ingredients listed as carrageenan, a soluble fiber from red seaweed, or cellulose gel, which is a refined plant fiber. In many foods and beverages, these ingredients improve shelf life and nutritional value without diminishing taste — like giving drinkable low-fat yogurt that distinctive creamy consistency with every sip.
They also prove quite functional in products that meet strict dietary requirements, like gluten-free and vegetarian options. Hydrocolloids and gums like carrageenan, alginates and cellulose gel can be sustainably sourced from nature and are perfectly suited for vegetarian and vegan foods. Either by improving the flavor and fullness of meatless sausage or producing non-dairy ice cream with that definitive indulgence and delectability, these ingredients are making new snacking options both possible and palatable.
Reducing the number of ingredients in a recipe is one challenge and, more recently, adding ingredients has become another. We want foods and beverages with added value, but it’s important to understand that introducing vitamins or nutrients to any product can significantly affect flavor and texture. Enriched, shelf-stable snacks that boast added protein need a stabilizer to maintain the quality of the product. Without the added ingredients like carrageenan, similar products might separate, taste chalky or be less effective than their claims imply.
Food companies are adapting their product formulations and rolling out new products to meet demand for healthy snacking solutions. Naturally derived ingredients that help reduce fat and sugar content but maintain product integrity are changing the way we snack. They deliver that indulgent experience we all appreciate. For more information on ingredients that give us a variety of snacks for a wide range of diets, please visit www.FoodScienceMatters.com.

Walk the Walk to a Healthier Life

HealthyStepsCGetting healthy is necessary to living a long, full life. You know that. But not everyone knows where to start. A combination of diet, exercise and taking healthy supplements can go a long way toward improving the quality of your life, and with the prevalence of social media, it means you are never alone in your efforts.

The following steps will help get you started on the road to a better you:

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A Quarter of Adults Dishonest With Dentists on How Often They Floss

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – While many people are aware of the basic tenants of good oral care, thousands of people still don’t floss their teeth — and they lie about it. According to a new national survey, more than a quarter (27 percent) of U.S. adults admit they lie to their dentists about how often they floss their teeth. Along with twice-daily brushing and receiving an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation, daily flossing is a critical component in the prevention of periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease.
The Harris Poll, on behalf of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), was conducted online among more than 2,000 U.S. adults and among the top 10 U.S. markets. The AAP is using the survey results to urge all Americans to “Love the Gums You’re With” and to raise awareness of periodontal disease — a chronic inflammatory disease caused when bacteria in plaque grow below the gum line, leading to swelling, irritation, receding gums and tooth loss. Periodontal disease has been linked to many other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer. Despite its prevalence, periodontal disease is rarely discussed, resulting in a lack of urgency, awareness and education among the public.
“There’s clearly more work to be done when it comes to educating Americans about the importance of oral hygiene in maintaining healthy gums. There are more than 500 bacterial species that can be found in plaque, and brushing alone does not remove the bacteria that live below the gum line,” says AAP President Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH. “The good news about periodontal disease is that with proper and timely care, it’s treatable and often reversible. If a person has been diagnosed with or is at risk for periodontal disease, a periodontist has the training and expertise to determine the best course of treatment.”
Patients should discuss their periodontal health with a dental professional who can make a referral to a periodontist if necessary.
For more information and tips on how to properly care for your gums, visit perio.org.

Cancer Center Finds Smokeless Tobacco May Help You Quit

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – A cancer center is taking a unique approach to getting cigarette smokers to quit by suggesting they use smokeless tobacco as an alternative.
The James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the University of Louisville have aimed their “Switch and Quit” campaign –headed by Brad Rodu, professor of medicine at the University of Louisville — at Owensboro, Ky., a city that has the nation’s highest smoking rates (it kills about 220 residents a year), in a state that leads the nation in tobacco growth and export.
It is an understatement to say this program — which was started in 2011 and continues today — has an uphill battle in getting Owensboro residents to switch, but as Dr. Donald Miller, an oncologist and director of the cancer center told USA Today in an interview, “this is as reasonable a scientific hypothesis as anybody has come up with and it needs to be tried.”
Supporters of the program say that smokers who switch to smokeless tobacco rather than nicotine patches or gum, are more likely to give up cigarettes. For the 46 million Americans who smoke, that could be welcome news.
“If nicotine can be delivered in a less harmful way, millions of lives could be saved in the United States,” Radu said.
Bolstering Radu’s research is a 2007 report from the Royal College of Physicians in London, which suggested that some smokeless tobacco products are about 90 percent less harmful than cigarettes.
This is also good news for tobacco accessory producers like FLASR, an Atlanta-based company that has created portable spittoons.
“If more people turn to smokeless tobacco, they’re going to need an easy and discreet way to enjoy their product of choice without attracting attention,” says FLASR CEO Everett Dickson.
To that end, FLASR has created a flask that has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not being used, which eliminates the risk of embarrassing spills and leaks so often seen with cups and bottles. In addition, the 4-ounce pocket-sized spittoon is designed to allow users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution, no matter where you go.
“Finding a way to let people have their nicotine that carries less risk, it’s the realistic solution,” said one oncologist.
For more information visit www.flasr.com. Market listing: FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR).

Accidents Can Hurt More Than You Think

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – NewsusaInfographic – Even the most minor of accidents, such as a broken arm, can lead to temporary loss of income and the inability to pay normal living expenses. Supplemental insurance, like accident insurance, can help consumers stay ahead of the medical and out-of-pocket expenses that may add up quickly after an injury, allowing consumers and their families to focus on recovery -; not finances. Read below for fascinating facts and safety tips to help keep your life on track. For more information, visit aflac.com/individuals.

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For Love of the Game — Smokeless Tobacco Still a Part of Baseball

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Smokeless tobacco is as much a part of baseball as the Cubs’ disappointing run at the World Series year after year.
While Major League Baseball is urging its players to reconsider a habit as old as the sport itself, there is also a history to think about — one that has linked the two together in the hearts and minds of Americans.
This begs the question: Is there life to baseball without smokeless tobacco?
To come to a conclusion, we have to look at the history of smokeless tobacco and how the two have become inextricably linked together.
In the mid-1800s, when baseball was first getting its footing in America, chewing tobacco was extremely popular, and baseball players used it for the same reasons other men did — pure pleasure. Soon, however, players found added benefits to using smokeless tobacco products, such as, creating more saliva in the mouth in a dusty environment. This, in turn, helped players to moisten their gloves with spit.
It also helped the smokeless tobacco industry when cigarettes — which threatened smokeless tobacco companies in the early 20th century — were attributed to fatigue and bad luck among players. In this way, snuff and chew, continued to gain ground.
“Chewing tobacco is a tradition in baseball,” says Everett Dickson, CEO of FLASR, a company that has created accoutrements for the smokeless tobacco user. “It’s a part of the game, seeing a pitcher or hitter at bat with a small piece of tobacco tucked into his cheek. Having said that, we also understand the concerns of the general public, and support any decision by policymakers and Major League Baseball.”
Until then, however, FLASR wants those who do use smokeless tobacco (players included) to know there are products that are discreet and help with the more inconvenient and messy aspects for users.
One such product is FLASR’s pocket-sized, portable spittoon, which has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays closed when not in use. This eliminates the risk of spills and leaks often seen with cups and bottles. FLASR reusable spittoons also feature the exclusive Thumb-Lok Twist Cap for one-handed ease of use making it an ideal solution for taking snuff, dip or chew into the bullpen or on long road trips.
For more information, visit www.flasr.com. Market listing: FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR).

5 Ways to Cut Down on Stress During a Home Remodel

CleanRemodelCMaybe you’ve grown just sick enough of that 1970s avocado-green kitchen to update it to something more sleek and modern. Or perhaps it’s as simple as remodeling a bathroom. Whatever the room, home renovations can test even the most patient personality through the sheer chaos and mess that are inevitable.

To get through your renovation, organizing the clutter is key. The following tips should help you stay on top of the disorder.