How to Protect Your Data in a Connected World

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The phrase ‘six degrees of separation,’ suggests that only a minuscule measurement is what divides one person from another. Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) has decreased those degrees dramatically, connecting us not only to each other, but to everything from our fitness trackers to our coffee makers.
Consider this: according to a recent report by the Federal Trade Commission, the number of Internet-connected devices tops 25 billion worldwide. And that number is expected to double in the next five years, according to experts cited in the report.
In a world where everyone and everything is connected, digital security is a must-have, just as important as the lock on your front door or the keys to your house.
“Technology is revolutionizing the way consumers use cars, homes, work spaces and everyday items,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R- Calif., told USA Today in a recent interview. “These devices raise both opportunities and questions about regulatory policy, spectrum space, privacy and more.”
Underscoring Issa’s concerns are high-profile hacks, including one that took remote control of a Jeep on a busy highway. Experts warn who consumers need to understand that, although convenient, the IoT is an interconnected system, and security is needed to prevent a weakness in one device (like a SmartWatch) from becoming an open door to attack in another device (such as a connected car).
The good news is that sensitive industries such as banking, government, and healthcare have worked with companies like Gemalto, a global leader in digital security, to solve difficult security challenges. While most may not recognize the name “Gemalto,” experts say that almost everyone uses at least one or two of the company’s solutions, which are embedded in a wide variety of connected devices, credit cards, passports, and ID badges.
So, to ensure that your data is protected from hackers, Gemalto recommends the following tips:
* Secure the device. Sensitive devices need an added layer of protection, such as a SIM card or a tamper-resistant Secure Element that stores data in a safe place.
* Control the access. Implement two-factor authentication to ensure that only authorized people are granted access to the data.
* Secure the data. Ensure that sensitive data is encrypted and that encryption keys are stored in a separate and safe place.
For more information, please visit www.gemalto.com.

Health Experts Call for a Cultural Change in Treating Chronic Pain

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – The abuse of opioids has led to a crisis that has health experts calling for "a cultural change." One that re-focuses treatment for chronic pain away from drugs and toward safe and effective alternatives like chiropractic care. Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/TChugDOiqoI

What Would It Take to Get You to the Dentist?

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – If you’re like most Americans, you can probably think of 10 things you’d rather do than go to the dentist. Going to the dentist can be scary. It can be inconvenient. It can be expensive. And as a result, it’s rarely at the top of anyone’s "to do" list. In fact, 155 million American adults didn’t visit the dentist last year. Despite the large role dental health can play in overall health, dentistry has unfortunately become a discretionary "nice to do" instead of a "need to have" due in large part to these barriers.A new campaign from Aspen Dental that asks "What would it take to get you to go to the dentist?" has the company going to extremes to make dentistry easier for Americans to get into a dental chair and on track to good dental health. Now through December, you can share your "What Would It Take?" wishes on social media using the hashtag #AspenGetsIt. Some of those wishes — no matter how big or small — will be selected and fulfilled throughout 2016, so there’s still time to get involved and share yours now.To kick off the campaign, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart joined fellow driver Danica Patrick’s Turbocharged Tooth Fairy Squad at the Talladega Superspeedway, where they asked race fans "What would it take to get you to go to the dentist?" Over the course of two days, Stewart and the Tooth Fairy Squad surprised lucky fans with many of the things they said it would take to get them into that dentist chair: a Chevrolet Camaro, a fishing boat, an ATV, a cruise and more. Visit TurboToothFairy.com to watch the video and see one fan whisked away in a helicopter. The destination? The dentist.The campaign is the latest effort from Aspen Dental-branded practices to shine a light on the importance of oral health. It is designed to not only let patients know that Aspen Dental understands the barriers they face, but also signal that dentists and teams at Aspen Dental practices are willing to do whatever it takes to make dentistry easier. For more information, visit TurboToothFairy.com. 

How to Cut Down on Back-to-School Stress and Spending

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – It’s an odd time of year. While there seems to still be plenty of summer left, glossy back-to-school fliers are filling mailboxes and inboxes. It’s enough to give even the most easygoing parent a raging headache.
Before you grab the aspirin like it’s a life preserver, take heart: Getting your kid ready for the school year doesn’t have to mean cruising a packed parking lot for a space, arguing over clothes that seem better suited for a music video than for math class, or maxing out your credit cards.
The following tips will help minimize your stress levels, while saving some dollars, as the back-to-school season hits:
* Make a list. Like any good coach, draw up a game plan before you hit the mall. Make a list of what your children need (and sizes) and stick to it, just as if you were buying groceries.
* Go window shopping. A week before you head out, ask your kids to “window shop” by visiting websites of their favorite stores. Visit comparison-shopping sites to search for the best prices. Also, check for sales in the fliers in Sunday’s paper or on your favorite shopping blogs.
* Search deals on the web. There are plenty of websites that offer deals for parents and kids, designed to make lives easier and cheaper. One new site is PatPat.com, an e-commerce site that has exceptional discounts in kids’ clothes and accessories. By its own admission, these folks are a ragtag bunch of engineers, designers, and artists who noticed the “exceptionally high markups on top trending kid and baby products.” Their answer? To create a place that hardworking moms (and dads) could find those same high-quality products they adored at “a price they could afford,” without sacrificing much-needed funds ($0.99 socks, for instance). By downloading the app, you can find deals on a variety of items, check-in and share with your friends to receive points, and see super deals and freebies. In addition, you can meet other moms just like you on their Facebook group, PatPatParentingCommunity.
* Shop for essentials first. A few weeks into the school year, when peer pressure kicks in, kids are bound to come home with a list of must-haves. So buy just the essentials at the beginning of the season rather than everything at once (there will always be another sale). Insist that your kids leave the tags on their clothes until they’re about to wear them and hold on to receipts so you can easily return anything they have second thoughts about.
PatPat’s app is available to download for iOS and Android users. The iOS app is so popular it’s now being featured as the best app for kids in the shopping category. For even more information, please visit www.patpat.com.

Earth-Friendly American Ethanol: An Important Success Story

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – There is little question ethanol is helping America reduce its dependence on foreign oil — lowering gasoline prices, improving the environment with lower emissions and growing the economy with jobs that can’t be outsourced.
In 2015 alone, the ethanol industry created and supported more than 350,000 jobs. Ethanol also contributed nearly $44 billion to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) — a number exceeding the total GDP of many countries. And the production of 14.7 billion gallons of ethanol means that the U.S. needed to import 527 million fewer barrels of crude oil to meet the country’s demand for gasoline.
E15 (15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline), a 21st-century fuel for 21st-century cars, is specially designed to work with today’s modern vehicles because its extra octane helps engines perform at their best. E15 is approved for all vehicles model year 2001 and newer, which accounts for more than 84 percent of all vehicles on the road, demonstrating that there is a market ready for a less expensive, higher octane, more environmentally-friendly alternative fuel.
New technologies are helping make Earth-friendly American ethanol even more sustainable. Enogen corn enzyme technology, available only from Syngenta, is an in-seed innovation and the industry’s only corn designed specifically to enhance ethanol production. By incorporating grain from Enogen corn hybrids into its existing production process, an ethanol plant can reduce the viscosity of its corn mash from a consistency of oatmeal to lemonade, enhancing production efficiency and decreasing costs.
Iowa-based Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) helped kick off a new era for the biofuels industry when it opened its 2-million-gallon cellulosic ethanol facility. QCCP employs Cellerate, a revolutionary new process technology to produce cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber — in addition to the starch that’s typically processed. Cellerate is marketed to ethanol plants in North America exclusively by Syngenta. With Cellerate, the biofuels industry now has the technology available to create two billion gallons of additional cellulosic ethanol — all from the same kernel of corn.
The introduction of these technologies uniquely upholds Syngenta’s efforts to address the global food security challenge. Enogen and Cellerate are direct examples of how Syngenta is bringing The Good Growth Plan, a framework of six ambitious commitments designed to increase productivity while using fewer resources, to life by helping make ethanol even more sustainable.
An important success story, American ethanol is making a significant contribution to the U.S. economy, helping to drive down gasoline prices for consumers and reduce carbon emissions for a cleaner environment.

Summer Must-Haves to Take the Fun to the Next Level

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Warmer weather, sun and clear skies are nearly here; that means it’s time to get outside, explore new terrain and create unforgettable memories. Whether it’s taking a hike, going for a dip in the pool, or creating the perfect backyard party, it’s time to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and have some summer fun.So how can you take advantage of the gorgeous summer months? We’ve got some ideas:* Go off the beaten path. If you’re bored with your indoor workout routine, take it outside! Whether it’s burpees at the beach or laps in the waves, you can experience your most motivating music with Altec Lansing’s new and innovative, first-to-market Freedom True Wireless Earbuds. They’re not just waterproof, they’re submersible, which means you can jump in the pool or lake without missing a beat. Misplace an ear bud? No problem, just use the industry-first integrated GPS App to find it.* Take summer to new heights. The new Vivitar Air Defender X Camera Drone has got it all: a 16.1 MP camera with HD video recording ability to capture your flight while ensuring smooth, steady footage. Control the drone with ease with its built-in radio transmitter with multi-directional controls that allow you to hover, flip and fly upside down. Not only that, but it’s got a flight range of 200 meters, on-board Wi-Fi, a controller for holding a smartphone, and a companion app enabling you to get a real-time, bird’s-eye view of whatever the camera sees.* Always be prepared. Don’t miss out because your phone died. The Lifeguard 4800mAh Power Boost will make sure you are never again disconnected from the world. With a rugged design, this handy power boost provides 2.5 full charges for your devices and is capable of going everywhere. This powerbank features stay-in-place suction cups and a USB charging cable so you never again have to go on a hunt for your power boost or cables. It is compatible with all devices.* Have music, will party. Whether you are inside or outdoors, the Altec Lansing OmniJacket will provide incredible omnidirectional surround sound whenever the mood strikes you. This rugged Bluetooth, true-wireless speaker is waterproof, shockproof, sandproof — everything-proof, so there is no need to worry if it falls in the pool, it even floats in water! Listen to up to 50 hours of music while your phone charges with the built-in smartphone charge.* Capture summer’s craziest OMG moments. Fashion yourself an adventurer? Then Vivitar’s DVR 786HD ActionCam can snap all your craziest moments. This camera’s not only waterproof, but it includes a bike/ATV mount. Lightweight and compact, this camera also features a touchscreen display, a waterproof case and remote control. From family surf lessons to biking trails to ATV excursions, you’ll never miss a chance to document your adventures again.So what are you waiting for? Kick-start your summer by grabbing these summer must-haves and get outside to capture endless memories that you can cherish all winter long when you are stuck inside dreaming about next summer.For more information, please visit www.vivitar.com or www.AltecLansing.com.

Encryption – Why It Matters to You

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Much ado has been made about encryption lately. And on some level, you probably understand it. Sort of.
You might know, for instance, that the FBI and Apple have tangled over it. (Apple won.) Most large companies like Google and Facebook support Apple’s position. And that encryption keeps your “stuff” safe from prying eyes.
The problem is that the idea of privacy is just that these days — an idea.
“The way technology is woven into our daily lives, you can’t do without it,” Amy Danker, an employee at Epic Wines and Spirits, told the Oakland Tribune in a recent interview. “So what’s your other option? Are you gonna go back to a pager? I just assume that all my private information is already available through my IP ad-dress. You don’t even think privacy exists, because it doesn’t anymore, right?”
Natalie Plotnikova agrees, saying the arm of the law is getting too long. “I don’t really like it,” Plotnikova told the Oakland Tribune as she waited to be cleared through security at the Federal Building in San Jose. “I don’t want the government to be able to use my phone to see my information.”
This, say experts, is why encryption is necessary and important — especially in our current mobile, on-the-go environment, where everything you do is done on smartphones. By having your information scrambled so that only the person you are sending it to can see it, your privacy is maintained and your information remains secure.
To that end, technology from a company called VirnetX — which created an app called Gabriel, that uses encryption technology derived from a CIA national security program — may be the answer.
The Gabriel app, available at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, was designed and built with personal privacy and security as a foundational principle.
For just $10 to $15 per year, users can take advantage of the Gabriel app and benefit from uncompromising encryption security when they talk, video chat, text, email or share photographs or documents.
No one will be able to see, hear or intercept your communications except for the party you’re in contact with because Gabriel does not transmit or store data with any third party. It’s person-to-person, end-to-end encryption that all but eliminates hacking possibilities.
Other benefits include:
* Making free voice or video calls or sending instant messages to other Gabriel members.
* Receiving spamless email.
* Sharing pictures or files that can’t be intercepted.
For more information, or to download Gabriel, please visit www.gabrielsecure.com.

Get Ready to Roll This Spring By Cleaning Up the Garage

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – As spring blooms and temperatures warm up, it’s time to open up the windows and go outside. This means getting into your garage and dusting off the cobwebs from your lawnmower, wiping down your outdoor table and chairs, and getting your car primed to take you where you want to go this summer season.
According to experts, outdoor equipment such as trimmers, blowers, chainsaws and even patio furniture need some time and attention to get them ready for use after sitting all winter. This is especially true for cars that have borne the brunt of snow, ice, slush and other winter-related weather.
Here are some tips for getting your machinery, vehicles and outdoor equipment ready for summer use and entertaining:
* Get your lawnmower out of the corner of the garage. Wipe down all surfaces with a dry cloth, oil moving parts to ensure they are well lubricated, and make sure the blade is sharp. Sharp blades are better for your lawn and put less stress on the engine. If you added a fuel stabilizer like STA-BIL Storage prior to putting it away for the winter, it should start up smoothly. Should you have some hard starts, try a revitalizer like Start Your Engines! to get it revved up quickly.
* Prime your automobile. With the cost of driving at a six-year low, you’ll want to take that long-overdue road trip this summer, so ensuring that your auto is in tip-top shape is paramount. According to the AAA, driving costs are affected by how well your vehicle runs, and that includes the inside and outside of your car. Performing regular maintenance can ensure more efficient operation and help prevent costly repairs. One way to save money is by detailing the car yourself using products such as 303 Automotive Protectant to protect interior surfaces from cracking and fading. Originally engineered for aerospace and aviation applications, 303 Automotive Protectant safeguards against harmful UV rays that can cause discoloration. In addition, it keeps surfaces looking newer, leaves a dry matte finish so there’s no oily feel, and helps repel dust. For the exterior, consider 303 Automotive Speed Detailer, which will instantly clean, protect and give your car a showroom shine. It’s a great way to keep your car cleaner between washings. And at every fill-up to keep the engine running smoothly, use STA-BIL 360 Performance, a fuel treatment that protects your engine above and below the fuel line to keep your engine running cleaner, stronger and with greater performance.
* Assess your outdoor furniture. No matter what material your outdoor furniture is made of, start by wiping down the surfaces. Plastic furniture, if left uncovered all winter, may just need a little soap and water to remove any dirt. To protect your outdoor furniture’s hard surfaces from harmful UV Rays, apply a layer of 303 Protectant. You’ll also want to protect your fabrics from water and other debris, so try 303 Fabric Guard.
For more information, please visit www.goldeagle.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.

Can Insurance Companies Adapt to Today’s Fast-Paced Lifestyle?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – It’s recognized as a “silent epidemic” among our nation’s youth.
We’re talking sports-related injuries. Every day nearly 8,000 young athletes sustain an injury bad enough to send them to an emergency room, and — if that’s not chilling enough — just look at these numbers from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
* In the past year alone, 48 youths died due to sports injuries.
* About 30,000 high school athletes are hospitalized every year.
* Concussions account for 90 percent of high schoolers’ 300,000 annual head injuries.
That explains why a new program called “Athletic TIPS” (Towards Injury Prevention in Sports) has garnered the support of everyone from health care professionals to athletic directors to sports stars like football legend Michael Strahan. The retired New York Giants defensive end, in fact, narrates the introductory video on behalf of the not-for-profit group behind the initiative.
The program’s goal? To foster “a safer experience” for athletes at the kindergarten through college levels by focusing on the recognition, prevention and management of sports-related injuries — all done through community workshops, online learning, and other grassroots initiatives.
“Athletic TIPS answers a critical need for educating school-age athletes, their parents, and advisors about sports-related injuries,” says Ed Goren, the former vice-chairman of Fox Sports Media Group, who’s backing the initiative. “Hopefully, parents will feel more confident encouraging their sons and daughters to reap sports’ substantial benefits and life lessons.”
The workshops target four key areas: concussion recognition and prevention; nutrition in sports management; preventing dehydration and heat-related conditions; and recognizing, managing, and preventing musculoskeletal injuries.
To learn more or schedule an Athletic TIPS Community Workshop in your area, visit www.TIPS4Sports.org.