(NewsUSA) – They may not make those “Agony of Defeat” sports reels, but amateur athletes get injured all the time. Maybe it’s from an awkward golf swing. Or maybe it’s from not warming up or stretching before an event.
Whatever the cause, though, there’s one scary thing they have in common with the pros.
“The reality is that all athletes are one fall, twist, or tweak away from landing their own opioid prescription,” Outside magazine warned.
The warning couldn’t be better timed. It’s not just that the country is in the midst of an opioid crisis that’s claimed the lives of thousands of prescription painkiller abusers and left countless more addicted to the likes of OxyContin. It’s also that — as the magazine also noted — physicians seem to be starting to heed last year’s urging by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to dramatically curtail prescribing the drugs.
According to a survey conducted for the Boston Globe by the SERMO physicians social network, more than half of doctors across America are doing exactly that, and nearly one in 10 have completely stopped prescribing them.
So what’s an amateur athlete suffering from pain supposed to do? One especially popular alternative is drug-free chiropractic care.
Whereas opioids (and Ibuprofen forms of over-the-counter drugs) only “mask” the pain, doctors of chiropractic approach the problem highly educated and trained in the structure and function of the human body.
And they use hands-on techniques to help enhance flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion -; the very things all athletes need addressing. And yes, as the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress’ Dr. Sherry McAllister says, chiropractic is covered by most insurance and health plans.
To locate a nearby doctor of chiropractic,visit f4cp.com/findadoctor.
(NewsUSA) – They may not make those “Agony of Defeat” sports reels, but amateur athletes get injured all the time. Maybe it’s from an awkward golf swing. Or maybe it’s from not warming up or stretching before an event.
(NewsUSA) – And now the nation’s opioid crisis is putting newborn babies at risk.
The use of prescription painkillers like OxyContin by women during pregnancy has resulted in what’s being called “an explosion” of infants as addicted to the drugs as their mothers. Newly published data in JAMA Pediatrics shows the number of cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) has risen five-fold in the U.S. from 2000 to 2012 — that’s nearly 22,000 affected infants in that last year alone — and the reality behind those stats is heart-wrenching.
“The babies, they really suffer, just like adults do when they withdraw from narcotics,” Dr. Terrie Inder, chair of pediatric newborn medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, told CBS News. “The babies are very irritable and sometimes have high heart rates, sweating, flushing, diarrhea. They cry a lot.”
Heightening experts’ concern:
* The crucial early “bonding” between mother and child is disrupted, given the babies’ average hospital stay of 24 days.
* The mothers — often unaware of the potential collateral damage from the painkillers they’ve been taking — experience what Inder calls “anxiety and guilt.”
Back and neck discomfort is especially common during pregnancy since women’s postural changes can result in spine and pelvic pain. The open question is whether this latest development — combined with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s call last year for physicians to dramatically curtail prescribing opioids — will encourage more women to seek alternatives like drug-free chiropractic care.
“All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant,” the American Pregnancy Association says, lauding their expertise in “establishing pelvic balance and alignment.”
As the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress notes, visits to highly educated and trained doctors of chiropractic are covered by most insurance and health plans.
Learn more at F4CP.com/findadoctor.
(NewsUSA) – Lower back pain, it’s been said, is very democratic.
Meaning, tens of millions of people of all stripes — from truck drivers to stock brokers — experience it at some point in their lives, and the worst cases can be positively debilitating.
“You’d be a really uncommon person never to have had an episode of back pain,” Chris Maher, a health researcher at the University of Sydney, told NPR.
But now there’s a new wrinkle — or, some would say, an opportunity.
With the country in the midst of an opioid abuse crisis, many of those sufferers now find themselves looking for alternatives to the potentially addictive — and sometimes lethal — prescription painkillers that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently urged physicians to dramatically curtail prescribing.
One favorite alternative? Drug-free chiropractic care, which has been praised for its”emphasis on your body’s innate healing wisdoms.”
Doctors of chiropractic are well-trained and highly educated, and use hands-on techniques to help enhance flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion. Reflecting chiropractic’s growing popularity, notes the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress’ Dr. Sherry McAllister, most insurance and health plans cover its use.
To locate a nearby doctor of chiropractic, visit www.f4cp.com/findadoctor.
(NewsUSA) – Healthcare in the United States is one of the hottest topics of conversation these days, in large part, because there are no easy answers on how to affordably offer it to everyone.
With the cost of healthcare continuing to skyrocket, it’s no surprise that many can’t afford health insurance.
And if you are one of the 18 million adults who suffers with depression, these healthcare expenses can add up even quicker with counseling and medication, which many times is needed daily and for long periods of time.
Now, however, there may be a way for those suffering from anxiety and/or depression to save money, feel better and increase emotional stability without medication.
Enter Revolutioner, a new sound technology that uses audio soundtracks to stimulate the brain through a complex neural process called Brainwave Entrainment. Brainwave Entrainment refers to the brain’s electrical response to rhythmic sensory stimulation, such as pulses of sound or light, say the creators of Revolutioner.
“One of the main causes of depression and anxiety is an imbalance of Alpha and Beta waves between the left and the right hemisphere of the brain,” according to studies and research. “Many sufferers also have too much Theta brainwaves (slow activity). This causes many additional issues such as poor sleep and brain performance.”
The Revolutioner Program stimulates Alpha, Beta and Theta brainwaves and corrects the imbalance between the two hemispheres with sound frequencies. Members of the program listen to a 12-minute soundtrack. During the 12 minutes, the frequencies in the soundtrack restore and enhance Alpha, Beta and Theta brainwaves, resulting in better brain functioning and general mood. After a few days on the Revolutioner program, the brain restores its balance between the left and right hemisphere, and with continued use of the program, it helps keep the balance.
The additional benefits of brainwave entrainment include:
* Cognitive abilities. Improved cognitive skills, brain processing speed, and increased focus and attention;
* Athletic performance. Athletes have reported massive improvements in their mental attitude and their ability to respond quickly in changing circumstances;
* Addiction. Removes the cravings, but it will also create a foundation towards an addiction-free life;
* Improvement in daily life. Decrease in stress and anxiety, and increase in energy and motivation.
For more information, visit https://revolutioner.com/
(NewsUSA) – It is the disease that cost more than 8 million people their lives in 2012 and sees 14 million diagnosed every year. It comes in many forms and there is no cure — yet.
Part of the problem in finding a cure is that while scientists used to think they knew how cancer operated, it is only in the last decade that they have been able to better understand this insidious disease. Cancer is much more complex than originally thought.
But one company thinks it may have a solution. Propanc Health Group Corporation (OTCB: PPCH) is focusing on developing treatments for cancer patients suffering from solid tumors such as pancreatic, ovarian, and colorectal cancers.
Up until recently, the company had four patent applications for its lead product, PRP, a proenzyme, anti-cancer compound which targets cancer stem cell eradication while sparing normal stem cells. Now the company has added two more to its portfolio.
“I have no doubt PRP represents a new therapeutic drug class with significant potential [because] when confirming PRP’s effectiveness across a broad range of cancers, we also confirmed a synergistic response between the two proenzymes to the majority of cancer cell lines tested,” says Dr. Julian Kenyon, Propane’s Chief Scientific Officer. “We also noticed that for some cancer types, multiple combinations of the two proenzymes proved to be effective.”
Propanc recently met with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to discuss formal pre-clinical and clinical development of PRP. In addition, the company said it intends to apply for orphan drug designation for pancreatic and ovarian cancers in the US and Europe in the near future.
With the advent of five new patents, this biotech company is catching the eye of investors. In March 2016, Propanc received more than $1 million from an institutional investor for the purpose of fast-tracking its pre-clinical activities, bringing its received total to approximately $3.6 million.
According to Global Analyst Reports, the combined world market for pancreatic, ovarian and colorectal cancers is expected to reach more than $12 billion by 2020.
To learn more, please visit www.propanc.com.
(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Did you know that advertisers spend more than $400 billion in the United States to help influence consumers and businesses to purchase goods and services; promote brands and causes, and take action?
Although an advertising jingle may stick in your head, it’s a company’s logo and brand promise imprinted on your favorite pen, USB drive or travel mug that serves as a daily reminder of a company that is often kept and used for years.
Decades of data show that promotional products are among the most effective forms of advertising. In a 1992 intercept study of travelers at New York’s La Guardia Airport, travelers pulled out logoed pens and key rings from their pockets and purses, and recalled how they came to own the products. These findings have been confirmed in several similar studies conducted for the promotional product industry’s trade association, Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), most recently with a follow-up intercept airport study in 2012.
This year, PPAI studied how marketing decision-makers view and purchase promotional products. Among the key findings: The most important features of promotional products are their ability to promote loyalty (83 percent), reach targets efficiently (80 percent) and appeal to audiences (78 percent).
Other notable survey findings:
* At least 4 in 10 companies have a promotional products budget of $50,000 or more.
* Seventy-two percent of buyers have a promotional products budget of at least 20 percent of their total budget.
* Sixty-five percent consider promotional products effective.
* Usefulness (80 percent), ability to relate to industry-specific themes (71 percent) and uniqueness (69 percent) are the most desired features in promotional products.
* Buyers cite promotional products as most often used in conjunction with social media (72 percent), email marketing (60 percent), online advertising (58 percent) and sales promotions (54 percent).
* More than a third consider promotional products more effective than product samples, social media and sales promotions.
* Half of buyers predict their purchase of promotional products will increase substantially in the next 12 months. Only 3 percent expect to decrease their buys.
For more information, visit www.promotionalproductswork.org.
(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – For anyone who ever wished for an easy way to take a beverage on the go, a GenieBag will grant that wish. At first glance, a GenieBag looks like a designer handbag. But the unique design of GenieBags allows them to serve as stylish, discreet, and effective beverage carriers.
For situations where it’s difficult to bring a drink, such as taking your wine to the ballpark, concert, or movie theater, a GenieBag can be the solution. Another scenario in which a GenieBag might be helpful: if you want to add a shot of vodka to your iced tea at a summer party.
The bags currently feature three styles: Cosmo, NY Nights, and Pino. Each can hold two liters of the beverage of your choice in a discreet, safe, subtle carrier that can go from a casual summer baseball game to an elegant concert to a party at a friend’s house.
Entrepreneur Beth Walters targets several demographics, including busy moms, professionals looking to relax on the weekends, and friends gathering to catch up. The GenieBags team has learned that women love the look of the handbags, but are also impressed with both the concept and the practicality.
The business started with a few key people creating prototypes for the bags, which are available in three styles and three colors. Demand is increasing, and the company has listed www.geniebags.com at the crowdfunding site: www.fundable.com/geniebagscom. At the site, GenieBags can be preordered for 30 percent off the original retail price, and orders will be fulfilled as soon as possible once financing is secure.
GenieBag handbags are designed for fun and convenience. The distinctive, discreet design allows anyone to pull out a glass or two and share a drink without bothering anyone or making a scene. You and a few friends can enjoy your Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, any other favorite with ease.
To learn more and assist with the development of new products for the current GenieBags product line, visit the crowdfunding site www.fundable.com/geniebagscom. GenieBags.com is in the philanthropy business, too. A portion of all sales go to disabled vets and others in need through a relationship with the Gift of Health Foundation.
(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – If you keep up with the news at all, you know that hacking computer networks of companies — both large and small — means big business. Like any other commodity, personal data and information can be priceless.
According to Zdnet, a website that provides 24/7 news coverage of tech trends, 2014 alone saw more than 1 billion personal records illegally accessed — including health, financial, email and home address data, and other personal information like Social Security numbers. That’s up more than 54 percent from the year prior, according to industry experts — and there’s no sign that those numbers will be slowing down any time soon.
Case in point, just this year, more than 191 million U.S. voters’ information was compromised from an incorrect configuration in the voter database. Still not convinced? Anthem, one of the world’s largest health insurers, was hacked this year, and 80 million U.S. citizens had all of their personal information leaked.
“It’s not just corporate data ? it’s not just cyberterrorism; everyone is fair game,” Drew Del Matto, chief financial officer of Fortinet, told Investor’s Business Daily in an interview last year.
The point is, hacking has become the norm, and simply clearing the drive by traditional methods — deleting files or even formatting the drive — isn’t enough; these files can be easily recovered by anyone skilled enough.
Enter Data Killers, a Maryland-based company that, through its recent merger with Capitol Asset Recovery, now has decades of experience recycling and refurbishing IT equipment as well as hard drive destruction. That means any residual proprietary information left on outdated equipment is permanently deleted.
While some would argue that destroying hard drives on a regular or even on an occasional basis isn’t cost effective for a company, experts would counter that using a company like Data Killers and the solutions it provides is minimal compared to unintentionally leaking customer and employee data and financial information.
“We provide tangible data security solutions to some of the largest financial institutions and most secretive federal agencies in the world,” said Zack Boorstein, vice president of Data Killers.
Data Killers’ nationwide hard drive shredding services are certified and secure, using National Security Agency-approved degaussers and patent-protected shredders. Services include off-site and on-site hard drive shredding and disintegration, high speed degaussing, serial and bar code scanning, demanufacturing, media destruction and incineration services. Their certificates of destruction are nationally recognized.
For more information, visit www.datakillers.com.
(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Are people wising up when it comes to ensuring their retirement won’t be like something out of “The Hunger Games”?
Two years ago, Fidelity Investments (Fidelity.com) came up with a unique way of measuring not only how close working Americans are to meeting their post-retirement expenses, but also how different generations — baby boomers, Gen Xers, and Gen Yers — stack up against each other. The one standout back then was boomers.
But now that same gauge, the Retirement Preparedness Measure (RPM), is signaling more widespread improvement — thanks in large part to what John Sweeney, Fidelity’s executive vice president of retirement and investment strategies, ascribes to “across-the-board progress in savings, and investments being allocated in a more age-appropriate way.”
Specifically, the number of people likely to afford at least their essential expenses in retirement jumped 7 percentage points since 2013, from 38 to 45 percent, according to the firm’s biennial “Retirement Savings Assessment” study.
On the flip side, of course, that means 55 percent are estimated to be “at risk of being unprepared to completely cover” essentials like housing, food and health care.
That said, what’s especially illuminating about the RPM is the color-coded breakdown — with dark green being the best — showing how retiree households are currently prepared to withstand a down market compared to 2013:
* Dark Green. Twenty-seven percent are on track to cover more than 95 percent of their total estimated expenses (up 4 percent).
* Green. Eighteen percent are headed toward only covering essentials, with no money for travel and entertainment (up 3 percent).
* Yellow. Twenty-three percent are off track and would likely require “modest” lifestyle adjustments (up 4 percent).
* Red. Thirty-two percent definitely “need attention,” to put it mildly, though that’s down significantly from 43 percent.
So which generation is faring best?
Well, boomers saved the most — stashing away 9.7 percent of their salaries (up from 8.1 percent, which is still below Fidelity’s recommended rate of at least 15 percent). However, millennials showed the most improvement by boosting their savings from 5.8 percent to 7.5 percent.
For those curious how they’re doing, Fidelity now allows anyone to access their personal retirement score online. And if you are flashing “code red” — or just eager for a more comfortable retirement — certain “accelerators” can help.
Saving that aforementioned 15 percent of your income, for example, brings the study’s median RPM score of 76 — smack in the yellow zone — up to the green zone’s 84. Replacing portfolios that are either too conservative or too aggressive with more age-appropriate asset mixes can help improve the score, too.
“The score reaches 100 if you combine delaying retirement with the other two accelerators,” says Sweeney.
(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Health care reform is continuing to change how businesses offer health insurance coverage, and there are several regulations to remember throughout the year. As of Jan. 1, 2016, a new phase of regulations is now in effect as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Business owners have to be sure they are using the necessary tools to remain compliant and meet ACA reporting requirements, which include the administrative work that comes along with health care reform. Below are a few tips from Aflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the worksite in the United States, for business owners and human resources representatives to keep in mind to stay on track all year:1. Remember that the Employer Shared Responsibility requirement is now in effect. This means employers with at least 50 full-time equivalent employees are required to offer affordable health coverage that pays at least 60 percent of the cost of covered benefits for employees and their dependents. If employers do not comply, they may be penalized if one or more of its full-time employees receive a premium tax credit for purchasing individual coverage on one of the public health insurance exchanges.2. Learn who needs coverage. Applicable large employers with 50 or more employees, including equivalents, are required to provide coverage to full-time employees who work at least 30 hours a week, as well as dependents under the age of 26. However, businesses are not required to offer coverage to part-time employees or the spouses of part-time or full-time employees.3. Adhere to IRS reporting requirements for employers. Applicable large employers and businesses with self-funded health plans are required to report information regarding the health coverage of employees to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).It’s important for business owners to keep track of any changes in employment status for each employee, provide ppropriate health coverage and report necessary information to the IRS. There are many resources to help businesses stay on track with requirements. A good place to start is with your local broker and insurance agent or by visiting aflac.com/health-care-reform.