Amateur Athletes Seek Non-Opioid Pain Relief

Five words or less(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.

Super Bowl Teams’ Shared Secret to Success

The two teams that competed in Super Bowl LI trained hard and smart to get there, and they shared one notable training element — chiropractic care.

Both the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons employed team chiropractors last season. And while that might not have been the deciding factor that got them to the Super Bowl, chiropractic care has caught the attention of many coaches and players in football and other professional sports as part of a menu of conditioning to optimize athletic performance by staying healthy and injury-free.

The One Super Bowl Fact You Still May Not Know

(NewsUSA) – Yes, there actually is one important fact that didn’t get the attention it deserves during Super Bowl LI.Both the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, it turns out, employed team chiropractors to help get them there. As for why, Dr. Michael Miller, the winning Patriots’ longtime team chiropractor, may have the best explanation."We’re all committed to one goal," he says. "That’s keeping the athletes performing at their maximum potential, and preventing and managing injuries as they occur. Most of the players receive (chiropractic) adjustments one to two times per week."Now, no one’s implying that chiropractic care was the deciding factor in who made it to Houston’s NRG Stadium. In fact, every NFL team now uses chiropractors, and — given the sport’s physical intensity — they’re probably even more drawn than the general public to one of chiropractic’s biggest plusses: It’s seen as a safer and more effective alternative to potentially addictive prescription painkillers, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently urged doctors to avoid prescribing after thousands of deaths linked to their abuse.Doctors of chiropractic are known for their focus on the structure and function of the human body with hands-on techniques that help enhance things like flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion. With a minimum of seven years of higher education, as the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress’ Dr. Sherry McAllister notes, they’re trained to address a broad range of health issues.Here’s one last bit of Super Bowl trivia: The average pro football team chiropractor provides 30 to 50 consultations and adjustments per week during the season, according to the Professional Football Chiropractic Society.Learn more at F4CP.com

Sauces for the Win: Why They’re A Hit At A Party

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – It’s that time of year again–the time when families and friends come together to celebrate with food and open arms. That’s right, it’s almost playoff season, with football, basketball, and hockey playoffs all just around the corner.
With these highly anticipated games come the equally anticipated snacks–from chips and dip to wings and hot sauce. In fact, a lot can be said from people’s usage of dips and sauces, and that usage has increased over the past year.
According to a survey by the Association for Dressings & Sauces, the reasons for using dips and sauces more often include: making more or new foods that need them, using them on more foods or as a healthy option with healthy foods, and cooking or eating at home more. So satisfy your craving for the perfect mid-game snack and bring them to parties in new and creative ways.
Here are a couple of tips that will help you pick the perfect recipe for your friends:
* Survey results show that Asian sauces, horseradish, hot and Mexican sauces are more popular than they were last year, with hot sauce and mustard being used several times a week by the majority of respondents. So go exotic and use bold flavors in your dishes!
* Geography also has something to say about what you should bring to a gathering. People in the Northeast reported a greater affinity for horseradish. Folks in the Midwest loves barbecue sauces. Asian sauces and hummus are more popular in the West and the South is all about hot sauce.
These tips should get your creative juices flowing so you can bring a tasty and unique contribution to whatever playoff party you’re attending. Should you need a little recipe inspiration, however, check out some dishes at www.dressings-sauces.org/recipes.

Many Working Mothers Can’t Afford Their Health Insurance Deductibles

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Working mothers have a lot on their plate. In addition to their professional responsibilities, they are often in charge of numerous household decisions, including choosing their family’s health care plan. However, nearly half (49 percent) of working mothers would not have enough money to cover their health insurance deductible if they needed to do so today, according to a recent survey from Aflac and Working Mother magazine.When working mothers cannot afford the costs of an unforeseen medical emergency, these tragedies can quickly drain a bank account. So it is no surprise that more than half (54 percent) of working mothers surveyed have had to divert funds away from family vacations, date nights, holiday and birthday gifts — or even children’s college funds — to help cover medical expenses. As a working mom, if you make health care benefits decisions, below are three things to keep in mind that can help protect your family’s financial health:1. Expand coverage with voluntary benefits to protect your financial futureVoluntary insurance policies supplement major medical insurance to offer extended protection and peace of mind. Although the survey shows that dental, life and vision insurance are the most popular benefits among working mothers, it is wise to consider voluntary products such as critical illness, accident and short-term disability insurance, which provide financial protection if a more costly illness or injury were to occur.2. Make the most of your paycheck with a tax-free health savings account (HSA)HSAs are employer-provided saving accounts that allow employees to contribute pre-tax funds to cover future out-of-pocket medical costs. Having money in an HSA can help working mothers avoid having to take money out of their own savings accounts to pay for medical bills.3. Consult with a professionalScheduling a one-on-one meeting with a financial adviser or benefits expert can help ensure that benefits are tailored to a family’s specific needs. Some employers even offer these services free of charge.Family free time should include events such as playing at the park or enjoying a child’s sports game, not worrying about the financial consequences of a medical event. Being prepared is the best way to keep health care costs from placing a burden on family finances and fun.To learn more about the Aflac + Working Mother Survey or to find additional information on the benefits of voluntary insurance, visit aflac.com/workingmother

Combat Out-of-Pocket Costs With Cancer Insurance

(NewsUSA) – It’s being called "a game-changer" – and for good reason. Tens of millions of Americans seeking chiropractic care are now routinely covered by major medical plans, Medicare, workers’ compensation, and even some Medicaid plans. Studies have shown that chiropractic reduces costs per episode of care by as much as 40 percent. And with more than $700 billion spent dealing with musculoskeletal disease in 2011 alone, that kind of savings – along with chiropractic care’s higher reported patient satisfaction – should be applauded.Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/iM2WG1JZDsU 

5 Tips for Perfect Wedding Photos

(NewsUSA) – Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion — something to be celebrated and cherished. Planning it, on the other hand, can feel as if you’re preparing for war — between ensuring that Uncle Sal isn’t sitting next to his brother, who owes him money, to budgeting for everything you want and need. The one thing you don’t want to skimp on is the memories.Which is why choosing your photographer is one of the biggest decisions you will make. To help ensure that you get the most romantic photos of your fairytale day, Professional Photographers of America, a 29,000-plus-member association, offers these suggestions:* Express yourself. What kind of photos do you like? Do they tend toward the journalistic or is your style more whimsical, classical, or romantic? Whatever your style, be clear with your photographer so that he or she can capture your personality.* Say yes to the dress. It starts and ends with this iconic garment. What will make you feel like the bride you’ve always dreamed of being? Is it a flowing sundress, a formal gown complete with train and veil? Or maybe your idea is more modern and it’s a strapless dress, in a color other than white. Whatever it is, dare to wear your dream dress.* Buy the shoes?or not. Carrie Bradshaw knows shoes. And you should too. Will you walk down the aisle in stilettos or kitten heels? Maybe cowboy boots are more your style? Can’t decide? Then leave the shoes at home, and feel free to walk barefoot.* Rejoice in style. Your wedding day isn’t just a ceremony, it’s a celebration that brings all your family and friends together (for better or worse), and pictures of this memorable party are a great way to inject your own sense of style. Be it a backyard BBQ, a tail gate at your favorite stadium, or a formal dinner, pictures of this event are a must-have.* Decide on your ride. Some people prefer to be whisked away by horse and carriage as if they were Cinderella herself. Others prefer luxury limos and cars as their modern equivalent. For the unique free-spirits of the world, maybe a motorcycle is more your thing. Either way, a great photo opp awaits as you leave your wedding.For more information, visit FindAPhotographer.com/weddings.

Stem Cells, Biologics Could Be Answer to Next Generation Therapies

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Biotech stocks tend to have their ups and downs among the investment community. However, the biotech industry is enjoying a shot in the arm with news of biologics flooding the wires.
Biologics, say experts, are different from traditional drugs because they are manufactured in a living system, such as a microorganism or plant or animal cells, rather than with synthesized chemicals. And because of the strides made in this biotechnology specialty, it is attracting the attention of the pharma big boys.
All the major players are looking to capture their share of a market that IMS Health analysts estimate will rise to $390 billion by 2020. In short, if the analysts are right, biologics will command nearly one-third of all spending on drugs in the next few years. Couple this with a marketing plan to the public that underscores biologics as natural derivatives instead of man-made, and it’s easy to see why so much money is being poured into this area.
With patent expirations drawing near, and companies looking to get a leg up on their competition, big pharma will be looking to boutique firms in this space to get an edge on next-generation therapies.
Enter Endonovo Therapeutics (OTCQB: ENDV), a biotechnology company that is developing a bioelectronic approach to regenerative medicine through its premier platform, Cytotronics. While most biologics are formed using recombinant DNA technology, “Endonovo is falling back on its technology, which dates back to research at NASA seeking to develop stem cells and medical devices to treat potential injuries that astronauts might encounter during long term missions in outer space.” In this way, the company is using Time-Varying Electromagnetic Field (TVEMF) technology to increase the therapeutic properties of stem cells. This, says the company, is accomplished through stimulation of magnetically induced electrical field pathways of cells and tissues.
Endonovo CEO Alan Collier describes the technology as “effectively training cells to secrete therapeutic proteins.” The secreted proteins can include those commonly used in biologics, such as G-CSF (granulocyte-colony stimulating factor), GM-CSF (granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor), erythropoietin and interleukins that are used in angiogenesis, antigentargeting, promoting white blood cell growth to fight infections, and more.
Endonovo’s mission is two-fold: to validate the potential of injecting “enhanced” or “trained” stem cells, but also to deliver a cocktail of therapeutic proteins that could exert their influence over inflammation while promoting tissue healing.
For more information on the company and its work, please visit www.endonovo.com.

How Will You Remember the Most Important Moments of Your Life?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Although many Americans save their photographs on their phones and/or computers, it isn’t the best way to store your cherished memories. It’s time to start preserving your memories with high-quality prints that will last for generations.

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Why Your Attic Is Key to Pre-Winter Roof Check-Ups

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored by GAF – There’s no need to risk breaking your neck this autumn when you’ve got a perfectly good attic.
Meaning what? Well, as any responsible homeowner surely knows, this is one of the two times each year when you’re supposed to check the health of your roof. (Among other reasons, because it’s key to a home’s energy efficiency.) But who wants to be climbing a ladder 25 feet or so into the sky when the weather is turning sharply colder and nastier?
That’s where your attic comes in.
According to Jason Joplin, program manager of the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, that space you’re probably using mainly for storage can substitute, as a fallback, for the eyeball roof check normally recommended to be done every pre-winter and spring.
“Roofs actually create an insulated barrier that helps trap heat inside, and most attic spaces are located right below them,” says Joplin. “That makes them perfect for spotting potential problem areas and damage without worrying about falling off a ladder.”
Here’s what to look for while you’re up there:
* Water leaks. As sure as tweeting at 3 AM is generally a bad idea, it will soon storm. And when it does, shine a flashlight up in the attic to check not only for dripping water and condensation, but also for water stains on the ceiling, walls and floors. All signal that H2O is finding its way beneath your roof’s shingles or behind its flashings.
* Ventilation. “Think of the attic as the lungs of the house,” advises Joplin. “It has to be able to breathe in order to function properly.” Which is to say, vents stuffed with debris need to be cleared.
* Animal damage. You know those “If you see something, say something” homeland security ads? Well, to avoid the havoc refuge-seeking birds, bats, squirrels and raccoons can create, warning bells should likewise sound — followed by a call to a pest-control pro — if you spot any of these telltale signs: nests, droppings and gnawed wood, wires or insulations.
* Structural problems. The mere hint of a sagging roof — look up for this one — could indicate potential structural weakness requiring professional repair.
And if prolonging your roof’s life is your goal, experts say it pays to consult a professional roofing contractor who’s insured and uses quality materials such as the latest triple-layer line of Glenwood Shingles — the thickest of its kind, with an authentic wood-shake look — from GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer. A free service that makes it easy to find a factory-certified contractor in your area can be found at gaf.com.