Florida Continues High-Tech Boom with Biotech Business

(NewsUSA) – If you’re in the biotech industry and wondering what state is first in class for medical device and pharmaceuticals manufacturing, as well as research and development (R&D) in this industry, the answer doesn’t lie in the west or the northeast. Florida is where you’ll find that leadership and expertise.In fact, the state retains more than 325 biotechnology companies and R&D institutes that are creating some of the most exciting advancements in innovation and discovery, particularly through patents and clinical trials. The high-tech center of Florida rivals some of the greatest in the country and the work of these researchers is turning heads.Companies such as: BioFlorida, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, the University of South Florida Research & Innovation, NSU Cell Therapy Institute, High-Tech Corridor, The Max Planck Institute, Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, and Scripps Florida are working in the industry across the state.The state’s biotechnology industry would not be the powerhouse that it is today without the help of Florida’s universities. The three public universities of the High-Tech Corridor, the University of Florida, University of South Florida and University of Central Florida, attract more than $230 million a year combined in research funding from National Institutions of Health.Mark S. Long, Director of the University of Florida’s Sid Martin Biotech Institute -; which is a biotech business incubator that receives $750 million in research funding annually, and serves biotech start up companies by helping with legal issues, management, accounting and mentoring -; says there is a huge research enterprise in Florida, making the state appealing for biotech business."There are many factors that make Florida attractive," Long says. "The weather, no state income tax and the commitment to education."He also says that the workforce is key for every company.Nothing is more important to a company’s success than its workforce. More than 27,000 Floridians work in Florida’s biotechnology, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and medical device manufacturing industries, and the universities are among the nation’s top producers of STEM graduates, according to Enterprise Florida."Can I get the people I need to do this?" Long asks. "The answer is yes. There is a commitment here to education."The strength of Florida’s research universities make up the scope of Florida’s biotechnology industry. Between 2012 and 2015, nearly 5,000 bioscience-related patents were issued and more than $1 billion in R&D was conducted. As a result, solid job growth in this field has increased drastically as more biotech companies relocate to Florida to be closer to the advancements in medical innovation.Florida’s life sciences industry continues to have a positive impacts on human well-being worldwide. The state has recruited acclaimed scientists and established expertise in critical areas of immuno-oncology, ophthalmology, cell therapy and regenerative medicine, marine biotechnology and neurodegenerative diseases."Across Florida, we are seeing multiple drivers of growth," says Nancy Bryan, President & CEO of BioFlorida, the voice of Florida’s life sciences industry."Companies are choosing Florida to relocate, existing companies are expanding, universities and institutes are laying the framework for spinouts, and new and established incubators and accelerators are creating the right climate for growth."For more information on biotech opportunities in Florida, visit enterpriseflorida.com

Florida Invests In Seaports, State Is Key Player in Global Marketplace

(NewsUSA) – Summer may be over, but Florida’s economy isn’t cooling down. So much so that start-ups and businesses are flocking to the Sunshine State because of its strategic geographic locations, state-of-the-art infrastructures, multilingual workforces, and concentrations of corporate and financial resources. That’s according to Enterprise Florida, a public-private partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and the principal economic development organization for the state. Other reasons for the influx of businesses to the state include taking advantage of the younger talent moving to the area, no state income taxes, and promotions to reduce the property tax. Also the much lower cost of living. And to make Florida even more attractive for U.S. and international businesses, the state has also invested billions in upgrading and expanding its seaports in recent years. To this end, the state is continuing to invest in its ports based on the market demand. Under the leadership of Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature, the state’s seaports have seen billions invested through state, local and private funding since 2011. This has produced a Return On Investment (ROI) of nearly $7 in state and local tax revenue for every $1 of state investment. And an additional $2.8 billion has been earmarked for capital improvement projects over the next five years to ensure that Florida remains a key player in the global marketplace. The annual Five-Year Seaport Mission Plan is a statutorily-required report produced by the Florida Ports Council on behalf of the Florida Seaport and Transportation and Economic Development Council. Some highlights of the 2017-2021 plan include: * $50.1 billion in value of containerized cargo moved (6.4 percent increase); * 3.5 million twenty foot equivalent units handled; * 15.5 million cruise passengers served (1.4 percent increase); * $2.8 billion programmed in improvements over the next five years. “Those are market-driven investments, responding to market needs,” says Doug Wheeler, President and CEO of the Florida Ports Council, a Florida nonprofit corporation that serves as the professional association for Florida’s 15 public seaports and their management. “We’re seeing more and more businesses recognize ports as very beneficial to their bottom line.” As these 15 Florida ports see upgrades and expansions, international companies are taking advantage of the benefits. There has been a growth in business from Mexico, South America, Central America, and Asia businesses, says Wheeler. The ports have seen an uptick in automobile business and parishables, such as fruit. “We’re seeing growth at our ports,” Wheeler says. “It benefits everyone on the supply chain and helps the existing port tenants. We’re seeing companies with a manufacturer component recognize that ports can be a value-added service and be where they need to be to export or import their products.” Companies are not the only ones benefiting from the upgrades in seaports. The economy of the state is also feeling the love. Since 2012, the total economic value of the Florida seaports increased from $101.9 billion to $117.6 billion, and total jobs supported and related to cargo and cruise activity grew by 217,664 within the state. “Clearly, port infrastructure investments by Governor Scott and the legislature are paying off as Florida further establishes itself as a key player in the global marketplace,” Wheeler says.

Senior Volunteers Make A Difference in The Lives of Older Adults

(NewsUSA) – With years of experience and a willingness to make a difference in their communities, more older adults are volunteering to serve their peers in need. By doing so, they are staying active, meeting new people and learning new skills — all factors that contribute to health and longevity. But most importantly, they are making a difference in the lives of others.Volunteers Making a Difference in the Lives of Older Adults, a new report from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), highlights five volunteer programs that are changing lives.These programs demonstrate how local Area Agencies on Aging across the country are innovating to meet critical needs and offer local seniors meaningful volunteer opportunities."My volunteer work has given me the opportunity to meet with some very inspirational people, whom I otherwise would have never been able to meet because they are homebound," says one volunteer.The five volunteers highlighted in the n4a report represent thousands of older adult volunteers across the country who give their time and talents to ensure that other, older Americans live with dignity and choices in homes and communities for as long as possible. They may inspire you to volunteer your time and talents.In Atlanta, trained volunteers teach health and wellness classes to their peers. The classes cover topics such as fitness, healthy sexuality, disaster preparedness and issues related to mental health. Program staff members report that most of their volunteer community educators are in their mid-60s with the most dedicated volunteers in their 70s and 80s.Veterans in Maine are volunteering to visit other veterans who are often isolated in rural communities. They swap stories and provide companionship. The volunteers also link their fellow veterans to social services and programs that address unmet needs."As Vets age, they seem to be forgotten. The need is huge for volunteer veterans to visit and share life stories with other veterans," says the program’s director.Other senior volunteers across the country are staying active in their communities by making weekly phone calls to homebound seniors, helping seniors navigate public transportation, providing rides to medical appointments, and educating seniors about Medicare, among many other critical tasks.There is a role for everyone!For more information about how you can volunteer, contact your local Area Agency on Aging or the Eldercare Locator at 800-677-1116. For a copy of the five case studies, visit www.n4a.org and find "Volunteer Resource Center" under n4a Initiatives. 

Daughters in the Workplace Need More Support

(NewsUSA) – For the millions of women caring for an aging adult while balancing a full-time job, it can be a struggle to juggle conflicting demands.In fact, a new survey by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, found that one in four daughters in the workplace report that her career growth has suffered because of being a caregiver, feels her supervisor is unsympathetic to her caregiving responsibilities, and feels that there is a negative stigma associated with time off for elder care.There is much that can be done to address this problem.Employers can provide support and resources to help daughters and sons feel empowered at their jobs and working caregivers can educate themselves on the policies and resources available to them. Home Instead created Daughters in the Workplace, available at www.DaughtersintheWorkplace.com, a free resource for working caregivers and their employers.Here, caregivers can test their knowledge on caregiving benefits with the "Can you take time off work to care for Mom?" interactive quiz.Furthermore, working caregivers can use the following tips to help feel more empowered at work:1. Be realistic. Understand how much you can do.2. Honesty is the best policy. Be honest with yourself and your employer about what you need.3. Think creatively. Think outside the box to offer solutions that work for you and your employer.4. Get plenty of rest. Well-rested, you can get more done and be increasingly confident in handling daily challenges.5. Take one day at a time. Caring for an older adult is an unpredictable job and one that often calls for a measured approach.6. Arrange for help including respite care. Check with your Area Agency on Aging (www.n4a.org) for community resources, or contact your local Home Instead Senior Care office (www.HomeInstead.com) to learn how professional caregiving could help you.7. Educate your employer. Do what you can to explain the kinds of challenges you are facing.8. Look for ways to give back. If your employer offers flexibility and help, think about ways to pay it forward with your manager and co-workers.9. Be organized. Honing your organizational skills could go a long way toward staying on top of your job and easing your anxiety.10. Find support. Connecting with others going through the same circumstances could be meaningful.To explore additional resources for Daughters in the Workplace and their employers, including the interactive quiz, visit www.DaughtersintheWorkplace.com or find a Home Instead office near you by going to www.homeinstead.com/state

Championing the Right to Age Well

(NewsUSA) – In 1967, one of today’s most iconic runners made her mark in history.Despite an angry official who tried to push her off the course of the Boston Marathon, Kathrine Switzer defiantly ran on, broke barriers and became the first woman to officially complete the legendary race.Today, at the age of 70, Switzer continues to defy the odds.This year, she ran the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon again to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her historic milestone and continued to inspire others to break new ground. She also announced a partnership with the health and well-being company, Humana, to help celebrate seniors, encourage them to take an optimistic view of aging, and live healthy, active lifestyles."When the Boston Marathon race director tried to shove me off the course in 1967, my life’s purpose was crystalized. I knew I wanted to be a champion for others committed to blazing their own path," Switzer says."I’m working with Humana to inspire seniors to achieve their best health, so they can experience all that life has to offer."Switzer shared tips on how she maintains an optimistic outlook on aging, and why she believes that great things are ahead when your health is ready — no matter what age you are!Don’t let your age define you.The biggest tip is to realize that you’re never too old, too slow or too out-of-shape to begin living an active lifestyle. Whether it’s walking the dog a bit further than usual, or taking a swim at the local health club -; finding ways to get active can help you live healthier and be more optimistic.Take it one step at a time. Allow time to adjust to a new routine. Start small and build on your efforts in small intervals. Listen to your body and be proud of your progress.Two is better than one. To help you stay motivated, get a buddy who has similar fitness goals. If a buddy is waiting for you, you won’t worry about being embarrassed or feeling slow; it’ll just be the two of you. There are few things greater than sharing victories and accomplishments with someone close.Make time for rest. Equally as important as staying active is ensuring that your body recovers from the stress endured from physical activity. Not only will your body thank you, but you will grow to love your active lifestyle more without aches and pains holding you back.Switzer recently took her message to the National Senior Games presented by Humana, one example of how the company is committed to championing seniors and breaking barriers — namely, the stereotypes associated with seniors in today’s society — and proving that with a healthy body and mind, age is truly just a number. While at the Games, she participated in the 10K Road Race in a celebratory role and presented an inspiring and encouraging speech at the Celebration of Athletes.In addition to being a fierce advocate for seniors and optimistic aging, Switzer has been a lifelong advocate for women runners in general.In 1972, she co-founded the first women’s-only road race; in 1984, she led the drive to get the women’s marathon into the Olympic Games; and in 2015, she founded 261 Fearless, a global non-profit that empowers and connects women through the transformative action of running, and encouraging them to overcome life obstacles and embrace healthy living."I think optimism is everything and you don’t have to be a marathon runner to possess it," Switzer says."The more you do, the more you can do!"  

¿Desea tomar el camino menos transitado? Aquí le explicamos cómo

(NewsUSA) – En las rutas con paisajes puede haber caminos complejos divertidos, pero es totalmente diferente a navegar por la vía; no olvide estos consejos para mantenerse seguro y evitar quedar atrapado.–Obstáculos simples: cuando está pensando conducir en arena, nieve o lodo, desinfle sus neumáticos para mejorar la tracción, disminuyendo las huellas de los mismos. Mantenga el momento y si sus ruedas comienzan a girar en la arena o en la nieve, disminuya un poco la velocidad. Si está en el lodo, mantenga las ruedas girando para ayudar a limpiar el lodo de los neumáticos.–Obstáculos complicados: cuando se acerca a grandes rocas, troncos o zanjas durante su viaje en rutas externas, tómelos en un ángulo, para que solo un neumático esté en el obstáculo, mientras los otros tres se mantienen al nivel del piso para maximizar la tracción. Coloque un neumático en el obstáculo, luego conduzca despacio para ayudar a proteger el chasis de su vehículo.–Colinas: siempre piense en un plan de escape en caso de que su viaje no resulte según lo esperado. Sin embargo, puede aumentar sus probabilidades de conducir de manera segura en las colinas, si se aproxima recto hacia ellas para obtener mayor tracción en las cuatro ruedas. Utilice la velocidad más alta posible para subir la colina cómodamente.Pearse Umlauf, Presidente y Gerente General de Jeep Jamboree, dice que tener los vehículos y neumáticos correctos, permite tener experiencias incomparables en la carretera. "Las Jeep Jamborees son para fines de semana de aventura en rutas externas que hacen que las personas pongan los pies sobre la tierra, para que disfruten de sus Jeep 4×4 al aire libre", dijo Umlauf, quien trabaja en la coordinación de operaciones para el uso seguro y mantenimiento de los vehículos para rutas externas en EEUU y el mundo.Señaló que los neumáticos BFGoodrich serán los neumáticos oficiales de la Jeep Jamboree en el 2017.Cuando está listo para ir al campo, Del Albright, salón de la fama de los deportes de motor todo terreno, y BFGoodrich Performance Team Expert, tienen 50 años de experiencia en manejo con neumáticos en caminos. "El neumático todo terreno T/A KO2 es mi favorito, con un diseño fuerte y duradero que lo hace ideal para los conductores todo terreno que desean probar sus vehículos o que solo disfrutan el campo", dijo. Albright también es un defensor a tiempo completo de la conservación y preservación de los caminos para el uso de los conductores todo terreno. Uno de sus caminos favoritos, el camino Rubicon en Lake Tahoe, California, estuvo en riesgo de cierre debido a la erosión; sin embargo, Albright lideró a un grupo de voluntarios para que repararan los lugares con problemas y preservaran el camino para los conductores todo terreno y otras personas que disfrutan del aire libre. Algunos de sus otros caminos favoritos incluyen: el Rausch Creek Off-Road Park (Pennsylvania), el San Hallow State Park (Utah) y el camino Hatfield-McCoy (Virginia occidental).Para obtener mayor información sobre BFGoodrich y de aventuras en ruta, visite www.bfgoodrichtires.com  

Lights, Camera, Action — Holiday Style

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – In only minutes, you can ensure your Christmas tree will meet the “merry and bright” standard. Your holiday lighting dreams can surpass expectations with just a bit of advance planning.
“Test Your Lights” Tuesday begins November 22 and runs every Tuesday through Christmas. Mark your calendar to test your holiday lights.
“There’s nothing more frustrating than gathering the family to decorate the tree or house only to find some of your light sets don’t work,” says John DeCosmo, CEO of Ulta-Lit Technologies, maker of the LightKeeper Pro, a one-of-a-kind tool that not only finds the bad bulb on a string of lights but also illuminates the rest of the working bulbs.
“With just a few pulls of the trigger, you can reclaim your special family moment and become the hero who saves Christmas,” DeCosmo says.
At $19.99, the LightKeeper Pro is both economical and eco-friendly. In many, many instances, users save money by reducing the need to replace an entire string of lights simply because of a couple of bad bulbs. Old sets of lights don’t need to end up in a landfill.
Ask for help — at no charge: Should your holiday lights darken, Ulta-Lit’s lighting pros answer questions every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas at (888) 858-2548. To better assist they also take calls year-round during standard business hours. Or, refer to the Ulta-Lit website at Ulta-Lit.
With over 100 years of experience with light sets, here are some tips from the pros:
* Measure: Using your two hands, touch your pointer fingertip to your other pointer fingertip. Then take your thumb tip to your other thumb tip. Bring all four tips together to create a maximum 1/8″ diamond. While standing no less than 10 feet away from your lit tree, peek through that diamond and scan the tree from side to side, top to bottom. This will assist in finding dark spots where you may want to add more lights for a fully lit tree.
* Quality vs. price: Commercial-grade light sets are more reliable for outdoor use because of their durability and thicker insulation.
* Decide on LED vs. incandescent: LEDs are more expensive than incandescent lights, but they last longer. The use of a tree with 1,000 incandescent bulbs can cost $10 over an average holiday season, while the same tree with LEDs would cost approximately $1.50.
* Replace and repair: If you notice one or two unlit bulbs within a section that is primarily operating properly, replace those bulbs ASAP. Two burned-out bulbs can decrease the lifespan of the light set by 39 percent, four burned-out bulbs by 67 percent.

How to Overcome Your Smile Insecurities

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Everyone deserves to have a smile that expresses self-confidence and inner beauty. Unfortunately, too many people are insecure about their smile when the sources of their unhappiness can easily be fixed. Turns out, with some simple, cost-effective, and painless cosmetic dentistry, you can dazzle the world with your smile.
Three of the biggest smile inhibitors are yellowing or discolored teeth, crooked teeth, and gaps. Each of these issues can be addressed by an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) member dentist to give you the results you’ve dreamed of.
Teeth Whitening
There are a number of reasons why teeth become discolored over time from internal causes to external factors. So, it just makes sense that there are a variety of ways to deal with whitening, from simple do-it-yourself products to more extensive in-office treatments. While a prescription is not needed for the over-the-counter home remedies, it is a good idea to discuss them with your AACD dentist. In-office remedies are typically more effective and better for people with sensitivity issues because the rest of the mouth can be protected.
Crooked Teeth
While most people instantly picture teens in braces when they think of straightening crooked teeth, there are options for adults that are much more subtle than the full-metal braces of the past. Short-term orthodontics can include invisible braces that are placed behind the teeth and which can be a faster alternative to traditional braces; clear aligner therapy — such as Invisalign — a well-known “nearly invisible” treatment that uses trays to gradually create change; and more. With strict compliance, these solutions can create straighter teeth.
Some gaps between teeth (diastema) can be fixed with the traditional metal braces or other short-term options mentioned above. But there are other methods of fixing gaps that can work almost instantly to give you a smile that you’ll want to share. Bonding fills in the space by using a resin, and dental veneers use ceramic or porcelain to subtly widen the teeth to diminish the gap. If your gap is due to missing teeth or dental implants, a bridge or partial dentures can restore the healthy appearance you once had.
Talk to an AACD member dentist to find out which treatment(s) are best suited to tackling your smile-inhibitors and take your smile from blah to brilliant.
For more information on any of these procedures and to locate an AACD member dentist near you, visit www.YourSmileBecomesYou.com.

Kids Willing to Step Up to Help Aging Parents, Study Finds

Do you wonder if your kids will have your back when you’re older? Apparently the answer is a surprising yes.

That’s the good news in a conversation many people are having these days — around aging parents — that comes courtesy of the third biennial “Fidelity Investments Family & Finance Study.” Less heartening is that nearly 4 in 10 families seem to be suffering from what can only be described as — hats off to “Cool Hand Luke” for this — a failure to communicate.

Family vacation at the beach

Let’s start by paying homage to at least certain offspring and giving them their due credit:

Physician Prescribers Should Recommend Drug-Free Options Rather Than Opioids for Pain Relief

Chiropractor/doctor discussing treatment options with a beautiful senior patient.

The recent opioid overdose-related death of Prince, a world-renowned musician, has once again put the spotlight on how overmedicated our society is and how desperately it is in need of an adjustment.

Last March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shook the medical industry to its roots by encouraging doctors to use conservative care options prior to taking out the prescription pad for opioid use.

The move came in response to growing alarm over the most recent statistics, showing an annual toll of 28,647 deaths involving the potentially addictive drugs. The United States makes up only 4.6 percent of the world’s population, and yet consumes 80 percent of its opioids — and 99 percent of the world’s hydrocodone.