Infertility Guidance Begins with Healthcare Providers

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Infertility can be a difficult topic to understand for couples trying to conceive a child. Many questions arise during the conception journey concerning health, timing, and fertility treatments. So where do most couples go for guidance and support?
The Stork ib2C Inc. conducted an online survey among 150 adult consumers under the age of 45 who have been trying to conceive for at least three months and have taken action to improve fertility or would consider taking action in the future. The survey uncovered that healthcare providers are the top resource consulted about fertility at the beginning of many couples’ conception journey and during the time couples began to feel concerned. The results showed that 51 percent of respondents consulted their healthcare provider initially for fertility, and 49 percent for concerns related to fertility.
The more-concerned respondent bases most likely consulted resources about fertility from the very beginning, including 92 percent of those who were moderately concerned and 84 percent of those who were highly concerned.
The number-one reason for concern, by a ratio of more than 2 to 1, was the number of months the couples spent trying to conceive, in addition to how long these couples thought it would take at the time they started trying to conceive. The level of concern positively correlated to couples who tried certain conception techniques, including over-the-counter (OTC) medical devices and incorporating lifestyle modifications about diet and caffeine.
The survey showed that experiences and actions changed as the respondents moved along the levels of concern. The most-concerned segment was eager to try new options. Twenty-six percent of respondents were unaware of the possibility of using an OTC medical device to improve fertility, as only 6 percent of respondents were using one; however, another 25 percent said they were considering it. This is where The Stork OTC can help.
The Stork OTC home conception device is a low-cost option that affords couples the opportunity to increase their fertility without engaging in long-term and costly treatments. There are no shots to take, scans to schedule or prescriptions to fill. The FDA-cleared, over-the-counter device provides a way to keep higher sperm score concentration at the cervix compared with natural intercourse by cervical cap insemination.
For more information, visit www.storkotc.com.

Do Your Health Insurance Homework

(NewsUSA) – Fall means not only shorter days and colorful leaves, but also the season of open enrollment for health insurance for most Americans.Employer-sponsored benefits can be confusing, and a combination of doing some homework and seeking expert advice can help most individuals make the most of the plans available to them.Confusion over health insurance remains a common problem; approximately 76 percent of American workers reported that they did not understand some elements of their health insurance, according to the 2017 Aflac WorkForces Report conducted by Lightspeed GMI on behalf of insurance provider Aflac.Areas of concern reported by survey respondents included deductibles, copays, and the determination of whether a health care provider is in-network.Consumer education is the key to making smart decisions during open enrollment periods, according to Aflac, which offers three top tips for maximizing health insurance.-Be prepared. Before your employer opens enrollment for health insurance this year, take the time to look into all the available options. Data from Aflac’s consumer survey showed that 83 percent of workers spent less than an hour researching potential health insurance benefit plans, and 20 percent of those did no research on health insurance plans at all.-Be advised. Get expert help. The Aflac survey found that approximately two-thirds (67 percent) of workers said they were confident that they understood all aspects of the health insurance plans for which they signed up.However, only 24 percent said they understood everything when they were questioned in more detail about deductibles, copays, and in-network providers.-Be enhanced. Consider additional voluntary insurance coverage to help fill the holes in employer-offered plans. Approximately 81 percent of employees report a need for voluntary insurance benefits, according to the Aflac survey, and 90 percent say that they view voluntary insurance as essential to a complete health benefits program.Some examples of voluntary insurance include not only health insurance, but also accident insurance, insurance for critical illness, and insurance for hospital stays, which may not be covered by an employer’s insurance. Voluntary insurance also can be used to help with expenses associated with gas, groceries, and rent for individuals with illnesses or injuries that prevent them from working.Visit Aflac.com for more information about options for health benefits and how to choose a benefits plan.

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How Parents Can Have A Device-Free Meal with the Tap of A Button

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Technology, the pletho- ra of devices, such as smart phones and tablets, and social media have brought convenience to our finger- tips today in ways that we didn’t know were possible just a few years ago.
It has made life easier for families and businesses in so many ways, more than we can count.
But, with that immediate grat- ification we, as a society, have some serious consequences to con- sider and address.
A new Comcast survey shows that the majority of parents across the country believe that disconnecting from devices during mealtime improves family bonding, with more than 2 in 5 (42 percent) not able to remember the last time their family had a device-free meal.
However, children aren’t the only ones to blame: more than half (52 percent) of parents have been told by their children to put their cell phones away during meals. A new DeviceFreeDinner campaign featuring comedian Will Ferrell captures this very issue. Comcast offers a solution for parents called Xfinity xFi, a new way for users to personalize, monitor, and control their home Wi-Fi, including the ability to instantly pause Wi-Fi connectivity by user or device.
The “pause device” feature is the most popular xFi function, with users tapping “pause” about five million times since launch, most often between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Parents will be happy to learn that they are not alone in their concerns about screen time and its effects.
Comcast’s nationwide study of parents, conducted by Wakefield Research, also found:
* Dinnertime is bonding time -Nearly every (98 percent) parent surveyed agrees that disconnecting from devices during mealtime im- proves family bonding.
* Millennial parents have an especially hard time remembering the last time they sat at the dinner table without a device at the table (49 percent), compared to Gen Xers (37 percent) and Boomers (33 percent).
* Sneaking screen time – Par- ents admit to taking away their children’s devices an average of once per week and more than half (56 percent) have found their chil- dren trying to sneak their devices when they were banned from them.
* Going to extremes to discon- nect – Nearly one-third (31 percent) of parents make their children leave their devices in a basket be- fore bedtime, while 14 percent go so far as to disconnect their modems to stop Wi-Fi usage.
The American Academy of Pe- diatrics recommends that parents develop personalized plans for their children’s device use, warning that excessive screen time can displace important activities such as face-to-face interaction, familytime, outdoor play, exercise, and sleep.
“Technology should adapt to meet our customers’ needs, not the other way around,” says Eric Schaefer, Senior Vice President of Internet and Communications Ser-vices for Comcast Cable. “With xFi’s ‘pause device’ feature, parents have the power to decide when it’s time for family members to connect with each other, rather than their devices.”
For more information about Comcast’s xFi, go to: www.xfinity.com/xfi.

Contemporary Style – What It Is And Tips for Your Home

(NewsUSA) – Contemporary style and design are everywhere and can be a foundation for many new homes built today.But what exactly does that mean and how can it be incorporated into existing homes?"Contemporary style is really about reduction – reducing things to their essence and having really clean lines and uncluttered spaces," says Alan Pickett, Pella Corporation’s resident architect.Current contemporary design offers a softer take on modern – it has the same simple, clean lines, but with decoration that is naturally minimalistic. Light, color, and fabrics all play a part in gaining a contemporary look for your home.Today’s contemporary-style dwellings will have asymmetrical shapes, windows with minimal trim in a contrasting or dark color, and a lot of glass and other textures.The following tips from Iowa-based Pella Windows can help you find just the right design to accent your home:* Add neutrals with color – One clear sign of contemporary design is neutral tones, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring.Shades of gray and blue are particularly prevalent in contemporary style, and white and taupe color palettes allow for simple, bold colors to take center stage as in favorite wall photos or a definitive area rug.*Let the light in – Light and shadow in a space are key to contemporary style and are much less about decoration. Not only do the light fixtures need to have straight lines and sleek metallic finishes, but even the windows in your home can outline its contemporary design. Windows with a vast expanse of glass and thin frames, such as Pella’s Architect Series Contemporary line of wood windows, can engulf a room in light and be the foundation for achieving contemporary style.* Use textiles – In reducing things to the essence, silk, wool, linen and cotton – all natural fabrics – are typically used to highlight the clean lines of contemporary design.This also means having furniture with less ornamentation and using natural materials such as wood with less grain. The natural textiles also offer the option of adding bold color into a minimalist space.* Mix it up – Most homes today are going to have some existing traditional elements – such as crown molding – but don’t let that stand in your way. Paint the existing design features in the previously mentioned neutral colors – shades of gray and blue, white and taupe. Then add an accent color and some contemporary furniture that will pull the traditional and contemporary vision together.You can find more contemporary trend tips at Pella.com.

Addicted Babies Are The Latest Victims in U.S. Opioid Crisis

Newborn babies are the most recent casualties of the U.S. opioid crisis.

With prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin being used by women who are pregnant, the result is an “explosion” of infants who are as addicted to the drugs as their mothers. Current published data in JAMA Pediatrics shows that the number of cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) has risen exponentially in the nation from 2000-2012, with nearly 22,000 affected infants in that last year alone.

Stroke Care Quality And Prevention A Priority in China

(NewsUSA) – As part of its ongoing efforts to reduce death and disability from stroke globally, the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, and the Chinese Stroke Association (CSA), announced that Boehringer Ingelheim has joined a project launched with Medtronic to fund the development of a stroke care quality improvement program in China modeled after the AHA/ASA Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program."Stroke continues to be the leading cause of death in China," says Yongjun Wang, MD., Ph.D, President of Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University and executive president of the Chinese Stroke Association. "We are devoted to providing the platform for the education, training, clinical research and public education about the symptoms of stroke."Understanding the signs of stroke and reacting quickly are critical to increasing the survival rates and improving outcomes of stroke patients," says Ying Xian, M.D., Ph.D, FAHA, American Stroke Association spokesperson and Assistant Professor of Neurology and Medicine at the Duke University Medical Center and Duke Clinical Research Institute."The AHA-powered program that the Chinese Stroke Association is developing is significant given the prevalence of stroke – particularly hypertension – in the country, as well as the nearly 7,500,000 of Chinese people who suffer from a stroke."The adapted Get With The Guidelines program is a set of "best practices" that aims to continuously improve treatment, enhance the quality of care and prevent future strokes in China. Education about the signs and symptoms of a stroke is a component of the project and is applicable for first responders and emergency medical personnel."We feel honored to have the opportunity of working together with the Chinese Stroke Association, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and Medtronic to reduce the burden of stroke in China," says Georg van Husen, M.D., Corporate Senior Vice President, head of Therapeutic Area CardioMetabolism, Boehringer Ingelheim."The work we have done to improve acute stroke care through our Angels Initiative with the World Stroke Organization and the European Stroke Organization will add great value to this program.""As a leading stroke care solution provider in stent retriever therapy, Medtronic is deeply committed to working in the global marketplace to improve the quality of stroke care around the world, and particularly in China," says Chris Lee, President and CEO, Medtronic Greater China."Our efforts with the American Stroke Association, Chinese Stroke Association, and now Boehringer Ingelheim to significantly improve the quality of stroke care across the country underscore that commitment. Boehringer Ingelheim joining us also adds to the scale and reach of the project and will bolster our collective efforts to make a significant health impact." 

2017 Holiday Hiring Could Be a Boon for Seasonal Workers

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Let the holiday hiring season begin.
Early forecasts anticipate a pretty holly, jolly Christmas for retailers, with total sales expected to grow as much as 4.5 percent as opposed to last year’s 3.6 percent. To help get them across the finish line, according to the National Retail Federation, a whopping 500,000 to 550,000 seasonal workers -; more than the population of Sacramento, California -; will need to be hired.
And while some companies are making it more attractive than ever to come aboard, there’s still some forces at work that applicants need to be aware of:
* The economy isn’t necessarily your friend. Rather than bringing in hordes of new temps as in the past to do everything from wait on customers to gift wrap presents, some employers like Walmart are instead at least mainly opting to offer existing workers extra hours. “Part of the reason is that there just aren’t as many people looking for work this year,” CNNMoney.com reports. “Unemployment fell to a 16-year-low of 4.2 percent in September, considered to be pretty much full employment by most economists.”
* Except when it is your friend. Because there are fewer people out of work -; heck, even the number of part-time workers who’d prefer full-time gigs has fallen by nearly 250,000 in the last year -; some of the incentives being dangled to lure qualified applicants are pretty impressive.
One of the most intriguing offers comes from UPS (UPS.Jobs.com), currently in the midst of a major push to fill about 95,000 full- and part-time jobs -; primarily as package handlers, drivers, and driver-helpers. The company already has a reputation for providing such seasonal temps what it calls “a road to permanent employment” (more on that in a second). And that’s on top of inducements including flexible hours across multiple shifts and -; are you ready? -; as much as $25,000 in tuition assistance for permanent part-time college students through its Earn and Learn program.
“If you are a student, a working mom, or just looking to make extra money for the holidays, we have a job for you,” says CEO David Abney.
* The 800-pound gorilla. Aside from some island castaway, who isn’t buying online these days? And with internet sales predicted to rise 18 to 21 percent over last year, not only does someone have to deliver those packages (see UPS above), but stores like Macy’s will be needing bodies for their fulfillment centers and online customer service.
So what are the odds of those 500,000-plus temp gigs turning into something more lasting?
Well, as Benjamin Franklin once opined, the only guarantees in life are death and taxes. But UPS, for example, does say that 35 percent of those hired for seasonal package handler jobs over the past three years subsequently landed permanent positions, and that even its permanent part-time employees qualify for healthcare and retirement benefits.
Case in point of how the package delivery company makes it possible to rise through the ranks: Jackie Nicholas, who started out years ago as a temp and who’s now a full-time recruiter in Kentucky.
“As a mother, the great pay and benefits have been critical for my family, and so has the flexibility,” says Nicholas, recalling how she used to work the night shift when her two kids were young so that she could be with them for things like school field trips.
Oh, and her husband and both her sons now also work for UPS.

Employees ‘Uninspired’ To Do Health Homework

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – How do American workers really feel about researching their health care benefits options?

Not surprisingly, the sentiment of wanting to do almost anything but take time to review benefits options seems to be a timeless classic. The Aflac WorkForces Report found that people simply are not motivated to commit time or energy to completing their annual benefits enrollment. In fact, most would rather avoid what they consider an unpleasant experience, and some would rather do just about anything else. And, when it comes to selecting insurance, many Americans are on autopilot and reliant on the advice of others.

Do You Know Beaujolais Nouveau?

(NewsUSA) – For many wine lovers, the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau on November 16 – or Beaujolais Nouveau Day – has become a festive addition to celebrations during the holiday season. The Beaujolais Nouveau heritage began with the winegrowers themselves, who toasted the end of the harvest and their hard work with a sampling of wine they had just produced. Take a look to learn how Les Vins Georges Duboeuf has helped extend this regional tradition to wine drinkers around the world through the commemoration of Beaujolais Nouveau Day. See full-sized image here.