Targeting Obesity

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Are we overlooking potential help for those struggling with obesity?
With the epidemic now estimated to be costing the nation $147 billion annually, it’s a question that’s very much on the minds of health experts. And many, including lifestyle guru Shea Vaughn, are citing chiropractic care as a crucial part of overall wellness programs.
“Chiropractic care helps patients with many physical ailments. It also represents a proactive approach helping to prevent injury and relieve stress, while providing a positive influence on any individual’s mind, body and heart,” says the much-quoted author of “Breakthrough: The 5 Living Principles to Defeat Stress, Look Great & Find Total Well-Being.”
What’s more, doctors of chiropractic can also counsel patients on their diets — what to emphasize (fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans) and what to reduce (processed foods, sugar, soda, fats). “The key is to make consistent, small positive changes,” says the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress’ Gerard W. Clum, DC.
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Insider Look at Leadership Roles for Women

By Linda Verba
For NewsUSA

One of the advancements in women’s rights that we celebrate during Women’s History Month is the freedom to work in any field, and the ability to pursue leadership roles within the companies we work.

It’s a very different story from the 1970s, when women worked in limited fields and earned significantly less than men. While we still have barriers in equal earnings, we do have control over where we choose to grow professionally.

Rare Flower Jolts Skin’s Vitality

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – When it comes to healthier skin, flower power isn’t such a ridiculous idea. Haberlea rhodopensis, a rare Resurrection Flower, might be the key to smoother, younger-looking skin.
Indigenous to the harsh, arid Rhodopes Mountain Range in Bulgaria, the flower has adapted to survive in extremely arid conditions and can survive periods of dryness in a suspended state for up to 31 months. Even after drying out completely, a few drops of moisture are enough for the plant to return to normal growth. It will resume its usual functions in a matter of hours and achieve full recovery in one to two days. For this reason, it is sometimes called a “Resurrection Flower.”
The plant’s unique ability to revitalize its own cells may allow it to create visibly healthier, younger-looking skin in humans. In young women, the skin replaces its cells every 28 days. Some studies show that by age 40, skin takes 40 days to replenish itself. This contributes to changes in the skin’s appearance that most women dislike, including a rougher texture, less elasticity, and more fine lines and wrinkles.
However, Haberlea rhodopensis may have both a protective and a vitality-stimulating effect on skin. One company, Kiehl’s, has added a high concentration of the Resurrection Flower to a new advanced anti-aging cream. Called “Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream,” its active complex has been shown to increase cell vitality and protect skin cells from future aging in-vitro. After using the cream, 91 percent of consumers said that their skin looked rejuvenated, while 93 percent reported that their skin felt denser and thicker. Most people felt they looked five years younger after using Rosa Arctica.
The high concentration of the Resurrection Flower in Rosa Arctica helps skin retain moisture for smoother, healthier skin while increasing cell vitality and triggering the skin’s natural ability to create elastin and collagen.
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Family Caregivers Month Highlights Parkinson’s Disease

(NewsUSA) – For the fifteenth year, November has been declared National Family Caregivers Month. Parkinson’s disease (PD), which inhibits motor skill function and cognitive ability, affects not only the person diagnosed but also family and friends around them. Carolyn manages her PD with proper treatment, exercise and support from her husband and caregiver of 51 years, Joe.In his caregiver role, Joe says, "From day one, I had to accept the hand we were dealt and do what I could to ensure that Carolyn remained active and continued taking her medication as directed."After experiencing a slight tremor in her right thumb and persistent handwriting abnormalities for five years, Carolyn and Joe visited a neurologist who diagnosed her PD and prescribed AZILECT® (rasagiline tablets) and regular exercise to help manage her disease.While symptoms and treatment may vary among patients, Carolyn finds that having her husband, Joe, as a dedicated caregiver makes life easier. When asked his most important piece of advice for fellow caregivers, Joe replied, "Long-term planning for medical and financial security is essential." Additionally, he cites patience and understanding as two virtues that all caregivers must display.With Joe’s care and her daily treatment, Carolyn has been able to continue enjoying the things she loves, like spending time with her grandchildren, traveling and enjoying water sports at a nearby lake.For more information about PD, please visit  IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT AZILECT Patients should not take AZILECT if they are taking meperidine as it could result in a serious reaction such as coma or death. Also, patients should not take AZILECT with tramadol, methadone, propoxyphene, dextromethorphan, St. John’s wort, or cyclobenzaprine. Patients also should not take AZILECT with other monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). Patients should inform their physician if they are taking, or planning to take, any prescription or over-the-counter drugs, especially antidepressants and ciprofloxacin. If patients have moderate to severe liver disease, they should not take AZILECT. Patients should not exceed a dose of 1 mg per day of AZILECT in order to prevent a possibly dangerous increase in blood pressure. All PD patients should be monitored for melanoma (skin cancer) on a regular basis. Side effects seen with AZILECT alone are flu syndrome, joint pain, depression, and indigestion; and when taken with levodopa are uncontrolled movements (dyskinesia), accidental injury, weight loss, low blood pressure when standing, vomiting, anorexia, joint pain, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, dry mouth, rash, abnormal dreams, and fall. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. See additional important information at, or call 1-877-4-AZILECT.

Classic Favorite Enjoys Spirited Renaissance

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – In a world of constant upheaval, cognac makers have always taken pride in how their centuries-old techniques never change. So it’s big news that these days the brandy — which originates in the Cognac region of France — is enjoying quite the renaissance among bar and restaurant patrons of all age groups, cultures and regions.
“Cognac is really gaining ground with the recent cocktail renaissance hitting bars across the country,” says Todd Appel, a master barman in Chicago, Ill. “It is such a timeless and elegant spirit
— not to mention, it appeals to such a wide range of tastes, such as bourbon and scotch drinkers, whether ordered neat, on the rocks or in cocktails — that bartenders are turning to it more and more often.”
Here are a few things to keep in mind when ordering cognac:
* There are three grades of cognac: Very Special (V.S.), which is aged two years; Very Superior Old Pale (V.S.O.P.), which is aged four years; and Extra Old (X.O.), which is aged six years.
* The younger varieties (V.S. & V.S.O.P.) work better in cocktails. Older, more mature cognacs are better consumed neat.
Why the resurgence in this beverage’s appeal? Well, according to spirit aficionados and experts, it’s in large part thanks to the emergence of new ranges of the amber liquid that defy the drink’s image as a spirit best enjoyed in the winter months. In fact, not only are two of the latest stand-outs — the aromatic CAMUS Elegance V.S. and V.S.O.P. — perfect year-round given their distinctive smoothness, aroma and overall elegance, but they’re ideal for making cocktails taste like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.
If you’re really looking for a treat, try the CAMUS Pink Love cocktail below, which Appel says is perfect before, during or after dinner.

Impact of Running Away Is Chillier Than Winter

(NewsUSA) – Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away each year in the U.S. The brutal cold of winter is only one of the threats that runaway youth will struggle to overcome. According to the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) 2011 Runaway Youth Longitudinal Study, the long-term impact on their health, economic and legal outcomes as adults is another significant risk."Long-term consequences of youth running away should encourage parents, teachers and other adults to get involved earlier to prevent a runaway situation," said Maureen Blaha, NRS executive director. "Hopefully, knowing the potential consequences also deters youth from running away."For adults who ran away from home as adolescents, the likelihood of having suicidal thoughts increases 51 percent, they are more than three times as likely to attempt suicide, the likelihood of them being a smoker is 2.4 times as high, they are 67 percent more likely to use marijuana, and they are 53 percent more likely to report having a sexually transmitted disease.Running away doesn’t just affect health — it also impacts the economy. As an adult, a former runaway’s annual income level is $8,823 lower on average and the likelihood of being a recipient of AFDC, public assistance or welfare is 76 percent higher.The negative effects of running away don’t stop there. Adults who ran away as adolescents are approximately 2.5 times more likely to be arrested, and they are 99 percent more likely to sell drugs. The key is runaway prevention, and NRS offers a few tips for parents to keep their child from running away:* Understand Your Child. Try to sympathize with what your kids are going through, and look at life from their point of view.* Discuss Feelings. Talk about what it feels like to be a parent, and encourage your children to talk about their feelings, too. When parents share their feelings, children know it’s safe to share theirs.* Use Teamwork. Work together to find mutually agreeable solutions.Find help and information for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth by visiting or by contacting NRS at 1-800-RUNAWAY.

Impact of Running Away Is Chillier Than Winter

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Parents send their children to school hoping and trusting that teachers and school systems are providing a well-rounded, holistic education that’s personalized and supportive.
Now, thanks to an initiative by ASCD, one of America’s leading education associations, anyone interested in preparing today’s youth for success can check whether schools make the grade.
Using the “Grade Your School” tool (, a resource presented as part of ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative, parents and communities can confirm whether their schools meet the five tenets of ASCD’s Whole Child approach to education. Those tenets are:
1. Each student enters school healthy and learns and practices a healthy lifestyle.
2. Each student learns in an environment that is safe.
3. Each student is actively engaged in learning and connected to the school and broader community.
4. Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults.
5. Each student is challenged academically and prepared for success in college or further study and for employment and participation in a global environment.
“The Grade Your School resource really gets you thinking about what an effective, even ideal, learning environment should be. I will use this tool to open the conversation with my child’s school on how parents could work collaboratively with school officials and others to create an even better learning community,” says Sioban Maslar, Silver Spring, Md.
Composed of 14 short multiple choice questions, the Grade Your School tool helps anyone quickly find out how well a school and community are doing to prepare children for the future. ASCD then provides a report card and some tips on how to use the results.
“Each community has educators, families, administrators and counselors working hard to support the success of each learner,” says Molly McCloskey, managing director of Whole Child Programs at ASCD. “The Grade Your School tool is a starting point for anyone to check how these groups are working to support the whole child approach to education, and open a dialogue about how to work together.”
Visit the Whole Child Initiative homepage at to learn more.

Look Better, Feel Better, Have More Energy

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As you push to fulfill the demands of your hectic schedule, make sure that you carve out some time to take care of you and your health. It may seem …