Survey Says Most Americans Approve of Their Community Associations

CommunityAssociationsCFor the 65 millions Americans who live in condos or single-family homes, the vast majority are satisfied with their communities, according to a national survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for the Foundation of Community Association Research.

Ninety percent of community association residents rate their overall experience as positive (64 percent) or neutral (26 percent), with only 10 percent citing dissatisfaction.

Key Findings

•    90 percent of residents believe association board members have the best interests of their communities at heart.

•    83 percent of residents say they get along well with immediate neighbors.

How Parents Can Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

Recent surveys show that teens are abusing prescription medications in record numbers. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 70 percent of children age 12 and older say they got prescription drugs, not from a drug dealer, but from a friend or relative.

For teens, peer pressure or wanting to escape emotional stress can lead to experimentation, which can in turn lead to abuse, addiction and sometimes to a drug overdose.

The Value of an MBA

As the economy begins to improve, all industries will require the expertise of management professionals to help sustain financial growth and prepare for new organizational structure.
Many recent grads and working professionals consider earning a master’s degree in business administration (MBA ) to set themselves apart. According to the Corporate Recruiters Survey from the Graduate Management Admission Council (2011), 67 percent of employers expect to hire recently graduated management talent in 2012, and they plan to hire in increasing numbers.

It is important to remember, however, that there are no guarantees; it is important to determine the true value of an MBA in each unique career field.

Degree Completion: Removing Barriers to Career Success

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As the economy begins to improve, all industries will require the expertise of management professionals to help sustain financial growth and prepare for new organizational structure.
Many recent grads and working professionals consider earning a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) to set themselves apart. According to the Corporate Recruiters Survey from the Graduate Management Admission Council (2011), 67 percent of employers expect to hire recently graduated management talent in 2012, and they plan to hire in increasing numbers.
It is important to remember, however, that there are no guarantees; it is important to determine the true value of an MBA in each unique career field.

Survey Says Impoverished Children Crave Education First

Ask an average group of 10- to 12-year-olds in the United States what they want to be when they grow up, and more than one in four will say famous athlete or singer/actor. Pose the same question to their counterparts in the developing world and professions requiring a college education, like teaching and medicine, top the list.

This finding is part of the second annual Small Voices, Big Dreams survey, which polled close to 5,000 children ages 10 to 12 in 44 countries throughout Africa, Asia and the Americas – from Afghanistan to Zambia.

Living with Heavy Periods: National Survey Reveals Profound Effects on Daily Activities

By Dr. Michael Bennett, M.D.
Grand Rapids Women’s Health
For NewsUSA

Millions of American women suffer from a medical condition called heavy monthly bleeding (HMB). Many have periods so heavy they can limit daily activities, including work, childcare, exercise and managing household responsibilities.

Despite the significant impact of heavy periods, many women suffer in silence, according to “Living with HMB: A National Survey of 500 Women,” conducted online in June 2010 by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Ferring Pharmaceuticals. The survey found that:

Living With Heavy Periods: Study Reveals Challenges

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Millions of American women suffer from a medical condition called heavy monthly bleeding (HMB). Many have periods so heavy they can limit daily activities, including work, childcare, exercise and managing household responsibilities.
Despite the significant impact of heavy periods, many women suffer in silence, according to “Living with HMB: A National Survey of 500 Women,” conducted online in June 2010 by Harris Interactive on behalf of Ferring Pharmaceuticals. The survey found that:
* 92 percent of women were very frustrated by having HMB. Nearly two in three women (64 percent) said HMB has a significant negative impact on their social, leisure and physical activities.
* 47 percent could not adequately perform everyday household chores, 37 percent reported HMB negatively impacts their job, and 19 percent said it affects their ability to care for their family.
* HMB was also reported to negatively affect relationships. More than 55 percent reported it negatively affected their sex life. For three out of 10 women, HMB had a negative impact on their relationship with their spouse or significant other.
* Remarkably, 37 percent had never talked to a doctor about their HMB. Those who haven’t consulted a healthcare professional think it is normal (42 percent) and/or think there is nothing their doctor can do about it (41 percent). Some women who haven’t discussed HMB with a healthcare professional (21 percent) were simply too embarrassed to talk about their condition.
As a physician, I encourage women to break their silence around HMB, and to talk to a healthcare professional about treatment options. Traditional treatments have been limited to pain relievers like ibuprofen and most hormonal contraceptives, which are not FDA-approved for HMB, as well as surgery such as endometrial ablation or hysterectomy.
Women also have another option: Lysteda (tranexamic acid) tablets, the only oral non-hormonal and non-surgical prescription medicine FDA-approved specifically to treat HMB.
In clinical studies, Lysteda was shown to lower the amount of blood lost during monthly periods by about one-third.
Lysteda pills are taken only during the monthly period for up to five days, and have been shown to work across all treatment cycles studied and as early as the first cycle of use. Lysteda has not been studied in adolescents under age 18 with HMB.
For more information about HMB, talk to your doctor or visit www.lysteda.com.

Playing the Office Temperature Game to Save Money

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Business owners should think twice before tweaking workplace temperature settings this winter. According to a new survey of office workers, sixty-nine percent said they would be willing to sacrifice their preferred temperature in the office to help their company conserve energy. However the survey also found that nearly four in five participants (78 percent) say they are less productive at work when they are too hot or too cold.

Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), the global leader in providing energy-efficiency solutions, commissioned a survey of nearly 800 American adults who work in an office setting regarding a variety of issues, including temperature, productivity and energy efficiency. The survey is part of the company’s Efficiency Now campaign to build nationwide awareness of the importance of energy efficiency at work and at home. The good news: The findings indicate that many workers think their employers could be doing more to be energy-efficient. The challenge: Business owners must avoid a negative impact on office productivity and the possibility that workers may take action to circumvent their discomfort, including the use of portable heaters or fans, if temperatures are not ideal.

“Employers may be tempted to turn down the thermostats this winter, but this quick fix could lead to hidden costs,” said Clay Nesler, vice president of Global Energy and Sustainability, Johnson Controls. “Energy-efficient systems and equipment is the win-win alternative, allowing businesses to save energy and money without sacrificing workplace productivity.”

Almost all participants said their office has been too hot or too cold at some point (98 percent), and when that occurs, most (78 percent) said they are less productive. Not only does workplace productivity suffer, individual actions — such as bringing a heating or cooling device into the office -; result in increased energy use.

* Forty-nine percent of office workers have used a fan when it was too hot in their office, and 28 percent have used a space heater when it was too cold.

* Nearly one-third (30 percent) have left their office building to take a walk outside when it was too hot or too cold in their work space.

For additional information, please visit www.johnsoncontrols.com/efficiencynow.

Americans Support Banning Cell Phones in Cars

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Americans have been driving cars and using telephones for about a century. But it’s only been in the past five or 10 years that we’ve been combining these two activities. and we’re finding out that it’s a dangerous mix.

A new Nationwide Insurance survey revealed that 45 percent of drivers say they have been hit or nearly hit by another driver using a cell phone. The danger is also evident in the seemingly daily news stories about deadly crashes caused by someone texting behind the wheel.

The government reports that 5,870 people were killed and 515,000 were injured last year in crashes where at least one form of driver distraction was reported. Driver distraction was involved in 16 percent of all fatal crashes in 2008 and was prevalent among young drivers.

Americans are getting fed up with people driving while distracted (DWD). Nationwide’s latest survey found that 80 percent of Americans favor a ban on texting while driving, and more than half say they would support a ban on cell phone use altogether while driving.

“In recent months, the debate about the dangers of DWD has intensified as more and more states consider taking legislative action,” said Bill Windsor, Nationwide’s Safety Officer. “The survey results confirm that there is strong public support for banning texting while driving.”

Instead of waiting for the federal and state governments to make these behaviors illegal, Nationwide is working toward technological solutions that address the peer pressure that drivers get from friends and family to stay connected. About two-thirds of respondents to a recent Nationwide poll said they feel pressure to answer calls when on the road.

These solutions involve software installed on a phone or Blackberry that recognizes when you’re driving and blocks incoming calls and texts, using an auto-reply message to let your friends know that you’re driving. Nationwide even plans to offer insurance discounts to drivers who use these devices once they become available.

“Teens have this two-minute rule — somebody sends a text message, and if you don’t get back within two minutes, the other person feels you’re mad at them, or something’s wrong,” Windsor said. “We think this technology will fill that gap.”

In addition to saving lives, fewer DWD-related crashes could also result in lower insurance costs for consumers.

“DWD impacts all of us in one form or another, and Nationwide will continue to raise public awareness about this important issue,” said Windsor. “By working closely with legislators, public safety officials and other key stakeholders, we can arrive at real-world solutions to this problem and help make the roads a safer place.”

When it Comes to Clothing, It’s About What’s Underneath

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Updating a man’s wardrobe means more that just substituting last season’s clothing for more stylish attire — it also means buying new underwear.

Whether men are shopping for shorts, jeans, T-shirts or sweaters, guys care just as much about their underwear as the rest of their outfit. In fact, in a Calvin Klein Underwear survey of 600 men and 400 women conducted by Survey.com, 70 percent admitted that they consider underwear an extension of their personality. Seventy-five percent of the men surveyed said that they had never been caught in embarrassing underwear.

“Whether you are wearing a crisp white shirt, slim-fitting pants or rockin’ your favorite pair of jeans, it’s important to set your wardrobe foundation with a

stylish and comfortable pair of underwear,” says Jeannie Mai, celebrity stylist, host of Style Network’s “How Do I Look” and “Extra” correspondent. “There’s nothing worse than seeing a gent in frumpy fabrics!”

So, what do men want in a pair of underwear? According to the survey, most preferred boxer briefs, and most bought their boxers in multiple pairs. Men like multi-colored or patterned underwear, and they consider the fabric when choosing their purchase. Ninety percent want underwear with good perceived value. On average, men buy more than eight pairs of underwear each year.

The survey results are consistent with Calvin Klein Underwear’s popular styles. Classic Two Pack Boxer Briefs, which come in black and white, and Body Micro Modal Trunks, with their soft feel and body-defining fit, prove to be two top picks.

To help you choose the right foundation for your wardrobe, Calvin Klein Underwear offers the following tips for choosing comfortable men’s underwear:

– Try different fabrics. Nearly every man loves 100 percent cotton, but there’s a whole world of different fabrications to evaluate. Fabrics ranging from microfibers with wicking properties for the gym, to cotton stretch for increased support and a more flattering fit, will satisfy a wide range of personalities and lifestyles.

– Fit is key. Finding the perfect fit is essential. Too loose, and you end up with excess bunching; too tight, and you’ll be squirming around all day. Don’t forget that different fabrications fit differently — 100 percent cotton tends to be looser, while cotton stretch or microfibers tend to be more body-defining.

– Go with a brand you trust. Not all underwear is made the same. Usually the more prestigious brands pay more attention to creating a better fit and using higher-quality materials and construction in order to give you the best possible underwear.