Learn How to Keep Teeth with Braces Clean

Teenagers love things that are shiny and new – unless those things happen to be attached to their teeth. But with proper care and technique, your teen may eventually learn to love their newest physical trait.

Braces have become commonplace in many families – approximately 4 million people receive orthodontic care in the U.S. each year. Most people undergo orthodontic treatment during adolescent and teenage years, when the permanent teeth have come in and treatment can be most effective.

Yet, as many parents already know, getting teenagers to adhere to a cleaning routine can be tricky. For parents and teens who want to keep the cleanest teeth with braces, follow these tips:

Converting Farm Waste to Fuel Makes for “Greener” Pastures

Don’t let those fields of green confuse you – most farming isn’t environmentally friendly. From animal waste to pesticides and fertilizers to plastic trash, farms take their toll on Mother Earth. But some companies are looking to help farms clean up – and green up – their act.

Youth Development Programs Strengthen Classrooms

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Comprehensive approaches to positive youth development are becoming more common in schools across the country, resulting in stronger and healthier youth. Research shows that such programs increase academic achievement, decrease problem behavior and increase pro-social behavior. The positive impact of programs that develop life skills in the classroom has caught the attention of some of the nation’s largest school districts, including Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

Lions Quest, a positive youth development program of Lions Clubs International Foundation, recently entered select CPS schools as part of a movement to develop students’ social and emotional skills. Now in more than 10 schools throughout CPS, Lions Quest is garnering recognition and support for additional expansion.

The program’s positive presence in CPS recently attracted the attention of Bank of America, resulting in a $10,000 grant awarded to Lions Quest by the Chicago division of the organization.

“Youth in Chicago are some of the most at-risk in the U.S.,” said Al Brandel, Chairperson of Lions Clubs International Foundation, “But the Lions Quest program aims to provide these youth with the life skills they need to develop into healthy adults and build stronger communities.”

Edward Tilden Career Community Academy High School was awarded the funding from the Bank of America grant, providing the Lions Quest “Skills for Action” program. Tilden, a high school located on Chicago’s south side with a student population of 1,350, has a high drop-out rate and low graduation rate, and the majority of students come from low-income families. The funds trained 36 teachers from Tilden and other Chicago Public Schools and provided curriculum materials to 500 students.

Teacher training is central to the success of the program. Through informative and engaging workshops, teachers become experts on the content and subsequently implement the program according to the needs of their classroom.

By implementing positive youth development programs in schools, students receive a comprehensive approach to education that strengthens not only the classroom, but also society as a whole.

For more information, visit www.lions-quest.org.

Savvy Tips for Renting a Car

With friends and relatives renting cars while they visit and vacationers renting in sunny vacation spots, summer brings many people into car rental offices — some who might not have much experience car rental.

Rent-A-Wreck has some tips to help consumers get the right car and the best value:

•    Research car rental companies before your trip. Find out what companies are in the area, their rates and their policies. Always ask for hours of operations and return policies. Many rental locations offer a key drop or off-hour returns, but don’t assume that all do.

What Does Erectile Dysfunction Mean for Your Health?

The topic of erectile dysfunction (ED) is still one that leaves most men searching for the door. Even in the privacy of a doctor’s office, many men in the U.S. are afraid of what that diagnosis might mean for them. Despite these natural fears, it is very important for men and their partners to take erectile dysfunction seriously and to get help.

Healthier Meals on the Way to Schools

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Healthier Meals on the Way to Schools

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – For the first time in U.S. history, kids may face a shorter lifespan than their parents. The cause? Obesity.

American children are suffering from the obesity epidemic that has plagued the nation for the past decade. Today, nearly 20 percent of 6-11 year-olds and over 18 percent of 12-17 year-olds are obese, and over 1/3 of both age groups are overweight. Childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A reliance on fast food, poor nutrition education, excessive caloric intake and lack of physical activity have been blamed for the ill health of the nation’s youth.

First Lady Michelle Obama has made childhood obesity a central cause in her husband’s administration. She has initiated the “Let’s Move” campaign to solve the epidemic of dangerously heavy children within a generation. The goal is to give parents support, provide healthier meals in schools, encourage and enable kids to become physically active and to provide healthy, affordable food to all parts of the country. “We want our kids to face a different and more optimistic future in terms of their lifespan,” says the First Lady.

A cornerstone of the Let’s Move campaign is the Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge Program, designed to create healthy and active kids. The program calls for higher school food quality, participation in meal programs, physical activity and nutrition education. Food service workers in more than 75 percent of schools have pledged to work with school authorities to improve the nutrition in meals. Teachers, principals and school administrators have sworn support for the new measures. Major school food suppliers have agreed to decrease the sugar, fat and salt in school meals, and increase the use of whole grains and produce.

School suppliers of higher-quality food at an affordable price are welcoming the trend toward feeding nutritious wholesome meals to the nation’s youth. Food safety leader iPura, producer of organically cleaned seafood, provides schools with a safe, clean source that includes guarantees of good farming and manufacturing practices from Source-to-Kitchen. iPura offers schools the benefits of food safety, sustainability and the health attributes of seafood backed by a strong guarantee of quality, contributing to the efforts of school meal authorities to improve the health of students nationwide.

Ending childhood obesity will require that parents, schools and food companies join forces and maintain focus for years to come. The lifespan of our children depends on it.

Is It Time to Upgrade Your Home’s Security?

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – As Americans work in their yards and start DIY home projects, it might be appropriate for them to think about improving outdoor security.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. households experienced about 16.3 million property crimes, including burglary and robbery, in 2008. Many people feel that a home security system automatically makes their home safe, but outdated technologies may leave a home vulnerable.

Take outdoor motion sensor lighting. Burglars want to avoid detection, so they are often deterred by well-lit yards and driveways, making motion sensor lighting a wise investment. But for the past two decades, motion sensor lights have used Passive Infrared technology (PIR), which detects heat from moving objects. The problem? PIR technology can be easily fooled.

PIR sensors can be triggered by wind or temperature changes. For example, they might turn on by wind-blown leaves, but fail to detect a burglar on a cold night. In addition, PIR motion sensor lights can only detect lateral, or side to side, movement. If a burglar moves towards a PIR light in a straight line, he can approach the house without triggering the light.

But one new motion sensor light combines Doppler Radar with PIR to create more reliable home security. Precision Plus Doppler Radar, by Cooper Lighting, uses Doppler Radar to cover those areas where PIR motion sensors fail. Doppler Radar allows the motion sensor light to cover a larger range. Doppler Radar does not sense temperature, so weather changes don’t affect its ability to sense somebody approaching the home. In addition, Doppler Radar can detect a person moving in a straight line towards or away from the home.

Upgrading a motion sensor light is just one way to protect your home. Some low-tech, DIY solutions include installing heavier doors and deadlocks, and removing large hedges, which burglars can use to hide.

To learn more about Precision Plus Doppler Radar, visit www.precisionplusdopplerradar.com.

Tips to Protect Yourself Against Mosquitos and West Nile Disease

Although national consumer confidence has risen in recent months, the recession is still significantly affecting homeowners. While foreclosure figures underscore the current economic conditions, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds homeowners that vacated homes are prone to mosquito infestations, especially in or around foreclosed properties with clogged gutters and neglected pools.

Carried by mosquitoes, the West Nile Virus can cause deadly inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) or inflammation of the membrane that surrounds the brain (meningitis) in humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. saw 1,358 cases of West Nile Virus in humans in 2008, resulting in 44 deaths.

Supplement Maker Wins Verdict Over Imitator in Federal Court

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – After a seven-day trial, a federal jury in Colorado rendered a verdict finding that Allergy Research Group (ARG), a subsidiary of the Kikkoman Corp. (OTC: KIKOF.PK), violated federal false advertising laws in marketing their product, “Russian Choice Immune,” as identical to the immune system support supplement Del-Immune V, previously marketed by ARG as Delta-Immune. The jury also determined that ARG misled buyers as to the product’s origin — Russian Choice Immune was actually developed and manufactured in Vietnam — then sent it to the U.S. without conducting any prior research, according to the testimony of ARG’s own expert, Dr. Ba Hoang.

Del-Immune V is a unique probiotic supplement made from the “good bacteria” lactobacillus rhamnosus (DV strain), authored in the Ukraine by Dr. Lubov Shynkarenko, Del-Immune vice president and former dean of the Biotechnology Institute at Kiev’s elite National Technical University.

Manufactured by Boulder-based Pure Research Products LLC (PRP), the Del-Immune V dietary supplement provides immediate immune system support, helping the body defend itself from environmental invaders such as viruses and germs. It is also used to help the body deal with other health issues by strengthening the body’s natural immune response.

When the probiotic’s cells break, they release immune-activating proteins that immediately prepare the immune system to fight foreign invaders. Those taking the supplement boost their general immune response, as well as more adequately prepare their bodies to resist germs and bugs.

Del-Immune represents the culmination of 50 years of research originated by Cold War-era Soviet Bloc scientists and Russian military bio-warfare troop protection programs. PRP obtained exclusive rights to manufacture, distribute and market the DV strain from its Russian partners in 2002.

“We conducted analysis of the counterfeit product and found that it did not have the characteristics of Del-Immune V,” said John Sichel, pharmacist and Del-Immune founder. “While we’re flattered that they would want to copy one of the most thoroughly researched and effective immune system supplements in the world, we’re happy that the jury recognized that this was confusing customers who want the immune system benefits of American-made Del-Immune V.”

Del-Immune V is used by thousands and recommended by doctors around the world. For more information, please visit www.del-immune.com.