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.

5 Reasons the GRE Tests Give Students More Options

Accepted by more institutions than any other graduate admissions test, the GRE  revised General Test now provides more options and opportunities for test takers. Here are five reasons why there’s never been a better time to take the GRE revised General Test.

1.    It is the one test that applicants can take to apply to more than 3,000 graduate and business schools worldwide. GRE scores are used for admission to master’s, MBA, Ph.D. and fellowship programs.

Looking for a Way to Boost College Persistence

It’s great to get low-income students to college, but what if they drop out during their first year? What is the difference between those students who persist in college and those who do not? A new study revealed that the persistence rate in college from participants of a program that engages them to work in meaningful internships during high school is greater than it is for their peers.

“Once students experience professional success while in high school, continuing on a path to a lifetime of low-wage occupations is no longer an option, so when the going gets tough in college, they stay determined to succeed,” said Rafael Alvarez, Founder and CEO of Genesys Works (

Tips to Keep Fido From Feasting on Your Stuff

Pet owners love being greeted at the door by their furry companions – but coming home to see the sofa in chunks on the floor amid the smiling jowls of our pet isn’t the welcome we hope for.

“We all love spending time with our dogs, but we need to leave them at home alone sometimes,” says certified dog trainer Laura Roach from the nationally trusted pet care franchise Camp Bow Wow. “Nobody wants to come home to chewed-up shoes or ripped furniture. A tired dog is a good dog, so it’s important to get them out for exercise and socialization.”

New Movement Picks Up Where Occupy Wall Street Trails Off

Occupy Wall Street’s most recent push, “May Day,” exemplifies the crux of the protest: it’s a great forum to express widespread discontent about financial issues, but less adept at affecting bona fide change between giant corporations and average consumers.

Critics of the movement tend to call it politically dangerous and radical, like pollster Doug Schoen in the Wall Street Journal. On the other hand, President Obama is embracing a 2012 platform crusading for the 99 percent against the presumptive GOP nominee.

Getting Your Wiggle Back

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – When YouTube first made its Internet debut in 2005, no one could have predicted the global affect it would have for musicians or record labels.
Fast-forward to present day, and wannabe recording artists are exploiting the site to broadcast their music to the world and to get noticed by record companies.
One case in point is Euro dance artist Abie Flinstone, a 19-year-old wunderkind from Lommel, Belgium, who has been likened to an Asian female Eminem and has used YouTube to her advantage.
For her efforts and marketing acumen, Flinstone’s reward is that she has been signed by New York-based Big Jake Music, an indie record label and part of Seven Arts Music. Recently, parent company Seven Arts Entertainment announced that it will start marketing Flinstone’s single “Get Outta My Way,” featuring Kaliq Scott, a song she recorded in her bedroom. The song has reached no. 2 on Belgium’s dance charts and will be available later this month in the U.S.
Like Flinstone, another up-and-coming artist who has enjoyed virtual success via YouTube, is Natassia Zolot, or Kreayshawn as she’s known by her stage name — a 22-year-old white rapper from East Oakland, Calif.
Last year, Kreayshawn recorded her now-famous “Gucci Gucci,” a catchy ode to independence from designer labels, then used YouTube to premier her video. By Internet standards, it became an overnight sensation, garnering 11 million hits by August 2011. She has since pocketed a seven-figure record deal, and shows no signs of slowing down. Not bad for a girl who admits that she thought she was “still going to be struggling to pay rent.”
“I believe YouTube is changing everything for music artists,” said Jake Shapiro, founder of Big Jake Music.
“Because of YouTube, small, independent record labels are now able to choose from the best of the best,” he added.
With the backing of Big Jake Music, Flinstone finds herself in good company.
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Thyroid 101: Getting Down to Basics

Shaped like a butterfly or bowtie and sitting at the front of your neck, the thyroid gland is the master of your metabolism. Weighing in at less than one ounce, the thyroid may be small, but it plays a big role in regulating how your body uses and stores energy from the foods you eat. Because the thyroid gland releases hormones that affect most of the body’s organs, production of too much or two little hormone could harm your health.

Hip-Hop Force Rocks Crossover Music Scene

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Americans love to dance. And today, more than ever, they are moving to the beat of electronic dance music.
So much so that artists like Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Britney Spears are filling their music with these electronic elements — a popular form of dance and rock that hails from Europe.
This cutting-edge style was made popular in the early 80s and 90s by British band Duran Duran and Swedish band Ace of Base. Since then, Europe has become a recruitment destination for American executives looking to sign new acts.
Enter Abie Flinstone — a 19-year-old R&B and hip-hop artist from Lommel, Belgium, who is making headlines with her distinct sound.
Infusing her flow and lyrics with a 90s feel, but with a millennium twist, Flinstone says she’s in a category all her own, and Jake Shapiro, founder of New York-based Big Jake Music, agrees.
“The most important business aspect of dance music is a great hook. To that point, you also need artists who are marketable. We believe we have found that in Abie,” said Shapiro.
With songs like “Have Dat,” “Love You Like Davao” and “Get Outta My Way,” Flinstone believes she is ready to take on the music industry.
From writing and recording in her bedroom, which she calls Bedrock, Flinstone is a star on the rise. According to Shapiro, she has the potential and credentials to go as far as she wants.
“Besides being sexy and fun, Abie is cutting-edge with her lyrics and beats,” he said.
Clearly, dance music is suiting American tastes more and more each year. The cross-over appeal between America and her European sister is at an all-time high for the genre. Branding opportunities have opened up, and record company producers are taking notice, making it easier for artists like Flinstone to get a foothold in both countries.
Having recently been acquired by Seven Arts Pictures (NASDAQ: SAPX), the indie music label believes it can now better focus on up-and-coming new artists like Flinstone.
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Is Your Dog the Worst Behaved Dog in America?

Is your dog bad to the bone? Does your sweet Jack Russel guard all doors from intruders – friends and family included? Or is it your Boxer puppy that won’t stop shredding socks and underwear? Some of the cutest pooches have the worst manners. Whether you’re at work or just in another room, their mischievous play may lead to anything from home repairs to staggering vet bills.

Pets and owners alike can relate to this common problem, but getting the magical, behavioral transformation you’ve always dreamt of is closer than you think.

Lend a Helping Hand for Social Change in 2012

Political unrest, environmental crises and economic challenges on a global scale practically defined 2011. The Arab Spring ousted three iron-fisted rulers, a deadly earthquake led to mass radiation exposure in Japan and Occupy Wall Street emerged to be a historical, internationally united protest. The year 2011 seized the idea of social change and ran with it.