A One-of-a-Kind Lifeline: A First Responder’s Kidney Health Journey

(NewsUSA) – Like the more than 25 million first responders in the United States, Jeff Cooper, a former deputy in the Broward County Polygraph Unit, took an oath to protect and serve his community. However, like many first responders, Cooper’s promise did not necessarily extend to himself — until a worsening medical condition forced him to focus on his health.Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) affects more than seven million people worldwide, and in 1975 Cooper became one of those impacted by the disease. His PKD diagnosis, a hereditary condition, took him on a journey that would not only give him access to an innovative new technology, but would also allow him to experience remarkable camaraderie that would eventually stretch beyond the oath to protect and serve.A Lifeline for Patients with End-Stage Renal DiseasePKD is a genetic disorder that causes cysts to develop on the kidneys — making them enlarge and lose function. This hereditary condition can lead to the final stage of chronic kidney disease, also known as "end-stage renal disease." This condition requires more than 70% of patients to undergo dialysis — a process of removing waste products and flushing excess fluid from the blood to keep kidneys functioning and patients alive — or undergo a kidney transplant.Before receiving dialysis, some patients undergo a procedure that creates an access point to their bloodstream, often referred to as a lifeline for dialysis, Arteriovenous (AV) fistulas are created by connecting a vein and artery in the arm, allowing the patient to begin dialysis.Growing up with a father who underwent dialysis for many years, Cooper saw the side effects of the common, surgically created fistulas on his father’s arms (like large, swollen veins) and hoped for a less invasive option that would allow him to continue his normal, active life.While working with his doctor, Cooper discovered the Ellipsys® Vascular Access System — a less invasive option for creating AV fistulas that’s done through an out-patient procedure. While potential risks associated with creation and maintenance of arteriovenous fistula exist, the Ellipsys procedure can cut the time between fistula creation to dialysis from six months to two months, potentially translating into accelerated dialysis treatment.A New Outlook, Another MiracleCooper received his Ellipsys- created fistula on December 4, 2020, giving him access to life-saving dialysis. Cooper said he was amazed at how fast he could return to everyday activities after the Ellipsys procedure.After only a few months of adjusting to his new fistula and starting treatment, Cooper received another life-changing surprise. In early February 2021, Guy Kitchens — coincidentally, a police officer in a neighboring county –gave his fellow officer the ultimate gift — Kitchens donated his kidney to Cooper. Thanks to Officer Kitchens, Cooper says he feels like a kid again. His kidney function is improving, his doctors are dialing back his medications, and best of all, he’s formed a lifelong friendship with Guy, with whom he talks almost daily."I’ve got a little brother now and another extended family," Cooper says. "I’ve got a living angel in my life."Without his Ellipsys created fistula and dialysis treatment leading up to that life-changing day in February, Cooper’s story might have been more challenging. Please consult with your doctor to see if this procedure is right for you — results may vary. If you or someone you know is on a dialysis journey, learn more about the Ellipsys procedure, and associated risks, at: www.medtronic.com/Ellipsys

Baseball Bettors Find Value in World Series Futures Markets

(NewsUSA) – May is here and baseball season is in full swing. Of course, the regular season offers any number of opportunities to beat the sportsbooks, as long as you keep a close eye on the MLB odds and MLB lines for the best value.But what every sports fan might not know is that now is the time to find some of the best odds to bet your favorite teams to win this year’s World Series. We’re talking about betting futures, and they offer some of the best chances of scoring a big payday this baseball season.The first step is finding the best value for your money, so you need to choose teams that play good baseball but still have odds that offer you, the sports bettor, a decent return should they go all the way this year. For example, there is plenty of risk but not much reward in betting the 5.5-to-1 odds on the Los Angeles Dodgers to become this year’s World Series champs, according to Barry Barger, a senior betting analyst at BetUS.com, an online sportsbook that is a favorite for baseball bettors across the country. The NL West team is loaded, but also is in a division which every team is playing solid baseball.One team that gave the Dodgers a run for their money in 2021 is the San Francisco Giants. And you can get both San Francisco and the San Diego Padres at 17-1 odds on the World Series futures market at BetUS.The current World Series champions – the Atlanta Braves – surprised last year, yet are currently offered at generous 15-to-1 odds to do it again this year because of a sluggish start and the strong play of the New York Mets. "Remember, this is a 162-game season plus the grind of the playoffs, so intriguing betting opportunities will abound," Barger says.Another team on the West Coast is also offering attractive odds. Currently, the Los Angeles Angels carry 21-1 odds to win the World Series at BetUS. And along with the Angels comes Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Anthony Rendon and a ton of talent. "If the Angels stay healthy, it could make their fans a lot of money this year," according to Barger.Meanwhile, The Tampa Bay Rays sit at 17-1 and they are off to a more than solid start. This club has had so much success in recent years, it figures to somehow, someway earn the World Series trophy for the first time.A touch below the Rays are the Milwaukee Brewers, another squad that wins a lot of games but just not at the right time. They look enticing at 15-1.Not far behind the Brewers in the NL Central,, but trailing them significantly on the Futures market are the St. Louis Cardinals, who are 34-1. That is a franchise with great success in the postseason and is never a surprise when it succeeds.Another team offering potentially more excitement and bang for your betting dollar are the Minnesota Twins. The Twins are showing plenty of spark and life – and BetUS currently offers them at 34-1 to win the World Series this year.Before placing their bets, fans should review all the current odds to win the 2022 World Series because odds often change as the season progresses.

Baseball Fans Should Choose World Series Futures Now for The Best Odds: Experts

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – May is here and baseball season is in full swing. Of course, the regular season offers any number of opportunities to beat the sportsbooks, as long as you keep a close eye on the MLB odds and MLB lines for the best value.
But what every sports fan might not know is that now is the time to find some of the best odds to bet your favorite teams to win this year’s World Series. We’re talking about betting futures, and they offer some of the best chances of scoring a big payday this baseball season.
The first step is finding the best value for your money, so you need to choose teams that play good baseball but still have odds that offer you, the sports bettor, a decent return should they go all the way this year. For example, there is plenty of risk but not much reward in betting the 5.5-to-1 odds on the Los Angeles Dodgers to become this year’s World Series champs, according to Barry Barger, a senior betting analyst at BetUS.com, an online sportsbook that is a favorite for baseball bettors across the country. The NL West team is loaded, but also is in a division which every team is playing solid baseball.
One team that gave the Dodgers a run for their money in 2021 is the San Francisco Giants. And you can get both San Francisco and the San Diego Padres at 17-1 odds on the World Series futures market at BetUS.
The current World Series champions – the Atlanta Braves – surprised last year, yet are currently offered at generous 15-to-1 odds to do it again this year because of a sluggish start and the strong play of the New York Mets. “Remember, this is a 162-game season plus the grind of the playoffs, so intriguing betting opportunities will abound,” Barger says.
Another team on the West Coast is also offering attractive odds. Currently, the Los Angeles Angels carry 21-1 odds to win the World Series at BetUS. And along with the Angels comes Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Anthony Rendon and a ton of talent. “If the Angels stay healthy, it could make their fans a lot of money this year,” according to Barger.
Meanwhile, The Tampa Bay Rays sit at 17-1 and they are off to a more than solid start. This club has had so much success in recent years, it figures to somehow, someway earn the World Series trophy for the first time.
A touch below the Rays are the Milwaukee Brewers, another squad that wins a lot of games but just not at the right time. They look enticing at 15-1.
Not far behind the Brewers in the NL Central,, but trailing them significantly on the Futures market are the St. Louis Cardinals, who are 34-1. That is a franchise with great success in the postseason and is never a surprise when it succeeds.
Another team offering potentially more excitement and bang for your betting dollar are the Minnesota Twins. The Twins are showing plenty of spark and life – and BetUS currently offers them at 34-1 to win the World Series this year.
Before placing their bets, fans should review all the current odds to win the 2022 World Series because odds often change as the season progresses.

Strategies for a Smooth Retirement on a Fixed Income

(NewsUSA) – When making financial plans for retirement on a fixed income, remember that your retirement life at the beginning is not how it will continue indefinitely. A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional will assist you in creating a smooth retirement plan that best fits your needs over time. "Your retirement will evolve in phases as your priorities change," says Cary Carbonaro, CFP.® "One of the most important things you can do right now is understand how your retirement will change and then budget for those different phases."Carbonaro suggests thinking of retirement in three phases:

Divvy Homes Is on a Mission to Make Homeownership More Accessible

(NewsUSA) – Recent inflationary pressure, challenging financial circumstances and a looming rise in interest rates have made aspiring homeowners across the country feel like the dream of owning their home is slipping away from them. This situation may seem bleak, but San Francisco-based start-up, Divvy Homes offers aspiring homeowners another option to make their dreams a reality.Divvy Homes is dedicated to making homeownership more accessible to American families. The company has designed a program for would-be homeowners who don’t quite qualify for a traditional mortgage because of tighter lender requirements, not quite enough savings or a range of other reasons.Divvy helps by offering a program that allows customers to build savings with their Divvy payment, boost their credit score through free credit counseling and ultimately position themselves to qualify for a traditional mortgage at the end of their three-year lease. If a customer is ahead of schedule and wants to purchase before their lease ends, they can buy their home from Divvy whenever they are ready.Here’s how it works:– Qualify. The process starts when buyers complete a five-minute online application. Divvy requires a minimum household income of $2,500 per month and proof of three months of income. It will then run a soft credit check, complete a background check and ask for a government-issued ID. Once approved, the customer receives a home-buying budget and pairs up with a real estate agent to start shopping. Already have an agent? Not a problem. Divvy knows the homefinding process is personal and will work with the agent of the customer’s choice.– Buy. Once the customer finds their dream home, Divvy bids to purchase the property. When a bid is successful, customers can expect a quick closing process so they can get the keys and move in.– Save. The customer contributes a payment of one to two percent of the home’s value at the beginning of the lease. That money is held on behalf of the customer to be used toward a down payment when the customer is ready to purchase the home. In addition to the initial payment, up to 25 percent of each monthly payment goes toward saving for a down payment. It’s a plan that combines the flexibility of renting with the benefit of a savings program that prepares customers for the wealth-building power of homeownership when they are ready.– Own. The potential homeowner builds up to 10 percent of the home’s value over their three-year lease, but they can elect to obtain a mortgage and buy the home at any time. Change of heart? Customers can walk away from the arrangement and cash out their savings, net of a relisting fee.Divvy has a consistent and growing record of creating new homeowners across the country. It has closed more homes in 2021 alone than in the past four years and doubled their market share since the beginning of 2021. Divvy customers have exercised their option to purchase their homes at a rate of nearly 50 percent — well above the conversion rates of industry competitors.The Divvy Homes program is currently available in 16 metropolitan areas across the United States: Atlanta, GA; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Ft Lauderdale, FL; Houston, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Memphis, TN; Minneapolis, MN; Miami, FL; Orlando, FL; Phoenix, AZ; San Antonio, TX; St. Louis, MO; and Tampa, FL.Visit divvyhomes.com for more information. 

Families Discover Advanced Home Purification 2,400x Faster Than HEPA Filtration

(NewsUSA) – Puradigm, a global leader in a new category of product, — simultaneous air and surface purification — has launched a residential version of their robust charged particle purification technology. Health-conscious families are taking notice.In a University of Florida study, Puradigm proved to be more than 2,400x faster than traditional HEPA filtration when eliminating SARS-CoV-2 (COVIDd-19). Extrapolating from this study, a typical HEPA filter could take 40 minutes to remove the number of harmful pathogens from an average cough size. Puradigm purified the same amount of pathogens in less than a second.In another study in hospital patient rooms, Puradigm was shown to be up to 8x more effective at reducing pathogens than manual cleaning of contaminated surfaces.A growing number of families have found a way to keep safe in the wake of COVID-19 and mutating coronaviruses with Puradigm’s offering of HOME and HOME+ purifiers. By installing Puradigm, they are also investing in their good health by using the technology to reduce mold, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), viruses and bacteria, as well as harmful chemical off-gassing from synthetic household items. Puradigm has been certified as an organic product."The Puradigm HOME was an absolute game changer for our family! Our son had suffered for over a decade from environmental irritants, and within 30 minutes of setting up the Puradigm HOME, he felt better. This product really works, and we are so grateful," says Robert M., a Puradigm customer and father of two in Southern California.Puradigm purification is trusted by major clients around the world to protect their workers and customers, including the Vatican, United Airlines, Lockheed Martin, and the Texas State Capitol building. Dr. Jawad Shah, MD, a neurosurgeon for Insight Surgical Hospital, utilizes Puradigm in his surgical suites and patient rooms and has seen tremendous success in reducing hospital-acquired infections. Puradigm has now made this amazing technology available for home use.Puradigm technology works by converting air and water vapor into charged particles. These charged particles are distributed throughout the home environment, attacking hard-to-reach pathogens simultaneously in the air and on surfaces, and continuously around the clock. This natural, safe and effective purification process has been proven to work thousands of times faster than conventional air filter systems for easy and complete protection throughout the home.The Puradigm system is quiet and non-invasive, as well as energy efficient, with an estimated power consumption of less than $0.05 per day. The system is easy to use via in-home touch panel controls or remotely, with options for wall mounting or free-standing installation. Systems are available to suit a range of indoor living spaces, including single-family homes, apartments and garages so families can enjoy peace of mind in any setting.To celebrate their new residential purification option, Puradigm is currently offering 25% off of its HOME and HOME+ products. Just mention this article with promo code NEWS25 during checkout.For more information and test results, visit https://www.puradigm.com/product/home/.

BookTrib’s Bites: A Plethora of Intriguing Reading

(NewsUSA)The Bus to Beulah"The Bus to Beulah"
by E.C. HanesOn her way to a new job in America, Maria Puente accidentally discovers a human- trafficking ring. Fearing exposure, the American company that manages it kidnaps Maria.Maria’s disappearance triggers a desperate search to find her before the kidnappers can permanently dispose of her. As the investigation unfolds, longtime Hogg County high sheriff Will Moser confronts Albert Waters, a powerful businessman who Will suspects knows about Maria’s disappearance — but Albert and his Mexican cartel partners prove to be brick walls.Will calls on Elijah Kahn, a man he got to know while serving in Vietnam who now runs one of the world’s largest international security firms. This taut thriller culminates in a heart-pounding chase to save Maria. Purchase athttps://amzn.to/3dMQfBs .Blockchain Ethics: Fighting Honorable Battles"Blockchain Ethics: Fighting Honorable Battles"
by Jamil HasanA continuation of the Blockchain Ethics consumer guide series that author Jamil Hasan first penned in 2018. He continues to address important trends in the media plaguing the retail consumer’s ability to effectively and accurately understand the benefits of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology: specifically, media disinformation and misinformation.The author examines the more than 400 times that Bitcoin has been pronounced dead by "experts" in the mainstream media and dispels Bitcoin’s demise by sharing excerpts from guests’ podcast interviews while hosting them at the weekend Crypto Corner Podcast. He tackles conversations with entrepreneurs, founders and business leaders, providing readers with an ethical guide to understanding Bitcoin, free from media bias against the popular cryptocurrency. Purchase at https://amzn.to/35UgFAZ.A Promise for His Daughterquot;A Promise for His Daughter"
by Danielle ThorneHis latest project has a two-year-old surprise.Fatherhood wasn’t what Bradley Ainsworth expected to find at Henny House. The run-down Victorian is his best shot at proving himself as a historic renovator, but the new owner has no interest in recreating the past. Claire Woodbury and her foster daughter, Emily, are focused on the future — until everyone learns that Emily is Bradley’s daughter. Does that future have room for him as a father…and more?The author has written more than 25 books including, romantic adventures and historical novels. This book is part of the Love Inspired Inspirational Romance Series, in which readers fall in love with stories where faith helps guide them through life’s challenges, and they discover the promise of a new beginning. Purchase at https://books2read.com/DanielleThorne.The Prison Minyan"The Prison Minyan"
by Jonathan StoneWelcome to Otisville, America’s only Jewish prison . . . rugelach, blintzes and a quest for vengeance from the highest tier of the US government. A crew of fraudsters, tax evaders, trigamists, and forgers discuss matters of right and wrong in a Talmudic study and prayer group, led by a rabbi who’s a fellow convict.As the only prison in the federal system with a kosher deli, Otisville is the penitentiary of choice for white-collar Jewish offenders. When the regime is toughened to punish a newly arrived celebrity convict who has upset the 45th president, they find devious ways to fight back.Stone brings the sensibility of Saul Bellow and Philip Roth to the post-truth era in a sharply comic novel that is also wise, profound and deeply moral. Purchase at https://amzn.to/367Xwf7.NOTE: BookBites is presented by BookTrib.com.

Self-care on Your Schedule with Mental Wellness App

(NewsUSA) – The challenges of the past two years have raised global stress to unprecedented levels, illuminating the importance of prioritizing mental health.The National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, recognizes May as Mental Health Awareness month — a time to raise awareness and mobilize efforts to support mental health.This year, let Mental Health Awareness Month serve as a gentle reminder to prioritize your mental well-being and self-care.Yet, finding the time to focus on our health can be a struggle during busy or challenging times.That’s exactly why mental wellness app, Breethe, meets you where you’re at, ensuring self-care becomes a reality and not just a hopeful wish. Breethe’s personalized approach — which easily integrates self-care into your day instead of just adding another item on the to-do list –delivers customized, relatable stress relief right to your phone,"Breethe is personalized for you and your needs. When it comes to wellness and self-care, there is no one-size-fits-all approach," says Breethe co-founder Lynne Goldberg. "The more we can meet someone where they’re at in their day and life, the more lives we can change for the better."Can’t sleep? Feeling anxious? The app’s new "Therapy On-The-Go" feature is designed to figure out why, and gets to know its users through a series of quick and easy questions rooted in behavioral science. Then, based on this interaction, it provides personalized recommendations — including bite-sized therapy talks, meditations, relaxation practices and hypnotherapy sessions.Additionally, with the "Customize My Day" tab, Breethe helps users sneak in a few minutes of self-care as they go about their day. Choose from a selection of activities, such as starting the day, doing chores, working out, or falling asleep. By setting the times when you typically do the activities, the app recommends what support would serve you best at that specific time.Finally, Breethe is all about real help for your life — it offers relatable tools for (very!) specific everyday situations, such as "My Boss is a Jerk" and "My Family Drives Me Nuts," making the app even more accessible, timely and friendly.This approach differentiates Breethe from other wellness apps because users need not sift through content libraries in search of the right tools. Instead, Breethe provides a personalized experience that delivers the most appropriate content to users on demand, just the solution for busy lives. As the Breethe team explains, "it’s like having a best friend and life coach in your pocket."Visit breethe.com for more information, and for a two-week free trial.You can check out Breethe on social media by following along at: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/breetheapp (handle: @breetheapp) and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/breetheapp (handle: @breetheapp). 

Massive Volunteer Effort Touches 18 States

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Williams is an energy infrastructure company that is fueling the clean energy economy. This spring, hundreds of Williams employees gave their own energy to complete more than 160 community projects across 18 states during the company’s inaugural volunteer week.
“Strong community involvement is at the heart of Williams, driven by our core value to be responsible stewards,” says Alan Armstrong, president and chief executive officer of Williams, which handles 30 percent of the nation’s natural gas. “By harnessing the energy and enthusiasm of our employees, we’re exemplifying our values by lending a hand to the nonprofits that work hard every day to improve our communities.”
Williams volunteer week builds on the company’s long tradition of being a good neighbor through employee volunteerism and financial support. Projects this year ranged from outdoor beautification to volunteering in elementary school classrooms to helping at food banks.
In Houston, employees revitalized a community garden in an underserved area. Williams employee Jerry Fabian is on the board of directors for nonprofit Urban Harvest, which has a mission to increase access to fresh and local food. The Happy Place Garden serves a low-income population.
“This area is classified as a food desert, meaning many residents live away from a supermarket or grocery store with healthy food options. The goal is to revitalize this garden so that the neighborhood can once again plant and harvest nutritious foods from the allotted beds, plus also have a safe space for the neighbors to gather and build social cohesion.”
Fabian, a supervisor of project controls at Williams, says employee volunteerism is not just a duty, but a privilege.
“While we are supporting the areas where we work, live and play, we are also helping to create a sustainable and safe community for everyone. Obviously, volunteering has a positive impact on the communities, but it also creates a positive and lasting feeling of achievement.”
In North Carolina, Williams’ Coordinator of Maintenance Chad Dlugoszewski says it feels good to help a local nonprofit needing volunteers with skills in repairs and construction. At the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, N.C., employees repaired roofs, sanded and painted walls, assembled pantry shelving and pruned trees.
“The center rarely has volunteers with the skills required for upkeep and repairs to their 85-year-old building,” Dlugoszewski says. “Partnering with Williams for the volunteer project allowed them to make repairs that have been needed for years.”
In western Georgia, employees documented thousands of gravestones at a nearby cemetery. The project, in coordination with Billion Graves, will add to an online database of gravestones that can then be located by longitude and latitude, says Tina Kitchens, a senior field office administrator at Williams.
“There is a huge need to record all gravestones so that relatives and descendants can search for their loved ones,” says Kitchens. “Some of the gravestones date back decades and are too dirty to read, so we will carefully and respectfully wash them and load the images to the Billion Graves app.”
Kitchens says Williams’ support of volunteer efforts is meaningful to both employees and those in need.
“It makes us feel good to do something for others,” she says. “I hope if I was in need, there would be caring people out there to help.”
These are just a few of the many volunteer projects completed across the nation by Williams employees in only one week. To learn more about Williams and see photos from its volunteer week, visit Williams.com.

Multilayered Paranormal Thriller Examines Themes of Past Horrors and Madness

(NewsUSA)KALEIDOSCOPIC SHADES: WITHIN BLACK ETERNITYFor those who relish the blurring lines between reality and existences lurking beyond, the recently released epic book "KALEIDOSCOPIC SHADES: WITHIN BLACK ETERNITY" by David A. Neuman catapults readers into such unknowns.At 566 pages, the book is a doorstopper of a novel that fans of sci-fi and paranormal thrillers can really sink their teeth into. It’s a homage to "The Twilight Zone" overlaid with "Alice in Wonderland," with its own soundtrack, including Satchmo trumpeting, classic rock, a twisted version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and always the eerie, persistent sound of tinkling bells.The book has been described by Editor Jason Pettus as "part Stephen King, part David Mitchell, part David Lynch … with [an] emphasis on wry humor and clever wordplay."It seems fitting that the author himself calls the novel an "adventure of escapism," explaining, "The world has become a pressure cooker. If I can be a release-valve, and those who choose to go along for the ride come back in one piece and invigorated, albeit a little rattled, then it has been worth the risk."In the story, 11 years following a cataclysmic event that ripped apart the state of South Australia, the Triplow family has finally found peace. Settling in California has ensured that the past horrors and madness of Hastings remain relegated to another time, another place.But that false perception is quickly shattered when Bob Triplow is forced to face those things buried deep within himself.Having to accept what no parent would ever wish upon his child, he will take his son on a journey to his past and the horrors of his childhood — a place well beyond Hastings…well beyond South Australia … a place truly out of this world, where life is manipulated with brutal destructiveness.Within this dark, boundless dimension, surrounded by the ghosts of all that has gone before, Bob will learn that past events always find a way of catching up — and that somehow, these events are intimately connected to Earth’s impending loss.In a final confrontation, life’s fragility will be displayed with gruesome clarity, and Bob will struggle for his own sanity and while his ten-year-old son will be compelled to make decisions upon which six billion lives depend.Readers will discover that the paranormal is never far from the surface of modern-day life, and that what lies in the darkness knows more about you than you ever dared to imagine.David A. NeumanThe author’s fascination with the paranormal began when he was barely a teenager. Having worked from an allied health background, where he assisted thousands over the decades to rediscover their physical selves, Neuman now wishes to transport people into a world beyond the physical, a reality that can nonetheless be seen and touched."An intriguing, engaging and articulately written book," says Gina Skoumbros. "It builds in intensity and gripping suspense and makes you question whether unthinkable events could actually be possible. If this were a movie, my nerves wouldn’t last."OnLineBookClub.org calls it "an exciting work of paranormal fiction. It takes you into a world where anything and everything is possible."Purchase at https://amzn.to/3qWBXnY.NOTE: BookBites is presented by BookTrib.com.