- Sponsored News - During the summer months, many families spend extra time together - going on trips, enjoying gatherings with family and friends, and making memories that last all year. While the season may be filled with the sounds of joy and laughter, a great day can easily turn into a bad memory when stinging insects are encountered.
Stinging insects are common summertime pests, and their stings
can be more than a painful nuisance for you and your family. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), stinging insects such as wasps, yellowjackets, hornets and bees, send more than half-a-million people to the emergency room every year. While those who are allergic to stings are most at risk, anyone can be affected if a large number of stinging insects swarm and sting en masse.
This summer, it is essential that homeowners take precautions to prevent stings and stay safe outdoors by routinely checking to ensure their property is free from hives and nests. You should check the exterior of your home, paying special attention to overhangs, eaves, the underside of porches and decks, shrubs, trees, sheds and other structures.
If you find a nest on your property, do not get too close and do not attempt to remove it. Instead, hire a trained pest control professional to relocate or remove hives and nests in a safe manner.
To help you prevent stings this season, the NPMA offers the following advice:
* Eliminate standing water and other sources of moisture around the home.
* Keep trash cans covered and sealed.
* When dining outside, keep food covered until ready to eat. Also provide clear plastic cups for your guests, as aluminum cans and plastic bottles are good hiding spots for stinging insects.
* If approached by a stinging insect, remain calm and quiet. Avoid swaying or swinging, as this may provoke an attack.
* Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, loose-fitting garments, open-toe shoes and sweet-smelling perfumes or colognes.
Some stinging insects pose more serious threats than others. A trained pest control professional will be able to properly identify a pest species and determine the risk to your family. For more information on stinging insects, visit: http://www.pestworld.org/news-hub/pest-articles/stinging-insects-101
- Sponsored News - There's no stopping the aging process, but there are options for those who want to look and feel younger. One trend that is gaining popularity as an alternative to plastic surgery is cosmetic dentistry, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
Experts say that with age, faces can shorten, chins can move back, cheeks hollow and wrinkles stand out. These changes can be at least partially abated by taking a seat in your dentist's chair. "When the teeth are in the right position, they fill out the volume (of the face). You see more teeth, resulting in a more youthful appearance," Nicholas Davis, DDS, and past president of the AACD told the Wall Street Journal in an interview. In addition to taking years off of your appearance, you get an added boost of confidence in being able to smile without inhibition.
The following tips from the AACD can help you look and feel younger:
* Contour or reshape your teeth. Look younger by correcting minor imperfections in your teeth. Simply polishing the worn edges and sharp angles of your teeth, they appear more aligned and symmetrical, and you appear younger. Porcelain veneers and crowns can restore and enhance a tooth's original structure, and bonding can conceal gaps, chips and stains to give the appearance of more attractive and youthful teeth.
* Whiten your teeth. A youthful smile is a healthful, white smile. Teeth become discolored over time from drinking, smoking and neglect. Whitening your teeth can belie years of abuse. A word of advice, however: Don't overdo it. Cosmetic dentists are trained to select the appropriate natural shade that suits you. Once teeth are whitened, avoid drinks such as grape juice, red wine, tea and coffee, which stain teeth, and definitely refrain from smoking.
* Replace silver mercury amalgam fillings. For the same reason that tooth decay looks bad, black mercury fillings show your age as well. Black silver mercury amalgam, which has been used for decades to repair cavities, expands and contracts, causing tiny cracks in teeth that can be a concern over time. Replacing that material with a new tooth-colored composite resin filling may both alleviate any further breakdown of the teeth and brighten your smile.
For more information, visit www.YourSmileBecomesYou.com
- Sponsored News - Most parents know how damaging the effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) can be to our skin, which is why they dutifully slather sunscreen on their kids during the summer. But one thing that often gets overlooked is protecting their children's eyes.According to vision-care experts, kids receive three times more UV exposure than adults annually, yet less than 30 percent of parents currently protect their children's eyes with sunglasses.
The reason for concern is that children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the sun's rays because their ocular lenses aren't mature enough to filter UV light as effectively as adults, causing damage to the retina."Everyone buys into what happens to your skin when it comes to sun damage, but many parents are really surprised to learn about the cumulative UV damage to the eyes," Dawn Hartman, an optometrist at Columbus Ophthalmology Associates in Columbus, Ohio, told The Wall Street Journal in an interview.But the right sunglasses can help, as parents become more aware that protection from the sun isn't just skin deep.Babiators
, for instance, is a brand that offers safe and durable sunglasses for babies and kids. They protect them from harmful rays by offering 100 percent UVA and UVB protection, flexible frames and shatter-resistant lenses in stylish colors and patterns. In addition, Babiators are backed by a one-year "Lost & Found Guarantee" -- if the glasses are lost or broken in the first year, they will be replaced for free."We created Babiators because we know that habits form at a young age and we wanted to promote a healthy habit of wearing sunglasses to help protect children's eyes," Carolyn Guard, co-found of Babiators, told The Optician in an interview. "Not only do these glasses shield little ones from UV rays, they are also fun, unique and vibrantly colored so that children love wearing them and parents can rest at ease knowing they are doing their part to promote healthy vision."Experts say that risk is greatest to the eyes between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., because during those times, UV rays come from different angles and eyes receive nearly double the amount of UV than during midday hours.For more information, please visit www.babiators.com
- Sponsored News - If you're feeling sort of tense and achy, it may be because of poor posture.
While the media has jumped on warnings about "tech neck" -- the neck pain and damage sustained from hunching over smartphones and other devices for too long -- you're actually risking harm to your overall health if just about any part of your body becomes misaligned.
That's because, as the American Journal of Pain Management notes, a person's posture affects and moderates every physiological function, from breathing to hormonal production.
Yes, you read that right. Every physiological function.
How so? "Our muscles and ligaments routinely work to balance us as we sit, stand, bend and sleep," explains Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. "Over time, however, uneven stress causes the body to adapt and change -- subsequently causing aches and pains."
Multiple factors can contribute to poor posture -- including injury, stress, obesity, pregnancy and weak postural muscles. Chiropractors have been specifically trained, as part of their minimum seven years of higher education, to provide drug-free, hands-on care that helps to naturally align and strengthen the spine, as well as advise on healthy lifestyle habits.
And speaking of habits, in keeping with National Correct Posture Month, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress
is out with tips designed to help you develop smart ones regarding posture. Among them:
* Maintain a neutral spine, meaning chin up and shoulders pulled back.
* Avoid extended time spent with your head flexed forward.
* Don't cross your legs while seated.
Learn more at F4CP.com.
- Sponsored News - If investors have learned anything from Wall Street in recent years, it's how finicky the market can be. While there is no "sure thing" when it comes to investing, analysts agree that biotech companies remain a solid opportunity.
One company that is emerging head and shoulders above its counterparts is Endonovo Therapeutics (ENDV)
, a biotechnology company developing bioelectronics-based products and therapies for regenerative medicine.
Analysts say that what makes this particular company so attractive is the fact that it is focusing on both the medical device field and as cell therapies.
Endonovo's devices are based on the Time-Varying Electromagnetic Field technology originally developed at NASA. The way it works is this: the technology uses electromagnetic pulses to deliver electrical stimulation to the nervous system and cells. These devices are non-invasive and non-implantable, and are used to prevent and treat vital organ failure by reducing inflammation and cell death at the same time while promoting regeneration.
In pre-clinical studies, Endonovo's technology was found to be an innovative approach to treating acute inflammation, since others in the field typically use implantable electrodes to treat patients. The company is concentrating its efforts on treating inflammation in the liver, which, if validated, could change the landscape of medicine since inflammation is the root of all disease.
In addition, the company has plans to apply for orphan drug designation for its next-generation, off-the-shelf treatment of Graft-Versus-Host (GvHD) disease, using enhanced stem cells from the human umbilical cord.
If Endonovo receives FDA approval to market its product, the company could easily reach a billion-dollar valuation.
For those not familiar with GvHD, it is a rare condition in which immune cells in donor bone marrow or cord blood transplants attack the recipient of the transplant, causing a failure of the graft, and is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality among recipients.
Endonovo's method is different from other companies that are also looking for a way to treat GvHD in that Endonovo's strategy does not include genetic modification and the use of small molecule drugs to enhance the therapeutic properties of stem cells. This means, according to Yahoo Finance, that ENDV's approach may be translated to other types of stem cells, and is easier to scale up and ultimately manufacture.
For more information, please visit www.endonovo.com
- Sponsored News - Did you know that advertisers spend more than $400 billion in the United States to help influence consumers and businesses to purchase goods and services; promote brands and causes, and take action?
Although an advertising jingle may stick in your head, it's a company's logo and brand promise imprinted on your favorite pen, USB drive or travel mug that serves as a daily reminder of a company that is often kept and used for years.
Decades of data show that promotional products are among the most effective forms of advertising. In a 1992 intercept study of travelers at New York's La Guardia Airport, travelers pulled out logoed pens and key rings from their pockets and purses, and recalled how they came to own the products. These findings have been confirmed in several similar studies conducted for the promotional product industry's trade association, Promotional Products Association International (PPAI)
, most recently with a follow-up intercept airport study in 2012.
This year, PPAI studied how marketing decision-makers view and purchase promotional products. Among the key findings: The most important features of promotional products are their ability to promote loyalty (83 percent), reach targets efficiently (80 percent) and appeal to audiences (78 percent).
Other notable survey findings:
* At least 4 in 10 companies have a promotional products budget of $50,000 or more.
* Seventy-two percent of buyers have a promotional products budget of at least 20 percent of their total budget.
* Sixty-five percent consider promotional products effective.
* Usefulness (80 percent), ability to relate to industry-specific themes (71 percent) and uniqueness (69 percent) are the most desired features in promotional products.
* Buyers cite promotional products as most often used in conjunction with social media (72 percent), email marketing (60 percent), online advertising (58 percent) and sales promotions (54 percent).
* More than a third consider promotional products more effective than product samples, social media and sales promotions.
* Half of buyers predict their purchase of promotional products will increase substantially in the next 12 months. Only 3 percent expect to decrease their buys.
For more information, visit www.promotionalproductswork.org
- Sponsored News - An overmedicated society is in need of adjustment.
Last March the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shook up the medical world by encouraging doctors to utilize conservative care options prior to prescription painkiller treatment.
The move came in response to growing alarm over the most recent statistics, show an annual toll of 28,647 deaths involving the potentially addictive drugs. The United States makes up only 4.6 percent of the world's population, but consumes 80 percent of its opioids -- and 99 percent of the world's hydrocodone.
The most popular alternative approach, according to the Annals of Internal Medicine, is chiropractic care. And now the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, the voice of the chiropractic profession, is out with a new white paper ("Chiropractic: A Safer Strategy Than Opioids")
that doesn't stop at merely calling on prescribers to strictly follow the guidelines. Among the Foundation's other recommendations:
* "More responsible marketing and physician education" on the part of pharmaceutical manufacturers.
* Ensuring that chiropractic care is covered by all government and commercial insurance plans.
* Expanding chiropractic services to more veterans and active duty military members experiencing pain.
"The United States has awakened to the crushing impact of the opioid use/abuse epidemic," says Sherry McAllister, DC, the Foundation's executive vice president. Doctors of chiropractic, who have a minimum seven years of higher education, provide non-pharmaceutical care and conservative pain management rehabilitation to sufferers of such neuro-musculoskeletal conditions as acute and chronic back, low back and neck pain, as well as headaches. Numerous studies have shown chiropractic care yields improved patient outcomes, higher satisfaction and lower costs.
Learn more at www.F4CP.com
- Sponsored News - She's not just "daddy's little girl" anymore. And this Father's Day, it turns out that both millennial daughters and their Boomer dads could profit by sharing financial advice with each other.
Many of those dads, according to a href="https://www.fidelity.com/bin-public/060_www_fidelity_com/documents/18608-02-Exec">Fidelity Investments' Retirement Savings Assessment, could pass on a thing or two about what to do with a windfall (20 percent of boomer males, compared to just 8 percent of millennial women, would invest it in a diversified portfolio to grow their money). Those same daughters, on the other hand, are savvier when it comes to things like using online budgeting aids
(67 percent vs. 38 percent).
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- Sponsored News - In a world that values 24/7 connectivity, consumers are quickly learning that technology and the demands we place on it do not necessarily align. Think about it: technology requires power, but energy sources that are currently available can't possibly meet our needs.
But what if they could?
Imagine charging your cell phone or tablet weekly instead of daily or multiple times per day. Or driving an electric car for 1,000 miles instead of 260 before needing a recharge.
That's the question that set Washington-based NEAH Power Systems Inc.
, on the path to finding a solution to power everything from your laptop to your tablet to your car. And the answer, says the company, may be closer than you think.
At the heart of its products is the PowerChip Battery -- a dynamic new energy technology that has applications for consumer, commercial and automotive clients, to solve specific power requirements.
Unlike other new-age battery concepts, the NEAH battery uses only standard battery components that are found in existing batteries used today -- just used differently. NEAH has 15 patents and 11 pending patent applications for, among others, the use of silicon substrates for fuel cells and batteries. In NEAH's PowerChip Battery, the company is building a rechargeable lithium battery in a 3-D architecture, using industry standard materials that provide high density (energy per unit weight or per unit volume), and can address the safety concerns typically seen in lithium -- ion batteries. NEAH is already building samples for field testing for its first customer.
"We use our patented porous silicon 3D architectures to maximize power. This is the first truly new battery design in the past 50 years that is manufactureable by using older-generation computer chip manufacturing equipment. We have seen tremendous improvements with Moore's law in semiconductors, and this battery brings similar economies of scale to the battery landscape as well. We finally have a battery capable of delivering the portable and wearable power required to maximize the 24x7 needs of our interconnected life." says NEAH's CEO, Dr. Chris D'Couto, "Our company goal was to not only make batteries lighter, smaller and more powerful, but to make them more affordable than traditional batteries. People are tired of having to recharge their smart phones during their daily activities."
Because of this cutting-edge technology, NEAH caught the attention of Tritente of Alexandria, Va., a Global Energy and Micro-Data Center company Tritente recently said it plans to deploy greater than $20 million of NEAH's PowerChip batteries in their projects in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. By using NEAH's high-capacity energy generation and storage products, Tritente is able to bring the Artilium-Africa Micro-Data Center technologies to third-world population centers without a 24/7 grid system.
"We chose NEAH because its next -generation energy storage system is powerful, cost effective and compatible with Tritente's $6 billion plan to deploy renewable energy in Africa and to bring the Artilium-Africa solution to every African country mobile operation, educational institution, government entities, and every cell phone holder," says Paul Delkaso, chief executive officer of Tritente and managing partner of Artilium-Africa.
Currently, Artrillium-Africa expects to have between 10 to 20 data centers throughout each country throughout Africa. Most will be powered by renewable energy and will include NEAH's MicroChip next-generation energy storage system.
While information about other products is currently on the www.neahpower.com
website, due to various pending patent developments, the company is providing information on its battery within the constraints of a non-disclosure agreement, and interested parties are requested to contact the company at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sponsored News - Summer has arrived, and homeowners are ready to make the most of their outdoor spaces. Current outdoor living trends focus on several areas, including heating, lighting, dining and multilevel design, with the overall theme of creating a welcoming, relaxing environment suitable for entertaining guests or enjoying in private.
* Heat it up. Fire pits are a hot item and provide a central point for gathering guests on summer evenings before, during or after dinner. An added bonus: Wood fires can help keep the mosquitoes away.
* Light it up. The right lighting is an essential part of an enjoyable, safe and functional backyard design. Some ways to add light and set the mood for a patio party include illuminated planters, pendant lights, string bulbs and hardscape lighting.
* Split it up. Multilevel patio designs, particularly in poolscapes, add interest to an outdoor living space and offer more options for guests, and homeowners can make their spaces distinctive by choosing from a variety of designs in retaining wall blocks.
* Eat it up. No patio party is complete without food and drinks, but today's outdoor living designs allow guests and family members to take outdoor cooking and grilling to the next level. Outdoor kitchen setups let guests take part in meal preparation or just hang out with the resident chef.
Any upgrade to an outdoor living space starts with defining a vision. How will the space be used? For large parties, for outdoor cooking, for a pool? All of the above? Before beginning to renovate an outdoor living space, start by walking around the area to determine the right locations for paths, paving stones, pools or multiple levels that will be safe as well as attractive.
Once homeowners define their vision for a backyard, pool or patio area, the next steps are to consider design basics, such as colors, patterns and materials. Outdoor living design companies such as Belgard
suggest creating a "mood board," a collection of colors, furniture styles and landscaping that can include photos, swatches and bookmarked URLs with design ideas.
for more ideas and tips for making the most of your outdoor living space.