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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Up to half of all cystic fibrosis patients have fungal infections in their lungs caused by a spore-forming mold named Aspergillus fumigatus. Many of those patients, particularly children and young adults, will develop an allergic reaction to the fungus, Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis (ABPA), according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Coughing, wheezing and other symptoms can be severe. Current treatments are oral drugs, including itraconazole. The problem is that high doses are needed to get enough of the drug to the lungs. That causes severe side effects that must be managed and monitored -- including liver toxicity. A more promising strategy is to deliver the itraconazole directly to the lungs by breathing it in. That's the approach taken by Lexington, Mass-based pharmaceutical company Pulmatrix, Inc. (NASDAQ: PULM). Pulmatrix's innovation was creating small, dense particles that can be easily inhaled, and combining them with drugs such as itraconazole. "We've urgently needed a way to deliver antifungal drugs directly to the lungs," says Stanford University cystic fibrosis expert Richard Moss M.D. "Pulmatrix's PUR1900, using the inhaled dry particle technology, meets that need. It could offer major benefits to cystic fibrosis patients with fungal infections in their lungs." That's why the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has granted the company's request for orphan drug status for PUR1900, explaining that the designation "is based on a plausible hypothesis that [the] drug may be clinically superior to the same drug that is already approved." While PUR1900 has the potential to improve the lives of cystic fibrosis patients, especially children and young adults, it also could bring significant revenues for Pulmatrix. The estimated cystic fibrosis market alone is tens of thousands of patients a year, and the drug could also find much larger markets treating millions of other pulmonary fungal infections and other immunocompromised patients, making Pulmatrix a strong investment opportunity. For more information on PUR1900, go to ir.pulmatrix.com and watch the video on here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8RgU8YUtjo.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Patients with medical prescriptions who fail to fill or take their medication properly can have serious health implications. According to a survey from the American Medical Association, approximately 25 percent of new prescriptions are not filled, and approximately half of patients don't take their medicines. People cite several reasons why they don't fill their prescriptions or take their medication. Mail-order pharmacies, such as the service available from Humana, are one way to address this problem. Another study conducted by The American Journal of Managed Care, showed that patients who used a mail-delivery pharmacy were more likely to follow their treatment plan than those who did not. A mail-delivery pharmacy has many benefits, including 90-day prescriptions, which help to reduce the frequency of refills. This option is especially beneficial for those with chronic conditions who might be taking multiple medications. A 90-day prescription fill is often more cost-effective than a typical one-month supply. Another benefit of mail-order pharmacies is convenience. The medication can be delivered to a home or office, which is convenient for those with busy work schedules or who are unable to visit a pharmacy for other reasons. Most new prescriptions arrive in 1 to 2 weeks, and refills take 5 to 7 days. Medicine and supplies are delivered in unmarked, heat-safe, tamper-resistant packaging with free standard shipping. "Mail-delivery pharmacy is a win-win solution for people who lead busy lives and want to follow their doctor's treatment plan, especially for people who need simplicity in how they purchase their prescriptions," says William Fleming, president of Humana Pharmacy Solutions. "Studies have shown that more than half of consumers buy items online. Mail-delivery pharmacy is a method of purchasing prescriptions that aligns with how they live their lives." "By simplifying their lives, we are able to improve affordability and access to medications which should yield better health outcomes," he adds. Many mail-delivery pharmacy providers also provide additional benefits, such as online ordering and mobile apps that allow users to order refills, track shipments, and receive medication reminders. As for safety concerns, mail delivery orders are checked by a pharmacist before shipment, and data suggest that mail-delivery pharmacies such as Humana Pharmacy are approximately 23 times more accurate than retail pharmacies. Patients also have the opportunity to consult a pharmacy team from the privacy of their own homes. For more information and details about how to use a mail-order pharmacy, please visit www.humanapharmacy.com

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Growing up in the digital age, most millennials (adults ages 18 to 36) have grown dependent on using technology to educate themselves about everything from current fashion trends to the latest rankings for their favorite football team. However, one important aspect of life that can't be as easily explained by a smartphone is health care. Since having comprehensive benefits is a major workplace perk, it's important that millennials understand key insurance terms so they can make the best health care decisions. Learn more at aflac.com. See full-sized image here.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Ensure that your holiday lighting dreams come true with brightly lit bulbs on your trees, wreaths and other holiday decorations. Plan ahead to save time, reduce aggravation, and eliminate disappointment. "Test Your Lights" Tuesday begins November 22 and runs every Tuesday through Christmas. Mark your calendar to plug in your holiday lights. And make sure they meet the "merry and bright" standard. "There's nothing more frustrating than gathering the family to decorate the tree or house only to find some of your light sets don't work," says John DeCosmo, CEO of Ulta-Lit Technologies, maker of the LightKeeper Pro, a one-of-a-kind tool that not only finds the bad bulb on a string of lights but also illuminates the rest of the working bulbs. "With just a few pulls of the trigger, you can reclaim your special family moment and become the hero who saves Christmas," DeCosmo says. At $19.99, the LightKeeper Pro is both economical and eco-friendly. In many, many instances, users save money by reducing the need to replace an entire string of lights simply because of a couple of bad bulbs. Old sets of lights don't need to end up in a landfill. Ask for help -- at no charge: Should your holiday lights darken, Ulta-Lit's lighting pros answer questions every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas at (888) 858-2548. To better assist they also take calls year-round during standard business hours. Or, refer to the Ulta-Lit website at Ulta-Lit. With over 100 years of experience with light sets, here are some tips from the pros: * Measure: Using your two hands, touch your pointer fingertip to your other pointer fingertip. Then take your thumb tip to your other thumb tip. Bring all four tips together to create a maximum 1/8" diamond. While standing no less than 10 feet away from your lit tree, peek through that diamond and scan the tree from side to side, top to bottom. This will assist in finding dark spots where you may want to add more lights for a fully lit tree. * Quality vs. price: Commercial-grade light sets are more reliable for outdoor use because of their durability and thicker insulation. * Decide on LED vs. incandescent: LEDs are more expensive than incandescent lights, but they last longer. The use of a tree with 1,000 incandescent bulbs can cost $10 over an average holiday season, while the same tree with LEDs would cost approximately $1.50. * Replace and repair: If you notice one or two unlit bulbs within a section that is primarily operating properly, replace those bulbs ASAP. Two burned-out bulbs can decrease the lifespan of the light set by 39 percent, four burned-out bulbs by 67 percent.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - It's that time of year when the weather turns crisp, colors brighten, and there are a dwindling number of perfect days left to relax outside or take one more drive, ride, or trip to the lake. Too soon, it will be time to put away your classic car, boat, motorcycle, and patio furniture, until warm weather arrives again. Proper storage techniques are super important to keep your gear in great shape and running order. To make sure you are ready to roll next spring, we've compiled a list of simple storage tips: * Storing your classic car or motorcycle. It's important to clean and remove all road grime, dust and other debris from all interior and exterior surfaces before storing. Then, after cleaning, make sure to protect hard surfaces and finished leather with 303 Automotive Protectant. Also, remember that old gas breaks down over time and can lead to gummed-up fuel lines, carburetors and injectors. To avoid these issues, fill your fuel tank 95 percent full with fresh gas and add a quality fuel stabilizer such as STA-BIL Storage to keep the gas fresh for as long as 24 months. After the stabilizer is added, run the engine for a few minutes to ensure that the stabilizer gets into all parts of the fuel system. * Storing your boat and water equipment. It's best to do a thorough cleaning of your boat to avoid any deterioration while it sits in storage. Start by removing all the dirt and grime from the boat's surfaces with a cleaner such as 303 Marine Citrus Cleaner & Degreaser, and protect the exterior of the boat with 303 Marine Quick Wax. Moving to the inside, similarly to the classic car, fill the gas tank 95 percent full with fresh fuel and add a fuel stabilizer. Store your boat in a cool, dry place and cover it to keep dust away. * Storing your small engine equipment. Most fuel available today contains ethanol, and ethanol can wreak havoc on small engines if they're not treated before storage. Over time, the water and ethanol will separate and sink to the bottom of the fuel tank, leading to corrosion, stalling and engine damage. To make sure your engines start up come spring, fill your tank with fresh fuel and add a stabilizer to the tank. It's also a good idea to store your small engine equipment indoors to protect it from the elements. * Storing your patio furniture. Before putting your outdoor oasis away, make sure to wash or brush off any loose debris. Remove surface stains with a cleaner such as 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner and make sure to protect your cushions from future spills and spots with a product such as 303 Fabric Guard. Make sure to apply it in a well ventilated area and let it dry before storage. Finally, protect the hard surfaces of your furniture with 303 Protectant to repel dust and prevent fading and cracking. For more information, visit www.sta-bil.com or www.303products.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Raising capital to start a new business is not as easy as setting up a lemonade stand or selling Girl Scout cookies. A primary reason for the failure of start-ups is a lack of funding. There are plenty of great products and ideas that have never come close to making it to the public. Without American entrepreneurship, and the drive to just go for it, we would not have Apple, Google, Facebook, Starbucks, or countless other companies that are a part of our everyday lives. Here are five ways to generate capital for your business in today's economy: 1. Friends and Family. A tried and true methodology, this has been a staple of start-up funding for hundreds of years. It is however, not without its risks, as a failed business could lead to strained relationships. or even the end of relationships. 2. SBA Express. The Small Business Association provides several avenues for borrowing money. SBA Express allows bank-qualified business owners to borrow up to $150,000 without filing the typical SBA loan application. Plus, owners will receive a loan decision within 36 hours. 3. Community banks. Community banks actually have the capacity to be flexible with lending terms whereas large corporate banks do not. Find local lenders by reaching out to the Independent Bankers Association of America, which has access to 5,000 community banks. 4. Crowdfunding. Crowdfunding networks like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have raised some serious cash from individual investors. If you have an innovative idea or project, develop a reasonable funding goal and timeline and see which investors support you and pledge funding. Remember, projects must meet their funding goals before the time runs out, or else no actual money is received. Also, be aware that a percentage of the money raised will be kept by the crowdfunding site as part of their fees. 5. DPOUSA. DPOUSA is an online financial platform providing client companies the opportunity to have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year visibility of a direct public offering to a growing base of over 33,000 accredited investors and institutions representing over $500 billion in available capital. Unique to DPOUSA is the DPOUSA Special Council, a diverse cross-section of 50 professionals from various industries available to assist DPOUSA client companies. Visit www.DPOUSA.com for more information. Whatever the state of the economy, there will be those willing to invest in new businesses. New businesses create jobs, and power growth. There are sources to help with capital. So, once you find the sources, be ready with a great plan to show what you are going to do with the capital, and how the investor will benefit.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Looking for a safer, more effective, and less costly alternative for treating chronic pain now that the Centers for Disease and Prevention has pegged the number of deaths from opioid abuse at more than 28,000 in 2014 alone? One of the most popular choices: drug-free chiropractic care. Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/aySTB5F1guA

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - One of the greatest challenges to long-term space travel is the inherent difficulty in delivering supplies to the astronauts. However, the advent of 3D printing technology allows astronauts to create many useful items, such as emergency tools, onsite while serving on the International Space Station (ISS). Using 3D printing to create certain supplies greatly reduces the need for expensive and dangerous supply deliveries to space, according to Mouser Electronics. What other tools could astronauts print in space that would make their lives easier? The Mouser Electronics Empowering Innovation Together ISS Design Challenge offers engineers and innovators the chance to design an object for the astronauts to 3D-print and use on the ISS. The design challenge focuses on the unique problems an astronaut faces during a long-term space mission, and looks to highlight out-of-the-box thinking to develop any item that makes daily life easier, says Mouser Electronics spokesperson Grant Imahara in a YouTube video describing the contest. Colonel Chris Hadfield, a former commander of the ISS, highlights the challenges of performing daily activities for astronauts who are working for long periods of time in a weightless environment. "You've got to rethink everything in a weightless environment," Colonel Hadfield says in the video. "Something regular, day-to-day, practical," could make a big difference for astronauts, he explains. For example, something as basic as a pair of scissors needs Velcro in space to keep them from floating away when not in use, he noted. Colonel Hadfield will be among the panel of judges selecting the winning entry. "This contest definitely kicks up the excitement level by challenging our customers to create something to be used in space," says Glenn Smith, President and CEO of Mouser Electronics. "Mouser's unparalleled selection of electronic components allows both amateurs and professionals to create anything they can dream up." Visit www.mouser.com/empowering-innovation/iss-project to view a video describing the contest and entry guidelines. The grand-prize winner will receive a 3D printer and a consultation with Made In Space. The contest is open until midnight the night of October 7, 2016. Visit this site to submit an entry: http://www.mouser.com/contests/iss-project-contest

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Florida is no stranger to the entertainment industry. After all, it's home to the most visited theme parks on Earth. What people may not know is that the Sunshine State's entertainment expertise is also used to train our nation's military. At first glance, you wouldn't think the two industries would have much in common. But, according to Forbes magazine, Florida ranks no. 6 in the country in video-game development, and when coupled with Central Florida's High-Tech Corridor, the result is a community of defense contractors, government agencies, and universities that are loaded with engineers who understand how using entertainment components can transform military training. The partnerships happen at a 1,000-plus-acre research park in Orlando that is home to the country's largest cluster of training and simulation companies and agencies, including Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman Corp., General Dynamics Corp. and Honeywell International, as well as a host of military organizations. "The U.S. military and defense forces around the world are increasingly adopting virtual training because it is safe, efficient and cost-effectively helps them maintain readiness," says Chris Stellwag, director of marketing communications for CAE, one of the world's largest training and simulation companies with major operations in Florida. "Simulation-based training allows you to accelerate experience and prepare for sometimes dangerous situations before you have to confront them for real." With more than 20 military installations contributing almost $80 billion to Florida's economy, it's easy to see how combining entertainment and the defense industry equates to big business. One such program takes place at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, near Jacksonville. The hyper-realistic Military Operation in Urban Terrain (MOUT) Collective Training Facility presents multiple topographical and environmental experiences to ensure our military's readiness and effectiveness in real-life situations. However, for Lt. General Tom Baptiste, USAF (ret.), president and CEO of the National Center for Simulation, the Florida-based trade association specializing in modeling, simulation, and training, merging the two industries is not just about business -- it's personal. "Virtual world technology allows us to immerse a single soldier or groups of soldiers in a setting that replicates a combat environment and allows them to practice their tactics, techniques and procedures in a space no bigger than a classroom?a powerful and cost-effective alternative to overreliance on large and expensive live training areas," says Baptiste. Overall, simulation in Florida has revolutionized the military's readiness and effectiveness. As a result of these efforts, it is no wonder nearly every U.S. soldier deployed overseas has been trained on systems developed in state. For more information, please visit www.simulationinformation.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - The weather is getting cooler, signaling time to turn off your energy-guzzling AC, but that's no reason to turn off your ceiling fan. You can save money and energy year-round by continuing to run your ceiling fan. That's the message touted by the fourth annual National Ceiling Fan Day (NCFD) this Sept. 18. Many major ceiling fan manufacturers, the American Lighting Association (ALA) and leading energy conservation groups invite everyone to join the fight to reduce energy consumption by turning off their central cooling systems and relying on ceiling fans to save trillions of kilowatt hours of energy consumption. As extra incentive to participate in the energy-saving effort, many fan retailers are offering discounts to consumers in conjunction with NCFD. You can find a list of local ALA-member fan retailers online at americanlightingassoc.com. If all Americans participate in NCFD by turning off their AC and using fans for their cooling needs, the United States will save enough energy to power the entire city of New York for months. And it saves money too. Operating a fan can cost as little as $1 per month. That is quite a savings compared to approximately $100 per month to run an AC unit in a typical home. Initiated by fan manufacturer Fanimation, NCFD is supported by other ALA-member fan manufacturers, including Casablanca Fan Company; Craftmade; Emerson Ceiling Fans; Hunter Fan Company; Kichler; Matthews Fan Company; Minka-Aire; Monte Carlo Ceiling Fan Company; Progress Lighting; Quorum International; Regency Ceiling Fans; Savoy House; Sea Gull Lighting; The Modern Fan Co.; Vaxcel International; and Westinghouse Lighting, as well as The Home Depot; Lowe's Companies, Inc.; and the ALA. Many of the nation's leaders in energy conservation and efficiency are also on board. Those supporters include the U.S. Green Building Council; Alliance to Save Energy; Affordable Comfort, Inc.; Environmental and Energy Study Institute; and Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. For more information about how to save energy with ceiling fans and for a list of ALA-member fan retailers and manufacturers, go to AmericanLightingAssoc.com.

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