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(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Still wavering over whether to join the "chiropractic first" movement? Aside from all the other benefits of initially consulting a doctor of chiropractic for your common back pain conditions -- among them, less likelihood of having to undergo surgery -- the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress cites mammoth research by the health giant Optum that found the per-episode monetary savings to be 40 percent. See full-sized image here. 

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Each year, millions of people suffer from a cold or flu, and this year is likely to be no different. Temperature taking is a key indicator of flu patterns and should be taken seriously, says Mary Pappas, the school nurse credited with first alerting officials about the H1N1 outbreak in 2009. "The flu usually comes with a fever while the common cold does not, so taking your temperature is the easiest way to tell the difference," she says. A high or prolonged fever can be an indicator of when to seek medical attention. Pappas has been taking temperatures for more than 30 years and maintains that the most important consideration is that it be accurate. While there are many types of thermometers available, Pappas favors the Exergen TemporalScanner because of its proven accuracy and ease of use; all it requires is a simple swipe across the forehead. "Whether it's a student at my school or a parent at home, I know taking a temperature can be a challenge," says Pappas. "What I love about the TemporalScanner is that it's not invasive like an ear, rectal or oral thermometer. No matter what a student comes to see me for, I'm able to get an accurate reading. It's so easy to use that you can take someone's temperature even when they are sleeping and not disturb them." To help you prepare and cope throughout the cold and flu season, Pappas recommends the following school nurse-approved tips: 1. Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water to help prevent the spread of germs, or use hand sanitizer. 2. Avoid sharing drinks or food with others. 3. Frequently clean commonly touched areas like doorknobs and light switches. 4. Always cover your mouth with your elbow or sleeve when you cough or sneeze. 5. Throw away tissues immediately after use. 6. If you have a fever, monitor your temperature regularly and check with your doctor. 7. Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated. 8. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air and help drain congestion. 9. Stay home from work or school if you are sick to avoid spreading germs and make sure your fever is gone for at least 24 hours before you return. 10. Consider speaking with your doctor about getting a flu shot. For more information visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - The mission: educating the public on how to help keep kids safe while participating in school athletic programs from kindergarten through college. To do that, the new Athletic TIPS program (Toward Injury Prevention in Sports) partnered with GlobalGiving.org to finance community workshops across the nation to confront what's been called a "silent epidemic" among the nation's youth -- with nearly 8,000 emergency room visits daily ascribed to sports-related injuries. Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/324oTrtzgZI

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - If you're like most people, your New Year's resolutions for everything from losing weight and quitting smoking to saving more and spending less aren't as compelling as they were at the end of December. For many of us, these nebulous goals are abandoned within the first two weeks of January. If you're thinking about giving up, why not consider revising your goals to include something just as healthy and positive, but with more far-reaching impact, such committing to donate your time and money throughout the year? According to United Health Group, when you give of yourself you got an increased sense of purpose and decreased stress levels. In layman's terms: Giving feels good. And feeling better can foster a whole set of positive habits, including taking care of your physical and financial health. For those interested in making a job change in 2016, a LinkedIn study reveals that almost half of prospective employers view volunteering just as important as paid work experience. A great way to get started is by visiting UniversalGiving. UniversalGiving's website (www.universalgiving.org) offers opportunities to give back globally. For as little as $10, you can buy mosquito nets to protect children from contracting malaria, or buy food and books for families in need. Or, if you have time to volunteer, you can choose from opportunities in more than 100 countries, including tutoring children in Ethiopia or working with locals in Thailand to preserve that country's elephant habitat. Every dollar you donate through UniversalGiving goes directly to the cause you select. UniversalGiving is able to do this because it covers its administrative expenses through fees it earns consulting to Fortune 500 companies on their volunteer and giving programs. UniversalGiving thoroughly vets every partner organization using a 24-stage Quality Model. This unique system makes sure that your funds will go to the right place and make the biggest difference. "Real change happens through one-on-one connection. If one person can connect with another and increase their compassion and respect for others, then we are on our way to a world that recognizes, and lives, peace," said UniversalGiving Founder and CEO Pamela Hawley. Now this is a resolution we can all feel good about. For more information, visit www.universalgiving.org.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Looking for a new way to celebrate Valentine's Day this year? Why not consider something just as healthy but with a more far-reaching impact than chocolate and flowers? Make a gift to someone you don't know or volunteer your time through an organization like UniversalGiving (www.universalgiving.org). According to United Health Group, when you give of yourself you get an increased sense of purpose and decreased stress levels. In layman's terms: Giving feels good. For those interested in making a job change, a LinkedIn study reveals that almost half of prospective employers view volunteering just as important as paid work experience. UniversalGiving's website offers opportunities to give back globally. For as little as $10, you can buy mosquito nets to protect children from contracting malaria, or buy food and books for families in need. Or, if you have time to volunteer, you can choose from opportunities in more than 100 countries, including tutoring children in Ethiopia or working with locals in Thailand to preserve that country's elephant habitat. Every dollar you donate through UniversalGiving goes directly to the cause you select. UniversalGiving is able to do this because it covers its administrative expenses through fees it earns consulting to Fortune 500 companies on their volunteer and giving programs. UniversalGiving thoroughly vets every partner organization using a 24-stage Quality Model. This unique system makes sure that your funds will go to the right place and make the biggest difference. "Real change happens through one-on-one connection. If one person can connect with another and increase their compassion and respect for others, then we are on our way to a world that recognizes, and lives, peace," said UniversalGiving Founder and CEO Pamela Hawley. For more information, visit www.universalgiving.org.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Most people know her as the lovable, but no-nonsense nanny. In this way, Jo Frost brought a fresh, tough-love approach to parenting into American living rooms, all in the name of helping families. Now the acclaimed and internationally sought after caretaker of children and family advocate has partnered with UP TV to create "Jo Frost: Nanny On Tour." In the past, Frost focused on helping families with toddlers and elementary school-aged children; however, now Frost will concentrate on all stages of parenting from newborns and toddlers to tweens and teens. "This show is special to me because I concentrate on helping families with 21st century problems," said Frost. "Many associate me with naughty toddlers only; however, this show highlights how I have worked with families that include children from birth to teens, from grandparents to young parents and everything in between." Each week, Frost will address different concerns such as technology overload, sleep deprivation, single parent stress and blended family feuds. Through it all, Frost brings her familiar sense of sincerity, love and humor, as well as decades worth of experience and techniques to pinpoint each family's challenges and give parents practical tools they can use on their own. "We are thrilled to bring the foremost leader in fixing families back to American television in this all-new series expressly for and about families," said Amy Winter, executive vice president and general manager of UP. Throughout the season, Frost will travel across the country in her mobile RV office to a new city each week and work with one family that is in dire need of her expertise. In addition, Frost will travel into communities delivering expert advice and delivering quick fixes on the spot in places such as shopping malls, parks and town centers. Frost says the show has given a support system to families that have areas that need to be talked about because "family is our future and the health of a family is important to the future of America." "I'm just a woman who wants to reach out and help," said Frost. The series airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST exclusively on UP and is produced by Nanny Jo Productions. For more information, visit www.UPtv.com or visit Jo Frost on Twitter at @Jo_Frost #NannyJo or on Facebook at Jo Frost Official.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - "Eek!" is how many ride-hailing passengers react to their bill when a rise in demand sets fares soaring. And while New Year's Eve may get the most attention, surge pricing takes effect a lot more often than you may think. See full-sized image here.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Fibromyalgia is a disease affecting about 10 million American adults whose exact cause remains unknown. So it was a big deal when a new conference was held to develop ways to collaborate on treatment efforts, which includes chiropractic care. Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/3P3Z4EWtJiM

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - A new Gallup report shows that more Americans than previously estimated are turning away from traditional methods of dealing with back and neck pain. Their favored alternative? Chiropractic care. Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/j0MqwHI2YJ0

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Radon is an all-too-common invisible radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. Thankfully it can be easily fixed if you have your home tested. Protect yourself and your loved ones by having your home tested as soon as possible. See full-sized image here.

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