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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Much has been made about encryption and why it's important to keeping your information safe. Yet, even after massive data breaches at major corporations (that you most likely frequent or have a connection to), it still remains one of those items that never quite seems to make it off your to-do list. Consider this: According to an article in The New York Times last year, half of American adults had their personal information exposed to hackers in 2014 alone. In an attack at the federal Office of Personnel Management, hackers stole the most sensitive personal data for 21.5 million people. This follows on the heels of a massive data breach last year at health insurer Anthem Inc., in which almost 79 million people had their personal information compromised, according to The Wall Street Journal. The problem is that the internet was never built for security. And with our mobile, on-the-go environment, experts say it's no wonder that the idea of privacy is just that these days -- an idea. "The way technology is woven into our daily lives, you can't do without it," Amy Danker, an employee at Epic Wines and Spirits, told the Oakland Tribune in a recent interview. "So what's your other option? Are you gonna go back to a pager? I just assume that all my private information is already available through IP address. You don't even think privacy exists, because it doesn't anymore, right?" The good news is that it doesn't have to happen to you, and the answer is simple and cost-efficient. The Gabriel app, available at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, was designed and built with personal privacy and security as its foundation by VirnetX, an internet security software and technology company. For just $10 to $15 per year, users can take advantage of the Gabriel app and benefit from uncompromising CIA encryption technology that will secure everything including talk, video chat, text, email and even sharing photographs or documents. No one will be able to see, hear or intercept your communications except for the party you're in contact with because Gabriel does not transmit or store data with any third party. It's person-to-person, end-to-end encryption that all but eliminates hacking possibilities. Other benefits include: * Making free voice or video calls or sending instant messages to other Gabriel members. * Receiving seamless email. * Sharing pictures or files that can't be intercepted. For more information, or to download Gabriel, please visit www.gabrielsecure.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Florida has always been known for its white-sand beaches and palm trees. Now, however, the Sunshine State is being recognized as the next high-tech corridor for modeling, simulation and training (MS&T). To understand what this means from a real-world perspective, consider this: If you've ever flown on a major airline, the pilot has most likely logged hundreds of hours in a simulator. Requiring emergency health care? You can bet the doctor has honed their life-saving skills inside a virtual emergency room. At the heart of it all is the National Center for Simulation, a nonprofit trade association, and the University of Central Florida's Institute for Simulation Training. Both are located in a 1,000-plus-acre research park in Central Florida. The research park is also home to more than 100 companies, the majority of which are related to MS&T, including Lockheed Martin, which helped develop the park along with the Dept. of Defense; and Cole Engineering, an engineering and technology company that develops simulation-based training and offers technical services to a variety of clients. For Lt. General Tom Baptiste, USAF (Ret.), president and CEO of the association, the merit of MS&T -- especially for the nation's military -- is indefinable. "To be able to immerse single or groups of soldiers and [allow them to] move through a city in a virtual environment and create what they would do on a live range in a space no bigger than a classroom is important for all branches of the service," said Baptiste. At a time of economic uncertainty and budget cuts, being able to send students or professionals through real-life scenarios without the huge price tag is yet another benefit. "In an austere budget environment, one of the big challenges for combatant commanders is to maintain the readiness of the force with less money," Baptiste told Florida Trend magazine in an interview. "And simulation in many ways is a safety valve, a stopgap that is part of the solution. It's a cost-effective alternative to high-cost live training." So whether the innovation occurs on the high-tech corridor in Central Florida, in medical simulation technology in Northeast Florida, or in flight simulators and commercial aviation training in South Florida, the state has built an $11.6 billion business on MS&T, an industry that shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. For more information, visit www.simulationinformation.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Millions of people are living longer and in better health, thanks to major advances in medical technology that have produced new high-quality, cost-effective therapies. Half a century ago, a pacemaker used to treat cardiac arrhythmias was the size of a hockey puck. Today, it's smaller than a AAA battery. Since 1980, medical technology has reduced fatalities from heart disease and stroke by more than half, reported the National Center for Health Statistics. In that same period, average life expectancy in the United States has increased dramatically -- by over five years. Advances in medical technology are significantly improving patient outcomes and health-system savings, helping people lead longer and better lives. Global medical device manufacturer St. Jude Medical (www.sjm.com) estimates that throughout its 40-year history, approximately 70 million patients have been touched by one of its many life-saving technologies. New pioneering technologies are on the horizon thanks to the continued commitment for improved medical care. Companies like St. Jude Medical are exploring creative and unique partnerships to drive disease awareness and improve patient outcomes. Here are some of the most important new innovations: * Patients today can connect with their physicians through smart technology offering remote monitoring -- transmitters that communicate data about a patient's condition to their doctors without the patient having to leave home. Research shows that telemedicine expands access to health services for people living in rural or remote areas, and can assist in health care outreach to people who may be vulnerable to untreated chronic conditions. * In electrophysiology lab systems, used by doctors to manage heart-rhythm disorders, technological innovations have helped doctors reduce costs, streamline workflow and improve quality of care. Integrated lab products from St. Jude Medical make up technologies that let doctors performing cardiac procedures navigate with the help of prerecorded X-ray images. This reduces exposure to radiation for health care personnel and patients. * The use of colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy screening tests have prevented some 560,000 people from developing colorectal cancer, according to a Milken Institute study. * Implantable spinal cord stimulation devices, which can provide relief from chronic pain by interrupting pain signals to the brain, are now available in upgradeable technology. Patients will be able to access new, improved therapies via software updates as soon as they are approved, instead of having to undergo repeat surgical procedures to have their devices replaced when new technology comes along. * Implantable devices that provide deep brain stimulation can help reduce the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. About 1 million Americans have Parkinson's disease, according to the National Institutes of Health. * Insulin pump usage results in better blood-sugar control, resulting in fewer clinical complications, reduced emergency room visits and decreased hospital admissions, according to a study by the Milken Institute. Of course, medical technology still faces major challenges, especially in expensive epidemic diseases such as heart failure, atrial fibrillation and other heart conditions. By 2030, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects cardiovascular disease to cost more than $1 trillion. But today, more than ever, companies like St. Jude Medical are leading the way to solve some of the world's biggest health care challenges. Scientists, engineers and inventors work with imagination to transform the treatment of expensive epidemic diseases and save and improve lives.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Each morning is the beginning of a new day and another chance to make the world a better place. Think your actions don't make a difference? Think again! Taking small, mindful actions for positive improvement can have a great impact on your community and inspire others to do the same. There are so many opportunities to do good for the planet, and many of them are right under your nose. Here are three ways you can do your part to make the world a better place...all before 10 a.m. * Concentrate on your morning routine. So much of what we do in the morning can be condensed to consume less and do much more. Try to reduce your water usage by shortening your shower time and don't let it run while you brush your teeth. Make your own coffee and lunch to cut down on food packaging waste. Carpool to put fewer vehicles on the road and get to know your co-workers. * Engage in "mindful" acts of kindness. Make it a point to hold the door open for a stranger, compliment your co-worker's outfit or new hairstyle, or buy a snack for the person behind you in line. To be kind is an act of solidarity, and doing good for others will inspire members of your community to do the same. Kindness is the currency of change: spend wisely and often. * Learn about new ways to recycle. Did you know that Malt-O-Meal cereal bags can be recycled through a free program in partnership with TerraCycle, a New Jersey-based recycling company? To begin with, Malt-O-Meal bagged cereal creates 75 percent less packaging waste than boxed cereal with a bag inside. Through the MOM Brands Cereal Bag Recycling Program, you can ensure that none of it ends up in the landfill and raise money for charity at the same time! For more information, please visit www.terracycle.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Just when you are getting used to having your children home for the summer, you realize -- it's already almost time to send them back to school. So you schedule appointments and check-ups, but one thing that often goes unchecked is a child's vision. Did you know 80 percent of a child's learning is done through their eyes? And yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35 percent of children have never seen an eye care professional, making vision impairment one of the most prevalent disabling conditions among children in the U.S. This is one reason why experts agree it is imperative to get a child's eyes checked yearly and equip them with glasses as needed. For those who already wear glasses, seeing your eyecare professional is a necessity. Children's lenses encounter everything from fingerprints to scratches, and even harsh glare. These issues can make it harder for kids to see the world and more challenging for them to keep their glasses clean. Looking through obstructed lenses can cause tired, strained eyes. To help children see better -- knowing that better vision leads to a better life, Essilor is doing its part to help kids focus and concentrate in school with the Crizal for Kids portfolio. Crizal Kids UV lenses include smudge-resistant technology that makes them easy to clean, and the no-glare technology reduces glare from fluorescent lights, whiteboards and computer screens to prevent tired eyes and headaches. The lenses are also long-lasting, made with safe, durable, and scratch- and impact-resistant Airwear polycarbonate material to help them withstand even the most intense recess sessions. Crizal also offers an unlimited lens replacement warranty for the life of the lens prescription. Studies show children spend significantly more time outdoors than adults, which increases their exposure to the most powerful source of ultraviolet (UV) rays and blue light: the sun. Couple this with LED screens (tablets, smartphones, and computers) both at school and home, and children's eyes are exposed far more frequently and at an earlier age to harmful rays that could damage their eyes permanently. To help reduce children's eye exposure to UV rays, Crizal Kids UV lenses have both front and backside UV protection. Wearing Crizal Kids UV lenses can provide 25 times more protection from UV light than if they wore no lenses at all. For all the benefits of Crizal Kids UV, plus additional protection from harmful Blue Light emitted by digital devices, ask about Crizal Prevencia Kids. For more information, please visit www.crizalusa.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Heart attacks and heart failure are two common medical conditions facing millions of patients across the U.S. each year, but a diagnosis of either can result in very different approaches to how a patient is treated, monitored and followed by his or her physician. For patients, knowing the differences between the two conditions is important to ensure you get appropriate treatment and long-term care that will help result in optimal outcomes and improved quality of life. According to the American Heart Association, a heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is significantly reduced or completely cut off due to blockages within the coronary arteries. This lack of blood flow deprives the heart's muscle of the oxygen it needs to survive. The severity of the heart attack and the ultimate damage to the heart muscle depends on how large the blockage is and how long it takes for the person to get medical attention. While a heart attack signals a "failure" within the heart's blood supply, the condition known as "heart failure" is different. Despite its name, heart failure does not mean that the heart has failed entirely. Heart failure simply means that the heart is not pumping efficiently or effectively enough to meet the body's demands. According to the American Heart Association, when a person is suffering from heart failure, the heart is weakened and can't supply cells in the body with enough oxygen and nutrients. This often causes the person to experience fatigue and shortness of breath. Sometimes, because the heart isn't pumping blood throughout the body fast enough, fluid backs up into the lungs, causing a condition called pulmonary edema. Although heart failure can be managed, it is a chronic disease that cannot be cured. Heart failure has four classifications based on the severity of the patient's symptoms -- one being the least limiting and four the most severe. Each stage has therapy options to help patient's manage their disease. In the early stages of heart failure, a doctor may suggest lifestyle changes such as a low sodium diet and regular exercise. As the disease progresses, medications or an implanted device, such as a cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) device may be necessary to help the heart continue beating more efficiently. CRT technology resynchronizes the lower chambers of the heart by sending uniquely programmed electrical impulses to stimulate each ventricle to beat in sync and offer optimal cardiac performance. A new technology, the CardioMEM HF System, is designed to help physicians monitor pressures near the heart, which can increase weeks before fluid builds up and symptoms occur. This monitoring allows the doctor to proactively adjust medications to lower pressures, avoiding symptoms and possible hospitalizations. Late stage heart failure therapy options include a left-ventricular assist device (LVAD), which is a mechanical heart pump that helps circulate blood throughout body when the heart can't effectively work on its own. All of these options can help manage the symptoms, allowing diagnosed patients to live full, meaningful lives. For more information, visit www.heartfailureanswers.com. Rx Only Brief Summary: Prior to using any St. Jude Medical device, please review the Instructions for Use for a complete listing of indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, potential adverse events and directions for use. Indications and Usage: The CardioMEMS HF System is indicated for wirelessly measuring and monitoring pulmonary artery (PA) pressure and heart rate in New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III heart failure patients who have been hospitalized for heart failure in the previous year. The hemodynamic data are used by physicians for heart failure management with the goal of reducing heart failure hospitalizations. Contraindications: The CardioMEMS HF System is contraindicated for patients with an inability to take dual antiplatelet or anticoagulants for one month post implant. Potential Adverse Events: Potential adverse events associated with the implantation procedure include, but are not limited to the following: Infection, arrhythmias, bleeding, hematoma, thrombus, myocardial infarction, transient ischemic attack, stroke, death and device embolization.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - When building or renovating a home, the use of interior finishings can help create a finished and unique look . Interior finishings can include trim or moulding, wall treatments, interior doors, posts and columns, stairway systems, and ceiling treatments. Here are some tips and tricks from interior design experts at Metrie to help you choose the best interior finishings based on your style and home: * STYLE: There are endless options when it comes to moulding profiles. It's important to consider the style of your home, both inside and out when selecting the right moulding, along with the lifestyle, personalities and design preferences of those living in the home. Metrie has a fantastic online resource at Metrie.com called Room Styler to help guide the selection process. * TYPE: Primary trim is used in most home installations and includes baseboard, casings and crown mouldings. They are the most functional trim elements and help set the tone of a room. Design enhancing trim such as chair rail, panel moulding and architraves add extra dimension and flair to any room. Ornamental trim, a decorative trim, helps warm up a space; corner blocks, plinth blocks, rosettes and Ikons are part of this category. To help ease the chaos of choice, Metrie has designed the Then & Now Finishing Collections, the industry's first coordinated finishing elements consisting of moulding, trim and interior doors sized and proportioned to fit together with ease and precision. * MATERIAL: Choose a material based on application and the finished result desired -- options can range from solid wood species, to MDF to faux wood and flexible moulding options. * SIZE: The choice should be based largely on the ceiling height of the room. In many cases, there are complementary profiles that can be used in a home with varying ceiling heights. The size may vary, but the style should remain consistent room to room. * APPLICATION: Trim can be used in a number of non-traditional ways, such as creating door headers, wall treatments or frames, and can be layered or built-up for a unique or custom look. Planning the design in advance can ensure that all of the necessary products are ordered at one time, reducing down time in the project. For additional design inspiration and tips, please visit www.metrie.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Are you thinking about planning a Florida vacation? The greater Fort Lauderdale area is among the most popular South Florida destinations. For outdoor enthusiasts, Greater Fort Lauderdale features 23 miles of Blue Wave-certified beaches, as well as more than 300 miles of inland waterways for sightseeing. This beach resort destination offers a range of daytime and nighttime options for entertainment, shopping and dining. The area is accessible via the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, which offers flights from all major points in the United States and Canada. In addition, the Greater Fort Lauderdale area is home to the Port Everglades cruise port, which hosts a range of luxurious and popular cruise lines on a regular basis. An affordable package now available in Fort Lauderdale makes it even easier to plan a vacation. The "Vacation Like a VIP" package features a variety of hotel upgrades and discounts on dining, shopping and entertainment to appeal to a range of travelers. The Vacation Like a VIP package is available at 11 Lauderdale Luxe hotels, including the Diplomat Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, Lago Mar Resort and Club, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, Royal Blues Hotel, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, W Fort Lauderdale and the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. The package includes free valet parking and a room upgrade at select Lauderdale Luxe hotels, along with a $25 American Express gift card and a $100 resort credit that may be used for food and beverage, golf, spa services, pool and beach cabana fees, water activities and kids programs (where available). The package also has options for free valet parking and a "Savings Passport" at the nearby Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills, as well as a Summer Savings 2-for-1 card, valued at $200. The Vacation Like a VIP package is available for travel between May 1 and September 30, 2016, with a minimum two-night stay. For more information, visit sunny.org/vip. For additional information about how to make the most of your Florida vacation, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org. You also can get the latest information, tips and advice on Florida travel by contacting the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau via social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare and Pinterest: @visitlauderdale.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Summer brings warmer temperatures, and that means more people are enjoying the outdoors. But if you have heart failure, it's important to know that heat can also put extra stress on your heart. Heart failure is a condition that signals the heart is already working harder to provide the body with enough blood, oxygen and nutrients. Heart failure doesn't mean the heart has failed completely; however, it isn't pumping effectively enough to meet the body's demands. That's why the hot summer temperatures can be particularly dangerous for heart failure patients -- the heat forces an already stressed heart to work even harder to cool the body down. If you have a chronic heart condition like heart failure, there are simple precautions you can take to enjoy the outdoors and stay healthy. How to Stay Heart-Healthy in the Heat 1. Drink plenty of water before spending time outdoors and take regular water breaks during any physical activity. The Mayo Clinic recommends women drink an average of 9 cups and men 13 cups of water per day. The American Heart Association suggests avoiding alcohol and caffeinated beverages as the temperatures climb, as they can contribute to dehydration. 2. Wear light clothing and avoid the outdoors during hottest times of the day. The sun is strongest between the hours of noon and 3 p.m., so taking regular breaks in the shade will help your body avoid overheating. 3. In addition to making smarter choices while out in the hot summer temperatures, there are several other important ways that men and women with heart failure can live healthier lifestyles. One of the most important ways is to talk to your doctor about the best management strategies, which can include lifestyle changes, medications, medical devices or surgery. In the early stages of heart failure, a doctor may suggest lifestyle changes such as a low-sodium diet and regular exercise. As the disease progresses, medications or an implanted device, such as a cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) device, may be necessary to help the heart continue beating more efficiently. CRT technology resynchronizes the lower chambers of the heart by sending uniquely programmed electrical impulses to stimulate each ventricle to beat in sync and offer optimal cardiac performance. A new technology, the CardioMEMS HF System, is designed to help physicians monitor pressures near the heart, which can increase weeks before fluid builds up and symptoms occur. This monitoring allows the doctor to proactively adjust medications to lower pressures, avoiding symptoms and possible hospitalizations. Late-stage heart failure therapy options include a left-ventricular assist device (LVAD), which is a mechanical heart pump that helps circulate blood throughout the body when the heart can't effectively work on its own. Patients with heart failure should remember that with a few slight lifestyle adjustments, they can enjoy the summer and take advantage of the warmer weather. Patients should remember to make smart choices about how much time they spend outdoors in the heat, listen to their bodies, and stay up to date on the latest management strategies available for heart failure treatment. For more information, visit www.heartfailureanswers.com. Rx Only Brief Summary: Prior to using any St. Jude Medical device, please review the Instructions for Use for a complete listing of indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, potential adverse events and directions for use. Indications and Usage: The CardioMEMS HF System is indicated for wirelessly measuring and monitoring pulmonary artery (PA) pressure and heart rate in New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III heart failure patients who have been hospitalized for heart failure in the previous year. The hemodynamic data are used by physicians for heart failure management with the goal of reducing heart failure hospitalizations. Contraindications: The CardioMEMS HF System is contraindicated for patients with an inability to take dual antiplatelet or anticoagulants for one month post implant. Potential Adverse Events: Potential adverse events associated with the implantation procedure include, but are not limited to the following: Infection, arrhythmias, bleeding, hematoma, thrombus, myocardial infarction, transient ischemic attack, stroke, death and device embolization.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Across the country, families are taking advantage of the warmer weather by spending more quality time outdoors. This year, as families prepare to host a variety of outdoor gatherings, mosquito prevention and protecting against mosquito bites should be top of mind. Mosquitoes transmit numerous diseases and are often described as one of the deadliest animals on the planet. This year, the Zika virus has made the mainstream news and has become a cause for public concern, especially for women who are or planning to become pregnant. As it is unknown how Zika will spread, particularly in the U.S., practicing caution is warranted. "Proactivity and public cooperation are huge components of mosquito prevention," said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs at the National Pest Management Association. "Homeowners play an important role in helping to reduce mosquito populations and can work to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds throughout the season." Fortunately, there are several important measures the American public can take in protecting against the diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. The NPMA is urging homeowners to help in eliminate mosquito breeding grounds on their properties and practice vigilance in wearing proper attire to protect against bites: * Remove all sources of stagnant water. Standing water can be found in areas such as gutters, buckets, flowerpots and bird baths. Mosquitoes only need 1/2 inch of standing water to breed, so it is essential to minimize these areas to reduce offspring. * Wear an insect repellent containing DEET or another EPA-registered ingredient to help prevent mosquito bites. The NPMA, in partnership with the CDC, developed an instructional video on how to properly apply insect repellent. * Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. Also take proactive measures during the day to protect against daytime biters like the Asian tiger mosquito, the main carrier of Zika. * When outdoors, wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants, socks and closed-toe shoes. * When hosting guests outside, keep the air moving. Using a fan where you and your guests may lounge makes it less likely mosquitoes will land on you. These pests are not strong fliers, so circulating air can make an outside gathering more pleasant. By following these tips and actively working to prevent mosquitoes on the home front, you will help reduce the risk of you and your family getting bitten by mosquitoes this season.

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