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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Some moments are simply too important to trust to a camera phone. Your wedding will be one of the most memorable times of your life, and no one can capture it better than a professional photographer. So how do you find the right one? As you interview photographers, ask them these questions to help you determine if he or she is the right photographer for you. 1. Do you have a portfolio I can review? Reviewing sample work allows you to see the photographer's style. Is it more formal or candid? Look for images you can see yourself in. Think of three words that describe you and share those with your photographer. 2. Will you create a detailed shot list? This list will ensure no important photo is missed during your wedding. You should be able to create that list together. Take an honest look at what images really matter and fill your photographer in on situations he or she might need to be aware of in order to prevent awkward moments. 3. Do you belong to any professional associations, like the Professional Photographers of America? You want to work with the best, and PPA photographers do more than just snap pictures. They have the technical expertise and artistry to make you look your best and bring your vision to life. Watch this video at PPA.com/SeeTheDifference/Wedding to see why you should always use a professional photographer in these true horror stories from real brides! 4. Do you have backup equipment? You've prepared contingency plans for every other aspect of your wedding; your photographer should as well. A true professional will always bring one or two backup cameras, lenses, flashes, lighting equipment, extra memory cards and batteries. 5. Do you have liability insurance? Accidents happen, and if one of your guests trips over your photographer's light stand, it's good to know you both are protected. Your reception venue may even ask the photographer to submit a certificate of liability ahead of time. 6. What happens to my images after the wedding? Will your images be backed up to a hard drive or the cloud once processed? How long will your photographer keep the images afterward? If you have any concerns about losing your photos, knowing what the photographer plans to do with your images after your wedding is important. 7. When will I get my photos? Printed photos usually take several weeks, but your photographer may be able to get you some images for social media quickly. Just ask. You won't be able to see everything that happens at your wedding. The right photographer will capture moments you never knew existed. To learn how you can find the perfect photographer for your wedding, visit PPA.com/WeddingPhotos.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Three days. That's the maximum amount of time doctors are supposed to prescribe opioids for in most cases, according to the new guidelines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released in March in an attempt to reverse the mounting death toll from the overuse of prescription pain drugs. But the guidelines are only that -- voluntary standards -- and a just-released survey by the National Safety Council shows just how difficult it could be to get physicians onboard: Not only did 99 percent of doctors polled say they prescribe the potentially highly addictive drugs for longer than three days, but -- even worse, given their effect on the brain -- 23 percent say they prescribe at least a month's worth at a time. "Opioids do not kill pain, they kill people," says Dr. Donald Teater, the Council's medical advisor. So what's a patient looking for a safer alternative for pain management to do? With the CDC and others, including the Food and Drug Administration, advocating for alternative approaches to the likes of OxyContin, many experts recommend drug-free chiropractic care for those suffering from headaches and other neuromusculoskeletal conditions involving the back, neck and other joint-related extremity pain. In fact, the whole "chiropractic-first" movement -- over both prescription pills and elective surgery -- is based on numerous studies showing it yields improved patient outcomes, higher satisfaction and lower costs. "A more conservative and safer approach is needed, and yet you have 72 percent of doctors in the NSC survey prescribing opioids for back pain," says Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, noting that doctors of chiropractic have a minimum of seven years of higher education and use techniques focusing on conservative spinal manipulation and structural adjustments. Learn more at F4CP.com.

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(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Knees start to hurt. Hips start to ache. Maybe your lower back too. And you finally understand what "tennis elbow" means. Welcome to getting older.For years, your bones, muscles, and joints have held up with nothing more than a minor twinge here or a bruise there. Now, however, it takes longer to get out of bed and daily aches and pains seem to be the norm.While it may sound counterproductive, studies have shown that engaging in a moderate strength training program not only helps in toning up, but strengthening muscles that can ache for days. This is especially true as you get older.Experts say that while some pain is expected as you age, it is also the body's way of telling you something. The following tips can help tired, sore muscles and joints feel better:* Soothe with heat. A warm shower or bath, hot water bottle, or warm cloth can help relax tired muscles and ease muscle spams.* Invite in the cold -- therapy, that is. Ice packs can soothe pain, especially if a joint is inflamed or swelling (think joints ankles, elbows, shoulders). Try a cool cloth, cold pack, cold compress wrap, or ice massage. Typically the time is 15-20 minutes on, and the same amount of time off the joint or muscle.* Practice deep breathing. The benefits of using the breath to soothe yourself cannot be underscored enough. Slow, quiet breathing helps relax the body and mind and ease the pain. Aim for about six long, deep breaths a minute.* Get a massage. A foot, back, or hand rub can also alleviate pain. Warm oil or lotion may also help you relax. One note: massage in one area for 10 seconds first to see if it feels good.* Invest in a stairlift. If you have stairs in your home, and there are days that you just can't seem to make it up due to tired, aching muscles, a stairlift, such as those from Orlando-based Acorn Stairlifts, can help. Unlike chair lifts of old, new models are powered by two small 12-volt batteries under the seat or by regular house current. The chair and built-in footrest typically fold up when not in use. Available for straight or curved stairs, these lifts can be a godsend if you're recovering from an injury. The lifts include safety belts, lockable swivel seats, and light touch controls for easy operation.For more information, please visit www.acornstairlifts.com

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Advertisers spend more than $400 billion in the United States to influence consumers and businesses to purchase goods and services, promote brands and causes, and take action. An advertising jingle may stick in your head, but a company's logo and brand promise imprinted on a favorite pen, USB drive or travel mug is 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.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Did you know that dry mouth is a common condition that may result from a variety of factors, such as smoking, aging, medication, desease, dehydration and emotional stress? If you suffer from dry mouth, you'll be happy to know that you no longer have to put up with it. The Problem An overall sensation of dryness in the mouth, lips, throat, eyes and skin is a common symptom of dry mouth. Sufferers may also experience bad breath, tooth decay, sticky saliva and sensitivity to spicy foods. Treatments Typically, the most common self-help strategies for dry mouth that are thought to be helpful are lip coating with Vaseline or balms, eliminating caffeine and alcohol consumption, humidifying the bedroom, and adding water to food. However, there's no scientific support of the effectiveness of these strategies. A recent independent study revealed that the oral adhering discs, patches and melts are rated by dentists as the most effective treatment for dry mouth. In fact, OraCoat XyliMelts oral adhering discs were rated as more effective than any other dry mouth remedy, including prescription drugs, by an independent study of 1,168 dentists, and are the only product that has been assessed in clinical studies for treatment of dry mouth during sleep. Where To Go The discs are available at CVS and Rite Aid pharmacies and at www.oracoat.com, where you can also learn more about them. Mint- free XyliMelts are now available at Rite Aid.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - As a busy working mom to two young children, Tamera Mowry-Housley, co-host of TV's "The Real," understands the daily challenge of juggling her time between home and work. However, family time is of the utmost importance to her, and she still sets aside time to cook meals with her family almost every night. She encourages other parents to reclaim family dinner nights, and there's no better time to start than summer, when the days are longer and the weather is perfect for backyard dinners. While it may sound daunting and time-consuming to prepare dinner after a long day at work, it doesn't have to be. To make cooking easier, the RAGU brand has launched its new line of RAGU Homestyle sauces that have a heartier texture and a bolder flavor. Even the most demanding home cooks would be proud to serve new RAGU Homestyle sauces to their family, including Mowry-Housley. "I'm a busy mom, but I make it a priority to set aside time to unplug and connect with my family over a meal almost every day -- products like RAGU Homestyle sauces help me do that quickly and easily," said Mowry-Housely. She partnered with the makers of RAGU because dishes made with quality ingredients are must-haves at her family's table, year round. RAGU Homestyle Sauces contain no artificial colors, no artificial flavors and no high-fructose corn syrup. "The great ingredients and made-from-scratch taste make me feel good about serving RAGU Homestyle pasta sauce to my friends and family," added Mowry-Housley. With its new line of sauces, the RAGU brand is honoring its rich heritage by using the tried-and-true cooking methods inspired by its founder, Assunta Cantisano, who started selling homemade pasta sauce in 1937. Made from a bold combination of vine-ripened tomatoes, onions and fragrant herbs and spices such as basil, oregano, fennel and ground black pepper, the ingredients are peeled, chopped and simmered to perfection. The result is a thicker and heartier sauce that hugs pasta perfectly, making it an easy choice for family meals. With the variety of sauces available -- Traditional, Meat, Mushroom, Roasted Garlic and Four Cheese -- there are many summer-inspired dishes you can create. For recipe inspiration, Mowry-Housley recommends watching a delicious grilled chicken parmesan and zucchini noodles recipe video featuring RAGU Homestyle Traditional. The recipe was developed by lifestyle influencer Dzung Duong of the popular YouTube channel "Honeysuckle," and can be found here: https://youtu.be/S3QVZ6bxt8E. For more information and additional recipe inspiration, check out http://www.RAGU.com and follow along on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - For a Rolling Stones fan, what could top meeting the band in person? New Yorker Alex Emanuel met Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood inside the Recording Gallery within the Rolling Stones retrospective exhibit, Exhibitionism, at London's Saatchi Gallery. After handshakes and back slaps with the band, Alex recalled, "It's going to sound silly, but for a moment I thought I was a member of the Rolling Stones. It's not every day you get to meet your idols." He added, "The show has given me a unique glimpse of the city through the eyes of the Rolling Stones." Exhibitionism is a Rolling Stones treasure trove, and includes 9 themed gallery spaces with 500 items from original stage costumes, rare instruments, lyric books, backstage and touring paraphernalia, album art, photography, stage designs, personal diaries, and never-before-released audio and behind-the-scenes footage. Celebrating the Stones' artistic collaborations in music, art and design, fashion, and film, Exhibitionism also features original works on display from an array of artists as diverse as Andy Warhol, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Dior, Ossie Clark, L'Wren Scott, David Bailey, Michael Cooper, Jeff Koons, Walton Ford, Shepard Fairey, and Martin Scorsese. "The exhibition offers the most in-depth insight into The Rolling Stones and their incredible career," says Thea Jeanes-Cochrane, Director of iEC (International Entertainment Consulting), the company behind the exhibit. "We've worked hard to create something utterly breathtaking and it's very pleasing to see the fans reactions." Chris Gottlieb, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at VisitLondon.com adds, "Alex's Rolling Stones tour of London shows how the city is steeped in the history of one of the world's greatest rock bands." Alex was taken on a Rolling Stones-themed, once-in-a-lifetime trip to London after the city's official tourism body, Visitlondon.com, identified him as a "super fan" of the band. Alex visited many iconic Rolling Stones locations, including Edith Grove, Chelsea, where the band lived together; Regents Sounds in Denmark Street, where they cut their first albums; the 100 Club, where they played an impromptu gig in 1982, and Olympic Studios where "Sympathy for the Devil" was recorded. Tourism initiative Fans of London -- devised by Visitlondon.com and supported by the GREAT Britain Campaign, British Airways, and Hilton -- celebrates many special events across London this year including the Rolling Stones exhibit, Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday celebrations, and 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy. Exhibitionism runs until September 4 at London's Saatchi Gallery. Tickets are available at stonesexhibitionism.com. Want to win a trip to London for your own music fan fantasy? Visit www.visitlondon.com/fans.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - As we head into summer, it's important to find accessories that show off your style, while brightening up your wardrobe. Since summer brings an explosion of bold colors and vibrant patterns, this season's trends are no different. So pack away your dreary duds, your winter boots and clean out that closet to get yourself ready for some fun in the sun. Unsure of where to start? The following summer accessories are a must: * Slip into a dress. A slip dress is a simple, elegant base layer that can be dressed up with accessories and is a trend worth paying attention to. To get a high-fashion look, layer them with frilly undershirts and jumpers. * Fancy your footwear. If you're anything like Carrie Bradshaw, the best way to dress up an outfit is with a pair of wedge sandals. The right pair of wedges can glam up your look, make your legs look long, yet still allow you to move comfortably. If, however, you prefer shoes with little to no heel, you'll be happy to know that flat-flats are in (think ballet slippers and gladiator sandals.) * Go glam with glasses. Choosing eyewear that's not only stylish but functional can be difficult. Transitions lenses are great because they block 100 percent of the sun's harmful UV rays and are available in nearly all prescriptions. They also come in a variety of colors that complement your personal style and frame choice. With one pair of lenses, your eyes will feel comfortable indoors or out, in bright light, low light and everything in between. * Choose a hat. As important as it is to get some natural vitamin D, too much sun is bad for the skin. A floppy hat is a great accessory that lets you flaunt a style that fits your personality, get a little sun, but still protect yourself from harmful UV rays. * Grab a bag. A statement bag is the perfect way to enhance your look. When choosing the right purse for your outfit, think luxe fabrics, contrasting textures, and bright patterns. Pair with a great pair of glasses to pull off a celebrity look. For more information, please visit www.transitions.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - If you think you might be struggling with hearing loss, there's an easy way to find out. There is now a scientifically validated test that you can take over the phone in the privacy of your own home. Bonus: It's free for the month of May. The limited-time screening is being offered by MDHearingAid in partnership with the National Hearing Test. Unlike hearing exams offered in doctors offices, which use a series of beeps and hums at various frequencies and volumes to evaluate potential hearing loss, the telephone test uses speech and background noise. "There's a very high correlation between how you hear speech in a noisy room and your level of hearing loss as measured with pure tones in an office setting," Dr. Charles Watson, principal investigator for the National Hearing Test, told National Public Radio (NPR) in an interview. Watson says getting your hearing tested is the first step in determining whether you are a candidate for products that can help. "It's a test intended to be very, very convenient," Watson told NPR. The way it works is this: You log onto a website to receive a code, then call the phone number listed and input the code. The system will tell you what to expect and walk you through the steps to taking the test, which, Watson says, should be taken in a quiet room. Callers will then listen (one ear at a time) to a series of three-digit numbers with noise in the background. The test will get progressively more difficult, and the numbers harder to hear. The results are readily available, and those with slightly below or far below normal hearing levels are advised to seek a full evaluation by an audiologist. Unlike vision problems, researchers say that hearing loss can be so gradual that it goes undetected for years, primarily because those affected are in denial. Watson says his hope is that people will get the help they need. To date, nearly 40,000 people have screened themselves for hearing loss using the National Hearing Test. Of these, 81 percent had significant hearing loss in at least one ear, if not both. For a free access code, visit www.mdhearingaid.com/hearingtest. For more information, please visit www.mdhearingaid.com.

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Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Even some Sunday school teachers are subject to it. So why are Uber and Lyft so averse to having their drivers fingerprinted that they just suspended service in a major U.S. city? Fingerprints are widely considered the best way to weed out criminals, but checking them costs more than the simple name-based background reviews the app-based ride-hailing companies have fought hard to continue using across the country. So a few months after the City Council in Austin, Texas, voted last December to require them anyway for public safety reasons, Uber and Lyft spent $8.6 million on a campaign blitz -- described as full of "dicey misdirections" in the city's largest newspaper -- to get voters to overturn the regulations. It wasn't even close. By a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent, voters said: Hell, yes, we want your drivers fingerprinted, just like cabbies and limousine drivers are. And why wouldn't they? Consider the following: * Ride-hailing drivers have been accused of a string of rapes, murders and other crimes across the nation. * Uber agreed in April to pay as much as $25 million to settle a lawsuit in California that accused it of misleading customers about the strength of its background checks on drivers. "Laws designed to protect consumers cannot be ignored," San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon declared. What makes the Austin vote all the more amazing is that people went to the polls knowing that Uber and Lyft had threatened to pull out if the rules weren't loosened. "The threat brings to mind what was, for my generation, a famous (humor) magazine image," an Austin American-Statesman reporter wrote, referring to a 1973 National Lampoon cover of a man pointing a gun at a cute little dog's head. "'If You Don't Buy This Magazine, We'll Kill This Dog,'" the headline said. "Lyft and Uber told Austin, essentially, pass our (favored) regulations or we'll kill your dog." The "dog," in Austin's case, the reporter went on to clarify, being their customers and as many as 15,000 (at least temporarily out-of-work) drivers. Public safety advocates are hoping the Austin vote marks a turning point in the ongoing effort to get the Ubers of the world to play by the same rules as everyone else. "Until all municipalities require suitable background checks for drivers of these ride-hailing services, we fear continued disastrous consequences as a result of digital hitchhiking," said Scott Solombrino, co-founder of the National Limousine Association (Limo.org). Meanwhile, Austin Mayor Steve Adler has offered to return to the bargaining table to negotiate a compromise, and both Uber and Lyft are urging Austinites to contact their City Council members if they want the services to resume. And, oh, yes, at least one small, start-up ride-hailing company named GetMe -- apparently sensing an exploitable opening -- has said it has no problem complying with the fingerprinting requirement.

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