- They may not make those "Agony of Defeat" sports reels, but amateur athletes get injured all the time. Maybe it's from an awkward golf swing. Or maybe it's from not warming up or stretching before an event.
Whatever the cause, though, there's one scary thing they have in common with the pros.
"The reality is that all athletes are one fall, twist, or tweak away from landing their own opioid prescription," Outside magazine warned.
The warning couldn't be better timed. It's not just that the country is in the midst of an opioid crisis that's claimed the lives of thousands of prescription painkiller abusers and left countless more addicted to the likes of OxyContin. It's also that -- as the magazine also noted -- physicians seem to be starting to heed last year's urging by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to dramatically curtail prescribing the drugs.
According to a survey conducted for the Boston Globe by the SERMO physicians social network, more than half of doctors across America are doing exactly that, and nearly one in 10 have completely stopped prescribing them.
So what's an amateur athlete suffering from pain supposed to do? One especially popular alternative is drug-free chiropractic care.
Whereas opioids (and Ibuprofen forms of over-the-counter drugs) only "mask" the pain, doctors of chiropractic approach the problem highly educated and trained in the structure and function of the human body.
And they use hands-on techniques to help enhance flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion -; the very things all athletes need addressing. And yes, as the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress' Dr. Sherry McAllister says, chiropractic is covered by most insurance and health plans.
To locate a nearby doctor of chiropractic,visit f4cp.com/findadoctor
- In the age of nonstop news and often limited fact-checking, a new digital news publication, Rantt, is moving in the other direction, focusing on slowing the story down, and getting the facts right, even if it means not being the first to publish a seemingly hot story.
"We're taking an episodic approach to covering stories, and pride ourselves on slowing down the news," Rantt CEO and co-founder Zak Ali says in a feature in The Huffington Post on March 6, 2017.
"We want to be the opposite of everything we see wrong with the news media: sensationalism, misleading clickbait, false equivalency, etc.," Ali says. "Also, we feel like we are a voice for the disenfranchised population who feel let down by the mainstream media. Rantt will be the first episodic news source that people turn towards to get the full truth the first time," he emphasizes.
Rantt launched online in November 2016, in the wake of the controversial presidential election. The Washington, D.C.-based startup reports more than 100,000 unique visitors as of March 2017. Data from the company suggests that visitors to the site encompass a range of demographics, but most of its readers are millennials. Rantt's growing popularity also supports the idea that there is still an audience for unrushed, well-documented news stories.
The company was initially funded by Tricent Capital, a Silicon Valley investment firm, but their success is prompting them to expand and raise additional funds. The site's popularity reflects the public's desire for and interest in accuracy in the news, according to Ali.
Public interest in politics and current events surged at the time of the election and remain high, opening the door for alternative media options to serve a news-hungry readership. The founders cite the Drudge Report, Politico, and Talking Points Memo as examples of independent online news organizations that are able to fill a niche and serve as an alternative to the traditional mainstream media sources.
Rantt.com, includes a news section, an opinion section (known as Rantts), a section devoted to news related to President Donald Trump (known as Unpresidented) and a section called Underreported that provides a weekly summary of top news stories.
Check out rantt.com
to read the latest stories, explore contributors' profiles, and follow stories on the company's Twitter feed.
- And now the nation's opioid crisis is putting newborn babies at risk.
The use of prescription painkillers like OxyContin by women during pregnancy has resulted in what's being called "an explosion" of infants as addicted to the drugs as their mothers. Newly published data in JAMA Pediatrics shows the number of cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) has risen five-fold in the U.S. from 2000 to 2012 -- that's nearly 22,000 affected infants in that last year alone -- and the reality behind those stats is heart-wrenching.
"The babies, they really suffer, just like adults do when they withdraw from narcotics," Dr. Terrie Inder, chair of pediatric newborn medicine at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, told CBS News. "The babies are very irritable and sometimes have high heart rates, sweating, flushing, diarrhea. They cry a lot."
Heightening experts' concern:
* The crucial early "bonding" between mother and child is disrupted, given the babies' average hospital stay of 24 days.
* The mothers -- often unaware of the potential collateral damage from the painkillers they've been taking -- experience what Inder calls "anxiety and guilt."
Back and neck discomfort is especially common during pregnancy since women's postural changes can result in spine and pelvic pain. The open question is whether this latest development -- combined with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's call last year for physicians to dramatically curtail prescribing opioids -- will encourage more women to seek alternatives like drug-free chiropractic care.
"All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant," the American Pregnancy Association says, lauding their expertise in "establishing pelvic balance and alignment."
As the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress notes, visits to highly educated and trained doctors of chiropractic are covered by most insurance and health plans.
Learn more at F4CP.com/findadoctor
- America's economic engine is fueled by innovation. The ideas and inventions that emerge from researchers' labs or the garages of budding entrepreneurs have spawned powerhouse companies, even new industries.
But turning ideas into products usually requires a crucial step: getting a patent. Patents provide years of protection, ensuring that innovators' investments won't be undercut by copycats. As Abraham Lincoln once famously said, patents add "the fuel of interest to the fire of genius."
So it's not surprising that intellectual property can be immensely valuable. Universities bring in millions of dollars every year from licensing patents. Billions of dollars in damages have also been awarded when patent holders sue companies for infringement.
In fact, patents can be so valuable that some people and companies do nothing but snap up obscure patents, often of dubious quality, to use as weapons to extract licensing fees or damages from major corporations. The tech industry derisively calls these entities "patent trolls" and has set up an "anti-troll" organization, Unified Patents, to challenge the validity of patents.
So is it possible to tell the legitimate innovators from the trolls? There are two ways. First, did the company actually make the invention -- and file for patent -- itself? Second, have the company's patents survived the inevitable challenge from Unified Patents?
There's one interesting company for which both answers are a resounding Yes.
Long before the iPhone was introduced, the engineers at Voip-Pal (OTCQB: VPLM) had a vision that telephone calls, text messages and other information would travel over the Internet. So they invented and patented all the technology needed to route calls back and forth from the Internet to other networks.
That technology is now used by major telecom and social media companies, but none have licensed the patents. That's why Voip-Pal has sued
a number of giant telecom companies for billions of dollars in damages. And, crucially, the effort by Unified Patents to invalidate Voip-Pal's patents failed.
Voip-Pal hopes to either win or settle the cases, demonstrating once again the enormous value of high-quality patents.
- Watching a new baby explore his or her world during those first few months can bring so much joy to motherhood. Those first three months, coined the "fourth trimester," present new challenges often to be figured out in a sleep-deprived state. Finding clothes that are comfortable, functional and stylish can lead to a serious wardrobe dilemma for many new moms.To address this, zulily
, the online retailer obsessed with bringing moms special finds every day, is sharing insider tips, direct from their maternity and fourth-trimester experts. Fashion solutions for new and expectant moms include:* Simplify: Steer clear of big prints, shiny fabrics, or anything that adds bulk. Solids and darker colors are flattering to changing bodies, and are easy to mix and match with pre-pregnancy wardrobe staples.* Useful Nursing Apparel: For nursing or pumping moms, clothing that's easy to care for and comfortable is key. Stock several styles of nursing bras to accommodate fluctuating sizes, and consider stretchy or snap-down tank tops and surplice styles.* Adjustable Apparel: Wrap tops are another popular choice for nursing moms. Wrap dresses are classic, comfortable, and adjustable for special occasions during the post-baby period and beyond.* Shapewear: Many new moms appreciate the comfort and support of seamless tops and compression leggings for their changing figures. Shapewear, such as zulily's popular Belly Bandit, offers support to the belly, waist, and hips.From now until the end of March, zulily is hosting a Fourth-Trimester Closet Concierge, giving new moms direct access to ask for fashion advice. "Our maternity team saw the need to provide a special service to new moms who can be overwhelmed and strapped for time," explains Robin Otto, zulily maternity expert and merchandising manager. "We wanted to help these women navigate those first several months with ease, so that they can look and feel their best."The Fourth-Trimester Closet Concierge is a unique service that connects moms directly with zulily's maternity style experts via the company's Facebook Messenger chat. Their experts address post-pregnancy fashion and style concerns, ranging from what to wear for special occasions, to the most flattering silhouettes for any woman's body type.After the close of the concierge service, moms can still find a wealth of maternity and fourth- trimester options by visiting www.Facebook.com/zulily
, Facebook Messenger, or by visiting www.zulily.com/maternity
-Spring is right around the corner, and after months of being locked inside from the cold winter weather, it's time to get out and have some fun in the sun! Whether it's at the beach, traveling somewhere new, or just spending time with family and friends, spring break is the perfect time to get out and enjoy yourself in the warm weather.To make sure you capture every moment and have a blast while doing it, these must-have items have got you covered:* Enjoy the ride. Get pumped up for the warm weather with Vivitar
Bluetooth Earbuds, perfect for streaming and listening to music wirelessly while you travel to your spring-break destination. Compatible with iPhones, iPads, smartphones, and tablets, these earbuds also feature a built-in mic to manage phone calls on the go, and a rechargeable battery to allow for up to five hours of talk time. Removable ear gel fins are also included, so you can enjoy your favorite tunes during sporting activities, sunbathing, your morning run, and more!* Shoot in any conditions.With the Polaroid iS048 Waterproof Digital Camera, you can take photos of your adventures anywhere, including up to 10 feet underwater, something your smartphone can't do. The camera features a 2.4-inch preview screen and has 16 megapixel resolution with high-quality still images and video recordings. It's available at www.polaroid.com
*Rock out. Who needs an 80s boom box when you have an Altec Lansing Boom Jacket2 Bluetooth Speaker to listen to your jams? The speaker's Bluetooth interface and NFC (near-field communication) technology lets you stream music from select devices from up to 50 feet away. And if you're worried about water or sand getting in the way of enjoying your tunes, don't be. This speaker is water-, sand-, and shock-proof. It also accepts voice commands and features spoken caller ID, with a lithium-ion battery that provides up to 40 hours of battery life on a full charge. The speaker even doubles as a power bank, so you can charge devices while you're on the go.* Stay charged up. No matter where you go -- be it on spring break in Cancun, a day at the park, or a simple barbeque in your own backyard -- you won't want to miss a moment, which means you'll need to keep all your electronic devices charged. To that end, consider a reliable and durable charger such as the Altec Lansing
Rugged Apple Lightning Cable. This cable is directly compatible with all Apple devices, and is engineered with protective material that shields it from the usual wear and tear, including six feet of spring coil that ensures that your cable never breaks or frays. It provides fast and easy connection when plugged into any USB wall and/or car charger.* Catch some waves or hit the slopes. So whether you're heading to the beach to ride some waves or taking one last run down the mountain this season, you don't have to worry about your phone. The Lifeguard Waterproof Universal Pouch fits a variety of different iPhones and Android models. This pouch fits comfortably around your neck, guarding your phone from any possible damage caused by water, snow, dust, or dirt, leaving it working like new no matter how tall the waves, or how high the mountain.With spring break just around the corner, rest assured that wherever your trip takes you, these products will be just what you need to have the best time possible.
-Every veteran entrepreneur needs capital, but investing in them via regulated channels may be the best bet for investors.
Webco Medical & Dental Supplies Co., a Hudson, Florida-based company led by Christopher Cooley, is the first and only dental distribution company to be designated by the U.S. government as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).
This designation means that the U.S. government must allocate 5 percent of its budget to purchase dental products and services from Webco.
To support the growth capital Webco needs for this designation, they accessed capital via the Entrex Capital Market System, founded as an entrepreneurial exchange to help privately-held companies access capital through a tradeable and patented Top Line Income Generation Rights Certificate (known as a TIGRcub).
The tradable TIGRcub security helps private companies raise funds by providing investors with monthly interest -- plus a small share of monthly revenue: a winning combination for both company and investor.
"Working with the Entrex team offers me, as a veteran and entrepreneur, access to a capital market system to support the growth capital needed to help fulfill my vision of Webco," says Mr. Cooley.
"Without access to capital, my vision would be limited," adds Cooley in a statement issued by Entrex announcing the first TIGRcub investor purchases for Webco. "I feel Entrex and the TIGRcub offer Webco access to capital that is difficult, if not impossible, to find today," he adds.
The capital from TIGRcub investors will help Cooley grow the operations, distribution and inventories to help Webco become one of the nation's leading Dental Distributors.
"Entrex offers a Capital Market System for investors to find, research, track, manage and trade TIGRcub Securities" says Stephen H. Watkins CEO of Entrex.
"Helping Webco, as a veteran-owned business, makes the Entrex team proud not only to support entrepreneurs across America, but to help serve the veterans that guard and defend our nation's safety," Watkins continues in his statement.
According to the statement, Watkins feels confident that investors will recognize how well military veterans' dedication translates into the business sector, and how valuable their support is to a small business that might struggle to find other funding.
"We hope that by supporting veteran-owned businesses and helping investors access this sector, we can support entrepreneurship and the American dream with and through the people that protect us," he notes.
for more information about Entrex's TIGRcub and Veteran-Owned Business accessing capital.
- Spring is here, and that means not only getting a jump on your cleaning, but also having a reason to check all areas of your house and garage for signs of pests that might have made themselves at home over the winter.
Take a tour through your house and try these simple steps suggested by Kari Warberg Block, pest prevention expert and founder of EarthKind and Stay Away natural pest-prevention products for a few pest-proofing techniques for each room of your house
* Outside: The best defense is a good offense when it comes to protecting the outside of your home from pests. Inspect the exterior of your house and patch any cracks or other openings that may have developed over the winter.
* Living room: Keep ants from becoming unwanted guests in your living room by vacuuming the entry/living room areas thoroughly to get rid of any crumbs, and clean up any sweet, sugary spills which are the number one culprit for attracting ants in this area. Also, try a non-toxic ant repellant such as Stay Away Ants pouches. All Stay Away products are made in the USA from essential oils and plant fibers, so they are eco-friendly and have no known risks associated with use in the home.
* Kitchen: Use natural ingredients to keep your kitchen clean and repel rodents and other pests. Be sure to clean under refrigerators, stoves, and sinks because these are the areas where rodents frequently make their nests. Dog food is the number one attractant to hungry rodents. Try using a plant-based Stay Away Rodent repellant pouch, and you may avoid becoming one of the 21 million American homes invaded by rodents each winter (according to the National Pest Management Association). After pest-proofing your kitchen, proceed to the pantry, where moths might try to make themselves at home. Prevent problems by storing food in airtight glass, metal, or plastic containers; cleaning and checking packages for signs of holes; and placing a non-toxic Stay Away Moths pouch nearby.
* Bedroom and Closet: Moths also can consider closets a place to call home, but a Stay Away Moths pouch can keep them at bay. In the bedroom, the non-toxic Stay Away Spiders repellant offers a similar strategy. After vacuuming to remove any existing webs, use the repellant to prevent additional infestations.
* Garage and Basement: These areas can harbor a variety of pests. To keep them out, avoid storing items in cardboard boxes, which can attract rodents (they use cardboard to build their nests) as well as cockroaches (they like to feast on the glue ). Also, repair any leaky pipes to prevent the development of mold and moisture.
for more ideas for safely pest-proofing your home.
- For college students who aspire to work in financial markets, there is no better way to experience trading than participating in CME Group's annual Trading Challenge.
This year, students at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., beat out nearly 600 teams to take the top prize in the 14th annual contest -- the first time in three years that the winning team was based in the United States.
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Columbia University in New York City, N.Y.; Imperial College in London, England; and California University Chico in Chico, Calif., rounded out the top five.
CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives exchange, hosts its complimentary, electronic trading competition each year to help educate the next generation of finance professionals on derivatives markets in today's interconnected global economy.
During the four-week competition, students learn hands-on techniques and gain experience that they might not otherwise get by trading up to 10 different CME Group derivatives products from multiple-asset classes on a real-time professional trading platform. Live data and news are also provided to students free of charge.
In addition to the $1500 cash prize awarded to each member of the first-place team, the top five teams receive a cash prize. The top 10 percent of teams are also invited to attend a one-day market education conference in Chicago at CME Group in April.
This year's competition saw record participation from more than 2,300 students from 35 countries around the world. Students can also try their hand at trading year-round by using CME Group's Futures Fundamentals site, an innovative resource that offers interactive demonstrations of the role of futures markets in everyday life, along with a trading simulator.
"We are continually impressed with the participants, who are students studying business, finance, agriculture and economics at some of the world's best universities," says Anita Liskey, CME Group Managing Director, Corporate Marketing & Communications. "For many, this is their first hands-on experience in the markets. Inspiring the best and brightest students is a priority for CME Group around the world, and we think the Challenge does just that."
Registration for next year's competition will open in early 2018. To learn more about the Trading Challenge, visit http://www.cmegroup.com/education/trading_challenge.html
- There are two things that older adults have in spades these days: time and knowledge. And both make them the perfect match for volunteering.
By giving back as little as two hours a week, or about 96 hours a year, older adults are discovering how to keep their lives active and healthy.
Research shows that seniors who volunteer can combat depression, stave off chronic pain, and boost brain power. In short, volunteering can promote longevity.
Still need another reason to get out and volunteer? With the number of volunteers age 65 and older expected to double in a few years, chances are you'll reconnect with old friends and make new ones.
"Volunteering gave me a reason to get up in the morning and stimulated my brain as I learned about topics and issues that were completely unfamiliar to me," says one volunteer.
To help educate older adults about the benefits of volunteering, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) launched a public education campaign to raise awareness of the issue and to prompt older adults to take action. The centerpiece of the campaign is a publication, "Doing Good Is Good for You: Volunteer!"
This brochure provides you with a Self-Assessment Checklist that can help you evaluate the range of issues and activities that you may find most interesting in a volunteer setting.
For example, are you interested in animals, politics, or art?
Do you enjoy activities such as gardening, tutoring, or counseling?
The Checklist gives you dozens of options.
One prospective volunteer who completed a checklist of his interests was a lifelong musician. He checked "arts and culture" as a favorite and said he loved teaching others. When the local volunteer coordinator signed him up, she had no idea that his instrument of choice was a ukulele. Two years later, his lessons have become so popular, he's teaching in two senior centers to packed classes.
The point is, there's a volunteer opportunity for everyone, and it can be found with the simple click of a mouse.
For more information on volunteering, and to download your free copy of the brochure and other resources, visit www.n4a.org
and find the "Volunteer Resource Center" under n4a Initiatives.