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Minimizing the Mess: How to Keep a Clean Home With Kids

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 1:40pm
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(NewsUSA) - No doubt about it, Americans like their "stuff."

We like to accumulate and surround ourselves with material things.

The late George Carlin summed it up when he quipped, "A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff."

The problem is that stuff creates a mess, and most people also like to be neat and organized. Unfortunately, the two concepts do not necessarily align, which is why companies like The Container Store boast close to billion-dollar bottom lines.

And when you have kids? Fugehdaboutit. The potential for messiness multiplies tenfold.

For those wannabe organized families who would like to declutter (or at least keep the detritus at bay), look no further than the tips below:

* Buy bins. These plastic tubs can be a godsend for parents whose kids either refuse to throw (or give) anything away, or who want to try and teach their kids to organize their things at an early age. It keeps the mess to a minimum and makes cleaning simple for both parents and children.

* Cue the cubbies. These three-drawer organizers can be stored in the closet, don't take up much room and allow kids to store odds and ends that might otherwise be everywhere but their bedroom.

* Have an in box. A parent of any school-age child knows the amount of paperwork that comes home is obscene and overwhelming. To that end, having one place for all incoming papers is paramount.

* Use hangers and hooks. These minimally priced inventions that hang on the backs of doors helps keep towels, scarves, coats and other items off the floor. Similarly, a shoe rack that hangs in the closet can also be a great organization tool for little ones.

* Consider a portable spittoon. For smokeless tobacco users, a portable spittoon can mean the difference between a permanent, albeit accidental, stain and keeping a potential mess contained.

To that end, companies like FLASR, creators of smokeless tobacco accessory products, can help. FLASR's portable spittoons are an easy-to-use solution that prevents unwanted spills and leaks that often accompany spit cups and bottles. The FLASR flask, for instance, has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not in use, even if curious little hands get a hold of it. In addition, the new 4-ounce FLASR pocket-sized spittoon is designed to allow users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution for everyday use.

For more information, visit www.flasr.com.

How to Handle the Potential Pitfalls of Dating

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:15am
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(NewsUSA) - Dating is hard these days. Never mind the whole getting-to-know you thing, the Internet has created a world where every foible, every flaw, every thing (literally and figuratively) is on display for all the world, including potential dating partners, to see.

"Surviving any worst-case scenario comes down to not panicking, having a plan and ultimately being prepared," David Borgenicht, author of The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Sur-vival Handbook: Dating & Sex, told the Chicago Tribune in an interview. "And this applies to the realm of dating."

That is why it's best to be prepared for any dating scene so you don't find yourself wondering whether leaving-by-the-bathroom-window is actually an option.

The following tips will help you avoid the minefield of dating.

* You spill wine all over the table, on yourself, or on your date. At best, you and your date can laugh it off. And if you like one another, it's an easy way to ask them out for a second one --to a dry cleaners where you'll foot the bill. At worst, if the sparks aren't there, you have an easy out.

* You're running late. It happens -- traffic, work runs over, mistiming on how long it takes to get ready -- and all of a sudden you've kept your date waiting. In this case, take a few minutes to send a text message or a quick call and let them know you've run into a snag, but will be there as soon as possible. Better yet, giving them a timeframe. One caveat: try to keep it light. If you sound stressed about being late, they'll be stressed about waiting.

* You're a smokeless tobacco user. For smokeless tobacco users, the thought of taking a spit cup or bottle on a date is horrific, and of course, an absolute no-no. So, what to do? You might want to consider a portable spittoon made by FLASR, an Atlanta-based company that specializes in creating smokeless tobacco accessories.

To avoid the messiness that can go along with using smokeless tobacco, the FLASR flask has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not in use, thus eliminating the risk of spills and leaks often found with cups and bottles. In addition, the small size of the FLASR flask allows users to enjoy smokeless tobacco unobtrusively while in public.

For more information, visit www.flasr.com.

Smart Homes Save Time and Money

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:12am
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(NewsUSA) - The smart home has gone mainstream. Currently available technology allows homeowners to further personalize the environments in their homes and to monitor their homes remotely. Consider the increasing popularity of smart appliances such as motion-sensor lights, programmable thermostats and sound-control surround systems. Such technologies will likely expand as ways to make homes not only more comfortable, but also safer and more efficient. Smart home technology is becoming increasingly affordable and will become increasingly common in new homes. For example, in 2013, approximately half of all new homes built in the United States included structured wiring, which is needed for the transmission of high-speed video.

Some examples of the latest smart home technology could fall into two categories: Home comfort and home monitoring. Homeowners are able to set up systems that program the house doors to unlock, certain lights to come on, and the thermostat to adjust to preselected settings automatically when someone arrives at the home. In addition, homes can be programmed to send emails or text messages to alert homeowners to potential problems, which can be addressed before they escalate into expensive repairs.

Another point in favor of smart home technology: resale value. If you want to boost the value of your home, smart home technology is a worthwhile investment, and a system that monitors plumbing is a good place to start.

Preventing water damage is one area in which smart home monitoring technology can be especially helpful. Water damage accounts for a significant portion of home insurance claims, and being able to identify potential water problems and address them early can save time and money.

The FloLogic System is engineered to act like a circuit breaker for the plumbing system in the home, and it may be fitted to any home, old or new. The system monitors the water flow throughout the home. The system is designed to shut off the water if it detects any sign of a leak, from something as large as a broken pipe to as mall as a pinhole. It sounds an alarm at the control pad and shuts off the water. The FloLogic System may be linked in with a home security system and will be WiFi enabled by year end.

For more information about how the FloLogic system works, visit www.Flologic.com.

Simple Steps to Safeguard Your Second Home

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:09am
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(NewsUSA) - Owning a second home has many benefits: a potential rental income and a relaxing, reliable getaway, to name a few. However, second homeowners also must consider the challenges of maintaining a property left vacant for long periods of time.

Potential water damage is a key element of concern for homeowners who leave a second property for long periods. For example, a power failure and loss of electricity in the winter might result in frozen and broken pipes in a vacated summer house. An unsuspecting homeowner or renter could cause a flood by turning on the water. Home monitoring systems, such as the FloLogic System, are designed to provide remote monitoring of the water flow in a home. A sustained flow of water, whether from a pinhole leak, running faucet or flooding appliance, prompts the FloLogic System to send an alarm and shut off the water supply, so the homeowner can identify and address leaks before major damage occurs.

Many insurance companies offer reduced rates to homeowners who install the FloLogic System. Find out more about how the FloLogic System can give you peace of mind as you manage your vacation home by visiting www.flologic.com.

In addition to preventing water damage, owners of second homes can protect their property with these other simple strategies:

Protect the Pipes

For second homes in areas where the temperature dips below freezing, reduce the risk of a frozen pipe by leaving the heat running at 58 degrees Fahrenheit. Homeowners also should consider draining toilets, pipes and hot water tanks before leaving a vacation home for a long absence.

Protect Your Property

Be sure all windows and doors are locked and skylights and ventilation shafts are closed. Bring outdoor furniture inside. Secure bikes, boats and other similar items in a garage or shed. Move electronics, such as TVs and computers, away from windows.

Prepare for Power Surges

Unplug electrical appliances, including toasters and washing machines, for safety in case of an electrical surge.

Manage Your Mail

Be sure the post office has the correct forwarding address and the date on which to start forwarding your mail to an alternate location.

Smart Ways to Save on Home Insurance

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:05am
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(NewsUSA) - The high cost of home insurance can seem like one more financial hurdle to homeowners, but a solid home insurance policy doesn't have to break the bank.

Several factors can impact how much you pay for home insurance, including the age and size of your home, and whether you live in an area prone to natural disasters, such as fires, storms and flooding.

In fact, water damage is one of the largest sources of insurance claims, so making a proactive effort to monitor leaks and minimize the possibility of water damage can help reduce your home insurance premiums. Plumbing-related water damage accounts for 22 percent of homeowner claims filed each year and accounts for 25 percent of the claim dollars that insurance companies pay out. This is second to damage caused by acts of nature.

How can you monitor leaks? The technology in the FloLogic system acts like a circuit breaker for your plumbing system. The system monitors water throughout the home, and automatically shuts off the water if a leak is detected. Homeowners who install the FloLogic sytem may be eligible for a discount on their insurance.

Find out more about how the FloLogic System works by visiting www.flologic.com.

Other smart steps to save money on home insurance include:

Improve Your Home

Some insurers offer discounts to homeowners in older homes who upgrade outdated heating, electrical, or plumbing systems. Also a home security system may increase your chances of getting a lower premium.

Pump Up What You'll Pay

If you choose a higher deductible (the amount you pay for any damages to your home), you will pay lower premiums. Be prepared to cover damages up to $1,000, so you can save your insurance claims for larger damages.

Shop Around

Read up on information about home insurance rates, and also about complaints related to price, customer service and a range of other issues issues. You can find many insurance quotes online, as well as customer feedback about the company. You may find that paying slightly more for home insurance from a company with mainly good reviews is worthwhile.

Double Up

Consider using the same company for home insurance and auto insurance. It's not uncommon to get a reduced home insurance rate from a company if you also have car insurance or other types of insurance with them.

Know Your Pipe Type And Catch Leaks Early

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:00am
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(NewsUSA) - The saying "They don't make things like they used to," may apply to the plumbing in many homes built in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. During those decades, polybutylene was considered the great future of plumbing for the home. Pipes made from polybutylene (PB) cost half as much as traditional copper pipes, and they were lightweight and easy for contractors to install.

PB pipes became the standard for home plumbing in much of the United States, including the Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Northwest, and Sun Belt regions. Approximately 6 to 10 million American homes built during the period from 1978 to 1995 contain PB plumbing, according to home construction data.

However, if a home has PB pipes, its water system is doomed to eventually degrade and fail. The reason? The chlorine present in every public water supply degrades PB pipes and their fittings over time. The questions are when, and how this problem will occur. Chlorine exposure creates small leaks in PB pipes that can turn into large leaks and major flooding. However, a water monitoring system such as FloLogic can help spare homeowners the hassle of an expensive experience in water damage.

The FloLogic System (www.flologic.com) monitors the water flow throughout the home, and acts like a circuit breaker that shuts off the water if it detects any type of leak. The System sounds an alarm at a keypad, and it also can be linked to a home security system. With the FloLogic System, homeowners are instantly alerted to the presence and location of a leak, and can address it immediately.

PB plumbing problems have caused millions of dollars in damage over the decades, and it is often difficult for homeowners to distinguish what their pipes are made of without calling in a plumber. Completely replacing PB pipes can be expensive, but careful monitoring can catch a small leak before it becomes a costly one.

In addition to reducing the risk of water damage, the FloLogic System may even earn homeowners a discount on their insurance, depending on the company.

Visit www.flologic.com for more details on how the FloLogic System can protect your plumbing.

Millennials Help Boost the Popularity of ETFs

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 8:50am
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(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - Investors have obviously caught on. Tired of paying what can be large fees for traditional mutual funds, they've poured $3 trillion into exchange-traded funds (ETFs) -; with $2.09 trillion of that held right here in the U.S. And according to TD Ameritrade, it's millennials, especially, who've been allocating more and more of their portfolios to these baskets of securities that trade intraday like individual stocks.

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A Quarter of Adults Dishonest With Dentists on How Often They Floss

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:04pm
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(NewsUSA) - While many people are aware of the basic tenants of good oral care, thousands of people still don't floss their teeth -- and they lie about it. According to a new national survey, more than a quarter (27 percent) of U.S. adults admit they lie to their dentists about how often they floss their teeth. Along with twice-daily brushing and receiving an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation, daily flossing is a critical component in the prevention of periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease.

The Harris Poll, on behalf of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), was conducted online among more than 2,000 U.S. adults and among the top 10 U.S. markets. The AAP is using the survey results to urge all Americans to "Love the Gums You're With" and to raise awareness of periodontal disease -- a chronic inflammatory disease caused when bacteria in plaque grow below the gum line, leading to swelling, irritation, receding gums and tooth loss. Periodontal disease has been linked to many other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and even cancer. Despite its prevalence, periodontal disease is rarely discussed, resulting in a lack of urgency, awareness and education among the public.

"There's clearly more work to be done when it comes to educating Americans about the importance of oral hygiene in maintaining healthy gums. There are more than 500 bacterial species that can be found in plaque, and brushing alone does not remove the bacteria that live below the gum line," says AAP President Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH. "The good news about periodontal disease is that with proper and timely care, it's treatable and often reversible. If a person has been diagnosed with or is at risk for periodontal disease, a periodontist has the training and expertise to determine the best course of treatment."

Patients should discuss their periodontal health with a dental professional who can make a referral to a periodontist if necessary.

For more information and tips on how to properly care for your gums, visit perio.org.

Cancer Center Finds Smokeless Tobacco May Help You Quit

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 7:20am
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(NewsUSA) - A cancer center is taking a unique approach to getting cigarette smokers to quit by suggesting they use smokeless tobacco as an alternative.

The James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the University of Louisville have aimed their "Switch and Quit" campaign --headed by Brad Rodu, professor of medicine at the University of Louisville -- at Owensboro, Ky., a city that has the nation's highest smoking rates (it kills about 220 residents a year), in a state that leads the nation in tobacco growth and export.

It is an understatement to say this program -- which was started in 2011 and continues today -- has an uphill battle in getting Owensboro residents to switch, but as Dr. Donald Miller, an oncologist and director of the cancer center told USA Today in an interview, "this is as reasonable a scientific hypothesis as anybody has come up with and it needs to be tried."

Supporters of the program say that smokers who switch to smokeless tobacco rather than nicotine patches or gum, are more likely to give up cigarettes. For the 46 million Americans who smoke, that could be welcome news.

"If nicotine can be delivered in a less harmful way, millions of lives could be saved in the United States," Radu said.

Bolstering Radu's research is a 2007 report from the Royal College of Physicians in London, which suggested that some smokeless tobacco products are about 90 percent less harmful than cigarettes.

This is also good news for tobacco accessory producers like FLASR, an Atlanta-based company that has created portable spittoons.

"If more people turn to smokeless tobacco, they're going to need an easy and discreet way to enjoy their product of choice without attracting attention," says FLASR CEO Everett Dickson.

To that end, FLASR has created a flask that has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not being used, which eliminates the risk of embarrassing spills and leaks so often seen with cups and bottles. In addition, the 4-ounce pocket-sized spittoon is designed to allow users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution, no matter where you go.

"Finding a way to let people have their nicotine that carries less risk, it's the realistic solution," said one oncologist.

For more information visit www.flasr.com. Market listing: FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR).

Fighting Age-Related Muscle Loss

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 7:18am
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(NewsUSA) - Did you know that you start to lose muscle at a mere 30 years of age? Whether we like it or not, muscle starts to degenerate with each decade of life. This age-related muscle loss, known as sarcopenia, springs from many factors, including inactivity, inadequate protein and increased levels of the regulatory protein myostatin, which impedes muscle growth. Clinical studies have shown that high levels of myostatin can lead to reduced muscle mass.

Sarcopenia impacts overall health as well. Age-related muscle loss can limit daily activities of living and increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and obesity as well as cardiovascular, neurological, and orthopedic diseases.

That said there are steps you can take to help stem the effects of sarcopenia.

Incorporate Exercise

Moderate physical activity, along with resistance training, can help promote muscle growth and reduce the impact of this biological event.

Focus on Food

As you age, adequate protein intake plays an important role in maintaining muscle health.

Nutritional Supplements

Re Muscle Health Products feature the revolutionary bionutritional supplement Fortetropin, described on MYOS Corporation's website as "the only safe and naturally occurring myostatin inhibitor available with a clinically demonstrated positive effect on both muscle thickness and lean body mass compared to placebo." Fortetropin is a proprietary product of the MYOS Corporation.

MYOS' Re Muscle Health nutrition products are formulated to help protect and preserve lean, healthy muscle tissue. The product line includes: bars, powders and meal-replacement shakes designed to be used daily to supplement a sensible workout regimen, or simply as part of a regular healthy diet to promote muscle health and lean body mass. The products contain a 6.6 gram serving of Fortetropin along with 20 grams of protein.

In clinical trials, Fortetropin, the active ingredient in Re Muscle Health products, was associated with a reduction in myostatin levels, as well as an increase in lean body mass and muscle thickness.

It's important to note that the "Re" in "Re Muscle Health" stands for Rebuild, Rejuvenate, Results. Dr. Buzz Aldrin, decorated combat pilot, Apollo astronaut and member of the company's board of directors, believes the products, which he uses daily, live up to the name.

"I am pleased that Re Muscle Health is tailored to the aging population as well as athletes and the fitness community," noted Dr. Aldrin, a former intercollegiate athlete and pole vaulter, in a company press release. "MYOS is doing important groundbreaking work in muscle health, and I rely on Re Muscle Health products to help me maintain my lean muscle. They taste great and I've seen tremendous results," Dr. Aldrin said.

To learn more please visit, www.remusclehealth.com.

Start Today: First Steps to Getting Healthy

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 10:52am
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(NewsUSA) - It's never too early or too late to be healthy, but not everyone knows where to start. A combination of diet, exercise and healthy supplements can go a long way toward improving the quality of your life. And the prevalence of social media means that you're never alone in your efforts.

Follow these steps to help get you started on a road to better health:

Eat Wisely and Well

A healthy diet is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. In particular, starting the day with a healthy breakfast has many benefits. Data from multiple studies have shown that people who eat breakfast are less likely to overeat and snack later in the day. Breakfast doesn't have to be boring or tasteless either. Granola cereals, such as System LS Rise granola, are high in fiber and protein. In particular, System LS Rise features organic ancient chia seeds and barley malt. Also, think outside the box (cereal box, that is). Breakfast can be a breakfast bar, a protein shake or even leftover pizza from last night.

Be Smart About Supplements

Sometimes diet isn't quite enough, especially for those who eat more meals on the go. In those situations, a multivitamin designed to help support the immune system and provide missing nutrients can help fill the void. Supplements make sure your body is getting what it needs to be healthy.

Build Your Support System

Improving your health can be a struggle, and a little encouragement goes a long way. Today's social media outlets provide multiple options for seeking advice, as well as sharing health tips and information. For example, the System LS Facebook page provides a place to comment on health and nutrition, share ideas and get motivated by reading success stories.

Get Moving

Moderate exercise can yield a multitude of health benefits, from improving mood, to lowering cholesterol, to building bone density. Other benefits of exercise include maintaining a healthy weight and boosting your energy (because your heart and lungs are working more efficiently). In addition, exercise can enhance your sex life by improving your energy and appearance, which will also boost your self-confidence. Have trouble sleeping? Exercise may be the cure.

For more information about health products and living a healthy lifestyle, visit Rapid Nutrition at: www.rnplc.com.

Accidents Can Hurt More Than You Think

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 10:24am

(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - Even the most minor of accidents, such as a broken arm, can lead to temporary loss of income and the inability to pay normal living expenses. Supplemental insurance, like accident insurance, can help consumers stay ahead of the medical and out-of-pocket expenses that may add up quickly after an injury, allowing consumers and their families to focus on recovery -; not finances. Read below for fascinating facts and safety tips to help keep your life on track. For more information, visit aflac.com/individuals.

 

 

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Overstock Opens Up Capital Market With Entrex's TIGRcubs

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 3:53pm

(NewsUSA) - If Overstock.com will do a TIGRcub, why wouldn't you?

If you're not familiar with a TIGRcub or Top Line Income Generation Rights Certificate, simply put, it's a way for private companies to raise capital by offering investors debt enhanced by a slice of revenue. This allows investors to invest in these companies benefiting from monthly cash flows without the headaches of traditional stock market fluctuations.

Overstock is now offering a $25 million revenue-based TIGRcub security via Entrex: a Capital Market System for Entrepreneurial Companies (www.entrex.net).

The Overstock,com TIGRcub is being offered to provide a minimum yield of 6.5 percent plus a small slice of revenue, which could provide a maximum yield of 7 percent via the revenue participation or "Top Line." The offering is a private offering being made exclusively to qualified institutional buyers and a limited number of accredited investors.

According to Stephen H. Watkins, CEO of Entrex, "Revenue is the tangible performance line of the company or the 'Top Line,' which is so different from investing in the volatility of the equity markets, which is often more investor sentiment and speculation than corporate performance."

"TIGRcub Securities provide a monthly cash-flowing risk-adjusted return for investors, eliminating a lot of the downfalls of equity or stock-based investing," says Watkins.

The Overstock TIGRcub will be issued as 25 one million-dollar tokens and will trade using Overstock's "T0.com" BlockChain and across a regulated Alternative Trading System. Financial performance of the TIGRcub will be reported to Bloomberg along with other financial industry data consolidators so investors will have active knowledge of trading and performance of the security.

Overstock made a name for itself in 1999 under Dr. Patrick M. Byrne, the company's current CEO, who recognized the potential of selling excess consumer goods through the Internet to bargain-hunting consumers. Now, Overstock offers more than one million products, from clothing to home goods to furniture to cars, but is now serving industries as diverse as insurance, travel and Cryptocurrencies. Today Dr. Byrne sees T0.com and Entrex's TIGRcub helping to revolutionize the Capital Market the same way the Internet revolutionized the world.

For its part, Entrex currently has a $500 million diversified pool of TIGRcub offerings going to market, which means that there are plenty of companies to invest in.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit www.entrex.net.

Save Water by Stopping Leaks Early

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 3:50pm
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(NewsUSA) - Water is a limited and essential resource, but too many people are unaware of how much is wasted. Believe it or not, the average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water each day, and 70 percent of that water is used inside the home. Unfortunately, much of that water is wasted without a homeowner's knowledge.

Water leaks are among the main sources of wasted water in the home, accounting for as much as 13.7 percent of a household's water use. That's more than the top household water uses, which include taking a shower, running the dishwasher or doing laundry.

However, some simple tips can help homeowners conserve water, prevent damage caused by leaks and save money on repairs caused by water damage.

Launder Less

Do fewer larger loads of laundry instead of more smaller loads. A larger load uses less water per pound of clothes.

Delay Dishes

Wait until the dishwasher is full before running it; a half full load wastes both water and electricity.

Improve Appliances

Data suggest that high-efficiency water-saving devices, such as low-flow showerheads and toilets, could save U.S. households 5.4 billion gallons of water and $11.3 million each day, and the low-flow devices that are currently available don't sacrifice water pressure for efficiency. But if more efficient bathroom fixtures aren't an option, simply taking shorter showers can save two to five gallons of water per minute.

Get a Grip on Leaks

New leak detection products can help homeowners identify leaks early, so they can be managed before water damage sets in. The FloLogic System, for example, serves as a circuit breaker for the plumbing system in the home, sending an alarm and shutting off the water supply when a leak is detected. This early detection feature is key to preventing water damage associated with an unidentified and unrepaired leak. As an added bonus, some insurance companies will provide discounts to homeowners who install systems such as FloLogic.

For more details about how the FloLogic System can help you save water, and money, by managing leaks, please visit www.flologic.com.

Protecting Pipes in Condos Can Create Good Neighbors

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 3:05pm
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(NewsUSA) - High-rise condos may seem like a dream for those craving an urban setting or for beach-going vacationers who long for a comfortable home, sans the hassle. But living in close contact with neighbors has its own set of challenges, like floods that cover entire floors, and quite often these issues can go unnoticed until it's too late.

To this point, a high-rise leak can become an even larger problem. All it takes is for one neighbor's child to leave a faucet on to cause irreparable damage to the ceiling of the unit below. A pipe could unknowingly sprout a leak, causing damage to several apartments and leading repairmen to search for several hours before a leak can be stopped.

In condominiums, water damage can affect multiple families' health (to say nothing of their wallet) because moisture can lead to mold, which is difficult to completely remove (and can mean thousands of dollars to do so). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mold can cause everything from eye irritation to troubled breathing, and after extended exposure, chronic lung disease.

Water damage from a neighbor starting a flood can also ruin personal property in the form of unsightly cracks or water spots on ceilings or walls and can also ruin antique carpet or hard-to-replace items. But floods are common. Case in point? In 2003, California alone saw insurance companies pay $500 million in water damage claims.

However, condominium communities can take steps to protect entire buildings from water damage. New products can detect and stop water leaks before damage occurs. For example, the FloLogic System (www.flologic.com), which won one of Popular Science's Best of What's New awards, acts like a circuit breaker for the home plumbing system.

As an automatic water shut-off device, the FloLogic System is able to monitor a condominium's water supply from one location in the main. When the flow through the system exceeds a preset limit, the product shuts off the water and sounds an alarm at the keypad, saving not only yours, but your neighbor's as well. The alarm can also be linked to a condominium's security system for increased awareness.

For more information, visit www.flologic.com.

4 Ways to Add Some Muscle to Your Exercise Routine

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 3:03pm
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(NewsUSA) - When it comes to getting fit, many consider cardio exercise the best solution. But strength training is also an essential part of any comprehensive exercise routine. Strength training can boost cardio health, burn calories and fat and put you on the fasttrack for fitness success.

It's no surprise that strength training was listed as a top fitness trend for both men and women by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). It's also a key step towards improving quality of daily life -- whether that's countering long hours spent at a desk job or staying active with the family.

"Everyone can benefit enormously from strength training," says celebrity trainer and Bowflex Fitness Advisor Tom Holland. "Muscle helps our bodies work optimally, providing us with functional strength and the ability to perform daily activities with ease."

Here are some easy ways to add some strength training into your exercise routine:

* Commit to a regular routine, and build from there. If you are new to strength training, consider lighter weights and fewer repetitions to get started. You can challenge yourself with larger increments and higher repetitions as you progress. "Success in strength training is all about overloading the muscle with precise weight and progressing appropriately," Holland says.

* Use equipment, or keep it simple. Equipment such as kettle bells, dumbbells and medicine balls are all great options. For example, the Bowflex SelectTech 552 dumbbells (www.bowflexselecttech.com) replace 15 sets of weights with a space-saving design -- adjustable from 5 to 52.5 pounds at the turn of a dial. If you don't have easy access to weights, or want to start off simple, everyday objects, such as a frozen water bottle or cans of soup, can be used as substitutes.

* Get back to the basics with functional fitness. Functional fitness focuses on strength and bodyweight training exercises to improve balance, develop muscle and condition our bodies. Basic exercises, such as squats or sit-ups, mimic movements used in daily life. Another option to keep your body tuned to daily activities is walking. You might not be ready for a 5k walk, but a machine like the Bowflex TreadClimber (www.treadclimber.com) can help you get started by combining the motions of a treadmill, a stair climber and an elliptical.

* Fuel your strength training with protein. "Protein is essential to building lean muscle," says Holland. One easy solution is a protein shake or smoothie. For example, the new Bowflex Body (www.bowflexbody.com) nutrition line includes fitness shakes that provide a 15-gram punch of protein and essential vitamins for only 125 calories.

How to Protect Yourself From Cyber Attacks

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 3:01pm
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(NewsUSA) - When business giants Target, Home Depot and Sony got hacked, and personal information was compromised, data security, once again, became a hot topic and household word.

Sure, you know you need to do more to shield your identity, but let's face it, you can only do so much to protect yourself, and even that is reliant on other people or companies. Unfortunately, these same entities can clearly be careless.

When people aren't careful, the Internet can become a playground for criminal activity. Whether you're checking your email, banking information or doing some online shopping, you have already put yourself at risk of having your identity stolen.

Criminals have developed several ways to obtain personal data from innocent Internet users. According to the United States Department of Justice, cyber criminals can take over an individual's identity to conduct a wide range of crimes. Criminals like to make fraudulent withdrawals from bank accounts because victims usually don't become aware of the criminal activity until substantial and irreversible damage has already been done.

Enter Gabriel, a set of secure communication apps derived from a U.S. Department of Defense project and created by VirnetX, an Internet security software and technology company.

Gabriel transmits information using automatic virtual private networks with military-grade encryption. Think Cryptograms.

"Gabriel has been designed and built with personal privacy and security as a foundational principle," says Dr. Robert Short, VirnetX Chief Technical Officer and Chief Scientist. "As a result, Gabriel provides uncompromising data security? users do not have to transmit data to, or store data with, any third party, including VirnetX. Users can therefore rest easy that their data is stored only on their devices."

Other benefits from using Gabriel include:

* Making free voice or video calls or sending instant messages to other Gabriel members in your network.

* Receiving spamless e-mail.

* Allowing for person-to-person messages that disappear once the session has ended.

* Sharing pictures or files with other trusted Gabriel users in your network directly from your personal device.

All of the above is done with other members of your network with the assurance that the transmissions are secured with end-to-end encryption.

Simply put, Gabriel makes your online communications invisible. Think of it this way: if the bad guys can't see you, they can't attack you.

Gabriel is free to try. For more information, please visit www.gabrielsecure.com.

Prepare Your Pipes for a Winter Cold Snap

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 2:58pm
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(NewsUSA) - Winter has a certain amount of charm that comes with it -- from sledding and outdoor ice skating to snowmen and brightly lit trees. But when icy weather hits, and your pipes are ill-prepared, it can mean a long (and costly) spring.

Here's what happens: When temperatures drop, trapped water in pipes can freeze. Since water expands when it freezes, it can cause the pipes to rupture. When the pipes thaw, that's when homeowners might come home to a flooded basement.

Instead of waiting before it's too late, now is the time to insulate your pipes before the cold weather returns. Do it in the comfort of warm weather at your leisure so you're not rushed when the cold weather arrives.

Insulate pipes

This action step performs double duty, keeping hot water pipes warm and protecting cold water pipes from freezing, which can lead to immediate energy returns. Homeowners with existing insulation should check it before the cold weather comes to town. If either the insulation or its tape looks cracked or crumbles to the touch, it should be replaced. If the pipes have either wire or tape heaters, homeowners should contact the pipe heater's manufacturer before attempting to insulate pipes.

Old Man Winter

As a homeowner, you most likely will not be needing your hose or sprinklers this winter season. To that end, drain and store your lawn and gardening supplies before the first freeze. Even well-insulated homes reach freezing temperatures if left unheated.

Anti-leak technologies

Like any other industry, new technology is being developed to prevent water damage. One product, the FloLogic System, acts like a circuit breaker for the home plumbing system. The FloLogic system monitors a home's entire water flow from a single position on the water main. When the flow through the system's sensor exceeds a preset limit, the system shuts off the water and sounds an alarm at the keypad. If connected to a security system, FloLogic will notify the monitoring service. Shutting off the water prevents flooding, saving you from potentially costly repairs. Many insurers will also offer discounts to homeowners who use the FloLogic System.

If, however, a pipe is already frozen, homeowners should turn off the water, slowly thaw the pipe, then call a plumber to make necessary repairs.

For more information about the FloLogic System, and protecting your home from water damage, visit www.flologic.com or call 1-877-FloLogic.

How to Keep Seniors Mobile at Home

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 2:12pm
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(NewsUSA) - You're getting older, and those day-to-day tasks that never took a second thought are becoming more difficult. Your kids are urging you to downsize and move to an apartment in a senior living community where everything would be on one level, but that's the last thing you want to do. After all, home is where your heart is, and it's where you want to stay.

Fortunately for today's seniors, there are many devices that make aging easier and safer. These devices can also increase mobility in the home. One device is a stairlift, like the ones made by Acorn Stairlifts of Orlando, Fla.

Stairlifts can be designed for straight or curved staircases, even outdoor patios and front steps.

If you're unsteady on your feet and are at risk of falling, or if you suffer from painful osteoarthritis, here are some more ways to increase mobility while staying safe in your home.

* Reduce clutter and move tripping hazards, like stacks of books, off the floor.

* If you live with cats, put collars with bells on them so you always know where they are. Pets, too, can be a tripping hazard.

* Consider using a cane. Today's canes come in pretty colors and patterns and will help you keep your balance as you're walking around the house.

* Invest in a grabber pole so you can reach cans and bags of food and other items stored on high shelves without using a stepladder.

For Gloria Clark, whose back and leg pain were so severe she had to crawl up the steps using her hands and feet, a stairlift "made all the difference in the world." And Charles and Nancy Spear say their stairlift has made their "home feel like it's 'ours' again."

While the original stairlifts were clunky and difficult to use, today's models are streamlined and fold up and out of the way when not in use. The newest models, like Acorn's, are powered by two small 12-volt batteries under the seat or by regular house current. The lifts have sensors around the perimeter of the foot platform that will stop the lift when a sensor is triggered by a foot that has slipped off the platform or an object that has fallen on the floor and is in the way.

To learn more about how a stairlift can make life easier for you, visit www.acornstairlifts.com.

Chew on This: New Portable Spittoon Makes for Less of a Mess

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 8:08am
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(NewsUSA) - They are as iconic and as much a part of the fabric of U.S. history as the cowboys who used them. Then, just as it is now, the spittoon was popular and necessary.

In fact, as state lawmakers continue to outlaw cigarettes in bars, restaurants, workplaces and government buildings, smokers are opting for smokeless tobacco, and the spittoon (or something akin to it) is once again becoming a necessity.

Supporting the notion that smokeless tobacco use is on the rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that four out of every 100 adults aged 18 years and older (men and women) use smokeless tobacco, about seven in every 100 are men. In addition, young adult males (aged 18-25 years) accounted for more than 10 in every 100. This bodes well for companies that provide accessories for smokeless tobacco users, such as Atlanta-based FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR).

One of the more inconvenient (not to mention messy) aspects of smokeless tobacco is the unsightly spit cup that users must carry around. According to its website, FLASR portable spittoons were invented to "provide you [the user] with an elegant and easy-to-use solution for taking your favorite tobacco products along wherever your travels lead you."

The FLASR flask that has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not in use, eliminating the risk of spills and leaks often seen with cups and bottles. In addition, the new 4-ounce FLASR pocket-sized spittoon is designed to allow users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution for everyday use or when taking the pleasure of snuff, dip or chew, hunting, fishing or to any other sport or event.

The small size of the FLASR portable tobacco flask allows users to enjoy smokeless tobacco unobtrusively in public without unwanted attention.

The company plans on designing variations of the product to give consumers a greater choice of design options, including, but not limited to, brands and logos of sports teams, hobbies, interests and more.

For more information, visit www.flasr.com.