NFM Lending Salutes Tsgt. Lester Eckman

NFM Lending Salutes Tsgt. Lester Eckman

Linthicum, 11/03/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

NFM Lending is pleased to honor Retired Technical Sergeant (TSgt.) Lester Eckman as the NFM Salute for November 2017.

TSgt. Eckman was born in Orofino, Idaho in 1973, and entered the Air Force in November 1995. He attended Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, and Technical School at Goodfellow Air Force Base, as an Electronic System Security Assessment Analyst. Throughout his career he was stationed in Alaska, Texas, Hawaii, North Carolina, and Germany. His military and civilian education includes: 1N6 ESSA Analyst training, ESSA Mission Supervisor training, GIAC Security Essentials Certification, Strategic Planners Course, Air Operations Center School, 1N0 All-Source Intelligence Analyst training, Combat Life Savers Course, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Liaison Officer training, First Responder certification, Fire Fighter training, an Associate’s Degree in Communications Applications Technology, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Administration. He has received many awards and decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Force Commendation Medals, the Combat Readiness Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, to name a few. TSgt. Eckman retired from the Air Force in the summer of 2017, after 22 years of service. He now works for the Defense Intelligence Agency in Reston, VA, as an anti-terrorist analyst.

TSgt. Eckman was nominated by his wife, Stephanie Eckman.

“After 22 years, it’s hard to find words to describe how much Les has done to not only serve our country, but the community,” said Stephanie. “On top of his military service, Les has also volunteered everywhere he’s gone. He’s worked with forestry and game wardens in Idaho, and as a volunteer firefighter for Easton FD (Easton, MD), Cypress Pointe FD (Vass, NC) and he has already started the process to volunteer with the Sterling FD (Sterling, VA). It takes an incredible person to continue serving and helping others. He truly deserves to be recognized for all his accomplishments and endless dedication.”

The NFM Salute is an initiative in which one military member or Veteran is chosen each month to be honored as the “Salute of the Month.” Salutes are chosen from nominations on the NFM Salute website, http://www.nfmsalute.com. The “Salute of the Month” will be featured on the website with a brief biography and information about his or her service, and NFM Lending will make a $1,000 donation to a military or Veteran non-profit in the Salute’s name. TSgt. Eckman chose The Gary Sinise Foundation to receive this month’s donation.

Selected NFM Salutes may choose from one of the following three non-profits: Platoon 22, AnySoldier, and the Gary Sinise Foundation. NFM looks forward to the opportunity to continue to honor military and Veterans through the NFM Salute initiative.

About NFM Lending

NFM Lending is a mortgage lending company currently licensed in 29 states in the U.S. The company was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. They attribute their success in the mortgage industry to their steadfast commitment to customers and the community. NFM Lending has firmly planted itself in the home loan marketplace as “America’s Common Sense Residential Mortgage Lender.™” For more information about NFM Lending, visit www.nfmlending.com, like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter.

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Car Accidents With Uber Or Lyft Can Be Complicated Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer

Car Accidents With Uber Or Lyft Can Be Complicated Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer

Boca Raton, FL, USA, 10/30/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Because the industry of ride-sharing is still fairly new, insurance companies are still working to make sure that their policies involve some type of provision for ride-sharing coverage and options. Additionally, laws and requirements for ride-sharing companies are continually evolving and changing as they are becoming more ubiquitous.

What Exactly is a Rideshare Company?

Rideshare companies, like Uber and Lyft, are also called Transportation Network Companies (TNC). They provide drivers-for-hire sharing services to customers by contracting with freelance drivers who drive their own cars to transport customers. These contracted drivers typically do not go through the same type of training and scrutiny that other for-hire drivers (cab drivers, chauffeurs, etc.) go through, and they are not required to insure or register their cars as commercial vehicles. TNCs provide cab-like services that allow passengers to arrange for rides on short notice with a smartphone application.

The typical way that rideshare companies work involves three elements:

  1. A customer uses a smartphone to request a ride, set a pickup and drop-off location.
  2. The driver uses GPS to navigate and for the app to track and calculate a cost for the route.
  3. The customer uses a social media-like platform to rate the driver for other potential passengers so they know what to expect.

While there are similarities between taxis and rideshare vehicles, they don’t operate the same way. A taxi is nearly always on the road, traveling as much as 70,000 miles a year, whereas rideshare vehicles are on the road considerably less. Some rideshare drivers drive part-time, while others make it a full-time job. The rideshare apps insist that their businesses are just what an app entails – a technological start-up that is simply the middleman between a passenger and a driver, not a commercial vehicle-for-hire entity.

What Happens When There is an Accident Involving Uber or Lyft?

This is where it gets sticky. In the recent past, there have been a few bills that were signed into law that regulate the way that companies like Uber and Lyft are insured. Commercial vehicles must be covered through strict insurance policies that are governed by the state in which they are operated, but until recently, Uber and Lyft were not required to maintain that same requirement because of their modern business structure. However, due to the pressure the companies received about the growing number of accidents across the country, both Uber and Lyft adopted insurance coverage that kicks in once a driver has accepted and picked up a passenger.

It may seem that the problem has been solved. But it hasn’t. What has happened is different states have passed bills and signed legislation that questions the time frames for which rideshare drivers are covered by company insurance and at what times they are not. While laws and insurance policies are in flux, it is in passengers’ and other drivers’ best interest to work with a seasoned and knowledgeable car accident attorney if they are injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle.

If you or a family member were injured in an auto accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle in Florida, contact Boca Raton car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 293-2600 or complete the online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Other Resources for you:

  1. Learn about The Most Accidents are at Intersections Warns Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne
    in our previous blog post
  2. Read our blog post:  The Most Dangerous Highways are in FL Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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Illumination Research Hires Amanda Rawlings, Project Director

Illumination Research Hires Amanda Rawlings, Project Director

Mason, Ohio, 10/30/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Following another year of strong growth, Illumination Research, a global market research and consulting firm, hired Amanda Rawlings as Project Director for the West Coast.

Amanda gained her experience with Research Now spending nine years managing projects for many large accounts on the West Coast. As a manager for the last several years Amanda has led multiple groups of international project managers covering projects across global time zones.

 

In her new role at Illumination, Amanda will play a key role in managing all of the logistics involved in designing, costing, and executing research projects and ideation sessions for our West Coast clients. “I look forward to joining the talented Illumination team and working closely with their fantastic clients. With Illumination’s innovative research solutions and client-focused drive I am excited to help light their clients’ path with insights and growth. “

 

According to Illumination COO Jeff Bass, “We are thrilled to bring Amanda on to support our growing West Coast business. She brings a wealth of experience to her Project Management role and will ensure our clients’ projects are executed with excellence.”

 

Amanda graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Marketing Management from California State Polytechnic University. She has also completed a Market Research Society Certificate in Market and Social Research in September 2016.
Illumination is a global consumer and shopper insights firm, offering a diverse portfolio of Qualitative and Quantitative research capabilities. The company’s clients include many of the world’s largest manufacturers and retailers, including Procter and Gamble, Nestle, Abbott, and Kroger. Illumination leverages its industry-leading agile research tools along with a full suite of established methods to help its clients uncover and apply rich insights to grow their business. The 10-year-old business continues on a strong path of growth, building on significant global expansion in recent years.

 

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Choosing The Best Inpatient Fentanyl Addiction Rehab

Choosing The Best Inpatient Fentanyl Addiction Rehab

New Jersey, 10/23/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

The opioid epidemic is rampant in all parts of the country; there is no demographic that is not affected by it. More and more people are dying from overdoses of heroin and prescription painkillers like fentanyl. According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most recent dramatic increase follows the pattern that has been going on since 1999 when prescription opioids became ubiquitous in the United States. In the last 16 years, there have been nearly 200,000 deaths caused by overdoses related to prescription opioids, and deaths associated specifically with the drug fentanyl, are definitely on the rise.

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is an opioid painkiller that is similar to other opioids like morphine, OxyContin, and even heroin, but it is much more powerful. It is typically used during and following surgery for pain relief, or for the severe breakthrough pain associated with cancer. It has a shorter half-life than other pain medications, working by inhibiting the pain pathways to the brain from the location of the pain. It isn’t like over-the-counter pain medications or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which generally affect the peripheral or local site of pain.

Fentanyl is administered in various ways including as an intravenous injection, a patch that is placed on the skin, a tablet that is dissolved between the cheek and gums, a lollipop or lozenge, and as a mouth spray.

Fentanyl is Dangerous and Addictive when Abused  

Fentanyl has a high potential for abuse due to the euphoric effects and pleasurable sedation that it causes. It is commonly abused when users attempt to numb the emotional pain with a rush of pleasure and a high feeling. Continued use causes the opioid receptors in the brain to crave repeated use.

When a person begins abusing fentanyl, they will become increasingly tolerant to the drug. That means that they will need to take more and more of it to get the same effect. Additionally, they will begin to feel withdrawal symptoms if they decrease or stop taking fentanyl. Because of these two factors, fentanyl abuse can cause a person to escalate from wanting the drug to needing it to feel normal very quickly.

Fentanyl is very powerful – about 100 times more potent than morphine – and it can greatly depress breathing. Overdoses that result from fentanyl are caused by respiratory failure. Research shows that women are more likely than men to become addicted to fentanyl because they are more likely to be diagnosed with chronic pain and prescribed the medication and end up taking it longer than it was originally prescribed. Adolescents and young adults are also among the highest fentanyl abusers, typically getting access to the medication from friends or relatives.

Many people who become addicted to fentanyl do so innocently when they are prescribed the medication for a legitimate reason. Unfortunately, due to the highly addictive nature of the drug, they start using more and quickly become dependent on it. When the high that is achieved with fentanyl becomes a daily occurrence, it’s important to watch for possible signs and symptoms of fentanyl abuse and addiction.

Signs and Symptoms of Fentanyl Addiction

Building up a tolerance to fentanyl is one of the first signs of addiction, as is suffering withdrawal sickness when the drug is stopped or doses are decreased. Some of the other, outward, signs of addiction are:

Extreme euphoria and relaxation

Sense of well-being

Dizziness and confusion

Lightheadedness

Drowsiness or sedation

Upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting

Constipation

Drug-seeking behavior, or doctor shopping

Irritability

Decline in activity

Problems sleeping

Increasing conflicts in relationships

Reporting pain medication prescriptions as lost or stolen

Frequent early renewal requests from pharmacists

Increasing complaints of pain

Reluctance to try non-opioid pain medications for pain

Requesting other prescriptions for medications with euphoric effects

Respiratory arrest

It can sometimes be challenging to identify a loved one’s behavior as fentanyl abuse, but if there are several of the above signs and symptoms present, it may indicate that abuse is occurring.

How Long Does Fentanyl Stay in the Body?

This question’s answer has many factors involved. How long it takes for the body to rid itself of fentanyl depends on:

Amount of fentanyl taken

How the fentanyl was administered (patch, injection, lozenges, etc.)

Length of time fentanyl has been used

Genetic makeup of the user

Overall health of the user

History of drug use of the user

If fentanyl is used intravenously, it will be out of the system faster than if it’s used in the patch or lozenge forms. IV fentanyl is usually out of the body within 24 hours, depending on the other factors. Other methods of administration can take up to about two days for the body to get rid of fentanyl. However, that doesn’t mean that the withdrawal symptoms will be gone that quickly. Those can last much longer as the body works to recalibrate itself without fentanyl in its system.

What is Detox from Fentanyl Like?

Like any other opioid, the detox from fentanyl is not comfortable or pleasant. It is also not always safe to do without medical supervision. The effects of withdrawal typically begin within about 24 hours from the last use and the symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable. Some of the withdrawal symptoms are:

Chills and fever

Severe nausea and vomiting

Stomach cramping

Sweating

Trouble sleeping

Body aches

Anxiety and panic attacks

Irritability

It’s recommended that detox from fentanyl is done in a medically-supervised detox facility. Not only is it safer should symptoms become severe, it can also be much more comfortable as there are medications that can be given to help manage the symptoms.

Finding the Best Inpatient Rehab for Fentanyl Addiction

Choosing a rehabilitation facility for fentanyl addiction treatment should be done with the same careful consideration that you use to choose a doctor or a hospital. When you choose the right rehab facility, it makes all the difference in the whole process. Here are some important considerations to look at when choosing an inpatient rehab for fentanyl addiction:  

Reputation. To find out the reputation that a rehab facility has, it takes some research. You can easily do some online searches to see what former clients and their families have to say about the facility. It’s important that you find a facility that has a good reputation with both patients and medical professionals. When you find one whose reputation you are happy with, and that has a track-record of satisfied patients who are in long-term recovery, it should make your short list of choices.

Respect. Every patient (regardless of whether they are treated in a hospital for an illness, or in a rehab facility for an addiction) should be treated with respect and should have a say in what their treatment is and how it is administered. That means that your wishes should be carefully considered by the facility staff. For example, if you would like to detox without the use of prescription medication, that desire should be evaluated by your doctor and if it is medically feasible and safe, it should be carried out.

Location. Where the facility is located is worth taking the time to consider. Is it close enough to home that your friends and family can come visit you? Is it in a safe area where you will feel at ease? Is the aesthetics of the surrounding area important to you? The more calm, relaxing, and secure it is, the lower your stress and anxiety will be.

Qualifications of medical professionals. All of the medical staff at the facility you choose should be encouraging, professional, and have the proper credentials. When you take a tour of the facility, don’t be afraid to ask about the qualifications of the doctors, nurses, therapists, and other staff. They should be willing to answer all of your questions without hesitation.

Comfort. Whatever your decision is about the rehab you go to, the facility, program, and staff should be tailored to the needs of people needing treatment for fentanyl addiction. That means that in addition to monitoring withdrawal symptoms, the facility should provide such things as nutritious meals, 24/7 support, and complementary therapies. Patients should be comfortable in private, or semi-private rooms. Also in the area of comfort, patients should feel comfortable with and welcomed by the staff.

Use of medications. There are some specific medications that can be used in detox to make patients more comfortable, and withdrawal symptoms more manageable. For example, buprenorphine is often used for withdrawal from opioid drugs like fentanyl. Other medications may also be used such as anti-nausea medication and over-the-counter pain relievers. Many people who seek help for fentanyl addiction are also diagnosed with co-occurring mental disorders or illnesses like depression or posttraumatic stress disorder. Those patients may be prescribed medication to help with those conditions. Make sure that the facility you choose adheres to the use of medication philosophy that you subscribe to.

Payment options. One of the most common reasons that people with addiction problems don’t seek help is the cost of treatment. However, most rehab facilities do accept insurance and in many instances, insurance does cover at least a portion of the cost. Be sure to see if the facility you are interested in accepts your insurance. You can also check to see if they will accept payment plans for the balance that insurance doesn’t cover, so you don’t have to come up with a large sum of money all at once.

Realistic promises. There is no quick fix of addiction. Detox and rehab facilities that promise a “cure” or a “full recovery” from addiction should be avoided like the plague. Likewise, detox centers that offer “rapid detox” should also be considered suspect. The rehabilitation process should not be rushed, and the process should focus on true recovery and that takes time. The program should enlist evidence-based treatments and integrate the potential for relapse over the course of recovery.  

Recovery for Fentanyl Addiction is Possible

Fentanyl addiction is treatable and it is possible to recover from it. Inpatient rehabilitation is typically recommended over outpatient treatment for fentanyl addiction, and ongoing and consistent treatment of some kind is often necessary for fentanyl addictions.

If you or a loved one are using fentanyl and have overdosed or you are concerned that you may be addicted, seek help now to begin recovering. The first step to recovery is asking for help.

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Online Solicitation Of A Minor In Texas

Online Solicitation Of A Minor In Texas

Dallas, Texas, 10/23/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Using the internet to arrange or ask for sex or sexual contact with an underage individual is a serious crime under both federal law and Texas state law. Many people view the internet as a sort of Wild Wild West, in which the rules are lax and no one really polices conversations or exchanges.

This is incorrect. In fact, law enforcement at the local, state, and federal levels actively monitor what occurs online. Furthermore, you don’t have to actually make physical contact with a minor or even meet a minor in person to be charged with solicitation.

Police Stings for Online Solicitation of a Minor in Texas

Media reports state that police in Texas have been very active in targeting online predators and setting up sting operations designed to catch individuals who attempt to solicit sex or sexual contact with children over the internet.

One report states that police in the Houston area arrested 13 people in a sting called “Operation Broken Heart.” The operation took place over two months between April and May. During the operation, police posed as underage individuals and interacted with men who sought to connect with minors using social media and other internet communication. In total, police arrested 13 men between the ages of 19 and 66. Three of the men arrested were also charged with possession, promotion, or distribution of child pornography.

In a separate operation, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office made at least 15 arrests in child sex stings between December 2016 and April 2017.

In 2015, police departments from Missouri City, Fort Bend County, Katy, and Sugar Land arrested 23 men in connection with a sting involving the online solicitation of minors. In several of the cases, police also found weapons and illegal substances in the men’s vehicles.

Serious Penalties for Online Solicitation of a Minor

Online solicitation of a minor carries serious penalties at both the federal and state level. Under federal statutes, a person convicted of online solicitation of a minor can be sentenced to life in prison under certain circumstances. At a minimum, an individual convicted of federal online solicitation of a minor can expect to spend 10 years in prison. These are felony convictions that stay on your criminal record forever.

Under Texas state law, it’s a felony to use the internet to solicit sex with a minor. The crime can be charged as a second- or third-degree felony depending on the circumstances of the case. If an individual is convicted of a second-degree felony, the prison sentence ranges between two and 20 years. Conviction of a third-degree felony carries a sentence of two and 10 years.

Contact a Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer About Your Case

If you’ve been charged with a crime, don’t hesitate to speak to an experienced Texas criminal defense lawyer about your case.

Sources:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/texas/article/5-arrested-Central-Texas-online-child-sex-sting-11049130.php

http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/sugarland/news/article/Houston-police-arrest-13-in-child-predator-sting-11234843.php

https://www.click2houston.com/news/23-arrested-in-sting-operation-involving-online-solicitation-of-minors_20151123143036664

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2422

http://codes.findlaw.com/tx/penal-code/penal-sect-33-021.html

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Bicycle Accident Lawyer Explains The High Costs Of Bicycle Accident Injuries

Bicycle Accident Lawyer Explains The High Costs Of Bicycle Accident Injuries

New York City, NY, 10/23/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to hear that New York City has some of the highest rates of bicycle ridership in the country. In a city famous for its heavy traffic, getting around on two wheels instead of four is often much faster and less expensive. According to the New York City Department of Transportation, 34 percent of New Yorkers ride a bicycle a few times a year, and nearly 50 percent report riding a bike “at least several times a month.”

Unfortunately, the rise in the number of bicyclists is a factor in the jump in bicycle accident injuries and fatalities. In a study published in the journal Injury Prevention, researchers from the University of California San Francisco found that there were 3.8 million non-fatal and nearly 10,000 fatal bicycle accidents in the U.S. between 1997 and 2013. The total number of deaths increased from 588 in 1999 to 855 fatalities in 2013.

Medical Costs Associated with Bicycle Accidents on the Rise

In addition to more riders and more bicycle accidents, the medical costs associated with these crashes has also gone up. According to a Business Insider report, “over the last two decades, the number of people injured in bicycle accidents in the U.S. has been rising and the cost of each crash has also gone up.”

The report cites the Injury Prevention study, stating that researchers used data gathered from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System and fatal crash data from the National Vital Statistics System.

The total costs for bicycle injuries are staggering. For the bicycle injuries that occurred in the period between 1997 and 2013, the cost was $209 billion for non-fatal injuries. For fatal injuries, the economic cost was $28 billion. For each year of the study, non-fatal bicycle injuries increased by around 6,500, with total medical costs going up an average of $789 million each year. This is an increase of 140 percent over the course of the years included in the study.

What Bicyclists Can Do to Stay Safe

According to Morteza Asgarzadeh, a researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, there are several things bicyclists can do to stay safer when they ride.

Be well-informed about the risks of bicycling.

Use bicycle-specific infrastructure when possible.

Always be vigilant about watching for drivers on the road.

Give drivers room on the road.

Wear a bicycle helmet.

Asgarzadeh also says that cities can do their part by increasing lighting on roads and bicycle paths, as well as investing in infrastructure that promotes safe bicycling. Dr. Benjamin Breyer, one of the authors of the Injury Prevention study, stated that infrastructure is actually more affordable than paying for the cost of bicycle-related injuries. “In fact, we could build cycling infrastructure in one-sixth of the entire U.S. for the same cost of all these injuries in 10 years.”

Sources:

  1. http://www.businessinsider.com/r-medical-costs-of-bike-crashes-on-the-rise-2017-6
  2. https://www.medpagetoday.com/cardiology/cardiobrief/65730
  3. http://home.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bicyclists/bikestats.shtml

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What’s The Link Between Indoor Air Quality And How Smart You Are

What’s The Link Between Indoor Air Quality And How Smart You Are

Riverdale, NJ, 10/20/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sounded the alarm about the importance of improving indoor air quality, because people spend as much as 90 percent of their lives indoors. And in fact, studies have found that residences and workplaces with high levels of pollutants can worsen asthma conditions, reduce lung function and even lead to serious illnesses such as lung cancer.

Learn About Cities with the Worst Air Pollution in the U.S.

Let’s take a look at the link between indoor air quality and cognitive function, and see how improving air quality may not just make us healthier, it may actually make us smarter.

Pollution Affects Cognitive Function

We know that exposure to pollution has a direct and often adverse effect on our health, but recent studies have begun to show that pollution affects cognitive function in human beings.

According to Alternet, a Harvard study found that normal indoor levels of carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds [VOCs] negatively impact human cognitive function and decision-making. (1)

The study analyzed 24 participants who spent six, eight-hour days working in a controlled office environment.

During the study, some of the participants were exposed to high concentrations of VOCs, while others were exposed to low concentrations of VOCs.

At the end of the eight-hour day, the participants were given a 90-minute computerized cognitive assessment that measured their aptitude in nine functions, including crisis response, information usage, strategy and task orientation.

Participants who spent their day in the environment with a low concentration of VOCs scored 61 percent higher than the participants who spent their day in the environment with high concentrations of VOCs.

In addition to finding that carbon dioxide and VOCs negatively affect worker performance, the study also found that when the environment with high VOCs was exposed to increased ventilation, the cognitive function of participants working in that environment improved.

These results are in line with another major study, which found that air pollution affects brain function in primary school children.

Researchers analyzed cognitive function in 2,715 primary school students and found that children in schools with high levels of pollution scored lower on cognitive tests that included working memory, superior working memory, and attentiveness. (2)

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Reasons Pollution May Impact Brain Activity

But what are some of the reasons pollution may impact brain activity?

According to Science, the answer may lie in a series of studies conducted by a pair of neuroscientists at the University of Southern California (USC), who exposed mice to dirty air.

The results showed that microscopic pollutants could travel into the cerebellum at the rear of the brain and trigger an inflammatory reaction. (3)

Scientists theorize that this inflammation could interfere with cognitive function, and prolonged exposure could even accelerate mental health illnesses such as Alzheimer’s.

While more research is needed to determine the exact reasons why pollution affects the brain, it’s clear that poor indoor air quality can definitely impact human cognitive ability.

Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Given the dangers of pollution, it is important to find ways to improve indoor air quality. One action that some employers are taking is to convert their offices into green buildings.

The EPA defines the green building as increasing the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use and harvest energy, water and materials…and protecting and restoring human health and the environment through design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and deconstruction.

But even at home, you can take steps to ensure that you breathe cleaner air, such as opening your windows to lower carbon dioxide levels and to ensure that fresh air blows in from outdoors.

The type of air filters used in your building to remove contaminants can also have a major effect on the indoor air quality. Air filters are available to remove both particulate and gaseous pollutants.

You should also limit the use of indoor barbecue grills and indoor wood-burning fireplaces, and use a dehumidifier to keep the humidity level below 50 percent because excess moisture creates bacteria and mold.

“We know that indoor air quality is a vital aspect of overall health,” Kevin Wood, Camfil USA Vice President Sales & Marketing. “But the issue is even more urgent now that we understand some of the cognitive problems that arise due to long-term exposure to pollutants. The HVAC systems within a residence or commercial facility are the keys to improving indoor air quality. Proper ventilation can help reduce pollution and installing high-efficiency air filters rated to eliminate 99.97 percent of contaminants, can help protect your long-term health and mental well-being.”

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For more than 50 years, Camfil has been providing the most technologically-advanced air filtration systems. Camfil offers the most efficient filtration systems to clients throughout the world and has built its reputation on providing quality on a budget. Camfil operates under the guiding principle that clean air is the right of all humans no matter where they live. The company is well equipped to offer clean air solutions to facilities seeking to improve indoor air quality and the overall employee health.

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1.http://www.alternet.org/environment/indoor-air-pollution-negatively-impact-human-cognition

2.https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201504/why-is-air-pollution-so-bad-your-brain

3.http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/01/brain-pollution-evidence-builds-dirty-air-causes-alzheimer-s-dementia

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The Evolution Of Marijuana – NJ Addiction Rehab To Host Lunch & Discussion

The Evolution Of Marijuana - NJ Addiction Rehab To Host Lunch & Discussion

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Summit Behavioral Health will host a lunch and discussion session for professional counselors titled, “Drug Trends: The Evolution of Marijuana” on Friday, November 10 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Summit Outpatient facility at 4065 Quakerbridge Road, West Windsor Township in New Jersey.

The session will explore how the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana will affect counselors now that much of the stigma of using the drug is no longer a factor. Some counselors are concerned that public perception of marijuana as a dangerous drug has changed because of the prevalence of medical marijuana facilities in many states.

Paul Lavella Jr., Director of Alumni Services at Summit Behavioral Health will lead the discussion. Lavella Jr. has a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology and is licensed as a Professional Counselor and Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He interacts daily with teenagers, adults, and families impacted by addiction, and is focused on helping them through the long process of recovery.

“The big challenge for professional counselors is convincing marijuana users that long-term smoking of the drug has damaging physical and psychological consequences,” Lavella Jr. stated. “Marijuana use has gone mainstream, so in states where recreational use is legal, counselors may face more resistance from people who don’t see anything wrong with smoking marijuana.”

But the debate about the legalization of marijuana is not one-sided, as some counselors believe that legal status of the drug will not impact the number of people who will seek treatment to help them stop smoking marijuana. As an example, they cite the fact that the legality of drinking alcohol has not stopped people who drink to excess from seeking to counsel.

“That’s why we are having this session,” Lavella Jr. added. “There are many sides to this debate, but there’s no doubt that public perception of marijuana use has changed over the past few years. We want to explore how that affects our role as counselors, and whether or not we will face more resistance with patients, and whether or not legalization will cause more people to seek treatment. It’s time we get up to speed on this current trend.”

Seating is limited, so anyone interested in attending the discussion should contact Jayme Poalise at (609) 471-7922, or send an email to rsvppj@summithelps.com.

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ZENRUN 5K Race Takes Meditative Running To A New Level Worldwide

ZENRUN 5K Race Takes Meditative Running To A New Level Worldwide

Miami, FL, 10/20/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

ZENRUN 5K Race takes Meditative Running to a new level worldwide. Running is an exercise that revitalizes and strengthens the body. Meditation is an exercise that revitalizes and strengthens the mind. While many find running meditative, Be Love Foundation, Inc’s ZENRUN takes it to a whole new level.

The ZENRUN 5K race that will take place on November 19th, 2017 at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami. Physically, that is. Participants can run on site, or participate from wherever they are worldwide, whether it’s running around their neighborhood, through a forest, or on a treadmill. Meanwhile, participants who choose to do so listen to a guided meditation technique that serves as a tool to help runners improve their posture, focus their minds, and optimize breath work for improved performance with the ZENRUN APP. What sets ZENRUN apart from other races is the intent. ZENRUN participants run contemplating world peace, which is what we all need at this time.

At the end of the race, medals will be awarded, and the Be Love Foundation, Inc. will offer music, food, and yoga classes to those participating on site at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park Miami.

The Be Love Foundation, Inc. is a fully registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization focused on helping others to cultivate their full potential through community support groups, yoga classes and meditation events like ZENRUN. Be Love Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to cultivating world peace one mind at a time. Be Love offers free yoga and running groups, as well as meditation groups and classes in Miami-Dade area schools.

Created by Dr. Cristina Sabroso along with contributing partners and members, the organization’s goal is to cultivate an education system to support the overall development of children – physically, mentally, and spiritually. For this reason, ZENRUN offers community hours to students and other volunteers who help out with the event.

Middle school and high school students are invited to run the virtual race for free.

The registration for ZENRUN is now open, for more information about ZENRUN, and how you can register or volunteer, or how to become a co-sponsor of the event please visit www.ZENRUN.us/

Since ZENRUN is going global and looking for partners, please just contact them if you are interested to host an actual ZENRUN in your city, state or country.

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Boca Personal Injury Lawyer On Johnson&Johnson $417 Million Powder Cancer Award

Boca Personal Injury Lawyer On Johnson&Johnson $417 Million Powder Cancer Award

Boca Raton, FL, USA, 10/20/2017 /SubmitPressRelease123/

The link between baby powder and cancer has been in the news in recent years. In August 2017, a California jury awarded a woman $417 million in a personal injury lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. The jury’s award includes $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages. Juries and judges award punitive (punishment) damages in cases where they want to send a message to companies and other defendants about wrongdoing.

Does Baby Powder Cause Cancer?

In the California case, the plaintiff was a 63-year-old woman who said she used baby powder as part of her feminine hygiene routine since she was 11 years old. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007. She also claimed she stopped using the baby powder in 2016 after hearing stories of women who had suffered ovarian cancer in connection with talcum or baby powder. The woman said she would have stopped using baby powder for that purpose if there had been a warning label on the bottle.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), baby powder is classified as a cosmetic, which means it does not have to undergo the type of FDA review required for pharmaceuticals. As CNN reports, “Some other talc-based powders on the market carry labels that mention possible risk of ovarian cancer after frequent application in the female genital area.”

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, has conducted studies on baby powder and found it to be “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

5,500 Baby Powder Cancer Claims

The $417 million verdict is not the first of its kind—nor is it the first time Johnson & Johnson has faced a lawsuit related to cancer and baby powder. As Bloomberg reports, there are currently over 5,500 cases on this issue pending against Johnson & Johnson across the country. Bloomberg also reports that the company has lost four previous jury verdicts totaling $300 million.

Court records show that the Cancer Prevention Coalition put Johnson & Johnson on notice as early as 1994 that baby powder poses “a serious risk of ovarian cancer.” Evidence also shows that a Johnson & Johnson medical consultant circulated an internal memo in 1997 stating that “anybody who denies” the link between baby powder and ovarian cancer is “denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary.”

Boca Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Cancer Risks in Products

Boca personal injury lawyer Joe Osborne explains, “Manufacturers of products have an obligation to warn consumers of known risks associated with using their products. Chances are, most Americans have used at least one Johnson & Johnson product in their home. No one should have to worry that their personal hygiene products can make them seriously ill.”

Contact a Boca Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or illness caused by talcum or baby powder, don’t wait to speak to a lawyer. Contact Boca personal injury lawyer Joe Osborne today at (561) 800-4011

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http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/21/health/johnson-and-johnson-talc-verdict/index.html

http://money.cnn.com/2016/02/24/news/companies/cancer-johnson-and-johnson-talcum-powder/index.html

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-21/j-j-loses-417-million-talc-verdict-in-first-california-trial

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