Health, Home & Family

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(NAPSI)—The average American household now has nine Internet-enabled devices to connect to the Internet, watch movies or television shows, or “smarten” the thermostats, doorbells or nanny cams. These products let people save energy, buy groceries, connect with family members and access a seemingly limitless catalog of entertainment.

It’s important, however, to realize that some devices may not be as secure as others. For example, millions of rogue entertainment boxes are now in homes. While these devices look like an Apple TV or Roku box, they are unsecured and can expose consumers to malware. Typically, they are used to illegally access pirated movies, TV shows or live events.

The Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA)investigated apps on these devices and found malware on them that stole researchers’ user names and passwords, probed user networks and surreptitiously uploaded user data without consent. Most consumers are unaware of the security risks that can occur when plugging one of these devices into a home network, and if they did know, they would be much less likely to allow them in their home. Continue reading

(NAPSI)—Getting a flat tire is no fun for anyone at any time, especially on vacation. To keep your next road trip rolling along, the nonprofit Car Care Council recommends a quick tire check before you leave the driveway.

“The excitement of summer vacation quickly deflates when your car has a flat tire,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “A quick four-step tire check will help you to avoid the aggravation of changing a flat tire on the side of the road.”

  1. Check that all tires, including the spare, are inflated to recommended pressure levels.
  2. Check tire tread depth with a simple penny test-if you see Lincoln’s head above the tread, then it is time for new tires.
  3. Check for irregular wear as uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment.
  4. Check tires for cuts, bruises, bulges, bald spots or other irregularities that can lead to a flat tire.

“AAA expects to get calls from stranded motorists this summer and a good portion of those vehicle troubles will be tire related,” said White. “A comprehensive pre-trip vehicle inspection, including the tires, is the best way to alert yourself to any potential issues so you can address them before you leave home and keep your road trip on track.” Continue reading

(NAPSI)—Among the tastiest and most versatile fruits on Earth, olives are enjoyed by many cultures around the world. They have been in existence for 8,000 years, and while olives are not indigenous to the Americas, they have been in the New World for a good long time.

Then

It was the Spanish who introduced olives to Peru and Argentina in the 1500s. As time passed, olive trees made their way up the Pacific Coast through Mexico when Spanish missionaries brought them to California in 1769.

However, it wasn’t until the 1900s when commercial olive production began in the United States, thanks to a German immigrant woman named Freda Ehmann. She had a small grove and began experimenting with 280 gallons of olives on her back porch in Oakland, California, thus inventing the ripe olive style that Americans have come to know and love. Continue reading

By Blanca Taylor, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist

July 4th brings family and friends together, as well as neighbors, to celebrate that we’re all part of a community. Everyone pitches in, combining their resources — great food, music, and displays — to lift our spirits.

Social Security has been helping people maintain their independence for over 80 years. In that time, we’ve made it even easier for you to access the programs and benefits you might need. Today, applying online is a fast way to get those crucial benefits.

Here are some of the benefits you can apply for:

Retirement or Spouse’s Benefits – You must be at least 61 years and 9 months old and want your benefits to start no more than four months in the future. Apply at www.socialsecurity.gov/retireonline. Continue reading

Some time back a 15 years old school student was told they could not say the Lords Prayer in school. He was inspired to write the following!

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.  Continue reading

By Dr. Matt Leavitt

A trip to the dermatologist has traditionally involved treatment for a specific skin problem like a rash, acne or a wart. Increasingly however patients are seeking care for a much more serious problem: skin cancer, which will affect one in five Americans in their lifetime.

This alarming increase in skin cancer incidence is leading board-certified dermatologists to take a proactive approach – urging patients to get full body examinations to identify potential skin cancers anywhere on the body, including areas where patients might not think skin cancer could occur.

The exam is simple, quick, and painless – but priceless for the early detection it offers.

More than 3 million people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year, including nearly 200,000 Americans diagnosed with the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma.

When melanoma is detected early through exams like the Total-Body Skin Cancer Exam℠ offered at Advanced Dermatology, survival rates approach 99 percent. When detected at advanced stages, survival rates plummet to just 15 percent.

Because of the importance of early detection, health officials join together to mark Skin Cancer Awareness Month each year.

Who is at risk for skin cancer? Continue reading

Following four simple steps at home — Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill — can help protect you and your loved ones from food poisoning.

Clean:

Wash your hands and surfaces often

Germs that cause food poisoning can survive in many places and spread around your kitchen.

Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before, during, and after preparing food and before eating.

Wash your utensils, cutting boards, and countertops with hot, soapy water.

Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running water. Continue reading

Ingredients

1 c. frozen pineapple

1 c. lemonade

1/2 c. coconut milk

Pineapple wedges, for garnish

Maraschino cherries, for garnish

Directions

Blend frozen pineapple, lemonade, and coconut milk in a blender.

Pour into glasses and garnish each with a pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry.

 

(NAPSI)—If you’re traveling, expecting an important letter, worried about mail theft or just too curious to wait until the mail arrives, this can be your red-letter day, thanks to a free feature from the United States Postal Service.

Informed Delivery lets you know what is coming anytime, anywhere on your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Informed Delivery allows you to see digital images of incoming mail. It lets you automatically track packages you are expecting through email and text alerts so you don’t need to enter any tracking numbers. The feature allows you to enter delivery instructions for your mail carrier as well.

How It Works Continue reading

(NAPSI)—Summer is here and everyone is diving into the season by beating the heat at the pool. Whether you’re planning a pool party at home or attending a friend’s, it’s time to gather all the essentials for a day of fun, starting with staples like your favorite swimsuit, a towel and your go-to sunglasses. Beyond these everyday necessities, add a refreshing snack to your checklist that all your family and friends will enjoy, such as HI-CHEW™, the immensely fruity, intensely chewy candy.

HI-CHEW™ provides a bright burst of vibrant, real-fruit flavor packed into each chewy bite. Made with concentrated fruit juices and purees and 100 percent free of gluten, cholesterol and artificial colors, there’s a chew for any flavor preference. The candy is available in a variety of flavors and convenient formats.

For an assortment that will please everyone at the party, pick up the HI-CHEW™ Sweet & Sour Mix including fresh and zesty Grapefruit and Lemon flavors alongside HI-CHEW™ Watermelon, a tangy and tart take on the classic, thirst-quenching fruit that is a staple at pool parties across the country. Each refreshing, juicy chewlet in this mix brings the taste of summer with a slight puckering effect, a touch of sweetness, and the perfect balance of true-to-life fruit flavors. Continue reading

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