Health, Home & Family

(NAPSI)—The National Museum of the United States Army is under construction, and four artifacts are already in place. These unique pieces of Army history are so large that crews pre-positioned them early in the construction process so the Museum’s walls could be built around them.

The first two artifacts were the M3 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicle that led the 2003 charge from Kuwait to Baghdad, and the M4A3E2 Sherman “Jumbo” Tank, known as “Cobra King,” which was the first tank to break through German lines during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge. Crews then installed an LCVP, one of the few remaining Higgins boats certified to have carried troops ashore at Normandy on D-Day.

The fourth artifact, a Renault FT-17 Tank known as “5 of Hearts,” made history in World War I when it led an attack on enemy lines near Exermont, France. It is the only known surviving Renault FT-17 Tank used in combat by U.S. personnel. Continue reading

(NAPSI)—Nearly everyone born between 1996 and 2010—Gen Z, as they’re known—owns a smartphone, Mediakix research shows. What many people don’t know, however, is that these young people are often as much into nature as they are into technology.

Fourteen-year-old Jake Reisdorf of California is a shining example. The subject for a school project was the impetus that turned an initial interest in bees into a full-fledged hobby and business, and the young entrepreneur now serves as founder and CEO of Carmel Honey Company.

He had taken a beekeeping course and used that information to create a website for a class project. His fellow students, however, seemed more interested in learning about honey bees than about website design. So Reisdorf procured a hive and began rescuing wild swarms. He now manages nearly 100 hives. Continue reading

(NAPSI)—If your home is like most, you no longer have a landline. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 51 percent of U.S. homes rely on cell phones alone for a telephone connection. So a reliable cellular signal is more crucial than ever.

The Problem

Unfortunately, bad cell reception can happen in urban areas, thanks to all the obstacles that block cell tower signals from reaching your phone. And it can be even worse in rural areas, which make up more than 72 percent of the U.S. land area.

In fact, most cell phone users have used a number of creative ways to make or receive a mobile call, including going outside, standing near a window, finding the one spot in the house with a signal, standing like a statue and even moving like a ninja. Continue reading

(NAPSI)—Low and slow is the way to go when it comes to entertaining. Start marinating the night before, prep the rest of the ingredients in the morning, drop it all into the slow cooker and let the magic begin as the flavors slowly meld and everything turns tender.

Then it’s all about the garnishes to contrast the mellowness and succulence of a slowly braised meal. Choose items that will strike the perfect balance by adding brightness and texture:

  • Chopped scallions, fresh jalapeños and halved cherry tomatoes add crunch and flavor to your favorite chili recipe.
  • Handfuls of arugula, chopped parsley and pine nuts are delicious toppings for your favorite chicken cacciatore recipe.
  • Roasted sesame seeds, julienned cucumbers and cilantro cool down your favorite Asian spicy rib recipe.

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(NAPSI)—To help you save time and trouble and turn out a beautiful bird (or two), “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking” author and television host Nathalie Dupree offers these clever turkey time tricks.

“I rarely cook a turkey larger than 14 pounds, and find it easier to roast two smaller ones than one larger one. A large turkey takes longer to cook, and is more difficult to handle and store. Two small turkeys allows one of them to be roasted and carved ahead of time, and the other to be the ‘showpiece’ on the table,” she explains.

“Rather than stuff the turkey,” she adds, “I flavor it with an onion, carrot and a few herbs. Herbs enhance the flavor of the turkey, when tucked inside the cavity. If a rack is not available, the onions and carrots can form a resting place for the turkey. I add stock to keep the bottom from burning and to ensure a scrumptious gravy. This creates a bit of steam, so take care when opening and closing the oven.” Continue reading

Sciatica

Back pain sufferers have often been told that they have spinal arthritis, disc degeneration and spinal stenosis.  They also may have buttock, thigh or leg pain which is termed sciatica.  The afore-mentioned words describe the opening between the spinal bones being closed by spur formation and decreased disc height.  The hole between the bones is large enough when the disc is plump and healthy but decreases with loss of discs and the growth of bony spurs.  This causes low back and often leg pain.

Frequently, these pain sufferers are told that there is nothing short of injections and surgery that can help.  This is not true.  Spinal adjustments, combined with mechanical traction, are very effective in relieving the pain of neuropathy caused by herniated discs.  Lumbar disc herniation can cause back pain and/or leg pain, tingling, numbness, and burning.  Combining computerized decompression/traction with spinal adjustments and exercise will bring about the longest lasting results.  This computerized traction is superior to sustained traction of inversion tables because the computerized traction is on and off — it waxes and wanes in tension — thereby overcoming the body’s natural tendency to resist the pull with muscle tension.  Continue reading

(NAPS)—If you or someone you care about is an older adult, you should know about the Eldercare Locator. The Eldercare Locator, a public service of the Administration on Aging, an agency of the U.S. Administration for Community Living is a nationwide service that connects older adults and their caregivers with information on aging services.

Callers to the Eldercare Locator receive information about federal, state and local services such as transportation, in-home supportive services, and health and wellness programs. Information Specialists are there to help guide callers to the correct resources.

You can call the Eldercare Locator at (800) 677-1116 Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm ET to speak with a knowledgeable Information Specialist, or you can visit the website, www.eldercare.gov to find local resources on a broad range of topics.

Older people can get help and advice on a number of topics from one special source.

(NAPS)—Bees are synonymous with pollination—and for good reason. Their size, shape and physical characteristics—fuzzy bodies that so effectively collect and transport pollen—make them efficient foragers. Additionally, they are conditioned to collect ample pollen to take back to their brood, a behavior that has helped reinforce their reputation as “busy bees.”

It’s important to recognize, however, that other insects and animals contribute to pollination, the important process of collecting and distributing pollen to help plants reproduce and bear food. Research conducted in recent years suggests that the combined activity of non-bee pollinators—such as flies, bats and butterflies—can be just as valuable to pollination as bees. Continue reading

(NAPSI)—A new way to honor America’s veterans and military families can be at your fingertips. That’s because Fujitsu General America launched a Facebook campaign to help military families.

How It Works

A leading provider of energy-efficient heating and cooling systems for residential and commercial use will donate $1 to Operation Homefront for every “like” it receives on its Fujitsu General USA Heating & Cooling Facebook page.

How It Helps

Operation Homefront is a national 501©(3) nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive-not simply struggle to get by-in the communities they’ve worked so hard to protect. For over 15 years, the organization has provided programs that offer: Continue reading

(NAPSI)—Just as you need clean air to breathe, so does your car. The vehicle’s air filters are what make that possible.

To help them keep doing that and ensure vehicle longevity and interior comfort, car owners should have the engine and cabin air filters inspected and changed regularly.

How They Work

The vehicle’s engine air filter traps dirt particles that can cause damage to engine cylinders, cylinder walls, pistons, piston rings and bearings, leading to the engine losing power. The air filter also plays a critical role in keeping pollutants from contaminating the airflow sensor on fuel-injected cars. A normal-wear item that requires regular checks and replacement, air filters should be inspected at each oil change and replaced annually or when showing other signs of contamination. Continue reading

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