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(NewsUSA) - Recurring indigestion that is frequently triggered by a meal is a problem without a solution for many people. The medical condition, known as Functional Dyspepsia, has no known organic cause. No FDA-approved prescription products are currently available for meal-triggered indigestion or Functional Dyspepsia, so sufferers often turn to off-label products, including proton pump inhibitors (omeprazole and esomeprazole), antacids, and antidepressants, among others, to ease symptoms.The most common symptoms of meal-triggered indigestion or Functional Dyspepsia are nausea, bloating, belching, inability to finish a normal-size meal, feelings of fullness and pressure in the upper belly and upper-belly pain or burning.But sufferers may find help with FDgard, a new non-prescription medical food specially formulated for the dietary management of meal-triggered indigestion or Functional Dyspepsia, which affects an estimated 1 in 6 adults in the U.S.FDgard is the only non-prescription medical food clinically studied for this relatively common but frustrating condition, and it's available in local pharmacies nationwide. Each FDgard capsule contains targeted-release microspheres of caraway oil and l-Menthol, the primary component found in peppermint oil, engineered for release in the upper belly, where discomfort most often occurs. The combination of caraway oil and l-Menthol have demonstrated effectiveness in reducing or improving dyspepsia discomfort, including feelings of pain and burning, early fullness, pressure, and bloating, which makes FDgard an ideal pre-meal companion to help control meal-triggered symptoms.Based on results of two peer-reviewed and presented studies at the American College of Gastroenterology meeting in October 2017, FDgard showed a high level of patient satisfaction and rapid improvement of Functional Dyspepsia symptoms. In a first-ever clinical study conducted in eight centers across the U.S., known as FDREST (Functional Dyspepsia Reduction and Evaluation Safety Trial), FDgard showed significant reduction and rapid relief of Functional Dyspepsia symptoms in 24 hours. In a second real-world, patient-reported outcomes study of 600 patients, called FDACT (Functional Dyspepsia Adherence and Compliance Trial), the findings showed a high level of patient satisfaction and overall symptom relief with FDgard.More and more doctors are turning to FDgard for the management of meal-triggered indigestion or Functional Dyspepsia. In fact, in a recent nationwide survey of 200 gastroenterologists, FDgard was the number-one-recommended herbal product for Functional Dyspepsia."Functional Dyspepsia can have a significant impact on one's quality of life," says Michael Epstein, M.D., F.A.C.G., A.G.A.F., a leading gastroenterologist and Chief Medical Advisor of IM HealthScience, LLC."People are afraid to eat, they are afraid to go out to restaurants, they are afraid to sit down and enjoy a meal with friends," he says. "I explain to my patients that what we are dealing with is not a life-threatening medical condition."Dr. Epstein says that in his experience, FDgard is a great addition for fast relief of frustrating Functional Dyspepsia symptoms, especially since some patients want to take a natural product with minimal side effects. "I appreciate having this effective, non-prescription option for my patients, so more patients can proactively manage their Functional Dyspepsia symptoms."He explains that the combination of l-Menthol and caraway oil works synergistically to address the pain, pressure and early fullness that people with meal-triggered indigestion or Functional Dyspepsia experience.FDgard should be taken under a doctor's supervision; the usual adult dosage is two capsules twice daily. FDgard is available in the digestive aisle at Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid nationwide.Learn more by visiting www.fdgard.com

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(NewsUSA) - American savers are more financially prepared for retirement than they've been since the dawn of YouTube. And Millennials deserve an extra special shout-out for how much money they've been socking away.That's according to Fidelity Investments' latest biennial Retirement Savings Assessment study, which - while mostly upbeat - also makes clear that all too many of those surveyed remain "at risk" of not being able to fully cover essential expenses in retirement if they don't turn things around.Specifically, after totaling up the assets of the 25- to 74-year-old respondents earning at least $20,000 annually - and that included current or expected Social Security benefits - Fidelity estimated that the typical saver is on track to have 80 percent of the income he or she will need to cover retirement costs. That's the highest it's been since the study was first conducted in 2005, when the same figure was 62 percent and people were just beginning to know the joys of watching videos of cats performing weird tricks."It's a significant improvement," says Ken Hevert, Fidelity's senior vice president of retirement, who attributed the rise to both a higher median savings rate compared to 2006 (8.8 percent vs. 3.6 percent) and better portfolio asset allocation.Even more comprehensively, four color-coded categories were used to show where households fell on a retirement preparedness spectrum based on their ability to handle estimated expenses in a down market:* Dark Green Thirty-two percent were on target to cover more than 95 percent of their freight (up 1 percent from 2016).* Green. Eighteen percent were looking good as far as essentials go, but not discretionary items like travel and entertainment (down 1 percent from 2016).* Yellow. Twenty-two percent were off track, with "modest adjustments" likely required to their planned lifestyles (down 1 percent from 2016).* Red. Twenty-eight percent definitely "need attention," to put it kindly (up 1 percent from 2016).Perhaps the biggest surprise in the study had to do with Millennials.For the first time ever, those born between 1981 and 1992 surpassed the older Generation X in Fidelity's unique cross-generations scorecard. The latter are on track to have 78 percent of the retirement income they'll need, while the former lags behind by 1 percent - though that's presumably after many of them dipped into their own savings to pay the college tuitions of their Millennial offspring. "Millennials are clearly putting money aside for retirement and taking more control of their personal situations," says Hevert.And Baby Boomers? Collectively, they're in the best position of all, especially those Baby Boomers with increasingly rare pensions, and are on course to have set aside 86 percent of the money they'll need.For those curious where they stand, Fidelity allows anyone to access their retirement score online. And if you really want a cushiony retirement, keep in mind that you could have 108 percent of what you'll need by embracing all three of the following "accelerators": saving at least 15 percent of your income yearly; ensuring an age-appropriate asset mix; and deferring Social Security benefits till at least 66 or 67."While these actions taken separately are clearly helpful," says Hevert, "doing all three could help bring you from good to great." 

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(NewsUSA) - Remember the last time you were at the beach and craved a spicy margarita?Or perhaps you were camping or at a tailgate party and all they served was beer and wine.The dream of on-the-go cocktails is now a reality and you no longer have to buy and carry multiple ingredients, or have a bartender handy, to be able to create your favorite cocktail at a moment's notice.Minute Mixology, a Venice, Calif.-based company, believes in making cocktails conveniently, using high-quality, low-sugar non-GMO, and gluten-free ingredients.In this way, the company says it has found a way to bridge the gap in the single-serve cocktail mixer industry and made it possible to bring the bar to you - wherever you are."It's a convenient, high quality, stick-pack cocktail mixer, a perfect item for the cocktail connoisseur in your life to use anytime, anyplace," says BJ, McCaslin, a co-founder of Minute Mixology."This product provides you with great-tasting craft cocktails made simple."In a time, when you see the spirit of entrepreneurship flailing, two friends decided there was a need for such a creation.McCaslin and Drew Whited already had tried their hand in other businesses in the space and were successful.For instance, McCaslin created a coconut water coffee that was acquired by Vita Coco out of New York and Whited found success in the online marketing business.Couple McCaslin and Whited's success with the company's other partner, Jason Trawick, a former WME Talent agent who worked with clients such as Taylor Swift and Britney Spears, and this trio is looking to revolutionize the cocktail industry."It's not just about becoming the best cocktail mixer in this space, it's about innovation," says Whited, co founder of the company."We are already selling out and planning to expand our brand and [are] designing new products."The team of Minute Mixology has been in the liquor space for the last two years while launching the cocktail mix in September of last year.Currently, the product is available online, and in stores in the Midwest and the South.The Spring 2018 Minute Mixology will be available in Target, Meijer, Raley's and World Market.Flavors include: Margarita, Moscow Mule, Spiced Old Fashion, Spicy Margarita, Coconut Mojito, and Michelada.For more information, visit https://minutemixology.com/

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(NewsUSA) - With more than 32,000 independently planned events around the country, the week of Jan. 21-27 will be the largest-ever celebration of opportunity in education.It's the seventh annual National School Choice Week, a nonpartisan, nonpolitical awareness event that has grown considerably every year - it's up from 21,000 last year and 150 events in its first year.So who are the people leading the celebrations?Some are parents who put themselves in the driver's seat of their children's education. They considered their children's unique needs, learning styles, and interests. They looked at the available options - traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, homeschooling, online schools, or a combination of these options - and chose the education environments they considered best for their children.Some tracked down publicly or privately funded scholarships; others checked waitlists; and many others decided that their local school was, in fact, the best fit for their children.Some event organizers are teachers and school leaders, happy to be playing such a crucial role in the education and development of children across America. Different schools offer different curricula, different approaches to education, different perspectives - and this diversity is worth celebrating. Every child is unique; every family is unique. Children who are excited about violin or Mandarin, children who need an extra lift in a particular area, children who thrive in traditional classrooms and children who don't - everyone should be given an opportunity to excel in whatever way best suits them. And great teachers and school leaders are an essential part of that excellence.Some events are planned by community leaders hoping to help even more children have the opportunity to reach their full academic potential by creating new paths and raising awareness about the importance of continually expanding access to effective education options for children and families.The participants in National School Choice Week may all be different, with unique perspectives, backgrounds, and stories. But they all believe one thing: that every child, given the right environment, can succeed. No matter what school your family has chosen, National School Choice Week provides an opportunity to celebrate students and the hope of a bright future for our whole nation. 

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(NewsUSA) - In an age when you can get nearly anything delivered to your doorstep, and when boxed subscription services such as Blue Apron and PopSugar have become household names, it was only a matter of time before subscription boxes for clothing would seem practical instead of odd, and experience massive growth.Now dozens of companies are clamoring to have a piece of the fashion subscription box pie - and nearly all of them are achieving some level of success - whether it's small start-ups like Nadine West that cater to women only or Silicon Valley giant Stichfix, which just had a major IPO.Yet virtually no one has addressed the most obvious need in the industry: a clothing service tailored for just big and tall men.Nearly every single study ever published, including those from the Center for Disease Control, agree that American men are getting larger every year. To illustrate this point, consider this: the average American man has a waistline of 40 inches, yet it's unusually hard to find a variety in fashionable men's clothing with more than a 38-inch waistline.To this point, it seems hard to believe that this market is only now truly being served, and first to market is a small, Austin, TX-based company called Maximus Box. (Clients can choose from three different subscription levels starting from $69 a month and stylists at Maximus Box then pick out and mail the clothes and accessories.)Founder Wes Riddick says his own personal struggles with finding fashionable clothing for big and tall men were validated with research and Twitter surveys that summarized that half of all men and women in the plus-size category report difficulty with the shopping process, in terms of sizing and fit.They would also prefer their clothes to be reasonably priced, and online shopping rates are typically too high in this category, according to the research and survey."I'm a big and tall man myself, but don't want to be relegated to ill-fitting or unfashionable clothes," Riddick says."Far too much of the big and tall clothing available was too boxy or had a lumberjack look that just doesn't appeal to me. I figured I couldn't be alone in this, so I created Maximus Box and offer fashion-forward clothing at low prices," says Riddick.For more information, visit https://maximusbox.com/

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(NewsUSA) - CME Group's 15th Annual Trading Challenge is kicking off, and university students from all over the world will put their trading skills to the test. The stakes are high as teams are competing for a cash prize and a trip to Chicago for a day of education and networking.The Trading Challenge, hosted by CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, is complimentary for undergraduate and graduate students and attracts the next generation of finance professionals interested in expanding their education.By offering a simulated trading environment on a real-time professional platform, the electronic trading competition, teaches students how to trade a variety of CME Group products. Students will be able to trade CME Group's benchmark products in agriculture, energy, metals, interest rates, equities and foreign exchange.Last year, a record 600 teams from 240 schools in 35 countries participated in the competition, with Rutgers University, Carnegie Mellon University and Columbia University taking the top spots. In 2016, Singapore's Nanyang Polytechnic dominated.Teams consisting of three to five students learn hands-on techniques for trading up to 10 different CME Group derivatives products from multiple asset classes. To up the ante and help students stay on top of trending economic topics, live data and news is provided free of charge during the competition.Following the competition, CME Group hosts a Day of Market Education Conference in Chicago - a full-day exclusive look at CME Group and the financial industry, concluding with a networking expo and dinner for the top 10 percent of teams. Each member of the first-place team receives a cash prize of $1,500, as well as a trip to Chicago for the educational event. Cash prizes are also awarded to the top five teams.To sign up your team for the CME Group Trading Challenge, visit cmegroup.com/tradingchallenge. Registration for the competition is open until Thursday, February 15, at 5 p.m. CST.Students can also advance their skills year-round by visiting Futures Fundamentals, an independent non-profit and one-stop educational resource for complex market topics.To learn more, visit www.futuresfundamentals.org

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(NewsUSA) - Sponsored by GAF - You know it's cold when it snows in Florida.Which is exactly how the new year unfortunately began thanks to a "bomb cyclone" that hammered much of the East Coast with heavy snow, howling winds, and temperatures so frigid that Niagara Falls on the Canadian border actually froze. Meanwhile, Embarrass, Minnesota - yes, that's really the town's name - was busy winning the unofficial title of "The Last Place in the Freezing Midwest You'd Want to Go Skinny Dipping," by hitting a low of 45 degrees below zero on New Year's Eve.Forty-five degrees. Below. Zero.While you're imagining the heating bills in Embarrass and with winter far from over, read on for some tips for lowering your own home energy costs that you may not have thought of.* Easiest money-saver ever. "Aside from the furnace, a laser printer draws the most standby power in the house at $131.07 watts," SaveOnEnergy.com reports. And yet, even though that translates into about $131 a year, a new survey found that only 14 percent of respondents unplugged their printers when not using them.* Pellet stoves aren't just for environmentalists. ThisOldHouse.com likens them to the family pet -- "they require a regular feeding schedule" -- but Fido won't heat a 3,000-square-foot ranch house, say, for perhaps less than $120 a month. And with the weather turning chillier in most places, curling up with a glass of wine in front of one of these babies in the living room could be as appealing to romantics as their eco-friendly heating is to greenies.What's a "regular feeding schedule"? Depending on the size of the hopper and how often you use the stove, you'll need to load in pellets -- made from super concentrated sawdust -- every four or five days.* Make sure your attic is properly ventilated. Homeowners might as well just send utility companies a blank check if they lack what GAF's Jason Joplin, program manager for the Center for Advancement of Roofing Excellence, calls "a continual flow of air to help protect the efficiency of your attic's insulation."The culprit working against achieving that: excess moisture buildup that clings to your roof's underside in winter from seemingly benign sources -- i.e., appliances, showers and cooking vapors -- before ultimately soaking the insulation when the condensed moisture falls.Don't be one of the 86 percent.Joplin's suggestion to help ward off the problem? A properly balanced ventilation system consisting of Cobra Ridge Vent (installed at the ridge) and Cobra IntakePro (installed at the eave) by GAF (gaf.com), North America's largest roofing manufacturer. "Both products work in tandem to allow cool, fresh air to enter at the eave edge while forcing moist, super-heated air out of the ridge vent," he explains.* Adjust door thresholds. "Sneaky" is the word Popular Mechanics magazine uses to describe this hint. The theory being, if you can see daylight beneath your front door, it means the indoor air --which, remember, you're paying to heat or cool -- is escaping outside."A little light in the corners is okay, but don't raise the threshold so high that it interferes with opening and closing the door," the magazine notes.

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(NewsUSA) - The world's largest celebration of opportunity in education starts next week.National School Choice Week 2018 begins on January 21, shining a positive spotlight on traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling.The goal is simple: to let parents know that they have choices when it comes to their children's education, and to celebrate the many different and effective education options available for students.For almost every parent in America, there are ways to get involved in this positive, inspirational week.If you are looking to find a new school for your child and want to know how to start the process, use the Week as a time to research your options. Download a free school choice guide for your state at  schoolchoiceweek.com/mystate.If you want to learn more about the different schools and education environments in your area, consider using the week to attend a special event. More than 32,000 are being planned during National School Choice Week - everything from information sessions, school fairs, and open houses, to rallies. Find an event in your community by visiting  schoolchoiceweek.com/map.If you are happy with the choices you have made for your child's education, take time during National School Choice Week to thank a teacher or school leader, or to brag about your child's school in a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. You can also share your story with us at schoolchoiceweek.com/share.If you think that your community or state needs more educational choices for children, use National School Choice Week to speak up and make your opinion known.Making a difference is easier than it sounds. All it takes is starting one conversation.You can start that conversation on social media (using #schoolchoice in your posts), or by talking with a friend, coworker, or member of your family."Did you know that this is National School Choice Week?" is a good question to get the discussion going.When more Americans talk about opportunity in education, more parents will discover the options available for their children's education. That means that more children will have the chance of being matched with schools that meet their unique talents, challenges, needs, and interests.This National School Choice Week, all that it takes is one conversation to brighten the future of a family. Will you start one? 

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(NewsUSA) - For adult children with aging parents, spending time together around the holidays can bring attention to changes in lifestyle or behavior that might indicate that a senior needs assistance at home.For those who provide senior care, the weeks immediately following the holidays tend to be the busiest of the year as families work to arrange care for aging loved ones. According to Home Instead Senior Care, January is the highest volume month for new inquiries related to senior care. Home Instead saw a 41 percent rise in service inquiries from December 2016 to January 2017.Families who have recently spent time with aging loved ones should consider these factors when deciding whether it is time to engage a senior care provider.* Mood. Was a senior loved one acting different around the holidays this year? Was he or she less talkative or more emotional?* Physical appearance. Did mom or dad lose a significant amount of weight since your last visit? Did they appear to be keeping up with personal hygiene?* Social life and routine. Did an aging relative mention socializing with neighbors and friends? Do he or she seem to be interested in making plans and getting out and about?* Household. During holiday visits, was their home clean and orderly? Have they fallen behind on paying bills, refilling medications, or housework?* Food choices. Did they have nutritious food at home, or was the refrigerator empty because they can't make it to the grocery store?Families who notice changes in senior loved ones can find support and resources at caregiverstress.com or by reaching out to a local Home Instead Senior Care office. For many older adults, help with everyday tasks such as meal preparation, light housekeeping and medication reminders can allow them to stay safe and healthy at home.For more information, visit caregiverstress.com or find a Home Instead office near you at www.homeinstead.com/state

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(NewsUSA) - Hemophilia, a blood disorder in which the blood fails to clot properly, is a rare condition, but for those who have it, staying healthy can be challenging.The treatment for hemophilia is multifaceted, but it can include preventive care at home. Patients can give themselves infusions of clotting factors that are normally present in the blood to help prevent excessive bleeding episodes, which can be life-threatening and cause permanent damage.Repeated self-infusion as a preventive measure is associated with a lower incidence of the joint problems that can arise from excessive bleeding.In a recent study, 60 adult blood-disorder patients who self-infused experienced fewer joint problems by preventing the levels of clotting factors in the blood from falling below 1 percent of what is considered normal. Joint problems can become debilitating if left untreated, and patients may be unable to perform routine daily activities, attend school or work, or walk without a cane, walker, or other assistance.In addition, blood-disorder patients who self-infuse have reported feeling more confident and in- dependent, and appreciate the convenience of infusing at home, according to data from NCHS, a specialty pharmacy service for blood-disorder patients.Most importantly, the opportunity to infuse at home also may serve to motivate patients to take their medications as directed."Working to improve non-adherence among patients who intentionally stop their medications or intentionally disregard their prescribers' instructions can be more of a challenge than simply helping patients remember to take their meds," according to a report from NCHS. "But if you understand why patients are making these choices, you may have better results."Common reasons why patients with a chronic disease such as a blood disorder fail to take their medications as directed include:* Concerns about the high cost of the medication.* Concerns about the medication's side effects and whether it's necessary.* Complexity of the treatment.* Communication issues with doctors about the value and benefits of the medication.Service providers like NCHS can help patients achieve more independence by offering discreet home delivery of medications, education and support. Services include detailed explanations about the use, dosing, storage, and side effects of medications so patients feel confident in their at-home care, as well as reimbursement expertise and caregiver education and counseling.For more information about NCHS and managing blood disorders, visit nchswecare.com

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