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Small Business Takes On Sleep Apnea

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in National News | 0 comments

Could a small business and a crowdfunding campaign be the right combination to build a better solution for people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? Entrepreneur Stephen Marsh thinks so. “Apnea” is taken from the Greek for “without breath,” and OSA refers to a condition in which a person involuntarily stops breathing while asleep because the soft tissue at the back of the threat collapses in and blocks the airway. The brain eventually wakes the person, but numerous events throughout the night make it nearly impossible to get rest that isn’t fragmented or low in quality. Sleep apnea is thought to affect around 18 million Americans, making it as common as diabetes, according to the American Sleep Apnea Foundation. Currently, one of the most common options for treating OSA is using a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine each night....

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Melanoma Cases Are on the Rise in the United States, CDC Says

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in National News | 0 comments

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that melanoma rates in the United States have doubled over the past 30 years. The Arizona Republic reports that the CDC is concerned that melanoma, a particularly fatal form of skin cancer caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, will continue to rise among the American population if Americans aren’t more careful about sun exposure. More than 90% of melanomas are caused by UV radiation exposure. Dr. Robin Harris, a professor of epidemiology and co-director of the University of Arizona Cancer Skin Cancer Institute in Tucson, says apathy, denial, and even arrogance are just as accountable for the spike in melanoma cases as UV radiation itself. “There’s still a belief that ‘it’s not going to happen to me and this is something I don’t have to...

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Missouri Auto Shop Draws In New Customers With a Humorous Sign

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in National News | 0 comments

It will come as no surprise to many that having a sign is a vital part of running a business. After all, the average person passing a company will see its sign two times a day, or 60 times a month, reminding them where the business is located and what it offers. However, for one small auto service center in St. Joeseph, MO, a good sign is used for more than just informational purposes: since 2013, Delmark Tire Service has been using a simple letterboard sign to draw in new customers with a sense of humor. It all began during the infamous government shut down of 2013. The owner of the Delmark Tire Service, Jason Horstman, decided to lighten the mood by poking fun at the serious situation. While he told his local St. Joseph’s News-Press that it can be difficult to catch...

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How Workplace Injuries Are Financially Crippling Small Business Employees

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in National News | 0 comments

A new report from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revealed that workplace illness and injury are almost directly linked to income inequality and poverty for workers in the lower and middle classes — a problem that could have profound impacts on small businesses. According to a March 5 NPR article, changes to workers’ compensation policies throughout the last decade have led to widespread cutbacks in benefits for injured workers, in addition to making it tougher to get these benefits. As a result, thousands of American families each year find themselves cast out of the middle class and into poverty; it’s “a trap which leaves them less able to save for the future or to make the investments in skills and education that provide the opportunity for advancement,” the OSHA report states. On...

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FDA Issues New Warnings on Testosterone Replacements

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in National News | 0 comments

As of early March, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will require pharmaceutical companies that make testosterone replacements to warn patients about the potential risks of heart attack and stroke. NPR reports that at first, testosterone replacements were only intended for men with testosterone deficiency due to medical conditions such as genetics, cancer and chemotherapy, and damaged genitals. Yet the patient pool for testosterone replacements has grown significantly over recent years as doctors and clinics have prescribed them to men with lower-than-normal testosterone who are otherwise perfectly healthy. Low testosterone, otherwise known as “Low T,” is said to lowered libido and fatigue. Men naturally undergo a decrease in testosterone levels as they get older (levels peak at age 30 and tend to decrease at an annual rate of 1 – 2%) but some medical professionals have recommended testosterone therapy to ward...

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Gone Google: New Search Engine Gives Google a Run For Its Money

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in National News | 0 comments

Google may still be the largest Internet search engine in the world but if a certain aquatic animal has its way, it may not last. DuckDuckGo is the latest search engine to take the Internet by storm. Launched in 2008, DuckDuckGo has slowly but surely etched its way into notoriety, carving a considerable market-share for itself. Approximately 93% of all Internet sessions begins with a visit to a search engine (primarily Google). Needless to say, whatever controls the search engine market controls the world…wide web. Founded by MIT alumnus Gabriel Weinberg, the site is known for its robust protection of privacy, contrasting itself from the cookie-and-shared-data-crazed Google. According to the British website, DuckDuckGo does not collect or share any user data. It doesn’t use search cookies, nor does it save a user’s search history. On the other hand,...

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