Author: Melissa Thompson

Missing the Mark with Cancer Wait Times in NHS

Facing a diagnosis of cancer is one of the most challenging health care issues patients around the world experience throughout a lifetime. For some individuals, however, getting clear answers on next steps for treatment is the most frustrating and potentially harmful part of the process. A recent report evaluating the wait times throughout hospitals in the UK has shown a glaring disparity in the time between diagnosis of cancer and a visit with a cancer specialist. Figures highlight more than 102,000 individuals were forced to wait more than two weeks to see a care specialist regarding a cancer diagnosis...

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Towards a Better Lifestyle and Planet

People in the news are demanding that the general populace change their lifestyle radically to accommodate what they call climate change. Does everyone know where their demands are leading? Let’s think things through before we demand that everyone change. Global warming ~ what does it mean? I have heard some different ideas but still I don’t have a clear understanding. I heard that Florida is going to be under water in 30 years. That’s pretty drastic. Do people realize that in order to change what is happening to earth right now they are going to have to make some...

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Protecting The Things You Carry With You Most Often

When you think of the things you need to “insure” in your life, the things you need to protect, your family is probably number one, followed by health, home, and automobile. If you have pets they might be on the list, and maybe you have some family heirlooms or some money squirreled away somewhere that you do your best to keep safe as well. But do you think of your wallet or your purse as much? Once in awhile, you might think maybe you left your phone sitting somewhere and furiously rummage through your purse to ensure it’s there....

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Will Personalization Change the Marketing Landscape?

In the world of digital marketing there always seems to be new trends popping up, and because it relies so heavily on technology, it’s also an ever-changing field. With that said, a number of experts are looking at what the next “big” thing will be, and some are putting a lot of emphasis on just how much of an impact ad personalization will have on the industry as a whole. It doesn’t seem to be just industry professionals either. In fact, consumers are also expecting personalized marketing to be a very big thing as we look into the future. Interesting Stats Being Released Thanks to a recent survey conducted by Mumsnet, it was determined that 46% of parents think that personalization will be a very big trend and factor in the future of advertising. What makes this statistic even more interesting is the seemingly contradictory information that was also provided in the survey. Even though these parents see it as becoming important, only 26% of them like the idea of personalized ads, and 58% went on to respond that their data is private. Clearly, there is a bit of push and pull happening here. As for whether or not they’d even be open to what is being shown in these personalized ads, interestingly, 24% of parents said the ads would, in fact, make them more likely to purchase the...

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The Smart Way to Borrow Money Online

Many people are aware of the dangers of borrowing money online. Submitting their personal information, particularly banking information, over an online server can mean that their information is at risk. It could be hijacked by a third party or used maliciously or unscrupulously by the lender. There is no limit to how many problems could ensue from taking out a loan from an online service. We are going to look at what you need to do to keep yourself safe online, particularly when it comes to online lending. There are a lot of people out there that are looking...

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Attending Your First Trade Show as an Exhibitor – What You Need to Know

Trade shows offer businesses a great way to market their products and services to the public and others in similar industries. If you are gearing up to attend your very first trade show as an exhibitor, and you want to be sure you are prepared for everything that will be thrown your way, then these tips are meant for you. Here’s a look at all the trade show basics, including a few lesser-known tips. Assume You Will Be at the Booth at All Times As an exhibitor, you will be given a booth where you can display company information...

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What You Need to Know About Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, literally meaning “porous bone,” is a disease that makes bones become brittle. In turn, this leads to a higher risk of breaks, and even a bump against a hard surface or a minor fall can cause a fracture (commonly to wrists, hips, and the spine). The condition is a big issue for people across the world, and in the United States it is estimated that around 54 million adults aged 50 and over are affected by either osteoporosis or low bone mass. While keeping your bones strong and healthy is a worthwhile goal at any age, as you...

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4 Things To Do Before Hiring a Job Applicant

Think you’ve found the perfect candidate for your team? Don’t make the hiring call until you’ve done your homework. At the interview, you saw your prospects’ very best behavior and talked about the facts they chose to share with you in their cover letters and resumes. To learn the whole story about them, you’ll need to do a bit of research on your own. You’ll save time if you research your top two or three candidates simultaneously rather than making a choice before you have all the facts. Here’s the minimal research you should be doing before you hire....

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3 Pros and Cons of Using Slack

Slack is a centralized bulletin board and file sharing system that makes it easier for teams to work together on projects. It brings together messaging, file uploads, progress reports, calendar functions, and even phone calls. Instead of the need to log into multiple different accounts throughout the day, a user can log into Slack and get all the information they need in one go. While Slack does make life easier for everyone involved on a project, it does have its strengths and weaknesses. Is Slack right for your operation? Following are three pros and cons that can help you...

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What to Do When Your Business Needs Cash to Grow? Here Are Your Options

It is interesting to see the economy growing at its present rate, despite the recent uncertainties and some of the changes happening on the market. Small and medium businesses are catering to more customers and manufacturing more products to sell. Home businesses are on the rise too, especially with online commerce giving businesses access to millions of customers from around the world. Experts believe that this type of steady growth will remain sustainable for five to ten more years, creating the perfect environment for businesses to expand. Economic growth and business expansions come with their own challenges. Not all businesses can take advantage of the growing demand and increasing sales channels available. Most of these businesses are suffering from cash flow problems which prevent them from taking orders or expanding their production capacities. The good news is, there are options to consider under most circumstances. Taking It to the Crowd Crowdfunding is very popular these days, especially with websites such as Kickstarter and Crowdsource creating platforms for inventors and investors to meet. Crowdfunding is a great financing option to consider when you’re trying to launch a new product on the market. There have been some incredible ideas transformed into products that customers have purchased in the millions over the years; there have been a lot of epic failures as well. Crowdfunding depends on two major factors: credibility and trust....

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