Author: Melissa Thompson

3 Apps That Are Taking Over Text Messaging

When it comes to communication in this modern age text messaging has taken over as an effective and efficient form of transferring information immediately. Gone are the days of the standard form of communication being picking up the phone and dialing your friends. Sending a text is a fast way to get your message across which the majority of people use dozens of times a day. As the popularity of text messages increase, however. Apps emerge which offer alternative features and platforms in order to send your message across. From new emoticons to alternative instant messaging formats, here are some of the apps that are taking over traditional text messaging. Music Messenger Music Messenger is an alternative messaging system which allows the user to send a song. For the moments when words just aren’t enough to get your message across it’s a fun messaging platform between friends to share sounds and moods that encompass what they are trying to say. Users can download the application for free on a smartphone and enjoy having thousands of songs at their fingertips to choose from. After choosing a song you can send immediately to a person of your choice. WhatsApp Once upon a time free international text messaging was unique to Blackberry owners. However, WhatsApp was created for the iPhone as an alternative for non-Blackberry users before the introduction of free iPhone...

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Four Things You Need To Be Doing To Protect Your Computer

Whether you work on your computer or you just use it for social media, you need to be protecting it in many ways. If you don’t have the right protection hackers can get information from you easily, and even ruin your computer. You also run the risk of things like credit card fraud if you’re doing much shopping online. It doesn’t take a lot of work or even a lot of money to make sure that you are protecting your computer. You just need to find the right things to do, do them, and keep them up-to-date. Here are some tips. Pay Attention To Usage Using can mean a few things when it comes to the world of technology. First, you want to know how much of your CPU you are using when it comes to storing, using, and moving data on your computer. When it’s a much-used work computer this is even more important. Usage can also refer to what your computer is being used for, especially when it comes to employees and work time. Since you are likely using your smartphone even more for work these days you also may want to pay attention to data usage. Generally, you can do this right through your phone, depending on your service provider. Virus And Malware Protection What you do on your computer won’t matter if you pick up...

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Diabetic Feet: Are You Taking the Symptoms Seriously?

Unfortunately, those with diabetes are more susceptible to foot diseases and related problems. Complications related to Diabetes-Related Foot Disease (DRFD) are often misunderstood and underestimated. In fact, however, many of the problems associated with diabetes first appear on the feet. Problems related to diabetes that affect the feet include: Pain Weakness Tingling Loss of feeling in the foot Nerve damage Skin changes Foot ulcers Poor circulation Calluses Swelling Gangrene Cellulitis Things that may seem like normal, everyday issues can actually be a sign of something more serious. Roughly 86,000 foot amputations occur every year, and over half of these surgeries are due to diabetes-related complications. However, an estimated 50% of these operations could have been avoided with routine foot care. Signs and symptoms of diabetic feet should not be ignored. Seeking treatment from a Long Island podiatrist can prevent serious, long-term consequences, including irreversible nerve damage and even amputation. Taking care to monitor potential complications can decrease your risk of developing serious foot problems as a result of your diabetes. Catching problems early can be the difference between keeping your feet or having to undergo and amputation. Regular visits with a foot care specialist and foot screenings are essential for those with diabetes. Diabetic Feet: Neuropathy When you experience symptoms that likely originate from the nerves, such as tingling, pain, or loss of feeling, you need to speak with...

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Trump and Trade Relations: Concerns for the Future of Agriculture

In just a week, the Trump administration may have already had a dramatic impact on international food relations. Global agriculture is a vital food source for the United States, and farmers and farm workers in the U.S. depend a great deal on revenue from foreign clients. In fact, roughly 20 percent of U.S farmers’ annual income is based on international sales. The changes that Trump has already set into motion and the potential impending alterations may have disastrous effects on agriculture in the United States. It may also increase the cost of food for the average citizen as imports decrease as well. Recent International Trade Changes President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty, an agreement with ten other countries that was designed to increase American exports. It specifically eliminated or decreased 18,000 taxes and related trade barriers on American products that would have otherwise put workers and businesses in the U.S. at a disadvantage in the international playing field. The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicted that it would have increased agricultural exports by over $7 billion on an annual basis for the next several decades. Days later, President Trump also declared that its administration would build a wall on the Mexican border. It plans to fund the wall with a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports. The tax appears to be part of an extensive international...

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Common Household Dangers We All Should Know

Owning a home comes along with a whole bunch of other issues. Worrying about the typical stressors of becoming a homeowner provides its own mountains to climb, but there is also a slew of other aspects to consider within a household. Homeowners are often unaware of the full spectrum of danger that could be lurking within their living quarters. Take a close look at a few of the most common hidden dangers that could be lurking around the home. Carpeting is a source for an array of dangers Carpet is a porous service, meaning it will always be a great attractor of certain dangerous contenders. Dust mites, mold, pet dander, pesticides, and bacteria thrive within the fibers of some of the most pristine looking carpets. Proper maintenance is essential for protection against these deadly enemies. Carbon Monoxide is the silent danger of the home Over 20,000 people are taken to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning each year in the United States. Carbon Monoxide is a colorless and odorless foe that can lead to death in extreme situations. It is recommended that a home has a carbon monoxide detector on every floor. Some causes of carbon monoxide buildup in the home are leaving the car running in the garage, a blocked chimney while burning fire, a leaky kerosene or gas heating system, and poorly installed kitchen appliances. Fire hazards...

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What’s Going On With Your Health?

There are many things that affect a person’s all around health. It can have something to do with the things you hear, maybe you’re dehydrated, maybe one of your medications is having a bad effect on your body, or maybe you have another issue that has been caused by heredity or environment. When you are in poor health, no matter what your symptoms are, you probably hop online and look those symptoms up before you go to the doctor. Even people that can’t afford a doctor visit still have concern for their own health, and those people do what they can in order to figure out what health issues they may be suffering from. An online, self-diagnosis, isn’t the answer to any illness. Here are a few things to look at when it comes to your overall health. What’s In Your Water? For the most part, the tap water you drink is just fine. It quenches your thirst and gives your body what it needs to stay hydrated. However, there can be microbes and minerals in your tap water that could be causing health problems. Just take a look at all the things going on in Flint, Michigan with their water system. If you have a city water system, you can contact them to find out what they’ve found in the water you drink through testing. They are required...

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Five Tips For Being A Better Landlord

Landlords come in all different types. You could simply rent a room in your own home to someone, or run an entire complex that has almost a hundred apartments. You could rent a house, a duplex, or even a trailer to tenants. No matter what type of landlord you are, you want to do everything you can to be a good one. Landlords that aren’t good to their tenants can get a bad reputation, and if you get one of those it could be difficult to get a good tenant in your place, or any tenants at all. Here are some ways to up your landlord game. Hire Someone Else To Do The Job First and foremost, if you own a place that you could make money on by renting it out, but you have no skills when it comes to this “landlord” business, you can hire a property management company to do the work for you. This way you would still be bringing in money, but you’d ensure that things were getting done the right way (and the legal way). Get With The Times These days people are all about the convenience of the internet. That means that it is important for you to have things set up so that your tenants can pay rent online, and maybe even request repairs online. Give your tenants an email as...

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Hip and Knee Replacements: Will Growing Demand Increase Costs?

Individuals are living longer than ever before, and many remain active well into retirement. Even healthy active lifestyles can be hard on the hips and knees, resulting in painful decreases in cartilage and bone. In many situations, knee or hip replacement may be necessary. As a result, the hip replacement market is expected to increase significantly over the next eight years. In fact, the industry has already doubled in the past decade-with roughly 690,000 surgeries performed every year. Safety, Costs, and Concerns Technology is developing quickly in the area of knee and total hip replacement, and there is increased concern about patient safety. Doctors are attempting to find the best solution for individual patients regarding both use and the surgery itself. New strategies for minimally invasive surgery are developing, and 3D printing technology is expected to contribute to the field. Cost concerns are prevalent, and the lack of affordability of hip and knee surgeries sometimes prevents patients who need replacement from actually undergoing surgery. Those in the industry are definitely aware of issues with costs, and taking measures to decrease expenses is important. Decreasing Costs with Technology The metal and plastic components involved in knee and hip replacement surgery are often designed better than they were several years ago. The replacements often last longer, are more durable and end up causing less pain. They cut down on revision surgeries...

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Doing Good For Others Can Be Good For You

When was the last time you volunteered your time or gave to charity? When was the last time you opened the door for a stranger? Doing nice things for other people can boost your mood, make you feel good about yourself, and it can even help with your health. Think of how good you feel when you smile at someone and they smile back, or when you hold open a door for someone and they thank you. It makes you smile or it makes your smile bigger, and it warms your heart. Here are some of the things that doing good will do for you. Boost Your Mood If you’re having a bad day and finding it hard to smile try doing something kind. A simple random act of kindness can change another person’s day, and it can help change your bad day into a good one. You’ll know that you did something that helped out another person. Being more giving will help you feel better about yourself, which can help fight depression. Instead of letting your depression win over do something to help another person feel better and it will, in turn, make you feel better. Help You Relate Better To Others Volunteering your time with those that are less privileged than you is a great way to start to better understand other people. It gives you a...

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Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month

Every February, the American Dental Association (ADA) celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month. Now on its 76th year, it aims to create awareness and provide information on how good oral health can benefit children and those who care for them. The event is featured on posters, coloring and essay contests, free dental checkups, group presentations, and public exhibits. Dentists, like Dr. Cesar Sabates, chairman of ADA Council that oversaw the event in 2016, hopes that the said event will educate people into appreciating oral health care and to become more conscious of how it affects the body’s overall well being. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that dental caries is common in children aged 6 to 11 and teenagers aged 12 to 16. What’s alarming is that it’s four times more common than asthma in teens aged 14 to 17. Volunteers, like Shirley Walsh, member of the Alliance of the American Dental Association, distributes materials to local libraries and schools and gets people talking. To celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month in your home, here are some ideas that should get the message across and with a lasting impact on children. 1. Visit your dentist. Now is the best time to set an appointment to visit your family dentist. It’s not just to check on your child’s pearly whites, but to get those forming...

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