Kids in the kitchen

submitted by Megan Collins, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian at ShopRite of Yardley

Here’s a delicious idea to keep the kids occupied this summer: teach them to cook. Parents, grandparents and other caregivers can take advantage of the lazy days of summer by spending time in the kitchen. Little ones love to play restaurant with their plastic chicken legs and mini cook sets, but as they get older it’s important to instill in them a lifelong respect for healthy eating.

Engaging young children in the kitchen can be challenging. Start with the fun stuff, like mixing pancake batter, tossing fruit, like blueberries into muffin mix or putting veggie toppings on pizza. With a little adult supervision, especially when it comes to handling knives or turning on the stove, most older kids can figure out how to make a simple recipe.

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Lawyers and drug safety

submitted By John A. Corr, Esq., Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law, www.Stark-Stark.com

Today, the pharmaceutical industry is producing drugs aimed at just about every ailment known to man. In 2014, worldwide pharmaceutical sales topped $1 trillion for the first time, with more than four billion prescriptions filled in the U.S.

While these drugs can often improve the quality of our lives, they also often pose unexpected health risks. The escalating number of pharmaceuticals introduced into the market each year has also led to an increase in the number of drugs that ultimately prove to be defective, and sometimes dangerous.

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Utilizing solar power in times of crisis

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

While Pennsylvania residents were spared from the devastating floods that Hurricane Sandy brought to New Jersey and New York in 2012, vicious winds still managed to inflict one of the largest power outages in the state’s history. As utility companies scrambled to restore electricity to more than 1.3 million Pennsylvania residents, many found themselves suddenly living in a world of dark chaos.

Losing electricity can be an expensive and stressful ordeal. Without energy to keep your refrigerator cold, hundreds of dollars worth of food could be lost. The three million residents who rely on well water are suddenly left without a drop. If you’re left without power for more than a few uncomfortable hours, the next expensive step may be to head to a hotel until problems are resolved at home.

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ADHD: No challenge for neurofeedback

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Ryan (not his real name), a teenager, was taking stimulant medication for 6½ years. He wanted to discontinue the medication, but his parents were concerned and reluctant. After learning about neurofeedback, they agreed to bring him into the office for an evaluation.

A behavioral observation report from parents indicated high percentages of attention problems and hyperactive behaviors. He was demonstrating oppositional behaviors that included being argumentative, refusing to follow directions and “losing his temper.” Some facial and head tics bothered him, as well. Homework completion was also an issue.

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Understanding auto insurance

submitted by Michael C. Ksiazek, Esq., Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law, www.Stark-Stark.com

When most people purchase auto insurance, their primary concern is cost. If and when motor vehicle collisions occur, what really matters are the decisions we made about the types and amounts of insurance coverage we opted to carry. To be an informed consumer and ensure adequate protection, it is important to understand how auto insurance works.

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Neurofeedback puts the breaks on ADHD

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Paulie (not his real name), a sixth grader, struggled with schoolwork, homework and on-task behaviors. Additionally, he was a challenge for his teachers and parents with hyperactivity, oppositionality and impulsivity. To Paulie, the teachers were the problem, as he pointed out those he disliked.

Grades and not meeting deadlines were beginning to be a concern to his parents. The medication he was taking for ADHD did not seem to be helping, and Paulie was complaining that he no longer liked taking it.

Paulie’s parents decided to have him evaluated. They were very concerned about the level of behavioral support he required at school.

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The state of the U.S. solar industry

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

The new U.S. solar insight report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has created a lot of buzz in recent weeks. The report, which analyzed the growth of residential solar in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2015, announced a 76% increase from 2014’s first quarter.

In fact, 51% of all new electricity in the country was generated by solar panels owned by people just like you. This is particularly good news because it shows that everyday American homeowners are truly starting to embrace solar and its potential.

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Put a leash on ‘standby power’

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

Standby power, vampire power, phantom load, ghost electricity, leaking electricity. These are all terms used to describe wasted energy that most people are entirely unaware that they are wasting. Standby power refers to the energy that electronics put out when they are plugged in, but not turned on or being used.

When your microwave isn’t being used, it’s still using power.

Your phone charger that is plugged in 24/7—that’s a culprit, too. Every electronic attached to the wall all day is adding dollars to your electric bill and wasting precious energy.

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Whitening teeth before the prom or wedding?

submitted by Drs. Hopenwasser, Faust and Scholl

A brighter smile portrays youth, vitality, radiant health, happiness, and warmth. Teeth whitening remains one of the most economical ways to enhance your smile.

According to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey:

  • Virtually all adults (99.7%) believe a smile is an important social asset;
  • Three-quarters (74%) of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chance for career success;
  • When respondents were asked, “What would you like to improve most about your smile?” The most common response was: Whiter and brighter teeth. If you are not happy with your smile, teeth whitening may be a good first step.

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Neurofeedback vs. mood disorder

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Lana (not her real name), an attractive twenty-something young lady always struggled emotionally. Keeping her life together and planning for her future were difficult; therefore, staying in school and later keeping a job were insurmountable challenges. Her mood swings always interfered, and attempts at medication were not successful.

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