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Month: December 2014

Consumer Reports Calculates in Which Cities Snow Blowers Pay for Themselves
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Consumer Reports Calculates in Which Cities Snow Blowers Pay for Themselves

With the winter plowing season getting underway, Consumer Reports decided this month to answer a question that numerous homeowners must have asked over the years: “With professional plowing services charging an average of $40 per storm …Wouldn’t a snow blower pay for itself?” For a report published Dec. 10, the magazine selected 12 representative cities across the nation and calculated how many years it would take for a snow blower to do just that. People living in Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit and Denver (or cities with similar snowfalls) can expect investing in a snow blower to pay off within a single year. In New York City, Philadelphia and Boston, it will take three years on average to recover the investment. Washington, D.C. came in at four years and Nashville at five. Seattleites ...
Caesars Entertainment Entertains the Possibility of a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
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Caesars Entertainment Entertains the Possibility of a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Las Vegas-based casino conglomerate Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. (CEOC) is facing a pretty sticky situation, as it becomes clear that the company is millions of dollars in debt -- and may not be able to settle its debts in time to avoid a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. According to Cincinnati.com, the corporation is about $25 million in debt, and has had to close three different casinos within the past year. To make matters worse, the company recently announced that it would be skipping a $225 million interest payment, due on December 15 to one of its junior creditors, making it "the most indebted U.S. casino operator," according to Bloomberg Businessweek's Laura J. Keller. A recent Reuters article adds that this missed interest payment brings Caesars' total debt to about $18.4 billion. ...
E-Cig Liquid Nicotine Poisons One-Year-Old
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E-Cig Liquid Nicotine Poisons One-Year-Old

E-cigarettes, or e-cigs, have skyrocketed in popularity. According to Statistic Brain, there are about 2.5 million e-cig smokers now. In 2008, the industry made $20 million in sales. In 2014, it's projected to make $1.7 billion. Despite the intense surge in popularity these smoking alternatives are experiencing, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has delayed passing any form of regulation. That may be set to change, however, in part because of a recent tragedy. On December 9, a one-year-old from Fort Plain in upstate New York died after ingesting liquid nicotine, which is sold separately from e-cigarettes. After he was found unresponsive, the boy was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. He's believed to be the first child to die from e-cig related products. E-cigarette ...
Why in a Tech World, the “Personal” Still Prevails
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Why in a Tech World, the “Personal” Still Prevails

More and more aspects of business are being conducted online, but according to Forbes contributor Jerry Weissman, the "personal" part of interpersonal communications is still essential -- especially in initial public offering (IPO) roadshows. Simply put, an IPO roadshow is a presentation given by a representative of a company to potential investors about an investment opportunity. Many companies in the United States start planning a roadshow in January -- about 37% of them -- and they usually take place in the months of February, March, May, June, September, November, and December. These roadshows are instrumental for generating interest in a company and getting seed investments; according to Weissman, the average public offering is about $150 million. Since investors are limited to buyi...
At Dutch Retirement Homes, People of All Ages Moving In
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At Dutch Retirement Homes, People of All Ages Moving In

In the United States, we assume that retirement homes and communities are inhabited exclusively by senior citizens. That's not the case in the Netherlands, where nursing homes are increasingly offering something called "intergenerational" living -- housing young people and seniors near each other for a truly unique environment. According to CTV News, the Dutch government's budget cuts for retirement living subsidies has left many retirement homes with more rooms than they can fill, leaving them to turn to younger generations. In many cases, this intergenerational living scheme is beneficial to both parties. At one nursing home in Deventer, six university students partake in a unique project that gives them a free place to live. In exchange, they must each spend 30 hours weekly with any ...
Functional Orthodontics: The New Way to Correct One’s Smile at an Earlier Age
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Functional Orthodontics: The New Way to Correct One’s Smile at an Earlier Age

UPDATED 11/24/20 A new method of dental treatment could help treat patients' orthodontic concerns from an even earlier age than previously thought possible. According to a December 3 Colorado Springs Gazette article, the treatment -- called functional orthodontics -- gently realigns and straightens a child's teeth with a device similar to a retainer. This adjustable device can even correct jaw alignment, adjust palate shape, and fix a number of other orthodontic concerns. https://www.youtube.com/embed/gMKsubigjN0 Because 90% of a person's facial growth takes place before age 12, childhood is often considered the best time for an individual to undergo orthodontic treatment. However, traditional braces aren't recommended for children until they're at least eight years ol...
New York Developer Helps Preserve Harlem Artist’s Work
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New York Developer Helps Preserve Harlem Artist’s Work

It takes a certain type of resident to appreciate a neighborhood filled with graffiti and other forms of street art; in fact, some people would probably prefer to hire a residential painting service to clear any evidence of this controversial art form away. However, for one street in Brooklyn, the work of an artist has come to define the area's culture and drawn international attention. Now, a New York City developer plans to showcase and protect some of these murals as the area evolves. Franco "The Great" Gaskin immigrated to New York City from Panama in 1958. When the riots following the death of Martin Luther King caused Harlem shop owners to install metal gates to protect their windows, Gaskin began painting murals on these gates to help change the image of the area. Often focusing on...
McCafe: Coming Soon to a Grocery Store Near You
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McCafe: Coming Soon to a Grocery Store Near You

As the most popular and well-known fast-food chain in the world, it was no surprise when McDonald's created its McCafe brand to keep up with up-and-coming coffee competitors like Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts. Offering a variety of affordable coffee and espresso beverages in their restaurants has helped the fast food company keep up with the competition, but McDonald's will soon begin selling McCafe bagged coffee in stores to gain more of a competitive edge in the market. Both Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts have been selling bagged coffee in grocery stores across the country for years now, and both have continued to keep a loyal following of coffee-loving customers. Although they are a little late to the game, McDonald's, through a partnership with Kraft Foods Group, is launching a major m...
Month Old Baby Dies After Contracting Legionnaires’ Disease During Water Birth
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Month Old Baby Dies After Contracting Legionnaires’ Disease During Water Birth

A Texas infant died from Legionnaires' disease just weeks after a home birth which took place in a heated birthing pool, according to details from a new report released by investigators from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Legionnaires' disease is an acute form of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria, which thrives in warm, moist environments such as bath and hot tubs, and plumbing systems, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "What people need to understand is that if there is a lack of protective coating on tubs, then it becomes a real danger because bacterial are going to reside within those cracks and divots,” says Branham Jarrell, President of Georgia Tub and Tile. “To get rid of minor cracks and chips, a glazing putty wo...
Soft Tissue Dental Lasers Make Top Product Lists in Renowned Technology Magazines
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Soft Tissue Dental Lasers Make Top Product Lists in Renowned Technology Magazines

Dental lasers from two different companies were recently recognized in top technology lists from two major magazines. The Picasso Laser from AMD Lasers was listed in Dentistry Today's "Reader's Choice Top 50 Technology Products" for the fifth year in a row, and newcomer Convergent Dental's Solea CO2 laser was just named a “Best of What’s New” product for 2014 by Popular Science. AMD Lasers is a global leader in dental laser technology and education. The Picasso soft tissue dental lasers that the company develops and produces are used in procedures like periodontal treatment, laser whitening, and soft tissue surgery. The company has received countless industry honors over the past five years and have also been recognized by non-dental organizations for company growth, innovation de...