BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLR, Inc./UP & AWAY
WASHINGTON - Nearly 60,000 adolescents are taken to an emergency room every year, because they consumed medicines that were in their reach. The Up and Away campaign—led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) PROTECT Initiative—is providing households with five important tips to protect children.
"Spring cleaning can be a big part of keeping your family healthy and safe at home, and that means doing more than dusting and vacuuming," said Dr. Dan Budnitz, Director of the Medication Safety Program at CDC and coordinator of the PROTECT Initiative, which focuses on children's medication safety. "Every year, approximately 60,000 young children end up in the emergency room due to accidental medicine ingestions, so as you're cleaning and reorganizing areas like bathrooms and medicine cabinets, remember to safely store medicines you are using and safely dispose of medicines that you are not."
The Up and Away campaign urges families to follow these five tips to keep their children safe and healthy:
Additional resources on safe medicine storage are available at UpandAway.org.
BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
HILLSBOROUGH, NORTH CAROLINA - America's most trusted source for sexual wellness products, adameve.com, was founded in March of 1971, and has served more than 12 million satisfied customers worldwide. Adam & Eve is America's largest marketer of sexual wellness products, and makes it one of the oldest businesses in the sex industry. The firm interviewed over 1,000 adults ages 18, and over as part of their annual survey about who should teach teenagers about sex.
The greater number of the participants, namely 76%, believe that sex education should be taught by parents, legal guardians and every educational institution throughout the United States. The web-based survey was coordinated by a third party, and sponsored by AdamEve.com to get a better understanding of sexual practices. "The saying 'it takes a village' applies to sex education as well," says Dr. Kat Van Kirk, resident sexologist for Adam & Eve. "It's imperative that teenagers receive information from different sources and understand that each source has its own agenda… whether that is religious, cultural or social. But teens are much more astute than many people realize, and they can pull the data they need from what is provided."
Dr. Kat earned a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in Family Resources and Human Development and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a post-graduate degree in Marriage, Family and Addictions Therapy from Ottawa University. Dr. Kat possesses a master’s degree, and a doctorate in Human Sexuality & Clinical Sexology from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. She is the resident sexologist at Adam and Eve. She is the author of "The Married Sex Solution: A Realistic Guide to Saving Your Sex Life." Her book can be purchased from Amazon.com, and her podcast, "Sex Chat with Dr. Kat," can be found on iTunes.
BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
PARSIPPANY, NEW JERSEY - The acronym of DUREX is 'durability, reliability, and excellence.' Durex is the top-selling condom brand on the face of the earth, based primarily on unit (pack) sales, and volume (condom foil) sales. It's parent company, Reckitt Benckiser PLC, acquired it from SSL International PLC, after closing a deal for a whopping $2.54 billion pounds, or $3.9 billion dollars in 2010. In it's 102 year history, Durex is the world's first brand to sell anatomically shaped condoms, dating back to as early as the 1960s, and in the late 1990s became the first condom company in the world to publish a global survey.
World AIDS Day kicked-off 29 years ago, and is celebrated every year on December 1st. World AIDS Day is a special date for people to commemorate friends, and family members who died from an AIDS-related illness. Over 36 million people around the world are living with HIV, or AIDS, making it one of the most catastrophic diseases in history. An international campaign has emerged from Durex, dermatologically tested condoms, imploring young adults to use condoms, and inspiring the to upload pictures of themselves displaying a condom on the internet using the hashtag #CondomHero.
“While this alarming new attitude towards safe sex is clearly a global trend, we need to be diligent and all-encompassing in our approach to ensure we’re facing the issue in a way that speaks to young adults in the United States,” emphasized Nadja Körner, Marketing Director for Sexual Wellbeing at RB, the makers of Durex. “#CondomHero is something we think people everywhere can relate to and get behind, and we’re excited to be working with our international counterparts to ignite a worldwide movement encouraging safe, healthy and fun sex.”
A new international study revealed more than 62% of young adults, ages 18-24, have participated in unprotected sex, and practically a quarter, 22.6%, of the young adults surveyed claim they would be abashed if their date caught them with a condom. Durex believes that safe sex is unpopular among millennials based on the latest information received from the survey. What's even more alarming, is the number of newly infected HIV patients, which stands at around 4,500 adults per day. For young adults, carrying a condom is considered 'uncool,' and increases the likelihood of being ridiculed among peer groups.
Roberto Pescatori, Durex Brand Director for Europe and North America, commented: “Durex is on a mission to help everyone have safe and pleasurable sex. This World AIDS Day with our #CondomHero campaign we are empowering young people to challenge negative preconceptions about safe sex and be proud to be protected.”
BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - The resident population in United States is roughly 326,283,675, and rises by one person literally every 15-17 seconds. Childbirth occurs roughly every 8 seconds, one death occurs nearly every 11 seconds, and one foreigner enters the country around every 32 seconds. The odds of being struck by lightening during the year are 1 in 1,083,000, and the odds of be struck by lightening in a lifetime, an estimated 80 years, are 1 in 13,5000. The odds of winning the California lottery are 1 in 15 million. In fact, a person driving 10 miles to a retailer to purchase lottery tickets is three times more likely to be killed than win the million dollar jackpot. However, finding someone to be in an intimate relationship with shouldn't be all that difficult.
Throughout life, we will meet various people, and decide whether or not these acquaintances become friends. As time elapses, humans are making advancements in science, and technology for the sake of society as a whole. The transition from the Industrial Age, 1876-1900, to the Digital Age, presently speaking, has shed new light on how society has evolved. For example, society went from lighting candle sticks to kerosene lamps, and now, to flipping light switches to turn on compact fluorescent lamps. The general public witnessed the biggest breakthroughs in transportation as people went from riding horses to hopping on steam-powered locomotives, and at the time of this writing, to driving automobiles powered by internal combustion engines among electric powered vehicles on the road.
Morse code and the telegraph are a thing of the past, so are rotary dial phones, floppy disks, and typewriters. So are meeting people the traditional way, in a church, dive bar, night club, and at work. Millions of people are turning to the internet, and finding their significant other through online dating services like Match.com. Match.com is one of the best subscription-based online dating sites in the world serving nearly 25 countries, and hosts the site in more than 12 different languages. Match.com, claims responsibility for over 10 million successful relationships. They help take the lottery out of love by helping single men, and women locate someone with identical interests. Some psychologist, and psychiatrist may agree that both genders should attempt to find someone of the same socioeconomic status. Match.com is here to help.
At match.com, members can select personal preferences about the type of individual they are searching for, and can correspond with them through match.com's email network. Although, meeting someone online for the first time can be frenetic, match.com suggests its members follow their safety tips, whether they are online or offline, but are not intended to be a substitute for their member's own judgment.