(NewsUSA) - You may not be able to spell or even pronounce the word "acetaminophen," but almost 50 million Americans use it each week to manage pain and fever.
Acetaminophen is the most common drug ingredient in America, found in more than 600 different prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. While it is safe and effective when used as directed, there is a limit to how much can be taken in one day: 4,000 mg for most adults. Taking more acetaminophen than directed is an overdose and can lead to liver damage.
According to the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition, sometimes people may unintentionally exceed the 4,000 mg daily dose because they don't realize that several medicines they take -- such as pain medications and fever reducers, cough/cold and allergy medicines, and even some sleep aids -- may all contain acetaminophen.
In its report, "Acetaminophen: How It's Used, Preventing Overdose and What We Can Do to Promote Safe Use," the Coalition points out three common acetaminophen dosing mistakes:
* Taking the next dose too soon.
* Using multiple acetaminophen-containing medicines at the same time.
* Taking more than the recommended dose at a single time.
"Educating patients is a key step to promoting safe acetaminophen use and preventing overdose," said nurse practitioner Anne Norman of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, a founding organization of the AAC. "I always tell consumers to be diligent about reading their medicine labels, to know the ingredients in their medicines and to carefully follow dosing directions when taking all medicines."
So whether or not you can spell it or say it, when taking a medicine that may contain acetaminophen, the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition encourages you to follow these four steps to use it safely:
1. Always read and follow the medicine label.
2. Know if your medicines contain acetaminophen.
3. Never take two medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time.
4. Ask your pharmacist or other healthcare professional if you have questions.
For more safe medicine use tips, visit www.knowyourdose.org.
(NewsUSA) - With stock market gains moving at a snail's pace over the past decade, some experts have their sights set on the not-so-new darling of the trading world -- penny stocks.
Generally described by the Securities Exchange Commission as stocks that trade for less than $5, penny stock trading is not for the faint of heart and can be a risky proposition. There is potential, however, for a higher return on your investment -- in layman's terms, you could get a better bang for your buck.
As risky as it may be, the very reason that investors are flocking to the penny stock market is its potential higher growth. Look at it this way: Because penny stocks are prone to rapid changes, those who invest might just luck out with a stock that will jump from 10 cents to $10.
In a world, where IBM stock is trading above $180 a share, that same investor could afford about 1,000 shares of a stock such as The Movie Studio, Inc. (MVES), a fast-paced, diversified, full-service movie studio (www.TheMovieStudio.net), at .8 cent or Global Fashion Technology Group, Inc., formally Premiere Opportunities Group (OTCQB: PPBL) (www.PremiereOpportunities.com), a high-end fashion marketing and distribution company, with a stock price of just .7 cent -- making these risks potentially worth the reward.
"The reality is that if you do your homework, you can successfully trade penny stocks with very little money," says Mitchell Schultz, international investor relations manager for Premiere Opportunities. "In this way, investors could make a lot more money trading in the pennies, than with bigger stocks."
Jonas Elmerraji, a penny stock specialist at Agora Financial in Baltimore, agrees.
"Penny stocks are exciting because of the opportunities involved," Elmerraji told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette in an interview. "So, their growth potential is much greater than a blue chip stock. That's the real draw."
How do you discern between a potentially high-growth company that could yield a potential windfall and, well, one that won't? Experts suggest investors look at a company's underlying business before committing any money -- companies that have real, sustainable operations. In addition, investors should look at a company's financial statements to discover whether the company files on time, who its auditing firm is and whether the company looks financially healthy.
Before investing in any stock, check with your financial advisor, accountant and attorney, and perform your own research.
(NewsUSA) - As an investor, you've probably heard companies use the phrase "going green" too many times to count -- but have you heard of "going blue"?
"Tighter environmental regulations have expanded the market for companies that encompass not only the use of 'green' technology, but 'blue' -- or clean water -- technology," says Alan Murphy, president of STW Resources, a Texas-based water reclamation systems integration company.
Now, environmentally conscious companies, like STW Resources (OTCQB: STWS), are positioning themselves to be potentially lucrative for investors.
"At STW Resources, we strive to compliment our [water] reclamation services with proven environmentally friendly tech," says Murphy. "And, because of the way we have structured our business model, we can provide customers with the option to reclaim water without a large capital outlay."
STW designs, builds, owns and operates, and then charges the customer by the barrel or per one thousand gallons. If the water quality doesn't meet the required specifications that the customer desires, they don't pay for the service.
"We will perform this same service for municipalities and industrial customers," says Murphy. "The majority of municipalities in the U.S. are in need of wastewater facility upgrades but don't have the money. STW will finance, own and operate for these municipalities so they can continue to deliver fresh drinking water to their citizens."
Currently, the company has brought together a team of industry experts who have designed and built more than 250 projects around the world. They have extensive experience working with various state and local regulatory agencies, including the Texas Water Development Board, the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality and other environmental agencies in Texas.
"Companies are having to change the way they do business by taking into consideration numerous environmental regulations," says Stanley T. Weiner, Chairman and CEO of STW Resources. "In this way, our company is far ahead of our competition because of our proprietary and environmentally sound technologies, and our ability to help clean up and reclaim useful by-products from waste in the oilfield."
STW, however, is about much more than just water. The company also has its hand in oilfield service technologies as well. Shale oil and gas plays are substantial resources and could be the answer to future energy independence.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stwresources.com.
(NewsUSA) - Good nutrition plays an important role in how well you age. Eating a healthful diet helps keep your body strong and can help reduce your risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and osteoporosis. Studies even show a link between healthful eating and longevity.
"As we age, the body becomes less efficient at absorbing some key nutrients. Appetite and taste can suffer from loss of sense of smell and taste or from side effects of medications. Bad teeth can make some foods difficult to chew or digest," said Arthur Hayward, MD, a geriatrician and the clinical lead physician for elder care with Kaiser Permanente's Care Management Institute. "So choosing foods carefully is smart."
Here are five tips to help you get the nutrition your body needs:
1. Avoid empty calories.
Foods with empty calories may contain very few vitamins and minerals. "Convenience foods," such as packaged snacks, chips and sodas, are common sources of empty calories. Avoid the "bad" carbs -- foods that have white flour, refined sugar and white rice.
2. Choose nutrient-rich foods.
Eat a variety of foods. The more you vary the foods you eat, the more vitamins, minerals and other nutrients you get. For example:
* Eat lots of fruits and vegetables -- Choose fresh, frozen or no-salt canned vegetables and fruits in their own juice or light syrup.
* Eat foods with protein -- Protein is found in lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs and cheese, cooked beans, peanut butter and nuts and seeds.
* Get enough calcium and vitamin D -- Calcium and vitamin D are found in milk and milk products, including yogurt and cheese. They are also in green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, collard greens) and tofu.
* Include foods high in vitamin B12 -- After 50, the body produces less gastric acid and absorbs less B12, which helps keep blood and nerves vital. B12 is found in milk, meat, poultry, fish and eggs.
* Eat high-fiber foods -- This includes fruits, vegetables, cooked dried beans and whole grains.
3. Drink plenty of fluids.
Drink plenty of fluids -- enough so that your urine is light yellow or clear like water. Fiber and fluids help with constipation.
4. If your appetite is poor.
Try eating smaller meals, several times a day, instead of one or two large meals. Eating while socializing with others may help your appetite. You might also ask about changing medicines. Medication can cause appetite or taste problems.
5. Eat soft foods.
As we approach our senior years, chewing food is sometimes difficult. Choose low-sodium canned vegetables or cooked fruits and vegetables. These are often softer. Chop or shred meat, poultry or fish. Add sauce or gravy to the meat to help keep it moist.
For healthy recipe ideas, check out Kaiser Permanente's Food for Health blog at https://foodforhealth.kaiserpermanente.org.
In addition to eating a balanced diet, aim for 150 minutes of physical activity each week. Ten-minute sessions several times a day on most days are fine. For more information, visit kp.org and everybodywalk.org. For questions or advice about a specific condition, talk with your physician.