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(NewsUSA) - Grandparents love spending time with their grandchildren. Grandbabies bring so much joy. However, it's not unusual for the curious, tiny fingers of youngsters to end up in places they shouldn't. Putting precious or breakable objects out of reach is important, and so is keeping medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight of young children.
More than 70,000 children end up in emergency departments each year after getting their hands on medicines left within reach. That's 165 kids -- or roughly four busloads of kids -- per day. Far too often, that medicine belonged to a grandparent.
Where are young children getting their hands on medicines? From countertops and bedside tables, purses and pockets, and loose pills on tables or floors. Weekly pill minders can help you keep track of multiple medications, but they rarely have child-resistant features so a curious child can't get into the colorful medicines stored inside.
"Grandparents and parents may not be aware of the danger posed by leaving medications where young children can reach or see them," says Dr. Dan Budnitz, director of the Medication Safety Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "A few simple steps -- followed every time -- can protect our children."
So, grandparents, enjoy your precious time with your young grandchildren. But whether hosting them in your house or visiting at theirs, remember to store your medicines in a place they cannot access. Here are some tips from CDC's "Up and Away and Out of Sight" initiative:
* Keep all medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight in a high cabinet or other place inaccessible to your grandchildren. If you think you may forget to take your medicines if they are not in sight, leave yourself a reminder on the refrigerator or somewhere you check daily.
* Never leave medicine or vitamins out on a counter or bedside table, even if you have to take the medicine again in a few hours.
* Always relock the safety cap on a medicine bottle. If it has a locking cap that turns, twist it until you hear the click.
* Never tell children medicine is candy so they'll take it, even if your grandchild does not like to take his or her medicine.
* Keep purses, bags or coats that have medicines or vitamins in them out of reach and sight of young children.
* Program the Poison Help number (1-800-222-1222) into your phone so you have it in case of emergency.
Visit UpandAway.org for more tips on safe medicine storage.
(NewsUSA) - Much is being made of Apple's announcement of the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch. Overshadowed by this, however, was the introduction of Apple Pay -- a technology touting an easier way to pay for goods and services using mobile devices. But is this too much too soon -- even for Apple?
Coming on the heels of this month's massive credit card breach at Home Depot, it is clear that credit card companies need to rethink how consumers' personal information is handled.
Relying on near field communication (NFC), Apple Pay will link a consumer's mobile phone with retail stores that are NFC-enabled. NFC technology has been praised for its security and convenience, but analysts argue that mobile payments will suffer because consumers are not yet comfortable paying with their phone, and merchants are finding that using NFC technology is more expensive than the traditional debit and credit card system.
For concerned individuals, they need only look to the horizon. Launching on Nov. 15, a company called MovoCash will address the gaps left by NFC technology.
"MovoCash is a transformative way to think about payments," says Eric Solis, CEO and founder of the company. "What we're doing is serving as a convergence technology designed to help consumers bridge the gap between old-world payment systems and new technological advances."
MovoCash, according to Solis, is a bank-agnostic payments platform that allows consumers to link their bank accounts to their MovoCash account for mobile payments with no limitation on the number of supported banks. Any bank account or credit or debit card in your wallet can be used to load a MovoCash account, eliminating the direct link required by conventional NFC technology.
What this means is that there is no direct link between the merchant and consumers' personal credit or banking information. Should the MovoPlastic card get hacked, the dummy number on the card will not reveal any personal information. It can be loaded with as much (or as little) money as desired. Additionally, the company's redemption technology differentiates it from Venmo and PayPal by unlocking P2P (peer to peer) payments for immediate merchant purchases.
"We believe MovoCash addresses consumers' desire for a more integrated payment experience using a mobile device without changing their comfort level of using a mag stripe on the back of a plastic card," says Solis.
For more information on this innovative technology, visit www.movocash.com.
ALVA, Okla. â€“ The Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team has spent weeks preparing for the upcoming season.
The practice is about to be put to the test with the first event of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Associationâ€™s Central Plains Region, which takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Cherokee, Okla., just a stoneâ€™s throw from the Alva campus.
â€śOne of the rodeo programs dropped its program this year, and no other program wanted to pick it up,â€ť said Stockton Graves, Northwesternâ€™s rodeo coach. â€śWe are doing this as a favor to the region so that we can have 10 region rodeos.
â€śWe are still going to have our own rodeo later this fall in Alva. We knew it was going to be tough on our great sponsors to have two of them in Alva in the fall, so we opted to put one in Cherokee. I think itâ€™s very doable.â€ť
The Central Plains Region features four fall rodeos and six in the spring. Thatâ€™s why Graves and his team agreed to have the Cherokee Rodeo hosted by NWOSU.
â€śI think we couldâ€™ve very easily put on a rodeo in Alva in both the fall and spring, but since the region wanted to keep the number of rodeos the same in each semester, weâ€™re basically going to have two rodeos around here in the fall,â€ť Graves said. â€śI got as close as I could to where both Alva and Cherokee could both benefit. Itâ€™s a great facility. This is really for the kids so they could have 10 rodeos instead of nine, and weâ€™ve had a good response from both Alva and Cherokee.â€ť
Northwesternâ€™s traditional rodeo will take place Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in Alva. Because the rodeo team hosts both events, that means a lot of work by the by team members to get everything ready for the other programs that will be part of the competition.
â€śWeâ€™re excited to get things started, and Iâ€™m sure the kids are ready,â€ť Graves said. â€śIâ€™m really excited about the upcoming season. We got a really good recruiting class and a lot of talented kids coming in. I think combined with our returning cowboys and cowgirls, weâ€™re going to have a good mix.â€ť
The list of returners includes three qualifiers from the 2014 College National Finals Rodeo: steer wrestler Steven Culling of Fort St. John, British Columbia, and goat-tiers Karly Kile of Topeka, Kan., and Lauren Barnes of Buckeye, Ariz. Culling finished third at the national championship, while Barnes placed third in the CNFRâ€™s final go-round to end her season on a high note.
â€śFrom what Iâ€™ve seen so far, I think we have a very solid team, and I have expectations for us to be in the hunt for the regional titles at the end of the season,â€ť Graves said.