KRON 4 | Great Gifts for People On the Go for $30 and Less

Today was predicted to be one of the top ten busiest holiday shopping days of the year. If you’ve run out of gift ideas, here are some great buys for that on-the-go person in your life. I went shopping yesterday at the Sports Basement in San Ramon and was excited to find these 10 novel and practical products  — all for $30 and less!

1. Double Layer Home Socks by Woolrich- $15

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Love, love, love these cushy socks! They’ll keep your feet warm and comfy with their double outer layer and super soft inner layer. The inner layer is treated with aloe vera (yes, aloe vera!) to soothe your active feet. Not sure how long the aloe will last after repeated machine washings, but nevertheless, the fabric is silky soft.

Outer layer: 51% nylon, 39% acrylic, 7% polyester, 3% spandex. Inner layer: 97% microfiber nylon, 3% spandex.

2. Freezable Lunch Bag by Packit® – $20

It’s important to keep cold foods cold, but ice packs get wet and messy as they start to unfreeze. No ice packs needed with this bag as the freezable gel is sewn into the walls of the bag. This lunch bag fits a meal, snack, and a 12-oz bottle. It compactly folds up for easy storage, and the buckle handle can attach to backpacks and other bags.

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Step 1: Just fold and freeze the bag overnight.
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Step 2: Expand and pack.

3. Inflatable Solar Light by Luci® – $20

This lightweight little light collapses to just one inch. Great for backpacking, travel, pool/patio, home, and emergencies. Light lasts for 24 hours on the lowest setting. Charges in 7 hours in direct sunlight. Four modes: low medium, high, and one-second flashing. These inflatable lights come in a variety of sizes and colors (for soft ambient lighting).

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4. Hyperlite™ All Weather Gloves – $25

These ultra-thin gloves are wind/waterproof and can activate any touchscreen with their SoundTouchtechnology in the thumbs and index fingers. No need to remove your gloves in the freezing cold to answer your phone! Comes in men’s and women’s sizes.

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Why I’m Now a Statistic… Protect Yourself Against Skin Cancer

Two weeks ago I had a biopsy and yesterday I found out I have cancer. Not pre-cancer… the real deal. Basal cell carcinoma. I’ve learned it’s one of the most common types of skin cancer, but knowing that I now join 2.2 million other Americans diagnosed each year doesn’t make my diagnosis any less daunting or serious.

I’m still dazed in disbelief. It’s not because I’m not a likely candidate. I admit it, I am. I grew up in the sun. As an active athletic kid, staying indoors was not an option. I can still hear my mom’s repeated warnings at the sight of my golden tan or raging sunburn, “You better stay out of the sun. You’ll get freckles. Worse yet, you’ll get skin cancer.” Well, once again, Mom was right.

As a youngster and young adult in my 20’s, I spent my summers on the tennis courts, by the pool, or on a boat or bike. Winters didn’t keep me from being a UV target either. I lived on the mountain and skied competitively, so in reality, I clocked in thousands of hours under the sun on the glorious slopes of Lake Tahoe.

What actually shocks me about the cancer diagnosis is the benign nature of the tumor. I’ve read the rules for skin cancer and examined the well publicized graphic photos, but my lesion doesn’t resemble any of the textbook examples. There is NO discoloration. It’s not brown, black or red. In fact, my doctor described it as “translucent”.

It’s one of those things I noticed while putting on my makeup some time ago. I casually thought about getting this small ‘bump’ removed someday, but considered such action as purely cosmetic and neither a big deal or urgent. However, during a routine head-to-toe skin cancer exam, my dermatologist regarded the bump as suspicious.    Continue reading “Why I’m Now a Statistic… Protect Yourself Against Skin Cancer”

Building for America’s Bravest

Support Our TroopsBuilding for America’s Bravest is a program to construct Smart Homes for our most catastrophically injured service members returning home. Each specially-designed home uses “adaptive technology” to help our most severely injured heroes live more self-sufficient, comfortable and dignified lives.

But for every home that’s built, another three veterans are added to the waiting list. You can make a real difference in the lives of our brave service members who made extraordinary sacrifices in our place. Please help give them a home where they can enjoy a quality of life that would otherwise be impossible. See the Smart Home and meet some of America’s bravest here.

Groundbreaking Brain Surgery

Two surgical specialists, a neurosurgeon and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, at John Hopkins University teamed up and successfully removed a brain tumor through the eyelid of a 65-year-old woman.

This groundbreaking procedure provides a simpler direct route to the front and middle regions of the brain with minimal trauma to the skull. The surgeons entered her brain through the eyelid crease, then removed a small part of the skull above the eyebrow to reach the tumor.

This is in contrast to traditionally shaving the head, removing the top half of the skull, and moving aside sections of the brain. The patient is the 19th person to undergo this procedure.

Aid for Age-Related Blindness | The Health Reporter Minute

There’s new hope for people with impaired vision from age-related macular degeneration. Karen Owoc, The Health Reporter, hosts a compact segment of health news in The Health Reporter Minute. Writer/Producer: Karen Owoc. [Segment #0009H