Friday, May 13, 2016

Banfield Pet Hospital Releases Findings of State of Pet Health 2016 Report

Banfield Pet Hospital has released “The State of Pet Health 2016,” a comprehensive report comprised of medical data from 2.5 million dogs and nearly 500,000 cats.

Created by Banfield’s research team, Banfield Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK), the report analyzes data from 3 million total pets cared for in 2015 in Banfield’s 925 hospitals spanning 43 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. It documents trends from the past 10 years and highlights the most common diagnoses affecting cats and dogs.

The data are broken down into distinct health sections, covering diabetes mellitus, heartworm disease, dental disease, otitis externa, fleas and ticks and internal parasites.

“Now in its sixth year, this report was created because we wanted to use our knowledge and research to help educate pet owners and raise profession-wide awareness for some of the most common and important diagnoses affecting the health of pets in the United States,” said Daniel Aja, DVM, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Banfield Pet Hospital. “It is our hope that the information in this report continues to serve as a catalyst for pet owners to partner with veterinary teams to help pets live better lives through preventive care.”...

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Here Comes Wedding Season: How Consumers Will Pay for Others' Big Day in 2016

Weddings are occasions to celebrate true love, but once you've opened up that invitation, be prepared to also open up your wallet. According to the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker, Americans will attend an average of three weddings this year and anticipate spending an average of $703 per 'big day,' up 5% from last year ($673 in 2015). Millennials, as a generation, plan to spend the most on weddings ($893), significantly higher (by 27%) than the general population.

The Cost of True Friendship
Family and friends who make up a couple's wedding party should expect to shell out even more money come wedding season: Members of the wedding party can expect to spend $743 (vs. $701 in 2015). Among the items contributing to the totals are airfare ($205), dressing up when in the wedding ($166), and childcare or pet care costs ($69). Similarly, Millennials in a wedding party expect to spend a whopping $928, the highest of any cohort.

"While being part of a wedding party is an honor, the pre-events and day-of costs can add up," said Jed Scala, Senior Vice President, Consumer Lending at American Express. "On the upside, the 'big day' itself can provide guests with a reason to indulge, enjoy a night out and even travel if it's a destination wedding."...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Survey: Digital health tools reduce health costs

DALLAS - Three-in-four consumers who use digital health tools say their health apps/devices have made them healthier, according to a HealthMine survey released Tuesday, April 26, 2016. And 59% of consumers who use digital health tools use them at least once per day.

Another 57% responded that using digital health tools has helped to lower their healthcare costs....

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Homes with 'Subway Tiles,' 'Barn Doors' or 'Farmhouse Sinks' Can Sell for Up to 13 Percent More and 60 Days Faster

SEATTLE, April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Why do some homes sell for a premium? In addition to timing, a home's listing description can have a significant impact on its final sale price. Listings mentioning keywords like "barn door," "shaker cabinets" or "subway tiles," sell faster and for up to 13 percent more than expected, according to a Zillow Digs® analysisi.

Zillow Digs analyzed listing descriptions from over 2 million homes nationwide sold between January 2014 and March 2016 to see how certain keywords referring to home features, amenities and design styles impacted their sale price.

Of the 60 keywords analyzed, listings mentioning "barn doors," a rustic sliding door often used on bedroom closets and kitchen pantries, saw the highest sale premium (13 percent above expected values). Other common craftsman-style keywords like "farmhouse sink" were also found in top-performing listings. Furthermore, homes described as "craftsman" performed better than any other design style analyzed. While people may think the rustic mason jar-vibe is out, it is still very popular with today's buyers....

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Manufacturers target Gen Z with better-for-you beverages


Dive Brief:
  • Nearly half of surveyed Gen Z college students said "healthy/good for you" claims are their entry points for trying new beverages, according to a survey from Beverage Marketing Corp. and Fluent, a college marketing and insights agency.
  • The health claims that resonated most with this demographic were "all-natural" (52%), "low-calorie" (37%), "organic" (36%), "vitamin-enhanced" (31%), and "zero-calorie" (27%). About half said they try to avoid beverages that contain artificial sweeteners, flavors, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup, and just over half consider cane sugar as a healthier sweetener.
  • Bottled water was the beverage of choice for this age group because it is healthier, more convenient, and easier to find, surveyed students said. Coffee and tea followed as the next two most-purchased beverage segments for Gen Z....

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