Monday, March 31, 2003

Let The Customer Be An "Insider" of Software Team

Let The Customer Be An "Insider" of Software Team

Programeter announces Outsourcing Edition to give you a bird-eye view over progress of software development project and share it with your customers using web interface.

Tallinn, Estonia (PRWEB) January 19, 2009

Programeter, start-up that has developed automated analytics solution for distributed software teams, today announced Outsourcing Edition of its product to help outsourcing service providers and their customers to increase transparency and visibility over software development projects.

"We succeeded to create a technology which is capable to provide single view over development progress both for service provider and buyer of the service. Since Programeter is completely automated, the analytics are free from judgment bias.", says Mark Kofman, Programeter's CEO. Transparency is an important basis for healthy relationships between service provider and buyer of the services. Customers typically do not have daily conversations with development team due to separate locations, lack of common language or other organizational issues. Metrics, indicators and analytics are crucial in giving both sides opportunity to feel as full-fledged members of the development team.

The cornerstone feature of Outsourcing Edition is sharing of analytics which enables 2 companies to access contribution and know-how indicators of software development team. Any service provider is allowed to use Programeter Outsourcing Edition for free while sharing the analytics with their external customer. With this feature Programeter offers a new model for delivering software outsourcing services where service transparency is put on a new level to fulfill needs of buyers and serve interests of service providers.

Although the management tools market for software development is very competitive, mr. Kofman believes that Programeter will rapidly get it's niche. Traditionally management tools are based on task and time tracking, where data input is a manual effort. "Our tool invites you to look at software teams from completely new angle. Among other indicators, we discovered a practical way to measure know-how, efficiency of team members, maturity of their code and other aspects, which traditionally said to be unmeasurable. And its all completely automated, which is very important in context of distributed teams".

Service providers and buyers are welcome to visit http://www. programeter. com/outsourcing (http://www. programeter. com/outsourcing) for more information.

About Programeter:
Programeter, founded September 2006, is a software company that develops management tool making software teams more productive through the exchange of contribution analytics. Programeter helps you to understand remote development team's know-how, contribution, performance and activity based on simple, accurate and real-time reports.


Wednesday, March 26, 2003

New Orleans Hornets' Peja Stojakovic to Host 3rd Annual Charitabowl Streaming Live on Swaggmedia. com

New Orleans Hornets' Peja Stojakovic to Host 3rd Annual Charitabowl Streaming Live on Swaggmedia. com

SwaggMedia to stream the 3rd Annual Charitabowl for the Peja Stojakovic Children's Foundation

New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) December 11, 2009

New Orleans Hornets forward Peja Stojakovic announced that he will dedicate a basketball/volleyball court at Delgado Park in Lakeview as part of his foundation's "Court for Kids" initiative on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 3:30 p. m. That same week, on Thursday, Dec. 17, Peja will host his 3rd Annual "Peja's Charitabowl" fundraiser at the All Star Lanes in Kenner.

In partnership with SwaggMedia, the Charitabowl event will be streamed online free of charge at www. and on http://swaggmedia. com (http://swaggmedia. com). This will be the first time that Peja's Charitabowl will be available to fans globally.

Lane sponsorships start at $1,500 for one lane and $2,500 for two lanes. Each lane includes bowling for four, one celebrity bowler, four bowling shirts, dinner and a special gift bag. Multiple lane sponsors and other corporate sponsorship packages are also available at a variety of price points. Lane sponsorships and tickets for the Charitabowl can be purchased by calling (504) 208-2274 or by visiting www. VIP (non-bowler) tickets are also available at $75 per person. The VIP tickets include early entry at 6pm as well as dinner, gift bag and opportunity to bid for live and silent auction items. General admission tickets are available at $35 for adults and $15 for children under 16. The doors for general admission open at 7:30pm.

Hornets players, Honeybee dancers, Hugo and other local celebrities and athletes will attend the event. The Charitabowl will also feature a live DJ, photo and autograph opportunities, as well as a live and silent auction with memorabilia and other distinctive items. Prizes will be given away throughout the evening.

"I'm very happy to be able to continue efforts to support the local community of New Orleans through the foundation. Thanks to the last year's Charitabowl event we were able to help many children and their families by distributing books, food and refurbishing basketball courts. This is a result of the hard work of many people -- not just me," said Stojakovic.

Proceeds from the bowling event will go toward Peja's "Courts for Kids", a continuing initiative of the Peja Stojakovic Children's Foundation, aimed at promoting health and fitness education through the game of basketball. The project installs new basketball courts, refurbishes existing ones and distributes basketball equipment in economically disadvantaged areas of New Orleans, providing children with an opportunity to stay off the streets.

"SwaggMedia is honored to be able to contribute to such a great cause. Technology is the future so the synergy was perfect," says SwaggMedia CEO, Craig Noble.

About SwaggMedia
Swagg is that something unique and forward-thinking that breaks out from the pack. And SwaggMedia is bringing exactly that to the world of new media. Masterminded by legendary music industry executive Craig Nobles and co-founded by professional basketball player David West, SwaggMedia represents the evolution of internet distribution. SwaggMedia has built proprietary technology to launch a platform in 2010 that will be the one-stop destination for news, commerce, social networking, original content and live streaming video. Users can purchase music, TV and movies, share their experiences with their extended networks, watch live events and get up to the minute information on all facets of pop culture. More than a website, SwaggMedia will encompass a lifestyle, giving users across the globe access to a world they could only imagine. We look forward to introducing you to SwaggMedia.

About Peja Stojakovic Children's Foundation
The Predrag Stojakovic Children's Foundation, a non-profit organization strives to brighten the lives of children who suffer from displacement, poor quality of life, and loneliness. Mission of Peja Stojakovic Children's Foundation is to provide and educate children and their families on
Issues of critical concern such as food, shelter, economic self-sufficiency and hope.
Since the Hornets move back to New Orleans, Peja Stojakovic has been active with his organization by building basketball courts for kids, distributing food and necessities to needy people as well as distributing books and school supplies to youth organizations (First Book being one of the beneficiaries). As a recognition of his charitable work, Stojakovic received the NBA's Community Assist Award for the month of December 2009. Peja Stojakovic Children's Foundation's mission is to provide and educate children and their families on issues of critical concern such as food, shelter, economic self-sufficiency and hope.

Juliette Harris 310 577 1122 or juliette(at)itgirlpublicrelations(dot)com


Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Delia Associates Announces Alliance with WEBpackaging&#174

Delia Associates Announces Alliance with WEBpackaging®

Delia Associates, a full-service branding and online marketing firm located in Whitehouse, NJ, is pleased to announce its alliance with WEBpackaging, acting as its U. S. representative in the role of joining suppliers of packaging solutions with buyers through WEBpackaging’s innovative online portal.

Whitehouse, NJ (PRWEB) November 23, 2009

Delia Associates, a full-service branding and online marketing firm located in Whitehouse, NJ, is pleased to announce its alliance with WEBpackaging, acting as its U. S. representative in the role of joining suppliers of packaging solutions with buyers through WEBpackaging’s innovative online portal.

WEBpackaging is recognized in the consumer packaging industry as the leading web-based portal that successfully brings together buyers and sellers of packaging solutions in the beauty and cosmetics, personal care, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, household and cleaning products, toys and electronics, and fragrance markets.

Delia Associates has more than 45 years of experience in the US-based packaging industry, providing its packaging supplier clients with effective multi-faceted marketing solutions that have made a substantial impact on generating new sales. WEBpackaging cited this legacy of service as the prime factor in choosing Delia Associates to support its presence and capabilities in the U. S.

In addition to managing their WEBpackaging subscription, Delia Associates offers comprehensive marketing solutions to packaging suppliers, including brand development, website development, public relations, online marketing and e-mail marketing. These services, together with WEBpackaging’s online “marketplace,” represent a total marketing solution that ensures maximum lead-generation opportunities for packaging suppliers.

“Delia Associates demonstrated to us their long-standing track record of successful engagements within the packaging industry,” commented Duncan Briffett, co-founder and CEO of WEBpackaging. “We knew they could ensure that U. S. packaging suppliers would receive maximum benefit from their WEBpackaging presence. We trust in their commitment to deliver an unparalleled level of support that best serves the interests of the U. S. packaging industry.”

Ed Delia, president of Delia Associates, was impressed with WEBpackaging’s tenacity and ambition to be the first to offer packaging industry buyers and sellers the opportunity to meaningfully interact online. With the ever-expanding influence of the Internet in daily business activities, the development of a Web-based portal where buyers could learn about and purchase packaging innovations from progressive packaging sellers was an idea whose time had definitely come.

“It’s said that ‘necessity is the mother of invention,’ and WEBpackaging is certainly addressing an obvious need in this industry,” comments Delia. “It’s exciting for us to have a ‘hands-on’ presence with a company that is providing the necessary medium for the world's innovative packaging suppliers to launch their new packaging products and solutions. We believe that WEBpackaging provides the best solution in this arena, one that most certainly deserves the U. S. packaging industry’s consideration.”

Briffett shares Delia’s enthusiasm and concludes, “We are confident that Delia Associates is the right firm to represent our interests. We look forward to a long, productive relationship.”

Entering its 45th year, Delia Associates has directly contributed to the success and growth of a wide variety of clients in the packaging industry, from large international corporations to regional entrepreneurs. The firm has positioned itself as the “Brand Leadership Company,” and specializes in creating and deploying distinctive brand identities for its clients through a blend of brand strategy and online media. For more information, please visit: www. delianet. com.

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Saturday, March 22, 2003

World's First Quality Consumer Glossy Devoted To The Global Boom in Anti-Aging and Rejuvenation Goes on Sale Internationally from February 16

World's First Quality Consumer Glossy Devoted To The Global Boom in Anti-Aging and Rejuvenation Goes on Sale Internationally from February 16

ELIXIR is the first magazine devoted to the $56billion market in anti-ageing services and products - everything from cosmetics, to nutrition, to hormone replacement to cosmetic surgery, cosmetic dentistry, aesthetics, spas, stock market investment in the sector - for men and women. It launches on February 16 with the March issue for March to an international readership.

London (PRWEB) January 22, 2007

ELIXIR, the first quality glossy consumer magazine totally dedicated to the boom in anti-ageing services and products, (currently estimated at more than US $56 billion worldwide (£29.7bn) - Source: FIND/SVP) - announced today that the first edition (March) of the title will go on sale from February 16. The cover is L'Oreal ambassador Jane Fonda who is the subject of a celebrity feature.

ELIXIR, a monthly, has a cover price of $6 (£3, €5), and will be on sale in W. H. Smiths and other shops in the UK, as well as in spas and luxury hotels, gyms, airport business lounges, private charter jets and international sales through on-line subscription. UK distribution is through the London company Post Scriptum.

The first issue has a print run of 20,000 copies and features the latest news, views and features from the booming and increasingly high-profile global market of anti-ageing and rejuvenation products and services. The costs of products and services are priced in dollars, pounds and euros to meet the needs of our international readership.

If it's hot, new and will improve your lifespan and if it's happening in Beverly Hills, New York, London, Paris, Rome, Shanghai or anywhere else - you will find out about it first in ELIXIR.

Target readers, are men and women, aged over 30+ who share an interest in living healthier for longer and want to purchase the products and services that can help them do so. These include cosmetics, nutritional supplements, nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, fitness, cosmetic surgery, cosmetic dentistry, spas and medical anti-ageing and rejuvenation therapies. Also featured is a column on opportunities to invest in global stocks in the sector such as Allergen (Botox) and Pfizer (Viagra).

"The western world's attitude to ageing has changed dramatically, and none of us has escaped the consequences. Even if you stand firm and let nature take its course, there'll be plenty of friends and colleagues who have no intention of doing likewise, so the landscape of ageing has changed for ever" - Sunday Times, 2 June 2006

"These individuals belong to one of the most affluent generations in history and are willing and able to pay for products that provide anti-aging benefits" (Freedonia market research).

The publication of ELIXIR follows the successful launch two years ago of www. elixirnews. com an online magazine devoted to rejuvenation and anti-ageing. It now has 20,000 unique visitors each month.

Editor and publisher, Avril O'Connor said: "Our readers are people who want to live life to the max - and our research shows they are not just so-called Baby Boomers. We know this is a subject of great interest because of the number of subscribers who have already signed on to receive our magazine who have commented: 'Why hasn't anyone done this before?" or "There isn't anything else like this on the market - it's fantastic and I can't wait to read it!"

O'Connor adds: "Not a week goes back without a new discovery in anti-ageing so it's a very exciting time to be alive and staying that way by being healthy with the added bonus that you will look and feel wonderful too. Interestingly we have offered the first issue free but the majority of our potential readers have opted for a subscription, which proves they have confidence in our delivery. We have also had substantial interest from both the largest and smallest advertisers."

About Avril O'Connor

Avril O'Connor is a UK national newspaper and magazine journalist. She has worked both as a staff and freelance for a number of titles including the International Herald Tribune, The Sunday Times, The Times, Daily Telegraph and The Independent and others.

For more information and images contact: Avril O'Connor +44 (0)20 7569 8676.


Friday, March 21, 2003

ICIMS Employees Join in the Effort to Clean Up the New Jersey Coastline

ICIMS Employees Join in the Effort to Clean Up the New Jersey Coastline

ICIMS, a leading Software as a Service (SaaS) provider of Talent Platforms, announced the results of its Clean Ocean Action (COA) beach sweep today.

Hazlet, NJ (PRWEB) July 10, 2007

iCIMS, a leading Software as a Service (SaaS) provider of Talent Platforms (http://www. icims. com/content/irecruiter. asp), announced the results of its Clean Ocean Action (http://www. cleanoceanaction. org/) (COA) beach sweep today. Nearly forty iCIMS employees traveled to Sandy Hook National Park to assist the COA in their cleanup and research efforts on June 22, 2007.

The Clean Ocean Action is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cleaning the ocean and shoreline. More than just cleanup, the COA emphasizes data collection to influence policies that will eliminate the sources of pollution. The organization also takes part in educating people about the sources and hazards of polluting.

ICIMS employees spent the day clearing a one mile stretch of the Sandy Hook beach, minutes from the organization’s Hazlet headquarters. Thousands of pieces of plastic, paper garbage, and other debris were removed from the coast.

The COA beach sweep is the latest example of iCIMS’ commitment to giving back to the environment. Green-e Certified (http://www. green-e. org/), iCIMS is a zero-sum consumer that actively donates to renewable wind energy programs. Ultimately, iCIMS generates more renewable energy through credits each year than it consumes in non-renewable energy. At an employee level, iCIMS partners with Earth Share of New Jersey (http://www. earthsharenj. org/), an organization that motivates citizens to take an active part in improving the health of the local environment.

Initially launched in 2006, iCIMS’ iCARE initiative enables employees and their families to donate their time, talent or treasure towards environmental causes. The Sandy Hook beach sweep is just one of the hands-on environmental programs the company participates in regularly. Employees are granted two days per year for "green" volunteerism, contributing to environmental progression through non-financial means. "These programs are a great opportunity for our employees to get out and see the results of their efforts," said iCIMS’ President and CEO, Colin Day. "The response to the iCARE program has been tremendous so far and I look forward to seeing the program continue to grow into the future."

About iCIMS:
ICIMS, a leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider, is a 2006 Inc. 500 honoree focused on solving corporate business issues through the implementation of easy-to-use, web-based software solutions. iCIMS’ iRecruiter, the industry’s premier Talent Platform, enables organizations to manage their entire talent lifecycle through a single web-based application. With more than 475 clients worldwide, iCIMS is one of the largest and fastest-growing solution providers in the space. To learn more about how iRecruiter can help your organization, visit www. icims. com.

Trademarks and registered trademarks contained herein remain the property of their respective owners.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: www. HRmarketer. com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Internet Healthcare Coalition Designates the Journal of Medical Internet Research as Its Official Journal

Internet Healthcare Coalition Designates the Journal of Medical Internet Research as Its Official Journal

The Internet Healthcare Coalition (IHCC) and the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) announce an agreement designating JMIR as the official journal of the Coalition. The move to adopt this high-quality scholarly journal, which stimulates research in the effectiveness of e-health applications, is consistent with the mission of the Internet Healthcare Coalition to promote quality healthcare resources on the Internet and to educate health professionals and consumers.

(PRWEB) December 14, 2002

December 6, 2002 – The Internet Healthcare Coalition (IHCC) and the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) announced today an agreement designating JMIR as the official journal of the Coalition.

“The Journal of Medical Internet Research is the leading peer-reviewed e-health journal covering all aspects of health information and communication on the Internet,” said IHCC chairman Ahmad Risk. “The move to adopt this high-quality scholarly journal, which stimulates research in the effectiveness of e-health applications, is consistent with the mission of the Internet Healthcare Coalition to promote quality healthcare resources on the Internet and to educate health professionals and consumers.”

“I am very pleased about this agreement,” says JMIR editor-in-chief and publisher Gunther Eysenbach, who is also a professor at the University of Toronto and a senior scientist at the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation. “The Journal of Medical Internet Research publishes papers that help physicians and consumers to maximize the use of the Internet. This includes original research reporting the application, development and evaluation of communication and information technology, as well as proposals, reviews and opinion papers on standards, policies, legal and ethical issues of e-health. We are delighted that our journal has been chosen by this prestigious organization. The Journal of Medical Internet Research can now have an even greater role in the delivery of quality health care and health information on the Internet.”

JMIR has been a pioneer in open access publishing, making all its articles freely available on the web, while covering the costs of publication through authorship fees. IHCC members will now have the benefit of a 20% discount on article processing fees required by JMIR to cover the costs of publication.

“The Internet Healthcare Coalition has a demonstrated commitment to the development of e-health ethical guidelines based upon research into quality, privacy, and technological issues of using the Internet for health purposes,” said John Mack, president of IHCC. “With this agreement, our members have an added incentive to submit their research results and opinions for publication in a respected international journal known for its leadership in stimulating, reviewing and disseminating research in the e-health area.”

About the Internet Healthcare Coalition


The Internet Healthcare Coalition is an international, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to educating healthcare consumers and professionals about the evolving issues relating to the quality of Internet health resources and information. Founded in 1997 and based in Washington, D. C., the Coalition's membership represents every sector of the Internet health space. The Coalition’s ongoing “eHealth Ethics Initiative” provides a forum for the development and promotion of ethical principles for health-related Web sites. More information regarding the Internet Healthcare Coalition can be found on the Web at www. ihealthcoalition. org.

About the Journal of Medical Internet Research


The Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR; Medline-abbreviation: J Med Internet Res) was founded in 1999 and is the first international scientific peer-reviewed journal on all aspects of research, information and communication in the healthcare field using Internet and Intranet-related technologies. The editorial office is located at the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation in Toronto, Canada. The international Editorial Board consists of leading experts in the field. The Journal can be accessed free of charge on the web. The Journal is indexed in Medline [Index Medicus], Information Science Abstracts, INSPEC (Institution of Electrical Engineers), and Communication Abstracts. More information about the Journal can be found on the Web at www. jmir. org.


California Satire Site Partners with Los Angeles Web Design Company

California Satire Site Partners with Los Angeles Web Design Company

California news satire site, The LaLa Times (http://www. lalatimes. com), has teamed up with Jungle 8 / creative (a full-service, Los Angeles-based marketing and visual design firm) to re-launch the popular Left Coast humor site with a new look and feel, and improved features. Citing a "satirical void," the two companies share a common purpose in the joint publishing venture. They also share a similar mission in terms of speaking to the absurdity of life in California, and about issues of hypocrisy, injustice and vanity.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 6, 2005

California news satire site, The LaLa Times (http://www. lalatimes. com (http://www. lalatimes. com)), has teamed up with Jungle 8 / creative (a full-service, Los Angeles-based marketing and visual design firm) to re-launch the popular Left Coast humor site with a new look and feel, and improved features.

Dubbed “The Onion for L. A.,” by The Los Angeles Times, the site's makeover is actually an attempt to distinguish itself from The Onion and other satire sites, says founder George Wolfe. “No one can knock The Onion. They're the classic, the bellwether -- who doesn't like them? But what sets us apart is that we specifically focus on a region: California. So with our new dynamic site, we're simply shaping our brand around a unique identity instead of trying to ape the most successful models out there. Nothing against apes.”

To that end, the new site contains quintessentially California-centric content (http://www. lalatimes. com/archives. php (http://www. lalatimes. com/archives. php)) in sections such as News Features (Californian's Urged to Evacuate in Advance of Cold Front; Disney, Muppet Characters Wed in Gay Marriage; Prenatal Cosmetic Surgery Common in California; Wall Street Crooks Bound for Posh Malibu Correctional Facility; Dog Meditation -- All the Rage), News Shorts (Bail Jumping Declared Official State Sport), California Studies (High Gas Prices Slow Number of Drive-by Shootings), Weird Real News (Sausalito Woman Pays $50,000 For Clone of Cat), Mock Ads (Spanish Fly Airlines announces new flights between L. A. and Madrid), Double Lives (Celebrities Who Look Like Works of Art), and a Dictionary of West Coast lingo (bikini waxing eloquent n: highly literate surfer girls). (http://www. lalatimes. com/dic. php (http://www. lalatimes. com/dic. php))

Additionally, Celebrity Slightings (http://www. lalatimes. com/celsli/index. php (http://www. lalatimes. com/celsli/index. php)) is a virtual museum with odd celebrity junk and dubious personal items on display (Celebrity Baby Placentas Exhibit Opens). There is also a budding online store (http://www. cafepress. com/lalatimes/ (http://www. cafepress. com/lalatimes/)), with products and apparel such as Buddha's Gym T-shirts (“Become One With Any Body”) — that are themselves spin-offs of LaLa Times articles. The publication also says it will roll out various interactive features in November and December, 2005 (Horrorscopes promises to predict alarming futures daily for all zodiac signs).

Jungle 8 founder and CEO Lainie Siegel says her interest in the partnership stems from “a satirical void in California — L. A. and Hollywood especially take themselves way too seriously. We simply believed in this project and wanted to get on board with it. Besides, twisting imagery and spoofing the status quo is a major pastime at our firm.”

The new site launched in September 2005, though the classic site's first full year of operation was 2003. Since inception, the site has gathered a steady stream of loyal readers, and in the past six months the site has seen an exponential traffic increase of roughly 150%.

George Wolfe is the founder of, and editor and main writer for The LaLa Times [http://www. lalatimes. com (http://www. lalatimes. com)]. Over the years, he worked in NYC as the editor of ArtSearch, in Seattle as associate editor of Metropolitan Living magazine, and has been a freelance reporter for National Public Radio (KPLU) and a freelance writer for numerous publications, including scr(i)pt (screenwriting), Alaska Airlines (travel), and Vim & Vigor (healthcare). He has received several writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, has published a first novel (Blake's Bible), and has been a finalist in several comedy screenplay competitions. More recently, he was an invited speaker at the UCal (Irvine) Humanities conference ("In the Shadow of Big Media").

Lainie Siegel is the founder and creative director of Jungle8 (http://www. (http://www.; formerly Interactive Jungle). Her expertise includes creative strategy, design and web production, brand and identity development, and marketing. For the past 14 years, she has worked with a top-tier client list, including Carsey Warner, Korbel Champagne, Fox Home Entertainment, Triage Entertainment, Mandalay Entertainment, Big Idea, Doritos, Interscope Records and Sam Goodie.

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Monday, March 17, 2003

Local honored with Life Care's 2009 Division Support Award

Local honored with Life Care's 2009 Division Support Award

Karen Mosier, reimbursement director for Life Care Centers of America's Heartland Division, received Life Care's Division Support Award on Monday, Sept. 21.

Indianapolis (Vocus) September 26, 2009

Karen Mosier, reimbursement director for Life Care Centers of America's Heartland Division, received Life Care's Division Support Award on Monday, Sept. 21.

The presentation occurred during the company's annual management meeting awards dinner held in Cleveland, Tenn., and honored Mosier for uniquely distinguishing herself through superior performance, loyalty, attitude, teamwork and initiative.

In her position, Mosier oversees reimbursement efforts for the division's 39 buildings in Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Nebraska. During the meeting, she was recognized for her organization and communication skills, as well as her willingness to lead the way in improving systems and her enthusiasm. Mosier has worked for Life Care for more than 20 years, five of which have been in reimbursement.

The Division Support Award is presented annually to an associate in one of Life Care's seven division offices. He or she is chosen by a vote of executive leadership based on performance and general representation of the Life Care spirit.

Life Care's Heartland Division office is located at 9795 Crosspoint Blvd., Suite 195, in Indianapolis.

Founded in 1976, Life Care Centers of America is a nationwide health care company. With headquarters in Cleveland, Tenn., Life Care operates more than 220 nursing, subacute and Alzheimer's centers in 28 states. For more information about Life Care, visit www. lcca. com.


Baltimore Fights Glaucoma With Free Preventive Screenings: All-volunteer Group Aims to Screen 500 People in Less Than Twelve Hours

Baltimore Fights Glaucoma With Free Preventive Screenings: All-volunteer Group Aims to Screen 500 People in Less Than Twelve Hours

The Eyes Have It Program offers free monthly glaucoma screenings to all Baltimore area citizens. Glaucoma is a blinding eye disease affecting an estimated 70 million people worldwide. This disease steals sight without any obvious warning signs.

Baltimore, Md (PRWEB) September 4, 2009

The Eyes Have It Program (EHIP) offers free monthly screenings to all Baltimore area citizens. Glaucoma is a blinding eye disease affecting an estimated 70 million people worldwide. This disease steals sight without any obvious warning signs. For unknown reasons, African-Americans are 3-4 times more likely to get glaucoma than others.

High-risk groups include:
O People with family history of the disease
O People over 60
O African-Americans
O Diabetics
O People who are extremely nearsighted or farsighted
O Long-time users of steroid medications
O The victim of a severe eye trauma
O Hispanics
O Russian Jews
O American Indians

Sam Polakoff, Chairman of the Forest Hill, Maryland based Polakoff Foundation and a founding member of The Eyes Have It Program stated, "We have less than twelve hours of screening time across four remaining sessions before the end of 2009. Our goal is to screen at least 500 high-risk people."

Screenings are painless and take only a few minutes. The Eyes Have It Program maintains programs for uninsured people who are referred for medical attention due to glaucoma. No appointment is necessary. Light refreshments are available for citizens who are screened.

Sight lost to glaucoma can never be recovered making early detection through screening imperative.

Baltimore-area citizens wanting information on upcoming screenings may call 410-601-7295 or access the online Glaucoma Screenings page at www. fightglaucoma. org.

Upcoming Free Screenings

September 15, 2009
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Krieger Eye Institute
Sinai Hospital
Morton Mower Building - 6th Floor
2411 W. Belvedere Ave.

October 22, 2009
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Good Samaritan Hospital
Main Lobby
5601 Loch Raven Blvd.

November 9, 2009
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Bon Secours Hospital
Main Lobby
2000 W. Baltimore St.

December 9, 2009
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Harbor Hospital
Baum Auditorium
3001 S. Hanover St.

More About Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a set of eye diseases that affects nearly 70 million people worldwide and three million people in the United States. Glaucoma is called "The Silent Thief" as it often steals the victim's sight without any obvious warning signs. At present, sight lost to glaucoma can never be recovered. The optic nerve is what sends images from the eye to the brain. In a glaucoma patient, fluid build-up causes the intraocular pressure (IOP) to rise. Elevated IOP can ultimately cause damage to the optic nerve leading to irreversible blindness. Elevated IOP is only one factor in diagnosing glaucoma. The eye doctor will also evaluate the size of the optic nerve and provide a test for peripheral vision loss. All of these factors will contribute to a glaucoma diagnosis. Learn more about glaucoma. Obtain information on glaucoma by accessing the Glaucoma Information page at www. fightglaucoma. org.

More About The Eyes Have It Program
Several sight-saving organizations joined together in 2008 to form an exciting, all-volunteer program to provide glaucoma screening and education to the people of Baltimore to prevent the unnecessary loss of vision from this disease. The participants of The Eyes Have It Program are:

· The Baltimore City Health Department
· The Polakoff Foundation
· The Maryland Society for Sight
· Krieger Eye Institute at Sinai Hospital
· Glaucoma Research Foundation
· Anne Arundel Eye Center
· Maryland Optometric Association (MOA)

Download The Eyes Have It Program explanatory document by visiting the Important Links page at www. fightglaucoma. org

Ophthalmologists, optometrists or eye care technicians who wish to volunteer to work screenings should access the Volunteer Doctors link on the Glaucoma Screenings page at www. fightglaucoma. org

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Sunday, March 16, 2003

Survey says? Vinegar is Multi-Use Household Product

Survey says? Vinegar is Multi-Use Household Product

Think vinegar is merely an ingredient to enhance meals? Think again. From removing laundry stains to repelling insects, a new online survey reveals consumers utilize vinegar for a variety of household chores.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 24, 2007

Think vinegar is merely an ingredient to enhance meals? Think again. From removing laundry stains to repelling insects, a new online survey reveals consumers utilize vinegar for a variety of household chores.

Conducted by The Vinegar Institute, the web-based survey garnered responses from more than 330 people, primarily women between the ages of 41 and 60. Survey-takers answered questions ranging from how often and why they use vinegar to which types are preferred.

Members of The Vinegar Institute say the results reflect vinegar's versatility as an all-around household product.

"Consumers seem to recognize that vinegar truly is an effective and inexpensive household item," said Pam Chumley, President of The Vinegar Institute. "It acts as a disinfectant, deodorizer and cleaner. Because it is a natural by-product of fruits, vegetables and grains, vinegar is also environmentally-friendly and lacks any harmful toxic chemicals."

Over the centuries, vinegar has been used to treat bee and jellyfish stings and soften dry skin. It is also handy around the house - capable of removing laundry stains, cleaning the oven and even polishing metal. And, of course, it can be used as an ingredient or condiment for many food dishes.

According to the survey - which ran on www. versatilevinegar. org between March and July - most consumers use vinegar for cooking and cleaning. About one-third of the respondents also turn to vinegar for health and wellness purposes, while another 30 percent put it in their laundry to eliminate stains or set colors. Other popular vinegar uses include weed killing, air freshening and repelling insects and other pests.

The results also show that vinegar is predominantly purchased in supermarkets, with white distilled being the most popular type. Other in-demand varieties include apple cider, balsamic, red wine, rice, white wine and malt vinegars.

The findings support statistics previously compiled by the Institute, dividing vinegar users into one of three categories. The majority are "visitors," meaning they purchase white distilled vinegar about twice each year, use it a couple times each month and are open to checking out the various uses. The rest are split almost equally between "virgins" - those unaware of the resilience of white distilled vinegar - and the "visionaries" well-versed with the product's multiple uses.

Additional facts gathered from the online survey show that the majority of the Institute's Web site visitors are there to learn more about vinegar's cleaning uses and environmentally-sound attributes, as well as the varieties of the product. Many consumers also claim to have heard about vinegar's multiple uses through a family member.

"We are pleased so many of the survey respondents are familiar with vinegar's various applications and we hope people continue to share this knowledge with others," said Jeannie Milewski, the Institute's Executive Director. "Vinegar often serves as a solution to many household problems."

Note: The uses and tips described in this press release were drawn from a variety of sources, including consumers, articles and other published sources. These uses and tips have not been tested or documented by, and are not endorsed by, the Institute or its members.

About The Vinegar Institute
Established in 1955, The Vinegar Institute is an international trade association representing the vast majority of vinegar manufacturers and bottlers, as well as suppliers to the industry. The primary mission of the Institute is to raise awareness of the industry and ensure the highest quality vinegar to consumers. Members manufacture a range of vinegar types including white distilled, apple cider, balsamic, red wine, white wine, malt and rice vinegar. For more information, visit www. versatilevinegar. org.


Saturday, March 15, 2003

Outside Magazine Names New Belgium Brewing "Best Place To Work In America"

Outside Magazine Names New Belgium Brewing "Best Place To Work In America"

Employee Owners at New Belgium Brewing Enjoy an All-expense Paid Trip to Belgium, a Cruiser Bike, Free Beer and even an Office Slide: New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale, is the best place to work in America on Outside Magazine's inaugural "Best Places to Work" list.

Ft. Collins, CO (PRWEB) April 17, 2008

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale, is the best place to work in America on Outside magazine's (www. outsideonline. com) inaugural "Best Places to Work" list. New Belgium Brewing is ranked number one among companies with 250 or more employees. The full list and related stories is published in the May issue of Outside magazine, now available on newsstands.

"It's a tremendous honor to be recognized as a company where people love what they do and truly enjoy coming to work," said Bryan Simpson, media relations director for New Belgium Brewing. "One of New Belgium's core values is having fun, and that's actually a very important and fulfilling piece of our culture."

The Outdoor Industry Association (www. outdoorindustry. org) and Best Companies Group (www. bestcompaniesgroup. com) (BCG) compiled Outside's "Best Places to Work" list. The magazine conducted extensive surveys - based on benefits, compensation, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives and community outreach programs - designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the country.

The extensive, year-long process initially identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in the United States. The companies were then sent a confidential employee satisfaction survey and employer questionnaire to collect information about benefits, policies and practices. All of the results were analyzed by BCG's experts, who selected the top 30. The winners were then broken down into three categories: small (15-49 employees); medium (50-249) and large (250). The result is a list of 30 U. S. companies that make it possible for employees to balance productivity with an active, eco-conscious lifestyle.

"These 30 companies figured out that there is a way to have it all and understand the growing need for work/quality of life balance," said Chris Keyes, Editor of Outside. "From New Belgium Brewing Company's rock climbing wall, cyclocross track and free beer after work, to SmartWool's annual company ski day at Steamboat and 40 paid hours a year working at a nonprofit of their choice, to Osprey Packs' renewable energy initiatives and paying employees $.50 per trip to walk or bike to work, these organizations have found a way to bring company morale to a whole new level while at the same time being responsible to their local communities and the environment. It's a trend that we only see increasing in the years ahead."

New Belgium Brewing is named number one for a variety of benefits that co-workers receive including:
After five years of employment, co-workers enjoy an all-expense paid pilgrimage to Belgium to learn about beer culture. Co-workers are encouraged to commute by bike and receive a custom cruiser bicycle at the end of their first year. New Belgium Brewing offers on-site yoga, a volleyball court, climbing wall, indoor slide, foosball table and ping-pong for co-workers. Co-workers are welcome to enjoy a free case of beer per week and are allowed to bring their pets to work. Co-workers are encouraged to give back to the community; therefore, for every two hours of time spent volunteering, they receive one hour of paid time off. New Belgium Brewing has an extensive recycling program that is open to co-workers for personal household usage, taking in many products from co-workers that are not picked up curbside. New Belgium Brewing is employee-owned and practices open book management style - all co-workers have full disclosure of financial data and other company performance indicators. For more information on New Belgium Brewing, log onto www. newbelgium. com.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U. S., New Belgium produces seven year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Sunshine Wheat, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey, Mothership Wit and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases. In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship. For more information, visit www. newbelgium. com.

Outside is America's leading active lifestyle magazine, with over two million readers a month. For more than 30 years, the magazine has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. Along with receiving many other accolades, Outside is the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. Visit the magazine online at www. outsideonline. com.

Best Companies Group was formed in January of 2004, with the purpose of identifying and recognizing best companies around the country. By using state-of-the art survey and indexing tools, BCG has been able to achieve that purpose on national, state-wide, city, and industry stages. BCG will partner with B-to-B and consumer media and other business or human resource organizations to publicize the opportunity, encourage participation and to recognize those who are good enough to make the lists of "Best Places to Work". BCG currently manages 25 similar programs around the US and in Canada. For more information and a complete list of "Best Employer" programs, visit www. bestcompaniesgroup. com Best Companies Group is headquartered in Harrisburg, PA.


Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Before the Nuptials - Nips and Tucks

Before the Nuptials - Nips and Tucks

With the average U. S. wedding costing around $22,000, more wedding party participants want to look their best for those wedding pictures which may be passed on to future generation. Cosmetic and plastic surgeons tell who is coming in for a nip and tuck before the big day.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 16, 2004

When R. L.'s wedding day rolled around last May 7th, her nose, which she had hated for so long, had been at last fully repaired so she could stare into the many cameras present on the big day with confidence, if not a huge measure of sass.

"With my old nose, I knew I would hate every wedding picture taken that day," R. L. told CosmeticSurgery. com. (She asked her full name be withheld.)

R. L., now 30, suffered a botched rhinoplasty (nose job) when she was 16, followed by another surgery years later to try and repair the damage. But it did not work.

She did some research and started looking for a surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery revisions.

"My nose was an absolute atrocity," says R. L., who works in marketing in New York City and just married a graphic artist. She shopped physicians for the pre-wedding revision surgery by reading doctors' websites for information about their training and background and then ventured out for face-to-face interviews of three. One in particular impressed her with price, training, patient testimonials and a warm beside manner.

"I knew I had to get it right this time," R. L. says. "When I went in for surgery, my nose was twisted, and the left side was collapsed so badly, I could not breathe through it. In the past, when a picture was taken, I made sure the photographer was far off or that only my good side was pictured. Once my nose was finally straightened, I couldn't believe I had been walking around so long, looking that badly."

R. L. is not the only bride looking for a surgeon to perform a nip, a tuck or more before taking that walk down the aisle. Cosmetic surgeons and others report seeing many more wedding party members seeking procedures before the nuptials.

"Cosmetic surgery procedures for brides-to-be, mothers of the brides and others in the wedding are up 300% over this time last year," says Cho Phillips, executive director of Lovegevity. com, a Northern California website devoted to engagement, marriage and other family issues. "First-time brides tend to have liposuction and breast augmentation in preparation for their big day."

Yet another wedding consultant says pre-nuptial cosmetic surgery is so common, most couples should think about carving out a budget for facial makeovers.

Arlene Howard, 64, a Beverly Hills public relations practitioner, had the striking good looks of a model in her early 20s. Now, she has an October 10th wedding date at the Bel Air Hotel in Beverly Hills. So for a segment of tv's "Dr. 90210," Arlene underwent a facial peel that took 25 years off the calendar – after a two-month recovery time -- and made her, in the words of her husband-to-be, "a trophy bride."

"I wanted my outward appearance to catch up with my self-image," Arlene says. "It will now be the wedding I've always wanted." Compliments have been so encouraging, Arlene says she will also have a tummy tuck before the wedding.

Says Robert Freund, M. D., a Manhattan plastic surgeon, "As the field of cosmetic and plastic surgery receives more attention in the media, cosmetic surgical procedures become more widely accepted. Plus, the medical technology is getting better and that allows plastic surgeons to offer more sophisticated rejuvenations, with quicker healing time and less post-operative bruising."

It was another uncomely schnoze that drove Tara, J. a 29-year-old magazine writer in New York State, to see about repairing the damage caused by a surfboard that broke her nose years ago. Her rhinoplasty was done in February to prepare for an October (2003) wedding.

"I think everybody noticed my new nose at the wedding," she says.

"Because all eyes will be on the bride at the wedding, the perfect time to start a new skincare routine is at the engagement," says Keith LaFerriere, M. D., president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) which reports the two most popular procedures for brides-to-be and their mothers are Botox and chemical peels.

"If a bride goes in for Botox or chemical peels, she should have it done weeks in advance because swelling and redness can occur," says Dr. LaFerriere who is also a clinical associate professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

According to Leo McCafferty, M. D. a Pittsburgh plastic surgeon and immediate past chair of the public education committee of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, (ASAPS) the mother of the bride is more likely to get a pre-wedding nip or tuck.

"Most often, the mothers of brides and grooms are seeking facelifts or eyelifts, sometimes, up to a year before the wedding," Dr. McCafferty says.

That was what drove Mary Anne R. of Brooklyn, New York, to see a plastic surgeon before her daughter's wedding in May 2004. Except, in her case, Mary Anne wanted less to be more attractive.

"I've always been very large chested and learned I was a candidate for breast reduction after reading about typical symptoms such women have," says Mary Anne. "For instance, I was having pain in my shoulders and down into my arms from my bras which, in some respects, were almost like wearing harnesses. I really wanted to go to the wedding in a strapless dress, but that was impossible before the surgery. I would have popped right out!"

Mary Anne underwent a breast reduction in November 2003, and says she had completely healed and "looked great" by the wedding date in March, 2004.

"At the ceremony, I received many compliments in my strapless dress and everybody told me how wonderful I looked," she says. "Plus, my husband is my biggest fan of my new look."

Jennie H., of Union Town, Pennsylvania, actually didn't think too much about cosmetic surgery until a close friend at her health club pointed out how tired she looked.

"I took a look in the mirror, and said, 'My god! She's right! I don't look good." Although it was only six weeks before the wedding, Winnie had upper and lower blepharoplasty (eye lids and eye bags) performed on May 7th, 2004, and was healed in time for her daughter's July 26th wedding.

"At the wedding, virtually everybody noticed and complimented me on how young I looked," Jennie says.

Michael C. Bruck, M. D., director of plastic surgery at New York's Juva Skin & Laser Center in New York City finds the most common pre-wedding cosmetic surgery mistake is waiting too long to see the surgeon about major procedures on the face, eyes and abdomen.

"The other busy time for special occasion requests is before high school and college reunions," Dr. Bruck says. "For some reason, those people come in much farther in advance of the event. Maybe they want to look extra good for old flames."

About one quarter of patients, who visit doctors for pre-wedding consultations – but did not go ahead with the procedure – come back after the wedding for the operation, he says.

"Once a patient starts thinking about a particular cosmetic procedure, it seems to stick in her mind," says Dr. Bruck who reports using a lot of Restylane, a filler that gets rid of blemishes, acne scars and some minor lines and wrinkles.

However, all is not lost if you do find yourself short on time. For instance, David J. Goldberg, M. D., dermatologist and director of The Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York & New Jersey, says some wedding ceremony patients come to him a scant week before the ceremony.

"For younger brides, physicians can offer smoother skin through laser dermatology and some filler agents to fill out lips," Dr. Goldberg says. "Hylaform is good because it produces quick results and is a natural substance, so no skin or allergy tests are required. Those tests take time."

Blushing brides find microdermabrasion helps makeup go on smoother. There is usually no bruising because the needles used to inject some fillers are as thin as one human hair.

A current trend is giving cosmetic surgery as a gift. So, six months before opening her other gifts, Sheryl H., a 30-year-old medical transcriptionist in Springfield, Missouri, opened an envelope containing a gift for six dermabrasion treatments. "I had little dark areas of complexion on my face but dermabrasion made my skin lighter, smoother and fresher," she says. "The treatments make your face feel wind burned but your skin glows more afterwards."

Mothers of brides in a hurry often ask for fast relief of crow's feet, wrinkles and worry lines. Dr. Goldberg says Hylaform usually fills that bill, too.

But whatever procedure is used, girls – and their moms – just wanna look good.

For more information, visit http://www. cosmeticsurgery. com (http://www. cosmeticsurgery. com)

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Tuesday, March 11, 2003

A First of Its Kind Study of GCP Compliance in Major Markets around the World

A First of Its Kind Study of GCP Compliance in Major Markets around the World

Dublin (PRWEB) December 1, 2005

Research and Markets (http://www. researchandmarkets. com/reports/c28470 (http://www. researchandmarkets. com/reports/c28470)) has announced the addition of The Global GCP Compliance Report: US, EU, and Japan to their offering.

The First-Ever Study of Global GCP Clinical Trial Compliance Programs and Trends!

Learn what the FDA, EMEA, OHRP, and Japan's PMDA see as the GCP compliance "hot spots" today! Developed for clinical sponsors and CRAs, clinical trial administrators, clinical compliance officers, clinical investigators and site staff, clinical QA professionals, and other clinical professionals!

"By far the most comprehensive review of clinical GCP compliance trends and programs in the U. S. (FDA and OHRP), Canada, EU, UK, and Japan."

--The Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices

The Global GCP Compliance Report 2006: US, EU, and Japan

As clinical trials are becoming more global in nature and standards for clinical trial conduct are becoming more harmonized, this just-released report presents a first-of-its kind, systematic study of GCP compliance in the world's major markets.

Gain exclusive access to detailed data analyses of GCP compliance trends internationally, profiles of GCP compliance programs within several of the world's key regulatory agencies, and in-depth interviews with GCP compliance officials and GCP field inspectors!

Plus, gain access to the largest compendium of GCP compliance trends and data ever compiled! Learn exactly where regulators such as the FDA, EMEA, US OHRP, UK MHRA, and Japan's PMDA are finding GCP problems, and what their GCP compliance "hot spots" are today.

In The Global GCP Compliance Report, you'll gain access to the following in-depth profiles, compliance data, and interviews:

FDA GCP Compliance Programs for Drugs, Biologics, and Medical Devices

Interview with the EMEA's GCP Compliance Administrator Fergus Sweeney, Ph. D.

The Largest Collection of International GCP Compliance Data Anywhere

US OHRP Compliance Program/Data for Government-sponsored Research

UK MHRA's GCP Compliance Program

Japan's PMDA's GCP Compliance Program and Trend Data

Interview with FDA Bioresearch Monitoring Specialist/Inspector Mike Rashti

Interview with FDA CDRH (Devices) BIMO Director Michael Marcarelli

Interview with FDA CBER (Biologics) BIMO Branch Chief Patricia Holobaugh

Complete analyses of investigator, sponsor/monitor, and IRB GCP compliance deficiencies in warning letters/regulatory notifications

Interview with FDA's CDER BIMO Director Joanne Rhoads, M. D.

Interview with Health Canada's Good Clinical Practices Unit Coordinator Jean Saint-Pierre

For more information visit http://www. researchandmarkets. com/reports/c28470 (http://www. researchandmarkets. com/reports/c28470)

Laura Wood

Senior Manager

Research and Markets

Press@researchandmarkets. com

Fax: +353 1 4100 980

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MPD Foundation to Host Educational Symposium in San Diego, CA

MPD Foundation to Host Educational Symposium in San Diego, CA

MPD Foundation, a non-profit focused on myeloproliferative disorders, is hosting their second educational event for patients of polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia and myelofibrosis. Following up on their San Mateo MPD Patient Symposium, this event will feature a new group of experts.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 29, 2010

The MPD Foundation is asking the MPD patient community to join them in San Diego/La Jolla on Monday, October 25, 2010 for another educational MPD Foundation Patient Symposium. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Catriona Jamieson, who has contributed greatly to the world of stem cell research specific to myeloproliferative disorders. Dr. Jamieson has devised robust methods to detect cancer in stem cells in vivo, thereby permitting a comprehensive assessment of novel cancer stem cell diagnostics and therapeutics. She sees numerous MPD patients and is involved with several clinical trials.

Other speakers include: Dr. Ruben Mesa – Mayo Clinic, Arizona, Dr. John Crispino - Northwestern University – Chicago, Illinois, and Dr. Jamille Shammo, Rush Memorial - Chicago, Illinois. Additional speakers will be announced.

This will be a rare opportunity to hear from renowned researchers and clinicians who make a difference every day in the lives of MPD patients.

Date: Monday, October 25, 2010

Registration begins: 7:30 a. m.

Program Duration: 8:45 – 4:30

UCSD – Moores Cancer Center
Goldberg Auditorium, Room 2110
3855 Health Sciences Drive
La Jolla, California

Registration Fee: $125 per person; each additional guest $75
This fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and snacks

To register visit our website at http://mpdfoundation. org/events. asp#patientsymposium (http://mpdfoundation. org/events. asp#patientsymposium)


New Solution to Sickness Promises to Wipe Out Germs with a 'Smile'

New Solution to Sickness Promises to Wipe Out Germs with a 'Smile'

Amidst the recent barrage of toxicity warnings and poisoning incidents with alcohol-based hand sanitizers, including a feature on the July 13, 2007 NBC's Today Show, a small town company has tackled a national crisis with creative resolve. "Dr. Doug" and "Joe Germ," as they are known in their community, are sharing the message of health and happiness with their target market of "anyone with hands who doesn't want to get sick." After spending two years on its development, Smile Wipes, LLC has released a timely new solution to cleaning hands that has sparked the interest of some of the largest corporations in the world.

Wilton, CT (PRWEB) August 2, 2007

"We needed the best but nobody made it... so we did," announced Doug Jones and Joe Spinoso, better known as "Dr. Doug" and "Joe Germ," creators of Smile Wipes, LLC. As respective owners of fitness centers and pet stores, their initial quest to combat gym germs and Fido filth (http://www. uagrad. org/Alumnus/w05/germ. html) has resulted in a product that has totally transformed the humble hand wipe, enough to justify multiple trademarks and patents, including hand wipes with a corporate-branded advertising and promotional process for almost every industry imaginable.

Individually-packaged Smile Wipes possess all of "The Best S's": Superior Style, Scent, Stamina, Softness, Strength, Substrate, and Sanitization Solution (http://www. GetWipes. com). "I'm excited that there is finally an antibacterial hand wipe that looks, feels, and smells so good," says Pamela Rogalin, a Brookfield, CT middle school teacher. "My students say that Smile Wipes are awesome -- the perfect solution to stopping the spread of sickness in the classroom."

Parents should smile too, knowing that Smile Wipes do not contain any alcohol or other harsh chemicals, such as Triclosan or Benzalkonium Chloride. "Dr. Doug" and "Joe Germ" are frequently quoted as saying "a little bit of a bad thing doesn't make it a good thing."

Smile Wipes contain the safest solution available, Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG), which was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration as an antimicrobial agent in 1976. CHG is often used in prescription mouthwash, pre-surgical scrubs, umbilical cord sanitization, and even for burns, cuts, and acne. CHG is very effective against a broad range of microbes and is the only FDA-approved antiseptic (http://www. uhe. com/chlorhex2.htm) that demonstrates persistent antimicrobial effects for up to six (6) hours. Alcohol-based products, on the other hand, only kill germs for 10-15 seconds; once the alcohol evaporates, recontamination is imminent.

"Up to 80% of all infections are spread through hand contact," states "Joe Germ," "but we have found that most people, especially children, don't like washing their hands or using the products that are currently on the market. Gels are sticky and leave dead germs on your hands and most wipes rip apart, smell terrible, and are, at best, boring. Smile Wipes are both useful and fun to use."

"Dr. Doug" and "Joe Germ" first met as owners of neighboring businesses in Wilton, CT. "Whether we like it or not, athletes and animals spread germs," states "Dr. Doug," an exercise physiologist with a background of concentrated study in organic and biochemistry and the chemical basis of health and fitness. "We can't afford to get sick ourselves and we certainly want to keep our clients healthy and our customers happy. Since hand-to-face contact is the number one cause of sickness in the United States, we are hoping that a smile a day will help to keep the doctor away." His "partner in grime" concurs, as do the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www. cdc. gov/handhygiene/pressrelease. htm), which state that cleaning our hands is the single most important thing we can do to keep from getting sick and spreading illness to others.

As a father of four, Doug specifically wants to relay this message of good hand hygiene and health to children, and has even written an animated cartoon about the subject called "Don't Pick: Your Hands Could Be Sick." (http://www. youtube. com/smilewipes) Written in "Dr. Suessical" rhythmical rhyming style and illustrated by Joe, "Don't Pick" not only teaches children the importance of preventing sickness, but also timelines the entire Smile Wipes story. Children can learn about bacteria and business, and how Doug and Joe met and re-invented an existing product that will make everyone want to smile!

"Kids, don't forget to smile before you eat your lunch today."
"Mom, Brian didn't smile after he went to the bathroom."
"Honey, can you please share your smile with me?"

To watch the entire Smile Wipes Story, or to learn more about "Dr. Doug" and "Joe Germ" and their solution to your squirm, visit www. GetWipes. com

Contact Info:
"Dr. Doug" Jones
"Joe Germ" Spinoso

Smile Wipes, LLC
644 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897

1-888-475-SMILES (7645)
Www. GetWipes. com


Monday, March 10, 2003

NoniJuiceint. com / Tahiti Trim Plan 40 Calcium Plus 800

NoniJuiceint. com / Tahiti Trim Plan 40 Calcium Plus 800

NoniJuiceInt. com today announces that it has added the Tahiti Trim Plan 40 weight loss program for Women over 40 to its website.

Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) May 17, 2006

NoniJuiceInt. com today announces that it has added the Tahiti Trim Plan 40 weight loss program for Women over 40 to its website. New to the Tahitian Noni Tahiti Trim program is the Calcium Plus 800 product. The Tahiti Trim Plan 40 Calcium Plus 800 is a highly absorbable calcium supplement helps women maintain healthy bones. Research suggests that getting enough calcium may help your body burn more fat and sustain a healthy weight so this product is a valuable addition to the program. Visit our web site and find out more about this extremely effective weigh management system.


Resvantage Canine, Award Winning Resveratrol Supplement for Dogs Featured at the IKC's International Cluster of Dog Shows in Chicago

Resvantage Canine, Award Winning Resveratrol Supplement for Dogs Featured at the IKC's International Cluster of Dog Shows in Chicago

Resvantage Canine, the resveratrol supplement for dogs that has recently been awarded the Seal of Approval for excellence from the National Canine Cancer Foundation, will be featured at the International Kennel Club of Chicago Dog Show held at McCormick Place February 25th - 28th.

Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) February 14, 2010

Resvantage Canine is a nutritional supplement for dogs containing non-grape sourced resveratrol blended together with a unique combination of nutrients. Resveratrol is one of a group of antioxidant compounds called polyphenols found in numerous plants and in red wine that that has been reported to have anti-inflammatory as well as anti-cancer properties. Research has proven that resveratrol is the first compound to consistently prolong the life of several very different animal groups.

John Park, Jr., Executive V. P. of Corporate Communications for Advantage Partners, Inc., makers of Resvantage, says that "We are very pleased to showcase Resvantage Canine, our resveratrol supplement for dogs at the IKC show this year with the distinction of having been honored by a major Cancer Research Foundation. The show gives us the opportunity to meet with dog owners and professional breeders and impart the latest findings from clinical trials which can have a favorable impact on the health of their animals."

The IKC is a successor to the old Chicago Kennel Club which was founded in 1900. Its cluster show has long been considered to be one of the premier shows in America drawing approximately 100,000 spectators over the four-day period. The show draws top dogs from across the United States and Canada to compete for many prizes and the coveted Group and Best in Show wins.

The IKC show is held at the enormous McCormick Place convention center and share these facilities with Park Shore Kennel Club, held on Thursday, and Blackhawk Kennel Club on Friday. There are many special events at International including special obedience demonstrations, agility, Canine Good Citizen and a Pro Plan Performance Team.

The National Canine Cancer Foundation is a nationwide, contribution funded, 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to eliminating Cancer as a major health issue in dogs by funding grants directly to Cancer researchers who are working to save lives, find cures, better treatments and accurate, cost effective diagnostic methods in dealing with Canine Cancer.

Resvantage Canine and Resvantage Feline are pet supplements containing Resveratrol blended together with Sea Kelp, Lecithin and Flaxseed Oil; all essential nutrients for canine and feline health and longevity. They work synergistically to help pets reach their full potential and diminish the many symptoms of aging.

They are available online at http://www. resvantagecanine. com (http://www. resvantagecanine. com) and at pet stores throughout the US.

Resvantage supplements are distributed by Advantage Partners, Inc. who can be reached at 949-645-0111.

Advantage Partners, Inc.
P. O. Box 3149
Newport Beach, CA 92659


Friday, March 7, 2003

Cooper Aerobics Center and KGS Bikes Team Up to Give Cyclists World-Class Testing, Training and Bicycle Fitting

Cooper Aerobics Center and KGS Bikes Team Up to Give Cyclists World-Class Testing, Training and Bicycle Fitting

Changing trends in adult active lifestyles prompts addition of products, services and protocols to benefit professionals who live to ride

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) August 7, 2008

Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, the "father of aerobics" and chairman of Cooper Aerobics Center, has logged over 38,000 miles as a runner in his lifetime, and continues to exercise at age 77. As such, the world-famous Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas promotes healthy, active lifestyles. The aging of Baby Boomers and the advent of bicycling as "the new golf" has prompted a new partnership between Cooper Aerobics Center and KGS Bikes to provide services and programs for the recreational cyclist.

KGS Bikes, the world's premiere bicycle fitting studio and high-end cycling boutique in San Antonio, Texas, has been working with Cooper Clinic, Cooper Fitness Center and Cooper Complete Nutritional Supplements to meet the specialized needs of bicyclists. They have developed programs that deliver bicycle fitting, technique consulting, strength assessment and conditioning programs, as well as nutritional supplementation, to help adult cyclists get the most from the sport.

The Cooper/KGS Bikes Fitting Lab:
KGS Bikes travels to Cooper Aerobics Center - Dallas to perform bike fittings on clients twice a month. Kevin Saunders, president of KGS Bikes, says, "I have developed a 'life-changing' system to fit bicycles to people that is completely tailored to an individual, taking into consideration height, weight, flexibility, fitness, strength, and riding style. I am thrilled to be able to combine my expertise with Cooper Aerobics Center, which I consider the gold standard of excellence."

The sophisticated, cutting-edge process provides a cyclist with the exact position their body needs in order to ride more comfortably and efficiently. The Lab consists of a state-of-the-art stationary bicycle that can be adjusted in all dimensions. The device has an integrated power meter and can reproduce dynamically the amount of effort that is needed to ride on the road. The device also monitors a person's heart rate to measure increased power.

Advanced video analysis is also part of the fitting process to document a rider's "before" and "after" positions. Saunders adds, "We help the rider see themselves in a different light. Our video analysis assists in providing instant feedback to quickly improve form and technique. It also acts as a biofeedback device to reinforce good habits so they can be transferred to the road."

The Cooper/KGS Bikes Fitting Lab is located inside the Cooper Guest Lodge. "Ideally, riders would bring their bicycle, cycling clothing and shoes," Saunders says. "I can develop the same results with or without the rider's own bicycle. Our system works well for local residents or those traveling from out of town."

Cooper Clinic Adds Targeted Examinations for Cyclists:
Tedd Mitchell, M. D., president and CEO of Cooper Clinic states, "Our depth and breadth of examination and testing services is the best the industry has to offer. By teaming with KGS Bikes we are able to instantly provide the same level of new services to cyclists that we currently offer to runners."

Cooper Clinic is creating targeted examination packages that specifically help the cyclist learn physical strengths and weaknesses as they pertain to the sport of cycling. Dr. Mitchell adds, "Since bicycling is such a specific sport and is so healthy a pursuit for active adults, we want to set the standard for the future in testing and examinations. We know what the adult athlete needs to get to the next level and now we can provide it."

Additional plans are to work together to develop an examination protocol that uses a special stationary bicycle instead of a treadmill for physical exams. Dr. Mitchell says, "Cyclists that use a treadmill for their stress tests can perform admirably, however they will experience soreness after the test because they are cyclists, not runners. We want to improve the experience of our exams so more people will see the value and take control of their health."

Cyclists can schedule a physical examination and bicycle fitting by calling Cooper Clinic in Dallas at 972-560-2667.

Cooper Fitness Center Cyclist Training Program:
"I assessed the KGS Bikes 'Life Changing' system and found that experience lives up to the Cooper standard," says Clayton Arhelger, VP and general manager of Cooper Fitness Center in Dallas, and an over-40 avid cyclist. "I was able to improve my comfort as well as my overall speed and efficiency on the bike. I know others will benefit greatly from better positioning on the bicycle, which will add many more years of riding with comfort and safety."

As part of the comprehensive fitting and customized clinic exam, cyclists can also participate in a strength program at Cooper Fitness Center in Dallas. It includes a functional assessment; four, one-hour functional strength training sessions; one nutrition consultation; and a four-week membership to Cooper Fitness Center for $675. To find out more information or to join the program, call 972-233-4832.

Cyclists and Nutritional Supplements:
The partnership with Cooper Concepts, maker of Cooper Complete Nutritional Supplements, further supports the needs of the executive cyclist. Todd Whitthorne, president and CEO of Cooper Concepts states, "Cyclists exercise for longer than runners and consume tremendous amounts of oxygen as well as airborne pollutants. The anti-oxidants in our supplements make a huge difference in the overall health of athletes and cyclists in particular." Saunders adds, "We encourage all our clients to consider supplementation. The Cooper Complete products are the best I have seen." Cooper Complete Nutritional Supplements are available online at Cooper Complete (http://www. coopercomplete. com) and at the Cooper Fitness Center.

About KGS Bikes:
KGS Bikes is known around the world as the premiere bicycle fitting studio and cycling boutique. Kevin Saunders, President, has over 25 years experience in bicycle fitting and high-end bicycles. He also has a broad knowledge of anatomy, structural engineering and industrial design. In addition to fitting services, KGS Bikes sells bicycles from Parlee, Serotta, Zinn, Co-Motion and Guru. They also feature Lew wheels, custom shoes by Rocket7 and the best available components from around the world. Call 210-849-2501 or visit kgsbikes. com (http://www. kgsbikes. com) for more information, including beautiful photography of the bikes carefully created for their owners.

Kevin Saunders, KGS Bikes - 210-849-2501; kevin @ kgsbikes. com
Amy George, Cooper Aerobics - 972-560-3236


NutraSalt™ Applauds Mayor Bloomberg’s War on Sodium

NutraSalt™ Applauds Mayor Bloomberg’s War on Sodium

Yesterday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the health commissioner announced a campaign to cut the quantities of sodium in packaged and restaurant foods by a quarter over five years. New Jersey based NutraSalt (www. nutrasalt. com) applauded Mayor Bloomberg’s effort aimed at helping New Yorkers reduce sodium.

Bergenfield, NJ (PRWEB) January 12, 2010

Yesterday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the health commissioner announced a campaign to cut the quantities of sodium in packaged and restaurant foods by a quarter over five years. New Jersey based NutraSalt (www. nutrasalt. com) applauded Mayor Bloomberg’s effort aimed at helping New Yorkers reduce sodium.

As the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the American Dietitian Association (ADA) considers a strategy to reduce Sodium in the American diet, the food industry is under pressure to cut products’ Sodium content

A body of evidence has linked excess Sodium in the diet to an increased risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Over three quarters of the Sodium in the average American diet comes from processed foods.

CEO of NutraSalt, Bez Arkush warns that before Americans can get healthier, more education is needed, particularly in relation to sodium. NutraSalt provides an excellent Salty solution with a minimal amount of Sodium and excellent source of natural Potassium combined with great taste.

“With 65 million Americans suffering from high blood pressure, most of us know by now that consuming less Sodium is one of the most important ways in preventing heart disease, high blood pressure and a host of other health related issues. The fact is we do need a small amount of Sodium it in our diets, but in excess it can be very dangerous. NutraSalt provides an easy platform for manufacturers, foodservice providers and consumers at home to substantially reduce their Sodium consumption amount.

“We have managed to create a product that is a game changer in the food industry,” says Arkush. “Now you can enjoy the Salty taste you want with the nutritional benefits you need.”

NutraSalt™ is a product of over 6 years of Research and Development. The product is made from a unique combination of all-natural sea salts and minerals, harvested from the Red and Dead seas. NutraSalt™ is also high in natural Potassium, a mineral that is lacking in the American diet.

About NutraSalt
NutraSalt, a Bon Vivant International company, was created to provide the food industry and consumers with an all-natural, delicious, low-sodium Sea Salt featuring the recommended amount of potassium in each serving.

NutraSalt’s proprietary product is harvested from the seas of the Mediterranean. Natural salts and rich minerals from the Red Sea and Dead Sea, known for its healing properties, come together in a line of salts and seasonings that promise to change the way you eat. Each serving contains less than 66% sodium than other salts. Learn more at www. nutrasalt. com.


Wednesday, March 5, 2003

Make the Most of Common Workplace Benefits

Make the Most of Common Workplace Benefits

Bills. com suggests ways workers can maximize their work perks.

San Mateo, Calif. (PRWEB) September 12, 2007

Now that Labor Day is past and Americans are back in the swing of work, thoughts may be turning to our work -- and according to Brad Stroh, co-CEO of free online consumer portal Bills. com (www. bills. com), workers should understand common workplace benefits, 1 and how to get the most from them.

Below, see the list of benefits and Stroh's take on what these benefits mean to workers.

1. Immediate eligibility for a health-care plan. No waiting means no risk period. If your job doesn't offer this, be sure you remain covered during the waiting period. Employees can purchase their former employer's coverage under COBRA legislation. Also check with a broker on the cost of short-term coverage plans, which can be more affordable.

2. A 401(k) plan with a typical match of 50 cents for each $1 an employee contributes. It can't be said often enough: If an employer matches 401(k) contributions, employees are throwing away income if they do not contribute to the plan.

3. Retirement eligibility at age 65 and health-care coverage to retirees. Health-care coverage post-retirement is a tremendous benefit. Last year, Fidelity Investments reported that the average couple can expect to pay $200,000 for 20 years of health care.2 If workplace programs cut costs, do take advantage of them.

4. Access to a dental plan. This is another money-saver. If an employer does not provide dental coverage, consider your family's needs before purchasing it as an individual. It can save a great deal on dental emergencies, but for routine care, the premiums might outweigh the benefits.

5. Access to a vision plan separate from medical or dental coverage. Follow the same caveat as with dental insurance: The costs of vision care often are not excessive. Prioritize medical coverage.

6. A group life insurance plan that pays a year of wages as a death benefit. Life insurance is important to support a family in the event of the death of a breadwinner. Whether an employer provides it or not, look into individual life insurance coverage. It can be had as cheaply as $20 per month for several hundred thousand dollars of coverage.

7. Long-term-disability benefits replacing 60 percent of pay. Because individuals are more likely to become disabled than to die,3 income replacement coverage is very important.

8. On average, 11.7 days of vacation and eight to 12 paid holidays a year. Time off is a great benefit -- with these averages, employees are paid not to work four weeks out of the year. Be sure to take the time off that is coming to you -- or understand your company's policy for compensating you for unclaimed vacation time. (If you receive a check at the end of the year, use it to pay off debt or build emergency or retirement savings, securing future time off.)

9. Dependent-care spending accounts and health savings accounts. These accounts offer tax advantages. Understand maximum contributions and qualifying expenses, and make the most of these benefits.

10. Educational reimbursement up to $5,000. The U. S. Commerce Department estimates a master's degree provides $1.3 million more than a high school diploma in lifetime earnings.4 If education can strengthen your career, go for it. Be cautious not to borrow more than necessary. And don't dive into a program unless you can secure good grades -- some reimbursement programs demand this focus, and you'll reap more rewards with a strong report card.

"As for what workers want, they yearn for more time off -- for vacation, sabbaticals, kids and aging parents -- flexible schedules, and help with errands and mortgages," Stroh said. "Meanwhile, until you find that perfect job, make the most of what you do have."

Based in San Mateo, Calif., Bills. com is a free one-stop online portal where consumers can educate themselves about complex personal finance issues and comparison shop for products and services including credit cards, debt relief assistance, insurance, mortgages and other loans. The company blogs about consumer finance issues at http://www. bills. com/blog (http://www. bills. com/blog). Since 2002, Bills. com has served more than 15,000 customers nationwide while managing more than $350 million in consumer debt. Bills. com is a division of Freedom Financial Network, LLC, whose co-founders and CEOs, Andrew Housser and Brad Stroh, have been named Northern California finalists in Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.


Sunday, March 2, 2003

Top Five Personalized Gift Ideas

Top Five Personalized Gift Ideas

Unique, Customized Gifts are the Best Way to Say Happy Holidays - from custom energy bars to iPhone covers

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 3, 2010

Every year, Americans get so many unwanted gifts that over half admit to having given away Christmas presents before ever opening them. This year, the choices for customized gifts tailored for recipients have expanded significantly. Gift givers can start with the categories below and personalize from there.

1. Best for Athletes – YouBar’s Fresh, Custom Energy Bars. Active, health conscious people love nothing more than healthy, portable snacks. Personalize one especially for a on-the-go person who needs to recharge without slowing down. YouBar offers fresh, custom energy bars that don’t just let the customer name the bar for that favorite person, but also let them choose all the ingredients so that it’s absolutely perfect for specific tastes and dietary needs. For those not exactly sure about the latest trendy diet, the selection of a gift certificate so the recipient can design their own perfect energy bar is the answer. Now that’s energy-packed love! (38.87 for a box (13) of customized energy bars; http://www. youbars. com)

2. Best for Technocrats – Personalized iPhone Cover from Case-Mate. Perfect for someone who never puts down his or her iPhone. You can make sure they’re always looking at something you both love by designing a custom case for the must-have gadget. With personalization, the must-have gadget becomes differentiated from the crowd and becomes a much-viewed "framed" picture. At Case-Mate. com, gift givers simply upload a favorite picture and Case-Mate turns it into a beautiful hard cover case. Awesome. ($39.99; custom. case-mate. com/diy)

3. Best for the Traveler – Monogrammed Umbrella. Worldly travelers almost always already have an abundant supply of many gift staples like luggage tags, travel journals and passport covers. A personalized umbrella is an unusual idea for the traveler, and something he or she will really use. Design-savvy Horchow gives that imperative accessory an enviable touch by allowing a beautifully cursive first initial. Tres chic. ($30; http://www. horchow. com)

4. Best for Grandmothers (and Grandkids!) -- “The Grandmother Book” Kids adore their grandmothers and absolutely love hearing all about them, especially the fact that they were once children too! Great book whether it is read to the child by Granny, Mom or Dad. “The Grandmother Book” allows grandma to tell her story with family photographs and favorite expressions. ($18.99; http://www. thegrandmotherbook. net)

5. Best for the Classically Stylish – Engraved Silver Christmas Ornament.  For the classically stylish, heartfelt simplicity can sometimes be the best way to mark the holidays. The Sterling Silver Company is selling a beautifully simple silver-plated bell Christmas ornament crafted by Reed and Barton, with nothing on it except whatever the gift-giver chooses to engrave. ($35 including engraving; http://www. silvergallery. com)

About YouBar
YouBar makes fresh, customized energy bars, protein shakes, trail mixes, cereals and cookies. At You Bar, we use only the freshest all-natural ingredients. We personally source all our ingredients to ensure that they are preservative-free and provide maximum flavor and nutritional benefit.

Editor’s Note: You Bar product samples and photos are available on request.