Sunday, December 31, 2006

Local Nationwide Agent Ed Young with Young Insurance & Financial to Display NASCAR Show Car

Local Nationwide Agent Ed Young with Young Insurance & Financial to Display NASCAR Show Car

Area Nationwide Insurance agent Ed Young of Young Insurance & Financial, Inc. will host a NASCAR Nationwide Series Show Car Pit Stop in Essex, MD.

Essex, MD (PRWEB) September 11, 2010

As part of it's sponsorship of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Nationwide Insurance is bringing the high-speed action of the racetrack to their local agents. Area Nationwide Insurance agent Ed Young of Young Insurance & Financial, Inc. (http://www. young-insurance. com) will host a NASCAR Nationwide Series Show Car Pit Stop in Essex, MD located at 201 Eastern Blvd, Essex, MD, providing customers and race fans the opportunity to see the excitement of NASCAR first hand.

What: The official show car of the NASCAR Nationwide Series will be in town, giving guests the opportunity to see a real NASCAR stock car first-hand. The Nationwide Series Show Car Pit Stop is great fun for the whole family! Guests can take a spin around the track in the Nationwide racing simulator and spin the prize wheel for a chance to win great NASCAR prizes. 

When: Sunday, September 19th from 12 p. m. to 6 p. m

Where: Essex Day Festival, 500 Eastern Blvd, Essex, MD 21221

Select Nationwide Insurance agents will host show car pit stop events across the country throughout the 2010 NASCAR season.

Nationwide, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the world, with more than $160 billion in assets. Nationwide ranks #104 on the Fortune 500 list. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, motorcycle, boat, homeowners, life, farm, commercial insurance, administrative services, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, pensions, long-term savings plans and health and productivity services. For more information, visit http://www. nationwide. com.


Pollution Takes its Toll on the Heart

Pollution Takes its Toll on the Heart

The fine particles of pollution that hang in the air can increase the risk for sudden cardiac arrest, according to a new study conducted by a team from Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

Manhasset, NY (Vocus) September 20, 2010

The fine particles of pollution that hang in the air can increase the risk for sudden cardiac arrest, according to a new study conducted by a team from Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center and The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

Robert A. Silverman, MD, and his colleagues have been interested in the effects of ambient fine particulate matter on a number of medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease and asthma. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) keeps tabs on air pollution through dozens of strategically placed pollution sensors in cities and towns throughout the country. This data allowed the researchers to collect data on average 24-hour values of small particulates and other gaseous pollutants around New York City during the summer (when pollution is higher) and winter months. They then compared that data to the 8,216 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests that occurred between 2002 and 2006. Most people in the throes of a cardiac arrest do not survive in time for emergency medical service teams to save them.

What they were looking for was simple: Were there more cardiac arrests on high pollution days than on lower pollution days? In the American Journal of Epidemiology, Dr. Silverman and his fellow researchers reported that for a 10ug/m3 rise in small particle air pollution, there was a four-to-10 percent increase in the number of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. The current EPA standard is 35ug/m3. The effect was much greater in the summer months, said Dr. Silverman, an associate professor of emergency medicine and director of research at LIJ’s Department of Emergency Medicine. The scientists also evaluated levels of ozone, nitric oxide, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide, but these showed a much weaker relationship. Analysis of the data from the death records and the 33 EPA monitors was conducted in collaboration with Kazuhiko Ito, PhD, an assistant professor at the Nelson Institute of Environmental Medicine at New York University School of Medicine and investigators from the New York City Fire Department, John Freese, MD, Brad J. Kaufman, MD, David J. Prezant, MD, and James Braun.

“Small particulate matter is dangerous to health,” said Dr. Silverman. “We need to figure out ways to combat air pollution and decrease the number of high-pollution days.” He added that pollution related cardiac arrests occurred during times when the levels were high but still below the current EPA safety threshold.

The researchers are now looking for a relationship between out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and traffic flow patterns. Other studies have suggested that one in three people live in areas where small particulate matter levels are considered unhealthy.

About The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Headquartered in Manhasset, NY, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is home to international scientific leaders in cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer’s disease, psychiatric disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sepsis, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, human genetics, neuroimmunology, and medicinal chemistry. Feinstein researchers are developing new drugs and drug targets, and producing results where science meets the patient, annually enrolling some 10,000 subjects into clinical research programs.


Siteworx, Inc. Partners with Reston-based Sutton Partners to Redesign Three Healthcare Education Websites

Siteworx, Inc. Partners with Reston-based Sutton Partners to Redesign Three Healthcare Education Websites

Ongoing collaboration between Siteworx, Inc. and Sutton Partners provides a powerful combination of deep healthcare education domain expertise and proven ability to design, build and deploy effective Web experiences.

Reston, VA (PRWEB) March 24, 2008

Siteworx, Inc. announced that it has partnered with Sutton Partners, a Reston-based healthcare education and communications firm, to redesign three websites -- DWA Healthcare Communications Group (http://www. dwainc. com (http://www. dwainc. com)), and its affiliated companies, CME Enterprise (http://www. cmeenterprise. com (http://www. cmeenterprise. com)), and Avant Healthcare Marketing (http://www. avanthealthcaremarketing. com (http://www. avanthealthcaremarketing. com)).

"We wanted a bold, unique look for each site, and at the same time the sites needed to stand on their own despite being DWA Healthcare Communications Group-affiliated companies," says Alicia Sutton, CEO of Sutton Partners. "Siteworx collaborated with us on the design and development of the sites. Each now has its own distinct look and feel, which sets them apart from competitors in design aesthetic, ease-of-use and quality of content. Our clients and their educational partners have been very complimentary of all three sites," continued Ms. Sutton.

For healthcare organizations, the ongoing collaboration between Siteworx and Sutton Partners provides a powerful combination of deep domain expertise in healthcare education and proven ability to design, build and deploy effective Web experiences. "Ms. Sutton has a firm understanding of the two realms at play -- healthcare education and creative development -- and our team was pleased to provide our creative and technical expertise," says Rand Kramer, Vice President of Visual Experience and Founder of Siteworx.

In addition to the creative and development talent that Siteworx brought to bear, "Siteworx offered us a very strong value proposition. Their facilities are great, their client portal is very easy-to-use and the response time and customer service are excellent," says Ms. Sutton.

About Siteworx, Inc.:
Siteworx is a full-service Web strategy consultancy with deep expertise in user experience, application development and interactive marketing. From mobile Web and social media strategies--social networks, blogs, RSS--to content management, enterprise search and analytics solutions, Siteworx delivers improved performance through award-winning designs, streamlined information architecture, and easy-to-manage technology. Its roster of clients includes AOL, The College Board, Discovery Communications, National Geographic and U. S. News & World Report. Learn more at http://www. siteworx. com (http://www. siteworx. com).

About Sutton Partners:
Sutton Partners, based in Reston, Virginia, specializes in strategic planning, collaboration, and communications design. President & CEO Alicia A. Sutton leverages nearly two decades of certified and non-certified healthcare education expertise. Her teams develop strategies that raise awareness of corporate achievements, educational initiatives, and outcomes successes; and they develop marketing communications plans for organizations and interventions. More information is available at http://www. Sutton-Partners. com (http://www. Sutton-Partners. com).


Saturday, December 30, 2006

WorldatWork Recognized for Employment Practices; Receives Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from American Psychological Association

WorldatWork Recognized for Employment Practices; Receives Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from American Psychological Association

In recognition of its workplace practices promoting employee health and well-being, WorldatWork received the American Psychological Association’s 2009 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award at a ceremony in Washington, D. C. on March 1.

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) March 3, 2009

In recognition of its workplace practices promoting employee health and well-being, WorldatWork (http://www. worldatwork. org) received the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2009 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award (PHWA) at a ceremony in Washington, D. C. on March 1. One of five employers from across North America to receive the award this year, WorldatWork was the sole recipient of the award in the Not-for-Profit category. WorldatWork, a global association for total rewards and human resource professionals, is a previous winner of the Arizona Psychological Association’s State-Level Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, qualifying it to be nominated for the national award.

The organization’s stress management and employee wellness programs, its strategies for facilitating work-life balance and its efforts to promote employee recognition are several examples of the workplace practices that helped earn WorldatWork a 2009 PHWA.

The healthy workplace practices have reaped rewards for both WorldatWork and its employees. Thanks to the many opportunities to engage in healthy behaviors, employees have decreased body mass, cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose. The wellness programs also effectively reduce absenteeism and increase morale. In 2008, employee turnover was at a low 11 percent. Results from the organization’s most recent employee opinion survey show high marks for overall satisfaction, commitment, work-life balance and management support.

“WorldatWork is proud to be a leader in creating a healthy workplace. As the global association for human resource practitioners in the Total Rewards profession, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of creating a positive work environment where employees can thrive,” said Paul Rowson, General Manager for the WorldatWork Office and Conference Center in Washington, D. C.

APA commended the actions taken by WorldatWork to promote work-life effectiveness by offering benefits such as modified hours during summer, the ability to work from anywhere in the world through virtual work arrangements, and for regularly recognizing employees for their contributions to the organization. In addition, WorldatWork organizes National Work & Family Month celebrations each October, offers a privacy room, voluntary pet insurance and family events and activities that help keep employees balanced, so they are able to make the most out of the time they spend in the office and enjoy their lives outside of work.

“In these tough economic times, a healthy, productive workforce is more important than ever,” says David Ballard, PsyD, MBA, APA’s assistant executive director for corporate relations and business strategy. “Employers who embrace the connection between health and well-being and organizational performance are better able to develop a high-performing workforce that serves as a competitive advantage in the marketplace. WorldatWork has implemented a comprehensive set of practices that helps to create a work environment where both employees and the organization can thrive.”

APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards are designed to showcase the very best from among the award winners recognized by APA’s state, provincial and territorial psychological associations. Nominees are evaluated on their workplace practices in the areas of employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, work-life balance and employee recognition.

About WorldatWork®
The Total Rewards Association
WorldatWork is a global human resources association focused on compensation, benefits, work-life and integrated total rewards to attract, motivate and retain a talented workforce. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork provides a network of more than 30,000 members and professionals in 75 countries with training, certification, research, conferences and community. It has offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Washington, D. C.

About The American Psychological Association (APA)
The American Psychological Association (APA), in Washington, DC, is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world’s largest association of psychologists. APA’s membership includes more than 150,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare.

Media contact:
Erin Ryan
Erin. ryan(at)worldatwork. org

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


Mental Health without Drugs?

Mental Health without Drugs?

Doctors, Scientists Share Latest Research - Safe Harbor presents its annual conference on nondrug solutions for mental health with an emphasis on treating physical problems, nutritional solutions, removing toxins, etc.

(PRWEB) May 16, 2005

At the age of 13, Jane began to tumble into the dark hell called schizophrenia. “My early life was mostly a lonely, painful experience. I was an intelligent, motivated human being. I wanted to be successful in life, but I had three careers and many jobs ruined.

“I left the mental hospital for the last time in 1978, with an ironclad determination to find out what had ruined my life, beginning another long and painful trip of discovery. After twenty-one more years of difficulties and two more psychotic breakdowns, I finally found two naturopathic physicians, who, since January of 1999, have been treating me for mercury poisoning. I had discovered the real problem. My recovery – after forty-five years of illness – has been phenomenal, and at sixty, the depression I didn't know I even had all my life, plus the paranoia, unreal fears, and panic attacks are gone.”

What Jane discovered is what has now become the cutting edge of mental health treatment: the premise that most serious mental disorders have a physical basis that can be treated with few or no drugs.

Spearheading the effort to educate the public on this burgeoning field is Safe Harbor, the worldÂ’s leading nonprofit voice for nondrug mental health treatment. On June 4 and 5, 2005, Safe Harbor is hosting its fourth annual medical conference in Glendale, California, offering continuing education for physicians, nurses, social workers and marriage and family therapists.

Titled “Non-Pharmaceutical Approaches to Mental Disorders,” the conference features a talk by nationally-renowned author of The Crazymakers, Carol Simontacchi, MS, addressing how processed foods, additives, and even infant formula have contributed to a rise in mental disorders in the United States and elsewhere.

Speaking on the role of infections and toxins in mental illness is immunology expert Aristo Vajdani, Ph. D. Dr. Vajdani, the CEO of Immunoscience Labs, is author of over 90 papers and holder of ten patents.

Also presenting on the little-understood role of vitamin D in mental health is Atascadero State Hospital psychiatrist John Jacob Cannell. Dr. Cannell is executive director of the Vitamin D Council.

David Kennedy, D. D.S., past president of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and world lecturer on the safety of dental materials, examines the research on how fluoride and water fluoridation affect mental health.

Additional offerings include recent discoveries about the biochemical process called methylation and how they are opening the doors to nutritional treatment of autism, schizophrenia, bipolar, and other disorders, presented by Burbank psychiatrist and Safe Harbor medical advisor Nancy Mullan, M. D.; the role of dental problems in mental health, including mercury fillings, root canals, temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) and related syndromes, by Raymond Silkman, D. D.S.; the holistic approach to mental health with case studies by Los Angeles integrative physician Joseph Sciabbarrasi, M. D.; naturopathic doctor Nancy Lins, a specialist from Hawaii in womenÂ’s health, speaking on natural treatments for postpartum depression; Herbert Solomon, O. D., reviewing his forty years of research on how visual correction can alleviate symptoms of ADHD, depression, and anxiety; a discussion of the use of Traditional Oriental Medicine for anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues by Jeremiah Krieger, L. Ac.

For more information, visit AlternativeMentalHealth. com, call (626) 791-7868 or e-mail SafeHarborProj@aol. com.


Dan Stradford

Safe Harbor

787 W. Woodbury Rd., #2

Altadena, CA 91001

(626) 791-7868

E-mail: SafeHarborProj@aol. com

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Free White Paper and Video to Help Moms Dealing with Colic and High Maintenance Children

Free White Paper and Video to Help Moms Dealing with Colic and High Maintenance Children

Motivational speaker and specialty cookbook author Lisa A. Lundy makes available to the public and media outlets a free white paper and video to help moms dealing with colic and high maintenance children. The white paper and video can be downloaded from her website (no registration required): TheSuperAllergyCookbook. com.

Buffalo, New York (Vocus) July 4, 2009

Help is available to mothers dealing with babies who have colic and 'high maintenance' children in the form of a free downloadable white paper offered by motivational speaker, food expert and allergy cookbook author, Lisa A. Lundy, on her website: http://www. TheSuperAllergyCookbook. com (http://www. TheSuperAllergyCookbook. com). The white paper lists symptoms of food allergies in infants and toddlers and young children, provides suggestions for nursing moms dealing with infants who have colic, distinguishes signs of life-threatening food allergies and GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease) and much more. Ms. Lundy's video can be viewed at http://www. youtube. com (http://www. youtube. com). As the mother of three food allergy children, Ms. Lundy knows firsthand how difficult it can be to have a baby who has colic or to have a child who is 'difficult' or high maintenance.

The Feingold® Association (http://www. Feingold. org (http://www. Feingold. org)), a 501(C)3 non-profit public charity, is one organization that Lisa Lundy recommends to parents who are willing to explore health and behavior issues. Founded in 1976, The Feingold® Association is dedicated to helping children and adults apply proven dietary techniques for better behavior, learning and health and to generating public awareness of the potential role of foods and synthetic additives in behavior, learning and health problems.

Ruling out celiac disease is another suggestion that Ms. Lundy routinely recommends to parents of children who are difficult, whine a lot, or who are aggressive. As one of the most undiagnosed diseases in the United States, celiac disease, which can affect both children and adults, occurs in about 1% of the population or about 3 million people. At the present time, 97% of Americans who have celiac disease do not yet know that they have it. The treatment for celiac disease is strict adherence to a gluten-free diet. Gluten is an amino acid sequence found in grains like wheat, rye, barley, some common oats, and other grains like spelt and kamut. While there are over 300 symptoms for celiac disease, many patients do not have any symptoms. It is a genetic autoimmune disorder that runs in families. Consumers can find out more about celiac disease from http://www. CSAceliacs. org (http://www. CSAceliacs. org)

Ms. Lundy also recommends "Is This Your Child?" a book by Dr. Doris Rapp, M. D., who is board certified in three medical specialties and who has been a physician for over 50 years. Dr. Rapp's book "Is This Your Child?" was a national best seller and is readily accessible to parents through libraries across the country. The book is a complete resource for parents with over 600 pages of information and advice for exploring issues related to children who are cranky, complaining, slow learners, hyperactive, aggressive, depressed or otherwise unwell. Dr. Rapp's website is available at http://www. DrRapp. com (http://www. DrRapp. com).

Her passion is to help people understand how food can impact their health, behavior, cognitive processing and ability to learn and to help get nearly 3 million Americans diagnosed with celiac disease. Ten years ago when Ms. Lundy first asked her pediatrician if her infant son might have celiac disease because of symptoms he was having, Ms. Lundy was practically laughed out of the office. "Ten years later, there is a much greater awareness about celiac disease, however with a

National diagnosis rate of only 3%, we have a long way to go" said Lundy. Her second child was eventually diagnosed with celiac disease.

Lundy's cookbook, The Super Allergy Girl™ Allergy & Celiac Cookbook (From A Mother Who Knows™), is a gluten-free, casein-free, dairy-free, egg-free, peanut and tree-nut free and other allergen-free resource for both the beginner and experienced baker. Her cookbook is designed for people with allergies, celiac disease, autism, gluten intolerance, and other health issues like ADD, ADHD, irritable bowel, Crohn's disease, depression and anxiety.

Order now to receive 10% off the list price of this exceptional book from http://www. TheSuperAllergyCookbook. com (http://www. TheSuperAllergyCookbook. com) using the promotional code HelpForMoms on the order. The 10% discount expires on July 31, 2009, and has a limit of one per customer.

Size: 6" x 9" 
Pages: 405 pages 
Soft Cover, Perfect Bound 
ISBN#: 978-0-9797542-0-3
Price: $28.95

Contact: Ms. Lisa Lundy
Phone: (716) 835-6392

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Edward H. Rooney Joins Roska Direct as Account Director

Edward H. Rooney Joins Roska Direct as Account Director

Senior direct marketing executive Ed Rooney has joined Roska Direct as an Account Director. He will be leading several key agency healthcare accounts.

Montgomeryville, Pa. (PRWEB) October 2, 2002 -

Senior direct marketing executive Ed Rooney has joined Roska Direct as an Account Director. He will be leading several key agency healthcare accounts.

Rooney left Gillespie in Princeton, NJ, where as VP/Account Director he managed Metris and Westinghouse Ceiling Fans, to join Roska Direct, a $50 million direct shop located in suburban Philadelphia. His agency background also includes a number of Blue Cross Blue Shield clients and heavy financial services including GE Financial Card Services, GMAC Mortgage and Valley National Bank.

"Ed's the kind of talent we're always on the look-out for. He's an experienced direct marketer across just about every category. He is well regarded for his ability to build and lead teams to handle the most complex accounts," said AJ Viscomi, Vice President, Director of Client Services. "Ed has been on both sides of the desk. He knows what the client challenges are having spent almost a decade at Prudential/AARP."

"From the moment I met the team at Roska, I knew it was a great fit for me. The agency has some of the best talent in the business and it shows in the results. People here instinctively understand direct marketing and ROI," said Rooney. "It's the reason the agency keeps growing in all areas and most notably, why we've received national attention for our work in healthcare."

Roska Direct (http://www. roskadirect. com (http://www. roskadirect. com)) is a $50 million, full-service direct response advertising agency, specializing in both interactive and traditional media. Since 1981, Roska Direct has served national clients in the pharmaceutical, e-commerce, financial services, insurance, technology, and publishing industries. The agency has applied its proven one-to-one marketing techniques for clients such as Pfizer, PetFoodDirect. com, Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, AEGON, Thomas Register, and Eli Lilly. Located in the Philadelphia area, Roska Direct has won most major direct marketing industry awards including the Direct Marketing Association's prestigious Gold Echo.

An image of Mr. Rooney is available at http://www. roskadirect. com/Ed_Rooney. html (http://www. roskadirect. com/Ed_Rooney. html).

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006



Pan American Team officials present at May 3, 2003 Washoe Valley 100-Mile Endurance Ride

(PRWEB) April 30, 2003

CARMEL, Calif. (PR WEB) April 30, 2003 – Alexandra North, a Certified Public Accountant and endurance rider, today announced that she and her Arabian mare, Butter Bea, are competing in the American Endurance Ride Conference’s (AERC) Washoe Valley 100-Mile endurance ride on May 3, 2003 in Carson City, Nevada. Completion of this extremely competitive race with a satisfactory ranking is critical in order for North and Butter Bea to qualify for the Pan American 100-mile race in September 2003. Race officials will be present at Washoe Valley to monitor horses, riders and crew as part of the Pan American Team selection process.

An avid horsewoman since she was a child, North took up the sport of endurance riding in 1995, just a few months before she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Rather than give up her sport, she continues to compete and is now in remission, which she credits to endurance riding. Among her greatest accomplishments is coming from behind to win the Ware Mare Award, which took 26 days on the road and 3,335 miles of hauling. To date, North and Butter Bea have competed in 44 rides and logged over 2,400 miles.

"Multiple sclerosis is challenging, but it has never stopped me from competing,” said North. “During one race, my fiancée had to lift me into the saddle, but I still finished in the top ten. Being sick is hard to deal with. But if you can focus on things that are interesting to you, then you can overcome a lot of obstacles."

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects nerve function. Characterized by symptoms that vary in degree and intensity, including numbness, muscle spasms and extreme weakness, multiple sclerosis is unpredictable, and leaves some of its victims wheelchair-bound or bedridden. Recently, North became aware of the Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Project (MSQLP), a Carmel, California-based non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis and their families in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties. North now volunteers her time as the organizationÂ’s spokesperson, and encourages the community to sponsor her rides, either by mile, by event, or in lump sum, to help raise money for MSQLP. Tax-deductible donations for NorthÂ’s Washoe Valley race can be mailed to: MSQLP, P. O. Box 223537, Carmel, California 93922-3537. For more information, please call MSQLP at: (831) 457-7786. Funding will provide critically needed resources and services for individuals and families dealing with multiple sclerosis.

“Alex is a model for what MSQLP is trying to accomplish,” said Dr. Lotte Marcus, co-founder and president of MSQLP, and a Carmel psychologist. “MSQLP is initiating a pilot program based a Needs Assessment Survey conducted in May 2002, which shows a need for unified and ongoing customized treatment plans for individual patients in the tri-County area. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for people suffering from multiple sclerosis so that they can continue to live independent and productive lives.”

Endurance ride horses receive the very best of care, with regular breaks for food, water, rest and veterinary checks. Races are governed by the AERC, founded in 1972, which has developed rules and strict controls to ensure the health and welfare of the horses competing in endurance rides. The AERC sanctions more than 700 rides each year. To access NorthÂ’s and Butter BeaÂ’s ride history, visit AERC online, at www. aerc. org.

On May 30 and May 31, 2003, North and Butter Bea will make a public appearance at the Western States Horse Expo, California State Fair, in Sacramento. For more information about the largest and most comprehensive equine exposition and trade show in North America, visit http://www. horsexpo. com/ (http://www. horsexpo. com/).

About Alexandra North

An avid horsewoman since the age of eight, North started endurance riding in 1995, a few months before she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In spite of unpredictable and sporadic symptoms, North continues to pursue her passion for riding because of the healing effects it provides. After learning about the Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Project (MSQLP), she now competes to raise funds for MSQLP, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families deal with the long-term, disabling effects of multiple sclerosis. In 2002, North and her horse, Butter Bea, ranked fourth in the nation for miles raced, won the American Endurance Ride ConferenceÂ’s (AERC) coveted War Mare award, the Pioneer Award for the middleweight division, took first place in the West region Middleweight Division and the West Region overall. North recently completed a 100-mile ride to gain her Certificate of Capability that qualifies her to nominate for the September 2003 Pan American Endurance Championships, held in Washington State. Participation in the Pan American creates a possibility to be on the United States Equestrian Team that will go on to the World Endurance Cup held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in December 2004. Formerly with Dunlap, Slade, Lubow in Carmel, North launched her own CPA practice in 1999 so she would have more flexibility to participate in endurance rides. Prior to Dunlap, Slade, Lubow, North was with Maryanov Madsen Gordon & Campbell in Palm Springs. North holds a BA in Journalism from Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, and received her certificate in Financial Accounting from National University in San Diego.

About the Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Project

The Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Project (MSQLP), in cooperation with the Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, is a 501 (c) (3) Not-for-Profit Corporation dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with MS and their families. MSQLP is creating a pilot program for the tri-county area (Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz) that establishes a new standard of excellence in care and service. Based on results obtained from a comprehensive Needs Assessment Survey conducted by MSQLP in May 2002, this program represents a departure from the traditional “to do for” philosophy by utilizing a “to do with” approach, and focuses on providing many forms of assistance designed to help clients overcome the physical and/or emotional problems that have made life more difficult. By encouraging participation in every step of the process, MSQLP helps clients maintain independence, take control, and live fulfilling and productive lives. For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution, contact MSQLP at (831) 457-7786, or P. O. Box 223537, Carmel, California 93922-3537.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Pacific Northwest’s Largest School District Enrolls Westbrook Fortis to Reduce Document Retrieval Time from Hours to Minutes

Pacific Northwest’s Largest School District Enrolls Westbrook Fortis to Reduce Document Retrieval Time from Hours to Minutes

Portland Public Schools automates paper-intensive processes

Branford, CT (PRWEB) September 29, 2010

Westbrook Technologies, developer of Fortis™ (http://www. westbrooktech. com/software_solutions/fortis. html) and FortisBlue™ enterprise document management (EDM) software, today announced that Portland Public Schools has implemented Fortis to securely share, archive and retrieve student documents. With approximately 47,000 students in 85 schools, the school system is realizing huge savings in time and money.

Portland Public School’s (http://www. pps. k12.or. us/) implementation started in their Special Education department where the school district has created a more streamlined process for sharing documents with psychologists and specialists. “Now these professionals use Fortis Web to access documents online for viewing or making changes to student documentation,” said Ramzi Adas, information technology manager of Imaging Services for Portland Public Schools. “We moved Special Education from working with extremely manual and time-consuming processes to a quick, simple method of operation which they love.”

During the process of sourcing multi-function printers, the district asked vendors to submit document management proposals. They chose IKON (http://www. ikon. com/services/professional_services/automate_processes/storage_solutions. asp) Office Solutions, a Ricoh company, who implemented Fortis as part of the Portland Public Schools’ solution.

“IKON’s expertise in creating effective document management solutions in educational environments was key in selecting them as our vendor partner. A critical component of our solution is the Fortis software application which provides scalability, Web access, and integration with other applications that the district uses,” said Adas. “Fortis was one of the few solutions that offered all the options we needed. In our Special Education department alone, we have eliminated printing since documents are instantly accessible on demand.”

Fortis reduced the turnaround time for retrieving Special Education documentation from three to four hours to three to four minutes. In addition, Fortis increased overall productivity by 85% measured in the time employees no longer wait to obtain documents before scheduling appointments with parents. In addition, they no longer waste time searching for misplaced documents.

By archiving documents in Fortis, Portland Public Schools was able to downsize their storage facility’s square footage. Initially they leased a 30,000 square foot storage area which required the support of ten employees. With Fortis, they reduced the space they needed to 15,000 square feet reducing employee support to three. The district was then able to reassign seven employees to other tasks. The unused space was leased out to the county producing a minimum of $50,000 in cost savings.

Fortis was also implemented in several of the school systems’ other departments including Security Services and Information Technology, Finance, Imaging Services, English as a Second Language, and Talented and Gifted.

About Portland Public Schools
Portland Public Schools, founded in 1851, is an urban school district in Portland, Oregon. With approximately 47,000 students in 85 schools, it is the largest school district in the Pacific Northwest. PPS students participate in diverse programs and learning opportunities that are supported by teachers, families, community members, nonprofit organizations, local businesses and higher education institutions, including Portland State University, Portland Community College, Oregon Health and Science University and the University of Oregon.

About Westbrook Technologies
Westbrook Technologies provides document management software to businesses of all sizes, from departmental to enterprise-wide implementations, and across every vertical market. The Company is the developer of Fortis document management software, in use at thousands of customer sites worldwide, to capture, index, store and retrieve critical information from anywhere – instantly and securely. Its new FortisBlue product line is a browser-based, Rich Internet Application product easily accessible from most Internet browsers. For more information, call (203) 483-6666 or visit www. westbrooktech. com. (http://www. westbrooktech. com)

About IKON
IKON Office Solutions, Inc. (www. ikon. com), a Ricoh company, is a leading provider of innovative document management systems and services, enabling customers to improve document workflow and increase efficiency. IKON integrates copiers, printers and MFP technologies, and document management software and systems, to deliver tailored, high-value solutions, implemented and supported by its team of services professionals. IKON leverages the manufacturing and engineering expertise of Ricoh, a more than $21 billion global technology innovator, with the experience and reach of its locally based sales and services teams, to provide end-to-end solutions and one of the industry’s broadest portfolios of document management services, including on-site and off-site managed services, technical service and support, and customized workflow design and implementation.


Sunday, December 24, 2006

Globoforce Ranked No. 251 on 2008 Inc. 500 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the U. S

Globoforce Ranked No. 251 on 2008 Inc. 500 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the U. S.

Three-Year Sales Growth of 1,041% Fueled by Increased Implementation of the Globoforce Strategic Recognition Platform within Global 2000 Corporations.

Southborough, Mass., and Dublin, Ireland (Vocus) August 21, 2008

Inc. magazine ranked Globoforce (http://www. globoforce. com/corporate/eng/) No. 251 (http://www. inc. com/inc5000/2008/company-profile. html? id=200802510) on its 27th annual Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U. S. and No. 34 on its Top 100 Business Services Companies list. According to Inc., Globoforce has enjoyed an impressive track record of growth because "the company positioned itself as a global provider ahead of the curve and was in place and operational when clients recognized the need for a global focus." The Inc. 500 list, which was unveiled yesterday, is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy - America's independent-minded entrepreneurs.

Globoforce is the leading worldwide provider of strategic, on-demand employee recognition solutions (http://www. globoforce. com/corporate/eng/what-we-do/how-we-do-it. html). During the first two quarters of 2008, Globoforce signed several multi-million dollar contracts with Global 2000 companies and expanded several existing customer relationships with additional service deals. Seventy-five percent of Globoforce customers operating strategic recognition programs are listed on Forbes' Global 2000 and 50 percent are FORTUNE 500 corporations.

"The rapid adoption of Globoforce's strategic employee recognition solution by Global 2000 corporations based in both the U. S. and Europe continues to fuel our tremendous track record of growth," said Eric Mosley, CEO of Globoforce and a 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist (http://www. globoforce. com/corporate/eng/news-and-events/press-releases/2008/06-05.html? KeepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&height=400&width=600). "We have found that many of the world's largest organizations realize that the proven business benefits of having a mechanism in place to recognize, inspire, motivate, retain and ultimately engage a global workforce is essential to their company's ongoing, profitable operation, particularly during this current challenging global economic environment."

"If you want to find out which companies are going to change the world, look at the Inc. 500," said Jane Berentson, Editor of Inc. "These are the most innovative, dynamic, fast-growing companies in the nation - the ones coming up with solutions to some of our knottiest problems, creating systems that let us conduct business faster and easier, and manufacturing products we soon discover we can't live without. The Inc. 500 list is Inc. magazine's tribute to American business ingenuity and ambition."

The 2008 Inc. 500, as revealed in the September issue of Inc. magazine, reported aggregate revenue of $13.7 billion and median three-year growth of 1,046%. Total sales for Inc. 500 companies were 14 percent below last year's combined revenue of $16 billion; still, it was a stellar year for many companies. Not only did sales for this year's top 50 growers outstrip those of last year's top 50 by $541 million, but this year's fastest 50 also boasted a staggering 47 percent jump in average three-year growth from last year's top of the class. Additionally, the 2008 Inc. 500 companies were engines of job growth, having created more than 51,414 jobs since those companies were founded.

"It is extremely encouraging to have our tremendous track record of growth validated by one of the most important and influential business publications in the industry," said Mosley. "We're thrilled that Globoforce has been recognized by Inc. alongside an impressive list of growing and thriving companies that are clearly working to drive a stronger and healthier economy."

Complete information on this year's Inc. 500, including company profiles and a list of the fastest-growing companies that can be sorted by industry and region can be found at www.

The 2008 Inc. 500/5000 list measures revenue growth from 2004 through 2007. To qualify, companies must be U. S.-based and privately held, independent - not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies - as of December 31, 2007, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2004, and $2 million in 2007.

About Globoforce
Founded in 1999 and co-headquartered in Southborough, Massachusetts and Dublin, Ireland, Globoforce is the world's leading provider of on-demand, global, strategic employee recognition solutions for Global 2000 companies. Globoforce delivers an innovative, easy-to-use, on-demand software solution that engages employees across the globe, transforming the way enterprises motivate their workforce. Globoforce's blue-chip customer base, which includes Avnet, Dow Chemical, Global Crossing, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Intel, Intuit, Nortel, Procter & Gamble and Thomson Reuters, reflects the importance of recognizing and engaging the workforce in the 21st century. For more information, visit http://www. globoforce. com (http://www. globoforce. com) or visit the Company's blog at http://globoforce. blogspot. com/ (http://globoforce. blogspot. com/).

About Inc. magazine
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, LLC., Inc. magazine (www. inc. com) is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today's innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 724,110, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology.

About Inc. 500|Inc. 5000 Conference
Each year, Inc. magazine and Inc. com celebrate the remarkable achievements of today's entrepreneurial superstars - the privately held small businesses that drive our economy. The Inc. 500|Inc. 5000 Conference brings together members of the Inc. 5000 community - both a new class of Inc. 5000 honorees and the list's alumni - for three days of powerful networking, inspired learning, and momentous celebration. For the first time ever, this powerful networking event is open to all. Please join us September 18-20, 2008 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D. C. For more information or to register, visit www. Inc500Conference. com or call us at 877-211-0489.


Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Vytra Health Plans Offers Free Wellness Seminars, Chats in April and May - Available to the Public at No Charge

Vytra Health Plans Offers Free Wellness Seminars, Chats in April and May -Available to the Public at No Charge

In April and May, Vytra Health Plans offers a series of wellness seminars and online chats, open to the public at no charge, featuring experts addressing questions and concerns on a variety of health and wellness issues.

Melville, NY (PRWEB) April 1, 2004

In April and May, Vytra Health Plans offers a series of wellness seminars and online chats, open to the public at no charge, featuring experts addressing questions and concerns on a variety of health and wellness issues:

·Domestic Violence: Online chat session with Rachel Kalish, Community Educator from the Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk County. Thursday, April 22, from 1:00 p. m. to 2:00 p. m.

·Autism: Examining the Evidence: Seminar presented by Dr. Lynda Geller, Director of Community Services and Education at the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Stony Brook University. Discussion will focus on the facts about treatment and programs, and explain the basis of current controversies. Question and answer session included. Tuesday, April 27, from 7:00 p. m. to 8:30 p. m..

·Diabetes Awareness Seminar & Health Fair: Free screening will be available from trained professionals, along the latest clinical information about diabetic retinopathy from an ophthalmologist, and up-to-date nutrition information from a registered dietitian. Nurse Educators will be on hand to answer questions. Lunch provided. Saturday, May 15, from 10:00 a. m. to 2:00 p. m.

·Cancer: Screenings & Prevention: Online chat session with Stacey Roberts, RN, CWOCN, from the American Cancer Society, Eastern Division. Wednesday, May 19, from noon to 1:00 p. m.

Wellness seminars will be held in the Lower Level Conference Center of VytraÂ’s Melville headquarters, located at 395 North Service Road. Participate in the chat by logging on to www. vytra. com and clicking on the chat icon on the home page.

For more information, or to register, call the VytraÂ’s Health Education Department at 631-844-2681, or send an e-mail to healthed@vytra. com.

Vytra Health Plans is a Long Island-based health plan providing personalized health care coverage and third-party administrative services to nearly 200,000 members in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties. Vytra is consistently rated highest for customer satisfaction among heath plans in the region.


Accent Energy Helps Mid-Ohio Foodbank Clients Conserve Energy - Donation of Conservation Kits Will Also Reduce Recipients' Utility Bills

Accent Energy Helps Mid-Ohio Foodbank Clients Conserve Energy - Donation of Conservation Kits Will Also Reduce Recipients' Utility Bills

Accent Energy, an independent provider of electricity, natural gas and green power, announced that it has helped address the needs of disadvantaged Central Ohio families with the donation of 970 Conservation Kits to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. After being divided among agencies in the Foodbank's network, these kits were distributed to families in need, allowing them to reduce their utility bills and contribute to a greener future.

Dublin, Ohio (PRWEB) February 24, 2009

Accent Energy, an independent provider of electricity (http://www. dynowatt. com), natural gas and green power, announced that it has helped address the needs of disadvantaged Central Ohio families with the donation of 970 Conservation Kits to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. After being divided among agencies in the Foodbank's network, these kits were distributed to families in need, allowing them to reduce their utility bills and contribute to a greener future.

"Food pantries were so happy to get the light bulb kits from Accent Energy. The families they helped have to pinch every last penny and were certainly delighted to get these kits when they visited their neighborhood pantry," said Evelyn Behm, V. P. of Food and Strategic Initiatives at Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

The Conservation Kits consisted of three compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), a night light and insulating outlet covers. CFLs are energy-efficient replacements for old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs. With lower power consumption (http://www. dynowatt. com) and longer life, CFLs have become the standard for efficient lighting. According to Energy Star, an international energy efficiency standard, replacing one old light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb can save a consumer $30 in electricity costs over the lifetime of the bulb and prevent 2,000 times its weight in greenhouse gases from being released into the air. Those savings will add up for people who need it the most.

Some consumers are reluctant to switch to CFLs because of the slightly higher initial cost. The United States Congress passed the Clean Energy Act of 2007 to encourage the adoption of CFL technology. By January 2014, the classic incandescent bulb will be banned. Fortunately for consumers, the CFL technology will become even more affordable by the time the ban takes effect.

The night light included in each kit will increase safety in the recipient's home. Further savings will add up; a night light requires less energy to operate than leaving a light fixture on all night.

In this challenging economic climate, utility costs are straining family budgets more than ever. A Connecticut Food Bank survey revealed that 42% of food pantry and soup kitchen clients had to choose between paying for food or utilities. Families, including children, may skip meals or make do with smaller portion sizes. Worse, a family in need may try to save money by purchasing cheap food that fills the stomach. These meals may stave off hunger for a little while, but they are often lacking in the nutrients that contribute to long-term health.

Just as Accent Energy thinks out of the box to help energy consumers save energy and reduce energy costs (http://www. dynowatt. com/Energy101/ElectricityArticles. aspx/6_Energy-Use-and-Conservation-in-the-US), organizations like the Mid-Ohio Foodbank constantly think of new ways to address their clients' needs. The Foodbank has recently teamed with the Army, local television stations and even rock bands to ensure they keep their shelves stocked.

The Mid-Ohio Foodbank has recently begun a campaign to build a new warehouse in Grove City, Ohio, that would feature produce coolers to allow them to provide their clients with fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to non-perishable foods. The new warehouse would also be eco-friendly and energy efficient (http://www. dynowatt. com/Energy101/Conservation. aspx).

With the donation of these 970 Conservation Kits, Accent Energy hopes to ease the mind of some local families and contribute to the attitude we must all have going forward: that energy efficiency and the use of green power are within the reach of us all. "As an energy supplier we are keenly aware of how significantly energy costs impact consumers' budgets, especially at times such as these. That is why we're reaching out to the local community to help out," said Lance Schneier, Chairman and CEO of Accent Energy.

About Accent Energy
Accent Energy is a leading Texas Electricity (http://www. dynowatt. com) and Energy Services Company (http://www. dynowatt. com/Energy101/EnergyToday. aspx) that supplies electricity, natural gas and green power (http://www. dynowatt. com/Green/GreenWhy_Home. aspx? sId=Home) to commercial and residential customers. Accent is a different kind of energy company that allows its customers to build their own energy plans to fit their individual needs. Twenty-six years ago, Accent's founder led the way toward deregulation of the energy industry because he believed that customers should be able to choose their energy supplier. A lot has changed in the industry since then, but the same innovative spirit is alive and well at Accent. Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Accent Energy serves customers in California and New York and as Dynowatt Powered by Accent Energy in Texas. Visit www. AccentEnergy. com or www. Dynowatt. com to learn more.

About Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Mid-Ohio Foodbank is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to feeding hungry people. The Foodbank supplies a network of over 530 food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, senior dining centers, day care and after-school enrichment programs in 20 counties in central and eastern Ohio. Food comes from food industry donations, community food drives, and State and Federal food purchase programs. Mid-Ohio Foodbank is a member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network. (www. midohiofoodbank. org).


NAMI Medical Director Honored with APA Patient Advocacy Award; Appears in CNN Health and Huffington Post Columns

NAMI Medical Director Honored with APA Patient Advocacy Award; Appears in CNN Health and Huffington Post Columns

Ken Duckworth, M. D. honored at the organization’s 2010 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) May 26, 2010

Ken Duckworth, M. D., medical director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI (http://www. nami. org/)), has been honored with the Patient Advocacy Award of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at the organization’s 2010 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Dr. Duckworth is also featured today in a special CNN Health column (http://www. cnn. com/2010/HEALTH/05/25/bipolar. kids. duckworth/index. html? iref=allsearch) and was a guest blogger last week in the The Huffington Post, writing about the diagnosis of mental illness in children and stigma confronting parents.

The Patient Advocacy Award recognizes a public figure respected for personal accomplishments and beliefs, who has promoted the improvement of services for people coping with mental disorders and substance abuse. The award also recognizes an individual who has fought stigma by speaking out about experiences with mental illness and psychiatric treatment.

“As the child of two wonderful parents who lived with serious psychiatric problems, I know firsthand how mental illness (http://www. nami. org/Content/NavigationMenu/Inform_Yourself/About_Mental_Illness/About_Mental_Illness. htm) can impact families,” said Dr. Duckworth. “My role as NAMI’s medical director has given me opportunities to engage and support those affected by mental illness through education, support and advocacy.

Psychiatry has come a long way in understanding and better helping families, but there is still more work ahead of us. I am humbled to accept this award on behalf of NAMI and myself.”

Dr. Duckworth is triple board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult, child and adolescent (http://www. nami. org/template. cfm? section=NAMI_Basics1) and forensic psychiatry and has extensive experience in the public health arena.

In addition to his role at NAMI, Dr. Duckworth is the medical director of Vinfen Corporation in Boston and is an assistant professor at Harvard University Medical School. Dr. Duckworth formerly served as acting commissioner of mental health and the medical director for the Department of Mental Health of Massachusetts, and as medical director of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center.

Previous Patient Advocacy Award winners include former U. S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M. D., Ph. D. and Kitty Dukakis.

About NAMI
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy.
Www. nami. org
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What Should You Do to Get Settlement Funding?

What Should You Do to Get Settlement Funding?

Pre Settlement Funding - Structured Settlement. How to get settlement funding?

(PRWEB) July 26, 2005

First of all you must find a lender or financial firm providing "pre settlement funding." Another good help to find it can be your attorney, or any other attorney.

After finding the lender you will be asked several questions and also be asked to review the court case if it is court settlement. The settlement funding provider need to know all the facts, because if you loose the court case, if your insurance company refuses to pay the settlement for accident, disease,... you won´t have to repay the settlement funding provider. So he needs to know if you have a structured case.

The provider must be sure you really will get the settlement so you can repay the "pre settlement funding"

So do not forget to provide good information and a strong and structured case to the settlement provider.

Http://www. directfunding. org (http://www. directfunding. org)

If you need money because you have a court case due to illness or any kind of well structured litigation and you know that you will receive a compensation then you can look for "pre settlement funding".

If you had an accident and you are waiting for the insurance company compensation and you need the money now. Then "pre settlement funding" can be the option.

Sometimes we have to face the risk in order to succeed.

"Pre settlement funding" can be the best way to have financial health faster, anticipating your Future.

Http://www. directfunding. org (http://www. directfunding. org)


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Hospital Angeles Tijuana Announces $4,000 LAP-BAND Medical Travel Package for Special Bariatric Training Session Nov. 25, 26, 27

Hospital Angeles Tijuana Announces $4,000 LAP-BAND Medical Travel Package for Special Bariatric Training Session Nov. 25, 26, 27

Hospital Angeles Tijuana, a popular “medical tourism” destination for Americans and Canadians, offers patients interested in LAP-BAND surgery a special opportunity to save more than $1,00 on the procedure.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 23, 2010

During the Thanksgiving weekend of November 25, 26 and 27, globally recognized Allergan-certified gastroenterologist surgeon Dr. Juan Lopez Corvala will host the fourth of twelve bariatric training sessions held through first quarter 2011 at Hospital Angeles Tijuana, waiving his surgeon fee to reduce patient out-of-pocket cost to just $4,000.

Surgeons from the United States, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East will observe the laparoscopic LAP-BANDING technique of the bariatric surgical team at Hospital Angeles, which recently presented findings from its open study of gastric plication patients at the 15th Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders.

“For these sessions we like to ensure a full roster of patients, so the surgical team will waive its fees for patients,” says a Hospital Angeles spokesperson. “This gives patients a savings of more than $1,000, at a time of year when we typically see a strong uptick in inquires of gastric banding surgery.”

Patients who are not able to schedule their LAP-BAND procedure for the November surgical session dates will be eligible to receive a special holiday savings rate of $5,000 through February 2011, when the package price will return to the regular schedule of $5,200.

Obesity is recognized by the World Health Organization as a disease that is a major risk for dangerous disorders and diseases such as sleep apnea, Type II diabetes, coronary disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, and several types of cancer including kidney cancer, prostate cancer, colon and breast cancer.

Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. BMI is calculated from a person's weight and height and provides a reasonable indicator of body composition and weight categories that may lead to health problems. In the past 20 years, obesity rates around the world have increased dramatically. In the United Sates, more than 45 states have an obesity rate greater than one in four adults.

The $4,000 LAP-BAND medical travel package with Angeles Heath includes all surgeon and doctor fees, a 2 night hospital stay, one night hotel stay if needed, standard pre-op lab tests, complimentary Travel Concierge Services for patient and travel companions including all travel booking and a complete medical travel trip Itinerary, round trip medical shuttle transportation from San Diego International Airport to Hospital Angeles, automatic membership in the Twelve Month LAP - BAND Follow-Up Program, and free band refills for one year.

Those interested in learning more about participating as a patient in the LAP-BAND the surgical training session held at Hospital Angeles November 25,26, 27 should contact an Angeles Health International weight loss surgery case manager toll free at 866.668.9263, or submit a secure online personal medical profile to begin the required pre-surgical evaluation process.

About Dr. Lopez Corvala: Gastroenterologist Dr. Juan Lopez Corvala is on staff at Hospital Angeles, leading a multi-disciplinary obesity surgical team of obesity experts including psychiatrists, physician nutritionists, cardiologists, and anesthesiologists. He is the President of the Mexican Association of Endoscopic Surgery, a member of the Latin American Association of Endoscopic Surgery and a member of the Council of Advanced Bariatrics.

“The Angeles bariatric surgical team is among the most expert and experienced in the world," says Hospital Angeles Director Paulo Yberri. “We are proud to feature Dr. Lopez Corvala and the obesity experts that comprise his multidisciplinary medical team,” says Yberri.

About Hospital Angeles: Hospital Angeles Tijuana is a state-of-the-art medical complex that is part of the largest private hospital network in Mexico. Located just minutes from downtown San Diego, Hospital Angeles Tijuana is a technologically innovative hospital with a patient-centric approach to care that has made it a premier destination for medical travelers, serving more than 9,000 patients traveling for medical care since its construction in June 2006. Hospital Angeles Tijuana is one of 22 state-of-the-art hospitals in the Angeles Network; the hospital is currently undergoing its JCI Accreditation program.

Contact: Angeles Health International
Medical Information Office
(619) 618-0222 ext 129

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Monday, December 18, 2006

Scrap Girls Donates Proceeds to Food for Poor

Scrap Girls Donates Proceeds to Food for Poor

Digital scrapbooking product designers from Scrap Girls pitch in together to help the poorest of the poor.

West Jordan, UT (PRWEB) April 26, 2007

In March of 2005, Scrap Girls created their first collaborative digital scrapbooking collection on behalf of a charity called Food for the Poor, which provides food, housing, health care, education, water projects, micro-enterprise development assistance and emergency relief to the poorest of the poor. Scrap Girls has released new collections of graphics, which are used with popular image editing software such as Adobe's Photoshop and Photoshop Elements or Corel's Paint Shop Pro to create digital scrapbooking layouts, on a quarterly basis since that time.

Syndee Nuckles, a product designer for Scrap Girls said, "I am honored to be a part of this. I have always wanted to do MORE in the way of giving back but haven't - in recent years - been able to really spare a dime. But I CAN help, thanks to Scrap Girls. I can feel good about doing something that normally I would not be able to do."

The newest Food for the Poor collaborative collection, called "Blossom" has been added to the Scrap Girls online store. It can be found in the Scrap Girls Boutique at http://www. scrapgirls. com/store/product. php? id=8452&cat (http://www. scrapgirls. com/store/product. php? id=8452&cat).

Terri Pointer, a Scrap Girls customer commented, "I think it's so wonderful that everyone benefits from such a lovely kit - we as the users and especially the charity."

"It is amazing to see what a healthy percentage of our gross revenues are being donated to Food for the Poor every month," stated Rozanne Paxman, CEO of Scrap Girls. "Our customers have really gotten behind this effort and we are touched by their support."

If you're interested in contributing to Food for the Poor you can visit their website www. foodforthepoor. org or visit www. ScrapGirls. com.

ScrapGirls. com is an internet store specializing in Digital Scrapbooking Supplies, Educational Movie Tutorials and eBooks and Commercially Licensed Graphic Design Products.

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Florida Doctor Sets Up Own Publishing Company to Blast Edwards in New Book

Florida Doctor Sets Up Own Publishing Company to Blast Edwards in New Book

Dr. Glenn Knox wants to get the word out about Florida Amendment 3, which seeks to limit "the amount trial lawyers collect in medical liablity cases."

(PRWEB) October 23, 2004

During the recent hurricanes, Dr. Knox wrote a book about Senator John Edwards, who made more than $60 million dollars as a medical malpractice plaintiff's attorney. He set up his own publishing company and distributed more than a thousand copies of his book free to medical and political groups in Northeast Florida. Dr. Knox is hoping to use Senator Edwards as an example "to illustrate why we need Amendment 3."

Dr. Knox has been actively promoting Florida Amendment 3, which limits the amount trial lawyers can collect in medical liability cases. While researching the various candidates' political views on tort reform, he was disturbed by information he found out about Vice-Presidential candidate John Edwards. "I couldn't believe it", Knox said. "He made about $60 million in a ten year period as a medical malpractice plaintiff's attorney in North Carolina". One example is Campbell vs. Pitt County Hospital, where the jury awarded $6.5 million. Edwards take was more than $3 million. Dr. Knox wanted to get the word out about "the amount trial lawyers collect in these cases".

Dr. Knox wrote a book about Edwards and set up his own publishing company to distribute more than a thousand copies of his book free to medical and political groups in Northeast Florida. Dr. Knox is hoping to use Senator Edwards as an example "to illustrate why we need to vote YES on Amendment 3. Amendment 3 will let injured patients keep more of an award in a medical liability case, discourage trial lawyers from filing frivolous lawsuits, and encourage quality doctors to keep practicing in Florida."

The book, entitled "Senator Edwards and the Destruction of American Healthcare" is now available on amazon. com.

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Veterinary Practice Marketing Program by TR Cutler, Inc. Identifies Best Marketing Opportunity Areas: Orange County, CA

Veterinary Practice Marketing Program by TR Cutler, Inc. Identifies Best Marketing Opportunity Areas: Orange County, CA

Veterinary Practice Marketing Program by TR Cutler, Inc. Identifies Best Marketing Opportunity Areas: Orange County, CA

(PRWEB) September 3, 2004

TR Cutler, president of the proprietary TR Cutler, Inc. Veterinary Practice Marketing program, just two years old, announced that two hundred veterinary practices are now using the variable data program which provides specific reminders to pet owners with 4 color photographs of their breed of dog or cat every month.

Cutler noted, “We are thrilled that so many veterinary practices that started with the three month trial have now extended to a year long program. Our demographic pet ownership research confirms that veterinarians in Orange County will be among the best served by this program” The average practice sees 212% revenue growth by using the program.

No other veterinary marketing program has come close to the extraordinary results of this program. Cutler concluded that pet owners want to see a picture of their breed based on the near fanatically devotion to the pet owners breed dedication. According to Cutler, “When we show people of picture of their family member, it makes all the difference in the world. If they didn’t know about allergy-testing or a senior screening, these reminders make all the difference in the world in driving increased revenue for veterinarians.”

Cutler who edited a pet magazine and produced a pet television show before developing this key marketing outreach program in 2002, suggested that pet owners simply have to be informed what healthcare options are available for their pets to live long and healthy lives.

Cutler can be reach via email at trcutler@trcutler. com.

Slowing Home Market to Affect Job Market

Slowing Home Market to Affect Job Market

Chances are, you know at least one person who works in the real estate industry. Over the last few years, the strong real estate market has attracted many Americans looking for a career. And not just a career, but a well-paying career.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 23, 2006

Chances are, you know at least one person who works in the real estate industry. Over the last few years, the strong real estate market has attracted many Americans looking for a career. And not just a career, but a well-paying career.

But over the last five months, home prices have declined steadily. Meaning that well-paid career is not so well paying anymore. Sales in Southern California hit their lowest level in five years in February, according to DataQuick.

Many agents realized that the market would not be able to sustain itself forever and left the market for other options. As the market continues to slow, there will be several agents leaving their real estate jobs, and even mortgage, appraising and construction jobs, to find something that pays better.

The job market could be impacted.

Housing has paid its part in the economy of the last few years. It helped in bringing the nation out of the last recession. Almost 40% of all jobs created in the past four years were housing related. Almost 10% of all workers in America were employed by the real estate industry at the end of 2005, according to Moody's Economy. com. The next highest industry was health care for adding more jobs.

Job growth and creation is closely tied to consumer spending. The economy will need help from other non-housing sectors to maintain its current status. A slower real estate market that results in slower job growth means that consumer spending could go down. Eventually businesses would be discouraged from spending. The housing and real estate market down-turn could be a bad sign for the economy in general.

Washington Mutual, a leading mortgage lender, has already started to deal with the slowing market by closing 10 mortgage processing centers that will put 2,500 employees out of work. In November, Ameriquest let 1,500 employees go. And economists say that the market has barely started its cool down.

January marked the fifth month of decreased existing home sales. Home builders also are reported decreased orders and new construction starts. According to leading economists, home sales are predicted to fall 8% from last year.

There are approximately 2.6 million real estate agents nationwide. According to the National Association of Realtors, the median income of an agent in business for two years or less is $12,852 during a normal market.

Many successful realtors are used to the up and down of the real estate market. They understand that there is no recurring revenue in a commission-based real estate business. The same is seen in the mortgage loan business, where you are paid based on the number of clients you bring into the company.

The downturn of the real estate market has been a soft one, as of date. Other sectors of the economy are adding jobs, such as in retail, healthcare and state and local governments. These job increases will help take up some of the slack.

Most economists expect the housing down turn to be a slow and gradual cooling.

About RateEmpire. com

RateEmpire. com, an Internet consumer banking marketplace. RateEmpire. com is a destination site of personal finance, banking, investing, taxes, debt management and mortgage rates. RateEmpire. com provides mortgage guides and financial rates and information

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Saturday, December 16, 2006

New Electronic Signature Legislation Wiki Announced

New Electronic Signature Legislation Wiki Announced

ARX's (Algorithmic Research) initiative creates a free, comprehensive, and reliable world-wide electronic signature legislation guide.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 15, 2009

ARX (Algorithmic Research), a leading provider of digital signature solutions (standard electronic signatures), announces the creation of eSignatureLegalWiki (http://www. esignaturelegalwiki. org/wiki/Main_Page) an online, up-to-date, and collaborative guide to international electronic signature legislation.

ARX established eSignatureLegalWiki in order to address the pressing need for a single and inclusive resource providing the most up-to-date information on electronic signature legislation. Inspired by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, the project was put together via a collaboration of lawyers, users, and electronic signature experts from around the globe.

"By creating eSignatureLegalWiki, ARX has directly addressed the needs of companies, legislators, and software vendors of a thorough source for electronic signatures legislation," said Ilan Patashnik, COO, ARX. "This constantly evolving entity is a valuable resource for anyone in need of legislative information related to electronic signature technology."

Since the wiki format allows every individual that accesses it to contribute or modify content, the eSignatureLegalWiki will be constantly enhanced, representing the most timely information on electronic signature legislation throughout the world.

About The Digital Signature Company - ARX
ARX (Algorithmic Research) is a global provider of cost-efficient digital signature solutions for industries such as life sciences, healthcare, government, and engineering. ARX engineers and scientists have more than 20 years of experience in security and standard digital signature application. ARX helps businesses secure, streamline, and scale their business processes and transactions with the proper controls required by legislation, regulation, and industry best practice. Visit us at www. arx. com.

CoSign is a registered trademark and CoSign PSF is a trademark of Algorithmic Research, Ltd. All other trade names and trademarks are the property of their respective holders.


How to Deal with Change for Aging Parents? New Book Addresses Issues and Solutions for a Peaceful Transition

How to Deal with Change for Aging Parents? New Book Addresses Issues and Solutions for a Peaceful Transition

Eldercare advocate, caregiver and founder of TransitionAgingParents. com shares her new ADAPT method, a clear-cut process, designed to help navigate the inevitable crises and changes of aging parents. Join the author of the newly launched "Transitioning Your Aging Parent: A 5 Step Guide Through Crisis & Change" as she shares what she learned about strengthening family relationships while helping her mother through a serious health crisis and several major life changes.

South Bend, IN (PRWEB) September 7, 2010

According to the U. S. Census Bureau, there are 77 million Baby Boomers. Many Boomers are dealing with the challenge of the changing needs of an aging parent - or they soon will. The experts advise not waiting for a crisis to become educated and prepared. Where to start?

Eldercare advocate, speaker and coach Dale Carter presents the ADAPT method in her newly published book, Transitioning Your Aging Parent: A 5 Step Guide Through Crisis & Change. (http://www. lulu. com/product/paperback/transitioning-your-aging-parent-a-5-step-guide-through-crisis-change/10909385) Developed from her personal and professional experience, Carter created the ADAPT method as a clear-cut process for families to follow in time of transition to ensure the needs of the parent, the family and their own are met. Whether an aging parent is facing a health crisis, an unsafe living situation or isolation, the ADAPT method provides a straightforward process that allows caregivers to understand the parent's needs. It also helps to get family members on the same page, find the right resources and make the needed changes, all while respecting the needs of the parent and self.

While the ADAPT method is the core element of Carter's book, examples and personal stories are woven throughout and includes an extensive list of references and resources. One of the key features of the book is its concise presentation and usefulness as a reference book. "This is a book you can read in one sitting, and then refer to it on numerous occasions as questions arise," notes Michael Allard, Director of Operations, Principal Senior Living Group.

"My experience helping my own mother through a major health/life crisis was overwhelming. I drew upon my experience as an educator and project manager to put structure around the situation, find the right resources and support, and involve all of our family members," notes Dale Carter, founder of TransitionAgingParents. com (http://www. transitionagingparents. com/) and author of Transitioning Your Aging Parent. "I later realized it was my approach and process that helped us make the right decisions, and I was inspired to share my experience in my book."

In Transitioning Your Aging Parent, readers will learn how to:
 "Actively" listen to their parent and clearly understand the parent's situation.  Measure their own capacity.  Know who to involve in decision making.  Reach consensus.  Create a plan for transition.  Find experts and resources that will help their plan succeed.  Help carry out the plan and help their parent adjust to the changes.

Transitioning Your Aging Parent is not a quick fix for problems with an aging parent. Even though the ADAPT method appears clear and straightforward, each step involves a lot of hard work. "None of this is easy," says author Carter. "But, know that each transition is an opportunity to meet the needs of your aging parent and help your bond grow stronger."

The author was recently interviewed about her book and ADAPT method on Susan Baida's "Empowering Family Caregivers" radio show. An archived recording of the interview can be accessed at the radio show site. (http://www. blogtalkradio. com/ecarediary/2010/08/30/featuring-dale-carter-author-of-transitioning-your-aging-parent-a-5-step-guide-through-change)

For more information on Transitioning Your Aging Parent, visit http://www. transitionagingparents. com (http://www. transitionagingparents. com/). The book is available online. To order directly from the publisher, contact: http://www. lulu. com. (http://www. lulu. com/product/paperback/transitioning-your-aging-parent-a-5-step-guide-through-crisis-change/10909385) Transitioning Your Aging Parent retails for $14.95.


As eldercare advocate, author, speaker and coach, Dale Carter is an advocate for our elderly by reaching out to their adult children. In 2009, she founded Transition Aging Parents (TransitionAgingParents. com (http://www. transitionagingparents. com/)).

Through her radio show, e-courses, articles, and presentations, Dale helps family caregivers respond to the challenges of caregiving, as well as find purpose and fulfillment in what is truly some of the most important work of their lives.

Dale is a member of the American Society on Aging and the Gerontology Consortium of Michiana. She holds an MBA from Indiana University. She resides with her husband in South Bend, Indiana. Besides eldercare advocacy, her other passion is Board service with the Bridge of Hope St. Joseph County, a program serving single mothers in need.

TRANSITIONING YOUR AGING PARENT: A 5 Step Guide through Crisis & Change (http://www. lulu. com/product/paperback/transitioning-your-aging-parent-a-5-step-guide-through-crisis-change/10909385)
Dale Carter
ISBN: 978-0-557-44740-4
May 2010

MEDIA NOTE: ADAPT Fact Sheet, Tip Sheets, and Interviews/Book Photography are Available Upon Request.


Friday, December 15, 2006

JobsInRI. com’s State Employment Index: Manufacturing and Sales Show Job Growth During September

JobsInRI. com’s State Employment Index: Manufacturing and Sales Show Job Growth During September

JobsInRI. com each month compiles employment numbers based on the web site traffic. These numbers include statistics on job openings and industry specific employment information. This information gives an overview of the employment scene in Rhode Island.

WESTBROOK, ME (PRWEB) October 18, 2005

JobsInRI. com is one of the largest Internet job sites in the state. With more than 800 jobs being posted and just under 100,000 unique visits each month, we are in an advantageous position to monitor and report on the employment trends within the state. The JobsInRI. com Jobs Index is a monthly statistical summary of the data compiled.

The Index identifies key trends based on job openings posted, searches performed by job seekers and key metrics from the web site. Taken together, they offer a unique perspective into the key trends for employment in Rhode Island.

Job Trends:

The following are the significant trends for the month of September 2005:

The number of job openings during this month is 555. A majority of the new job openings posted during September were in the counties of Providence (45% of all job openings), Washington (13%), Newport (11%) and Kent (8%). Job openings activity covered a number of job types: Health Care (15.4% of all job openings, down from 25% in August) Social Services (8.1%) Sales (8.0%) Non-Profit (7.6%) Manufacturing (6.1%) Clerical (5.7%) Customer Support (4.7%) Fifty-nine percent of the job openings were from companies with fewer than 50 employees Companies with >500 employees accounted for 8% of the total Seventy-five percent of the job openings during September were for full-time positions, up nearly 5% from August. 21% were part-time 4% were contract or per diem

Job Search Trends:

The following are the significant trends for the month of September 2005:

 The number of qualified searches (job seeker used specific parameters to search for a position) was 31,713 – up 5% from August. The top job categories searched by job seekers were: Clerical (9.9% of all qualified searches) Health Care (9.7%--up 7% from July) Customer Support (5.5%) Accounting (4.7%) Hotel/Restaurant (4.2%) Arts (4.2%) Advertising/Marketing (4.1%) Banking/Finance (4.0%) IT (3.8%) Thirty-three percent of the qualified searches also contained a geographic preference: Providence County (53% of qualified searches) Kent County (17%) Washington & Bristol counties (11%) A majority of the job seekers prefer to look for positions within close proximity to their homes. The commuting preference for job seekers was: 1-30 miles - 63% 31-40 miles - 18% > 40 miles - 19%

Web Site Trends:

JobsInRI. com had 93,248 unique visits for the month. We see average time per visit of 9 minutes, 2 seconds, well above industry averages. During an average visit, a job seeker will download 6 pages.

About JobsInTheUS. com

Founded in 1999 and privately owned, JobsInTheUS. com is the parent company of the fastest-growing local job Internet sites – both in terms of unique visits to the Web sites and number of jobs posted: JobsinME. com with more than 340,000 unique visits monthly and more than 7,000 job postings in Maine; JobsinNH. com with more than 180,000 unique visits monthly and over 3,700 job postings in New Hampshire; JobsinVT. com with close to 80,000 unique visits monthly and over 1,300 job openings in Vermont; and JobsInRI. com with nearly 95,000 unique visits monthly and nearly 800 job postings in Rhode Island. Headquartered in Westbrook, Maine, the company specializes in state-specific job Internet sites where qualified candidates who want to work in a particular region find a match with local employers at a lower cost for employers than other recruiting methods.

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

AlphaDerma CE – AlphaDerma Is Best Botox Alternative

AlphaDerma CE – AlphaDerma Is Best Botox Alternative

AlphaDerma CE – AlphaDerma Is Best Botox Alternative

(PRWEB) December 4, 2004

AlphaDerma CE is the most aggressive step taken to Reverse Fine Lines and Depth of Wrinkles on the Face and Neck due to aging. Our AlphaDerma formulation also diminishes stretch marks and scars while firming sagging skin due to weight loss and pregnancy.

The clinical ingredients in AlphaDerma CE are what make it so effective. ACETYL HEXAPEPTIDE-AH3 (ARGIRELINE) relaxes facial muscle contractions to smooth out fine lines and depth of wrinkles. ALPHA LIPOIC ACID, VITAMIN C ESTER and DMAE is already recognized as a clinical treatment to combat skin aging. Alpha Lipoic Acid, the most potent antioxidant on the market today, helps repair aged skin while preventing future damage. VITAMIN C ESTER (ascorbyl palmitate) boosts protective antioxidant action and helps repair past damage by aiding new collagen production. DMAE often called “facelift in a jar”, helps Firm and Tighten the skin. ELASTIN is the main ingredient in the skin that allows it to stretch without leaving stretch marks. AlphaDerma CE contains 100% rare, costly, freeze-dried powdered ELASTIN concentrate – which has almost 100% amino acid content. This makes our ELASTIN 10x in our AlphaDerma more potent than any other standard ELASTIN products used in the U. S. or abroad. COLLAGEN is an integral part of the support structure of the skin. The addition of our collagen to the AlphaDerma formulation fills in unwanted fine lines and wrinkles. Our special delivery system in AlphaDerma allows the collagen to be absorbed into the lower levels of the epidermis - which is the "birth" layer of new cells. Our collagen is hydrolyzed collagen, which is a form of collagen that is broken into smaller molecules, allowing it to be more easily absorbed into the epidermis.

AlphaDerma CE is the only product containing all of these age defying ingredients!

The majority of skin products do not penetrate the epidermis at all. Better skin products on the market may penetrate 4 to 5 layers into the epidermis, which produces little or no tangible results. AlphaDerma CE can go 20 cell layers deep, making it a much more effective skin treatment.

AlphaDerma CE also goes on silky smooth, with no oily feeling or odors, and absorbs instantly. Best of all, you can see and feel the results almost immediately!

AlphaDerma is better than Botox. A surgical injection of Botox® is designed to paralyze facial muscles to prevent them from contracting. AlphaDerma CE is formulated with 10% Acetyl Hexapeptide 3 (AH3), also known as Argireline. Argireline is the only ingredient in cosmetics today that offers the same results as Botox without needles or the risk of damage to the skin or facial muscles. Argireline blocks the nerve signals that control the contraction of facial muscles. This produces a significant reduction in both the depth and size of wrinkles and fine lines.

The Argireline manufacturer and the cosmetic industry agree, a concentration above 10% presents no significant benefits and poses a risk for skin irritation or damage. AlphaDerma CE contains a true 10% Argireline formulation – the highest, safest level of efficacy available.

In clinical tests, Argireline has proven to show a 27% reduction of depth of wrinkles after only 30 days and a 17% reduction of wrinkles around the eyes after only 15 days of treatment. Tests also show a 39% improvement in smoothness, 42% improvement of dryness and 45% improvement in overall skin tone. Our unique 10% Argireline formulation will provide significantly better results

In Vivo Testing

Skin topography analysis for measuring the effectiveness of 10% Argireline Solution was performed by obtaining silicon imprints from around the eyes of healthy female volunteers. Silicon imprints were obtained pre-test and after 30 days of twice daily application. Analysis of the imprints were performed by confocal laser scanning microscopy to assess the evolution of the skin surface before and after the treatment. Skin topography images from the three dimensional reconstitution of optical sections are shown below. It can be observed that the depth of the wrinkle has significantly decreased after 30 days of treatment.

For more information about AlphaDerma, please click on the following link: http://www. janson-beckett. com/store_fld/scripts/default. asp? idAff=998 (http://www. janson-beckett. com/store_fld/scripts/default. asp? idAff=998).


Skyscape to Spotlight Evidence-Based Decision Support Tools, Technology for Handheld Mobile Devices at the National Assoc. of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ Conference

Skyscape to Spotlight Evidence-Based Decision Support Tools, Technology for Handheld Mobile Devices at the National Assoc. of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ Conference

Skyscape, Inc. (www. skyscape. com) will spotlight the largest library of trusted evidence-based decision support tools available for point-of-care use by nurses and other medical professionals in booth #1213 at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ (NAPNAP) 27th Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care, Washington, D. C., March 30-April 2, 2006.

MARLBOROUGH, MA (PRWEB) March 27, 2006

Skyscape, Inc. will spotlight the largest library of trusted evidence-based decision support tools available for point-of-care use by nurses and other medical professionals in booth #1213 at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ (NAPNAP) 27th Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care, Washington, D. C., March 30-April 2, 2006.

Skyscape, which pioneered in-context integrated medical references on PDAs, today provides more than 300 decision support resources, covering over 30 medical specialties, for use on handhelds and smart phones.

Skyscape offers a host of titles of special interest to pediatric nurse practitioners, including "The Harriet Lane Handbook," "Red Book™,” "The 5-Minute Pediatric Consult," "Nelson's Pocket Book of Pediatric Antimicrobial Therapy," "The Washington Manual® Pediatrics Survival Guide," "Pocket Pediatrics," “PocketMedicine/Strategies in Pediatric Anesthesia Practice," "The Diagnostic Approach to Symptoms and Signs in Pediatrics," "Drugs for Pregnant and Lactating Women," "Pediatric Constellation™: All-in-One Pediatric Solution," and more.

Skyscape’s patented smARTlink™ technology provides interlinked clinical content throughout the Skyscape portfolio and with leading mobile medical computing solutions such as MedAptus, and PatientKeeper.

More than 500,000 nurses, physicians, and allied health professionals use Skyscape’s point-of-care solutions for fast and accurate diagnosis, treatment, and prescribing support. In a recent survey, medical professionals credited PDA-based decision support tools with helping them to provide better and more efficient patient care. A majority cited the tools as “critical” to their daily practice, reporting that the solutions enabled them to reduce potential medical errors, provide more medical care, and assist more patients.

For more information, visit Skyscape, Inc. at the NAPNAP Annual Conference in booth #1213, or online at http://www. skyscape. com (http://www. skyscape. com). Skyscape products are available for Palm OS®, Windows® Mobile Pocket PCs, smart phones, and Windows® powered desktop, laptops, and Tablet PCs. Free trial versions are available.

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Australia Issues Largest Silver Coin and Highest Denomination Gold Coin

Australia Issues Largest Silver Coin and Highest Denomination Gold Coin

The Perth Mint’s 10 kilo (22 pounds) gold and silver mega-coins, commemorating “The Year of the Dog,” are among the largest precious metal coins ever made. A german Shepherd appears on the silver coin and a beagle is depicted on the gold coin.

Torrance, CA (PRWEB) July 12, 2006

The Perth Mint’s 10 kilo (22 pounds) gold and silver mega-coins, commemorating “The Year of the Dog,” are among the largest precious metal coins ever made. The issue is limited to 1,000 .999 fine silver and 20 .9999 fine gold coins. The face values of the coins are A$300 and A$30,000, respectively, though they are worth a lot more because of the precious metal content -- and are currently selling for over US$6,000 and nearly US$300,000, respectively. The silver coin has a diameter of 8 inches, and the gold is 7 ½”; each comes in a mammoth clear holder … along with bragging rights.

The 10 kilo silver design features a German Shepherd surrounded by a border of bats and clouds, traditional Chinese symbols of health, peace and prosperity. A Beagle, a cheerful and tenacious dog bred for hunting, is depicted on the gold 10 kilo coin. A traditional portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is on the other side of both coins.

The Year of the Dog, January 29th 2006 to February 17th 2007, is the year 4703 according to the ancient Chinese calendar. Since this occurs every 12 years, those born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, and 1994 also have this lunar-zodiac sign. This includes Presidents William Clinton and George W. Bush, rock legends Elvis Presley and the artist formally known as Prince, as well as General Norman Schwarzkopf and Mother Theresa. Among the characteristics associated with the dog sign are loyalty to friends and a good keeper of secrets.

Photos of coins and “Mel Wacks, Panda America’s Director of Public Relations, admiring the mega-coins” are available.

For further information, contact Mel Wacks at (818) 225-1348.


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

New Breakthrough in Rowing Boats

New Breakthrough in Rowing Boats

Now there's a better way to get fit, enjoy the water and feel free in a revolutionary new Whitehall Spirit® rowing boat. The new stable, sleek Whitehall Spirit® Solo 14™ and the Tango 17™ boats offer a whole new way to row.

(PRWEB) January 5, 2010

Forget raising a sweat in Grandpa's clunky old rowboat. Now there's a better way to get fit, enjoy the water and feel free in a revolutionary new Whitehall Spirit® rowing boat. The new stable, sleek Whitehall Spirit® Solo 14™ and the Tango 17™ boats offer a whole new way to row. They are state-of-the-art slide seat equipped rowing machines in a compact, beautiful package and are also the world's first thermoformed rowing boats.

Pushing hard with both legs you feel the power of your largest muscles transmit into your arms and out through a pair of long, light carbon fiber sculling oars. The boat surges ahead with each stroke and you feel as though you are a huge bird flying low across the water.

It's the new "Mountain Bike of the Sea" built in Canada by Whitehall Rowing & Sail. Until now the choices involved rowing either a fast but tippy racing shell that unfortunately needs flat calm water and a lot of skill, or a heavy old dory like the cod fisherman used to row, seaworthy but hard on the back and slow as molasses.

The Whitehall Spirit® line of thermoformed co-polymer rowing boats are different. They are beautiful, light, strong, virtually unsinkable and maintenance free. These boats redefine recreational rowing. They love waves and rougher water but are excellent in calm water as well.

The classic Whitehall goes back hundreds of years and has always been known as the finest of rowing boats. The Whitehall Spirit® Solo 14™ and the new Tango 17™ feature the latest sliding seat technology that incorporates leg power into the oar stroke. This means lots of power, easy handling, and one of the best fitness workouts you can get.

In fact slide seat rowing uses up to double the calorie burn of jogging with no stress on the joints or ligaments. Melt off those pounds while building up your heart. Read about the fitness benefits at RowForHealth Home Page (http://www. RowForHealth. com)

The Solo 14™ is a single position slide seat boat while the Tango 17™ allows one or two people to slide seat row together at the same time, perfect for couples or friends. Both boats can easily carry extra passengers when needed.

They can both be seen online at Whitehall Spirit® Recreational Rowing Boats Home Page (http://www. whitehallspirit. com) or visit the 2010 Seattle Boat Show January 29th to February 6th at Booth #9 in the West Hall. Come and see Whitehall Rowing & Sail's line of Whitehall Spirit® boats.


Monday, December 11, 2006

Diet Supplement Manufacturer Advises Education as Key Ingredient for Consumers

Diet Supplement Manufacturer Advises Education as Key Ingredient for Consumers

When it comes to dietary supplements, "let the buyer beware" is the message being sent by responsible manufacturers of diet supplements and over-the-counter health and wellness products. Indianapolis-based DMD® Pharmaceuticals chimes in with a supporting opinion.

Carmel, IN (PRWEB) May 17, 2007

It is widely understood that the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not responsible for verifying the efficacy of the wide range of dietary supplements available today in the marketplace. For consumers, says one leading manufacturer, this means that now, more than ever, knowledge is power when it comes to choosing both diet supplements and over-the-counter (OTC) health and wellness products from on-line and in-store suppliers.

"It's tough to be in the consumer's shoes nowadays. Pretty packages go hand-in-hand with claims that may or may not be substantiated," said Dave Riddle, Compliance Officer for DMD Pharmaceuticals. "That's why we independently research and test our dietary supplement products as well as our OTC pharmaceuticals. We also verify the claims made by the companies who supply us with ingredients as well."

Consumers are advised to become active participants in the choice of the supplements they use to augment their diet and general health. This includes understanding the recommended dosages listed on labels, learning about the specific ingredients (both active and inactive) of the supplement, as well as analyzing the performance of the dietary supplement manufacturer to ensure diet supplements and over-the-counter products are provided by a trusted and well-established source.

"Safety and effectiveness are at the top of our list, with our diet supplements as well as our OTC brands." Riddle added.