Saturday, September 27, 2008

Leading IT Vendors Leverage Brand in the Genomics Market

Leading IT Vendors Leverage Brand in the Genomics Market

According to a recent survey of more than 600 genomics researchers, leading information technology (IT) vendors Apple, Cisco Systems, Dell, IBM and Microsoft are widely perceived to be the best qualified to implement new technologies that will advance genomics research—specifically high performance computing, collaborative software and storage area networks.

ARLINGTON, VA (PRWEB) March 14, 2005

According to a recent survey of more than 600 genomics researchers, leading information technology (IT) vendors Apple, Cisco Systems, Dell, IBM and Microsoft are widely perceived to be the best qualified to implement new technologies that will advance genomics research—specifically high performance computing, collaborative software and storage area networks. Other vendors, including HP/Compaq, Sun Microsystems and Oracle, also fared well—especially among pharmaceutical and biotechnology scientists.

“The genomics market for IT solutions is still fragmented and many scientists are only now beginning to appreciate the powerful role IT will play in their research,” said Bill Kelly, President of BioInformatics, LLC (http://www. gene2drug. com (http://www. gene2drug. com)), an Arlington, VA-based market research and consulting firm. “It appears that many scientists are relying on brand associations formed in the consumer market when naming the IT vendors qualified to develop and install life science solutions.”

These findings were published in BioInformatics, LLC’s latest report, “Information Technology in the Life Sciences: An Examination of Genomics Researchers,” which is based on one of the largest surveys ever of scientists who use information technology to make sense of the huge volume of genomics data being generated in research labs.

Genomics is the study of genes and their function—an area of research that is revolutionizing our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of disease and leading to the identification of thousands of new biological targets for the drug discovery programs of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Scientists worldwide are acquiring genomics data through the use of techniques such as amplification, DNA microarray expression, real-time PCR and genotyping. Instrumentation, hardware and software are then required to analyze, integrate and transmit this vast amount of data—which has resulted in significant IT challenges for those in the field.

“IT vendors need to understand that they can play a role at each stage in the genomics ‘value chain’,” said Kelly. “The process begins with the acquisition of data from analytical instruments and progresses through data processing, analysis, distribution and storage. The challenge facing scientists is that this is a heterogeneous hardware and software environment, which makes it difficult to integrate multiple application tools and disparate data.”

Life science instrumentation companies are also players in the genomics market for IT products and services. Instruments from Affymetrix, Agilent, Applied Biosystems, Beckman Coulter, Bio-Rad, GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences and Roche Applied Science incorporate software designed not only to operate the instrument but also to help scientists analyze and interpret the results. “Some instrument vendors are also becoming full-fledged software developers,” noted Kelly.

Genomics software is one of the areas where the report highlights a possible market opportunity. A number of commercial independent software vendors such as Accelrys, DNAStar, Gene Codes and Spotfire have developed targeted products for genomics, but scientists still rely on a confusing mix of internally developed software, freeware distributed throughout the scientific community, commercial packages from independent vendors and software embedded in analytical instruments.

According to Kelly, “A true ‘whole product’ solution has yet to emerge, which means that there are still opportunities to set the de facto standards that create customer lock-in and encourage other vendors to develop products to complement and enhance the leader’s solution.”

For a complimentary Executive Summary of this report, please visit:

Http://www. gene2drug. com/press.89.html (http://www. gene2drug. com/press.89.html)

About BioInformatics, LLC

BioInformatics, LLC (http://www. gene2drug. com (http://www. gene2drug. com)) is a market research firm that supports marketing, sales and R&D executives in the life science, medical device and pharmaceutical industries through published reports, custom research and consulting. BioInformatics sponsors the world’s largest market research panel of scientific customers—The Science Advisory Board (http://www. scienceboard. net)—which (http://www. scienceboard. net)—which) consists of more than 24,000 life science and medical professionals from 62 countries who participate in surveys that address emerging technologies, test customer reactions to new product concepts, measure brand awareness and assess advertising effectiveness.

For more information, please contact:

Alyssa Martin

BioInformatics, LLC

2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 250

Arlington, VA 22201

703.778.3080 x12 (phone)

703.778.3081 (fax)

A. martin@gene2drug. com

Http://www. gene2drug. com/ (http://www. gene2drug. com/)


Friday, September 26, 2008

Pangea Media Survey Reveals that Most Tweens and Teens Think They are Overweight

Pangea Media Survey Reveals that Most Tweens and Teens Think They are Overweight

Pangea Media, the leader in online quizzes and quiz technology, has released the results of its latest "Pangea Pulse," which tracked the attitudes and preferences of its tween and teen users about body image and how their related perceptions will impact their New Year's resolutions.

Watertown, MA (PRWEB) January 8, 2009

Pangea Media, the leader in online quizzes and quiz technology, has released the results of its latest "Pangea Pulse," which tracked the attitudes and preferences of its tween and teen users about body image and how their related perceptions will impact their New Year's resolutions.

When asked how they feel about their current weight, in a recent survey conducted on Quibblo. com, more than half of the respondents (60 percent) said they believe they weigh too much. More than half said they feel like their life would be dramatically improved if they achieved their ideal weight. When asked what motivates them to improve their physical appearance, over half of the tween and teen respondents cited seeing photos of themselves and picking flaws from these photos, followed by comparing themselves to friends and seeing "perfect" models and celebrities in magazines, TV and movies.

Fifty-nine percent of respondents said they have compared their bodies to those of celebrities. When asked to choose which celebrities have the most ideal bodies, the majority of respondents chose Beyoncé (approximately 60 percent), followed by Paris Hilton (33 percent) and Scarlett Johansson (26 percent).

To get in shape in '09, tweens and teens say they will eat healthier (46 percent) rather than diet (36 percent). Fifty-three percent of tweens/teens respondents have never been on a diet, while 17 percent said that they have tried a few different diets and had some successes.

About Pangea Media
Pangea Media is a casual entertainment and online advertising company that uses the power of quizzes to bring consumers and marketers together. Pangea operates a network of quiz sites including Quibblo. com, QuizRocket. com, MyCareerQuizzes. com and DumbSpot. com that enables users to share quiz-based content within the Pangea network and through other social media channels. With more than seven million unique visitors each month and almost 100 million page views per month, Pangea is one of the dominant players in the quiz space. Pangea Media was selected as a finalist of the Kids, 'Tweens & Teens category in the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX) 2008 annual awards. Pangea Media is located in Watertown, MA and can be reached at 1-617-923-0000 or pangeamedia. com.

About Quibblo. com
The ultimate online quiz experience, Quibblo (Quibblo. com) offers users the opportunity to create and take quizzes, polls and surveys, and view the results. At Quibblo. com, users can create custom avatars, share comments, invite friends and post badges. In addition to Quibblo. com, users can access Quibblo through applications built for various social networking sites, embed the Quibblo widget in their personal website or blog, or use the Quibblo Polls Widget available on the Apple iPhone. To learn more about Quibblo. com, contact Pangea Media at 1-617-923-0000 or www. pangeamedia. com.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Leading Health Plan CEOs Offer Outlook for Reform, New Products and Coverage Trends in 2010

Leading Health Plan CEOs Offer Outlook for Reform, New Products and Coverage Trends in 2010

In exclusive interviews with HPW, top executives from CIGNA Corp., Geisinger Health System, CDPHP, Tufts Health Plan and Medica weigh in on reform, as well as give insight into their outlook for new products and market trends they expect in the year ahead.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) December 23, 2009

AIS's "Health Plan Week" (HPW) - Twelve Months ago, health plan CEOs told HPW that they were optimistic about health reform and were encouraged that it would be a top priority for the incoming administration. A year later, they are unanimous in saying reform efforts are headed in the wrong direction.

In exclusive interviews with HPW, top executives from CIGNA Corp., Geisinger Health System, CDPHP, Tufts Health Plan and Medica weigh in on reform, as well as give insight into their outlook for new products and market trends they expect in the year ahead. To read the interviews and the Dec. 21 issue of HPW, visit http://www. aishealth. com/pdf/hpw122109_ESPC11.pdf (http://www. aishealth. com/pdf/hpw122109_ESPC11.pdf).

"Health Plan Week" asks five industry leaders questions that include:

-- Which of your insurance products do you expect to fare best and worst in the
Next year?

-- Of the ideas discussed in the health reform debate, which do you consider the most critical for health insurers? Most troubling?

-- What major changes in benefit plan design do you think will take hold in the market in 2010?

-- As the individual market grows increasingly important to health plans, what will you do in the next year to streamline costs?

HPW subscribers receive a steady flow of valuable strategies and tested guidance on many issues, including: enrollment trends and market share, new product design, and much more. Take a look what else is covered in the Dec. 21 issue:

-- "Brokers Pair High-Deductibles with Creativity to Cut Rates" -- a look at emerging trends in the individual and small-group markets

-- "Savvy Employers Are Launching Their Own 'Reform' Tactics for 2010" -- uncovering strategies being used by large employers to control coverage costs

-- "Reimbursement Cuts Prompt Holiday Shopping for MA Plans" -- an overview of the Annual Enrollment Period for Medicare

To read these articles in their entirety as well as the exclusive HPW interviews with five leading health plans, go to http://www. aishealth. com/pdf/hpw122109_ESPC11.pdf (http://www. aishealth. com/pdf/hpw122109_ESPC11.pdf) today.

About "Health Plan Week" (HPW):
Published since 1991, HPW provides the health care industry with timely business, financial and regulatory news of the health insurance industry -- with the inside news, targeted data and expert analysis that will help you monitor all of the changes ahead under health reform and improve your organization's bottom line. Subscriptions include 45 weekly issues and quarterly spreadsheets (sent via e-mail) with key financial indicators for 50 leading health plans.


Miracle on the Hudson Pilot Helps Fearful Fliers in Need

Miracle on the Hudson Pilot Helps Fearful Fliers in Need

Jeffrey Skiles, co-pilot of US Airways Flight 1549 “The Miracle on the Hudson” which made a successful emergency landing in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, is once again helping airline passengers in desperate need of help.

Waunakee, WI (PRWEB) December 9, 2009

Skiles has recently contributed his expertise and authored a foreword to the Takeoff Today Program, the popular program for overcoming the fear of flying available at http://www. fearofflyingphobia. com (http://www. fearofflyingphobia. com). In the foreword, he candidly speaks of his own experience on Flight 1549, and exactly how despite that life changing day, he was able to return back to the cockpit within two short weeks without nerves, fear, or apprehension.

Rich Presta, the author of the Takeoff Today Program states, “The fear of flying can be incredibly destructive to people’s lives and may prevent them from nurturing relationships with friends and family, pursuing careers that involve air travel, or simply seeing all that the world has to offer. During the development of the Takeoff Today Program, we worked with many pilots, flight attendants, airline mechanics, air traffic controllers, and others in the aviation industry to ensure we provide the best information possible, but we are certainly fortunate and thankful to have such a powerful contribution from someone as esteemed and noteworthy as Jeffrey Skiles.”

It has been estimated that one in four individuals suffer from the fear of flying and that the number of people effected in the US alone numbers in the millions. The contribution Skiles has made will allow fearful fliers to gain an understanding of flying from a pilots’ perspective and goes to great lengths to clear up myths and misconceptions about flying that cause unnecessary anxiety for many passengers.

In fact, not only is Skiles without fear since he has returned to flying, he goes on to state, "As a pilot of great experience who has literally survived a plane crash, I anxiously await my next flight. When you close that cockpit door, you leave all the troubles of the world on the other side. You are transported to a world of great beauty. There is no experience quite like picking your way through a thunderstorm line at 37,000 feet. Watching the storm cells grow and roil like living things before your eyes; the cloud tops blowing off the top downwind. Or the beauty of the night sky on a red eye flight. Turn down the cockpit lights crank your seat all the way up and pressing your nose against the windshield and try to count the stars, an impossible and humbling feat. There’s something about leaving the earth that puts all the things you thought were important in perspective"

Skiles’ foreword and a great deal of material for fearful fliers can be access for free on the Takeoff Today Program website at http://www. FearofFlyingPhobia. com (http://www. FearofFlyingPhobia. com). Presta added, “It’s important to me that people struggling with a fear of flying have access to the information they need to overcome their fear, so we make it easy for everyone to learn the truth about flying so they can put their fears behind them. For many, our complimentary material is all they need to begin flying in comfort. Others may choose to pursue the more advanced material we offer for extreme anxiety and panic, but I think it’s reasonable to say we offer more quality material than any other program, website, or resource anywhere for the fear of flying.”

Rich Presta developed the Takeoff Today Program after successfully overcoming his own fear of flying. His programs and books on anxiety and fears have been seen in Psychology Today and Natural Health magazines, as well as on Discovery Health channel, and MSNBC. Jeffrey Skiles was the First Officer on Flight 1549, has been flying for over 34 years and has logged over 20,000 hours of flying time. For more information on the Takeoff Today Program or obtain a complimentary copy of the foreword authored by Jeffery Skiles, visit http://www. FearofFlyingPhobia. com (http://www. FearofFlyingPhobia. com).


Fast Track Your SEO with Link Popularity Services

Fast Track Your SEO with Link Popularity Services

Stop waiting for your SEO to start working -- 3 months is too long. Every major search engine uses Link Popularity in determining search engine results placement and when combined with solid SEO practices eLinking can power you to the top of your keyword search engine results page.

(PRWEB) September 22, 2004

Stop waiting for your SEO to start working -- 3 months is too long. Every major search engine uses Link Popularity in determining search engine results placement and when combined with solid SEO practices eLinking can power you to the top of your keyword search engine results page. eLinking. com utilizes a proprietary network of well trafficked Web Sites to get you listed at over 500 Web Sites overnight. This drives your Link Popularity through the roof in days not months.

To prove their point, eLinking provides a free reporting service called the "eLinking Link Popularity Score" which ranks Web Sites solely on Link Popularity and enables you to track your historical Link Popularity so you can visually see your sites rise at all of the major search engines. It's certainly worth running the report against your site, as all those who do, receive a free 1 week listing on eLinkings' main page -- and any link is better than no link at all.

Subscribers to the eLinking Service ($495.00 per year) will receive a listing across an exclusive network of over 500 Web Sites and in just 1 week, eLinking claims you could easily see your Link Popularity increase by 1000% to 2000% percent, see their case studies at http://www. elinking. com (http://www. elinking. com) for back up data and restrictions. Combined with Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Placement, eLinking appears to be one of the most powerful tools to push your web site to the top of its keyword category.

What's your sites eLinking Score?

ELinking. com experts have defined an algorithm that applies specific criteria and weights to each search engines' Link Popularity results and calculates a single digit score ranging from 0 to 5 (5 being the highest). To learn where your site ranks visit http://www. elinking. com (http://www. elinking. com) and click on "FREE Link Popularity Report". The vast majority of web sites score a 0. eLinking guarantees a ranking of at least a "1" for their subscribers and they claim that most of their clients reach a "2" within a few months of their initial listing with eLinking. A "2", apparently, is very good, sites reaching the heights of a 3, 4 or 5 are some of the top sites on the internet and spend 10's of thousands of dollars per month on advertising and generally have thousands of clients and hundreds of affiliates.

Internet Professionals, SEO & SEP Consultants earn BIG Money!

ELinking offers professionals 2 methods for earning additional revenue. 1) Anyone purchasing eLinking services for 5 or more sites will earn a $100 discount off the first year, or 2) Join the eLinking Affiliate program and you can offer your clients a necessary and important service while you earn a BIG $100 -- that's a 20% commission!

About eLinking. com

ELinking is Link Popularity Service Provider. eLinking has a proprietary network of over 500 sites; these sites are categorized in a vast array topics and industries including Health and wellness, rentals, construction, sports, business services, accounting, entertainment and Internet resource sites. eLinking is a BMGI Ventures company.

About BMGI Ventures

Founded in 2000, BMGI Ventures is in the business of taking business and product ideas from concept to profitability. We do this in a few different ways including direct investment, incubation, joint ventures and partnerships. Although we occasionally do invest in unsolicited ventures, the majority of our business comes through professional referrals from trusted parties. We tend to work best in the process automation arena, regardless of industry and we always attempt to leverage existing investments in order to reduce overhead. Recent investments include Vertical Answer (http://www. verticalanswer. com (http://www. verticalanswer. com)), Healthistics (http://www. healthistics. com (http://www. healthistics. com)) and AccountWell (http://www. accountwell. com (http://www. accountwell. com)).

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December 2009 Architectural Digest's New Theme Issue: People and Places

December 2009 Architectural Digest's New Theme Issue: People and Places

Architectural Digest's December issue features a new theme: interesting people and their interesting places. The selection of individuals is as diverse as their homes--four fashion designers, a former NBA player, three actors and a pop star!

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 11, 2009

Architectural Digest's (http://www. architecturaldigest. com/) December issue features a new theme: interesting people and their interesting places. The selection of individuals is as diverse as their homes--four fashion designers, a former NBA player, three actors and a pop star!

Donna Karan's vacation home in the Turks and Caicos was a promise to her late husband who dreamed of a retreat where their family could enjoy total privacy, but be together. After starting the Urban Zen Foundation in his memory, Karan began working on the family compound. The East-West fusion escape was modeled after a Balinese health resort. "I can't live without my steam bath!" says Karan of her island home, which is filled with divans, canopy beds and beanbag chairs. To her delight, "There is nothing in the place that you can't fall asleep on." With rattan ceilings, dark woods and a seamless transition from indoors to out, here Karan is living with nature and admits, "My ideal dwelling is a tree house."

Sir Elton John and his partner, filmmaker David Furnish, asked Martyn Lawrence Bullard to create a 1970s vibe for their Los Angeles home. "Our goal for this apartment was neither entertaining nor having houseguests--it's about function," says Furnish. "Beyond that, Elton just said, 'Color. I want color.'" Bullard recalls, "Immediately I thought: Boogie Nights." The result? Shimmering emerald walls, platinum-leaf ceilings, baseboards inset with polished steel and baths with glass-bead wallpaper. According to Furnish, "After the initial walk-through, Elton never sees a project agin utnil it's finished, which puts pressure on everybody. The first time we visited this apartment, he didn't like much of anything. So when he finally saw the finished product, he couldn't believe it was the same apartment. His jaw hit the floor."

Kelsey Grammer, currently starring in ABC's Hank, spruces up the former home of his hero, Henry Mancini; Ferruccio Ferragamo rebuilds the vineyard, game preserve and village of his Tuscan estate; Leonard Lauder creates a private research library in Manhattan for his vintage poster collection; and Magic Johnson, who recently co-authored the book When the Game Was Ours with Larry Bird, gets an assist from the family-run Kreiss company with furniture that will accommodate his oversized frame.

Visit architecturaldigest. com (http://www. architecturaldigest. com/) for expanded coverage of the issue including: an update on Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation in New Orleans; and a slideshow with the previously published homes of Sir Elton John.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

WellWorld Science Introduces Livea, a Safe and Natural Appetite Control Supplement

WellWorld Science Introduces Livea, a Safe and Natural Appetite Control Supplement

Advanced aid in weight loss without caffeine, fat blockers, fiber or other stimulants Livea was developed by gastroenterologist Dr. Joseph Fayad to fight against the overweight and obesity condition in the millions of Americans suffering from the epidemic.

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) August 29, 2009

After tireless research and an extensive open-label weight loss study, WellWorld Science introduces Livea, a doctor-developed, non-prescription patent pending appetite control supplement that does not contain stimulants, fat blockers, artificial sweeteners, fiber or any other synthetic ingredients typically found in leading weight loss and appetite control products. Livea contains a proprietary blend of natural ingredients that work together to promote safe, healthy, and consistent weight loss without subjecting the consumer to side effects, a strict diet regimen, extreme calorie counting, or ingesting stimulants or harmful ingredients. Taken once a day, Livea is designed to help the millions of adults in the United States considered overweight and/or obese by virtue of helping to solve two major issues regarding weight loss and weight management: portion control and cutting food cravings.

The formation of WellWorld Science and the creation of its anchor product, Livea, results from the work of Doctor Joseph Fayad over the course of 30 years. The recent advancements in technology have enabled WellWorld Science to verify the efficacy and safety of Dr. Fayad's theories. Dr. Fayad is a nationally recognized and highly respected gastroenterologist and endocrinologist whose passion has been the study of obesity and the overweight condition. Dr. Fayad attended medical school at the University of Rome and completed an internship at the University of New York - Buffalo, where he studied Endocrinology and Gastrointestinal hormone development, resulting in a Gastroenterology fellowship and Certificate in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. How Livea works in the body is considered by several leading doctors as breakthrough "new science" with the result being the first all-natural and possibly the most advanced appetite control product developed to fight against the overweight condition in the millions of adults.

"Livea works on the principle of affecting portion control," stated Dr. Fayad. "In order to lose weight naturally, a person must burn more calories than are consumed and Livea safely and effectively enhances a person's ability to consume less calories."

"You will feel less hungry throughout the day when taking Livea because it naturally activates 'appetite peptides' that transmit fullness signals to help you stop eating. You will not feel jittery or stimulated because Livea does not contain caffeine, hoodia, green tea or any other stimulant, and you will not have to experience those embarrassing oily discharges associated with fat blocker products. Livea will simply empower you to control your food portions, reduce your hunger desires, and ultimately aid your weight loss in a safe, non-addictive manner," added Dr. Fayad.

In an independent, open-label weight loss study, men and women reported weight loss of between 18 and up to 59 pounds with no adverse side effects. Safe, consistent weight loss on Livea continues to be achieved by these subjects.

Livea works by significantly elevating the body's 'appetite peptides'. The appetite peptides are related to satiety (fullness). The graph at http://www. livea. com/features/?entry=13 (http://www. livea. com/features/?entry=13) shows the 'Livea Effect' on one of the body's 'appetite peptides,' glp1. Livea stimulates glp1 and the other appetite peptides longer and more intensely than eating a regular meal, thereby controlling the appetite and restricting the desire to overeat.

Livea, manufactured in the USA, is now available online at http://www. Livea. com (http://www. Livea. com) and in select doctor's offices and clinic outlets. To learn more about Livea, visit http://www. Livea. com (http://www. Livea. com).

About Wellworld Science
WellWorld Science develops and distributes a series of non-pharmaceutical/nutraceutical products specifically targeted to improve consumers' general health, wellness, and well being. The Company's products, in general, target the ever-expanding global epidemic of the overweight condition and obesity. The Company's cornerstone product, Livea, is a patent-pending appetite control product that has mass appeal to the millions of adults in the United States considered overweight or obese by virtue of solving the issue of portion control and the feeling of satiety.

Livea was developed and is distributed by WellWorld Science. LiveaTM and WellWorld ScienceTM are trademarks of WellWorld Science. ©2009 WellWorld Science. All rights reserved. FDA WARNING: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Monday, September 22, 2008

Women Buck U. S. Obesity Trend -- Brides, Children, Families to Celebrate Fit Women in New York City, 9a. m., Friday, August 5, Bethesda Fountain, Central Park

Women Buck U. S. Obesity Trend -- Brides, Children, Families to Celebrate Fit Women in New York City, 9a. m., Friday, August 5, Bethesda Fountain, Central Park

MeMe Roth, anti-obesity advocate and Wedding Gown Challenge host, is this week's guest on 106.7 Litefm's "Spot-Lite on New York." Listen Sunday, July 24th at 6a. m. Eastern.

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 22, 2005

While most U. S. adults succumb to today's obesity epidemic and brides-to-be across the country starve themselves into unhealthy and unrealistic weights for just one day--their wedding day--The Wedding Gown Challenge reaches its two-week countdown. The Wedding Gown Challenge celebrates like-minded women who have chosen to be fit before, during and well after their "big day."

Today, there is little expectation that women will hover near their wedding day size. However, the facts according to Yale New Haven Hospital, and others, is that women need only blame five to 10 pounds on pregnancy. Additionally, gaining a modest 10-20 pounds after age 18 materially compromises one's health. According to the New England Journal of Medicine and reported by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), gaining merely 10-20 pounds after age 18 increases your chance of premature death by 15%.

"Unless we have a doctor's note, let's take responsibility for keeping our bodies fit and healthy--and those of our children," said MeMe Roth, anti-obesity advocate and host of The Wedding Gown Challenge. "It's pointless to list excuses why we're fat. Instead let's do something about it and celebrate women who are succeeding at staying fit."

Women from across the country are putting on their gowns, and comfortable shoes, and joining in the New York City Wedding Gown Challenge. Those without access to their gowns will wear white. Those unable to make the trip to New York will host events among friends, like Susie Barnhill.

"I wish I could be in New York--maybe next year," said Susie Barnhill, suburban-Atlanta wife and mother of two. "This year, my friends are coming over and we're doing our own Wedding Gown Challenge. We'll be toasting all of you fit women in New York."

Some will join in The Wedding Gown Challenge simply to show support. One woman with fitness aspirations plans to wear her veil this year--the only item she claims still fits from her wedding day. However, next year, she plans to be fully decked out in her gown.

The Wedding Gown Challenge is in response to the deluge of data, advice and warnings regarding obesity. "Women are at the center of the obesity epidemic. We make more than 90% of food-buying decisions. It's on us to stop the surge in obesity," added Ms. Roth.

Wedding Gown Challenge: August 5, 2005, New York
Friday, August 5, 2005 8am - CBS The Early Show window at 59th Street and 5th Avenue 9am - Procession to Bethesda Fountain - Central Park Special Bouquet Toss (Sponsored by 1-800-FLOWERS. com) RSVP http://weddinggownchallenge. blogspot. com/ (http://weddinggownchallenge. blogspot. com/)

About MeMe Roth
MeMe Roth is host and organizer of the Wedding Gown Challenge. As an anti-obesity advocate, Ms. Roth's efforts to eliminate junk food from schools and to celebrate women committed to remaining fit have been featured on Fox's Your World with Neil Cavuto, New York Magazine, The New York Post, Playboy Magazine, The New Jersey Star-Ledger, WABCRadio, 106.7 LiteFM, Q104.3, Parents Magazine, Vicinity Magazine, School Administrator, American School Board Journal, The Winnipeg Sun, UPN Channel 9 News, News Target, Baristanet. com, The Item, WCRN Boston, BigFatBlog and Health Magazine. http://weddinggownchallenge. blogspot. com/ (http://weddinggownchallenge. blogspot. com/)

MeMe Roth, anti-obesity advocate and host of The Wedding Gown Challenge, is this week's guest on 106.7 Lite fm's "Spot-Lite on New York." Listen Sunday, July 24th at 6a. m. Eastern.


Sunday, September 21, 2008

2011 Global Spa Summit will Shine Spotlight on Fastest-Growing Global Spa, Hotel and Tourism Market

2011 Global Spa Summit will Shine Spotlight on Fastest-Growing Global Spa, Hotel and Tourism Market

Asia Pacific Leads World in: Economic and Tourism Recovery & Growth - Hotel/Spa Development Pipeline

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 19, 2011

The Global Spa Summit (GSS), the leading annual event for spa and wellness industry executives, heads to Asia for the first time in its five-year history when the conference convenes in Bali, Indonesia from May 15-18, 2011. And, under the 2011 Summit theme “Engage the Change: The Customer. The Money. The Future,” a key focus of the agenda will be to explore the diverse, emerging spa and wellness markets; investment opportunities; and hospitality/tourism models across the Asia-Pacific region - the fastest-growing hotel and spa economy in the world.

"With the Global Spa Summit coming to Bali in 2011, the entire Asia-Pacific region will benefit from a wealth of up-to-date industry knowledge and the collective insight of the global industry players that will gather,” noted Andrew Jacka, Chairman of the Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Coalition (APSWC), a non-profit organization formed to bridge organizations across the region’s spa and wellness industries. “Diverse therapies that spa operators around the world now consider ‘standard spa menu offerings’ all have their roots firmly in Asia. We look forward to welcoming the worldwide spa industry to Asia Pacific."

Research firms concur that across nearly every metric, from overall economic and tourism growth - to the hotel/spa pipeline - to hotel financial performance measures, Asia Pacific is the current leader and future “market to watch.”

A Few Facts:
 Quickest Economic Rebound: For Asia Pacific hotels, the falloff from the global recession was the briefest, and the recovery fastest, compared with any global region. Occupancy, Average Daily Rate and RevPAR all clocked double-digit increases in 2010 over 2009.  Unmatched Hotel Pipeline: Asia Pacific has the largest number of hotels and spas under development of any region worldwide. 77% of 2011 Asian hotel expansion is earmarked for the world’s fastest-growing economies: China and India. 2,009 total hotel projects (484,161 rooms) are currently in the Asia Pacific pipeline.  China & India: 1,248 hotel projects (336,349 rooms) are slated for China, representing 35% of the world’s total hotel projects (and 44% of all rooms under construction globally). China’s hotel pipeline is larger than every other global market combined, when the U. S. is excluded. India boasts the 2nd-fastest-growing Asian pipeline, with 450-plus projects and nearly 80,000 rooms under construction.  The Luxury Pipeline: 33,000 luxury hotel rooms are under development, adding over a third to the existing inventory of 116,000 luxury rooms.  Explosive International Brand Expansion: Every high-end global brand has aggressive, regional development programs underway. I. e., the 33,000 luxury rooms under construction are being developed by some 25 brands, with Shangri-La, InterContinental and Kempinski contributing nearly 14,000 rooms to the mix. Other major brand movers: Accor, Banyan Tree, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt, Langham Hotels, Mandara, Marriott International, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Taj Resorts, Hotels & Palaces, etc. etc.  Tourism Powerhouse: China is predicted to be the world’s largest tourist destination within 5 years, and Asia Pacific outbound travel broke records in 2010, growing 15% from ‘09. China, South Korea, Vietnam and Malaysia all saw 20%-plus outbound tourism increases, while Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and India also clocked double-digit growth. By 2020, Chinese outbound travelers are predicted to double, while Indians traveling abroad should grow five-fold. By 2015, China will have 100 million outbound travelers, more than visit France (the world’s #1 tourist destination) each year. In anticipation of the Global Spa Summit taking place in Asia this year, top industry analysts and regional experts were asked to weigh in on the spa market component within the Asia Pacific hospitality/tourism explosion.

Experts on Asia Pacific Spa Industry Growth:
Jan Freitag, Vice President of Global Development, Smith Travel Research (Global leaders in market share analysis and data collection for the hospitality industry): “As 2011 unfolds the luxury hotel development activity in Asia will continue to heat up. While not all 33,000 luxury rooms will be added in 2011, it’s fair to assume that a significant portion will welcome guests over the next 48 months. And it’s safe to assume that the vast majority of these hotels include a spa and work-out related facilities, as these have moved from ‘optional’ to de facto standard amenities.”

Julie Garrow, Founder & Managing Director of Intelligent Spas, a leading independent research company specializing in the spa industry: “The majority of spa owners and managers in the Asia Pacific region predict double-digit growth in total spa revenue in 2011. Many spa concepts put on hold during the downturn are now back on track, and preliminary results of Intelligent Spas’ Global Spa Benchmark Program suggest the size of the regional spa industry is forecast to increase by approximately 16% during 2011.”

Andrew Jacka, Chairman of the Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Coalition (APSWC) “The Asia Pacific spa market has shown rapid growth in recent years, often exceeding 20% annually, as the middle class expands and society as a whole recognizes the importance of preventative healthcare. We see further steady and sustainable industry growth for the Asia-Pacific spa industry in the foreseeable future."

2010’s “Asian Spa Capital,” Bali, Plays Host:
Quite fittingly, 2010’s “Asian Spa Capital,” Bali, Indonesia, plays host to the upcoming Summit. As a more mature (and yet still expanding) tourism and spa market, Bali saw an 11% growth in tourism arrivals in 2010 (attracting a record 2.5 million visitors), where world-renowned, centuries-old spa/wellness traditions exist alongside numerous state-of-the-art luxury spa resorts. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Indonesia, is a Platinum Sponsor of the 2011 Summit, helping educate assembled delegates (and the world) about the extraordinary pan-Asian spa market, and the unique opportunities and offerings within Bali and Indonesia.

Summit registration: http://www. cvent. com/EVENTS/Info/Summary. aspx? e=7b1d0897-311b-404c-9e4e-cf14c664eb9a

Information regarding registration/sponsorship opportunities:
Email info(at)globalspasummit(dot)org or visit http://www. globalspasummit. org/

Press inquiries:
Beth McGroarty @ beth (at) rbicom (dot) com (+1 213 300 0107)

About Global Spa Summit: The Global Spa Summit is an annual event that attracts top-level executives and leaders from around the world with an interest in the spa and wellness industries. Delegates from diverse sectors including hospitality, tourism, finance, medicine, real estate, manufacturing, technology, consulting, products and other related industries attend this intimate, high-level gathering focused on advancing the spa and wellness sectors. The Summit has been responsible for some of the most important recent spa industry research, including the landmark Global Spa Economy Report and Spas and the Global Wellness Market: Synergies and Opportunities (both conducted by SRI International). The Summit was honored as the "Spa Event of the Year" for both 2009 and 2010 by AsiaSpa magazine’s awards program. The 2010 conference in Istanbul, Turkey, attracted a record number of delegates (40 different countries, from all continents).

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Deploy Provides Single Sign-On User Access Via Integration with Netegrity

Deploy Provides Single Sign-On User Access Via Integration with Netegrity

Deploy Solutions™ Announces that it has integrated with Netegrity SiteMinder to Utilize Netegrity’s Single Sign On Capabilities.

WESTWOOD, MA (PRWEB) February 5, 2005

Deploy Solutions™, a premier provider of applicant tracking, electronic recruiting and talent optimization solutions, has announced an integration of the Deploy Enterprise Talent Suite™ with the single sign-on capabilities of Netegrity SiteMinder. This integration enables customers to access their Deploy system along with other enterprise software applications without the need to remember multiple passwords or sign on manually to each application.

The SiteMinder Policy Server controls authentication information for each user, thereby eliminating the need for administrators to maintain passwords within the Deploy system. The SiteMinder Web Agent directly authenticates users and then passes user requests via secure pathways to Deploy Application Servers. The SSO feature also enhances security management for Deploy clients by limiting the number of passwords issued and thus, the risk associated with keeping those passwords secure.

DeployÂ’s enterprise customers can now benefit from the SiteMinder centralized security infrastructure for managing user authentication and access to web applications. Several existing customers including one of the largest telecommunication firms in the United States are already reaping the benefits of this capability.

"Deploy's enterprise customers are implementing single sign-on solutions to improve security, deliver a better user sign-on experience and reduce administration costs," said Dana Freeman, Vice President of Product Management at Deploy, "Through Deploy's alliance partnership with Netegrity, our customers are able to deliver their users seamless integration access to their Deploy system as a part of an enterprise portal."

About Netegrity

Netegrity, a division of Computer Associates, is a leading provider of security software solutions that securely manage identities and their access to enterprise information assets, letting business in while keeping risk out. Netegrity provides a comprehensive identity and access management product line for continuously evolving computing environments, including legacy, Web, and service-oriented architectures. NetegrityÂ’s flexible, standards-based offerings increase security, reduce administrative costs, and enable revenue enhancement. Supported by a network of over 1200 trained integration consultants and 300 technology partners, Netegrity solutions are licensed for more than 350 million users at over 850 organizations worldwide, including more than half of the Fortune 100. For more information, visit www. netegrity. com.

About Deploy Solutions

Deploy Solutions, Inc., provides companies a competitive advantage in the marketplace by allowing them to maximize their performance in recruiting, hiring and retaining top employees. The Deploy Enterprise Talent Suite™ is a flexible applicant tracking and optimization software solution that allows companies to measure staffing performance. The company draws upon flexible technology, deep domain experience and a comprehensive approach to HR metrics and analytics to drive measurable results for customers that include Southwest Airlines, Advocate Healthcare, Bank of America, Prudential, British Petroleum, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, FedEx and Fleet Boston. For more information, call 877-GO-DEPLOY (877-463-3756) or visit www. deploy. com.

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

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cars Are Not The Only Thing You Can Take for a Test Drive

Cars Are Not The Only Thing You Can Take for a Test Drive

Technologyy end user seminar that focuses on networking, education, and participation.

Addison, TX (PRWEB) September 15, 2006

Have you ever heard of “test driving” a software vendor for a full day? Stop and think for a moment--how often do you have the opportunity to walk into a room full of existing customers and speak with them regarding the vendor’s services, expertise, and credibility?

Terrell & Terrell, CPAs, LLP will be hosting their 8th annual end user seminar on November 16, 2006 and welcomes you to take them for a test drive. Unlike many other vendor-hosted conferences, this is a full day dedicated to providing value to customers and prospects through education of important business topics. Brian Terrell, principal of Terrell & Terrell, CPAs, LLP elaborates further: “We always introduce a keynote in the morning that covers a timely issue that affects all employees and managers. For instance, last year’s topic focused on data security and how to protect our privacy on the personal level and organizational level. This year, the keynote will be given by Harvey Fishero, President and CEO of the Medical Center of Plano. His speech will highlight why healthcare costs have escalated in the recent years and what problems are associated with it. A panel of healthcare lawyers and insurance representatives will also provide recommendations on how we as individuals, employees, and employers can cope with these rising costs and make them more affordable.”

Clearly, this firm differentiates themselves from other software vendors by not shining the spotlight on products. “Nobody wants to spend a day listening to how great Sage Accpac ERP is. The communication has changed because we listen to what our customers and prospects want to hear, see, and learn, and then we organize the day around that. They essentially set the agenda every year,” states Chris Firra, Senior Consultant.

So what’s after the keynote speech? The day has only just begun. After lunch at Fogo de Chao Churrascaria, the famous international Brazilian steakhouse, the audience divides into break-out sessions that feature specific areas of software technology. This year, participants can join sessions that cover a range of areas from Warehouse Management, Accounting, Human Resources, Voice-Over-IP, and Software Development. Sessions overview and registration is available at www. bterrell. com/thanksgiving06/ (http://www. bterrell. com/thanksgiving06/ )

So the last question: Why is the day branded as “Accpac Thanksgiving”? Both of the gentlemen chuckle and Brian volunteers, “Because all of our clients are end users of Sage Accpac ERP and it’s a day of giving back to them for being so good to us.”

About Terrell & Terrell, CPAs, LLP

Originating as a traditional accounting firm, Terrell & Terrell, CPAs has evolved into a company that solely focuses on software technology. Founded in 1992, their current clientele base includes more than 75 active clients that cover over twelve different industries. Their services include consulting, software sales, training, and program development. With over eight full-time developers, their staff understands how to automate functionalities and tailor solutions to a client’s needs. Terrell & Terrell, CPAs, LLP is an authorized reseller of Sage Software and supports Sage Accpac ERP and Sage CRM.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Cheatwood Honey Brand Announces the Launch of their Website

Cheatwood Honey Brand Announces the Launch of their Website

With the e-commerce element of their website, they are able to offer shipping within North America and also provide the kind of friendly customer service Cheatwood’s has come to be known for.

Sapulpa, OK (Vocus) November 8, 2010

Cheatwood, Limited announces the launch of their website. “Cheatwood’s Honey brand has never really put a large focus on marketing, particularly e-commerce because its following was primarily based on regional retail customers and word-of-mouth loyal consumer recommendations. Cheatwood’s new website and e-commerce focus is another way to serve their already loyal consumer while gaining awareness of new untapped potential consumers via the internet,” said Amy Campbell, Owner and Director of All that Happens at The Red Checker, LLC, and the marketing consultant for Cheatwood’s brand.

“Our honey is pure and we never add anything and we also always use only USDA Grade-A American grown honey,” said Tim Holman, VP of Business Development for Cheatwood’s. “Our uncompromising pursuit for the highest quality honey is the secret to Cheatwood's light-colored, mild flavor and why our honey is the best compliment to many food and drink items. We also have light molasses available as well,” stated Holman. “We know some loyal customers have moved around a fair bit or visited the area but cannot get the product in their local marketplace,” Holman continues, “and though we’ve grown our distribution considerably through distribution channels such as WalMart Neighborhood Markets, Whole Foods and Valu-Merchandisers and Kehe Distributors over the last 10 years, we realize the vast majority of our consumers are now communicating and buying hard to locate items over the internet. We want to be sure we are accessible to customers who already know about the quality of our products as well as reach a new consumer.”

With the e-commerce element of their website, they are able to offer shipping within North America and also provide the kind of friendly customer service Cheatwood’s has come to be known for. “We are not looking to get rich on the internet, we just want to be convenient to consumers and enable them to find Cheatwood’s Pure Raw Honey when looking for a 100% American-made pure raw honey online when they don’t have retail access. Our primary e-commerce consumers will be our already loyal customers and those looking for healthful alternatives to sugar without sacrificing that deliciously sweet and mild flavor found in the Cheatwood gold-label product,” said Holman.

About Cheatwood’s Honey
Cheatwood's originated in Maud, OK, when Bud and Hazel Cheatwood began processing locally grown pure clover leaf pollinated honey. In the late 1970's the Cheatwood's brand went statewide through the efforts of Don "BEAR" Price who spent 9 years pioneering the brand in the state of Oklahoma. Later, the production facilities were moved to Holdenville, OK. Cheatwood's Honey was acquired by the Holman family in 1991 and production facilities are now based in Sapulpa, OK. Today, Cheatwood's Honey is still made from the finest 100% USDA Grade-A Pure Raw Honey. Acquired in 1991 by the Holman family and distributed in the mid and southwest, Cheatwood’s is a privately held pure, raw honey manufacturing company whose mission is to make the Cheatwood honey the freshest USDA Grade A pure raw honey available at the best price possible to the consumer. Inquiries into products and health benefits should be addressed to Cheatwood’s customer service at: (800) 281-1352.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

How Not to Handle a COBRA Coverage Notification

How Not to Handle a COBRA Coverage Notification

Many employers make a short-sighted decision to trust the task of handling COBRA health coverage conversions to benbefit plan adminsitrators who perform the least legally req1uired notification without providing personal support to departing employees. This policy turns out to be a mistake if an emplyee claims damages under federal law.

(PRWEB) November 10, 2004

Freedom Benefits Association uses a recent legal case reported in major news services this week to illustrate the importance of proper coaching of former employees who are being dropped from an employerÂ’s health plan. Many firms provide group health coverage but few provide former employees with help on how to best convert their coverage after termination of employment. This often leads to poor decisions by employees and an increased likelihood of future legal actions.

An employer in Illinois (identified as Powell v. Paterno Imports, Ltd., 2004 U. S. Dist. LEXIS 21724 N. D. Ill. 2004) wound up in federal court over a dispute as to whether a COBRA notice was delivered to a former employee. Federal law requires that employers send this notice to departing employees, but there is no requirement to ensure that the notice is received or that the employee understands the options available. Most benefits administrators perform the minimum required task, as in this case. The COBRA notice was properly sent by certified mail by the employerÂ’s benefits administrator but the employee never went to the post office to pick it up. Ultimately the court case against the employer was thrown out by a federal judge but the company could have saved thousands of dollars in legal fees simply by duplicating the COBRA notice by regular mail and e-mail. Third party benefits advisers at firms like Freedom Benefits Association typically make personal contact and provide individual support to the departing employee to ensure that all commutations are clear and that the employee understands the options. In the large majority of cases, COBRA coverage is not the best option for the former employee, but nevertheless the employer can be charged with fines and financial damages from unpaid medical bills when another coverage option is not selected.

The best prevention from legal threats under COBRA law from former employees is to ensure that they are not financially hurt from being removed from the employer’s benefit plans. Substituting less expensive individual insurance coverage is usually the best option from both the employer’s and employee’s perspective. More than nine out of ten departing employees consulted individually select alternate short term medical insurance over COBRA coverage, according to Freedom Benefits Association. In this legal case the employer hired a firm to handle the employer’s benefit plan needs, but apparently did not address the employee’s concerns following dismissal from employment and did not offer alternative coverage. The employee took the easiest course of action – bought no coverage and later sued the employer. A benefit plan that provided individual support to the employee following termination of employment would have cost very little (if anything) but saved a lot. Freedom Benefits Association is an advocate for independent personal support services for employees, including recently terminated employees.

More information on group health plan support is available at http://www. freedombenefits. org (http://www. freedombenefits. org) and information about COBRA coverage and alternatives is available at http://www. COBRAplan. com (http://www. COBRAplan. com).


World's Top-ranked Olive Oil Website Launches New Online Store

World's Top-ranked Olive Oil Website Launches New Online Store

The Olive Oil Source, the top ranked olive oil related website in the world, today announced the launch of their latest online venture, The Olive Oil Source Boutique, which will complement their existing wholesale store. The Boutique features hiqh-quality retail products for the kitchen and the home, body and bath, the hobbyist, and of course a large selection of olive oils and vinegars.

Santa Ynez, CA (PRWEB) October 29, 2010

The Olive Oil Source, today announced the launch of The Olive Oil Source Boutique, their latest online venture. The Boutique features a full array of specialized retail products for the kitchen and the home, hand-selected by the same award-winning team that has serviced the olive oil industry for years.

“Long before olive oil became known by its nickname “EVOO” to foodies in the U. S., The Olive Oil Source was providing growers, producers and enthusiasts with a central source of information and products to help promote the growth of the olive oil business. The Olive Oil Source team had essentially created the first “social network” all about olive oil - before internet blogs and forums - by bringing people together from around the world who share our passion,” stated Antoinette Addison, co-owner with her husband, Shawn. “In addition to being a global industry resource for information, we also already offered an extensive line of wholesale products for the commercial market. So it wasn't a surprise that we were getting retail customers looking for guidance on where to find the best olive oil related products. They wanted gift suggestions for friends and family, skin care products, products to enhance the home, and of course, companion ingredients that make the most of the best extra virgin olive oils. Creating The Olive Oil Source Boutique to fulfill that market demand just seemed like a natural evolution of our business,” Addison added.

Unlike many aggregate-retail sites, the products offered by The Olive Oil Source Boutique have been hand-selected by the team. “As we expanded into areas like skin care, clothing, and housewares, maintaining our long-standing reputation for quality products was critical to us. We will always follow the same philosophy that is the hallmark of our business. We will only offer what we personally know to be the very best products we can find – whether it is balsamic vinegars from Italy, soaps from France, or extra virgin olive oils from the United States,” said Shawn Addison, President.

Within the “For the Palate” section of the site, an impressive array of 55 olive oilsis offered, ranging from 9 single varietal extra virgin olive oils to 13 flavored olive oils sure to inspire the most discerning chef. Just in time for the harvest and holidays, seasonal and holiday-inspired blends, certified organic oils, and gift-boxed sets round out the many options. Fruit-based or classically aged balsamic vinegars from California and Italy are showcased alongside wonderful serving ideas of ceramic dishes, linens, and olive wood pieces in “For the Home”.

“We’ve learned from our own “Tip of the Month” column, by Carol Firenze of The Passionate Olive, that olive oil can be used in all sorts of ways to enhance health and happiness. We selected French soap and lotion products from Marius Fabre that we are confident will do just that. You’ll find a soothing line in “For the Body and Mind”, said Antoinette Addison. True to their roots, The Olive Oil Source Boutique also offers small-scale production help with harvesting and milling products, in “For Hobbyists”, selected from many years of experience supplying equipment to larger producers.

“We could never have created our new site without the tremendous contributions of our world-class web team, including designers Michaela Kalff and Laura Segal of KS and web developers, Jean-Pierre and Mary Dautricourt. With their invaluable assistance, the design of the site will allow us to help customers in the selection process with smart-choice technology and to continually add new products, like the upcoming Club Members Program”, she said.

For all your olive oil related needs, visit The Olive Oil Source Boutique. If you are a grower, producer or marketer of olive oil products, you may also want to visit The Olive Oil Sourcemain site for more information and products that can help your business.

About The Olive Oil Source:
The Olive Oil Source is the most comprehensive olive oil resource for information, trends, and products on everything related to olive oil. Producers seeking information on the latest commercial equipment, retailers looking to source olive oil related products, or consumers interested in the latest trends in olive oil will find "Everything but the Olive" at The Olive Oil Source.

The Olive Oil Source is owned and operated by Shawn and Antoinette Addison who have graduate education degrees in agricultural sciences and economics from Ecole Nationale d'Agronomie in France and from Stanford University and manage their own organic olive orchard and mill in the Santa Ynez Valley. They are among a select group of industry experts able to provide customers with information and products based on both current research and field experience. Visit The Olive Oil Source’s website.

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Skincare and Hair Solutions: Treating Female Hair Loss With Skin Care Secrets

Skincare and Hair Solutions: Treating Female Hair Loss With Skin Care Secrets

Skincare-News. com delves into female hair loss, a surprisingly common condition, in order to offer glimpses of the newest and greatest treatments.

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) July 21, 2008

More and more, hair loss is becoming a common complaint for women and the statistics are startling. In total, an estimated 25 million American women suffer significant hair loss during their lifetime, bringing with it emotional distress and a growing need for treatment options. Skincare-News. com's latest article, "Hair Loss and Women looks at the various products specifically designed for women to treat hair loss that are now flooding the market.

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Contributing factors:

The good news is that most of the excess hair loss women are experiencing isn't genetic; rather, women suffer thinning hair primarily due to environmental factors such as stress, hormonal imbalances or chemical damage (such as from hair dye or permanent wave solutions). Other factors that can cause trauma to the hair can include medications, severe infections and poor blood circulation.

The mechanisms at work:

Normal, healthy hair has three growth cycles: growth or anagen phase, transitional or catagen phase and resting or telogen phase. According to eMedicine. com, up to 85-90% of hair on the scalp is normally in a growth phase, 10-14% in a resting phase (when hair typically sheds) and just 1-2% in a catagen phase, a growth pattern which helps ensure that the scalp is always covered by a healthy mane. When the hair follicle suffers trauma or damage, however, this cycle can be disrupted. Damaged hair follicles may fail to produce new hair shafts or start producing them at a greatly reduced rate, leaving the hair appearing thinner or less full. Also, when more hair follicles are in the resting phase, the thick crown of hair that once graced your shoulders may seem thinner.


Regardless of what caused an interruption to the normal hair growth cycle, once the trauma is alleviated, the excess hair loss should stop and healthy re-growth begin. But be patient: hair on the scalp can take as long as 4 years to complete an entire growth cycle. In the meantime, focus on supporting overall scalp health and strengthening hair follicles with treatments designed specifically to jump-start hair growth.

Product Picks:

Bolster hair follicle health in the shower with shampoos and conditioners designed for hair growth, such as one formulated with anti-oxidants and copper peptides to nurture existing hair as well as encourage new growth. Follow up with a conditioner contains reconstructive technology to visibly renew hair within a matter of weeks. Finally, to strengthen weak strands from the inside out, consider adding a supplement to your diet that contains essential ingredients like Biotin, Silica and L-Cysteine to give the hair a boost.

Skincare-News. com covers all skincare and beauty topics from head to toe. Check out these latest articles:

After Cosmetic Procedures
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As more and more people are resorting to cosmetic surgery for the occasion lift or tuck, understanding how to care for skin, post-procedure, is essential for the healing process. Unfortunately, swelling, scarring, skin sensitivity and bruising are among the common side effects of any cosmetic surgery. Continue reading for tips on how to keep the skin healthy and happy after undergoing some of the most common cosmetic procedures.

Brush up On Skin Care
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Skin 'brushing' is an exciting method of cleansing the skin that utilizes an electric, hand-held brush to provide a deep, thorough cleansing of the complexion. Even more exciting? For most skin types, electric skin brushes are gentle enough to be used twice daily, delivering twice the results. Utilizing an oscillating facial brush, cleansing the skin with a brush works in three ways: it deep cleans the skin, loosening dirt and oil; gently exfoliates away dry, dead skin cells and, stimulates blood and lymphatic flow to eliminate toxins and invigorate the skin.

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Known as "nature's beauty mineral," sulfur fights acne and other skin disorders such as dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis or flaky, reddish skin. Sulfur is also necessary for stabilizing keratin protein in hair and nails and aids in the synthesis of collagen, which prevents dryness and maintains elasticity in the skin. Overall, because of its ability to protect against harmful effects of radiation and pollution, sulfur slows down the physical signs of the aging process. Most commonly found in deep cleansing masks, sulfur is a key ingredient in shampoos, cleansing bars, topical treatments and exfoliants.

About SkinCare-News. com -- "Your Source for Intelligent Skin Care"
Skincare-News. com is the online source for consumers seeking intelligent beauty and skin care news, advice, tips and articles. Founded in 2005, SkinCare-News. com features articles, news items and frequently asked questions on skincare and beauty related issues. SkinCare-News. com is located in Sacramento, California, but receives visitors from all around the world. For more information, visit http://www. skincare-news. com (http://www. skincare-news. com).


Quincy Jones Goes Digital Starting with New Video Podcast Series: Partnership of Entertainment Icon and Podcast Giant Wizzard Media Brings Quincy's Debut Video Podcast to Millions As Phase One of His First-Ever Digital Platform

Quincy Jones Goes Digital Starting with New Video Podcast Series: Partnership of Entertainment Icon and Podcast Giant Wizzard Media Brings Quincy's Debut Video Podcast to Millions As Phase One of His First-Ever Digital Platform

Entertainment icon, mentor and humanitarian Quincy Jones enters the digital world today with the debut episode of his new video podcast series. The video podcast debut with Episode 1, through Quincy's partnership with Wizzard Media, one of the world's leading podcast aggregators and distributors, is the first in a video podcast series comprising at least 26 episodes in Year One, providing unique and unprecedented access and a behind-the-scenes look at Quincy's world, including footage of him at work in the studio with some of today's biggest stars and at exclusive events around the globe. Also featured in upcoming video podcast episodes will be Quincy on film, popular culture, politics and events on the national and international stage.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (PRWEB) July 31, 2007

 Quincy's video podcast series is produced by Quincy with The Robert Thorne Company, which is partnered with Quincy for a just-introduced lifestyle range of consumer products and his new digital platform distributed to a network of millions online. The video podcast series is the first phase in the launch of the new digital platform, in a move intended to capture the surge of interest for entertainment content delivered through online and digital media. Management company The Firm and The Robert Thorne Company also work with Quincy on upcoming film, TV and radio projects, along with Quincy Jones Productions EVP Kimiko Fox and VP Adam Fell and Endeavor Talent Agency.

The 27-time Grammy winner's new digital platform expands with its second phase, the Fall debut of quincyjones. com, an online destination featuring incomparable access to the wisdom and experience and the strong celebrity and artist ties of this living legend with the interactivity of a social network embracing musicians, producers, artists and Quincy's other followers worldwide. It will include Quincy's Vault that will give users access to previously unreleased audio and video of Quincy and the legendary performers he's worked with as well as a virtual Quincy's Academy where users will network and share their artistry with music professionals, like-minded peers and consumers and have access to digital record distribution and marketing opportunities. The online community will be initially drawn together by interest in Quincy's incredible career, and will evolve organically with its members' tastes and interests, putting its ultimate shape and purpose largely in the hands of its users.

The video podcasts featuring Quincy are the latest innovation in his pioneering use of cutting-edge technology. Throughout Quincy's six decades in show business, he has consistently sought out and incorporated the newest technology into his legendary body of work. In 1953, he was the first arranger/conductor to utilize the newly-invented Fender electric bass in audio recordings, which dramatically changed the sound of popular music. In the late '60s, Quincy used one of the first synthesizers on his Ironside TV series theme music, which brought electronic music into the mainstream.

In the debut video podcast episode, Quincy is in the studio producing Celine Dion's version of I Knew I Loved You, recorded for the tribute album We All Love Ennio Morricone and slated for inclusion on Dion's upcoming Greatest Hits album. The song was originally the instrumental theme of the 1984 film Once Upon a Time in America, starring Robert DeNiro. Quincy asked his close friends, veteran lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman to pen lyrics for the song for Celine. The new Quincy-produced version was first performed publicly by Celine on this year's Academy Awards telecast to an audience of more than a billion viewers worldwide, and paid tribute to Morricone who was feted with an honorary Oscar. The video podcast allows viewers to experience the recording and production process with Quincy and Celine and hear Quincy sharing candid and personal thoughts on the project.

"I live to touch and share my love and wisdom with people around the world," said Quincy. "My podcasts are a powerful new way to reach out to millions and bring the best I have to offer to an extended new audience online."

The Robert Thorne Company's CEO Robert Thorne added, "Quincy will guide online viewers to digital content they'll want to experience, and a new state-of-the-art community of dialog and interactivity will emerge. Quincy's new digital platform will be a must-visit destination online."

As part of Quincy's partnership with Wizzard Media, which distributes one-third of the world's top audio and video podcasts, Quincy's video podcasts will be available on www. quincyjones. com, MySpace and Wizzard Media Channel on iTunes, and other leading podcast directories including Yahoo!, VH1, Syndic8 and Podcast Pickle. Wizzard Media's international network is growing on a monthly basis with publisher downloads in May surpassing 87 million, and will partner Quincy with ad campaigns from leading national brands and provide marketing and content development support.

"Quincy Jones is a legend and an innovator. With the material he'll bring to his video podcasts, he's certain to create an exciting and entertaining experience for podcast viewers," said Chris Spencer, CEO of Wizzard Media. "Given the huge response we anticipate through our focused research, our advertising team sees Quincy's podcast as an extraordinary business and revenue opportunity. We couldn't be more proud the ever-prestigious and always-cool Quincy chose Wizzard Media as his exclusive global podcast partner."

The video podcast debut is part of an all-encompassing initiative from Quincy Jones Enterprises, a partnership of Quincy and The Robert Thorne Company. TRTC manages Quincy's digital platform and his new lifestyle range of consumer products, comprising a full product offering in apparel and accessories, consumer and professional audio and electronics, publishing, health and grooming and home goods.

About Wizzard Media. Wizzard Media is one of the world's leading podcast hosting networks. Podcasts are a means for independent and professional content creators to publish audio and video shows for the world to enjoy over the Internet or on mp3 players, such as the Apple iPod. Podcasting is a relatively new phenomenon, but Wizzard Media collectively broadcasts 87 million podcast downloads per month for its content creators through media aggregators like Apple's iTunes and other podcast directories. For more information, please visit www. wizzard. tv. Wizzard Media is a division of Wizzard Software, a leader in speech technology development, (OTCBB:WIZD).

About Quincy Jones. Just honored with the Grammy Foundation's Leadership Award July 28 at a star-studded, widely reported Los Angeles gala, Quincy Jones' career comprises the roles of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, television producer, record company executive, television station owner, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur and humanitarian. As Fortune magazine recently noted, "Quincy's both cool and hot, all at once." He was just dubbed the "godfather of entertainment" on Black Enterprise's Top 50 Hollywood Power Brokers list and has worked beside such legends and current stars as Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Bono, Celine Dion, Will Smith, Oprah and dozens more. Among his awards is an Emmy, seven Oscar nominations, an honorary Oscar, 27 Grammys and dozens more prestigious awards in the U. S. and abroad. He is the most-nominated Grammy artist of all time with a total of 79 nominations and produced the best-selling album of all time Thriller and the best-selling single of all time We Are the World. He has scored 34 major motion pictures, and his own timeless music has been rediscovered in such films as the Austin Powers trilogy and Kill Bill. He's also produced the Oscar-winning film The Color Purple and the musical adaptation now on Broadway and touring. Together with his close friends Chris Stamps and Jennifer McCrae, Quincy is committed to helping at-risk youth around the world and alongside Harvard University, UNICEF and Inter-American Development Bank, he has worked with similarly committed celebrities, including Bob Geldof and Bono, to help children in the poorest regions of the world.

Monday, September 15, 2008

ECheminfo Meets to Discuss the Latest Advances in Drug Discovery and Development

ECheminfo Meets to Discuss the Latest Advances in Drug Discovery and Development

ECheminfo, the leading community of practice for cheminformatics and chemical modeling, is holding its third InterAction Meeting at Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia, PA, from October 16-19, 2006.

Zeiningen, Switzerland (PRWEB) September 29, 2006

The eCheminfo Community of Practice InterAction Meeting "Latest Advances in Drug Discovery & Development" will take place 16-19 October 2006, Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia, USA. Program themes include Structure-based Drug Design, Screening & Docking, Cheminformatics & Modeling supporting Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacophores, Metabolomics, Quantum Biochemistry, Knowledge Management, Electronic Lab Notebooks, Critical Path Innovation in Drug Development, Biomarkers, and Predictive Toxicology & ADME. In addition to morning presentations and panel discussions, workshops will run each afternoon expanding on the discussion of topics and methods and working through the application of new methods and software to drug discovery & development problems, with bbq, social activity and poster sessions running on campus during the evenings.

Interaction between experts at the meeting is intended to support a better understanding of the current state-of-the-art drug design approaches and processes and enhanced awareness of how to apply the current set of tools. As Dr. Frank Hollinger, Director of the Computational Chemistry group at Locus Pharmaceuticals and Meeting Session Chair said, “The Structure Based Drug Design program at the eCheminfo meeting should foster discussion among researchers working in early stage drug discovery through the optimization process about the best practices teams should consider using to achieve success in their projects.”

Another related meeting session will discuss current virtual screening and docking methods and software, the results of existing validation and comparison studies, and will host a forum on approaches for community of practice studies to be undertaken to progress understanding of the relative merits and pitfalls involved in different approaches and targets. Presentations from numerous leaders in drug discovery will include Johnson & Johnson PR&D, Wyeth, Schering-Plough, GlaxoSmithKline, UCSF and the National Cancer Institute.

A panel of experimental and computational chemists including industry practitioners from Bristol-MyersSquibb, AstraZeneca, Coalesix and Johnson & Johnson PR&D, will discuss their experiences in using computational modeling methods in drug discovery. They will discuss where the methods and software are having success, and where current methods are not yet meeting their needs, are failing or have challenges or complications. Short presentations on drug discovery experiences will be used to seed discussion of cheminformatics-driven medicinal chemistry and lead optimization and conversations on where new developments could aid improvement in practice and tools.

A number of leading experts and practitioners will present and discuss new methods and challenges in predictive toxicology so as to enable the development of safer drugs through early-stage computational predictions of toxic properties of potential lead compounds. Presenters and workshop leaders include Tudor Oprea (Univ. New Mexico), Navita Mallalieu (Roche Pharmaceuticals), Alex Tropsha (UNC), Sanji Bhal (ACD/Labs), Michael Bolger (Simulations Plus), Bob Clark (Tripos), and Gilles Klopman (Multicase). Toxicology program chair Curt Breneman (RPI) commented, ”The state of the art in Cheminformatics virtual screening has evolved to the point where problematic molecules can be identified with some confidence. Predictive modeling methodologies in which toxicology problems are addressed in parallel with potency optimization are on the horizon.”

Douglas Connect (www. douglasconnect. com)

Douglas Connect specializes in solutions of relevance to pharmaceutical and life science research and development, drug discovery, life science product development and healthcare product safety, providing services, consulting and training in knowledge management, collaboration support, informatics and electronic support systems for research and development. Douglas Connect is also runs the eCheminfo network (www. echeminfo. com) dedicated to innovation topics and practices in drug discovery chemistry and informatics, and InnovationWell, a community of practice for innovation and knowledge management in the life science product life cycle. Douglas Connect is based in Zeiningen, Switzerland.

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Free Foreign Currency Exchange, Great French Insurance Quotes and French Property Rentals from my-french-house. com

Free Foreign Currency Exchange, Great French Insurance Quotes and French Property Rentals from my-french-house. com

With so many foreign owners of properties in France requiring financial, legal, French insurance and other services, we have decided to link up with selected partners, all specialists in their area of expertise. Find out about Free Foreign Currency Exchange, Great French Insurance Quotes, French property rentals and much more.

Leeds, UK (PRWEB) March 10, 2006

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Celebrity Dentist Dr. Catrise Austin of VIP Smiles Takes a Stand Against Oral Cancer During Oral Cancer Awareness Week, April 16 - 22

Celebrity Dentist Dr. Catrise Austin of VIP Smiles Takes a Stand Against Oral Cancer During Oral Cancer Awareness Week, April 16 - 22

Oral cancer claims an average of one American life every hour, and it's overall the sixth most-prevalent form of cancer. Tobacco use and heavy alcohol use are the biggest contributors. When diagnosed very early, it is relatively easy to treat and cure. Oftentimes, however, it is diagnosed too late. Celebrity Dentist Dr. Catrise Austin of VIP Smiles has joined forces with the Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation to sponsor the 9th annual Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week, April 16th-22nd. The week's activities include a limited number of free oral cancer screenings and outreach presentations at local middle schools.

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 16, 2007

Celebrity Dentist Dr. Catrise Austin of VIP Smiles has joined forces with the Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation to sponsor the 9th annual Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week, April 16th-22nd. The week's activities include a limited number of free oral cancer screenings and outreach presentations at local middle schools.

Dr. Austin said, "Over the years, as the rates for many cancers have steadily improved, oral cancer rates have remained stubbornly stagnant. Oral cancer actually claims an average of one American life every hour, and it's overall the sixth most-prevalent form of cancer. When diagnosed very early, it is relatively easy to treat and cure." She continued, "Unfortunately, we as dental professionals are not doing a good enough job in finding these cancers early enough to help save lives."

To support the effort against oral cancer, Dr. Austin will be conducting a limited number of free oral cancer screenings in her office from April 16th-19th.

Dr. Austin says, "Oral cancer often first appears as a white or red lesion, visible to the naked eye that exists for more than 2 weeks. Patients may also feel tenderness or pain in the mouth that lasts longer than two weeks, or detect a lump in the mouth. At this stage, however, it is often too late, highlighting the importance of early detection."

Dr. Austin recommends and uses the latest technology available for oral cancer diagnosis, ViziLite Plus, for her patients. She explains, "A ViziLite Plus exam takes less than five minutes, and is safe and painless. Here's how it works. The patient swishes with a special mouth rinse. Then the dentist examines the patient's mouth using the ViziLite Plus glow stick. The glow stick highlights oral abnormalities and lesions not normally visible to the naked eye. If abnormalities are detected, we highlight them with a blue dye and immediately refer the patient to a medical specialist for further examination and treatment."

Dr. Austin recommends oral cancer screenings at least once per year as part of a routine checkup and cleaning visit. She recommends exams twice a year for those with predisposing risk factors, such as tobacco use (including chewing tobacco), heavy drinking or a family history of oral cancer. She says, "If you or a loved one has any of these risk factors, I strongly encourage you to contact your dental professional about getting an exam, particularly during Oral Cancer Awareness Week."

About VIP Smiles
For more information about screenings and dental health, contact Dr. Catrise Austin of VIP Smiles at 212-262-6054 (located at 119 W. 57th Street, Suite 512, New York, NY 10019). At VIP Smiles, Dr. Austin "Creates Hollywood Smiles in The Heart of Manhattan." Her clients include America's Next Top Model winner Eva Pigford, The Apprentice's diva Omarosa, Grammy award winning rappers Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, and Common, Broadway's sensation Sara Jones, as well as music legend Isaac Hayes, to name a few.

For more information on the ViziLite Plus exam, visit www. vizilite. com.

For more information on the Yule Brenner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation, visit www. headandneck. org.


The Ballots are In! Final 8 Selected to Compete for $1 Million in Cash and Prizes

The Ballots are In! Final 8 Selected to Compete for $1 Million in Cash and Prizes

The ballots are in and the challenge met. Eight contestants have been chosen as finalists to compete for the title of Challenge Champ and the grand prize award in TrimspaÂ’s Million Dollar Make-Over Challenge.

Whippany, NJ (PRWEB) July 1, 2005

The ballots are in and the challenge met. Eight contestants have been chosen as finalists to compete for the title of Challenge Champ and the grand prize award in TRIMSPAÂ’s Million Dollar Make-Over Challenge.

In January 2005, TRIMSPA challenged men and women to take action and lose weight through an open invitation to join the Million Dollar Make-Over Challenge. Over 7,000 people were inspired to not only vie for $1 Million in cash and prizes, but to challenge a startling national statistic.

Nearly 6 out of every 10 adults in the U. S. are overweight. More alarming, this malady now ranks as the 2nd leading cause of preventable death. The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Vital and Health Statistics study only confirms the growing problem.

Finalists range from a variety of backgrounds, ages, and purpose for entering.

“Just four months ago, I was the mom that stayed away from school functions and public gatherings afraid that I would embarrass my children,” says contest finalist Suzie Esche-Donner.

Each finalist has a unique and inspiring story to share on their struggle with weight, how they did it, and how they stayed motivated.

Finalists include: Dana West from East Falmouth, MA; Danielle Johns from Sebring, FL; Garrett Kiley from Eagle Grove, IA; Danny Piper from Westerville, OH; Sandy Chapple from Layton, UT; Suzie Esche-Donner from Fox River Grove, IL; Gary Ficken from Bennington, NE; and Richard Crean from Las Vegas, NV.

“I have achieved so much more than my amazing body transformation; I have achieved a new quality of life,” shares Sandy Chapple.

Garrett Kiley, finalist in the men’s category 18-31 adds, “taking care of myself and feeling good about my body are now high priority.”

The contest will culminate this July at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in

Hollywood, FL where finalists will compete for an array of cash and prizes including: 3 Dodge Vipers, $100,000 and $32,000 annuities, makeovers and spa treatments, as well as lavish events like the tropical Welcome Party, “Oscar - style” Grand Finale Gala, and the Anna Nicole Smith Party at club Passion!

“Today, I stand at the top of the mountain and every perspective of my life has changed! Never in my wildest dreams did I anticipate this ride would be so enjoyable,” shares Danny Piper.

Only one man and one woman will walk away Challenge Champ. Results will be posted after July 24th on www. trimspa. com.

Finalist essays and photos, along with other contest entries, can also be found on TRIMSPAÂ’s website.

About TRIMSPA, Inc.

TRIMSPA Inc., headquartered in Whippany, New Jersey, is the maker of TRIMSPA® X32, the leader in weight-loss supplements. TRIMSPA® X32 is the “Official Weight Loss Product” of the Hawaiian Tropic®, Mrs. America and Mrs. World Pageants. TRIMSPA Inc. is a supporter of various high-profile celebrity events, such as the American Music Awards, Critics Choice Awards, and more. TRIMSPA, Inc. is an associate sponsor in the NASCAR® Busch Series racing circuit through Braun Racing and an associate sponsor of the USAR Hooters® ProCup Series, Southern Division, through Junior Motor Sports. The company has worked with numerous charitable organizations including the Millennium Women's Foundation, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation®, American Cancer Society®, and Make-A-Wish Foundation®. For more information about TRIMSPA Inc. and its other products visit www. trimspa. com or call 1-800-TRIMSPA.

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Geonetric Attends eHealth Developers Summit in California

Geonetric Attends eHealth Developers Summit in California

Geonetric, an internet technology leader for hospitals and health systems, recently attended the eHealth DevelopersÂ’ Summit 2004 in Huntington Beach, California, held November 10-12. The conference was by invitation only for executive and managerial level professionals who are directly involved in eHealth development or funding. The summit is the only national conference that focuses solely on issues related to the eHealth industry.

Cedar Rapids, IA (PRWEB) November 21, 2004

The conference began with a panel of experts discussing “The State of eHealth” and also included several other presentations and breakout sessions. A discussion of Ethical and regulatory issues for eHealth Developers was held that included a discussion of HIPAA compliance regulations. Other discussions included eHealth: Who Pays, Who Plays, and a session on Developing eHealth Strategies for Provider Organizations. Hospitals that want to be ahead of the curve need to begin thinking about how they can centralize their processes,” said Ben Dillon, Vice President of Strategic Services at Geonetric. The summit helps enhance communication between developers and key stakeholders, identify problems and possible solutions as well as provide the opportunity to network with professionals across many sectors from the eHealth field.

According to Dillon, “The summit was very effective in looking at ehealth technologies from a many different angles. It’s clear that there are substantial benefits that they can bring to everyone involved – healthcare providers, payers, employers, the government and, most importantly, healthcare consumers. What continues to be less clear is which of these groups are going to take it upon themselves to move ehealth technologies into the mainstream.”

About Geonetric

Founded in 1999 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Geonetric provides hospitals and health systems with new online strategies to broaden communication with patients and within the organization itself.

VitalSite, their suite of seamless web portals, provides the groundwork for breaking the language barrier between internal legacy systems, enabling software to communicate, departments to collaborate and brand experiences to be unified, bringing continuity to the healthcare industry.

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

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Veterinary Practice Marketing Program by TR Cutler, Inc. Identifies Best Marketing Opportunity Areas: Seattle

Veterinary Practice Marketing Program by TR Cutler, Inc. Identifies Best Marketing Opportunity Areas: Seattle

Veterinary Practice Marketing Program by TR Cutler, Inc. Identifies Best Marketing Opportunity Areas: Seattle

(PRWEB) August 31, 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 Seattle 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.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Secure ElementsÂ’ CLASS 5 EVM Awarded CVE Compatibility Certificate

Secure ElementsÂ’ CLASS 5 EVM Awarded CVE Compatibility Certificate

Compatibility means easier interoperability and enhanced security for enterprise systems.

HERNDON, Va. (PRWEB) April 28, 2005 -

Secure Elements, Inc., a leader in enterprise vulnerability management and remediation, today announced that its CLASS 5 Enterprise Vulnerability Management (C5 EVM) suite has earned Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) certification.

The certificate means that Secure ElementsÂ’ C5 EVM suite is now "CVE-compatible" and uses CVE names in a way that allows it to cross-link with other companies and products that use CVE names, ensuring enhanced interoperability and security for enterprises.

Funded by the Department of Homeland Security and managed by the non-profit MITRE Corporation, CVE is a list of information security vulnerabilities and exposures that provides common names for publicly known problems. This master list of names enables different companies and products to speak the same language when discussing problems, thereby avoiding potential gaps in security coverage and improving overall network security.

"By supporting standard names for vulnerabilities, Secure Elements enables its customers to relay vulnerability information from C5 EVM to the different vulnerability related resources, tools and databases that are available to describe the threat that a particular flaw poses," Robert Martin, MITRE CVE Compatibility Lead.

A Certificate of Compatibility was presented by Jerry Dixon, Deputy Director of the National Cyber Security Division, U. S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) at the Department of Homeland Security.

“In earning the CVE certification, Secure Elements is demonstrating its dedication to better network security,” said Ned Miller, chief executive officer of Secure Elements. “Enterprises using C5 EVM now have the ability to share important vulnerability information across, enabling better communication and better overall security.”

Secure ElementsÂ’ C5 EVM suite enables deep asset inventory and control, policy and audit management, active policy enforcement and vulnerability assessment and remediation across all classes of IT assets. With a proven record of compliance assistance for healthcare firms, utilities, financial service firms, colleges/universities, state and federal agencies, Secure ElementsÂ’ C5 EVM suite goes beyond tactical compliance to proactively position customers for future initiatives.

About Secure Elements

Secure Elements (www. secure-elements. com) is an enterprise vulnerability management leader, automating security remediation strategies and tactics across the entire enterprise, reducing business risk and IT management costs while improving systems performance and maintaining business continuity. Protecting mission critical and network infrastructure assets from both known and unknown attacks without limiting operational performance, the companyÂ’s products rapidly identify and intelligently respond to complex and diverse security incidents. Using real-time threat intelligence data and analysis, Secure Elements provides administrators with optimal security control across the enterprise.

About CVE

Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) is a dictionary list of standardized names for vulnerabilities and other information security exposures. The goal of the CVE List is to make it easier to share data across separate vulnerability databases and security tools. The content of CVE is a result of a collaborative effort of the CVE Editorial Board, which includes representatives from numerous security-related organizations such as security tool vendors, academic institutions and government, as well as other prominent security experts. The MITRE Corporation maintains the CVE List and moderates Editorial Board discussions. For more information, please see http://cve. mitre. org (http://cve. mitre. org).


Elizabeth Maybach

SheaHedges Group

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