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Spodak Dental Group Is Now Open On Saturdays

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Dec. 11, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Spodak Dental Group is now open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is accepting current and future patients who are interested in routine, preventative and emergency dental care.

Spodak Dental Group is a full-service practice that is conveniently equipped to meet all dental needs and provide patients with comprehensive, comfortable treatment. Patients are able to receive all treatments and services including cleaning, whitening, simple fillings and extractions, to implants, Invisalign(R) and complete cosmetic and reconstructive smile enhancements.

“We are really excited to be able to offer this convenient option to patients who are unable to see us during the week due to their work schedule,” said Dr. Craig Spodak, owner of Spodak Dental Group. “Many patients also have dental emergencies over the weekend and they shouldn’t have to wait in pain until Monday.”

Since 1976, the Spodak Dental Group has evolved to become South Florida’s premier, comprehensive dental facility, and comprises a world-class association of dental professionals poised to provide full-service dental care second-to-none in both scope and skill. The Spodak Dental Group team includes General and Restorative Dentists, Endodontists, Periodontists, Prosthodontists, Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Master Ceramic Artists and Anesthesiologists.

Spodak Dental Group is located at 3911 W. Atlantic Ave. The office is open Monday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and accepts most PPO dental insurances.

Please visit http://www.SpodakDental.com/ or call (561) 498-0050 for more information or to make an appointment.

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Spodak Dental Group Offers $1,000 Off Invisalign Treatment

dental facility

DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Dec. 8, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — This holiday season, give the gift of a healthy, straight smile and receive $1,000 off the cost of Invisalign(R) treatment. Invisalign(R) takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created personally for each patient. Spodak Dental Group is an Elite Invisalign(R) Provider, placing the company in the top 5 percent of providers worldwide.

Invisalign(R) effectively treats a wide variety of cases, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite, and consists of smooth, comfortable plastic instead of sharp metal, reducing irritation on your teeth and gums. Patients will achieve a picture-perfect smile with little interference in their daily life, and can eat the foods they enjoy with no restrictions.

“I look forward to helping all patients achieve the beautiful smile they’ve always wanted,” Dr. Craig Spodak said. “With this limited-time holiday special, the time is now to begin feeling confident with your smile.”

The holiday special is valid through December 18, 2014. The special cannot be combined with any other offer and cannot be applied toward treatment already rendered.

Since 1976, the Spodak Dental Group has evolved to become South Florida’s premier, comprehensive dental facility, and comprises a world-class association of dental professionals poised to provide full-service dental care second-to-none in both scope and skill. The Spodak Dental Group team includes General and Restorative Dentists, Endodontists, Periodontists, Prosthodontists, Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Master Ceramic Artists and Anesthesiologists.

Spodak Dental Group is located at 3911 W. Atlantic Ave. Please visit http://www.SpodakDental.com/ or call (561) 498-0050 for more information or to make an appointment for an Invisalign(R) consultation.

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Families Overjoyed as the U.S. House of Representatives passes the Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act (S.2746/H.R.669)

Sudden Unexpected Death

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 3, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — “After six years in Congress, I am overwhelmed with the bill’s passage,” said Laura Crandall, SUDC Foundation President and mother of Maria who died inexplicably at the age of 15 months. “This legislation marks the first time our federal government even recognizes the existence of sudden unexplained deaths of children after their first birthday. I am proud of our government today.”

The Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act (S.2746/H.R.669) amends the Public Health Service Act to help enhance awareness about unexpected sudden death in early life. The legislation provides for consistent data collection related to stillbirths and sudden, unexpected deaths in both infants and children. By better understanding the causes of unexpected sudden death, we can do more to improve the health of all infants and children.

“It is difficult to put into words the intense emotion I feel with the passing of this critical bill. So many of us have joined together, motivated by our grief and the deep love for our children, to do what is right for others. To attempt to fix a broken system, so that the lives of other children can possibly be saved,” says Stacy Nugent whose daughter Paige passed away at the age of 2.

According to the SUDC Foundation, every year, approximately 30,000 families in the U.S. are affected by Stillbirth, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death or Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC). SUDC is defined as the sudden death of a child greater than 1 year of age that remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the child’s medical history (Krous 2005).

“Grieving families have been comforted today knowing that their voices have been heard!” explains Lorri Caffrey, SUDC Foundation Assistant Executive Director, whose daughter Jenna passed away at the age of 16 months. “Our country’s leaders have joined in the fight to know why these tragedies occur and learn to ultimately prevent them. It is a great day in the hearts of so many who have been touched by Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood.”

Passed by unanimous consent in the House, sponsored by Congressman Pallone (D-NJ) and Congressman King (R-NY) and passed by unanimous vote in the Senate, sponsored by Senator Brown (D-OH) and Senator Ayotte (R-NH), the bill now goes to the President’s desk to be signed and become law.

Larry and Carrie Carroll, parents of Savannah, who died at the age of 2, states, “From the day that we discovered our 2-year-old daughter dead in her crib, we’ve been consumed by two burning questions: ‘How did this happen to her?’ and ‘How can we make sure this never happens to another parent?’ Today marks a significant step on the journey to find answers.”

For more information: http://www.sudc.org/ .

MEDIA CONTACT:
Laura Crandall, Executive Director
Ph: 800-620-7832
Cell: 917-273-2733
laura@sudc.org

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Families Empowering Families at Community Connections Receives 2014 Neotrope Non-Profit PR Grant

mental health services

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 1, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Families Empowering Families at Community Connections, is pleased to announce it is one of 10 recipients for 2014 of Neotrope’s annual J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant award. With this commitment, Neotrope(R) will provide public relations and cause-marketing support to Families Empowering Families over the next year to raise awareness around its programs and accomplishments.

This grant will assist Families Empowering Families in their mission of developing a family peer support network for families whose children are enrolled in mental health services at Community Connections.

“We are grateful to have Neotrope help us raise awareness about the power of family peer support for families who have children with mental health needs. Their services will be extremely helpful as we raise awareness of family peer support in the mental health field and develop sustainable funding sources for our program,” says Katie Webster, Project Director, for Families Empowering Families.

As part of this in-kind grant program, Neotrope(R) is providing PR solutions, news dissemination (through its Send2Press(R) Newswire service), and social media marketing, for Families Empowering Families. This cause-related marketing program is intended to help raise awareness of the 501(c)3 non-profit to traditional media, to the public, as well as to potential sponsors and donors, regarding their efforts.

“We’re honored to be providing assistance to such a worthy cause as Families Empowering Families,” said Neotrope CEO, Christopher Laird Simmons; a member of PRSA and ASCAP. “We greatly admire their mission of helping families with children enrolled in mental health programs.”

About Families Empowering Families at Community Connections:

Community Connection is the largest not-for-profit mental health agency serving men, women and children in Washington D.C. Since its founding in 1984, Community Connections has provided comprehensive, community-based mental health services for the District of Columbia’s most vulnerable citizens. The Child and Adolescent Program’s goal is to disrupt the intergenerational transmission of mental illness and trauma. Families Empowering Families (FEF) was developed to provide a family-to-family support aspect to our current model of treatment.

FEF’s goal is to amplify family voices and to help our families connect and learn from each other, so their progress through treatment is more effective and children are less likely to return to formal mental health services. By empowering families to connect, network, and promote understanding, we seek to reduce the stigma often associated with a mental health diagnosis.

Through the District of Colombia’s DOH CHA Maternal and Child Health Service Title V Block Grant funding, FEF has spent the last year and a half building a family support network for families who have a child enrolled in mental health treatment at Community Connections. Families Empowering Families provides a safe and supportive environment for children, youth and their families to come together to build relationships, develop resource networks, and share experiences.

In addition, a partnership has been created between mental health clinicians and parents to change the traditional model of treatment ensuring that services provided at Community Connections are trauma-informed and family driven.

For more information on Community Connections, visit their website at http://www.communityconnectionsdc.org/ .

To follow Families Empowering Families activities follow them on Instagram: @FEFCommunity

About Neotrope:

Since 1983 Neotrope(R) has delivered services to raise organization awareness including brand identity, marketing, public relations (PR), and SEO services. Neotrope is also an entertainment publishing company involved in books, music, software, and online magazines. The company pioneered the concept of search optimization of press release content back in 1997 and has been at the forefront of many communication and technology movements for three decades. Neotrope was an Inc. 5000 company in 2009. More information: http://www.Neotrope.com/.

About the Non-Profit PR Grants:

The Non-Profit PR Grants(TM) program was originally launched in 2000 to help assist U.S. 501(c)3 worthy causes to raise awareness, attract halo sponsors, and better connect with donors and volunteers.

Starting in 2013, the Grant was named after the company co-founder, the late Dr. J.L. Simmons, PhD, who passed away in 2003. The Neotrope PR Grants are now known as the “J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant.”

With this cause-related marketing grant program, Neotrope has been honored to help many worthy causes in past years, including Camp Blue Skies, Catalysts Powering Educational Performance (CPEP), Children Awaiting Parents, Food Finders Inc., Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Girls Write Now, Move for Hunger, The Native Voices Foundation, The Pacific Pinball Museum, The Bob Moog Foundation, Special Equestrians, Starlight Children’s Foundation, The National Inclusion Project, World Savvy and dozens more.

Grant recipients are selected by Neotrope/Send2Press staff based on qualified applications filled out and submitted by U.S. based non-profit orgs. Choices for grant “winners” are both subjective, and based on overall activities and actual need, as well as best fit for support from the marketing team. No reciprocal branding or linking is required to receive the grant.

Additional information regarding the Neotrope 2013 J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant program for U.S. charitable non-profits and grant recipients can be found at: https://www.send2press.com/non-profit/ and also http://prgrants.com/.

About Send2Press:

Send2Press(R) (a service of Neotrope) offers best-in-class affordable Direct-to-Editors(TM) news distribution to working print and broadcast media, and to social media, with high visibility in search engines using proprietary Neotrope ContextEngine(TM) technology. Send2Press is unique because it was the first online newswire service with staff entirely comprised of accredited public relations professionals, published authors, working journalists, and marketing experts. The service was spun-off of Neotrope’s traditional PR services in 1999. Learn more about Send2Press at https://www.Send2Press.com/about/.

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Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. Receives 2014 Neotrope Non-Profit PR Grant

rescue dogs

WILLISTON, Fla., Nov. 21, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc., is pleased to announce it is one of 10 recipients for 2014 of Neotrope’s annual J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant award. With this commitment, Neotrope(R) will provide public relations and cause-related-marketing support to Guardian Angels over the next year to raise awareness around its programs and accomplishments.

This grant will assist Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs in their mission of pairing veterans and others suffering from disabilities that are both visible and invisible with individually trained, federally protected medical service dogs.

“We are grateful to have Neotrope help us raise awareness of medical service dogs, and their role in helping those suffering from disabilities. Their services will be extremely helpful as we begin promotion of our winter and spring events, such as our annual Bark-A-Que, featuring country music star Joe Bachman coming this March,” says Carol Borden, Founder & Executive Director, Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc.

As part of this in-kind grant program, Neotrope(R) is providing PR solutions, news dissemination (through its Send2Press(R) Newswire service), and social media marketing for Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. This cause-related marketing program is intended to help raise awareness of the 501(c)3 non-profit to traditional media, to the public, as well as to potential sponsors and donors, regarding their efforts.

“We’re honored to be providing assistance to such a worthy cause as Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs,” said Neotrope CEO, Christopher Laird Simmons; a member of PRSA and ASCAP. “Their programs help not only veterans and the disabled, but also help rescue dogs who need a purpose as man’s best friend. We are truly impressed by their philosophy and mission.”

About Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc.:

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. rescues, raises, trains and then donates individually trained medical service dogs to veterans and others who suffer from disabilities that are both visible and invisible. We have all heard the news, that 22 veterans a day are taking their own lives while suffering from PTSD and combat injuries. But once paired with a Guardian Angels Medical Service Dog, that number falls to zero.

Our veteran recipients report a zero attempted suicide rate, a zero divorce rate, and reduction or elimination in use of prescription medications to treat PTSD. Many are able to return to the workforce, and improve the lives of not only themselves and their families, but to become, again, vital members of their community as well.

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs exists only through your generosity. We have several upcoming events to raise necessary funds, and to help you learn more about our life-changing program. Tickets are currently available on our website for our annual Passing of the Leash Ceremony, which will be held on December 6, 2014 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Williston, Fla. You can also see us at the “For The Love of Dogs – and Chocolate” event on February 4, 2014 at the Von Liebig Art Center in Naples, or join us for an amazing day of fun and music featuring country music artist Joe Bachman at our annual Bark-A-Que on March 21, 2015.

For more information on the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, and to help us pair more of our heroes with service dogs, visit their website at http://www.medicalservicedogs.com/ .

To follow on Facebook, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guardian-Angels-Medical-Service-Dogs-Inc/147251912100339 .

About Neotrope:

Since 1983 Neotrope(R) has delivered services to raise organization awareness including brand identity, marketing, public relations (PR), and SEO services. Neotrope is also an entertainment publishing company involved in books, music, software, and online magazines. The company pioneered the concept of search optimization of press release content back in 1997 and has been at the forefront of many communication and technology movements for three decades. Neotrope was an Inc. 5000 company in 2009. More information: http://www.Neotrope.com/ .

About the Non-Profit PR Grants:

The Non-Profit PR Grants(TM) program was originally launched in 2000 to help assist U.S. 501(c)3 worthy causes to raise awareness, attract halo sponsors, and better connect with donors and volunteers.

Starting in 2013, the Grant was named after the company co-founder, the late Dr. J.L. Simmons, PhD, who passed away in 2003. The Neotrope PR Grants are now known as the “J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant.”

With this cause-related marketing grant program, Neotrope has been honored to help many worthy causes in past years, including Camp Blue Skies, Catalysts Powering Educational Performance, Children Awaiting Parents, Food Finders, Inc., Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Girls Write Now, Move for Hunger, The Native Voices Foundation, The Pacific Pinball Museum, The Bob Moog Foundation, Special Equestrians, Starlight Children’s Foundation, The National Inclusion Project, World Savvy and dozens more.

Grant recipients are selected by Neotrope/Send2Press staff based on qualified applications filled out and submitted by U.S. based non-profit orgs. Choices for grant “winners” are both subjective, and based on overall activities and actual need, as well as best fit for support from the marketing team.

Additional information regarding the Neotrope 2013 J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant program for U.S. charitable non-profits and grant recipients can be found at: https://www.send2press.com/non-profit/ and also http://prgrants.com/ .

About Send2Press:

Send2Press(R) (a service of Neotrope) offers best-in-class affordable Direct-to-Editors(TM) news distribution to working print and broadcast media, and to social media, with high visibility in search engines using proprietary Neotrope ContextEngine(TM) technology. Send2Press is unique because it was the first online newswire service with staff entirely comprised of accredited public relations professionals, published authors, working journalists, and marketing experts. The service was spun-off of Neotrope’s traditional PR services in 1999. Learn more about Send2Press at https://www.Send2Press.com/about/ .

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Senate HELP Committee approves Sudden Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act (S.2746/H.R.669)

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 20, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The SUDC Foundation applauds the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on their passage of the Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act (S.2746/H.R.669).

Every year, approximately 30,000 families in the U.S. are affected by Stillbirth, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death or Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC). SUDC is defined as the sudden death of a child greater than 1 year of age that remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the child’s medical history (Krous 2005).

Although seemingly rare due to its lack of awareness, the CDC ranks sudden deaths of children aged 1-4 years where a cause of death could not be determined as the 5th leading cause of death for this age group (CDC wonder database 2011). SUDC can occur throughout childhood.

“It is a tragedy that most people are unaware of,” states Laura Crandall, President and Cofounder of the SUDC Foundation who lost her 15 month old daughter Maria to SUDC. “We hear about sudden infant death and how to reduce to the risk by having your baby sleep on their backs and other safe sleep measures – but no one seems to talk about sudden unexplained deaths after the first birthday. These are thriving, happy children whose deaths shock everyone around them and this shock is only worsened when a lengthy investigation yields no further understanding.”

“Education and awareness are critical to components of combating this threat, and we must ensure that doctors and researchers have the information necessary to make meaningful progress in improving prevention efforts. Today’s vote from the HELP Committee is a promising step forward,” Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said. “I thank the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Foundation and the brave parents who have spoken out about their experiences for their advocacy on this issue.”

The Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act (S.2746/H.R.669) would amend the Public Health Service Act to help enhance awareness about unexpected sudden death in early life. The legislation would provide for consistent data collection related to stillbirths and sudden, unexpected deaths in both infants and children. By better understanding the causes of unexpected sudden death, we can do more to improve the health of all infants and children.

“Nothing is more devastating for a parent than the loss of child, but it is even more painful to lose a child without understanding how or why such a tragedy occurred,” said Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). “By improving efforts to promote better collaboration, enhance data collection, and disseminate information to the public and stakeholders in the medical and law enforcement communities, we can work to ensure that fewer parents experience the heartbreaking loss of a child.”

“The HELP Committee’s approval of this bill brings comfort to the many families who have experienced these inexplicable tragedies. It gives hope, that some day we will be able to understand and prevent these heartbreaking deaths,” said Lorri Caffrey, Assistant Executive Director of the SUDC Foundation and SUDC parent.

S2746 was introduced in July 2014 by Senator Brown (D-OH) and Senate Ayotte (R-NH). Upon passing the House in September, the Senate has taken efforts to evaluate and act on the bill through the HELP committee process under the leadership of Senator Harkin (D-IA) and Senator Alexander (R-TN). It now awaits a vote of the full Senate.

For more information: http://www.sudc.org/ .

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Sustaining Local Expertise, Responding to Global Health Threats

Tuberculosis control

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 28, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Ebola is dominating the news headlines, bringing public health into the spotlight. Tragically, thousands have died. In the U.S., public health departments everywhere are quickly learning about Ebola and taking measures to prevent an epidemic here; but they are not starting from scratch, says the California Tuberculosis Controllers Association (CTCA).

The essential skills required when responding to Ebola, such as contact tracing, isolation, quarantine and proper wearing and removal of personal protective equipment are all familiar. They do these things everyday to combat diseases such as tuberculosis.

One third of the world is infected with Tuberculosis, or TB. That’s over 2 billion people. TB kills 1.3 million people each year worldwide. TB is a threat not just in other countries but also here in the United States. Every 4 hours a Californian is diagnosed with TB, and while there are medications to treat most strains of TB, about 9 percent of all Californians diagnosed with TB will not recover.

“With 2,170 cases of TB reported last year in the state and a nearly 10 percent death rate, we must maintain robust TB control programs to control and prevent this airborne threat every day,” said Michael Stacey, President of the California TB Controllers Association. “We need strong stable programs to work toward TB elimination and strong TB programs to provide the capacity to respond quickly to emerging health threats like Ebola.”

“In Alameda County TB control, we work with private providers in the community to rapidly identify and isolate suspected TB cases, and we work to identify people who have been exposed and possibly infected across the county,” said Dr. Erica Pan, Deputy Health Officer of Alameda County. “Our preparations for Ebola just build upon the existing infectious disease experience and expertise of our public health doctors and nurses in partnership with community providers and their routine work of controlling TB throughout Alameda County.”

TB is spread from person to person through the air when a person with active TB coughs and those around them breathe in the bacteria. Some people will live with TB infection without ever developing active TB disease. Others will progress to active TB that can spread from one person to another through the air. Californians need to know their risks, talk with their health care provider about their risks and get tested and treated if recommended.

“Public health TB programs protect the health of the public every day by finding and treating active cases of TB in our communities. To protect us all, they make sure that TB is treated regardless of a patient’s insurance status or ability to pay.” said Margo Sidener, President and CEO, Breathe California. “To eliminate TB and to respond to new emerging threats, public health needs stable resources. The current Ebola situation is a stark reminder of the importance of these programs. Since the Great Recession, public health program funding has been cut nationwide, and NOW is the time to reinforce these programs.”

For information about TB, visit the California Tuberculosis Controllers Association website, http://www.ctca.org/ .

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Forever Young MedSpa Introduces Exclusive New Product – PRP Gold

PRP Gold

COOPER CITY, Fla., May 19, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Forever Young MedSpa announces that it was recently granted a registered trademark for PRP Gold(R), its exclusive platelet rich plasma (PRP) for treating skin conditions. “PRP treatments have become very popular over the past few years,” Brian Sidella, president and founder Forever Young MedSpa, says.

Sidella adds, “Hardly a week goes by without some type of press on the benefits of PRP in treating skin conditions, facial rejuvenation, baldness and joint healing in celebrities and athletes alike.”

So, why the interest? PRP provides a high concentration of growth factors that assist the body in healing numerous conditions naturally. However, until now, there has been a downside.

Sidella reports that when PRP is topically applied, because the PRP still contains red blood cells it looks like blood and many patients are turned off by the sight of it.

“Reactions typically range from the mild, ‘oh gross’ comment to the more severe reaction where patients have actually fainted,” he says.

Sidella knew something needed to be done. To address this concern, he researched potential solutions to the problem and found a biomedical company that offered a unique process. It removed all of the red blood cells (which offer no benefit) in PRP. What’s left behind is the purest form of PRP available and it’s now a golden hue.

It’s this pure form and rich new color that prompted Forever Young MedSpa to name the product “PRP Gold(R).”

“We’ve taken the ‘gross’ factor out of delivering PRP to our patients. Now, whether PRP Gold is applied topically with our Dermapen 3, or injected into deeper lines and wrinkles, patients no longer have any reservations about receiving the service,” Sidella says.

About Forever Young MedSpa:

Forever Young MedSpa is South Florida’s leading medical aesthetics and cosmetic surgery center. It is operated under the direction of renowned board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jeffery LaGrasso.

For more information, visit: http://www.foreveryoungmedspa.us/ .

To contact Forever Young MedSpa, call: 954-450-2626 or e-mail: brian@foreveryoungmedspa.us.

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Studies Conclude Mindfulness Treats Addiction More Effectively Than Traditional Treatments

Kiloby Center

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., April 29, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Experts say the results of two recent studies found a mindfulness approach to treating addiction helped more people kick habits long-term, in some cases, over four times the success rate from traditional treatment methods. “I’m delighted to read about this study. But it doesn’t surprise me. Having worked in many different treatment programs through the years, I find mindfulness to be the most effective approach,” says Scott Kiloby of the Kiloby Center.

Researchers at the Yale University School of Medicine found that smokers who received mindfulness training versus a widely used American Lung Association program, were more likely to have quit smoking both short and long-term.

Mindfulness is an approach that helps bring attention into the present moment, working through behaviors as opposed to avoiding them. This is the primary focus of The Kiloby Center for Recovery located in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

In another study, University of Washington researchers looked at alcohol and substance abuse addition. Once again, findings revealed those participants who used a mindfulness approach for treatment were at lower risk for resuming drug and alcohol use.

Kiloby says, “These new findings come on the heels of other studies from the last few years showing how effective mindfulness is. This illuminates the sea change happening right now in addiction treatment. I’ve been developing more advanced forms of mindfulness called the ‘Living Inquiries,’ which we use at the Kiloby Center for Recovery. We are finding great success and are doing our own studies at this time.”

Harvard Medical School psychiatrist, Michael Craig Miller, M.D., writes that both studies show evidence is building that mindfulness is a tool to help people quit addictions. Additional details on the study can be found in this article: http://bit.ly/1mSQFVz .

Scott Kiloby is the director of the Kiloby Center and author of the book, “Natural Rest for Addiction.” Learn more at: http://www.kilobycenter.com/ .

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Southgate Surgery Center Offers LENSAR Advanced Laser Technology for Cataract Surgery Patients

Cataract Surgery SOUTHGATE, Mich., April 8, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Southgate Surgery Center in Southgate, Michigan is now offering patients the FDA-approved LENSAR(TM) Laser System, a new femtosecond laser technology designed to remove cataracts and restore vision more safely and accurately than traditional cataract surgery.

“LENSAR is an incredibly advanced laser cataract surgery system. It scans the eye, then creates a true 3-D reconstruction of the anatomy of the lens and anterior segment, allowing the surgeon to visualize precise corneal incisions. This technology offers a bladeless procedure, more accurate lens replacement and improved visual outcomes for patients,” states Linda Phillips, R.N., Administrator.

About Cataracts:

The lens in your eye, which helps you focus, is made of water and protein. As we age, the protein can clump together, making the lens cloudy. This cloudy area is called a cataract. A cataract needs to be removed when it affects your vision and everyday activities, like driving, reading, or watching television. Nearly 4 million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States each year, remaining one of the most common and safest procedures in the country.

How the LENSAR Laser Works:

Eye surgeons are now offering the LENSAR Laser System as part of their bladeless advanced cataract procedures with the goal of reducing the dependency on glasses or contact lenses, and use the same proven femtosecond laser technology that’s been used in LASIK procedures for over a decade.

LENSAR’s 3-D modeling, Augmented Reality(TM), takes a more intelligent approach to cataract surgery. With Augmented Reality, surgeons can make more accurate laser incisions that prior to the LENSAR laser were done manually, and without the 3-D view of the eye. It is LENSAR’s precision, imaging, and laser incisions that help surgeons provide patients with better visual outcomes.

LENSAR, Inc., is a leader in the development and commercialization of the next-generation laser and advanced 3D reconstruction technology for refractive cataract surgery.

About Southgate Surgery Center:

Serving Southeast Michigan and the Downriver community since 1983, Southgate Surgery Center ( http://www.southgatesurgery.com/ ) specializes in ophthalmology, gastroenterology and pain management. Southgate Surgery Center offers patients efficient, quality, personal care with lower co-pays and exceptional customer satisfaction. Follow Southgate Surgery Center on Twitter @SSC14050 and https://www.facebook.com/southgate.surgery .

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Violin, Wine and Art for Dementia Diary: Support a Family Caregiver of a Patient with Alzheimer’s

Gianni Perilli NEW YORK, N.Y., April 2, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The event, organized by GP Dementia Services New York, Inc., will happen in New York at the Kolping House located on 165 East 88th Street between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue on the first floor. The research program intends to test the Dementia Diary, a psychoeducational support system, developed in 2008 in New York by Gianni Perilli, an Italian sociologist Ph.D. The Dementia Diary contains more than 800 suggestions and tips of how to care for loved ones with Alheimer’s Disease or other dementia at home.

New York, Saturday, April 12, 2014: The event will feature the launch of the Dementia Diary, a program to improve home care of patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

The Dementia Diary has three main goals:
1) To reduce the incidence of tumors, stroke and depression associated with family caregivers over the period of taking care of a patient suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease (from 8 to 20 years).
2) To increase patient’s safety at home.
3) To reduce healthcare costs associated with the care of Alzheimer’s Disease patients and family caregivers.

Testing the Dementia Diary will involve free assistance to family caregivers in New York. The Dementia Diary is currently tested in Italy at “School of Medicine” of Bari, Italy.

Reasons to participate at the event:
1. Receive a voucher for a family caregiver of patient with Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias to free attend the Seminar “Living with dementia at home” in June (place and date to be determined).
2. Enjoy a free glass of Italian Wine and Italian food by Italian Restaurant.
3. Be a part of a raffle with a chance to win a weeklong stay for 2 people at Villaggio Ripa in Italy during the summer of 2014 (airline ticket not included) http://www.villaggioripa.it .
4. Help to support the research in an effort to gain IRB approval for the Dementia Diary, the construction of a website, and the completion of the Dementia Diary’s software.
5. Enjoy the music of Sara Galassini.
6. Enjoy the music of S. Bach played by Claudia Schaer’s violin.
7. Enjoy artwork by Gioacchino Loporchio, Annalisa Iadicicco, Paola Beretti.

The event is free and open to public. Suggested donation $20 – $60.
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. : doors open 6 p.m. performances begin at 7 p.m.
Reserve your ticket in advance or make a donation to the event.

Links to event information:
http://www.airud.it/en/events.html .

http://www.rcap.it/en/tutti-i-libri-e-recensioni-en.html .

http://www.fagp.org .

http://www.dementiadiary.org (pending; work in progress).

* Photo Caption: Gianni Perilli.

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Permanent Weight Loss Solution in 5 Minutes Discovered by Behavior Modification Expert

Gene Hirschel NEW YORK, N.Y., March 22, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — According to the Center for Disease Control website, as of 2010 over 35 percent of Americans above the age of twenty are considered obese, and over 69% are considered overweight. Not surprisingly this has caused an increased interest in discovering easy and approachable weight loss plans in the form of fad diets, gadgets, medications, or even risky surgical procedures. According to Gene Hirschel, Behavior Modification Expert and founder of Vital Trance, many of these do not provide lasting results for all. Without addressing the underlying emotional issues, diets and even surgery will not bring lasting weight loss and health improvement for some.

Hirschel has used much of his twenty-five years of experience helping his clients alter their subconscious to lose weight. With over 20 years of training in various advanced behavior enhancement technologies, Hirschel has successfully used his skills in many area schools through his “Teach the Teachers” stress and classroom management programs. More recently he has used his techniques directed toward the New York City vibrant acting community in preparing for those stress-filled auditions. Attendees break through barriers, fears, anxiety and existing mental limitations to conquer stress and become calm teachers or achieve “Audition Mastery.”

Hirschel decided to take his techniques one step further with a breakthrough that he now refers to as his “5-minute weight loss miracle.” Hirschel said “I have now demonstrated that in just five minutes I can banish a craving for a particular food, which can result in significant weight loss for many clients. As a part of my comprehensive ‘Vital Trance’ weight loss program, clients often reach their target weight in a gradual, consistent and healthy manner without the stress often found in diets. In fact, I promise clients that they can eat anything they want, as much as they want, enjoy food more than ever and still lose weight.”

The methods that Hirschel uses realign a persons desire for food with their body in a healthy way, so the desire for food naturally focuses on healthier alternatives without a need for strict rules or a diet.

His innovative new approach that makes it possible to “banish a food craving in 5-minutes” is successful because it delves deep into the mind and disconnects unhealthy attachments to sugars and processed fats. Clients explore their subconscious gustatorial proclivities and often release emotions connected to food and eating. The result is profound mental and behavioral shifts leading to a desire for natural healthy foods and exercise. As a result, these clients are able to better control their cravings and thus their waistline, seemingly without effort.

Here are five benefits Gene says are the key to the success of his method to “banish a food craving in 5-minutes” combined with the Vital Trance program:
1. Clients release cravings for selected unhealthy foods in just five minutes.
2. It realigns the mind and body which naturally increases the desire for healthy lifestyle choices
3. New eating strategies often can last for years with minimal reinforcement.
4. No will-power, diets nor strict rules are necessary for losing weight with this program.
5. Thoughts such as “I must clean my plate” are banished often in the first session.

As the warm months are finally upon us, thoughts turn to beach wear and activities, and both men and women exert extra effort to keep get a trimmer body. Thoughts of slipping into wedding or bridesmaids gowns or trying on a new bikini remind us that diet season is once again beginning. Hirschel offers a concrete and safe alternative to the up and down roller coaster of diet fads, dangerous diet supplements, and even risky weight-loss surgery. With trimmer and heather minds and bodies, Hirschel’s clients are able to embrace the warm weather, enjoy outdoor activities and confidently sport revealing summer attire.

About Gene Hirschel:

Gene Hirschel is a renowned expert in behavior coaching, Ericksonian methods and his own advanced Vital Trance techniques. With over twenty-five years of experience working with individuals, couples and in his many “Manage your Mind” seminars, he has used his talents in both New York City and across the globe, helping his clients regain control of their lives through his approach to weight loss, stress management, and overcoming personal challenges. His methods have been so successful, that he has been sought after by corporations, schools, private groups and government agencies in the New York metropolitan area.

More information: http://www.vtrance.com/ .

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EDITORIAL NOTE: this press release replaces and supersedes a similar release issued on March 18, 2014, titled “Programming Your Health: Behavior Modification Expert Unveils Permanent Weight Loss Solution in 5-10 Minutes” which contained several inadvertent errors. This version should correct and replace prior news item where possible.

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Healthcare INSIGHTS(R) Named KLAS #1 Budgeting Software Three Years in a Row

Steven Berger LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., Feb. 4, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — For the third consecutive year, Healthcare Insights, LLC (HCI), a leading provider of financial management and decision-support solutions for the healthcare industry, has earned a #1 spot in the Best in KLAS Awards: Software and Services, Market Segment Category, Budgeting.

KLAS annually compiles a report of the best-performing healthcare information technology (IT) products based on more than 18,000 candid interviews with healthcare providers. KLAS uses this feedback to independently monitor and measure product quality, implementation, service, and support.

Receiving the coveted KLAS award three years in a row is a significant accomplishment for HCI. Since INSIGHTS was first recognized in 2011, the field of healthcare financial management and analytics has grown exponentially and so has market competition.

“Hospitals generate a tremendous volume and variety of clinical, financial, administrative, and demographic data. And typically the data resides in disparate and disconnected databases and transaction systems,” said Steven Berger, HCI president. “This data explosion is the result of both technological advances in the industry and intensifying pressure from the public, insurance companies, and the government to control the costs associated with delivering efficient, value-driven patient services. But without timely access and accurate analysis, hospitals simply can’t turn all that data into actionable information.”

Currently in use at hundreds of hospitals nationwide, INSIGHTS integrates micro-level financial and operational data in real time from across the enterprise into an understandable, interactive, common language with intelligent analytics already built in. It simplifies and automates budget workflow. Capital and operating budgets that used to take weeks or even months to prepare can be done in days. In addition, hospitals can use INSIGHTS to seamlessly integrate financial planning with budgeting by exporting the organization’s long-term financial plan directly into the working budget. The end result is that INSIGHTS enables hospital executives and managers – most of whom are not trained in finance – to drive out unnecessary costs while elevating the level of patient care.

“We are extremely proud that INSIGHTS has earned top KLAS honors not once, but three years in a row, during one of the most competitive chapters in our industry’s history,” said Berger. “We believe this accomplishment demonstrates the satisfaction and success healthcare providers experience with INSIGHTS and confirms our commitment to providing superior functionality with industry-leading customer training and support.”

About KLAS:

KLAS is a research firm that annually surveys managers and executives at more than 4,500 hospitals and 3,000+ doctor’s offices and clinics nationwide and gathers data on software, services, and infrastructure systems. KLAS measures and ranks the performance of products and vendors and delivers timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. For more information, go to http://www.KLASresearch.com/ .

About Healthcare Insights, LLC:

Healthcare Insights, LLC provides intelligent decision support and management accountability software for the healthcare industry, as well as educational training and business application consulting services. The company’s proprietary technology, INSIGHTS, allows small to large healthcare organizations to easily define, establish, and monitor financial and non-financial goals. Corporate headquarters are located in Libertyville, Illinois.

Healthcare Insights is accessible via the Internet at http://www.hcillc.com/ .

For Additional Information:
Steven Berger, President
Healthcare Insights LLC
Tel: 847-772-9200

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* Photo Caption: Steven Berger, President, Healthcare Insights, LLC.

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Ron Fisher, M.D., Honored for Commitment to the Growth of Hospice and Palliative Care in Western North Carolina

Ron Fisher, M.D. SYLVA, N.C., Dec. 19, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Respected physician and western North Carolina hospice and palliative care pioneer Ron Fisher, M.D., will be honored by Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Highlands, peers and colleagues as he retires as medical director of Med-West Health Systems, Sylva, after 27 years of distinguished service.

An informal, drop in reception will be Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 4:30-7 p.m., at Mountain Trace Nursing Center. An award presentation is slated for 5:30 p.m. in appreciation of Fisher’s commitment to quality hospice and palliative care.

Individuals who would like to recognize Fisher’s contributions are asked to make a donation in his honor to the Hospice House Foundation, Franklin.

“Throughout his long career, Dr. Fisher has elevated the standard of care for persons with serious illnesses and at end of life through his work and focus in palliative care,” says Steve Mills, director of Four Seasons, Highlands.

“He has brought a tremendous passion and compassion to the care of individuals who are dealing with difficult, chronic illnesses,” he says.

Inspired service

Fresh out of medical school at the University of Florida, Fisher arrived in Sylva in 1980 to begin his residency at Mountain Area Health Education Center, commonly known as MAHEC. There, he was inspired by then-medical director “Dick” Walton, M.D. to treat the whole patient, not the symptoms.

“Dr. Walton taught me respect for the total care of the patient, rather than focusing on one specific point, and that perspective followed me all through my career, first and foremost,” Fisher says.

For about 20 years, he remained in family practice, gradually evolving into geriatric and elder care. By 1989, he increasingly focused on patients who needed long term care. Impressed by the work of Dame Cicely Sanders, known as the “mother of hospice care,” Fisher became certified in palliative care as soon as soon as the option became available.

“The work is rewarding: low tech, without a lot of chemistry or instrumentation. It’s very personal one-on-one care,” he says.

Over the years, his commitment to his patients’ care never waned.

“Particularly, I found a place, a kind of calling for end of life care,” he recalls. “I began focusing more and more of my attention toward hospice care, which was then a sub-specialty of palliative care.”

Eventually, Fisher’s practice became fully focused on patients with serious, life limiting illnesses or at end of life.

Legacy of service:

“I really learned and received more from my patients than I ever gave,” Fisher says. “I found I was providing a true service in relieving the patient from suffering, that was very rewarding to me as well as the patient.”

In the field of hospice and palliative care, it’s widely agreed that Dr. Fisher’s early and extensive contributions will have long-lasting impact in WNC.

“Dr. Fisher leaves a lasting legacy because of his commitment to his patients and the care he has provided,” says Mills.

In terms of a legacy for the future, Fisher looks toward the continuation, growth and expansion of palliative care in WNC.

“There’s room for a lot more growth, we’ve barely scratched the surface of the needs for care. If I leave a legacy, it’s my hope to see palliative and hospice care grow,” he says. “If I get a little credit for that, I’ll take it.”

Refocused Priorities:

At 62, Fisher is retiring after facing his own health challenges in the previous year.

“I actually kind-of looked at life from a different perspective as a patient with a serious illness,” he says, citing less energy to put into his practice, and increased fatigue.

The recovery has been long, and he’s still not back to normal.

“Life is short, and I chose to refocus my priorities a little bit, spend more time with family and grandchildren.”

All in all, he’s enjoyed 34 years of professional practice, including his former role as medical director at Skyland Care Center. He feels he’s done well, but that it’s time to “let younger, healthier people take the bull by the horns.”

In the future, Fisher plans to fulfill community roles, practicing in Sylva’s free Good Samaritan Clinic, and remaining in his part-time position as medical director for the Jackson County Department of Public Health.

To date, Fisher also remains active on the board of directors for the Hospice House Foundation of WNC, Franklin. Currently, he is committed to a capital campaign to match a $1 million grant from North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union by fall 2014. Individuals who would like to recognize Fisher’s contributions to palliative care are asked donate in his name to the Hospice House Foundation, Franklin.

For more information about the reception honoring Ron Fisher, M.D., contact Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Highlands, http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/ .

The event is Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 4:30-7 p.m., at Mountain Trace Nursing Center, 417 Mountain Trace Road, with the award presentation at 5:30 p.m. To donate to the Hospice House Foundation, Franklin, in Fisher’s honor, visit http://hhfwnc.org/ .

- Photo Caption: Ron Fisher, M.D.

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EPIC’s Janice Stanger takes the stage at top 2013 Wellness Conference

Janice Stanger COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 12, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Janice Stanger, a leading wellness expert and benefits consultant for EPIC, a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, was a featured guest speaker at the 2013 Fall Wellness Forum Conference. At the conference, held November 8, 9 and 10 in Columbus, Ohio, Stanger spoke on incorporating effective wellness programs into the workplace and on private healthcare exchanges.

Considered by wellness experts to be one of the foremost events of its kind, the 2013 Fall Wellness Forum Conference featured many of the industry’s top experts. In addition to Stanger, the conference roster included Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of New York Times bestselling book, “The China Study” and “Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition,” and Susan Levin, R.D., Director of Nutrition Education at the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine.

“The power of nutrition to increase employee productivity and reduce healthcare costs cannot be overstated,” shares Dr. Pam Popper, Executive Director of The Wellness Forum. “Janice introduced vital information about effectively incorporating exercise and healthy diet into the work place. That information, coupled with her presentation on private healthcare exchanges, added incredible value to our 2013 Conference. She was a great asset to this event, and we look forward to partnering with her in future endeavors.”

Stanger was invited to speak at the conference by Pam Popper, PhD, who is an internationally recognized expert on nutrition, medicine and health, and the executive director of The Wellness Forum. Dr. Popper is also known for her role in documentaries such as Processed People, Making a Killing, and Forks Over Knives.

Stanger received additional accolades from in-house. “Janice’s inclusion in this roster of wellness experts reinforces her status as a thought leader in health care,” states Dan Francis, Co-founder and CEO of EPIC. “As a company, we’re honored by Janice’s role in this important event and proud of her accomplishments. She perfectly embodies the EPIC standard of excellence.”

Connect with the EPIC team on:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EPICInsuranceBrokersAndConsultants .
- LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/epic_2 .

About Janice Stanger:

Janice Stanger, Ph.D., is an Account Executive for EPIC and a health insurance professional with more than 27 years of employee benefits experience. Stanger holds a Ph.D. degree in human development and aging from University of California, San Francisco as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a frequent speaker, writer and blogger on employee benefits and health issues and is the author of the whole foods nutrition book “The Perfect Formula Diet.” Janice can be contacted at jstanger@edgewoodins.com or on LinkedIn.

About EPIC:

EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property & casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence. EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a “Best Place to Work” in multiple regions across California and as a “Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry” nationally.

The 8th largest broker based in the U.S. West, EPIC has more than 300 team members operating from ten offices across California (Los Angeles, Irvine, Ontario, Inland Empire, Fresno, Folsom, San Francisco, San Mateo, Petaluma and San Ramon) and in Denver, Colorado and New York.

With more than $80 million in revenues, EPIC ranks among the top 40 retail insurance brokers in the United States. The company’s strategic plan calls for more than tripling revenue over the next five years ($250 million by 2018) and further expansion across the country. For additional information, please visit http://www.edgewoodins.com/ .

* Photo Caption: Janice Stanger, Ph.D.

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Paragon Puts Ilast Center Stage

Ilast ocular care PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 8, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Leading biopharmaceutical company Paragon BioTeck, Inc. announced today that it plans to launch its new line of products, known as Ilast(R), at the Annual American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in New Orleans. Paragon signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Horus Pharma to supply Ilast(R) ocular care products in the U.S. last month, and the company is excited to release these products to ophthalmology professionals.

About Ilast:

Ilast(R) is a scientifically-formulated line of lid care and ocular hygiene products designed to support the health of the eye and the tissue that surrounds it. Ilast is free from preservatives, thus eliminating many of the allergenic and cytotoxic properties that often cause irritation to the delicate skin around the eye. Ilast products are manufactured using a patented process known as Epifree(R) Technology.

This process uses low-temperature sterilization to maximize the effectiveness of active ingredients while simultaneously maintaining the microbiological integrity of the product.

About the Annual American Academy of Ophthalmology:

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the most expansive association of eye care providers, including osteopathic doctors, medical doctors and ophthalmologists in existence. The Academy works to support the professional interests of eye care providers, as well as to promote continuing education and lifelong enrichment.

At the Academy’s annual meeting, eye care professionals can attend educational sessions, view exhibits and learn about the newest developments in the field of ophthalmology. This year’s meeting is scheduled to take place from November 16 to November 19, 2013.

About Paragon BioTeck, Inc.:

Paragon BioTeck is a privately-held, ophthalmic-focused biopharmaceutical and medical device company pursuing the development and commercialization of products addressing unmet medical needs in the fight to protect and preserve eyesight. For more information on the company and its work, visit http://www.paragonbioteck.com/ .

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Four Seasons Illuminates the Holiday Season with 23rd annual ‘Tree of Lights’ and ‘Songs for the Seasons’ Celebrations

Tree of Lights FLAT ROCK, N.C., Nov. 7, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Illuminate the joys of the holiday season with Four Seasons Compassion for Life’s community celebrations, the 23rd annual “Tree of Lights,” Friday, Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m., and “Songs for the Seasons,” Sunday, Dec. 15, 2-4 p.m.

Lights, luminaries surround the Dec. 6 “Tree of Lights” with the glow of family and community, while the informal Dec. 15 “Songs for the Seasons” extends the inspiration and remembrances to a joyful gathering on the historic Henderson County Courthouse steps.

23rd Annual “Tree of Lights:”

During “Tree of Lights,” hundreds of luminaries and thousands of lights will set the landscape aglow with remembrance. Lights and personalized luminaries may be purchased in advance at http://www.treeoflights.com/ or at the event on Four Seasons’ campus, 571 South Allen Road. Shuttle services will be from Blue Ridge College.

“Remembering, honoring and celebrating the lives of those we love or have lost lend a special sweetness to the holiday season,” says Dot Moyer, chairman of the Four Seasons Board of Directors.

“Songs for the Seasons” Debut:

The remembrance continues with the invitation to lift your voice in the joy of song during “Songs for the Seasons,” a holiday sing-along also hosted by Four Seasons. The non-denominational event will be on the steps of the historic Henderson County courthouse, Main Street, Hendersonville, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 2-4 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the event will be inside the courthouse.

“The ‘Songs for the Seasons’ debut extends the joy of the 23rd annual ‘Tree of Lights’ December 6 celebration to the wider community,” says Moyer.

“We sincerely hope the community will join us for these inspiring celebrations of light, hope and peace,” she says.

As a state leader in hospice and palliative care, Four Seasons Compassion for Life assists thousands of individuals and their families ensure quality experiences during times of serious illness or at end of life. Learn more at www.fourseasonscfl.org .

The 23rd annual “Tree of Lights” celebration is Friday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m., at Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 South Allen Road. “Songs for the Seasons” is Sunday, Dec. 15, 2-4 p.m., on the steps of the historic Henderson County courthouse, Hendersonville. Refreshments served at each event. For information, visit http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/ .

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Deer Antler Spray Company Nutronics Labs Encourages Product Comparisons

Deer Antler Spray CHICAGO, Ill., Nov. 6, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Natural supplement company Nutronics Labs released a statement today encouraging deer antler spray consumers to do thorough product research before buying health supplements online. Nutronics Labs is the leading manufacturer of deer antler spray and boasts the world’s strongest supplements available – but as the popularity of their products continues to grow, they have seen hundreds of imitation products flood the market recently.

Deer antler spray products contain an ingredient called IGF-1, which in scientific studies, has been shown to have a wide variety of health benefits from anti-aging to muscle gain and recovery.

Nutronics Labs is headed by founder and CEO, Dr. Rick Lentini, who is credited with introducing deer antler spray to the U.S. market over 18 years ago. Dr. Lentini gave the following list of factors that consumers should look for in a quality deer antler spray product:

Brand Reputation: “Look to a supplement company’s ‘About Us’ page on their website to make sure they are reputable,” said Lentini. “A reputable deer antler spray company will have transparency in their company bio and description, and will tell you the story behind their brand. If a company is completely missing an ‘About Us’ page on their website, they probably have something to hide!”

Nanograms of IGF-1: “IGF-1 is the main active ingredient in deer antler spray, and is measured in nanograms. This is the number that will describe how strong a deer antler supplement is. Nutronics Labs offers a range of products with nanogram ratings of 3,000ng for starters, all the way up to 200,000ng per bottle, which is the world’s strongest available. If a deer antler spray company doesn’t mention the nanograms of IGF-1 in their product, then their supplements are probably just filler.”

Reviews and Testimonials: “Check to see what other people are saying about each product by looking at reviews and testimonials. A reputable supplement company will have feedback from satisfied customers who have tried the products before,” said Lentini. “It’s also important to look for testimonials from doctors and medical professionals who endorse a product, as they are certified and trained to make health decisions, and can provide an informed opinion.”

To get more info about Nutronics Labs or Dr. Lentini, you can find their website at http://www.nutronicslabs.com/ .

Disclaimer: The statements made within this release regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficiency of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Neuro Alert Announces New Board of Advisors

Neuromonitoring Services WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 30, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Neuro Alert, a well-established healthcare organization and recognized leader in neuromonitoring services for surgeons, surgical groups and hospitals across the United States, has recently appointed six members to serve on their board of advisors. The new members of the team come from a variety of backgrounds and have a proven track record of success in business.

At Neuro Alert’s quarterly meetings, the members review, discuss and outline a specific course of action and strategies to broaden the organization’s outreach, streamline operations, and carry the business forward.

“We are pleased to have savvy and accomplished business professionals on our team,” says T.V. Seshan MD, a board-certified clinical physiatrist, who is also a founder and clinical director of Neuro Alert. “All members of the board are proven leaders in their respective fields, and each one of them brings a wealth of experience and valuable perspective to the table. And that’s exactly what we need to advance our business.”

“We are convinced that we will benefit significantly from their individual strengths and expertise and will be better-equipped to achieve all our professional goals,” says Karthik Seshan, Director of Operations. “My colleagues and I look forward to working with them.”

The members of the board of advisors include:

Richard Bernstein is a successful entrepreneur and visionary, who created, designed and financed Dental World Centers, Inc. – the first chain of dental centers specializing in same-day restorative dentistry, to go public in the United States in 1980. Subsequently, Mr. Bernstein has founded and participated in several U.S. and international asset management and investment banking companies. Currently, he is a CEO and co-founder of CR Energy Systems and a member of Climo Consulting.

Ben Cerrone is a seasoned marketing and PR professional. He has over 30 years of experience servicing hundreds of public and private companies in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare. In addition, Mr. Cerrone has created a multitude of successful business TV shows, many of which have been produced at the American Stock Exchange (AMEX).

Cleveland Johnson, Jr is a former Regional Director of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he successfully supervised a region with an operating budget of $64 billion. Throughout his remarkable career, he has developed a range of influence that spans all levels of government, as well as the private sector. Currently, Mr. Johnson is President of CRESI and a member of the Board of Directors of All State Life Insurance Co. of New York, N.Y. and IntrAmerica Life Insurance Company of Northbrook, Ill.

Farrukh Kazmi has years of experience working for major financial institutions on Wall Street, including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, TGK Capital Partners, and others. He specializes in retail and institutional trading and has a special interest in technical trading and technical portfolio management. As a managing director of

A & A Asset Management and a registered representative with Berthel Fisher & Co., Mr. Kazmi provides customized brokerage and money management services for individuals and companies.

Sekhar Vemparala is a well-established business owner and entrepreneur, mainly focusing on asset protection, tax planning, business protection, and life insurance solutions for other business professionals. He is a founder of wealthDNA(R) and principal of Wealth Planning Advisory Group, with offices in New York City, New Jersey and Florida.

Dr. Joseph Weisberg is a distinguished college professor, published author, and partner with Weisberg & Schonbrun Consulting. In addition, he is the owner of North Shore Rehabilitation and dean emeritus of Touro School of Health Sciences. Dr. Weisberg has been serving on the board of advisors of well-known healthcare organizations, supervising doctoral students, and conducting seminars.

About Neuro Alert:

Neuro Alert is a physician-owned and operated company providing intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) services for surgeons, surgical groups and hospitals since 2006. The rapidly-growing Westchester N.Y.-based organization was founded by Dr. T.V. Seshan – a renowned physician, specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation and a pioneer in intraoperative monitoring (IONM). The simple yet crucial monitoring procedures, offered by Neuro Alert, are set up to detect any neurological deficits during major surgeries, allowing surgeons to gain instant feedback about their patient’s condition and avert potential adverse affects. Neuro Alert consists of a team of experienced and highly-skilled physicians and technical professionals who work together to enhance treatment precision, reduce physician liability and ensure patient safety.

For more information about Neuro Alert, please visit http://neuroalert.com/ or call (888) 787-6267.

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Four Seasons Efforts to Improve Palliative Care in Zambia Featured in Documentary

A Unified Presence ASHEVILLE, N.C., Sept. 26, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A premiere screening of “A Unified Presence,” a short documentary film featuring Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Flat Rock, and its cross-continental partnership with the Palliative Care Association of Zambia is slated for Tuesday, October 15, at Asheville Community Theater, 6:30-9 p.m.

The Zambian partnership formed in 2011 to provide support to a country with limited access to this compassionate form of medical care. Then, in 2013, Four Seasons sent a medical mission team to Zambia to assist with care, develop strategy, and create a mutual vision to increase the reach of the Palliative Care Association of Zambia. For more information, visit http://www.fourseasonscfl.org .

Zambia is in the sub-Saharan, southern region of Africa.

Four Seasons partners with PCAZ because their missions align, according to Janet Bull, M.D., chief medical officer, who helped formulate the partnership.

“The partnership focuses on improving access to quality palliative life care throughout Zambia,” says Bull, who donated a 2012 Cunniff Dixon Foundation award of $25,000 to train and educate Zambian nurses and physicians to this end.

On average, Zambians have a life expectancy of 48 years, about half that of North Carolinians, and high incidences of HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and cancer. With fewer than 800 doctors nationwide, expert consensus is that the country’s medical system remains ill-equipped to take care of the needs of the seriously ill and dying.

Filmed on location in Zambia and North Carolina by Emmy award-winning Asheville filmmakers Dylan and Melanie Trivette, “A Unified Presence” highlights the collaborative effort of the two agencies to improve access to quality palliative care during serious, life-limiting illness or at end of life for individuals throughout Zambia.

For more information about Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Flat Rock, and its work in Zambia, visit http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/ .

“A Unified Presence” premieres Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Asheville Community Theater, from 6:30-9 p.m. The event includes the screening, a reception and discussion with filmmakers and members of the Four Seasons-Zambia partnership team. Tickets are available online, http://www.zambiafundraiser.com/ or at the door, $25.

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Four Seasons Receives HRSA Grant Expanding Hospice and Palliative Care in Eight WNC Counties

Palliative Care FLAT ROCK, N.C., Sept. 26, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Rural and medically underserved populations of eight western North Carolina counties will now have improved end of life care, thanks to a model education and training program of Four Seasons Compassion for Life.

The program is funded by Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Buncombe, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Polk, Rutherford, Swain and Transylvania counties fall within the medically underserved areas which will receive improved hospice and palliative care services from Four Seasons. Six of the eight counties are also designated as primary health care professional shortage areas, making the grant’s emphasis on professional practice particularly relevant.

For those with life-limiting or advanced illness, “the program will improve patient outcomes and quality of life, and reduce costs for all parties involved,” according to Rebekah Reeves, a registered nurse and program director.

“The patient and family remains at the center of everything we do,” says Renee Barnwell, a registered nurse who serves on the program team with Reeves as project manager.

Led by specially trained nurse leaders, patient-centered teams will share information across disciplines, creating and expanding opportunities for professional collaborations at all levels.

The program is fully funded by a $1,419,046 federal grant disbursed in installments by HRSA over three years, with a substantive focus on nurse leadership through education, practice, quality, and retention. In order to fully benefit rural and medically underserved populations in western N.C., the program involves co-operation and collaboration with local hospitals, area universities, and community-based non-profits, among others.

“We don’t want to keep this program to ourselves,” says Barnwell. “This way of practicing nursing is a way to develop, implement, and achieve very high patient outcomes, reduce costs related to health care, and increase patient and family satisfaction.”

The overarching goal is to enhance Four Seasons’ existing team model into a robust, sustainable collaborative practice model which can be shared with other hospice and palliative care providers at the regional, state and national levels.

“Rural Americans suffer a heavier disease burden than those living in urban areas,” says Chris Comeaux, chief executive officer of Four Seasons. “Rural counties tend to be poorer by comparison, and individuals in rural counties in western North Carolina are more likely to live below the poverty line.”

In western North Carolina, the poverty level ranges from 12.4 percent to 20.5 percent of the population, compared with 16.2 percent for the state.

Additionally, in 2013, in Buncombe County alone, the numbers of individuals aged 60 and over is expected to nearly double, he says. By some estimates, 42.8 percent of Buncombe County residents are already either baby boomers or older. In neighboring Henderson County, the number of persons aged 65 and older is 23 percent, compared with the state average of 13 percent.

“The disparity in social and economic status in rural areas throughout the region is underscored by needs of an aging population,” says Comeaux. “We are very excited that this program will directly address those needs and have a direct impact on the future of palliative and end of life care.”

Four Seasons Compassion for Life – http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/ – is a state leader in hospice and palliative care, serving individuals across western North Carolina.

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Sacramento’s First Walk of Hope Supports Local Couples Struggling with Infertility

Walk of Hope SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 19, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — To help raise awareness and community for infertile couples, California IVF Fertility Center and RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, are sponsoring Sacramento’s first Walk of Hope. The Walk of Hope aims to build connections and offer encouragement for the 7.3 million Americans struggling with infertility.

The Walk of Hope is being held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 21 at Crocker Park in Sacramento. All funds raised at the event will go to supporting RESOLVE’s advocacy efforts and public awareness goals.

“One in eight couples are considered infertile,” said Barbara Collura, President/CEO of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, “Often times those couples feel alone or isolated. With the Walk of Hope we want to bring a sense of awareness, understanding and compassion to families in Northern California.”

In California alone, nearly 800,000 couples are considered infertile. Many of them are looking for alternate options to grow their families. California IVF Fertility Center provides medical treatments such as in-vitro fertilization and embryo adoption for couples facing fertility challenges, changing the lives of families across the region.

“We are proud to walk alongside local couples who are struggling with infertility,” said infertility specialist and California IVF founder, Ernest Zeringue, MD. “We hope to provide the information and support needed for couples who want to start building their families.”

More information can be found online at http://www.resolve.org/ . Registration is under way here: http://goo.gl/DNHYvZ .

About RESOLVE:

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, established in 1974, is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders.

About California IVF:

Founded in 2004 California IVF Fertility Center California IVF is a local fertility clinic of choice for many infertility patients in the Greater Sacramento, Roseville, Fairfield, and San Francisco Bay areas. Advanced infertility services such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), donor sperm and donor eggs, embryo freezing or cryopreservation, ICSI, and other treatments for both male and female infertility are offered at its Northern California fertility center.

The California Conceptions Donor Embryo program ( http://californiaconceptions.com/ ) provides an egg donor and adoption alternative to failed IVF patients from around the world. The staff includes a team of Sacramento fertility doctors and experienced embryologists who are skilled at performing pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and screening (PGS).

For more information about infertility and California IVF, please visit http://www.californiaivf.com/ .

Walk of Hope video: http://youtu.be/54nWTJUSV2g .

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County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board helps dialysis center expand staff through no-cost programs

VICTORVILLE, Calif., June 28, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Recently, Desert Cities Dialysis needed to hire new employees; however all of its applicants were recent graduates who required extensive training. Manager Zabelle Cosson recognized that the County of San Bernardino’s recruitment services and On-The-Job Training program could offset costs of finding and training the right people. The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board (WIB) screened all applicants and referred the most qualified to Desert City Dialysis.

The WIB’s On-The-Job Training program provided partial wage reimbursement for the first 90 days of employment, the designated training period. Through these no-cost programs, Desert City Dialysis hired and trained two employees saving almost $7,000.

Assistance from the County of San Bernardino WIB made it possible for Desert City to grow quickly and hire locally. “The Workforce Investment Board helped us find and train the right employees,” shares Cosson. “Both employees are still with our company and are excelling in their positions.”

Desert City Dialysis is one of many high desert businesses served by the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board.

“On-the-Job Training helps relieve a business’ growing pains by providing the resources to grow without the financial burden of recruitment and training,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “The Workforce Investment Board’s goal is to help create permanent jobs through these no-cost programs.”

The Workforce Investment Board offers free services and programs to local businesses through its Business Resource Team. The Business Resource team assists local companies with services such as layoff aversion programs and process improvement assistance that save and create jobs. Additionally the Business Resource Team provides business workshops, access to the On-the-Job Training programs and recruitment services.

“In one year, the Workforce Investment Board trained more than 3,300 job seekers for high-demand industries and built relationships with 2,800 businesses,” stated Chair and Second District Supervisor, Janice Rutherford. “This work is critical to the continued growth of our local economy.”

Businesses interested in learning more about or enrolling in the no-cost services provided by the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board can visit http://www.csb-win.org/ or call 1-800-451-JOBS.

About Desert Cities Dialysis, High Desert Nephrology:
Desert Cities Dialysis, with offices in both Victorville and Barstow, specialize in the evaluation and treatment of patients with kidney disease and kidney disorders. Their staff is composed of licensed physicians, social workers, registered dieticians, registered nurses, and certified dialysis technicians who provide care and support for our patients and their families.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The Workforce Investment Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org . Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBWIB Twitter @InlandEmpireJob; and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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Intraoperative Monitoring as a Crucial Component of the Spinal Surgery

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 26, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Spinal surgery involves a wide variety of complex procedures, according to Westchester N.Y.-based Neuro Alert. There is a potential for major neurological deficits if they are not recognized during surgery, so effective corrective action can be taken quickly. It goes without saying that early detection of potential complications is crucial for patient safety. Therefore, any tool or technique that can prevent or reduce the rate of intraoperative injuries holds tremendous appeal for patients and surgeons alike.

In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in intraoperative neurophysiological neuromonitoring (IONM) procedures designed to alert surgeons of potential damage to the nervous system during surgery, and help them rectify the situation. Real time monitoring assists surgeons and anesthesiologists with assessing neural structures, including the neuromuscular junction, peripheral nerve, spinal cord, brainstem, and cerebral cortex. Conducted by an on-site technician and remote interpreting physician, IONM can make spinal surgeries safer and prevent neurological deficits and/or morbidity.

Why is IONM so Important?
Oftentimes, spinal surgery involves the following procedures:

1) Decompression of the spinal nerve roots and/or the spinal cord.

2) The use of instrumentation (i.e. plates, screws, rods, cages, etc.).

3) Deformity Correction (Scoliosis, Kyphosis, spondylolisthesis).

Possible complications may include damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots. As a result, the patient can develop radiculopathy (spinal nerve root injury) or myelopathy (spinal cord injury).

Traditionally, surgeons have relied on X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans to check the placement of hardware during surgery.

“Unfortunately, imaging techniques do not always identify improperly placed hardware, damage to nerve tissue, or small fractures of certain parts of vertebra,” says Dr. T.V. Seshan, the founder and clinical director of Neuro Alert, a Westchester N.Y.-based healthcare organization providing neuromonitoring services for surgeons, surgical groups and hospitals.

“Evidence suggests that IONM has proven to be more effective in instantly spotting certain types of neurological damage. Furthermore, it is easy-to-use and cost-efficient. IONM is commonly used for spinal fusion, total disc replacement, scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, pain stimulator placement, spinal tumor resection, and other treatment procedures.”

How Does it Work?

When a patient undergoes spinal surgery, a monitoring technician places wire electrodes on his/her limbs. Electrodes are also placed on the surface of the skull, over the area of the brain that receives the impulse from the limb. A technician uses sophisticated equipment to monitor the electrical activity along the peripheral nerves, spinal cord and in the brain. This activity is being recorded as wave form and used throughout the whole procedure. Any significant change in the wave forms prompts the surgeon that there might be potential damage to the neuromuscular system. That’s when the surgical team can take immediate action, averting irreversible injury or post-operative complications.

In addition, IONM serves as a better and more reliable alternative to the neurological evaluation when a patient is under anesthesia and not capable of undergoing face-to-face examination. In fact, it may be dangerous to wake up patients suffering from serious conditions. Some individuals may negatively respond to the wake-up test, due to age or mental status. Besides, it can lengthen the time of surgery and does not properly evaluate nerve function.

“During spinal surgery, the key blood vessels, nerve roots and spinal cord are deemed to be at risk for serious injury,” adds Dr. T.V. Seshan. “As spinal surgeries continue to evolve and minimally invasive procedures become more prevalent in the surgical field, it is quite likely that the value and significance of neuromonitoring will continue to grow. We are hoping that eventually IONM will become a routine part of all neurosurgical procedures where the neurological structures may be at risk of injury.”

Due to the fact that intraoperative monitoring is a critical tool for assessing the nervous system, every member of the monitoring team should undergo intense training and develop the experience needed for this challenging job. The monitoring team usually consists of neurophysiology technologists and interpreting physicians who perform live remote monitoring to provide instant feedback on a patient’s condition and effectively coordinate the process with the surgical team.

About Neuro Alert:
Neuro Alert is a physician-owned and operated company providing intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) services for surgeons, surgical groups and hospitals since 2006. The rapidly-growing Westchester N.Y.-based organization was founded by Dr. T.V. Seshan – a renowned physician, specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, who has been actively involved in intraoperative monitoring over the course of 30 years. The simple yet crucial monitoring procedures, offered by Neuro Alert, are set up to detect any neurological deficits during major surgeries, allowing surgeons to gain instant feedback about their patient’s condition and avert potential adverse affects. Neuro Alert consists of a team of experienced and highly-skilled physicians and technical professionals who work together to enhance treatment precision, reduce physician liability and ensure patient safety. For more information about Neuro Alert, please visit http://neuroalert.com/ or call (888) 787-6267

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Surviving a Critical Illness, Then Surviving the Cost; New Guide Offered by LTC Financial Partners, LLC (LTCFP) Tells How

Denise GottKIRKLAND, Wash., May 29, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A new 16-page guide describes a form of insurance designed to protect against financial catastrophe on the heels of catastrophic illness. Titled “Surviving Critical Illness Financially,” the guide is being offered free of charge by LTC Financial Partners, LLC (LTCFP), under a non-exclusive distribution agreement with business partners American Independent Marketing (AIM) and GoldenCare USA, the publishers.

“We’re glad to make this information available from our experts nationwide,” says Denise Gott, LTCFP’s National Sales Manager. “It could help millions better understand their risk of not owning a policy and the options a policy can provide.”

Medical bankruptcy is a huge problem that regular health insurance often does not prevent, according to a 2009 study by Harvard and Ohio University researchers. The team reported that in 2007, more than 60 percent of all U.S. personal bankruptcies were due to medical problems. “Even more shocking,” says Gott, “they found that more than 75 percent of the affected families had health insurance.”

By distributing the guide at no cost, LTCFP hopes to help more people enjoy the secure future they deserve, with their retirement assets intact. The guide answers questions such as the following:
* How likely is it that I or a family member will encounter a critical illness?
* What conditions are covered by CI insurance?
* Can I get along with just CI insurance and skip regular insurance?
* Which should I choose: CI insurance, long-term care insurance, or both?

LTCFP, one of America’s most experienced long-term care insurance agencies, has broadened its offerings to include multiple ways of paying for care not adequately covered by Medicare or regular health insurance. “Our tool kit now includes reverse mortgages, annuities, life insurance with LTC Riders, as well as LTC insurance,” says Gott. “Critical Care Insurance is our latest addition.”

The company has also led a movement to make long-term care protection available as an employee benefit. Critical illness insurance, like LTC insurance, helps organizations prosper by reducing absenteeism and loss of productivity due to financial and care-giving concerns.

“Surviving Critical Illness Financially” may be requested from the following LTC specialists:
CA: Phyllis Solgere — 909-627-5587
CA: Laura Weber — 714-674-0190
CA: Sarah Fisher — 510-230-4301
CA: Jim Valentine — 408-792-0540
CA: Petra Petry — 949-351-0347
CA: Art Neibrief — 707-974-8282

CT: Larry Golfin — 860-677-4075
CT: Steve Foss — 860-539-0674
CT: Leonard Wik — 860-432-1870

FL: George Braddock — 305-378-8091
FL: Janet Washburn — 239-404-7590

GA: Belen Hickman — 404-245-2444
GA: Amy Pollock — 404-237-1189

ID: Linda Hicks — 208-331-2803

IL: Cheri Davis — 773-531-0669
IL: Robin Frank — 773-774-2600

IN: Kirk Bennett — 260-969-1310

MI: Tom Varner — 810-796-2405

MN: Jennifer Ragborg — 952-898-2750

MO: Wendy Rinehart — 816-886-2358
MO: Keith Eisberg — 573-303-3007

NE: Larry Heinert — 402-339-8643
NE: Larry Neuwirth — 308-635-2023

NJ: Michael B. FitzPatrick — 862-242-8787
NJ: Richard Landau — 201-476-0880
NJ: James Cundari — 973-450-1074

NY: Steve Brefere — 914-234-7767
NY: Virginia Lee Kintz — 866-582-6074
NY: Sheila White — 631-893-4040
NY: Jennifer Lenihan — 631-262-7167
NY: Susan Lenihan — 631-262-7167
NY: Jay Charno — 516-935-4029
NY: Gene Cutler — 516-869-6767
NY: Michael Robinson — 516-612-4936
NY: Ronald Brie — 212-799-3900
NY: Dana Dee — 716-983-1316
NY: Ray Donnelly — 516-747-1809
NY: Peter Molnar – 800-588-9406

OH: Thomas Hodges — 513-519-6010
OH: John Cullen — 419-797-9210
OH: Pattianne Baran — 216-409-0859
OH: Brenda Gray — 513-541-3968

OK: Samuel Walker — 405-816-0868

OR: Diane Steeves — 503-297-7677

PA: Kevin Bressler — 610-783-6970
PA: Anthony Camill — 412-445-6171
PA: Cathy Allen — 610-588-0852

SC: Madeline Wade — 317-259-4113

TN: Mark Wardell — 901-337-4146

TX: Bill Holland — 817-283-7221
TX: Kay Nettles — 713-466-4614
TX: Kat Roebuck — 281-431-4033
TX: Kim Beckham — 361-579-9663

VA: Linda Sotirion — 757-646-6820
VA: George Polizos — 757-291-8505
VA: Patricia O’Neill — 703-534-3255
VA: Penny Gilbert — 703-281-0914
VA: Michael Zuchowski — 757-467-1354

VT: Tod Warner — 802-985-4930

WA: Christine Khemis — 888-582-5364
WA: Lucille Smith — 206-877-3456

WI: Lynette Schiefer — 920-434-4559

The guide and further educational information are also available at http://www.insuranceforcriticalillness.com/.

About LTC Financial Partners:
LTCFP — www.ltcfp.com — is a co-founder and sponsor of the “3 in 4 Need More” campaign, which seeks to alert Americans to the long-term healthcare crisis, and to multiply the number protected by long-term care planning.

*(Photo Caption: LTCFP National Sales Manager Denise Gott)

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Blue Horizon International Exhibits at World Stem Cells Congress

BlueHorizonStemCellCongressNEW YORK CITY, N.Y., May 21, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Blue Horizon International is proud to participate as an exhibitor at the World Stem Cells Regenerative Medicine Congress 2013. Europe’s largest and most important conference for regenerative medicine will take place in London May 21-23.

Blue Horizon International’s exhibit presentation will feature the successes of performing more than 2,500 stem cell procedures on adults and children.

Dr. Brian Mehling, Chief Medical Officer for Blue Horizon International, says he’s excited about exhibiting at the conference, and meeting with medical researchers and clinicians from around the world to review and discuss stem cell therapy and key trends on the regenerative medicine frontier. He’ll be accompanied at the congress by senior executives, John Ferguson, CEO and Doreen Santora, COO.

“Stem cell based therapy is positioned as the next significant advance in medicine,” says Doreen Santora,“ It offers the potential to repair damage which has been unable to be repaired with any other technology or pharmaceutical that’s yet been discovered… this is an exciting time in our industry.”

Blue Horizon International’s researchers and clinicians have developed and applied stem cell therapy for a range of conditions, from brain and neurological degeneration to cardiovascular disease to metabolic conditions such as diabetes mellitus. Blue Horizon stem cell therapies are also being applied for anti-aging treatments.

About Blue Horizon International:
Blue Horizon International is a healthcare consulting company with a unique concept that combines treatment, research and philanthropic efforts. Blue Horizon International provides quality care and service for medical treatments globally, advanced technologies in stem cell therapies, and also provides resources needed to assist children and adults who are medically underserved. For more information please visit Blue Horizon International: http://www.bluehorizoninternational.com/ .

About Blue Horizon Stem Cells:
Blue Horizon Stem Cells is a division of Blue Horizon International that provides stem cell therapy and research to achieve health benefits. Uniquely positioned to take advantage of its clinical research, Blue Horizon Stem Cells has safely and efficiently performed over 2250 procedures, documenting each procedure while tracking the progress of patients throughout their treatment cycle. Blue Horizon International’s stem cell therapy program is associated with The Stem Cell Centre, Hongqiao Brain Hospital and Wuhan University School of Basic Medical Science, Wuhan, China. For more information visit http://www.bluehorizonstemcells.com/ .

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Hi-Desert Medical Center Meets Staffing Needs with Help from The Workforce Investment Board

On-the-Job TrainingSAN BERNARDINO, Calif., March 11, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — By leveraging the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County’s On-the-Job Training program, the Hi-Desert Medical Center has recently added six full-time registered nurses and saved $25,000 in hiring and training costs.

Once challenged by the economy, the Hi-Desert Medical Center is now flourishing with help from the Workforce Investment Board. The company has used the Workforce Investment Board’s business services to maintain their 600 person staff in the past, and recognized that the On-the-Job Training would make it possible to achieve their staffing goals.

The Workforce Investment Board offered the Hi-Desert Medical Center a number of services including recruitment assistance, job advertisement, On-the-Job Training and strategic planning. Offered at no cost to the employer, these programs reduced hiring costs and increased productivity.

“When we learned about the On-the-Job Training program, it sounded too good to be true,” said Lionel Chadwick, Chief Executive Officer for Hi-Desert Medical Center. “The financial and professional support provided by the Workforce Investment Board’s program reduced our expense, limited our risk, and helped us recruit excellent employees at no cost to us. It was the answer to our growing pains.”

The On-the-Job Training program reimbursed the Hi-Desert Medical Center for a portion of a new hire’s wages during the initial training period. Now fully trained and having completed the probationary period, all six employees have been permanently hired on full-time at $28.04 per hour.

“Hi-Desert Medical Center is a perfect example of how the Workforce Investment Board programs assist employers,” stated Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “On-the-Job training bridges the gap for a business that needs to expand their workforce.”

The Workforce Investment Board also offers many free services and programs to local businesses through its Business Resource Team. The Business Resource team assists local companies with services such as layoff aversion programs and process improvement services that save and create jobs. Additionally the Business Resource Team provides business workshops, access to the On-the-Job Training program and assistance matching finding job seekers with the skills employers are seeking.

In 2011, the Workforce Investment Board trained more than 3,300 job seekers to enter careers in high-demand industry sectors the Business Resource Team visited and established relationships with more than 2,800 local businesses.

“The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board is helping the county to create a vibrant economy with a skilled workforce,” said James Ramos, Third District Supervisor. “We are proud of their efforts.”

For information on upcoming WIB training classes and programs, contact the local Employment Resource Center or call (800) 451-JOBS; visit www.csb-win.org .

About Hi-Desert Medical Center:
Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District distinguishes itself as the leader for healthcare services of the Morongo Basin. A modern, nonprofit 59-bed acute primary care hospital is located on the principal campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center. Services include a wide range of quality inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services, home health and hospice services, and a variety of community outreach services.

Hi-Desert Medical Center has more than 90 physicians in 25 medical specialties and over 600 employees. Licensed by the State of California and fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and the California Medical Association, the hospital holds membership in the California Healthcare Association and the Hospital Council of Southern California.

For more information, visit the Hi-Desert Medical Center at http://www.hdmc.org/ .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The Workforce Investment Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org. Also follow us on Twitter @InlandEmpireJob and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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Janet Bull, Award-winning Chief Medical Officer of Four Seasons Hospice, Shares Quality of Life Concerns, Answers

Four Seasons HospiceFLAT ROCK, N.C., March 5, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — When Janet Bull, Ph.D., the award-winning chief medical officer of Four Seasons Hospice goes to work, it’s more than showing up for a job. She helps people find meaning.

Palliative care, which occurs before end of life is at hand, comes at the vulnerable time when a person who may have chronic multiple illnesses admits they need support to maintain their quality of life. Patients and their families need help and guidance finding their way through the maze of a complicated medical system, and reconciling their hopes for recovery with the reality of the limitations of treatments.

“My team and I guide people, collaborate to ensure their quality of life. We provide psychological and spiritual support in a way not normally seen in the medical field. Good palliative care addresses the mind, the body and the spirit,” says Bull.

The search for meaning starts with an individual’s life review.

“Who the person is, what is meaningful to them now, what has been meaningful to them in their lives is important. We put it into perspective for them, help them realize the impact they’ve had in this world.”

Understanding Quality of Life:
When patients really understand treatment options, says Bull, they tend to choose approaches which stress comfort. When one considers that 90 percent of people would prefer to die at home, but more than 50 percent die in hospitals and nursing homes, with other people taking care of them, the disparity may seem disheartening. But when they have palliative and hospice care, their life expectancy and quality of life is increased with certain diseases.

Physicians like Bull apply research which strives to understand the benefits to people at end of life, and works to improve symptoms. Sometimes, patients who previously felt powerless may choose to give back to others who share their illness, or create a legacy, through participating in clinical trials.

What should someone do if they or a family member begins to have issues with quality of life?

Bull shares six strategies for getting the support you need:

1. Reach out for support.
Palliative care is a service individuals need to reach out to receive, says Bull. They should be proactive and ask for the services, as their personal physician may or may not suggest it.

2. Make sure there’s a social worker on the team.
A social worker can counsel the family and individual as they cope with an impending loss, navigate insurance and Medicaid benefits, arrange for services like Meals on Wheels, and help get advance directives in place.

3. Palliative care involves a team of support.
Often, the social worker joins a chaplain, counselors, or other team members who address an array of patient issues from spirituality, care-giver support, alignment with available resources, or other needs. A physician, physician’s assistant, a nurse practitioner, and other non-physician providers may also be part of the team. CNAs are a critical part of the team, along with volunteers and music therapists.

4. Understand the difference between hospice and palliative care.
Palliative care can be offered to any patient with a serious illness, regardless of life expectancy. Concurrent medical care is given at the same time symptoms are aggressively managed. With hospice care one needs to have a life expectancy of 6 months or less. Both provide team based patient centered care with the focus on improving quality of life

5. Expect good communication as the norm.
Good communication with the team is a must. Family meetings or conferences with everyone invited are a positive signal that the team is working well on behalf of the patient. Questions should be encouraged, along with talk about what’s likely to come.

6. Trust the team.
Well-managed, aggressive symptom management along with good collaboration between medical professionals are hallmarks of a trustworthy team. As it’s not uncommon for some patients to have five or more specialists, the team approach makes certain the information is collated and presented to the family across care settings, and that different specialists are on the same page with medications and treatment options.

Too often, says Bull, when patients return home after a visit to the hospital, problems can occur. Medical reconciliation is a huge problem – patients often don’t understand instructions on medication changes or have difficulty obtaining new meds. Often there is no primary care physician to follow up with, or a host of other issues such as transportation, clear follow up instructions, or difficulty getting in to see their physician.

“When you’re very sick, you often don’t remember what you’re told,” says Bull. “Mistakes happen for lots of reasons when people go home.”

As a result, many people end up back in the hospital after a very short period of time. For those that get discharged to other settings, there is often a misunderstanding of goals of care.

At Four Seasons, the palliative team follows patients wherever they go. Many will be discharged to a nursing home, or assisted living facility. Having a team that provides continuity across patient settings is of great value in making sure patients get excellent care, consistent with their goals.

For more information, visit: http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/ .

About Janet Bull, M.D.:
Janet Bull, M.D., is chief medical officer at Four Seasons Hospice Compassion for Life, which is a state leader in hospice and palliative care, serving individuals across western North Carolina. She is the 2013 recipient of the Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, which recognize quality services and innovative programs and exemplary dedication to the practice of palliative medicine in a hospice setting.

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New Autobiography Gives Insight into Maharishi Murder

Murder and MisunderstandingLANCASTER, Pa., Feb. 19, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — It is a story that could only be written by one person. A compelling autobiography that not only pushes the boundaries of sanity, it takes readers on a frightening voyage to meet it face-to-face. “Murder and Misunderstanding; One Man’s Escape from Insanity” (ISBN-13: 978-1479256969) is the story of Shuvender Sem, who on March 1, 2004 became known as “The Maharishi Murderer.”

The murder took place in Fairfield, Iowa, on the campus of a university that prided itself on non-violence. The Maharishi University of Management used a variety of techniques towards its non-violent goals including twice-daily use of Transcendental Meditation. It was to no small degree that this setting put the murder in the national spotlight.

In one moment Sem was a college student. In the next he was “The Maharishi Murderer.” Shuvender killed freshman Levi Butler without provocation on the campus by stabbing him four times in the chest with a paring knife. The murder took place following an incident earlier in the day when Sem stabbed a student with a pen. That previous incident led to the student getting seven stitches to his face.

Deemed competent to stand trial, the judge ruled he was “not guilty by reason of insanity” at the request of both the defense and the prosecution. Against popular belief, NGRI is an extremely rare plea, used in less than one percent of criminal cases. A not guilty result is even more uncommon, occurring just one-quarter of one percent of the time.

Now, after years of psychotropic medications and intense therapy, Shuvender is telling his story of schizophrenia in his autobiography, “Murder and Misunderstanding; One Man’s Escape from Insanity.” It is not only an extremely rare look into the mind of a killer from his own perspective, but it is also a deeply personal story that explores the darkest, most grim places of the mind.

“Our mental health system is broken. We need to fix this before more crimes are committed,” says Sem.

In his book, Shuvender tells of his relationship with his father, and the events that led to that day on campus. He describes his struggle with, and eventual escape from this misunderstood illness. It is a story of recognition and realization. A story of redemption desired, and hope delivered. It is a book written to serve as a beacon for those with schizophrenia and their families, by a man who was held in its strongest grips, and managed to escape.

Shuvender Sem, or Shubi as he is known, now speaks publicly about his experience with schizophrenia in the hopes of helping others. He is available for presentations and Q&A sessions for law enforcement, mental health groups, attorney associations, academic institutions and others who may feel they can benefit from his story.

The self-told story of Shuvender Sem, “Murder and Misunderstanding; One Man’s Escape from Insanity” is available at http://www.ShuvenderSem.com/ . The book is available in paperback; as well as Kindle, iPad and Nook digital editions.

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Pixargus at “Medtec 2013″: Optical inspection of cut pieces of hypo and precision tubes

“Free Fall Inspection” system checks cut pieces of tubes on the fly

Pixargus at
Precision tubing in the gap between the LED light ring (right) and the camera unit (left).

At Medtec 2013, Pixargus is for the first time presenting its new ProfilControl 6-FFI system for optical inspection of cut pieces of hypo and precision tubes for medical applications, which have to comply with extremely exacting surface and edge quality demands.

The system is used for 100 percent inspection of hypo and precision tubes used in medical instruments and apparatuses as well as for cannulas made of metal and plastics. The system detects and classifies surface defects, such as inclusions, grooves, scratches or dents, over the complete product length. Furthermore, by means of a newly developed algorithm it checks whether the edges have been properly cut and/or feature no burrs. This ensures that only products completely checked and free of flaws are shipped.

With the development of the new system, Pixargus has bridged the gap between optical inspection of endless and cut products. So far the systems of the ProfilControl 6 series had only been used to inspect continuously manufactured products such as sections or cables. As the new systems can also inspect individual cut pieces, it can be used not only in the manufacturing process but also by the purchasers of the products for checking incoming material.

In order to make sure that the tubes are checked around their complete circumference from several angles all at the same time, the feeding system is provided with a gap. While the tubes are flying through this gap, their surface can be captured by the cameras from all perspectives.

Inside the measuring head, the surface of the tubes is uniformly illuminated by an LED light ring and scanned by six high-resolution line-scan cameras arranged at angles of 60 degrees around the tube. With these six line-scan cameras of more than 2,500 pixels each, the system detects surface defects down to 30 micrometer.

As soon as the system has detected a defect on the surface or at one of the cut edges, the system displays the defect graphically and sends a signal to the device that will sort out the defective material. The PC 6-FFI system operates so fast that defective tubing can be removed just a few centimeters after the measuring head. This makes the system extremely space-saving.

PC 6-FFI features an automatic lighting control system, which automatically adjusts to mat or shiny surfaces.

Pixargus supplied the first such system to a Japanese customer who has been using it in three-shift operation since its commissioning. It had been designed for inspecting mirror-finished tubes of diameters between 5 and 20 mm and lengths between 40 and 100 mm.

Pixargus at Medtec 2013: stand 1N44

About Pixargus

Pixargus develops and manufactures systems for optical inline measurement and inspection of plastic and rubber profiles. Established in 1999 as a spin-off of the Institute of Plastics Processing (Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung IKV) of the Technical University RWTH of Aachen/Germany, Pixargus has specialized in optical quality control of extruded products made of plastics and rubber.

Pixargus systems inspect sealing profiles – for example, for the automotive industry – and tubing, catheters, cables or window seals as well as raw material (compounds) made of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and rubber. Additionally, Pixargus offers systems for the inspection of – textured, woven or non-woven – web material.

Worldwide, renowned manufacturers, e.g. B. Braun, Medtronic, Biotronik and Hansemed, use Pixargus systems for surface control and profile measuring tasks.

The company, based in Aachen/Germany, is active worldwide through its US branch and various international technical agencies.

Kontakt
Pixargus GmbH
Dirk Broichhausen
Monnetstraße 2
D-52146 Würselen / Germany
+49.2405.47908-0
info@pixargus.de
http://www.pixargus.de

Pressekontakt:
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Regina Reinhardt
Suesterfeldstraße 83
52072 Aachen / Germany
+49.241.89468-24
reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
http://www.vip-kommunikation.de


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