Monday, June 6, 2011

PARAMCO Makes Medical Software Available Free

PARAMCO Makes Medical Software Available Free

(PRWEB) December 7, 2000

With people all over the world getting sicker and fatter there has been a huge demand for information and solutions over the internet. PARAMCO, a small company in Texas has made their interactrive virtual nutritionist software program available on a time sensitive version for free.

The software program is currently being used by diabetes educators and nutritionist all across the United States.

Users who choose may download this program for no charge and enter their name, age, height, weight, gender, activity level, and weight goals, and favorite foods, and create in minutes the perfect eating plan for themselves.

Paul Darby, the president of the company says, "Now for the first time in our history because of this new technology, every one can have their own virtual nutritionist 24 hours a day, and their health and weight will show it".

Any one wishing to contact the company may do so by email to: Info@themeamcalculator. com or by phone to: (903)455-4590. Or may visit the website at: http://wwww. themealcalculator. com/9 (http://wwww. themealcalculator. com/9)

Shopping Green on Earth Day 2007

Shopping Green on Earth Day 2007

Environmentally conscious people all over the world will celebrate Earth Day and participate in various events, such as political marches and outdoor concerts. But anyone can make a contribution, without leaving their homes, by using the Internet to make ecologically responsible choices in the items that they use on a daily basis.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) April 17, 2007

On 22 April 2007, environmentally conscious people all over the world will celebrate Earth Day and participate in various events, such as political marches and outdoor concerts. But anyone can make a contribution, without leaving their homes, by using the Internet to make ecologically responsible choices in the items that they use on a daily basis. Why purchase conventional products that are manufactured with little regard for the environment, when you can instead use far more natural products that are good for both your health and that of Mother Nature? There are so many options for easily participating in Earth Day: Refresh your home with non-toxic cleaners, instead of their carcinogenic counterparts. Pamper yourself with bath towels and linens made from organically grown cotton. Reduce your electrical bill and CO2 footprint by replacing every incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL).

All of these items are available at PristinePlanet. com (http://www. pristineplanet. com/ (http://www. pristineplanet. com/)), where anyone can enjoy the best of green shopping. Visitors to the Web site can quickly compare thousands of green products in hundreds of categories, including apparel for adults and children, health and beauty supplies, food and beverages, wonderful gift ideas and much more. Best of all, these products are offered by carefully selected companies that are committed to protecting the environment and practicing fair trade. What is truly unique is that visitors can learn more about these retailers and their philosophies, provide feedback in the form of merchant report cards, read other visitors' opinions on the retailers and even comment on individual items. As shoppers choose quality green products for their households, they also can learn interesting facts about how those retailers and their products are helping to improve the ecological and social environments that we all share.

Visit PristinePlanet. com, see what it has to offer, and find out how easy and fun it can be to make every day in your home an Earth Day!

Press release written by Michael J. Ross (http://www. ross. ws/ (http://www. ross. ws/)).

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Your Little Pumpkin: Baby Names for Thanksgiving

Your Little Pumpkin: Baby Names for Thanksgiving

When it comes to baby naming, holidays and seasons are are very popular sources of inspiration. From PregnancyAndBaby. com, here are some fun and seasonal name ideas for Thanksgiving babies -- inspired by the Pilgrims, the ancient Greeks... and even your very own family.

(PRWEB) November 15, 2003

If you want to choose a first name for your baby to celebrate Thanksgiving, you're not alone. In fact, the holidays and seasons are very popular sources of inspiration. There's a virtual cornucopia of fall names out there, if you know where to look.

So where to begin? The editors at Pregnancy & Baby (www. PregnancyAndBaby. com) say you might want to consider what really were some of this nation's first names: Those of the Pilgrims who celebrated the First Thanksgiving in 1621.

"A few of those names -- Joseph, Christopher and Sarah -- are still on our country's top 10 list almost 400 years later," says Nancy J Price, co-founder and editor of Pregnancy & Baby. "Other names from that era are less common now, but they still have a traditional flair." The site's top five Mayflower picks for boys are Bartholomew, Elias, Jasper, Gilbert and Myles. For girls, they recommend Alice, Constance, Eleanor, Priscilla and Susanna.

Not every name back then was what parents would consider "typical" by today's standards. For example, three girls on the ship were descriptively named Remember, Desire and Humility. There were also three boys with similarly expressive monikers, including a lad called Resolved, and two brothers named Love and Wrestling.

Based on reader feedback, Pregnancy & Baby's editors have learned that many parents like to put last things -- or at least last names -- first. "A few of the Pilgrim surnames are exactly the kind of given names that really appeal to a lot of parents today, especially for boys," says Betsy Gartrell-Judd, co-founder and editor. The duo's top five choices from the passenger list are Allerton, Chilton, Hopkins, Latham and Tilley.

When celebrating this season, the Native Americans thought to be at the First Thanksgiving can't be forgotten. Among them were Massasoit, Quadequina, Squanto, Hobbamock and Tokamahamon.

If you want to look beyond our shores, why not consider names that mean "thankful"? For girls, there's Jendayi (Egyptian) and Shakira (African). If baby's a boy, you might think about Jaden (Old English) or Zikomo (African). "Harvest" is also another seasonally relevant term, and the lovely Demetria (which is Demi Moore's real first name) is known as the Greek goddess of harvest. Not quite right? Well, that same goddess is Ceres to the Romans, Mimis to the Turks, and Annona in Latin. Along those same lines, Charmaine is French for "bountiful orchard." Finally, there's Autumn. "It's pretty, it's seasonal, and most people know how to spell it," says Gartrell-Judd.

If these names are just not "it" for your little pumpkin, the most perfect name this season may be the sweetest of all. "Just think of someone in your life, past or present, who you're especially grateful for," says Price. "Celebrate Thanksgiving by naming your baby in honor of someone special."

About Pregnancy & Baby

PregnancyAndBaby. com, part of the SheKnows. com Network, is a comprehensive source of information for women from preconception through the first years of parenthood. Designed specifically for expectant parents and those with young children, the site offers a large selection of baby naming articles, interactive tools, health and wellness features, as well as an active message board community. Price and Gartrell-Judd are also the former founding editors of two national print magazines, ePregnancy and Pregnancy. For more information about Pregnancy & Baby and the SheKnows Network, visit http://PregnancyAndBaby. com (http://PregnancyAndBaby. com) and http://SheKnows. com (http://SheKnows. com).

Give the Gift of Less Stress with HeartMath's emWave Personal Stress Reliever&#174

Give the Gift of Less Stress with HeartMath's emWave Personal Stress Reliever®

A unique stress relief technology comes as a popular holiday gift choice and it has also caught the attention of several celebrities.

Boulder Creek, CA (PRWEB) December 3, 2010

If you're tired of buying the same old gifts every year and need something unique that shows you care, give the gift of less stress with an emWave Personal Stress Reliever®.

Whether it's your spouse, boss, roommate, or one of your kids - when they're stressed it affects you too. This distinctive gift idea combines the advantage of a sleek, mobile technology with the zen-like benefits of learning to quiet a racing mind and calm frayed nerves.

The emWave Personal Stress Reliever (PSR) developed by HeartMath®, world leaders in scientifically validated stress solutions, is a cool lifestyle device that is fun yet practical and it has won numerous awards. More than 10,000 health professionals use the emWave technologies across the U. S. to help patients reduce stress and anxiety.

Stress is a huge energy zapper -- it can drain us, leave us irritable, cause insomnia, contribute to that spare tire around the waist, raise blood pressure, and the list of undesirable affects goes on. Whatever the outcome may be, stress can go on for a while before we realize how much it is impacting us.

HeartMath's emWave technology trains the user to shift out of stress on demand. The emWave PSR ($199) is based on nearly 20 years of research on the critical link between emotions, heart function and cognitive performance.

The emWave PSR teaches the user to access a high-performance state called coherence. Coherence refers to a mental and emotional state people experience when the body's systems become synchronized. Specifically, coherence means that the heart, brain and nervous system operate in more harmony and efficiency. Simply stated, more coherence equals improved energy, more resilience and less stress.

Weighing just 2.2 ounces with dimensions a little smaller than an iPod, emWave PSR reads heart rhythms through its built-in finger sensor and gives immediate feedback. The device reflects the emotional state through changing colored lights and sound. The emWave PSR also includes a hands-free option and an animated instructional CD-Rom that guides the user through HeartMath's Quick Coherence® Technique for immediate stress relief.

This unique stress relief device has caught the attention of many celebrities including Annalynne McCord, known for her role as Eden Lord on the FX television series Nip/Tuck, and Mark Salling known as Puck on the Golden Globe Award winning series Glee.

McCord said, "This (emWave) is amazing. Public speaking makes me crazy. I need my emWave."

Salling tried the emWave at a recent charity event and was fascinated by its possibilities. Salling said, "Get out! This is so cool. This would be great to have on set."

HeartMath also offers a computer version of this technology called the emWave® Desktop ($299). The desktop version incorporates the same technology as the PSR, with a number of additional features.

The emWave Desktop is used with a home computer (PC or Mac) and allows you to store and track your progress over time and review previously recorded sessions (see demo video.) The program includes three colorful, interactive games designed to train you to create a positive emotional shift and learn to transform stress into creative energy. Another feature of emWave Desktop is its Emotion Visualizer® which provides stunning images that emit varying degrees of color and movement as you adjust your emotional state.

The emWave Desktop comes with a USB Interface, an ear clip sensor that connects to your computer and collects data from your heart. The program then translates information from your heart rhythms into user-friendly graphics displayed on your computer screen. As you apply the stress-reducing Quick Coherence Technique learned from the tutorial, you see your heart rhythms change in real time.

HeartMath's emWave technology has won the Award for Distinction and Innovation from the American Institute of Stress. It has also earned recognition from consumers as the winner of 2009's prestigious Last Gadget Standing People's Choice Competition, which represents the best of the best at the Consumer Electronic Show.

The hand-held emWave PSR and emWave Desktop are priced comparable to other electronics offered this holiday season, but developers say the technology costs a nominal price for the health and lifestyle benefits it can provide.

The emWave products can be purchased on http://www. amazon. com, or through the developer's online store http://www. heartmathstore. com.

To learn more about HeartMath and emWave technology, go to http://www. heartmath. com] and stay up to date on HeartMath's latest stress relief resources, by joining its Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.

About HeartMath:
The HeartMath System was created by Doc Childre. HeartMath LLC, a cutting-edge performance company, provides a range of unique services, products and technologies to improve health and well-being, while dramatically reducing stress. HeartMath clinical studies have demonstrated the critical link between emotions, heart function and cognitive performance. HeartMath studies have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as American Journal of Cardiology, Stress Medicine, Preventive Cardiology and Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Their organizational clients include Stanford Business School, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente, Duke Medical Center, NASA, and dozens of school systems and thousands of health professionals around the world. HeartMath's award-winning emWave technologies include the emWave Personal Stress Reliever and the emWave Desktop. The emWave Personal Stress Reliever won the Last Gadget Standing People's Choice Award at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show, the Award for Distinction and Innovation from the American Institute of Stress, and Today's Caregiver magazine's Caregiver Friendly Award.

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

PLANIT KICKS OFF NEW YEAR WITH MANAGEMENT TEAM EXPANSION

PLANIT KICKS OFF NEW YEAR WITH MANAGEMENT TEAM EXPANSION

-- Denise Kitchel Joins Firm as Vice President -- -- Top Integrated Brand Communications Agency Continues Growth During Recession --

(PRWEB) January 16, 2003

Baltimore, Md. - January 16, 2003 - Planit, a Baltimore-based integrated brand communications agency, announced today the addition of Denise Kitchel as vice president and director of corporate development. With more than a decade of agency, corporate, and non-profit communications experience, Kitchel is responsible for assisting in the creation of client communications strategies, steering the agencyÂ’s growth, and establishing corporate alliances.

“We are delighted to add Denise to our management team, particularly during a time when many companies are downsizing,” commented Matt Doud, president and co-founder of Planit. “Her wide-ranging marketing and PR experience will help us accelerate the growth pattern we’ve been fortunate to experience during the last eight consecutive years.”

Most recently, Kitchel was a vice president with Baltimore-based Warschawski Public Relations (WPR), where she oversaw public relations and marketing strategy and implementation for numerous clients with business-to-business and business-to-consumer needs. KitchelÂ’s vast experience in the healthcare, insurance, tourism, technology, education, and energy industries helped build client business and guide agency growth.

Prior to WPR, Kitchel was director of marketing for Atlanta-based Duffey Communications, the SoutheastÂ’s largest independent public relations, marketing, and public affairs firm. In that role she managed the agencyÂ’s public relations, marketing, community relations and new business development activities and served on the agencyÂ’s senior management team.

Kitchel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

About Planit

Planit (www. planitagency. com) is a Baltimore-based integrated brand communications agency that combines advertising, design, direct, interactive and public relations to build and strengthen client brands. Established in 1994, the agency has received numerous awards and honors from organizations such as American Corporate Identity, American Advertising Federation, Baltimore Business Journal, Card Marketing Magazine, and the Web Marketing Association. PlanitÂ’s client roster includes Advancis Pharmaceuticals, CitiFinancial, Lexus, The Cordish Company, CIENA, Cal Ripken Baseball, Nutrition21, Universal Records, and the University of Maryland.

Contact:

Planit

Amanda V. Manos

Public Relations Director

(410) 962-8500

Avm@planitagency. com

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Weight-loss Surgeons Now Can Identify Highest-risk Patients Before Surgery: Leading Bariatric Surgeon Discusses New Assessment Tool's Role in Making Procedure Even Safer

Weight-loss Surgeons Now Can Identify Highest-risk Patients Before Surgery: Leading Bariatric Surgeon Discusses New Assessment Tool's Role in Making Procedure Even Safer

Bariatric surgery is one of the fastest growing segments of elective surgeries in the U. S., climbing from just 10,000 procedures in 1995 to an estimated 200,000+ this year alone. As more and more Americans choose surgery to address obesity, a new study shows that, by assessing patients using five key indicators, surgeons can identify those most at risk of mortality before performing the procedure.

Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) May 26, 2007

Bariatric surgery - procedures that modify the size and capacity of the stomach in an effort to help obese patients lose weight - is one of the fastest growing segments of elective surgeries in the U. S., climbing from just 10,000 procedures in 1995 to an estimated 200,000+ this year alone. As more and more Americans choose surgery to address obesity, a new study shows that, by assessing patients using five key indicators, surgeons can identify those most at risk of mortality before performing the procedure.

"Obesity itself is a primary factor in several of the leading causes of death in this country, including heart disease, stroke and some cancers," notes Dr. Piotr J. Gorecki, MD, F. A.C. S, Medical Director of the Brooklyn Center for Advanced Laparoscopy and Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at New York Methodist Hospital, "This means the long-term health risks associated with obesity itself usually far outweigh the immediate risks involved in bariatric surgery," Dr. Gorecki adds. "However, finding effective ways to reduce even the smallest chance of death is a key focus of every surgery, and the new risk assessment protocol is a powerful way to further that goal."

Five Barometers for Successful Surgery
The new risk assessment tool focuses on five crucial factors: BMI, age, gender, blood pressure and risk of developing blood clots in the lungs. It was first developed by a Duke University bariatric surgeon who, with colleagues at the medical center, applied its standards to the records of more than 4,400 bariatric surgery patients at three separate hospitals. The researchers found that being male, being over 45, having a Body Mass Index over 50, having high blood pressure and/or having a high risk of blood clots in the lungs were all associated with a higher risk of death following bariatric surgery. What's more, having multiple risk factors was associated with a higher mortality rate. For example, surgery-related deaths occurred in eight of the 2,166 patients classified as low risk (0-1 risk factors), 26 of the 2,142 patients in the medium-risk group (2-3 risk factors), and three of the 125 patients classified as high risk (4-5 risk factors). Patients in the high-risk category made up less than 3% of the study group, but their risk of death was six times that of patients with no risk factors.

"Performing this risk assessment prior to bariatric surgery is less of a tool to discourage the highest-risk patients from having surgery, but instead a barometer to aid the surgical team and the patient in preparing for the surgery," Dr. Gorecki explains. For example, patients identified as falling into four or five of the high-risk categories might require specialized monitoring or care during and after surgery, or surgeons and anesthesiologists might modify their procedures to ameliorate the risks.

"The message here is that patients should not wait until their weight and health status are dire before seeking the help of a bariatric surgeon," Dr. Gorecki adds. "Patients with no risk factors in the study - those who were under 45 with a BMI under 50, with controlled blood pressure and low risk of developing blood clots in the lungs - only had a.2%-.3% risk of surgery-related death," he notes, adding, "That's a far lower risk than the overall long-term health risks of obesity itself."

Surgical rate grows - as does obesity rate
Although considered elective, bariatric surgery is becoming more and more necessary as obesity rates in the U. S. continue to soar - particularly among the extremely obese. The RAND Corporation's recent study on obesity in the U. S. revealed that the number of obese Americans - with a BMI over 30 - rose 24% between 2000 and 2005. However, the rate of morbid obesity - defined as a BMI over 40 - surged up 50% during the same time period. And, in the category of extreme morbid obesity - with a BMI over 50 - the numbers grew by a staggering 75% over the same five-year timeframe.

"Clearly, bariatric surgery is a valuable option for those morbidly obese patients who have had no success with traditional weight loss programs, and need medical intervention to help them achieve a healthier weight for longevity and disease prevention," Dr. Gorecki notes. In fact, federally-funded health insurance policies Medicare and Medicaid have recognized bariatric surgery as a medically necessary surgical procedure for the morbidly obese. While considered a major abdominal procedure with serious risk, Dr. Gorecki points out that New York Methodist Hospital has been named a "Center of Excellence" by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery for its commitment to quality and its high success rates for patient satisfaction. He adds that prospective bariatric surgery patients at NYM undergo a rigorous screening process to ensure that the surgical option is warranted, and that less invasive options for weight loss have been exhausted.

According to Dr. Gorecki, there are two most common types of bariatric surgery. The first, Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Procedure, involves creating a small stomach pouch that serves as a reservoir and connects directly to the intestine (gastric bypass). The second is Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, also called Lap-Band. For this procedure, surgeons make a small laparoscopic incision and insert an adjustable band to restrict the size and capacity of the stomach. The entire procedure is done without stapling or cutting into the stomach. In addition, adjusting the band - which is done regularly during the weight loss period - does not require additional surgery. While both procedures limit the amount of food that a person can consume, gastric bypass has been shown to produce greater and more sustained weight loss than Lap-Band.

Bio:
Dr. Piotr J. Gorecki, MD, F. A.C. S is a leading advanced laparoscopic surgeon with extensive practice in bariatric and foregut surgery. An assistant professor of surgery for Weill Medical College at Cornell University, Dr. Gorecki is the Chief Division of Laparoscopy, the Medical Director of the Brooklyn Center for Advanced Laparoscopy and the Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at New York Methodist Hospital. He did his residency at New York Methodist Hospital which is affiliated with Cornell University College of Medicine and his fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Gorecki has lectured and written widely on bariatric and laparoscopic surgery. He is current a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, Society of the American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, American Society for Bariatric Surgery and The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. More information about Dr. Gorecki and about the bariatric surgery program at NYM can be found at www. nym. org.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Family Philanthropy: Can One Person Make A Difference? Recovering Alcoholic Inspires Hope By Funding National Health Radio Program

Family Philanthropy: Can One Person Make A Difference? Recovering Alcoholic Inspires Hope By Funding National Health Radio Program

Production team of San Francisco-based "Life Love & Health" collaborates with recovering alcoholic to craft a series of four programs to be broadcast monthly, featuring the voices of recovering alcoholics helped by LifeRing.

San Francisco CA (PRWEB) June 2, 2006

Charity begins at home, but philanthropy, that’s reserved for millionaires, right?

Not for Gillian Ellenby, artist, mother and recovering alcoholic.

“I decided to put my money where my heart is,’ said Ellenby of the Ellenby Trust, a family

Giving program. ‘And my heart is in letting the public know that real recovery from addiction is possible."

And Ellenby's method to get her words out? Life Love & Health, the nationally syndicated daily health radio program. "After hearing the show on XM Satellite Radio while driving, a light went on," said Ellenby. "I thought, 'This is the way to reach people and touch their hearts, by the millions!'"

The show's producer was touched and, frankly, a little startled by Ellenby's idea. "We've never done a series funded by an individual's philanthropy," said Christopher Springmann, Executive Producer of San Francisco-based Life Love & Health. ""Gillian is so passionate and persuasive, we all got swept up in her vision and mission."

His production team collaborated intimately with Ellenby, crafting a series of four programs to be broadcast monthly, featuring the voices of recovering alcoholics helped by LifeRing.

"The series features the compelling first-person voices of people who've been there, done that, giving the shows great authenticity and credibility," said Springmann. "Now the Ellenby Trust has achieved the same broadcast demographics plus reach-and-frequency as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, and AARP."

Ellenby is pleased with the results. "I wanted to let people know about LifeRing, the wonderfully positive support group that I have been part of for more than seven years," she said. "I was determined to make the best use of my limited resources. I knew I made the right decision when listeners started calling, asking for more information."

Life Love & Health is heard daily on XM Satellite Radio, ABC Talk, Fox, CNN, ESPN, E! Entertainment, NPR affiliates, American Forces Network and the Voice of America. For more information, visit www. lifeloveandhealth. com or contact Andrew Goldfarb.

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