Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Highland Hospital Partners with Swisslog for Secure Medication Packaging, Storage and Inventory Management

Highland Hospital Partners with Swisslog for Secure Medication Packaging, Storage and Inventory Management

Swisslog, a leading provider of automated materials transport and pharmacy automation solutions for hospitals, today announced that Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY, has selected Swisslog's Inventory Management Software, ATP tablet packager and BoxPicker for its pharmacy automation and drug management needs.

Denver, CO (PRWEB) August 31, 2010

Swisslog, a leading provider of automated materials transport and pharmacy automation solutions for hospitals, today announced that Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY, has selected Swisslog's Inventory Management Software, ATP tablet packager and BoxPicker for its pharmacy automation and drug management needs.

Highland Hospital, an affiliate of the University of Rochester Medical Center, will implement Swisslog's Inventory Management Software (IMS) to optimize pharmacy inventory and provide a perpetual inventory approach. The software will allow the pharmacy to track and trace inventory through the entire supply chain, including 340B management.

The ATP-384 packager will work in conjunction with IMS. The packager will hold 384 canisters of fast-moving medications at a time. The high-speed ATP will package and barcode hundreds of unit and multi-unit doses in minutes, saving the pharmacists' time and enhancing patient safety at the hospital.

BoxPicker is an automated pharmacy warehouse that provides high-density storage and retrieval of medications and supplies. It enhances hospitals' patient safety protocols, and is a faster and more efficient alternative to outdated vertical carousels. BoxPicker allows access to only one drawer at a time, enables picks up to 3 times faster than a carousel, and is scalable to store up to 2,000 secure bins.

Installation is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Swisslog's pharmacy automation business unit is officially known as Automated Drug Management Systems (ADMS). The ADMS product family includes PillPick, BoxPicker, ATP High-Speed Packagers, Beacon Pick-to-Light Shelving, and Inventory Management Software. Collectively, these pharmacy automation solutions streamline and optimize the operations of both in-patient and out-patient hospital pharmacies. From the packaging of bulk medications to storage, dispensing and logistics, Swisslog's ADMS products help hospitals reduce or eliminate dangerous medication errors while improving the speed and efficiency of the drug supply chain.

Swisslog Healthcare Solutions is the leading supplier of logistics automation solutions for healthcare facilities. Swisslog has installed automated materials transport and pharmacy automation systems in more than 3,000 hospitals around the world, including more than 2,000 in North America. Swisslog offers total systems design, manufacturing, installation and customer support providing a complete supply chain management approach to the logistics challenges of hospitals. The North American division of Swisslog Healthcare Solutions is based in Denver, Colo.

About Highland Hospital
Highland Hospital first opened its doors in 1889 as one of the first homeopathic hospitals in the United States. In 1921, Highland became the first hospital in the country to use insulin in the treatment of diabetes. Today, Highland is well-known for its comprehensive orthopedics services, women's services, nationally ranked geriatrics program, region-leading bariatric surgery center, and extensive network of primary care physicians and outpatient clinics. For more information, visit www. highlandhospital. org.

About Swisslog
Swisslog is a global provider of integrated logistics solutions for warehouses, distribution centers and hospitals. Its comprehensive services portfolio ranges from building complex warehouses and distribution centers to implementing Swisslog's own software to intra-company logistics solutions for hospitals.

Swisslog's solutions optimize customers' production, logistics and distribution processes in order to increase flexibility, responsiveness and quality of service while minimizing logistics costs. With years of experience in the development and implementation of integrated logistics solutions, Swisslog provides the expertise that customers in more than 50 countries rely on.

Headquartered in Buchs/Aarau, Switzerland, Swisslog currently employs over 2,000 staff in about 20 countries worldwide. The group's parent company, Swisslog Holding AG, is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (security number: 1232462, Telekurs: SLOG, Reuters: SLOG. S). For more information, visit www. swisslog. com.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Corfnet. Net Announces Return Of Allen Drozd As Ceo To Launch Nationwide Release Of New Turn-Key Models For Healthcare Business Development

Corfnet. Net Announces Return Of Allen Drozd As Ceo To Launch Nationwide Release Of New Turn-Key Models For Healthcare Business Development

Return of Drozd as CEO expected to deliver big gains for Coastal Healthcare Consulting as well as the small businesses they service.

(PRWEB) February 25, 2005

Today Coastal Healthcare Consulting, Inc. (Coastal) announced release of new comprehensive business development consulting services in healthcare. Small businesses, entrepreneurs and healthcare providers seeking to expand their existing practices now have a place to turn for full support through turn-key solutions.

"In addition to more conventional lies of medicine such as physician's practices and rehabilitation agencies, a newly expanding area of medicine (Sleep Medicine), has given rise to strong opportunities for many savvy investors" Said CEO, Allen Drozd.

The integration of complete support services in Sleep Medicine from facility development through certification is and has been part of Corfnet. net 's business plan for the past several years. Mr. Drozd remarks, "Overwhelming nationwide response from Physician Groups seeking to add service lines and requests for information from business men & women seeking a high yield and low management medical service have prompted us to expand our information dissemination in this area".

Corfnet. net's primary goal is to provide seekers, access to website data for researching investment opportunities. This site is designed to provide information on the development, management and clinical aspects of healthcare facility development in the areas of Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, Community Mental Health Centers, Sleep Labs/Centers and other comprehensive treatment environments.

Mr. Drozd, a veteran of the rehabilitation and mental health services arenas, has consulted with both public and private organizations on both a state and national level. A long time advocate of quality control and fiscal responsibility, Mr. Drozd believes in providing high quality consulting services at a reasonable cost. To that end, Mr. Drozd says "We have designed extremely competitive pricing models and have tailored our services with a small business philosophy - That is, to deliver the highest quality with the least cost. To my knowledge, we are the only team that does what we do at this savings".

Our Sleep Center business model, for example, offers a much more personal and supported approach to business development than that of our competitors because not only do we provide each client with a resident Senior Consultant for their development project, but we also, do not require all of the facility services be purchases through us in order to coordinate the project this generally allows for a much leaner and cost effective development project.

Backed by Coastal Healthcare Consulting, Inc., Corfnet. net 's team is comprised of professionals in a variety of specialties boasting well over 150 years of experience in healthcare operations and business development. In addition to CORF development and management consulting, Coastal offers a full line of operational and clinical consulting in the areas of: Rehabilitation, Mental Health, Sleep Medicine and Social Service Programs.

For More Information contact:

Coastal Healthcare Consulting, Inc.

540-659-5202

Admin@corfnet. net

Http://www. corfnet. net (http://www. corfnet. net)

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Monday, May 27, 2002

CBSAÂ’s Denise Brown Is Now Profiled at the Expert Information for Journalists Website

CBSAÂ’s Denise Brown Is Now Profiled at the Expert Information for Journalists Website

Denise Brown, Executive Director of Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA), is now profiled on the Expert Information For Journalists website – Expert411.com. Brown provides expert perspective on the Colorado Bioscience Industry, including backgrounding regarding Colorado's biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device and agricultural biotech initiatives. She is also able to connect reporters to other individuals throughout the state for additional relevant information and expert commentary.

Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 21, 2005

Denise Brown, Executive Director of Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA), is now profiled on the Expert Information For Journalists website at http://expert411.com/_wsn/page12.html (http://expert411.com/_wsn/page12.html). Brown provides expert perspective on the Colorado Bioscience Industry, including backgrounding regarding Colorado's biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device and agricultural biotech initiatives. She is also able to connect reporters to other individuals throughout the state for additional relevant information and expert commentary.

Denise Brown joined the Colorado Biotechnology Association (CBA) in August 2002. In 2003, a merger with the Colorado Medical Device resulted in the creation of the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA). She brings 27 years of experience to the position of Executive Director of the CBSA. She worked for the Colorado General Assembly in 1976 and 1977. From 1977 through 1984, she worked for the Governor of Colorado in three different senior staff positions, including Director of the GovernorÂ’s Job Training Office.

During her 17 years at the University of Colorado (1984 – 2001), Brown led major projects such as the corporate reorganization of University Hospital in the late 1980's, the transfer of the School of Pharmacy from the Boulder to the Health Sciences Center Campus, and the Fitzsimons Master Plan. She served as Chief of Staff to the President of CU for four years during her tenure at the University.

A Wyoming native whose family relocated to Colorado in 1960, Brown attended the University of Denver where she received a B. A. degree. She is married to Douglas G. Brown and they have two adult children.

About Colorado BioScience Association

Colorado BioScience Association is a not-for-profit corporation providing services and support for ColoradoÂ’s growing biosciences industry. Colorado is carrying out an aggressive plan to grow the stateÂ’s bioscience industry into one of the countryÂ’s premier bioscience clusters. CBSA currently enjoys the support of 304 member organizations representing both bioscience companies and companies providing key services to the bioscience industry and research institutions in Colorado. The associationÂ’s main office is located in the Advance Colorado Center, 1625 Broadway, Suite 950, in Denver, plus satellite offices are maintained in the Fitzsimons Bioscience Park and at the Fort Collins Technology Incubator. A Colorado Springs satellite office is planned for the future. You can learn more about CBSA at http://www. cobioscience. com (http://www. cobioscience. com)

Contacts:

Denise Brown, Executive Director,

Colorado BioScience Association,

303.592.4073 or

303.915.9762

Maggie Chamberlin Holben, APR,

Absolutely Public Relations,

303.984.9801 or 303.669.3558 

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Comtech Networks Launches New Website

Comtech Networks Launches New Website

Long Island medical solution provider Comtech Networks is pleased to announce the re-launch of its website. Boasting a client-self-help portal, the new site is testimony to the explosive growth of Comtech and their suite of medical solutions.

Port Jefferson Station, NY (PRWEB) September 8, 2005

Founded in 1986, Comtech is focused on the improvement of procedures and standards in medical offices from 1-40 doctors. After initial assessments, Comtech Networks suggests various software and - if necessary - hardware solutions, which are focused around the practice managerÂ’s needs and include as much or as less digital/ electronic change as necessary.

Electronic Medical Records (EMR/EHR) are the key to a profitable, compliant and successful practice in todayÂ’s competitive medical environment. Partnering with companies like Greenway, SRS, Microsoft, MedCard, MAXmd, and others allows Comtech to provide the appropriate solutions for the entire spectrum of business needs.

“Affordable technology means that we can deploy a solution to our clients without months or years of procrastination and decision making. Our clients rapidly enjoy the benefits of technological automation without crippling their financial posture” says Jim Carpenter, CEO of Comtech.

The new website clearly demonstrates the strengths of the company and features a “services & solutions” section which lists various possibilities on how a medical practice can modernize their office administration.

About Comtech Networks:

Comtech Networks provides "digital solutions for the medical office," through assessment, analysis, and implementation of customized systems. Comtech offers partial or complete solutions for EMR (Electronic Medical Record), document management, scheduling, billing and general IT challenges.

Since 1996, the Long Island (New York) based company has focused on the needs of the medical office. Gaining outstanding expertise with HIPAA compliance challenges, Comtech Networks is now focused completely on helping every medical office in the North East to become part of the National Electronic Health Care Record Network (EHR).

Comtech Networks was established in 1986 and provided premium system development, infrastructure support, and project management expertise to a variety of markets. In this time Comtech successfully supported technology intensive organizations such as Citigroup®, Citibank®, Blockbuster Video, Stony Brook University Hospital, Sony, and Prodigy.

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Thursday, May 23, 2002

The Will Bar is the World's First 'Body & Mind' Energy Bar Developed for Periods of Increased Physical and Mental Activity

The Will Bar is the World's First 'Body & Mind' Energy Bar Developed for Periods of Increased Physical and Mental Activity

Where there's a Will Bar there's a Way! The Will Bar is the world's first energy bar with taurine and caffeine for sustained mental stimulation. Kick the day into play with the tasty and nutritious Will Power Champion's Chocolate to give you extra Get up and Go! Go! Go! The Will Bar is exclusively launching at King of Shaves White Air XSF Extreme Sports Festival 27th - 30th October 2005.

(PRWEB) October 27, 2005

The Will Bar is not just another (yawn :-0) energy bar, it is the world's first 'Body & Mind' bar - an energy bar enhanced with taurine and caffeine to aid mental stimulation as well as replenish energy levels.

Think 'Red Bull' stimulation in a great tasting energy bar!

It comes in one great flavour, Champion's Chocolate (everyone's favourite), and according to W Brands Ltd., eating the Will Bar can improve performance, increase concentration and reaction speed. In fact, caffeine* has been shown in research to make the body more able to use fats as a fuel rather than carbohydrate.

The Will Bar is debuting exclusively at Europe's largest Extreme Sports Festival, the King of Shaves White Air XSF, held between 27th and 30th October on the Isle of Wight, UK. Over 10,000 bars are expected to be sold to, and sampled by, competitors and spectators.

Will King, entrepreneur & founder of King of Shaves and creator of the Will Bar says:

"I'm on the go all the time and wanted to create a nutritionally balanced EMR (Energy/Meal Replacement) Bar with an 'X' factor. I thought about the success of Red Bull in 'mental stimulation', and came up with a tasty, chewy baked energy bar that as well as maintaining vital energy levels, would also help with my mental stimulation, and keep me buzzing!"

He adds:

"The bar had to be much healthier than traditional confectionery products - sorry CON-FAT-ionery products as we call them. The Will Bar is all about Con-FIT-ion - you 'will' be what you eat! Invest in your body and don't short change it - this bar will keep you going and going, and we use the very best ingredients. It's about the same cost as an espresso doppio from Starbucks!"

The Will Bar will officially launch in the UK in Spring 2006, initially from small active sports retailers, surf shops, restaurant chains, gyms, sports clubs and motorway service stations. It will also be available on-line from http://www. willbar. com (http://www. willbar. com) for both retailers and consumers.

Two major UK retailers have already expressed considerable interest in the brand.

Ms. Janno Williams-Roberts, Managing Director of W Brands adds:

"I don't want to niche the Will Bars into 'dietary', 'weight management' or 'energy' categories - this is all about creating a brand new 'Body & Mind' Bar 'Con-FIT-ion' micro-category, a product that will sit next to Mars and Snickers confectionery countlines!"

The Will Bar is designed for busy professionals, athletes, and people for whom long term mental stimulation is essential, including lorry and F1 drivers! The company is in early negotiations with a number of health conscious celebrities and sports stars to get their endorsement, including leading British Olympic athletes.

In addition, an 'i-Will' fitness solution designed by one of the UK's leading personal & lifestyle trainers will be available on-line too, adding to the brand's benefits.

The Will Bar is the first product from W Brands Ltd. the company established by Managing Director Ms. Williams-Roberts in May 2005. More 'Will' branded products are expected, including skool cool bars for kids (without caffeine and taurine) as well as a healthy, revitalising Will Drink based around a unique SuperFruit.

Information on the Will Bar can be found at http://www. willbar. com (http://www. willbar. com)

W Brands Ltd. website is at http://www. w-brands. com (http://www. w-brands. com)

Information on King of Shaves White Air XSF may be found at http://www. whiteair. co. uk (http://www. whiteair. co. uk)

Note to Editors: Caffeine has been shown to increase the use of fat during exercise and was removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited list over 18 months ago. It has been recognised as being a potentially valuable supplement. For more information please refer to page 24, 'Running Fitness', November 2005 (a UK fitness magazine).

Will King, 40, founded KMI, The King of Shaves Company in April 1993. More information at http://www. shave. com (http://www. shave. com).

Janno Williams-Roberts, 46 was Sales & Marketing Director at KMI until October 2004.

'Will Bar', 'The Body & Mind Bar', 'Where There's A Will Bar There's A Way', 'Con-FAT-ion' and 'Con-FIT-ion' are (c)Copyright W King & W Brands Ltd., October 2005 All Rights Reserved.

'Red Bull', 'Mars', 'Snickers', 'Starbucks' and 'King of Shaves' are registered trademarks or trademarks of the companies that own them. E&OE.

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Groundbreaking Diabetes Disease Management Program Honored With URAC National Best Practices Award

Groundbreaking Diabetes Disease Management Program Honored With URAC National Best Practices Award

URAC awards the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas Department of Health, Comprehensive Neuroscience, Inc., and Lilly the Bronze Award in Health Information and Decision Support at the 2009 Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards for the Arkansas Diabetes Disease Management Program.

Indianopolis (PRWEB) May 14, 2009

URAC, a leading independent health care quality accrediting organization, has awarded the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas Department of Health, Comprehensive Neuroscience, Inc., and Lilly the Bronze Award in Health Information and Decision Support at the 2009 Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards for the Arkansas Diabetes Disease Management Program.

The awards honor health care programs that advance patient safety and empower consumers. Finalists for the awards share program information with conference attendees to encourage duplication of best practices across the country. Details on the Arkansas Diabetes Disease Management Program, including program results, are available at http://www. lillyforbetterhealth. com (http://www. lillyforbetterhealth. com).

"Our Best Practices Awards Program is a unique celebration of the best the health care industry has to offer. These companies have made a difference in the lives of consumers by implementing leading-edge programs with results that matter," said Alan P. Spielman, president and CEO, URAC. "At a time when health care reform is in the spotlight, achievements from companies like Lilly are even more important."

How the Program Works
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23.6 million people in the United States have diabetes.1

In an effort to combat the growing prevalence of diabetes in Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services implemented the Diabetes Disease Management Program.

As part of the project, Medicaid clients receive intensive diabetes self-management education from a qualified educator at one of 45 diabetes education centers throughout the state. The training covers such topics as blood glucose monitoring; how to self-examine feet, eyes and skin; the importance of exercise; and making healthy food choices.

Lilly provides financial support for the program while operation and implementation are conducted solely by the state and research firm Comprehensive Neuroscience, Inc.

"Participating in preventive efforts is an investment in health, but it's also an opportunity to impact the rising cost of Medicaid," said Roy Jeffus, director of DHS' Division of Medical Services, which oversees the state's Medicaid program. "Equipping Arkansans with the tools to manage their disease allows them to maintain a better quality of life and at less cost to the State budget."

Evidence suggests that 96 cents of every Medicare dollar and 83 cents of every Medicaid dollar are used to treat chronic diseases.2 Disease management programs help patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, manage their condition and get the care they need.

"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic diseases are responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths in the United States.3 For more than seven years, Lilly has been dedicated to funding disease management programs in partnership with state Medicaid departments to improve patient care and outcomes," said Alex M. Azar II, vice president, Lilly USA, LLC.

URAC Awards Details
In all, URAC honored 26 finalists for excellence among entries from health care management, health information technology, health plan and pharmacy benefit management organizations. Entries were evaluated by a prestigious 27-member panel of independent judges, including experts in program evaluation, care coordination, health information technology, employer and purchaser decision-making and patient safety. A complete list of winners may be found at http://www. urac. org (http://www. urac. org).

About Eli Lilly and Company
Eli Lilly and Company, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing portfolio of first-in-class and best-in-class pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers - through medicines and information - for some of the world's most urgent medical needs. For more information about the Diabetes Disease Management Program and other Lilly programs that help improve patient care, visit http://www. lillyforbetterhealth. com (http://www. lillyforbetterhealth. com).

About URAC
URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is well-known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation and certification programs. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability. Through its broad-based governance structure and an inclusive standards development process, URAC ensures that all stakeholders are represented in establishing meaningful quality measures for the entire health care industry. For more information, visit http://www. urac. org (http://www. urac. org).

1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2007 http://www. cdc. gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/ndfs_2007.pdf (http://www. cdc. gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/ndfs_2007.pdf) Accessed on April 3, 2009.
2Kenneth E. Thorpe, "Prevention and Public Health: The Key to Transforming our Sickcare System," (Written testimony to the U. S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Hearing) December 10, 2008.
3Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, "Chronic Disease Overview," CDC, http://www. cdc. gov/nccdphp/overview. htm (http://www. cdc. gov/nccdphp/overview. htm).

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DTAC launches SMS based Wireless Instant Messenger on its network

DTAC launches SMS based Wireless Instant Messenger on its network

“Expected to generate heavy SMS traffic”

(PRWEB) November 20, 2003

New Delhi, October 18, 2003:

DTAC, Thailand’s leading mobile service provider recently announced the launch of ACL’s Wireless Instant Messenger (WIM) on its network targeting the youth community. With the service name ‘myChatline’, the application allows DTAC’s mobile phone users to initiate instant chat with friends on PCs or mobile phones within the home network or anywhere in the world.

MyChatline is based on ACLÂ’s latest offering on Wireless Instant Messaging solution. The service is currently available via SMS or PC. On SMS, it comes packed with popular features such as Global Search for new friends, add a friend with an email ID, access friends on Yahoo, MSN, ICQ messenger services. While a PC user can send SMS to any DTAC mobile number, free of cost!

Khun Rathachat Siripanich, DTAC’s Product Management Group Director, “ACL's WIM is a matured, tested product and in uncertain terms, ACL has set international standards for wireless instant messaging application. It provides users a superior, easier and cheaper messaging service”.

“DTAC has a very healthy mix of Value Added Services (VAS) and Wireless Instant Messenger will add the right punch to their service portfolio. This service has witnessed significant consumer adoption with as much as 50 messages/user/month. We are hoping to see much better results on DTAC”, said Mr. Julian Vincent, Director, ACL Wireless Limited.

About DTAC

DTAC is Thailand's leading wireless communications brand, with over 6 million customers. DTAC aims to make mobile communications easy, accessible and affordable, under a just and transparent pricing system. http://www. dtac. co. th (http://www. dtac. co. th)
About ACL Wireless Limited

ACL Wireless Limited is the worldwide leader in unique, consumer-centric, wireless instant messaging based services to mobile operators and service providers. Among its customers are worldÂ’s 15 leading mobile operators whose combined subscriber base exceeds 40 million. ACLÂ’s wireless instant messaging solution has witnessed significant consumer adoption on commercially launched networks in Asia Pacific, Middle East and India.

Powered by technologically advanced & robust ACL Wireless Communication (WDC) Platform, ACL Wireless Instant Messenger (WIM) v3.0 application manifests breakthrough technology, comfort and style. For mobile users, it opens new vistas for having more fun and increasing productivity. ACL Wireless today operates from its state-of-the-art wireless software research & development center in India and its Asia Pacific sales office in Malaysia.

Studies Show STK Drop-In Bed Liners Offer Safe Alternative to Spray-On Bed Liners

Studies Show STK Drop-In Bed Liners Offer Safe Alternative to Spray-On Bed Liners

In recent studies, toxic chemicals in spray-on bed liners have generated concern about health risks posed by these products. STK's drop-in bed liners offer a safe, easy and less expensive alternative.

Clifton, NJ (PRWEB) August 12, 2008

Spray-on bed liners may not be as safe as originally thought, according to the U. S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Spray-on bed liners contain toxic chemicals called diisocyanates, which have been found to have harmful effects on the health of workers and do-it-yourselfers.

Luckily, there is a safe alternative to spray-on bed liners: custom molded plastic bed liners (http://www. buyautotruckaccessories. com/product. cfm/cf-bin/pn. stk-line-a-bed-bedliners/), known as drop-in bed liners.

"Spray-on bed liners have been popular as an alternative, but we're finding now that they are actually quite dangerous," said Bob Moore, marketing manager of BuyAutoTruckAccessories. com.

Health and safety concerns associated with spray-in bed liners (http://www. cdc. gov/niosh/docs/2008-109/pdfs/2008-109.pdf) include skin irritation such as itching and hives, lung impairment such as asthma and chemical bronchitis, nocturnal wakening, and even death. Some of these effects can last for months or years. Equally as important, exposure to these chemicals creates sensitization, which means that next time the individual is exposed to the chemicals, his or her reaction can be much worse.

To avoid overexposure, spray-on bed liners must be applied in well-ventilated, non-confined areas. However, the shape of the truck bed naturally creates confinement, making it difficult to limit exposure to the chemicals.

STK Drop-In Bed Liners, on the other hand, pose no such health risks and typically cost less than half of most spray-in bedliners. These bed liners are made of heavy duty plastic which is custom molded for each specific truck's make and model and are also easy and safe to install. They do not require the evasive sanding of the truck bed necessary to apply a spray-in bedliner.

Drop-in bed liners also offer superior protection. "Drop a cinder block on your spray-in and you will most likely have a nice dent in your bed or sidewall," Moore said. Scratches and dents caused by shifting cargo compromise a spray-in bed liner and enable rust to get through. Additionally, spray-on bed liners require yearly re-application of UV-protective sprays. Drop-in bed liners require no maintenance.

Drop-in bedliners are 100% recyclable keeping them environmentally safe as the nation goes green, while Spray-in bed liners render the entire truck bed as unrecyclable.

"Whether you are concerned about your safety, would like to save money or just want an easy installation, drop-in bed liners are clearly the better choice," Moore said.

To order STK drop-in bed liners or to get more information about pre-molded, custom fit plastic bed liners and other truck accessories (http://www. buyautotruckaccessories. com/), please visit http://www. BuyAutoTruckAccessories. com (http://www. BuyAutoTruckAccessories. com).

About BuyAutoTruckAccessories. com:
BuyAutoTruckAccessories. com offers a variety of products from top auto and truck accessory manufacturers such as STK. In addition to drop-in bed liners, the online retailer offers a variety of compatible accessories for both pleasure and work trucks, such as truck toolboxes, back racks, and ladder racks (http://www. buyautotruckaccessories. com/categories. cfm/cf-bin/cn. rack-systems/gid.103003/). For more information or to shop for aftermarket accessories for your truck, please visit www. BuyAutoTruckAccessories. com.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Good Idea Goes To Waist As Demand For Mom-Made Invention Grows

Good Idea Goes To Waist As Demand For Mom-Made Invention Grows

Entrepreneurial-minded moms expand belt business to meet the needs of millions of physically and cognitively challenged adult consumers.

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) April 6, 2006

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but two moms never dreamed that the invention that they launched just more than a year ago to help potty-training toddlers would also be able to meet the needs of millions of older Americans who suffer from hand-dexterity problems. Myself Belts, launched in Fall 2004, are designed to promote independence of young children by providing a belt that little hands can fasten without assistance.

Today, in response to an overwhelming demand for larger versions of their child-sized belts, Myself Belts inventors and sisters Talia Bahr Goldfarb and Danielle Bahr Eason announce that the waistlines of Myself Belts are expanding to fit adults.

“We were amazed by the stories we heard from family members of accident and stroke victims, arthritis sufferers and parents of autistic children who had seen the children’s versions of our belts and wanted to place orders in larger sizes,” said co-owner Goldfarb. “Today, we’re thrilled to be able to offer Myself Belts in adult sizes providing adults with a one-handed belt closure for those who struggle with independence.”

From Child Friendly to Adult Necessity

Myself Belts were launched in Fall 2004 and were quickly embraced by mothers and children alike, developing a solid fan base that includes celebrity moms Cindy Crawford and Sarah Jessica Parker. As requests for children’s Myself Belts came pouring in, so did inquiries from family members of physically and cognitively challenged adults who were seeking a solution to difficult-to-fasten belts for those with hand-dexterity problems. Although larger sizes were unavailable at the time, as the requests flooded in, it became more and more evident that there was a considerable need for a one-handed belt. An estimated 5.1 million Americans struggle with hand-dexterity problems as a result of stroke and arthritis, and cognitive issues stemming from Down’s syndrome and autism.

“Even adults with fine-motor problems due to arthritis, strokes or accidents want the dignity of dressing themselves and feeling good about wearing ‘normal’ clothes,” says Carol Roodman, occupational therapist/certified hand therapist, HealthSouth Corp. “Myself Belts will give many patients the ability to wear a belt and fasten it themselves without the help of others. That’s a huge accomplishment.”

How Myself Belts work

Myself Belts help ease frustration and dependence by allowing wearers to dress and undress themselves without assistance from others. Unlike traditional belts with buckles that require both hands for fastening, Myself Belts use a patented design that allows wearers to fasten their belt with one hand using a simple three-step SNAP, SLIDE and SECURE process. The wearer first snaps the end of the belt around the front right belt loop, securing the belt to the pants. Then, as with any belt, the rest of the belt is slid through the remaining loops. And finally, the ends are secured together in front by an easy to manage Velcro® closure.

New adult Myself Belts are available in a variety of sizes to fit 27-40 inch waists and are currently offered in brown leather. Suggested retail price for the adult belts is $24.50. Myself Belts are also available in 15 kid-friendly styles for children age two to six years. Suggested retail price for the children’s belts is $12.50-$14.50. Belts can be purchased by phone at (314) 863-BELT (2358) or online at www. myselfbelts. com.

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Monday, May 20, 2002

Study on Evidence Based Medicine for Patients with Shoulder Instability

Study on Evidence Based Medicine for Patients with Shoulder Instability

How quickly athletes and others with shoulder instability find relief from pain, and get back to normal functioning may be determined by how the condition is assessed and evaluated. Study found patients with shoulder instability who have dislocated their shoulder who were assessed with the Melbourne Instability Shoulder Score (MISS) or Western Ontario Shoulder Instability Index (WOSI) had overall better clinical outcomes than those assessed by other methods.

Greenwich, CT and New York, NY (PRWEB) January 14, 2010

A recent study conducted by nationally prominent orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine expert Kevin D. Plancher, MD, MS, FACS, FAAOS, found that patients with shoulder instability who have dislocated their shoulder who were assessed with the Melbourne Instability Shoulder Score (MISS) or Western Ontario Shoulder Instability Index (WOSI) had overall better clinical outcomes than those assessed by other methods.

Dr. Plancher’s findings were recently highlighted in Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, published by the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

“Clinical research has become the major influencing factor in determining best practices, or the best way to treat patients, and this study was pretty conclusive on how to best help patients with shoulder instability get better faster—something both the patient and doctor want,” said Dr. Plancher, who specializes in shoulder, knee, elbow and hand injuries and is an associate clinical orthopaedics professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “These findings offer solid, evidenced-based medicine, in that they integrate the best available clinical expertise with the best available scientific evidence.”

The study evaluated the effectiveness of the 10 most common physician assessment tools for determining the scope and degree of shoulder instability—a condition that occurs when shoulder ligaments and muscles become weak from excessive stretching and ultimately dislocating the shoulder.

According to Dr. Plancher ‘s study, patients who dislocate their shoulders whether from a fall or from throwing a baseball evaluated with the MISS or WOSI systems—which involve the patient answering more than 20 questions and rating pain and discomfort experienced in both home, work and play situations—were “significantly more likely” to receive the most effective treatment which, according to Dr. Plancher, can range from physical therapy to surgery.

The two evaluating questionnaires can be equally effective in monitoring treatment progress, Dr. Plancher added, explaining: “Medicine today is all about effectiveness and efficiency—what works best from the patients point of view. Since the study has been released, we’ve gotten requests for copies from patients, healthcare administrators and even insurance companies who want to review the findings and, then make sure they’re doing the best for their patients.

“It’s exciting to be part of a study that can have such an impact on orthopedics and medicine,” Dr. Plancher added.

About Dr. Plancher
Kevin D. Plancher, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor in Orthopaedics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He is founder and chairman of the Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles (www. ofals. org), a not-for-profit organization that promotes minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery and advancements in musculoskeletal diseases. Dr. Plancher is the head physician for the Long Island Lizards professional lacrosse team; team doctor for Manhattanville College, and team physician for the United States Football League (USFL). Dr. Plancher heads Plancher Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine (www. plancherortho. com) with offices in Manhattan and Greenwich, CT.

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International Family Magazine Honors the Rituals of Death in Families, October 2008

International Family Magazine Honors the Rituals of Death in Families, October 2008

October, 2008 is International Family Magazine's annual issue for honoring the dead and ill in families. In North America, there is Halloween as derived from the European Celts. In Mexico, at this time of year, it is the Day of the Dead. All over the world, people make space to keep their loved ones nearby even if they have passed on from this life. Families build graves, tombs and caskets and make elaborate rituals around death and death's markers. October is also International Family Magazine's month to stop on their World Tour of Africa.

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 9, 2008

October, 2008 is International Family Magazine's annual issue for honoring the dead and ill in families. In North America, there is Halloween as derived from the European Celts. In Mexico, at this time of year, it is the Day of the Dead. All over the world, people make space to keep their loved ones nearby even if they have passed on from this life. Families build graves, tombs and caskets and make elaborate rituals around death and death's markers. October is also International Family Magazine's month to stop on their World Tour of Africa.

The stories that are written about in for this issue of International Family Magazine in October, 2008 are remarkably about how death connects families rather than separates. Death like marriage, brings families together. Warring families, estranged families, long-distant families all travel the anger, sadness and miles to ritualize death. Death is a bond shared by people of all countries, cultures and race.

"This is what makes International Family Magazine different," says Wayland, International Family Magazine Editor and Founder. " IF mag doesn't find the subject of death something awful that shouldn't be spoken about in concern with family life." Different is right. There are no other family magazines that seem to delight and celebrate in such diverse, rich subjects as birth and death, love and divorce, health and sickness, good and bad. The truth of family life is that there is both, good and bad, life and death. International Family Magazine completes the picture that too many other magazines and magazine advertisers are afraid to touch.

"IF mag doesn't find the subject of death something awful that shouldn't be spoken about in concern with family life." Says Wayland, IF mag Editor and Founder

New writer Claire Hall gives a moving witness experience to a burial cremation of a 12-year old boy in Bali and the community that came together to celebrate him. The details given to this story of the materials used to symbolize the moving of the soul from this life to the next is exquisitely explained by Hall.

"I was told that in Bali Hinduism also called 'Agama Tirtha' the children who pass away do not reincarnate, their purpose is to be born to families to give them some deep soul meaning, a teaching to pay back some karma or soul lesson experience. When the children die they are then rewarded in Nirvana for completing this selfless journey." Claire Hall, Contributor to IF mag, "Birth Death Bali"

Kent Converse has become a regular contributor to IF mag and in the October issue tells of his Rotarian daughter Loannie and her biological father's connection to another family, a soldier lost and the ceremonies of remembrance that turned a tragedy into a redemptive journey. Converse is a Vietnam Vet and a Rotarian who goes back to Vietnam to work on Library Projects, visit his Rotarian daughter Loannie, and his proxie adoptee orphans living in Can Tho City at the Thien An Orphanage.

Cheryl Paley and her New Global Family brings the healing practices of East and West together in her article, "The Yellow Brick Road". International Family Magazine has the wonderful ability to share information across cultures, countries and pedagogies. Cheryl explores how her participation in Eastern non-traditional health care became her journey to wellness and Oz.

Ellen Blaustein sits next to Kent Converse as one of the voices of the wise elders on International Family Magazine with her regular column, "Grandma Ellen". Blaustein is a candidly wise, unflinching writer. In her October issue about death and illness Ellen explores the relationship she has with her sickly sister who was absent from her life for many years. The elder sister had abandoned the sibling relationship years before only to surprise Ellen with the news that she had named Ellen as her elder caretaker should anything happen to her spouse.

There is a special story in this issue of International Family Magazine that tells the story of a friendship between two women that might have been adversaries. When the man that each woman had been married to at separate times became stricken with terminal cancer, they found a common ground in their grief. The women now share a friendship that was brought about by loss. The story is titled the "The Giving in Loss". Reading this story wipes bitter from your heart and replaces it with soft forgiveness.

International Family Magazine continues to bring in new writers from around the world, October, 2008 introduces Claire Hall and Gabrielle Scelzo. Claire Hall is a middle age traveler who writes inwardly and outwardly asking deep philosophical questions about her own life and the lives around her. Gabrielle Scelzo is a new youth writer and at age 11 astonishes us with her profound intuition and talent. Her Poem, "I'm From" is a moving eyewitness account to the struggle for identity in all youth.

There must be a mention of the softer stories on International Family Magazine. IF mag in the last months has been adding recipes, style features, rituals and traditions, and more entertainment pieces. Judy's House, a regular feature by actress and humorist Gail Dennison, is rib-splitting in the October, 2008 issue on death. Gail always takes the theme of the month and creates some funny-boned, silver lining that we can all pee our pants over. All subjects have humor, even death. "Judy's House" helps us all as family members walk away remembering to laugh as well. The latest addition to IF mag is the latest theatre piece by Elza Zagreda, "Divorce! Albanian Style.

Finally, IF mag stops in Africa on their World Tour. Africa is in such a state of birth and death. There is the awful death in Darfur and the incredible rebirth in Rwanda. Africa is a powerful country filled with the poetry of mankind. International Family Magazine works to give readers a peek into the diverse nature and beauty that can be found in this remarkable country. Please click onto the article "Africa" to begin the journey.

I will close with the celebratory tone that has been found all over the pages of our October issue that honors the dead. What I found in the stories was a whispered warning to my own life. Somewhere in-between was a union of voice that said, "Live, live, live a life worth celebrating!"

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Sunday, May 19, 2002

Georgia Green Supply Chain and Lean Six Sigma Solution Provider, Bellwether Services Awarded Subcontract on $1.9B US Air Force Logistics Contract

Georgia Green Supply Chain and Lean Six Sigma Solution Provider, Bellwether Services Awarded Subcontract on $1.9B US Air Force Logistics Contract

Global Supply Chain and Lean Six Sigma Consultancy Firm Continues Unprecedented Growth in the Competitive Defense Consulting Market. Bellwether expands Green Supply Chain, Environmental, Logistics, and Lean Six Sigma solutions to the US Air Force Logistics Market.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 19, 2008

Bellwether Services, a leading Green Supply Chain and Lean Six Sigma (http://www. bellwether-services. com/) Consultancy Firm, is awarded a subcontract on the Design and Engineering Program II contract vehicle. The DESP II is managed by Hill Air Force Base in Northern Utah, and is a $1.9 billion Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity vehicle (IDIQ).

This USAF logistics contract provides design, logistics and engineering/technical support for a multitude of military command services. These services include components of the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Army Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM), and various other Air Force/Army commands and other government entities that have similar systems requirements.

The contract vehicle can be used by all which would include agencies such as DoD, Navy, Marines and OSD, as well as NASA, DOE, DOJ, DOT, DOS, EPA, Coast Guard, Homeland Security, FAA, FEMA, and even the US Forest Service.

Trapper Hedges, Program Manager, MTC Technologies states, "We welcome (Bellwether Services) our niche Environmental Supply Chain, Lean Six Sigma (http://bellwether-services. blogspot. com/2008_01_01_archive. html), and Logistics business partner."

"We have already enjoyed DESP II partnering opportunities with Bellwether's unsurpassed capabilities and hope to further exploit additional markets with their Lean Six Sigma capabilities coupled with superb past performance across a wide spectrum of DoD support activities."

"We are pleased to support our prime, BAE," explains John Wilkerson, Executive Director, Bellwether Services. "This contract supports our long term growth plan, in addition to continuing to actively serve our defense clients."

About Bellwether:
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Friday, May 17, 2002

Viable Expands with Branch in Austin, Texas

Viable Expands with Branch in Austin, Texas

Deaf-owned and deaf-operated developer of videoconferencing technologies and provider of video interpreting services for deaf and hard of hearing people to open a branch in the capital of Texas

Rockville, MD (PRWEB) May 14, 2009 - Viable, Inc., a deaf-owned and deaf-

Operated provider of video interpreting services for deaf and hard of hearing people, will open a business office in Austin, a few miles from the Texas School for the Deaf.

Viable currently operates a call center in Austin in addition to multiple call centers throughout the country. The Austin branch will be its first business office outside of its two-building headquarters in Rockville, Md., and will be located at the Plaza 7000 building on 7000 North Mopac Expressway, which has views of hills and downtown Austin from a few miles away. The office will accommodate up to 20 employees who will focus on technical support and regional marketing and sales.

"Given the current environment of economic slowdown, this is a prime opportunity for companies that are achieving healthy levels of revenue to pursue an expansion strategy," said Viable president and co-founder John T. C. Yeh. "Austin was an attractive choice for several reasons -- Viable has an existing investment in our Austin call center, business operations costs in the area are favorable, the region is a hotbed of high-tech talent, and Austin is home to a vibrant deaf and hard of hearing community with the Texas School for the Deaf as its anchor."

Viable provides video relay services (VRS), which enable deaf and hard of hearing people to make phone calls in American Sign Language by using video technology to connect to a Video Interpreter (VI), who will facilitate their conversation. ViableVRS is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, including the holidays, and is also available in Spanish. Viable plans to launch video remote interpreting services (VRI) and professional on-site interpreting services in the second half of 2009.

Viable employs more than 240 people, with the majority of them deaf and hard of hearing. Viable was recognized in 2008 by The Gazette of Politics and Business, a Washington Post Company publication, as the No. 2 company out of 53 companies in the State of Maryland based on a criteria factoring in growth and employee satisfaction. Said Yeh, "We are proud of our accomplishments in Maryland -- creating jobs for deaf and hard of hearing persons and sponsoring local community events while providing the nation with a stellar 24/7 service, and we aim to achieve the same in Texas."

The Austin branch is expected to open in June 2009 and will be managed by Dr. Parker Kennedy, who is deaf and an alumnus of Texas School for the Deaf. Persons interested in Austin-based opportunities with Viable are welcome to email their resumes to jobs(at)viable. net or visit the Jobs section at the company website.

About Viable, Inc.
Viable develops videophones and provides next-generation video relay services for deaf and hard of hearing persons, opening them to a world of communication possibilities. Founded in 2006, Viable is a private, deaf-owned company, and many employees are deaf and hard of hearing and are personally vested in the innovation and development of the company's products and services. Visit http://www. viable. net (http://www. viable. net) for further information.

About Telecommunications Relay Services
Mandated by Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, telecommunications relay services (TRS) enables individuals with hearing or speech disabilities to achieve functional equivalence by accessing telephone systems to place or receive calls through an intermediary known as a relay operator or relay interpreter. Emergent IP technology has given rise to video-based solutions, which are known as video relay services (VRS). VRS options include using a webcam or a videophone to connect to a video relay interpreter, and allow deaf and hard of hearing callers for whom sign language is native to fully achieve the ideal of functional equivalence.

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Thursday, May 16, 2002

Social Security Institute Launches the National Obamacare Opt Out (NOOO!) Registry

Social Security Institute Launches the National Obamacare Opt Out (NOOO!) Registry

Today, The Social Security Institute (SSI) announces the launch of the National ObamaCare Opt Out (NOOO!) Registry a patient-centered movement designed to allow individuals to demand that Congress not force them to join a national healthcare system, nor to purchase healthcare coverage against their will. This online platform, located at http://www. patientoptout. com, is modeled after the National Do Not Call Registry, and will allow individuals to sign up on the National ObamaCare Opt Out Registry.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 25, 2009

Today, The Social Security Institute (SSI) announces the launch of the National ObamaCare Opt Out (NOOO!) Registry a patient-centered movement designed to allow individuals to demand that Congress not force them to join a national healthcare system, nor to purchase healthcare coverage against their will. This online platform, located at http://www. patientoptout. com (http://www. patientoptout. com), is modeled after the National Do Not Call Registry, and will allow individuals to sign up on the National ObamaCare Opt Out Registry.

SSI president Lawrence A. Hunter said, "We have created this Web 2.0 platform to allow people across the country to express their disapproval of President Obama's decision to embrace an individual mandate that would prevent anyone from opting out of mandatory health coverage under his national healthcare system. This decision is a complete reversal from what he said during the campaign in criticizing Hillary Clinton's healthcare reform proposal. It is now crystal clear that 'ObamaCare' has morphed into 'HillaryCare' version 2.0, complete with huge deficits, rationing treatment and coercive mandates."

"We intend to give the National ObamaCare Opt Out platform away free to any organization that desires to put it on their web site. We will help organizations reach out to their members and provide them an opportunity to channel their anger and disapproval at Obama's flip flop, an un-American exercise of raw power by the federal government to dragoon everyone into a mandatory federal healthcare program. When I heard the news that President Obama had reneged on his stated opposition to an individual mandate, I thought immediately of the New York Post headline after President George Herbert Walker Bush reneged on his no-new-taxes pledge: 'Read My Lips: I Lied.'"

President Obama told ABC News that, "We have to have healthy people not opt out of the system." According to Hunter, "The NOOO! Registry is our way of saying, 'NO Mr. President, enough is enough. You will not takeover our healthcare too.'"

Architect of the National ObamaCare Opt Out movement, Political Media Inc. president Larry Ward says the national opt out movement has already received widespread attention all over the U. S. "We wanted to create a voice for individual liberty. The NOOO! Registry pits the government mandate against the individual American."

Ward says that his idea is not confined to conservative websites and bloggers. "The response to the idea of a national opt out plan has been overwhelming, and we've received support from people on both sides of the political spectrum. In my opinion, it's not an issue of right or left, it's a matter of right or wrong."

Follow the conversation on twitter at #optout.

The Social Security Institute (SSI) is a national, 501(c)(4) non-profit, non-partisan seniors' advocacy organization working to promote the retirement security of today's seniors and the seniors of tomorrow. SSI's top policy priorities are to stop the raid on the Social Security Trust Funds, prevent cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits, and protect seniors from health care rationing and other limitations on their access to health care. (http://socialsecurityinstitute. com (http://socialsecurityinstitute. com))

Political Media, Inc. is a new media agency located on Capitol Hill, Washington DC. (http://politicalmedia. com (http://politicalmedia. com))

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U. S. Heart Valve Device Market to Reach Over $700 Million by 2010

U. S. Heart Valve Device Market to Reach Over $700 Million by 2010

Percutaneous Heart Valve Technology Will Be a Major Catalyst for Growth, According to a New Report from Millennium Research Group

Waltham, MA (PRWEB) May 29, 2006

Millennium Research Group, the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, reports that revenues for the U. S. heart valve device market will exceed $700 million by 2010. According to the new report entitled, US Markets for Heart Valve Devices 2006, percutaneous heart valve therapy technology is becoming one of the most intense areas of research in the cardiovascular device industry and will invigorate the heart valve device market.

“The emergence of novel heart valve technologies, including percutaneous mitral valve repair in 2008 and percutaneous aortic valve replacement in 2010, will drive market growth by enabling the treatment of patients previously deemed unfit for open-heart surgery,” said David Gardner, a senior analyst with Millennium Research Group. “The rising incidence of cardiovascular disease in the elderly population and the increasing acceptance of minimally invasive surgical techniques will cause the U. S. heart valve market to experience robust growth.”

Millennium Research Group’s US Markets for Heart Valve Devices 2006 report covers various key industry competitors, such as ATS Medical (ATSI), CarboMedics (a Sorin Group company), Edwards Lifesciences (EW), Medtronic (MDT), and St. Jude Medical (SJM).

About Heart Valves

Heart valve disease is a life-threatening illness affecting millions of individuals in the U. S.. While valve replacement continues to be the “gold standard” of treatment, valve repair, where possible, is becoming a preferred method of treatment for early intervention into valve disease because it preserves the native valve apparatus and improves a patient’s long-term outcomes.

About Millennium Research Group

Millennium Research Group (www. MRG. net) is a leading provider of strategic information to the health care sector. Focused solely on the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries, the company provides its clients with the benefits of its specialized industry expertise through published reports and customized consulting services.

All company, brand, or product names contained in this document may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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Fatal Accident Attorney Nick Feizy at Feizy Law Office Shares Some Interesting Statistics on the Odds of Dying

Fatal Accident Attorney Nick Feizy at Feizy Law Office Shares Some Interesting Statistics on the Odds of Dying

Accidents and deaths can be sudden and can shake our world. When performing everyday tasks, people do not often think of the odds of dying from injuries but each year people die from tragic accidents and injuries that happen during their normal daily activities. Since the odds of death for different injuries raises human curiosity, recent statistics and research have been undertaken to obtain such data by the National Safety Council.

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) April 25, 2010

Ever wonder what the chance of dying is in a car accident (http://www. feizylawoffice. com), while riding a bicycle, in an earthquake, if struck by lightning or while flying in a plane? Most people either know of or heard of someone that was involved in a fatal accident. One might be surprised to find out how common it is to lose one’s life in an accident. Some of the accidents that have resulted in fatalities that list amongst the higher percentages would be motor vehicle accidents and falling accidents.

The National Safety Council has published an intriguing table on the odds of dying from a variety of causes in a book titled Injury Facts® Book, 2010 Edition. The statistics represent the lifetime odds of death for the listed causes. These odds listed are statistical averages on the whole U. S. population and does not necessarily take in consideration any particular person or external causes such as where they live, their occupation, what they drive, etc. The National Safety Council used data from the National Center for Health Statistics and U. S. Census Bureau. They have classified deaths on the basis of the Tenth Revision of the World Health Organization’s “The International Classification of Diseases” (ICD). The lifetime odds of death from any cause is 1 in 1 or 100%, meaning that without doubt and obviously we are all one day going to parish one way or another by any cause. The odds are diagrammed on page 37 of the Injury Facts® Book as follows:

Total Any Cause – 1 in 1 (100%)

Heart Disease – 1 in 6 (16.66 %)

Cancer – 1 in 7 (14.28 %)

Stroke – 1 in 28 (3.57 %)

Motor Vehicle Accidents (http://www. feizylawoffice. com) – 1 in 85 (1.17 %)

Intentional Self Harm – 1 in 115 (0.86 %)

Accidental Poisoning By Exposure to Noxious Substances – 1 in 139 (0.71 %)

Falls – 1 in 184 (0.54 %)

Car Occupant – 1 in 272 (0.36%)

Assault by Firearm – 1 in 300 (0.33%)

Pedestrian – 1 in 623 (0.16 %)

Motorcycle Rider – 1 in 802 (0.12 %)

Accidental Drowning and Submersion – 1 in 1073 (0.093 %)

Exposure to Smoke, Fire and Flames – 1 in 1235 (0.080 %)

Pedal cyclist – 1 in 4,147 (0.024 %)

Air and Space Transport Accidents – 1 in 5,862 (0.017 %)

Firearms Discharge – 1 in 5,981 (0.016 %)

Exposure to Excessive Natural Heat – 1 in 6,174 (0.016 %)

Exposure to Electric Current, Radiation, Temperature and Pressure – 1 in 9,412 (0.010 %)

Cataclysmic Storm – 1 in 51,199 (0.0019 %)

Contact with Hornets, Wasps and Bees – 1 in 62,950 (0.00158 %)

Lightning – 1 in 81,701 (0.00122 %)

Bitten or Struck by Dog – 1 in 119,998 (0.00083 %)

Earthquake and Other Earth Movements – 1 in 153,597 (0.00065 %)

As an experienced personal injury attorney, Nick Feizy points out that the death statistics of motor vehicle accidents and falls are at a rate of 1 in 85 and 1 in 184 respectively. Every year many thousands of people lose their lives in motor vehicle accidents, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents and eighteen wheeler accidents. Additionally, thousands of people lose their lives as a result of a fall, whether it is a slip and fall (http://www. feizylawoffice. com), trip and fall, stump and fall, step and fall or any other type of fall. Compare these to the rates of death because of lightning or earthquake at a rate of 1 in 81,701 and 1 in 153,597 respectively. This huge gap shows just how much more common and prevalent deaths from car accidents and slip and falls are as compared to other types of accidents.

About Nick Feizy, and Feizy Law Office
A graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Nick Feizy received his bachelors of business administration, double majoring in Finance and Real Estate Finance with a minor in Political Science. He then attended law school at the University of Tulsa School of Law in Tulsa, Oklahoma, obtaining his Juris Doctor degree. Upon passing the bar exam, Nick Feizy, was licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas to practice law in all the courts of the State of Texas. Nick Feizy is also authorized to practice law in the Northern District Federal Court.

For more information on Feizy Law Office, Dallas car wreck attorney (http://www. feizylawoffice. com) or for further professional personal injury advice regarding auto accidents, car accidents, car wrecks, 18-wheeler accidents, motorcycle accidents, motorcycle wrecks, slip and falls, fatal car accidents, fatal car wrecks, fatal collisions, fatal motorcycle accidents or other injuries, contact Nick Feizy, slip and fall attorney and visit the website below.

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Esoterix Infectious Disease Center Introduces HCVComplete

Esoterix Infectious Disease Center Introduces HCVComplete

Esoterix Infectious Disease has introduced another test in their "complete" line of assays. HCVComplete is a comprehensive diagnostic tool for Hepatitis C. Last year, Esoterix launched HIVComplete. These assays, with their 72-hour turn around time, are the most comprehensive solution to the managment of both diseases.

(PRWEB) January 11, 2002

San Antonio, TX: Esoterix Infectious Disease Center announced today the launch of HCVCompleteSM, the most comprehensive Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) testing program available. HCVComplete offers a flexible platform to provide quick, accurate and insightful information for the diagnosis of Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is suspected to infect more than 3.9 million people in the United States and perhaps as many as 200 million around the world.

"HCVComplete provides an avenue for physicians to order any combination of tests that will meet the precise needs of individual patients," explains Dr. Ted E. Schutzbank, Chief Scientific Officer for Esoterix Infectious Disease Center. "This flexibility rapidly delivers patient-specific information into disease stage and risk factor, helping the physician to better formulate an optimal treatment regimen."

Assays offered in HCVComplete include HCV Antibody (Anti-HCV), HCV Confirmed by RIBA, HCV RNA by PCR in qualitative, quantitative and ultra sensitive quantitative platforms as well as ALT (Alanine Aminotransferase).

HCVComplete also features HCVMapSM, a sophisticated genotyping method. With an industry leading 72-hour turnaround, HCVMap employs the "gold standard" technology of bi-directional DNA sequencing developed by Visible Genetics, to classify all major HCV genotypes and their most common subtypes.

HCVComplete is part of Esoterix Infectious Disease Center? s "complete " family of assays. Last year, Esoterix launched HIVComplete, the first comprehensive testing and information service focusing on the management of HIV.

The latest U. S. Public Health Service/Infectious Diseases Society of America (USPHS/IDSA) guidelines recommend that all HIV-infected persons be screened for HCV as nearly one quarter of HIV patients, in the United States, are also infected with HCV. HCV progresses more rapidly in HIV patients and may also impact the course and management of HIV. The combination of HCVComplete and HIVComplete gives physicians a comprehensive solution to balance the management of both diseases.

Esoterix Infectious Disease Center is a specialized provider of laboratory services focused exclusively on assisting clients in diagnosing, monitoring and treating patients with microbial diseases. As a multi-discipline facility, Esoterix Infectious Disease Center offers services in molecular diagnostics, virology, bacteriology, mycobacteriology, parasitology, mycology, serology, immunology and flow cytometry.

Esoterix Infectious Disease Center is part of the Esoterix Inc. family of laboratories. Founded in 1995, Esoterix, Inc. is a unique company providing technology-based laboratory services and information solutions to enhance healthcare providers' ability to manage and care for patients. Esoterix has 590 employees and is privately funded through Behrman Capital of New York. (www. esoterix. com).

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Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Shopko Stores to Sell 28 Surplus Properties at Auction

Shopko Stores to Sell 28 Surplus Properties at Auction

Higgenbotham Auctioneers International Ltd., Inc. ("HAI"), announced today that Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC (Shopko) has retained HAI to offer at auction 28 surplus properties situated adjacent to operating Shopko stores. These out parcels range in size from.43± to 9.36± acres and will be sold on location in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

Lakeland, FL (PRWEB) May 6, 2008

Higgenbotham Auctioneers International Ltd., Inc. ("HAI"), announced today that Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC (Shopko) has retained HAI to offer at auction 28 surplus properties situated adjacent to operating Shopko stores. These out parcels range in size from.43± to 9.36± acres and will be sold on location in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

This is an incredible opportunity for buyers to purchase these prime locations at a price they determine, keeping in mind that they will have an excellent retailer standing behind their new business location.

Greg Polacheck, Director of Real Estate for Shopko stated, "We reviewed several different concepts and several different auction companies to liquidate our surplus assets and we decided Higgenbotham was the right choice. Buyers will be able to bid in real time via the Internet or bid live at the property location. Shopko is committed to selling these assets at auction and we wanted to make sure that all bidders have a fair opportunity to purchase these locations. Interested parties should contact Higgenbotham directly to receive property information and bidding instructions."

"People interested in bidding should contact our office immediately to receive property and auction information. Due diligence information, including taxes, zoning, title exceptions, and etc. will be made available from our office and on our website at www. higgenbotham. com]," Stated John Haney, General Manager of Higgenbotham Auctioneers.

The auction inventory consists of 28 retail out-parcels/development tracts only. None of the properties in the auction are currently operating stores.

The property list and locations include:
2 outparcels at 1962 & 1968 W. Morton Ave, Jacksonville, Il  2 outparcels of the Shopko at 1190 N. 6th St., Monmouth, IL 3 outparcels of the Shopko at 555 W. South St., Freeport, Il 3 outparcels of the Shopko at 5300 52nd St., Kenosha, Wisconsin 1 outparcel of the Shopko at 2401 Shopko Dr, Madison, Wisconsin 3 outparcels at 2421, 2431& 2441 Holmgren Way, Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin 4 development tracts at 3705 Monroe Rd, Ledgeview, Wisconsin 1 outparcel of the Shopko at 2432 E. Mason St., Green Bay, Wisconsin 2 outparcels of the Shopko at 500 S. Carpenter Ave., Kingsford, Michigan 2 outparcels of the Shopko at 320 Highway O, Rice Lake, WI 1 outparcel of the Shopko at 1200 E. Southview Dr., Marshall, MN 1 outparcel of the Shopko at 615 S. Monroe Ave., Mason City IA 1 outparcel of the Shopko at 2005 Krenzien St., Norfolk, NE 1 outparcel of the Shopko at 1450 S. Grand Ave., Pullman, WA 1 outparcel of the Shopko at 2820 Highway 63 South, Rochester, MN

About Higgenbotham Auctioneers International Ltd., Inc.
Founded in 1959, Higgenbotham Auctioneers International ("HAI") is headquartered in Lakeland, Florida and specializes in the sale of corporate real estate throughout the United States and the world by utilizing the auction method of marketing. HAI is an alliance partner of NAI Global and enjoys continuing relationships with Fortune 500 clients such as Alcoa, International Paper, Wal-Mart Realty, and Sinclair Oil, as well as many other publicly traded and closely held companies.

About Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC
Shopko, headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, has two divisions: Shopko and Shopko Express Rx. Employing more than 16-thousand people in 13 states, in more than 136 stores, generating annual sales exceeding $ 2.2 billion.

In 1991, Shopko Stores Inc. became a publicly-held, independent company with stock traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "SKO". In December of 2005, Shopko Stores, Inc. was purchased by an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc. and no longer is a publicly-owned corporation.

The Shopko division has 133 stores in 13 states. Located in mid-sized to larger cities, Shopko stores are multi-department retail stores committed to offering quality merchandise, services and value to meet customers' needs for home, family basics, casual apparel and seasonal products, with a special emphasis on retail health.

For more information on the Shopko Stores properties or other Higgenbotham auctions, please contact John Haney at Higgenbotham Auctioneers (800) 257-4161 or visit our website at http://www. Higgenbotham. com (http://www. Higgenbotham. com)

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Sunday, May 12, 2002

He Whispers to Chicken Owners About Keeping their Flocks Healthy

He Whispers to Chicken Owners About Keeping their Flocks Healthy

Andy Schneider, better known as “The Chicken Whisperer,” will be a spokesperson for a national public awareness campaign focusing on keeping backyard poultry disease free.

Florham Park, NJ (Vocus) May 4, 2010

Andy Schneider, better known as “The Chicken Whisperer,” will be a spokesperson for a national public awareness campaign focusing on keeping backyard poultry disease free.

The campaign is being conducted by the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS).

Schneider, a radio personality and magazine contributor based out of Atlanta, GA, has become a leading expert in the fast-growing backyard poultry movement. The APHIS Biosecurity For Birds outreach campaign is geared toward educating the growing population of backyard poultry owners about preventing infectious poultry diseases such as avian influenza (bird flu).

The campaign teaches bird owners how to prevent diseases, what signs to look for and how to respond if they suspect their flocks are ill.

Biosecurity For Birds (http://heatlhybirds. aphis. usda. gov) began in 2004 as an educational program in response to the outbreak of the deadly Exotic Newcastle Disease, which killed four million birds in California and other western states in 2002-2003. Since then, Biosecurity For Birds has expanded to focus on other diseases, such as avian influenza or bird flu.
Backyard poultry has grown increasingly popular in the U. S. in recent years as more Americans seek fresh food, locally. Schneider has helped countless numbers of people start their own backyard flocks. He is the founder of the Atlanta Backyard Poultry Meetup group, which has grown to over 1,000 members. He is also a Purina Poultry Ambassador and conducts poultry owner workshops nationwide.

“Being named a spokesperson for the USDA/APHIS Biosecurity For Birds program is going to be a wonderful opportunity,” said Schneider. “I look forward to educating chicken keepers around the country about how to maintain happy and healthy flocks.”

Schneider is a contributor to Mother Earth News Magazine, Grit Magazine and Farmers Almanac. He has also been featured on CNN, HLN, CBS, NBC, NPR, and in Time Magazine, The Economist, USA Today, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, New Life Journal and many other publications. He is the host of Backyard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer radio show on www. chickenwhisperer. net.

For more information about Biosecurity For Birds, please visit the Biosecurity For Birds website, http://healthybirds. aphis. usda. gov (http://healthybirds. aphis. usda. gov)

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Saturday, May 11, 2002

Homelessness Prevention Initiative moves into year two with $1 million in additional funding for 18 programs

Homelessness Prevention Initiative moves into year two with $1 million in additional funding for 18 programs

Foundation, health insurer, medical society collaborate in second year of homelessness prevention program for Massachusetts

Boston and Waltham (PRWEB) January 8, 2005

The Boston Foundation, Tufts Health Plan and the Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Charitable Foundation have jointly announced their second year of funding the Homelessness Prevention Initiative, an effort launched in December 2003 to prevent homelessness among families and individuals in Massachusetts.

A second grant of one million dollars, an amount equal to the first yearÂ’s allocation, will be distributed among 18 organizations selected for their focus on individuals and families at significant risk of becoming homeless. The organizations are located across Massachusetts, and their programs target those who need direct assistance and stabilization. The programs offer discharge planning and placement for those being released from care and custody, supportive housing services, mental health support, and substance abuse counseling.

Results from the first-year efforts showed great promise. Rosie’s Place, a Boston agency founded three decades ago to secure opportunity, security and dignity for women on the edge of survival, called year one of the Initiative a “tremendous success.”

Sue Marsh, executive director of Rosie’s Place, said “our greatest accomplishment is that as of December 8, 2004, 66 of 67 women who received initial visits through the program were still housed – a success rate of 96 percent.” Besides achieving that success rate, Rosie’s Place exceeded its first-year goal of providing homelessness prevention services for 60 women by 10 percent.

One of the InitiativeÂ’s goals is to bring together organizations that provide a range of programs to share best practices and recommendations, with the goal to advance knowledge of what works in the areas of prevention, providing outcome data, and providing proven models on how to prevent homelessness.

“We are delighted to provide a second year of support to the Homelessness Prevention Initiative, which has already made significant progress toward eliminating the holes in the safety net designed to protect our most vulnerable citizens,” said Paul S. Grogan, president and chief executive officer of The Boston Foundation. “Based on a thorough analysis of shared data and best practices, the participants in this Initiative have identified a spectrum of services that provide both short and long-term preventions for homelessness. Today, with the state’s housing costs nearly the highest in the nation, we must work together closely and leverage our resources to develop a comprehensive solution to this devastating problem."

Nancy Leaming, president and chief executive officer at Tufts Health Plan, said “The power of the Homelessness Prevention Initiative comes from collaboration. By working together, the funding agencies and grant recipients have created a comprehensive suite of programs to prevent and resolve homelessness. The dedication of the programs and the commitment of their staffs have resulted in a very accomplished first year. We look forward to working with them again as they continue to address this important issue. Addressing the health needs of the homeless is an extension of our not-for-profit mission to improve the well-being of the communities Tufts Health Plan serves.”

John M. Crowe, M. D., Chairman of the Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Charitable Foundation, said “We are encouraged by the first year’s results, and we continue to believe that these programs are ‘preventive medicine’ at its best in avoiding homelessness. But we also recognize that ‘prevention’ is a long-term process that requires constant attention, and we know there is much more to accomplish. We congratulate and thank these agencies and their staffs for their hard work and initial success, for these are the people who are providing critical services and succeeding at the grass roots level.”

The Homelessness Prevention Initiative was started in the spring of 2003, under the leadership of the Boston Foundation and Tufts Health Plan. A collaborative of local funders established the Initiative as an effort to focus attention and resources on this issue, drawing on the expertise of a diverse advisory committee of advocates, providers and public officials. The $700,000 core funding for the Initiative comes from a grant from the Starr Foundation of New York City to the Boston Foundation, and from the Munro Fund at the Boston Foundation. A grant from Tufts Health Plan of $250,000 and $50,000 from the Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Charitable Foundation put the Initiative at the $1 million level.

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Agency recipients, with amounts and purposes of their grants, appear at the end of this release

About the Initiative Partners:

The Boston Foundation, one of the nationÂ’s oldest and largest community foundations, has an endowment of almost $650 million, made grants of $48 million to nonprofit organizations, and received gifts of $38 million last year. The Boston Foundation is made up of 750 separate charitable funds, which have been established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes. The Boston Foundation also serves as a civic leader, convener, and sponsor of special initiatives designed to build community. For more information about the Boston Foundation and its grant making, visit www. tbf. org, or call 617-338-1700.

Tufts Health PlanÂ’s Community Partnerships program was formed in 1997. The program supports health improvement at the community level through prevention and health promotion activities within target populations of underserved, at-risk women and infants, elders and teens. Through its Community Partnerships program, Tufts Health Plan seeks to support, advance and advocate for public health goals and community-based prevention. Last year, Tufts Health Plan began a three-year $1.5 million funding commitment to organizations providing teen mental health services. The grants presented today represent year two of a three-year $750,000 commitment to this initiative.

The Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Charitable Foundation is a supporting organization of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the statewide association of physicians. The Foundation's mission is to support the charitable and educational activities of the Society and Alliance and address issues affecting the health, benefit, and welfare of the community. The Massachusetts Medical Society, with more than 18,300 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society publishes The New England Journal of Medicine, one of the worldÂ’s leading medical journals; the Journal Watch family of professional newsletters covering 11 specialties; and AIDS Clinical Care. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education for health care professionals throughout Massachusetts, conducting a variety of medical education programs for physicians and health care professionals. Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country. For more information on the Foundation and its activities visit http:///www. mmsfoundation. org (http:///www. mmsfoundation. org)

The Homelessness Initiative -- Year-Two Funding

Agency Recipients, Award Amounts, Services Funded, Program Goals

January 6, 2005

1. Advocates, Inc.

$50,000 for the Housing Advocacy Services program

To provide individuals and families at-risk of homelessness assistance in identifying and securing affordable housing units, housing and income benefits, and legal assistance. Goal: Provide legal support and assist Metrowest families with finding affordable housing

2. Bridge Over Troubled Waters

$45,000 for the Transitional Day Program

To prevent homelessness among high-risk youth, particular those young people known as “couch kids” who are living in a series of temporary situations with friends and acquaintances. Goal: Provide intensive case management for youth at-risk for homelessness and facing barriers to obtaining permanent housing

3. Caritas Communities

$25,000 for Supplemental Rental Assistance 

To provide rental assistance to very low-income individuals living in Single Room Occupancy units. Goal: Provide rental assistance and locate housing for low-income individuals

4. Family to Family

$40,000 for the Homelessness Prevention Partnership

A collaborative of six agencies that will provide direct economic assistance to families at risk, including working families in danger of losing their rental housing, homeowners in danger of losing their homes, and domestic violence victims needing assistance to remain housed. Goal: Provide direct economic assistance and stabilization services to families in the Boston area

5. Homes for Families

$75,000 for the Homes for Families Prevention Collaborative 

A collaboration with Travelers Aid Family Services, Project Hope and the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, the project will serve families that are ineligible for the stateÂ’s Emergency Assistance program. Goal: Provides direct support for Boston families who apply for state assistance but are over the income limit for DTA assistance

6. HomeStart

$75,000 for the HouseHold Program 

A partnership with Greater Boston Legal Services that will provide a single point of entry for services to families and disabled individuals who live in public or subsidized housing and are at risk of eviction. Goal: Provide a single-point of entry to legal, advocacy and mediation services for Greater Boston families currently residing in public housing and at-risk for eviction

7. Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless

$75,000 for the First Stop Initiative 

Which will pilot an early warning prevention approach at three Boston community health centers to identify and assist families and individuals at-risk of losing their housing. Goal: To place housing advocates in Boston community health centers to act as an early warning prevention team providing support to families before they lose housing

8. Somerville Mental Health Association

$50,000 for the Somerville Collaboration to Prevent Homelessness 

In which four Somerville agencies will coordinate services to stabilize housing for families and individuals who are at risk of homelessness by providing a behavioral health outreach worker who can link them to therapeutic services, plus cash for rental assistance and transportation as well as training in financial literacy. Goal: Provides housing assistance and behavioral health outreach to Somerville families at-risk of homelessness

9. Span, Inc.

$55,000 for the Re-Integration Support Program

Which will provide case management services to assist reintegrating adult male offenders and ex-offenders. Goal: Provide case management services to help reintegrate adults statewide being released from custody

10. Tri-City Community Action Programs

$60,000 for the Tenancy Preservation Project

A collaborative effort with the housing authority to provide assistance to public housing residents facing eviction proceedings in Malden District Court for non-payment of rent. Goal: Provide counseling, support and secure agreements between Malden and Everett families and public housing authorities to suspend eviction proceedings for one-year for tenants

11. Victory Programs

$52,000 for the Homelessness Prevention Program

Which will expand an effective prevention program currently in place for HIV-infected clients to all clients about to be discharged from four residential substance abuse programs. Goal: A homelessness prevention specialist will provide intensive case management for people discharged from residential substance abuse programs

12. HarborCOV

$60,000 for the HarborCOV-CAPIC Prevention Project 

A collaboration with the anti-poverty agency, Chelsea Action Programs Inner-City, the program will serve low-income families affected by domestic violence and at-risk for homelessness in Chelsea, Revere, East Boston and Winthrop. Goal: Provide direct financial assistance and case management services to low-income families in Chelsea affected by domestic violence

13. Mental Health Association, Inc

$49,254 for the Tenancy Preservation Program

In which a masters-level clinician will assess and refer patients to appropriate medical resources in Springfield. Goal: Help 125 mothers and children in the Springfield area at risk of being evicted because of mental illness.

14. Newton Community Service Center 

$55,260 for the Parents Program for Pregnant/Parenting Teens

To provide clinical counseling and a variety of support services to young pregnant and parenting women who are in danger of becoming homeless without intervention. Goal: Assist 75 pregnant and young parents at risk for homelessness in Newton, Waltham, Wellesley, Needham and Watertown

15. Project Place

$60,000 for the Comprehensive Homelessness Intervention Program (CHIP)

A collaboration with the South End Community Health Center, CHIP will work to prevent female offenders from becoming homeless once they are released from prison. Goal: Prevent 50 women in Greater Boston from becoming homeless once they are released from prison

16. RosieÂ’s Place

$60,000 for the Non-Residential Support Service Program

Which will provide services for women with chronic mental illnesses who have housing in the community but are in imminent danger of becoming homeless. Goal: Assist 100 mentally ill women in danger of becoming homeless in Greater Boston

17. Family Health Center of Worcester 

$43,048 for the Preventing Homeless Families Initiative

A collaboration with U-Mass Medical School that will provide “one-stop” access to health care and health-related services for families who are living in transient situations. Goal: Provide housing and health services for 50 homeless or transient families in the Worcester area

18. Gosnold, Inc. (Cape Cod) 

$69,567 for the Seeking Safety for Self-Sufficiency program

A collaboration with Independence House, to prevent homelessness on Cape Cod among families who have experienced domestic violence. Goal: Prevent 85 women and children from homelessness on Cape Cod and the Islands by providing counseling for women who suffer from post traumatic stress syndrome

A Joint News Release from The Boston Foundation, Tufts Health Plan, and The Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Charitable Foundation

CONTACTS:

Ann K. Crane,617-338-3890 

Catherine Grant,781-466-9022 

Richard P. Gulla,781-434-7101

UNIVEC President and CEO David Dalton Selected as Honoree by Genetic Disease Foundation

UNIVEC President and CEO David Dalton Selected as Honoree by Genetic Disease Foundation

Univec, Inc. announced that President and CEO Dr. David L. Dalton was selected to be honored by the Genetic Disease Foundation for his involvement with the organization and the pharmaceutical industry to treat and prevent genetic diseases.

(PRWEB) April 14, 2002

FARMINGDALE, N. Y. - April 12, 2002 - Farmingdale-based Univec, Inc., (OTCBB:UNVC - news) today announced that President and CEO Dr. David L. Dalton was selected to be honored at the Genetic Disease Foundation's Gala on June 5, 2002 at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Dr. Dalton is being honored for his involvement with the organization and the pharmaceutical industry to treat and prevent genetic diseases such as Sickle Cell Anemia.

The Genetic Disease Foundation (GDF) was established in 1997 by various organizations, patients and families who had a common goal of supporting research and education to combat genetic disease. The foundation's primary mission is to fight and prevent all genetic diseases collectively, rather than concentrate on one specific type. GDF has designated the Department of Human Genetics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine to focus on discovering the causative genes for rare and common diseases and on developing new methods for their prevention and cure.

Dr. David L. Dalton, President and CEO of Univec, stated that, "It is an honor to be recognized by the Genetic Disease Foundation and share in their commitment to help prevent the spread of disease." Dr. Dalton is also the founder and majority owner of Pharmacy Services, Inc., a certified Minority Business Enterprise that fulfills pharmaceutical and medical supply requirements for government entities, such as correctional institutions, clinics and other healthcare facilities.

About Univec

Founded in 1992, Univec is considered one of the leading innovators in the design and production of auto-disable and safety syringes. The Company also provides safe delivery of physician samples and disposal of infectious medical waste. The Company has production facilities in Portugal, South Korea, China, Belgium and the U. S., and distributes its products in 80 countries.

Forward Looking Statements

This document contains forward-looking statements based on current expectations that could be affected by the risks and uncertainties involved in Univec's business. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risks described from time to time in Univec's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which include Univec's Annual Report on Form 10-K. Subsequent written or oral statements attributable to Univec or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements in this document and those in Univec's reports filed with the SEC.

Contact:

G. Edward Kalbaugh

Allegent Growth Strategies International

516-364-7034 or e-mail gekalbaugh@allegentgsi. com

CSI Partners with Aurix to Integrate Speech Analytics Technologies with Quality Monitoring Solution

CSI Partners with Aurix to Integrate Speech Analytics Technologies with Quality Monitoring Solution

The integrated solution offers CSI customers the ability to enhance their quality monitoring processes with phonetic speech analytics features such as automatic call scoring and automatic call tagging.

East Hartford, CT (PRWEB) August 24, 2010

After three years of intensive research, East Hartford, CT-based Coordinated Systems, Inc.’s Virtual Observer, a leading call recording and quality monitoring solution, has selected Aurix as a strategic partner, leveraging Aurix’s world-class phonetic speech engine to deliver innovative enhancements for the call center industry. Virtual Observer is prominently focused in the healthcare, financial and catalog/e-commerce space, delivering robust QA features at an incredible value.

“We really wanted to let the market play out and see which speech technologies worked before we made a “build or buy” decision. We felt the time is right for speech to finally become affordable and we decided on Aurix because their value proposition was right in line with our own philosophies,” said Dan McGrail, Chief Technology Office for CSI. “Others in our industry have flip-flopped between speech technologies and we waited until we could make the right decision, where we could deliver speech affordably and quickly. With Aurix, we’ve achieved what we were looking for.”

Virtual Observer’s speech analytics (http://www. csiworld. com/features/enterprise-speech-analytics. php) enhancements are available right now, as integration with Aurix’s engine has proved to be rapid and very compatible with CSI’s agile development process. “The enhancements my team has already delivered are substantial and real time-savers for call center professionals,” added Rich Marcia, marketing director for CSI. “I can’t wait to see what else they have in the works.”

Peter Rogers, CEO at Aurix adds, “There is no doubt that effective quality monitoring can help increase the productivity of any contact center, identifying opportunities to enhance customer service. This information can easily be fed into business processes such as training and help ensure the sales or customer service team is at the top of their game.”

About CSI
Coordinated Systems, Inc., (CSI) established in 1972, has thrived on building high-quality, long-term relationships with customers and partners. CSI’s flagship product, Virtual Observer (VO), is a call recording and quality assurance solution for call centers. VO supports Avaya, Cisco, ShoreTel, Nortel, and many other leading phone systems. VO provides an extremely high value to price and tremendous customer satisfaction.

About Aurix
Aurix is a global leader in true phonetic speech search and analytics technology applied to four key sectors; customer contact, business intelligence, e-discovery and forensic search and security and intelligence. Working with a network of technology partners, service delivery professionals and resellers, Aurix provides ground breaking solutions that improve productivity and reliability, generate valuable intelligence and deliver peace of mind. Founded in 2005, Aurix is a venture capital funded company with its technology roots extending back to truly innovative applications of speech recognition in intelligence and military applications.

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