Saturday, November 30, 2002

INFINITT Completes Acquisition of GNSK Co., Ltd

INFINITT Completes Acquisition of GNSK Co., Ltd.

With expanded solutions and service, INFINITT hopes to accelerate adoption of Electronic Medical Records in the global market

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 17, 2010

INFINITT, a global player in PACS, RIS and 3D visualization, recently acquired GNSK, a software developer based in Seoul, South Korea. The buyout, which became effective on September 8, 2010, will enable INFINITT to expand its product offerings in the healthcare information technology (IT) industry.

In September 2008, GNSK physically split from its parent company, ICM. Co.,Ltd., which was established in 1992. Before the division, ICM had secured first place in market share in healthcare IT in the Korean market, and was also very active in the Japanese market, exporting various Hospital Information Systems (HIS) and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) solutions to Japanese medical facilites. Currently, GNSK has 114 customers in Korea and about 100 customers in Japan. GNSK generated approximately 5.8 million dollars in revenue in 2009.

The acquisition of GNSK will enable INFINITT to broaden its business scope into the field of HIS and EMR. INFINITT’s core product – PACS acquires, displays, distributes and stores medical images, and is closely linked with Radiology and Hospital Information Systems. Through its partnership in R&D, INFINITT and GNSK will move into the development of next generation EMRs to help hospitals streamline operations, reduce medical errors and costs, and improve the overall quality of patient care.

“INFINITT and GNSK have complementary product lines,” said Sun Joo Lee, Chief Executive Officer of INFINITT. “Our newly expanded healthcare IT product line will enable healthcare providers to implement a comprehensive EMR with powerful capabilities and tools to help physicians diagnose and treat disease earlier than ever before.”

INFINITT will also improve service to GNSK customers; expand its global sales network in Korea, MEA, Central Asia and USA; and strengthen its business ties in Japan, where the company already has an established sales network.

INFINITT also has Xeron Healthcare Corporation as one of its subsidiaries, specializing in research and development in the field of Personal Health Records (PHRs) and Mobile U-health solutions.


Vidazorb Chewable Probiotics Help Beat The Holiday Bloat

Vidazorb Chewable Probiotics Help Beat The Holiday Bloat

Each year, the holidays present a bit of a conundrum. Everybody likes to look their best for parties and gatherings, yet at the same time, they are surrounded by more food and drink than any other time of year.

Beltsville, MD (Vocus) December 20, 2010

Each year, the holidays present a bit of a conundrum. Everybody likes to look their best for parties and gatherings, yet at the same time, they are surrounded by more food and drink than any other time of year. Christmas especially is a heavy eating holiday—with traditional foods that can cause bloating. While there may be unwanted pounds that need to be shed, the fact is, focusing on feeling better and controlling our bodies may be the overall key to having the utmost confidence this holiday season. The normal gut reaction is perhaps to eat as much food as possible throughout the holiday season and then jump into a crazy weight loss regimen to fit into party attire—while fad diets may quickly shed pounds, some can backfire, causing unnecessary binges, stomach upsets and skin breakouts. Instead of going into extreme diet mode, why not make this the year to focus on feeling great and embracing a healthy lifestyle as the best way to be ready for the party season?

Vidazorb® Chewable Probiotics are a delicious, convenient and calorie-free way of keeping the digestive system running smoothly—with less bloating—helping to achieve that better looking body. There is an added bonus for those who often struggle with GI issues during holiday travel, as Vidazorb will help boost the immune system and keep the digestive system in better shape. A belly low in good bacteria can lead to gastrointestinal distress, allergies, autoimmune disease and even skin problems like acne—all of which can feel like a major catastrophe when the body is being covered by only by a little black party dress!

Those with specific digestive conditions such as celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and others may find that this season of overeating causes increased flare-ups. Regularly taking a daily probiotic supplement may help prevent the severity of this discomfort, allowing focus to remain on celebrating with friends and family, rather than an upset stomach.

For added confidence this holiday, be sure to make Vidazorb® a permanent fixture on the Christmas shopping list. Since Vidazorb® doesn’t require refrigeration, they are easy to throw in a bag and take on-the-go—whether spending a week on a family getaway or running errands around town to host a party of your own.

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Saturday, November 23, 2002

Dr. Marie-Ange D. Tardieu, New York Plastic Surgeon and Historian of Medicine, Sheds Light on the Cholera Epidemic in Haiti

Dr. Marie-Ange D. Tardieu, New York Plastic Surgeon and Historian of Medicine, Sheds Light on the Cholera Epidemic in Haiti

Haiti cholera death toll soars; the epidemic shows no sign of abating. As concerns rise over massive health challenges, Dr. Tardieu outlines steps every Haitian and every health provider caring for cholera victims should take to stay alive, save lives and prevent further spread of the diseases.

New Rochelle, NY (PRWEB) November 17, 2010

Early in October 2010, the Haitian Ministry of Health received word that a number of cases of individuals presenting with symptoms of profuse diarrhea and vomiting to hospitals in Saint-Marc, Dessalines, Grande Saline, Drouin, and Mirebalais, all localities of Central and Artibonite Departments in Haiti. Within a few days, the disease spread to Saut D’Eau, L’Estere, Gonaives, La Chapelle, Verettes and the surrounding regions. By October 21st, the National Laboratory of Public Health in Haiti identified Vibrio Cholera O1, biotype El Tor as the agent responsible for this outbreak. The El Tor biotype as a causal agent was later confirmed by the U. S. Center for Disease Control (CDC).

By the time of the announcement, 1,526 cases and 138 deaths have been reported by the ministry of Health. These cases were identified mainly along the Artibonite River from areas where there was no direct damage from the earthquake.

Additional cases of cholera continued to appear in nearby localities along the Artibonite River soon thereafter, and by October 27, a total of 4722 cholera cases and 303 related deaths were documented.
To address the cholera outbreak which could turn into a major catastrophe, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that Haiti should prepare for the disease to spread to Port-au-Prince and warned Haitian officials that the disease had not reached its peak.

The epidemic is spreading quickly. Throughout the last week of October, all over Port-au-Prince, there were reports of infections with Cholera. By early November, Cholera cases that originated in the tent cities were confirmed in Port-au-Prince. All the hospitals in Port-au-Prince are already overflowed with patients.
According to Medecins Sans Frontieres, the situation has deteriorated to the point that patients are lying in the streets, waiting for treatment. The epidemic is spreading fast, and U. N. predict that while the outbreak places all Haiti’s 10 million citizens at risk, it could infect 200,000 people.

According to Dr. Marie-Ange D. Tardieu, a New York plastic surgeon and historian of medicine who was in Lima, Peru during the 1991 Cholera Epidemic, "this epidemic of cholera is highly contagious and will spare no one in Haiti: Rich, poor, foreigners, travelers, farmers, professionals, government officials, health care workers, healthy or sick, young or old, babies and children, all can be and will be affected. Those already suffering from other parasitic infestations are at greater risk of developing “full blown” cholera."

The initial Cholera infections of the early days of October constituted a medical emergency. The outbreak has now reached epidemic proportion and is now considered a matter of national and international security, whose ground zero is Haiti, a country plagued with poverty, insecurity, famine, poor sanitary conditions, and devastated by the January 12, 2010 earthquake that left some 1,3 million people homeless or living in tent cities, bidonvilles and other squalid conditions. U. S. health authorities are now worried about the possibility for cholera to spread from Haiti to neighboring countries, including Dominican Republic that shares the island with Haiti, other countries in the Caribbean Sea and the U. S. that is 2 hours flying time away.

While the outbreak of Haiti’s cholera was ongoing, Hurricane Tomas that recently hit the country widened the cholera base of contamination and forced many Haitians to drink contaminated water.

Though hurricane Tomas passed without destroying tented camps in and around Port-au-Prince, it created an upsurge in cholera cases as was predicted. As of November 16, 2010, the disease has invaded every department of the country, there are 30 death confirmed in Port-au-Prince and 3 in Petion-Ville; the death toll in the country is well above 1000, 16, 800 have fallen sick, and cholera has reached the Dominican Republic. Experts predict that if more cases of cholera are confirmed, the outbreak threatens some 2, 5 to 3 million people living in Port-au-Prince. The CDC is concerned that the entire nation with its 10 million inhabitants is at risk to contract the disease because they have no immunity to cholera. Of grave concern are the four cases that have been confirmed to have originated in the tent cities of Port-au-Prince.

Dr. Kesler Dalmacy, a physician diplomate of the American Board of Pathology and a specialist in preventive medicine noted "Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of food and water contaminated with the bacteria vibrio cholerae. It has a short incubation period and produces painless profuse watery diarrhea that quickly leads to dehydration, shock and death if treatment is not promptly administered."... "The infection can kill a victim in less than 2 hours... But cholera can easily be treated and is preventable if one understands how it occurs and how it spreads."

The initial Cholera infections of the early days of October constituted a medical emergency. The outbreak has now reached epidemic proportion and is now considered a matter of national and international security, whose ground zero is Haiti, a country plagued with poverty, insecurity, famine, poor sanitary conditions, and devastated by the January 12, 2010 earthquake that left some 1,3 million people homeless or living in tent cities, bidonvilles and other squalid conditions.

According to the CDC, Haiti has not seen a cholera outbreak since 1960, which means that no one is immune to cholera in Haiti, and consequently Haitians do not understand the disease and are unsure of what steps to take to avoid contracting it. With timely treatment, most cholera victims survive, but the country’s poverty, fear, and a destroyed infrastructure mean that many Haitians seek help too late, and if at all.

To help every Haitian and health care official cope with the cholera epidemic in Haiti, Dr. Tardieu and Dr. Dalmacy emphasize that every individual living in Haiti and other affected areas must have sound understanding about how the bacteriuum causing cholera operates, how cholera outbreaks occur, and what steps to take to stay alive, to save lives and prevent further spread of the disease.

Understanding the bacteria that cause Cholera

Cholera is an infection of the small intestine caused by the bacterium vibrio cholerae. Epidemics of cholera are caused by one of 2 vibrio cholerae strains: Vibrio cholerae O1 and vibrio cholerae 0139. The vibrio cholerae 01 occurs as two biotypes: the classical biotype, and the El Tor. The classical biotype was the one that was implicated in the first 6 cholera pandemics.
The El Tor biotype, first identified in 1960, is the agent causing the current cholera epidemic in Haiti. There are several characteristics of the El Tor biotype that make it likely that the cholera epidemic will continue to spread in Haiti for a while. When compared to the classical strain, those infected with the El Tor strain carry the disease for longer period of time, and the bacterium is able to survive longer than the classical strain.

How cholera is manifested: what symptoms to expect

The main symptoms of cholera are profuse diarrhea and vomiting. But someone infected with cholera may have no symptoms at all or may have complaints of mild diarrhea. Only 7% of those who are infected present with the typical “full blown” syndrome of cholera. When “full blown,” cholera is the most rapidly fatal illness known to mankind. A healthy person may become hypotensive (low blood pressure) within one hour of the onset of symptoms, and may die within 2-3 hours if no treatment is provided. More commonly, the disease progresses from the first liquid stool to shock within 4-12 hours, with death occurring within 18 hours to several days.
The first symptom of cholera is an increase of peristalsis (gut motility), which the patient reports as a sensation of fullness and “gurgling” in the belly. This is followed rapidly by the first loose stool. After several watery stools, the resultant stool takes the typical appearance of “rice water.” The “rice water” stool usually lose its odor except a mild fishy odor.

Cholera is contracted by ingesting the cholera bacterium. It is a disease that remains in the gut. Once in the intestine, it never penetrates any tissue of the body. The cholera bacterium must be swallowed either with water or food. Anything contaminated with the cholera bacterium, including dirty hands, that goes into the mouth must pass through the stomach to infect the small intestine. In the small intestine, the bacterium penetrates the mucus layer and begins to multiply inside the gut. The bacterium then secretes a toxin that binds to the cells of the gut lumen. It is the toxin that triggers the massive water and salts (sodium and potassium) loss. All these fluid are lost through the lumen of the small intestine, excreted as stool and promote rapid dehydration and shock.

How to stay alive and save lives during a cholera epidemic

The treatment of cholera is extraordinarily simple. Treatment should be started without or before confirming the diagnosis. The water and salt lost in the cholera stool must be replaced, ounce for ounce, in comparable amount and concentration. Except in most severe cases, the replacement can be accomplished by allowing the patient to drink. The earlier the treatment begins, the better the prognosis and the less chance for complications; this means that one should never stop giving fluid to the affected individual at home, while on the way to the hospital or clinic and while waiting to be seen in the waiting area of the hospital or clinic. Every household should have a regimen of salts to mix with water to enable them to initiate treatment as soon as it becomes apparent that someone contracted cholera, and the diarrhea is of sufficient severity to be life threatening.

Initiating treatment does not require a physician, a nurse or health worker of any sort. It demands that a person who may be at risk, as is the case for every Haitian living in Haiti, have sufficient knowledge to do the appropriate thing. If the regimen of salt is not available, table salt and sugar may be added to the water and used for treatment. Except for the “full blown” cases, most cholera victims can be managed with treatment with this fluid alone.
Intravenous treatment is needed when a cholera victim is unconscious, muscle cramps exist, or for a patient who has been rapidly purging. This exists when volume of stools output exceed 100ml/Kg/24 hours or 7 liters per day in a 70 Kg person.

When a cholera victim is in shock or has been actively purging, a true emergency exists. An estimate must be made of the amount of fluid lost. The deficit must be replaced as rapidly as possible. This can be given in the form of bolus of 1 liter, using any accessible vein of the body, over the course of 10-15 minutes.
The initial period is the most critical in saving the lives of cholera victims, and time to rehydrate them must not be wasted. Even if a patient appears to have no heart beat, it is worth giving a bolus of fluid because in near terminal cholera victims, the heart is inaudible and the pulses virtually absent. During treatment with fluid, both central (neck artery) and peripheral (arm and leg) pulse should be monitored to guide the adequacy of resuscitation. The blood pressure is of no value in monitoring cholera victims because the peripheral arteries are constricted while central pulse remains.

When the initial hydration is successful, the fluid loss must match. In Haiti, administration of Tetracycline, Ciproflaxin, and Kanamycin will reduce fluid loss. Pregnant women should use other safer antibiotics.
The most important life-threatening complications of cholera to recognize is hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Any alteration in the state of consciousness particularly in small children or babies must be presumed to be due to hypoglycemia and must be treated immediately.
Electrolyte abnormalities, the next common problems, usually manifest as alteration in the state of consciousness or as convulsions, especially when the plasma sodium is low. When kidney failure exists, it should be treated conservatively. Dialysis is rarely necessary.

It is not necessary to confirm the diagnosis of cholera with laboratory tests to initiate treatment of cholera. Diagnosis of cholera must rest on the history of symptoms that present as acute, and the presence of watery stool in the absence of fever or belly pain. Treatment is based solely on estimating the degree of dehydration.

It is essential for every one to understand how cholera spreads. Cholera epidemics, even in endemic areas, are characterized by multiple outbreaks. During the periods between outbreaks, which could last many months, there is no evidence of the bacterium in water or food. Although flies can carry the bacterium from stool to food and water, there are no animal carriers or vectors known.

During outbreaks, there are many individuals purging large volume of the cholera bacterium which usually finds its way on the soil and in the water that is used for washing, swimming, cooking or drinking. Food is often implicated in the epidemic, but it is often through the use of contaminated water at some point in the process. While survival of the cholera bacteria is limited, in refrigerated shellfish, it can survive much longer. Shellfish have played a role in outbreaks in the Philippines, Thailand, and Italy.

In comparison to the classical cholera bacterium type, humans that carry the El Tor bacterium can shed the cholera bacteria for a very long time in their stools. People with no symptoms and those with mild illness shed the bacterium in their stool; those in convalescence also continue to shed the bacterium as well. They are all important contributors of the epidemic spread of cholera.
During outbreaks and epidemics, more importance has to be given to asymptomatic individuals. They have to be considered as carriers of the disease when the epidemic is caused by El Tor; this variant persists in human and their stools for longer periods and also produces more asymptomatic infections than the classical strain of cholera.

It is clear that if there existed no opportunity for water or food to be contaminated with cholera bacteria, there would be no spread of the disease. Applying preventive strategies with particular attention to sanitation and hygiene appears to be the only way to abort the epidemic. With adequate attention paid to sanitation and hygiene, cholera is not a problem. Surveillance of cases of diarrhea or of sewage are perhaps the best early warning methods. If one waits for a cluster of cases to occur in full severity there will be a large pool of cholera bacteria to deal with by the time diagnosis is confirmed. In the case of the El Tor variant, as many as 100 asymptomatic or mild cases exist for every victim affected with severe illness. In an isolated instance such that an infected individual who came from an affected area, quarantine procedure may be of help, but most important is to pay attention to how to handle that individual’s stool. The stool must be collected into a system that effectively allows its decontamination before its disposal.

Although cholera may be a life-threatening disease, the CDC, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Haiti had advocated a number of steps that have proven effective for its prevention. These steps are straightforward if proper sanitary practices are followed.

Effective sanitary practices, if adhered to in time, are usually sufficient to abort the epidemic. Proper disposal and treatment of water contaminated with stool produced by cholera victims and all contaminated materials such as clothing and bedding should be sterilized by washing them in hot water using chlorine bleach if possible. Hands that touch cholera patients or their clothing and bedding should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with chlorinated water or other effective agents. Sewage should be treated with chlorine, ozone, ultraviolet light or other effective forms of treatment before it enters the underground.
Warnings about possible cholera contamination should be posted around contaminated water sources with direction on how to decontaminate the water for possible use.

All water used for drinking, cooking, washing (specially the face, the teeth, the hands, food prior to their consumption) should be sterilized in any area where cholera may be present. Public health education and adherence to appropriate sanitation practices are of primary importance to help prevent and control transmission of cholera and other diseases.

Perhaps, the simplest and most overlooked measure during an epidemic of cholera is effective hand washing, which can curtail cross contamination within a household where cholera cases exist.
Care should be taken when a community is known to harbor cholera that any food product or water that will be used by others in the community or by other communities is not contaminated. In affected communities, there should be a major effort to teach people how to mix and give oral hydration solution to initiate treatment. A treatment center should be established where victims with serious volume depletion can promptly receive intravenous fluids and where antibiotics can be given. In addition to reducing the volume depletion, antibiotics will decrease the potential for stool to contaminate the environment. Effective sterilization of all stools and vomits is essential before their disposal to avoid any chance that the treatment center be a source of spread for cholera.
As outlined, the primary focus is to remain alive, save lives, and limit the spread of the disease by promoting education, ensuring the availability of clean water, promoting good personal hygiene and food handling practices, including hand washing and prevent defecation in open areas.

To deal with the epidemics, CDC, WHO and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have mobilized international experts. These experts are closely working with other U. S. government agencies and other international partners, and are collaborating with a host of other international organizations to assist Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health in a concerted effort to control the outbreak.

About Dr. Marie-Ange D. Tardieu:
Physician, plastic surgeon, historian of medicine, writer and humanitarian. A graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine who trained in plastic surgery at Georgetown University, she is currently the vice president of the board of Governors of the Alumni Association at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Tardieu practices in New York and is the cofounder and co-president of Children-non-Profit. Currently the president of the Body Image Institute of New York, she is the author of The Elements of Size: Issues in Body Image, Overweight, Obesity, Eating and the Mediterranean Diet; The Journey to Einstein: Jewish Doctors in History; and The Journey to the 21st Century: Doctors and Nurses in History (currently in Print). Dr. Tardieu spent two weeks at the Children Hospital in Lima, Peru in 1991 during the cholera epidemic.

Contact information:
Company: Anoki - Communications

Phone: 914-833-0783
Email: mimi_tardieu(at)yahoo(dot)com


Newly Launched Free Choice Foundation Attempts Rescue of Japan's Private Heath Care Network

Newly Launched Free Choice Foundation Attempts Rescue of Japan's Private Heath Care Network

Founded by Ronald Kessler, an American expatriate living in Japan for the past 30 years, The Free Choice Foundation is a newly established grassroots organization with a core strategy based primarily on President Obama's reform principle of 'guarantee choice' with regards to healthcare.

Tokyo, Japan (PRWEB) July 1, 2009

Based on the spirit of U. S. President Obama's 'Guarantee Choice,' newly formed grassroots organization The Free Choice (http://www. freechoice. jp) Foundation will lobby the Japanese government for foreigners' right to choose whether to be enrolled in socialized medicine or private healthcare. Created by Ronald Kessler, an American expatriate living in Japan, Free Choice plans to compile factual data regarding the needs of the foreign community in Japan and present it to the Japanese government, President Obama, and newly appointed Ambassador to Japan John Roos.

When President Obama announced his 'Three Principles for Real Health Care Reform,' one in particular caught Kessler's attention. The President's 2nd Principle of 'guarantee choice' declares that "Americans must have the freedom to keep whatever doctor and health care plan they have, or select a new doctor or health care plan if they choose." After hearing those words, Kessler went into action almost immediately laying the groundwork for the new organization. 

While socialized health care in Japan is compulsory for all residents, many expatriates avoid enrollment in favor of private insurance, which typically carries important foreigner-friendly benefits that the socialized system does not. For instance, there are a small number of foreign doctors practicing medicine in Japan outside of the socialized system, and their fees are only covered by private insurance. Additionally, many international health plans cover evacuation and repatriation of remains, as well as other benefits that are important to people who live overseas.

Until now, the Japanese government has more or less turned a blind eye to expatriates not wishing to enroll in its socialized heath care. But, beginning in April of next year, Immigration intends to make visa renewal contingent upon one's enrollment in the system. (There is no current or proposed punishment for Japanese citizens not enrolling in the socialized system.)

"When I caught wind of this, my acid reflux shot through the roof," said Kessler, a 30-year resident of Japan. "There must be a few million Japanese citizens who are not on the plan; yet when it comes to us foreigners, it's going to be either join it or get out. If you can't get your own citizens to comply, it's not really fair to try to force compliance upon foreigners."

Additionally, Kessler feels that foreigners living in Japan have special medical needs and should be allowed the choice of their own doctors and health care plans. He states, "The foreign doctors here are generally better able to treat foreign patients. They can communicate in English more effectively than their Japanese counterparts and usually have had years of experience in dealing with the symptoms that foreign nationals tend to develop living in Japan."

Kessler goes on to say, "What's really ironic about this and other newly imposed immigration restrictions is that it's coming at a time when the city of Yokohama is celebrating the 150-year opening of its famous port." Japan was closed to the world for many years until Commodore Matthew Perry went there in 1854 with a fleet of American ships and negotiated a treaty, effectively opening the island nation to the rest of the world.

In this society, whose universal health care system would make Hillary Clinton drool, there is a little-known sector of private health care that is kept alive by Americans and other expatriates. However, this last bastion of privatized medicine in Japan has now come under the threat of extinction. According to Kessler, Japan appears to be slipping back into its closed and reclusive ways.

For more information on The Free Choice Foundation, please visit www. FreeChoice. jp.


Thursday, November 21, 2002

Indiumease Trace Mineral Endows Feeling Of Easy Living and Prolongs Longevity

Indiumease Trace Mineral Endows Feeling Of Easy Living and Prolongs Longevity

Trace Mineral Discovery Boosts Mineralization

Malibu, CA (PRWEB) May 5, 2004

There is a new use for an old mineral that may be the most far-reaching nutritional breakthrough of the 21st Century. The 7th-rarest element, #49 INDIUM, is not water-soluble, so poorly-absorbed in the food chain by plants and animals, leaving people 99% deficient. Dartmouth Univ. Medical School's Dr. Henry Schroeder and research team studied mineral Indium in clinical tests on thousands of mice from 1964-68. Dr. Schroeder discovered that Indium raised many glands' overall mineral absorption 61% to 694%, boosting average mineral reserves 100-300%, promoting glandular rebuilding to "Level-2" that restores one's own youthful production of pituitary Human Growth Hormone/HGH, thyroid and endocrine hormones. "Missing-link" Indium bioactivates the mineral groups used in human nutrition, enhancing body/mind performance, immunity and longevity, with anti-cancer properties. Lifetime mice cancers reduced 26% and tumors 42%, mice lived 7% longer, with zero body fat accumulation in females.

Mathematician George Bonadio took up where Dr. Schroeder left off, and began a 25-year odyssey experimenting with Indium. In 1999 he obtained his third Indium Patent, perfecting his discovery of the best way to absorb rare Indium beyond nanograms for the first time in history, patently taken on an empty stomach first thing in the morning 10 minutes before eating. The inventor collected reports from thousands of satisfied Indium users, by which he deduced some of the functions and benefits of Indium, which had before this been impossible to achieve, like getting through each day with confidence and ease.

Sunrise Trading Company developed the advanced Indium formula brand "Indiumease THE Silver Bullet" taken 1 drop per 50 lbs. of body weight. Users report better sleep, waking earlier more refreshed, able to work long hours with better energy and attitude. Testimonials indicate less depression, attention-deficit disorder, Alzheimer and Parkinson tremors, migraines, glaucoma, arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, and improved digestion lowering appetite and weight. Serious problems of low thyroid, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, PMS, menopause symptoms and hot flashes may gradually reduce with Indium's natural HRT. Particularly impressive is finding gray hair return to original color, bald spots regrowing. Athletic strength, speed and endurance improved. Indiumease may be the most important nutrition discovery of Century 21, correcting previous "limiting-factor" 5-20% low mineral absorption and resultant chronic debilitating ailments, with enhanced Level-2 Hormone Production head to toe, unlike any other food or supplement known.

One health reference describing Indiumease benefits is Anti-Aging Manual, The Encyclopedia of Natural Health by Joseph Marion, who also authored Indium, New Mineral Discovery of the 21st Century, available on website http://www. indiumease. net (http://www. indiumease. net), and recommended by Healthy Healing author Dr. Linda R. Page. Indiumease is reported helping people see, hear, and move better, "To do what you need to do, when you have to do it." The old paradigm of living sickly with low mineral reserves has transformed to vibrant Level-2 health immunity with Indiumease The Silver Bullet, endowing feeling of easy living. Civilization advances by improved health, attitude and productivity, while costs of health insurance and dis-ease management drop. For the latest information on Indium, contact Sunrise Trading Company in Malibu, California, 310-589-5278, http://www. indiumease. net (http://www. indiumease. net).

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Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Cardiocom, The Experts in Telehealth℠, Announces Automated Interface to Thornberry’s NDoc® Home Health & Hospice Software

Cardiocom, The Experts in Telehealth℠, Announces Automated Interface to Thornberry’s NDoc® Home Health & Hospice Software

Cardiocom, the Experts in Telehealth℠, announced that it has entered into a relationship with Thornberry Ltd to provide a two-way interface between Cardiocom’s Omnivisor Pro software and Thornberry’s clinical software, NDoc®.

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) April 21, 2010

Cardiocom, the Experts in Telehealth℠, announced that it has entered into a relationship with Thornberry Ltd to provide a two-way interface between Cardiocom’s Omnivisor Pro software and Thornberry’s clinical software, NDoc®. Cardiocom is a world class developer, manufacturer and clinical service provider of award-winning telehealth solutions and Thornberry is the creator of NDoc, a point of care and billing software for hospice and home health agencies.

Twin Tier Home Health of Vestal, NY is the first joint customer to actively implement this dynamic interface tool. Cardiocom’s telehealth system provides a unique opportunity to proactively manage and customize patient care. Every day, Twin Tier Home Health patients use the Cardiocom Commander Telehealth System to communicate with a Twin Tier telehealth nurse. The Commander Telemonitoring System guides the patient through an interactive Health Check and collection of vital signs including: weight, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and heart rate. This information is immediately available for review by Twin Tier Home Health.

The new, two-way software interface allows demographic data to flow from the NDoc system once a patient is enrolled in telehealth. In addition, all Twin Tier field staff will now have access to daily vital sign data, symptom information and clinical notes from the telehealth nurse directly in the patient record within NDoc. Access to this daily data is important since it allows Twin Tier field staff to make better decisions based on objective telehealth information, significantly improving the time it takes to make timely interventions, such as medication adjustments.

“The goals for Twin Tier’s telehealth program are to improve patient care, decrease hospitalizations, and increase agency efficiency,” stated Jill Cunningham, RN, BSN, Nurse Coordinator at Twin Tier Home Health. “Thornberry & Cardiocom’s ability to develop a software interface that will help us easily achieve these goals adds great value to our agency, our telehealth program and ultimately our patients.”

"One way that we continue to offer outstanding service to our customers is to join forces with award-winning companies like Cardiocom," said Tom Peth, President of Thornberry Ltd. “A core benefit of NDoc is its capability to achieve tight integration with external systems connecting customers with the full continuum of healthcare providers and services. By partnering with a true leader in the telehealth industry, our customers will benefit from Cardiocom’s ability to help agencies improve outcomes and increase clinical efficiencies through its superb telehealth solution.”

“Cardiocom is excited about providing a seamless telehealth data interface to Thornberry’s NDoc system,” said Daniel L. Cosentino, CEO and President of Cardiocom. “Real-time telehealth data enhances Twin Tier’s ability to intervene early and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations. Our collaboration with Thornberry, a leading provider of premier home care documentation software, is another example of how we help our clients improve clinical outcomes everyday."

About Cardiocom
Cardiocom®, the Experts in Telehealth℠, is an award-winning leader in innovative home telehealth solutions. Founded in 1997, Cardiocom develops, manufactures and markets its own telehealth devices for heart failure, diabetes, hypertension, COPD, asthma and other chronic conditions. Cardiocom’s clients include some of the most respected home health groups, health plans, hospitals, physician groups, and coordinated care companies in the nation. Through these established relationships, Cardiocom improves the lives of thousands of people each day. For more information on Cardiocom and its services, call 888-243-8881 or visit www. cardiocom. com

About Thornberry Ltd
Thornberry Ltd provides a strategic connected care technology platform to home health and hospice agencies. NDoc®, Thornberry's point of care and billing software for the hospice and home health industry, increases efficiency and effectiveness of clinical, clerical and executive staff, which improves patient outcomes, and enhances employee morale and agency profitability. Thornberry offers a proven solution to the challenges facing the healthcare industry. Challenges met by Thornberry’s connected care technology and by Thornberry’s broad network of partners that provide fully integrated telemedicine, mobile technology, benchmarking and other essential services. For more information on Thornberry, call 717.283.0980 or visit www. thornberryltd. com.


Tuesday, November 19, 2002

March Is National Nutrition Month:Introducing The Annie Appleseed Project, an Educational Website on Nutrition and Cancer, Complementary Therapies

March Is National Nutrition Month:Introducing The Annie Appleseed Project, an Educational Website on Nutrition and Cancer, Complementary Therapies

A great resource for stories and shows during March, National Nutrition Month. 13-year breast cancer survivor Ann Fonfa’s popular website, The Annie Appleseed Project (www. annieappleseedproject. org) gives cancer patients up-to-date information about cancer treatments, both conventional and complementary. The site contains great information on combining herbs, supplements, exercise, relaxation techniques, etc., with conventional cancer treatment. Fonfa is knowledgeable and articulate.

Delray Beach, FL (PRWEB) March 3, 2006

March is National Nutrition Month and, as she does on every day of every month, cancer patient advocate Ann Fonfa is at her computer, adding more information about nutrition and other complementary and alternative treatments to her organization’s very popular 6-year-old website, www. annieappleseedproject. org.

A more-than-13-year breast cancer survivor herself, Ms. Fonfa spends her time providing information, education and advocacy for people with cancer. The Annie Appleseed Project -- a 501 (c)3 corporation website, which is extensive and receives just under two millions visitors a year -- offers thousands of pages on complementary and alternative (CAM) cancer therapies. “I am very proud to say that our website has become a resource for many cancer survivors, health practitioners and journalists. They tell us it provides them with useful, up-to-date information.” Nearly 6000 groups, companies and organizations link to the site.

Ms. Fonfa says that the number one question visitors to her site ask is: “Is it okay to use vitamins along with conventional cancer therapy chemo and radiation?" “Their doctors are telling them to avoid taking supplements with conventional treatments,” she says. “At the same time, many people with cancer see conventional treatments as yet another insult to their body -- first cancer, then surgery, radiation and chemotherapy -- often called ‘slash, burn and poison.’ In addition, each of these conventional cancer treatments can have debilitating and long-lasting side effects, such as nausea and chronic fatigue. And a few of the common side effects, such as lowered white blood cell counts, can also lead to more serious conditions, like an increased risk of blood clots and the need for very expensive “rescue drugs,” such as Procrit and Neupogen.

For these reasons – and more -- thousands of people with cancer are using dietary supplements and herbs, often without telling their doctors. Ms. Fonfa is not in favor of keeping this information from doctors, but she admits that too often, oncologists know very little about the topic. Cancer patients are encouraged to download information from the site to show their doctors.

Visitors to www. annieappleseedproject. org will find thousands of pages of information on combining herbs, dietary supplements, exercise, detoxification, mind-body-spirit relaxation techniques, and much more, with their conventional treatments. In addition, there are patient reports of personal experiences that can help guide others in making their own difficult decisions.

Ms. Fonfa herself credits use of alternative treatments, with conventional, for her own success as a cancer survivor. (“I and other long-term survivors, can be called 'thrivers,'” she says.) She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, and with Stage IV breast cancer (the most serious kind) four years later, but has successfully fought back with a variety of approaches. Her full story is on the website, along with others from people using CAM.

Ms. Fonfa sees herself as an advocate for cancer patients. She attends many professional cancer meetings throughout the country, where she introduces controversial topics that oncologists might otherwise not hear. “It is crucial that oncologists, and others in the field of cancer treatment and research, hear the patient’s perspective on using complementary therapies.”

Though there is solid science -- animal studies and lots of studies done in cell culture (in vitro) -- the large-scale trials needed to persuade oncologists of the value of complementary therapies with chemotherapy and radiation have unfortunately yet to be done. Why is this? “In large part, it’s because there’s no money to be made by conducting large-scale trials on substances that cannot be patented. And natural substances, such as vitamins and herbs, cannot be patented.”

Still, she says, “People with cancer are not waiting around for large-scale trials. “Between 60-80% of them are using some form of CAM right now. This is the figure given by the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO). I wouldn't be surprised if, in reality, it were higher.”

Since her own cancer diagnosis in 1993, Ms. Fonfa has testified before Congress and at Food & Drug Administration hearings, and has spoken at various National Cancer Institute and research meetings. She constantly calls for randomized clinical studies to be conducted on alternative and complementary treatments that are of strong interest to patients.

Ms. Fonfa believes that "it is important for cancer patients and their healthcare practitioners to be on the same page, and that making an informed decision is better for everyone." She feels strongly that this can only happen when enough information is made available to both. www. annieappleseedproject. org provides the best of existing information in a user-friendly format.

Contact Information

Public Relations for Professionals

Julia Schopick

(708) 848-4788

Www. annieappleseedproject. org


Monday, November 18, 2002

Los Angeles Dentist, Green Dental & Orthodontics Offers 20% Discount on All Dental Treatments Such as Implants, Invisalign & Lumineers

Los Angeles Dentist, Green Dental & Orthodontics Offers 20% Discount on All Dental Treatments Such as Implants, Invisalign & Lumineers

Green Dental & Orthodontics is going to give its patients dental offers they can't refuse. With over 26 Years of Experience in Creating Healthy Beautiful Smiles, Los Angeles Cosmetic Dentist, Green Dental & Orthodontics offers 20% discount on all dental treatments. Save 20% on Lumineers and Porcelain Veneers. Save 20% on Dental Implants. Invisalign & Braces are just $59 per month plus $1000 off. Save 20% on the next Cosmetic Dentistry treatment.

Van Nuys, CA (PRWEB) November 2, 2010

People who live in any city around Los Angeles county, such as Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood & Studio City, are encouraged to call Green Dental & Orthodontics for a free initial consultation.

Patients who have a missing teeth, there is no better time than today to contact Green Dental, top Los Angeles dentist, for a free dental consultation and receiving 20% discount on the next dental treatment. Patients could simply save over $1000 on dental implants.

Green Dental & Orthodontics also offers Invisalign and Braces at an affordable cost of $59 per month and $1000 discount as well as $48 Full Dental Exam, Digital X-Rays, Teeth Cleaning & Polishing to all new patients in Los Angeles county.

At Green Dental & Orthodontics, All Specialists are under one roof, such as Los Angeles Invisalign Certified Provider, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Cosmetic Dentistry and Smile makeover, as well as Endodontics.

Green Dental is proud to be responsible for the creation of many well-known Hollywood smiles. Today Green Dental is proud to offer the same services to all patients around Los Angeles county with an affordable prices.

Halloween and Candy!
The bacteria in the mouth are in love with sugar, so they eat the sugar left on the teeth and gums turning it to acid within 20 minutes which can penetrate the tooth causing tooth decay ( Cavities ) . Since most candies have high sugar content and are sticky they create the perfect environment to cause cavities. Kids are given lots of candies during Halloween, if they choose to eat them they should brush and floss to prevent tooth decay.

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Saturday, November 16, 2002

First Annual Charity Event Teams Up with Artistic Performers

First Annual Charity Event Teams Up with Artistic Performers

VERITA ART's Featured artist Rolando Diaz painted an original oil on canvas, celebrating the life of 'Grace', LIVE with International Singer/Songwriter Patrice Pike and her band at The One World Theatre in Austin Texas raising money for The Grace Foundation's first annual charity event.

Austin, TX (PRWEB) March 17, 2006

First Annual Charity, Concert and Fine Art Event. A charitable artistic performance presented by Rolando Diaz of VERITA ART and Patrice Pike made the highlight of the social event. It was a special occasion for The Grace Foundation that proved its spirit with admirable appreciation.

The event, held at the One World Theatre on Saturday February the 4th, was by all accounts a fabulous turnout. With VERITA ART’S Cuban-American fine artist Rolando Diaz and singing sensation Patrice Pike International Singer/Song writer and her band, the Grace Foundation created the atmosphere of artistic charity. It was an event filled with an array of collaborated music, generous hearts, and artistic talent. Rolando Diaz painted an original oil on canvas depicting the story of ‘Grace’ and her life as Patrice and her band performed for the audience. Following the concert Diaz’s painting was positioned as the final live auction item. Many donations were given to make the live and silent auction an extraordinary success.

Because of the dedication and support received, the first annual charity event was a success.

Founders Todd Young and Patrice Pike’s mission is to promote and create an awareness of the basic needs of every human person on this planet, to make a difference in the lives of many, one individual at a time.

The Grace Foundation is aimed at selecting individuals whose lives have been adversely affected by Abuse, Parental Substance Abuse, and Poverty. These young people have felt that leaving home was safer than staying, causing many to be runaways, unable to stay in school, maintain their health and well being, make a living wage and often due to those choices, unable to contribute to society in a positive manner.

This foundation will select young individuals who have demonstrated their desire to leave the streets in order to begin cultivating a more whole and fulfilling life. From enrolling in school, completing drug and alcohol rehabilitation, facilitating entrepreneurial ideas to simply integrating spirit, and body and mind wellness, the Grace Foundation will serve those who have survived the homeless journey by helping them to enrich their lives, and the lives of others.

The Grace Foundation will become a voice and mentor for these individuals, in hopes that they too, may give what they have received. This foundation is intent on recruiting successful candidates, as well as dedicated donors.

VERITA ART LLC is an art promotions and event planning company promoting and selling International and up and coming artists. Through creative event planning, art shows and other related events featured VERITA ART artists gain exposure and sales that take them to the next level. VERITA ART targets individual collectors and large commercial projects and works with many charities.


Employers Spend Billions on Home-Related Injuries

Employers Spend Billions on Home-Related Injuries

"Safe At Home" is a subscription service for employers to provide home-related injury-prevention tips to their employees on a bi-weekly to monthly basis.

(PRWEB) January 3, 2005

A recent study by the Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation shows employers pay out more than $38 billion every year in health and business costs for employees that are injured at home. In one year, employers spent:

$15.8 billion on medical/healthcare costs $11.8 billion on sick leave/disability insurance $9.6 billion on training/re-training/hiring and disruption of production On average, $280 per employee and dependents on home-related injuries

Employers concerned about their people’s safety are providing safety awareness training and information on home topics as well as workplace topics. This helps protect their most valuable asset – their people – and their people’s quality of life, on and off the job.

Safe At Home™ is a tool employers can use to help their people live safer and healthier lives. As an electronic subscription service, Safe At Home™ articles can be used in employee communications programs – newsletters, paycheck stuffers, safety meetings, intranet site, etc. Safe At Home™ articles are written by an experienced safety professional who is also experienced in Emergency Medical Services. The focus is not on response to an emergency, but on preventing one from occurring in the first place.

Safe At Home™ offers:

One-page (500 word-length) articles electronic delivery in MS Word

Reproducible rights for all in-house communications for one site/location a focus on performance and prevention, not compliance and reaction monthly (12/year), bi-weekly (26/year) subscription, or individually by topic accurate, brief, and cost-effective, regardless of number of employees.

Safe At Home™ Subscriptions are available for single site locations (invoiced annually). For multi-site locations, special licensing agreements are available.

For more information, contact: Randy DeVaul (randy@safeathomeonline. com).


Friday, November 15, 2002

Caribelife Receives the Arise Spirit Award From Arise Technology, Corp

Caribelife Receives the Arise Spirit Award From Arise Technology, Corp.

Caribelife Honored For Showing African and Caribbean Americans Advance Their Income, Health, and Lifestyle. Receives the Arise Spirit Award From Arise Technology, Corp.

(PRWEB) November 25, 2002

Caribelife Honored For Helping African and Caribbean Americans Advance Their Income, Health, and Lifestyle.

Receives the Arise Spirit Award From Arise Technology, Corp.

CaribelifeÂ’s (www. caribelife. com) Vice President, Paul Brown, was presented Arise TechnologyÂ’s prestigious Arise Spirit Award during its Annual Award Dinner in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The Arise Spirit Award was established in 2000 to honor individuals or organizations that have shown pioneering spirit in helping the large groups of African and Caribbean Americans with practical and applicable ways to achieve financial gains and lifestyle improvements despite formidable odds of race, gender, and age. Arise Technology is itself a symbol of such achievements and established the Arise Spirit Award as a way to recognize people that, in addition to personally demonstrating the character of the award, belong to organizations who tirelessly help their fellow minorities to share in their success.

"Caribelife’s leadership in the some of the key facets of day-to-day African and Caribbean American living include, improving economic standing, living healthier lives, managing through rough periods, and enjoying more leisure activities,” said Arise's President Hope Doyles, who presented the award.

"Caribelife is very pleased to accept this award as it serves as a reminder that we must continue to set high standards as an organization and take the time to make a difference in the lives of our fellow African and Caribbean Americans” said Mr. Brown.

In addition to providing great services, Caribelife also demonstrates exemplary citizenship and contribution to the community. Caribelife has devoted volunteer time to an array of activities, including:

Raising money for high schools

Raising funds to support college scholarships

Teaching technology skills to inner city underprivileged kids

Serving on various boards of directors for promising startup minority companies.


Caribelife (www. caribelife. com) provides knowledge, fun, and products that help African and Caribbean Americans improve their incomes, take steps to live healthier, and increase their choices for pleasurable activities. These services are offered through the companyÂ’s Internet site on the World Wide Web.

Arise Technology, is a non-profit company focused on ensuring minorities keep up with the pace of technology changes in order to effectively participate in today and tomorrowÂ’s race for success.


Hope Doyles


Arise Technology Corp.

(310) 792-5330 ext. 105

SePRO Corporation makes equity investment in Agile Sciences

SePRO Corporation makes equity investment in Agile Sciences

SePRO strengthens partnership with Agile Sciences through Board participation and equity investment.

Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) May 8, 2010

Agile Sciences today announced that SePRO Corporation, an Indiana based life sciences company, has made an investment in the company. Additionally, Bill Culpepper, SePRO’s founder and Chief Executive Officer has joined the Agile Sciences’ Board of Directors.

Last year the companies entered into development and commercialization agreements to leverage Agile Sciences’ biofilm dispersion technology for use in the Turf & Ornamental and Aquatic segments of the agro-chemical markets. Agile Sciences’ proprietary compounds have shown unprecedented activity toward inhibiting and dispersing bacterial and fungal biofilms. SePRO is a recognized and respected leader in the Aquatic and Turf & Ornamental markets.

“We are delighted that SePRO fortified its commitment to our vision by acquiring an ownership interest in our company. SePRO’s decision to invest is especially gratifying because our companies have been working closely together for the past six months. This is the type of collaboration envisioned and facilitated by our business model, so we hope to announce similar progress in the Healthcare, Industrial and Consumer markets as we continue to move forward,” commented Agile Sciences co-founder, Dr. John Cavanagh.

Dr. Harry Garland, the Chairman of Agile Sciences added, “Bill Culpepper is a rare individual who understands approaches to both large and small markets, is a successful entrepreneur, and has always brought the highest levels of ethical standards to his work. He knows how to develop and bring new technologies to market, and will bring a wealth of talent and insight to Agile Sciences through his participation on our Board.”

Commenting on the partnership, SePRO CEO Bill Culpepper stated, “We at SePRO are proud to be partnering with the Agile Sciences team working toward the development of this exciting new biofilm dispersant technology. We believe this promising new technology will have many applications in healthcare, industrial and agricultural markets, including our focus in the Aquatics and Turf & Ornamental markets.”

About Agile Sciences:
Agile Sciences is headquartered on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus, North Carolina. The company was founded in 2007 by Professors Christian Melander and John Cavanagh of North Carolina State University (NCSU) to provide commercial solutions to those industries plagued by the effects of biofilms. The company's proprietary compound was derived from the Agelas conifera sea sponge and has been shown to be effective in dispersing biofilms. For additional information, please visit the Agile Sciences web site at www. agilesci. com

About SePRO Corporation:
SePRO Corporation is recognized as an industry leader in providing the highest level of technical service to customers who operate in specialty niche markets of the USA. SePRO's key business segments include the U. S. Aquatics Industry, Professional Turf/Landscape Management and Greenhouse/Nursery markets. SePRO Corporation is also the parent company of ParaPRO LLC, which purchased the worldwide rights to develop and market Spinosad for the control of lice in human health, and ReMetrix LLC, a national leader in invasive vegetation and aquatic ecosystems mapping and monitoring. To learn more about SePRO Corporation, its products, services and technologies, call 1-800-419-7779 or visit the SePRO web site at www. sepro. com


Questys Solutions Announces 15th Annual User & Training Conference

Questys Solutions Announces 15th Annual User & Training Conference

Document and content management technology innovator Questys Solutions today announced its 15th Annual User & Training Conference.

(Vocus) June 23, 2008

Document and content management technology innovator Questys Solutions today announced its 15th Annual User & Training Conference. The 2008 conference will be held at the Liberty Station Courtyard Hotel and Conference Center in San Diego, CA from October 1st to October 3rd, 2008.

“Our annual training conference is a forum for Questys Solutions to get its partners and customers familiar with its latest technology through various training programs,” said Andre Pavlovic, President and CEO of Questys Solutions. “This annual event also gives us the opportunity to listen to our client base to discover ways we can improve our technology and learn how we could be of better service to their organizations.”

The theme for the 2008 conference is The Next Generation of Going Green. “In a time where we all must be more sensitive to environmental issues, we feel that educating our client base on the ways they can use our technology to help the global environmental crisis we are all currently facing will benefit us all,” concluded Pavlovic.

Details on the training conference and registration information can be found at http://www. questyssolutions. com/annualtrainingconference (http://www. questyssolutions. com/annualtrainingconference)].

About Questys Solutions
Founded in 1980, Questys Solutions provides an array of award-winning content management software (http://www. questyssolutions. com/)], document management software, electronic workflow, paperless office software (http://www. questyssolutions. com/)], automated data capture, and electronic agenda management solutions to meet the varying needs and budgets of today’s public and private organizations. Questys Solutions product suites are ideally suited for mainstream and vertical markets including corporate, government, healthcare, financial services, education, legal, law enforcement, manufacturing and retail. A pioneer in the ECM industry, Questys Solutions was the first to bring document imaging to a PC.

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Thursday, November 14, 2002

Legendary Tortilla Factory Releases CD "All That Jazz"

Legendary Tortilla Factory Releases CD "All That Jazz"

First CD from Tortilla Factory after 23-year hiatus.

Austin, TX (PRWEB) September 8, 2008

The legendary Tortilla Factory, the Texas Chicano supergroup, has released a new CD "All that Jazz" 23 years after their last release, and Bobby Butler's voice is as rich as ever. Known as "El Charro Negro" to his fans, he has the distinction of being the only African American who sings the "Homeland Texas Chicano" a term coined by the band's leader, Tony "Ham" Guerrero.

Joining the band is Tony's son Alfredo Guerrero, infusing a new note into the band's repertoire by singing songs with an urban flavor as well as the ballad "Hasta Que Te Conoci." Jerry Lopez (Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony) from Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns lends guitar and vocals to that track.

Lopez said, "I was honored and very flattered to work on this project. Tony has worked with some of the greats in our business, and I wanted to give back a little of what the Tortilla Factory gave me in my formative years. Just by being on their CD I have earned a 'badge' that I wanted for a long time."

Tony sings a particularly poignant standard, "What a Wonderful World," a song filled with the emotion of a man who has fought a battle for his health in the last two years, including dying twice on the operating table.

The recent submission of "All That Jazz" to the National Recording Academy for Grammy consideration was quite an arduous process, made difficult by the fact that the music is so hard to pigeonhole. For example, tracks from the CD fall into categories as diverse as Acid Jazz, to Spanish Ballads, to Jazz Standards, to Urban Contemporary, to traditional Tejano. About the closest description can be American World Music, a genre-defying melting pot of sound. There is a unique tone that weaves through all the songs, a definite sound that identifies it as true as Texas.

Bandleader Tony Guerrero, known as "Ham" to his audience, winces at the word "Tejano" and the stereotype it invokes. In 1963, when he was traveling the country with Johnny Long & His Orchestra, the other musicians (Italians and Jews from New York who were much older than the young Tony) were intrigued by the sound he was playing during a break in practice, and asked him to describe it. "They liked it and wanted to know what it was. About the only thing I could think to say was that it was Texas Chicano Homeland. That's when I came up with that description. "

Along the way, Tony has met and played with some of the legends of music. He went to San Francisco in 1964 and landed right in the middle of the flower-power scene. Tony relates "it was the start of the Haight-Ashbury flower power era, and we were all just a bunch of broke musicians living in the Mission District of San was more like the hood...Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia, and Greg Rollie (Journey), we were all there at that time. "

Tony Guerrero was part of a very popular act called Little Joe Y Familia in the early '70s, they played rock three nights a week at the Orphanage Night Club in San Francisco. They recorded a Latin rock album called "La Familia Inc. Finally." Essentially, the "Familia" seceded to become "The Tortilla Factory." Tony, a gifted musician who was granted a scholarship to the Berkley College of Music, wanted to develop in a different direction. Now, Tortilla Factory's music is analyzed and study in music theory classes at Berkley, bringing events full circle.

The Tortilla Factory was "indie" before the term was coined. Drawing over a million dollars a year in the '70s without a record label, and subequently getting in trouble with the IRS because of it, the band was a successful touring act all over the United States, drawing crowds of thousands. That fan base is still there. "In only two performances we've done in the last two years our attendance was over 1,500 people both times," Guerrero said.

Tejano Music" is a much misused umbrella term that actually incorporates a lot of different types of music. "That's unfortunate, many of us don't fall into this stereotype because we don't all play accordions and wear cowboy hats." The genre has all but been ignored by the major record labels and even the spanish-speaking radio stations. Recently the hundreds of thousands of Tejano fans have been very active. The Austin Tejano Music Coalition, with the support of Senator Barrientos (D), Texas announced on August 28, 2008 the start of two new stations, one FM and one AM, that will play this music exclusively.

Arnold Garcia, Editor of the Austin American Statesman, said, "Guerrero and other Tejano troubadours were the connecting tissue of Chicano culture in their heyday. They provided the bilingual sound track of our lives not to mention all those memories of Saturday night dances that provided rhythmic relief from drab lives. Sociology aside, it was and is just damn good music."

For information and media contact email Christine Thompson, Publicist at christine@amfmstudios. com.

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Royal Canin Delivers Fifteen Tons of Free Cat Food to Area Animal Shelters

Royal Canin Delivers Fifteen Tons of Free Cat Food to Area Animal Shelters

Royal Canin, a pet food company with its U. S. headquarters in St. Charles, Mo., recently donated 15 tons of cat food to six St. Louis-area animal shelters and rescue groups. The food will be used by those shelters to offer a year's worth of free food with any cat adoption on Saturday.

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) August 12, 2005

Royal Canin (www. royalcanin. us), a pet food company with its U. S. headquarters in St. Charles Mo., today completed delivery of more than 15 tons of free cat food to six St. Louis-area animal shelters and rescue groups. This Saturday, the shelters will use the food as the main incentive of a regional adoption drive. Each shelter will offer a year's worth of free Royal Canin food with every adoption.

The free food is part of a 60-ton surplus Royal Canin plans to donate throughout the Midwest. The donation and adoption event idea arose after Royal Canin recently changed the packaging for its entire cat food line.

“All the food is new; it's just in the outdated packaging,” explains Ann Hudson, director of marketing for Royal Canin. “Still, it turned out to be a good problem to have. It gave us a reason to donate a significant amount of food and to provide shelters and rescue groups with a great incentive to encourage adoptions.”

Six shelters, including St. Louis City's Animal Center, the Granite City Animal Protection Association (APA), the Franklin County Humane Society, the St. Charles Humane Society, the Open Door Animal Sanctuary and the Cat Network are all hoping the year's worth of food will lead to a wave of adoptions on Saturday.

“We think it's a great offer and may be enough to entice some people who have wanted to adopt a cat, but just haven't taken that step,” says Jill Allen, shelter manager for the St. Charles Humane Society. “We're especially hopeful that this will encourage people to adopt some of the adults we have in our care, so many of which would make great pets and deserve good homes. By offering a year's worth of food, we're trying to make adoping a cat of any age as easy and rewarding as possible.”

Allen is also excited about the other part of Royal Canin's donation. In addition to providing food to be sent home with each adoption, the company donated enough food to feed all the cats within the shelter's care for approximately one year. The St. Charles Humane Society is home to approximately 41 adult cats and 28 kittens.

“We wanted to make sure that each shelter had enough cat food, regardless of how many cats or kittens it adopted out on Saturday, to meet its needs for about one year,” says Hudson. “In some cases, some shelters had to scale back based on their ability to store the food, but all of them should have enough food to last quite a while.”

Storage wasn't a big issue for Allen, which requested 4,000 pounds of food. “We cleared out space within our basement so that we could take enough food to last throughout the year.”

To qualify for a year's worth of food, individuals simply need to adopt a cat or kitten, following the normal adoption guidelines and processes of each shelter. The shelters will then give each new adoptee approximately 42 pounds of the right formula for their new pet. Each shelter has adequate supplies of kitten, adult, mature and light food to provide new cat owners, as well as some specialty formulas, such as sensitive stomach. Royal Canin used industry guidelines to estimate a year's worth of food. Those guidelines indicate that an average cat will eat approximately three and one half pounds of food per month, or 42 pounds per year.

“Based on those guidelines, our donation should feed approximately 700 St. Louis-area cats for one year, not to mention help their owners save some money on cat food,” adds Hudson.

Individuals interested in adopting a cat can call Royal Canin at 1-800-592-6687, visit its Web site at www. royalcanin. us or contact one of the six participating shelters.

About Royal Canin

Royal Canin is a leading worldwide supplier of nutritional pet foods. Ongoing research and innovations in health nutrition have been at the heart of our company's mission since its establishment in 1967. Since then, Royal Canin has grown to include research and distribution centers in England, France, Australia, South America and the United States. To learn more about Royal Canin products, receive detailed information on pet nutrition, or read articles of interest regarding dogs and cats, call 1-800-592-6687 or visit their web site at www. royalcanin. us.

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Monday, November 11, 2002

World Renowned Dual Diagnosis Clinic To Exhibit At National Conference

World Renowned Dual Diagnosis Clinic To Exhibit At National Conference

On April 28, therapists from the world renowned Challenges program will be exhibiting and speaking on the topic of Dual Diagnosis and Relapse Prevention at the Second Annual 2006 National Conference on Aging & Addiction hosted in West Palm Beach, Florida

West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) February 17, 2006

Challenges, is a state licensed and JCAHO accredited private addictions and mental health treatment center located in the greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida area. The world renowned program which specializes in the treatment of adults for issues relating to chemical dependency and relapse prevention will exhibiting during the 2006 National Conference on Aging & Addiction on April 28 at the West Palm Beach Marriott. Therapists from the world renowned program will be demonstrating their unique treatment process which is the only program in the United States endorsed by Terence Gorski, the most well recognized and preeminent authority on Relapse Prevention in the country.

The national conference is hosted annually by the Hanley Center, the nations leading clinic working in older adult recovery. The informative and inspiring two-day conference will unite renowned physicians, substance abuse professionals, mental health professionals and inspired speakers and performers to sort through the issues, brainstorm ideas and empower those in need. By addressing current challenges and future trends, the Challenges Program hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the environment of older adults and addiction, in social services, societal priorities and views, medical and healthcare services, family dynamics and gender-responsive addiction treatment. Professionals such as primary care physicians, treatment professionals, and mental health professionals, who are on the front line of older adult care, will have the opportunity to learn brief intervention and diagnostic techniques from participating exhibitors including Challenges. Participants will be able to share and learn innovative applications in related services, and the latest research and outlook trends in treatment outcomes and prevention.

During the conference, Therapists with the Challenges program will be offering their expert knowledge on the topic of Dual Diagnosis, an innovative treatment which addresses the severity and intensity of each client's mental health/substance abuse, affective disorders, personality traits and other factors such as chronic pain and trauma related issues. The treatment allows Clients to learn about medication education and how brain chemistry plays a major role in their recovery and goal of life long sobriety.

With the many exhibitors in attendance at the annual conference, the Challenges program will surely stand out with their holistic approach to therapy and their world renowned comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment program.


Saturday, November 9, 2002

SuperLumin Networks Launches New OEM Edition

SuperLumin Networks Launches New OEM Edition

New Program Ideal for Internet Appliance Builders

Dayton, OH (Vocus) November 29, 2010

SuperLumin Networks, a leading provider of high-speed data delivery and application acceleration solutions, today announced the launch of its SuperLumin OEM Edition program. This new, customizable software is ideal for Internet appliance builders looking to provide a competitive, quick time-to-market proxy solution.

Using the world’s leading proxy platform, the SuperLumin OEM Edition simplifies configuration and delivery of proxy appliances. The OEM Edition provides a seamless method for developing and integrating complex applications into one cohesive user interface, while providing an alternative to Blue CoatTM and CiscoTM appliance only solutions.

With the ability to re-skin the management GUI, authentication forms, and help/support URLs, OEMs have the ability to create their own personalized, branded customer experience.

“SuperLumin Networks has an established tradition of working with OEM and VAR partners to provide them with the latest in acceleration solutions,” said Chris Riegel, SuperLumin CEO. “The SuperLumin OEM Edition allows vendors to focus on selling the product—not spending time developing and managing the platform.” 

SuperLumin OEM Edition features:
 64-bit, Enterprise Linux OS  Extreme scalability supports up to 64 CPUs, 16TiB RAM, 64 disks and 32GB cache objects  Exceptional performance (100 million cache objects)  Proxy caching (large videos and files)  Video caching with SilverLightTM (live, on-demand, smooth streaming) and FlashTM (live, on-demand)  Adaptive Stream caching (SilverLightTM, Move NetworksTM)  High performance social media caching (FacebookTM, YouTubeTM)  Rate shaping/bandwidth management  Centralized management (ActiVia)  Reporting/Logging/Statistics/Health Monitoring  Security features (VPN, Firewall)  Authentication (LDAP, RADIUS, NTLM, Kerboros, eDir SSO, eDir)

*SilverLightTM, FlashTM, Move NetworksTM, FacebookTM, YouTubeTM, Blue CoatTM and CiscoTM are property of their respective owners.

About SuperLumin
SuperLumin Networks is a subsidiary company of STRATACACHE. SuperLumin Networks provides caching, content acceleration, and application acceleration solutions to enterprises across the globe. SuperLumin products represent state-of-the-art, award-winning technology that is flexible, manageable and affordable. For more information on SuperLumin Networks, visit http://www. superlumin. com, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter. com/superlumin], or “Like” us on our SuperLumin Facebook page

Friday, November 8, 2002

Could The Essence of Hot Peppers Boost Natural Weight Loss

Could The Essence of Hot Peppers Boost Natural Weight Loss

Former sinus and headache sufferers appear to be experiencing a strange side effect from the world’s first hot pepper nasal spray. Apparently this “positive” reaction amounts to a reduced appetite that could one day provide a natural answer to weight control.

Albany, NY (PRWEB) January 31, 2005

Many sinus and headache sufferers appear to be experiencing a strange side effect from the world’s first hot pepper nasal spray. Apparently this “positive” side effect amounts to a reduced appetite and possibly increased metabolic activity.

Within the past year, Sinus Buster all natural hot pepper nasal spray has become a phenomenon in the lucrative “Sinus & Headache” market. When it was first introduced via the internet in early 2004, Sinus Buster was viewed as a joke of sorts, but within only a few months, this spicy supplement became the most talked about remedy among physicians and their patients suffering from a variety of chronic sinus, headache and allergy conditions.

Yet as word of the miraculous properties of Sinus Buster nasal spray spread across the world, nobody ever imagined this incredible formula would also prove to be a potential remedy for obesity. Yes – believe it or not, this seemingly miraculous substance may also prove to be an important tool for appetite control which could obviously lead toweight loss and weight control.

The main active ingredient in Sinus Buster is Capsaicin, a natural compound found in hot peppers of the Capsicum family. This family includes mild peppers such as “Paprika,” all the way up to the notoriously hot “Habaneras”.

Capsaicin has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, and todayÂ’s medical experts recommend this natural substance for a variety of medical conditions. Cardiologists regularly recommend a diet supplemented with hot peppers to aid in the prevention of heart disease, stroke and other circulatory related conditions.

It’s well regarded by many researchers that capsaicin increases the metabolic activity in humans and animals, but to what extent researchers still are not certain. Nonetheless the clinical facts are real. Several controlled studies have shown conclusively that capsaicin increases circulatory activity while also suppressing the appetite. As far as most researchers are concerned, the effects of capsaicin are both “expected and surprising” in the same breath. For instance, recent studies have shown that a meal containing high levels of capsaicin can reduce the average calorie intake by more than 200 calories per day.

SiCap Industries, the exclusive makers of Sinus Buster capsaicin nasal spray are equally surprised by the supposed weight controlling possibilities of capsaicin in their unique formula. According to SiCap officials, they never dreamed their formula would also aide in weight loss, but as more and more customers began to report the side effect of appetite suppression, SiCapÂ’s Research and Development team has begun to take those reports seriously.

In response to the inspiring anecdotal evidence, the company has been concentrating on the development of a super efficient capsaicin based formula designed specifically to boost the metabolism while suppressing the appetite.

“When Sinus Buster was first launched in 2004 we never dreamed it would become so many things to so many people. First it was the way it stops headaches which we already knew about, but then it became clear that Buster could also relieve many chronic sinus conditions and allergies, but now we’re hearing about appetite control. As crazy as it sounds, there is definite scientific evidence showing capsaicin suppresses the appetite. In fact since we first started hearing this from customers, I started using it all the time and I’ll tell you what….it seems to work. Who knows though, maybe it’s a placebo effect due to the testimonials from our customers,” admits Wayne Perry, inventor of the Sinus Buster formula and president of SiCap Industries.

Interestingly enough, the exact effect of Perry’s formula is about to be tested in a Class 1 clinical trial that will be conducted through a major European research institute. Although Perry is hesitant to disclose the exact details, he does admit the deal is nearly complete, and if the results prove to be what the proposed researchers believe, Sinus Buster may find a whole new market – “Weight Loss”.

“There’s no doubt we’re excited about the possibility of a clincal trial, but we are also taking the whole thing with a grain of salt. Besides we already sell a weight loss supplement “Pepper Boost” which is a metabolic stimulator and an appetite suppressant. We have a lot of customers who’ve definitely benefited from Pepper Boost, but Sinus Buster was not designed to aid in weight control,” says Perry.

SiCap is also close to releasing the world’s first tinctured herbal infusion made with natural mushrooms and peppers. Originally, the company planned on marketing this new extract as an additive in their original Pepper Boost formula. Then after tedious experimentation, SiCap’s “Research & Development” team surprised their corporate superiors by recommending this new extract be used as an exclusive product.

“When I came into that meeting, the board members expected a dissertation about the new and improved Pepper Boost formula using our new extract. We shocked the hell out of them by recommending this new extract as an exclusive new formula to be marketed on its’ own. Three drops of this stuff in a 16 ounce bottle of water is equivalent to an entire two ounce bottle of Pepper Boost and it also contains the immune boosting properties of polysaccharides found in medicinal mushrooms. The properties of this new extract changed the plans of our company almost overnight. We had planned on unveiling the new Pepper Boost formula sometime this month. We even had the new labels ready because we were planning to offer this new formula in 32 ounce bottles so people could drink several ounces a day, but once we started working with our own peppershroom extract, we realized this additive was powerful enough to stand on its' own," says Perry.

SiCap's "Peppershroom" tincture is made with four varieties of mushrooms and three varieties of hot peppers. In addition, SiCap adds an organic Green Tea extract, Cinnamon Bark oil and Peppermint extract to the mix for an intoxicating aroma and flavor. According to the company, they recommend adding only (3-5) drops to 16 ounces of water or juice at least three times daily prior to eating.

Although SiCap's management team believes clinical trials using their Sinus Buster formula to combat obesity may prove positive, they also claim the true answer will be found through the oral ingestion of Capsaicin.

“Sinus Buster was designed to fight chronic headaches, sinus and allergy conditions, but we never dreamed it could also help with an overactive appetite, but I do believe although it does seem to help many people, the true answer to controlling the appetite will come from oral ingestion, but we're also not sure what the effects of our peppershroom extract may have when taken intranasally. In fact we may even add our peppershroom extract to a new maximum strength Sinus Buster formula....down the road that is. Uhh Ohh, I’m giving away company secrets again,” boasts Perry with a sly grin.

PerryÂ’s new mushroom pepper extract is truly as powerful as itsÂ’ inventor lets on. I placed three drops in a 20 ounce bottle of water and the results were astounding. As I shook the bottle, the water appeared to bubble and boil like nothing IÂ’d ever seen. Then as I removed the top and sniffed the mixture, the immediate discharge cleared my sinuses instantly. As the bubbling water cleared, I hesitantly drank a third of the bottle in one long gulp. There was a sudden rush and a slight burn around my lips and down through my insides, but it felt refreshing and oddly energizing. Only minutes before I drank the stuff, I had been craving a juicy Burger King cheeseburger, but within minutes after drinking this strange water I had no appetite at all -- of course I did just down an entire bottle of water, but still this peppershroom extract seemed to really help decrease my appetite.

The jury is still out on exactly how capsaicin works to suppress the appetite, but many researchers do believe itÂ’s much more than a placebo effect. In fact, a handful of small studies have shown that capsaicin positively reduces the appetite in laboratory rats and mice. If these studies prove out in humans, capsaicin may evolve as an important element of weight loss and overall metabolic health.

Moreover, many well known weight loss supplements do contain some form of capsaicin in their formulas. So it does appear the weight loss industry takes the science of capsaicin quite seriously.

To learn more about SiCap Industries and their natural hot pepper based health products, visit them on the web at (www. sinusbuster. com). Product samples and press kits are available for verified media and medical personnel upon official request.

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BountyJobs' Online Recruitment Marketplace Now Serves More than a Third of the Fortune 500

BountyJobs' Online Recruitment Marketplace Now Serves More than a Third of the Fortune 500

With the addition of WellPoint, the nation's second-largest health benefits company, 179--or 35 percent--of 2010's Fortune 500 companies have signed up with BountyJobs, where employers can find headhunters to fill any job, anywhere.

New York (PRWEB) May 5, 2010

BountyJobs announced today that WellPoint, the nation's second-largest health benefits company, is now managing its third-party recruiting relationships via BountyJobs' global recruitment marketplace. With the addition of WellPoint, 179--or 35 percent--of 2010's Fortune 500 companies have signed up with BountyJobs, where employers can find headhunters (http://www. bountyjobs. com/information/employers_how. htm) to fill any job, anywhere.

"We needed to better manage our third-party recruiting relationships and streamline our process, while also improving the quality of candidates we see through search firms and open up access to diversity recruiters as well," said Shanil Kaderali, Senior Talent Strategy and Programs Manager for WellPoint. "Moving to BountyJobs will allow us to consolidate all of our search vendors to one contract and platform and will ensure we can review metrics on vendor performance. Since our recruiters now have access to the BountyJobs marketplace of specialized headhunters, our goal is to improve our candidate pipeline, including diverse candidates."

Since BountyJobs' founding in 2007, employers have posted hundreds of millions of dollars worth of jobs on the marketplace across six continents and currently have access to more than 10,000 specialized headhunters. Fortune 500 companies alone have used its unique online platform to search for active and passive candidates (http://www. bountyjobs. com/information/headhunters_faq. htm) for more than $55 million of those jobs. BountyJobs' clients include some of the nation's most recognizable and successful employers, including Comcast, Costco, General Mills and Raytheon.

"We're absolutely thrilled to have achieved this milestone and for our marketplace to be growing and utilized by such successful leaders of the economy," said BountyJobs' Chief Executive Officer, Mike Hard. "I think the success these companies are having by using our platform is a testament to the effectiveness of online recruiting marketplaces in general and the power of the BountyJobs technology in particular. In addition to enabling employers to set their own fees (http://www. bountyjobs. com/information/employers. htm), which is itself a precedent, BountyJobs gives them the ability to work only with headhunters who have proven success metrics in their particular areas of need. This eliminates headhunters' 'resume slinging' and reduces the time it takes to fill positions -- especially hard-to-fill and niche positions. Ultimately, BountyJobs facilitates more effective partnerships between employers and headhunters and lowers the costs of recruiting and hiring high-quality candidates."

About BountyJobs
Headquartered in New York City, BountyJobs is the global recruiting marketplace where employers engage top headhunters to fill any job, anywhere. With over 10,000 active headhunters, 35 percent of the Fortune 500 as customers and hundreds of millions in bounties across six continents, BountyJobs is the most effective recruitment marketplace in the world. For additional information, visit http://www. BountyJobs. com (http://www. BountyJobs. com).

Media Contacts:

Asaf Katzir

Michael Civiello
HRmarketer. com

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

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Over 400,000 Australians Predicted To Pay $500 Tax Surcharge

Over 400,000 Australians Predicted To Pay $500 Tax Surcharge

Leading health insurer, HBA predicts more than 400,000 Australians will pay an extra $500 or more a year in tax because they didn't have private hospital cover, based on recent figures from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

(PRWEB) September 10, 2007

An ATO report shows that in the financial year to June 2005, more than 374,000 Australians paid $228 million in additional tax through the Medicare Levy Surcharge (http://www. hba. com. au/public_insurance_sales/vic/content/Medicare_Levy_Surcharge. htm). On average this equates to an extra $610 per taxpayer on their tax bill.

While more than 10 million Australians have private health insurance (http://www. hba. com. au), the number paying the surcharge in 2004/05 increased by 91,000 taxpayers compared to the previous financial year, or more than 32 per cent.

HBA's Managing Director, Richard Bowden said although half the population has private health insurance, basically a reason this number has increased is that there is a lack of awareness about the surcharge and the benefits of private hospital cover.

"At tax time, people often discover that their tax refund isn't as large as they expected because of the Medicare Levy Surcharge."

"It is surprising the number of calls our national call centre receives from customers who were unaware of the surcharge."

"Each new financial year we see a rise in the number of surcharge related calls from Australians who receive their tax statements and see their tax liability from the previous financial year," Mr Bowden said.

"Anyone currently paying the levy can avoid the surcharge next year by taking out private hospital cover now."

Mr Bowden added that health insurance is a 'win win' situation where you can have the peace of mind knowing you're covered for those unforseen medical emergencies and at the same time help to reduce your tax bill.

For as little as $509.00 a year a single person in NSW can join HBA's Hospital Saver (http://www. hba. com. au/public_insurance_sales/vic/products/mktg_Hospital_Saver. htm) and be covered for hospital treatment and not pay the surcharge. In many cases the cost of private hospital cover will be completely offset by the tax savings.

All Australian taxpayers pay a 1.5 percent Medicare Levy. The Medicare Levy Surcharge is imposed on individuals earning over the threshold who do not have an appropriate level of hospital cover. The Medicare Levy Surcharge is an initiative of the Federal Government to take pressure off the public system and encourage people to take advantage of the benefits of private hospital cover.

In recent times this Government policy has had a significant influence on the take up of private health insurance in Australia.

The surcharge applies to singles with a taxable income of $50,000 or more (http://www. hba. com. au/public_insurance_sales/vic/content/Single_who_earns_more. htm) a year and families with a combined taxable income of $100,000 or more (http://www. hba. com. au/public_insurance_sales/vic/content/Family_who_earns_more. htm). For example, a family without private hospital cover and a taxable income of $100,000 or more could pay at least an additional $1,000 per year in tax. Singles earning $50,000 without hospital cover could pay an additional $500 in tax - or more if their taxable salary is higher.

More than one million Australians have private health insurance with HBA. For six consecutive years, HBA members have received premium rises that have been lower than the national industry average.

HBA members are also covered by one of Australia's most effective gap cover systems; this year the industry Ombudsman reported that of the ten largest health funds, HBA was the only fund to cover more than 94% of hospital charges.


Sunday, November 3, 2002

HPV Vaccine Kills 16-Year-Old Girl Lawsuit Alleges

HPV Vaccine Kills 16-Year-Old Girl Lawsuit Alleges

A lawsuit filed in the U. S. Federal Court of Claims this week alleges that the HPV vaccine Gardasil caused the death of a 16 year old Missouri girl.

Englewood, NJ (PRWEB) April 21, 2010

A lawsuit filed in the U. S. Federal Court of Claims (http://www. vaccineinjuryhelpcenter. com/vicp/) this week alleges that the HPV vaccine Gardasil caused the death of a 16-year-old Missouri girl. Gardasil is a vaccine used to prevent the transmission of a sexually transmitted disease called human papillomavirus (HPV). Controversy regarding the safety of Gardasil surrounded the vaccine since its FDA approval in 2006 and continues to be the subject of intense debate.

Safety and efficacy of Gardasil in question

As on December 31, 2008 there were 12,424 reports of injuries related to Gardasil (http://www. vaccineinjuryhelpcenter. com/vaccines-and-our-children/hpv-vaccine-gardasil-injury-lawyer/) in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) (1). These reports are used by the FDA to monitor the safety of vaccines and it is well known that injuries are underreported (1). Of note, 68% of the 12,424 reports of injury where written employees of Merck (1). While there is risk of injury with every drug, including vaccines, at least one report questions whether or not Gardasil provides enough protection to counterbalance the risk of injury.

In a report issued by Judicial Watch, it was found that Gardasil was not tested thoroughly enough to know whether it will be safe or effective in the long term (2). The report goes on to state that it is still unknown how long any protection provided by the vaccine lasts (2).

Influence of Merck’s money on doctor recommendations

Merck’s “1 Less” campaign, directed at every adolescent-aged female instead of those populations at greatest risk, combined with the generous education grants for professional medical associations like the American Medical Society (3). These grants were made with the primary goal of obtaining physician encouragement of Gardasil vaccinations and proved successful as sales in 2008 were $1.4 billion worldwide (3). However, the relationship between professional medical associations and Merck raises questions concerning Merck’s aggressive anticancer campaign’s influence on the responsibilities these associations have to be impartial advocates for vaccinations (3).

The death of a 16-year-old girl two days after receiving her last Gardasil shot

According to Court documents, two days after receiving her third and final Gardasil shot, the 16 year old girl collapsed in seizure (http://www. vaccineinjuryhelpcenter. com/seizures/) while walking through a parking lot. She was rushed to the hospital and passed away a short time later. “I think we can all agree that its not normal for a healthy 16-year-old girl to suddenly suffer a seizure and die” said attorney Mark Sadaka, MSPH who represents the family of the girl. “What makes the case against Gardasil compelling is that the seizure happened within two days of her last shot.”

The lawsuit is pending in the vaccine injury compensation program (http://www. vaccineinjuryhelpcenter. com/vicp/) located in the U. S. Federal Court of Claims in Washington, DC case No. 10-175v.

About Mark Sadaka, MSPH

Mark Sadaka is an attorney and public health advocate. Mr. Sadaka is a partner in the law firm of Potts Sadaka LLC and can be contacted at 1-800-810-3457 or by visiting VaccineInjuryHelpCenter. com (http://www. vaccineinjuryhelpcenter. com).

(1) Slade et al. Postlicensure Safety Surveillance for Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Recombinant Vaccine. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association (2009) vol. 302 (7) pp. 750-757.

(2) Judicial Watch, Examining the FDA’s HPV Vaccine Records (June 30, 2008).

(3) Rothman and Rothman. Marketing HPV Vaccine: Implications for Adolescent Health and Medical Professionalism. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association (2009) vol. 302 (7) pp. 781-786.


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