Monday, August 29, 2005

Toxicology of Carbon Nanomaterials

Toxicology of Carbon Nanomaterials

There is universal consensus among scientists and researchers that more work is needed on all of the new carbon nanomaterials that have been developed over the past years to adequately assess their toxicity and health risks. A recent review addresses the current status, trends and perspectives of this issue.

Honolulu, HI (PRWEB) April 19, 2006

There is universal consensus among scientists and researchers that more work is needed on all of the new carbon nanomaterials that have been developed over the past years to adequately assess their toxicity and health risks. A recent review addresses the current status, trends and perspectives of this issue.

Professor Robert Hurt from the Laboratory for Innovation in Nanostructured Carbon and co-author Professor Agnes Kane from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, both at Brown University, together with Marc Monthioux from the Center for Material Elaboration & Structural Studies (CEMES) in France edited a special issue of the journal Carbon on the subject of Toxicology of Carbon Nanomaterials.

As the authors explain to Nanowerk, the goal was to compile the most recent work by leading experts in the emerging field of nanotoxicology with a special focus on carbon. Carbon nanomaterials are arguably the most celebrated products of nanotechnology to date, encompassing fullerenes, nanotubes, nanofibers, and a wide variety of related forms. These nanomaterials can enter the human body through inhalation, skin contact, ingestion, or intentional injection, and may affect microorganisms, plants, or animals if released into the environment in significant quantities.

This combination of new materials, multiple exposure routes, and environmental fate and transport issues creates a complex set of research questions that scientists have just begun to tackle and early studies of nanomaterial toxicity have produced apparently conflicting results and raised more questions than were answered.

"Both biological systems and real nanomaterial formulations are complex, so fundamental progress in this new field will require teaming of toxicologists and materials scientists" says Hurt.

While there is universal consensus among scientists that significantly more work is needed on all of the new carbon nanomaterials to adequately assess their toxicity and health risks, it is promising that research into the toxicity of nanomaterials has begun in earnest.

"These issues are being discussed openly. This is one of the few areas in toxicology that I've been involved in, where there has been discussion at the very beginning" says Kane.

In their lead article, titled "Toxicology of carbon nanomaterials: Status, trends, and perspectives on the special issue" the authors highlight some of the critical issues and research needs that are relevant in the developing field of nanotoxicology, especially as it relates to carbon nanomaterials:

# Need for detailed materials characterization: toxicity of carbon materials may depend on byproducts or residues of complex carbon structures as much or more than on the primary carbon structures.

# Need for realistic exposure scenarios: risk is the product of hazard and exposure, and little is currently known about realistic exposure levels, especially for lung exposure.

# Need for methods to track nanomaterials in biological experiments: sensitive methods of detection are required to quantitate the extent of systemic transport and persistence at distant organs following dermal exposure, inhalation, ingestion, injection, or implantation.

# Issue of adsorptive interferences with fluorescent assays: the question needs to be addressed whether nanomaterials such as carbon black may interfere with fluorescent probes through adsorption or other means.

# Dose metrics: Sensitive detection methods are required to determine the dose metrics required in toxicology studies. However, it is possible that lipophilic nanomaterials (e. g. fullerenes) may interact with plasma membrane lipids and exert toxicity directly in the absence of cellular uptake.

# What are the most important indicators of toxicity? Carbon nanomaterials may elicit additional types of pathologic reactions and not be limited to the usually used short-term indicators of toxicity, altered cellular function or inflammation.

The authors specifically propose "that future submissions in this area include the following minimal materials characterization: complete bulk chemical composition (specifically including metals and heteroatom content >0.1%), specific surface area, and detailed descriptions of morphology (aspect ratios, secondary carbon forms, metals location) by electron microscopy examination of multiple fields. Further desirable characterization would include surface chemical composition (by energy dispersive or X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies), texture (spatial arrangement of graphene layers) and the degree of crystallinity, or perfection of the graphene layers."

"A realistic long-term goal for toxicologists as well as materials scientists is the development of "green" nanomaterial formulations – those co-optimized and surface engineered for both function and minimal health impact" concludes Hurt.

By Michael Berger, Copyright 2006 Nanowerk LLC. All rights reserved.

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Trailer Park for the Rich and Famous: Malibu Mobile Home Hits Auction Block Starting at $2.2 Million

Trailer Park for the Rich and Famous: Malibu Mobile Home Hits Auction Block Starting at $2.2 Million

Dr. James Rota's mobile home is up for sale. But this is not a run-of-the-mill mobile home. What makes it unique is where it's located, who lives in the neighborhood and the improvements that have been made – that make it a most un-trailer-like trailer. The mobile home is up for bid on Ebay, starting at $2.2 million.

Malibu, CA (PRWEB) January 29, 2006

Dr. Rota’s “trailer” has long been considered the premier home in the most prestigious modular home park in the country, the Point Dume Club in Malibu. The winning bidder on Ebay will conclusively own one of the most desirable mobile homes in the world.

In addition to its unique location, the home itself is special. It has ocean and mountain views from every room. It comes completely furnished and has two fireplaces, arches, marble floors and granite counters. The home is quiet, on a corner lot in a gated community with security patrols. Other extras include a sauna, workshop, deck and garden.

“Never in a million years would you think this is a mobile home. It is luxury through and through, with one of the best views in Malibu,” says Dori Friedland, Director of Public Relations for current owner Dr. James Rota. “Down the road are Barbara Streisand, Anthony Hopkins, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field and Dick Van Dyke. You see them in the neighborhood.”

Another huge selling point is the taxes. Instead of paying hefty property taxes, Dr. Rota pays $53 in annual DMV renewal fees for his $2.2 million Malibu mobile home.

“Fifteen years ago, everyone thought I was crazy to put hundreds of thousands of dollars into the upgrading of a mobile home,” said Dr. Rota, a retired dentist to some of the biggest icons in the entertainment industry. “I live in one of the most beautiful places in California. The fact that it’s a mobile home offers a gated community with security and privacy – plus no property taxes. Do the math.”

While many banks don’t make loans for mobile homes, Clay Dickens, Vice President of Community West Bank, a financial institution that provides a significant amount of the financing in the Point Dume Club where Dr. Rota’s home is located, says “It’s a no-brainer. The area has been zoned by the California Coastal Commission for mobile homes, so they aren’t going anywhere. This is the last bastion in Southern California of affordable ocean view homes. Similar homes in conventional neighborhoods go for twice the amount, along with hefty property taxes. The mobile homes in this area are good business for us and a great investment for the buyer.”

For additional information on this mobile home in Malibu, contact Dori Friedland or visit http://www. OceanViewMalibu. com. Dr. Rota’s home can be seen at http://www. ebay. com, listing number 4433614447.

About Dr. James Rota:

Dr. James Rota, a retired biological dentist, is internationally known for his work in the field of mercury toxicity and dental amalgam removal. He holds several patents involving dental ergonomics and exercise equipment (http://www. FreedomSpring. com). He is currently the director of http://www. TALKInternational. com, a resource website for information regarding mercury toxicity.

Contact:

Dori Friedland, Director of Public Relations

For Dr. James Rota

310-415-1294

Http://www. OceanViewMalibu. com

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Saturday, August 27, 2005

U. S. African Chamber Of Commerce Congratulates U. S. on New Surgeon General, May Improve Health Care for Middle Income Families

U. S. African Chamber Of Commerce Congratulates U. S. on New Surgeon General, May Improve Health Care for Middle Income Families

U. S. African Chamber Of Commerce congratulates Dr. Regina Benjamin as President Obama's pick for surgeon general.

Washington, DC (Vocus) July 15, 2009

 U. S. African Chamber Of Commerce (http://www. usafricanchamber. com) congratulates Dr. Regina Benjamin as President Obama's pick for surgeon general. The Alabama family physician has been an advocate for universal care, and is expected to have a role "at the table" in health reform, which would be an unusual degree of influence over policy for a surgeon general. Obama said Benjamin "represents what's best about health care in America."

CBS/Associated Press (http://www. cbsnews. com/stories/2009/07/13/politics/main5155012.shtml) reports: "Having lost most of her family members to preventable diseases, such as HIV, diabetes, and lung cancer, Benjamin said she feels a personal connection to public health issues." Benjamin "is most famous for the role she played in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when she was determined to rebuild her rural health clinic in Bayou La Batre, Ala., despite hurricane and fire destruction." She received a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" last September for her clinic, which serves 4,400 patients. CBS also notes: "Benjamin became President of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama in 2002, becoming the first black woman to head a state medical society and received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. She is the Immediate Past-Chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, and previously served as Associate Dean for Rural Health at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine."

CBS quotes Benjamin on her vision: "'My hope, if confirmed as surgeon general, is to be America's doctor, America's family physician. ... As we work toward a solution to this health care crisis, I promise to communicate directly with the American people to help guide them through whatever changes may come with health care reform.'" (7/13).

Bloomberg (http://www. bloomberg. com/apps/news? pid=20601103&sid=auhRFuMfcCc4) reports on Benjamin's commitment to providing care to the underserved and will likely focus on issues such as doctor shortages, inefficient care, preventative care and better access to care in low-income and rural areas. Bloomberg notes: "Obama, at a White House ceremony yesterday, restated his support for winning passage this year of legislation to cover the estimated 46 million uninsured in the U. S. and rein in medical costs. Benjamin, whose nomination needs Senate approval, will be a crucial voice in the debate, he said." James Rohack, president of the Chicago-based American Medical Association, said that "in an administration dedicated to revamping health-care, Benjamin will be one of the few physicians in a high-profile position within the Obama administration" (Nussbaum, 7/14).

NPR (http://www. npr. org/templates/story/story. php? storyId=106541659): "If she is confirmed, Benjamin would direct the operations of the 6,000-member U. S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, a team of health professionals that promotes public health and disease prevention programs. She also would serve as the country's top educator on health matters ranging from childhood obesity to eliminating health disparities. The office is under the Department of Health and Human Services, which is overseen by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius" (Tedford. 7/13).

The USACC is the Leading Advocacy Organization for U. S. African Relations and promotes Emerging Markets. The USACC is the umbrella organization for African Chambers of Commerce and Professional Trade and Business Associations throughout the United States and abroad.

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Jim Sherman Named President & CEO Of Los Robles Regional Medical Center

Jim Sherman Named President & CEO Of Los Robles Regional Medical Center

The Board of Trustees of Los Robles Regional Medical Center recently announced the appointment of Jim Sherman as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Los Robles Regional Medical Center, effective July 6, 2004. Mr. Sherman replaces Robert C. Shaw, who will retire from a 40-year career in the field of healthcare.

THOUSAND OAKS, CA (PRWEB) June 20, 2004

The Board of Trustees of Los Robles Regional Medical Center recently announced the appointment of Jim Sherman as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Los Robles Regional Medical Center, effective July 6, 2004. Mr. Sherman replaces Robert C. Shaw, who will retire from a 40-year career in the field of healthcare.

Mr. Sherman currently serves as the President and CEO of West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, West Hills, California where he will continue until a replacement is named. Under Mr. ShermanÂ’s direction, West Hills Hospital has prospered and plans have been submitted for a $20 million Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit expansion.

“We are very excited to welcome Jim Sherman as head of the finest hospital in Ventura County,” Mr. Shaw stated. “His exceptional background in healthcare will be a great asset to Los Robles as it moves deeper into the 21st Century.”

Mr. Sherman brings to Los Robles over 20 years of progressive healthcare management experience. He has a strong broad-based background in healthcare operations and finance, which will help further direct Los Robles in its mission towards maintaining the delivery of cost-effective quality healthcare to the communities it serves.

“While I have enjoyed my tenure at West Hills Hospital and take great pride in all the accomplishments by a dynamic group of employees, I see the opportunity to join the staff at Los Robles as an exceptional one, not to be passed-up,” Mr. Sherman explained. “I am looking forward to working with a new team of employees, volunteers and medical staff, especially as we continue moving forward with the hospital’s master plan expansion program.”

A graduate of California State University, Northridge, with a Masters of Science Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Administration, Mr. Sherman has focused his healthcare career in the Southern California area, serving as Chief Operating and Financial Officer, West Hills Hospital and, in the same capacity, at California Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles. He also served as Vice President, Managed Care Operations, UniHealth, Burbank, and as Senior Vice President, CFO, Northridge Hospital, Sherman Way campus.

Mr. Sherman lives in Agoura Hills with his wife, Alene, and their three daughters, Arielle, Hannah & Brynn.

Kris Carraway-Bowman

June 17, 2004 

805-370-4464

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Troubled by Forgetfulness

Troubled by Forgetfulness

People of all ages experience memory lapses from time to time, but as we grow older we tend to become more aware of them. Is this because we are actually forgetting things more often, or is it simply a misperception brought on by stereotypes of what happens as we age?

(PRWEB) April 13, 2005

Do you forget appointments? PeopleÂ’s names? Find yourself looking all over the house for your car keys? Do you wish you could remember more of what you read?

People of all ages experience memory lapses from time to time, but as we grow older we tend to become more aware of them. Is this because we are actually forgetting things more often, or is it simply a misperception brought on by stereotypes of what happens as we age?

According to gerontologist Betty Fielding, it isn’t always a misperception. “The sense that people experience more memory problems as they age is, to a degree, based in fact. But age alone is not the defining criteria on how well we remember,” says Fielding. “Many factors, such as health, medication, insufficient concentration, depression, loneliness and lack of orrganization play a part.”

Fielding recommends a holistic approach to improving or maintaining your memory. “You’re never too old to start your own memory improvement project,” advises Fielding. And nearly everything you do and experience plays a part in how successful your project will be. If you aren’t eating right or getting enough exercise, that affects your memory. So does sitting at home alone. The more you are involved with other people, the better your memory will be. If you’re stressed, you’re probably forgetting some things.”

Until now, books on improving your memory tended to focus on mnemonics, codes and systems that are often unrealistic in their difficulty to learn and use. It’s a case of the cure being worse than the disease. Fielding has written a book, The Memory Manual: 10 Simple Things You Can Do to Improve Your Memory After 50, she feels will not only make improving your memory easier, it will make it enjoyable. “Expect to improve not only your memory, but your quality of life.”

Calling on FieldingÂ’s 25 years of studying and teaching in the field of aging, The Memory Manual outlines an easy, ten-step regimen that is as much a philosophy of living as it is a program for improving your memory skills. On a background of understanding how the human brain works, organizing your life and your things and the use of memory aids such as pill safes and written notes, Fielding advocates taking charge of your health, overcoming constrictions on your personal energy and making a commitment to enjoy living while coping with the natural aging process.

The Instructor’s Guide to Memory Training is now available for those interested in acting as instructors in memory training or in teaching a memory enhancement course. The Instructor’s Guide is designed to to provide the format, the course content, and the materials to be used in conjunction with The Memory Manual for either a course—Improving Your Memory Is Easier Than You Think: A 12-Hour Course in Six Sessions—or a single two-hour workshop—7 Steps to a Good Memory for Young and Old: A 2-Hour Workshop.

The Memory Manual: 10 Simple Things You Can Do to Improve Your Memory After 50 by Betty Fielding (Quill Driver Books, $14.95, ISBN 1-884956-15-7) is available at bookstores, from online bookstores, or from the publisher at 1-800-497-4909.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Dirty Avocados Make a Wish

Dirty Avocados Make a Wish

Dirty Avocados Adventure Racing is raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Sacramento and Northeastern California. The Dirty Avocados will be sending two four-person teams to July 2008's Primal Quest Expedition Adventure race and will use Primal Quest as a platform to raise money to grant a special wish for a local child.

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) October 11, 2007

Dirty Avocados Adventure Racing is raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Sacramento and Northeastern California. The Dirty Avocados will be sending two four-person teams to July 2008's Primal Quest Expedition Adventure race and will use Primal Quest as a platform to raise money to grant a special wish for a local child.

Primal Quest, deemed the "world's most challenging human endurance competition", is a perfect fit for an effort to help a child that is enduring a life-threatening medical condition.

According to Adam Doti, one team's captain and a father of two young boys, "We are so blessed to have our health and to be able to participate in adventure racing. We are living our dream. We just believe that we should use this forum to help kids achieve their dreams."

Several of the Dirty Avocados have young children. "We are so fortunate to have healthy children and to be able to provide for them. Not all kids are so lucky. We just want to help" said Mike Chastaine, father of three girls, and the captain of the second Dirty Avocados team.

While Primal Quest is still nine months away, the Dirty Avocados are well into their fundraising and training. A component of the fundraising will be raffles for outdoor and sports gear and services donated generously by local companies. For more information on the raffle, the fundraising, the training and preparation for Primal Quest visit DirtyAvocados. com.

ABOUT THE SACRAMENTO MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION--The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Foundation, founded in 1983, is now one of the largest chapters nationwide, and has granted 3,000 wishes and grants over 230 wishes per year. While the Foundation follows the policies and guidelines of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, the Sacramento and NE area chapter operates as a separate 501(c)3 organization. All funds raised by the Foundation are used to fulfill it's mission in the 24 counties it serves. For more information about the Sacramento Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit makeawish-sacto. org.

ABOUT DIRTY AVOCADOS ADVENTURE RACING--Dirty Avocados Adventure Racing is made up of every-day athletes from Northern California's Bay Area and Central Valley. We are guys and gals with mixed backgrounds and vocations, including fire-fighting, teaching, high-technology, and finance. As teams and individuals, we compete in local, regional, national, and international adventure races along with various other endurance sports and expeditions. Dirty Avocados is sponsored proudly by MotionBased. com (MotionBased. com), La Sportiva (sportiva. com), Red Bull (redbull. com), Chapman University (Chapman. edu) and National Geographic (maps. nationalgeographic. com). For more information about Dirty Avocados Adventure Racing, visit DirtyAvocados. com.

ABOUT PRIMAL QUEST EXPEDITION ADVENTURE RACE--Primal Quest Expedition Adventure Race is widely considered to be the most difficult and arduous challenge in endurance sports. Primal Quest is the world's premier Expedition Adventure Race, attracting the best adventure athletes around the globe. The 10-day, non-stop event is held in a remote region of the world each year. In July 2008, Primal Quest will take place in the United States' western mountain states. Visit ecoprimalquest. com for additional information.

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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Economic Technologies’ GEPR Report Calls for a $125 Billion Bond Issue, for Core Infrastructure Development in LDCs and Other Developing Countries

Economic Technologies’ GEPR Report Calls for a $125 Billion Bond Issue, for Core Infrastructure Development in LDCs and Other Developing Countries

Economic Technologies’ Chairman & CEO, Jude E. Uba, today, released the company’s highly anticipated report urging a $125 billion capital facility for infrastructure solutions in developing countries.

Houston (PRWEB) December 27, 2005

Economic Technologies’ Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Jude E. Uba, today, broadly released the company’s highly anticipated report urging a $125 billion capital facility for infrastructure solutions in developing countries.

As a consequence of the success of the G8 Summit, at Gleneagles, Scotland, this past June, and at the request of many government leaders, Economic Technologies accepted the committed to develop a comprehensive and far-reaching report on building core economic growth infrastructures in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, South America (including Mexico) and Eastern Europe. A principal component of that commitment is to present what it will take to deliver real results, on a quicker pace.

The final Report, which was presented at a teleconference this past week, recommends the issuance of a $125 billion Global Infrastructure Bond. Proceeds will be managed by a team of the world’s best-of-breed investment and equity management institutions, with overall management oversight by a five-member board, consisting of major bond subscribers, brilliant industry leaders and a representative of Economic Technologies. The fund will have a strong mandate to invest in advanced healthcare delivery, clean energy technologies, powerful financial and telecommunication systems and core infrastructure solutions (such as water filtration and purification systems, trade growth infrastructure and transportation systems) in the above regions, with clear exit strategy.

Clearly evident, following the presentation, are inclinations of strong, unprecedented and genuine interest from such countries as Abu Dhabi (UAE), Japan, China, Kuwait, Singapore and Saudi Arabia, with rich foreign reserves and assets, in addition to developed countries, to invest in or guarantee portions of such a massive bond issue. “This merges global aspirations with actual actions and pushes critically needed intervention away from suffocating global discussions into real actions on the ground, driving assurances that billions of people will enjoy real and immediate benefits,” said Jude E. Uba, Economic Technologies’ Chairman & CEO. “This puts expectant results on a far-reaching perspective, with truly unique and extraordinary benefits lurking for the global economy, more than any one single undertaking in history.”

According to the Report, this fund must not take any characteristics other than as a pure market play, with multiple return on investment windows for bond investors or guarantors, in the form of interest return and pay-outs as investments are divested (public listing), sold or as valuations escalate, as heavily expected. The Report anticipates a combined, long-term, return on investment to bond holders, to be in the vicinity of $20%. The fund’s overseeing board shall, also, be responsible for recruiting and training brilliant managers for these groundbreaking and massive investments and shall assure that collateral environments for investment success are made available by recipient countries. “I can hardly contain my excitement,” said Uba. “This will deliver, at a rapid pace, the benefits of directional technological breakthroughs and efficient infrastructure solutions, on a massive scale, to billions of people who, currently, live and operate on the fringes of the global economy.”

It is Economic Technologies’ unbent commitment to be a central transforming force in global economics. We are actively supportive of any real attempts at extending high quality of living to billions of people, worldwide.

About Economic Technologies, Inc.:

The company builds, integrates and manages the economic intelligence, economic operating systems, critical backbone infrastructures and synthesized common platforms that enable nations to, rapidly, achieve massive and sustained economic growth. The company is leading an ambitious worldwide effort, to build the largest and most comprehensive market distribution infrastructures and services in the world, through the bundling of economic growth technologies and applications, logistics management, financial/capital markets, advanced global healthcare access, and information distribution networks.

Economic Technologies’ proprietary economic science breakthrough, the product of a 15-year intensive R&D, and the first-of-its-kind, is changing how 4.5 billion people, worldwide, work and live.

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Saturday, August 13, 2005

An International Day Against Drug Abuse

An International Day Against Drug Abuse

June 26 marks the day of international drug addiction treatment and prevention awareness, headed by the United Nations.

(PRWEB) June 28, 2005

Drug addiction affects more than just the addict. It ruins lives through the spread of disease, rips apart families and prohibits positive cultural growth in communities.

“I have met too many teenagers and young adults whose futures have been irrevocably damaged by the use of illegal drugs,” comments the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Mr. Antonio Maria Costa, whose office sponsors the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

According to UN Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan, “This day is also an occasion to highlight the fact that nearly 200 million people are still consuming illegal drugs.” In his message on the UNODC website Mr. Annan continued, “On this day, let us strengthen our collective resolve to live in a society free of drugs, and let us encourage all our fellow human beings to make personal choices to lead healthy lives.”

The theme for 2005 is “Value yourself…make healthy choices,” encouraging young people to choose activities that are creative, productive and uplifting rather than taking drugs and leading them down the road to self-destruction, misery and even death.

While advocating the message from an international peace-keeping organization is vital, it also takes individuals and groups on the ground rehabilitating addicts and actively preventing young people from ever using drugs. This is where Narconon Arrowhead fits into the picture.

As one of the nation’s largest and most effective drug rehabilitation and education programs, Narconon Arrowhead consistently gets results for helping people overcome drug addiction through the application of American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard’s drug-free methodology. Thousands of individuals trapped in the downward spiral of addiction have found a new life free from drugs thanks to Narconon Arrowhead and other centers in the international network of Narconon® programs.

Mr. Costa adds, “Society’s response to drug abuse has to come from all directions. It must be focused on supply and demand, on prevention as well as treatment.”

For more information on drugs and addiction or effective rehabilitation and prevention, contact Narconon Arrowhead today at 1-800-468-6933 or visit www. stopaddiction. com.

To learn more about the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking log on to www. unodc. org.

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New Online Resource and Free Guide for Patients Seeking Health Treatments in Hungary

New Online Resource and Free Guide for Patients Seeking Health Treatments in Hungary

Going abroad for dentistry, surgery or cosmetic procedures is an attractive and money-saving alternative to UK based treatment. However, understanding how to go about it and finding the right healthcare provider overseas can be daunting. A new web site from healthcare specialists Intuition Communication, Treatment in Hungary (www. treatmentinhungary. net), focuses exclusively on treatment in Hungary - a destination much favoured by fellow Europeans in neighbouring Germany and Austria, and now by over 22,000 UK patients a year.

Berhamsted, UK (PRWEB) May 26, 2007

Going abroad for dentistry, surgery or cosmetic procedures is an attractive and money-saving alternative to UK based treatment. However, understanding how to go about it and finding the right healthcare provider overseas can be daunting. A new web site from healthcare specialists Intuition Communication, Treatment in Hungary (www. treatmentinhungary. net), focuses exclusively on treatment in Hungary - a destination much favoured by fellow Europeans in neighbouring Germany and Austria, and now by over 22,000 UK patients a year.

Intuition Communication has set up the most extensive online resource for people considering Hungary as a medical tourism destination. Users will be fully informed on the options for treatment in Hungary and can obtain detailed price comparisons with costs in the UK. They can then submit a simple online form to obtain, within 48 hours or less, quotations for treatment from three Hungarian healthcare providers. This saves a tremendous amount of time trawling the web for information and helps the patient maximise the savings on their treatment. For additional reassurance, previous UK patients have recorded their experiences, highlighting the quality of dental and surgical procedures available in Hungary.

"Hungary has a health service very similar to the UK - set up in 1945 and funded by the tax payer. Hungarian qualifications are recognised here and internationally. Many Hungarian doctors and dentists practice in the UK. However, Hungarian private healthcare charges are much lower - often less than half the cost of the UK," explained Intuition Communication's managing director, Keith Pollard.

Flying to Hungary used to be quite expensive, but now with low cost flight operators such as Wizzair, Jet2 and SkyEurope you can fly to Budapest from as little as £40 return and even British Airways have good deals. The potential for savings without compromising on quality of care or treatment is obvious - in the UK a breast enlargement costs around £4,500, whereas treatment in Hungary would be around £2,500 including flights and accommodation.

With a flight time of just two and half hours, for many in the UK going to Hungary for treatment may be quicker than travelling to a UK city by car. Reassuringly, hygiene standards in Hungary are amongst the best in Europe and the country's hospitals have low MRSA rates.

For anyone considering having dental treatment, general or cosmetic surgery abroad, www. treatmentinhungary. net is a great place to start. Everything you need to know about medical tourism can be found in the downloadable free guide at www. treatmentinhungary. net/guide (http://www. treatmentinhungary. net/guide).

More Information
Keith Pollard, Director, Intuition Communication Ltd
3 Churchgates, Wilderness, Berkhamsted, HP4 2UB
Tel. +44 (0)1442 817817 Fax: +44 (0)1442 817818
E-mail: keithpollard(at)privatehealth. co. uk

Commercial and Advertising Enquiries
Philip Archbold, Intuition Communication,
Tel. +44 (0)1442 817817,
E-mail: philiparchbold(at)privatehealth. co. uk

High res image can be downloaded from: www. clickintopr. com/editors/articleDetail. asp? pjID=494 (http://www. clickintopr. com/editors/articleDetail. asp? pjID=494)

Notes to Editor
Intuition Communication Ltd is a web publishing company that specialises in the healthcare sector. Sites include:
www. treatmentinhungary. net - online resource dedicated to treatments in Hungary. www. treatmentabroad. net (The most extensive medical tourism resource on the web, world wide) www. privatehealth. co. uk (The UK's biggest online resource for private treatment and services, attracting over 330,000 visits each month) www. harleystreetguide. co. uk (Focuses on the Harley Street medical community) www. self-help. org. uk (A searchable database of over 1,000 self help organisations, patient support groups and charities across the UK)

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Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Registration Begins for The Marine Mammal Center’s 22nd Annual “Run For The Seals” Race

Registration Begins for The Marine Mammal Center’s 22nd Annual “Run For The Seals” Race

The Run For The Seals race takes place Saturday, March 13, 2004 at Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands, Sausalito. The four-mile race begins at 9am and is open to runners, walkers, families with baby joggers and even dogs. Online pre-registration is available for $25 through March 4th 2004. Registration by mail is $27. To register and to participate in the silent auction, log onto the website at www. runfortheseals. org or call the race hotline at (415) 289-0188.

SAUSALITO, CA (PRWEB) January 8, 2004

The Marine Mammal Center is proud to present the 22nd annual Run For The Seals race, Saturday, March 13, 2004 at Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands, Sausalito. The four-mile race begins at 9am and is open to runners, walkers, families with baby joggers and even dogs. Proceeds benefit The Marine Mammal Center. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in various age categories and all registrants will receive a commemorative Run For The Seals t-shirt. New this year, The Center will host an online silent auction starting in February. Top items up for auction are a Sea Lion Celebration behind-the-scenes tour and a Dolphin Discovery tour from Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo. Runners and supporters will enjoy music from KFOG, some delicious food and coffee, vendor booths and theyÂ’ll be able to learn more about The Center through docent led tours.

“Run For The Seals is a fun, family-oriented event, that allows newcomers as well as people familiar with the work we do, to enjoy the beauty of the Marin Headlands, help support us in our goal of rescuing and treating elephant seals, sea lions and other marine life, and get a little exercise too, “said B. J. Griffin, Executive Director of The Center. “The work we do, and the resulting research and information we learn, helps all of us understand how diseases, global warming, and man-made threats affect marine mammals, which in turn, affect the health of our ocean, and us.”

Online pre-registration for the Run For The Seals race is available for $25 through March 4th 2004. Registration by mail is $27. All entries must be postmarked by midnight February 28th in order for race bibs to be sent out. After the 28th, bibs can be picked up on the day of race. Race-day registration is available for $32. Race-day check-in begins at 7:30am. For more information, to register and to participate in the silent auction, log onto the website at www. runfortheseals. org or call the race hotline at (415) 289-0188.

The Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit hospital dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of wild marine mammals that are ill, injured or orphaned, along 600 miles of northern and central California coastline. Since 1975, The Center has worked with over 10,000 California sea lions, elephant seals, sea otters and other marine life. It uniquely combines its rehabilitation program with scientific discovery and education programs throughout the Bay Area and the world, to advance the understanding of marine mammal health, ocean health and to promote conservation.

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Run For The Seals is proudly sponsored by Six Flags Marine World, Vallejo, Ch. 5 KPIX/ Ch. 44 UPN-TV, KFOG-FM, The Marin Independent Journal, Autodesk and RE/MAX

Sixty Minutes of Business Exercise Will Improve Your Financial Health

Sixty Minutes of Business Exercise Will Improve Your Financial Health

To remain fit and healthy, an average session at the gym requires only a small commitment of just sixty minutes per week. An exciting new business initiative launched today guarantees that for the same investment in time, Business Owners and Managing Directors can bring about an improvement to their financial health and to their bottom line.

(PRWeb UK) March 22, 2010

The 1-Hour Business Challenge (http://www. businesscoaching. co. uk/challenge) is now open for free registration and is the first of its kind in the UK. Designed to help participants do their part to kick-start the UK’s flagging economy, the Challenge comes with the assurance that an improvement in business direction and strategy, as well as an increased bottom line can be achieved in just one month.

The 1-Hour Business Challenge encourages participants for one hour a week for four weeks to concentrate on their business rather than in their business thanks to a tailored four-week programme devised specifically for the Challenge.

Timed to coincide with the beginning of a new financial year for many companies, the 1-Hour Business Challenge runs from Monday 22nd March to Friday 30th April 2010 and will focus on crucial business success strategies. Participants will be encouraged to commit to implementing actions that focus on improving their bottom line through a series of materials sent to them throughout the Challenge month.

Laura Ashley-Timms, Director of Coaching for BusinessCoaching. co. uk (http://www. businesscoaching. co. uk) explains: "With everyone working so hard often just to stand still, it’s difficult to find the time to think about how to grow the business further. The 1-Hour Business Challenge has been developed by leading Business Coaches and Business Growth Experts from across the UK to help owners and Managing Directors of SMEs take action as a result of having taken just one hour a week to work on the business success strategies that will drive their future revenues.”

“We understand that everybody is committed to looking after the financial health of their business and also to ways of continuously improving operations; they simply don’t have the time to do anything about it! The 1-Hour Business Challenge is a simple, non-committal, low-intensity way to start doing something that will move you in the right direction."

"At this time of year in particular, many business leaders want quick-fixes and immediate answers to their problems which is where the 1-Hour Business Challenge comes in. The Challenge is beginning to capture the imagination of business people nationwide and promises to not only save you from 2010 economic gloom but to make this financial year your best ever,” explained Ashley-Timms.

To take up the 1-Hour Business Challenge yourself, simply register for free (http://www. businesscoaching. co. uk/challenge) and you will be sent the 1-Hour Business Challenge starter pack.

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Health Insurance Higher Than Minimum Wage - Low Cost Florida Health Insurance Scarce

Health Insurance Higher Than Minimum Wage - Low Cost Florida Health Insurance Scarce

Florida residents who can afford health insurance pay an average of $11,480 per year for family coverage, which is about what the average minimum-wage earner brings home. Premiums are up 87% according to Kaiser Family Foundation. The days of "low-cost" health insurance are all but gone unless you have help from a professional insurance consultant.

Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) April 17, 2007

The cost of caring for "disease" continues to rise faster than inflation according to an article this month in Newsweek magazine. It said "over 47 million Americans don't have health insurance at all". Those with low-cost health insurance usually get these from employers, but with costs rising, it is obvious that the health insurance situation in Florida is getting worse.

Taking care of employees is the primary concern of a good employer. But that has been perceived as "expensive" by some companies as it means providing the employee with vacations, bonuses, incentive pay, and of course, health insurance coverage. In the future, Florida businesses may be able to offer low-cost health insurance to residents who are willing to make a few changes in lifestyle.

The New England Journal of Medicine published a major study on health insurance recently that said low cost insurance rates may be made available to those willing to go through a certified "health risk assessment". These health risk managers look at your lifestyle, and your current state of health, and certify that the person is "healthy" and a "low-risk" which can qualify the applicant for lower insurance rates. The only other way to get low-cost health insurance in Florida is to get it from your employer as part of their group health insurance plan.

There are many health insurance consultants out there who can help Floridians find low-cost insurance, such as Florida Health Insurance Web - www. FloridaHealthInsuranceWeb. com - insurance consultant, Morgan Moran said, "Change a few things about your lifestyle, and lower rates could be available". The insurance industry believes, most people would change a few things to get lower insurance rates, and assure living a longer happier life. These changes may include a better diet, more exercise, and less high risk behavior like "skydiving" or "bungee jumping". Until now, insurance plans rarely took behavior into account.

Many Floridians are looking for a quick fix. If they can take a pill or have a stint plugged into their heart they would, rather than change their lifestyle, after all, it does sound easier. The New England Journal confirmed what other research showed-- that angioplasties and stints don't prolong life and don't even prevent heart attacks, yet $30 billion was spent on those last year. Mutual of Omaha found that almost 76% percent of people eligible for angioplasty or heart bypass surgery were able to "safely avoid it by making the comprehensive lifestyle changes", saving almost $30,000 per person. It is plain to see that changing lifestyle is more cost effective than surgery.

Get A Low-Cost Insurance Consultation First

In an effort to find affordable health insurance rates, many are turning to health insurance consultants for help. In a phone interview, consultant Morgan Moran said, "The best way to find affordable, low-cost health insurance is to have an employer-sponsored group health insurance plan." Group health insurance plans are the most affordable, low cost health insurance plans out there, aside from state-sponsored health insurance plans. If you can obtain health insurance from your employer, you will pay even less for your health insurance than you would if you purchased a group health insurance plan on your own.

Most employers have certain requirements an employee must meet before he or she can be a part of the employer-sponsored group health insurance plan. These requirements range from the number of hours the employee works, to the employee's status, i. e., whether the employee works full-time or part-time. Employers sometimes have time requirements as well. This means the employee must be with the company for a certain amount of time before he or she is considered eligible for the employer-sponsored group health insurance plan.

Employer-sponsored group health insurance plans are usually the most affordable, low cost health insurance plans for a variety of reasons. If you have an employer-sponsored group health insurance plan, the health insurance premiums are either divided between you and your employer, or paid completely by your employer. This means one of two things. Either you are required to pay half of the health insurance premiums plus a low cost co-payment or you are only required to pay an affordable co-payment.

Employer-sponsored group health insurance plans like this have become even more affordable and low cost when you factor in your spouse and children. Rather than purchase individual health insurance policies for each of your family members, or pay out-of-pocket for health care costs, you can add your spouse and your children to your employer-sponsored group health insurance plan.

Rates on health insurance policies change daily, and vary from carrier to carrier so it's a good idea to speak to a consultant like Moran. Their fees are paid by the carrier without passing the cost along to the consumer. Find out more at www. FloridaHealthInsuranceWeb. com

About Florida Health Insurance Web

Florida Health Insurance Web is an online source of health insurance agents and insurance carriers covering individuals in the state of Florida. Individuals can get insurance quotes, search rates online by city, read current insurance news and events. For a directory and archive of Florida Health Insurance Consultants, a listing of the best rates and free quotes, please visit www. FloridaHealthInsuranceWeb. com.

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Monday, August 8, 2005

Hoodia Gordonii Hits North American Weight Loss Industry with a Bang

Hoodia Gordonii Hits North American Weight Loss Industry with a Bang

Read about the New Weight Loss Product in North America!

Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) October 20, 2004

Millennium Health Supplements (Canada) Inc., raw material and ingredient supplier for the North American market, thinks Hoodia Gordonii is the most incredible discovery in history.

With the introduction of Hoodia Gordonii into the weight loss industry in 2004, Millennium Health has found that this product is exactly what people have been waiting for, for decades. Hoodia Gordonii is possibly the safest, most effective and powerful appetite suppressant ever discovered and there are no known side effects and no stimulants.

Millennium says that people are tired of using harmful and stimulating products to reduce their weight. They want something safe and pure and natural and they want something that works. Who would have thought that a plant existed in South Africa that could do just that.

Hoodia works by mimicking the effect glucose has on the nerve cells in the brain fooling the body into believing it is full, even when it is not. Results of human clinical trials in Britain suggest that hoodia could reduce the appetite by up to 2,000 calories per day.

Even though ephedra based products are banned, there are lots of other harmful stimulants available and blended into formulas that do the same thing as their predecessors and they are still available over the counter today. Products like Caffeine, Gotu Cola, Cola Nut, Guarana, Garcinia Cambogia, L-Carnitine and many, many more. These products can be as harmful to your health as was ephedra, creating a false rise in metabolism that makes your heart beat faster. There were a number of people that died as a directly result of using Ephedra based appetite suppressants.

According to the WHO, more than 1 billion people around the world are overweight with 300 million of them clinically or morbidly obese. Reports say that over the next 5 years, deaths related to obesity will increase by 20% in keeping with a reported 20% increase in plus-sized coffins sales since 1999 in the USA.

Contact: Jen Cully

E-mail: sales@hoodiahoodia. com

Phone: 1-905-623-9239/1-800-416-3147

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Christian Minister's New Book Says God Wants You to Be Selfish and Wealthy

Christian Minister's New Book Says God Wants You to Be Selfish and Wealthy

Duke Clarke has cracked the Biblical Code of Wealth and Prosperity. New revelations demonstrate why despite their guilty feelings, wealthy Christians had it right all along.

Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) February 15, 2006

Duke Clarke (http://www. thewayofprosperity. com) is a Christian minister with very different views. Raised in the Bible Belt of North Carolina, Clarke just accepted everything he was told about God (http://www. thewayofprosperity. com), the Bible (http://www. thewayofprosperity. com) and religion (http://www. thewayofprosperity. com). Then in 1970 he thought he had found a new message among the Jesus movement and the radical religious groups of that time but careful study of the bible revealed something totally different. In fact, unlike the Da Vinci Code (http://www. thewayofprosperity. com/index_2_da_vinci. html), Duke discovered that God reveals truths in the Bible in a very specific way.

In his new book “The Way of Prosperity: The 7 Stages of the Prosperous Mind” (www. thewayofprosperity. com), Clarke presents the concept that God has set up Laws, both biblical and universal, to help all people prosper spiritually and financially. Through the story he exposes a process that anyone can follow to be financially successful while having a rich spiritual connection with God.

“Yes, I tell people that God wants them to be selfish and while that shocks many people, it comes directly from the bible,” Clarke confirms. “In both the Old Testament (http://www. thewayofprosperity. com) and the New Testament (http://www. thewayofprosperity. com) God says ‘Take heed unto thyself’. Most people consider this selfish, but how can I enjoy this life or have anything to offer someone else if I don’t take heed to myself first? I also teach that He wants us to be happy and prosperous IN THIS LIFE—and not just after we get to heaven.” Clarke continues, “It seems like a cruel joke to ask people to come to God in order to enjoy peace, victory and a wonderful life and then once they accept, you tell them that’s all in heaven. But for now, your life will be filled with trails and suffering—what kind of message is that?”

The 70’s was a time of the “Jesus People” and religious groups that broke away from the main stream. It was a time when college students like Clarke were willing to stand up to the status quo and ask “Is this all there is? There has to be more to life than just accepting what my parents believed!” For the next 17 years Clarke worked as an ordained minister inside a Christian (http://www. thewayofprosperity. com) organization until there was a power struggle and split which resulted in the end of his relationship with the organization.

“One day the group that had employed me for 17 years came to reclaim all their parsonage furniture. I sat on the living room floor that night alone, wondering what was ahead. I was 39 years old with a wife and 3 young children. I had about $1,000 dollars in the bank and a 10 year old car,” Clarke remembers. “My rent was $1300 a month at the time, so I figured we were about 3 weeks from being homeless. In case you haven’t looked lately there aren’t a lot of jobs for ex-ministers whose church doesn’t want him.”

“I went to work immediately to provide for my family and God did some wonderful things for us in those days,” Clarke recounts. “There at the bottom I realized two things. First I was not going to give up on God; I knew that there was information in the Bible that would show me what to do if I could figure it out. The second thing I realized was that I had to get rid of a lot of wrong thinking and wrong teaching, clear my mind and start all over.”

And start over he did. Clarke spent the next ten years carefully studying and dissecting the bible and its teachings. What he discovered was not only life altering but caused his faith to be redoubled. Clarke then spent the next 10 years applying and proving the principles he’d discovered.

Now, almost 20 years later Clarke’s income is almost 10 times what it was when he was left sitting on the living room floor and continues to grow each year. He and his wife have one son who has graduated from college and is doing extremely well in the corporate world and another son who just started college. “When my oldest son started college,” Clarke remembers “we were just getting on our feet and that meant loans and a lot of work. But now when my youngest son’s tuition was due it was only a matter of writing a check.”

“None of this happened over night,” Clarke states. “I had years of financially repressive teaching and incorrect beliefs that I had to change. “You can take no external action until you’ve first taken it in your mind and my mind was a mess. Think about all the automatic actions you take, breathing, walking, and blinking. Your life is automatic based on your education and beliefs, and I needed new beliefs in order to prosper” Clarke continues.

“Most churches have furthered unhealthy beliefs about wealth (http://www. thewayofprosperity. com) and Christianity which has resulted in great confusion and guilt.” Clarke has discovered that while there are many wealthy Christians (http://www. thewayofprosperity. com), most of them are made to feel guilty about their position by the churches they attend and support. “It is time that all Christians finally understand what God really intended for them financially here on earth. You should happily reap the benefit of your rewards now as well as in heaven,” declares Clarke.

“It took me almost ten years to dig my way out of unhealthy beliefs and start on a new road. Today I teach people how to do that in months not years. What I live by and what I teach today is the practical application of God’s Laws both biblical and universal for personal and professional success. I don’t teach religion, dogmas, warm and fuzzy feelings or theory. Your personal relationship with God is your business. I teach God’s Laws (http://www. thewayofprosperity. com) that work, Laws that I have applied in my own life that get results now. The most important thing I discovered is that you don’t even have to be a Christian or even have a belief in God for the laws to work. They work because God loves everyone unconditionally and applies his laws to everyone equally.”

Clarke’s book is for anyone who desires to live abundantly but fears that it will corrupt their spiritual life. It reveals the truth about wealth and abundance for those who simply want to reach their full potential in the most ethical and moral way.

About Duke Clarke

Duke Clarke is a teacher who has cracked the bible’s wealth codes. He shares his insights with those who want to live both a spiritual and abundant life here on earth. He is the author of The Way of Prosperity: The 7 Stages of The Prosperous Mind. For more information visit www. thewayofprosperity. com or call Duke at 520-579-9792.

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Saturday, August 6, 2005

Bringing down communication barriers for the hard of hearing

Bringing down communication barriers for the hard of hearing

The telephone is taken for granted by most, but for the hard of hearing it can be a real obstacle to communication. Overcoming the difficulties faced by people with hearing problems is Synface, a software program that generates an animated face synchronised with speech.

(PRWEB) September 3, 2004

The telephone is taken for granted by most, but for the hard of hearing it can be a real obstacle to communication. Overcoming the difficulties faced by people with hearing problems is Synface, a software program that generates an animated face synchronised with speech.

Installed on a regular computer and using a standard phone line, the software allows the hard of hearing to lip read while hearing the person they are talking to at the same time, a technique that is showing enormous potential in bringing down communications barriers for the hard of hearing.

“The Synface system is an important step in helping the people with hearing difficulties communicate, it assists them in using the phone through providing not only audio communication but also visual,” explains Inger Karlsson at KTH in Sweden, which is coordinating the IST programme-funded project.

Due to end in December, the Synface project has developed a unique system, with the project partners taking a new approach to combining computer-generated synthetic faces and sound-recognition technologies. It offers considerable advantages over other systems, and important benefits to users, as recent tests indicate.

Positive feedback from trials

Preliminary results from ongoing trials in the United Kingdom show that 84 per cent of users found the system helped them recognise words, while 74 per cent said it made telephone conversations more effective and assisted them in conversing normally. Trials in Sweden and The Netherlands are expected to produce similar results.

“Most of the trial users were very positive about the system, although some got more out of it than others as its efficiency depends on how well a user can hear and also on how well they can lip read,” Karlsson says. “Even so, it has distinct advantages over other techniques.”

Advantages over other techniques

The two most common methods to assist telephone communication employed to date are video phones and text phones, although these can be impractical. Video phones, for example, require units on both ends of the line and large bandwidth in order for a hard of hearing person to be able to lip read from the face of the person they are talking to. Text phones require typing, making normal conversation slow or impossible.

Synface on the other hand makes talking on the phone almost as natural for people with hearing problems as holding a face-to-face conversation. The software contains a speech recogniser that converts the audio signal into the lip movements of the animated face on a PC screen. Synchronisation between the audio and visual communication is achieved through a 200 millisecond delay to allow processing.

“The system doesn’t recognise words, it recognises sounds,” Karlsson notes. “When we speak we know what we are going to say next and the word we say previously influences the pronunciation of the following word. Therefore the system has a delay allowing it to recognise what sound is coming next before the audio and visual communication is passed onto the user.”

By recognising sounds as opposed to words, Synface drastically reduces the time in which it takes the lip movements to be generated - which amounted to as much as half a second in other systems – while making it easier to employ in multiple languages. As Synface does not contain a lexicon, it only needs to be programmed with sounds that are specific to different languages and needs very few changes if it is being adapted between similar languages such as Swedish and Norwegian or Italian and Spanish. So far the prototype has been developed for use in English, Swedish and Dutch, with demonstrations in Italian and Finnish currently being prepared prior to a commercial variant being launched within the next two years.

A potentially huge market

The European market for such a system is potentially huge. Although no precise data exists on the number of people with some form of hearing impairment, some studies put it as high as 80 million across the continent. Karlsson notes, for example, that out of Sweden’s population of nine million, “an estimated 800,000 people have hearing problems, and of these 350,000 need hearing aids or other assistance.”

Even though Synface is not suitable for the totally deaf or people with minimal hearing difficulties who could find the face distracting, Karlsson indicates that a large number of people could make use of the system, especially as health problems related to hearing are likely to increase over the coming years.

“With an aging population in Europe the number of cases of hearing impairment are on the rise, while some studies are predicting that people will start suffering hearing problems earlier in life because of the high levels of noise young people are exposed to today,” the project coordinator says, noting that the hard of hearing may not be the only beneficiaries of the system.

“At some point we’ve all been hard of hearing, such as when we’re in a noisy train station,” Karlsson says. “The animated face could be used in combination with audio announcements to make them easier to understand.”

There is also the potential for Synface to be employed on laptop computers, PDAs and mobile phones – making communication easier for everyone, anywhere and at any time.

Contact:

Inger Karlsson

KTH - Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan

Dept. Speech, Music and Hearing

Lindstedtsv 24

SE-100 44 Stockholm

Sweden

Tel: + 46-8-7907563

Email: inger@speech. kth. se

Source: Based on information from Synface

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Thursday, August 4, 2005

Learn Why Anger and Alcohol Don't Mix

Learn Why Anger and Alcohol Don't Mix

Personal Power Path announces the latest update to their online anger management program -- Anger and Alcohol.

New York, New York (PRWEB) January 29, 2009

Personal Power Path announces the latest update to their online anger management program.

"If individuals tend to express their anger outwardly, alcohol will 'turn up the volume,' so that such a person will express anger more frequently and more intensely," says Amos Zeichner, Ph. D., University of Georgia*.

Alcohol enables anger. Pent up or repressed anger can surface after a couple of drinks. Inhibitions are released, thus enabling anger to build as the conversation overheats.

Hangovers may result from the intersection of too much alcohol along and over-stimulated hormones. Under the influence of a hangover, there is a high likelihood of temper elevation and physical over-reaction.

Mix a lethal cocktail. Combine a large quantity of alcohol with a shot of uncontrolled anger and you could get both physical and verbally-abusive violence. When the ability to control behavior is impaired while under the influence, people tend to say and do things that they often later regret.

Admit to the problem. Human beings make mistakes. The hardest step to take is first one -- admitting to the problem and doing something about it before it gets out of control.

Warning signs of anger and alcohol abuse. Drink alcohol more often than two to three times per week. Get aggressive towards loved ones. Enjoy being reclusive. Use anger as a defense and are somewhat depressed and directionless. Tend to be confrontational in non-threatening situations.

Personal Power Path. com, an online anger management resource, has developed a proprietary program to help people to identify and better manage their anger. Using a combination of education, motivation and support, people who suffer with anger are taught to modify behavior, build self-esteem and stay focused. The program is available online and through DVD.

For more information on anger management programs, visit http://www. personalpowerpath. com.

*copyright Center for the Advancement of Health June 17, 2003 http://www. cfah. org

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Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Wellness International Network Expands into Mexico

Wellness International Network Expands into Mexico

Ralph Oats and Cathy Oats, Founders of Wellness International Network, Ltd., (WIN) an undisputed leader in the health and nutrition industries, are pleased to announce the continued expansion of Wellness International Network, with plans of emerging south of the border with a new Mexican affiliate, WIN Worldwide Mexico, S. de R. L. de C. V.

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) October 6, 2007

Ralph Oats and Cathy Oats, Founders of Wellness International Network, Ltd., (WIN) an undisputed leader in the health and nutrition industries, are pleased to announce the continued expansion of Wellness International Network, with plans of emerging south of the border with a new Mexican affiliate, WIN Worldwide Mexico, S. de R. L. de C. V.

Wellness International Network recognizes that the movement in the health and wellness industry is booming and is excited about the opportunity to provide Mexico with its proven, results-oriented product line -- allowing even more people to experience the physical and mental benefits of Wellness International Network's products worldwide! Many all over the world are already experiencing great success with Wellness International Network's products, including weight loss with the help of BioLean® System (http://web. winltd. com/SC_Category. aspx? CategoryID=3&FlgService=N) products [BioLean Accelerator™, BioLean Free®, BioLean LipoTrim™, BioLean Mass Appeal™, BioLean ProXtreme™ and BioLean Sure2Endure™]]. On top of experiencing the wonderful physical and mental benefits, Wellness International Network will also provide Hispanics the ability to take hold of their financial situations by sharing Wellness International Network products with others. "It has been a dream of ours to provide others with the vehicle to take control of their destiny and love that Wellness International Network has been just that for so many people over the last 15 years," shares Ralph Oats (http://web. winltd. com/Article. aspx? PageURL=/Pages/English/pressroom/051231.htm). "We know there is a huge need for physical, mental and financial wellness in Mexico and we are confident we have a solution for those needs."

Ralph Oats and Cathy Oats are excited to share the benefits of Wellness International Network's top-of-the-line products as they continue their global expansion in building a billion-dollar company. Wellness International Network, Ltd., known for BioLean II® (http://web. winltd. com/SC_Product. aspx? Itemcode=134002&FlgService=N), BioLean Free® and other BioLean® System products, currently has distributors throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and has again demonstrated that they are far and away the forefront leader in global network marketing.

About WIN
A privately held company specializing in health and nutritional products, Wellness International Network, Ltd. is headquartered in Plano, Texas (http://www. legacyinplano. com), while its European affiliate, WIN Worldwide BV (http://www. winworldwidebv. nl), is located in Hoofddorp, Netherlands and its South African affiliate, Wellness International Network S. A. (Pty) Limited, is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Founded in 1992 by Ralph Oats (http://web. winltd. com/Article. aspx? PageURL=/Pages/English/pressroom/050908.htm) and his wife, Cathy; Wellness International Network operates in many countries throughout North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Central America, and is far and away the forefront leader in global network marketing. Wellness International Network's complete nutritional line is listed in the 2007 edition of the Physicians' Desk Reference® (PDR®) for Nonprescription Drugs, Dietary Supplements and Herbs, the authoritative reference for health care professionals for decades, and a number of products have been reviewed by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in The Netherlands based on International Olympic Committee (IOC) standards on behalf of The Netherlands Olympic Committee (NOC) and The Netherlands Sports Federation (NSF). Products reviewed are now listed on the 'white list,' a list of products considered safe to use by top sports athletes from all over the world. Learn more about why "It Pays to Live Well" at winltd. com (http://web. winltd. com).

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Sodexo Inc. Improves Operational Efficiencies by Implementing PureShare Software and Receives Industry Award

Sodexo Inc. Improves Operational Efficiencies by Implementing PureShare Software and Receives Industry Award

Laundry services technology recognized by CIO Magazine as a 2010 CIO 100 award honoree

(PRWEB) July 13, 2010

An innovative use of PureShare® ActiveMetrics® (http://www. pureshare. com) to increase operational efficiency for its commercial laundry operations has earned Sodexo, Inc (http://www. sodexousa. com). a CIO Magazine 2010 CIO 100 Award (http://www. sodexousa. com). The award recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).

PureShare ActiveMetrics proactive metrics software (http://www. pureshare. com) eliminates the need for generating, analyzing and managing manual reports by providing business users with direct access to answers about business operations. Users can access business and operational metrics anytime, anywhere, from any source and in any format and stay up-to-date about current operations performance. This powerful tool gives managers greater visibility and the ability to make immediate decisions that have a direct impact on the business and improve operational efficiencies.

Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard is an operations management tool that combines information from multiple systems and multiple locations to monitor core processes in the Laundry and Linen Services businesses. PureShare ActiveMetrics software gathers and displays appropriate information in various dashboard views that provide metrics for each level of management. The web-based dashboard can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. It also sends real-time email alerts that enable management to resolve operational issues immediately.

“Sodexo has empowered its management team by providing increased visibility into operations by leveraging PureShare’s unique technology,” said Christopher Dean, PureShare president and CEO. “With PureShare ActiveMetrics, Sodexo has uncovered new insights about its laundry business and operations and now enables its managers to take immediate action based on that information. We were able to provide them with a killer combination of automated retrieval of operational metrics from multiple remote sites, web forms, and dashboard views all integrated with security, organizational hierarchy, proactive notifications, and mobile devices.”

Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard allows for the effective management of critical areas as well as providing detailed analysis and comparisons. Since implementation, the company has improved:
 The ability to track the location of thousands of laundry carts. Thanks to the Dashboard, Sodexo has been able to ensure the return of more than a hundred carts to its plants, saving $28,800.  Compliance with customer contracts. The new technology has automatic triggers for key contract dates and changes which results in $11,000 in additional revenue from customer contracts since the dashboard technology was launched.  Performance against Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow sustainability commitments that include reducing water, energy and waste. Water use reductions at one facility from 1.7 gallons/pound to 1.3 gallons/pound reduce the environmental footprint and will save $67,000 annually. In Buffalo, N. Y., the facility projects that its water reduction efforts will produce an annual savings of $24,000. In Opa Locka, Florida the facility is saving more than $3,000 a week in energy costs.

“Our goal was to combine information from across a number of different sources into an easy to use product that met the differing information needs within our levels of management. So we knew we needed a flexible tool that not only could gather and manipulate data well but also provide a flexible development environment for the user interface,” said Tony Tocco, senior vice president and chief information officer for Sodexo. “Our partnership with PureShare is the result – a customized solution that has already demonstrated the business benefits of providing tailored, real-time information to our managers.”

ABOUT PURESHARE
PureShare develops software-based proactive management tools that eliminate the need for reports, manual spreadsheets and slide-ware. PureShare leverages data sources inside and outside of a company to provide a direct line to answers – without the need for reports. For more information, please visit www. pureshare. com. PureShare: No Reports – Just Answers.

ABOUT SODEXO
Sodexo, Inc. (www. sodexoUSA. com), a member of Sodexo Group, is a leading provider of Comprehensive Service Solutions serving more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care, retirement, schools, higher education, government and remote sites. Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., Sodexo, Inc. operates in the U. S., Canada and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. The Sodexo Foundation (www. SodexoFoundation. org) is an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $12.7 million in grants to fight hunger in America.

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Monday, August 1, 2005

US NetCare Retains Greenhouse Marketing Group - a Diversity Marketing Company

US NetCare Retains Greenhouse Marketing Group - a Diversity Marketing Company

US NetCare, an online administrator of healthcare and medical insurance plans developed for non-US citizens living in the United States, has recently retained Greenhouse Marketing Group, a California based marketing firm that specializes in diversity marketing and new product introductions.

(PRWEB) August 15, 2007

US NetCare, an online administrator of healthcare and medical insurance plans developed for non-US citizens living in the United States, has recently retained Greenhouse Marketing Group, a California based marketing firm that specializes in diversity marketing and new product introductions.

"We are excited to be working with Greenhouse Marketing Group which has years of strategic and grass roots diversity marketing experience to help us launch our health insurance products in the Hispanic community," says Jacob Harel, Ph. D., chairman of US NetCare Corp.

With skills learned in the general market working with top corporations, Greenhouse Marketing Group brings a wealth of experience to the fast growing diversity market, and particularly the Hispanic market. The company is California based with offices in Los Angeles, Dallas and New York. Greenhouse uses a non-traditional mix of media combined with special events, endorsements, and strategic partnerships to support a targeted product rollout. Greenhouse plans to reach out to community-based forums to spread the word about the products. They are working with community leaders, churches of all denominations, medical clinics and immigration organizations to help reach the diverse Hispanic Community. Financial institutions, retailers, and other partners in the community are being approached to bring the product to where the community shops and lives.

According to Greenhouse President, Robert Nieto, "There is nothing more important than healthcare in the Hispanic community. We are thrilled to be involved in offering for the first time an affordable, comprehensive healthcare product and service that can do so much good for so many people who are underserved in our community."

Statistics shows that a large percentage of Hispanics living in the US are without health insurance. After many years of research and experience in providing healthcare products to international students living in the United States, US NetCare worked with providers to create 3 levels of affordable health insurance for non-US citizens.

US NetCare is supported by First Health PPO, an extensive, nationwide network of medical professionals that shares US NetCare's commitment to the well-being of the non-citizen population. Non-US Citizens residing in the US are eligible, and there are no long health history forms to submit for enrollment. US NetCare also features multi-lingual customer service representatives to assist individuals during the enrollment process and throughout the duration of their coverage.

"We believe that the community will respond well to this product because it has been developed for them and is easy to apply and cost efficient. It has been designed for the Non-US Citizen population in California and we are looking forward to bringing this to market in the very near future," says Robert Nieto, President, Business Development for Greenhouse Marketing Group.

Non-citizens residing in the US can include immigrants, foreign workers, exchange scholars, international executives, expatriates, green card holders, international students, undocumented individuals, and diplomats, among others. Through US NetCare, these individuals and their families can obtain coverage for the course of their time in the United States.

About US NetCare:
US NetCare is a pioneer health insurance administrator, established with the purpose of improving the well-being of foreigners and immigrants in the USA. By providing innovative medical insurance plans at affordable rates, US NetCare serves the vast population of non-US citizens in America. Through extensive experience serving foreigners of many nationalities, regardless of immigration or visa status and financial capabilities, US NetCare has a broad knowledge of the special needs of this group. With multi-lingual service representatives, convenient enrollment process and commitment to customer care, US NetCare provides a comprehensive solution for the healthcare needs of the non-citizen community. For more information, visit www. usnetcare. com.

About Greenhouse Marketing Group:
Greenhouse Marketing Group was founded by Jim Hampton and Robert Nieto as a strategic marketing, promotion, diversity specialists and sponsorship sales company. The company represents some of the top high profile events and organizations in Los Angeles and partners them with corporations looking to co-brand. Clients include, City of Beverly Hills, Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles International Film Festival, Visual Effects Society, Lexus, Los Angeles Art Show, El Premio de la Gente - Latin Fan Awards, and others. For more information, visit www. greenhousemg. com.

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