Saturday, April 29, 2006

New eyes and ears for your PC!

New eyes and ears for your PC!

A new software product designed to give PC users, parents and businesses peace of mind has been launched by Huddersfield-based PAL Solutions Ltd.

(PRWEB) February 17, 2003

New eyes and ears for your PC!

A new software product designed to give PC users, parents and businesses peace of mind has been launched by Huddersfield-based PAL Solutions Ltd.

The PAL Computer Surveillance System is a unique product that allows parents and businesses to constantly monitor "human" activity on a PC - for instance whilst surfing the World Wide Web, using internet chat rooms and so on. The system even alerts the user to any harmful, inappropriate or undesirable activity.

PAL incorporates a computer monitoring system with web-filtering technology and initial trials have generated very favourable reviews, particularly for the comprehensive design features, user-friendly set-up and flexibility. In only a few weeks since the system was launched, over 3000 copies have been sold across the UK.

Protecting families

Designed to keep children safe from on-line threats, PAL allows users to monitor all keyboard, programme and Internet activity. The system also prevents children and other users from viewing harmful and unnecessary content and websites.

Parents can customise reports for each computer user and periodically (or for specific events) receive reports of the user's activity sent to their email address. This feature keeps parents safe in the knowledge that they are helping to protect children from paedophiles, chat room predators, inappropriate websites and other Internet dangers.


Safeguarding business

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, the top 1000 public companies lost over $45 billion due to theft of proprietary information by their own employees in 2002. PAL has already helped businesses to improve their IT security and find employees that were stealing contracts and other information.

As PAL also provides the same peace of mind to businesses as it does to parents, companies can quickly ensure that their employees are not abusing their access to the Internet.

"PAL offers a range of benefits to very different customers, from domestic users to multi-national organisations," says Christian Champion, PAL Solutions' Managing Director, "and we are delighted with the high level of interest shown in our products in such a short space of time. It just goes to show that people are concerned about Internet security and that PAL goes a long way to addressing their needs."


Notes for editors:

· PAL Solutions is a software development company based in West Yorkshire. The company has successfully completed projects in the healthcare, financial, insurance, retail and marketing sectors.

· To obtain a free 3-day trial of the full programme, please visit http://www. palsol. com/products. html (http://www. palsol. com/products. html).

A boxed version of PAL is available to the media.

· For further information please contact Christian Champion, PAL Solutions Ltd, The Media Centre, Lord Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1RL. Telephone 01484 483121. www. palsol. com

Morehead to Exhibit at IHI's 19th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Morehead to Exhibit at IHI's 19th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Company to discuss improving quality in healthcare through Employee and Physician Surveys, Metrics and Solutions.

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) December 5, 2007

The human capital research (http://moreheadassociates. com/) firm Morehead will exhibit at IHI's 19th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare Dec. 9 to 12, 2007 in Orlando, Fla.

Morehead's Vice Presidents of Business Development Robin Sanders and Brad Morton will be at the show to offer insight into reducing the uncertainty of managing an organization's workforce and physicians. They will discuss how Morehead's Surveys, Metrics and Solutions help leaders make better decisions, retain talented employees, and drive the performance of critical quality and economic outcomes.

"Achieving these outcomes is directly linked to an organization's ability to recruit and retain a highly-skilled workforce and to maintain physician relationships," said Sanders. "Having conducted extensive research across healthcare organizations (http://moreheadassociates. com/events/), Morehead is well versed in helping healthcare leaders manage their human capital initiatives."

Show attendees will walk away with an understanding of how Morehead delivers evidence-based solutions and performance metrics that enable healthcare leaders to target and focus human capital initiatives (http://moreheadassociates. com/), prioritize systemic change, inform work unit interventions, align employees with business strategies and improve physician relations, admissions and referrals.

Sanders has 14 years experience with leading organizations across the nation in employee opinion research, employee assessments, training and development. Morton has 14 years experience in healthcare and leads Morehead's physician satisfaction survey efforts.

Visit Morehead at the event at booth 1012. For more information on IHI's Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare visit http://www. ihi. org/IHI/Programs/ConferencesAndSeminars/19thNationalForumonQualityImprovement. htm (http://www. ihi. org/IHI/Programs/ConferencesAndSeminars/19thNationalForumonQualityImprovement. htm)

About Morehead
Morehead delivers human capital Surveys, Metrics and Solutions that enable leaders to (1) target and focus human capital initiatives, (2) prioritize systemic change, (3) inform work unit interventions, and (4) align employees with business strategies. Morehead's clients include healthcare providers, financial institutions, government agencies, universities, service providers, and manufacturers. For more information, visit www. moreheadassociates. com.

Media Contact:
Wanda Craig
800.849.2292 x 5515
Wcraig(at)moreheadassociates. com

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


New HPM Institute Podcast Explores the Role of Wellness Plan Engagement Rates in Improving Outcomes While Reducing Costs to Employers

New HPM Institute Podcast Explores the Role of Wellness Plan Engagement Rates in Improving Outcomes While Reducing Costs to Employers

WellNet Interactive President, Judith Mueller Discusses How an Integrated Approach to Medical, Care and Disease Management Can Drive Engagement Rates to Over 50 Percent When Properly Managed and Incented.

Asheville, NC (PRWEB) December 6, 2010

A new podcast from the Healthcare Performance Management Institute (http://www. hpminstitute. org) shows how corporate wellness programs can improve wellness plan engagement rates to improve health outcomes while simultaneously reducing costs.

Entitled: “How Integrating Healthcare Performance Management into Enterprise Wellness Initiatives Elevates Engagement Rates,” the podcast features an in-depth interview with Judith Mueller, President of WellNet Interactive, conducted by HPM Institute Executive Director George Pantos.

In the podcast, Mueller points out that participation rates – the percentage of people covered in a policy that actively engage with a plan by following prescribed steps to improve life-style or effectively address health issues – is typically quite low in programs administered by traditional insurance companies.

“In a carrier-based disease-management program, these engagement rates can typically hover around the 5-10 percent mark,” she explains in her conversation with Pantos.

By contrast, she points out that when incentives and proper management structures are put in place, those engagement rates can reach 57 percent, with some organizations experiencing 89 percent participation with covered members of a plan.

“We have been able to demonstrate very clearly that good healthcare outcomes drive significant cost reductions. But the key to achieving these outcomes revolves around getting those covered by a plan to engage and participate effectively with wellness initiatives. It therefore follows that if you can elevate constructive participation in wellness programs, then organizations can achieve the elusive objective of bending back the healthcare cost curve,” says Mueller.

Through a series of strategies that involve the accurate and timely aggregation of plan member data, incentives to involve plan members in programs and a solid plan to proactively manage wellness initiatives, Mueller discusses how her organization has been able to beat nationally benchmarked participation rates.

“In so doing, we have been able to show that it is possible to not only stabilize…but actually reverse…the healthcare cost trends that many organizations face,” she says.

To download this podcast for free, visit: http://www. hpminstitute. org/content/wellness-and-disease-management-podcast-industry-specialist-judy-mueller

About the HPM Institute
The Healthcare Performance Management Institute (HPM Institute) is a research and education organization dedicated to promoting the use of business technology and management principles that deliver better and more cost-effective healthcare benefits for employers who cover their employees. The institute’s mission is to introduce and develop a new corporate discipline called healthcare performance management (HPM) — a technology-enabled business strategy that tackles the challenge of controlling healthcare cost and quality in much the same way that enterprises have optimized customer relations, supply chain management and enterprise resource management. HPM provides C-level executives with visibility and control over company healthcare benefits spending trends and risk management postures, while protecting individual employee privacy.


Friday, April 28, 2006

Pitts To Examine FDA & Social Media At Marketing To Women Pharma & Healthcare Conf

Pitts To Examine FDA & Social Media At Marketing To Women Pharma & Healthcare Conf.

Peter Pitts, former FDA Associate Commissioner for External Relations, will address what pharmaceutical and healthcare marketers may expect from the FDA regarding social media at the 2nd Annual M2W®–HC™ - The Marketing Pharma & Healthcare to Women Conference, November 16 & 17, Chicago Cultural Center. Pitts is one of 30 pharma and healthcare marketing to women experts speaking at M2W®–HC™.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 12, 2010

Former FDA Associate Commissioner for External Relations, Peter Pitts, currently President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, and Partner/Director of Global Healthcare at Porter Novelli, will offer guidance regarding the FDA’s stance on social media at the second annual M2W®–HC™ — Marketing Pharma & Healthcare to Women Conference, http://www. m2w-hc. com, Nov. 16 & 17, Chicago Cultural Center.

Pitts’ session, titled “The FDA and Social Media: What’s Next?”, will address what pharmaceutical and healthcare marketers may expect from the FDA and how will it impact providing accurate information and marketing messages in the future. Pitts explained, “Regardless of FDA action, or inaction, social media is here to stay and is becoming an increasingly important tool for pharmaceutical and healthcare marketers.”

“My presentation will address many of the pressing issues these marketers face, including the correction of inaccurate information, outreach and interaction with healthcare bloggers, and user-generated content and corporate responsibility. We’ll also look at sponsored search engine links, the appropriate disclosure of risk information, and MedWatch and the future of adverse event reporting. Finally, we’ll examine the role of the Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising and Communications (DDMAC) in social media oversight and the dangers of 'regulatory creep'."

Pitts will be joined by over 30 other pharma and healthcare marketing to women experts, notably Stephanie Ouyoumjian, EVP, Director of Strategy, Publicis USA; Monique da Silva, EVP, Head of North America Healthcare, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide; Marcee Nelson, President and Founder, Pink Tank; Scott Bennett, National VP, Marketing, American Cancer Society; Jill Griffiths, VP and Head of Market and Clinical Communications, Aetna; and Heidemarie Schnell, Deputy Director, YAZ Consumer Brand Marketing Women’s Healthcare, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals.

“M2W®–HC™ is attended by brand marketing teams and execs from leading pharma and healthcare companies,” according to Nan McCann, M2W®–HC™ Chair. “We’ve had attendance from a really broad range of brands including Microsoft Health Solutions, AARP, Kraft, GlaxoSmithKline, Brigham & Women’s, Clorox and Sanofi-Aventis, just to name a very few.”

M2W®–HC™ is sponsored byAssociate Sponsors: Aetna, imc2 health & wellness, LLNS, Ketchum, Draftfcb, Pink Tank, PMP, Healthy Advice Networks, Ogilvy Public Relations, Feinstein Kean Healthcare. Affiliate Sponsors: The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, WomenHeart, American Cancer Society, HealthyWomen, Look Good…Feel Better, Go Red For Women, Susan G. Komen For The Cure. Workshop Sponors: Publicis, Coyne PR. Showcase Sponsors: WebMD, Pentel, Get Healthy Promos. com, Carolina Pad, e-Healthcare Solutions, The Haystack Group. Media Sponsor: TCW. Video Content Resource: SNiPPiES.

For conference schedule and information: http://www. m2w-hc. com or 860.724.2649 x13. M2W®–HC™ is produced by PME® Enterprises LLC, 216 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06106.


Thursday, April 27, 2006

Gamma Tocopherol Under Attack

Gamma Tocopherol Under Attack

Researchers at Ohio State University report that their test tube experiments using metabolites of two common forms of Vitamin E – alpha tocopherol and gamma tocopherol – injected directly into brain cells have shown that the alpha tocopherol metabolite protects brain cells in vitro (in test tubes, not live animal models) while the gamma tocopherol metabolite seems to damage brain cells in vitro. 1 The inevitable headlines will be that gamma tocopherol, the most abundant form of the eight isomers (forms) of the Vitamin E family found in food, may be harmful to cells. But there is much more to this story than that still-unproven theory.

Bloomingdale, IL (PRWEB) March 9, 2006

Researchers at Ohio State University report that their test tube experiments using metabolites of two common forms of Vitamin E – alpha tocopherol and gamma tocopherol – injected directly into brain cells have shown that the alpha tocopherol metabolite protects brain cells in vitro (in test tubes, not live animal models) while the gamma tocopherol metabolite seems to damage brain cells in vitro. 1

The inevitable headlines will be that gamma tocopherol, the most abundant form of the eight isomers (forms) of the Vitamin E family found in food, may be harmful to cells. But there is much more to this story than that still-unproven theory.

Foods or supplements containing Vitamin E family members will inevitably contain both forms, as well as measures of the 6 other isomers. These nutrients work as a team and occur together in Vitamin E-rich foods. 2-7 A person can’t eat a food or take a supplement containing isolated gamma tocopherol. That would only happen if a laboratory isolated that nutrient from a food that had also contained other forms of Vitamin E.

In this study the lab went far beyond this, producing metabolites of gamma tocopherol and alpha tocopherol and injecting them (separately) directly into cells.

This study really has no direct bearing on diets containing Vitamin E in forms that include both alpha and gamma tocopherol, nor on common supplement forms. We do not eat these isomers or their metabolites in isolation, and they do not directly flood brain cells as they follow their normal metabolic pathways. This is an artificial scenario that must be confirmed by in vivo (live animal or human) studies to validate that this theoretical effect actually happens within the body when the live beings consume multiple forms of Vitamin E in their diet or through supplementation. Since this brain cell damaging effect has not previously been noted in the clinical literature, it is not likely to be a real life concern.

As the study’s authors point out, there is a preferential transport mechanism for alpha tocopherol. 8-10 That is a key reason that the authors chose to perform this experiment to explore the different effects of alpha and gamma tocopherol. But they then chose not to test the same forms found in the diet.

The authors also tested whether adding NAC, another antioxidant, would reduce the damage associated with the gamma tocopherol metabolite and found that it did. This confirms the often-forgotten concept that antioxidants operate as a family and emphasizes that most current studies done on antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, suffer in accuracy by not looking holistically at real-life situations where antioxidants operate as a team and recharge each other, offering functional cellular protection that is often lacking with the application of a single antioxidant nutrient; or in this case, a metabolite. There is previous evidence that gamma tocopherol is a better antioxidant and has different health benefits than alpha tocopherol, so the combination of both forms may provide superior protection to cells. The desmethyl (gamma and delta) forms of both tocopherols and tocotrienols show greater antioxidant potential and cellular health benefits than alpha tocopherol alone.11-19

I would argue that any antioxidant study that fails to utilize in vivo evidence or that fails to take into account the total antioxidant status of the individual may not provide reliably repeatable results due to a failure to measure interactive nutrients. This illuminates the reason for the often contradictory results reported in antioxidant research: the researchers often fail to measure or control additional antioxidant variables in the subjects’ diet. 20-21

This study starts out on the wrong path by assuming that the preferential transport mechanism for alpha tocopherol means that gamma tocopherol may be harmful to the body. It then compounds the error by injecting a metabolite form of gamma tocopherol - that admittedly may not even exist in the body in significant quantities – into cells in a test tube setting. It is only a theory that taking gamma tocopherol supplements, which are not sold in isolation from other tocopherol isomers, may increase the levels of its metabolites in the body and that other antioxidants present in the body may not provide sufficient counterbalance to prevent side effects.

Ironically, the theory that gamma tocopherol supplements may increase the level of these metabolites in the body has not even been tested, much less proven, by this study. The successful use of NAC in this study to counter the metabolite artificially introduced to brain cells in vitro argues that the theory that this metabolite may damage brain cells in vivo is seriously flawed.

It would be unfortunate if this study generates headlines that falsely imply that harm from consuming gamma tocopherol – from foods or dietary supplements - has been demonstrated in this totally artificial scenario. That would be inaccurate reporting.

This study only shows that isolated metabolites introduced into brain cells in a test tube may cause cell damage, not that any of this actually occurs in living beings. If it generates headlines scaring people away from this beneficial nutrient, they would be guilty of causing “much ado about nothing”.

Neil E. Levin

Certified Clinical Nutritionist

Diplomate in Advanced Nutritional Laboratory Assessment

Bloomingdale, IL


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2. Liu M, Wallin R, Saldeen (2002) Effect of mixed tocopherols on ecNOS, SOD, and PKC in leukocytes in human subjects. Nutr Res 22:1253-1263.

3. McIntyre BS, Briski KP, Gapor A, Sylvester PW. Antiproliferative and apoptotic effects of tocopherols and tocotrienols on preneoplastic and neoplastic mouse mammary epithelial cells. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 2000 Sep;224(4):292-301. PMID: 10964265

4. Pfluger P, Kluth D, Landes N, Bumke-Vogt C, Brigelius-Flohe R. Vitamin E: underestimated as an antioxidant. Redox Rep. 2004;9(5):249-54. Review. PMID: 15606977

5. Qing Jiang, Jeffrey Wong, Henrik Fyrst, Julie D. Saba, and Bruce N. Ames. - Tocopherol or combinations of vitamin E forms induce cell death in human prostate cancer cells by interrupting sphingolipid synthesis. PNAS 2004 101: 17825-17830; published online before print as 10.1073/pnas.0408340102

6. Schneider C. Chemistry and biology of vitamin E. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2005 Jan;49(1):7-30. Review. PMID: 15580660

7. Stephanie J. Weinstein, M. S., Ph. D., and Demetrius Albanes, M. D., et al. Higher serum a-tocopherol and gamma-tocopherol concentrations are associated with lower prostate cancer risk: Abstract No. 1096. 95th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, March 2004. (National Cancer Institute, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and the National Public Health Institute of Finland.)

8. Hosomi, A., Arita, M., Sato, Y., Kiyose, C., Ueda, T., Igarashi, O., Arai, H., and Inoue, K. Affinity for Alpha-Tocopherol Transfer Protein as a Determinant of the Biological Activities of Vitamin E Analogs. FEBS Letters 409:105-108, 1997.

9. Ikeda I, Imasato Y, Sasaki E, Sugano M. Lymphatic transport of alpha-, gamma - and delta-tocotrienols and alpha-tocopherol in rats. Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 1996;66(3):217-21. PMID: 8899454

10. Qureshi AA, Pearce BC, Nor RM, Gapor A, Peterson DM, Elson CE. Dietary alpha-tocopherol attenuates the impact of gamma-tocotrienol on hepatic 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase activity in chickens. J Nutr. 1996 Feb;126(2):389-94. PMID: 8632210

11. Handelman GJ et al, Oral alpha-tocopherol supplements decrease plasma gamma-tocopherol levels in humans. J Nutr. 1985 Jun;115(6):807-13. PMID: 3998871

12. Burton GH et al, Human plasma and tissue alpha-tocopherol concentrations in response to supplementation with deuterated natural and synthetic vitamin E. Am J Clin Nutr. 1998 Apr;67(4):669-84.

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14. Khanna S; et al; Molecular basis of vitamin E action: tocotrienol modulates 12-lipoxygenase, a key mediator of glutamate-induced neurodegeneration. J Biol Chem. 2003 Oct 31;278(44):43508-15. Epub 2003 Aug 13. PMID: 12917400

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16. Stone WL; et al; Tocopherols and the treatment of colon cancer. Ann NY Acad Sci. 2004 Dec;1031:223-33. Review. PMID: 15753148

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20. Wright ME, et al. Development of a comprehensive dietary antioxidant index and application to lung cancer risk in a cohort of male smokers. Am J Epidemiol. 2004 Jul 1;160(1):68-76. PMID: 15229119

21. Tamimi RM, et al. Plasma carotenoids, retinol, and tocopherols and risk of breast cancer. Am J Epidemiol. 2005 Jan 15;161(2):153-60. PMID: 15632265

Neil E. Levin, CCN, DANLA

Certified Clinical Nutritionist

Diplomate in Advanced Nutritional Laboratory Assessment

Nutrition Education Manager

NOW Foods

395 S. Glen Ellyn Road

Bloomingdale, IL 60108


Neil E. Levin is a certified clinical nutritionist and is a professional member of the International & American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists.

He is the nutrition educator manager, product formulator and Truth Advocate for NOW Foods (www. nowfoods. com), a natural food and dietary supplement manufacturer in Bloomingdale, Illinois.

Neil is a member of the Scientific Council of the national Clinical Nutrition Certification Board and has a Diplomate in Advanced Nutritional Laboratory Assessment.

He is on the Board of Directors of the Mid-American Health Organization (MAHO), the Midwest regional affiliate of the National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA).

Neil has published many articles in magazines and newspapers, and has appeared numerous times on television news programs.

Neil is also the president of Nutrition for Optimal Health Association, Inc. (www. nutrition4health. org), a not-for-profit nutrition education corporation based in Winnetka, Illinois.


Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Discover the Ancient Chinese Secret to Treating Yourself like an Empress

Discover the Ancient Chinese Secret to Treating Yourself like an Empress

BioHerbaLai Inc. and Victoria Radford Toronto present an exclusive event for Empress’ Secret™, a Chinese anti-aging herbal formula that invigorates women’s bodies and spirits.

Guelph, ON (PRWEB) July 19, 2006

BioHerbaLai Inc.’s ancient Chinese anti-aging formula, Empress’ Secret™, uncovers the treasure of youth and beauty for the contemporary woman on-the-go. With Mother of Pearl as a main ingredient, Empress’ Secret™ also reflects the pearl’s symbolism as an exceptionally precious gem – stimulating femininity, purity, and wisdom, and allowing women to feel energetic and beautiful both inside and out. In association with Victoria Radford Toronto, BioHerbaLai Inc. hosts an exclusive launch party for Empress’ Secret™ to Toronto’s influential modern women, providing them an opportunity to discover the secret for themselves so they can treat themselves like royalty... everyday.

Empress’ Secret™ is especially formulated for dynamic and active women to take a proactive approach to health and well-being. BioHerbaLai Inc. understands that women’s external beauty comes from within, so its unique herbal formula rebalances and rejuvenates women’s bodies and spirits, invigorating them from the inside out. After using Empress’ Secret™, women begin to feel more vibrant and energetic. Within a few months, users begin to notice amazing external benefits such as the improving of eyesight, tightening of loose skin, firming of breasts, toning of muscles and even an intensifying of sex drive – all which exemplify the refreshed and renewed youthful feeling for women.

The upcoming event at Victoria Radford Toronto for Empress’ Secret™ will exude a fresh and vibrant atmosphere for women to listen to Dr. Sherman Lai and experience Empress’ Secret™ for themselves.

“A wise woman knows that external beauty comes from within, and internal health is the essence of long-lasting external beauty,” said Dr. Sherman Lai, founder and creator of BioHerbaLai Inc. “This highly anticipated event presented by BioHerbaLai and Victoria Radford Toronto will introduce Toronto’s influential women to Empress’ Secret™ and transform their lifestyles to more motivated and rejuvenated healthy lives.”


When: Thursday, July 27, 2006. The event is on an invite only basis. Mingle with Toronto’s influencers, sip on exotic lychee martinis, and unlock Empress’ Secret for yourself. This exclusive event lasts from 7 pm – 9 pm.

Where: Victoria Radford Toronto, located at 1315A Bay Street at the corner of Scollard and Bay in Toronto

About BioHerbaLai Inc.: BioHerbaLai Inc., founded by world-renowned traditional Chinese medical physician Dr. Sherman Lai, has effectively combined thousands of years of traditional Eastern medicine with innovative Western medicine and modern nutritional sciences to develop the safest and most potent herbal remedies available. This Guelph, Ontario-based company, founded by Dr. Lai in 2002, is dedicated to the safe and widespread distribution of proven Chinese herbal products to the world at large. Empress’ Secret™ will be featured in September’s Elle Canada magazine.

About Victoria Radford Toronto: Victoria Radford is a prominent Toronto makeup artist and aesthetician. Her Victoria Radford Toronto is an exclusive spa, taking clients by appointment only. Victoria also heads her own makeup college called Victoria Radford Makeup School. Her work has been featured in Fashion magazine. To contact her, call 416.500.8114.


Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Oakland Athletics team up with Bay Area physicians and AccessMedicalCard to issue promotional membership cards for healthcare for the uninsured

Oakland Athletics team up with Bay Area physicians and AccessMedicalCard to issue promotional membership cards for healthcare for the uninsured.

The Oakland Athletics and over five hundred physicians and health care providers of the AccessMedical Provider Network announced today, that they will give away 10,000 free one month memberships to individuals and families at Oakland stadium on Saturday, June 12th when the AÂ’s host the Pittsburgh Pirates.

PLEASANTON, CA (PRWEB) June 2, 2004 -

– The Oakland Athletics and over five hundred physicians and health care providers of the AccessMedical Provider Network announced today, that they will give away 10,000 free one month memberships to individuals and families at Oakland stadium on Saturday, June 12th when the A’s host the Pittsburgh Pirates (game starts at 1:05 pm). Those A’s fans who join AccessMedicalCard’s reduced-fee healthcare program for the uninsured will be able to receive quality healthcare, in their community, from the 400 plus doctors and health care providers of the AccessMedical Provider Network. These physicians and out-patient providers offer affordable healthcare by giving a 40% discount off of their regular fee schedule to members of the AccessMedicalCard program. Most of AccessMedicalCard’s providers practice in the East Bay, and the network is expanding to San Jose and San Mateo County.

During this free offer, interested parties may go online at www. AccessMedicalCard. com and sign up for a free one-month trial membership by using the special “Promotional Enrollment” key located on the right side of the website’s front page. These free memberships will expire on July 15, 2004.

All providers are listed on the AccessMedicalCard. com website. Enrollment is online at www. AccessMedicalCard. com. For those without access to a computer, the individual can call the Company to enroll at 888-245-0900. Once enrolled, a member can print out their promotional membership card and make an appointment using the provider directory in AccessMedicalCardÂ’s website. There are no claim forms, no deductibles, and no exclusions for pre-existing conditions.

After this special one month promotion, those members can continue membership through regular enrollment. AccessMedicalCard will waive their one time enrollment fee of $49 for individuals or families if membership in the program is extended prior to June 30, 2004. Membership fees after the promotion are $19.95 per month for an adult individual and $49.95 per month for a family (including their minor children).

“We must get out the message that there is a group of concerned and committed physicians who care for the uninsured and are willing to provide quality care at reduced prices,” adds Jerrold Goldman, MD, team physician for the Oakland A’s and member of the AccessMedical Provider Network.

“A patient can save $5,000 or more on a procedure such as knee arthroscopy,” says Dr. Goldman. “The savings are a combination of the AccessMedicalCard discounts from surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgery centers and diagnostic imaging centers”.

”The Oakland Athletics have a tradition of community service and we share the concern of the medical community about the growing number of people who are unable to afford health insurance,” says Ken Pries, Oakland A’s VP of Broadcasting and Communications. “We want to help get the message out that there is a group of concerned and committed physicians who care for the uninsured and are willing to provide quality care are reduced prices.”

Doctors in the AccessMedical Provider Network have contracted to provide discounts of 40% for AccessMedicalCard members and their families. These discounts apply to office visits, surgical procedures and imaging procedures.

Carrie Brusco, an insurance agent in Dublin, CA remarks, “At a time when so many of our friends and neighbors are struggling to afford or qualify for health insurance, AccessMedicalCard makes it possible to access affordable, quality healthcare for those without health insurance.”

Bruce Gach, MD, founder of the Livermore Pleasanton Pediatric Medical Group comments, “We are a group of ten physicians who have joined the AccessMedical Provider Network to provide care for children in Livermore and Pleasanton at reduced rates.” Dr. Gach adds, “We are seeing an increasing number of uninsured families. This program gives us an opportunity to not only care for children at reduced fees, but if they need surgery or diagnostic imaging procedures, the discounts that are offered by the AccessMedical program make these procedures affordable.”

About AccessMedicalCard

AccessMedicalCard is the only company in the Bay Area that offers discounts for healthcare services using its own network of local providers. The AccessMedical Provider Network is a rapidly growing Bay Area PPO network of over 400 physicians and outpatient providers, dedicated to offering a web-enabled, fee-for-service, membership-based healthcare program for families, individuals and businesses. The physician and outpatient provider network includes surgery centers, diagnostic imaging centers, specialty and primary care, urgent care, medical equipment, and medical supplies. Other health care services include pain management, physical therapy, mental health and dental care.

Headquartered in Pleasanton, California, and founded by Bay Area healthcare professionals, the Company is devoted to making affordable quality healthcare a reality for the uninsured and the self-pay patient. The AccessMedicalCard initiative provides a comprehensive outpatient program offering consumerÂ’s quality healthcare in their community, when they need it at prices they can afford.

AccessMedicalCard also offers a low cost Business Program. Special pricing is offered for employers through the Company’s “Show Them That You Care” program. For more information about AccessMedicalCard, please visit www. AccessMedicalCard. com or call (925) 460-8895.

Chinese Drywall Complaint Center Blasts Obama, the USCPSC & CDC For Gut Your Toxic House-Your SOL

Chinese Drywall Complaint Center Blasts Obama, the USCPSC & CDC For Gut Your Toxic House-Your SOL

When many US Christians were honoring Good Friday, about a month ago-the US Consumer Products Safety Commission released information suggesting all US homeowners with toxic Chinese drywall-should gut their home - perhaps calculated as a day no one was watching the news? The Chinese Drywall Complaint Center says,"there was, and is just one really big problem-who pays for replacing toxic Chinese drywall?" The group says, "just as importantly, we are saying WHAT are the health ramifications to living in a home with Knauf Chinese drywall, toxic Chinese drywall, toxic US made drywall, or blank drywall found in Florida, and other states-that has no ASTM fire rating codes on it?" Http://ChineseDrywallComplaintCenter. Com

Washington, DC (Vocus) April 28, 2010

The Chinese Drywall Complaint Center is blasting the Obama Administration, and its absolutely pathetic US Consumer Products Safety Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control for they near worthless response to the US toxic Chinese drywall disaster. The group has been demanding federal disaster relief for a year (Google-Bing-Yahoo - President Obama Chinese Drywall). The group says, "the toxic Chinese drywall disaster is worse than Hurricane Katrina in the numbers of homes, homeowners, children and states involved-the scope of this growing disaster has been expanding for over a year & the President of the United States has yet to mention this US environmental catastrophe one time in public?" The Chinese Drywall Complaint Center is wondering, "why would President Obama say he'd never miss a US disaster like Katrina-mocking the former Bush Administration & then fail to show up for something much worse-like the toxic Chinese drywall disaster? President Obama has been to Florida twice since the first of the year-and has failed to mention toxic Chinese drywall-or a meaningful disaster relief program one time in public." Http://ChineseDrywallComplaintCenter. Com

So what has the US Consumer Products Safety Commission done so far on the toxic Chinese drywall disaster? According to the Chinese Drywall Complaint Center, "the USCPSC's response to toxic Chinese drywall thus far can be summed up in two words-not much. As far as adding value to the equation the US Consumer Products Safety Commission's Gut Your House proclamation was-is an insult to every US Citizen--how about who pays for it?" The group says,"even worse the US Consumer Products Safety Commission has yet to recall one sheet of toxic Chinese drywall?" Http://ChineseDrywallComplaintCenter. Com

The Chinese Drywall Complaint Center is calling the US Centers for Disease Control a national joke. "At a time when the US CDC should have had an all out effort to identify the health effects of long term exposure to toxic Chinese drywall-they spent all last summer, and fall proclaiming their worries about the H1NI Flu pandemic-that never happened." How about real information about exposure to toxic Chinese drywall--that homeowners need in the US Southeast right now?" The group says,"at this point-we have ER Doc's in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, and Southeast Texas treating kids suffering from chemical exposure to toxic Chinese drywall with antibiotics-this is because the poor excuse for a federal agency (CDC) has yet to provide health care professionals-particularly in the US Southeast with health treatment protocols for toxic Chinese drywall." Http://ChineseDrywallComplaintCenter. Com

The Chinese Drywall Complaint Center says, "and this is the best our big bloated federal government can do in a time of a national emergency, for the tens, and hundreds of thousands of innocent US citizens living in a toxic home-thanks to a dear a beloved friends the Chinese?" With friends like China-who needs an enemy." Http://ChineseDrywallComplaintCenter. Com

The Chinese Drywall Complaint Center is thrilled with the April 27th Federal Court ruling against Knauf Tianjin in favor of the homeowner plaintiffs. However, the group is saying, "who helps the 100,000's of US homeowners who are stuck in toxic Chinese drywall homes-that are not Knauf Tianjin drywall? The bloated US federal government? Pathetic federal employees, or a sitting US President, who has failed to mention toxic Chinese drywall one time in public-in over fourteen months? Clearly America has changed." Http://ChineseDrywallComplaintCenter. Com


Thursday, April 20, 2006

Need for Transparency Increases as Cesarean Section Rates Rise

Need for Transparency Increases as Cesarean Section Rates Rise

In 2007, nearly one third of births were via cesarean section. This is more than double the US Healthy People 2010 and World Health Organization's recommended rate of 15 percent. Women can unknowingly increase their risk of unnecessary surgery based on their selection of healthcare facilities. To enable women to make informed choices, maternity care data on specific hospitals must be available.

Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) March 23, 2009

The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS), a group working toward transparency in maternity care, today announced that the 2007 US birth statistics, just released, show that 31.8% of births are via cesarean section. The percentage of cesarean deliveries has increased by 50% since 1996 and is more than double the World Health Organization's recommended rate of 15%.

Currently, cesarean rates vary widely across the US. The 2007 birth data highlight this variation; for instance, a woman giving birth in New Jersey has a 73% higher chance of having a cesarean than a woman in Utah.

This strong variation in rates isn't only geographic; it is also seen among individual hospitals in a community. For example, in 2006, New York City, one of the few places facility-level rates are available, St. Vincent's Staten Island Hospital had a rate of 44.5% compared to 17.2% at North Central Bronx Hospital. Many believe that this variation is due to high risk sicker mothers and babies that these hospitals serve; however, that is only part of the story. Extensive research has shown that these huge variations are strongly linked to the practices and policies of individual hospitals and providers not just the health status of mothers and babies.

"Most women believe that they will only have a cesarean section if they experience complications in pregnancy or labor. But research tells us that most of the factors affecting a woman's risk of a cesarean have nothing to do with her health or that of her baby. One of the most effective strategies for avoiding a preventable cesarean is choosing a provider and birth setting with a low cesarean rate. In the United States, we are seeing increased public reporting of outcomes and procedure rates for facilities in surgical and cardiac care, but, access to maternity care data remains almost non-existent," says Amy Romano, MSN, CNM, a transparency expert for CIMS.

C-section can be a life-saving procedure, but it is a major surgery that carries extensive risks for both mother and baby, risks that are not present in a vaginal birth. Research conducted by the World Health Organization shows that these risks of cesarean outweigh the benefits when the c-section rate exceeds 15%. Currently, women have no way of knowing if their local hospitals exceed this recommended rate.

"Women can unknowingly increase their risk of unnecessary surgery based on their selection of where and with whom to birth. To enable women to make informed choices, maternity care data must be available at the facility level. Whether requiring a c-section or planning a natural birth, women need data in order to choose the facility that most closely matches their needs," said Elan McAllister, Founder of New York's Choices in Childbirth and Co-chair of the Transparency in Maternity Care Project.

Transparency empowers consumers, and studies have shown that public reporting of intervention rates and outcomes leads to better healthcare. New York and Massachusetts are the only states with legal mandates to require release of facility-level maternity care obstetrical intervention statistics such as cesarean sections. Unfortunately, such information remains unavailable in most parts of the country, but a CIMS project is working to change this fact.

To help expectant parents to make informed health care decisions about where and with whom to birth, CIMS developed the Transparency in Maternity Care Project: The Birth Survey. CIMS has trained local level ambassadors across the US to interface with their state departments of health to work to make facility-level intervention rates available to the public. As intervention rates are obtained, including the rate for c-sections, they will be included in publically accessible free reports at http://www. thebirthsurvey. com (http://www. thebirthsurvey. com).

Transparency of health care information is increasing across the US and maternity care must be included in this movement; otherwise, women are choosing their place of birth blindfolded and potentially increasing their chances of having an unnecessary cesarean section as rates across the country continue to rise above recommended levels.

For more about The Birth Survey, to view intervention data for each state, the survey results for the New York metropolitan area, or to take the survey, log on to http://www. thebirthsurvey. com (http://www. thebirthsurvey. com).

About the Transparency in Maternity Care Project: The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) through the Transparency in Maternity Care Project developed The Birth Survey so families can share information, learn about the choices and birth experiences of others, and view data on hospital and birth center intervention rates and practices. It is also designed to help providers and facilities improve the quality and transparency of their care. At the heart of the project is an on-going online consumer survey that asks women to provide feedback about their pregnancy and birth care specific to the particular doctor, midwife, hospital or birth center that served them. Responses are made available online to other women in their community who are deciding where and with whom to birth. Paired with this experiential data, are official statistics from state departments - of-health listing obstetrical intervention rates at the facility level.

About the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services: The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) is a coalition of individuals and national organizations with concern for the care and well-being of mothers, babies, and families. Our mission is to promote a wellness model of maternity care that will improve birth outcomes and substantially reduce costs. This evidence-based mother-, baby-, and family-friendly model focuses on prevention and wellness as the alternatives to high-cost screening, diagnosis, and treatment programs. For more information, log on to http://www. motherfriendly. org/ (http://www. motherfriendly. org/).

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

"Tommy The Tomato" Playing Cards Could Be the Key to Solving the Childhood Obesity Epidemic

"Tommy The Tomato" Playing Cards Could Be the Key to Solving the Childhood Obesity Epidemic

The key to getting children to eat healthy is to turn it into a game. "Tommy The Tomato" Playing Cards are a fun way to teach children nutrition.

St. Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) December 20, 2010

"Tommy The Tomato" teaches children the ABC's of good eating and better health. 

Beating childhood obesity is as simple as ABC.

That's the message nutritionist and children's author Jay Holt has for you and your children with his new "Tommy the Tomato" Playing cards, a guide to healthy eating for kids available at http://www. tommythetomato. com.

According to federal government statistics, about one in three kids is obese or at least overweight. A lack of exercise is one culprit, but poor eating habits – and an over reliance on processed foods – is at the core of the problem, says Holt, who graduated from the University of Florida’s nutrition college.

"You cannot learn when you are hungry or have a sugar buzz; and good nutrition helps kids in every aspect of their lives, Holt said.

"Kids don't really understand the finer points of nutrition, but they do understand fun, learning and what tastes good. The "Tommy The Tomato” Playing Cards will introduce kids – and their parents -- to the benefits of food in a fun way that is relevant to their lives.”

There are 52 cards representing 26 characters each with 2 of the same cards. Children can play one of 3 games. A Go Fish game, a memory game and a trivia game.

For example for the Trivia game and the letter "B" the character is "Barry The Banana". Under Barry on the back of the card it has the nutrient that bananas contain and what it does. In this case for "Barry The Banana" It's potassium and it prevents muscle cramps. The face of the cards all show an image of "Tommy The Tomato' .

"Now maybe kids won't remember that bananas have potassium, but they’ll surely remember that bananas make their muscles feel good,” Holt said. “That’s what I’m trying to reinforce through the Playing cards".

"Even young children understand the link between problems and solutions. A skinned knee requires, at least, a kiss from Mom – and probably a Band-Aid,” Holt said. “I’m just trying to teach children that other problems they have, feeling tired, might have a solution in the form of a friendly food they can meet in the fun world inhabited by Tommy The Tomato and his friends.”

Every letter of the alphabet introduces children to another friend in "Tommy The Tomato’s" world of healthy eating, so children will be reminded of the life and healthy eating lessons every time they say their ABC’s, Holt said.

And teaching children about eating well is extra important because habits developed early in life will often shape a child’s future, Holt said.

Family practice physician Dr. Eric Taylor has read "Tommy The Tomato” and couldn’t agree more.

"Children who become overweight in childhood will likely struggle with obesity for the duration of their adult lives,” Dr. Taylor said.

"Tommy The Tomato and his friends represent foods providing necessary vitamins and antioxidants that support important bodily functions. Many of these foods are also low in calories and high in fiber making them nutritious snacks. This book is designed not just for your children but for you as well: enjoy the lessons Tommy has to teach and put them into action for your kids and the adults in family, too!”

Jay Holt's "Tommy the Tomato" Playing cards are available for $9.95 plus shipping at http://www. tommythetomato. com.

CONTACT: Jay Holt is available for interviews with food, lifestyle and nutrition reporters, by contacting inquiry(at)tommythetomato(dot)com.
PH# 727 460 7104


Sunday, April 16, 2006

MiTio Enrolls its 100th Student

MiTio Enrolls its 100th Student

The Medical Interpreting and Translating Institute Online (MiTio) reached its 100 student enrollment in mid-August 2008. MiTio, is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency, has enrolled over 100 students in its online interpreting and translating diploma program.

Stockbridge, GA (PRWEB) August 26, 2008

The Medical Interpreting and Translating Institute Online (MiTio) reached its 100 student enrollment in mid-August 2008. MiTio (www. mitio. org), which has been in existence for nearly five years, and is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency, has enrolled over 100 students in its online interpreting and translating diploma program.

MiTio's students come from all over the nation as well as from other nations such as European and Asian countries. In addition, over 50% of MiTio student were enrolled under MiTio's Scholarship rate which provides students who currently work in a healthcare institution with $250.00 off their tuition, or with MiTio's Corporate rate, which provides healthcare facilities, such as hospitals and health clinics, with reduced tuition for enrolling 2 or more of their employees.

MiTio founder and president Dr. Nelva Lee said she is proud about MiTio's growth and reputation.

"MiTio is currently used by more than a dozen organizations that have utilized our training services for interpreters and translators," said Dr. Lee. "We look forward to continued growth, and we will be expanding our course offerings in the coming months."

MiTio is recognized by the International Medical Interpreters Association; where MiTio's president serves on the board of the Certification Committee.

To learn more about MiTio, please visit their website at www. mitio. org or e-mail them at info @ mitio. org


Saturday, April 15, 2006

AssistGlobal Announces Private Placement and Granting of Stock Options

AssistGlobal Announces Private Placement and Granting of Stock Options

AssistGlobal Technologies Corp. (CNQ: AGBT. U and NASD OTC BB: AGBTF) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce a non-brokered private placement of up to 1,000,000 Units at a price of US$0.25 per Unit for total gross proceeds of US$250,000. Each Unit is comprised of one common share without par value in the share capital of the Company and one non-transferable share purchase warrant (“Warrant”).

Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) January 18, 2004

AssistGlobal Technologies Corp. (CNQ: AGBT. U and NASD OTC BB: AGBTF) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce a non-brokered private placement of up to 1,000,000 Units at a price of US$0.25 per Unit for total gross proceeds of US$250,000. Each Unit is comprised of one common share without par value in the share capital of the Company and one non-transferable share purchase warrant (“Warrant”). Each Warrant will entitle the holder to purchase one additional common share at a price of US$0.25 per share for twelve months from the date of issuance and US$0.35 per share thereafter, to a maximum of two years from the date of issuance. A commission of 7% may be payable on a portion of the private placement. The proceeds will be used for general working capital purposes.

The Company is pleased to announce that it has granted to officers and directors 1,200,000 stock options under its Stock Option Plan. The stock options will be exercisable for a period of five years, at a price of US$0.25 per share.


About AssistGlobal:

Software Sales

AssistGlobal develops and sells a suite of software solutions: MicroView FM and MicroView HVAC & Electrical Modules for ARCHIBUS/FM™. Two new software titles are expected for release within the next twelve months, including the upcoming Microview Parking Manager. Some of the clients using these technologies include Blue Cross Blue Shield (North Carolina), Intrawest, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Tiffany’s (New York), Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital, Princeton University, House of Commons (Ottawa), US Navy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

Application Hosting

AssistGlobal provides turnkey hosted solutions for Project & Facility Management software applications. AssistGlobal hosts specialty, vertical applications including products from Primavera Systems Inc. and Archibus Inc. Applications are securely delivered to clients via the internet enabling global access to central data for geographically dispersed companies. AssistGlobal hosting clients include Stuart Olson Construction, Kenonic Controls, Macromedia and Skanska – Chant and Stantec.

Custom Solutions

AssistGlobal works with clients to provide custom solutions. Solutions include custom application development and deployment, and enterprise systems integration.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

Sokhie S. Puar 


Thursday, April 13, 2006

The Center to Advance Palliative Care Extends its Early Bird Deadline for its Fall 2007 Seminar

The Center to Advance Palliative Care Extends its Early Bird Deadline for its Fall 2007 Seminar

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) announced today that it has extended its Early Bird deadline to October 8 for its seminar "Building Palliative Care Programs in Hospitals: Tools and Strategies for Success."

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 20, 2007

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) announced today that it has extended its Early Bird deadline to October 8 for its seminar "Building Palliative Care Programs in Hospitals: Tools and Strategies for Success."

This seminar will be held on November 1 - 3, 2007 at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins in San Francisco, California. Special hotel rates are available so interested parties should register early.

This highly practical CAPC Seminar offers a unique, comprehensive overview of all the financial and operational essentials of building a successful palliative care program. It's the field's basic primer for planning, exploring and starting a palliative care program. It will answer how to:
Develop and implement a strategic plan for establishing a program Create compelling business and financial plans Collect, interpret and present data needed to justify a program and to evaluate outcomes Select among various organizational and delivery models Identify target audiences and implement marketing strategies Outline strategies for funding programs Develop successful hospital-hospice partnerships And more!

The CAPC Seminar includes a critical care facilitated discussion session and the new breakout session, Coding and Billing for APNs.

This seminar is geared to hospital and hospice physicians, nurses, social workers, finance managers, administrators and others responsible for planning, exploring or starting a palliative care program.

The CAPC Seminar includes a critical care facilitated discussion session and the new breakout session, Coding and Billing for APNs.

The following continuing education credits are approved for this seminar:

Mount Sinai School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ NYSNA designates this educational activity for a maximum of 18.6 contact hours. NASW designates this educational activity for a maximum of 15.75 contact hours.

For more information or to register for the seminar, go to http://www. capc. org/sanfrancisco (http://www. capc. org/sanfrancisco) or call 212-201-2680.

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) provides health care professionals with the tools, training, and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successful palliative care programs in hospitals and other health care settings. Located at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, CAPC is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious illness. www. capc. org


Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Food Security Initiatives in Developing Countries to Strengthen World Agriculture Industry, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts

Food Security Initiatives in Developing Countries to Strengthen World Agriculture Industry, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts

Growth in the world agriculture market is dictated by factors, such as, rise in population, consumption, agricultural pricing, weather/climatic conditions, and regulatory and trade policies. Despite the uncertainties, and skepticism shrouding biotechnology, advancements in this sphere is expected to positively impact the agriculture industry.

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) September 10, 2008

Noteworthy trends stealthily taking shape in the world agriculture industry include the green revolution induced rising focus on sustainable agriculture practices, and the growing magnitude of consolidation in the industry. The increase in the production costs, coupled with the decline in the prices offered for livestock and crops to the farmers are some of the main factors responsible for the increasing emphasis upon consolidation. Growth in the world agriculture market (http://www. strategyr. com/Agriculture_Industry_Market_Report. asp) will be turbo-charged by the astounding rise in world demand for food. Studies reveal world demand for food to triple by the year 2050, thereby underling the need for enhancing food output to meet the demand of the rising population. Given their large population bases, China and India represent few of the largest importers of grains worldwide. 

Agricultural biotechnology industry (http://www. strategyr. com/Agriculture_Industry_Market_Report. asp) is mushrooming, especially in developing countries where steady rise in economic levels have resulted in consumers demanding high quality products and increased choices in terms of varieties. Agricultural biotechnology revolves around developing genetically modified crops that have tolerance to herbicides, and in-built resistance to pests and high nutritional value. The technology is increasingly being preferred, given its ability to significantly cut down worldwide insecticide usage, and help meet food security targets in the developing nations. The rising market clamor, and the ethical and environmental debate over genetically modified food will however continue to challenge the agriculture industry. While genetically modified crops decline in demand amidst stringent regulatory controls in developed markets, China, India, and other Asian countries are expected to record maximum growth for genetically modified crops in the upcoming years.

Organic agriculture (http://www. strategyr. com/Agriculture_Industry_Market_Report. asp) represents another potential driven agricultural farming technique. Growing levels of health consciousness among modern consumers have ignited the concept of organics. Organics is the buzzword for success in industries ranging from food, beverages to agricultural produce. Its therefore of little surprise that organic agriculture, an embodiment of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and synthetic preservatives free method of farming is rising in popularity. The area under certified organic agriculture is expected to expand in the upcoming years. For instance, area under organic farming in Western Europe is expected to be a quarter of its agricultural land by 2030. Future growth in organic agriculture will be dictated by the encouragement afforded by governments in the form of beneficial policy measures. The need of the hour is the establishment of common standards and accreditations designed to serve as a benchmark. 

Demand for agrochemicals is proportional to the dynamism of agricultural sector, which represents the major end use market. The market is driven by research and development of new products, and effective marketing strategies coupled with adroit post-patent product management.

The report titled "Agriculture: A Global Outlook", published by Global Industry Analysts, provides a collection of statistical anecdotes, market briefs, and concise summaries of research findings. Discussions in the report take note of burning issues consuming the world agriculture industry, such as, food security for nations, food integrity, environmental degradation, and the growing notoriety of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). Also covered are evolving trends i. e. the green revolution brought about by organic farming, e-commerce penetration in agrochemical trading, and the impact of biotechnology on agriculture, among others. Punctuated with 64 data rich, information laden tables and easy to understand charts and graphs, the discussion on the global market offers exclusive coverage on Agricultural Biotechnology, Agriculture and Environmental Diagnostics, and Agrochemicals, among others. Annotated with tables that enumerate key research findings, the regional markets briefly abstracted, and summarized include the US, Canada, and Japan, among others. The report provides an indexed, easy-to-refer, fact-finder directory listing the addresses, and contact details of 415 companies worldwide.

For more details about this research report, please visit
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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Sky gives freedom of the city to thousands of cyclists in Leicester

Sky gives freedom of the city to thousands of cyclists in Leicester

Eight thousand people joined stars from the worlds of Olympic cycling and television at Skyride Leicester to enjoy a day of entertainment on traffic-free, city centre streets - the fourth in Sky's series of five mass participation cycling events this summer.

London, (PRWeb UK) September 2, 2009

Cyclists of all ages and abilities took to the streets of Leicester (http://new. britishcycling. org. uk/skyride/leicester) for the event hosted by Sky, in partnership with British Cycling and Leicester City Council. They were joined by Olympic medallist Ed Clancy MBE and the 2008 UCI BMX World Champion Shanaze Reade, as well as TV personality Gethin Jones.

The route linked the Golden Mile, St Margaret's Pasture Sports Centre and Abbey Lane. As well as having the opportunity to see their city in whole new light, participants were able to take part in a number of activities organised by Sky (http://www. youtube. com/GoSkyride). Riders could join a fancy dress cycling parade after having their bikes customised by artists in the Skyride Style Zone, watch Professional BMX riders performing tricks in the Skyride Street Zone, and pick up tips on health and wellbeing from British Cycling and the Department of Health's Bike4Life initiative in the Skyride Active Zone.

People in the region inspired by this event can also get involved in Skyride Local rides (http://new. britishcycling. org. uk/skyride/local) which run every Sunday through to October. They are led by fully trained cycle leaders from British Cycling and take in everything from the countryside and local sights, to historical and art tours. Riders can pick a level to suit their age and ability and are given a hi-visibility vest for the ride, as well as a free t-shirt to keep. For full details on the next Skyride Local in your area please visit www. goskyride. com.

Skyride Leicester was the fourth in a series of five city events fourth in a series of five city events (http://new. britishcycling. org. uk/skyride) taking place across the country, encouraging people to get back on their bikes and enjoy the benefits of a fitter, healthier lifestyle. Events have already taken place in Manchester, Hounslow and Glasgow and the final event will take place in central London on 20 September. These are running alongside a series of over 400 smaller local and guided rides, led by fully trained coaches from British Cycling, with over 100 taking place in and around Leicester.

For more information on today's event simply visit www. goskyride. com


Friday, April 7, 2006

Texas Legislature to Hear Heart Attack Preventive Screening Bill on March 10, 2009

Texas Legislature to Hear Heart Attack Preventive Screening Bill on March 10, 2009

The first legislative effort to combat the number one killer could prevent 4,300 sudden cardiac deaths and save $1.6 billion per year in Texas.

Houston, TX (PRWEB) March 9, 2009

Two years ago, Texas Representative Rene Oliveira, supported by Houston-based Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE) shapesociety. org (http://www. shapesociety. org), introduced a bill in the Texas Legislature that would require insurance companies to pay for heart attack preventive screening test. The bill, which was turned down by the insurance committee then, is called up to an immediate hearing on March 10.

"We are delighted to hear that Texas legislature surprisingly requested an immediate hearing on the bill," said Dr. Morteza Naghavi, founder of SHAPE and Chairman of the SHAPE Task Force who is invited to testify at the Texas house of representative. "This is truly groundbreaking landmark legislation, much like the legislation for mammography," said Dr. Naghavi.

On Tuesday, March 10, 2009, Rep. Oliveira's Texas Heart Attack Prevention Bill (identical to last session's proposal) (http://www. shapesociety. org/files/about/first_heart_attack_prevention_screening_bill/TEXT_OF_TEXAS_HEART_ATTACK_PREVENTION_BILL. PDF) will be heard in the House Insurance Committee. The bill is the first legislative effort in the United States to mandate the careful and responsible implementation of a comprehensive heart attack risk assessment and reduction strategy. It closely follows the SHAPE Guideline for identification of apparently healthy individuals who have a high risk of a near future heart attack but are unaware of their risk. The guideline was developed by the SHAPE Task Force, an international contingent of leading cardiovascular physicians and researchers.

Almost all heart attacks are preceded by atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in the arteries). Despite the availability of non-invasive imaging tests that can detect the presence of atherosclerosis and measure its severity, many physicians continue to rely solely upon screening for traditional risk factors of atherosclerosis.

"Assessment of heart attack risk on the basis of traditional risk factors alone such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure and so forth, while useful, misses many who are at high risk and also incorrectly flags some for high risk who are in fact at very low risk of near term heart attack; on the other hand detection of atherosclerosis by non-invasive imaging, as suggested by the SHAPE group, accurately identifies plaque and improves the ability to identify at-risk individuals who could benefit from aggressive preventive intervention while sparing low-risk subjects from unnecessary aggressive medical therapy," said Dr. P. K. Shah, Director of Cardiology at Cedars Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, a leading member of the SHAPE Task Force who is also an active member of the American Heart Association. "Sadly, these vulnerable patients go undetected until struck by a heart attack, because insurance companies don't cover the newer heart attack screening imaging tests."

Rep. Oliveira discovered this problem when his insurer initially refused to cover the heart scan that discovered plaque buildup and prompted a heart bypass operation.

"It is about time that we cover preventive screening for the number one killer in Texas, and take action to reduce healthcare costs through preventive healthcare," said Representative Oliveira, a Democrat from Brownsville, Texas. "Right now, we are extending the lives of those who can afford the procedure while hundreds of thousands of Texans with hidden heart disease go undetected because of antiquated thinking. The time has come for this change."

Rep. Oliveira's bill would apply to men between ages 45 and 75, and women between ages 55 and 75, who are at intermediate risk of a heart attack according to their Framingham Risk Score. The bill would require reimbursement for two types of procedures: 1) the measurement of coronary artery calcium score (CACS) by CT and 2) the measurement of carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and plaque by ultrasonography. These two tests have proven to be strong predictors of those who are vulnerable to a heart attack or stroke.

"At one time, imaging technologies to look inside the body and screen for cancer seemed like an impractical idea, but after reimbursement approval they have become part of everyday medicine and have saved countless lives," said Dr. Daniel Berman, Chief of Cardiovascular Imaging at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and Professor of Medicine at UCLA who is also a member of the SHAPE Task Force. "If this legislation passes, we anticipate that tens of thousands of people who are completely unaware of their severe but silent heart disease can be detected and saved from a catastrophic heart attack by getting into intensive treatment."

Heart attack and stroke account for more death and disability than all cancers combined. Unlike cancers, heart attack strikes more than half of its victims by sudden death, leaving no opportunity for treatment. In fact, the rates of unexpected heart attack and out-of-hospital sudden cardiac death have remained at high levels for the past 30 years. Multiple screening tests are approved for asymptomatic cancers such as mammography and colonoscopy. However, none is approved for asymptomatic atherosclerosis, which underlies both heart attack and stroke. This void leaves many individuals - even those with severe atherosclerosis - totally unaware of their risk because they have no symptoms.

An analysis by the SHAPE Task Force estimates that proper screening of these asymptomatic men and women could have the following outcomes:
Prevent more than 4,300 deaths from cardiovascular disease each year in Texas (over 90,000 deaths in the U. S.). Reduce the Texas population with a history of heart attack - currently estimated to be 550,000 - by as much as 25 percent. Save approximately $1.6 billion annually (over 21 billion in the U. S.). "We are very thankful for Representative Oliveira's strong leadership in working to correct a profound failure of our healthcare system," said Dr. Matthew Budoff, a member of the SHAPE Task Force who is the leading author of the latest scientific statement of American Heart Association regarding noninvasive cardiac CT imaging. "These technologies are widely available, but because insurance doesn't cover them, only people with the means to pay for the procedures out of their own pockets can benefit from these advances. If passed, this bill will have a monumental impact on preventive cardiovascular healthcare that can go far beyond Texas."

Atherosclerosis, a metabolic and inflammatory disease that causes plaque build up in arteries, is responsible for nearly all cases of heart attack and most cases of strokes. Individuals with the highest degree of atherosclerotic plaque burden are described as "the Vulnerable Patient." Such individuals exhibit no signs of heart disease and are not identified as very-high-risk by traditional risk factor assessment. Representative Oliveira's bill is designed to identify this population and get them the treatment needed to extend their lives.

About SHAPE:
Originated from the Texas Medical Center in Houston, the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE) is a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Morteza Naghavi, a former faculty of the Texas Heart Institute and the University of Texas in Houston. The mission of SHAPE is to promote education and research related to mechanism, prevention, detection, and treatment of heart attacks. The organization is committed to raising public awareness about recent revolutionary discoveries that opened exciting new avenues to prevent heart attack. The SHAPE's mission is to eradicate heart attacks in the 21st century. Additional information is available on the organization's Web site at www. shapesociety. org or call 1-877-SHAPE11.

About SHAPE Task Force :
Chairman: Morteza Naghavi, M. D. Editorial Committee: Prediman K. Shah, M. D. (Chief); (alphabetic order): Raymond Bahr, M. D., Daniel Berman, M. D., Roger Blumenthal, M. D., Matthew J. Budoff, M. D., Jay Cohn, M. D., Erling Falk, M. D., Ph. D., Ole Faergeman, M. D., Zahi Fayad, Ph. D., Harvey S. Hecht, M. D., Wolfgang Koenig, M. D., Ph. D., Daniel Lane, M. D., Ph. D., Morteza Naghavi, M. D., John Rumberger, M. D., Ph. D., Allen J. Taylor, M. D. Writing Group: Erling Falk, M. D., Ph. D. (Coordinator); (alphabetic order): Juhani Airaksinen, M. D., Dan Arking, Ph. D., Juan Badimon, Ph. D., Raymond Bahr, M. D., Daniel Berman, M. D., Matthew J. Budoff, M. D., Jay Cohn, M. D., Jasenka Demirovic, M. D., Ph. D., George A. Diamond, M. D., Pamela Douglas, M. D., Ole Faergeman, M. D., Zahi Fayad, Ph. D., James A. Goldstein, M. D., Harvey S. Hecht, M. D., Victoria L. M. Herrera, M. D., Sanjay Kaul, M. D., M. P.H., Wolfgang Koenig, M. D., Ph. D., Robert A. Mendes, M. D., Morteza Naghavi, M. D.; Tasneem Z. Naqvi, M. D., Ward A. Riley, Ph. D., Yoram Rudy, PhD, John Rumberger, M. D., Ph. D., Leslee Shaw, Ph. D., Robert S. Schwartz, M. D., Arturo G. Touchard, M. D. Advisors (alphabetic order): Arthur Agagston, M. D., Stephane Carlier, M. D., Ph. D., Raimund Erbel, M. D., Chris deKorte, Ph. D., Craig Hartley, Ph. D., Ioannis Kakadiaris, Ph. D., Roxana Mehran, M. D., Ralph Metcalfe, Ph. D., Daniel O'Leary, M. D., Jan Nilsson, M. D., Gerard Pasterkamp, M. D., Ph. D., Paul Schoenhagen, M. D., Henrik Sillesen, M. D., Ph. D.

A comprehensive and detailed scientific report of the SHAPE Task Force is currently in press by Humana Press (Springer). View the upcoming SHAPE Textbook (http://www. shapesociety. org/SHAPE_Textbook/)


Filipina WomenÂ’s Network Announces Keynote Speakers for Filipina Summit on October 21-23, 2005

Filipina WomenÂ’s Network Announces Keynote Speakers for Filipina Summit on October 21-23, 2005

Filipina Women's Network convenes 3rd Annual Filipina Summit to celebrate Filipino History Month in October; search for "Filipina Women Who Could be President" Launched.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (PRWEB) September 23, 2005

The Filipina Women's Network (FWN), a nonprofit organization for women of Philippine ancestry, announced today the keynote speakers for the third annual Filipina Summit, taking place October 21-23, 2005 at the Crowne Plaza Union Square in San Francisco, California.

Irene Natividad, President of the Global Summit of Women, an annual gathering of women leaders from around the world, and first Asian American President of the National Women's Political Caucus, will deliver the opening keynote address, "Filipina First: Reinventing Ourselves" on Friday, October 21. Ms. Natividad will talk about how Filipina women can create a demand for their leadership abilities and talents by seizing opportunities within their organizations and by calling for a revolutionary shift on how Filipinas live and work, manage their careers, and create a competitive advantage in the workplace.

On Sunday, October 23, Freada Kapor Klein, Ph. D., Founder and Board Chair of the Level Playing Field Institute will talk about workplace equity, strategies on reinvention and ways Filipina women can fully participate in the workplace by understanding the processes and attitudes in business environments. Dr. Klein is also President of Klein Associates, a boutique organizational development and human resource consulting firm dedicated to linking employee needs with business strategy, particularly regarding issues of employee diversity. She has served as an expert witness in pivotal legal cases involving sexual harassment.

In celebration of Filipino History Month in October, FWN will announce the selection of the top three Filipina Women Who Could Be President honorees for 2005. This award is part of a larger FWN campaign — Shaping the Filipina Image — to build a pipeline of Filipina women leaders and to create a culture for Filipinas that they are capable and can aspire to be President, the highest and most visible position in the U. S.

Filipina nominees will be introduced on Tuesday, September 27 at the premiere party of the new television series Commander In Chief starring Geena Davies in collaboration with The White House Project (http://www. thewhitehouseproject. org/ (http://www. thewhitehouseproject. org/)). For reservations, call 415-278-9410. The premiere will be held at a Filipino-owned business, the Zebulon Cafe and Bar (www. zebulonsf. com).

FWN will also publish the Filipina Resource Guide and Membership Directory in October. The guide will feature Filipina women's accomplishments in the U. S. with an exclusive "Filipina First in the U. S." section including business and community resources owned or managed by Filipina women.

The Filipina Summit is convened in October because the earliest documented proof of Filipino presence in the Continental United States was in October 1587 in Morro Bay, California.

This year, FWN is honored to have experienced and influential members of the Filipina community share their experiences and knowledge with summit attendees.

Twenty educational sessions are organized into four learning tracks, allowing participants to apply their professional development to specific needs and interests.

The full program can be found online at the FWN website at http://www. ffwn. org/FilipinaSummit2005.htm (http://www. ffwn. org/FilipinaSummit2005.htm)

Four Filipina Summit Educational Tracks and Speakers:

A. "Breaking the Glass Ceiling": (http://www. ffwn. org/BreakingtheGlassCeiling. htm (http://www. ffwn. org/BreakingtheGlassCeiling. htm))

Welcome: Opening Remarks  Marily Mondejar, President, Filipina Women's Network; Executive Director, Institute for Image Management (www.

Opening Keynote - Filipina First: Reinventing Ourselves  Irene Natividad, President, Global Summit of Women

Remarkable Filipina Women: Developing Organizational Savvy  Evelyn Dilsaver, President and CEO, Charles Schwab Investment Management  Charmaine Mesina, Esq., Managing Director, Corporate Legal Services, Applied Materials  Agnes Strandberg, National Vice President, Product Development & Network Strategy, Senior Products Division, Health Net, Inc.  Margaret Lapiz, Vice President, Strategy and Implementation, The Permanente Medical Group  Moderator: Sonia Delen, Principal, Banc of America Leasing

Own Your Future: Strategic Mentoring  Bev Strand, Business Manager, Supplier Diversity Program; Chair of Mentoring Circles, Cisco Systems, Inc.  Denielle Palomares, Quality Assurance, Genentech; Filipino Americans Coming Together (FACT) @ Genentech  Erica Javier Samoranos, Cisco Systems, Inc.  Ruth Asmundson Ph. D., Mayor of Davis, California  Susan Afan, Regional Vice-President, Professional Staffing Services, Northern California, Robert Half International  Moderator: Evelyn Luluquisen, Human Resources Manager, Communication & Network Services, U. C. Berkeley

Writing for TV and Print: Getting Published for Instant Credibility  Martin Delahoussaye, Senior Editor, Pfeiffer  Rena Down, screenwriter and Emmy Award-winning director; Faculty, New School University  Moderator: Terry Bautista, TLB Consultants

Business Dining Etiquette (tutorial lunch)  Syndi Seid, Founder & Director, Advanced Etiquette

Filipinas in Motion Roundtable Discussions (Mirror, Mirror on the Wall)  Attendees will join small discussion groups of Filipina women in similar fields and professional areas of expertise.

B. Entrepreneurship:(http://www. ffwn. org/Entrepreneurship. htm (http://www. ffwn. org/Entrepreneurship. htm))

Doing Business in the Philippines.  Clara Lapuz, Founder, Marigold Commodities (Mama Sita brand)  Casimira Gorce, Owner, XOX Truffles  Alice Ignacio, U. S. food importer and distributor.  Tricia Garcia, Marketing Manager, LBC Mundial  Moderator: Nini Alvero, Philippine Trade Commissioner, U. S.Western Region

Road to Entrepreneurship  Al S. Perez, Director, Creative I Studio  Maria Honrada, President, Island Huts, Inc.  Norma Edar, Owner, Costless Maintenance Services Co., Inc.  Elaine Villamin, Wine Gypsy (Winemaker, Thirsty Traveler, Vineyard Pixie) Eden Canyon Vineyards  Moderator: Agnes Briones Ubalde, Executive Director, Small Business Commission, City and County of San Francisco

Smart Financing  Moderator: Jessica Jallorina, Vice President, Communications @ FWN

C. Community & Political Empowerment: (http://www. ffwn. org/CommunityandPoliticalEmpowerment. htm (http://www. ffwn. org/CommunityandPoliticalEmpowerment. htm))

Filipino Pop Culture: the Development of the Filipino Image in America  Bambi Francisco, Editor, Columnist, Correspondent, MarketWatch, CBS Radio  Benny Evangelista, Host, Chronicle Podcasts; Staff Writer, San Francisco Chronicle  May Briosos, General Manager, Prime Image Media Group  Regina Reyes, North America News Bureau Chief, ABS-CBN International  Moderator: Tessie Zaragoza, Chair of the FWN Board

Run, Filipina Run: Campaigning to Win  Alice Lai-Bitker, Supervisor, District 3, Alameda County  Gloria Megino Ochoa, Assistant Chief Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee; former California State Senator; former candidate for U. S. Representative (against Michael Huffington)  Janet Reilly, Democratic Candidate for the State Assembly, District 12  Rachel Puno Juliana, Attorney; Trustee, Jefferson Union High School District  Rozanna Verder-Aliga, Board Member, Vallejo City Unified School District, CA; candidate for Vallejo City Council  Moderator: Stella Edralin, Esq., Law Office of Stella Edralin

YouthSpeak: Growing Up Bi-Cultural in the U. S.  Nikki Santiago, President, Pilipino Student Union, Skyline College  Kristein Delen Briones, Student, City College of San Francisco  Moderator: Genevieve Jopanda, District Operations Manager, Hertz Corporation; Vice President, Youth & Community Advocacy @ FWN

Developing Our Community of Influence  Marilyn H. Fowler, Founder & President, WomenÂ’s Intercultural Network  Vida Benavides, Political and Public Affairs Consultant (expert on Asian Pacific American electoral politics); Member, Democratic Party Presidential Primary Timing and Scheduling Commission

D. Personal Leadership Development:(http://www. ffwn. org/PersonalLeadershipDevelopment. htm (http://www. ffwn. org/PersonalLeadershipDevelopment. htm))

Kali, Filipino Martial Art of Self Defense: Building Inner Confidence  Rosie Abriam, Kali instructor, Software Manager, New Focus

Clear Eye for a Filipina Style: What Your Wardrobe Says About You  Suzie Woodward Morris, CIO, Strategic Imaging, Inc., nationally known author, wardrobe and image consultant

Emotional Intelligence  Rebecca Turner, Ph. D., Professor, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University and Organizational Consultant

Closing Keynote - Looking to the Future: A Level Playing Field  Freada Kapor Klein, Ph. D., Founder and Board Chair, Level Playing Field Institute; President, Klein Associates, Inc.

The Power of Feng Shui: Achieving Fulfillment and Success in Your Life  Marsha Cheung Golangco, President, MG Consultants

[b]E. Celebrating Filipina Women Artists @ FWN Theatre[/b] (http://www. ffwn. org/FilipinaWomenArtists. htm (http://www. ffwn. org/FilipinaWomenArtists. htm)

Fundraiser to launch V-Day San Francisco 2006 spotlighting Comfort Women of Asia. Beneficiaries: Filipina Women Against Violence, Pamana Theatre Project, Bindlestiff Studios)

Special presentation about The Vagina Monologues  Lourdes Santos Tancinco Esq.  Giovannie Pico, Actor  Edna Rodis R. N., Kaiser Permanente

Underneath the Smile: Tribute to Grandma  Shelene Atanacio, Actor

Dead Woman Home  Written and performed by May Nazareno, The Pamana Theatre Project

Women of the World, a musical presentation  Faith Rivera, pop songwriter, 2003 Daytime Emmy award winner

FWN Theatre Host:  Bettina Santos Yap, Marketing Consultant, Sun Microsystems

New this year is the FWN Expo and Career Fair. Summit sponsors, corporate supporters and Filipino business owners will showcase their latest products and services. Sponsorship and exhibition slots are still available by calling 415.278.9410 or go to www. ffwn. org to download a prospectus.

The Career Fair will feature resume critiques, career coaching, and tips for conducting a job search. Corporate recruiters are welcome to join the Career Fair so they can attract Filipina women into joining their organizations. More information is available at http://www. ffwn. org/SponsorshipandExhibitorInformation. htm (http://www. ffwn. org/SponsorshipandExhibitorInformation. htm).

The casual nature of the Filipina Summit allows attendees an unprecedented opportunity to gain valuable contacts, find mentors, and explore new ways to advance their careers, expand their business and create a thriving work environment.

The Filipina Summit is open to anyone interested in advancing their careers and learning about managing issues facing women and minorities including professionals, industry executives and representatives from corporations, government agencies and public benefit organizations that support the Filipina agenda.

Early registration for the three-day Filipina Summit is open and can be accessed by logging into

Http://filipinasummit. mollyguard. com (http://filipinasummit. mollyguard. com). Registration for FWN members prior to October 11 is $250 and $300 for nonmembers. Onsite registration is $300 and $350 respectively.

The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Union Square located at 480 Sutter Street in San Francisco. On-site hotel is available at FWN special rates by calling 888.218.0808 for room reservations.

Filipina Summit sponsors include Genentech, Robert Half International, the Philippine Center, Manila Bulletin and Philippine News.

About Filipina Women's Network

The Filipina Women's Network (FWN) is a non-profit association for women of Philippine ancestry. FWN strives to enhance public perceptions of Filipina women's capacities to lead, change biases against Filipina women's leadership abilities and promote the entry of Filipina women into positions of leadership.


Marily Mondejar


Tessie Zaragoza



Thursday, April 6, 2006

Bay Area Group Exposes The Myth Behind CaliforniaÂ’s Happy Cows

Bay Area Group Exposes The Myth Behind CaliforniaÂ’s Happy Cows

East Bay Animal Advocates (EBAA), a San Francisco Bay Area-based animal advocacy organization, unveiled the findings of its investigation of the California dairy industry.

(PRWEB) April 27, 2005

The groupÂ’s graphic documentation (available at www. insidedairyproduction. com) reveals systematic animal neglect at dairy farms across the state. EBAA documented conditions at farm operations in five of California's top producing dairy counties (Merced, San Joaquin, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Tulare).

Each year the California Milk Advisory Board spends $37 million to promote the Happy Cows marketing campaign.

“The Happy Cows advertising demonstration contrasts with the life of the modern California dairy cow,” states Christine Morrissey, director of East Bay Animal Advocates. “Despite exceptional economic and agriculture growth, California's dairy practices have a detrimental effect on animal welfare, environmental sustainability, public health, and occupational safety.”

In California, dairy concentrated animal feeding operations commonly confine several thousand cows on limited acreage. Cows are denied adequate protection from severe weather conditions. The pasture-less dry lot system increases the incidence of infection, disease and injury among the cow population.

According to CaliforniaÂ’s South Coast Air Quality Management District, California dairies pose a serious threat to humans living in surrounding rural communities.

In 2004, the California Pollution Control Financing Authority allocated $70 million in state bond funds to expand large dairy operations, which produce significant amounts of pollution from cow manure.

Founded in 2003, East Bay Animal Advocates is a nonprofit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through education and rescue efforts, EBAA works on campaigns to defend animals harmed in agriculture, entertainment, fashion, households, research and beyond.

For more information: www. insidedairyproduction. com

Farm Footage Available for Media.

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Sunday, April 2, 2006

Attention Knockout Beauties: Looking for a Few Good Members to Join a Newly Opened and Different Health and Beauty Club

Attention Knockout Beauties: Looking for a Few Good Members to Join a Newly Opened and Different Health and Beauty Club

If the comparison was informative, then become a member of www. bringoutknockout-beauty. com and ask about the wide variety of topics available. Samples and newsletters available to members are different than the ones available to visitors.

Union, NJ (PRWEB) March 9, 2009

Looking for a few good members to join an information and resource hub for health and beauty topics...and more. Visit the Become a Member page at Bringout Knockout-Beauty.

As a BOKOB Mem Insider, members are privledged to special samples, ebooks and newsletters. Different from membership sites. No hidden pages or limited access. For pennies a day, members can recieve reports and resources for topics of choice.

At www. bringoutknockout-beauty. com, visitors can choose from Atkins, South Beach or Weight Watcher's diets. To help visitors choose the right plan, informative content like the analysis below is available to everyone.

The Atkins Diet is a low carb diet developed by Dr. Robert Atkins. It is derived from a diet the Doctor utilzed to resolve a personal weight problem. The original diet came from the Journal of the American Medical association. The original Atkins Diet was introduced in 1972, and Dr. Atkins has made revisions to the diet without losing the original concept.

The Atkins diet departs from prevailing metabolic theories. Dr. Atkins believes that obesity is caused by eating refined sugars and that saturated fat is overrated in weight loss. He believes that trans-fats are more important in cardiovascular disease. The concept of the diet is that if sugar intake is reduced, the body will burn fat.

Putting emphasis on fat intake, leads to neglecting carb intake. This results is fat never being metabolized.

There are four phases to the diet program:
induction ongoing weight loss pre-maintainence lifetime

The basic principle involves the reduction of carbohydrate intake,. This results in ketosis. The carbohydrate intake level is then increased until a "maintainable" level is found for lifetime weight

The South Beach diet was designed by Arthur Agatston, a cardiologist, and Marie Alman, a dietician. The theory behind the diet is that eating a low fat diet helps to reduce cholesterol and heart disease, but patients have a hard time sticking to the diet and actually consume excess sugar.

The excess sugar intake triggers insulin production, which in turn lead to hunger pangs and more sugar consumption that leads to........the cycle is clear.

The diet is simple: replace bad carbs and bad fats with good carbs and good fats. Processed foods with high sugar levels are replaced with vegetables, beans and whole grains. Trans-fats are eliminated and unsaturated fats are encouraged along with omega 3 fatty acid. Lean meats, fish and nuts are consumed instead of fatty meat and saturated fats. The spikes of sugar are eliminated and the circulatory system is cleared of harmful fat residue.

Weight Watcher's diet first appeared on the market in 1963. It was developed by Jean Nidetch. Members select a goal weight that results in a body weight index of 20-25. If a member selects a higher index number, then a doctors' note must be submitted.

To be a member, a person must be at least five pounds more than the minimum weight for a particular height. The basic guidelines include eating lean meats, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and soy products while meeting target serving sizes. Multivitamins, exercising and limiting sugar and alcohol are also part of the diet plan.

Filling foods, like whole grains, help to keep dieters satisfied. Foods have point values, and points per day are calculated or by using the Simply Filling method a member can stay satified by eating filling foods without calculation. By using the point system, foods are not forbidden.

So, which diet plan is the best? It depends on your own approach to dieting, and if you are willing to give up certain foods. At least, there are choices to dieting available to any person
Serious about losing weight.


Saturday, April 1, 2006

Los Angeles Dentist Launches New Web Site

Los Angeles Dentist Launches New Web Site

Celebrity periodontist and Beverly Hills dentist Dr. Alex Farnoosh recently launched a new Web site with comprehensive information about the latest dental treatments and new features like video and patient before and after photos.

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) March 27, 2008

Celebrity cosmetic dentist Dr. Alex Farnoosh, DMD, MSD, PhD has just released an updated Web site (www. thetotalsmile. com) filled with the latest information on Beverly Hills dental implant, gummy smile, and lip lowering treatments. Dr. Farnoosh's site provides consumers and patients who are searching for a periodontist or cosmetic dentist in Los Angeles with information about available dental services and insightful advice.

Dr. Farnoosh's innovative "Total Smile" approach incorporates the three key aspects of oral care: Beautiful Teeth, Pleasant Looking and Healthy Gums, and Attractive Lips. By focusing on each patient's Total Smile, Dr. Farnoosh is able to achieve a stellar looking smile worthy of a celebrity.

Many people search the Web looking for a highly qualified dentist in Beverly Hills or Los Angeles. "Without the Web," says Dr. Farnoosh, "finding a great dentist would be primarily based on luck and it would be much harder to get good information about the dental services available." Thanks to new and innovative Web sites like the one launched by Dr. Farnoosh, consumers can now get information about available dental procedures from the comfort of their own home.

The Beverly Hills dentist's site also offers a "Total Smile Gallery" displaying before and after photos of people who have improved their smile with a range of dental services, including gum bleaching to treat gum discoloration, dental implants, and correction of gummy smile.

Whether a person needs preventive care, tooth-colored porcelain fillings, crowns and veneers, teeth whitening or other dental services, Dr. Farnoosh is able to implement safe and proven methods to achieve the results his patients desire. Dr. Farnoosh offers a full range of services through his office and affiliate providers, including Dental Implants, Laser Tooth Whitening, Aesthetic Gum Treatment & Gum Bleaching, Gum Grafting & Bone Grafting, Lip Lowering & Treatment of Gummy Smile, Treatment of Periodontal Disease by Laser, Cosmetic Dentistry & "Smile Makeovers," Zoom Teeth Whitening & Topical Fluoride Sealants, and Preventive Care & Gentle Teeth Cleaning.

For a limited time, Dr. Farnoosh is offering people who are not his current customers, but who are looking for a periodontist / dentist in Los Angeles, an opportunity to become familiar with his services through a Complimentary Initial Visit where they will receive:
A Personal Consultation with Dr. Farnoosh for up to 30 minutes A Complete Dental Exam Gum Disease Screening Oral Cancer Screening Bite Analysis Color Evaluation (for Whitening) Jaw Joint Exam (TMJ)

Dr. Farnoosh plans to keep updating his site with recent photos of patients so that his Web visitors can see the results that are possible with modern dental techniques performed by a skilled periodontist.

Dr. Alex Farnoosh (www. thetotalsmile. com) is a dentist in Beverly Hills specializing in dental implants, gum bleaching, and gum grafting. He serves patients from all over Los Angeles, the United States, and other countries. Dr. Farnoosh has published over 40 journal articles and research topics in dentistry and is the inventor of a patented method to treat discolored gums.

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