Principals Link Recess to Academic Achievement in Latest Gallup Poll

Principals Link Recess to Academic Achievement in Latest Gallup Poll



When most people talk about how to improve education, they tend to focus only on what happens in the classroom. But elementary principals, who are the key instructional leaders in the learning process, report in a new Gallup poll that the most unexpected opportunity to boost learning may exist on the playground at recess.



Alexandria, VA (Vocus) February 5, 2010



When most people talk about how to improve education, they tend to focus only on what happens in the classroom. But elementary principals, who are the key instructional leaders in the learning process, report in a new Gallup poll that the most unexpected opportunity to boost learning may exist on the playground at recess.



The first-of its-kind survey of almost 2,000 principals nationwide, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and Playworks, revealed enthusiastic support for recess among principals, who see it benefiting kids both in the classroom and in life. “Principals know that students’ academic development is inextricably connected to their physical, social, and emotional well-being, and they support recess as a crucial element of learning that sustains the whole child,” said NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly. “As primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning, principals are key in determining and nurturing what works for children in schools—in both the classroom and on the playground.”



Key findings from the survey include:

Four out of five principals report that recess has a positive impact on academic achievement. Two-thirds of principals report that students listen better after recess and are more focused in class. Virtually all believe that recess has a positive impact on children’s social development (96 percent) and general well-being (97 percent).



“This research sends a clear message to anyone interested in improving education or the overall well-being of America’s children: it’s time to take recess seriously,” said Jane Lowe, team director for the Vulnerable Populations Portfolio at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Recess should no longer be treated as an afterthought but as a core part of any strategy for promoting learning and improving health.”



Recess has traditionally served as the one outlet during the school day when children can recharge their bodies and minds. But those minutes have been steadily eroding. A 2005 study found that the average American student only participates in 22 minutes of recess a day.



And according to the Gallup poll, one in five principals report cutting recess minutes to meet testing requirements. Still, this research shows that even a little recess can have a big impact on the school day.



“Recess offers an extraordinary opportunity to improve a school’s climate,” said Jill Vialet, founder and president of Playworks, a national nonprofit and grantee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that helps schools improve their recess. “Just a little bit of training for staff can go a long way in helping schools dramatically reduce disciplinary problems at recess and direct more attention to teaching and learning.”



The poll is the first national, scientific survey of principals on the subject of recess. The research was conducted October 8-19, 2009, through an online survey fielded by The Gallup Organization with 1,951 principals and deputy, vice or assistant principals across the country. The survey sample was provided by NAESP and was weighted to reflect a balance of urban, suburban and rural schools, as well as schools of various income levels, defined by the percentage of students receiving free and reduced lunch (FARL).



Read the executive summary at www. playworks. org/files/StateOfPlayFeb2010.pdf (http://www. playworks. org/files/StateOfPlayFeb2010.pdf).



About NAESP:

Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) serves more than 25,000 elementary and middle school principals in the United States, Canada, and overseas. NAESP leads in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle-level principals and other education leaders in their commitment to all children. www. naesp. org



About The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. www. rwjf. org.



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Website Improves Market Efficiency to Better Oppose the Looming Water Crisis

Website Improves Market Efficiency to Better Oppose the Looming Water Crisis



Much of the world's water systems are inadequate or crumbling from age. Around the world, billions are spent each year to build or repair water and wastewater systems. Yet, there was no place where utilities could announce their contract opportunities and be assured that interested vendors could find them.



Detroit, MI (PRWEB) August 22, 2006



Water is not only the basic fundamental need, but adequate safe water upderpins the nation’s health, economy, ecology and security. The challenge for the future is to ensure adequate quantity and quality of water to meet human and ecological needs against growing competition among domestic, industrial and agricultural needs.



Much of the world's water systems are inadequate or crumbling from age. Around the world, billions are spent each year to build or repair water and wastewater systems. Yet, there was no place where utilities could announce their contract opportunities and be assured that interested vendors could find them.



To tackle this issue, there should be an efficient global market for water and wastewater contract opportunities as we have for other important commodities like oil and gold bullion. It is being discussed again and again that, in the near future, the wars will be for water and not for oil. Given the competition for water among farmers, communities, aquatic ecosystems and other users as well as emerging challenges like climatic change and threat of water borne diseases, a new mechanism is needed so that transparent, cost effective and result oriented decisions are taken with great speed. Federal funding should go specifically to the areas of water demand and use, water supply augmentation ensuring maximum return to the tax payer.



The water portal H2bid. com's vision is to create the world's most efficient market for water and wastewater contract opportunities. Through our site, we want to provide 24/7access to any water or wastewater contract opportunity anywhere in the world. Through our vision, we have created an online presence where water and wastewater utilities can find vendors who specifically serve these industries – wherever they may be in the world. Similarly, our website enables the world's suppliers to the water and wastewater industries to be able to find any contract opportunity – wherever it may be in the world. We endeavor to provide immediate worldwide access to water and wastewater contract opportunities. H2bid. com enables water and wastewater utilities and their potential suppliers to find each other at a rate of speed that has never existed. In doing so, we enable utilities to fulfill their fiduciary obligation of getting the best product or service for the best price. Conversely, vendors now have a one-stop-shop to access water and wastewater contract opportunities all over the world. This will lead to true competition, greater transparency, and lower prices in the water and wastewater industries. Ultimately, everyone wins, including the ratepayers who can be assured that the various multimillion-dollar projects have been exposed to the world to produce the best bid (or tender). With utilities spending billions for years to come, this translates into real money that can reduce the need for the constant and exorbitant rate increases that are becoming common throughout water and wastewater systems. This is especially important for such projects as desalination plants where the cost is enormous and even small savings can free up millions for other important projects. With H2bid. com, competition is higher, the vendor options are greater, and costs are lower. As the world's market for the water and wastewater industries, H2bid. com hosts bids from every continent, country, province, state, county, city, town, or village. There are no cost barriers, because all utilities can announce their contract opportunities at no cost to the entire world of water and wastewater venders and suppliers. For instance, H2bid. com:



Is the only website dedicated exclusively to water and waster contract opportunities from all over the world. H2bid. com gets water and wastewater contract opportunities from every state in America and every continent in the world. Has the largest and most comprehensive database of water and wastewater projects in the world and it is growing larger every day. No other website gives vendors the ability to receive free email alerts of water and wastewater contract opportunities from around the world, immediately after they are placed in our system. Allows companies to easily search water and wastewater projects by product code, location, or category, to quickly locate the best possible contract opportunities in the world. We also have a color-coded display of contract opportunities, to allow companies to quickly see the contract opportunities that are expiring soon. Provides RSS Feeds to websites with updated summaries of the water and wastewater postings on H2bid. com. Helps all users keep track of contract opportunities by storing them in personal folders on our site.



Water and Wastewater contract opportunities are our core business. H2bid. com is the world's first and only market dedicated to water and wastewater contract opportunities. Today, H2bid. com is growing rapidly and is on track to be THE place to post or find a water or wastewater contract opportunity -- anywhere in the world.



By creating an efficient and immediate method of posting and finding the world's water and wastewater contract opportunities, H2bid. com is helping water and wastewater utilities provide worldwide access to their contract opportunities, get better value for lower prices, and reduce the need for constant water and wastewater rate increases.



Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, the land of the Great Lakes, H2bid. com is committed to helping the world meet the need for safe and viable water and wastewater systems through immediate access to services and products, the efficient use of procurement resources, and open competition for contract opportunities.



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Arizona Company Launches with New Approach to Cosmetic Skin Enhancement

Arizona Company Launches with New Approach to Cosmetic Skin Enhancement



Cosmetic skin treatment company Skintegrity inc. opens at the Arizona Integrative Medical Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, offering a wide range of aesthetic skin enhancement products and services, along with a new, contemporary approach to anti-aging skin care.



Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) June 23, 2006



The Arizona-based company Skintegrity, has opened a new aesthetic skin enhancement and cosmetic anti-aging treatment center at the Arizona Integrative Medical Center, home of world renowned naturopathic physician Dr. Paul Stallone. Dr. Stallone currently resides as Medical Director for the Arizona Integrative Medical Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, and has become famous for his successful treatment of patients with stage 3 and 4 cancer. Many patients have traveled from the corners of the earth to seek his innovative care and solutions. He uses a vast array of modalities including Nutrition/Supplements, Homeopathy, Detoxification, Joint Manipulation, Therapeutic Injections, Oxygen/Ozone Therapy, Intravenous Nutritional-Vitamin Therapy, Hormone Therapy, Sports Medicine, Pain Management, Pharmaceutical Drugs and Botanical Medicine to effectively treat the acute and chronic diseases that are commonly seen today.



Responding to an overwhelming client demand, Dr. Stallone has partnered with Skintegrity company owner Kira Wilder, taking a contemporary, naturopathic approach to the growing aesthetic skin care and cosmetic anti-aging industries.



"What sets us apart from our competitors is our ability to bring out a healthy and youthful look naturally for our clients. We don’t do cookie-cutter treatments. This is a small, upscale medical practice focused on relationships. Our greatest pleasure is creating personalized, full service, one-patient-at-a-time care,” says Wilder. Combining Dr. Stallone’s naturopathic treatments with Skintegrity’s medical aesthetics has been a big hit with the patients. Dr. Stallone has improved healing time of the patients with his “Collagen Building Skin Rejuvenation IV Therapy.” Dr Stallone commented, “I perfected my detoxifying, rejuvenating skin formulas when I worked with patients pre and post plastic surgery to reduce healing time. Combining medical aesthetic treatments such as our Portrait PSR non-surgical facelift with naturopathic therapies is a home run for our patients!”



According to Wilder, the company slogan "consciously creating your best skin," exemplifies the company's commitment to uncovering and magnifying clients' natural beauty. Methods used by Skintegrity to accomplish this include: Portrait PSR Skin Regeneration Procedure, Acne and Sun Damage Treatments Levulan, Botox Cosmetic, Restylane, Sculptra and the Zeno Acne Clearing Device.



Learn more about Skintegrity and their methodology by visiting www. myskintegrity. com. Information on the Arizona Integrative Medical Center and Dr. Paul Stallone can also be viewed at www. drstallone. com.



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Volcano Vaporizer Low Price Guarantee at GotVape. com

Volcano Vaporizer Low Price Guarantee at GotVape. com



The Volcano Vaporizer is now being offered at the guaranteed lowest price in the world. This latest addition in quality vaporizers is being offered by GotVape. com, headquarters to the world's finest vaporizers and tobacco smoking cessation devices.



(PRWEB) April 14, 2005



Los Angeles, CA (PRWeb (http://www. prweb. com)) April 14, 2004 – (www. gotvape. com). The Volcano Vaporizer (http://www. gotvape. com/store/Volcano_Vaporizer. html) has arrived at GotVape. com and is being offered at the guaranteed lowest price in the world. Vaporizers have now been recognized as the healthiest way to ‘smoke’ and the Volcano Vaporizer in particular is setting the bar for excellence in the medical community. Having become the premiere Vaporizer Lifestyle Shopping Portal, GotVape. com is proud to announce the Volcano Vaporizer as its latest addition in cutting edge vaporizer products.



Using the Volcano Vaporizer as well as other vaporizers offered by GotVape. com you get the same effect as smoking, but do so without burning or combusting the plant material. By-products resulting from combustion include tar, ash, CO2, carbon monoxide and other gases as well as carcinogenic elements, many of which are known to increase the likelihood of several cancers are not inhaled because of the vaporizers technology. In addition, because smoking is basically breathing in fire, your lungs and throat are subjected to high amounts of heat, which is damaging no matter what the substance is.



Combustion is also known to decrease and destroy a large percentage of the active ingredients contained in the plant material. Studies have shown that 25-50% of the active ingredients contained in the tobacco are destroyed by the act of combustion itself. So, not only does smoking create many unhealthy and unwanted side effects, a large percentage of the plant material's active ingredients are lost in the process.



The Volcano Vaporizer represents German engineering at it’s finest. The Volcano Vaporizer is imported to America from the manufacturer Storz & Bickel. Each and every Volcano Vaporizer is hand crafted in Germany from the finest materials. Boasting a three-year manufacturers warranty, the Volcano Vaporizer has quickly established itself as the most elite vaporizer on the market today. “The Volcano Vaporizer is a must have for any serious smoker,” says Stephen Perkins multi-platinum artist of Jane’s Addiction, Porno for Pyros, Banyon and The Panic Channel.



The Volcano Vaporizer’s patented valve balloon is where the vapor is captured and ‘smoked’ from. This vapor is created and pumped by the regulated temperature (plus or minus 4°C) controlled base unit. The Volcano Vaporizer valve balloon allows the user to enjoy their vapor at any point for up to 8 hours without the worry of their vapor going stale.



The new Volcano Vaporizer Low Price Guarantee was instituted so that buyers could purchase from GotVape. com with confidence. This confidence comes from the knowledge that GotVape. com offers the very best price on the Volcano Vaporizer and if customers do find it somewhere else cheaper, we will match that price and refund the difference within seven days of purchase.



“The Volcano Vaporizer is just one of the many top quality vaporizers that GotVape. com is bringing onboard over the next 3-6 months. GotVape. com is in negotiations with several of the leading vaporizer manufacturers. It is however still too early to make any announcements as to which vaporizers will be added to the GotVape. com upcoming vaporizer selection,” says Tilo (http://www. gotvape. com/lounge/sounds_tilo. html), cofounder of Methods of Mayhem along with Tommy Lee (http://www. gotvape. com/gallery/tommy_lee. html) and owner of GotVape. com.



As well as being the premiere Vaporizer Lifestyle shopping portal, GotVape. com also has an astonishing wholesale distribution network set-up. With over 2500 retail tobacco smoking accessories shops in the pipeline, GotVape. com has become a de facto vaporizer cooperative. Leveraging the bulk buying power of all these stores, GotVape. com is able to drive down prices from the manufacturer and pass along the savings to each and every retail outlet. This is beneficial for both the vaporizer manufacturer looking to increase business, as well as retail tobacco accessories stores who are trying to maximize profits and earning potential.



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Mold Dogs: Hoax Or Help?

Mold Dogs: Hoax Or Help?



The Mold Consultants LLC Releases Results Of An Independent Analysis Of Usefulness Of Mold Sniffing Dogs



(PRWEB) August 14, 2003



The Mold Consultants, LLC has released an independent report analyzing the effectiveness and utility of “mold sniffing” dogs to perform environmental air quality assessments. This report cuts through the hype and emotional entanglements to disclose how mans-best-friend stacks up when doing toxic mold testing in buildings.



Homeowners are increasingly dealing with mold issues in their homes, and theyÂ’re finding out that proper identification and remediation is costly. Further, as insurance companies usually deny coverage for mold claims, the homeowner is usually left to their own devices to try to figure out what to do. Since toxic mold inspections done by a professional mold inspection company can range from $95 to well over $1,500, minimizing the cost of mold identification motivates some homeowners to attempt to reduce this cost any way they can. Mold sniffing dogs have been marketed as a way to reduce the cost of a toxic mold inspection.



Popularized by recent media coverage of how these animals are being used to assist in the detection of mold, The Mold Consultants LLC investigated purchasing a mold sniffing dog as a tool to augment their existing toolset used in their business of providing indoor air quality assessments.



Said Jim J. Hobuss, Principal Consultant for The Mold Consultants, LLC, “Our business is growing rapidly, and we began hearing stories of how dogs were trained to detect mold, thus saving time and expense for the homeowner. Wanting to stay ahead of the competition, we wanted to see how effective these animals actually are, and, if they are really more economical and effective than traditional sampling technology.



So, we began a 60-hour analysis, looking into this issue. We wanted answers to a number of questions: How effective are these animals? Are they really more cost-efficient? Are they as thorough and accurate as a human-based inspection? Can the results be counted on as much as the results from a human-being performing a toxic mold inspection?”



The results of the analytical effort, tailored for the general consumer, is available in a free summarized report on the companies website. The URL to the report is: http://www. mold-consultants. com/sniffingdog. php (http://www. mold-consultants. com/sniffingdog. php).



“We feel it is important that people understand exactly what they are, and are not, getting when they consider hiring a dog to perform a toxic mold inspection. In many cases, their health is in question, and they need this sort of information to make an informed decision. The people selling the dogs to mold inspection companies won’t tell you the limitations that are inherent with the dogs, and the people that work for the mold inspection companies that use dogs won’t tell you about their limitations, for obvious reasons.



We at The Mold Consultants, LLC have broken down the hype and tell you exactly what the mold sniffing dogs can, and canÂ’t, do.

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DiscountMugs Announces New BPA-Free Reusable Aluminum Water Bottles

DiscountMugs Announces New BPA-Free Reusable Aluminum Water Bottles



Discountmugs. com announces a new line of BPA-free reusable aluminum water bottles. These water bottles are top-of-the-line, eco-friendly, and are cheaper than most water bottles you find on the market today. In an effort to promote a healthy environment, Discountmugs. com has launched this line of custom water bottles to help people drink their water with the earth on their minds.



Miami, FL (PRWEB) July 30, 2009



Discountmugs. com announces a new line of BPA-free reusable aluminum water bottles. These water bottles are top-of-the-line, eco-friendly, and are cheaper than most water bottles you find on the market today. In an effort to promote a healthy environment, Discountmugs. com has launched this line of custom water bottles to help people drink their water with the earth on their minds. By replacing plastic bottles with these reusable aluminum water bottles, people can be more earth conscientious.



The fact that these printed water bottles are BPA-free is also another effort on Discountmugs. com's part. The company is trying to help people be more health conscientious. Since the bottles are BPA-free, they do not carry the chemical that mimics estrogen and can cause prostate cancer. Most plastic bottles carry BPA and are harmful to your body. But, Discountmugs. com is now offer these BPA-free bottles at tremendous savings so that everyone can afford them and be healthy.



An added plus about these customized water bottles is that they can be used as promotional products. They can be used to promote businesses, fund raisers, corporate events, and school events. Anything you need to promote, these water bottles can do it for you. All you have to do is have your logo printed on the side of the aluminum water bottles, which Discountmugs. com can do for you, and give them away for free. What is great about this is that you are not only using them for promotional purposes, you are helping people be healthy and helping the environment be healthy.



Eco-friendly water bottles are not just a trend. They are something that everyone needs to consider using if we are going to protect our environment. Companies like Discountmugs. com not only understand this, they implement it through their products and services. Discountmugs. com is going green by offering reusable water bottles.



With their everyday low prices, purchasing these water bottles will not weigh heavy on your budget. They are just as much cost-effective as they are healthy. One simple reusable water bottle (http://www. discountmugs. com/nc/sports-bottles/1457/promotional-aluminium-water-bottles-with-two-tone-lid. htm) can cost as little as $2.99--and you can keep refilling it whenever you want. A plastic bottle of water at your local grocery store can cost that much and you end up throwing the bottle away. Think how many times you buy a bottle of water like this and how much you are wasting, not to mention risking your health and that of the environment's.



To make it even easier on people to use reusable aluminum water bottles, Discountmugs. com is offering free set up and free shipping.



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Practice Fusion Reaches 100 Physician Milestone in Record Time

Practice Fusion Reaches 100 Physician Milestone in Record Time



Practice Fusion, a leading force in the healthcare IT revolution and award winning provider of on-demand EMR solutions to the medical practice community today announced that it signed-on over 100 practitioners across 70 practices since its launch on October 23, 2007, highlighting the product's industry acceptance and momentum.



San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 7, 2008



Practice Fusion], a leading force in the healthcare IT revolution and award winning provider of on-demand EMR solutions to the medical practice community, today announced that it signed-on over 100 practitioners across 70 practices since its launch on October 23, 2007, highlighting the product's industry acceptance and momentum.



"This milestone validates Practice Fusion as a leading contender in the EMR market, as well as establishes us as one of the fastest growing EMR communities in the countries," said Ryan Howard, CEO and co-founder of Practice Fusion. "Physicians are realizing that they no longer have to be gouged by existing enterprise vendors, such as Misys, who require a large upfront investment and disrupt their practice by taking weeks to implement. By offering a world-class solution that is free and deployable in minutes, Practice Fusion's innovative model fundamentally addresses the two highest risks for physicians when purchasing an EMR, price and implementation."



Practice Fusion achieved these record results by combining the features of a world-class EMR with a truly unique process for bringing new clients on board. "We are very excited to reach this milestone," continues Alan Wong, Practice Fusion's COO. "Where typical EMR implementations can span months or even years, hindering the practitioner's ability to go live quickly, we have fine-tuned our system so that it takes only minutes to provision the practice and give them access to start charting. These results reflect our continuous investment in our products, process and infrastructure which allows us to better serve our clients."



Practice Fusion's clients span specialty and region. "With Practice Fusion, we have our patient history in one place," says Jason Boylan FNP-C of Robertson Health Services, PLLC. "We looked for an EMR that could help us with creating portable records for our patients. Every system we looked at was very expensive, but with Practice Fusion we liked what we saw and the risk was minimal. The system is great for us and is very user friendly. It is the right solution for our practices."



"I am really impressed with the strong foundation Practice Fusion has built into its EMR," explains Thomas Nedumthottathil, B. Sc., M. D. "It does what the more expensive EMRs do at a significantly lower cost, plus because it is internet based, I have more flexibility in where and how I use it." Referring to the software's ability to interface with the Microsoft Vista voice recognition software, Dr. Nedumthottathil continues, "you can do pretty much everything without using your keyboard and mouse."  



Gregory Lorkowski, O. D., sums up his experience by adding, "Practice Fusion eliminates the headaches with getting a new EMR -- no hardware, no software and no backup systems. With Practice Fusion, the hassles no longer outweigh the advantages of going electronic." The Practice Fusion EMR is free, on-demand and low risk. Software licensing and data hosting is free, and practitioners pay a modest $50 support fee. Practitioners can sign up for a demo on the company's website at www. practicefusion. com/demo (http://www. practicefusion. com/demo).



About Practice Fusion

Practice Fusion addresses the complexities and critical needs of today's healthcare environments by proving a revolutionary application and delivery model for physicians and patients at no cost. Practice Fusion's free, on-demand, low-risk EMR platform eliminates the complexities associated with licensing, implementation, integration and support experienced with traditional enterprise software solutions. Practice Fusion dramatically reduces the cost to the practice while enabling providers to deliver the highest level of care possible to their patients. For additional information, please visit www. practicefusion. com.

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Orange County, Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon Connects with Patients Using Social Media

Orange County, Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon Connects with Patients Using Social Media



Dr. Semira Bayati’s Orange County breast augmentation and plastic surgery practice is taking advantage of the popular social networking site Facebook to connect with patients both new and old. Dr. Bayati’s Facebook page provides an informal yet informative look at all that her practice has to offer and the results that she has been able to achieve for her patients.



Newport Beach, CA (Vocus) February 11, 2010



In this era of You Tube, Twitter, and other social networking sites, people can stay connected with their friends, family, and others who share their interests more easily than ever before. Dr. Semira Bayati, a plastic surgeon offering procedures such as breast augmentation and liposuction in Orange County, has embraced social media to enhance her practice’s online presence. Dr. Bayati is reaching out to past, current, and prospective patients on Facebook, one of the nation’s most popular social networking sites.



In creating her plastic surgery practice’s Facebook page, Dr. Bayati seeks to provide individuals with an easy way to access before-and-after photos, videos, and information on the various plastic surgery procedures that she offers. Patients considering tummy tuck in Newport Beach and other aesthetic enhancement options can view testimonial videos and hear from those who have already undergone the surgery. Other videos on her Facebook page include a story detailing how Dr. Bayati helped a patient who had lost a significant amount of weight complete his transformation with body contouring surgery.



Plus, women who are interested in the 'mommy makeover' after pregnancy will find several resources that can help answer their questions about the procedure, including a link to an interview that Dr. Bayati conducted with a popular website for stay-at-home moms. In addition, Dr. Bayati’s Facebook page allows users to comment directly about the mommy makeover procedure. One user writes, 'Thank you for my mommy makeover. I was a tight size 14, now I am a comfortable size 9/10. Instead of it being a chore to get dressed in the morning, it's fun.' Although everyone has different needs and their results may vary, Dr. Bayati says the user comments provide women with valuable feedback from actual patients who have chosen her for their treatment.



Dr. Bayati also maintains a robust website, linked within her Facebook page, with detailed information about her practice and her procedures, patient forms, financing options, and plastic surgery specials. Those who wish to communicate with Dr. Bayati or other patients through Facebook will find that her profile page is bustling with activity, including many comments from the doctor herself. As social media continues to evolve, Dr. Bayati says she plans to stay abreast of new trends to ensure that she is providing patients with information and answering their questions in the most effective ways possible.



About Dr. Bayati

Dr. Semira Bayati established her Newport Beach liposuction and plastic surgery practice to help patients enhance their confidence about their appearance. She has the distinction of being one of only 45 students in the country who was accepted to medical school directly out of high school.



After graduating with honors form the prestigious Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Bayati completed her general surgery and plastic surgery training in Springfield, Illinois. She completed three years of plastic and reconstructive training, learning advanced endoscopic and other minimally-invasive techniques. Dr. Bayati also completed a year of training in hand and upper extremity surgery at the Loma Linda University Medial Center. This delicate, detailed specialty helped her to hone her microsurgical techniques.



Dr. Bayati is a board-certified plastic surgeon and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. The results of Dr. Bayati’s patients have been chronicled on the Discovery Health Channel multiple times for mommy makeover and for body contouring after massive weight loss; she has also been featured in New Beauty and Inland Empire magazines.



For more information on Dr. Semira Bayati, the procedures she offers, and her social network outreach, the practice can be reached at 20311 SW Birch Street, Suite 200, Newport Beach, CA. 92660 – (949) 756-0400. http://www. drbayati. com



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New Novel Presents a Gripping Story about Discovering the Ties that Bind a Family Together

New Novel Presents a Gripping Story about Discovering the Ties that Bind a Family Together



Follow one family's trials and triumphs in Kentucky Rain by Charlotte Jerace.



TRURO, MASSACHUSETTS (PRWEB) January 4, 2007



Author Charlotte Jerace reveals a tender, heartfelt story of one family's ability to pull together when confronted with a crisis, despite all odds against them, in her new novel Kentucky Rain.



Jerace's story centers on a genteel, yet spirited Southern woman named Agatha Vorelli, who embarks upon a road trip to Louisville, Ky. to deliver an extremely unique book to a noted historical society and to receive a seat of honor at the Kentucky Derby. However, Agatha's arrival doesn't go quite as planned, as her family members are called to retrieve her from Canadian Mounties. The family soon discovers Agatha is slowly losing her mind and manners due to Alzheimer's disease, and each of them must first wrestle with denial and their own demons before being able to truly unite in an effort to help.



A novel that plumbs the depths of familial emotions, fears of aging, and the family ties that can overcome the most daunting challenges, Kentucky Rain brings together an eclectic cast of characters, and deftly presents the motivations that often lead to monumental conflict -- but just as often results in brilliant humor that is both entertaining and biting. In Jerace's clever tale, we see how some of the most improbable people in our lives can often turn out to be the most important. With mounting family tensions and rising stakes on the social scene and the racetrack, Charlotte Jerace's novel progresses to a terrific climax that should prove satisfying to readers everywhere. Kentucky Rain embodies many truths and conveys the message that love, laughter, and forgiveness are the ties that bind a family together.



Rob Kean, author of The Pledge, had this to say about Kentucky Rain: "The world is filled with books we can't put down, but rare is the story we take with us. Jerace has penned a tale at once hilarious and touching, and that finds us sweetly conflicted, by Agatha Vorelli's tragic affliction in lockstep with her outrageous spirit, as those who love her do the best they can with both. A Kentucky Rain is available for sale online at Amazon. com, Borders. com, Target. com and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.



About the Author



Charlotte Jerace has a Masters of Education degree from Antioch University and worked as a partner in an international human resources and employee communications consulting firm where she completed major writing and consulting assignments for clients such as Tyco International, Fidelity Investments, Hilton Hotels, KPMG Peat Marwick, and Partners HealthCare System. Her awards for writing include several Telly Awards, a New York Film Festival Award, and the International Association of Business Communicators Gold Quill. In addition to her current work, she has written screenplays and a children's book and published a short story entitled "Cannibals" for Provincetown Arts Magazine and a nonfiction book entitled Facing the Future for Penguin Books. An avid gardener and beach walker, Jerace is married with a family and divides her time between Cape Cod and Florida.



About BookSurge



BookSurge LLC, an Amazon. com company, is a pioneer in self-publishing and print-on-demand services. Offering unique publishing opportunities and access for authors, BookSurge boasts an unprecedented number of authors whose work has resulted in book deals with traditional publishers as well as successful authorpreneurs who enhance or build a business from their professional expertise.



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Cord Blood Bank Sponsors Free Mother's Day Giveaway and Infant CPR Training

Cord Blood Bank Sponsors Free Mother's Day Giveaway and Infant CPR Training



Cord Blood Bank Gives Back to Community with Mother's Day Giveway and Free Infant CPR Training



Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 13, 2008



For many expectant parents cord blood banking (http://www. familycordbloodservices. com) has been an easy decision due to emerging medical advancements and life saving benefits of cord blood stem cells. To date, cord blood stem cells have been used to treat over 40 life threatening diseases including certain cancers and inherited disorders and have promise for diseases such as diabetes, brain injury and heart disease.



In celebration of Mother's Day, Los Angeles-based Family Cord Blood Services is offering expectant parents a chance to win free cord blood banking, a value of $1650, which includes enrollment, collection kit, medical courier transport of cord blood, processing, and one year of umbilical cord blood storage. Expectant parents can enter the Giveaway until the end of May.



Expectant parents can enter to win free cord blood banking directly by signing up at http://www. familycordbloodservices. com/cp07/info-kit. cfm? urlid=mom08 (http://www. familycordbloodservices. com/cp07/info-kit. cfm? urlid=mom08) or calling 888-828-CORD and mentioning MOM08 until May 31, 2008.



Besides sponsoring the Mother's Day Cord Blood Banking Giveaway, the company also provides Free Infant CPR Training for local expectant parents in the Greater Los Angeles area on a quarterly basis. Expectant families receive complimentary breakfast and tour of state-of-the-art cord blood (http://www. familycordbloodservices. com) facility during the course of the training. The next infant CPR training is scheduled for Saturday, June 7, from 10 a. m. - 12 p. m. Interested expectant parents can contact Family Cord Blood Services to reserve their space or email rsvp2@familycordbloodservices. com.



"As a way giving back to the community, we're proud to be offering expectant parents the opportunity to win free cord blood banking through our Mother's Day cord blood banking giveaway and free infant CPR training certification to help protect their family's future health," says Dr. Charles Sims, founder of Family Cord Blood Services and a leading cord blood expert.



About Family Cord Blood Services

Family Cord Blood Services provides the industry's highest quality cord blood banking along with family-friendly pricing for expectant families. Founded in 1997, Family Cord Blood Services, a subsidiary of California Cryobank, Inc., provides umbilical cord blood processing and storage for families throughout the United States and worldwide. Family Cord Blood Services is registered with Federal Drug Administration (FDA), accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and licensed by Pharmastem.



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Briggs Introduces OASISync Mobile Data Collection for Home Care Agencies

Briggs Introduces OASISync Mobile Data Collection for Home Care Agencies



Briggs®, a leading healthcare provider, today introduced a unique electronic mobile data collection system that will enable home health care agencies to improve the accuracy of data recorded on government-regulated OASIS forms as well as to speed up their Medicare reimbursements.



Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) July 26, 2009



Briggs®, a leading healthcare provider, today introduced a unique electronic mobile data collection system that will enable home health care agencies to improve the accuracy of data recorded on government-regulated OASIS forms as well as to speed up their Medicare reimbursements.



The new OASISync™ (http://www. briggscorp. com/oasisync) system is offered solely by Briggs and integrates Briggs' regulatory-compliant OASIS forms content.



According to an independent study conducted by OCS, Inc., the nation's leading post-acute health care information company, agencies using Briggs OASIS forms report: better patient outcomes for all CMS measurements, lower occurrence rates, reduced resource utilization and reduced costs per visit.



A complete electronic offering of Briggs' OASIS forms content, proprietary software and a choice of data collection devices--digital pen or tablet computer--is brought together in the new OASISync system.



The OASISync system has an ICD-9 lookup to reduce errors in recorded patient data, which accelerates reimbursement to agencies and allows home care clinicians to spend more time with their patients. The system ensures privacy through a secure HIPAA-compliant data transfer.



"Briggs OASISync is helping our agency improve our clinical outcomes and rate of reimbursement," said Debra Harris, Home Health Director for Wilson County Home Health Agency in North Carolina. "The system alerts our home health clinicians to missing or incorrect data--right as they're filling out the OASIS forms. That safeguard alone reduces processing delays and increases our agency's efficiency."



"This electronic solution is exceptionally easy to use, and it significantly reduces errors and redundant data in home patient care documentation," said Kevin Robbins, Vice President of e-Products at Briggs. "Further, it increases the speed of Medicare reimbursements to home care providers. Through these and other efficiencies, OASISync is able to deliver a rapid return on the minimal investment home care agencies make in the system."



For more information about Briggs OASISync, including demos of the digital pen or tablet computer technology, visit OASISync (http://www. briggscorp. com/OASISync) online.



About Briggs

Briggs Medical Service Company is a leading supplier to more than 50,000 healthcare customers in the senior care, home care, acute care, physician and retail markets. Briggs produces and distributes more than 10,000 products including proprietary medical forms and documentation systems, durable and disposable medical supplies, charting materials and professional resources. Backed by clinical experience and regulatory knowledge, the company develops and markets products that are designed to improve clinical outcomes and reduce operating costs. The company has extensive international production capabilities and serves customers in five continents. For more information, visit Briggs (http://www. briggscorp. com) online.



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PaperStreet Launches New Web Site for Korybski & Levinson, LLP

PaperStreet Launches New Web Site for Korybski & Levinson, LLP



Korybski & Levinson, LLP launches new web site with the help of PaperStreet Web Design. The new site is elegant, attractive, and easy to navigate.



Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) October 17, 2006



PaperStreet is proud to announce that Korybski & Levinson, LLP has a new home on the web. The new site’s design captures the elegant and professional image of the firm.



About Korybski & Levinson, LLP



Http://www. kllegal. com/ (http://www. kllegal. com/)



Based in lower Manhattan, New York City, with satellite offices conveniently located in Central New Jersey, the Hudson Valley Region of New York State and the State of Pennsylvania, Korybski & Levinson is a personal service law firm that provides highly skilled and personalized legal services tailored to meet their clients’ goals. The firm concentrates on Healthcare and Property Subrogation, Corporate/Commercial Transactions and Litigation, and Civil Litigation (including personal injury and insurance defense). Their attorneys pay close attention to the needs of each client and take the time to fully explore and discuss all available options.



About PaperStreet



Http://www. paperstreet. com (http://www. paperstreet. com)



PaperStreet creates new web sites and revitalizes aging ones. PaperStreet has been designing web sites for over four years now. Our company has produced over 150 custom web sites for lawyers, doctors, vets, and businesses.



We have several accomplished web designers, programmers, and content writers on staff. Our combined talents produce compelling web sites that achieve results. More information on our services is below:



Web Design: PaperStreet has the ability to create a professional web site from scratch. PaperStreet can also redesign your existing web site for a more professional image.



Content Writing: Whether you need a few pages written, existing copy edited, or total content development, our staff writers and editors create compelling, clean copy.



Search Engine Optimization: Can you find your web site when you search on AOL, Yahoo! or Google? Top search rankings lead directly to more web traffic, which in turn leads to more clients. PaperStreet can assist in obtaining top rankings.



Internet Marketing & PPC Advertising: We can give your web site more exposure by creating Google and Overture pay-per-click and banner advertising campaigns.



Newsletters: This form of advertising is great for generating repeat traffic to your web site by providing immediate communication with clients.



Content Management: Need to add your breaking news to the web site? How about adding a new attorney or practice area? Our content management system gives you the ability to edit your own site at any time, from any where, instantly.



For more information please visit www. paperstreet. com.



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GHFN Launches Pioneering Video Newsgathering Operations Worldwide

GHFN Launches Pioneering Video Newsgathering Operations Worldwide



After more than a year of planning and trial productions in Africa and Asia, Global Health Frontline News (GHFN) is now assigning video newsgathering crews worldwide to cover major global health stories in partnership with selected broadcasters and Internet platforms.



Atlanta, GA (Vocus/PRWEB) January 06, 2011



After more than a year of planning and trial productions in Africa and Asia, Global Health Frontline News (GHFN) is now assigning video newsgathering crews worldwide to cover major global health stories in partnership with selected broadcasters and Internet platforms.



As a nonprofit project with a mission to produce video news stories on global health issues that are largely under-reported by mainstream media, GHFN will focus its coverage on diseases that mainly affect impoverished populations in developing nations – malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases such as river blindness and trachoma – and on maternal mortality and food security.



Funded by nonpartisan donors and operating independently, GHFN will follow strict journalistic standards and produce high-quality video news material for broadcast globally by television networks and wide distribution on the Internet.



GHFN’s executive editor, Gary Strieker, said the project’s crews and producers are exceptionally qualified for their assignments. “All of our newsgathering teams have years of experience in broadcast television,” he said. “And most importantly, they have first-hand experience in tracking down health stories in difficult situations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We’re definitely going to set some new standards in global health reporting.”



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Sailormen, Inc. Raises $265,000 to Send Local Children to MDA Summer Camp

Sailormen, Inc. Raises $265,000 to Send Local Children to MDA Summer Camp



Thursday, May 13, was declared “Sailormen, Inc. MDA Day” as over 140 golfers took to the links at Don Shula’s Golf & Country Club in Miami Lakes for the 2nd Annual Sailormen, Inc. MDA Golf Classic. In addition to the $220,000 raised in March through Sailormen’s “Appetite For a Cure” coupon card promotion, the tournament raised over $45,000, which will be used to send over 40 South Florida children with neuromuscular diseases to MDA summer camp in Brandon, FL from July 18-July 23.



MIAMI LAKES, FL (PRWEB) July 15, 2004



Thursday, May 13, was declared “Sailormen, Inc. MDA Day” as over 140 golfers took to the links at Don Shula’s Golf & Country Club in Miami Lakes for the 2nd Annual Sailormen, Inc. MDA Golf Classic. In addition to the $220,000 raised in March through Sailormen’s “Appetite For a Cure” coupon card promotion, the tournament raised over $45,000, which will be used to send over 40 South Florida children with neuromuscular diseases to MDA summer camp in Brandon, FL from July 18-July 23.



Sailormen, Inc., a subsidiary of Miami-based company Interfoods of America and the largest domestic franchisee of Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits, joined with players and guests for “Golf Fore a Cure,” a day of golf that included a buffet breakfast, delicious lunch catered by Popeye’s, and a raffle with thousands of dollars in prizes.



Steve Wemple, Sailormen President and COO, declared the tournament a rousing success thanks to the efforts of the Sailormen MDA Team and the great response from their vendor - supplier partners. “We made the call and they stepped up to the plate with their checkbooks,” he said.



In addition to sending children to a weeklong summer camp at no cost to their families, the money raised will be used to assist with the purchase and repair of medical equipment, provide medical care at three South Florida clinics, and fund research at the University of Miami School of Medicine.



MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. Be sure to tune into the annual Jerry Lewis Telethon this upcoming Labor Day weekend on WBFS-TV/UPN 33. For more information or to find out how you can help, please contact your local MDA office at (305) 717-9937.

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Wrike Introduces a Game-Changing Microblogging Tool for Project Managers

Wrike Introduces a Game-Changing Microblogging Tool for Project Managers



Award-winning project management software provider, Wrike. com, announces the release of the new “Activity Stream” feature that allows project managers to find out about changes across multiple projects in less than a second.



San Jose, CA (PRWEB) June 2, 2010



Wrike. com (http://www. wrike. com/), a leader in online project management software (http://www. wrike. com/) innovations, sets a new project management productivity standard by adding the “Activity Stream” feature to its award-winning project management and collaboration solution.



Wrike’s Activity Stream represents a built-in microblogging tool that allows everyone on the team to instantly share information and links, post information about their progress, report problems, and get solutions. In addition, Activity Stream displays all the team members’ recent actions in real time. Users can see changes that their peers make to tasks and projects immediately. The result is a team productivity boost, better communications and tighter control across multiple projects and teams.

“Enterprise microblogging is a highly demanded functionality in thousands of organizations today.



However, a stand-alone microblogging application is not what enterprises are looking for. Managers find it inconvenient to track the project progress across different tools, so a stand-alone microblogging tool simply doesn’t make sense. We chose a different path and integrated microblogging with project management software to maximize overall productivity. With Wrike’s Activity Stream, project managers are always in control, as they instantly know what is happening on a project. The feature has already gained immense popularity with our customers, who need to manage multiple projects simultaneously,” Andrew Filev, CEO at Wrike. com, points out.



“I like the built-in Activity Stream component a lot. We used to use Yammer for microblogging on our projects, but it wasn't really worth an extra app for just that functionality. But microblogging built into the online project management system makes more sense and is far more useful,” confirms Luther Cale, chief of marketing at HealthStream. "I like the Activity Stream, and I think that it would be hugely beneficial for big companies and people working off-site or in different time zones," agrees Nick Doherty, managing editor of television at SBS Online.



To see Wrike’s Activity Stream in action for free, please visit http://www. wrike. com (http://www. wrike. com).



About Wrike



Wrike (http://www. wrike. com (http://www. wrike. com)) is the leading on-demand, online project management and collaboration solution. It provides teams with a unique platform for collaborating on multiple projects in one workspace in real time. Wrike’s collaboration features give a significant productivity gain to diverse small and midsize companies (http://www. wrike. com/stories. jsp (http://www. wrike. com/stories. jsp)) and are known to save managers up to 30 working hours per month. Its e-mail integration is the most advanced in the project management space. Wrike, Inc. has patents pending. Founded in 2003, Wrike, Inc. is a privately held corporation located in California.



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Band-Aid Brand Liquid Bandage micro-site Case Study released by Montreal-based Dascal & Associates

Band-Aid Brand Liquid Bandage micro-site Case Study released by Montreal-based Dascal & Associates



Dascal & Associates (d/a interactive) promote their recently issued case study, Brand-Aid: Building A Macro Case For Micro-Sites, that discusses the power of building and deploying a Micro-Site. The case study is based on their recent work with Johnson & Johnson for the Canadian launch of the new Band-Aid Brand Liquid Bandage.



(PRWEB) November 26, 2003



HISTORY



D/a interactive is the new media division of Dascal & Associates, a cross media company providing integrated strategic marketing, graphic design and new media services. d/a interactive has worked with many multi-national companies to help them leverage their brands online. Understanding that the internet provides much more than a supportive role in a marketing strategy, d/a interactive has been working with top-tier brands in the development of micro-sites to help launch new products into the marketplace. Most recently, d/a interactive was retained by Johnson & Johnson to create a micro-site surrounding the Canadian product launch of Band-Aid Brand Liquid Bandage.



Johnson & Johnson is the leader in the adhesive brand category. The Band-Aid brand continuously brings innovation to the marketplace. In February 2003, Band-Aid once again revolutionized the adhesive bandage category with a liquid bandage. Band-Aid Brand Liquid Bandage promotes fast healing on contact by forming an invisible, flexible and one hundred percent waterproof seal that is breathable and stays on hard to cover affected areas.



CHALLENGE



• Creation of a consumer-centric micro-site



• Creation of Content Management System (CMS) technology that allows Johnson & Johnson to edit certain aspects of the site



• The longstanding Band-Aid brand has a traditional integrity. The look and feel needed to be upheld in the online environment



• Needed to provide Johnson & Johnson with statistical information about traffic and usage of the micro-site



"We were looking to use the micro-site to create excitement," says Morris Dascal, President of d/a interactive, on their mandate from Johnson & Johnson. "Micro-sites are a relatively new way for companies to launch a product without revamping their entire website and also a great way to isolate a user and maintain their attention on one product."



"In addition," says Dascal, "we were using a non-traditional buzz for a new and non-traditional product. The new Band-Aid Brand Liquid Bandage is a more expensive product, and Johnson and Johnson was looking at integrating an online marketing campaign that included email marketing, banners and this micro-site in conjunction with offline marketing and public relations initiatives. We needed to build a site that was brand specific."



IMPLEMENTATION/INTEGRATION



D/a interactive set-up a distinct website and URL for Band-Aid Brand Liquid Bandage at www. band-aid. ca.



The core design component was to maintain the color, consistency, visuals and images typically associated with the Band-Aid brand.



After storyboarding the concept for this micro-site and the virtual demonstration (which would enable consumers to see how the product works from the comfort of their own home), d/a interactive designed, produced and implemented the site. All visuals, content and promotional areas were presented and approved in conjunction with Johnson & Johnson to ensure that the online promotion matched their offline strategy.



"There were three main areas that we focused on to implement and integrate this micro-site," says Dascal. "First, we had to ensure that the front-end was visually appealing, matched the Band-Aid brand in terms of integrity and was easy to use and navigate. Second, we implemented a Content Management System (CMS) in the back-end, so the staff at Johnson & Johnson could have access to certain content areas for updating and editing purposes. Finally, we needed to focus on the calls to action and promotions that would drive this micro-site to be a successful part of the Band-Aid Brand Liquid Bandage launch in Canada."



SOLUTION



With the launch of the Band-Aid Brand Liquid Bandage Micro-Site, d/a Interactive:



• Created a micro-site that was robust in terms of design, functionality and usability



• Spoke directly to consumers and informed them through a virtual demonstration, promotions and online couponing



• Deployed an online marketing campaign using existing and targeted consumer portals to send emails regarding the launch (sites included Reader’s Digest and Chatelaine Magazine)



• Catered to the mass market, including everyone from parents to retailers



• Developed and deployed a thematic promotion that involved a grand prize trip for a culinary experience in Provence, France



• Executed the value of Band-Aid Brand Liquid Bandage as being worth the cost of the product



• Positioned of Band-Aid Brand Liquid Bandage as a "hot ticket"



• Deployed a viral coupon component where users could "pass on the savings" via a send-to-a-friend function to try Band-Aid Brand Liquid Bandage



• Created the "Ask Band-Aid" area of the micro-site as a forum to position Band-Aid as experts in care, sanitation and recovery from the cuts and bumps from daily life



"Putting the pieces together to create a viable solution for Band-Aid was based around our vision of using their product launch marketing strategy integrated with this ‘stand alone’ micro-site to build brand equity and create product visibility," says Dascal.



"The results we anticipated after creating the site were strong micro-site traffic urging consumers to go out and purchase the product at the retail level."



CONCLUSION



"The use of micro-sites for the launch of any brand or service is innovative," insists Dascal. "Band-Aid managed to keep marketing dollars relatively low with the ability to reach a large crowd. WeÂ’re seeing many companies, from small to large, using the internet from the initial strategic planning phase as a core element to their integrated marketing programs. Companies that focus on strong branding understand how much technology and tools like a micro-site allows them to keep budgets pragmatic with high-end results."



Dascal continues: "Consumers were able to educate themselves regarding the unique product benefits of Band-Aid Brand Liquid Bandage which led to general trials and, hopefully, repeat purchases. The micro-site also enabled Johnson & Johnson to gather consumer information through the online promotions and offer an accessible channel for Band-Aid to speak directly with their consumers."



"The success of the Band-Aid Brand Liquid Bandage micro-site was, in large part, due to Johnson & JohnsonÂ’s dedication to ensuring a successful campaign," says Dascal. "This included excellent lines of communications between d/a interactive and Johnson & Johnson, a strong working relationship with the entire team that was involved in this launch, and everyoneÂ’s enthusiasm to use contests and promotions coupled with strong and relevant content to make the micro-site have inherent value."



FUTURE



"We are now in discussions with Johnson & Johnson about building a full-fledged Band-Aid product information website that will reflect their brand and entire line of products," concludes Dascal.



"WeÂ’re also seeing a lot of other clients interested in building micro-sites for product launches and to test the waters of micros-sites prior to committing to a robust website.



The Band-Aid Brand Liquid Bandage micro-site proved that packaged goods companies can use the internet to establish their brand both online and offline. WeÂ’re seeing clients from all sectors of industry now looking at micro-sites to deliver precise, informative and influential information coupled with intelligent calls to action and incentives."



ABOUT D/A INTERACTIVE



Formed in 1996, d/a interactive is the new media arm of Dascal & Associates. Dascal & Associates is an integrated marketing, design and new media agency delivering solutions that drive business through effective and creative communications. With offices in Canada and the United States, the company has successfully produced off-line and online marketing strategies for companies and brands like Gillette, Johnson & Johnson, Keri Lotion, Kodiak and many others. Dascal & Associates has extensive knowledge in product launches, business-to-business communications, merchandising, point-of-purchase and promotional campaigns. Through extensive work in health and beauty care, consumer packaged goods, biomedical, personal diagnostics, industrial and the fashion and apparel industry, please contact us to see how we can help make your next marketing campaign a success.

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Health Network Laboratories Deploys Rhodes GroupÂ’s Proprietary Front-end Client, Collection Facility, and Physician Office Group Order Entry Solution

Health Network Laboratories Deploys Rhodes GroupÂ’s Proprietary Front-end Client, Collection Facility, and Physician Office Group Order Entry Solution.



Health Network Laboratories, a Pennsylvania-based regional integrated laboratory system, and Rhodes Group, Inc., a leading Connecticut-based laboratory management & IT consulting firm, announce the implementation of Fast OrdersTM, Rhodes GroupÂ’s revolutionary front-end order entry solution in Health Network LaboratoriesÂ’ Patient Service Centers.



Allentown & Hartford, CT (PRWEB) September 2, 2003



Health Network Laboratories, a Pennsylvania-based regional integrated laboratory system, and Rhodes Group, Inc., a leading Connecticut-based laboratory management & IT consulting firm, announce the implementation of Fast OrdersTM, Rhodes GroupÂ’s revolutionary front-end order entry solution in Health Network LaboratoriesÂ’ Patient Service Centers.



“Fast Orders is an innovative and comprehensive HIPAA, MSP, and ABN compliant front-end order entry solution for laboratories, patient care centers, and physician office groups,” says Sam Merkouriou, Rhodes Group’s chief executive officer. “Uniquely engineered as a powerful, complete, and truly versatile interfaced client order entry system, Fast Orders provides revenue enhancing capabilities, error rate reduction, and minimizes multiple entry steps by providing ‘single screen order entry’ and ‘single screen registration’ user interfaces.”



“The ability to collect all patient demographic, insurance and order information within 2 screens is tremendous,” says Jane Erdman, Health Network Laboratories’ chief information officer. “Fast Orders has greatly improved our registration process in its presentation of data in a concise, readable, and complete format. The incorporation of ABN generation at the point of patient registration has improved that process as well.”



“Fast Orders provides complete integrated access to both laboratory and hospital information systems, offering significant benefits and advantages to our clients,” says Sebastian Leonardi, director of business development for the Rhodes Group. “Integrated Results reporting, laboratory and pathology order entry, insurance data entry-edit masking, built-in standing orders capability, and user specified customizable entry options, are several of Fast Orders’ inherent benefits and exclusive features.”



About Rhodes Group, Inc.



Rhodes Group, Inc. is a leading, Connecticut based, laboratory management and IT consulting firm, dedicated to delivering results-oriented services and solutions to the healthcare industry. Rhodes Group provides unparalleled consulting expertise, enhanced implementation services, and the effective utilization of innovative IT solutions to maximize ROI, improve financial performance, and optimize revenue for healthcare providers across outreach business lines.



About Health Network Laboratories



Health Network Laboratories, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a regional medical lab facility with over $41M in annual revenue, serving the needs of the public and health care communities in central and southeastern Pennsylvania and central and southern New Jersey. It performs almost 3 million billable clinical and pathology tests each year.



Contact Information:



Sebastian J. Leonardi, Director of Business Development



SJLeonardi@RhodesGroup. org



(860) 296-1972, ext.304

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Project X Unveiled: Introducing the SnackShotz™ Dog Treat Launcher from Dogmatic

Project X Unveiled: Introducing the SnackShotz™ Dog Treat Launcher from Dogmatic



Dogmatic Products creates a new category of human/dog toys. SnackShotz™ is a tracer gun that shoots Dog Treats instead of plastic discs. Hours of fun for dogs and their owners.



Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) June 2, 2006



The time has come. “Project X” is now officially being unveiled to the public! After a series of secret meetings with retailers and distributors nationwide, it is time for the world to know about “Project X”, which is the SnackShotz™ Dog Treat Launcher.



SnackShotz is a high quality, handheld dog treat launching device. SnackShotz can launch new Discos™ Flying Dog Treats, also made by Dogmatic Products, up to ten feet. SnackShotz is made from high quality, durable ABS plastic; the same material Apple® uses for its iPod™, to ensure long lasting fun. Discos are the perfect treat for SnackShotz; hard enough to fly, but soft enough to chew. One sniff of Discos is all it takes to have your dog running after them, when they are launched by SnackShotz. They are great for cleaning teeth too.



SnackShotz is easy to use. Simply load Discos treats in the top of the SnackShotz launcher, pull back and release the lever and watch your dog run, jump and chase Discos as they “dance” through the air. This patented technology will be all the rage in homes and parks across America and Europe. SnackShotz retails for $14.99-$19.99, and includes the SnackShotz Treat Launcher and a free 39 piece count Discos treat starter pack in mixed flavors. Discos refills are available for $3.49 - $3.99 and come in three flavors, Chicken, Beef, and MightyMint™. The SnackShotz Launcher holds 10 Discos per loading.



SnackShotz is not just all fun either. Dog obesity is a growing epidemic. Veterinarians estimate that 44% of their patients are overweight*. SnackShotz helps fight dog obesity by encouraging dogs to exercise, all while stimulating the human/animal bond. “It creates the ultimate game of chase!” says John Cullen, Dogmatic’s Director of Sales and Marketing.



There has never been a product like SnackShotz before. "Time as we know it now will be called A. S. , meaning ‘After SnackShotz’ and B. S., ‘Before SnackShotz’," Says Andrew Bunch, PR Manager of Dogmatic Products. Ren Moulton, CEO and President of Dogmatic Products, said, “Now treating your dog will be more fun. This is the biggest innovation in the pet industry in 50 Years, maybe ever!” Cullen adds, “SnackShotz and Discos are the first pet product innovation that is commercial enough to completely cross channels – pet specialty, mass, club, drug and grocery. Any retailers looking to significantly increase their pet sales should carry SnackShotz and Discos.” By combining innovation with two different pet categories, dog treats and toys, Dogmatic Products has revolutionized the pet industry.



For more information visit www. DogmaticProducts. com. Retailers and distributors email: info@dogmaticproducts. com or call 866-463-6462. Power panels and floor displays are available for speedy merchandising.



*Source: American Health Animal Association



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New Pointers for Acing Panel Interviews from America's Career and Life Coach

New Pointers for Acing Panel Interviews from America's Career and Life Coach



From phone interviews to lunch and dinner interviews, and even brainteaser interviews, employers are increasingly turning to various methods to screen job candidates. In her recently released book, Interview Magic, Second Edition, author Susan Britton Whitcomb shares inside secrets for how to ace each type of interview.



Indianapolis (PRWEB) July 29, 2008



Today's job seekers have their work cut out for them. If they want to land a job offer they must pass not one, but multiple interviews. And chances are each stage will be different from the next.



From phone interviews, lunch and dinner interviews, and even brainteaser interviews, employers are increasingly turning to various methods to enhance their understanding of candidates' skills and personalities. One type of interview in particular--the panel interview--has gained popularity in the job search. Originally rooted in academia and health care, this interview type has made solid inroads into the corporate sector, according to Susan Britton Whitcomb, America's Career and Life Coach.



"A panel interview measures how you interact with other people, many of whom will be your supervisors and colleagues," advises Whitcomb in her recently released book Interview Magic, Second Edition. During a panel interview, a job seeker meets with two or more individuals who work for the potential employer. Often, these people are hiring managers, HR representatives, upper management and potential peers.



To achieve the best results during this type of interview, Whitcomb offers the following tips in her new book:

Ask the person setting up the interview, "Who will I be interviewing with and what are their job titles?" If possible, gather information on each of the panel members. Sometimes a Google search will bring up the relevant information you need.



Treat the interview like a business meeting and ask if it's okay to take notes. Jotting notes will allow you to remember important points and occasionally buy you a few extra moments response time to probing questions.



Take it one question at a time, one person at a time. Address each response primarily to the individual asking the question, while also making eye contact with the rest of the panel.



Look for the key decision-maker on the panel--he or she is often the person who is last to the meeting because of a busy schedule, or the person to whom all the other heads turn when there is a question.



When the floor is opened up for you to ask questions, address a question to each person on the panel.



Send a separate thank-you or follow-up note to each panel member. In her book, Interview Magic, Whitcomb identifies the 14 other types of interviews and provides unique tips for how to ace each one. Armed with her guidance and insider strategies, job seekers will have everything they need to prepare for whatever challenge stands between them and a job offer.



Interview Magic, Second Edition, is available at all major bookstores and from the publisher (www. jist. com or 1.800.648.JIST). For a free media copy or to speak with Susan Britton Whitcomb, contact Natalie Ostrom.



JIST, America's Career Publisher, is a division of EMC/Paradigm Publishing and is the leading publisher of job search, career, occupational information, life skills and character education books, workbooks, assessments, videos and software.



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Kids Wish Network and Megatrux Deliver Smiles to Children at North Shore Children's Hospital

Kids Wish Network and Megatrux Deliver Smiles to Children at North Shore Children's Hospital



A visit to the hospital will be made a little easier for pediatric patients at North Shore Children's Hospital thanks to Kids Wish Network, a national charity dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children. The organization is honored to be able to provide toys with a retail value of over $60,000 to the hospital through its unique Holiday of Hope Gift Bank. This special Gift Bank is being sponsored by Megatrux, Inc.



Salem, MA (PRWEB) March 14, 2008



A visit to the hospital will be made a little easier for pediatric patients at North Shore Children's Hospital thanks to Kids Wish Network, a national charity dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children. The organization is honored to be able to provide toys with a retail value of over $60,000 to the hospital through its unique Holiday of Hope Gift Bank. This special Gift Bank is being sponsored by Megatrux, Inc.



Megatrux Inc. is one of the largest privately owned transportation, shipping, & warehousing networks on the entire globe and has played a truly significant role in behind-the-scenes assistance to Kids Wish Network and its many programs.



The donated toys and games will be distributed throughout the year to children coming in to North Shore Children's Hospital for medical treatment.



Erin Lavallee, Child Life Coordinator at North Shore Children's Hospital, said the facility was excited about once again taking part in Kid Wish Network's Gift Bank program. "The Child Life Program here truly relies on the generosity of the Kids Wish Network to help restock the playrooms each year and to fill our treasure boxes on the inpatient unit as well as in the ER. This is the second year in a row that we have participated and the staff cannot be happier with our shipment this year. This Gift Bank is going to bring so many smiles to the children and families we serve!"



As just one of the programs that makes Kids Wish Network different from similar organizations, its Gift Bank is an uplifting, gift-giving program that brings cheer to children admitted to the hospital for treatment. The brand new toys and games, donated by some of America's top toy manufacturers, are distributed to sick youngsters when they come to children's care facilities for treatment. The Gift Banks help alleviate fears and anxieties by allowing youngsters to temporarily forget about the stinging needles and uncomfortable treatments often endured while undergoing medical care.



For more information on Kids Wish Network's programs and upcoming events, please visit their website at http://www. kidswishnetwork. org (http://www. kidswishnetwork. org) and their blog at http://kidswishblog. org (http://kidswishblog. org). If you know of a hospital that could benefit from its Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program, please call 727- 937-3600 or toll free at 888-918-9004.



NSMC (North Shore Medical Center) is a multi-site health system headquartered in Salem, Mass., which includes NSMC Salem Hospital, NSMC Union Hospital in Lynn, NSMC North Shore Children's Hospital, NSMC Cancer Center, NSMC Heart Center, NSMC Women's Center and the physician network known as North Shore Physicians Group. NSMC is a member of Partners HealthCare, which was founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. For more information, visit our website at nsmc. partners. org.



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Forthcoming Book Shows Today's High-Achieving Women How To Find Contentment & Direction

Forthcoming Book Shows Today's High-Achieving Women How To Find Contentment & Direction



In her groundbreaking book, Wander Woman: How High - Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, June 2010, paperback), Marcia Reynolds, Psy. D., draws on solid research and a wealth of clinical and personal experience to identify an emerging identity among high-achieving women.



Oakland, CA (Vocus) March 10, 2010



Women are increasingly occupying the top rungs of the corporate ladder, earning advanced degrees, launching their own businesses, and serving as the major breadwinners of their families. The role of the woman has changed which has led to a change in the woman herself. In her groundbreaking book, Wander Woman: How High - Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction (http://www. WanderWomanBook. com) (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, June 2010, paperback), Marcia Reynolds, Psy. D., draws on solid research and a wealth of clinical and personal experience to identify an emerging identity among high-achieving women.



Wander women are confident, gutsy, dynamic high achievers who don’t struggle with the same issues that their foremothers in the work world did. They aren’t afraid to speak up, aren’t racked with self-doubt, and have little trouble asserting themselves. However, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t struggling. Wander women often feel underutilized, bored, unfulfilled, and fearful that they are not living up to their potential or having the impact that they know they are capable of. Their solution is often to wander from job to job, career to career, business to business in search of fulfillment, and this leaves them even more anxious, exhausted, and confused. Now, for the first time, they have help.



In Wander Women (http://www. WanderWomanBook. com): How High-Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction, master coach Marcia Reynolds, Psy. D., shows wander women how to “wander on purpose.” She gives them the tools they need to gain insight into why they wander and to make strategic decisions about when to move on. For many wander women this will not mean fewer changes, but smarter ones. They will move on because they are ready to take the next step, not because they can no longer stand the boredom or frustration. Reynolds also addresses the “burden of greatness” that wander women typically carry. In addition, she situates the wander woman in a historical context, noting the social, political, and historical forces that have shaped this new identity.



About The Author:

Marcia Reynolds, Psy. D., is a master coach, celebrated author, and in-demand professional speaker. In addition to coaching executives in multi-national companies, she travels around the world teaching classes in leadership and consulting on organizational change programs. She has worked within a variety of industries with clients in organizations such as Medtronic, Nokia, British Telecom, GlaxoSmithKline, Amgen, American Express, Maersk, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Advance Auto, Home National Bank, and Staples, plus many agencies of the National Institute of Health.



Her earlier book, Outsmart Your Brain, was featured in national media, including Investor’s Business Daily, Harvard Communications Newsletter, Cosmopolitan, Christian Science Monitor, Family Circle, American Way, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times. She has appeared on ABC World News, National Public Radio, and Japan Nightly News.



Reynolds is past president of the International Coach Federation (ICF). She was one of the first 100 people to earn the designation of Master Certified Coach (MCC) and was instrumental in designing the certification and accreditation programs for the ICF. She teaches coaching skills to managers around the world, helps to design internal coaching programs, and mentors many coaches both internal and external to organizations.



Press Contact:

Dawn Baron

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703-434-9306

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SushiMagic. com - Now Anyone Can Make Sushi at Home

SushiMagic. com - Now Anyone Can Make Sushi at Home



Preparing sushi is like sculpting fine art. Nobody knows that better than Chef Michael Young, entrepreneur and inventor of the all new at home sushi making device, rightfully named, Sushi Magic. As Young explains, "I had often admired the sushi chef's unique skills required to roll inside out sushi rolls and the finger dexterity required to mold Nigiri sushi (rice balls with wasabi and fish on top). I knew there had to be an easier way to make sushi at home, just like a sushi chef."



Pismo Beach, CA (PRWEB) November 21, 2004



Preparing sushi is like sculpting fine art. Nobody knows that better than Chef Michael Young, entrepreneur and inventor of the all new at home sushi making device, rightfully named, Sushi Magic. As Young explains, "I had often admired the sushi chef's unique skills required to roll inside out sushi rolls and the finger dexterity required to mold Nigiri sushi (rice balls with wasabi and fish on top). I knew there had to be an easier way to make sushi at home, just like a sushi chef."



Young envisioned a kitchen tool that had not been offered before, a roller that could accomplish the feat of rolling inside out sushi rolls with ease and a mold that would create perfect Nigiri sushi every time. "As a chef, I molded and rolled a lot of food products such as pastries, breads, seafood mousse and pates. From that experience I was able to begin engineering a unique product from the ground up.'



His vision first took the physical form of models made with clay and hardware supplies. He spent hundreds of hours building and testing molds and rollers that cumulated in a prototype, which streamlined the process of making sushi. As Young remembers, "I was engineering at night and making test sushi by day. I made so much sushi I had to start giving it away. By the time the product was ready for manufacturing, testing the models had turned into small sushi parties with friends and neighbors." Sushi Magic is now manufactured from easy to clean food grade ABS plastic and silicone and is in the process of increasing distribution. Currently, the product can be purchased online. With an animated voice, Young recalls, "Going through the invention process has been very rewarding and entertaining."



The result? Now anyone can make perfect sushi rolls and Nigiri sushi at home. Sushi Magic is great for parties, entertaining, making healthy snacks, and eating sushi on a budget. It also makes a terrific, one-of-a-kind gift for sushi lovers.



To learn more about Sushi Magic, one can visit http://www. sushimagic. com (http://www. sushimagic. com). Get free recipes, demos, tips, and sushi making secrets. Also, visit the sushi store to purchase the Sushi Magic kit ($29.95), Japanese ingredients, knives, and more.



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FTC Publications' National R&B/Hip-Hop Artist JayL Performs Live at the Atlanta Vision Basketball ABA Playoffs

FTC Publications' National R&B/Hip-Hop Artist JayL Performs Live at the Atlanta Vision Basketball ABA Playoffs



Opening with "The Star Spangled Banner" FTC Publications' National R&B/Hip-Hop Artist Jay L performs, to include a Half-Time Show Special.



Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) March 18, 2006



R&B and Hip-Hop Artist Jay L performs at the ABA Basketball Playoffs being held in Atlanta, opening with "The Star Spangled Banner", and during the half time show, various selections from his upcoming album to include his hit single "More". The performance features national performing artist Jay L at Samsons Health & Fitness Center in Lithonia, Georgia; Jay L, published by FTC Publications, brings quite a history with him. He has performed both solo, and along side other artists to include Babyface and Boys II Men. Jay L brings awe and excitement to each of his performances. This church bred artist gives us the best of both worlds of Hip-Hop and R&B. His buzz is strong coming and fans don't like to miss these groundbreaking performances for music as they know it.



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PayCycle Survey Finds 34% of Small Business Owners Want a Stimulus Package as "First" Action

PayCycle Survey Finds 34% of Small Business Owners Want a Stimulus Package as "First" Action



58% Are Canceling Year-End Bonuses



Palo Alto, Calif (PRWEB) December 2, 2008



PayCycle, Inc., America's #1 online payroll service, today released results of a proprietary survey that showed 34% of small business owners want President-elect Barack Obama to pass an economic stimulus package as his first step when taking office in January. 24% of respondents identified "fixing health care" as the issue they would advise Obama to tackle first, 9% suggesting fixing Social Security and only 3% wanted to see more bail-out packages.



"These survey results underscore the passion small business owners are showing for the macro-economic issues confronting them. The variety and depth of responses show how involved and concerned small business owners are, not only about their individual businesses and their local situations, but also about the national economy as a whole," said Jim Heeger, president and CEO of PayCycle Inc.



Impact on Year-End Bonuses, Holiday Parties:

The survey found that almost 53% of small business owners pay some kind of year-end bonus, either to themselves, to their employees or to both. Of this group that do pay bonuses, over half (58%) of the respondents are either canceling bonuses altogether (26%) or canceling their own personal bonus (32%) so they can still pay employees.



When it comes to the annual holiday party, almost half (43%) of traditional party sponsors are either canceling the party or toning it down.



Small Businesses Name Numerous Causes for Economic Woes:

When asked which national issue had the most direct impact on their business in 2008, 32% of respondents indicated the slowdown in consumer spending was the biggest problem area. But many people also mentioned the credit crisis and problems in the housing industry (21%), the decline in the stock market (15%) and the summer spike in gasoline prices (18%). Clearly, for small business owners, there is not just one problem to blame for the current economic conditions.



The remaining 14% of respondents gave a variety of answers ranging from "lack of healthcare reform" to the rise in unemployment. A handful of respondents commented that their businesses had been "spared" from any negative fall-out from the economic crisis.



The survey, conducted between November 19 and November 26, 2008, compiled responses from 321 small businesses randomly selected from PayCycle's broad, national base of over 75,000 small business customers.



About PayCycle:

PayCycle is America's #1 online payroll service, serving more than 75,000 small businesses. PayCycle provides an easy-to-use, innovative, efficient service for small businesses, backed by outstanding customer support. PayCycle also powers payroll services for leading financial institutions including Capital One and PNC Bank, and provides client payroll services through many of the nation's accounting professionals. The PayCycle® service integrates with leading accounting programs such as QuickBooks®, Quicken®, Peachtree® and Microsoft® Money. PayCycle's unique "Do-It-With-YouSM" (DIWYSM) technology platform guides customers through the entire payroll process from paycheck to W-2 forms. PayCycle also holds PC Magazine's highest editorial honor for small business payroll, the PC Magazine Editors' Choice Award. Visit www. paycycle. com for a free trial of the service.



PayCycle is a registered trademark, and "Do-It-With-You" and "DIWY" are service marks of PayCycle, Inc. All other product names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.



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Getting Help With Your Medical Expenses

Getting Help With Your Medical Expenses



The Federation of American Consumers and Travelers (FACT) has issued a summary of Federal and state programs designed to help certain persons with their medical bills. Programs available include...



Edwardsville, IL (Vocus) February 16, 2010



Edwardsville, IL, February 15, 2010 -- The Federation of American Consumers and Travelers (FACT) has issued a summary of Federal and state programs designed to help certain persons withtheir medical bills.



Programs available:



Medicaid (also called Medical Assistance)



This is a joint Federal and state program that helps pay medical costs for certain people and families who have limited income and resources. Medicaid will pay participating doctors, pharmacists, hospitals or other providers for your care.



Each state decides what counts as income and resources, who is eligible, what services are covered, and the cost for services. States also can decide how to run their program as long as they follow Federal guidelines.



Medicare Savings Programs



States have programs that pay Medicare premiums and, in some cases, may also pay Part A and Part B deductibles and coinsurance. Among these programs:



Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) — Helps pay your Medicare Part A and Part B premiums, and other cost-sharing (like deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments) if your income and resources are at or below a certain level.



Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) and Qualifying Individual (QI) — Helps pay your Part B premiums if your income and resources are at a certain level.



Qualified Disabled & Working Individuals (QDWI) — Helps pay your Part A premiums if your income and resources are at a certain level.



Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits



SSI is a monthly amount paid by Social Security to people with limited income and resources who are disabled, blind, or age 65 or older. SSI benefits provide cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. SSI benefits aren’t the same as Social Security benefits.



Persons who qualify for Medicaid, one of the Medicare Savings Programs or SSI may also qualify for a program called “Extra Help” in paying the costs of Medicare prescription drug coverage. The income and resources level may change every year. The only way to know for sure if you qualify is to apply with your State Medical Assistance (Medicaid) office.



For additional information:



Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), and say “Medicaid” to get the telephone number for your state. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. And/or visit http://www. medicare. gov.



Contact your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for free health insurance counseling and personalized help making coverage decisions, for information on programs for people with limited income and resources, and for help with claims, billing, and appeals.



Social Security can be reached at 1-800-772-1213 for information on SSI or applying for Extra Help. TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778. The Web site address: http://www. socialsecurity. gov.



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This news bulletin has been issued by The Federation of American Consumers and Travelers (FACT), a consumer organization formed under the not-for-profit corporation laws of the District of Columbia in 1984.



FACT serves more than 1 million consumers nationwide. Additional information on FACT may be found in the Encyclopedia of Associations, and by visiting the association's Web site (http://www. usafact. org).



Informative, unbiased news bulletins are regularly disseminated by FACT to help its members remain current on matters which might seriously impact their lives. The association does not offer support to -- and does not receive support from -- any political party or movement. In addition to publishing consumer-related reports, the association provides more than 30 benefits for its members, ranging from medical insurance and dental discounts to prescription drug savings and scholarships. FACT’s administrative office is located at 318 Hillsboro Avenue, Edwardsville, IL 62025.



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Former Capital One Executive to Lead BoldMouth

Former Capital One Executive to Lead BoldMouth



BoldMouth Inc., a social marketing services agency, announced today that Scott Hildebrand has joined the agency as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, a new position at the company. Hildebrand most recently served as Managing Vice President of Brand Marketing for Capital One, one of the largest banks in the country. BoldMouth's clients include AARP, Kraft, MTV, Microsoft, Metagenics, MTV Networks, and Scholastic, among many others.



Charlottesville, VA (PRWEB) December 6, 2007 -



BoldMouth Inc. (http://www. boldmouth. com), a social marketing services agency, announced today that Scott Hildebrand has joined the agency as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, a new position at the company. Hildebrand brings over twenty years of diverse marketing experience and leadership to the role.



Hildebrand most recently served as Managing Vice President of Brand Marketing for Capital One (http://www. capitalone. com), one of the largest banks in the country. In this role, he headed consumer marketing efforts for the U. S. credit card division. Prior to joining Capital One, Hildebrand was Vice President at Epsilon (http://www. epsilon. com), a leading database marketing firm. He has previously served as a management consultant with Arthur D. Little, a marketing executive for the Marriott Corporation, and as a brand manager for PepsiCo.



Hildebrand says he is excited about BoldMouth's extensive experience in the social marketing and viral marketing arena, and looks forward to building a next generation ad agency. "BoldMouth is an exciting firm with unique expertise and great clients. My role will be to build on this foundation by delivering new ways to bring people together as we change the face of media, user generated content and the part played by advertising agencies in a social marketing context," noted Mr. Hildebrand.



Hildebrand received his B. A. in Economics from Georgetown University (http://www. georgetown. edu) and an M. B.A. in Marketing and Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (http://kellogg. northwestern. edu). In addition to his extensive professional experience, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Direct Marketing Association (http://www. the-dma. org), the Board of Advisors for the Interactive Marketing Institute of Virginia Commonwealth University as well as a lecturer at the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation's Yeck Center for Advanced Studies. Hildebrand is also a respected industry expert and frequent public speaker on direct marketing topics. Hildebrand has acted as an industry spokesman on several federal policy issues, and has testified before both chambers of Congress.



About BoldMouth



BoldMouth (http://www. boldmouth. com) is a new kind of social marketing services agency committed to helping clients build their business, rather than just viral marketing campaigns. BoldMouth uses technology to facilitate organic dialogues and amplify communications between individuals with recognized interests in brands, products and services as part of the overall marketing mix. BoldMouth industry experience includes: entertainment, health and wellness, consumer packaged goods, computer software, travel, membership associations, and publishing categories. BoldMouth provides custom research, strategic planning, campaign implementation, application development, design services, and analysis. BoldMouth's clients include AARP, Kraft, MTV, Microsoft, Metagenics, MTV Networks, and Scholastic, among many others.



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