AdMedia Partners Advises Marketing Direct in Acquisition by KBM Group

AdMedia Partners Advises Marketing Direct in Acquisition by KBM Group



M&A firm advises integrated healthcare marketing services firm in acquisition; KBM Group’s parent company, Wunderman is part of Young & Rubicam Brands and a member of WPP



New York, NY (PRWEB) December 8, 2010



M&A firm AdMedia Partners today announced that it acted as exclusive financial advisor to Marketing Direct, Inc. (MDI), a leading provider of integrated marketing services to the healthcare industry, in its acquisition by KBM Group. KBM Group’s parent company, Wunderman is part of Young & Rubicam Brands and a member of WPP.



MDI is an integrated marketing services company with expertise in strategy, design and execution of marketing campaigns, from go-to-market strategies and sales-lead conversion to media placement, primarily for the healthcare industry. The acquisition strengthens and broadens KBM Group’s existing products and services for the healthcare market, augmenting the company’s core capabilities with a wide array of agency services such as creative and media placement, including digital media channels. Based in St. Louis, MO, MDI is a privately held company. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed, and the acquisition is subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals.



Founded in 1997, MDI has been ranked one of America’s fastest-growing private companies by Inc. Magazine in its annual Inc. 5000 survey for 2008, 2009 and 2010. The company’s growth has been driven by providing direct and interactive marketing services primarily to the healthcare industry, but the company has experience in retail and financial services as well. MDI’s capabilities span marketing services end-to-end, including: consulting services, developing and optimizing direct market channels, facilitating the sales process through sales force automation, determining the best mix of online and offline media, performing analytics and testing to ensure results, developing creative campaigns from messages to branding, optimizing websites and online strategies, and media placement and execution. Providing these multichannel marketing services to targeted industries has given MDI industry-specific expertise that has allowed it to help its clients acquire millions of customers and engage them to improve healthcare outcomes.



With the combined strength of the acquisition, KBM Group is also officially announcing the launch of KBM Group: Health Services, a new business practice focused on improving how companies across the healthcare continuum engage with consumers and healthcare professionals. KBM Group: Health Services will immediately intensify its focus on helping organizations within the healthcare ecosystem create more meaningful engagements with consumers for the ultimate goal of improving healthcare outcomes while reducing the overall cost of healthcare services. Dennis Barnes, Jr., President & CEO of MDI, will become President, KBM Group: Health Services. The new unit will remain part of Enterprise Services within KBM Group.



About KBM Group

KBM Group is the global leader in knowledge-based marketing solutions. Expert in both digital and traditional direct marketing, KBM Group helps companies manage, analyze and optimize marketing data to engage more effectively with their customers and prospects. KBM Group’s integrated, world-class solutions include strategic consulting, digital services, database services, analytics, marketing management, response services, data and marketing outsourcing. The company has 16 offices in nine countries serving global, enterprise and B2B2C-focused companies. KBM Group’s parent company, Wunderman is part of Young & Rubicam Brands and a member of WPP. http://www. kbmg. com



About AdMedia Partners

AdMedia Partners is a leading M&A advisor that provides middle market mergers and acquisition advisory services to digital and traditional media, marketing and information businesses. Founded in 1990 and located in New York City, the firm has completed over 180 transactions worth over $8 billion since 1999. For more information about AdMedia Partners, please visit http://www. admediapartners. com.



AdMedia Partners Contacts:



Andy Schoder

Managing Director, AdMedia Partners

Email: aschoder(at)admediapartners(dot)com

Phone: 212-759-1870



Greg Smith

Managing Director, AdMedia Partners

Email: gsmith(at)admediapartners(dot)com

Phone: 212-759-1870



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Report Predicts eHealth Will Unlock The Healthcare Outsourcing Market

Report Predicts eHealth Will Unlock The Healthcare Outsourcing Market.



A report by Cambridge based ehealth consultants, Wireless Healthcare, points to a number of key drivers it believes will bring about an increase in the use of outsourcing within the healthcare sector. However it also warns companies they face significant resistance from clinicians, health service management and, in some cases government departments. This will be especially true where clinical processes are relocated overseas.



Cambridge UK (PRWEB) October 11, 2003



A report by Cambridge based ehealth consultants, Wireless Healthcare, points to a number of key drivers it believes will bring about an increase in the use of outsourcing within the healthcare sector. However it also warns companies they face significant resistance from clinicians, health service management and, in some cases government departments. This will be especially true where clinical processes are relocated overseas.



In the early 1990's demonstrations of ehealth applications usually involved an x-ray being transmitted from a remote part of the developing world to a hospital in Europe or the USA. A clinician would eagerly relay a diagnosis to the patient's local hospital. These systems were unsustainable and collapsed when funding dried up. However, soon, the flow of x-ray images could be in the other direction - from hospitals in the west to diagnostic centres in the developing world. While, this time, the business case is sound clinicians are less enthusiastic.



While clinicians fear outsourcing will lead to a loss of skills within the UK, Wireless Healthcare suggests that cost savings would free up resources and allow the NHS to concentrate on core competencies such as surgery. At present surgery is being outsourced from overseas as patients arrange their own operations in other European countries.



Wireless Healthcare warns outsourcing companies not to play down the low cost of their services in the hope of overcoming resistance from clinicians. Claims by outsourcing providers that they are merely exploiting their geographic location to provide services out of UK working hours are unlikely to placate the fears of health workers who are well aware of the impact of outsourcing on the IT sector. At the same time understating potential savings will discourage potential early adopters of offshore outsourcing within the private healthcare sector.



The report suggests that outsourcing companies may also face a degree of resistance from the government. As one of the largest employers in the UK, the NHS is a useful tool for channelling government spending into the economy. Spending on the health sector finds its way into other sectors of the economy well within the four-year electoral cycle. It is therefore in the government's interest to forgo the savings (estimated to be up to 40%) of outsourcing work overseas and, instead, bring health workers to the UK where the bulk of their wages are spent within the UK economy. The NHS recently decided not to include a proposal, from the India based outsourcing company Wipro, in its current IT planning.



There is, according to Wireless Healthcare, a compelling argument for offshore outsourcing in that it provides access to a large number of people of working age in countries such as India - where the demographic profile is the mirror image to that of Europe.



Wireless Healthcare believes the impact on countries providing outsourced healthcare will be neutral. At first sight outsourcing appears to offer an alternative to the wholesale recruitment of medical staff by the NHS. However medical workers employed in diagnostic centres run by outsourcing companies are just as inaccessible to local patients as medical staff who have moved overseas. The report, does though, point out that both direct recruitment and employment within outsourcing companies will encourage young people to train for a career in medicine which in turn will increase the pool of medical workers available to local health providers.



The report predicts that in the long term pressure from a growing number of retired people for lower cost healthcare will force the government and the NHS to seriously consider outsourcing. At the same time a number of private health initiatives built around outsourcing may gain popularity and bring about a 'creeping privatisation' of the UK healthcare sector.



According to Peter Kruger, a senior analyst with Wireless Healthcare, "In a globalised market it matters little where in the world a product or service is made available, eventually it will find a channel to the consumer. Healthcare seems to be one of the last sectors of the economy to wake up to this fact."



Wireless Healthcare sees an analogy between outsourced manufacturing of consumer electronics and outsourced clinical processes. As Peter Kruger points out. "Just as the widespread ownership of personal computers was made possible by low cost electronics manufacturing in the Far East so universal access to medical services will become increasingly dependent on clinical processes outsourced from offshore medical centres."



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Wireless Healthcare (http://www. wirelesshealthcare. co. uk (http://www. wirelesshealthcare. co. uk)) is a UK based consultancy specialising in mobile healthcare and the development and management of ehealth projects.



The report, "eHealth - Unlocking The Outsourced Healthcare Market."



Costs £49 + vat.



Press copies available on request.



For further details contact:



Toby Jackson



++ 44 (0) 1223 208926



Email info@wirelesshealthcare. co. uk

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Advanced Access System For Working At Height -- Safely

Advanced Access System For Working At Height -- Safely



The Lobo System is a new concept in work platform systems. The system quickly constructs into a freestanding, static or mobile platform in a variety of heights and sizes, without the use of tools. The quick to construct concept offers unequaled flexibility and packs away easily and can be carried anywhere.



(PRWEB) September 4, 2006



Plant and maintenance engineers in Canada can benefit from what is said to be one of the world’s most advanced access systems for working safely at height.



The Lobo System is a versatile work platform that combines the flexibility and strength of traditional scaffolding with the simplicity and mobility of tower systems. Comprising steel components that adjust to meet specific requirements, the system can be erected quickly and easily without the need for tools.



The United Kingdom’s Lobo Systems has appointed Larry Leach, of Miniveyor Systems Inc., as the Canadian distributor for its advanced product, which is used on applications as varied as servicing jet fighter aircraft and maintaining the insides of giant brewing vessels.



“The Lobo System is the safest option for all work up to a height of 20 ft or more,” says Mr Leach.



“ The major benefit is that it is built around the equipment being worked on and can, therefore, be erected or dismantled in a very short time without the use of any tools.”



The basic elements of the Lobo System are trestle legs, with adjustable clamps on the top, fixed bracing clamps on the side, and steel or aluminium tubes with the same diameter as standard scaffolding tubes. The tubes are passed through the clamps and tightened by hand, to form a framework to which the other components are added.



Individual components of the Lobo System pack away easily and compactly for storage and transport, while their size and portability make the system suitable for use wherever space is restricted or access difficult.



Robert Bokros, director of Lobo, says: “Health and Safety is possibly the single most significant factor affecting the modern workforce. No matter where it is being used, Lobo provides the perfect, tailor-made access solution, making it safer and more efficient.”



Organisations around the world that currently use Lobo include: Anheuser Busch, BAE Systems, General Electric, General Motors, Miller Brewing, NASA, the UK’s Royal Air Force and police forces, the United States Navy, and Virgin Atlantic.



For More information:



Www. lobosystems. com



USA/Canada 1-800-640-5492



+44 1332 365666



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Old or Young: Sleep is Important

Old or Young: Sleep is Important



ArjoHuntleigh announces a strategic partnership in support of the Toronto based charity Sleeping Children Around the World.



Mississauga, ON (PRWEB) October 1, 2010



ArjoHuntleigh Canada Inc.: ArjoHuntleigh Canada Inc. announces a strategic partnership in support of the Toronto based charity Sleeping Children Around the World.



Whether you are in the twilight years in a Canadian long term care facility or the formative years across the world in a developing country the importance of a secure and comfortable night sleep cannot be overstated. Realizing the importance of sleep, ArjoHuntleigh is proud to support Sleeping Children Around the World. The local Toronto based charity provides bedkits to needy children in developing countries.



General Manager of ArjoHuntleigh, John Thiessen, commented, "Sleeping Children Around the World stood out to us as one of very few charities who ensure that 100% of their donations reach a needy child. We applaud their passion and volunteers. We plan to donate bedkits related to our success with bed sales in the long term care market".



ArjoHuntleigh will soon celebrate 100 years as a developer of medical beds for healthcare facilities worldwide and in its 50 years in Canada has become recognized as a market leader in providing solution to long term care facilities. ArjoHuntleigh has launched the Pro-Contour Advance Minuet 2 bed to long term care facilities in Canada. There are over 170,000 long term care beds in Canada and despite new standards for fall prevention, pressure ulcer prevention, entrapment and occupational health and safety the vast majority of long term care beds in Canada are in excess of 15 years old which lack the modern safety for the resident or caregiver.



Dave Dryden, Chair of Sleeping Children Around the World said; "This corporate sponsorship represents an important step in our charity's evolution. We applaud the culture of social responsibility being demonstrated by ArjoHuntleigh. In 2009 we reached our goal of one million children receiving a bedkit. ArjoHuntleigh's support of Sleeping Children helps us on our way to assisting 2 million children and raises the publics' awareness of our organization".



ArjoHuntleigh offers integrated solutions for the care of patients and residents with reduced mobility and related conditions in virtually all types of care environments covering other interrelated areas of care: Hygiene Systems, Patient Lifters, Disinfection, DVT prophylaxis and Therapeutic Support Surfaces.



For more information about what ArjoHuntleigh can offer, please visit http://www. ArjoHuntleigh. com or contact ArjoHuntleigh at Info(dot)Canada(at)ArjoHuntleigh(dot)com. To learn about the work of SCAW visit http://www. scaw. org



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USPrepared Becomes First Line of Defense for Deadly Avian Flu with Portable Isolation Units

USPrepared Becomes First Line of Defense for Deadly Avian Flu with Portable Isolation Units



USPrepared, an emergency preparedness consulting company has become the first line of defense against the deadly avian flu with the announcement of the tragic deaths of two Vietnamese women from complications with Tamiflu dosage. They will be offering exclusively in the USA portable isolation units for both families and governments.



Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) December 31, 2005



USPrepared, an Atlanta and North Carolina based emergency preparedness consulting firm has been chosen to be the exclusive marketing firm for what now may become the first line of defense in the United States against avian flu when it mutates from human to human.



“With the new complications in the usage of Tamiflu being reported we may be offering the next line of defense,” reports Hugh Simpson, a co-founder of USPrepared and recent author of the new Ebook Emergency Preparedness Guide for the Third Millennium available FR** from USPrepared. com. “We have a portable isolation unit that can protect a family of up to eight people for as long as six months; however all indications show that the deadly scourge of the bird flu would pass with in several weeks. What family wants to take a chance with an unproven drug that has developed deadly complications?”



These isolation units also are available in sizes that can be used by local governments when quarantine is ordered by local, state or Federal authorities. “Health authorities have shared with us that local hospitals will not be taking in bird flu victims and will be looking for the type of isolation unit we offer that can be set up in high school gyms, local football stadiums, city auditoriums, etc.,” says Don Sherrill, a retired US Navy Captain and co-founder.



“We are limited right now in the family portable units to approximately 40 in the United States,” states Stephen Hobbs, a former US Navy SEAL and co-founder. “We have plans to bring in more in early 2006; however as soon as the first human to human case is reported in the United States the Federal government will shutdown all air transportation. It’s a race against the clock and according to our sources the time is running out. I must say that this scenario we are facing is more scary than any assignment I had as a SEAL.”



For further information please contact USPrepared at 404-918-0108.



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Thomas Cook Gains Four-Fold Performance Improvement for Complex Queries with SAND/DNA on Sun Microsystems Blade Servers

Thomas Cook Gains Four-Fold Performance Improvement for Complex Queries with SAND/DNA on Sun Microsystems Blade Servers



Thomas Cook Group UK & Ireland, part of one of the world's leading travel groups, gains four fold performance improvement for complex queries and near linear scalability using the SAND/DNA software solution on Sun hardware.



Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) August 4, 2009



SAND Technology Inc. (OTCBB:SNDTF), an international provider of data management software and best practices, today announced that Thomas Cook Group UK & Ireland, part of one of the world's leading travel groups, has successfully migrated its holiday search engine application based on SAND/DNA technology to a new Sun blade server environment. The system went live during a peak usage period, and immediately delivered a four-fold performance improvement for complex searches and heavy real-time update processes of the company's holiday database.



While Thomas Cook's SAND/DNA system has functioned continuously without failure since its initial implementation in 2001, replatforming to a Sun blade server running the Sun Solaris operating system enables the company to better support a vastly enlarged and continually growing number of online users. Specifically, because SAND/DNA performance tracks processor speed to offer near-linear scalability, the blade environment will enable them to take full advantage of advances in processing technology to increase data throughput in the system.



"Thomas Cook UK & Ireland has worked with SAND since 2001, and its products provide the backbone of our Tour Operating systems. Following the merger with MyTravel and the major increase in growth and customer transactions, we were faced with a huge challenge to maintain an excellent level of system performance. With SAND Technology's help we have succeeded in providing a resilient platform that will grow with the company and continue to provide our valuable customers with the service they have come to expect from us," said Pat Norman, Director of IT at Thomas Cook UK & Ireland.



"We are very pleased to have worked so closely with Thomas Cook over the past eight years," said Richard Grondin, SAND's vice-president of R& D and Deployment. "SAND recommended that Thomas Cook move to a blade environment to achieve better performance, reduce their total cost of ownership and provide a 'greener' solution with a smaller storage footprint. SAND's software solution on Sun delivers the performance improvements the company needs to serve its rapidly expanding market. Using this new environment, Thomas Cook can support over 3000 users and execute multiple millions of update requests per day while offering response times of less than 1 second in 99.5% of cases. These metrics clearly demonstrate that SAND/DNA's CBAT technology can be used to support complex real-time analytic environments."



"Thomas Cook UK & Ireland has been a valuable customer," said Peter Olding, SAND's UK Sales Director. "Working with Thomas Cook UK & Ireland, we continue to address ongoing challenges with increasing numbers of users and transactions that require high query performance, system availability, and data accessibility. We are very pleased that SAND is able to meet their demands and scale with them as their environment grows."



About SAND Technology:

SAND is an international provider of intelligent information management software and best practices. The SAND/DNA product suite scales to help any size enterprise cope with exploding data requirements, now and into the future. SAND/DNA Access allows for retaining all potentially relevant data in a tiny footprint while providing instant access to just what's required. SAND/DNA Analytics allows for complex what-if analysis to meet any planned and unplanned business need.



SAND/DNA solutions include CRM analytics, and specialized applications for government, healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, retail, transportation, and other business sectors. SAND/DNA has achieved "Certified for SAP NetWeaver" status and SAND Nearline Integration Controller has achieved "Powered by SAP NetWeaver" status.



SAND Technology has offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Central Europe.



Safe Harbour Statement

This news release may contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, any statement relating to future events, conditions or circumstances. Forward-looking statements in this release are not promises or guarantees and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. The risks and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements include risks detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec). You should not place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which are based on management's beliefs and opinions at the time the statements are made and the Company does not undertake any obligations to update forward-looking statements should circumstances or management's beliefs or opinions change.



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



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Nonprofit Pay Increases Reflect Economic Conditions, Shows New Study by Total Compensation Solutions

Nonprofit Pay Increases Reflect Economic Conditions, Shows New Study by Total Compensation Solutions



Reflecting economic conditions in the marketplace, the average salary adjustment for staff positions in nonprofit organizations decreased marginally from 4.0% to 3.8% between 2007 and 2008.



Armonk, NY (PRWEB) January 23, 2009



Reflecting economic conditions in the marketplace, the average salary adjustment for staff positions in nonprofit organizations decreased marginally from 4.0% to 3.8% between 2007 and 2008. However, this may not account for the significant downturn in the U. S. economy from September through December of 2008. According to a new study released by Total Compensation Solutions (TCS), financial conditions in the economy are reflected in the level of charitable contributions received by nonprofit charitable organizations and this, in turn, may impact the salary budgets for those organizations. This suggests that nonprofits may need to take decisive action in either cutting back staff or reducing the salary budgets for the upcoming year.



The 2008/2009 Not-for-Profit Compensation Survey, conducted by TCS, compiles data on 73 unique positions found in over 530 nonprofit organizations. In previous surveys, we observed that nonprofits were changing the way they pay their employees. Specifically, we observed an increase in the number of organizations that were using formal bonus/incentive compensation plans for their staff. For 2008, we presume that these same organizations will either pay significantly lower bonuses or suspend bonus payments altogether. We believe that this is a reaction to declining economic conditions throughout the economy. 



This year's study of compensation among nonprofits reports average pay levels for executives in mission critical and support departments among these organizations. An overall summary of the average total compensation for executive positions is attached to this press release



The study observes that salary adjustments for 2008, turnover, bonus/incentive amounts were all tracking the practices of for profit companies for most of the year. However, the study identifies compensation practices for the first part of 2008 and does not account for moderate changes in revenue stream, charitable contributions, and prospective planning for 2009 which may be changing even as this document goes to press. "If you could break out the first six months of 2008, nonprofits had a pretty good year," says Paul Gavejian, Managing Director of TCS. "Our clients in the nonprofit sector were on track for record contributions, their revenue generating divisions were making money; and their employees were providing excellent response to their governing communities…then the financial crisis hit the economy and everything changed." 



"Preliminary salary budget reports suggest that both for profit and nonprofit organizations are considering either a freeze on salary adjustments or minimal increases." Historical trends indicate a high degree of correlation between salary budgets and the consumer price index (CPI). "With a significant increase in the unemployed labor force and a lower CPI, many employers are simply being cautious about increasing pay," according to Gavejian.



The 2008/2009 Not-For-Profit Compensation Survey is the sixth edition of the survey which TCS has published since 2003. It is a valuable resource designed specifically for nonprofit organizations. Copies of this report are now available. If you have questions regarding this report or if you would like to order a copy of the report, please call TCS offices at (914) 730-7300 or email questions to: pgavejian at total-comp dot com or tbailey at total-comp dot com.



Total Compensation Solutions is a human resources consulting firm dedicated to assisting clients in achieving their strategic compensation objectives. The firm uses market data to identify best practices in a variety of topical areas including: board compensation; executive, middle management and staff compensation; performance management; organization structure; health and welfare; and retirement benefits. With client interaction, TCS gathers and reports information on compensation, personnel practices and benefits and applies the most effective, market-driven solution to each organization's unique set of circumstances. For more information about TCS, visit www. total-comp. com or contact us at: 914-730-7300.



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Calista Flockhart, Bo Derek Attend Peace Over Violence 37th Annual Humanitarian Awards Gala Presented By Verizon Wireless

Calista Flockhart, Bo Derek Attend Peace Over Violence 37th Annual Humanitarian Awards Gala Presented By Verizon Wireless



Actresses Bo Derek and Maria Conchita Alonso joined Calista Flockhart as she hosted the 37th Annual Peace over Violence Humanitarian Awards Dinner and Silent Auction on Friday, November 7th at the Beverly Hills Hotel.



Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) November 14, 2008



Actresses Bo Derek and Maria Conchita Alonso joined Calista Flockhart as she hosted the 37th Annual Peace Over Violence Humanitarian Awards Dinner and Silent Auction on Friday, November 7th at the Beverly Hills Hotel.



Peace Over Violence is a social service non-profit agency dedicated to the elimination of sexual and domestic violence and all forms of interpersonal violence. Established in 1971 as the "Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women" (LACAAW) the agency provides crisis intervention services, violence prevention education to area youth, and case management and counseling services to survivors of violence. The evening also celebrated the organization's Executive Director Patti Giggans' 25th anniversary with the organization.



The evening also honored the following individuals who have made a difference in the struggle to eliminate violence against women, men, youth and children:



-- Elise Buik, President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles

-- California State Senator Gloria Romero

-- Southern California Edison and Frank Quevedo

-- Voices Over Violence: Survivors Who Speak Out



 The evening, presented by Verizon Wireless, raised over $300,000 for the organization. Since its inception in 1971 as the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women, Peace Over Violence has grown from a volunteer crisis hotline to an agency with a sizeable staff and an excellent reputation. It is widely recognized as a social partner in issues of violence prevention, health, education, human rights, and civil society. The organization, which changed its name to Peace Over Violence two years ago, offers a wide range of programs which encompass 'one on one' intervention services and 'one on one' violence prevention services.



More information about Peace Over Violence is available at www. peaceoverviolence. org.



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Athena and Tarot. com Team to Market Vitality Effervescent WomenÂ’s Health Supplement

Athena and Tarot. com Team to Market Vitality Effervescent WomenÂ’s Health Supplement



Innovative online marketing program will reach over 1,000,000 people a month



(PRWEB) September 28, 2002



Athena Labs, LLC (Athena), a natural effervescent vitamin company specializing in women’s health supplements, today announced that it has entered into an online marketing agreement with Tarot. com, a Visionary Networks site. Tarot. com is the leader in online divination services such as tarot, astrology, numerology and I-Ching. Visionary Networks has agreed to promote and sell Athena’s Vitality – Women’s Energy Blend™ (Vitality) effervescent B complex on its Tarot. com online store. This agreement will introduce Athena and the Vitality brand to over one million unique visitors a month.



Athena CEO and founder naturopathic physician Dr. Michelle Hillis said, “As a unique health supplement company we are looking for unique venues to reach women. Tarot. com is the clear leader in its space and a wonderful community for women. Women visit Tarot. com as form of meditation and relaxation. We formulated our Vitality B complex for women looking to naturally increase energy and replenish nutrients depleted by stress and other factors. It is a very complementary relationship.”



Tarot. com has created a new “Wellness” category in its online store for Athena Vitality. The company also plans to promote Vitality on its site. Visionary Networks founder and CEO Paul O’Brien said, “All of us at Tarot. com are very excited to market the Vitality product. It was the quality and effectiveness of Vitality that attracted us. We are pleased we can help not only improve the spiritual health of our users, but the physical health as well. This is a great mind and body partnership.”



WomenÂ’s wellness is one of the fastest growing categories in natural health. Market research firm SPINS reported that sales of womenÂ’s wellness products grew over 40% in supermarkets between November 2000 and November 2001. Effervescent vitamins are a multibillion-dollar business in Europe and rapidly growing in the US. Because of their excellent absorption, effervescent vitamins are one of the most effective means of delivering nutrients to the body. Effervescent vitamins are also ideal for the 30 million AmericanÂ’s who have difficulty ingesting capsules or tablet vitamins.



ABOUT ATHENA LABS, LLC (ATHENA)



Naturopathic physician Dr. Michelle Hillis founded Athena to offer quality, convenient health solutions to women. Athena products are 100% natural and contain no artificial flavors or sweeteners. Athena is focused on the womenÂ’s health market, and is the only company to provide an effervescent health supplement formulated for women. Athena is a privately held company headquartered in Portland, Oregon.



ABOUT TAROT. COM AND VISIONARY NETWORKS



Visionary Networks has been creating computer-aided I-Ching and Tarot programs since 1988. Visionary Networks was founded Paul O'Brien. O’Brien, a popular radio personality in the Pacific Northwest, is often called the “Father of Online Divination”. The Visionary Networks team’s first product was Synchronicity, an award-winning I-Ching experience which was the world's first commercially published divination program and one of the first multimedia titles of any type. Tarot. com is the most visited authentic tarot experience on the Internet, attracting over one million unique users a month.

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Shutts & Bowen LLP Named Amongst Top Lawyers in South Florida Legal Guide

Shutts & Bowen LLP Named Amongst Top Lawyers in South Florida Legal Guide



Shutts & Bowen LLP is gaining notoriety as it is named amongst the top lawyers in the South Florida Legal Guide.



Miami (PRWEB) June 11, 2008



Shutts & Bowen, a Florida-based law firm offering high quality and responsive legal services, was recently named among the Top Lawyers in the South Florida Legal Guide.



The article, titled, "Top Lawyers in South Florida," provided a listing of the "lawyers' lawyers" in South Florida. Many of the attorneys on the list have been in practice for a minimum of 15 years. "We began with a mailing to a selection of lawyers in South Florida asking whom they would recommend to a friend of family member in a variety of fields or areas of practice," wrote the legal guide. With approximately 1,200 lawyers mentioned, the legal guide further narrowed the field down to offer what they believe to be the top lawyers in each practice.



Louis Nostro from Shutts & Bowen LLP was listed as one of the top lawyers in Estate Planning. Shutts & Bowen offer their clients a complete range of high quality and responsive legal services.



For more information about Shutts & Bowen, visit www. shutts. com.



About Shutts & Bowen LLP:



Shutts & Bowen is a Florida-based law firm with 200 attorneys in six offices in the Florida and one office in Europe. Since its inception, Shutts & Bowen have dedicated themselves to providing first-rate legal services, new and innovative approaches to problem solving, and the highest degree of professionalism and community service.



Shutts & Bowen offer their clients, whether local, state, national or international, a diverse and complete range of high quality and responsive legal services. They represent major industrial corporations and life insurance companies, utilities companies, securities brokerage firms, transportation concerns, national and international financial institutions, local banking firms, major foreign companies, health care organizations, local municipalities, local corporations, and individuals and smaller enterprises of every nature.



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Flooring America's Fix My Floor Contest Will Award One Lucky Winner a $5,000 Flooring Make-Over

Flooring America's Fix My Floor Contest Will Award One Lucky Winner a $5,000 Flooring Make-Over



This fall, Flooring America is giving consumers the opportunity to win a $5,000 flooring make-over in the Fix My Floor Contest. Consumers can enter the contest online at FixMyFloorContest. com simply by telling us why they’re in need of new floors. Consumers also have the option to accompany their statement with an uploaded photo of their current floors.



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This fall, Flooring America is giving consumers the opportunity to win a $5,000 flooring make-over in the Fix My Floor Contest. Consumers can enter the contest online at FixMyFloorContest. com simply by telling us why they’re in need of new floors. Consumers also have the option to accompany their statement with an uploaded photo of their current floors.



The Fix My Floor Contest kicked off on October 1 and will run until December 30. The grand-prize winner will receive $5,000 in beautiful Downs® flooring – which includes an extensive line of quality hardwood, carpet and laminate. As one of the most respected and trusted names in the flooring industry, Downs’ reputation for superior construction, exclusive styling, and unsurpassed performance makes it a go-to brand for customers seeking a great-looking, long-lasting floor. Bi-monthly second place winners will also be selected and awarded an iPod touch.



This fall, Flooring America is also partnering with the American Heart Association to help raise awareness for heart health across the county. For every consumer who chooses to announce the contest on Twitter, Flooring America will donate $1 to the American Heart Association.



Throughout the contest period, consumers can visit Flooring America’s Facebook page and the contest website for advice from flooring experts on selecting the right floor for your home, proper installation and proper maintenance.



About Flooring America

Flooring America (FlooringAmerica. com) consists of more than 550 member-owned floor covering stores throughout the United States and Canada. Flooring America provides members with exclusive brands and warranty programs, comprehensive multi-media advertising programs, complete Showroom merchandising packages, plus training in management and sales. It operates as a division of CCA Global Partners, the world’s largest flooring group.



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After Hip Resurfacing, Cleveland Fire Battalion Chief, 55, Wins 3 Scott Firefighter Combat Challenges

After Hip Resurfacing, Cleveland Fire Battalion Chief, 55, Wins 3 Scott Firefighter Combat Challenges



Painful hip arthritis had sidelined Donald Kempf, 55, until hip resurfacing let him return to competing in--and winning--the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge®. William Stanfield, MD, of the Center for Orthopedics in Sheffield Village, Ohio resurfaced Kempf's left hip to relieve the arthritis pain and restore his normal hip function--without the movement restrictions of total hip replacement.



Sheffield Village, Ohio (PRWEB) May 25, 2010



Like many Baby Boomers, Cleveland Fire Battalion Chief Donald Kempf, 55, was suffering from painful hip arthritis, but unwilling to give up his favorite sport--in his case, the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge®.Then a firefighter colleague told him about hip resurfacing--an alternative to total hip replacement that allows many patients to resume active sports.



According to a study published in March 2010 by the American Journal of Sports Medicine, 82% of hip resurfacing patients felt no restriction while performing sports after their surgery. Since undergoing hip resurfacing, Kempf has won three Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge competitions--two of them within a year of his October 2008 surgery.



"Hip resurfacing allows you much more freedom of movement than total hip replacement," says board-certified orthopedic surgeon William Stanfield, MD, of the Center for Orthopedics in Sheffield Village, Ohio. "It recreates the normal hip anatomy rather than changing it, which is what a total hip replacement does.



"Hip resurfacing reshapes the head of the thighbone or femur and resurfaces it with a cobalt chromium metal cap, much like capping a tooth," Dr. Stanfield explains.



"With a total hip replacement, there are certain things you just can't do because of the risk for dislocation--where the ball pops out of the socket," says Dr. Stanfield, one of the first orthopedic surgeons in the U. S. to perform hip resurfacing. "After hip resurfacing, you don't have those precautions--such as not crossing your legs or not bending your hips past 90 degrees."



"I've always been athletic," says Kempf. "I first competed in the Firefighter Combat Challenge in 1994, and have won my age division in regional competitions almost every year since. But when my left hip started hurting me, I thought my athletic life was done. I spent a whole year in agonizing pain, just limping around.



"I was kind of afraid of surgery," Kempf admits. "My father has had five hip replacements, starting when he was my age. I knew about traditional hip replacement--you can still stay active, but it's more like golf and walking around and things like that. I wasn't quite ready to give up my crazy stuff."



Kempf's "crazy stuff"--the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge--has been featured on ESPN and Versus. In that competition, pairs of competitors, wearing "full bunker gear" and breathing apparatus, race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of firefighting by performing a linked series of five tasks, including climbing a five-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized 175-pound "victim."



"If you perform that the way you should on an actual fire run, you're supposed to pace yourself," says Kempf, who has placed as high as third in the world in the over-40, over-50 and chiefs divisions. "You could probably walk through this and finish it in five to seven minutes. But as the competition grew, the times got down to around two minutes and some of the world-class guys are at about a minute and a half. You get done with this and you pretty much can't even stand up, you can't breathe. People actually catch you at the finish line--they hold you up.



"When I found out about hip resurfacing, and the fact that you could have the procedure and remain athletic, I went for it," says Kempf.



"I told Mr. Kempf before the surgery that I couldn't make him any promises, but hip resurfacing would be the only way he would have a chance to get back to doing the firefighters' competition," Dr. Stanfield recalls. "There wouldn't be any way to do that with a full hip replacement."



"The day of surgery, my hip pain was gone," says Kempf. "I was back to work in six weeks--and back to my training. By the following August, 10 months after surgery, I won the over-50 portion of the Firefighter Combat Challenge in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. A couple of months later, I won in my age group at a competition in Indiana as well."



Kempf also recently won a competition in Milford, Ohio, near Cincinnati. "I'm planning to participate in one or two more regional competitions this summer--and then in the World Championships this November in Myrtle Beach, SC," he says.



"Not everyone is a candidate for hip resurfacing," notes Dr. Stanfield. "It's primarily indicated for younger patients. They don't have to be high-performance athletes--some patients are mechanics who need the freedom of movement to get under cars, or electricians who have to climb around and re-wire air conditioners."



For more information about hip resurfacing, visit http://www. center4orthopedics. com/hip_resurfacing or call the Center for Orthopedics at 440.329.2800.



The Center for Orthopedics, part of EMH Regional Healthcare System, offers the most comprehensive bone and joint care in Cleveland's west side, western Cuyahoga County and Lorain County, Ohio. Complete orthopedic care is available from an expert team of five advance-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeons at offices in Sheffield Village, Oberlin and Westlake, Ohio. Call 440.329.2800 or visit http://www. center4orthopedics. com



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NextGen Marketing Group™ Introduces New Executive Leadership Team and Practice Structures

NextGen Marketing Group™ Introduces New Executive Leadership Team and Practice Structures



Highly Experienced and Credentialed Team of Executives Joining Forces Nationally to Drive Next Phase of Growth. Robin Butler Leonard, Stephen Monaco and Henry W. Atherton III join founder Greg Crosby and current executives Larry Rosenberg and Bruce Guidotti to form national dream team of marketing experts. Company now has over 50 former CMO's and VP's of Marketing working with this new leadership team to provide on-demand marketing support for clients of all shapes and sizes.



Iowa City, IA (PRWEB) June 17, 2010



Gregory S. Crosby, Founder/CEO of the NextGen Marketing Group™ announced today the appointments of several new executives who are joining the NextGen Marketing Group™ Managing Director team to drive the company forward for the next stage of growth. These executives bring world-class marketing leadership experience to the organization and will join forces with Mr. Crosby and the current Managing Director team to form a powerhouse of expertise now available for NextGen Marketing Group™ clients on a global basis. The new executives joining NextGen Marketing Group™ and their respective practice areas are:



Robin Butler Leonard - Managing Director

Business-to-Business Marketing/Strategic Marketing Communications Practice Columbus, Ohio



Robin Butler Leonard is a well-respected and highly experienced interim marketing executive, consultant, author and speaker who specializes in business-to-business marketing strategies and helping clients develop strategic, integrated communications programs for their business. Known for her work with high-growth, entrepreneurial B2B companies, Robin works with organizations of all sizes and in widely varied industries to facilitate fresh thinking, identifying new approaches to old problems. Robin has strong knowledge and working expertise in global marketing communications, strategic planning, brand positioning, complex selling systems, client loyalty programs, interactive marketing, social media, pubic relations, and market research.



Stephen Monaco - Managing Director

Social Media Marketing and Media/Entertainment Industry Practice

Leawood, Kansas



Stephen Monaco has over 20 years of senior-level executive experience, is an accomplished business, marketing and Internet strategist, creative thinker and visionary with a remarkable track record of success. Stephen provides executive-level strategic business, marketing and Internet consulting services to a wide array of companies from the Fortune 500 to early stage start-ups. Monaco has been a co-founder, principal or senior executive and mentor in several companies in North America and Europe in the areas of utilities software, security software, electronic software distribution, paid Internet search, Internet marketing, contextually relevant Internet content and Internet ad delivery, e-commerce, social media monitoring, entertainment, alternative energy, and food safety.



Henry W. Atherton III - Managing Director

New Venture Strategies, Health Care, Political and Financial Market Practice

Dallas, Texas



Henry Atherton, III has over twenty years of cross functional, cross-industry, vision-driven leadership, success consulting, and directing start-up, turn-around, and high growth companies within Commercial, Corporate & Investment Real Estate, Manufacturing, Internet, High Tech, Oil and Gas, Insurance, and Health care industry markets. A pioneer in the design and delivery of innovative change management programs that have generated tens of millions of dollars in cost savings and incremental revenue growth through redesign of internal operating, financial, quality systems, and sales & marketing campaigns. He has strong P&L management, project management, marketing and sales, information technology, and human resources experience. Hank has extensive experience structuring and negotiating large complex real estate transactions, private financings, mergers & acquisitions, executive litigation, and successful IRS and Department of Labor workouts. Hank's passion is in helping companies define their vision and develop the best strategies to translate those visions into realities.



Ms. Leonard, Mr. Monaco and Mr. Atherton join forces with current Managing Directors Greg Crosby (Iowa City, IA), Larry Rosenberg (New York, NY) and Bruce Guidotti (Stamford, CT) to form a dream team of national leaders who will manage and lead new client initiatives for NextGen Marketing Group™ and its' expanding team of NextGen Braintrust™ marketing executives.

"The addition of Robin, Stephen and Henry is a terrific milestone in our evolution and a validation of how the NextGen Marketing Group™ is quickly becoming a new model for providing high quality, on-demand marketing solutions for businesses of all shapes and sizes. I am excited about the team we have in place and the incredible experience, knowledge and resources we can offer our clients on a national and now global basis" said Greg Crosby, Founder and CEO.



For more information about NextGen Marketing Group™, visit http://www. nextgenmktg. com (http://www. nextgenmktg. com) or call (877) 569-8436 (877-5-NXTGEN).



About NextGen Marketing Group™



The NextGen Marketing Group™ is an innovative, breakthrough national firm that provides high quality, affordable outsourced marketing support and experienced resources coupled with a complete menu of the latest and most innovative creative marketing platforms and productivity technologies available. Clients can connect to the NextGen Marketing Group™ through traditional means or onsite, or utilize new virtual network technologies to work with resources via video/web conferencing that maximizes project efficiency, minimizes project cost, and matches up top marketing talent to their specific needs---breaking the mold of the traditional firms.



Media Contact:

Elaine Bell

(877) 569-8436

Elaine(dot)bell(at)nextgenmktg(dot)com



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Get Sassy Now for Breast Cancer, Celebrate October Pink Porches with Mood-lites Pink Light Bulbs

Get Sassy Now for Breast Cancer, Celebrate October Pink Porches with Mood-lites Pink Light Bulbs



Pink Porches is an exciting new way to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer for nonprofits, government agencies, corporations and communities. Agencies are purchasing 'Sassy' Mood-lite pink light bulbs and handing them out in communities for awareness tools, nonprofits are using them as fundraisers, and individuals are lighting their blocks to show support for friends.



Ann Arbor, Michigan (PRWEB) July 25, 2008



Pink Porches is an exciting new way to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer for nonprofits, government agencies, corporations and communities (pinkporches. com). In 2008, during the month of October, agencies and nonprofits have already signed up to participate and get Sassy so they can turn their lights, towns, communities, and businesses pink by putting these 25 Watt, low energy, pink Sassy Mood-lite light bulbs in window lamps and porch lights. Agencies are purchasing them and handing them out in communities for awareness tools, nonprofits are using them as fundraisers, and individuals are lighting their blocks to show support for friends.



Mrs. Connie Raisbeck, RN and Well Woman Director at the Stephenson County Health Department along with her staff approached the Mood-factory with the idea last year. The Mood-factory tested the program in a number of communities, with such success that many more groups and individuals have jumped on board simply by word of mouth and the excitement is quickly spreading. It is so thrilling to know that in October cities will be drenched in incredibly magical pink lights, symbolizing the boldness, courage, and sass of so many women and men that fight Breast Cancer.



Connie Raisbeck shares, "We loved it last year. It was new, different, and stood out as a unique way to reach people, not to mention our town was beautiful. It helped us raise money for our center, as through the program we were able to give 18 free mammograms to woman that otherwise would not have been able to get them due to financial constraints. We can not wait to do it again."



The Mood-factory is donating 5% of all 2008 Sassy sales to Public Health Foundation of Northwest Illinois, a public charity, and 5% of all 2008 Sassy sales to iFred, the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred) (depression. org). iFred is a 501 (c)3 organization that helps shine a light on depression, a disease that can often co-occur with breast cancer. The Public Health Foundation of Northwest Illinois was the charity chosen by the women of Stephenson County Health Department, as a way to honor them for the wonderful program they have started for all.



In order to participate, organizations are encouraged to order their Sassy Mood-lite pink light bulbs now to meet production and ensure quantities are available. They can do this by e-mailing info@pinkporches. com or calling 1.866.353.MOOD (6663). Individuals can order online at www. pinkporches. com.



Mood-lites are encouraging other nonprofit organizations to shine a light in their cause in this new and innovative way. These light bulbs are available in eight colors; pink, purple, orange, turquoise, dark blue, green, yellow, and red, and colors can be custom made in large quantities. Mood-lites are manufactured by Innovative Analysis, Inc. (dba Mood-factory), headquartered in Michigan (mood-factory. com).



For all press inquiries, please contact Kathryn Goetzke White at 866-353-6663.



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Get Them Something They Really Want for Xmas

Get Them Something They Really Want for Xmas



Having a hard time finding the perfect gift for the person who has everything? Try a gift certificate from St. Louis Skin Solutions. Give them the gift of healthy beautiful skin. Help them bring in the New Year with Beauty.



(PRWEB) December 7, 2004



Make this Christmas gift one that your spouse won't want to return. At St. Louis Skin Solutions a gift certificate can mean Hair Removal, Skin Rejuvenation, Peels, Microderms, Vein Removals. The list goes on. St. Louis Skin Solutions carries Jane Iredale, a mineral based line of makeup, that would make a great gift, and there are also holiday gift kits available in this line. St. Louis Skin Solutions also carries other great skin care lines such as MD Forte, Obagi, and BioMedics.



Give them what they want, but are to afraid to ask for. Not many wives or husbands will go up to their spouse and ask for Botox for Christmas, but that could be an option with a gift certificate. A general gift certificate of a specific amount of money leaves treatment up to them. Yet, you can also pick out a treatment that you think they would like, and get them a gift certificate for that specific service as well.



Health is something that everyone wants for themselves and their friends and families. This is your chance to give the gift of healthy skin, along with confidence and a glow. Make your spouse feel beautiful/handsome with the gift of skin care.



Trust your skin only to a physician at St. Louis Skin Solutions. Each patient at St. Louis Skin Solutions is medically supervised by Amy Miller, M. D., a board certified physician. Together with the help of St. Louis Skin Solutions, you can discuss your goals, evaluate your skin, and come up with the best treatment options and skin care regimen for optimal results.



Dr. Miller, along with her small personal staff are also available by phone or email for questions or follow-up after treatments. Let St. Louis Skin Solutions help you attain beautiful healthy skin and age gracefully.



Bring in the New Year with Beauty.



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CALYPSO MAKES THE NATURAL CHOICE

CALYPSO MAKES THE NATURAL CHOICE



Calypso Soft Drinks is putting the emphasis on natural ingredients in its 2002 portfolio. Calypso Cups feature a new range of natural flavours, while Pure Juice and Fruit Juice drinks contain no artificial flavours or colours. All are now blended with Abenbury natural mineral water from the companyÂ’s own spring.



(PRWEB) February 13, 2002



Calypso Soft Drinks is homing in on one of the industry’s fastest-growing sectors with the launch of Clear Calypso – a sugar-free mineral water drink in a range of natural flavours.



The move follows the award of Natural Mineral Water status on the companyÂ’s dedicated water source at Abenbury, North Wales. The water, which emerges from a depth of 140 metres at the foot of the Welsh mountains, contains a naturally-balanced (7.6 pH at source) mix of minerals including calcium, potassium, bicarbonate, sulphate, magnesium, sodium and chloride.



Abenbury mineral water is now used exclusively throughout the Calypso range, but the sugar-free Clear Calypso range takes the healthy lifestyle theme further by using a new range of natural flavours including orange and mango, lemon and lime, strawberry, forest fruits, clear cola, peach and apple.



“The combination of crystal clear mineral water with natural flavours is absolutely in tune with the way the nation’s taste is moving,” said Calypso marketing director, Richard Cooke.



“Clear flavoured drinks have come from nowhere to account for more than 4% of total UK demand, while mineral water consumption has doubled since 1994 and continues to increase at around 10% each year. We believe that putting the two together in a convenient single-serve cup size will make Clear Calypso one of our strongest brands in the foodservice sector thanks to the broad spectrum of its appeal both to adults and children.”



Clear Calypso is available in boxes of 24 cups, each containing 185 ml of clear flavoured mineral water.

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New Online Continuing Education Course on Near-Death Experience Added to HealthForumOnline's Library for Mental Health Professionals

New Online Continuing Education Course on Near-Death Experience Added to HealthForumOnline's Library for Mental Health Professionals



HealthForumOnline (HFO) has added a new online continuing education (CE/CEU) course entitled Near-Death Experiences: Implications for Clinical Practice to their growing library of nationally-approved CE courses for mental health professionals, nurses and allied healthcare workers. Near-Death Experience (NDE) represents an altered state of consciousness that may occur close to death in a situation of physical or emotional crisis that includes powerful transcendent and mystical elements linked to neurochemical/neuroanatomical causes. Approximately 10-40% of those who survive a clinical crisis report a NDE. The actual occurrence of NDEs may be significantly higher, since many NDErs appear reluctant to share their experience for fear of being labeled mentally ill by untrained healthcare professionals who may initially discount and even pathologize their experience due to a lack a sufficient knowledge and associated clinical skills regarding this phenomenon. This online CE/CEU course synthesizes 33 years of evidence-based research on NDEs, including its frequency, etiology, DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria, assessment strategies, and short-term and long-term effects. Lastly, clinical implications for treatment are addressed along with important barriers to treatment that can occur when co-morbid Axis I or Axis II DSM-IV-TR disorders exist. Each of HFO's over 65 CE/CEU courses are fast, convenient and especially cost-effective as health professionals have free ongoing access to course updates beyond completion of the CE activity.



Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) September 29, 2009



HealthForumOnline (HFO) (http://www. healthforumonline. com/), a nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, PSNA, CA-BBS) (http://www. healthforumonline. com/Accreditations/44/) provider of online continuing education (CE) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied healthcare professionals announces the addition of a new online CE course, Near-Death Experiences: Implications for Clinical Practice (http://www. healthforumonline. com/Our-Courses/Courses/47/categoryId__/productId__93//) to their extensive online CE resource library (http://www. healthforumonline. com/Our-Courses/16/).



The International Association for Near-Death Studies defines a near-death experience (NDE) as a profound psychological event that may occur to a person close to death in a situation of physical or emotional crisis. Since a NDE includes transcendent and mystical elements, an NDE is a powerful event of consciousness and can be a life-altering event. While the etiology of NDEs currently remains unclear, as many as 10-40% of those who survive a clinical crisis, such as surgery, cardiac arrest, accidents, childbirth, allergic reactions, acute illness, drowning, terminal illness, combat, and extreme emotional stress, report a NDE. This figure is likely to increase as a result of improved techniques of resuscitation. Further, the actual occurrence of NDEs may be significantly higher, since many NDErs may be reluctant to talk about their experience post-NDE due to fear of being labeled mentally ill by untrained healthcare professionals who may initially discount and even pathologize their experience due to a lack a sufficient knowledge and associated clinical skills regarding this phenomenon. Interestingly, those who report NDEs have been shown to be distinct from those meeting the clinical criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or dissociative disorders, as well as intellectually "solid" and psychologically "healthy" as evidenced by intelligence tests and standardized psychological measures.



"At first, many near-death experience patients are confused and fearful because the experience is so out of their realm of awareness and so uncommon to their everyday senses", notes course co-author Dr. Harris Friedman, clinical psychologist and Research Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Florida. Not only do they lack the words to describe the event, but they lack the ability to integrate the NDE into their personal life history. Moreover, this confusion and fear may close off any future attempts to discuss the NDE with their healthcare providers. This is significant because the short - and long-term effects of NDE have the potential to negatively impact a patient's emotional, physical/physiological, social, and spiritual life, at times, requiring clinical intervention. Thus, there are various clinical implications for health practitioners working with the NDE population, among them that initial validation is critical to the course and outcome of the NDE patient and their ability to cognitively integrate this life-changing experience in an adaptive and healthy manner.



This online CE/CEU course synthesizes 33 years of evidence-based research on NDEs, including its frequency, possible etiology, DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria, assessment strategies, and short-term and long-term effects. Lastly, clinical implications for treatment are addressed along with important barriers to treatment that can occur when co-morbid Axis I or Axis II DSM-IV-TR disorders exist.



Psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied health professionals can chose from HFO's 19 categories of CE topics related to health psychology and behavioral medicine (i. e., ethics, cancer adaptation, women's health, cultural diversity, eating disorders, reproduction/sexuality, aging/gerontology, pediatric behavioral medicine, assessment, chemical dependency, chronic/acute illness, clinical intervention, group therapy, infectious disease, long-term care, neuropsychology, pain management, spirituality, LGBT issues) containing over 65 online CE courses that are fast, convenient and cost-effective. All HFO CE courses and supporting materials are available online or as downloadable, transportable PDFs. Participants print their own CE certificates. Lastly, HFO routinely updates our online CE courses, notifies customers of these updates and enables customers to review these updates for free online even after they have completed the CE activity and generated their CE certificate.



For more information on this course or a complete listing of titles in our online CE resource library, visit HealthForumOnline. com (http://www. healthforumonline. com/Our-Courses/16/).



About HealthForumOnline:



HealthForumOnline (HFO) is approved as a provider of CE courses by the American Psychological Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, the Association of Social Work Boards, and several state professional organizations, including the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation, and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. HFO's CE Program's Advisory Committee and authors (http://www. healthforumonline. com/About-HealthForumOnline-Psychologists-Social-Workers-Counselors-Nurses-Physicians-and-Allied-Health-Professionals/18/) are comprised of over 60 nationally-recognized experts in behavioral medicine.



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Learn How To Apply Professional Makeup With "Professional Makeup Techniques for Caucasian Women"

Learn How To Apply Professional Makeup With "Professional Makeup Techniques for Caucasian Women"



Learn professional makeup application techniques, including makeup for Asian, Black and Caucasian Women with this new DVD series from Aesthetic VideoSource.



West Jordan, UT (Vocus) August 18, 2009



Thou Art Lovely, More Fairer Than Fair*:



Salt Lake City, UT (Vocus) August 18, 2009 -- Start your dream career as a makeup artist. Professional Hollywood makeup artist, Melvone Farrell, shows you how to apply makeup (http://www. videoshelf. com/how_to_apply_makeup. html) to provide the latest looks being sought by clients. In Aesthetic VideoSource’s new Professional Makeup Techniques for Caucasian Women, Melvone – who has international media and film experience spanning 20 years – shows you techniques and tips for applying makeup on women with fairer complexions.



Featuring three models with different skin tones, Melvone demonstrates how to apply professional makeup (http://www. videoshelf. com/professional_makeup. html) to provide natural day makeup, sophisticated evening looks, and amped-up glamour for a night on the town. Each look builds on the prior one.



In this makeup tutorial (http://www. videoshelf. com/makeup_tutorial. html) DVD, Melvone shows how to prep a client’s face moisturizer, foundation, and concealer and then apply makeup to achieve looks from the natural to the dramatic. She also shows how to create the perfect eyebrow, apply lashes, play with color, shade and highlight to contour, and work with unique issues presented by the models. She also instructs on how to sanitize your brushes and supplies.



“I enjoy not only the sensuous and aesthetic beauty of applying makeup, but also knowing what a client is looking for and helping them achieve their desired look,” says Melvone.



With a prestigious roster of clients, Melvone Farrell is known for her minimalist approach to makeup and her signature eyebrows. Beauty comes alive with a touch of her brush, as she's known for creating radiant, effortlessly chic looks that appear to glow from within. She has been praised by highly-acclaimed photographers and directors, and her distinctive work can be found in the pages of publications such as Entertainment Weekly, Elle Italia, Marie Claire and People Magazine, and in commercials for Vidal Sassoon, Jaguar, Nike, and Coca-Cola. Her impressive resume and portfolio can be viewed at www. melvonemakeup. com.



“Melvone's makeup applications are truly flawless,” says Shirley Erickson Gorospe, president of Aesthetic VideoSource. "She brings out the beauty in all her models. Her finishing touches transform her models into works of art.”



Aesthetic VideoSource produces and distributes detailed, comprehensive health and spa instructional DVDs, so anyone – with or without prior experience – can properly perform the procedures shown. Aesthetic VideoSource is the forerunner in educational media distribution, with award-winning DVDs and an always-expanding list of offerings to meet the spa and beauty industry’s needs.



Contact Info – Professional Makeup Techniques for Caucasian Women (1Hr. 49 Min.) can be ordered for $44.95 plus shipping, by calling 1-800-414-2434 or visiting www. VideoShelf. com. The complete Professional Makeup Techniques DVD set, including techniques for Black and Asian women, can be purchased for $108.00, at a savings of 20%.



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Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ Gives Halloween Safety Treats

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ Gives Halloween Safety Treats



Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ will be dressing-up as himself this Halloween. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ is a “caped crusader” working tirelessly to prevent lawn mower accidents and to promote grass cut safety. He will be going trick-or-treat from house-to-house, along with his safety treat - his grass cut safety flyer - to promote grass cut safety. “During the Fall, individuals often use their lawn mowers to mulch fallen leaves. The slippery leaves contribute to the increased risk of a lawn mower accident,” cautions Rick. “Watch out for sticks and objects hidden by the leaves as well as slippery slopes.”



HERMITAGE, PA (PRWEB) October 30, 2004



Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ will be dressing-up as himself this Halloween. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ is a “caped crusader” working tirelessly to prevent lawn mower accidents and to promote grass cut safety. He will be going trick-or-treat from house-to-house, along with his safety treat - his grass cut safety flyer - to promote grass cut safety. “During the Fall, individuals often use their lawn mowers to mulch fallen leaves. The slippery leaves contribute to the increased risk of a lawn mower accident,” cautions Rick. “Watch out for sticks and objects hidden by the leaves as well as slippery slopes.”



“In September 2003, I had a serious accident with a lawn mower. I was sent by life-flight helicopter from my local hospital in the Sharon Regional Health System to the Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where I had a series of extensive surgical operations,” says Rick. His lawn mower accident resulted in the partial amputation of his left foot. “And I am grateful to all of the medical professionals for their care and talents. Nonetheless, I have had a long road towards recovery.”



For Richard "Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™" Mudrinich, of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, greatness came in the form of a lawn mower accident.“I am compelled to present some preventive measures to significantly minimize the occurrences and magnitude of these costly, life-altering, mutilating and painful events!" exclaims our hero. "There are well over 100,000 lawn mower accidents a year. The estimated medical, legal, insurance and disability costs, and other expenses of these injuries, are well over 100 million dollars per year. I want to present preventive measures to rescue individuals and families from going through the dreaded experience of lawn mower accidents.”



Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ wants to create awareness regarding the frequency and severity of lawn mower accidents and to promote preventive measures to rescue individuals from lawn mower accidents. According to Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™, "Think before you cut! It hurts! I encourage you to heed lawn mower safety precautions and promote grass cut safety!"



About Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™



Richard “Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™” Mudrinich is an entrepreneur with a social conscience. He is an advocate and promoter of grass cut safety. In addition, he is the Founder of the Society of Lawn Mower Amputees. He graduated from the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business (MBA) and the Pennsylvania State University (Bachelor of Science – Chemical Engineering). He has worked for the past decade on Wall Street in various areas, including fixed income, risk management, venture investments, and wealth management. Also, he has worked in industrial sales and business development for several years. He has maintained a steady passion for entrepreneurship for several years, including serving as a volunteer with the MIT Enterprise Forum. He lives in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. For additional information, please visit the Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ website at http://www. freewebs. com/rescuerick/ (http://www. freewebs. com/rescuerick/).



CONTACT INFORMATION:



Richard T. Mudrinich



Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™



2122 South Hermitage Road



Hermitage, Pennsylvania 16148



United States of America



(724) 347-4078



Rtmudrinich@msn. com



Http://www. freewebs. com/rescuerick/ (http://www. freewebs. com/rescuerick/)



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Intravenous Equipment Market to Reach $4.9 billion by 2010, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc

Intravenous Equipment Market to Reach $4.9 billion by 2010, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.



Driven by the trend towards 'smart' infusion pumps, the market for intravenous equipment is expected to reach about US$4.9 billion by 2010. Increasing concerns over patient/worker safety, accidental needlestick injuries and adverse drug events, are propelling demand for smart pumps.



San Jose, CA (PRWEB) July 26, 2007



Intravenous equipment enables the delivery of medications directly into the patient's circulatory system. Safety issues involving contamination during infusion therapy, complacency of hospitals & compromised worker/patient safety, accidental needlestick injuries, and an alarming number of medical error related deaths garnered significant industry attention. Thanks to technology advances, the development of smart infusion systems signaled a dramatic change in the way intravenous therapy was delivered. These are highly specialized gadgets that allow electronic measuring of medication, and enable administration of controlled doses of medication at precise rates. Modern equipment such as electronic, and disposable infusion pumps are more intelligent, smarter, and effective. High-end functionality features such as optimum patient control, infection control, and remote programming are highly preferred.



United States is the largest market worldwide, worth an estimated US$2.3 billion in 2007, as stated by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. Europe is the second largest regional market followed by Japan at third position. Europe and the US together account for about 80 percent of the global intravenous equipment (http://www. strategyr. com/MCP-3337.asp) market. The global and regional markets are expected to register CAGRs ranging between 4% and 6%. The intravenous catheters (http://www. strategyr. com/MCP-3337.asp) market is estimated to be worth US$1.48 billion in 2007. PICC market is expected to grow at a compounded annual rate of 6.3% through 2010. The market for intravenous pumps and sets (http://www. strategyr. com/MCP-3337.asp) is projected to reach a value of US$3.3 billion by 2010.



The global marketplace is relatively concentrated and characterized by several well-established players. Market participants include Arrow International, Baxter International, Becton, Dickinson and Company, B. Braun AG, Cardinal Health, C. R. Bard, Disetronic, Excelsior Medical Corp, Fresenius Kabi, Hospira Inc, Kendall Co, Medical Technology Products, Medtronic, Moog, Smiths Medical MD Inc., Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Animas Corp, Baxa Corp, Breg, I-Flow Corp, Infusion Dynamics, Sgarlato Labs, Sigma International, Tandem Medical, Terumo Corp, Arcomed, Codan Argus, and Universal Medical Technologies.



"Intravenous Equipment: A Global Strategic Business Report" published by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a comprehensive review of market trends, drivers, challenges, product profile, players, competition, technological developments, recent developments, mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic industry activities. Analysis is presented for major geographic markets such as United States, Japan, France, Germany, the UK, Italy, Asia, Latin America and rest of world countries. Analytics are provided in terms of product segments including Intravenous Catheters (Single Lumen Catheters, Multi-Lumen Catheters, and Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters), and Intravenous Infusion Pumps and Sets.



For more details about this research report, please visit www. strategyr. com/MCP-3337.asp (http://www. strategyr. com/MCP-3337.asp).



About Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

Global Industry Analysts, Inc., (GIA) (http://www. strategyr. com) is a reputed publisher of off-the-shelf market research. Founded in 1987, the company is globally recognized as one of the world's largest market research publishers. The company employs over 700 people worldwide and publishes more than 880 full-scale research reports each year. Additionally, the company also offers a range of over 60,000 smaller research products including company reports, market trend reports, and industry reports encompassing all major industries worldwide.



Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

Telephone 408-528-9966

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Email press(at)StrategyR. com

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ISatori Technologies Wins the Coveted Nutrition Business Journal Business Achievement Gold Award for the Second Time

ISatori Technologies Wins the Coveted Nutrition Business Journal Business Achievement Gold Award for the Second Time



Every year, the prestigious industry consortium and publishing company, Nutrition Business Journal, takes on the overwhelming task of reviewing literally hundreds of nominations for their annual "NBJ Awards." This year, for the second time, iSatori Technologies (http://www. isatoritech. com) is proud to be recognized with the Gold Medal Award for growth in a small company.



Golden, CO (PRWEB) June 3, 2007



Every year, the prestigious industry consortium and publishing company, Nutrition Business Journal, takes on the overwhelming task of reviewing literally hundreds of nominations for their annual "NBJ Awards."



After months of thorough and painstaking effort, the internal committee of NBJ staff, along with their editorial advisory board members, narrow their selection down to only those companies they find truly worthy of recognition.



This year, for the second time, iSatori Technologies (http://www. isatoritech. com (http://www. isatoritech. com)) is proud to be recognized with the Gold Medal Award for growth in a small company.



"We are extremely proud and deeply honored to have been recognized with this award," shared Stephen Adele, founder and CEO of iSatori Technologies. "As a company that holds true to its core values, it's really nice to be recognized by our peers for our accomplishments."



Stephen goes on to say, "It goes to show that a company that competes in an industry that's been tarnished can still 'do right' and 'do good' and come out on top. It's a great feeling and makes me even more proud of our employees and our brand."



ISatori Technologies, founded in 2002 by Stephen Adele with their flagship product Lean System 7® (http://www. isatoritech. com/leansystem7 (http://www. isatoritech. com/leansystem7)), is a maker of high-quality, scientifically researched sports nutrition, energy, and weight-management supplements. NBJ recognized iSatori for their 170% growth in 2006, with sales approaching $20 million, along with their far-reaching availability: iSatori products can be found in over 31,000 retail outlets throughout America, including GNC, Wal-mart, Walgreen's, 7-11, Vitamonshoppe, and Vitaminworld, as well as in such countries as the UK, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.



Last year, iSatori received numerous accolades, including being nominated as a finalist for the Better Business Bureau's Golden Torch Award for their Marketplace Business Ethics, and Stephen Adele enjoyed being named a finalist for Ernst & Young's 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year.



Award recipients for this year's coveted NBJ have been invited to receive their rewards in person at the annual NBJ/Newport Summit, an exclusive retreat held in Laguna Niguel, California, July 18-20, 2007, and given the opportunity to share a few words on their companies.



Nutrition Business Journal is a research, publishing, and consulting company serving the nutrition, natural products, and alternative health-care industries. To learn more about the NBJ, visit their website at http://www. nutritionbusiness. com (http://www. nutritionbusiness. com).



To learn more about iSatori Technologies and their clinically researched supplements, visit them at their website http://www. isatoritech. com (http://www. isatoritech. com).



About iSatori Technologies:

Based in Golden, Colorado, iSatori Technologies was founded in early 2002 by Stephen Adele to provide clinically tested nutritional products and is the only company dedicated to providing complete dietary and exercise solutions for building a better body and living a healthier, richer life. iSatori's life-enhancement and weight-loss supplements, such as Lean System 7, are available in over 31,000 retail stores nationwide, including GNC and online at drugstore. com, as well in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Italy. For more information on Lean System 7 and other innovative products offered by the company, visit their website at http://www. isatoritech. com (http://www. isatoritech. com) or call one of their nutritional experts at 1-866-688-7679.



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Dr. David Sniezek to Provide Medical Acupuncture at Children's National Medical Center

Dr. David Sniezek to Provide Medical Acupuncture at Children's National Medical Center



Doctors and Medical Staff at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC Learn How They Can Help Their Patients by Using Medical Acupuncture with the Help of Dr. David Sniezek.



Washington DC (PRWEB) June 6, 2009



Thursday afternoon, June 4th, Dr. David P. Sniezek spent his afternoon teaching physicians and medical staff during Grand Rounds at Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) how to utilize medical acupuncture for children suffering with pain and other conditions such as nausea and vomiting. Dr. Sniezek, a 1989 graduate of the Rehabilitation Medicine program at the George Washington University Medical Center, is a pioneer in Integrative Rehabilitation in the Washington, DC area. He is also a graduate of the UCLA School of Medicine's Medical Acupuncture for Physicians and the Harvard Medical School's Structural Acupuncture for Physicians programs. He is Board Certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and American Association of Integrative Medicine.



"I get great satisfaction teaching physicians, residents, and medical staff how to help their patients using safe, effective, and inexpensive strategies such as medical acupuncture."



Dr. Sniezek was invited by the Pediatric Advanced Needs Assessment and Care Team (PANDA) physicians at CNMC, to provide acupuncture for palliative care and pain management as well as participate as a clinical investigator in an NIH study using acupuncture in the treatment of children with solid tumors that suffer with nausea from chemotherapy. The PANDA care team serves children, adolescents, and young adults under the care of any inpatient service at Children's National Medical Center.



The multidisciplinary team of medical professionals assists health care team members, families, children, and adolescents with advanced illnesses. The team's goal is to prevent, reduce or soothe the symptoms of patients in the advanced stages of illness.



"I have no doubt that sharing integrative medicine strategies with my medical colleagues will turn into improved patient care and an increase in further study of complementary methods by conventional physicians. I believe that sharing the science behind acupuncture and explaining exactly how acupuncture is performed to the medical community will take some of the mystery out of it."



During Pediatric Oncology Grand Rounds, Dr. Sniezek talked about the theory and science of acupuncture as well as appropriate indications and contraindications for pediatric medical acupuncture in the hospital and outpatient setting.



"Acupuncture is used to treat many childhood conditions in China and we are just beginning to see the benefit of combining acupuncture with our commonly used medical treatments for both adults and children."



David P. Sniezek, DC, MD, FAAMA, Director of Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation and Pain Center, located adjacent to GW Hospital and the Foggy Bottom Metro in downtown Washington, DC, specializes in conventional Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management but also utilizes complementary methods such as Medical Acupuncture and Manual Medicine. He is on the Editorial Board of Medical Acupuncture, the author of numerous medical articles, and has been named "Top Doctor" in the field of Rehabilitation Medicine by the Washingtonian Magazine for over 15 years consecutively. To learn more about Dr. Sniezek and his practice, go to Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation (http://www. AdvancedIntegrativeRehabilitation. com) or call 202-296-3555.



"Especially with regard to health care, I believe that two hands are better than one and that by combining Western and Oriental medicine we can improve upon the outcomes and the overall treatment experience for our patients."



Doctors that practice Integrative Medicine are committed to evidence-based medicine but also understand that making correct diagnoses, spending time with patients and families, and developing good relationships are qualities in health care that are difficult to measure and overlooked when considering evidence-based medicine and research. A fundamental premise with Integrative Medicine is to sort out what treatments may be helpful for patients and to partner with patients over time to help reach patient's health care goals.



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Pet Health Solutions™ Introduces Omega-Caps™ HP Snip Tips Capsules For Dogs & Cats

Pet Health Solutions™ Introduces Omega-Caps™ HP Snip Tips Capsules For Dogs & Cats



Pet Health Solutions™ introduces Omega-Caps™ HP Snip Tips Capsules, a highly concentrated EPA and DHA Omega Fatty Acid fish oil supplement for dogs and cats. Omega-Caps™ HP Snip Tips is recommended to support pet immune systems, joint health and promotes healthy skin and coats.



Union City (PRWEB) May 1, 2010



Pet Health Solutions™ introduces Omega-Caps™ HP Snip Tips Capsules, a highly concentrated EPA and DHA Omega Fatty Acid fish oil supplement for dogs and cats. Omega-Caps™ HP Snip Tips is recommended to support pet immune systems, joint health and promotes healthy skin and coats. The product is available in different formulation sizes of small dogs & cats and medium & large breeds.



Omega-Caps™ HP Snip Tips for Small Dogs & Cats has a guaranteed analysis per capsule of: Eicosanpentaenoic Acid (EP) - 270 mg, Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) - 175 mg, Vitamin E - 1.5 IU. Omega-Caps™ HP Snip Tips for Medium & Large Breeds has a guaranteed analysis per capsule of: Eicosanpentaenoic Acid (EP) - 540 mg, Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) - 350 mg, Vitamin E - 3 IU. Omega-Caps™ HP Snip Tips contains the following ingredients: Fish Oil, Gelatin, Glycerin, Purified Water, Sorbitol, Vitamin E.



In addition to Omega-Caps™ HP Snip Tips, Pet Health Solutions™ also provides pet food supplements, joint supplements, vitamins, grooming products, dental products, shampoos and cleansers. These products include Joint MAX Triple Strength®, Vita-Tabs®, Derm Tabs®, Shed-Pro™, Ora-Clens®, Vita-Soothe™ and others.



For more information, contact CEVA Animal Health Inc. at (636) 386-8142 about Pet Health Solutions™' products or visit www. pethealthsolutions. com.



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TransUnion selects Alterian platform to Deliver Actionable Analytics

TransUnion selects Alterian platform to Deliver Actionable Analytics



One of Canada's largest database to utilize Alterian Technology for analytics and customer insight.



Chicago and Toronto (PRWEB) March 18, 2008



Alterian (ALN: LSE), the leading global enterprise marketing platform provider, has announced that TransUnion (http://www. transunion. ca/) will begin utilizing the Alterian Marketing Services Platform (http://www. alterian. com/document_1.aspx? id=0:33478&id=0:33469) in the first quarter of 2008. The Alterian Platform will enable TransUnion to easily manage, segment and analyze one of Canada's largest databases of consumer credit files.



The decision to partner with Alterian comes after a detailed evaluation and existing familiarity with the Alterian platform (http://www. alterian. com/document_1.aspx? id=0:33469), as used by its US-based parent for over three years.



"The decrease in turn-around time and efficiencies our U. S. customers have received from the deployment was key to our decision moving forward in Canada," said Tom Higgins, director of Analytic and Decisioning Services, TransUnion Canada. "In today's time-sensitive market, we will be able to take advantage of search, query and analysis efficiencies that will allow us to focus on more strategic and customer-centric activities for our clients that build stronger relationships and greater value".



TransUnion will be deploying the Alterian Engine (http://www. alterian. com/document_1.aspx? id=0:33469), a high-performance database application that brings enhanced speed, capacity and flexibility to database management and analysis. The Engine uses column-based analytical technology, an exclusive structure which can run complex ad hoc queries spanning huge volumes of data in seconds. This encourages train-of-thought analysis and provides more granular, useable results.



In addition, TransUnion will adopt Alterian Data Discovery & Visualization (http://www. alterian. com/document_1.aspx? id=0:33346&id=0:33477&id=0:33478&id=0:33469), giving marketing analysts the ability to interact with the data and transform it into useful metrics and graphical information. The Analytical Reporting tool will also be used to ensure that insightful analysis is fully leveraged throughout the business.



"The Alterian platform will increase efficiency and productivity for TransUnion and their customers", explained Mike Fisher (http://www. alterian. com/document_1.aspx? id=0:33280&id=0:33277), senior vice president Commercial Operations, Alterian. "With the powerful and flexible analysis capability of the Alterian platform in place, TransUnion will be free to focus its energy and resources on core competencies."



About Alterian

Alterian (LSE: ALN) helps marketers improve results through its enterprise marketing software platform and global partner community of over 70 leading marketing services providers, agencies and systems integrators. By combining database, digital, and operational marketing applications on a shared data infrastructure, the Alterian Marketing Services Platform makes it practical and cost effective for marketers to gain actionable insight and use this to execute an integrated marketing strategy across online and offline channels.



With over 70 global partners such as Accenture, Acxiom, Allant Group, Carlson Marketing, Experian, Epsilon, InfoUSA, Merkle, Ogilvy One and Euro RSCG Worldwide, who deliver Alterian software alongside their own value-added services, to market leaders like Princess Cruises, General Motors, Zurich, HSBC, Limited Too, Dell, Amnesty International and Vodafone. For more information about Alterian, our Partner Network or the Alterian Marketing Services Platform please visit, www. alterian. com.



About TransUnion

As a global leader in credit and information management, TransUnion creates advantages for millions of people around the world by gathering, analyzing and delivering information. For businesses, TransUnion helps improve efficiency, manage risk, reduce costs and increase revenue by delivering comprehensive data and advanced analytics and decisioning. For consumers, TransUnion provides the tools, resources and education to help manage their credit health and achieve their financial goals. Through these and other efforts, TransUnion is working to build stronger economies worldwide. Based in Toronto, with global headquarters located in Chicago, Illinois, TransUnion provides local service and support in Burnaby, Saskatoon, Montreal, Quebec City, Rimouski, Charlottetown, Halifax and St. John's. Visit www. transunion. ca to learn more.



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