EMindful Inc and Bariatric Partners, Inc Announce Pilot of Mindful Eating Bariatric Program Developed by Duke Integrative Medicine

EMindful Inc and Bariatric Partners, Inc Announce Pilot of Mindful Eating Bariatric Program Developed by Duke Integrative Medicine



Bariatric surgeries, commonly known as weight loss surgery, may refer to either gastric bypass or lap-band surgeries. Bariatric surgery has been demonstrated to be the most effective weight loss tool available for morbid obesity, however, for long term success, bariatric patients must sustain major changes in behaviors and cope with significant physical, psychological, and social issues. Biobehavioral medicine and, specifically those approaches incorporating mindfulness practices, have shown considerable promise in treating binge eating and other problems related to obesity such as elevated blood pressure, increased blood glucose and insulin resistance, depression, anxiety, and psychophysiological components of addiction. eMindful Inc, a web based mindfulness training resource, and Bariatric Partners and JourneyLite, a network of specialized outpatient weight loss surgical facilities, will pilot the 13-week Mindful Eating for Bariatric Patients program, live and online in a virtual classroom, beginnning June 2008.



Vero Beach, FL (PRWEB) May 16, 2008



Bariatric Partners, Inc (http://www. bariatricpartners. com/) and JourneyLite (http://www. journeylite. com/Default/), a fast growing network of specialized outpatient weight loss surgical facilities, and eMindful Inc (http://www. emindfulbariatric. com/), a web-based mindfulness training resource, are planning a pilot of the Mindful Eating for Bariatric Patients program developed by researchers at Duke Integrative Medicine (http://www. dukeintegrativemedicine. org/). By offering the Duke program via the Internet, JourneyLite is looking to further its commitment to providing excellent support in the three essential educational areas of a successful weight loss surgical program: behavior modification, diet, and exercise.



Weight loss surgery patients must make significant changes to their diets and exercise habits in order to optimize their results and patients are not always offered structured techniques to help them address and change habitual eating behaviors after surgery. Upon successful completion of this pilot program with eMindful, Bariatric Partners and JourneyLite will offer cutting edge online weight management tools and support to their bariatric patients nationwide in a live, virtual classroom leveraging the NIH-sponsored mindful eating research done at Duke Integrative Medicine.



Bariatric surgeries, commonly known as weight loss surgery, may refer to either gastric bypass or lap-band surgeries. Patients suffering from morbid obesity, defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or over, are likely candidates for bariatric surgery. There are more than 11 million morbidly obese people in the United States alone. Bariatric surgery has been demonstrated to be the most effective weight loss tool available for morbid obesity; in fact, such surgeries rose nearly 10-fold between 1993 (approximately 16,800 surgeries) and 2006 (an estimated 177,600 surgeries).



However, for long term success, bariatric patients must sustain major changes in behaviors and cope with significant physical, psychological, and social issues. Biobehavioral medicine and, specifically those approaches incorporating mindfulness practices, have shown considerable promise in treating binge eating and other problems related to obesity such as elevated blood pressure, increased blood glucose and insulin resistance, depression, anxiety, and psychophysiological components of addiction.



"Mindfulness training helps people become more aware of their choices, thoughts, feelings and habitual eating patterns," says Kelley McCabe, founder of eMindful, who has used mindfulness principles herself to lose more than 50 pounds and keep it off. "It helps break the cycle of self-criticism that can feed habitual eating and reduces stress, which is an integral component of overeating and bingeing."



Bariatric Partners, Inc has 5 bariatric surgical centers performing several hundred surgeries per year across the U. S. and growing rapidly. Initially, 15 patients will be selected to participate in the Mindful Eating for Bariatric Patients (MEBP) program. Bariatric Partners and JourneyLite hopes to provide this service to all of its bariatric patients upon successful conclusion of the pilot.



"We are very pleased to be able to offer the Mindful Eating for Bariatric Patients pilot to our patients," says Bariatric Partners, Inc's Chief Operating Officer, Cynthia Winker. "Bariatric Partners, Inc and our surgeons at JourneyLite understand that providing behavioral education to our patient population, in combination with our effective laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) procedure, offers patients the greatest benefit from their bariatric surgery. We know from industry research that participation in a program such as MEBP can improve bariatric patients' outcomes and overall success. By working with eMindful and the Duke program, we are taking the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery's guidelines recommending psycho-education to the next level - by directly offering a program to enhance our bariatric patients' mindful eating skills."



EMindful Inc (http://www. emindful. com/) was founded in 2007 and offers several online mindfulness courses for a variety of weight control issues. All courses are taught in real time. Several of the interactive classes offer CMEs for physicians and CEUs for nurses.



Other programs include:

  Chocolate and Mindfulness!? (http://www. emindful. com/course_descriptions/MindfulEating. html#Chocolate) - After an unmarked taste test of three famous types of gourmet chocolate, participants discover why they eat and ways to curb cravings and indulgences.   Forgive for Good, taught by Dr. Fred Luskin, author of a book by the same name, helps participants develop forgiveness skills.  Mind-Body MAX taught by Dr. Roger Jahnke, author of The Healing Power of Qi.



Bariatric Partners, Inc is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a national for-profit healthcare company that specializes in partnering with leading bariatric surgeons across the country to provide minimally invasive surgical treatment for the disease of obesity. Bariatric Partners, Inc, along with its physician partners, owns and operates specialty ambulatory surgical centers - branded under the name JourneyLite - in key markets across the United States. All JourneyLite facilities focus primarily on the laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) surgical procedure for the treatment of obesity. Further information about Bariatric Partners, Inc may be found online at www. bariatricpartners. com. Information about JourneyLite facilities across the U. S. can be found at www. journeylite. com].



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Cypress Communications Receives Innovation Award for Hosted Unified Communications and ACD Solution

Cypress Communications Receives Innovation Award for Hosted Unified Communications and ACD Solution



Cypress Communications awarded the 2009 TMC Labs Innovation Award from Customer Interaction Solutions magazine for call center technological advancements.



Atlanta, GA (Vocus) September 25, 2009



Cypress Communications® announced today that Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) has awarded the company's C4 IP® Automatic Call Distribution solution--entitled C4 IP ACD--a 2009 TMC Labs Innovation Award from Customer Interaction Solutions magazine. C4 IP ACD is a powerful combination of automatic call distribution functionality integrated into one of the leading hosted VoIP and hosted unified communications solutions for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs). This is the 17th award Cypress has received for product innovation.



The TMC Labs Innovation Award distinguishes products that demonstrate innovation, uniqueness, and significant contributions toward improving communications technology.



"Cypress Communications has clearly shown the staff of TMC Labs that C4 IP ACD has made a significant contribution to the CRM and contact center industry," said Nadji Tehrani, founder and chairman of TMC and publisher of Customer Interaction Solutions. "We're proud to honor their outstanding accomplishment with a TMC Labs Innovation Award this year."



C4 IP ACD enables SMEs to better manage their calls and as a result, be more competitive. Calls are queued and distributed between team members for effective call management and improved customer satisfaction. Intelligent routing spreads the workload evenly among agents, boosting employee morale and increasing customer service. And, real-time call center statistics with historical reporting gives supervisors the information they need to operate efficiently. Reporting, queue configuration control and LCD wall board support may also be added to the solution.



"At Cypress, we firmly believe in the value of the hosted delivery model--in its ability to deliver better technology and more functionality at a lower cost than alternative options," said Frank Grillo, executive vice president of marketing at Cypress. "Most premises-based solutions require heavy upfront investments in equipment and extensive IT resources to implement, oftentimes putting much-needed functionality out of reach of small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs). But Cypress levels the playing field with C4 IP ACD and its wide range of hosted features, enabling SMEs to leverage world-class technology that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive for them to implement."



As a comprehensive hosted VoIP and hosted unified communications solution, C4 IP comes complete with voice and data access, phones, collaboration and video services, unified messaging and advanced PBX functionality. Since it is an outsourced solution, C4 IP requires little oversight from the customer, so they can reallocate IT budget and personnel resources to where they'll create the most business growth and value.



About Customer Interaction Solutions

Since 1982, Customer Interaction Solutions (CIS) magazine has been the voice of the call/contact center, CRM and teleservices industries. CIS magazine has helped the industry germinate, grow, mature and prosper, and has served as the leading publication in helping these industries that have had such a positive impact on the world economy to continue to thrive. Through a combination of outstanding and cutting-edge original editorial, industry voices, in-depth lab reviews and the recognition of the innovative leaders in management and technology through our highly valued awards, Customer Interaction Solutions strives to continue to be the publication that holds the quality bar high for the industry. Please visit http://www. cismag. com.



About TMC

Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) is a global integrated media company helping our clients build communities in print, in person and online. TMC publishes Customer Interaction Solutions, INTERNET TELEPHONY, Unified Communications, and NGN magazines. TMCnet, TMC's Web site, is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries. TMCnet is read by two million unique visitors each month on average worldwide, according to Webtrends. TMCnet has ranked within the top 3,000 in Quantcast's Top U. S. sites, placing TMCnet in the nation's top.03% most visited Web sites. In addition, TMC produces ITEXPO, 4GWE Conference (in conjunction with Crossfire Media), Digium|Asterisk World and AstriCon (in conjunction with Digium), and Communications Developer Conference. TMC also serves technology professionals with industry-specific Web sites: IT. TMCnet. com, Cable. TMCnet. com, 4G-wirelessevolution. TMCnet. com, Robotics. TMCnet. com, Satellite. TMCnet. com, Green. TMCnet. com, Healthcare. TMCnet. com, and Education. TMCnet. com. For more information about TMC, visit http://www. tmcnet. com.



About Cypress Communications

For over 25 years, Cypress Communications has been helping small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) connect, communicate, collaborate and continue® with a range of fully hosted and managed voice, data and Internet solutions. Beginning in 2006, Cypress revolutionized the communications industry with its hosted VoIP and hosted unified communications solution, C4 IP, making it easy for SMEs to take advantage of productivity-enhancing technology such as integrated audio and Web conferencing, multimedia collaboration tools, presence, chat, Microsoft® Outlook integration, and more. As a Deloitte Fast 50 and Fast 500 award recipient, Cypress is recognized as one of the fastest growing telecommunication companies in North America. In 2008, the company was also named one of Atlanta's Best Places to Work. Cypress' hosted unified communications solution has received numerous awards and accolades, with 17 awards for excellence and innovation to date. The company's Web address is http://www. cypresscom. net.



To learn more about hosted unified communications, visit the company's UC 360 blog at http://blog. tmcnet. com/uc-360.



Heather Whitt Roberts 

Cypress Communications

404-442-0034

Hwhitt(at)cypresscom. net



Jan Pierret

Marketing Manager, TMC

203-852-6800, ext. 228

Jpierret(at)tmcnet. com



© 2006-2009 Cypress Communications, Inc. The Cypress Communications logo is a registered service mark of Cypress Communications, Inc. C4 IP and Connect. Communicate. Collaborate and Continue are registered trademarks of Cypress Communications. All other marks used herein are the property of their respective owners.



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TrendWatch Graphic Arts Report Shows Variable Data Print (1:1 Print Marketing) Showing Healthy Growth

TrendWatch Graphic Arts Report Shows Variable Data Print (1:1 Print Marketing) Showing Healthy Growth



TrendWatch Graphic Arts recently released its latest Special Report on variable data printing in the commercial printing, creative, and publishing markets. "Variable Data Printing 2006: Growth and Changes in the Marketplace" takes a comprehensive look at the continued growth and expansion of variable data printing (also called "personalization" or "1:1 print marketing) into these key market segments.



New York, NY (PRWEB) March 9, 2006



TrendWatch Graphic Arts recently released its latest Special Report on variable data printing in the commercial printing, creative, and publishing markets. "Variable Data Printing 2006: Growth and Changes in the Marketplace" takes a comprehensive look at the continued growth and expansion of variable data printing (also called "personalization" or "1:1 print marketing) into these key market segments.



This Special Report looks at the data from four perspectives:



1. Historical trend lines on the perception of VDP as a sales opportunity and business challenge, whether these jobs are produced on a digital press, color copier, or laser printer.



2. Detailed data on the percentage of printers and creatives producing VDP, at what level of sophistication, and how quickly their use or production of these applications is growing or declining.



3. Data on what technologies are being used to output these jobs.



4. The mix of transactional vs. commercial jobs produced by VDP printers, as well as whether graphic arts firms are selling directly to marketers or through traditional creative agencies.



Key conclusions from the report…



Variable data print is finally on a solid growth track, and we are seeing sharp growth in very key market segments. VDP may not be in the marketing budget of every client, but it’s in the marketing budgets of a lot of them. It’s an important and growing portion of printers’ revenue streams, replacing lost volumes of traditional print runs and helping to increase print’s relevance in today’s Internet age.



Press and VDP software suppliers have done a great job of transitioning into the VDP training and educational arms of their printing customers, making the technological transition from static printer to VDP printer much easier than in years past. Now, the ball is in the printers’ courts, and they must learn to do a transition of their own, from printers to marketing services providers and business development partners to their customers. It’s not an easy transition, but it’s happening.



“The marketing world is moving to a relevance-based and 1:1 environment (just look at Amazon. com), and the print portion of that world is no exception,” notes Heidi Tolliver-Nigro, TrendWatch GA analyst and author of the report. “If creatives, marketers, and printers think their competitors are not using VDP in their marketing, they are misjudging the market.”



News Highlights...



37% of graphic arts firms (printers and trade shops) produce some sort of VDP jobs in-house -- up from 28% one year ago;



18% of digital printers say their volume of full-color VDP jobs with 13+ fields has increased “a little” -- a FIVEFOLD increase from one year ago;



Commercial printers are almost twice as likely to say they are working primarily with marketers, rather than traditional creative agencies, than trade shops -- 51% vs. 29%;



16% of creatives say their use of VDP has increased “a little” (1-25%) or “a lot” (25% or more);



The percentage of publishers who see VDP as a top sales opportunity has risen from 2% in Q2 2002 to 8% today.



Availability...



TrendWatch Graphic Arts "Variable Data Printing 2006: Growth and Changes in the Marketplace" is available for purchase by visiting the secure TrendWatch Graphic Arts eStore at www. trendwatchgraphicarts. com or by phone 646-746-7234. The price for the 121-page report is $995.



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TV Viewing Before The Age Of 2 Has No Cognitive Benefit, Study Finds

TV Viewing Before The Age Of 2 Has No Cognitive Benefit, Study Finds



Environmental factors found to be more influential



Boston, Mass. (Vocus) March 2, 2009



A longitudinal study of infants from birth to age 3 showed TV viewing before the age of 2 does not improve a child's language and visual motor skills, according to research conducted at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School. The findings, published in the March issue of Pediatrics, reaffirm current guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that recommend no television under the age of 2, and suggest that maternal, child, and household characteristics are more influential in a child's cognitive development.



"Contrary to marketing claims and some parents' perception that television viewing is beneficial to children's brain development, no evidence of such benefit was found," says Marie Evans Schmidt, PhD, lead author of the study.



The study analyzed data of 872 children from Project Viva, a prospective cohort study of mothers and their children. In-person visits with both mothers and infants were performed immediately after birth, at 6 months, and 3 years of age while mothers completed mail-in questionnaires regarding their child's TV viewing habits when they were 1 and 2 years old. It was conducted by researchers in the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's and the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.



The study is the first to investigate the long term associations between infant TV viewing from birth to 2 years old and both language and visual-motor skill test scores at 3 years of age. These were calculated using the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test III (PPVT III) and Wide-Range Assessment of Visual Motor Abilities (WRAVMA) test. The PPVT measures receptive vocabulary and is correlated with IQ, while WRAVMA tests for visual motor, visual spatial, and fine motor skills.



The researchers controlled for sociodemographic and environmental factors known to contribute to an infants' cognitive development, including mother's age, education, household income, marital status, parity, and postpartum depression, and the child's gender, race, birth weight, body mass index, and sleep habits. Using linear regression models, the researchers equalized the influences of each of these factors and calculated the independent effects of TV viewing on the cognitive development of infants. Once these influences were factored out, associations in the raw data between increased infant TV viewing and poorer cognitive outcomes disappeared.



"In this study, TV viewing in itself did not have measurable effects on cognition," adds Schmidt. "TV viewing is perhaps best viewed as a marker for a host of other environmental and familial influences, which may themselves be detrimental to cognitive development."



While the study showed that increased infant TV exposure is of no benefit to cognitive development, it was also found to be of no detriment. The overall effects of increased TV viewing time were neutral. TV and video content was not measured, however, only the amount of time exposed. The researchers acknowledge follow-up studies need to be done, and they are quick to warn parents and pediatricians that the body of research evidence suggests TV viewing under the age of 2 does more harm than good.



"TV exposure in infants has been associated with increased risk of obesity, attention problems, and decreased sleep quality," adds Michael Rich, MD, MPH, the pediatrician who directs the Center on Media and Child Health and contributing author on this study and the current AAP Guidelines. "Parents need to understand that infants and toddlers do not learn or benefit in any way from viewing TV at an early age."



The Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) is an interdisciplinary center of excellence in research, clinical intervention, and education on the effects of media on the physical, mental, and social health of children. CMCH makes research and tips for parents and teachers available at: www. cmch. tv.



Children's Hospital Boston is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. More than 500 scientists, including eight members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and 13 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Children's research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Children's Hospital Boston today is a 397-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. Children's also is the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For more information about the hospital and its research visit: www. childrenshospital. org/newsroom (http://www. childrenshospital. org/newsroom).



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Mauna Lani Resort, a Hawaii Green Hotel, Named Best Eco-Friendly Hotel & Eco-tourism Destination

Mauna Lani Resort, a Hawaii Green Hotel, Named Best Eco-Friendly Hotel & Eco-tourism Destination



Conde Nast has named Mauna Lani one of the "World's Top Earth-Friendly Getaways". The Big Island resort was the only US property to be named a luxury eco-friendly beach destination.



Kohala Coast, Hawaii (PRWEB) January 26, 2008



Mauna Lani Resort has been named one of "World's Top Earth-Friendly Getaways" by Conde Nast Traveler magazine in their January, 2008 issue. The award winning Big Island green resort was recognized as one of the world's top luxury, eco-friendly beach destinations, and is the only beach resort in the U. S. named in the collection.



"Since opening 25 years ago, Mauna Lani Resort has been at the forefront of environmental stewardship in the resort industry," said Mark Glickman, Director of Resort Marketing. "As we continue to add new amenities and programs, we always do so with an eye toward remaining true to the Hawaiian practice of malama 'aina, or responsible stewardship of the land. Preserving Hawaii's resources, environment and culture is an important aspect of the resort experience at Mauna Lani and it resonates with our guests who are inspired to come back year after year."



Mauna Lani's eco-friendly solar energy innovations have earned the resort the distinction of generating the most solar electric power of any luxury resort in the world. Covering 3 acres, the Power-Light photovoltaic system provides operating power and supplies the majority of the resort's water pumping power requirements. It is estimated that over the 25 year lifetime of the environmentally friendly system, emissions of carbon dioxide will be reduced by almost 12,000 tons.



The golf water system for Mauna Lani Resort's golf courses pump more than 3 million gallons of water per day. In addition, there are 2 maintenance warehouses, and an 8,000 square foot air-conditioned Pro-shop. More than 50% of the electricity required by the golf operation is solar. These solar systems spare the environment from thousands of tons of harmful emissions.



On the greens, the use of drought resistant Salam Seashore Paspalum grass requires considerably less fertilizer, contributing to the resort's environmentally friendly golf operation. At Mauna Lani Spa, a photovoltaic system operates a lava watsu pool where spa goers can experience an aquatic body therapy complete with underwater acoustics and mild temperature salt water.



Condé Nast Traveler also recognized Mauna Lani Resort's green sea turtle program as an ecotourism attraction. Since 1989, in collaboration with Oahu's Sea Life Park by Dolphin Discovery, Mauna Lani Resort has raised honu (turtle) in its saltwater ponds until they are large enough to be released in the wild. The honu are part of the resort's complimentary fishing feeding tour designed to raise awareness of the endangered species. In addition, each Fourth of July, Mauna Lani Resort releases healthy honu into the ocean as part of their annual Turtle Independence Day celebration; to date, more than 125 honu have been released.



Mauna Lani Resort has also been recognized by The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and Center for Resource Solutions for significantly advancing development of the green power market. Mauna Lani first won this award in 2004 and continues to excel at protecting the environment. Mauna Lani was also the recipient of the Green Business Award from the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, the Hawaii Hotel Association, the Hawaii Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism, and the Hawaii Department of Health. This luxury green resort also won the Keep It Hawaii Kahili Award for their Kalahuipua'a Fishponds in the category of historic preservation.



For more information or reservations, call 800-367-2323 or visit www. maunalani. com.



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In New Xulon Title, Author Wants to Show Readers What Love Is

In New Xulon Title, Author Wants to Show Readers What Love Is



Book shines spotlight on the depths and character of God's love



Longwood, FL (PRWEB) May 23, 2008



There was once a very popular song by Foreigner that included the phrase "I want to know what love is; I want you to show me." According to Clenord A. Ferguson, author of the new Xulon Press Christian book The Truth About Love (paperback, 978-1-60647-299-6), this phrase somehow summarizes one of our most basic human desires: to know and experience love. There is no question a great guilt exists between God's love and our concept or version of it. In our pursuit of love, we prioritize our erotic passions, not realizing that intimacy cannot exist in our relationships without an understanding of God's love. In this new title, the author reconciles these conflicting viewpoints by shining the spotlight on the character of God's love and by showing us how to love each other and ourselves.



Says Ferguson, "(This book will) refocus our attention on the true way to love others and ourselves. It characterizes often neglected truths that are so essential in nurturing healthy relationships with ourselves and others. (Readers) will see the depths of God's love, understand that we are beneficiaries of His love, and reciprocate that love to others."



Apart from his academic qualifications and ministerial experience, Ferguson's life experiences are his greatest credential. A student of the school of "hard knocks," God called him from the "backside of the desert" to redirect everyone's attention from what divides us to what we all have in common: the heart language of love. Ferguson obediently accepted this duty, viewing it as a chance to impact other Christians' everyday lives, relationships, and situations directly.



Xulon Press, a part of Salem Communications Corporation, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 5,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order The Truth About Love through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. Salem Communications is the country's leading Christian communications company with interests in radio, Internet, and magazine publishing.



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Rising Rates Spell Prosperity for Small Business

Rising Rates Spell Prosperity for Small Business



The expected rise in rates for 2004 will have a positive impact on small to medium sized business.



BUFFALO GROVE, IL (PRWEB) May 26, 2004 -



– While business owners have come to fear rising interest rates, their reaction should be to greet them with anticipation and enthusiasm, not fear. The expected rise in rates for 2004 will have a positive impact on small to medium sized businesses — unless they allow fear and emotion to control their decisions.



“Recent comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan trumpet the near-term entry to a year of prosperity for small business fueled by increasing factory orders and retail sales,” said Gregg Steinberg, President of International Profit Associates, Inc.



(IPA-IBA).



After three years of continual reductions in interest rates to levels not seen since 1958, U. S. central bankers are poised to raise their target for short-term interest rates. The last rate cut occurred in June of 2003 when the Fed reduced short-term rates from 1.25 percent to 1 percent. Historically, well into the first year of the beginning of a tightening cycle the economy and business profits grow at a very rapid rate. The rise in the stock market has averaged in excess of 14 percent during tightening cycles since 1983. This cycle will be no different.



Thomson First Call reported that 454 companies in the S&P 500 have announced first-quarter results, and their earnings are up 27 percent over last year. For 2004, Wall Street analysts expect S&P 500 profits to rise 17 percent on average. This optimism is influenced by the recent overwhelming positive economic data, especially factory orders, retail sales, employment data, and an economy growing at a rate of 4 percent. The increase in nonfarm payrolls for March and April were well above the most optimistic forecasts, and the best back-to-back months in four years. “A rise in interest rates in the coming months is a clear sign of economic health and a growing economy. This trend will benefit small to medium-sized businesses in general, but particularly those poised to seize this once-in-a-cycle opportunity,” Steinberg said.



It has been 10 years since the Federal Reserve engaged in a program designed to raise interest rates. What differentiates 2004 from 1994 is that today inflation is much lower and productivity growth is much higher. During his recent testimony to the Joint Economic Committee, Greenspan told lawmakers, “When you have the benefit of a very significant increase in output per hour, it means that you can go in a much more measured pace (in raising rates) than you would be required to go in the past.” “This bodes for a more gradual approach by the Fed, which translates into a more prolonged period of short-term prosperity than we have seen in past cycles,” stated Valerie Ramsdell, Executive Director of Survey Services at IPA-IBA.



IPA-IBA foresees the first rate hike by the fed to occur at the end of June, but in no event later than mid August, and anticipates it will be one-quarter of a percent. The timing of the initial increase will be influenced by the rate at which reported economic numbers, particularly jobs and CPI, continue to increase. There are five remaining opportunities for increases in 2004. The Federal Open Market Committee meets June 29, August 10, September 21, November 10 and December 14. Over the next year and a half, IPA-IBA anticipates a series of small increases that could boost the fed funds rate to a minimum of 3.25 percent, up to a maximum of four percent, by the end of 2005. Irrespective of whether or not there is an increase at the June meeting, IPA-IBA believes the fed will announce a shift in policy to a tightening / inflation fighting bias.



During the past three years, Americans have become far more willing to acquire debts and banks are far more willing to allow this trend. Household debt increased at twice the pace of household incomes from the beginning of 2000 through 2003, according to data at the Federal Reserve. IPA-IBA believes a series of small interest increases will have little, if any, impact on this consumer trend. Economic sectors such as basic materials, which are extraordinarily sensitive to the economy, are reporting accelerating profits, as are blue-chip technology and consumer-driven stock sectors. “A rise in interest rates reflects a change in focus by the Federal Reserve. Fed policy will shift its emphasis from



Economic stimulation to maintaining growth without significant inflation. The purchasing appetite of Americans is sustainable near-term, which translates into sustained profit trends for businesses near-term,” said Ken Sweet, Executive Director Consulting Services at IPA-IBA.



IPA-IBA sees the benefits to small business owners of a moderate rise in interest rates over the next twelve months to include:



• The initial phases of a series of small increases in interest rates confirm a US economic recovery is underway.



• Factory orders will continue to remain strong for a number of months.



• Retail sales will continue to remain strong for a number of months.



• Lenders will be much more willing to lend money to those who need it to purchase goods or expand business operations. Also, historically, inflation fears motivate Americans to save more and spend less, thus increasing the available capital pools of lending institutions.



• A short term increase in housing market activity may result from a push by consumers to purchase new homes (locking in fixed interest rate mortgages prior to further rate increases), and a fear on the part of sellers that the pool of available qualified buyers is drying up. As we progress into the short-term cycle there will be a shift from new home purchases to the less expensive remodeling of existing properties.



• Higher interest rates will strengthen the dollar, which will result in imported goods being considerably less expensive, both to consumers and to manufacturers importing raw materials and components. These savings will drive increased profitability for businesses positioned to take advantage of such cost savings.



• A combination of sustained demand and measured increases in interest rates will support reasonable price increases, a portion of which will contribute to increased profitability.



•Wage and benefit costs will remain at low levels, or continue to decline, as long as worker productivity remains high. Inflation should remain at tolerable levels as long as labor costs remain low.



• As we reach the maturing stage of this short-term cycle, the rise in interest rates will cause a consumer shift from new home purchases to a combination of savings and other disposable income nondurable goods purchases, thereby prolonging the trends of strong retail sales and factory orders (in certain sectors).  



International Profit Associates, Inc. ( IPA-IBA ), the largest privately-held business development company for small and medium size businesses in North America, is a leading authority on small business. With nearly $200,000,000 in annual revenues, IPA is the 8th largest management consulting company in Chicago, and the 59th largest consulting company in the world. IPA offers a wide range of proven and innovative methodologies to help businesses grow and prosper in both good economic times and bad. IPA and its related companies, including Integrated Business Analysis, Inc. ( IBA ), International Tax Advisors, Inc. ( ITA ) and IPA Advisory & Intermediary Services, LLC ( IPA A&I ), provide comprehensive business advisory services and tax strategies to companies in the United States, Canada and other locations worldwide.



Additional information is immediately available by visiting http://www. ipa-iba. com (http://www. ipa-iba. com), http://www. iba-usa. net (http://www. iba-usa. net), http://www. internationaltaxadvisors. com (http://www. internationaltaxadvisors. com) and http://www. aiservices. com (http://www. aiservices. com). The Public Relations Department may be contacted at: telephone (847) 495-6786; facsimile (847) 495-6773; or email pr@ipa-iba. com.



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LifeCare® Wins Two CQIA Silver Innovation Prizes

LifeCare® Wins Two CQIA Silver Innovation Prizes



This release shares details about two awards that LifeCare has received from Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Inc.



Shelton, CT (PRWEB) August 4, 2009



LifeCare®, Inc., a leading provider of health and productivity solutions for employers nationwide, announced today that has received two Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Silver Innovation Prizes: one for its co-location effort with Aetna Behavioral Health and another for enhancements made to its customer issues management software and database.



The LifeCare/Aetna co-location effort resulted from the implementation of a new mutual client company that required a dedicated, co-located team of LifeCare and Aetna staff to deliver integrated work/life and EAP services. The co-location resulted in a faster average call response time and enhanced service.



The enhancements made to LifeCare's issues management software and database were made to improve communication and interaction with partners, resulting in a 50% reduction in provider issues, a 26% reduction in fulfillment issues and an 18% reduction in case process issues.



"For 25 years, LifeCare has built a reputation for innovation, quality and an uncompromising dedication to the process of continual improvement. The CQIA Silver Innovation Awards are a rewarding validation of these principles," said LifeCare CEO, Peter G. Burki. "I'm particularly delighted that our partnership with Aetna -- which is truly a world-class organization and business partner -- is being recognized in this way. The improvements to our overall quality and responsiveness that have come out of this relationship have helped to improve the lives of working families throughout Connecticut."



"Aetna provides value to the marketplace by seamlessly integrating our products and services," said Dr. W. Dennis Derr, Aetna Behavioral Health Employee Assistance Program (EAP) director. "With LifeCare we can deliver this integrated value to our EAP customers and their employees, effectively improving the quality of service we provide."



The Connecticut Quality Improvement Award, Inc. is America's first state-level quality award and was founded in 1987. It uses the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Performance Excellence criteria to encourage innovative programs that improve quality, performance, and marketplace competitiveness within Connecticut. Learn more about the CQIA Innovation Awards at http://www. ctqualityaward. org (http://www. ctqualityaward. org).



About LifeCare®, Inc.

LifeCare is a leading provider of health and productivity (http://www. lifecare. com/services/total_health/index. html) solutions for employers nationwide, offering cost-saving benefits that help clients reduce their most pervasive absenteeism and productivity drains, including child and elder care, caregiving support, health and wellness (http://www. lifecare. com/services/total_health/index. html) issues, and more. For more than two decades, LifeCare has led the work/life (http://www. lifecare. com/services/worklife/index. html) industry in the creation of high-quality, results-oriented programs designed to improve clients' bottom lines. LifeCare serves 1,500 client companies with 4.5 million individuals within corporations, health plans, government agencies and unions. For more information, visit www. lifecare. com.



About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 36.8 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www. aetna. com.



Notes to Editors

LifeCare's CEO, Peter G. Burki, is available for interview.

Media Contact: Michael Civiello; 203-291-3756



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



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Back to School. Back to Stress? What's Your Child's Stress Number™?

Back to School. Back to Stress? What's Your Child's Stress Number™?



Compared to what adults face, one could think that kids have it easy and don't have much to stress about. On the contrary, kids stress about their home, school and social lives. According to a recent poll by Kids Health®, kids stress most about their grades, school, and homework (36%); family (32%); and friends, peers, gossip and teasing (21%). Now that kids are back in school, what's your child's Stress Number™? Find out with The Oxygen Plan's revolutionary stress test.



Minneapolis, MN (Vocus) September 7, 2010



A patent-pending stress management program, The Oxygen Plan, is designed to help students improve their health, relationships and school performance.



According to Dr. Donald E. Williams, a licensed, board certified (ABPP) clinical health psychologist and Chief Science Officer for The Oxygen Plan, stress is what our children experience when the demands placed upon them exceed their abilities to cope. They experience symptoms when stress is serious, persistent or as it accumulates over time. Stress has negative impacts on our students’ relationships at home and at school and it has been linked to a variety of health and behavioral problems in our children; problems such as declining grades to headaches to depression, contributing to frequent doctor visits and time away from school.



The Oxygen Plan Stress Test is a unique online stress measurement tool to provide clear and instant results that you and your student can see and understand. After answering 30 short questions, your output is in the form of a Stress Color and a Stress Number™ for your student's home, school and social lives. By using The Oxygen Plan system, students can go on to: (1) take inventory or identify stressors at school, at home and in social interactions; (2) categorize, by color, the degree of stress involved; (3) set life rules or implement new positive behaviors to deal with stress and (4) repeat the process as a life plan.



“Our Stress Test data show what many suspect – there is a tremendous amount of stress in our society and in our relationships and it's taking a huge toll on our health, relationships and on our children, says Dr. Williams. For our students, the impact of stress can take a tremendous toll on their health, relationships and school performance. The Oxygen Plan could be a solution for students, that helps them improve their ability to cope and manage their stress, and excel in school



"We recommend parents establish a stress baseline, for each of their children, at the beginning of the school year," adds Eric Lucas, Founder. That way, over the course of the school year, if you think something has changed with your child, you can have a better line of sight on the source of the issue.



The Oxygen Plan is a new patent-pending program designed to help people recognize and reduce stress, live healthier, happier lives while helping employers lower health care costs and improve productivity and employee engagement. The Oxygen Plan, co-developed by Eric Lucas and Dr. Donald E. Williams, is the only stress reduction program to use a simple green, yellow, red color coding to easily facilitate stress recognition and behavior change for individuals and organizations.



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Hip Recall Lawyer Warns of Aggressive Tactics Being Used By Insurance Adjusters During Unfair DePuy ASR Hip Recall Contacts

Hip Recall Lawyer Warns of Aggressive Tactics Being Used By Insurance Adjusters During Unfair DePuy ASR Hip Recall Contacts



Recent contacts from DePuy ASR Hip Replacement recipients have created cause for concern about how the company is treating those persons both emotionally and financially, as well as worries over whether all DePuy ASR Hip Replacement recipients will receive appropriate medical testing and treatment and ultimate compensation.



Saint Louis, MO (Vocus) October 12, 2010



Michael Shelton, partner at Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC and a hip replacement recall lawyer, has had a number of troubling conversations with persons having had a DePuy ASR Hip Replacement procedure over the past several weeks. The most common concern relates to symptoms, including extreme discomfort and pain, and additional testing required to determine the extent of problems associated with DePuy hips, and provide the much needed peace of mind. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. announced the recall of approximately 93,000 ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement and ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems on August 26, 2010 due to a high rate of failure that requires a revision surgery in 1 out of 8 implant recipients.



The recall of a medical implant, such as the DePuy hip, is overwhelming compared to other product recalls, such as those with food or medicine. It is not as if one can simply remove the implant and return it to DePuy. Attorney Michael Shelton, a hip recall lawyer, relayed that this is a very delicate situation where patients are rightfully concerned regarding their long-term health. The Onder Law Firm has received reports of being contacted by aggressive claims adjusters, rather than medical professionals trained to discuss medical problems and symptoms. If the symptoms of a patient do not fall into very narrow guidelines, and exactly match very specific criteria given to the insurance claims adjusters, be DePuy or correlate exactly with x-rays specifications, the problems of DePuy ASR hip replacement recipients are often being dismissed. Clients are making complaints of unreturned phone calls and are left with many unanswered questions. Many of those caught up in the DePuy hip recall are expressing anger over the company’s treatment of them equal to the pain they have experienced from a faulty hip replacement.



Patients are expressing concern about the risk of metalosis, releasing cobalt and chromium into the senovial fluid. Many are concerned about the elevated cobalt and chromium in their blood, concerned that these are known cancer causing agents. Being left at the hands of an insurance claims adjuster, instead of a medical professional, DePuy has left many patient concerns unanswered. While DePuy has offered to pay co-pays and deductibles, claims adjusters have not been adequately addressing concerns that accepting these partial payments could leave patients responsible for tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills should Medicare or federal ERISA insurance plans seek reimbursement. “DePuy ASR hip replacement patients have questions, and deserve real answers,” says DePuy recall lawyer Mike Shelton, partner at Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC. The patients are entitled to far more than co-pays and deductibles. They are entitled to real compensation, including not only medical bills, but lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, and for the accelerated need for future hip replacements. When confronted with these issues, patients relate that their concerns have gone mostly unanswered by DePuy’s insurance claims adjusters.



About The Law Firm

Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC is a St. Louis based personal injury law firm handling serious injury and death claims across the country. Its mission is the pursuit of justice, no matter how complex the case or strenuous the effort. Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson have represented clients throughout the United States, and other firms throughout the nation often seek its experience and expertise on complex litigation. It is a recognized leader in products liability cases such as window blind cord strangulation and pharmaceutical litigation. The firm is offering free DePuy hip legal consultation to those affected by the recall.



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November Issue of Veterinary Practice News to Profile Top Spending Breed Owners Based on TR Cutler, Inc. Data

November Issue of Veterinary Practice News to Profile Top Spending Breed Owners Based on TR Cutler, Inc. Data



November Issue of Veterinary Practice News to Profile Top Spending Breed Owners Based on TR Cutler, Inc. Data.



(PRWEB) November 11, 2004



TR Cutler, president of the proprietary TR Cutler, Inc. Veterinary Practice Marketing program, just two years old, announced that two hundred veterinary practices are now using the variable data program which provides specific reminders to pet owners with 4 color photographs of their breed of dog or cat every month.



Cutler noted, “We are thrilled that so many veterinary practices that started with the three month trial have now extended to a year long program. Our demographic pet ownership research confirms that veterinarians in Denver will be among the best served by this program.” The average practice sees 212% revenue growth by using the program.



No other veterinary marketing program has come close to the extraordinary results of this program. Cutler concluded that pet owners want to see a picture of their breed based on the near fanatically devotion to the pet owners breed dedication. According to Cutler, “When we show people of picture of their family member, it makes all the difference in the world. If they didn’t know about allergy-testing or a senior screening, these reminders make all the difference in the world in driving increased revenue for veterinarians.”



Cutler who edited a pet magazine and produced a pet television show before developing this key marketing outreach program in 2002, suggested that pet owners simply have to be informed what healthcare options are available for their pets to live long and healthy lives.



Cutler can be reached via email at trcutler@trcutlerinc. com.



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Business and Life Coach Announces New Edition of Popular Self-Help eBook

Business and Life Coach Announces New Edition of Popular Self-Help eBook



Nationally known self-help guru and motivational speaker Clay S. Nelson announces a new edition of his popular eBook The Balanced Life, available as a free download from the Clay Nelson Life Balance web site.



Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) June 25, 2007



In June of 2006, Clay Nelson Life Balance released The Balanced Life eBook (http://www. claynelsonlifebalance. com/ebook/pr) -- a free collection of company founder Clay S. Nelson's most requested articles and tools aimed at helping readers put fun, family and financial freedom into their business and personal lives.



Thousands of downloads later, the company is pleased to announce the release of an expanded Second Edition, updating the original collection of articles to address two popular life balance topics:



Building Excitement for Living

Part of giving up complacency and creating enthusiasm for life is recognizing that 80% of your life is working really great -- it's just the other 20% that needs improvement. After all, only you have a say in how your life turns out, and learning to live life from the 80% -- even just one small step at a time -- will eventually make building excitement for living second nature.



Overcoming Workaholic Ways

Often we are so conditioned to the idea of work-work-work that anything short of working creates anxieties and a sense of failure. But the costs of being a workaholic run very high--often coming at the expense of physical health, strained or failed relationships, even failure of the business itself! This article sheds new light on recognizing the workaholic cycle, and the good news that the workaholic cycle can be broken with a few key steps.



"We released the original edition of The Balanced Life with the hope of enriching peoples' lives," Nelson explains, "and the response we've gotten has been phenomenal. The concepts behind life balance have resonated with so many of our readers. It's my hope that with the new articles included in the Second Edition, we'll continue that work."



"Let's face it -- if you've been even moderately successful in business, at some point somebody in your life has probably hinted that you might be focusing a little too much on the company and not taking the time to take care of yourself and spend time with your family." Nelson continues, "Sound familiar? But the first steps towards life-altering change may not always seem so clear, and many times the fear of actually getting what we want can be the biggest obstacle in our way! Let my eBook The Balanced Life be your guide towards creating the future you really want to have."



For subscribers to the company's new 6-month Tele-Seminar program option, a complimentary printed and bound version of the The Balanced Life Second Edition is included. The Clay Nelson Life Balance Tele-Seminar program is an interactive tele-conference hosted by Clay Nelson, focusing on a different life balance topic each month.



To download a free copy of The Balanced Life, and for more information about upcoming Tele-Seminars, please visit http://www. claynelsonlifebalance. com (http://www. claynelsonlifebalance. com).



A nationally known http://www. claynelsonlifebalance. com/speaking. html (http://www. claynelsonlifebalance. com/speaking. html), workshop leader, and radio talk show host, Nelson has developed the innovative programs offered by Clay Nelson Life Balance to help people and businesses reach their greatest potential, maximize profits and most importantly, make themselves and their families happier. He founded the company out of his own life philosophy, to teach what one has learned in life is the greatest gift one can give.



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Lifeclinic International Will Showcase its Latest Consumer Healthcare Technology at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Pharmacy & Technology Conference

Lifeclinic International Will Showcase its Latest Consumer Healthcare Technology at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Pharmacy & Technology Conference



Featured at this year's conference will be Lifeclinic's "Synergy", a comprehensive program that blends state-of-the-art hardware, software and value-added services, all designed to increase retail profits by building consumer loyalty and enhancing current and future revenue streams.



Burtonsville, MD (PRWEB) August 9, 2007



Lifeclinic International, Inc., the world's leading manufacturer and distributor of automated health testing kiosks, will be showcasing its latest consumer healthcare technology at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Pharmacy & Technology Conference, booth #1099, August 12-14, 2007, in Boston, Massachusetts.



Featured at this year's conference will be Lifeclinic's "Synergy", a comprehensive program that blends state-of-the-art hardware, software and value-added services, all designed to increase retail profits by building consumer loyalty and enhancing current and future revenue streams.



At the foundation of the Synergy program is the most advanced automated health testing kiosk available today: the LC600. This pharmacy-friendly health station offers automated blood pressure, weight, body fat and blood oxygen tests. The health station's scalability allows for the integration of additional tests, such as those for sight, hearing and bone density, from multiple manufacturers. Peripheral input ports include IR, USB and Bluetooth for interfacing and uploading data from various personal health devices such as glucose meters and pedometers.



Consumers can easily navigate through the LC600's interface of test options, health information, and a database of the retailer's products, coupons and discounts, via a 15" color LCD touch screen. Optional features include both a magnetic stripe and barcode reader for retail loyalty card programs. The barcode reader can also generate multimedia product information, allowing consumers to retrieve tailored product information for general merchandise, HBA, OTC and Rx products.



Pharmacies wanting to enhance their Medication Therapy Management program or other pharmacist/patient consulting services, can take advantage of the LC600's Internet readiness for secure, HIPAA-compliant, open-source integration into most pharmacy network applications for real-time collection and management of biometric data. The health station's telephone handset gives consumers a direct connection to the pharmacist or pharmacy-directed healthcare provider. Consumers can also manage their own data from any Web browser via Lifeclinic. com or the retailer's Web site.



In describing the Synergy program, Lifeclinic's Senior Vice President, Mike Cavotta said, "We've established valuable relationships with consumers who have regularly used Lifeclinic blood pressure monitors to help them manage their blood pressure. Now, with the LC600's wider array of biometric tests, we can enhance their testing experience and at the same time educate them about the retailer's products and services via 3M's Digital Signage technology. It's a win-win situation for both consumers and retailers." 3M Digital Signage software enables Lifeclinic and its media production partners to schedule, distribute and play media-file playlists at multiple, identified store locations. The end result is delivery of a unified, targeted marketing message to the consumer at the point-of-interest and purchase.



Besides Synergy's end-to-end solution for personal health monitoring and retail marketing, it's also designed to help retailers and companies motivate people to become more actively involved in their health care. "Self-monitoring and self-education are crucial steps towards becoming healthier; however, the most important thing is to do what is necessary to become and stay healthy," said Lifeclinic's Senior Vice President, David Read.



To demonstrate the effectiveness of a Synergy-based incentive program, Lifeclinic will feature the "Walk the Walk" contest. Top chain pharmacy executives who received Sportbrain pedometers prior to the conference can get started by registering at Lifeclinic's booth #1099. As participants walk around the conference area their steps will be recorded via a small pedometer that can be clipped to a pocket, belt or waistband. Data from the pedometer can later be uploaded at a Lifeclinic health station at the booth. Participants who record the most steps will win an iPhone or iPod. Read continued, "We want to show the value of moderate exercise through regular daily activities, its positive impact on individual health and how incentives can maximize participation."



About Lifeclinic International, Inc.

Lifeclinic was established in 1976 as Vita-Stat Medical Services, Inc. Since then, it has grown to be the world's largest supplier of commercial, automated, health kiosks. Lifeclinic health kiosks can be found in over 30,000 pharmacies and 4,000 company and organizational wellness centers worldwide, accounting for 500 million blood pressure measurements annually. Lifeclinic health kiosk and management systems encourage individuals to take an active role in their health care and provide corporate management with the tools to help reduce costs while simultaneously improving the health of individual employees. Lifeclinic health kiosks can be found throughout the United States and many other countries worldwide.



Please visit http://www. lifeclinic. com (http://www. lifeclinic. com) for more information.



About 3M Digital Signage Inc.

3M Digital Signage is a full-service provider of active and interactive digital solutions for retail, financial services, entertainment, corporate communications, and other industries. The company's products and services have powered thousands of digital signage locations worldwide. The company is headquartered on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle, WA.



Please visit http://www.3MDigitalSignage. com (http://www.3MDigitalSignage. com) for more information



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Smirnova Models Launches a New Era in the World of Modeling and Entertainment

Smirnova Models Launches a New Era in the World of Modeling and Entertainment



Smirnova Models introduces new global approach to the world of modeling and entertainment.



Ventnor City, NJ (PRWEB) October 10, 2007



Lyubov Smirnova is one of the most respected women in the world of modeling. She now speaks out with her views on modeling industry. Ever wonder how a woman becomes a top model? Smirnova Models knows, and for the first time its founder Lyubov is speaking out on what it takes to reach the top of the mountain in this highly competitive world of modeling.



Lyubov, owner and founder of Smirnova Models is, herself a professional model and instructor as well as a top-notch photographer. She has turned Smirnova Models into a full service agency and photo studio that is respected worldwide. Looking for other worlds to conquer Smirnova has redirected her focus to Television. Recently she authored 2 reality show concepts, which has the industry buzzing. "From Russia With Love" is a modeling show unlike any other. It would be the first such show that features American and Russian models competing head to head. World-renowned Super Model Cindy Margolis has already thrown her hat into the ring for consideration. Following the tip of a close friend, her long time pal and (internationally famous designer) Elizabetta Rogiani has also expressed keen interest in contributing.



"I met with Lyubov a couple months back and haven't been able to focus on much else since," Margolis said. Smirnova's love of healthy food, which also tastes fantastic, led her to her 2nd TV epiphany, "America's Young Chefs". After meeting with Margolis for a photo consult, Smirnova was so inspired, she wrote the show on her way back to the airport. "When I have an idea that is good, my belly tickles and I Know I must go for it," said Smirnova.



The source for "Amercia's Young Chef's" actually came from none other than her son, D'mitriy, she laughs. Both shows are now in the hands of production companies under the watchful eye of Smirnova and will be presented at next seasons UpFronts in New York. Airdates could be announced next fall. In the meantime Smirnova continues to stay on the cutting edge of the modeling and entertainment industries taking her own original approach, Smirnova Models to the pinnacle of success. To learn more about Smirnova please visit www. smirnovamodels. com. For interviews contact Neil Cirucci at 888-773 8838 ext 1.



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Therapure Biopharma Inc. Signs Biomanufacturing Contract with Diamedica Incorporated

Therapure Biopharma Inc. Signs Biomanufacturing Contract with Diamedica Incorporated



Therapure Biopharma Inc. today announced an agreement under which Therapure will provide development services for Diamedica Incorporated, a biopharmaceutical company based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Under the terms of the agreement, Therapure will provide cell line development and protein production services to support clinical development for one of Diamedica’s products, a protein which may be used for the treatment of diabetes and neurological disorders. The companies are also negotiating contracts for on-going GMP manufacturing services. Financial terms were not disclosed.



Toronto, ON (Vocus) June 30, 2010



Therapure Biopharma Inc. today announced an agreement under which Therapure will provide development services for Diamedica Incorporated, a biopharmaceutical company based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Under the terms of the agreement, Therapure will provide cell line development and protein production services to support clinical development for one of Diamedica’s products, a protein which may be used for the treatment of diabetes and neurological disorders. The companies are also negotiating contracts for on-going GMP manufacturing services. Financial terms were not disclosed.



DiaMedica Inc. (DiaMedica) is a Canada-based biopharmaceutical company focused on developing treatments for diseases with significant unmet need including diabetes and neurological diseases. The Company has been selected as one of Canada’s Top 10™ life science companies in 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 by the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) and has several compounds in various stages of development.



“We are proud to have been chosen by Diamedica as its partner to provide cell line development and protein production services” said Thomas Wellner, President and CEO of Therapure. “Therapure has performed similar services for a number of clients and has demonstrated market leading expertise,” continued Mr. Wellner.



'Diamedica was seeking a cell line developer with the scientific expertise to handle this specialty product,' said Rick Pauls, CEO of Diamedica Inc. 'This project is important to DiaMedica’s future success and we are confident in Therapure’s ability to meet our needs'.



About Therapure Biopharma Inc.:

Therapure Biopharma Inc. is an integrated biopharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures, purifies and packages therapeutic proteins. As a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) Therapure Biopharma applies scientific, manufacturing, and downstream purification expertise with an intimate understanding of advanced biology, complex proteins, and regulatory processes to develop effective and innovative solutions to advance products from discovery to market for its clients. Therapure’s Health Canada licensed 130,000 sq. ft. facility, includes manufacturing, research and quality control laboratories and a cGMP warehouse, and is built to U. S. FDA, EMEA, MHRA and Health Canada standards for the aseptic handling and purification of proteins.



For more information, please visit: http://www. therapurebio. com



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New Orleans Falls in Top 25 Real Estate Markets Forecast

New Orleans Falls in Top 25 Real Estate Markets Forecast



A new market has surpassed New Orleans in the Housing Predictor Top 25 Markets Real Estate Forecast for 2007 with projected appreciation higher than the Big Easy.



Destin, FL (PRWEB) May 8, 2007



New Orleans, Louisiana, which had ranked as the Top appreciating housing market in the Housing Predictor Top 25 Markets Forecast for 2007 has fallen to fourth position, despite healthy projected appreciation in the Big Easy.



The housing market in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is appreciating at a higher level causing the change in the Top 25 Markets forecast. Many are Texas markets, including Houston, which was in second position on the list.



The home market, however, is still experiencing a robust market in New Orleans with a healthy pace of sales in its recovery from the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, but the Albuquerque market is moving at a much faster rate of appreciation.



Most of the local housing markets in Texas are appreciating at or near record levels, performing at a pace equal to booming markets throughout much of the nation when interest rates were lower and a national real estate buying frenzy occurred until mortgage rates rose slowing the real estate market place in many states.



Housing Predictor forecasts housing markets in more than 250 local markets in all 50 U. S. states, and regularly updates its forecasts as local market conditions demand.



The Albuquerque market had been showing signs of slowing down in the last quarter of 2006, but pro-active growth initiatives implemented by state and local governments along with low interest rate construction loans attractive to new businesses and tax incentives have bolstered the local economy and the residential housing market.



Albuquerque is now forecast to appreciate 9.1% on average in the Housing Predictor forecast in 2007 to lead the nation in home appreciation. New housing starts, however, have slowed in Albuquerque like most of the country, providing a stronger resale market than the area had experienced over even the past three years.



The majority, but not all, of the housing markets in the Top 25 Markets Forecast are located in the southern half of the nation, which is experiencing unprecedented growth due to the migration of people moving from colder northern climates.



Bolstered by booming local economies, many Sunbelt states are experiencing widespread growth. The U. S. Census Bureau forecasts that by 2030 only three states, California, Texas and Florida will house nearly half of the U. S. population.



Texas is projected to gain more new residents over the next decade than any other single state in the nation.



To see the entire list of the updated Top 25 Markets Forecast, check on your local markets future and search real estate listings visit http://www. housingpredictor. com (http://www. housingpredictor. com).



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Healthcare Excellence Award for Robert W. Brenner, M. D., Summit Medical Group

Healthcare Excellence Award for Robert W. Brenner, M. D., Summit Medical Group



Robert W. Brenner, M. D., M. M.M., chief medical officer for Summit Medical Group has won a 2010 Dorland Health People Award as Medical Director-Provider.



Berkeley Heights, NJ (Vocus) October 4, 2010



Robert W. Brenner, M. D., M. M.M., chief medical officer for Summit Medical Group has won a 2010 Dorland Health People Award as Medical Director-Provider.



The Dorland Health People Awards recognizes healthcare professionals who share their knowledge and skills to address challenges and meet the needs of their team, their patients and patients' families. The broad range of award categories provides an opportunity for these professionals to highlight their valuable work.



Dr. Brenner's leadership of Summit Medical Group’s multidisciplinary healthcare team earned him this recognition. His accomplishments include development of an Integrated Behavioral Health Center, a Hospitalist and Urgent Care program, a Breast Health Center, a Group-wide Preventive Health program, a Diabetes Live Well program, Executive and Occupational Health, Evening Primary Care and Clinical Trials. Additionally, he oversees Organizational and Physician Development, including Clinical Council, Provider Performance, Leadership Training and Clinical Education, and Patient Satisfaction initiatives.



“At Summit Medical Group, I have the privilege and pleasure of working with more than 200 highly qualified healthcare providers,” states Dr. Brenner. “This award is a reflection of their collective expertise and collaboration in the delivery of safe, cost-effective, high quality patient care.”



"The Dorland Health People Awards serve as an important step toward increasing recognition of individual health care professionals who works diligently to improve care to the patient, their organization, the community, and the health care industry as a whole," says Anne Llewellyn, chairwoman of the People Awards and editor in chief of Dorland Health, which includes premier brands such as Case in Point magazine and eletter, dorlandhealth. com and leading directories such as CMRG and CYFS.



Dr. Brenner was recognized at an awards luncheon on October 4, 2010, at the National Press Club in Washington, D. C. As a winner, he will be profiled on dorlandhealth. com and in the October/November 2010 issue of Case In Point magazine, a national publication promoting care coordination across the continuum of care.



ABOUT DORLAND HEALTH



Dorland Health, a division of Access Intelligence, is the publisher of Case In Point and targeted national directories that healthcare professionals employ to meet the complex needs of their patients. These include the Case Management Resource Guide, The National Directory of Children, Youth & Families Services, the National Directory of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Adult and Senior Service Directory. In addition, the company provides a weekly e-newsletter, continuing education programs, webinars and special reports. To learn more, visit http://www. dorlandhealth. com.



ABOUT SUMMIT MEDICAL GROUP



Summit Medical Group (SMG) is the largest privately held multispecialty medical practice in New Jersey. SMG has pioneered information technology advances in health care with its early adoption of electronic health records and e-prescribing. With more than 200 highly qualified providers, it serves as a unique health care model for the state. NJBiz magazine has named it one of New Jersey's "Fifty Fastest Growing Companies". SMG treats more than 55,000 patients per month at its main campus in Berkeley Heights as well as its satellites in Berkeley Heights, Morristown, Millburn, Shorts Hills, Summit, Warren, and Westfield. As one of the East Coast's premier multispecialty groups, SMG has provided exceptional primary and specialty care since 1929. For more information, please visit http://www. summitmedicalgroup. com.



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Growth Hormones Direct: Growth Hormone Spray Vs. Other Homeopathic HGH Products

Growth Hormones Direct: Growth Hormone Spray Vs. Other Homeopathic HGH Products



Growth Hormones Direct publishes article outlining the differences between growth hormone spray and other homeopathic HGH products available without a prescription.



Mesa, AZ (Vocus) September 22, 2010



Growth Hormones Direct (http://www. growthhormonesdirect. com) publishes an article in their online library outlining the differences between growth hormone spray and other homeopathic HGH products (http://www. growthhormonesdirect. com/buy-growth-hormone-hgh/index. php) that are available through a variety of outlets without a prescription.



The Growth Hormones Direct online library is comprised of a variety of articles on a number of topics relative to the use of homeopathic HGH formula (http://www. growthhormonesdirect. com/growth-hormone/growth-hormones-news/growth-hormones-direct-homeopathic-hgh-products/growth-hormones-direct-homeopathic-hgh-products). Some of the included topics are:



1. Discussion of the benefits of the product.

2. Discussion of the differences between various HGH products like growth hormone spray, HGH injections, etc.

3. Discussion of side effects of injections vs. no known side effects with homeopathic HGH formula

4. Testimonials

5. Treatment options

6. Conditions related to HGH

7. And more...



Dr. J. Ronald Willis of Growth Hormones Direct said, "We feel that it's vital for interested parties to have a full understanding of not only our products, but the products that are out there on the market. There are subtle differences and there are major differences. And these need to be made clear so that the right decision for the situation at hand can be reached."



Growth Hormones Direct's online inventory does not include growth hormone spray. The Growth Hormone Direct inventory includes the following products and services: Men's Growth Hormones 30 day supply, Women's Growth Hormones 30 day Supply, Hormone Charger & Balance Formula for Men, Hormone Charger & Balance Formula for Women, Metabolizer & Energy Supplement, B Vitamin Complex sublingual, Thyroid Function Supplement, Natural Colon & Liver Cleanse (non-harsh), Ultimate Wheat Grass Plus, and 26 Day HCG Diet Savings Kit.



Growth Hormones Direct urges consumers to watch 'Science…Meet Nature' as they reap the benefits of optimizing their hormone levels through proper use of the homeopathic growth hormone formula. Optimal hormone levels allow individuals to enjoy increased general health. Growth Hormones Direct is an Arizona based distributor of quality health foods, supplements, pharmaceuticals and neutraceuticals.



To get further information on Growth Hormones Direct or the benefits of the homeopathic growth hormone formula contact:



Contact: Dr. J. Ronald Willis

Company: Growth Hormones Direct

Www. GrowthHormonesDirect. com

Phone: 480-281-7593



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WEBHIRE BECOMES FOUNDING SPONSOR OF HUMAN CAPITAL INSTITUTE

WEBHIRE BECOMES FOUNDING SPONSOR OF HUMAN CAPITAL INSTITUTE



Commitment marks mutual value of thought leadership partnership



(PRWEB) April 21, 2004



Lexington, MA, April 20, 2004 – Webhire, Inc., a leader in talent management solutions, announced today that it would become a Founding Sponsor of Human Capital Institute (HCI), a leading organization for research, information and education in talent acquisition and human capital management.



“On behalf of all of the members of the Executive Board at Human Capital Institute, I am very excited that Webhire has made a commitment to thought leadership with this founding position,” said Allan Schweyer, Executive Director of HCI. “With more than 20 years experience in the applicant tracking and talent management industry, Webhire brings a significant amount of experience to our organization and its members.”



Webhire’s experience will translate into exceptional value for HCI members with its sponsorship of the “Future Labor Trends Learning Track and Thought Leadership Forum.” The Leadership Forum will provide HCI members with an opportunity to collaborate closely with colleagues and peers. The highly focused forum will address progress, best practices and solutions regarding the future of the labor market, including demographic and economic trends that affect the talent management industry. The content of the forum will help organizations align their decision-making and business case development with these trends.



“Webhire is proud to be a founding sponsor of Human Capital Institute,” said Susanne Bowen, President and CEO of Webhire. “The opportunity to be associated with HCI marks Webhire’s continued investment in innovative thinking and thought leadership.”



Webhire has been a leader in the applicant tracking and talent management industry for more than 20 years. Continued high rankings from customers and analysts regarding product impact and customer care make Webhire a pioneer in the industry. This experience translates in to value for the entire human resources community. 



In addition to the Leadership Forums, HCI offers community forums, educational events, and research projects focused specifically on key human capital issues. Throughout its partnership, Webhire will work closely with HCI to develop and execute content and programs to support the HCI community. Specific programs include white papers, online seminars, and certificate courses.



For more information on Webhire and its involvement with Human Capital Institute, visit www. webhire. com or www. humancapitalinstitute. org.



About Webhire

Webhire, named the #1 choice in overall vendor performance by ERE Applicant Tracking Systems 2003: Industry Analysis and BuyerÂ’s Guide, delivers web-based business-to-business solutions that help employers manage the entire hiring process.



Since 1982, Webhire has helped companies attract and hire the best talent by providing automated recruiting solutions that increase productivity and reduce hiring costs. Today, hundreds of companies rely on Webhire for reliable, easy-to-use, browser access to powerful recruiting and hiring solutions. With offerings specific to the needs of large enterprises, divisional and/or mid-sized companies, and the healthcare industry, Webhire customers include fast growing firms such as The Sharper Image, large corporations such as Heinz North America, and healthcare facilities such as Lee Memorial Health System.



Webhire is headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts (USA). For more information, visit: www. webhire. com, call: 1-877-WEBHIRE (1-877-932-4473); outside the U. S., call: 781-869-5000



About HCI

The Human Capital Institute is the premier leadership organization for research, information and education in talent acquisition and human capital management. HCI members are experts in employee recruitment, motivation, performance measurement, mentoring and outplacement. The Institute funds research, disseminates information and provides education to help organizations manage employment lifecycle factors and positively impact productivity and profitability. A sister organization, the Human Capital Research Foundation, is also headquartered in Washington, D. C. For more information please visit the HCI Website at www. humancapitalinstitute. org.



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CONTACT:  

Rachel Berger

Webhire, Inc.

781.869.5052

Rberger@webhire. com



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

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Medicine is Going Green at Whole Health Medical Centers in Washington and New York

Medicine is Going Green at Whole Health Medical Centers in Washington and New York



Whole Health Medical Center and Medspa will open in Alexandria, Virginia, on Saturday, June 26, with a second facility scheduled to open in the New York metropolitan area in July. The community medical centers will offer natural, holistic medical services, treating common medical conditions such as chronic pain, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and Parkinson’s disease, in a green environment.



Alexandria, VA, (PRWEB) June 24, 2010



Medicine is going green with the opening of Whole Health Medical Center and Medspa (http://www. wholehealthmedicalcenters. com/cart/) in Alexandria, Virginia, on Saturday, June 26. The community medical center will offer natural, holistic medical services in a green environment.



Whole Health Medical Center is one of the largest facilities in the Washington and New York metropolitan areas specializing in Traditional Chinese Medicine with use of acupuncture, natural herbal and non-invasive treatments. Whole Health will treat common medical conditions such as chronic pain, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and Parkinson’s disease. The center has several specialty clinics including a Diabetes Clinic, Pain Management Clinic, Anti-Aging Medspa, and Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Clinic.



Dr. Owen Liao (http://www. easternhealingcenter. com/En/founder. htm), who holds a PhD in oriental medicine, is an acupuncturist and the Director of Whole Health. His goal is to integrate Eastern and Western medicine in an easily accessible community environment. Dr. Salil Malhotra (http://www. trinetrawellness. com/index. php? p=98696), Director of the Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Clinic at Whole Health, was recognized by the Research Council of America in 2009 as one of the America’s Top Chiropractors; Ms. Dominique Hoffman (http://www. zizania. biz/founder. html), Whole Health’s Nutrition Director, has been featured on WJLA TV’s Working Woman Series and hosts her nutrition show on Fairfax Channel 10. They are among 26 practitioners who will provide natural and non-invasive treatments and services at both Alexandria and New York Whole Health centers.



"I was born in a small village in Northern Taiwan and I suffered polio at the age of three," says Dr. Liao. "Through the use of Chinese Traditional Medicine and the practice of Tai Chi, I have regained my health and strength. In fact, I have created my own short form of Tai Chi, which I call “Tai Chi Essence.” I have written and published a book about my experience and teaching Tai Chi to my patients for self-healing."



In addition to holistic health care and a menu of natural treatments, herbal medicine and organic skin care products, Whole Health has adopted green building designs and green business practices by using environmentally-friendly materials, non-toxic paints, electronic patient records and other green business practices.



Those who visit Whole Health during its opening will receive a Two For One Pass (http://cp1.heritagewebdesign. com/~cntrydrn/cart/index. php? main_page=page&id=8&chapter=0), which allows them to get a free service with the purchase of a second service. This offer will be continued through July. Whole Health Medical Center will also conduct community outreach programs to educate the public about health, nutrition and disease prevention by offering weekly classes and seminars. For more information, visit www. WholeHealthMedicalCenters. com or visit Whole Health at 6910 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA, or call 571-357-2229.



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Insure Lane Providing Health Insurance Assistance to Consumers When it Counts

Insure Lane Providing Health Insurance Assistance to Consumers When it Counts



Web-Based Health Insurance Portal Dedicates its energies to supplying health care consumers across the nation with the reasonably-priced medical insurance opportunities they increasingly need at http://www. Insurelane. com



(PRWEB) April 16, 2005



Given a current economic situation delineated by budget deficits at the local, state wide and federal levels, higher than expected unemployment rates, and perpetually escalating health care costs – the overall rate of un-insurance will certainly continue to expand and have a greater communitywide impact. Meanwhile, employer-sponsored health benefits premiums increased by an average of around eleven percent over the course of last year – somewhat less than 2003’s 13.9% increase, but nevertheless it represented our nation’s fourth successive year of double-digit price increases, according to a number of 2004’s national health care benefits surveys, the co-premiums for employer-sponsored health related and medical insurance generally rose at around 2.3% or five times the rate of workers’ income (2.2%) as well as the rate of inflation. Overall, over the course of 2004 employers and their group plan participant employees continued to search for more effective ways to control health insurance’s rising cost as more than half shopped for better options at sites like www. insurelane. com and one in six actually changed insurers as a result.



Last year, health care insurance premiums reached a staggering average of $829.00 per month or $9,950.00 annually for family benefits coverage and $308.00 per month or $3,695.00 annually for single-payer health coverage. Over the same period, family plan PPO organization premiums, responsible for covering most American workers, rose to an average $851.00 per month or $10,217.00 annually, up appreciably from 2003Â’s average of $776.00 per month or $9,317.00 annually. But probably most instructive is the fact that family indemnity coverage premiums have risen an astounding fifty-nine percent since the year 2000. The aforementioned surveys also found that the percentage of the nationÂ’s workforce receiving healthcare coverage through their employers today is roughly equivalent to 2003Â’s sixty-two percent mark, but that number represents a significant down-turn from 2001Â’s peak of a sixty-five percent employee insured rate.



Which is why fewer and fewer businesses small or larger are offering substantial group health plan coverage, and why fewer of their employees are able to take-up health coverage and thatÂ’s obviously led to increasing numbers of consumers in need of comprehensive and affordable private health care insurance options that are increasingly hard to find. That worsening consumer situation has led to the creation of the web portal Insure Lane, designed to offer its free services to those seeking better health or medical insurance options. Boasting the capacity to offer online health insurance quotes and information on over 45 available health indemnity carriers, in addition to locally-based agent and independent agency selection services that will allow health insurance shoppers nationwide to compare up to five separate side-by-side health or medical benefits plans. www. insurelane. com has dedicated its resources to remaining responsive and accessible to the general public and their health insurance needs.



Facing continued premium increases of the kinds outlined above and fewer available employer health plans besides, its hardly surprising that many employees have reported turning entirely or partly toward private health plan options as they looked for cost-saving insurance alternatives over the last few years. And, you donÂ’t have to look much farther than over the trends of the last several years to understand why more and more Americans are so worried about their health care costs. In just the area of premium contributions, more families paid $1,000.00 more for their healthcare benefits in 2004 than they did in back in 2000. More than any other single factor, increasing out-of-pocket costs are driving the consumer concern about health insurance availability and accessibility that rare web portals such as www. insurelane. com have sprung up to address.



Insure Lane offers justifiably worried consumers nationwide an always expanding selection of health plan quoting alternatives intended to provide easily customizable info on and on-line health quotes (http://www. insurelane. com/healthquote. jsp (http://www. insurelane. com/healthquote. jsp)) for an assortment of comparatively inexpensive health insurance plans including—income and long-term protection, disability and senior care, whole and term life, HSA Plan or health savings accounts, self-funded, major medical, individual, family or small group supplemental, dental and temporary student health. In addition to their side-by-side insurance plan quotes, Insure Lane features a comprehensive collection of articles dealing with everything from general health care to specific medical issues and more.



About Insure Lane



Insure Lane dot com was specifically designed and created to provide health insurance consumers nationwide with one-hundred percent free and affordably-priced health care related and major-medical insurance quotes from a wide assortment of major health indemnity carriers in addition to the locally-based independent insurance agency referral service Insure Lane has been offering to prospective health care patrons nationwide for several years now. If youÂ’re a U. S. consumer interested in a free health benefits quote or a private insurance agent or agency interested in our nationwide local agencies referral directory, donÂ’t hesitate to visit Insure Lane on the net at: www. insurelane. com or obtain a quote directly from http://www. insurelane. com/healthquote. jsp (http://www. insurelane. com/healthquote. jsp)



Insure Lane is headquartered in downtown Chicago, IL and is an exclusively US owned and operated concern.



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Whole Foods Market pledges 5% of sales to support the Starbucks / Bread of Life's 2004 Walk of Hope, "Keeping Kids Healthy" campaign

Whole Foods Market pledges 5% of sales to support the Starbucks / Bread of Life's 2004 Walk of Hope, "Keeping Kids Healthy" campaign.



Whole Foods Market (WFM) will pledge 5% of all sales from its location at 2955 Kirby Dr. on August 25, 2004. Proceeds will benefit 2004 Walk of Hope, "Keeping Kids Healthy" campaign. The annual event is produced by Bread of Life, a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping disenfranchised men, women and families in Houston. This year's event is expected to raise over $100,000 to aid in this effort.



HOUSTON, TX (PRWEB) August 20, 2004



The Bread of Life four main areas in interest 1) HIV/AIDS education and assistance, 2) Hunger and 3) Homelessness, and 4) St. John's Academy, a Houston Independent School District (HISD) partner, that provides institutional learning for ages 3 weeks to 2nd grade. The academy's outreach targets children living with HIV/AIDS, exposure to drugs and alcohol, and other developmental road blocks.



"We are truly excited about joining forces with Bread of Life on children and obesity", states a WFM spokesperson, "Whole Foods Market is concerned about the alarming numbers of the nation's overweight and obese children. This issue affects our entire community. We understand the notion of interdependence and are committed to assist deserving community outreach programs and organizations. Our pledge of 5% on August 25, 2004, is one example of how every store in our company is committed to supporting their local communities".



Whole Foods Market 5% day, is on Thursday, August 25, 2004. The location is 2955 Kirby Dr. @ W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77098. Contact at 713.520.1937. Store hours: 8 a. m. to 10 p. m.



The Houston community is encouraged to come out and shop Whole Foods Market, Kirby location on this day!



The 2004 Walk of Hope, sponsored by Starbucks Coffee Company, Bread of Life, Inc., Senator Rodney Ellis, and Whole Foods Market is August 28, 2004 from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm at Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby St. Houston, TX. Representatives from over 30 health care agencies will be on hand to provide health screening and nutrional information at this event.



For more information about the 2004 Walk of Hope or Bread of Life, Inc., please contact (713) 659-3237 ext. 4017 or visit the Bread of Life on line at www. breadoflifeinc. org.



Bread of Life, Inc., is a 501 c (3) organization dedicated to "Empowering Houston's Less Fortunate through Compassion" by providing an array of social services and programs for men, women, and families.

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RNCOS Research: Biometrics Making Transaction Faster and Convenient

RNCOS Research: Biometrics Making Transaction Faster and Convenient



RNCOS Research (http://www. rncos. com/Report/Biotech15.htm) The biometric technology is growing in popularity in buying and selling transactions. It involves registering one’s fingerprint and bank account with a service provider, which is referred when the customer uses his finger to process his payment.



(PRWEB) March 24, 2006



RNCOS Research (http://www. rncos. com/Report/Biotech15.htm (http://www. rncos. com/Report/Biotech15.htm)) Soon one will not have to carry countless cards and pieces of information to verify his personal identification. Instead the strength of biometrics that uses patterns that are unique to each individual would be in force. It will be the people themselves, their fingerprints which belong to them alone, that will never be lost will, suffice.



Albertson, the No.2 supermarket chain is one of the many retailers who have adopted the biometric technology to function their payment system. It works simple: the person has to register his fingerprint and his bank account with a service provider and the customer pays for his purchases with a mere touch of his finger. The customer at a participating merchant has to just swipe his finger and the payment is automatically transferred from his bank to the merchant. No card, signature on receipt or punch in PIN is required.



The technology is also convenient where international travel is involved. In this high-tech personal identification, the Department of State has launched a plan to introduce electronic passports that has chips that store the usual personal information along with a digital photo, which enables biometric comparison via facial recognition at the international borders.



RNCOS in its recently published market research report named “World Biometric Market Outlook (2005-2008)” predicts “biometrics technology is being increasingly preferred around the world for access control or personal identification. Further, the global biometrics market is expected to reach a peak of $4.6 billion in 2008, up from $719 million in 2003.”



The report World Biometric Market Outlook (2005-2008) also gives a three year revenue forecast of the worldwide Biometric market which helps to form an idea of the competitive landscape of this industry over 2008.



The market research report will help readers to analyze the opportunities significant to the success of the growing Biometric market globally. It also examines the key application areas in different industries like Banking and Financial services, Health care industry, Aviation industry, Stock Exchanges, Universities and Schools, Police Business processes, Residential locations, Government organizations and Credit Monitoring organizations. The report contains profiles of top 19 players across the world including Entrust Inc., Doan Inc., International Biometric group and Cognitec Systems.



About RNCOS:



RNCOS, formed in 2002, offers Market Research Reports for your business needs and aims to put an end to your information pursuit. Our expertise in gathering global business information for industry research, corporate training, growth consulting, and business consulting, brings reputed companies and firms to us for business enhancement solutions. We can be your one-stop-shop for Industry research information and niche market analysis.



To purchase your copy: http://www. rncos. com/Report/Biotech15.htm (http://www. rncos. com/Report/Biotech15.htm)

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