Parity Urges Women To Move Into IT

Parity Urges Women To Move Into IT



The industry is still failing to recruit and retain women says Parity.



(PRWEB) May 19, 2006



Parity’s recent research into ‘The Changing IT Worker Profile’ shows firms are less reliant on IT operational and programming staff with greater emphasis on obtaining and retaining project and programme management (http://www. parity/training/projectmanagement) and business analyst skills.



Parity (http://www. parity. net) believes that companies are missing a chromosome with the lack of women moving into IT. This is supported by the fact that some 84% of candidates working through Parity are male. David Plummer, Managing Director, Parity Resources says, “Companies need to do more to attract, recruit and retain staff, particularly women in IT. We have seen an increase in salaries for roles with business skills compared with those IT operations roles, due to demand.”



A survey published by IT suppliers’ body Intellect reveals that 49% of women feel they are unequal in the pay stakes. Parity believes that more needs to be done to attract and retain women into IT and is advising organisations on how they can recruit and retain top talent and motivate women to strive for higher status within IT by offering a structured Training Career and Work-Life Balance Programme.



“Creating a culture within an organisation that encourages flexible working is crucial to attracting and retaining talent in the industry,” continues Plummer. “With the continuous evolution of technologies, it is also crucial that companies offer a structured Training programme for staff, this is a key factor to retaining employees in IT.”



Claire O’Sullivan, who is currently on assignment through Parity comments, “I chose a career in IT after leaving school and have not looked back. IT contracting is the ideal choice for me. It is nice to have the flexibility that contracting offers in terms of choosing who I work for and where I am located. Contracting also gives me the experience to work on different technologies and I find that, compared to permanent roles, I am more in at the deep-end and I am given the opportunity to work on the latest technologies. I would advise women to seriously consider IT as a career.”



Notes to Editors



Parity Resources (http://www. parity. net/resources/default. asp) is a leading recruitment specialist with over 30 years experience, providing permanent and contract IT staff, interim staff and managed recruitment services (http://www. parity. net/resources/recruitment_solutions/contract_recruitment/default. aspx) across all markets.



Parity is at the forefront of providing innovative, flexible and cost effective permanent recruitment solutions.



Parity Resources is part of the Parity Group plc, which specialise in:-



Permanent and temporary IT staff Business process consultancy Management and technology training Development and management of complex IT systems Oracle and Microsoft technology and application skills



Customers across the Group include Alcatel, Allianz, AT&T, AXA, British American Tobacco, CISCO, Department for Education & Skills, Department of Trade & Industry, Department of Constitutional Affairs, Department of Health, Department for Work & Pensions, Glaxo Smith Kline, HBOS, Hewlett Packard, HM Revenue & Customs, HSBC, IBM, ICI, Ministry of Defence, NASA, Connecting for Health at the NHS, O2, Perot Systems, Royal Bank of Scotland, Royal Mail, Siemens, Sony Ericsson, The Cabinet Office, The Meteorological Office and T-Systems.



Contact details:



To find out more, contact Caroline Overholt on: 020 8545 6568.



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Announcing Capability (Cp & Cpk) Tools for Excel

Announcing Capability (Cp & Cpk) Tools for Excel



KnowWare International Inc. announces the addition of a capability analyzer to the QI Macros SPC (statistical process control) software for Excel. Manufacturers seeking to measure the quality of their product can now analyze up to eight characteristics for a single part simultaneously. KnowWare has also created a standalone dashboard including control charts, histograms and a normal probability plot for each of the eight characteristics.



Denver, CO (PRWEB) May 16, 2007



KnowWare International Inc. announces the addition of a capability analyzer to the QI Macros SPC (statistical process control) software for Excel. Manufacturers seeking to measure the quality of their product can now analyze up to eight characteristics for a single part simultaneously. KnowWare has also created a standalone dashboard including control charts, histograms and a normal probability plot for each of the eight characteristics.



Cp is a measure between 0 and 2 that evaluates how well the manufactured parts will fit between the customer's specification limits. A Cp measure of 1.0 equates to 3 sigma; 1.33 equals 4 sigma; 1.66 equals 5-sigma; and 2.0 equals the infamous Six Sigma. Cpk measures how well the product is centered between the limits. The Cp and Cpk tool also measures Pp and Ppk which are measures of total process performance.



The QI Macros are an add-in for Microsoft Excel that automate all of the charts and diagrams required for statistical process control (SPC) and Lean Six Sigma. There are over 70,000 registered users. The QI Macros are used by over 2,700 hospitals and medical centers to hold down costs and increase health care quality. The QI Macros consist of three parts:



1. Macros that use existing Excel data to create 18 different charts: line, run, pareto, control charts, and histograms.

2. Fill-in-the-blank templates, over 40 in all, for flowcharts and fishbones, design of experiments (DOE), quality function deployment (QFD), and GageR&R studies.

3. Statistical analysis tools like ANOVA, f-test, regression, and a sample size calculator.



Unlike complex statistical tools, the QI Macros tools can be used by anyone from nurses to Six Sigma Black Belts. Users most often say that the QI Macros are:

·Easy to learn. The pull-down menu gives immediate access to all tools.

·Works directly on Excel data. Over 90% of the world's offices use Excel. With the QI

  Macros, there is no need to transfer the data out of Excel. Just select and go.

·Automates the most commonly used Improvement tools.



Readers can also sign up for a free email course on Lean Six Sigma, read testimonials and download a 30-day evaluation copy of the QI Macros for Excel at www. qimacros. com.



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Micro Grants From Psych Central Community Connection Provide Assistance to Those in Need

Micro Grants From Psych Central Community Connection Provide Assistance to Those in Need



Psych Central Community Connection is a new non-profit that enables members to receive up to $500 in micro grants to assist in overcoming temporary financial hardships. More information is available at http://www. PsychCentral. org.



Newburyport, MA (PRWEB) January 12, 2010



Today Dr. John Grohol, Psy. D., announced that Psych Central Community Connection, Inc. (http://www. PsychCentral. org (http://www. PsychCentral. org)) has been officially recognized as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service. Psych Central Community Connection provides assistance for members in need with unexpected emergencies in life and is the first of its kind to be established by a mental health site. To qualify, individuals submit grant applications to explain the emergency need. A review committee then reviews the applications and disbursements are made of up to $500 each once the basic guidelines are met.



“This can mean the difference between warmth in the winter or whether or not there’s food on the table,” said Dr. John Grohol, Psy. D., founder and CEO of Psych Central, and President of the new nonprofit. “We are not only here to help people out financially, but also emotionally, to help them make it through the tough times."



Psych Central’s Community Connection grew out of the Psych Central online community’s successful efforts with past member-based fund drives. To date, more than $7,000 has already been distributed to individual members in need. Those funds have helped cover heating and electricity bills, food assistance and other critical items by which members have been confronted.



“My husband lost his job in July this year. We had no savings to fall back on,” said Psych Central member ‘bebop.’ “I finally decided I had to swallow my pride and gain my courage to ask [Psych Central Community Connection] for help. It got me though two months with food and other things I had to get that my disability would not afford me. I am eternally grateful and very humbled by the outpouring of love,” she said.



"These micro grants are meant as lifelines to individuals in our community," noted Dr. Grohol. "I was surprised to learn how difficult it can be to obtain local assistance for an immediate need. While other mental health nonprofits are focused on the big picture, we're focused on the local picture – people who can be helped by a micro grant."



Psych Central Community Connection, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity setup for the benefit of members of the Psych Central community. It relies on the generosity of donations from fellow members as well as from others who want to help make a difference for individuals who have mental health concerns.



People are encouraged to join the Psych Central community at http://forums. psychcentral. com (http://forums. psychcentral. com) and donate to the program (information is available at http://www. psychcentral. org (http://www. psychcentral. org)). Psych Central typically matches funds contributed by others on a 1:1 basis in order to encourage development of the assistance program.



Psych Central is the leading destination for online mental health and psychology information, community, and support. Founded in 1995, Psych Central was selected by TIME Magazine as one of the 50 Best Web sites with its original articles, news content, community, research briefs, ratings and reviews of medications and treatments, and Dr. John Grohol’s popular “World of Psychology” blog. Today, the site is visited by more than 1 million people worldwide monthly.



About Psych Central

Psych Central, located at http://www. PsychCentral. com (http://www. PsychCentral. com), is the Internet’s leading independent mental health network featuring original peer-reviewed editorial content, news, research briefs, clinical trials, ratings and reviews of medications and treatments, the popular World of Psychology blog and a dozen additional blogs, and more than 150 support groups. Each month more than 1 million people worldwide visit Psych Central to learn about a mental health condition, join a support group, contribute to a blog, or take a free scientific quiz. Founded in 1995, Psych Central is published by John M. Grohol, Psy. D., a pioneer and expert in online mental health. Dr. Grohol's leadership has helped to break down the barriers of stigma often associated with mental health concerns by bringing trusted resources to the Internet. Psych Central was named as a 50 Best Website in 2008 by TIME magazine. Sanity Score, a mental health and wellness test at http://www. SanityScore. com (http://www. SanityScore. com) developed by Psych Central, provides a numerical rating and graphical result of the state of an individual's mental health. The test has been taken by more than 100,000 people and continually generates feedback lauding its accuracy. Recently Dr. Grohol launched the 501(c)(3) public charity Psych Central Community Connection in 2009 to help its members with micro grants in times of need.



Neither Psych Central nor Sanity Score are a substitution for professional diagnosis or treatment. Psych Central and Sanity Score are registered trademarks or common law marks of Liviant LLC. All other trademarks are owned by their respective owners.



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Skincare Shopping on a Budget: Understanding Smart & Fair Trade Skin Care

Skincare Shopping on a Budget: Understanding Smart & Fair Trade Skin Care



Fair Trade skincare has many benefits. They go beyond younger-looking skin, and can impact everything from the quality of the products we buy to the quality of life in developing countries.



Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) April 17, 2009



It's hard to believe that the simple act of purchasing skincare could help end global poverty. But the fact is that it can -- when people buy products made with fairly-traded ingredients. Skincare-News. com's latest article, "The Benefits of Fair Trade Skincare," discusses what everybody should know about the advantages of Fair Trade.

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Changing the face of skincare



It wasn't long ago that the term "Fair Trade" seemed exclusive to coffee imports. Today, however, Fair Trade Certified ™ labels are popping up on everything from shampoos to moisturizers to body butters.



Driving the trend is consumer demand. According to Organic Monitor, a research and consulting company that specializes in the international organic industry, Fair Trade "is catching on as it enables cosmetic products to be marketed on ethical values, attracting consumers concerned about social inequality and sustainability."



The sales figures agree. In 2007 alone, global sales of Fair Trade cosmetics increased by a staggering 47 percent, according to Organic Monitor. And with the benefits it holds for farm workers, the environment and the consumer, we can expect more growth to come.

Empowering developing communities



If there's one word that sums up the concept of Fair Trade, it's "empowerment." By ensuring that farmers receive a fair wage for their goods, Fair Trade prevents worker exploitation and helps disadvantaged communities pull themselves out of poverty. Paul Rice, President and CEO of TransFair USA, a third party certifier of Fair Trade products, tells ABC News that Fair Trade can bring farmers two to three times the earnings they'd receive in local markets.



But price is only part of it. When people purchase fairly-traded skincare, they're also supporting vital principles like:

Humane working conditions, including laws to prohibit child labor. Direct trade, so that farmers can cut out the middleman and develop direct relationships with purchasers. Community development, where farmers invest back in their communities to improve the level of healthcare, nutrition, education and training available to their people. Protecting precious resources



As much as Fair Trade is about protecting workers, it's also about protecting the environment. To earn certification on their products, farmers need to adhere to strict environmental standards.

According to TransFair USA, harmful chemicals are prohibited "in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect famers' health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations."



And farmers have every reason to take sustainability seriously. On top of fair prices, they also receive financial incentives for soil and water conservation efforts and for promoting environmental education within their communities.



Bringing quality to the consumer



Many believe that buying fair trade skincare means safer, better products. Because ingredients are grown to meet eco-friendly criteria, and producers are paid enough to forego cost-cutting measures, consumers are assured a top-quality product.



In addition, many Fair Trade products are also certified organic. Because organic skincare excludes synthetic materials, pesticides and other harsh materials, it's believed that the body metabolizes these ingredients more effectively than conventional products.

Importantly, however, keep in mind that organic ingredients can still irritate the skin and many conventional skincare ingredients, like retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids have years of research to substantiate their safety and efficacy.



When selecting Fair Trade skincare, the best bet is to read the label----on both organic and non-organic products----in order to know precisely the ingredients the product contains.



Paving the way for a larger selection

While cosmetic companies are responding to consumer demand, retailer shelves aren't exactly overflowing with Fair Trade options. Part of the problem is that there are only so many certified Fair Trade ingredients available----and only a few of them are appropriate for use in skincare. Vanilla, shea butter, honey and cocoa are a few.



But there are more options on the horizon. According to FLO International, a standards and certification organization, "new product development is a very important issue for the future of Fair Trade."



Skincare-News. com covers all skincare and beauty topics from head to toe. Check out these latest articles:



Herbal Extracts in Skin Care

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Dealing with dark circles, puffiness or sagging skin? Nature has the solution for these and other common skincare challenges. Discover five herbs with powerful, anti-inflammatory and restorative elements that deliver healthy skin and invigorate the senses: Lavender, olive leaf, peppermint, rosemary and thyme.



Skin Care in Your 20s

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20-something women are in various stages of life. Some are still in college, while others are starting new careers. The opportunities are endless, and they are paving the way for the future. Like their endless career prospects, the skin of a 20-something is radiant, vibrant and healthy. In order to maintain that luminous complexion and age gracefully, it's important to ditch unhealthy habits and adopt an effective skin care routine. Here's how to do it.



A Beauty Routine to Avoid and Conceal Acne

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There are many causes of acne, including hormones, bacteria and stress, but for some sufferers, cosmetics can also contribute to breakouts. Acne cosmetica occurs when makeup builds up within the follicle, blocking the pore. As excess oil builds up, the pore becomes clogged, creating a blemish. Learn how to tell if makeup is to blame for some breakouts and how to conceal blemishes, without causing more to pop up.



A Step-by-Step Guide to Stunning Nails

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It isn't necessary to go to a swanky salon for stunning nails. Instead, read this complete guide for a fabulous, flawless manicure. Find out what type of nail polish remover to use, how to file nails to perfection, what to do about stubborn cuticles and ridges and choosing the appropriate basecoat and topcoat. Once nails are painted to perfection, readers can also learn how to make manicures last longer and avoid unnecessary touch-ups in between.



3 Tips for PM Skincare

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At the end of a long day, most women are exhausted and can't wait to catch some zzzs. But a night-time skincare routine is serious business, so don't skimp on it -- or even worse, skip it altogether. How the skin is treated at night has a major impact on how it looks and feels. Get better-looking skin and save some time in the morning with these simple night-time steps.



The Basics of Body Wraps

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Body wraps incorporate natural ingredients such as mud, herbs, clay, lotions and even seaweed for a variety of skincare and health benefits. Administered by an esthetician, massage therapist or another qualified practitioner, a body wrap is typically a two-part process that includes a specialized treatment applied to the skin, followed by the actual wrap. This article discusses a variety of body wraps in today's salons, how each treatment works and how to choose.



Chemical Peels: 8 Considerations

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When trying any new skincare treatment or procedure, it's always important to do the necessary research and ask tons of questions. Whether it's selecting the right specialist or understanding the details of the procedure, there is a lot to learn. So before right into a chemical peel, follow these eight steps to ensure the procedure is both safe and effective. Find out how to choose a specialist, what types of peels are available, which skin type each is designed for and what types of results to expect.



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EmergencyContacts. com Adds Online Living Will Storage Feature

EmergencyContacts. com Adds Online Living Will Storage Feature



The secure database now stores living wills and important family documents in one place.



Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 14, 2005



EmergencyContacts. com (http://www. emergencycontacts. com) today announced the addition of a living will and other family document storage feature to its emergency information service. In addition to storing emergency contacts and medical information, customers may now include living wills, childrenÂ’s fingerprint images and other important family documents for easy access in an emergency. The $4.95 per year document storage option is available to new Emergency Contacts members free for the first year. Details are available at www. emergencycontacts. com.



“People are preparing living wills in record numbers since the Terri Schiavo case highlighted the issue,” says company spokesman Valerie Nay. “Storing these and other critical documents online in our secure database ensures these documents are easily updated and always available in emergency situations. This new option is a natural extension of our service and gives our members the ability to keep all of their emergency information (http://www. emergencycontacts. com) in one safe place.”



In addition to storing permanent documents, members can use the feature to temporarily upload copies of passports, itineraries and other travel related documents, making them accessible anywhere in the world with an internet connection.



EmergencyContacts. com (http://www. emergencycontacts. com) members complete a profile including a list of key contacts such as family, friends or neighbors to be contacted in the event of an accident or other emergency. They are issued key tags, windshield stickers and ID cards with a membership number for personal identification.



Hospitals and other emergency service providers use the toll free number on the membership materials to contact a 24-hour hotline. Providing emergency personnel with important health and medical information, specially trained representatives also contact family and friends with instructions and information per the member's profile.



Ideal for parents, pet owners, travelers and seniors, EmergencyContacts. com ensures the necessary details are taken care of in the event of an emergency. EmergencyContacts. com also provides detailed emergency preparedness information and articles for their members and the community on a variety of subjects including child, home and fire safety, natural disaster preparation and first aid.



About EmergencyContacts. com (http://www. emergencycontacts. com)



EmergencyContacts. com is a privately held company based in Los Angeles, CA. Please visit www. emergencycontacts. com for more information about the new living will (http://www. emergencycontacts. com) feature or to become a member.



Media Contact:



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New Federal Training Grant to Teach Doctors/Scientists Immunology

New Federal Training Grant to Teach Doctors/Scientists Immunology



The Schneider Children's Hospital (SCH) campus of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has been awarded a prestigious $795,000 federal grant to hire and train the next generation of immunologists who will investigate diseases of the immune system to provide cutting-edge care to patients.



Manhasset, NY (Vocus) August 21, 2009



The Schneider Children's Hospital (SCH) campus of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has been awarded a prestigious $795,000 federal grant to hire and train the next generation of immunologists who will investigate diseases of the immune system to provide cutting-edge care to patients.



The new federal "T32" training grant, to be funded over the next five years by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will allow Vincent Bonagura, MD, chief of pediatric immunology at SCH and a researcher at the Feinstein Institute, to train physicians to understand the basic immunobiology of the immune system and how it is involved in causing or preventing a myriad of diseases.



"This T32 grant, the first ever received by the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is significant because it's a national recognition of the major clinical and research expertise that Schneider Children's Hospital and the Feinstein Institute have in the area of immunology," said Arthur Klein, MD, senior vice president of children's services for the North Shore-LIJ Health System, and the executive director and chief of staff at SCH.



Physician/scientists selected for the new program will be able to spend time in any of the Feinstein Institute's various immunology labs. "They will have access to pediatric and adult patients who receive care for immunology-related diseases at Schneider Children's Hospital, North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center, along with patients cared for in other subspecialties that are related by the common language of immunology," said Dr. Bonagura. He added that there are an increasing number of immune-related disciplines -- including allergy, rheumatology, infectious diseases, cancers and autoimmune diseases -- that are in need of physicians and scientists trained in basic-science immunology who can expand our knowledge of the immune pathogenesis of these diseases, and provide novel and more effective therapies to treat patients.



"We need to train true academic doctors who will be able to advance the field," said Dr. Bonagura. The physician/scientist can also extend their training by applying for a fourth year within the Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine (http://www. elmezzigraduateschool. org). The graduate school, part of the Feinstein Institute and the North Shore-LIJ Health System, trains physicians interested in becoming scientists as well. At the end of three years of training in the immunology physician/scientist program, students can earn a PhD degree in molecular medicine by completing a fourth year in the program.



Candidates for the immunology physician scientist training program will be drawn from a yearly complement of more than 110 pediatricians and internists applying for fellowship training in Allergy and Immunology Residency Training Program at Schneider Children's Hospital and LIJ Medical Center.



In addition to being chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Schneider Children's Hospital, Dr. Bonagura is associate chair of pediatrics at SCH, and is currently a director of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and Member of the American Board of Pediatrics. Betty Diamond, MD, director of the Feinstein's Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Diseases will be the co-director of the T32 Immunology Physician Scientist program. Dr. Diamond is an expert on rheumatic diseases, and focuses her attention on the brain problems associated with lupus.



The federal training grant fits with the mission of the Feinstein to discover and understand the causes and underlying mechanisms of human diseases, and to rapidly translate this information into diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for patients. Dr. Bonagura's lab focuses on human host defense mechanisms made against human papillomaviruses.



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Concert to Benefit Disease Prevention in Hawaii

Concert to Benefit Disease Prevention in Hawaii



A concert by Rosalina Vega, new to the gospel scene, will be held in Honolulu to promote her new album, He is Here, to help raise funds to reverse the trend of chronic disease in Hawaii. Featuring Bob Silverman, former pianist for the Heritage Singers, the promoters boast that this will be a music event of unparalleled proportions.



Honolulu, HI (PRWEB) February 19, 2009



A concert to benefit health education and disease prevention in Hawaii will be held at 6 PM on Saturday, February 28 at the Honolulu Central Seventh-day Adventist church by Rosalina Vega, a gospel artist that promoters are calling the "New Sound in Christian Music." The concert comes as part of Vega's Hawaiian tour to promote her new album, "He is Here" which, according to Arnie Suntag, the album's executive producer, is being used to help raise funds to educate the public about chronic disease and to further the gospel message.



"Chronic disease is rampant in Hawaii," says Suntag. "Many are dying needlessly from diseases such as diabetes, and this can be prevented or overcome by diet and lifestyle changes. We will only win the battle against chronic disease by educating the public about the link between diet and disease and by helping them to make informed choices about the foods they eat."



The concert, sponsored by Walk of Faith, a health and lifestyle education program and community outreach in Kohala on the Big Island, is the last in a series of concerts performed by Vega on her Hawaiian tour. Suntag, who is also the program director for Walk of Faith, calls the concert a "major event in Christian music." He says that many will be pleasantly surprised by Vega's style and message. "This is not run-of-the-mill Christian music by any means," says Suntag. "The songs to be performed by Rosalina, a few of which are from the new album, are truly powerful and unique and will leave many with tears of joy in their eyes." The concert will be taped by Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) for later broadcast.



The concert will also feature Bob Silverman, former pianist and arranger for the Heritage Singers. Silverman has performed throughout the world. He has appeared on TBN, 3ABN, and other major television networks.



Vega expressed enthusiasm about her new album and the upcoming concert, stating that she has dedicated her life to helping others find a real faith in God. "We are going through very difficult times right now where we all need to take a closer look at ourselves and how we are living our lives," says Vega. "It is my earnest hope that, through the music, many will open up their hearts to God's presence and make changes that will help them to find peace, hope, and ultimately salvation."



The songs from Vega's album feature the piano and arranging of Michael Andrews, pianist and arranger for the television series "It is Written," with Shawn Boonstra. "The album was a joint effort by the entire team to produce something of real value that would make a difference in the lives of others," says Suntag. "It is our hope that proceeds from CD sales and concerts will help us reach many more throughout Hawaii and reverse the trend of disease that is devastating our loved ones."



He is Here is available on many of the Internet's major retailers and at select stores. For more information on the album and the upcoming concert, visit www. rosalinavega. com or call 888-468-6921.



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Madison County Mississippi Gymnast Defends State Championship Title with Help from Baptist Physical Therapy & Sportscare

Madison County Mississippi Gymnast Defends State Championship Title with Help from Baptist Physical Therapy & Sportscare



Kaity Messer battles back from torn rotator cuff injury and defends state championship



(PRWEB) September 1, 2004



Kaity Messer's introduction to gymnastics started before she could walk. As she watched her sister Emily practice gymnastics at home, Kaity would twist and turn, too. At age three, Kaity began formal training.



By the time she was a teenager, this Madison, Miss. resident had won the Level 9 State Championship twice, and in 2003, she was the defending Level 10 State Champion. But an unfortunate shoulder injury on April 10, 2003 made it questionable if she would ever be able to compete again, let alone successfully defend her title.



While practicing a new gymnastic skill, Kaity suffered a 90 percent tear of her rotator cuff, causing a multi-directional instability. But this type of injury didn't stop Kaity from focusing on her love for competitive gymnastics. She's had 2 leg fractures and numerous sprains, and she has always battled back.



"Kaitlyn is extremely focused and strong willed and has learned that hard work has its reward," said her father Jim Messer, who is a perfusionist in Cardiac Surgery at Baptist. "This was not going to get her down."



On April 30, 2003, Dr. Felix Savoie with Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Clinic performed surgery. Kaity had rotator cuff repair to correct the multi-directional instability. Previously, she couldn't move her shoulder/arm at all without pain and/or dislocation. By June 2003, she started physical therapy at Baptist.



Robbin Lee, a Baptist physical therapist, and the entire staff at the Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic worked with Kaity to tailor the rehab process that would optimize her functional outcome.



"This was done by stabilization exercises progressing toward motion oriented stabilization as well as exercises designed to allow impact on the shoulder itself. Kaity would also complete stretching exercises independently, maintaining and promoting flexibility of the joint and musculature itself. She was motivated to progress, but she didn't throw caution to the wind like a lot of people," Lee said. "She was careful not to go too fast. She was just a model patient."



She finished physical therapy in August 2003 and resumed limited gymnastic workouts in October. By January 2004, Kaity began some competitions again. In March 2004, she defended her State Champion title of 1st Place All Around Level 10 (15 y/o and older division).



"The therapists at Baptist developed a regimen specifically tailored to Kaity's needs. Their encouragement and genuine concern has allowed Kaity to return to competitive gymnastics," Jim Messer added.



Nowadays, you can find this 17-year-old right where you'd expect--the gym, where she practices approximately 20 hours per week. She will begin her senior year at Madison Central this fall.



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Kentucky Proposed Smoking Ban Bill Going Nowhere

Kentucky Proposed Smoking Ban Bill Going Nowhere



When lawmakers don’t want to deal with tough issues like jobs creation and balanced budgets, they turn to proposing things like smoking bans and, in the process, continue to proliferate false information and misunderstandings regarding the economic and health-related impacts of such legislation, according to the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association. A bill has been introduced in the Kentucky state legislature seeking to impose a no-exception smoking ban in all indoor workplaces and public places, including bars and restaurants.



Frankfort, Kentucky (Vocus/PRWEB) January 12, 2011



When lawmakers don’t want to deal with tough issues like jobs creation and balanced budgets, they turn to proposing things like smoking bans and, in the process, continue to proliferate false information and misunderstandings regarding the economic and health-related impacts of such legislation, according to the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association.



A bill has been introduced in the Kentucky state legislature by Rep. Susan Westrom of Lexington seeking to impose a no-exception smoking ban in all indoor workplaces and public places, including bars and restaurants. Westrom admits the bill will go nowhere in this year’s legislature but has proposed it, nonetheless. Currently, in Kentucky, state laws prohibit smoking in government offices, universities, and the state capitol, except in designated smoking areas.



“Kentucky unemployment is nearly 11 percent, yet some legislators seem to be more interested in creating job-killing bills like smoking bans which take away property owners’ constitutional rights to determine for themselves if smoking should be allowed in their places of business,” said Chris McCalla, legislative director of the IPCPR, an association of some 2,000 neighborhood mom-and-pop premium cigar retailers, manufacturers and distributors.



Some $300,000 of federal stimulus money has been used to finance anti-smoking efforts in Kentucky instead of job creation, according to Jim Waters, vice president of policy and communications for the Bluegrass Institute, an independent free-market think tank.



Waters also has reported that “the ‘science’ behind the economic effect of a smoking ban is questionable at best and dishonest at worst,” according to Ken Moellman, a spokesman for Northern Kentucky Choice.



“The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has shown that government-imposed smoking bans exact a negative economic impact on businesses frequented by smokers,” wrote Waters in a July post. (http://www. bipps. org/article. php/2378)



Regarding the health implications related to secondhand smoke, McCalla cited a post by Dr. Michael Siegel, an anti-smoking advocate and professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University’s School of Public Health. Despite his stance against smoking, generally, Dr. Siegel has been highly critical of many claims about secondhand smoke, including those made by the Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing.



According to Dr. Siegel, the statements he called “outright lies” include the following: “Even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can trigger a heart attack … (and) after two hours of secondhand smoke exposure, the heart rate speeds up and leads to abnormal heart rhythms (which can lead to death).”



Dr. Siegel also wrote that no evidence exists to support claims by the current Surgeon General that even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can cause (a) heart attack and that inhaling even the smallest amount of tobacco smoke can … lead to cancer. (http://tobaccoanalysis. blogspot. com/2010/12/finalists-for-2010-lie-of-year-award. html)



Contact: Tony Tortorici

 678-493-0313



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National Public Health Leader Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith to Speak About Youth Violence at the 2006 Givens NOMMO Forum

National Public Health Leader Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith to Speak About Youth Violence at the 2006 Givens NOMMO Forum



The Givens Foundation for African American Literature presents the 2006 Givens NOMMO Forum featuring Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith to speak about youth violence and ways to arm and educate communities on its prevention from a public health stand point. The lecture and book signing will take place on January 25, 2006 at the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute for Public Health at 7:00 P. M.



Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) December 29, 2005



The Givens Foundation for African American Literature Presents: The Givens NOMMO Forum Series featuring nationally recognized public health leader, Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith on Wednesday, January 25 at the University of Minnesota - Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs.



According to the 2004 Populations of Color in Minnesota Health Status Report, the leading cause of African American male deaths between the ages of 15 and 24 was homicide, which was also the second leading cause of death in females of the same age group. Prothrow-Stith's efforts to have youth violence defined as a public health problem forces society to take a harder look at the causes of violence and its prevention. The lecture and book signing entitled "Deadly Consequences: Community Strategies for Decreasing Youth Violence" will not only speak to this issue, but will explore approaches that will solve problems and lead to successful outcomes in education.



Dr. Prothrow-Stith began her career as a physician in inner-city Boston. In 1987 she was appointed as the first woman Commissioner of Public Health for Massachusetts under Governor Dukakis. There she established the first Office of Violence Prevention in a state department of public health. In 1995 President Bill Clinton appointed her to the National Commission on Crime Control and Prevention. Currently Dr. Prothrow-Stith serves as Associate Dean for Faculty Development as well as Director and Professor of the Division of Public Health Practice at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her books, "Murder is No Accident: Understanding and Preventing Youth Violence in America" (Jossey-Bass, 2004) and "Sugar and Spice and No Longer Nice: How We Can Stop Girls Violence" (Jossey-Bass, 2005) have provided communities nationwide with valuable resources on how to combat youth violence.



"The Givens Foundation is excited to have Dr. Prothrow-Stith as our first speaker for this year's NOMMO series. Her expertise and viewpoint of youth violence are truly an avant-garde way of looking at such a wide-spread problem not only in the African American community, but in all of our communities nation wide," says President Archie Givens Jr. 



Sponsored in part by the University of Minnesota and General Mills Foundation, the Givens NOMMO Forum is a public series designed to explore divergent perspectives on issues relevant to the African American community through the experience of "nommo," a Swahili translation meaning the magic power of the word. The 2006 Forum is entitled "Shaping Our Destiny: From Words to Action" and will focus on educating and parenting our children.



About the Givens Foundation 



The mission of the Givens Foundation is to enrich and celebrate African American literature and writers. The Givens Foundation for African American Literature was established in 1972 as the Archie & Phebe Mae Givens Foundation. Its original purpose was to provide scholarships to African American students. The Foundation's focus shifted in 1985 when the Givens family worked with the Twin Cities African American community to purchase a 3,000 piece collection of African American literature-one of the most important collections of its kind in the nation. Since then, the Archie Givens Sr. Collection of African American Literature housed at the University of Minnesota Library has inspired and supported the Foundation's efforts. Today the Givens Foundation produces a range of events, publications, and programs such as the NOMMO Forum, Givens Classics Book Series, Children's Literature Symposiums, and a K-12 residency program entitled "Spirited Minds and Strong Souls Singing" which places literary artists into Twin Cities Metro Area classrooms engaging students in arts-based writing and reading. For more information about the Givens Foundation for African American Literature visit: www. givens. org.



Who: Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith -"Deadly Consequences: Community Strategies for Decreasing Youth Violence"



What: The Givens Foundation for African American Literature - 2006 Givens NOMMO Forum



Where: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 7:00 p. m.



Where: University of Minnesota (West Bank)-Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis



Cost: Free and open to the public



Parking: 19th Avenue Ramp



FFE: Jean Fountain, Program Coordinator (952) 941-5929



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Motion Media Solutions Wins Prestigious Award for DVD on Homeless Services

Motion Media Solutions Wins Prestigious Award for DVD on Homeless Services



The 2005 Communicator Award of Distinction has gone to "Stewpot", a DVD produced by Motion Media Solutions for a church ministry in Dallas supporting the homeless.



Dallas, TX (PRWEB) January 26, 2006



Motion Media Solutions has won the 2005 Communicator Award of Distinction in the External Communications/Non-Profit category for "Stewpot", a DVD it produced for a ministry of First Presbyterian Church in Dallas. The award recognizes "Stewpot" as a project exceeding industry standards in production and communication skills.



"The staff and board are so grateful for Motion Media Solutions' work," said Rev. Dr. Bruce Buchanan, Director of the Stewpot. "We anticipated a difficult fundraising year, but with this DVD, we were able to raise public awareness to a new level. This was especially significant in a year where we saw such a huge increase in homelessness and poverty due to Katrina and Rita."



"It was a privilege working with one of the most respected non-profit institutions in Dallas as it celebrated its 30-year anniversary of serving the homeless," said Ross Mason, CEO of Motion Media Solutions. "Our DVD communicated that the Stewpot is much more than just a soup kitchen."



First Presbyterian Church began this ministry (Stewpot. org) in 1975, and "Stewpot" was released in October at the anniversary dinner attended by over 450, raising over $130,000. The DVD has been used at other recognition events, which helped to meet annual budget needs of $1.3 million, a 6% increase over 2004! The Stewpot will continue to use the DVD as an effective communication tool. It features many of the services provided, including FREE voicemail and postal services, drug and alcohol counseling, mental health, medical and dental services, identification and employment services. It also illustrates the many programs available for children.



Motion Media Solutions worked closely with the Stewpot staff on a creative strategy and script, capturing many hours of video over several weeks, and designing graphics to complement how the organization is portrayed.



"We were honored to receive the award", said Mr. Mason. "It demonstrates that great video can be created for organizations like Stewpot, helping them communicate their story cost-effectively...increasing funding and local participation."



Motion Media Solutions produces educational, inspiring and motivating programs for churches, non-profit organizations and foundations.



View "Stewpot": http://www. motionmediasolutions. com (http://www. motionmediasolutions. com)



Contact: 

Motion Media Solutions - your message. our solutions...

302 N. Market Street Suite 425 Dallas, TX 75202 

214-764-0940

877-31-VIDEO  

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New Report Focuses On Economic Toll Of Child Hunger

New Report Focuses On Economic Toll Of Child Hunger



Findings highlight long term physical and cognitive consequences.



Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 1, 2009



The direct and indirect effect of child hunger in the U. S. is a contributing factor to the nation's economic woes and puts America at a competitive disadvantage, according to a new report issued today by Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization.



Child Food Insecurity: The Economic Impact On Our Nation, a report on research on the impact of food insecurity and hunger on child health, growth and development, details the economic effect of child hunger in the United States. It articulates the lifelong consequences child food insecurity has on individuals and families. (Food insecurity is defined as the lack of access at times to enough food for an active, healthy life; or limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.)



The report states that the U. S. economy is losing its competitive edge to countries doing a better job of addressing nutrition and food insecurity in preparing children to learn and achieve their full potential. The report was funded with a grant from the ConAgra Foods Foundation.



"Child hunger is robbing us of the best of America's imagination and ingenuity," said the report's author, John Cook, Ph. D., of the Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine, a nationally-recognized expert on child hunger. "Sustainable economic recovery depends on freeing children of the burden of hunger and malnutrition and supporting their optimal growth and development."



"The impact of child hunger is more far reaching than one might anticipate. Child food insecurity creates billions of dollars in costs to our society. Child hunger affects a child's health, education and job readiness," said Cook. "Our best universities are graduating more students from other countries and fewer from the U. S. because we are failing to prepare our children to learn and develop their best skills, creativity and abilities."



According to the USDA, 12.4 million American children -- one in six--are food insecure. One in five children under the age of five live at risk of hunger in 13 states.



"This is the first report to show the direct, tax-payer burden inflicted by child hunger - along with a clear link to long-term impacts, such as life-time earnings and the ripple effects through our economy," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America. "It calls into question whether ongoing economic recovery can be sustained if child hunger is not eliminated; we can only achieve a prosperous future for all Americans if we ensure, right now, that all children have access to enough nutritious food for active, healthy lives." 



"It is also important to note in this context, however, that the Federal Government plays a very significant role in providing food to children at risk of hunger. The recent stimulus bills and increases in funding for USDA nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program), and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) have made great strides in ensuring that more low-income children and their families have increased access to food. The Federal Government is the largest provider of food to at-risk children," Escarra said.



Child Food Insecurity: The Economic Impact On Our Nation explains how a hungry child becomes a diminished adult, and a burden to society. Some of the report's summary findings include:

 Child hunger first causes health problems: Hungry children are sick more often, more likely to be hospitalized, and to suffer physical, emotional and developmental impairment.



 Child hunger then creates educational problems: Under-nutrition before the age of three fundamentally changes the neurological architecture of the brain and central nervous system, harming a child's ability to learn. Hungry children have lower academic achievement.



 Child hunger leads to workforce and job readiness problems: Adults who experienced hunger as children are not well prepared mentally, emotionally, physically or socially to perform in contemporary work environments. Child hunger leads to greater absenteeism and turnover in the work place.



"The report's sobering statistics serve as a wake-up call to the price we pay when even one child goes hungry in the United States," said Chris Kircher, president, ConAgra Foods Foundation. "Through our partnership with Feeding America on this research, we're building on ConAgra's long-standing commitment to raise awareness of the issue of child hunger and keep it at the forefront of the national agenda to inspire action."



The ConAgra Foods Foundation also partnered with Feeding America to recently publish the first-ever, state-by-state analysis of child food insecurity and hunger. ConAgra Foods' 15-year partnership with Feeding America is the largest corporate initiative solely dedicated to fighting child hunger. The company has donated more than $27 million and more than 200 million pounds of food to Feeding America since 1993.



"Knowledge is as powerful as food in the fight against child hunger," added Escarra. "The ConAgra Foods Foundation deserves credit for understanding this. Their leadership in this area is an example of how the private sector can mobilize resources to heighten public awareness and perception of the interrelated issues, root causes and effects of child hunger. Their efforts make us all stronger advocates, and are critical to helping us all find sustainable solutions to this problem."



Dr. Cook concludes, "There has not been adequate attention paid to the role child food insecurity plays in impeding economic growth. This report clearly makes the case that children are a fundamental engine of growth in the economy, and all children in the U. S. must be adequately nourished. If we fail, not only does the child suffer, but our society does as well."



The report is available at www. feedingamerica. org/recovery (http://www. feedingamerica. org/recovery )



About Feeding America:

Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 25 million Americans each year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks supports 63,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit www. feedingamerica. org.



About ConAgra Foods Foundation:

The ConAgra Foods Foundation's Nourish Today, Flourish Tomorrow platform is dedicated to raise awareness of the more than 12 million children in America who are at risk of hunger and don't have enough food to live active, healthful lives, and to aggressively pursue sustainable solutions in the fight against child hunger. The Foundation is committed to building a community of people who are passionate about ensuring that all kids have access to the food and facts they need to eat nutritiously, live balanced lifestyles, and succeed in school and life. ConAgra Foods Foundation invests in national and local partnerships with high-impact, not-for-profit organizations, such as Feeding America, that take an innovative approach to addressing needs in the core areas of hunger and nutrition education. For more information, please visit www. nourishkidstoday. org



Contact:

Ross Fraser

Media Relations Manager

Feeding America

312-641-6422



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InfraWare Unveils First Draft Dictation Recognition 2011, Advanced Automated Speech Recognition

InfraWare Unveils First Draft Dictation Recognition 2011, Advanced Automated Speech Recognition



New Release of First Draft Delivers the Accuracy, Flexibility, and Features to Make Medical Dictation and Editing Easier than Ever



Terre Haute, IN (PRWEB) December 6, 2010



InfraWare, Inc., a leading provider of medical transcription software solutions, today unveiled First Draft 2011, a new release of its innovative back-end speech recognition software that fundamentally improves the way healthcare professionals and transcription editors interact with protected health information (PHI). From automatic author evaluation and enrollment, to a phased implementation approach that accelerates utilization, First Draft 2011 has been enhanced to speed successful implementation and let transcriptionists transition smoothly to editing.



First Draft 2011 is the most Advanced Automated Speech Recognition system:

 Advanced Technology – It’s been nearly 7 years since First Draft first debuted, and years of research and some of the best brains in speech science have made First Draft 2011 the advanced automated speech recognition service that it is today. Despite the sophisticated nature of speech recognition, First Draft 2011 “brain” works behind the scenes to convert audio input into a first draft document that speeds up editing – as much as two times faster than conventional typing.  Automatic Evaluation & Enrollment – First Draft 2011 automatically evaluates each dictating author and then enrolls each author into a recommended implementation slot. This automated process creates an optimized implementation sequence that accelerates First Draft 2011 utilization. This means First Draft 2011 reduces the risk often associated with traditional ASR implementations.  New User Interface – The latest release of First Draft makes it easier than ever to tune the system to the unique requirements of various authors. An advanced administrative console provides a set of custom dials that allow the administrator to tune and optimize First Draft’s speech recognition engine.  Extensive Reporting – First Draft 2011 offers a comprehensive suite of reports that include production, quality and business performance data. These reports enable management to evaluate author and editor performance, pinpoint areas needing improvement and the business impact of First Draft 2011. “Since First Draft debuted nearly 7 years ago, it has truly transformed from a concept to an integral component in meeting the demands of today’s healthcare documentation market,” said Nick Mahurin, CEO, InfraWare, Inc. “Our goal with First Draft 2011 was to make the software fast to implement while facilitating the transition from transcription to editing. By meeting these goals, First Draft 2011 enables our customers and their clients to realize the promise of ASR.”



First Draft Background

InfraWare first introduced back-end speech recognition for the healthcare community in 2004. Back-end recognition describes technology that allows physicians to dictate without changing their behavior (without interacting with recognition software) and performs ASR in the datacenter sometime after dictation and prior to transcription for the purpose of accelerating the transcription process. Over the years, the company has improved the performance of the First Draft service through three prior generations.



About InfraWare, Inc.

InfraWare is one of the medical transcription industry's fastest-growing ASP software companies serving Medical Transcription Service Organizations (MTSOs). InfraWare is not owned by-nor does it compete with MTSOs. The fast, powerful, easy-to-use InfraWare 360 ASP platform was developed with input from hundreds of MTSO customers, enabling them to quickly and accurately produce more lines of transcription with each MT and better serve the needs of their physician and hospital clients. The intuitive InfraWare platform includes flexible dictation options, back-end speech recognition, transcription processing with a built-in word expander and medical spell check dictionary, automated document delivery options, EMR interface options, and a management console to streamline administrative and quality assurance processes. To learn more about InfraWare, please call 877-235-7239.



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APIC Announces Elaine Larson Lectureship Award Recipient

APIC Announces Elaine Larson Lectureship Award Recipient



The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced Mary Andrus, BA, RN, CIC, of Gainesville, Ga. as the 2010 recipient of the Elaine Larson Lectureship Award.



Washington (Vocus) April 8, 2010



The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced Mary Andrus, BA, RN, CIC, of Gainesville, Ga. as the 2010 recipient of the Elaine Larson Lectureship Award. Awarded annually by APIC’s Board of Directors, the award honors the individual best able to present a dynamic lecture on the state of the science of infection control and/or epidemiology in the area for which he or she has been a major contributor over a lifetime of pursuit.



Elaine Larson Lectureship Award candidates must be recognized experts who have created, delivered or promoted an infection control and epidemiology service that has influenced public perception, attitudes and awareness. Candidates must also show evidence of outstanding and significant contribution and demonstrate excellence toward the science of infection control and epidemiology research, education, administration or clinical practice.



“APIC is happy to award Mary with this special honor to recognize not only her breadth of knowledge and experience working to prevent healthcare-associated infections, but also for her tireless work in surveillance and monitoring of infection prevention practices through years of dynamic teaching and research,” said Cathryn Murphy, RN, PhD, CIC, APIC 2010 president. “Today we salute Mary for helping to make healthcare safer through her leadership in infectious disease prevention in the U. S. and abroad.”



Currently, Andrus is an infection prevention consultant and a member of APIC’s Nominating and Awards Committee. She is the author of a chapter on surveillance in Bennett and Brachman’s Hospital Infections text and is the co-author of several journal articles, including the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Surveillance Definitions published in the June 2008 issue of AJIC.



Her work with the CDC has taken her to many U. S. states as well as France, Japan, England and Saudi Arabia, speaking about surveillance issues and the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). She has most recently presented a series of NHSN workshops that focus on definitions and protocols used for healthcare-associated infection (HAI) surveillance nationally.



Andrus has been a member of APIC since 1993 and has been a member of the Georgia Infection Prevention Network (GIPN) since moving to Georgia in 1998. She is a past president of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of APIC and served two terms on the Board of Directors for APIC.



Andrus worked as a nurse epidemiologist in the Surveillance Branch in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the CDC from 2002 to 2008. At the CDC, she served as subject matter expert and provided support and training for the NHSN.



Prior to her work with the CDC, Andrus was the director of infection control at Northeast Georgia Health System. She began her infection prevention career in Michigan at a small acute care hospital and also worked for several years as the infection control coordinator in a freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Grand Rapids.



APIC’s mission is to improve health and patient safety by reducing risks of infection and other adverse outcomes. The association’s more than 13,000 members direct infection prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other healthcare facilities around the globe. APIC advances its mission through education, research, collaboration, practice guidance, public policy and credentialing. Visit APIC online at www. apic. org. For consumer-related information, visit www. preventinfection. org.



Contact: Liz Garman, 202/454-2604

Egarman(at)apic(dot)org



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Woman International Magazine: A Revolutionary Woman's Lifestyle Magazine for Asian Women

Woman International Magazine: A Revolutionary Woman's Lifestyle Magazine for Asian Women



Woman International Magazine, to be launched in Q1 2005, is a revolutionary woman's lifestyle magazine aimed at the lucrative and under-served Asian women sector. The magazine's editorial, advice columns (complete with Dipa Patel, M. D. and Monika Sharma, Pys. D. hosting the medical and relationship columns)and How-to are full of not only beauty tips and secrets, but articles on how to start and run your own business. Its not a folio, but truly a magazine experience, showcasing the brains and beauty of Asian women.



San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 17, 2004



WA, a for profit company announced today its new womanÂ’s lifestyle magazine slated to launch in Q1 of 2005 called Woman International Magazine, a beauty-and-brains magazine aimed at the lucrative and under-served Asian WomenÂ’s market.



Woman International Magazine, with Reshma Dordi, host of Showbiz India TV, picked to be the woman to grace the cover of its first issue, is a complete lifestyle magazine aimed at the powerful Asian womanÂ’s category. Launch date is set to be Q1 2005, headed up by Siara Nazir, one of the leading women in the consumer publishing industry.



“Being an Asian woman myself, I saw a need to unite, empower and serve the Asian woman’s market, but I didn’t want to create a magazine filled with only pages of fashion and glossy photo shots. Like the true Asian woman, I wanted to give equal time to the substance and brains behind the beauty,” says Siara Nazir, Publisher of Woman International Magazine, “Asian women have a unique cultural identity that requires a different kind of perspective. These women are powerful, provocative and sensual and also are spiritual, enlightened and masters of their own domain. Woman International Magazine strives to showcase ordinary Asian women doing extraordinary things with their life. This magazine will inspire everyone to realize their own true potential.”



From article on how to look and feel your best to starting and running your own business, Woman International Magazine covers all aspects of the Asian womanÂ’s life.



The magazine is produced and developed by and for Asian women who understand their subscribers better than any mass-market title out on the newsstand today. The magazine has several prominent Asian women hosting specialized columns to help Asian women cope with the unique problems and situations they face in everyday life.



Dipa Patel, M. D., who heads up the Medical Q&A column, has been instrumental in womenÂ’s health issues and currently practices at UCSF Medical Center. Dr. Dipa Patel has done significant work with The Elizabeth Wende Breast Clinic as well as the Boston University Medical Center.



Monika Sharma, Psy. D., who holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and will be hosting the special relationship column has done tremendous work with women across the US working with groups such as the Chicago WomenÂ’s Health Center. She is one of the founders and a member of Apna Ghar, (http://www. apnaghar. org (http://www. apnaghar. org)) a non-profit organization which since 1990 has served over 3800 domestic violence clients. But these powerful women cover just a few of the many faces that both grace the covers and host or write columns for Woman International Magazine. The magazine is geared toward Asian women, but the inspiration, editorial, vision and wisdom is one for any woman regardless of her ethnicity.



The magazine also has some key subscriber value incentives like the trade-marked “Perk In A Box”—a special red box exclusively for randomly selected Woman International Magazine subscribers packed sample cosmetics, coupons, travel vouchers, and more. But, it doesn’t stop there. Once you enter the world of Woman International as a subscriber, you have access to special season blow out issues fashion previews, tips, and even ethnic designer wear.



To find out more about Woman International Magazine, log onto their website at: http://www. womanintl. com (http://www. womanintl. com) or email the Editor in Chief at editorinchief@womanintl. com



To find out more about Apna Ghar, log onto their website at http://www. apnaghar. org (http://www. apnaghar. org)



To find out more information about Showbiz India TV, log onto their website at http://www. showbizindiatv. com (http://www. showbizindiatv. com)



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WILD Flavors, Inc. Develops Flavors and Concepts for Coconut Water

WILD Flavors, Inc. Develops Flavors and Concepts for Coconut Water



Flavor Pairings for Coconut Water Appeal to Consumer Tastes and Preferences



Erlanger, KY (PRWEB) June 16, 2010



WILD Flavors, Inc. (WILD) continues to be innovative in product and flavoring offerings, and has expanded into the coconut water trend through the research and development of not only flavors that test well in coconut water applications, but in new marketable concepts that utilize coconut water. As consumers grow to love the health benefits of coconut water - so will their taste palettes, especially when paired with WILD's sensory tested flavors for coconut water formulations.



Flavors developed and tested for acceptance in coconut waters include tropical fruits such as mango, passionfruit, açai berry, strawberry guava, lime citrus, tropical pineapple, and pomegranate berry. In addition, WILD has developed a unique "young green coconut flavor" that makes coconut water taste like it is fresh from the tree!



Utilizing vast expertise in health and wellness solutions, WILD has also developed concepts that contain coconut water and have added flavors, colors, sweeteners, juices, teas, and/or health and wellness ingredients. These concepts include a Coconut Water-Sports Drink with added electrolytes (sodium and potassium) and vitamin C; a Coconut Water-Green Tea with green tea, green tea polyphenols, and vitamin C; and a Coconut Water-White Tea with white tea, white tea polyphenols, and vitamin C. WILD is currently working on additional coconut water concept offerings for Juice Drinks and Enhanced Waters.



Coconut water has huge growth potential in the marketplace. WILD is committed to meeting our customer's needs in addition to consumer taste preferences and need states. This market is particularly grabbing the interest of athletes due high levels of potassium and electrolytes, as well as addressing the needs of regular exercisers and consumers looking for new natural great tasting beverage. WILD has the innovation and technology necessary to develop pioneering customized products in this market.



About WILD Flavors, Inc.



WILD Flavors, Inc., based in Erlanger, Kentucky, is one of the world's leading privately-owned manufacturers of ingredients for the food and beverage industry. WILD Flavors provides specific flavors, colors, and ingredients as well as innovative and great tasting concepts through application expertise and technological advancements. We offer our customers extensive support in developing market ready products that meet consumer needs - from the latest food or beverage concept and flavor trends, natural color expertise, fortifying unique products with manufacture-friendly health ingredients, to helping decrease salt and sugar with taste modification and sweetener technologies.



For more information about WILD Flavors, Inc., please visit: www. wildflavors. com.



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World Financial News Network Continues to Recommend Gaiam -- Independent Analyst, WFNN Favors Gaiam – for the Strong Earnings Future by Helping People Find Goods and Services for Personal Development, Healthy Living and Renewable Energy

World Financial News Network Continues to Recommend Gaiam -- Independent Analyst, WFNN Favors Gaiam – for the Strong Earnings Future by Helping People Find Goods and Services for Personal Development, Healthy Living and Renewable Energy



Dr. Joseph de Beauchamp of World Financial News Network continues coverage and gives favorable analysis to Gaiam as a company that provides a multi-channel lifestyle help to people healthier lives. Gaiam sells goods and services to customers who value personal development, healthy living and renewable energy.



Seattle, WA (PRWEB) August 22, 2004



WFNN's consistently outperforms established industry benchmark indicators. Based on in-depth research and analysis, their analysts recommend securities worldwide showing the highest probability for stock price appreciation. With constant vigil, WFNN looks for economic opportunities in the private and public company sectors.



Dr. Joseph de Beauchamp, WFNN's Chief Independent Analyst, said, "Gaiam makes lifestyle products for people. They make products that influence the health and sustainable lifestyle of people. They provide products the offer guidance toward personal improvement. Natural and restorative solutions help the individual make it through the day. We see the company stock moving up to $15.00, and earning twenty-two cents in 2004 and forty cents per share by 2005. We see the stock moving to the target based upon the strong earnings growth, and solid management. We recommend this company as a very strong buy."



For brief information of this new, dynamic company, examine: http://wfnn. info (http://wfnn. info) displaying in the search engine section.



About WFNN: World Financial News Network provides a unique blend of data, timely information and today's technologies to assist with up-to-the-minute investment and economic values on markets and investments around the world.



About Gaiam: They currently sell their unique branded media and fitness kits. Their BalanceBall and PilateÂ’s franchises continue to move with great success. They sell organic cotton apparel, sheets, and towels. They converted their entire educational library to DVD. They currently show over 3500 wellness stores within retail stores, up from the 1500 stores a while ago. They also show presence in major chains like Target, Borders, Bed Bath and Beyond, Whole Foods, DillardÂ’s, and Marshall FieldÂ’s. They expanded their health solutions by over forty-five new programs. With over 80% of all chronic health problem attributed to life style choices, an increasing number of people wish to change and live a more full life. Over 50 million Americans decided over the last few years to work on a more holistic approach for mind-body healing. With over 5000 products, Gaiam offers the most comprehensive source of this lifestyle information.



Gaiam, Inc. (NASDAQ: GAIA)



360 Interlocken Blvd.



Broomfield, CO 80021



Phone: 303-222-3600



Fax: 303-222-3700



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Best Sunscreen Survey Among America's Leading Dermatologists Reveals Five Most Frequently Recommended Sunscreen Brands

Best Sunscreen Survey Among America's Leading Dermatologists Reveals Five Most Frequently Recommended Sunscreen Brands



Survey of 785 dermatologists reveals America's most frequently recommended sunscreen brands.



Minneapolis (PRWEB) July 17, 2006



This spring, sun protective clothing (http://www. coolibar. com/upf-ratings. html? source=bestsunscreenpressrelease2006&words=sunprotectiveclothing) manufacturer Coolibar (http://www. coolibar. com/index. html? source=bestsunscreenpressrelease2006&words=Coolibar) conducted a survey among the nation’s leading dermatologists to determine their recommendations for the best sunscreen. The survey, conducted at the 2006 American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Annual Meeting, revealed that the following brands, listed in order, make up the top five:



1. Neutrogena



2. Coppertone



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4. Blue Lizard (http://www. coolibar. com/sunscreen-blue-lizard. html? source=bestsunscreenpressrelease2006&words=bluelizard)



5. Oil of Olay



These brands accounted for 65 percent of the 785 surveyed dermatologists’ brand-specific recommendations. The dermatologists are members of the AAD and represent 45 different states. More than 50 different sunscreen brands were identified in the survey.



About Coolibar



Coolibar was founded in 2001 to bring Australia’s world-leading approaches to sun protection (http://www. coolibar. com/uv-information. html? source=bestsunscreenpressrelease2006&words=sunprotection) to the American market. The company has extensively redesigned Australian sun protective clothing styles to meet the tastes and needs of fashion - and health-conscious Americans. For information about Coolibar, go to Coolibar. com (http://www. coolibar. com/index. html? source=bestsunscreenpressrelease2006&words=Coolibar) or call 1-800-926-6509.



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MedSurge Advances Announces MesoMassage(TM), a New Technology for Reducing Stubborn Fat Deposits: New Method of Mesotherapy Enables Painless Delivery of Fat-Burning Ingredients to Larger Treatment Areas, Such as the Thighs, Abdomen and Buttocks

MedSurge Advances Announces MesoMassage(TM), a New Technology for Reducing Stubborn Fat Deposits: New Method of Mesotherapy Enables Painless Delivery of Fat-Burning Ingredients to Larger Treatment Areas, Such as the Thighs, Abdomen and Buttocks



MedSurge Advances, the nation's largest independent provider of aesthetic medicine products and services to physicians, today announced the introduction of MesoMassage(TM), a new method of delivering the benefits of mesotherapy through a combination of electrotherapy and ultrasound technologies.



DALLAS (PRWEB) August 7, 2007



 "Mesotherapy is effective in delivering naturally produced fat-burning ingredients to specific areas of the body," said Pascal Servell, clinical director of MedSurge Advances. "However, it traditionally has been injected through hypodermic needles, and can require many injections to have a noticeable impact on appearance.



"Now, with MesoMassage, we can deliver these ingredients painlessly, opening pathways through the skin without needles to burn fat in larger areas where cellulite, stubborn fat deposits and unsightly bulges reside."



Mesotherapy utilizes a cocktail of fat-burning ingredients such as phosphatydilcholine and deoxycholate to act as "fat detergents," targeting adipose fat cells by inducing rupture and cell death among adipocytes. Mesotherapy is an effective treatment for cellulite reduction, liposculpting and body contouring practiced by about 18,000 physicians worldwide.



Until now, the primary limitation of mesotherapy has been that it requires multiple injections to be effective. Each injection delivers the active ingredients to an area about the size of a quarter. As a result of the pain, swelling and other disadvantages associated with hypodermic needles, patients often tolerate treatment to only small areas of the body.



Because MesoMassage eliminates the need for multiple hypodermic injections, it is more practical to apply to large areas of the body than traditional mesotherapy. MesoMassage combines electric and ultrasonic waveforms to open pathways through the skin, enabling the painless delivery of mesotherapy ingredients to problem areas such as the thighs, abdomen and buttocks.



Availability



MesoMassage is available exclusively through U. S. physicians and is a core technology of futureperfect(TM) Total Body Management Centers. Interested physicians are asked to contact Jennifer DeLaughter at 877.804.9460 or by e-mail at jdelaughter@medsurgeadvances. com. Female consumers can learn about MesoMassage at the flagship futureperfect Total Body Management Center in the Dallas suburb of Plano, 972.505.2927. To view MesoMassage in action, visit www. futureperfect. com/mesomassage. php (http://www. futureperfect. com/mesomassage. php).



About futureperfect Total Body Management Centers



futureperfect(TM) Total Body Management Centers are a new, technology-driven concept in health and fitness by MedSurge Advances -- an evolution of the medical spa called a fitness spa(TM) or FitSpa(TM).



Utilizing exclusive technologies from Europe and Japan, futureperfect delivers tailored results based on individual goals of fat reduction, body shaping, muscle toning and skin firming and smoothing. futureperfect technologies safely burn fat and tone the body by increasing metabolism, mobilizing fat in the blood, and emulsifying fat. Women experience substantial fitness benefits with only light exertion, because the technologies do much of the work.



futureperfect is a comprehensive system that includes nutrition, a support network and medical supervision. Each futureperfect customized plan is designed with the input and oversight of a medical professional and a registered dietician. Designed for women, futureperfect is a breakthrough for those who have been unable to achieve their body-appearance goals through traditional means. For more information about futureperfect, call 972.505.2927 or visit www. futureperfect. com.



About MedSurge Advances



Based in Dallas, MedSurge Advances helps physicians across the United States build and manage their practices in aesthetic medicine, one of the fastest-growing healthcare segments. Since its founding in 2002, MedSurge Advances has provided technology and business resources for hundreds of physicians who have started stand-alone businesses or added aesthetic procedures to their existing practices. For more information, contact MedSurge Advances at 877.804.9460, or visit www. medsurgeadvances. com.

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Live Help India Exhibiting Most Reliable and Corporate Supplies of 247 Contact Center Services

Live Help India Exhibiting Most Reliable and Corporate Supplies of 247 Contact Center Services



Live Help India is one of the leading prevalent-channel outsourcing services provider of professional, dedicated, and experts contact center executives for 24/7 contact center services. LHI provides reliable non technical and technical support staff with healthy customer relationship and is the finest destination to ironout every trouble of your clients. We deal as an inclusive result oriented and benchmarking service provider for all your business administration needs. Our core proficiency delivers certified services like 24x7 contact center service, online 24x7 call center service for 24x7 customer service and 24x7 helpdesk service.



Oxnard, CA (PRWEB) December 29, 2010



Live Help India is one of the leading prevalent-channel outsourcing services provider of professional, dedicated, and experts contact center executives for 24/7 contact center services. LHI provides reliable non technical and technical support staff with healthy customer relationship and is the finest destination to ironout every trouble of your clients. We deal as an inclusive result oriented and benchmarking service provider for all your business administration needs. Our core proficiency delivers certified services like 24x7 contact center service, online 24x7 call center service for 24x7 customer service and 24x7 helpdesk service.



Live Help India assures the guaranteed, efficient, and expert services with non-technical and all-tier technical assistance, medical helpdesk service, bank and financial helpdesk services, Helpdesk services for school, semi-technical support, technical helpdesk, Computer Hardware/ Software / IT Helpdesk, On-Call dispatch, Internet/ Online Helpdesk for niche service needs, General Product Information Helpdesk, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or service request. Live Help India is an hub for entire quality oriented affordable services. All these service solutions are very transparent and managed under professional planning.



Live Help India benefits to serve ample more for complete service assistance and proper management to let you provide flawless results as client satisfaction is our preeminent motive.



Our payment model supports:

Pay per Contact/ Call or Minute payment: Suitable for low volume customers, More Personalized customer service by providing Full time dedicated staff working exclusively for you.



24x7 helpdesk service support for products and service provides customers with the extra level of attention they need and demand. Live Help India's agents can handle simple to complex questions using detailed expert systems, or Help Trees. We offer variety of quality support service, ranging from password resets to hardware support.



Some of our achievement stories:

We are a Microsoft Gold Certified Virtual Assistants company that has been providing all the Business Process Outsourcing Services and all related IT services since past 10 years. Improved online application conversion rate by 98% for a global hospitality service company. Achieved an online revenue lift of 300% for a leading provider of computer memory products. Helped a faster growing online/ e-retailer grow their online sales by 60% annually. Achieved savings of over $1.2M/ annum, by improving contact channels, for a global Auto retailer. Sold over $10M in excess deals for a leading retailer company. We provide unique outcomes to entrust reliability with our 24x7 call center service.



Live Help India thus provides the leading and professional service assistance for 24x7 customer service, 24x7 call center service, 24x7 helpdesk service, and 24x7 contact center service via dedicated professional experts for complete business service solutions for client satisfaction and to boost up profit and sales revenues for your business and beat all cut throat rivals.



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By The Dozen Launches its New and Exciting Personalised Online Wine Service: Pick 12 Favourite Wines and Have Them Delivered

By The Dozen Launches its New and Exciting Personalised Online Wine Service: Pick 12 Favourite Wines and Have Them Delivered



ByTheDozen. com. au is a brand new website offering unrivalled flexibility when buying wine online. It caters for wine lovers at all levels -- from avid consumers to absolute connoisseurs. It's arguably the most practical, user friendly online wine shop in the country -- it's simple, easy to navigate and uncluttered. By The Dozen have designed 3 easy steps to buying boutique wine online. Whether you know what you are looking for or you'd like personalised advice from the team of aficionados, By The Dozen can help.



Sydney, NSW (PRWEB) October 13, 2008



ByTheDozen. com. au (http://www. bythedozen. com. au/site/bythedozen-aboutus. asp) is a brand new website offering unrivalled flexibility when buying wine online. It caters for wine lovers at all levels -- from avid consumers to absolute connoisseurs. It's arguably the most practical, user friendly online wine shop in the country -- it's simple, easy to navigate and uncluttered. By The Dozen have designed 3 easy steps to buying boutique wine online (http://www. bythedozen. com. au/site/bythedozen. com. au) Whether you know what you are looking for or you'd like personalised advice from the team of aficionados, By The Dozen can help.



This neat business idea was dreamed up by Veronica and David Webster, a husband and wife team whose self confessed "healthy wine addiction" was borne out of an obsession for brilliant boutique wine. They have spent much time exploring wine regions, hunting for gems produced by boutique wineries in both Australia and abroad. Their novel wine service caters for every palate, covering everything from a big Barossa Shiraz to a citrus Hunter Semillon or a dry Cotes de Provence French Rose.



From sharing their knowledge and passion for brilliant wine with friends, they were inspired to share their enthusiasm and experience with a wider audience: "We have been recommending wine to friends and family for many years so it was upon public demand that we decided to channel our passion into a business," says David Webster.



By The Dozen has grown entirely by word of mouth, it's had an underground effect. Those in the know have been enjoying their fne wine selections and spreading the word amongst their friends and colleagues. Customers trust their recommendation and appreciate their personal touch and all round commitment to quality service.



As a truly independent wine retailer, each wine in their unique range has been personally selected by David and Veronica to earn the 'brilliant' title. By The Dozen only stocks what they consider to be the best quality representations of each grape varietal across different price points and wine regions of note. This guarantees the perfect wine to suit every palate and budget.



By The Dozen have designed 3 easy steps to customise and buy wine online:

1) Simply select by colour -- white wine, red wine or mixed.

2) Select your favourite variety(ies), and finally

3) Confirm your average bottle price.



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Corporate Services (http://www. bythedozen. com. au/site/bythedozen-corporate. asp) -- For corporate gifts and functions By The Dozen responds to your brief on wine styles, the volume and budget and delivers the best possible wines delivered the next day.

Wine Tastings & Dinners (http://www. bythedozen. com. au/site/bythedozen-tastings. asp) -- By The Dozen has organised many successful wine tastings and wine dinners that are fun, social and inclusive. They can provide inspiration and advice for your next function.

Building a Cellar (http://www. bythedozen. com. au/site/bythedozen-contactus. asp) -- Based on your personal taste By The Dozen will provide advice on collecting and building your own wine cellar

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Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester 'In Celebration' a Wonderful Success

Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester 'In Celebration' a Wonderful Success



More than 165 people attended Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester's (HPCW) Eighth Annual Gala Cocktail Reception, In Celebration, to benefit the Anna and Louis H. Shereff Caregiver Program. The Caregiver Program was established 14 years ago by Mrs. Anna L. Shereff. The event was held at Westchester Country Club.



White Plains, NY (PRWEB) October 12, 2009



More than 165 people attended Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester's (HPCW) Eighth Annual Gala Cocktail Reception, In Celebration, to benefit the Anna and Louis H. Shereff Caregiver Program. The Caregiver Program was established 14 years ago by Mrs. Anna L. Shereff. The event was held at Westchester Country Club.



The following were honored for their steadfast commitment to and support of Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester: Michael J. Amoruso, Esq. of Rye Brook, Managing Partner of Amoruso & Amoruso LLP; Barbara Costello of Rye, former HPCW Board Chair; The Hildegarde D. Becher Foundation, Inc.; and Carol L. Weber, President/CEO of Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester.



Event co-chairs were White Plains resident William F. Flooks, Jr., owner, Beecher Funeral Home in Pleasantville; and Hastings-on-Hudson resident Michele Geller, HPCW Board member. Darien resident James P. O'Toole, HPCW Board Chair, served as Master of Ceremonies.



Other guests included the following Board Members: Ann Smith of Bedford Corners; Jennifer Watts, John Sciurba, Karen LaMonica, Elizabeth Murphy, Lawrence Severino, MD, and Matthew Fiorillo, all of White Plains; Joan DiPalma of Rye; and Kathleen McArdle of Mamaroneck.



Also in attendance were Susan McDonnell of Harrison; Jaquelyn Pirri of White Plains; Michael McCooey of Rye; Ron Stytzer of Elmsford; John and Karen Zanzarella and Holly K. Benedict of Ossining; Hon. John M. Voetsch and his wife Jeanette of Harrison; Lawrence Dix of Hartsdale; and Jack Geoghegan of Rye.



Kate Colburn, M. A., executive director, HPCW, addressed attendees with appreciation and celebration. "Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester continues to provide the best of care as the hospice of choice in Westchester County. We have always been, and will continue to be, the model for excellence in end-of-life care," Colburn said.



Anna L. Shereff of Bronxville was the event's Grand Sponsor, and sponsors included Corner Ridge Real Estate, Harrison; Michele and Terry Geller, Hastings-on-Hudson; John D'Agostino, Key Bank, Tarrytown; Robert Varbaro of Sound Shore Liquor Pantry, Mamaroneck; and Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester, White Plains.



Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester is located at 311 North Street, Suite 204, White Plains, NY. For additional information, visit www. hospiceofwestchester. com or call 914.682.1484.



About Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester: Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester is a private, not-for-profit healthcare agency that provides skilled, compassionate and comprehensive end-of-life home care to patients with any diagnosis and gives support to their families and loved ones.



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New Plan Offers Seniors, Disabled Low Cost or Free Drugs

New Plan Offers Seniors, Disabled Low Cost or Free Drugs



A New FEDERAL Medicare Program offering Free and Discounted drugs begins June 1 with much confusion and political infighting. A new book cuts through the political rhetoric and red tape.



KERNVILLE, CA (PRWEB) May 28, 2004



Senior Citizens and disabled persons on Medicare will now have the opportunity to get most of their prescription medications at a special discount beginning June 1. The program, referred to, as “Medicare-Approved Drug Discount Cards” is the first step in the Federal Medicare program to insure prescriptions for people on Medicare beginning 2006.



The program is a political football. Both sides of the political aisle are calling fouls in an attempt to either take credit or discredit the opposite party in this election year.



The program is a major new benefit for seniors, and seniors will do well to take advantage of the savings it provides. However, strong political and commercial interests are pressuring seniors to choose between dozens of choices available and this has had the effect of scaring many seniors away from considering these valuable discount cards.



Cutting through the red tape and political rhetoric is a new book “Understanding the New Medicare Prescription Discount Card” now available from Benefits Publications. This book joins other publications designed to assist consumers in saving money on pharmacy. Authored by Harry P. Thal, a Certified Senior Advisor and health insurance specialist, the reader is guided through the process of selecting the best card to suit his or her needs. The author provides a free certificate with each book. The reader is asked to complete a few basic questions on the certificate, and the publisher then sends by return mail recommendations as to the best discount card program for that particular person. This service is free for the first three medications, and a nominal charge ($1) for additional drugs.



“Understanding the New Medicare Prescription Discount Card” can be ordered from Benefits Publications, Post Office Box 2137, Kernville, CA 93238-2137; Credit Card orders call 800-649-2122 or fax toll free 866-409-1161. The price is $12.00. Add $2.50 shipping/handling. California residents add.87 sales tax.



For further details visit http://www. BenefitsPublications. Com (http://www. BenefitsPublications. Com).



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