1.1. Best Price Healthcare Launched

New Healthcare Site to Provide Patients with the Ability to Find Quality Care at the Best Price

TAMPA, FL, February 6, 2012 — Best Price Healthcare today announced the launch of its website dedicated to helping patients find quality care at the best price and helping healthcare providers cost-effectively attract more patients. The consumer website provides the uninsured, underinsured and others with the ability to compare healthcare procedure costs from providers as well as to review the quality of care.

‘Today there are more than 47.5 million uninsured and 25 million underinsured and we want to help them find cost-effective, quality care,’ said Chris J. Gregg, Founder and CEO. In 2011, the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions estimated that there are $363 billion dollars in out-of-pocket consumer healthcare expenditures per year in the United States.

The site features a ‘Post Ad & Price’ tab where healthcare providers can list their specialty, procedures, prices, and contact information. It also features a search engine on the main page, where future patients can search the provider database by specialty, procedure and zip code.

Additionally, the site provides access to ratings and reviews, through a link to HealthGrades®, to help patients understand the quality of care. Unlike many other sites in this space, Best Price Healthcare does not charge patients, provides full and accurate provider information, publishes the exact price not a range, and provides phone support.

‘I listed my offerings on Best Price Healthcare to help attract patients to my medical practice,’ said Dr. Michael L. O’Neil, Founder and CEO of Cooperative Med in Tampa, FL. ‘I believe it is a good business model for both providers and patients,’ he added.

Best Price Healthcare also features a partnership with California-based for those seeking to purchase healthcare insurance.

Through the end of February 2012, healthcare providers such as chiropractors, dentists, medical spa professionals, veterinarians, and other caregivers can list up to five procedures and their costs at no charge. To sign-up, please visit

1.1.1. About Best Price Healthcare

Best Price Healthcare provides consumers with the ability to compare healthcare provider costs and quality online as well as provides healthcare practitioners with an increased ability to attract patients. Today there are 47.5 million uninsured, 25 million underinsured, 4.5 million with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), more than 100 million uninsured pets, many people with high deductibles, and a growing elective procedure market—the result is a consumer need to be able compare healthcare costs and quality, and weigh options. Best Price Healthcare provides a competitive virtual marketplace that can help reduce consumer care costs, while maintaining quality care, through information. To learn more, please visit


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1.2. FDA Whistleblower Lawsuit Sparks Congressional Investigation

Senator Grassley Asks If FDA Monitored All Employees the Same as Whistleblowers

Washington DC. February 2, 2012. Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) launched an investigation in response to a lawsuit filed by six FDA whistleblowers and documents released by the National Whistleblowers Center that show the FDA targeted whistleblowers for special monitoring and intercepted personal communications to Congress, including emails to Senator Grassley’s staff.

Senator Grassley, the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a highly respected advocate of government oversight, launched an investigation into the FDA’s targeted monitoring of whistleblowers. The Senator specifically asked FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg whether or not whistleblowers were singled out for special monitoring based on a letter they wrote to President-Elect Obama’s Transition Team.

Stephen M. Kohn, NWC Executive Director and attorney for six FDA whistleblowers, said:

"The FDA went far beyond ‘routine monitoring.’ They unconstitutionally targeted one group of employees simply because they had the guts to speak up about misconduct. The FDA cannot use unconstitutional tactics to enforce an otherwise neutral employee surveillance policy."

"Targeted monitoring has a devastating chilling effect on all public employees, strangling the ability of the American public and Congress to learn about misconduct and corruption in the federal government."

The lawsuit filed last week by the six whislteblowers details how the FDA began targeting employees for special monitoring after learning that the employees blew the whistle on managers’ misconduct in approving unsafe medical devices. The Agency installed (or activated) spyware on their workplace computers and used other technology that to monitor their password-protected Gmail-to-Gmail communications and take contemporaneous screen shots of the employees’ computer screens.

The FDA’s prolonged, covert monitoring of the whistleblowers continued even after the HHS Office of Inspector General denied the FDA’s request to take any criminal and/or administrative action against the whistleblowers. In their letter of refusal, the OIG explicitly informed the FDA that the whistleblowers’ communications to Congress were protected under law.

The NWC issued an Action Alert strongly encouraging the public to send email to the President, FDA officials, and members of Congress demanding that the six whistleblowers be protected and targeted surveillance be halted throughout the government.

1.2.1. Links: Senator Grassley’s Letter to FDA Commissioner FDA Whistleblower Complaint Intercepted Emails from FDA Whistleblowers Letter from the HHS OIG NWC Action Alert


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1.3. New Treatments for Low Testosterone Available at American Longevity Center

(MIAMI, FL) – American Longevity Center (ALC) is introducing the latest in hormone replacement therapies to successfully treat men who have low testosterone. ALC, one of the leading healthy-aging medical facilities in the country, works continuously to develop its hormone replacement therapy program, placing it on the cutting-edge of treatment for male hormonal imbalances and age-related deficiencies.

Low testosterone is the most common cause behind many age-related ailments faced by men of all ages. Known as andropause, low testosterone is the male equivalent of menopause, and it can cause many undesirable symptoms, including a lack of energy, irritability or depression, and a decline in sex drive. Even though society is only just now beginning to acknowledge andropause, it’s not an uncommon condition – millions of men suffer from it.

Andropause – so-named because testosterone is an androgen – results from the body’s natural reduction in testosterone production after age 30. It leaves many men of all ages feeling as if time is beginning to catch up to them, when in actuality, it’s just a simple hormonal imbalance. Fortunately, the expert physicians at ALC are able to diagnose and treat low testosterone, often entirely eliminating its symptoms. With hormone replacement therapy, the body’s natural testosterone production is supplemented, and a healthy balance is restored.

ALC develops a health profile of each patient through the newest, most high-tech diagnostic testing available. Using this information, they design a special treatment program that’s individualized for each person’s unique body chemistry. Through hormone replacement therapy and other treatments, men return to the level of health they enjoyed prior to andropause: essentially, getting their mojo back.

If you think you may be suffering from low testosterone, don’t wait any longer. There’s no reason to accept slowing down and feeling poorly as a normal part of aging when the cure is as simple as making a call to American Longevity Center at 800-777-8332.

To learn more about Hormone Replacement Therapy, visit American Longevity Center online at

1.4.1. About American Longevity Center:

American Longevity Center is an advanced medical facility that treats and prevents the signs and symptoms associated with aging and hormone imbalances. American Longevity Center offers hormone replacement therapy and advanced healthy aging medicine for men and women who want to look and feel their best as they age. Their medical facilities offer physician prescribed and monitored treatment programs that incorporate the latest breakthroughs in anti-aging therapies including Human Growth Hormone and Testosterone replacement treatments.

The most highly trained physicians are available for consultations and treatment at ALC. Their doctors are nationally recognized experts in the field of anti-aging medicine and are Board Certified from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Please visit their website for a complete list of healthy aging and functional medicine specialties.

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1.5. Dr. Fredric Stern and the Stern Center in Bellevue announce Valentine Specials

Bellevue, WA – Dr. Fredric Stern, and The Stern Center for Aesthetic Surgery in Bellevue, WA announces special offers on select cosmetic procedures just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The following offers are available through February 14, 2012.

Save on Xeomin®, recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of wrinkles, crow’s feet and forehead lines – only $10 per unit.

According to Dr. Fredric Stern, ‘Xeomin® is similar to Botox® in clinical use, but unlike Botox®, Xeomin® contains no additives which could lessen the likelihood of developing antibodies to Xeomin® potentially reducing its effectiveness over time.’

At the Stern Center, Dr. Fredric Stern administers all injections personally to insure his patients safety.

The Stern Center’s existing and new patients will also find 25% savings on the following cosmetic procedure packages.

These specials are available for new and existing patients of Dr. Fredric Stern and the Stern Center in Bellevue through February 14, 2012.

Patients are encouraged to call The Stern Center for more information at (425) 455-9100 or to schedule a consultation.

Patients can also contact The Stern Center via email at:

1.5.1. About Dr. Fredric Stern:

Dr. Fredric Stern founded the Stern Center for Aesthetic Surgery in 1997.

Following his education at Columbia University Medical School, Dr. Stern earned his Board Certification in Ophthalmology at the University of Washington, and underwent extensive additional training in ophthalmic plastic and laser facial surgery.

In 1987, he joined Virginia Mason Medical Center, heading the Department of Ophthalmology and serving as Director of the Oculoplastic Surgery Division for 10 years.

While at Virginia Mason, Dr. Stern performed an extensive number of cosmetic laser procedures.

Dr. Stern has been performing Botox Cosmetic® treatments since 1994, and is one of the top Botox Cosmetic® injectors in Washington State.

Dr. Stern is honored to have been chosen as one of a select group of Instructors of the Botox Cosmetic® National Education Faculty, as well as the Radiesse® Medical Education Faculty.

Dr. Stern is also an instructor for Sciton® Laser. In 2011, Dr. Stern was voted "Seattle’s Best Plastic Surgeon" by viewers of (Seattle NBC Affiliate) KING TV’s Evening Magazine show.

Xeomin® is a registered trademark of Merz Pharma GmbH & Co. KGaA

Botox® Cosmetic is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.

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1.6. Project Foot Working to End the Shell Game of Homeless Veterans Statistics

Shaun Donovan, the secretary for Housing and Urban Development (HUD), announced in late December a 12 point drop in the national number of homeless veterans over just one year.

The un-told part of that story is that the statistics behind the announcement are based on two different methods of counting homeless veterans.

ABT Associates is the company that collates the homeless counts for HUD. Alvaro Cortes, the company’s project director states, "The reality is that these methodologies are changing all the time every year. I understand why one would focus on wanting to make sure that you have apple-to-apple comparisons, and you try to do that as best as possible.’

In a study published on Monday, the GAO estimated that the number of female homeless veterans has doubled from 1,380 in 2006 to 3,328 in 2010. ‘Absent more complete data, VA does not have the information needed to plan services effectively, allocate grants to providers and track progress toward its overall goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015,’ the report said.

According to the VA budget summary, In 2012 the VA plans to spend $940 million on homelessness prevention programs. With a total budget of over $132 billion, that equates to 7/10th of one percent of the total VA Budget.

Project Foot is recommending a different approach. Rather than working on better ways to count homeless veterans, Project Foot would like to eliminate veteran homelessness altogether through its Veterans Bill of Rights. The Veterans Bill of Rights states, ‘No Veteran should ever be left homeless. Any homeless veteran who has served 180 days or more of active duty should be entitled to transitional housing accommodations that are equivalent to the base housing that would be afforded to an E-1 on active duty with the same family status.’

1.6.1. About Project Foot

Project Foot is a charity to benefit military families and homeless veterans. The mission of Project Foot is to strengthen military families and assist homeless and unemployed veterans. Project Foot believes that the only time the words ‘Veteran’ and ‘Homeless’ should ever be used in the same sentence is: ‘Veterans Helping the Homeless.’ Project Foot achieves this mission through providing a wide variety of programs that include:

  • Housing and Food for Homeless Veterans
  • Communication Assistance for Military Families
  • Travel Assistance for Military Families
  • Resume Writing and Job Search Services for Unemployed Veterans
  • Providing Business Attire for Unemployed Veterans

Through these programs, Project Foot aims to keep the bonds of our military families strong throughout their service to our Armed Forces and to be there to pick up the pieces when one of our brave men or women falls through the cracks.Project Foot is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity approved by the Internal Revenue Service. Donations or gifts received by Project Foot are tax deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Veterans Bill of Rights can be found at

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1.7. Veterans Bill of Rights Petition to Help Homeless Veterans and Military Families

The Veterans Bill of Rights is a petition written by Project Foot that is in search of a congressional sponsor. In just the past few days, hundreds of letters have been generated to Congressmen and Senators from over 40 states. The Veterans Bill of Rights addresses key issues with the Department of Veterans Affairs such as veteran homelessness, PTSD, discrimination, reintegration and hidden government programs.The petition can be found at The Veteran’s Bill of Rights states:

Dear Leaders of this Nation,

We the People of these United States do humbly ask that you codify once and for all a Bill of Rights for our Veterans and their families.

American military personnel and their families have offered their lives to defend our nation and its way of life. As such, there are certain rights that our society must afford to them to ensure that their service does not hinder a fair chance at the American dream.

  1. All who are eligible, or may be eligible, for any military or veterans benefits should be treated with the utmost in respect and dignity at all times regardless of age, gender, branch of service, disability, military rank, sexual orientation, gender identity, location, mental illness, substance abuse status, incarceration status or type of discharge.
  2. All service members, veterans and military family members who are, or who might be eligible for federal or state benefits have the right to be accurately and fully informed of those benefits on a regular basis. There should never be a "hidden government program" that is not prominently publicized.
  3. All service members and military family members have the right to the best available reintegration training and lifetime support that should begin during their service when possible. The right to reintegration training should not be limited due to type of discharge.
  4. Although it is impossible to provide all services at all facilities, the overall quality of services available should be equivalent regardless of geographical location within the United States and its territories.
  5. All reasonable government efforts and policy changes should be made to ensure that employment rates for veterans in the United States are maintained at a rate that is equivalent to or higher than the average of the population at all times.
  6. No Veteran should ever be left homeless. Any homeless veteran who has served 180 days or more of active duty should be entitled to transitional housing accommodations that are equivalent to the base housing that would be afforded to an E-1 on active duty with the same family status. In the event that conduct in one of these facilities becomes an issue, incarceration or treatment for the behavioral issues should be used as alternatives.
  7. Chemical, radioactive, or environmental exposure: All service members, veterans, and military family members have the right to know the existence of any exposure or potential exposure and to receive notice and reasonable treatment for any exposure in a timely manner.
  8. Combat stress reaction (CSR), Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Shell Shock, Battle Fatigue and any future names for any diagnosis that results in similar symptoms that are, or may have been caused by combat exposure during warfare or training exercises are to be treated at all times in a professional and medical manner. No service member or veteran who suffers from such a condition should ever be treated with less respect than if their injuries were purely physical.
  9. Incarcerated Veterans should remain eligible for and should be afforded any medical, mental health, or substance abuse treatments to which they would otherwise be entitled. Additionally, upon release from incarceration, reintegration support should be afforded to them.
  10. Children of service members or veterans have the right to quality education while accompanying a service member on orders.

Project Foot is a charity to benefit military families and homeless veterans.

The mission of Project Foot is to strengthen military families and assist homeless and unemployed veterans.

Project Foot believes that the ONLY time the words ‘Veteran’ and ‘Homeless’ should ever be used in the same sentence is: ‘Veterans Helping the Homeless.’

Project Foot achieves this mission through providing a wide variety of programs that include

  • Housing and Food for Homeless Veterans
  • Communication Assistance for Military Families
  • Travel Assistance for Military Families
  • Resume Writing and Job Search Services for Unemployed Veterans
  • Providing Business Attire for Unemployed Veterans

Through these programs, Project Foot aims to keep the bonds of our military families strong throughout their service to our Armed Forces and to be there to pick up the pieces when one of our brave men or women falls through the cracks.

Project Foot is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity approved by the Internal Revenue Service. Donations or gifts received by Project Foot are tax deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

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1.8. Ensil Canada Ltd. Announces the Validation of a 5-Minute, Non-Invasive HIV Test at its Laboratories in Ontario, Canada

MARKHAM, ON, February 10, 2012 — After several years of scientific and biomedical laboratory experiments, Ensil succeeds in developing a nanotechnology-based sensor to detect GP21 and GP27 HIV virus through urine.

"After several years of scientific and biomedical laboratory experiments to develop nanotechnology-based sensors and detectors, we are extremely proud to make this announcement,’ said Farsad Kiani, President and CEO of Ensil Group of Companies.

Mr. Kiani continued, "When the Ensil Canada Ltd. HIV diagnostic device is commercialized and put on the market, high-risk groups may get tested at more convenient locations as a do-it-yourself, real-time, cost-effective way to test and receive their own test results in strictest confidence.’

Ensil Canada Ltd. Chief Scientist and the Lead Project CSO added after the successful experiments with the antibody to HIV GP41, Ensil will try to validate the same results with its proprietary detection technology to detect GP120 so a wide range of HIV strain could be detected.

Ensil Canada Ltd., a member of Ensil group of companies ( focuses on enhancing mission critical technologies in the areas of aerospace, defence, telecommunication and medical diagnostic equipment. Ensil’s R&D divisions’ mission is to develop new technologies or improve existing technologies through in-house research activities.

After nearly 30 years of scientific and technological experience, Ensil has required resources to modify, re-design, reverse engineer or repair circuit boards and assemblies used in medical, industrial and military equipment.

For further information please contact us at: or visit us at .

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1.9. Honeywell Makes it Easy For OEMs to Research and Buy the Right Sensing and Control Components


New Sensing and Control Website Includes Powerful Product Finder and Distributor Inventory Search Features.

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 17, 2012 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) Sensing and Control (S&C) has launched a new easy-to-use, full-featured website that makes it easy for developers and OEMs to find, order and purchase the right sensing and control components for their industrial, medical, transportation, test and measurement, or aerospace solutions.

The newly upgraded web environment encompasses a variety of microsites, portals, customer resources and web-based applications. These include a new distributor inventory stock check tool, sales rep/authorized distributor (Rep/AD) portal and product sample portal for channel partners, a supplier microsite, and the unique TruStability® product configurator.

‘The Sensing and Control website was redesigned to better meet our customers’ needs,’ said Tony Sugalski, president, Honeywell Sensing and Control. ‘Customer feedback was very clear; they wanted the same experience and simplicity of functionality they are accustomed to in popular consumer websites. And that’s what we did. We updated our website to be more intuitive, efficient and easier to use.’

The new site offers four key improvements:-

– Faster and more intuitive search capability.

The new enhanced search engine is now more efficient and comprehensive with drop-down navigation functionality.

– Spotlight on new products.

All the information for new products, including downloadable data sheets, is now directly available from the home page

– New Distributor Inventory Stock-Check application.

After selecting a product, a list immediately displays which Honeywell channel partners have the product in stock and for what price. The customer can click on a link that automatically populates the distributor’s shopping cart without leaving the Honeywell S&C site. The customer can easily compare and choose from multiple distributor shopping carts simultaneously.

– Smart phone enabled.

Mobile version of the website with the core functionality our users asked for.

‘The reconstructed site now includes speedy, highly intuitive site search and navigational tools that put the information customers need at their fingertips – quickly and easily,’ said Kim Anderberg, Director of Marketing Communications and e-business. ‘I like to call it B2B eCommerce on steroids – an easy, seamless way to transact with our web-based channel partners’ shopping carts without leaving the Honeywell environment.’

Rep/AD and Product Sample Portal

For Honeywell sales representatives and authorized distributors, the password-protected Rep/AD Portal is now directly accessible from the My Links section of the website, providing a single source for all Honeywell Sensing and Control communications including sales tools, product announcements, order management tools, policies and more. Also available exclusively to Honeywell channel partners, the new Sample Portal is accessible through the Rep/AD Portal and offers suppliers a simplified and automated process for product sample ordering.

TruStability® Product Configurator (available February 2012)

Also available for Honeywell sales representatives and authorized distributors is the TruStability® Configurator, a web-based application that helps customers narrow their search within Honeywell’s TruStability® platform of pressure sensors. The platform includes more than 250 product options and variables that translate into more than one million permutations. This new tool also provides a customized data sheet that is user-friendly and dynamic, offering ‘like product’ options to customer-input application and time to delivery parameters.

Sample Request

New customers can also request samples on the new site. Found under the My Links section on the Home Page, the sample request link provides a request form that a customer can fill out and submit for follow-up by a Honeywell sales representative.

Smart Device Friendly

Honeywell Sensing and Control’s new website is also available in a mobile version. It can be accessed with any smartphone or mobile tablet device. Once bookmarked to the device’s home page, an icon appears which enables the site to perform like an app.

Supplier Microsite

The new supplier microsite provides information including policies, code of business conduct, self assessment, shipping information and more for our suppliers.

View all Honeywell Sensing and Control press releases

Learn more about Honeywell Sensing and Control

Honeywell International ( is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit

This release contains ‘forward-looking statements’ within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of fact, that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intend, expect, project, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s assumptions and assessments in light of past experience and trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other relevant factors. They are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by our forward-looking statements. Our forward-looking statements are also subject to risks and uncertainties, which can affect our performance in both the near- and long-term. We identify the principal risks and uncertainties that affect our performance in our Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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1.10. Explosion, Flash Fires, and Deaths Caused by Combustible Dust Were Preventable, Says Federal Panel

Management at a Tennessee metal powders factory knew about the dangers of combustible dust before three accidents there killed five workers and injured three, concluded the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) last week.

Airborne iron powder ignited and caused flash fires in a Hoeganaes Corp. plant in Gallatin, TN in January and March 2011. In May, hydrogen leaking from a corroded pipe exploded, ignited the combustible dust, and created a fireball in the air.

The CSB found that Hoeganaes Corp. was aware that the combustible dust in its plant posed a threat to its workers, but failed to implement its scheduled plan of improvements. Instead the company relied on insufficient measures to protect workers, such as flame-resistant clothing. Unfortunately, this was not enough to save some from injury and death.

Federal figures show that deadly explosions from finely powdered food, wood, metals and chemicals happen each year in the U.S., killing and maiming multiple workers.

‘EMSL Analytical’s testing services can help identify conditions that could lead to a preventable combustible dust explosion,’ states Matthew Maki, Sales Account Representative at EMSL Analytical, Inc. ‘We provide analytical expertise coupled with industry leading customer service, working with our clients to tailor each testing project to their unique needs.’

For more information on EMSL’s combustible dust testing services, please contact Matthew Maki at (856) 303-2570, email, or visit

1.10.1. About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical, Inc. is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the US and Canada. We provide analytical services for environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, forensics and materials science, consumer products, food safety, PCR, pharmaceutical, asbestos, lead, and radiological samples. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies. Please see our website for a complete listing of accreditations.

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1.11. Company Fined After Workers Injured in Fireball Accident

RVB Investments UK Ltd has been fined after two employees were injured in a fire accident. The two men, Eamonn Osborne, 53, and David Rawlins, 46, cut through a 1,000 volt electrical cable whilst trying to identify a water leak at an industrial unit in Telford.

An investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) concluded that the firm and its owner had not assessed the risks involved in the operation, which involved extensive digging with an electrical drill.

It was heard that RVB Investments had failed to produce a safe system of work and had not obtained plans of the site, checked whether there were any electrical cables underground or used safe digging methods. It was also exposed that the two workers had not been taught about the potential dangers of their work.

The firm and its owner, Clifford Leigh, faced prosecution at Telford Magistrates’ Court where it was ruled that Mr Leigh had not honoured his responsibility to consider the safety of his employees. No adequate precautions were taken before the work began and no satisfactory guidance on digging near underground services was issued.

On the 8th of December 2011, RVB Investments UK Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £4,420 costs. Mr Clifford Leigh was also prosecuted and fined £2,000 with £1,000 of costs.

Commenting after the hearing, HSE inspector Nic Rigby said:

"All employees, such as Clifford Leigh, have a responsibility to ensure that they take reasonable care for the safety of their fellow employees when making decisions about how work should be carried out. RVB Investments UK Ltd and Clifford Leigh failed to do this and as a result two men were seriously injured in an avoidable incident that could easily have been fatal."

Speaking of the outcome, Helen Grieves, founder and principal at Grieves Solicitors, said:

"It is always difficult to hear about accidents of this nature, especially when they could have been so easily avoid. As personal injury solicitors, Grieves helps recover compensation for those that have suffered due to the negligence of their employer."

"It is vital that businesses take responsibility for the safety of their employees by ensuring that effective health and safety have been implemented."

Based in Huddersfield, Grieves Solicitors specialise in work accident compensation claims. Helen Grieves is a qualified solicitor with an Advanced Professional Diploma in Personal Injury Litigation from Leeds Metropolitan University and a Master Degree in Advanced Litigation from Nottingham Trent University. For more information, visit their website:

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1.12. LightEdge Solutions Partners with HealthNet connect to Offer Enterprise-grade Cloud IT Services to Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

LightEdge adds value to the HNc Network through secure Cloud Computing services

DES MOINES, IA, January 25, 2011 – LightEdge Solutions is pleased to announce that it has completed the necessary network egress to allow HealthNet connect-affiliated hospitals and clinics to access enterprise-grade Cloud Computing services over the fiber-optic network initiated by Iowa Health Systems. HNc members can now leverage the true potential of this high-speed network by tapping into secure, managed cloud IT services, such as, Virtual Servers, Data Storage and Backup platforms, Unified Communications and Network Security hosted from LightEdge’s state-of-the-art data center in Altoona, IA. LightEdge is currently the only certified vendor able to offer managed IT services over the HNc network.

HealthNet connect offers hospitals and clinics bandwidth speeds up to 100 Mbps to ensure that rural and urban healthcare facilities alike have access to the necessary infrastructure and bandwidth to readily exchange healthcare information, images and video to provide collaborative care for patients. The ability to utilize such a network allows care groups involving multiple locations to make better decisions about how to deliver IT services and the location of data storage.

‘With the sensitivity and high availability needs of the data related to healthcare,’ said Jeff Springborn, president and chief operating officer of LightEdge Solutions. ‘The physical and virtual security methods implemented at our data center facilities give LightEdge a unique position to impact the medical community of Iowa by offering access to secure and less costly IT platforms that can be shared across a multitude of clinic sites.’

The 3,200-mile fiber optic network provides services to Iowa Health System’s 11 largest hospitals and some network rural hospitals, operating at a 99.999 percent reliability rate and processing more than 8 million transactions per day. The network runs throughout Iowa and spans four states, with direct fiber connections to major metropolitan cities such as Chicago and Denver.

‘I was very impressed with how quickly (LightEdge) configured the HNc connection, said Dennis Blazek, IT manager for Clarke County Hospital. ‘Their whole technical team has been easy to work with and actually working at the (LightEdge data center) has been much easier than I thought it would be.’

LightEdge has also been selected as the data center to house the infrastructure for Iowa’s Health Information Exchange. The synergy related to LightEdge’s involvement with both HIE and HealthNet connect will, over time, enable healthcare entities in Iowa to become more progressive with the use of Information Technology. The result of which will be an increase in shared medical information, better patient outcomes and reduced costs through shared IT platforms.

For additional details on LightEdge’s involvement with HealthNet connect and Iowa’s medical community, please contact LightEdge Sales at 877-771-3343, e-mail or visit

1.12.1. About LightEdge Solutions

LightEdge Solutions is a customer-centric cloud computing company devoted to solving the IT issues of businesses nationwide. By utilizing our economies of scale, connections with world-class vendors and our own internal passion for engineering, LightEdge allows its customers to ‘plug in’ to enterprise-grade IT solutions that maximize uptime and performance, yet fit into their budget. For more information, visit

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1.13. Rottenstein Law Group Pleased by Consolidation of Three Multidistrict Litigation Actions Concerning Alleged Defects in a Number of Models of Surgical Mesh

(New York, NY, February 9, 2012) The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from the adverse effects of surgical mesh, is pleased by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation’s consolidation of three previously separate MDLs containing actions that concern alleged defects in surgical mesh products by AMS (MDL No. 235), Boston Scientific (MDL No. 2326) and Rthicon (MDL No. 2327).

The panel consolidated the three MDLs by order of February 7, 2012, which also centralized and transferred all the actions in the three MDLs to the Southern District of West Virginia.

In its order, the panel wrote:

‘We are persuaded that the Southern District of West Virginia is the most appropriate transferee forum for each of these MDLs. Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin of that district is currently presiding over MDL No. 2187, which involves claims of defects in similar pelvic surgical mesh products, and is uniquely situated to preside over the similar claims in these three MDLs. The pelvic surgical mesh products at issue in MDL Nos. 2325, 2326, and 2327 are used to treat similar conditions as those at issue in MDL No. 2187, and they have allegedly resulted in similar injuries… Finally, a number of these actions are brought by plaintiffs who were implanted with multiple products made by multiple manufacturers. Centralization of the three MDLs in one court will allow for coordination of any overlapping issues of fact in such multi-product, multi-defendant actions.’

Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) is an option that allows for greater efficiency when handling numerous lawsuits by different plaintiffs against one defendant or a common group of defendants. Unlike a class action lawsuit, MDL does not distribute equal damages to all parties involved; instead, it consolidates all pre-trial disclosures and eliminates inconsistent pre-trial rulings by multiple judges. In effect, MDL speeds up the litigation process for all involved, and gives plaintiffs the ability to maintain their individual lawsuits to take their cases to trial separately if they choose to do so. Products liability cases are often good candidates for MDL because they usually involve a large number of plaintiffs who have experienced similar injuries from a particular product.

Anyone seeking more information about vaginal mesh can visit the Rottenstein Law Group’s Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Information Center. The site has vital information about the dangers of this medical device, along with easy-to-use social media features that allow for easy sharing on sites like Facebook and Twitter. Visitors are also encouraged to link to their own Web sites and blogs in order to spread the word about defective medical products and dangerous drugs.

1.13.1. About the Rottenstein Law Group

The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based law firm that represents clients in mass tort actions. The firm was founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, a lawyer with over two decades of experience in compassionate representation of clients in consumer product injury, mass tort, and class action law suits. For more information, please visit their Web site, or call (888) 9-ROT-LAW.

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1.14. Rottenstein Law Group Pleased by GlaxoSmithKline’s Settlement of 20,000 Lawsuits Over Its Diabetes Drug Avandia

(New York, NY, February 9, 2012) The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from the harmful side effects of drugs manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, is pleased by recent reports stating that the drug manufacturer settled more than 20,000 lawsuits alleging that the type-2 diabetes drug Avandia causes heart attacks.

The former Avandia users who filed the lawsuits reached an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline in a mediation ordered by U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe in Philadelphia, according to an article that recently appeared on

‘Rufe had set a 75-day deadline to resolve 85 percent of the remaining cases through the mediation program, according to court filings,’ the Bloomberg article states. ‘t’s unclear whether enough cases have been settled to meet the deadline. If there aren’t enough settlements to meet the judge’s requirements, Rufe has said she will begin scheduling cases for trial. So far, no Avandia cases have been considered by a jury.’

GlaxoSmithKline settlements in patient lawsuits alleging Avandia caused heart attacks and strokes have averaged $50,000 per claimant, according to a November 11, 2011 article that appeared on [i]

The Rottenstein Law Group urges anyone who has suffered adverse side effects from a drug or medical device to speak to a qualified personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. TheRottenstein Law Group maintains an Avandia Lawsuit Information Page on its Web site. The page contains social media features that allow for easy sharing, so users can post information to popular sites like Facebook and Twitter in order to spread the word about the dangers of Avandia.

1.14.1. About the Rottenstein Law Group

The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based law firm that represents clients in mass tort actions. The firm was founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, a lawyer with over two decades of experience in compassionate representation of clients in consumer product injury, mass tort, and class action law suits. For more information, please visit their Web site, or call (888) 9-ROT-LAW.

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1.15. Shores Family Dentistry Celebrates 25 Years as Fort Collins Dentists

Fort Collins, Colorado, February 7, 2012 – Fort Collins Dentistry, Shores Family Dentistry announced the celebration of 25 years of service as Fort Collins dentists. The clinic’s patients span generations of families which include grandchildren and grandparents. Shores Family Dentistry launched more than two decades ago with a simple philosophy of focusing on the community and families, and providing compassionate care while building relationships and trust throughout the years.

The Fort Collins dentists have reason to celebrate the clinic’s longevity as many dental clinics in the area have come and gone while their practice is not only growing but thriving. Dentistry is one of the most competitive fields in the medical industry and any practice which outlives its competitors must be doing something right.

In addition to the quality care and dental advice that patients receive at the office, Shores Family Dentistry created a website which contains a wealth of information for its patients on how to maintain a healthy mouth, how to save thousands of dollars on a dental bill and oral recommendations to eliminate and reduce bad breath.

– ‘Shores is the best Fort Collins dental clinic. I recommend them to everyone I know. Dr. Siegmund and Dr. Anderson have both worked on my teeth (not at the same time. haha). I was very impressed with their bedside manner too. Very professional & personable. Also, everyone is so friendly (Dentists, Hygienists, Assistants, & front desk). If you’re looking for a Fort Collins dentist, then definitely give them a call.’ – said a customer via Google Places Reviews

The Shores Family Dentistry Facebook page was also created to be a quality resource center where the clinic’s staff shares dental news in the Fort Collins area. A recent post on Facebook alerted the clinic’s patients that February is Dental Health Month. And that the Dental Hygiene Clinic on the campus at Tennessee State University is offering free dental hygiene services from February 13-23 during clinic hours. It’s the little things like passing quality information and being helpful that have allowed the clinic to withstand the test of time.


At Shores Family Dentistry, our entire staff is compassionate and respectful of your personal dentistry needs. We know you look for many characteristics in a great family dentist. Our Fort Collins dentists Dr. Jon Anderson, Dr. John Siegmund, and Dr. Joseph Tomlinson, all believe in building lasting relationships and devoting personal time to their dental patients.

Shores Family Dentistry

730 Whalers Way, Ste 100

Fort Collins, CO 80525


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1.16. Strength and Conditioning Expert Zach Evan-Esh Joins John Spencer Ellis And Offers Training and Coaching Advice

With a laser focus on his top passions and priorities, unconventional, successful strength and conditioning coach Zach Evan-Esh offers his latest tips for training, insights on the fitness and strength conditioning industry, the need for mental fitness as well as physical fitness, and more in a brand-new online interview.

Evan-Esh, in particular, hones in on the need to focus on three or fewer areas so that personal trainers can succeed in a niche rather than flounder by trying to do everything at once as well as the ease and importance of marketing today, which is more affordable and available than ever. He also shares personal stories and tips for better work and life productivity.

‘If you are a fitness or strength conditioning coach or have an interest in personal training, you will really enjoy this fun, insightful, no-holds-barred interview with Zach. He offers some unique nuggets of wisdom that can help all fitness and coaching pros, whether you prefer conventional or unconventional training methods, hardcore training or mind-body training,’ said John Spencer Ellis, founder of John Spencer Ellis Enterprises, a fitness and personal development solutions company.

In addition, the free online interview session also offers a list of Ellis’ and Evan-Esh’s top books and ebooks that offer useful lessons for fitness and life, streamlining, productivity and saving time, the use of technology in strength and conditioning, the importance of continuing education and personal growth as well as information on the fitness, strength and conditioning program created by Evan-Esh.

‘I wish I had learned to train the mind when I was younger,’ said Evan-Esh, who combines strength training with mountain biking, combat sports, swimming, running and more. ‘Exercise is easy to find, but learning about the mind is a little more intricate and unique, but so powerful.’

The interview is now available online at


1.16.1. About John Spencer Ellis Enterprises

John Spencer Ellis Enterprises is a solutions provider for fitness and coaching professionals around the world, providing education, turn-key business programs, coaching and resources for new and advanced fitness and coaching professionals. For more information about John Spencer Ellis Enterprises or to view the online interview with Zach Evan-Esh, please visit

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1.17. The 7 New Ways For Mentoring Workers

Short-term. Multiple. Reverse. Two-Way. Informal. Virtual. Companywide.

Mentoring has been revitalized and now comes in seven different forms to serve various purposes, according to ClearRock, an outplacement and executive coaching firm headquartered in

Following are the seven ways mentoring is being used today, according to ClearRock:

1. Short-term: Mentoring relationships can be very short-term – an hour or a day – or last weeks or months, depending on how long it takes to achieve the desired objectives.

2. Multiple: People can have more than one mentor at the same time to serve different purposes. One mentor can be a coach for improving function-related skills and another mentor can instruct in soft skills such as how to become more persuasive and knowledgeable about the internal political landscape.

3. Reverse: Generation X employees are counseling more experienced managers in areas such as technical skills and how to use social media.

4. Two-Way: In exchange for teaching seasoned veterans technical and social media skills, less experienced workers are being tutored in how to sharpen their management, interpersonal, and presentation skills.

5. Virtual: Mentoring is more often taking place via webcam, email, telephone, and text messaging. Face-to-face sessions are no longer required. Mentors are now connecting in different locations, time zones and countries.

6. Informal: Mentoring can be very informal without the traditional mentor-mentee relationship. Some companies no do not even use the term "mentoring" to describe the process.

7. Companywide: Mentoring has been expanded beyond the managerial ranks to non-management and blue-collar employees.

‘Mentoring is no longer only a way for seasoned executives and managers to counsel and develop less experienced employees and newcomers,’ said Annie Stevens, managing partner of ClearRock.

‘Employees of all ages and organizational levels – from senior executives to non-management workers – are now using mentoring to acquire job-related skills and learn how to refine their softer people-related abilities,’ Stevens added.

Mentoring is generally less expensive than introducing training programs and takes less time to set up."Much of the knowledge gained from training is retained for only a short time. However, mentors can reinforce learning and deliver immediate feedback," said Stevens.

In addition, more organizations are using mentoring to transfer knowledge to younger workers before Baby Boomers retire and to keep employees engaged in their jobs.

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1.18. UCLA scientists boost memory by stimulating key site in brain

Have you ever gone to the movies and forgotten where you parked the car? New UCLA research may one day help you improve your memory.

UCLA neuroscientists have demonstrated that they can strengthen memory in human patients by stimulating a critical junction in the brain. Published in the Feb. 9 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, the finding could lead to a new method for boosting memory in patients with early Alzheimer’s disease.

The UCLA team focused on a brain site called the entorhinal cortex. Considered the doorway to the hippocampus, which helps form and store memories, the entorhinal cortex plays a crucial role in transforming daily experience into lasting memories.

"The entorhinal cortex is the golden gate to the brain’s memory mainframe," said senior author Dr. Itzhak Fried, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. "Every visual and sensory experience that we eventually commit to memory funnels through that doorway to the hippocampus. Our brain cells must send signals through this hub in order to form memories that we can later consciously recall."

Fried and his colleagues followed seven epilepsy patients who already had electrodes implanted in their brains to pinpoint the origin of their seizures. The researchers monitored the electrodes to record neuron activity as memories were being formed.

Using a video game featuring a taxi cab, virtual passengers and a cyber-city, the researchers tested whether deep-brain stimulation of the entorhinal cortex or the hippocampus altered recall. Patients played the role of cab drivers who picked up passengers and traveled across town to deliver them to one of six requested shops.

"When we stimulated the nerve fibers in the patients’ entorhinal cortex during learning, they later recognized landmarks and navigated the routes more quickly," Fried said. "They even learned to take shortcuts, reflecting improved spatial memory.

"Critically, it was the stimulation at the gateway into the hippocampus — and not the hippocampus itself — that proved effective," he added.

The use of stimulation only during the learning phase suggests that patients need not undergo continuous stimulation to boost their memory, but only when they are trying to learn important information, Fried noted. This may lead the way to neuro-prosthetic devices that can switch on during specific stages of information processing or daily tasks.

Six million Americans and 30 million people worldwide are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease each year. The progressive disorder is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older.

"Losing our ability to remember recent events and form new memories is one of the most dreaded afflictions of the human condition," Fried said. "Our preliminary results provide evidence supporting a possible mechanism for enhancing memory, particularly as people age or suffer from early dementia. At the same time, we studied a small sample of patients, so our results should be interpreted with caution."

Future studies will determine whether deep-brain stimulation can enhance other types of recall, such as verbal and autobiographical memories. No adverse effects of the stimulation were reported by the seven patients.

Fried’s co-authors included first author Nanthia Suthana, Dr. Zulfi Haneef, Dr. John Stern, Roy Mukamel, Eric Behnke and Barbara Knowlton, all of UCLA. The research was supported by grants from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the Dana Foundation.

The UCLA Department of Neurosurgery is committed to providing the most comprehensive patient care through innovative clinical programs in minimally invasive brain and spinal surgery; neuro-endoscopy; neuro-oncology for both adult and pediatric brain tumors; cerebrovascular surgery; stereotactic radiosurgery for brain and spinal disorders; surgery for movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease; and epilepsy surgery. For 22 consecutive years, the department has been ranked among the top 10 neurosurgery programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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1.19. Use of Animal Therapy in PTSD Treatment Set to Increase According to Igor Purlantov

With an increased number of military personnel returning home from deployment overseas, there has been an increased focus on ways to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through animal therapy according to animal rights advocate Igor Purlantov. The need for an effective treatment of PTSD is crucial given that an estimated one in five Iraq war veterans has some degree of PTSD or combat related stress but only one third of those screened receives any treatment.

Although animal therapy has long been used to treat physical disabilities, it is now being used more frequently to treat psychological complications such as PTSD and other combat related stress. According to Igor Purlantov the use of animal therapy to treat PTSD has shown some very promising results with more than 80% of patients reporting reduced symptoms of PTSD thanks to animal therapy. This is much needed relief for war veterans that suffer from the effects of PTSD which includes depression, anxiety, flashbacks, and sleeplessness that can unfortunately also lead to suicide.

More veterans are now being written prescriptions for companion animals to treat PTSD as doctors are realizing that pets can help alleviate anxiety, stress, panic disorder and depression says Igor Purlantov. Studies have also shown that having a pet such as a cat can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and feelings of loneliness. At the same time, having a pet such as a dog can increase the likelihood of engaging in exercise, outdoor activities and socializing with others. Also, when animal therapy patients find themselves caring for a pet it encourages them to be responsible and follow a daily schedule which is helpful in the treatment of PTSD.

One successful program that is helping treat veterans through pet therapy is Pets for Vets Pets for Vets was founded in 2008 by animal behaviorist and trainer, Clarissa Black who was looking for ways to help veterans suffering from PTSD and other related combat stress. Pets for Vets finds companion dogs from local rescue groups and gives them the necessary training before partnering them with a veteran that adopts the dog into their home forever. Wonderful programs such as Pets for Vets have been shown to help veterans reclaim normalcy in their lives and ease the often painful transition back to civilian life according to Igor Purlantov.

As for the animals, with an estimated eight million dogs and cats abandoned at shelters across the United States, it allows for them to have a second chance at life as well. With five out of ten shelter dogs and seven out of ten shelter cats euthanized each year, these animal therapy programs can reduce euthanasia rates by giving these shelter animals the chance to be an excellent companion for a war veteran. At the end of the day, these animal therapy programs are a real win-win situation in that shelter animals are giving a second chance at life and war veterans are given a second chance at health and happiness says Igor Purlantov.

Igor Purlantov is an animal rights advocate that follows and writes about animal news and trends to help raise awareness of animal rights and protection. You can read and learn about his work on or follow him on twitter @igorpurlantov

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1.20. Violence: Dripping with blood

ON DECEMBER 29TH Syed Baqir Shah, a police surgeon, was gunned down in Quetta, the capital of the province of Balochistan. A few days later the police said that some 50 suspects had been arrested but there had been no “major breakthrough”. Few were surprised. Among the prime suspects were the police themselves and the Frontier Corps, a paramilitary outfit that in theory reports to the provincial government but takes orders from the army.Dr Shah was just one of more than 300 people in the province believed to have fallen victim to the security forces’ “kill and dump” policies last year. He had testified to an inquiry looking into the death of five unarmed foreigners from Russia and Tajikistan earlier last year. Contradicting the official account, he said they had been killed by the security forces. Shortly after that he was beaten up, but did not change his professional opinion.Of all the sordid little wars under way in Pakistan, the conflicts in Balochistan, Pakistan’s biggest but sparsely populated province, are among the dirtiest. A long-running secessionist campaign intensified after the killing of a…

1.21. Poverty: Always with us

THREE TIMES IN recent years Pakistan has suffered from cataclysmic disasters. The earthquake that struck Kashmir in October 2005 killed over 70,000 people and made 3m homeless. In 2010 the Indus river spilled over its banks, flooding one-fifth of the country and affecting 20m people. More than 1,700 people lost their lives. The following year unusually heavy rains—one monsoon’s-worth in a day—brought renewed flooding in Sindh and Balochistan. Of the inundated area, 35% had also been flooded the year before. Over 5m people were affected.On each occasion appeals for emergency aid were launched, but by 2011 the response was tepid. That may have been because there were so many competing disasters elsewhere, or because the world was weary of Pakistan’s woes. But it also reflected some donors’ exasperation with the government’s handling of the crisis.The economic impact of these disasters was not as great as might be expected. In 2005, the earthquake year, Pakistan’s GDP grew by 7.7%, one of its best-ever performances. The floods in 2010 and 2011 had a big impact on people’s…

1.22. A taste of Hunny

THE HUNNY SCHOOL, a private institution occupying two cramped buildings in Rawalpindi’s back streets, seems a happy place. The boys and girls packed into its little classrooms look pleased to be there. Some look much older than their classmates. They have a lot of catching up to do. Many were street children whose parents could not afford to send them to school. A future of illiteracy and perhaps crime and drugs beckoned.Of the school’s 900 students, over 400 are financed by the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF), a statutory body under the provincial government which in turn receives aid from donors such as Britain. It provides vouchers to pay the fees of approved schools such as Hunny, which range from 200 to 350 rupees a month.It is an attempt to tackle one of Pakistan’s worst problems: the huge number of children who receive no education at all. One-tenth of the world’s primary-age children who are not in school live in Pakistan—7m of them, thanks to a net enrolment rate (after allowing for dropouts) of just 57%. According to UNICEF, the United Nations’…

1.23. Water: Going with the flow

FOR MILLIONS SUFFERING the misery of the past two years’ floods it must seem the cruellest of jokes, but Pakistan is one of the world’s most arid countries. Average annual rainfall is less than 240mm, and the total availability of water per person has fallen from about 5,000 cubic metres in the 1950s to about 1,100 now, just above the 1,000 cubic-metre-per-head definition of “water-scarce”. A shortage of water is a more serious peril than any of the others mentioned in this report. Combined with continued fast growth in its population, it is the true existential threat to Pakistan.Pakistan is arranged along the Indus river basin and the world’s largest contiguous irrigation system which it feeds. From the air much of Pakistan looks brown, dusty and infertile. Only about one-quarter of the land is cultivated. According to a 2009 study by the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington, at least 90% of Pakistan’s fresh water is used for irrigation and agriculture. But, it says, “intensive irrigation regimes and poor drainage practices have caused waterlogging and soil…

1.24. Work and family: Baby blues

“THE MOST STRESSFUL thing about having this baby was arranging cover at work for the time I was going to be away,” says Sara Leclerc, an in-house lawyer with an international fire-protection firm. Her new baby girl is asleep and her four-year-old son is watching television. Over a drink and a snack in her stylish house in the woods outside Helsinki she explains that she plans to be at home for about a year, but will keep in close touch with her company and then resume work full-time. Her husband, Pekka Erkinheimo, a lawyer with another company, will do his share. In this part of the world balancing work and children is for fathers as well as for mothers.Finland’s gap between male and female employment rates is less than three percentage points, among the smallest in the world, and the vast majority of Finnish women have full-time jobs. Anne Brunila, executive vice-president of Fortum, an energy company, says that those who stay at home are often questioned about their choice. But working women’s lives are made easier by employers’ enlightened attitudes, excellent public child-care provision and generous…

1.25. Women in China: The sky’s the limit

PULLY CHAU SPENT eight years working for the Chinese office of a big international advertising agency and never got a pay rise; there was always some excuse. “It was stupid of me not to ask,” she says. “If I had been a Caucasian man, I would have done better.” She stuck around because she liked the idea of working for an outfit that was well known in China and hoped to learn something. Eventually she got fed up and took a job with another Western agency, draftfcb, where she is now chairman and CEO for Greater China, based in Shanghai. Just turned 50, glamorous, confident and boundlessly energetic, she could pick and choose from any number of jobs. There are lots of opportunities for women in China, she says—but in business life is still easier for men.Women make up 49% of China’s population and 46% of its labour force, a higher proportion than in many Western countries. In large part that is because Mao Zedong, who famously said that “women hold up half the sky”, saw them as a resource and launched a campaign to get them to work outside the home. China is generally reckoned to be more open to women than other East…

1.26. The visible hand

BEATRICE WEBB grew up as a fervent believer in free markets and limited government. Her father was a self-made railway tycoon and her mother an ardent free-trader. One of her family’s closest friends was Herbert Spencer, the leading philosopher of Victorian liberalism. Spencer took a shine to young Beatrice and treated her to lectures on the magic of the market, the survival of the fittest and the evils of the state. But as Beatrice grew up she began to have doubts. Why should the state not intervene in the market to order children out of chimneys and into schools, or to provide sustenance for the hungry and unemployed or to rescue failing industries? In due course Beatrice became one of the leading architects of the welfare state—and a leading apologist for Soviet communism.The argument about the relative merits of the state and the market that preoccupied young Beatrice has been raging ever since. Between 1900 and 1970 the pro-statists had the wind in their sails. Governments started off by weaving social safety nets and ended up by nationalising huge chunks of the economy. Yet between 1970 and 2000 the free-…

1.27. Pollution in China: Clearing the air

“PM2.5” seems an odd and wonkish term for the blogosphere to take up, but that is precisely what has happened in China in recent weeks. It refers to the smallest solid particles in the atmosphere—those less than 2½ microns across. Such dust can get deep into people’s lungs; far deeper than that rated as PM10. Yet until recently China’s authorities have revealed measurements only for PM10. When people realised this, an online revolt broke out. Such was the public pressure that the government caved in and PM2.5 data are now being published for Beijing and a handful of other cities.But what of the rest of China? At the moment, only PM10 data are available. However, officialdom’s hand may soon be forced here, too. Though pollution data are best collected near the ground, a plausible estimate may be made from the vantage-point of a satellite by measuring how much light is blocked by particles, and estimating from those particles’ chemical composition the likely distribution of their sizes. And a report prepared for The Economist by researchers at Yale and Columbia universities, and Battelle Memorial Institute, under the auspices of Angel Hsu of Yale, does just that. It draws on data from American satellites to map out PM2.5 pollution across the entire country.

1.28. Exercise and longevity: Worth all the sweat

ONE sure giveaway of quack medicine is the claim that a product can treat any ailment. There are, sadly, no panaceas. But some things come close, and exercise is one of them. As doctors never tire of reminding people, exercise protects against a host of illnesses, from heart attacks and dementia to diabetes and infection.How it does so, however, remains surprisingly mysterious. But a paper just published in Nature by Beth Levine of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre and her colleagues sheds some light on the matter.Dr Levine and her team were testing a theory that exercise works its magic, at least in part, by promoting autophagy. This process, whose name is derived from the Greek for “self-eating”, is a mechanism by which surplus, worn-out or malformed proteins and other cellular components are broken up for scrap and recycled.To carry out the test, Dr Levine turned to those stalwarts of medical research, genetically modified mice. Her first batch of rodents were tweaked so that their autophagosomes—structures that form around components which have been marked for…

1.29. Polio: A Rotary engine

IT IS a year since the last case of polio was diagnosed in India. That is not enough to pronounce the country polio-free—three clear years are the conventional period required for that to happen. But it is a good start. And if India really is clear, then what was once a global scourge will now be endemic to a mere three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. The number of people infected, meanwhile, has dropped from 350,000 in 1988 to 650 last year.All this is in large part thanks to the efforts of Rotary International. In 1985, after a successful pilot study in the Philippines, this businessmen’s club cum global charity announced a plan to eradicate polio by vaccinating every child under five at risk of catching it. The estimate then was that it would cost $120m. Some $800m of Rotary money later (plus a lot from other sources), the virus is still out there, but its remaining hidey-holes tell their own story: where civil disorder is rife, medicine is hard.On January 17th Rotary announced it had raised yet another $200m. The Bill & Melinda Gates…

1.30. Flu research and public safety: Influenza and its complications

IN DECEMBER the scientific world was taken aback by an odd request. The American government, in the shape of the country’s National Scientific Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), called on the world’s two leading scientific journals to censor research. Nature and Science were about to publish studies by researchers who had been tinkering with H5N1 influenza, better known as bird flu, to produce a strain that might be able to pass through the air between people. The NSABB fretted that were the precise methods and detailed genetic data to fall into the wrong hands, the consequences would be too awful to contemplate. They suggested that only the broad conclusions be made public; the specifics could be sent to vetted scientists only.H5N1 is undoubtedly dangerous. Some 60% of the 570 recorded human cases have been fatal (though non-fatal ones are less likely to be recorded). On January 20th, therefore, the research teams’ leaders, Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Centre, in Rotterdam, and Yoshihiro…

1.31. Embryonic stem cells: Looking up

FOURTEEN years ago James Thomson of the University of Wisconsin isolated stem cells from human embryos. It was an exciting moment. The ability of such cells to morph into any other sort of cell suggested that worn-out or damaged tissues might be repaired, and diseases thus treated—a technique that has come to be known as regenerative medicine. Since then progress has been erratic and (because of the cells’ origins) controversial. But, as two new papers prove, progress there has indeed been.This week’s Lancet published results from a clinical trial that used embryonic stem cells in people. It follows much disappointment. In November, for example, a company in California cancelled what had been the first trial of human embryonic stem cells, in those with spinal injuries. Steven Schwartz of the University of California, Los Angeles, however, claims some success in treating a different problem: blindness. His research, sponsored by Advanced Cell Technology, a company based in Massachusetts, involved two patients. One has age-related macular degeneration, the main cause of blindness in rich countries. The other suffers from Stargardt’s macular dystrophy, its main cause in children. Dr Schwartz and his team coaxed embryonic stem cells to become retinal pigment epithelium—tissue which supports the rod and cone cells that actually respond to light—then…

1.32. Synaesthesia: Smells like Beethoven

THAT some people make weird associations between the senses has been acknowledged for over a century. The condition has even been given a name: synaesthesia. Odd as it may seem to those not so gifted, synaesthetes insist that spoken sounds and the symbols which represent them give rise to specific colours or that individual musical notes have their own hues.Yet there may be a little of this cross-modal association in everyone. Most people agree that loud sounds are “brighter” than soft ones. Likewise, low-pitched sounds are reminiscent of large objects and high-pitched ones evoke smallness. Anne-Sylvie Crisinel and Charles Spence of Oxford University think something similar is true between sound and smell.Ms Crisinel and Dr Spence wanted to know whether an odour sniffed from a bottle could be linked to a specific pitch, and even a specific instrument. To find out, they asked 30 people to inhale 20 smells—ranging from apple to violet and wood smoke—which came from a teaching kit for wine-tasting. After giving each sample a good sniff, volunteers had to click their way…

1.33. The nature of humanity: What’s a man?

THE problem with understanding human uniqueness is precisely that it is unique. Though the proper study of mankind may be man, that study will yield little if there is no reference point to compare man with.That, at least, is the philosophy of Svante Paabo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, in Leipzig. Dr Paabo, whose work on fossil DNA was the inspiration for “Jurassic Park”, has since become interested in human evolution. To this end, he and his colleagues have sequenced the DNA of both Neanderthal man and an Asian species of prehistoric human, the Denisovians, which Dr Paabo’s own work identified.Now he has turned his attentions to modern Homo sapiens. In collaboration with a team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dr Paabo and his colleague Philipp Khaitovich have compared genetic activity over the course of a lifetime in the brains of humans, chimpanzees and rhesus monkeys. They have then matched what they found with what is known of Neanderthals, and think they have thus discovered at least part of the genetic difference between Homo…

1.34. Biomimetics: Not a scratch

THE north African desert scorpion, Androctonus australis, is a hardy creature. Most animals that live in deserts dig burrows to protect themselves from the sand-laden wind. Not Androctonus. It usually toughs things out at the surface. Yet when the sand whips by at speeds that would strip paint away from steel, the scorpion is able to scurry off without apparent damage. Han Zhiwu of Jilin University, in China, and his colleagues wondered why.Their curiosity is not just academic. Aircraft engines and helicopter rotor-blades are constantly abraded by atmospheric dust, and a way of slowing down this abrasion would be welcome. Dr Han suspects that scorpions may provide an answer. As he writes in Langmuir, he has discovered that the surface of Androctonus’s exoskeleton is odd. And when that oddness is translated into other materials it seems to protect them, as well.Dr Han’s investigations began by scouring the pet shops of Changchun, where the university is located, for…

1.35. India’s UID scheme: Reform by numbers

FOR a country that fails to meet its most basic challenges—feeding the hungry, piping clean water, fixing roads—it seems incredible that India is rapidly building the world’s biggest, most advanced, biometric database of personal identities. Launched in 2010, under a genial ex-tycoon, Nandan Nilekani, the “unique identity” (UID) scheme is supposed to roll out trustworthy, unduplicated identity numbers based on biometric and other data.Any resident who wants one can volunteer. The scheme combines work by central and state governments and a number of other partners—largely technology firms that capture and process individuals’ data. The goal, says Mr Nilekani, is to help India cope with the past decade’s expansion of welfare provision, the fastest in its history: “it is essentially about better public services”.All that should have been the recipe for a project mired in delays, infighting, empire-building, graft and bad results. Few expected UID to hit its ambitious targets. A year ago, only a few million had enrolled and barely 1m identity numbers had been issued. Warnings about fragile technology, overwhelmed…

1.36. Parental abduction in Japan: Child-snatchers

THIS Christmas Moises Garcia, a Nicaraguan living in America, got the gift he had spent almost four years and $350,000 fighting for: the return of his nine-year-old daughter. In 2008 Karina was whisked away to Japan by her Japanese mother. He set about fighting in the Japanese courts for the right to see her. During that period, he met her only three times. Their longest meeting lasted for only two hours.Then he had a stroke of luck. Last April Karina’s mother travelled to Hawaii to renew her green card. She was arrested at the airport and charged with violating Karina’s custody agreement. As part of a plea bargain, the mother relinquished Karina, who became the first child seized by a Japanese parent to be returned to America via the courts. (Feel sorry for Karina, in the middle of this tug-of-love.)Because of such cases, America is one of many countries that has pressed Japan to honour its promise to join the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Japan proposes to do so this year. The convention sets rules for the prompt return to their normal country of residence of children under 16 who have been abducted by one of their parents. The State Department says Japan has about 100 such cases involving children of Americans. There are scores from other countries, too.But for one category of parents—those living in Japan without access to their…

1.37. Planes and pollution: Trouble in the air, double on the ground

COULD a fresh row over airline emissions lead to a global trade war? That is the scariest prospect raised by China’s objections this week to the European Union’s new plan for controlling greenhouse-gas emissions from aeroplanes. The scheme, which came into effect on January 1st, forces airlines flying into the EU to buy tradable carbon credits as part of its broader emissions-trading system.Many countries are unhappy with the policy, but China’s proclamations this week—official news agencies report that China has “banned” its airlines from participation without specific government approval—appear to be an escalation. Not least because Chinese and European officials are expected to meet for high-level talks in Beijing next week. It also raises the temperature of the row in advance of a meeting of 26 dissenting countries, including India, China, Russia and America, in Moscow on February 21st.As an effort to make airlines pay for their pollution, the EU’s action is overdue. In global terms, their emissions are modest, about 3% of the total….

1.38. Health care in America: Shopping around for surgery

AMERICANS spent $2.6 trillion on health care in 2010, a staggering 18% of GDP. Yet few of them have the faintest idea what any treatment costs or how it compares with any other treatment. Prices vary wildly and seemingly without reason (see chart). Insurance terms require a dictionary. For most Americans, buying a procedure is akin to choosing a house blindfolded, signing a mortgage in Aramaic, then discovering the price later. Slowly, however, this is changing.

The past decade has seen a shift in how people pay for medicine. Americans’ health spending is growing at a slower pace. This is partly because of the downturn, but not entirely. The rate of growth fell every year between 2002 and 2009, note David Knott and Rodney Zemmel of McKinsey & Company, a consultancy. There are many reasons for this—for example, many costly drugs have lost their…

1.39. Yuvraj Singh’s cancer is curable – doctor

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Yuvraj Singh’s cancer is curable and the hard-hitting Indian batsman is likely to be back in training in May, a New Delhi oncologist said on Monday.

1.40. Contador gets two year ban over doping, set to lose Tour title

PARIS (Reuters) – Alberto Contador is set to lose one of his three Tour de France titles after being banned for two years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday for failing a dope test during the 2010 race.

1.41. Lance Armstrong cleared of doping charges

Los Angeles (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors on Friday dropped an investigation centered on whether seven-time Tour De France champion Lance Armstrong and his teammates cheated the sponsor of their bike racing team with a secret doping programme.

1.42. French min deletes "stay indoors" tip for homeless

PARIS (Reuters) – A French health minister tried to tweet her way out of embarrassing blog advice that homeless people should not go outdoors during the ice-cold snap in Europe.

1.43. Women with low literacy suffer more than men: study

(Reuters) – Women with low literacy suffer disproportionately more than men, encountering more difficulties in finding a well-paying job and being twice as likely to end up in the group of lowest wage earners, a study released on Wednesday said.

1.44. Bread is culprit in Americans consuming too much salt

(Reuters) – Nine out of 10 American adults consume too much salt and the leading culprit is not potato chips or popcorn but slices of bread and dinner rolls, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday.

1.45. Afghan child labor fears grow as aid dries up

KABUL (Reuters) – Dwindling development aid as the war winds down in Afghanistan means child labor in the impoverished country is at risk of becoming more widespread, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) warned on Tuesday.

1.46. Management Tip of the Day: Get to know your mentor

1.47. ‘Hunger hormone’ could help chemo patients: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A synthetic version of the "hunger hormone" ghrelin might help limit the loss of appetite that can come with cancer chemotherapy, a small study from Japan suggests.

1.48. Return to running possible after hip resurfacing

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Recreational runners who undergo hip resurfacing, an alternative to a total hip replacement, may be able to return to the sport after surgery, according to a recent study from France.

1.49. Erectile drugs might help premature ejaculation

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Most studies looking at whether erectile dysfunction drugs can help men overcome premature ejaculation problems agree that the pills make a difference, but much of the research is flawed, according to a new review of the evidence.

1.50. Woman: court ruling on pumping breast milk unfair

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A woman whose firing from her job over a request to pump breast milk was supported by a Texas judge said on Thursday the decision was unfair and discriminatory, and her lawyer said an appeal was under consideration.

1.51. Holiday weight gain affects active people too

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Contrary to the belief that people who burn a lot of calories are less vulnerable to gaining weight, a new study finds they and slow burners alike tend to put on pounds during the sweets-filled holiday season.

1.52. FDA issues plan to avoid heparin contamination

(Reuters) – U.S. health regulators issued recommendations to manufacturers to ensure the safe production of the blood-clot prevention drug heparin, four years after a contamination involving the widely used product set off concerns about the global pharmaceutical supply chain.

1.53. China probes "bouncing" boiled eggs

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities are investigating eggs which bounce after being boiled and may make men sterile, state media reported Friday, in the latest food safety scare to hit the country.

1.54. Biden says contraceptives fight can be worked out

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday the White House was working to address concerns raised by the Catholic Church over a new rule on contraceptives, and he believed an escalating election-year battle over the issue would be resolved.

1.55. More evidence big football players face heart risks

(Reuters) – The biggest professional football players in America may be more likely than their fellow players to die of heart disease, even though they appear to generally enjoy a longer-than-average lifespan, according to a U.S. study.

1.56. Pentagon attacks obesity with new food choices

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) – Obese Americans in the military are a national security hazard and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama wants to see that change.

1.57. Cancer trial participants may have misconceptions

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People enrolled in early stage trials for possible cancer treatments may underestimate the risks involved and overestimate the potential benefits, suggests a new study.

1.58. Does sex ed keep girls from becoming teen moms?

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In a new study, states with more comprehensive sex education programs had lower teen birth rates — but the effect seemed to be due more to political, religious and social differences between those states than the sex ed itself.

1.59. Most women with cancer want a role in decisions

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – About two-thirds of women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer want to take part in making decisions about their treatment, according to a new survey of patients from five different countries.

1.60. FDA sets draft rules for biotech drug copies

(Reuters) – The Food and Drug Administration’s long-awaited guidelines for the sale of lower-cost versions of biotechnology drugs leave open the possibility that some products might not need to be tested in humans.

1.61. FDA panel rules against NeurogesX patch for HIV

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Food and Drug Administration panel of outside experts on Thursday ruled against using a pain-relief product derived from chili peppers to treat the pain that afflicts many HIV patients suffer in their extremities.

1.62. New mental health manual is "dangerous" say experts

LONDON (Reuters) – Millions of healthy people – including shy or defiant children, grieving relatives and people with fetishes – may be wrongly labeled mentally ill by a new international diagnostic manual, specialists said on Thursday.

1.63. Gauging hype during Heart Month: 5 tests you might not need

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – February is American Heart Month and consumers will be bombarded with advice to keep their ticker healthy — whether it’s from the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women or the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s The Heart Truth.

1.64. More evidence big football players face heart risks

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Pro football players may generally enjoy a longer-than-average lifespan — but the biggest players may be more likely than others to die of heart disease, a U.S. study suggests.

1.65. Tai chi may help balance in people with Parkinson’s

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The slow, controlled motions of tai chi can help the impaired balance of people with mild or moderate Parkinson’s disease, and the improvements persist for at least three months, according to a small study out Wednesday.

1.66. FDA panel votes against wider use of Amgen drug

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An advisory panel on Wednesday recommended that U.S. health regulators reject the use of Amgen Inc’s drug Xgeva to delay the spread of prostate cancer to the bone, dimming the chance of a wider use for one of the company’s key growth drivers.

1.67. Tiny electrical shocks to the brain enhance memory: study

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Lightly shocking a person’s brain just before they learned a new task appeared to strengthen memory in a handful of patients with epilepsy, a tantalizing result that could have implications for Alzheimer’s disease, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

1.68. Abortion doesn’t up risk of mental illness relapse

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In women with a history of mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, getting an abortion does not increase their chances of landing in a psychiatric facility again, suggests a new study from Denmark.

1.69. Suit wants "morning-after pill" available to girls

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Reproductive rights advocates on Wednesday asked a federal judge in Brooklyn to make the "morning-after pill" immediately available to girls of all ages without a prescription.

1.70. FDA says ulcer drugs may raise diarrhea risk

(Reuters) – Health regulators said ulcer drugs such as AstraZeneca Plc’s blockbuster Nexium could increase the risk of clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD).

1.71. Common school program reduces signs of bullying

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A widely implemented school program aimed at improving kids’ behavior helps to slow the increase in bullying during the elementary grades, according to a new study.

1.72. Teen pregnancy, abortion rates at record low, study says

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Birth and abortion rates among U.S. teens fell to record lows in 2008 as increased use of contraceptives sent the overall teen pregnancy rate to its lowest level since at least 1972, a study showed on Wednesday.

1.73. Insight: Komen charity under microscope for funding, science

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity defines its mission as finding a cure for breast cancer. In recent years, however, it has cut by nearly half the proportion of fund-raising dollars it spends on grants to scientists working to understand the causes and develop effective new treatments for the disease.

1.74. Eczema tied to higher impotence risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Men who have the allergic skin condition eczema may have a higher risk of erectile dysfunction than other men, a new study finds.

1.75. House Speaker Boehner vows to stop Obama contraceptive rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s new rule on contraceptives is an attack on religious freedom and Congress will act if necessary to stop it, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday.

1.76. FDA says ulcer drugs may raise diarrhea risk

(Reuters) – Health regulators said ulcer drugs such as AstraZeneca Plc’s blockbuster Nexium could increase the risk of clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD).

1.77. Consumers want tougher probe of engineered salmon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three consumer groups petitioned the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to subject a new genetically engineered salmon to a more rigorous review process than is now in place before the fish can be approved as safe to eat.

1.78. White House defends contraception rules as criticism mounts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is willing to work with Catholic universities, hospitals and other church-affiliated employers to implement a new policy that requires health insurers to offer birth control coverage, a top adviser to the president’s re-election campaign said on Tuesday.

1.79. Sanofi head-lice lotion wins FDA approval

PARIS (Reuters) – Sanofi said on Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration had approved a lotion to treat head lice after clinical trials, which compared it with a placebo.

1.80. Roche breast cancer drug gets FDA priority review

(Reuters) – Health regulators granted a priority review for an experimental Roche breast cancer drug that in clinical trials added six months to the time before the disease worsened.

1.81. Return to running possible after hip resurfacing

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Recreational runners who undergo hip resurfacing, an alternative to a total hip replacement, may be able to return to the sport after surgery, according to a recent study from France.

1.82. Pentagon attacks obesity with new food choices

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) – Obese Americans in the military are a national security hazard and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama wants to see that change.

1.83. Parents urge more tests as twitches spread at New York school

LE ROY, New York (Reuters) – State health officials have added three more names to a growing list of students in this working-class town who are experiencing mysterious tics and twitching, while authorities on Saturday sought to assure parents the community’s high school is safe.

1.84. Ovarian cancer screening popular despite guidelines

1.85. Orexigen, FDA agree on trial design for obesity drug

(Reuters) – Orexigen Therapeutics Inc said it reached an agreement with U.S. health regulators on the design of a heart-safety trial required for the approval of its experimental obesity drug.

1.86. Obama administration to spend $50 million more on Alzheimer’s

(Reuters) – The Obama administration said on Tuesday it will spend an additional $50 million immediately to bolster research for Alzheimer’s, a fatal, brain-wasting disease that affects 5 million Americans.

1.87. Nerve disorder does not recur after later vaccines: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Despite concerns by some that vaccines might cause a crippling nerve disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome, a new study finds that people who receive vaccines after previously having been diagnosed with the condition do not experience any flare-ups.

1.88. Marathoners who go the distance 100 times or more

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For most people running one marathon is a daunting prospect but research scientist Leslie Miller belongs to group of runners who have completed 100 or more marathons, many of them just for the fun of it.

1.89. Many kids still exposed to secondhand smoke in cars

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A new government study reports that while fewer kids and teens are getting exposed to secondhand smoke while riding in the car, rates of exposure are still high enough to warrant concern.

1.90. Male smokers lose brain function faster as they age

LONDON (Reuters) – Men who smoke suffer a more rapid decline in brain function as they age than their non-smoking counterparts, with their cognitive decline as rapid as someone 10 years older but who shuns tobacco, scientists said on Monday.

1.91. Malaria kills twice as many as thought: study

LONDON (Reuters) – Malaria kills more than 1.2 million people worldwide a year, nearly twice as many as previously thought, according to new research published on Friday that questions years of assumptions about the mosquito-borne disease.

1.92. Komen reverses move to cut Planned Parenthood funding

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation backed down from its decision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortion and birth control services, following a massive outcry by supporters of the world’s largest breast cancer charity.

1.93. Komen advisor steps down after Planned Parenthood flap

(Reuters) – A senior advisor to the breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure has resigned in the wake of a public outcry over the group’s decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, which provides birth control and abortion services.

1.94. Green tea drinkers show less disability with age: study

(Reuters) – Elderly adults who regularly drink green tea may stay more agile and independent than their peers over time, according to a Japanese study that covered thousands of people.

1.95. Fitness and "fatness" both matter to the heart

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Losing fitness or packing on fat with age each can be bad for the heart — but avoiding either one of those fates may protect the ticker, a study published Monday suggests.

1.96. FDA staff unsure about new use for Amgen’s Xgeva

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Reviewers from Food and Drug Administration said they were not sure whether Amgen Inc’s Xgeva bone drug should be also approved as a treatment to delay the spread of cancer to the bone.

1.97. Diet supplements recalled on unlabeled drug worries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Healthy People Co is recalling 15 lots of seven different dietary supplements because they contain appetite suppressants or a drug for male erectile dysfunction, the Long Beach, California, company said.

1.98. DEA raids 2 CVS pharmacies in drug abuse probe

Reuters) – Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration raided two CVS pharmacies in Florida as part of an effort to curb the abuse of prescription painkillers and other potentially addictive substances.

1.99. Child abuse experts calls for U.S. campaign

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Nearly 4,600 U.S. children were hospitalized with broken bones, traumatic brain injury and other serious damage caused by physical abuse in 2006, according to a new report.

1.100. Carnival cruise ship passengers struck with virus

(Reuters) – More than 100 people on board a cruise ship operated by a unit of Carnival Corp have fallen ill with a stomach virus, the latest setback facing the world’s biggest cruise company, which came under scrutiny last month for the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster in Italy.

1.101. Cancer survivors line up as opponents in Super Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – There can only be one winner in Sunday’s Super Bowl but for two opposing players, a bigger battle has already been won, victory over cancer.

1.102. Cadence Pharma recalls one lot of Ofirmev

(Reuters) – Cadence Pharmaceuticals Inc said it recalled one lot of its injectable painkiller Ofirmev after a routine stability test revealed the presence of an unidentified particle in a vial.

1.103. Bossy mom at snack time tied to kid’s weight: study

(Reuters) – Mothers who push their toddlers to eat more at snack time may end up with slightly chubbier children by the age of three, according to a U.S. study.

1.104. Blurry line in diagnosing early Alzheimer’s: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The revised definition of a brain condition called mild cognitive impairment means that many people now considered to have mild or early Alzheimer’s disease could easily be given that diagnosis instead, suggests a new study.

1.105. Behavior programs may cut child obesity risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Programs that teach parenting skills early on may help prevent obesity in poor U.S. kids, a study published Monday suggests.

1.106. Anxiety therapy doesn’t work as well in elderly: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A form of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy appears to help older adults battle anxiety disorders slightly better than other approaches, but not as well as in younger adults, according to a new study.

1.107. Amateur tattoos carry hepatitis C risk: CDC

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – If you’re planning on getting a tattoo, make sure it’s from a professional and not your friend, says a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

1.108. "Malaria cure" claim sparks Vienna probe

1.109. Health care in America: Shopping around for surgery

UK Only Article: standard article Issue: A fistful of dollars Fly Title: Health care in America Rubric: Companies try to make health-care costs transparent Location: NEW YORK Main image: 20120204_WBD001_0.jpg AMERICANS spent $2.6 trillion on health care in 2010, a staggering 18% of GDP. Yet few of them have the faintest idea what any treatment costs or how it compares with any other treatment. Prices vary wildly and seemingly without reason (see chart). Insurance terms require a dictionary. For most Americans, buying a procedure is akin to choosing a house blindfolded, signing a mortgage in Aramaic, then discovering the price later. Slowly, however, this is changing. In this sectionLet Mexico’s moguls battle Bomb bays to Delhi Offshore finance »Shopping around for surgery Seeing the forest for the trees Let them eat cake The coming retail boom ReprintsRelated …

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You Lose You Win: Shannon Mooore

"I feel amazing inside and out!"

Playing softball helped keep Lincoln, Nebraska, native Shannon Moore, 31, a slim size 6 throughout high school, but her weight started to creep up after she landed an office job. Tethered to her desk, she never exercised–and she started ordering pizza or a giant burrito for lunch. "I ate whatever was most convenient," she says. "I never thought about nutrition." In 2006, Shannon wore a size 14 dress to her wedding, then tacked 25 more pounds of "love chub" onto her 5’8" frame during her first year of marriage.

Before 179 lbs
After 138 lbs

The Change
In January 2008, Shannon’s company instituted a system that used health tests to determine employees’ insurance deductibles. Shannon, who was 179 pounds at that point, was looking at a steep increase in payments. "Finally," she says, "I had a reason to get fit."

The Lifestyle
For a week, Shannon wrote down everything she ate. "Turned out that if it wasn’t takeout or fast food, my meals came from a box," she says. "And I was drinking five cans of soda a day!" She began trading processed foods for fresh fruits and veggies, learned to cook healthy versions of the greasy dishes she used to order in, and joined a gym to walk on the treadmill or use an elliptical for 30 minutes five days a week.

Six months later, she was 10 pounds lighter. To accelerate her weight loss, she stopped chasing workouts with a big bowl of cereal, upped her cardio sessions to one hour, and added strength training three times a week. By December 2010, she dropped 31 more pounds and was a size 4. "I had a fit body again, and I loved it!" she says.

The Reward
Shannon is now at a healthy weight and up for any fitness challenge. "It’s very liberating when you’re not restricted by your body," she says. "My confidence is high, and I feel that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to."

Shannon’s Tips

Keep your thighs on the prize.
"I set new goals and give myself nonfood rewards when I reach them, such as a bottle of nail polish or a good book."

Have night sweats.
"I’m a night owl, and sometimes I head to the gym at 9 p.m. and stay as late as midnight. I don’t feel as rushed when it’s less crowded, and I have more time to focus on my workout."

Go au naturel.
"Running is my time to decompress, so I try to find scenic routes where all I can hear is the birds chirping. There’s nothing more relaxing, and it makes my run go by faster."

Are you a weight loss winner?

Your Body On… A Detox

After the first sip
Your brain’s hunger signals are answered with a dump of pure fruit-juice sugar. And don’t get any ideas—veggie-based cleanses aren’t any healthier.

The sweet stuff prompts the pancreas to squirt out insulin, which moves sugar—now in your blood in the form of glucose—into your cells.

After 30 minutes
As your cells suck up the glucose, your blood sugar level can start to plummet and you may feel dizzy.

Meanwhile, lacking enough calories, your body is operating off its supply of glycogen, a form of short-term energy stored in the liver and muscles.

After two days
With each shot of juice, your insulin levels skyrocket, then crash. Your glycogen stores are pretty much gone, leaving your tank on empty—and you feeling weak and listless.

Since you’re getting only about half the calories you need, your body draws on two long-term power sources: triglycerides, a type of energy stored in fat cells (woo-hoo!), and protein, taken straight from your muscles (oops). You begin to lose muscle mass, even if you’re still exercising every day.

After three days
Your brain is not happy. It enters into semi-starvation mode and gobbles ketones, fuel that comes from the breakdown of fat. Ketones work, but they’re like low-grade gasoline; as a result, you may feel unfocused or irritable. (Any "mental clarity" is likely due to a strong placebo effect.)

Sans a fresh protein infusion, your brain is also lacking amino acids, the raw materials that neurotransmitters need to maintain your mood. If you’re prone to depression, you may start feeling blue.

The proteins in your shrinking muscles break down into ammonia and uric acid, unwelcome chemicals that invade your bloodstream. Now your kidneys are busy detoxing your detox.

Stay near the bathroom: The juice’s high carbohydrate load causes a surfeit of water to enter the intestines. That extra H2O in your gut means you’re apt to get diarrhea.

After four days
With no food to digest, your small intestine feels ignored. Its villi—the rows of tiny fibers that move food elements into the blood—start to atrophy. Your diarrhea may get worse, leading to dehydration… and there goes your rosy glow.

On the eighth day
Solid food! But uh-oh—you’ve lost muscle. Even if you go back to your regular eating habits, you now have less muscle mass to burn those calories; instead, the calories are more likely to be turned into fat. (Hence, one reason yo-yo dieting makes it harder to lose weight: Your reduced muscle-to-fat ratio messes up your metabolism and makes calories much harder to work off.)

RELATED: A Body Cleanse That Isn’t Crazy

Slim Calm Sexy Dinner Recipes

Two-Step Broccoli and Turkey Rotelle

1 1⁄2 cups frozen broccoli florets
1⁄2 cup hot cooked quinoa-blend rotelle pasta (such as Ancient Harvest)
2 slices (2 ounces) roasted all-natural turkey breast, cut into 1⁄2" pieces
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons cold-pressed olive oil
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Freshly ground black pepper

1. Microwave the broccoli according to package directions.

2. Toss the pasta, turkey, cheese, and broccoli in a serving bowl. Drizzle with the oil and red-pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper, and toss before serving.

Excerpted from the book Slim Calm Sexy Diet by WH nutrition expert, Keri Glassman.
Pick up a copy today!

Slim Calm Sexy Dinner Recipes

End the day right with these amazing encore dishes!

Spicy Shrimp and Squash Sauté

2 teaspoons pine nuts
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1⁄2 cup chopped plum tomato
1 cup yellow squash, cut into 1⁄8"-thick rounds and sliced into half moons
Freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces wild rock shrimp, shelled and deveined
1⁄2 teaspoon minced garlic (about 1 clove)
Splash of white wine (optional)
1⁄8 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1. Place a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the pine nuts and cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

2. Add the oil to the same skillet, then add the tomato and squash. Season with salt and black pepper. Cook, stirring, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the squash is softened and golden.

3. Add the shrimp, garlic, wine (if using), and red-pepper flakes. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, flipping the shrimp halfway, until opaque and firm throughout. Stir in the reserved pine nuts and 2 teaspoons of the basil before transferring to a serving bowl.

4. Top with the cheese and the remaining 1 teaspoon of basil before serving.

Excerpted from the book Slim Calm Sexy Diet by WH nutrition expert, Keri Glassman.
Pick up a copy today!

Go Red for Women

Watch our cover girl star in (and direct) the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women short film and PSA below, "Just a Little Heart Attack," inspired by the real-life stories of women who have been affected by heart disease. (And watch the behind-the-scenes video on Elizabeth’s new website.)

Join Women’s Health and Elizabeth Banks and wear red on February 3 to show the world that you support the fight against heart disease in women. Post a photo of yourself on Twitter or Facebook and encourage your friends to do the same.

More from WH:
How to Prevent Heart Disease
5 Steps to a Health Heart

The Bombshell Next Door

Elizabeth Banks once hoped she’d become a famous broadcaster. She didn’t, but she has played one on TV—as 30 Rock’s feisty talking head Avery Jessup. All it takes is one conversation with the candid 37-year-old actress to understand why she opted against a career as a perky on-air personality. "I’m not a particularly shiny, happy person," she confesses. "I’m fairly cynical, and that’s what draws me to comedy." It’s one of the many revelations that surface over drinks at the Bowery Hotel in New York City.

Early on, when going for comedic roles, Elizabeth’s perfectly aligned features and firm body used to get in her way. She had to prove she had not just the good looks but also the goods. "I’m always looking for challenges," she says. "I’m open to anything. I get out of the way of all plans." Her breakout turn as Beth in The 40-Year-Old Virgin was the game changer, and a slew of comedies—Definitely, Maybe and Zack and Miri Make a Porno, among them—followed.

As her profile rose, doors opened up to different genres. She stars as a negotiator in the just-released action flick Man on a Ledge, which was "a great ride of a movie. I got to shoot a gun and stand on a five-foot ledge 22 stories above Manhattan," she says with glee. Then there’s her role as publicity agent Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games, which hits theaters March 23, based on the best-selling novel about government control, war, and personal freedom. "Anytime you can work on something that’s really entertaining but also has an intellectual idea at heart, it’s very exciting," she says. In May, she’ll appear in the big-screen version of the pregnancy bible What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

To read her full interview (including her favorite food indulgences, and her tips for staying happily wed), pick up the March issues of Women’s health—on newsstand February 7

Travel Tips: Take Back Your Commute

I’ve never run a marathon, but I drive one every day. Actually, round-trip, my daily commute is closer to three and a half marathons, or just shy of 100 miles. I spend the equivalent of 12 and a half days per year in my car–more time than I spend on vacation or at the gym.

I have plenty of company on the road: According to U.S. Census Bureau data, the number of "extreme commuters"–those whose daily trip to work takes 90 minutes or longer–hovers around 3.2 million. That includes people who slog in via public transportation (their average commute tends to take twice as long as the average trip by car).

The proportion of 60-and 90-plus-minute commutes has risen sharply in the past few years, says Alan Pisarski, a travel behavior analyst who puts out the report "Commuting in America." This increase is likely one result of an economy in which jobs are scarce and the lousy housing market has frozen homeowners in place. With residents forced to leapfrog the suburbs to more geographically remote areas to get to their jobs, more and more towns are turning into "bedroom communities"– commuter towns where many residents are home only long enough to sleep.

The result of this trend is a problem worse than gridlock: Mega hours on the road can suck the joy out of whatever time you spend off of it. Your experience en route can stress you out, sap your social life, and even increase your risk for health and relationship problems, research shows. And the mental toll is greater for women than for men.

Looking for a light at the end of that backed-up tunnel? Read on. I’ve made peace with my time in transit, and you can too. And experts say that you don’t have to give up your daily ride to dodge the ill effects associated with it–in fact, you may even learn to use the time to your advantage.

Road Hazards Ahead
Anyone who’s ever sat in a traffic jam–with or without a full bladder–knows there’s plenty not to like when you’re on the road for an hour or more at a stretch. Honking horns, road rage, and noisy seatmates are a few irritants– but the thing that makes a trip universally unbearable is basic unpredictability, according to Tim Lomax, a senior research engineer at Texas A&M University’s Texas Transportation Institute. "The stress comes from not knowing when you’re going to get where you’re going," he says, "and from the time you’re wasting." (And that stress can make you lose your focus or be tempted to multitask behind the wheel, both of which increase your risk for a crash–not good.)

Overloaded schedules are part of the reason that commuting takes a greater toll on women, who are more likely than men to add errands– dropping off dry cleaning, picking up groceries and kids– to their daily commute, says a study published last year in the Journal of Health Economics. And women are less likely to get a payoff from a long commute, in terms of a boost in income or job satisfaction.

Commuting can be hard on your love life too. "You’re spending less time together, which makes communication difficult–and that can create dissatisfaction and edginess in a relationship," says psychotherapist Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D., author of The Commuter Marriage: Keep Your Relationship Close While You’re Far Apart.

Take Back the Wheel
The downsides of commuting are far from inevitable, though. Try these five strategies to bring out the upsides.

Look for the payoffs. Several years ago, a pair of Swiss economists estimated that someone with a one-hour commute would have to earn 40 percent more money to be as satisfied as someone who walks to work. Now, you probably won’t get that kind of a raise in your lifetime, but your round-trip will be less of a drag if the reward you’re reaping because of it–whether that reward is professional fulfillment or a nice house with great neighbors– is meaningful enough to you. "For an awful lot of people, a long commute is a perfectly acceptable tradeoff for something that they want," says Pisarski.

Expect the worst and hope for the best. Because the loss of control we feel when our commute doesn’t go as planned is a major stress trigger, plan for a catastrophe. "Accept the fact that you will be in traffic congestion," says Lomax. Check out the road conditions and traffic before you leave (Lomax suggests,, and Google traffic), or get a GPS unit that gives you real-time traffic reports. And remember to have an escape hatch–alternate routes or modes of transport. If it will help, leave 15 minutes earlier.

Vary your route. "There’s a tendency to fall into a very fixed pattern, to put your brain in neutral and go on autopilot," says Pisarski. Resist that impulse. Changing your route not only engages your brain, which can make the drive more interesting, but also puts more data in your mental GPS, which may help you escape future traffic snares.

Think quality, not quantity. City versus highway driving makes a difference to more than your gas mileage. Stop-and-go traffic encompasses the very worst of the driving experience, a rapid-fire switch between lethargy (stop) and urgency (go!) that’s bound to increase tension. And even if it’s the shortest distance in miles, that kind of driving doesn’t give you nearly the psychological satisfaction of cruising along a highway. "A 90-minute commute that’s covering 40 or 60 miles is a whole lot more acceptable than a 90-minute commute covering 15 miles," says Pisarski. Map out a route that avoids lots of traffic lights and stop signs and you may find yourself feeling a lot better.

Spend your time wisely. Most of the time, multitasking at the wheel is a bad idea, but there are exceptions: Audio books. NPR. Playlists on a fully loaded iPod, so you don’t have to fumble with it. Traveling by bus or subway? A recent study in the journal PLoS One found that music may make the ride easier to take. People who listened to upbeat tunes through headphones were more tolerant of others in their personal space than when they weren’t listening.

When you can use the time you spend commuting to relax and decompress from your day, you might even look forward to the ride, says Tessina. "Your car can be a sanctuary, if you let it."

The Power of Placebos: It’s All in Your Head

When it comes to believing that the brain can rule the body, I’ve always been a bit of a skeptic. Perhaps it’s the journalist in me–I’m comfortable with concrete facts, not leaps of faith. For example, hearing stories about so-called sympathy pain (like when a deeply empathetic expectant father experiences labor pain while his wife is giving birth) makes me want to yell, "Nice try, buddy!" I have also been known to roll my eyes when people talk about "thinking thin" or the notion that some women can bring themselves to orgasm through mental stimulation alone. I mean, if either were that easy, wouldn’t the world be a much happier place?!

But after reading our piece on the placebo effect (Fake Pill, Real Power), I have to admit my shield of skepticism has a few dings. Turns out, compelling studies indicate that for some ailments, simple belief in a treatment’s efficacy can be more potent than the medication’s ingredients themselves. And that you can use your mind to condition your body to heal minor woes such as headaches, menstrual cramps, and fatigue. And even some major ones, like depression. Most important, by exploring this phenomenon–and lending legitimacy to it–doctors and scientists can conceive less-invasive methods for treating pain and combating illness. Fewer pills and needle pricks? I’m in!

One thing is certain: The key factor in a successful placebo effect is belief. In a funny way, it reminds me of a time back in high school when some guys I knew served nonalcoholic near beer to another student to see if he’d act drunk. He did. But maybe he wasn’t acting at all. Maybe he just believed that potion in the bottle had the power to make him feel good.

Michele Promaulayko
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Marisa Miller: The Secret to Living a Sexier Life

Marisa Miller has a confession to make. "I’m very shy," says the 5’8" blonde stunner in a friendly voice that seems to contradict the statement. "I know it’s weird for a person who models lingerie and swimsuits, but I don’t like to be the center of attention!"

Too late for that. Soon after being discovered by famed photographer Mario Testino on a California beach in 2001, she landed a coveted spot in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, which led to a Victoria’s Secret contract and numerous endorsement deals. Now the 33-year-old is in Boston filming her first movie, R.I.P.D., with Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds.

Making the switch to acting was a major leap–professionally and personally. "Eighty percent of the things I do are not natural for my personality. I believe you have to fake it till you make it. Act like you’re confident and you’ll get there," says Marisa, who lives in L.A. with her husband of five years, music producer Griffin Guess. There are more words of wisdom where that came from. Check out Marisa’s plan for getting everything you want—starting now!

Marisa is known for her phenomenally flat belly. Here, her lean-body secrets.

Zero in on the O. Not that kind, unfortch! We’re talking about your obliques, the muscles on the sides of your waist that, when targeted, can help melt a muffin top. "Working your obliques pulls everything together and gives you a slim waist," says Marisa. One of her favorite moves is the alternating crunch: Lie on your back with your hands behind your head, elbows out. Lift your legs to the tabletop position (knees and hips bent 90 degrees). Raise your shoulders off the floor as you bring your left elbow to your right knee. Lower, then repeat with your right elbow and left knee.

Perfect the plank.  "The plank works your abs and everything else," says Marisa. To do it, hold the upper position of a pushup, keeping your arms straight, back flat, and neck long. Hold for up to 60 seconds.

Give yourself a raise.  Marisa also swears by leg lifts. To do them, lie on your back, arms at your sides. Brace your abs, then lift your legs until they’re perpendicular to the floor, keeping them pressed together and as straight as possible. Slowly lift your tailbone an inch off the floor. Reverse to return to start; repeat for one minute.

Marisa’s stay-slim strategies are anything but garden-variety.

Eat naked. Sounds kooky, but she has a point: "Eating smart is all about having an awareness of your body. The most obvious way to do that is by seeing it. So when you’re trying to lose weight, spend more time wearing less. I don’t think I could eat a plate of nachos naked–could you?"

Prep ahead of time. "I’ll cook a batch of brown rice or quinoa and keep it in the fridge, so when I get hungry, I can easily dress it up with olive oil, lemon, and salt and pepper, and then add veggies," says Marisa, who often has zucchini and spinach.

Practice portion control. "I usually say no to the bad things at Whole Foods, but then I get to the register, where they have individually wrapped chocolates. I’ll grab five and keep them at home. If I need something sweet, I’ve got it!" she says.

Make smart swaps. Marisa has found healthier alternatives to fattening foods. Instead of potato chips, she munches on organic Rhythm Superfoods Kool Ranch Kale Chips. And she mixes tuna with Wildwood garlic aioli instead of mayo. She also whips up leaner versions of Griffin’s high-fat favorites—such as a BLT made with an Ezekiel English muffin, organic tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, and turkey bacon.

Keep your hands off his junk food. "When I first met Griffin, I gained 10 pounds! When you are falling in love, all you do is make out and eat!" says Marisa. Now she has learned to indulge judiciously. "When I do have one of his favorites, like soda or cake, I look at it as a treat and enjoy it. Because I eat well 90 percent of the time, I don’t feel guilty."

This increasingly popular water sport, which entails standing on a long board and using a paddle to pull yourself through the water, is Marisa’s whip-your-body-into-shape weapon. "You’re cruising around, so you’re not focused on the hard work you’re doing," she says. "And you can modify the workout and go faster or slower."

Marisa is so passionate about the sport that she created a line of women’s boards for Surftech. Most boards are designed for men (meaning they’re long and heavy), so Marisa decided to design lighter, thinner boards that are easier to carry to the water and better suited to a woman’s body. The result? The beginner-friendly Surftech Marisa Miller Signature SUP ($1,715,

Want to bolster your union? Swipe these tips from a woman who seems deliriously in love with her hubby.

Get creative. "Guys are very visual," says Marisa. So whether it’s treating yourself (and him) to some new lingerie or playing dress-up in the bedroom, keeping things fresh can stoke excitement. "My job is great, because I come home from work every day made over," she says. "So Griffin can get 20 different women in one month!"

Give him space. No matter how hot things get, know when to play it cool. "Understanding what he needs to do to wind down is important," says Marisa. "I let him have that time to play video games or whatever."

Speak your mind. When something bothers you, let it rip. "Griffin used to get busy at work and not pick up the phone. It irritated me! Finally I said, ‘Honey, if I call you in the middle of the day, I’m not going to tell you what color I painted my nails. I need to tell you something [important]," says Marisa. "Now, even if it’s for just 30 seconds, he’ll pick up and say, ‘Hey, are you OK?’"

Share a project. "Our dog has become our child. We take [our Italian greyhound] Lula to the beach to run, we potty-trained her, and she sleeps in our bed. She’s the first thing we raised together, so that means a lot," says Marisa, who says she eventually wants "a crazy household" with kids.

After posing for, say, a gazillion photos, Marisa knows what works in front of the camera.

Do your research. "Flip through photos of yourself, find shots you love, then figure out why you love them," says Marisa. "What helped me was knowing the angles of my body and what looked right."

Practice in private. "Growing up, my sister and I would take pictures of each other," she says. Getting used to being snapped can help you feel more comfortable when it’s time for important photo ops.

Get your rear in gear. "A lot of women tuck their hips under to hide their butt in photos, but it looks awkward,” says Marisa. “I suggest pushing your butt out. You’ll get that sexy S shape that looks great in pictures."

Health Hazard: Too Much Noise Is Bad For You

Last February, in the middle of a raging snowstorm, I stepped outside among the fat, swirling snowflakes and heard…nothing. No cars, no voices, no barking dogs. The snow that blanketed everything had muted even the tiniest sounds.

A few hours later, this silent world had melted into the spray of tires rushing down a slushy road, the scrape of shovels, and the grumbling of overeager snowplows. Real silence is just that fleeting. Most of us don’t even realize what we’re missing amid the daily acoustic garbage that litters the air: traffic rumbling by, descending planes roaring overhead, the hum of appliances in the next room. You get used to it.

Or do you? While your conscious mind might tune out background noise, your body is still very much aware of it. The latest research shows that environmental noise is a pretty serious health threat and has linked it not just to the obvious issues like sleep disturbances and annoyance, but also to stomach problems, impaired immunity, and even heart disease. A 2011 World Health Organization (WHO) report actually quantified the consequences of noise on the urban population of Western Europe. It found that "at least 1 million healthy life years are lost every year from traffic-related noise" (say, from health problems brought on by sleep disturbances). And according to the U.S. Census Bureau, street noise ranks as the number one neighborhood complaint—higher even than crime.

Any other health problem of this magnitude would have a government task force searching for solutions. But you probably don’t consider a moment of silence on par with your daily workout or a healthy diet in terms of what it can do for your physical and mental well-being. Researchers and experts disagree: Those increasingly rare moments of quiet have myriad benefits to our bodies and psyches, they say. Here’s how you can begin reclaiming them and reaping the benefits.

Living Out Loud

"This past decade was the noisiest in the history of the world," says Les Blomberg, executive director of the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse, a nonprofit in Montpelier, Vermont, dedicated to creating quieter communities. Vehicles (one of the biggest noise makers) traveled almost twice as many miles in 2009 as they did in 1980. And the number of cargo planes taking to the air (another biggie) increased significantly in the past 15 years as well. In fact, ever since industrialization, technology has added to the din: Cars now honk to signal they’ve been locked, public transportation clanks and clatters, even constant cell-phone chatter raises the volume.

All this unchecked racket is a huge stress on your mind and body. Blomberg likens making noise to "reaching into someone’s head and shaking the inner workings of their ear." And, like other stressors, noise can trigger the fight-or-flight response, a combination of nerve and hormonal signals intended to prep you for action. In response, your body pumps out adrenaline and cortisol, and increases heart rate and blood pressure.

The problem, says Rokho Kim, M.D., D.P.H., the WHO scientist who spearheaded the 2011 report, is that when we’re constantly under siege from noise (and these effects have been noted even in subjects who are asleep, he says), our bodies don’t get the downtime they need to recover and are flooded with autonomic nervous and hormonal responses, including increased levels of cortisol, a marker of chronic stress. Over time, this perpetual state of readiness takes a toll. Stress hormones can weaken the immune system, and chronically high blood pressure can ultimately lead to heart disease.

Your brain suffers as well. Research conducted in an office setting found that even a less-than-extreme level of background noise—doors being opened and closed, copy machines, and the conversations of coworkers—reduced worker productivity, increased fatigue, and made it harder to concentrate on tasks.

As the volume of the noise and the length of time you hear it increase, so does your risk. Loud noise (above about 55 decibels or dBA—for reference, the hum of a refrigerator is around 40 dBA; heavy city traffic, 85 dBA) is more stressful than soft, and uncontrollable, intermittent bursts of unexpected noise are worse than when it’s steady. And the less control you have over the sounds, the more stress you feel and the worse the reaction.

Hit the Mute Button

Given these problems, why do we tolerate a startling amount of noise in our lives?

For one thing, society doesn’t exactly sanction silence. "As a culture, we’ve come to associate noise with technological progress," says Blomberg. As roaring jet planes and beeping computers became symbols of great American ideals like hard work and innovation, quiet has been relegated to a lazy luxury, a break between activity and not a worthy goal in itself. We don’t trust what we can’t hear, which may explain why some manufacturers of hybrid cars have begun adding sound to their quietly humming machines (no lie). "We have this false assumption that the world has to be noisy," says Blomberg.

On a more individual level, it can seem practical to want to smother less pleasant noises (lawn mowers, rowdy neighbors) with your preferred ones (Modern Family, Adele). But George Prochnik, author of In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise, points out, "People are often paradoxically using more noise as a kind of soundproofing." Why not just seek out silence? Prochnik researched his book by spending time in some of the quietest places on earth, including sensory deprivation tanks, and he points to a lesson he learned from Trappist monks: "When we don’t have external stimulation, it forces us to look back into ourselves." And let’s face it: That may be just fine for monks, but for many of us, the thought of that much time alone with our thoughts can be downright scary. We’d rather drown them out.

Still, we could learn a thing or two from the monastic life, and while a vow of silence may not be practical, mini escapes from the chaos are totally doable. Alex Doman, coauthor of Healing at the Speed of Sound, recommends taking two five-to 10-minute "quiet breaks" a day: Close your office door, walk to an isolated park bench, or even sit in a bathroom stall while wearing noise-canceling headphones (not ones that are playing music, even if it is Brahms’ lullaby). This will give your body a rest from noise-induced stress responses and help fend off disease down the road. It also allows your brain time to process all the stimuli it has encountered.

Researchers have also discovered a certain technique that may help buffer you against the harmful effects of constant clamor, a kind of vaccine for the stress of noise you can’t avoid. Called mindfulness meditation (MM), it’s incredibly simple: You sit still and breathe normally but take your body off autopilot and really focus as you inhale and exhale, bringing your mind back to your breath whenever it wanders.

"Normally, our mind is like an untrained puppy. It kind of goes wherever," says Catherine Kerr, Ph.D., of Brown University, who led a 2011 study on MM. "What you learn by using mindfulness meditation is to let go of whatever distracting thought or sound has grabbed hold of you and return your attention to your breath. With a few minutes a day of that kind of practice, you should potentially be able to use that skill in a noisy environment," she says, and more easily let go of an annoying sound’s hold on your attention. Kerr’s subjects were actually able to use the technique to control certain brain waves, which allowed them to tune out distractions more easily at a later time, when they weren’t actively practicing MM.

Maybe even more important than seeking to escape the noise in your life, however, is "intentionally cultivating a more varied experience of sound," says Prochnik. Instead of subjecting yourself to the nonstop cacophony of modern life, sit under a tree and listen to the birds sing. Try to alternate sound and silence.

"I think it’s the balance we’re missing right now. It’s the constant envelopment in a din of sound that’s so dangerous," he says. "Silence isn’t about an absence of listening, it’s about hearing much more—and discerning many small sounds."

How to Negotiate a Raise or a Discount

Ask for a Raise or Promotion
In a shaky economy, it’s best just to be damn grateful you have a job, right? Wrong, says Joel Garfinkle, author of Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level. "You can still ask for more money if you can show that you’re going to have an impact on the company’s bottom line," he says. Do your legwork: Ask an HR rep what time of the year raises are given out. And aim for a nice day. Experts say that people tend to be in better moods when it’s sunny.

First pitch: Say you’re sympathetic to the tough times, then offer specific ways that you can save the company money, such as taking on extra work, says Vickie Milazzo, author of Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman.

When they’re hesitant: OK, time to take a different tack. Let your boss know you’re worth the salary boost by presenting evidence of your value, such as e-mails from clients saying "You rock!" (or words to that effect) or the jaw-dropping results of a project of yours, says Elaine Varelas, managing partner at Keystone Partners, a career-management firm in Boston. Be friendly, but wipe off the too-eager grin.

"Over-smiling is a credibility robber for women when negotiating," says Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D., author of The Silent Language of Leaders. When they’re still not convinced: If your boss won’t budge, ask if she can show the love with tuition reimbursement, work-from-home days, or a gym membership.

Stop! Pushing further will only jeopardize your relationship with your boss. But leave the door open for future discussions by asking what tangible things you can do between now and your next evaluation to pump up your paycheck.

Negotiate a Buy
Walk in with a fistful of competitor ads and prices from online retailers like Amazon and eBay so the salesperson knows you can easily shop elsewhere.

First pitch: Dive in with your price first, says Terry Bacon, author of Elements of Influence: "Shoot for 20 percent below the lowest price you’ve seen locally, and use that as a starting point for the negotiation."

When they’re hesitant: Try, "I like this, but what can we do about the price?" This makes it seem like you’re working together, says Goman.

When they’re still not convinced: Offering to pay in cash saves the store the cut it has to give the credit-card company, which can be around 5 to 7 percent of the item’s price, says Bacon. Or haggle on noncash stuff, like free delivery or a better service plan.

Stop! At a standstill? Thank the salesperson and tell her to call you if anything changes.

Raise Funds for Your Charity Race
Weeks before the big ask, send your friends links to stories related to the charity. Tell them why the cause is important to you (e.g., your cousin was just diagnosed with juvenile diabetes) or point out how it might hit home. ("Heart disease is the number one killer of women!")

First pitch: Tap family and close pals who are likely to donate. "Mention those contributions when you appeal to coworkers. When people see that there’s strength in your cause, they feel more secure about pitching in," says Laura Fredricks, author of The Ask. The best time to hit them up, by the way: on or just after payday, when people are feeling flush.

When they’re hesitant: Dangle fun incentives in front of reluctant donors. Promise them that once you reach your goal, you’ll host a dinner party or bring a plate of your famous brownies to the office.

Stop! If you get a flat-out no, let it go. You could push harder, but the cost—annoying your pals and coworkers—isn’t worth it.

Nab a Discount
Whether it’s the cable company or a retailer, figure out how long you’ve been a customer and how much cash you’ve dished out. Drop that into the discussion.

First pitch: Find out the customer service rep’s name (and use it) and ask where she’s located. "The person on the line is often treated like a machine, so a few questions can help form a connection, which may make her more open to helping you," says Barbara Bellissimo, author of Become Your Own Great and Powerful.

When they’re hesitant: Stay friendly. (That old adage about catching more flies with honey? True.) Displaying some vulnerability will also help bring down the rep’s defenses, says Michael Pantalon, Ph.D., a psychologist at Yale University. Stroke her ego by saying, "I know it’s up to you. What do you think is my best option?"

When they’re still not convinced: Stress that you would like to stay a loyal customer and will give frequent shout-outs about them to all your friends.

Stop! If the service rep repeatedly says no, ask for a supervisor. Do it before you annoy her, or the manager could start talking to you on the defensive.

Juicy Questions for Alex O’Loughlin

1. Since your job is very physical, how do you chill out?
I live in Hawaii, and the trails and mountains here are just magic. Surfing and trail running chill me out. I like reading too. And playing my guitar—I wish I were better.

2. Finish this sentence: A woman looks hottest in…
A sarong and my T-shirt—that’s pretty good. But I love her dressed to the nines too. Guys want to see the diversity of beauty.

3. What would you consider to be the secret to a successful relationship?
(Laughs) I was hoping you were going to give me some tips! OK, look, it’s so cliche, but it’s true: honesty and communication. And a good sex life.

4. What still boggles your mind about women?
There have been many times when I thought I was having a logical discussion with a woman, and then I’m left sitting alone, confused, trying to recount how it went down. You guys are so much smarter than we are.

5. You just won yourself even more female admirers. How do you know when you’re really into a woman?
When I am really into a woman, the way I look at other women changes. The other women on the planet kind of fade away. And the majority of my energy goes to that person. I’m a very attentive lover.

Fast Talk

Shower song?
All my songs are shower songs. I have a terrible voice. But I’d say "Johnny B. Goode."

Boobs or butt?

Ideal superpower?

Pet peeve?
When people drink the milk and don’t buy new milk.

What do you sleep in?


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Anna Kournikova in the Magazine

Body By Anna
Anna Kournikova, the former golden girl of tennis, is back in the swing of things–this time as a hard-driving trainer on The Biggest Loser. Here, she shares her pound-shedding secrets and offers up a WH-exclusive workout.

It’s OK to Look Cute at the Gym
Admit it: When you feel pretty, you’re more pumped to exercise. These simple tips will give you a beauty boost.

Keep oil at bay
"When you’re working out, you’re going to be sweating, even if your skin is dry," says Anna, who prevents pimples with an oil-free moisturizer and sunblock. Her latest obsession is Ultra Sun Protection SPF 50 PA+++ by Chantecaille. “It’s like a primer,” she says. “Put it on, let it absorb for a couple of minutes, and it gives this beautiful matte finish.”

Pull your hair back in a chic way
Before exercising, Anna gathers her hair into a high ponytail and puts on a headband to hold back her bangs. “If I’m doing something really physical, like running, I braid my hair so it doesn’t get tangled,” she says.

Spritz on a light scent
The gym is not the place for a heavy fragrance. Anna mists on a subtle body spray instead. Her fave: Victoria’s Secret Fragrance Mist in Vanilla Lace.

Anna’s Food Rules
Follow her advice to keep your energy up and the number on the scale down.

Drink your vitamins…
Anna gets extra nutrients by adding prepackaged, powdered supplements, like Emergen-C, Airborne, or “any multivitamin mix that tastes good,” to a supersized jug of filtered water that she carries everywhere.

…but not your calories
“I’d rather have a brownie than waste calories on [a beverage],” she says. Her favorite sugar-free sips: Diet Coke and Diet Sprite, because “sometimes you want bubbles.”

Ditch carbs after dusk
"For energy during the day, I’ll have carbs," says Anna, who eats three meals and two snacks daily. "But at night, it’s lean and green." A sample dinner: steak with spinach and asparagus or brussels sprouts.

Fill your fridge with workout fuel
Inside Anna’s fridge at The Biggest Loser ranch you’ll find string cheese, salsa, hummus, Greek yogurt (“a great source of protein and zero fat”), and…Red Bull? “I’m human, you know?” says Anna.

Allow for indulgences
Says Anna: “It’s OK to have a chocolate cookie—just not 20 thousand of them!”


Amber Heard in the Magazine

December Cover star: Amber Heard
Don’t be deceived by the sexy blonde hair and killer bod. This actress is a whip-smart, strong-willed woman who may just bend all of Hollywood to her will.

Amber Heard hears a deep, familiar growl and spins around: It’s her teacup Yorkie, a pint-size pouf, terrorizing a child on a Manhattan sidewalk. "Aww, kiddo," Amber says to the girl. "Did she scare you?" Kiddo slinks away, trying to make sense of a world in which everything cute isn’t also cuddly. Amber learned that lesson long ago. She named her dog Pistol. She loves when looks are deceiving.

Twenty-five-year-old Amber has been living that contradiction her whole life. Stunning and graceful, with an absurdly symmetrical face, she looks like a young Sharon Stone. While growing up in a conservative community in Austin, Texas, Amber saw other girls going out of their way to play dumb. And for a while, she played along.

But nobody can fake it forever. Soon, Amber was poking and prodding and tinting almost everything she said with a deep skepticism of the world. "There was so much to debate, but no one wanted to take up the other side," she recalls. She was in Catholic school and liked to sound off on every hot-button issue that typically riles the status quo. She wasn’t just pushing against walls; she was swinging at them. She needed to see something fall.

Finding Her Voice

It felt good at first. Addictive.But it was also alienating. At 16, she got her GED and left high school, then spent her small savings—about $60, earned from babysitting—on head shots made at a copy center. "Everyone advised against it. But I had a dream and a passion, and I wanted more," she says.

By 17, Amber had made the movie Friday Night Lights, and by 18 had moved to L.A., where she landed roles in a handful of throwaway thrillers. "If you want to do something," she reasons, "you find a way."

That she has. Not only is Amber the face of the new Guess ads, but she is starring opposite Johnny Depp in the movie The Rum Diary and was one of the leads on the short-lived TV drama The Playboy Club. The show may have been better suited to cable, where it could have embraced its sexy core, but Amber made the most of her role, turning her character into a convincing alter ego—equal parts beauty and conflict. It also gave her a national platform, in a bunny suit no less.

Squeezing into that scant uniform required a considerable amount of self-discipline. "I watch what I eat and drink," says Amber. She also works out regularly by running ("It’s the most time-accommodating exercise you can do"), playing tennis, and taking Pilates classes. In a town where many women would like you to believe they’re naturally a perfect size 2, Amber makes it damn clear her trim body is hard earned. "There’s no ‘I don’t diet, I eat what I want, and this is how I look,’" she says.

Watch her exclusive behind-the-scenes video from her WH covershoot here:


A Gift For The World: Online Sound Healing Website Unveiled for Low Cost and Free Meditation and Healing Music

Boulder, Colorado, USA – 2/13/12 denotes the unveiling of this visionary resource for free and low cost healing music and meditation music from 5th Element Music’s Rasamayi and Paradiso. This website is their Valentine’s Day gift to the world, released on the eve of World Sound Healing Day as declared by pioneering sound healer Jonathan Goldman, from these world renowned, award winning and best-selling healing practitioners and artists.

Commonly reported benefits of sound therapy include reduction of stress and anxiety, relief from physical and emotional issues, increased mental clarity and creativity, spiritual experiences and healing, spontaneous past life recall, oneness experiences and personal transformation and evolution. Soulmates Carnegie Hall didjeridoo artist Paradiso and singing bowl master alchemist Rasamayi intend to contribute to the wellness and evolution of the world in the year 2012 and beyond through this website, their music and synthesis in vibration therapy. ‘Sound healing music of the highest quality should be available to everyone with a computer,’ explains Rasamayi. ‘We will also support other sound healers in their goals to reach a wider audience more easily and quickly than we did.’

Their work was a huge contribution to the world of healing music in 2011, and they are clearly poised to make good on those goals. Their collaborative debut sound healing CD ‘3rdEye Rising‘ appeared on the Dalai Lama’s and Oprah’s OWN network official websites; was number 16 in 2011’s top 20 international airplay for world, ambient and new age music; received acclaim from the industry’s leading critics; will be featured in Dr. Masaru Emoto’s upcoming MyHado application to benefit world peace; and was nominated for ‘Best Meditative CD‘ by the Zone Music Reporter (formerly New Age Radio) less than 24 hours before the website went live.

The energies of love, joy and inner peace are divine frequencies whose experience is known to facilitate and accelerate humanity’s transformation individually and collectively, easing transitions in these times of widespread challenge and opportunity. These healers combine their eternal intention, divine energies and infinite gifts on a journey through realms of the sacred sound current, making this groundbreaking website a vehicle for sound healing energy to serve the world with the vibrations of love, peace, joy and freedom: a valuable gift indeed.

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The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Metro Chapter Is Now Accepting Applications For The 2012 Group Mentoring Program –

The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Metro Chapter Is
Now Accepting Applications For The2012 Group Mentoring Program

FAIRFIELD, NJ—February, 13, 2012—Ready…Set…Not yet – Get more mileage from your career working with an experienced professional and mentor for advice to help move your career forward!

The HBA Metro chapter’s group mentoring program provides a special opportunity to connect with individuals from all sectors of our industry who want to learn and develop with the support of an entire team.
Each mentoring group consists of two mentors and three-to-five mentees who share a common area of focus. The experience is unique because mentees set their own goals and work to achieve them with help and support from their group.
Mentoring teams create a safe space for participants to ask questions, test ideas, gain insights, receive feedback and grow. The team works together for six months, meets twice a month, both in person and by teleconference. Space is limited, so sign up now!
This program provides a broad industry perspective, is oriented towards positive outcomes and results and will expose the participants to a diversified network of contacts—all of which are especially valuable in today’s complex business environment. Click on the following link now – only members can participate, so join the HBA now!
LinkedIn: Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Metro Chapter | LinkedIn
Space is limited to 80 mentees and 40 mentors. The orientation kickoff meeting for those accepted is set for Thursday, April 26, 2012, from 5:30 PM-9:00 PM in Parsippany, NJ.
For more information and important details about the program, read the 2012 program brochure. To apply, complete an appropriate entry survey listed below by March 9, 2012:
1.  2012 mentee entry survey
2.  2012 mentor entry survey
About the HBA
The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) is in its fourth decade as a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the advancement of women in healthcare worldwide. With 15 chapters throughout the US and in Europe, the HBA is headquartered in New Jersey with offices in Philadelphia and Research Triangle Park. The HBA provides educational opportunities for women and men to develop cutting-edge healthcare industry knowledge and leadership skills; recognizes outstanding women and men in the industry; provides opportunities for networking; creates greater visibility for women in the industry; fosters mentoring relationships and serves as a conduit and sponsor for research on career advancement issues. The HBA has over 6,000 individual members and over 130 Corporate Partners. It is widely recognized as the catalyst for leadership development of women in healthcare worldwide and was named by Leadership Excellence as having one of the top leadership development programs in North America for the last four years.
About the HBA Metro Chapter
The HBA Metro Chapter is the founding and largest chapter of the HBA in the heart of the east coast’s life sciences corridor, serving members in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The HBA Metro Chapter provides a wide variety of leadership development offerings, including Affinity/Special Interest Programs, CONNECTIONS Networking Events, evening Keynote Programs, virtual programs, an annual group mentoring program and special offerings for executive and senior-level women via the chapter’s Executive Women’s Outreach initiative. A host of volunteer opportunities are available for members who seek to support the chapter and enrich their HBA experience.

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Exposing Hidden Health Hazards In The Area Rug Cleaning Industry

South Hackensack, NJ — With medical costs on the rise, Americans are more concerned about healthy living than ever. Yet, an invisible threat exists; it’s called indoor air pollution. The associated health risks have been among the most overlooked of problems in modern society. ‘Your carpet probably contains about 200,000 bacteria per square inch, making it 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat.’ – Phillip Tierno, Director of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, NYU [Men’s Health].

Numerous government and private health institutions have discussed the direct correlation of indoor air pollutants and bacteria with a host of serious allergies, skin irritations, and respiratory illnesses. Setting higher EPA standards for indoor air quality has been a long overdue discussion, and the spotlight is now on a highly unregulated carpet and rug cleaning industry. Up until now, organizations such as the Carpet and Rug Institute have educated the public with guidelines on how to choose the right carpets, rugs, and cleaning products, while others simply hand out seals of approval alongside membership. The real challenge lies in industry-wide education, followed by industry-wide collaboration to mitigate public health risks.

The EPA has supplied the public with information on ‘Residential Asthma Triggers and Indoor Air Quality’, but it does not address any preventative measures or sanitary recommendations for household area rugs. According to the government, vacuuming a wall to wall carpet and ‘keeping it clean’ is about the extent of their solution.

Most area rug cleaners advertise the new EPA guidelines which mention hidden health hazards due to dust, dust mites, and indoor allergens. Many encourage consumers to wash their rugs and solicit for business, but will often disregard the cleaning practices required to ensure these guidelines are met. Given all the latest organic and green cleaning price gimmicks, the question becomes: how does an average mother go about choosing a reliable cleaning service? How would one know if an elderly parent with asthma isn’t being affected by the same rug after it was cleaned?

One of the biggest obstacles consumers face is that the market has been saturated with wall to wall carpet cleaners perpetuating the myth that topical steam cleaning, spot cleaning or chemical dry cleaning is adequate for an area rug.

Good Morning America had recently published an article entitled ‘The Indoor Pollution Threat You May Not Have Known Existed‘ which provides a few good tips. However, most literature still fails to provide a comprehensive to do list for homeowners. Many homes have area rugs likely in need of attention, and homeowners aren’t always to blame. 

To illustrate some of the many area rug cleaning industry hazards, a simple Google Image search for area rug cleaner is a good place to start, and very revealing. Harsh chemicals used in cleanings, alongside massive water usage are at the top of a long list of industry problems. Other major concerns include pollutants like asbestos, lead, mildew, fumes and gases released during renovations, as well as dangerous pesticides tracked in from the outdoors. 

In a world rapidly changing for the greener, the biggest hurdle for cleaners is the capital investment required to keep up with technology that protects consumers. Unfortunately, many are falling short of the mark. Some carpet cleaning outfits will outsource to professional rug cleaners, and it will often take a bit of interrogation for a consumer to find out they’re not the actual company cleaning your rug. 

One company has been undertaking efforts lately to shed light on what they consider an ‘industry trapped by antiquity’ due to the lack of scientifically oriented approaches to cleaning. RevitaRUGS, a strong proponent of green cleaning initiatives, has managed to turn an entire South Hackensack facility into one green operation, right down to the lighting fixtures.

‘We hope that by creating greater public awareness we can help revolutionize an entire industry.’ -Azita Goldman, VP Business Development, RevitaRUGS.

When asked about indoor health hazards, they point out that one of the most important things consumers should know is that a rug acts just like an indoor air filter, and should be treated as such.

According to RevitaRUGS, common rug cleaning machinery has no discretion for rug pile, type or material. Many cleaning machines are near obsolete, as they are not equipped to adjust for pile height, thickness and material for different rug types. Wool, silk, hand-made, and machine made rugs all require different methods of cleaning and care.

The excessive use of soap and unfiltered water eventually causes buildup of organic and inorganic matter in the rug’s foundation. This buildup leads to irreversible damage and becomes an attractant for further dust and dirt, defeating the purpose of cleaning.

‘The practice of submerging a rug into a cesspool of previously contaminated water and soaking it for hours with soap, while employees in rubber boots scrub it with a floor scrubber, is not a very hygienic approach to cleaning.’ -RevitaRUGS

Needless to say, a customer should not expect a clean bill of health. With respect to hand-made heirlooms, or expensive Oriental and Persian rugs, when exposing the rug fibers to this damaging process it will degrade the material and depreciate the value.

After a damaging floor scrubber and suds bath, re-contamination during the drying process usually results due to excess moisture; it serves as a petri dish for mold and bacteria. Proper drying is not only important for the prevention of mold and bacteria, it is vital for protecting rug fibers. Since natural dyes tend to bleed (known as color runs) when exposed to water for excessive periods of time, prolonged wetness can cause deformation of the rug when hanging to dry. Although hanging a rug in the sun to dry is plausible if the air is fresh and hot, humidity is very low, and the factory is not situated within urban pollution, in absence of these conditions along the US eastern seaboard, rugs are usually dried indoors. However, indoor heaters, blowers, and so-called drying rooms are situated in uncontrolled climates and therefore cannot guarantee a sterile drying process.

The good news is, there are viable alternatives for consumers. At less than 10 gallons of water per rug, RevitaRUGS has helped set new industry water conservation standards. Water is first purified at their facility to remove all excess minerals such as calcium, magnesium, lime, chlorine and other solutes. This purified soft water allows for less use of detergent and aids in the removal of previously embedded crystallized salts, otherwise known as soap scum. This makes colors more vibrant and naturally softens the rug.

They’ve created a patent pending primary stage drying system where 90% of water is extracted within minutes. After thorough inspection, a rug enters a computerized brushing machine which automatically adjusts for pile height, then gently combs the rug in the direction of its pile. This process uniformly restores the natural direction and luster of the rug pile to its original state. Afterwards, the rug is transferred to a fully enclosed, environmentally regulated chamber. The chambers are engineered with de-humidification and temperature control, dust free walls, and filter-circulated air. In these enclosures, low humidity and air circulation quickly wick out any remaining moisture.

Just like wall to wall carpet, dust removal for area rugs should take into account proper filtration required to prevent fine dust from resettling during the elimination process. The old fashion way of a dust tumbler or any beater device, without such filtration, is not effective since fine dust resettles back into the rug. Most companies who sell vacuum cleaners for wall to wall carpet are vigorously competing and reinventing themselves for the best hypo-filtered vacuum, since consumer awareness about airborne allergies, dust and other serious indoor air pollutants is fast becoming a trend.

‘Dust in the air stream poses a serious health threat to children, older people, and those with respiratory illnesses. It is also a health threat in the work environment which is commonly overlooked by employers. Current scientific knowledge, along with a full and in-depth understanding of how rugs are made, hand or power loomed, will help alleviate these problems significantly.’ -RevitaRUGS

Amidst hundreds of green cleaning claims with no unified government standard for area rug cleaning industry regulations, choosing a service wisely is an arduous task. Basically, anyone with access to soap, water, and a floor scrubber, polisher, or multi-task machine can claim to clean an area rug properly. Consumers should be looking for businesses that deep clean, disinfect, and systematically remove dust particles, in addition to using mild soaps and pure water to effectively reduce allergens and improve indoor air quality.

RevitaRUGS, in fact, has brought the U.S. market decades of highly specialized cleaning experience, courtesy of their sister corporation, the Shirzad Corporation. It is now possible for 100% safe cleanings of fine antique and silk, utilizing pure laboratory grade water softener systems, perfume-free organic soap, and patent pending processes still under wraps. For the latest news on environmentally conscious, organic rug cleaning, you can visit the RevitaRUGS blog or contact their in-house biologist with any questions. They also have an educational area rug cleaning process video for a deeper look into the latest green cleaning technology on the market.


T. 1.855.5.REVITA  | 10 Horizon Blvd., South Hackensack, NJ 07606

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Laureen Jandroep Releases Online Physician Based Medical Coding Course

Egg Harbour, New Jersey, USA- Laureen Jandroep, CPC Senior Instructor, has just released a new online medical coding training program for people wanting to prepare for the Certified Professional Coder® exam (CPC® ) and the Certified Coding Specialist- Physician Based (CCS-P) exam.

Since 1999 Laureen Jandroep has been teaching and coaching medical coders to prepare to be certified coders for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) or American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) physician based board exams.

She developed the new program to help people looking for a medical coding school that would help them pass the national board exam.

Laureen remarked: ‘Many students on my blog come to me and ask for a recommendation for a good medical coding school. I hear horror stories of people spending thousands of dollars and months studying time and not passing the CPC® exam. So I created a medical coding course online that even includes a personal coach to give the student a better chance of passing their exam.’

The classes are currently open and more information can be found at .

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Rottenstein Law Group Pleased by News of Potential Stem Cell Treatment for Osteoporosis

(New York, NY, February 14, 2012) The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from the serious side effects of the drug Fosamax, is cautiously optimistic about the possibility that a new treatment might improve bone growth.
According to a press release from the University of California, ‘[a] research team led by UC Davis Health System scientists has developed a novel technique to enhance bone growth by using a molecule which, when injected into the bloodstream, directs the body’s stem cells to travel to the surface of bones.’ The results of the study were published in Nature Medicine.
Wei Yao, the chief investigator and lead author of the study, commented that while there are many stem cells, even in the elderly, those stem cells ‘do not readily migrate to bone.’ Discovering a molecule that attaches to stem cells and guides them to desired targets ‘is a real breakthrough.’
‘Osteoporosis is a major public health problem for 44 million Americans,’ the release states. ‘One in two women will suffer a fracture due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. Although effective medications are available to help prevent fracture risk, including alendronate, their use is limited by potential harmful effects of long-term use.’
Despite being the most popular osteoporosis treatment on the market, Fosamax has been linked to several serious side effects. In 2004, researchers found a causal connection between Fosamax and osteonecrosis of the jaw, a condition that causes the jawbone to literally die because of a lack of blood supply. More recently, there has been a link between Fosamax and low-impact femur fractures experienced from standing height or less. Evidence is mounting that Fosamax and similar drugs prescribed to treat osteoporosis cause a dramatic increase in the risk of this kind of rare fracture to the thigh bone.
The Rottenstein Law Group advises anyone with a friend or family member who has been prescribed Fosamax or another osteoporosis drug to recommend to that person that he or she consult a physician immediately, then speak to a qualified Fosamax lawyer. The Rottenstein Law Group lawyers have a total of more than 25 years of experience fighting for the rights of clients who have suffered harm due to the negligence of powerful corporations.  Affected individuals are advised to keep apprised of the latest news concerning the Fosamax femur fracture lawsuits by checking the Fosamax Femur Fracture Lawsuit Information Center for updated information. The site is equipped with easy-to-use social media features which will enable users to spread the word about the dangers of Fosamax.
About the Rottenstein Law Group
The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based law firm that represents clients in mass tort actions. The firm was founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, a lawyer with over two decades of experience in compassionate representation of clients in consumer product injury, mass tort, and class action law suits. For more information, please visit their Web site, or call (888) 9-ROT-LAW.

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Rottenstein Law Group Skeptical of Proposed FDA Device Review Arrangement

(New York, NY, February 13, 2012) The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from the surgical implantation of hip replacement devices manufactured and sold by DePuy Orthopaedics and other companies, has some reservations about a reported proposed new arrangement for the evaluation of medical devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
According to a recent Bloomberg Businessweek report, over the next five years, medical device manufacturers will pay twice as much to the FDA for ‘faster and more predictable evaluations.’
‘The pact with the Food and Drug Administration, which must be authorized by Congress, replaces one that cost Medtronic Inc., Johnson & Johnson and other companies $295 million over the last five years, and expires on Sept. 30,’ the Bloomberg article states. ‘The industry and the FDA have been negotiating the new agreement for more than a year. The FDA has said it will use any added money agreed to by the two sides to increase evaluation staff.’
In August, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested a recall of DePuy’s ASR hip replacement systems, due to an unacceptably high rate of failure. The devices were failing an estimated 12% within five years of initial implantation. The FDA based its approval of the ASR devices on their similarity to the Pinnacle systems, which were already for sale, and in widespread use. Currently, the FDA is receiving complaints about the older Pinnacle systems; to date, there have been more than 1,300 reports citing that the device loosens and causes severe pain when the recipient engages in simple movements and normal, everyday activities. Another serious side effect of the Pinnacle systems was reported by the New York Times in December, claiming that metal can flake off the device and embed itself into the surrounding tissue, putting the recipient at risk of developing metal poisoning. At least one plaintiff has already filed a lawsuit claiming this very issue with his Pinnacle hip replacement system.
The Rottenstein Law Group is advising anyone with a friend or relative who has undergone a hip replacement procedure to reach out to that person and recommend that he or she consult a physician immediately and then speak to a qualified personal injury lawyer. The Rottenstein Law Group lawyers have a total of more than 25 years of experience fighting for the rights of clients who have suffered harm due to the negligence of powerful corporations.  Affected individuals can also stay apprised of the latest developments in the DePuy Pinnacle situation by visiting the DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Information Center. The site is equipped with easy-to-use social media features which will enable users to spread the word about DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement device failures.
About the Rottenstein Law Group
The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based law firm that represents clients in mass tort actions. The firm was founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, a lawyer with over two decades of experience in compassionate representation of clients in consumer product injury, mass tort, and class action law suits. For more information, please visit their Web site, or call (888) 9-ROT-LAW.

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Sir Richard’s Condom Company Announces Inaugural Condom Donation to Haiti

New York, NY (February 13, 2012) — Sir Richard’s announced today its donation of 500,000 condoms to Haiti.  The donation will be made available for free at Partners In Health’s (PIH) clinics including the Mirebalais National Teaching Hospital, built by PIH in collaboration with Haiti’s Ministry of Health.  Scheduled to arrive in late spring, the condom donation marks Sir Richard’s first step in helping address the global shortage of condoms in developing countries by donating a condom for every one purchased.
In addition to helping bridge the need gap for condoms, Sir Richard’s aims to deliver a product and brand that is culturally relevant to Haitians, thus promoting usage.  Sir Richard’s worked with Marc Baptiste, the company’s creative director to Haiti, a Port-au-Prince native, and acclaimed artists, to create the brand KORE, (pronounced kȯr-ā) which is a slang term that translates as ‘I have your back.’ The packaging also incorporates Haitian Kréyòl messaging and visual instructions.
‘At the heart of Sir Richard’s is our belief that the power of business can not only deliver a quality product, but can also help serve the global community,’ said Jim Moscou, CEO of Sir Richard’s.  ‘Delivering KORE is the first step in seeing that vision come to fruition.’
The KORE condoms will be distributed through Partners in Health (PIH), the esteemed international NGO and its Haitian sister organization, Zanmi Lasante (‘Partners In Health’ in Haitian Kréyòl).  Zanmi Lasante has been delivering quality healthcare in rural Haiti for more than twenty-five years.
‘Within the last year, Partners In Health has treated more than 6,300 HIV-positive patients in Haiti. Reinforcing the importance of condom use and ensuring that condoms are available and accessible is key in our battle against the spread of HIV/AIDS. PIH is deeply grateful for Sir Richard’s partnership in this mission, ‘said Christopher Hamon, Haiti Procurement Coordinator for  Partners In Health.  
‘Haiti is the closest thing to my heart.  I want to help the country progress in any and every way possible.  And working with Sir Richard’s, we are able to help bring people together — through trust, love, and protection,’ said Marc Baptiste, creative director to Haiti for Sir Richard’s.
‘We are humbled and inspired by the incredible work of Partners In Health,’ said Mathew Gerson, co-founder of Sir Richard’s.  ‘With a mission of providing the world’s best medical care to those most in need,  it is our great honor to support their work.’
Inspired by Partners In Health’s work and taking into account various economic and social factors, Sir Richard’s identified Haiti as its first donation site.  Here is an overview of key facts:

  • Zanmi Lasante initiated its work in Haiti over 25 years ago, and is renowned for launching the world’s first program to provide free, comprehensive HIV care and treatment in an impoverished setting. (
  • According to data released by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Haiti has seen a spike in pregnancies following the 2009 earthquake.  In the study, conducted in July 2010 of 2391 women in 120 camps, almost 12 percent reported being pregnant.  Unfortunately, two thirds of the pregnancies were unwanted. 
  • In a statement from Igor Bosc, the UNFPA representative in Haiti, said, ‘We need to ensure that more condoms are available and to raise awareness of the importance of this method of contraception, because it obviously has a direct impact on the transmission of HIV.’

About Sir Richard’s Condom Company
Sir Richard’s Condom Company launched in 2010 with the belief that the power of business can help bring health and pleasure to the global community.  Sir Richard’s is helping address the global condom shortage by donating a condom to a developing country for every one purchased.  Exceeding FDA requirements, Sir Richard’s condoms are of the highest quality and made with 100% natural latex, without casein (making them vegan-friendly), and with lubricant free of spermicide, glycerin and parabens.  Sir Richard’s condoms can be purchased nationwide at Whole Foods Market, natural markets, and pharmacies, as well as online at, and
About Partners in Health
Partners In Health (PIH) works in 12 countries around the world to provide quality healthcare to people and communities devastated by joint burdens of poverty and disease. PIH has been providing vital healthcare services in Haiti for more than 20 years and is the largest healthcare provider in the country, working with the Haitian Ministry of Health to deliver comprehensive healthcare services to a catchment area of 1.2 million across the Central Plateau and Lower Artibonite Valley. PIH had 4,400 staff in Haiti before the 2010 earthquake.
For more information, visit or
Leland Drummond, Public relations representative
Sir  Richard’s Condom Company
646/490.2945 |
Mia Herron, Director of marketing and communications
Sir Richard’s Condom Company
310/526.1340 |
Kria Sakakeeny, Media relations specialist
Partners In Health
617/998.6541 |

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Project launch: The «MESSAGE2012. Welcome to Eternity!» – Leave your mark in history, take a step into Eternity!

February 7, 2012 – In December 2011 the «MESSAGE2012. Welcome to Eternity!» international project launch took place. The mission of the project is sending of different messages in the form of radio signal to the outer space for interconnection with extraterrestrial civilizations.   

In the judgment of Doctor of physico-mathematical sciences, principal scientist of the Institute of Radio-engineering and Electronics by the Russian Academy of Science, the author and research manager of the number of radio messages Alexander L. Zaytsev: "The only one, who overcomes the silence of Space will hear the voice of the sky!’

Everyone can become the member of the project. We accept messages in different modifications: text, audio and video messages, both from private persons and companies. The radio signal contents represent short encyclopedia of knowledge about the world around us, greetings to the future posterity, greetings to extraterrestrial civilizations. All messages are collecting and published at the project’s website, to be stored there for 10 years. The information about messages communicants will be also located at 5 more websites.

The first planets – addressees of radio signal are: HD 85512b in Vela constellation, situated at the distance of 35 light years; and Kepler-22b, situated at the distance of 600 light years from The Earth. The messages transmission is planning to be executed in December 2012 with the help of RТ-70 radio telescope in Eupatoria (Ukraine).

The «MESSAGE2012. Welcome to Eternity!» Project is also called up to unite scientists of different countries for single radio messages structure concept generation, for structure, encryption and signals modulation development, for language and contents of messages development.
The «MESSAGE2012. Welcome to Eternity!» international Project is represented at the website

For higher informativeness, all incoming information will be also located at 5 more websites:,,,,
‘This is the unique opportunity to leave each of us the memory about himself which remained at all times in the universe,’ said the head of the company’s press service, Maluela Velasco. – ‘And can help the world community to work out a policy to establish contacts with extraterrestrials using radio signals. Welcome to Eternity!’

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Sex makes malaria parasite go ‘bananas’
Team can provide targets for drug development, will explain how parasite evades human immune system.

Exercise in early 20s may cut osteoporosis risk

Researchers have shown that exercise before and during puberty is important for bone development.

Switch to water, diet beverages to cut extra kilos
Water or diet soft drinks can help people lose 4 to 5 pounds, health experts say.

Love, chocolate and red wine ‘good for heart’
People eating choc, red wine have lower levels of stress and anxiety in their daily life.

Pollinators play a key role in healthy diets

Lab-grown blood vessels

New ultrasound tools for health care in orbit

To ensure lasting memory
Repeating brain’s electrical impulses is critical to permanent memory.

Sun Pharma Q3 net nearly doubles
MUMBAI (Reuters) – Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd , India’s top drugmaker by market capitalisation, reported a better-than-expected 91 percent rise in December quarter net profit on robust sales by Israeli unit Taro Pharmaceutical Industries .

Want to lose weight? Trade sugary drinks for water
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Swapping your soda for water — or at least diet soda — really can help you shed a few pounds, a new clinical trial finds.

U.S. seniors missing out on $20 billion of benefits
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Millions of seniors in the United States are missing out on more than $20 billion in aid that could help pay for food, medicine and heating, simply because they don’t know it’s there, according to a report released on Tuesday by organizations that advocate for seniors.

Republican senator sees short-term Medicare "doc fix"
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers are close to a deal that would stave off steep cuts in Medicare reimbursements for physicians for the next 10 to 24 months, a top Republican senator said on Tuesday.

Pfizer says its drug is best hope vs. Alzheimer’s
(Reuters) – Pfizer Inc research chief Mikael Dolsten said the company’s experimental treatment for Alzheimer’s disease is the drug industry’s "best chance" to change the course of the memory-robbing illness.

Pet owners’ hearts may cope better with change
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Pet owners with chronic diseases appear to have healthier tickers than people living without an animal companion, a new study shows.

Obama asks for hike in industry funding for FDA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama asked on Monday for a 17 percent hike in the Food and Drug Administration’s budget, but much of the increase would come from companies, not tax dollars.

Indian vaccine firms to face Chinese competition
Indian vaccine companies may lose the pricing edge as the imminent entry of Chinese companies is likely to change the supply landscape in the world, according to Mahima Datla, senior vice-president of Hyderabad-based Biological E Limited.

Apollo Hospitals to invest Rs 720cr to add 1,000 beds by FY13
Apollo chairman said that it had already raised the amount by share sale to qualified institutional buyers and through debt and internal accruals for the expansion.

New York Life may exit from Indian joint venture
US-based insurer New York Life may exit from Max New York Life Insurance as it has started scouting for investor to offload its stake in the Indian joint venture.
New York Life has 26 per cent stake in the Max New York Life Insurance and the remaining is held by the Indian partner. The joint venture with Delhi-based Max India was formed in 2000.
The US-based JV partner wants to focus more on home market and exit from Asian market, sources said.
As part of the strategy, New York Life divested its stake from Thailand and Hong Kong operations last year.
When contacted Max India said, "as a high performing organisation, it is inevitable that periodically interest is shown by potential investors to participate in the company’s future growth. Currently, there is no development to report".
Max New York Life is a high performing, profitable organisation built on strong fundamentals, Max India spokesperson said.
The company is fully committed to serving the best interest of its customers through market leading products and services.
"We are confident that the company will continue to grow its business and strengthen its leadership position in the Indian life insurance sector," he added.
In an email query, New York Life spokesperson said the company does not comment on rumours.
"Our joint venture is a highly successful operation that provides important insurance products to the people of India. We do not comment on rumors," New York Life spokesperson William Werfelman said.
Max New York Life, which started operation in the year insurance was opened for the private sector, is a 74:26 joint venture between Max India and New York Life.
Max New York Life has been outperforming the private life insurer space. It is a profitable company today with a profit of Rs 339 crore
for nine months ended December 31, 2011, the company said in a statement.
It has been consistently gaining market share and currently the largest non-bank led private life insurer, it said.
As of November 2011, the paid capital of the insurance joint venture stood at Rs 1,976 crore. With sum assured of Rs 1,50,292 crore has Rs 15,094 crore asset under management.
Besides, the company has so far sold more than 5.8 million policies through 31,748 agents. P

% do not think life insurance is important
One out of every four people do not think that life insurance is important, reveals an IRDA sponsored study, which also made a case for effective marketing to increase penetration.
The study which was conducted by Delhi-based think-tank NCAER at the behest of insurance regulator IRDA, suggested that private sector and the government should work together in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode to enhance awareness about the benefits of insurance specially in the age group of 20-30 years.
"(There is a) low propensity for life insurance whereby one-fourth of the households did not consider life insurance as important," the study found.
It said that people, specially in rural areas, are not able to clearly comprehend the extent of coverage being offered under particular insurance plan which results in low penetration.
"…The insurance companies or the regulatory authority need to step up efforts to improve the awareness levels across the country," the study noted.
It also suggested different insurance packages for rural poor and urban populace and also highlighted the importance of micro insurance.
"Public policy should address insurance awareness needs of the people…," the study said, adding that a mass media awareness campaign would help reach out to the untapped market.
"It is essential that awareness creation interventions be undertaken targeting the 20-30 year age group…," it said.
As per estimates, insurance penetration in India dropped to 5.1 per cent in 2010-11 fiscal, from 5.2 per cent in 2009-10.
While life insurance penetration fell to 4.4 per cent during the year, from 4.6 per cent, general insurance sector saw an increase in penetration from 0.6 per cent in 2009 to 0.7 per cent in 2010.

Aurobindo Pharma reports Q3 net loss of Rs 28.54 cr
Drug firm Aurobindo Pharma today posted a consolidated net loss of Rs 28.54 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2011, primarily on account of foreign exchange losses suffered during the quarter.
The company had posted a net profit of Rs 188.63 crore for the corresponding period last fiscal, Aurobindo Pharma said in a statement.
Net sales of the company rose to Rs 1,284.51 crore in the third quarter ended December 31, 2011, from Rs 1,192.20 in the same period last fiscal.
Commenting on the results, Aurobindo Pharma Chairman Ramprasad Reddy said: "The current fiscal year has been challenging on account of full impact of the USFDA alert on our Unit 6 Cephalosporin manufacturing facility and mark-to-market loss on foreign currency borrowings."
"We may expect stability of rupee against USD and consequent reversal of the notional exchange fluctuation loss by year-end," he added.
On a standalone basis, the company posted a net profit of Rs 12.93 crore for the third quarter ended December 31, 2011, as against Rs 183.85 crore in the same period last fiscal.
Shares of Aurobindo Pharma settled at Rs 109.45 apiece on the BSE today, down 1.08 per cent from their previous close.

IRDA proposes flurry of insurance changes—Know what’s coming
IRDA has proposed a slew of changes recently. It is mix of good, bad and ugly. What do Moneylife readers have to say?

Wockhardt Q3 net up 50% at Rs213 crore

Net sales of Wockhardt rose to Rs1,208.67 crore in the quarter ended 31 December 2011.

The vibrating condom
The vibrating condom is banned (possibly and probably) because it gave women (or at least promised) women pleasure. And a minister who thinks women ‘flaunt’ themselves and therefore deserves to be molested, watches them flaunting themselves for his own satisfaction

C-Sections Not Always Best for Small Babies

Chemo May Not Harm Unborn Baby

Treating Sleep Apnea in Kids Improves Behavior, Quality of Life

More Than 4 Million Americans Have New Knee

H1N1 ‘Swine’ Flu Makes a Comeback in Mexico

Health Tip: A Sprain in the Neck

Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Hip Bursitis?

Fear of Lawsuits Influences Care From Most Orthopedic Surgeons: Survey

More Patients Seek Plastic Surgery Advice From Facebook, Twitter

Stopping Bone Drug Cuts Risk of Second Thigh Fracture: Study

Heart Disease May Be Risk Factor for Prostate Cancer

In Mice, Cancer Drug Shows Effect on Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Illicit Drugs Bought Off Internet May Be Poisons, Experts Warn

New Genes Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

Gene Therapy Helps People With Inherited Blindness See

Tai Chi Improves Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

CDC: Doctors Increasingly Prescribe Exercise

Risk of Preterm Birth Rises for Hispanic Women the Longer They’re in U.S.

More People Need Training in Lifesaving Epinephrine Use, Advocates Say

Screening Moms-to-Be for Thyroid Trouble May Not Help Offspring

Experts Warn of Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea

Electrical Brain Stimulation May Strengthen Memory, Study Says

Obesity Linked to Worse Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Generic Drugs Easing Out-of-Pocket Medical Costs in U.S.

Fasting Plus Chemo May Help in Cancer Fight: Study

Big Drop in Americans’ Blood Levels of Trans Fats, CDC Says

New Alzheimer’s Guidelines May Confuse Diagnosis

Rotavirus Vaccine Not Linked to Risk of Intestinal Disorder

FDA Approves No-Comb Treatment for Head Lice

Health Tip: Coping With Migraines During Pregnancy

Heart Failure, Osteoporosis Go ‘Hand-in-Hand’: Researchers

New Antibiotic for Bladder Infection Disappoints in Trial

New Meningitis Vaccine Works in Infants: Study

Soft Drinks May Raise Odds for Respiratory Ills: Study

Moving Homes Often in Childhood Might Affect Long-Term Health

Heart Hormone Linked to Calorie-Burning Brown Fat

Surgery Effective for Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

Metformin Preferred Drug for Type 2 Diabetes, Experts Say

Pancreas May ‘Taste’ Fructose, Hinting at Links to Diabetes

Breastfeeding OK for Moms With Asthma

Soy Supplements May Not Shield Against Breast Cancer

Aspirin, Warfarin Fare Equally for Heart Failure Patients

Diabetes Takes Toll on Women’s Hearing: Study

Epidural Plus Fever in Mom May Raise Risks for Baby

Simple Steps to Prevent Common Cancers

Metabolic Syndrome Linked to Memory Loss

HPV Shot Prevents Genital Warts in Boys and Men

FDA Won’t Approve Weight Loss Drug Contrave

Repeat MRIs Boost Accuracy of Breast Cancer Testing

Artificial Pancreas Could Help Pregnant Diabetic Women

New U.S. Diet Guidelines: What Not to Eat

Electroconvulsive Therapy Under New Scrutiny

Home Oxygen Could Raise Burn Risk: Experts

Zioptan Eyedrops Approved for Glaucoma, Ocular Hypertension

KIT: Evolution of rehabilitation services
Rehabilitation in India has long been just a support function in hospitals.

Prosthetics technologies become safer and more reliable

A blog as therapy for teenagers
According to a new study, when teenagers detail their woes onto a blog, the therapeutic value is even greater. Blogging, it seems, can be good for you.

Avoid cold food, drinks to keep infections away
With such fluctuations in weather, doctors say those with low immunity are the most vulnerable.

Quoting holy verses, doc gets Muslim men to plan family
Male sterilisation is a very sensitive issue in India but Prof Ali’s unusual methods have done the trick.

GE Healthcare, Concept non-invasive solution to treat uterine fibroids
GE Healthcare Indian and Chennai-based Concept Medicare have unveiled a magnetic resonance-guided ultrasound solution which promises non-invasive treatment for several procedures including uterine…

Apollo Hospitals to invest Rs 720 cr to add 1,000 beds by FY13
Healthcare major, Apollo Hospitals, said on Wednesday that it would add 1,000 beds by the end of next fiscal at an investment of around Rs 720 crore. “We will be adding 1,000 beds by the en…

Sun Pharma shines on Taro’s strong Q3 show
Sun Pharma’s third quarter results got a big boost from its subsidiary Taro Pharmaceuticals’ strong quarterly show. The company reported a consolidated revenue of Rs 2,145 crore, a…

Cipla Ltd Q3 net profit up 16%

Aurobindo Pharma reports Q3 net loss
Aurobindo Pharma reports Q3 net loss

Sun Pharma Q3 net up 90.86 pc at Rs 668.30 cr
Sun Pharma Q3 net up 90.86 pc at Rs 668.30 cr

Wockhardt Q3 net up 50.2% at Rs 212.81cr
Wockhardt Q3 net up 50.2% at Rs 212.81cr

Relief for man denied insurance claim for ayurveda treatment
Relief for man denied insurance claim for ayurveda treatment

Switching woes in health insurance
Switching woes in health insurance

Provident fund for the international workers
Provident fund for the international workers

Taro Q4 may kill Sun Pharma buyout
Taro Q4 may kill Sun Pharma buyout


1. The Running Workout

1.1. Use our easy workout guide and start running!

“I personally run, just because that’s all, for me in time management, running seems to be the most time-accommodating exercise to do. I have recently gotten into tennis, and I also do Pilates in LA. It’s funny, because once you start working to really do an hour, you start feeling so much better that it becomes something that you make time to do. We as human beings always make time for the things we really want. I just feel so much better when I start working out that you just find time to do it.”

You can be a runner, too! Just download our beginner’s run/walk program and build your own strong Hollywood-bombshell body!

2. Amber Heard’s Shape-Up Secrets

2.1. "I am a firm believer that you can have the body you want, only to the extent that you’re willing to work for it," says Amber. Here’s how she keeps herself focused.

Make time to cook
Amber prefers to make her own food—even when she works a 90-hour week—so that she can control what ingredients go in (mostly vegetables and lean protein).

Form the fitness habit
If a routine is broken, it’s easy to backslide into laziness. So keep telling yourself, I want this. Because after you get into a routine, your body will want it. "Once you start working out, you feel better and it becomes something you make time to do," says Amber.

Focus on health, not vanity
Many women hit the gym to look better, but that can’t be your only motivation. Otherwise, you’ll feel discouraged when you don’t see results fast enough. "It’s about feeling healthy," says Amber. And that’s something that happens the minute you make a positive change.

Buy whole ingredients
Amber reads food labels—and if she sees an ingredient she doesn’t recognize, she often leaves the item on the shelf. That might limit you in the snack aisle, but it will lead you to eat fewer processed foods. "You feel better when you’re eating food that retains nutritional value," she says.

3. Amber Heard in the Magazine

4. December Cover star: Amber Heard

4.1. Don’t be deceived by the sexy blonde hair and killer bod. This actress is a whip-smart, strong-willed woman who may just bend all of Hollywood to her will.

Curious Minds Want to Know

Even with her recent success, Amber shows scars from her childhood. Words build up inside her like a boat taking on water, and she bails them out as a matter of survival. She reads voraciously (she just finished Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children), as if compensating for years of missed education.

Before The Playboy Club began filming, Amber and the show’s creator, Chad Hodge, met for dinner. She brought him a 1963 copy of Playboy—a relic of the time they were about to re-create. It was a gift, but also a signal: Amber had studied up. Hell, she just about lapped him in knowledge of the club. He loved it. "People don’t behave that way anymore," says Hodge. "She has the class of a person who’s lived nine lives."

During filming, Amber kept going. Sexual politics and feminism are topics that might have set hair on fire in Texas—especially with enough hair spray—and she wanted to talk about them. "I wouldn’t describe her as someone on a mission to be argumentative," says Hodge. "She’s interested in interesting things. And interesting things are often more controversial."

Despite her outspokenness—or perhaps because of it—she also won over Rum Diary director Bruce Robinson and, it would seem, her costar Johnny Depp. When some of the cast went out to blow off steam after a day of shooting, she would disappear. And at the end of filming, says Robinson, "I remember Johnny and I saying, ‘Jesus, where’s Amber?’"

What young actress passes up drinks with a film god like Johnny Depp? One who prefers to make an impression on the job, not off it. But also, one who was in a serious relationship at the time. With a woman.

A Private Life Goes Public

Amber has said she doesn’t have one sexual orientation—she falls in love with the person, not their gender. This isn’t shocking news to anyone who knows her. "I never was in," she notes. "From the very beginning, even my conservative family knew."

Some might have thought the admission of ambiguity would overshadow her work. But, for Amber, staying silent wasn’t an option. "You can’t respect yourself if you’re afraid to be who you are," she says. "It requires bravery to do something no one else around you is doing. But the risk was outweighed by the possibility of playing into this horribly detrimental lie that some in Hollywood perpetuate."

Maybe someone won’t hire her because of her honesty. But if Amber had shrunk in fear of being ostracized, she wouldn’t be who she is today: a confident, poised, purpose-driven woman—an actress who truly wants to be…heard.

5. John Spencer Ellis Website Offers 7 Tips for Improving Fitness and Personal Training Websites in Just 10 Minutes –

Seven is the first magic number when it comes to improving, enhancing and upgrading a fitness, personal training or coaching website.  

The second magic number is even better: Each of these enhancements can be made in 10 minutes or less and they can make an immediate impact on a personal training or coaching business.

Guest blogger Scott Bolinger, co-owner of Press Coders, creators of the FitPro Fitness WordPress Theme, offers his top seven tips for enhancing a fitness website on John Spencer Ellis’ fitness blog; Ellis is founder of John Spencer Ellis Enterprises, a fitness and personal development solutions company.

‘Everyone wants more traffic to their fitness and coaching website and more sales,’ Bolinger said. ‘There’s a million different things you can do to achieve this, but sometimes it get so overwhelming that you just do nothing.’ Rather than trying seven things at once, Bolinger suggests picking one thing to try and then expanding from there.
In particular, the blog on successful fitness and personal training websites focuses on clarity and identity, having clear contact information and social media icons on every page, collecting leads or ‘ethical bribes,’ placing keywords in the right place on each page, getting listed and verified on Google Local, adding a Facebook ‘like’ button on the site and getting listed and verified on Google Webmaster Tools and submitting a site map. Likewise, Bolinger offers easy-to-follow instructions on incorporating each of the seven tips as well as links for more information.
‘As I have learned repeatedly throughout my career, having a great website that speaks for you, sells for you and truly helps you succeed is an absolute key,’ Ellis said. ‘I was thrilled to have a website expert like Scott offer his top tips, all of which I have used in building and updating my fitness and personal training websites.’


About John Spencer Ellis Enterprises and 7 Top Tips for Improving a Fitness Website
John Spencer Ellis Enterprises is a solutions provider for fitness and coaching professionals around the world, providing education, turn-key business programs, coaching and resources for new and advanced fitness and coaching professionals.  For more information about John Spencer Ellis Enterprises or how to improve your fitness or personal training website, please visit

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6. Legendary Commodities Trader Phil Storer Launches Mentorship and Training Program Right Before His Retirement

7. New diabetes research links the disease’s origin to stomach
A new study shows the origin of diabetes to be in the stomach.

8. Zapping the brain can improve your spatial memory
New treatment that involves stimulating critical junction in the brain could strengthen spatial memory in patients.

9. ‘Umbilical cord cleaning during birth may cut infant deaths’
Recent studies in Pakistan and Bangladesh reveal cleaning the umbilical cord cuts neonatal mortality.

10. Decision time for researchers of deadly bird flu

LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) – When 22 bird flu experts meet at the World Health Organization (WHO) this week, they will be tasked with deciding just how far scientists should go in creating lethal mutant viruses in the name of research.

11. Cause of deaths unclear in Actelion drug trial
ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss biotech group Actelion Ltd said it does not yet know what caused the deaths of 120 people on a late-stage trial for heart and lung drug macitentan, a candidate to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension.

12. Medicine and astrology: Auspicious C-sections
SAHANA has just celebrated her first birthday. She was born on February 4th, 2011, at 1.45pm. But it was not fate that brought her into the world at that precise moment. Rather, the time was calculated by a Hindu priest a month in advance. "You want the best for your child and this is just another precaution," says Sahana’s mother, Supriya Damera. Her obstetrician, Pranathi Reddy, is familiar with such requests. She timed the Caesarean section so the baby would emerge, head first, at the prescribed hour. That day was so auspicious, Dr Reddy recalls, that she and her obstetrics team performed nearly ten C-sections between 9.30am and 10am. If, indeed, fate is the product of infinite variables, Hindus believe that some can be tweaked by picking subha muhurtha, as the lucky windows are known in Sanskrit. They marry, start a new job or set off on journeys on good days of the week. They buy gold, scooters, cars and homes at the right time of the year to invite prosperity. Politicians and film-makers seek astrologers’ advice to improve their chances at the ballot box or box-office. Businessmen have been known to issue IPOs after consulting the Hindu calendar because there is no earthly way to predict the vagaries of the market. Now Hindu families have taken to timing the birth of their children to brighten the child’s prospects—of joining India’s elite civil …

13. TCR Advanced now undertakes Metallography of Thermal Spray Coating Analysis

TCR has added an advanced  metallography set up to meet the demanding metallography standards of specialty coating analyses as per the guidelines of ASTM E1920 E3-2007 and E407. The thermal spray coating applied for various high temperature and corrosion resistant applications need a meticulous inspection procedure. TCR specialization in optical microstructural examination to detect correct degree of various coating, interface substrate contamination, porosity and presence of oxides, layer thickness measurement and micro hardness measurement of all layers & base metal for the acceptance of the coating to different applications.

State of the art sophisticated instruments are used which accomplish requirements given under ASTM E1920 E3-2007 and E407. The list of instruments is:
•    Diamond Saw Cutter (Precision wafer cuts up to 0.5mm)
•    Automatic polishing machine (Scratch less polishing up to 0.1 µm finish)
•    Olympus Optical microscope (Optical magnification up to 1000X)
•    Olympus – GX-51, CCD camera (High contrast image grabbing camera)
•    Automated Image Analysis software (Metallurgical & Optical characterization)

To know more about this service, please contact TCR at in India.

14. Amity Institute of Biotechnology hosts conference on perspectives in phyllosphere biology
Amity Institute of Biotechnology hosts conference on perspectives in phyllosphere biology

15. Alternative therapies face further criticism
Modern medicine practitioners argue that interference of alternative therapies leads to delay in treatment.

16. AP medicos call off strike
Agitating medicos in Andhra Pradesh today called off their nearly month-long stir following an assurance from the government that their demands will be met. The breakthrough came followin…

17. Easing healthcare on the Net
Trend of online portal-driven services catching up

18. Lehman withdraws wind-up petition against Wockhardt
Drug-maker Wockhardt can breathe a little easy now, as a major irritant is out in its Rs 1,600-crore deal with food-major Danone — the buyer of its nutrition business. Le…

19. Vaccines, cost trim help boost GSK Pharma Q4 net

Drug-maker GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals said that continued growth of specialty products and vaccines, new product launches and tight expense control helped improve profits.

20. US healthcare IT major Allscripts to expand in India
Allscripts, a major US healthcare IT company, on Thursday said it plans to expand its India operations with focus on its facilities in Vadodara, Bangalore and Pune. Mr Cliff Meltzer, Exec…

21. Medical devices maker Covidien sets up India R&D centre
Covidien, a US-based manufacturer of medical devices and pharmaceuticals, has set up its first research and development centre in the country. “The Indian healthcare devic…

22. Speciality products, vaccines boost Glaxo net 18%
GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals’ net profit rose 18.18 per cent to Rs 136.74 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2011, over the same period last fiscal due to growth in its speciality product…

23. Emcure to distribute Sanofi’s rabies vaccine
Drug-maker Sanofi’s vaccines division Sanofi Pasteur has formalised a marketing and distribution agreement with Pune’s Emcure Pharmaceuticals for its anti-rabies vaccine, Verorab. Th…

24. Genomics, the new beckoning for Calsoft founder
SciGenom, Sam Santosh’s next venture, specialises in DNA sequencing

25. Nova Medical to open 10 centres by FY’13
Nova Medical Centres, a specialised day-care surgery firm, on Wednesday said it will open 10 centres by the end of next financial year at an investment Rs 200 crore. “We will be opening…

26. Kiran Mazumdhar Shaw among ‘most influential’ in biotech
Ms Kiran Mazumdhar Shaw, Chairman and Founder, Biocon, has been named number 15, among the 25 most influential people in the global biopharma industry by FierceBiotech, a biotech industry’s daily…

27. New case points to adverse reaction to immunisation
New case points to adverse reaction to immunisation

28. Sexual Offences Bill: ‘Treat sex with girl below 18 as rape’
Sexual Offences Bill: ‘Treat sex with girl below 18 as rape’

29. GlaxoSmithKline net profit up 18%
GlaxoSmithKline net profit up 18%



New Social Network That Can Fulfill the Needs of 26% of The US Population

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that

Some people say Facebook is the entire social media solution anyone would ever need; this is far from the truth. Facebook opened the doors but it is the interest based networks that will take social networking to the next level. In all their popularity, the ‘general’ social networks are not always able to deeply fulfill their interest based needs of the users. When it comes to health and sensitive personal topics, such general social networks miss the mark entirely.

In the case of the common anxiety sufferer, he/she is under a great deal of stress by not wanting to share on his feelings and experiences on such a widespread and public social network site, like Facebook. The fear of being judged by friends and family stops such people from asking for help. ASN provides such people with a safe environment for socializing online, learning from others, and ultimately seeking help.

Just as other up and coming interest targeted social networks are developing special features to fulfill the specific needs of their users, so is ASN. One unique aspect of the site is the ‘Emotional Chart,’ which asks users to evaluate their mood based upon 3 questions that are scaled between 1 and 10. The results from this short questionnaire are published to the site wall. Members can easily identify when another member is feeling down and can promptly respond to them in an encouraging and supportive way via personal message or live chat.

As the founder, Salomon Ptasevich explains, ‘

For those sincerely looking for a comfortable, private, and helpful environment, ASN looks to be the next step in helping to manage and treat anxiety disorders.

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Tandon Information Solutions is now Infinx Healthcare –

San Jose, California (February 21/2012) – Tandon Group a global leader in the field of Technology Design, Manufacturing and Services, having offices in San Jose, CA with presence in 4 major cities in India and an employee base of over 3000, today announced the launch of Infinx Healthcare

The Infinx Healthcare brand was launched to bring a singular focus on our expanding portfolio in the U.S Healthcare Billing and Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) services. As part of this re-branding, the new website has been developed to give more corporate and industry insights showcasing our vast service offering along with our commitment and confidence to the Healthcare RCM industry. Speaking at this engagement on what the next steps would look like for Infinx Healthcare and how the company stands out among the competition, Jaideep Tandon, President/CEO mentioned ‘We’re committed to bringing the best in class technology and business process solutions for our Healthcare customers. The launch of the Infinx Healthcare brand is a small but important step in showcasing our focus and commitment to this sector.’

About Infinx Healthcare

About Tandon Group

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Ogilvy CommonHealth creatives selected for 2012 Clio Healthcare Awards panel


Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide is a part of the Ogilvy & Mather network (

The CLIO Healthcare Awards, now in its fourth year, is an extension of the CLIO Awards, one of the world’s most recognized awards competitions for advertising, design and interactive. The CLIO Awards and CLIO Healthcare Awards are produced by Prometheus Global Media, a diversified company with leading assets in the media and entertainment arenas. For more information about the CLIO Healthcare Awards, go to

Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, with 65 offices across 36 countries, provides marketing services including brand identity and development, clinical trial recruitment, digital/interactive services, direct-to-consumer, direct-to-patient, global integration, managed care marketing, market research and analytics, media planning and buying, medical advertising and promotion, medical education, public affairs and relations, relationship marketing, and strategic consulting. The network also offers scientific communications and publications services through a wholly owned separate legal entity.

About Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide

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Milengo Offers Free Enterprise Machine Translation Engines

By combining customized machine translation engines tailored to each organization, with professional human post editing of machine translated output, the Milengo solution allows businesses to translate large volumes of documentation faster, and at lower costs than a traditional human only approach.

‘Machine translation with human post editing represents a big step towards the future,’ said Roman. ‘It finally addresses the quality concerns many customers have had with MT by building engines for specific industry verticals, language style and terminology. At the moment our clients are using MT and post editing for large-scale documentation translation but we’re also continuing our research into other applications. The customers we’ve worked with so far have been impressed with the setup speed, ease of use (since there’s no real change in workflow) and the final output’

Further information will be presented in a webinar on Friday 9th March that will show the work already completed and how the new solution has been deployed for one of Milengo’s existing clients. Registration details can be found at

For enquiries or further information about Milengo’s Enterprise MT with Post Editing solution please call +49 (30) 22 48 76 81 or email:

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New mapping tool pinpoints cancer hotspots

Circadian rhythms linked to sudden cardiac death

Sun Pharma to export generic cancer medicine to US

United India Insurance launches critical health policy

Santorum calls Obama health program bad for marriage

FDA staff focus on safety of Forest lung drug

Supreme Court won’t review J&J-Abbott patent case

FDA acts to stem shortages of two cancer drugs

Hepatitis C killing more Americans than HIV

Egyptian firm in fake Avastin scam proves elusive

Guideline gets kids the right drug for pneumonia

Combined vaccine tied to fever-related seizures

Heart attack with no chest pain more likely in women

Many "mistakes" found in newbie-doctors’ resumes

Supreme Court sends back California Medicaid cuts case

Is broadcasting heart procedures at meetings safe?

Obama’s Alzheimer’s plan focuses on treatment, care

Prevnar trial results needed for CDC recommendation

U.S. advisers back experimental obesity pill

Virginia lawmakers pass revised ultrasound requirement

Colon cancer study backs blood stool screening test

More melanoma deaths in areas without dermatologists: study

Bird flu may not be so deadly after all, new analysis claims

PM to Inaugurate 2-Day Polio Summit 2012

Indo Sweden MoU on Health Issues Completes Three Years of Successful Cooperation

Ourview | The state of healthcare–The-state-of-healthc.html

Indian doctors win racial discrimination case in US

Health Insurance: IRDA to Issue Claim Rules

Health care in America: Shopping around for surgery

Needles and pills to be replaced by nasal sprays:Scientists

Eat fresh and avoid excess sodium to keep your heart healthy

Seven days exposure to air pollution may up heart attack risk

What doctors say without talking

Working long hours may cause anxiety, depression: Study

Tech overdose hampering kids’ normal growth

Designing better care for older people: how technology can make a difference

New healthline policy from Chola MS

UK cost agency unconvinced by Botox for migraine

U.S. won’t allow more fungicide in orange juice: FDA

Rice-sweetened baby formula may contain arsenic: U.S study

Microchip delivers drug; can it replace shots?

Insurers see costs in Obama birth control rule

EU agency says weight-loss drugs risk acceptable

Astra takes brand cancer drug straight to patients

Anti-abortion "personhood" bill clears Oklahoma senate

After 37 years, Washington D.C. gets mental health system

Health ministry opposes new mechanism for pricing of drugs

NAC, govt chalk out social security proposal for unorganized sector

IDBI Federal Life launches child insurance plan

Radiation After Lung Cancer Surgery Doesn’t Help All: Study

Autism begins to show up in 6-month-old babies

WHO recommends full publication of avian flu study reports

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