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Media Alert: Terasaki Foundation to Host Update on Higher Incidence of Glaucoma among Asians

Author: Glaucoma Research Foundation
Dateline: Wed, 01 Apr 2009

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “SAN FRANCISO, Calif., April 1 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The Glaucoma Research Foundation with Hisako and Paul I. Terasaki, MD will host an update and reception on Thursday, May 7, 2009 to detail newly released research into the incidence of glaucoma in the Asian American Community. 'Asians and Glaucoma: A Different Spectrum of the Disease' will be presented by Shan Lin, MD, associate clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of California-San Francisco”



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SAN FRANCISO, Calif., April 1 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The Glaucoma Research Foundation with Hisako and Paul I. Terasaki, MD will host an update and reception on Thursday, May 7, 2009 to detail newly released research into the incidence of glaucoma in the Asian American Community.

Glaucoma Research Foundation"Asians and Glaucoma: A Different Spectrum of the Disease" will be presented by Shan Lin, MD, associate clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Lin is a co-principal investigator of the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study at UCSF that recently published its findings about glaucoma in the Japanese American community in Archives of Ophthalmology.

The Catalyst Update Reception will take place at the Terasaki Foundation, 11570 West Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA from 6 to 8 p.m.

Groundbreaking Research

The Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) funds groundbreaking research that has changed our knowledge of glaucoma, like the Collaborative Normal Tension Glaucoma Study, which was the first controlled clinical trial to establish that lowering eye pressure preserves vision.

The primary focus of GRF-funded research today is the "Catalyst for a Cure" (CFC). This collaborative project is redefining how glaucoma research is conducted in order to speed the process of discovery to find a cure. The CFC research scientists - specialists in genetics, nerve regeneration, and neurodevelopment - are working in real-time collaboration to understand neuronal loss in glaucoma and identify targets for intervention.

Funds and Fundraising

GRF has funded more than $45 million in grants and projects since 1978. In addition to attracting innovative scientists, doctors and ideas to the field of glaucoma research, GRF has also provided education and support for those with glaucoma, as well as to their families and friends.

All Glaucoma Research Foundation grants have been made without the benefit of government funding. In fact, GRF is almost entirely supported through donations from private individuals. Equally important, 85 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to funding innovative research and education programs.

About the Glaucoma Research Foundation

Founded in 1978, the mission of the Glaucoma Research Foundation is to prevent vision loss from glaucoma through investment in innovative research, education, and patient support - all directed toward the ultimate goal of finding a cure.


To arrange for an interview or attend the reception:
Kristine A. Morrill, KAM Communications
Tel: 011.44.208.542.5684
Email: kmorrill@kamcommunications.com

For More Information on the Foundation:

The Glaucoma Research Foundation website, www.glaucoma.org, has a wide range of information and news for glaucoma patients and their families. Free educational brochures and an informative booklet, "Understanding and Living with Glaucoma," may be ordered from the website or by calling 1-800-826-6693. An experienced information specialist answers the phone to provide support and assistance to those with questions or concerns. A free newsletter, Gleams, provides the latest information about glaucoma treatments and research.

251 Post Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-986-3162, Toll-free: 800-826-669
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Obama Supports Gang Violence with White House Policies Says Pastor Craig X Rubin

Author: Beverly Hills Green Cross
Dateline: Fri, 27 Mar 2009

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “LOS ANGELES, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Pastor Rubin of The Family Church takes donations for medical marijuana at his Beverly Hills Green Cross located at 2370 Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles. The Pastor says, 'Obama is missing the boat on cannabis and Clinton's policy promotes the type of violence we are seeing in Mexico rather than ending it.'”



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LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 27 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Pastor Rubin of The Family Church takes donations for medical marijuana at his Beverly Hills Green Cross located at 2370 Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles. The Pastor says, "Obama is missing the boat on cannabis and Clinton's policy promotes the type of violence we are seeing in Mexico rather than ending it."

Harvard economist Jeffery Miron recently wrote an opinion piece where he directly placed the blame on the violence in Mexico and America as coming from prohibition or the profits created by the "Drug War," which in reality is a war on marijuana as 85-percent of all drug arrests are for marijuana with nearly one million Americans arrested annually.

Speaking out against a government sponsored prohibition at a top university could mean losing your job even in a free country, but the fact is a majority of the country agrees with Miron. It is the White House that seems to be out of step with the American people in this one. In the article Miron noted, "There was no violence associated with the alcohol industry before or after prohibition." The article goes on to show the direct correlation between prohibition and violence noting the violence occurring in Mexico.

The President finally commented today regarding marijuana with the words. "We took votes about which questions were going to be asked, and I think 3.5 million people voted. I have to say that there was one question that was voted on that ranked fairly high," the President could have said one subject, "and that was whether legalizing marijuana would improve the economy and job creation. And I don't know what this says about the online audience...(Laughter)...this was a fairly popular question. We want to make sure that it was answered. The answer is, no. I don't think that is a good strategy to grow our economy."

Not much of an answer for the number one subject as Obama joked about an "on-line audience," hinting that people on-line were high on pot. It was the on-line crowd that believed in Obama and famously raised money for him during the election. President Obama has promised to listen to the voice of the people, but he continues to ignore that voice. During the worst economic crisis in decades the top four questions under the heading of "Financial Security" concerned marijuana.

The White House gives credit to marijuana organizers, but Pastor Rubin gives credit to God stating, "God created marijuana and Ron Paul. Liberty is not dead in this country." The pastor was joking regarding law enforcement's warning regarding Republicans with American flags, Ron Paul or alternative bumper stickers being dangerous.

When it came to the heading of "Budget" marijuana was in the top four positions as well. Marijuana has been part of America's economic past having been grown by nearly all of the Founding Fathers including George Washington. Under the heading "Jobs" marijuana questions were in the first and third positions.

Pastor Rubin knows that cannabis creates jobs as he was unemployed until he opened the Beverly Hills Green Cross. Rubin played the owner of a medical marijuana club on Showtime's Weeds, but was arrested for doing it in real life back in 2006. Rubin stated, "I think the judge recognized the economic potential better than Obama. It allows me to support my wife and seven children."

Marijuana questions also topped President Obama's list under "health care reform" and "green jobs and energy." This could be because the DEA seems to be ignoring Attorney General Eric Holder's request that cannabis clubs actually be violating state law before they kick down the doors at these state sanctioned patient dispensaries. This week the DEA raided a medical marijuana club in San Francisco without the assistance of local authorities who claimed they were not informed of the raid ahead of time.

This action would seem to contradict the Attorney General's earlier statements that patient clubs were not going to be raided unless there were violating both state and federal law. So far, the DEA refused to say what state law had been violated or why they were suddenly enforcing state law.

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VHL Family Alliance Announced Partner in Rare Disease Day

Author: VHL Family Alliance
Dateline: Thu, 05 Feb 2009

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “BOSTON, Mass., Feb. 5 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is coordinating the observance of Rare Disease Day in the United States on February 28, 2009. VHL Family Alliance announced today that on that day, and in the weeks leading up to it, they will join with others around the world in focusing on rare disease challenges and the importance of research in developing diagnostics and treatments.”



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VHLFA is holding local event; a dinner in honor of Rare Disease Day on February 26th in the Coolidge Corner/Brookline area

BOSTON, Mass., Feb. 5 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is coordinating the observance of Rare Disease Day in the United States on February 28, 2009. VHL Family Alliance announced today that on that day, and in the weeks leading up to it, they will join with others around the world in focusing on rare disease challenges and the importance of research in developing diagnostics and treatments.

Joyce Graff, the executive director of the VHL Family Alliance (VHLFA), has been a board member of NORD for almost 10 years and is currently working with her staff and members to participate in this event. VHLFA serves people dealing with vascular tumors of the eye, brain, spinal cord, kidney, pancreas, and adrenal glands. These and other tumors occur in a condition called von Hippel-Lindau disease (VHL). Graff says, "VHL affects one person in 32,000. But there are more than 7,000 rare diseases. Each of the rare diseases may be rare, but the experience of having a rare disease is not rare. One person in ten is dealing with some rare disease."

The VHL Family Alliance (VHLFA) will be posting news about this upcoming event on its website (www.vhl.org) and is actively encouraging its members to write essays and post videos sharing their experiences with VHL. An article about Rare Disease Day is in VHLFA's January newsletter.

According to Graff, "Those of us with VHL have many issues in common with other rare diseases -- the difficulty of getting a diagnosis, or finding appropriate treatment, the stresses of living with a long-term condition, the worries about what may happen to your children." Graff hopes that Rare Disease Day will help to raise awareness of rare diseases and the need for safe, timely diagnosis, and effective treatment.

Along with other NORD partners, VHLFA is holding its own local event - a dinner in honor of Rare Disease Day on February 26th in the Coolidge Corner/Brookline area. For tickets and more information, call 1-800-767-4VHL.

Nord welcomes anyone with any medical challenge or rare disease at rarediseases.inspire.com or www.rarediseases.org.

About Von Hippel-Lindau Disease

VHL is a risk factor for a number of tumors, caused by a tiny misspelling in one copy of one gene, the VHL gene. People who carry this flaw are at increased risk for tumors of the retina, brain, spinal cord, kidneys, pancreas, and adrenal glands.

About VHL Family alliance

VHLFA is a non-profit organization that provides information for families and physicians about this disorder and local self-help support groups for families affected with VHL. It is dedicated to improving diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for individuals and families affected by Von Hippel-Lindau disease.

About NORD

The National Organization for Rare Disorders is federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare "orphan" diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service.

Media Contact:

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VHL Family Alliance
2001 Beacon St., Suite 208
Boston, MA 02135
Telephone: 1-800-767-4845, Ext. 4
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New Online Self Assessment Program for Health Care Professionals

Author: TheAcademy.com
Dateline: Tue, 17 Apr 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Apr. 17 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- TheAcademy.com, provider of the web based Athena Learning Management System and the American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) announce the release of A.S.P.E.N.'s new online Self Assessment program for nutrition support therapy.”



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SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Apr. 17 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- TheAcademy.com, provider of the web based Athena Learning Management System and the American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) announce the release of A.S.P.E.N.'s new online Self Assessment program for nutrition support therapy. The Self-Assessment online modules are designed to support multi-disciplinary health care professionals seeking to assess their knowledge of nutrition support therapy both in clinical practice and research settings.

The program provides continuing education credits; and assists participants in preparing for nutrition support certification exams. The Self-Assessment program is available for both A.S.P.E.N. members and non members and can be accessed from A.S.P.E.N.'s website at www.nutritioncare.org.

By providing online training and assessment programs, doctors, nurses, dietitians, scientists and pharmacist benefit from the convenience of accessing the information anytime and anywhere they have internet access. "This efficiency is a win-win for everyone. We are thrilled with the feedback we've received from our participants," said Debra Ben Avram, Associate Executive Director from A.S.P.E.N. Online training and assessment programs lower training costs, provide consistent courseware delivery and best of all, result in improved learning and retention rates.

A.S.P.E.N. is a professional organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition. Its nearly 6,000 members are physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, scientists and other allied health professionals.

A.S.P.E.N. is accredited to provide continuing medical education programs by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

For more information about this program and other services and initiatives from A.S.P.E.N. please contact Janis Goldman, Director of Marketing - email Janisg@aspen.nutr.org.

American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, 8630 Fenton Street Suite 412, Silver Spring MD 20910 T 301 920 9132 F 301 587 2365 www.nutritioncare.org.

TheAcademy.com is the provider of the Athena Learning Management System.

This web based system hosts and manages online training programs for trade associations, corporations, franchise systems, and other organizations. The Athena LMS consolidates blended learning environments on a scalable, low cost web-based platform. Personnel requirements and overhead costs are greatly reduced by contracting technical development, implementation and operational elements to experienced LMS specialists from TheAcademy.com. Clients also have the option to design and develop their own online courses while managing all aspects of training operations in an integrated central platform.

For more information about products and services from TheAcademy.com, please contact Dan Adams, Director of Marketing - email dadams@theacademy.com

TheAcademy.com - Learning Management on a Global Scale, 10223 McAllister, Suite 206, San Antonio, Texas 78216, T 210 530 2700, F 210 530 2703 www.theacademy.com.

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Medical Knowledge Within Reach: ReachMD Channel Launches Today on XM

Author: ReachMD
Dateline: Mon, 26 Mar 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “NORTHBROOK, Ill. - Mar. 26, 2007 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- ReachMD, an innovative healthcare communications company, announced today that the ReachMD channel for medical professionals is now available on XM, the nation's leading satellite radio service with more than 7.6 million subscribers; it is the healthcare industry's first satellite radio channel to provide the latest information and news to medical professionals 24/7.”



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To coincide with the channel launch, ReachMD will be exhibiting at the American College of Cardiology's 37th Scientific Meeting, March 23-27th, 2007 in New Orleans

NORTHBROOK, Ill. - Mar. 26 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- ReachMD (www.ReachMD.com), an innovative healthcare communications company, announced today that the ReachMD channel for medical professionals is now available on XM, the nation's leading satellite radio service with more than 7.6 million subscribers; it is the healthcare industry's first satellite radio channel to provide the latest information and news to medical professionals 24/7.

ReachMDDeveloped by healthcare professionals exclusively for healthcare professionals, the ReachMD channel (XM 233) features unique medical programming around-the-clock.

The ReachMD channel is the first and only of its kind, which features roundtable discussion, breaking medical news and special programming. To accommodate the increased demands on today's healthcare professional, the channel offers compelling, short-form programming, providing new information every 15 minutes.

"As a practicing physician, I realized early on that there was not enough time in the day for my patients and my family, let alone to keep up-to-date with current medical advances," David Preskill, MD, Founder of ReachMD, said. "XM is one of the fastest-growing outlets for broadcast; and now healthcare professionals can get medical information utilizing this convenient media.

To coincide with the channel launch, ReachMD will be exhibiting at the American College of Cardiology's 37th Scientific Meeting, March 23-27th, 2007 in New Orleans, LA.

About ReachMD
ReachMD, headquarted in Northbrook, IL, is a leading provider of advanced healthcare information and education for medical professionals. The company's proprietary technology provides the most up-to-date healthcare information in the field through cellular phone, satellite radio and on-line programs. This technology allows healthcare professionals access to the latest information in best practices and new advances in treatment and delivers this information through convenient and accessible technologies.

For more information, visit www.ReachMD.com.

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Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy appoints Dr. Giovanna Spinella, former NIH official, as Medical Director

Author: Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
Dateline: Tue, 12 Dec 2006

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - Dec. 12 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest grassroots organization in the U.S. that is entirely focused on Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), announced today the hiring of Dr. Giovanna M. Spinella as its medical director and its plans to create a systematic approach to the clinical management of boys with DMD.”



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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - Dec. 12 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest grassroots organization in the U.S. that is entirely focused on Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), announced today the hiring of Dr. Giovanna M. Spinella as its medical director and its plans to create a systematic approach to the clinical management of boys with DMD.

PPMD"Dr. Spinella's appointment comes at a critical time," said Pat Furlong, PPMD's Founder and Executive Director. "There has been a growth in the expertise and experience of doctors at clinical centers for boys with DMD, and a growth in the potential for discovery of new compounds and treatments; there are more tools now than ever before to look at Duchenne and to make new discoveries."

Dr. Spinella is a pediatric neurologist with 16 years of experience at the National Institutes of Health, the country's leading medical research agency. She is currently a consultant for the Office of Rare Diseases at the NIH and spent four years as the science program director for this office. Dr. Spinella is a resident of Falls Church, Virginia, and until this year served as staff neurologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

"Trying to create programs where one can offer the highest quality clinical care is a challenging and exciting opportunity," said Dr. Spinella. "I think we can raise the bar on the care, health, and quality of life for the boys with Duchenne."

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common lethal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood and affects approximately 1 in 3,500 boys. It is a progressive muscle disorder that causes loss of muscle function and independence. Each year, an estimated 20,000 children worldwide are born with DMD. To date, there is no cure.

"Because care for these boys is now irregular and inconsistent, a standard approach is needed to get accurate data," said Dr. Spinella. "With that data, the medical community will be in a better position to determine which potential treatments will work."

The appointment marks a significant evolution for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. From its roots as a patient advocacy group, PPMD has grown into an organization that is leading medical advances, and investing in research, education, and advocacy to improve the lives of those affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

To set up an interview with Dr. Spinella and Pat Furlong, please contact Sharon Lewis at slewis @douglasgould.com or 914-833-7093.

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1994 by parents of children with Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. The organization's mission is to improve the treatment, quality of life and long-term outlook for all individuals affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy through research, advocacy, education and compassion. PPMD is headquartered in Middletown, Ohio with offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

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New HearPod Line of BTE Hearing Aids Adds Directional Mic with Open Fitting

Author: HearPod Hearing Aids
Dateline: Thu, 07 Dec 2006

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “CORNELIUS, N.C. - Dec. 7 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- HearPod Hearing Aids president Randy Wohlers, BC-HIS, today announced the introduction of HearPod Directional Mic Open Fitting hearing aid. This behind the ear aid is designed to cater to the hearing industry's hottest trends - directional microphones, open fitting and cosmetically discrete design. Directional microphones improve the wearer's ability to understand speech by focusing correction on voices in front of the wearer while reducing noises from behind.”



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The full-featured aid offers 100% digital technology and a slim discrete design

CORNELIUS, N.C. - Dec. 7 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- HearPod Hearing Aids president Randy Wohlers, BC-HIS, today announced the introduction of HearPod Directional Mic Open Fitting hearing aid. This behind the ear aid is designed to cater to the hearing industry's hottest trends-directional microphones, open fitting and cosmetically discrete design. Directional microphones improve the wearer's ability to understand speech by focusing correction on voices in front of the wearer while reducing noises from behind.

Open fitting means the hearing aid allows the equalization of pressure inside the ear canal, thereby eliminating the annoying "barrel" sound so common with many hearing aids.

The shell of the HearPod Directional Mic Open Fitting is unique. Not only does its 100% digital technology allow for an extremely slim and compact design, the anatomically designed shell is molded of clear acrylic, which has the effect of making the aid appear even smaller. "It also means the aid is better able to blend with the user's skin tone. Both features are key to the aids high level of cosmetic appeal," said Wohlers.

The HearPod Directional Mic Open Fitting is the company's second behind the ear (BTE) hearing aid. The other BTE, HearPod III, offers the same features, but without directional microphones. HearPod's other products-the HearPod I, HearPod II and HearPod Micro-are all in the canal or completely in the canal in design.

Since its founding last year, HearPod has begun to revolutionize the hearing aid industry by offering high-quality low-cost hearing aids through its website myhearpod.com. Wohlers explained that previously those people shopping for hearing aids had little choice.

"They either had to pay thousands of dollars for hearing aids through hearing centers, or settle for cheaper, low quality hearing aids. Our mission is to provide people with the combination of high quality and low price, plus convenient to-their-door service," he said.

Nearly all HearPod hearing aids also offer the two state-of-the art features that shoppers expect from high-end hearing aids: Adaptive feedback control, which eliminates annoying "whistling" sound common with many hearing aids, and adaptive noise control, which automatically reduces background noise to make conversations clear.

Most HearPods are also designed with ultra-comfortable silicone pillow fitting tips that fit snugly, but comfortably in the ear canal.

HearPod customers are encouraged to see their physician before purchasing to ensure they need a hearing aid and to get an audiogram, which shows their individual degree of hearing loss. The audiogram can then be faxed toll free or emailed to HearPod so that the hearing aid can be programmed to correct the individual's unique hearing loss.

The company provides a 45-day one hundred percent money-back guarantee and a one year warranty that covers the cost of any repairs and includes a year's worth of free batteries and wax guards. Extended warranties are also available.

Wohlers says HearPods are intended for a growing market-baby boomers. He points to statistics that show an increasing number of baby boomers are beginning to suffer hearing loss, thanks in part to the "loud, noisy world we live in."

"No other generation has grown up with so many industrial and environmental noises," said Wohlers. "From worksite machinery to gas powered lawn mowers, trimmers and saws, we just live in a noisy world."

Research has shown that in addition to the impact of individual genetics, hearing loss can be attributed to long-term exposure to sounds greater than 85 decibels (the level of a gas-powered lawn mower), or even to short-term exposure to extremely loud sounds, such as gun fire or explosive blasts.

Wohlers points to studies performed by the National Institutes of Health that say among those people with hearing loss who could benefit from a hearing aid, less than one third currently wear aids.

But producing and marketing hearing aids is more than a business to Wohlers. As a person who wears hearing aids himself, he said he knows what difference hearing aids can make in a person's life.

"A person just misses so much when they have hearing loss. But they don't realize it. They just try to cope, do the best they can, not realizing that hearing is critical to having a full, happy productive life," said Wohlers.

He adds that hearing impacts a person's relationships, their ability to earn a living, even their safety when walking or driving a car.

"I guess you could say I am on a mission. Hearing aids have made such a big difference in my life that I want to help other people to hear better too," he said.

For more information on HearPod hearing aids, go to www.myhearpod.com or call the company's toll free customer care line 1-800-851-2414.


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MRSA: Addressing the Crisis

Author: International Society for Microbial Resistance
Dateline: Mon, 12 Jun 2006

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “LOS ANGELES, CA - June 12 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The International Society of Microbial Resistance (ISMR) is focusing attention on MRSA by convening healthcare professionals to discuss the most current information on the rising prevalence and consequences of a family of antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).”



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LOS ANGELES, CA - June 12 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The International Society of Microbial Resistance (ISMR) is focusing attention on MRSA by convening healthcare professionals to discuss the most current information on the rising prevalence and consequences of a family of antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The program in Los Angeles is the second in a series of two MRSA Educational Summits, the first being held in Houston, Texas on June 9th.

MRSA can cause serious infections in otherwise healthy newborns, children, and adults. Outbreaks originally reported in high-risk patient populations are now being reported in healthy members of high school and professional sports teams, prisons, newborns, women after childbirth, and residents of long-term health care settings. Difficult to diagnose and treat, these infections pose a significant risk to patients and are increasingly associated with serious infections of the skin, lungs, and other organs. Recent data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimate that at least 2.2 million people in the United States are colonized with these antibiotic-resistant bacteria, making public health initiatives to increase awareness and prevention a top priority.

Community and hospital-based health care providers are invited to a complimentary one-day CME Program focusing on various facets of the detection and management of serious MRSA infections on June 23, 2006, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

A series of morning plenary presentations by internationally recognized faculty including Joseph John, MD, FACP, Dennis Stevens, PhD, MD, John McGowan, MD, Loren Miller, MD, Julio Ramirez, MD, and David Talan, MD, will help participants gain insight and perspective on the challenges of MRSA. Speakers will review the epidemiology of MRSA, update participants on diagnosis and clinical implications of MRSA, and review the appropriate use of interventions and antibiotic treatment options for MRSA infections seen in the community and in health care facilities.

The afternoon will consist of interactive workshops including a case review session, development of successful MRSA treatment pathways, and a review of select scientific posters from recent national meetings that draw attention to additional facets of MRSA infections. The Summit program will conclude with a workshop on resources and guidelines for MRSA management that will empower participants to become leaders in best practices for the management of MRSA infections in the institutions and communities they serve.

Registration is available on-site or online at the International Society of Microbial Resistance website, www.microresistance.org/cme.cfm, or call 1-800-586-5819.

There is no fee to attend this program. Registration includes a complimentary continental breakfast and buffet lunch as well as all program materials. A maximum of 6.5 CME contact hours will be awarded based on attendance and submission of all appropriate forms. This program is accredited for Physicians, Pharmacists, and Nurses.

This program is jointly sponsored by the University of Kentucky Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing, and the International Society of Microbial Resistance. Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

For additional CME opportunities and other health-related educational materials and resources, visit ISMR online at http://www.microresistance.org.



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Addressing the MRSA Crisis

Author: International Society of Microbial Resistance
Dateline: Fri, 02 Jun 2006

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “HOUSTON, TX - June 2 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The International Society of Microbial Resistance (ISMR) is focusing attention, and educating healthcare professionals, on the rising prevalence and consequences of a relatively new family of antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), through a new 2006 MRSA Educational Summit Program. MRSA can cause serious infections in otherwise healthy newborns, children, and adults.”



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HOUSTON, TX - June 2 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The International Society of Microbial Resistance (ISMR) is focusing attention, and educating healthcare professionals, on the rising prevalence and consequences of a relatively new family of antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), through a new 2006 MRSA Educational Summit Program. MRSA can cause serious infections in otherwise healthy newborns, children, and adults.

Outbreaks originally reported in high-risk patient populations are now being reported in healthy members of high school and professional sports teams, prisons, newborns, women after childbirth, and residents of long-term health care settings. Difficult to diagnose and treat, these infections pose a significant risk to patients and are increasingly associated with serious infections of the skin, lungs, and other organs. Recent data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimate that at least 2.2 million people in the United States are colonized with these antibiotic-resistant bacteria, making public health initiatives to increase awareness and prevention a top priority.

Community and hospital-based health care providers are invited to a complimentary one-day CME Program focusing on various facets of the detection and management of serious MRSA infections on June 9, 2006, at the Westin Galleria Hotel in Houston, Texas, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

This is the first in a series of live programs, and related activities developed by the ISMR. Houston is hosting the kick-off program for the 2006 series in light of the early, cutting-edge work by Houston-based research groups to identify and characterize MRSA infections in newborns, children, and adolescent populations. Currently, over 75% of community-acquired Staphylococcus aureus infections in children presenting to Texas Children's Hospital are caused by MRSA.

A series of morning plenary presentations by internationally recognized faculty including Joseph John, MD, FACP, Dennis Stevens, PhD, MD, Robert Daum, MD, Henry Blumberg, MD, Randolph Fugit, PharmD and Sheldon Kaplan, MD, will help participants gain insight and perspective on the challenges of MRSA. Speakers will review the epidemiology of MRSA, update participants on diagnosis and clinical implications of MRSA, and review the appropriate use of interventions and antibiotic treatment options for MRSA infections seen in the community and in health care facilities.

The afternoon will consist of interactive workshops including a case review session, development of successful MRSA treatment pathways, and a review of select scientific posters from recent national meetings that draw attention to additional facets of MRSA infections. The Summit program will conclude with a workshop on resources and guidelines for MRSA management that will empower participants to become leaders in best practices for the management of MRSA infections in the institutions and communities they serve.

Registration is available on-site or online at the International Society of Microbial Resistance website, www.microresistance.org/cme.cfm, or call 1-800-586-5819. There is no fee to attend this program. Registration includes a complimentary continental breakfast and buffet lunch as well as all program materials. A maximum of 6.5 CME contact hours will be awarded based on attendance and submission of all appropriate forms. This program is accredited for Physicians, Pharmacists, and Nurses.

This program is jointly sponsored by the University of Kentucky Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing, and the International Society of Microbial Resistance. Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

For additional CME opportunities and other health-related educational materials and resources, visit the ISMR Web site at www.microresistance.org.



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Doctors, Patients Demand Apologies for Medical Errors

Author: American College of Physician Executives (ACPE
Dateline: Mon, 06 Mar 2006

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “TAMPA, FL - Mar. 6 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Two new national polls show widespread support for doctors and hospitals to fully disclose medical errors to patients and issue apologies for medical mistakes. The 2006 Patient Trust and Safety surveys conducted by the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) also reveal that 77 percent of the physicians who participated say there is a doctor in their own community that they would avoid because they think the doctor makes medical mistakes.”



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National survey results released; Lucian Leape, MD, urges hospitals to issue apologies

TAMPA, FL (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Two new national polls show widespread support for doctors and hospitals to fully disclose medical errors to patients and issue apologies for medical mistakes. The 2006 Patient Trust and Safety surveys conducted by the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE, www.acpe.org) also reveal that 77 percent of the physicians who participated say there is a doctor in their own community that they would avoid because they think the doctor makes medical mistakes.

The surveys, conducted in January, examine various issues involving patients, doctors and the safety of the nation's health care system. One survey was completed online by 1,019 doctors; another was conducted by phone with 1,000 patients. Results are published in the March/April issue of ACPE's "The Physician Executive, Journal of Medical Management."

In a companion article, Harvard University public health expert Lucian Leape, MD, writes that it's time for hospitals nationwide to support disclosure and apologies. He even urges hospitals to take proactive steps to compensate injured patients without waiting for the patients to sue.

The idea of making apologies for medical mistakes drew strong support from both patients and doctors.

More than 80 percent of the doctors who participated in the survey say health care organizations should apologize, and 61 percent predicted that patients would be less likely to sue over mistakes if apologies were freely given.

The patients agreed: 57 percent said they'd be less likely to sue if the doctor or hospital that made the medical mistake issued an apology.

About 20 states do have laws that allow apologies that can't be used against a doctor in court. Many doctors complained, however, that lawyers routinely discourage apologies no matter what.

The patient survey also found that patients are well aware of studies that show thousands of Americans die each year as a result of medical errors. Some patients believe mistakes are inevitable: 53 percent agreed with the statement "medical science is so complex that medical errors are bound to happen."

Another 43 percent, however, agreed with the statement "medical science is so advanced that medical errors should be very rare."

ACPE is the nation's largest organization for physician leaders with more than 10,000 members.

More information: http://www.acpe.org




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