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Health Insurance, Health Care Issues Now Top Rated Topics for Radio Listeners According to Arbitron


Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) August 16, 2007

Cary Hall announced today that the Health Insurance Advocate Show, featured on Talk Radio 710 KCMO in Kansas City, Missouri, 9 a.m. Saturdays, has recently experienced a significant Arbitron ratings increase of 119 percent, more than doubling its listenership since this time last year. The program also airs on News Radio 1330 KNSS Talk Radio in Wichita, Kansas, noon on Saturdays, and has experienced an Arbitron ratings increase of 576 percent in the past year – an increase Hall says is a direct result of teaching listeners to feel confident in their understanding of healthcare coverage. Listen to program podcast or live.

“With so much change in the industry and the relentless cost increases that can often drive consumers away from even having healthcare coverage, we believe we know why the show has had such incredible gains in popularity,” Hall said. “Simply put, it’s desperately needed.”

Hall is host of the Saturday morning program as well as president of Benefits By Design, a health insurance and consumer advocate company. The radio program is now the number one rated Saturday talk show in the region according to Arbitron Winter Book Ratings for 2007.

“We’re ending the myth that health insurance is not affordable with a cutting edge program designed to educate and raise awareness in the group and individual policy markets,” said Hall. “We’re helping everyone from sole proprietors who are trying to raise their families to HR executives at large corporations who are trying to make sense out of poorly performing group policies. The show teaches them to understand the market and how best to protect their employees and loved ones with incredible savings and coverage efficiency.”

“People don’t gain clarity on Medicare changes or child-only coverage or caring for elderly parents and so many other very personal issues by reading a boring conventional brochure,” Hall says. “We teach our listeners by conversing with knowledgeable experts, healthcare professionals and community service organizations every week in order to put a human face on what we all face together — the need to protect ourselves and our families and the need to conserve and protect our dollars.”

Hall cites the fact that the health insurance industry can be complex and often leads to confusion, frustration and even heartache in the market place. Breaking down industry terminology and government regulations, demonstrating cost efficiency and giving consumers confidence in the purchase of healthcare coverage is what the Health Insurance Advocate Show strives to deliver.

The new Arbitron ratings come at a crucial time as the Health Insurance Advocate Show reaches its fourth anniversary on the air in Kansas City, touching most of western Missouri and eastern Kansas. The program is in its second year in the Wichita market.

The Health Insurance Advocate Show, heard in Kansas City on Talk Radio 710 KCMO Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and in Wichita on News Radio 1330 KNSS Talk Radio Saturdays from Noon to 1 p.m., is Kansas City’s and Wichita’s only source for the latest information on the health insurance industry.

Listen to program podcast or live.

Contact:

Vicky Bisby

913.385.2224

The Health Insurance Advocate – 10540 Marty, Suite 200 – Overland Park, KS 66212

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According to Arizona’s Office of Oral Health, Common Parenting Practice Could Endanger Kids’ Teeth

Glendale, AZ (PRWEB) February 7, 2008

Anyone who has experienced parenthood knows how a well-timed sippy cup of juice can save the day — or night. But the same things that soothe and comfort might also bring about oral health problems later in life.

A significant concern to dentists is the practice of giving children juice or milk in a bottle or sippy cup to sip on throughout the day or at bedtime. Prolonged exposure to the sugars found in milk and juice contribute to tooth decay and a condition known as baby bottle tooth decay, a painful and damaging consequence for young children to endure.

February is National Children’s Oral Health Month

This is a great time to remind parents what they can do to prevent cavities. “Some people think it’s not a big deal for a young child to get a cavity or lose a baby tooth since these primary teeth eventually fall out anyway,” said Jerry Denning, DDS, dental consultant for Delta Dental of Arizona. “However, maintaining healthy baby teeth is extremely important for the long-term health of permanent teeth. When baby teeth are damaged by decay, it can affect nutrition, speech development and self-esteem, and can cause problems with spacing as permanent teeth grow in.”

According to Arizona’s Office of Oral Health, tooth decay is the most common childhood disorder affecting Arizona children, with 34% having some form of tooth decay by the age of three. Recent research demonstrates this burden is distributed unevenly, affecting more Arizona children from low-income families, children without dental insurance and children of important cultural groups such as Native Americans and Hispanics.

First Dental Visit by Age One

In order to combat and prevent dental decay, RaNee Toscano, R.D. H., and Acting Chief of the Arizona State Department of Health Services – Office of Oral Health stresses the importance of parents starting early, “Seeing a dentist by age one or when your child’s first tooth erupts is critical to their long-term health and well being.” Prevention is the key to maintaining healthy teeth. There are several things parents can do to protect their child’s primary teeth: Don’t put your child to sleep with a bottle or sippy cup. Maintain a balanced healthy diet low in sugary and starchy foods is important. Get fluoride varnish treatments if your child is at risk for decay or sealants once their molars erupt. Promote brushing twice a day and visit the dentist twice a year.

Prevention based strategies are the focus of the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation where grants are targeted to programs providing fluoride varnish treatments for young children at risk for cavities. School age children without dental insurance can receive dental screenings and sealants as part of school-based services. In the past ten years, the Foundation has given back more than $ 2 million to the community to combat oral disease in Arizona. For more information on the Foundation, please visit http://www.deltadentalaz.com/foundation.

About Delta Dental of Arizona

Delta Dental of Arizona is the leading dental benefits provider in Arizona with the largest network of 2,800 dentists, servicing more than 4,500 locations. Passionate about oral health and its importance to generations of families, Delta Dental of Arizona has worked for 35 years to improve oral health by emphasizing preventative care and making dental coverage accessible for a wide variety of employers, groups and individuals. Delta Dental of Arizona, in partnership with EyeMed, introduces DeltaVision, quality vision insurance plans that make maintaining healthy eyesight affordable. Quality dental, vision and FSA benefits are now available from a single, trusted source. For more information about Delta Dental of Arizona, please visit the website at http://www.deltadentalaz.com.

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Why Angels in Waiting USA Will Not be Caring for the Suleman Children, According to Both Sides, on Dr. Phil, March 25-26


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 25, 2009

When Dr. Phil mediated an agreement between the group Angels in Waiting USA and the mother of octuplets, Nadya Suleman, his intent was to arrange for qualified care in a transparent environment for the children so that they could be released from the hospital to their biological mother. It seemed like the best solution in a difficult situation. Three weeks later, the agreement has been terminated, and both sides in the disagreement will speak out to explain what went wrong, on DR. PHIL, Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26. (Check your local listings).

“I’m disappointed that the two parties could not find common ground to work together. Now my concern for the 14 children continues to be my singular focus,” said Dr. Phil in the opening of Wednesday’s show.

Because Dr. Phil did not want Ms. Suleman to spend valuable time away from her children to make the journey to the Paramount Studios, she joined the conversation by telephone during today’s taping. She was given the opportunity to share her concerns regarding Angels in Waiting USA, and discuss why she and her attorney Jeff Czech felt she had no other option but to end their arrangement and find replacement care.

Four of the Suleman octuplets have now left the hospital and are being cared for at home, but as of this week, their care will be supervised by Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Hospital, according to Ms. Suleman and Czech.

In Wednesday’s show, Ms. Suleman stressed that while she was appreciative of all Angels in Waiting USA (AIW USA) had done to assist her in caring for her babies, when Kaiser stepped up to provide training for the nannies she had hired, as well as daily home health visits, she ultimately decided she no longer needed the services of AIW USA. She did not want to rely on the donations the agency needed to provide wraparound care, and she explained that her eventual goal was to be able to support her children without public or private assistance.

But Ms. Suleman had other concerns besides the funding question. “The primary issue was that myself (sic) and my nannies felt extremely uncomfortable. I personally felt like a stranger in my own home. The goal was to empower me as a mother, help me, train me. I’m open to that, I want that, I want to do the very best for these premature babies. I wanted them (AIW USA) to use their training and knowledge to help guide me. I felt that was never accomplished. I felt as though every time I tried to hold the babies, feed the babies, they would be observing and they were waiting for me to make a mistake.”

Linda West Conforti and Jackie Peebles of Angels in Waiting USA, together with their attorney Gloria Allred, were also on hand to respond to Ms. Suleman’s assessment of the situation, as well as reiterate their concern that the care and well-being of the Suleman children continue to be monitored and reported by the responsible agency.

Allred said: “Our major concern has always been the best interest of the babiesand of course, I happen to disagree with quite a bit of what Nadya said in terms of what has happened. I think the real reason that Nadya has not been able to continue with Angels in Waiting may be the fact that not one, but three reports had to be filed with Child Protective Service by Angels in Waiting (who) are mandated reporters under the law.” The substance of those three complaints will be discussed in the show.

Added Allred: “The whole point of Angels in Waiting, besides providing such high-quality carewas not to put the burden on the taxpayer, but that’s what Nadya and Jeff are doing. (They want) to shut everybody upthat’s wrong. I want to know what they are hiding and why.”

In addition, all of the guests will identify what they thought went wrong the night the first octuplets, Noah and Isaiah, came home from the hospital, and Dr. Phil will address what kind of limitations Ms. Suleman and her attorney must set if she wants to keep her children safe at home. Explained Czech: “I don’t think anyone really foresaw the extent of what would happen the first time around.”

And child advocate and civil rights attorney Linda Wallace Pate will discuss why she thinks it’s in the best interest of the Suleman family to let the drama subside, and the small business owners who agreed to make improvements on the Suleman home so that it was ready and safe for the babies to come home were on hand to show their work and explain why they stepped forward.

About The DR. PHIL Show:

The syndicated series, DR. PHIL, was created by Harpo Productions, and is produced by Peteski Productions in association with CBS Television Distribution. It is broadcast on over 214 stations representing 100% of the country. Since its debut in September 2002, the series has been ranked second among all daytime talk shows and consistently ranks among the Top Ten of all syndicated strips (Source: NSS Ranking Report).

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Parents Monitoring Childrens Internet Usage, According to OnlineSchools.com Infographic


Foster City, Calif. (PRWEB) January 04, 2012

OnlineSchools.com, a digital resource for online education from kindergarten to graduate school, recently launched Its ten o clock do you know where your children are? a look at how parents are patrolling their childrens online activity. According to the infographic, an overwhelming 95 percent of parents believe they are aware of what their children are doing when they are online, and 77 percent have rules for Internet usage. Other statistics in this infographic, which stem from the 2011 Norton Online Family Report, include a look at what parents worry about most with their childrens online activity as well as how they work to resolve those issues.

A parents number one concern is protecting his children, said Seth Restaino, OnlineSchools.com spokesperson. Its no surprise that, when it comes to the Internet, some of the most prevalent worries of parents are about revealing private information to or simply communicating with strangers.

Despite the prevalence of rules and parental awareness, one in ten children admit to visiting adult content sites when their parents are not around, while four in ten say they stop what they are doing if a parent is nearby. After breaking household Internet rules, 82 percent of children have experienced something negative online, such as downloading a virus or seeing violent images, videos, or games but 20 percent of children say they wouldnt tell their parents about the negative experience out of fear of being disciplined.

With the increased presence of cyberbullying, our research uncovered how important it is that children abide by their parents Internet rules, said Restaino. At the same time, the infographic shows that only 63 percent of parents speak with their kids about Internet safety. Id personally like to see that number increase so that children have a better understanding about the importance of why such strict rules may be in place.

To learn more about how parents use Facebook to keep tabs on their kids, check out The Spy Who Raised Me. For additional information related to online schooling, such as 5 ways parents can support their online learner, and other education news, follow @OnlineSchools on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

About OnlineSchools.com

Launched in 2011, OnlineSchools.com provides a searchable directory of accredited schools serving current and potential online students at every grade level. The site advocates online learning and supports parents and students as they progress from one educational decision point to the next. OnlineSchools.com is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: QNST), one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that meet their needs. The company is a leader in visitor friendly marketing practices. For more information, please visit QuinStreet.com.

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International Parental Child Abduction Will Cost American Economy Billions Of Dollars Over Next Decade According To Upcoming Report Issued By The I CARE Foundation


New York & Los Angeles (PRWEB) March 26, 2012

An upcoming I CARE Foundation report focused on determining the estimated cost of international parental child abduction in the United States titled ‘The Financial Cost Of International Parental Child Abduction On The U.S. Economy’ forecasts targeted American citizen parents who have their child internationally abducted by the other parent could surpass billions of dollars over the next decade in their effort to reunite with their children if the growth rate of abduction is not significantly reduced. In addition, according to the study, the overall cost of international abduction for the American taxpayer is considerably high, as the total cost of abduction includes ancillary and supporting costs associated with cross-border child kidnapping. These costs will be a heavy burden to the American taxpayer and involve considerable expenses related to the financial burden placed on the state and federal court systems who have jurisdiction of the legal proceedings, and costs associated with law enforcement intervention, as the illegal detention of a child by one parent by another in violation of a court order is the criminal act of kidnapping according to state and federal laws, including the International Parental Kidnapping Crimes Act. Additionally, the report cites that due to the hard reality that a parent who has their child criminally internationally abducted by the other parent receives minimal government aid, including no financial support for litigation and minimal financial aid in reunification efforts under the United States’ Congress’ annexation of The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, many targeted parents will use the vast majority of their resources chasing the cyclone of international parental child abduction in their attempt to reunite with their criminally abducted child. Inevitably, as the nightmare of abduction moves forward, many targeted parents are unable to work due to their need to put considerable time and effort into navigating the complex legal maze required for them to reunite with their child, that is, assuming they even know where their child is. In addition, the financial burden on the American taxpayers in lieu of thousands of parents each year facing the grave challenges of international abduction is consuming and includes a substantial loss of tax revenues due to a chasing parent’s loss of employment combined with an increased burden of financial responsibility connected to social service aid needed by many targeted parents, who sadly, are at risk of loosing their life savings trying to rescue their child from kidnapping. According to ‘The Financial Cost Of International Parental Child Abduction On The U.S. Economy’, collectively, the ancillary and supporting services costs are forecast to have a significant toll on the economy and will continue to grow. The final report is scheduled to be released by the I CARE Foundation in mid-May, 2012.

According to ‘Chasing The Cyclone’ and ‘The World Turned Upside Down’ author Peter Thomas Senese, a director of the I CARE Foundation and one of the researchers and writers of ‘The Financial Cost Of International Parental Child Abduction On The U.S. Economy”, “The financial burdern on American parents and taxpayers due to a failure to create international child abduction prevention laws and for courts to uphold existing laws that protect children, parents, and our nation are shocking, and will exceed billions of dollars, as is predicted in the upcoming report. One of the many questions that presents itself is why no presidential candidate is addressing the billions of dollars that our society will lose, not to mention a prediction that could see over 100,000 American children internationally kidnapped between the anticipated reported and unreported cases over the next decade? Certainly, the possibility of billions of dollars in losses and 100,000 American children’s lives stolen is something to talk about.”

The most recent statistics of international abduction comes from the 2010 Report on Compliance with the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspect of International Child Abduction prepared by the U.S. Department of States Office of Childrens Issues cites that there were 1,621 reported international parental child abductions originating from the U.S. during 2009. The average growth rate over the past several years is approximately 20% per year.Additionally, the number of unreported cases of international child abduction to contiguous nations is believed to be substantial and is discussed in “Crisis in America: International Parental Child Abduction Today” that is included in the publication “The World Turned Upside Down.” Supporting the concern of the existence of significant unreported cases is the most recent National Incidence Study of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Thrownaway Children (NISMART-2) study, which reports that of the 203,900 children that are estimated to be parentally abducted annually in the U.S., only 28% (56,500) of these abductions were reported to law enforcement.

Congressman Christopher Smith of New Jersey, the lead sponsor of H.R. 1940 stated in an ‘Amendment In The Notice Of A Substitute to H.R. 1940, “The Department of State’s Office Of Children’s Issues, which serves as the Central Authority of the United States for purposes of the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction reported that from fiscal year 2008 through fiscal year 2010, it received 3,239 new requests for assistance in the return of 4,728 children to the United States from other countries.”

Requests for assistance to the United States Office of Children’s Issues does not include ‘unreported’ cases of international abduction, which according to the previously issued report ‘Crisis In America’ written by Peter Thomas Senese and Florida’s Child Abduction Prevention Act writer Carolyn Ann Vlk, is forecasted to be near equivalent to the ‘reported’ cases of cross-border abduction due in part to immigration migration projections.

Previously, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency stated in their December, 2001 report that, “Left behind parents pay a high price in cases of international abduction. Approximately one-half of the parents surveyed reported on the amount of money they spent for and/on recovering abducted children. These parents spent on average $ 33,500.00 for search and recovery efforts. About one-fourth of these parents spent $ 75,000.00 or more.” The survey’s mean was $ 61, 238.00, and the medium was $ 33,500.00.

Joel S. Walter, a prominent international family law attorney practicing in New York State commented, “The 2001 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency report was published over a decade ago. During this past decade the number of illegal child abductions has grown exponentially. So too have the costs associated with reunification as will be conveyed in the I CARE Foundation’s upcoming report. Combining the direct financial burden placed on targeted parents, we must consider the ancillary costs associated to court proceedings, law enforcement intervention, government administration of these costs, inflation, and the social cost directly related to the loss of taxable income and social service report. The reality is our nation needs to increase both state and federal laws and policies that prevent abduction from occurring, while our courts and the judges that oversee cases of potential abduction need to act with great caution. Undeniably, this is a grave problem. However, it is simply not a problem that parents who are targeted for this crime face. Economically, the abduction of a child is an attack on the American economy, and the financial cost over the next decade is enormous and will run into the billions of dollars. Clearly, at a time that our nation decides who our new government leaders will be, this is an issue that needs to be seriously discussed.”

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, human trafficki

The Rights of Divorced Parents When Deciding on a School, According to Attorney William H. Beaumont


New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) July 10, 2012

According to attorney William H. Beaumont, after the school year comes to a close many families consider new alternatives to education for their children. In New Orleans, divorce proceedings and resolutions can complicate the situation. Many former spouses find that they are obligated to continue living within the same city when they have agreed to joint custody. Sometimes they have to live within the same school district in order for a child to continue attending the same school.

When spouses share joint custody, it often requires both parents to exchange important information regarding the health and welfare of the child. This includes education. Parents are typically obligated to confer with one another when exercising authority to make decisions for the child.

Relocating can often be one of the most difficult decisions to make, says Will Beaumont, a New Orleans divorce lawyer. Many parents are looking to move forward with their lives and retain their parental rights to see their children. It is important to know the laws pertaining to decision making to ensure your rights are protected and decisions are made in the best interest of the child or children.

If a domiciliary parent has been named in the joint custody agreement, they have more authoritative decision-making power than the other parent, based on the fact that a court has found this to be best for the child. When there is a disagreement, they can advocate for the best interests of the child based on their domiciliary status.

As joint custodians of the child, physical custody of the children ideally should be shared equally. Should the domiciliary parent be interested in moving outside of the school district, this could compromise an equal time arrangement with the child. Equal custody would probably not be possible should one parent choose to move out of state. When a domiciliary parent is interested in moving, the case must be discussed and negotiated between the parents. Because this is often a contentious negotiation, often the case must be discussed in family court.

With legal support, you can have an advocate that understands what is necessary to convey to the courts that a decision is a positive course of action for the child or a negative one, says Beaumont. Weve represented both sides of arguments regarding education and moving, all working towards a reasonable and rightful resolution.

Just as all decisions should be reached based on the best interest of the child, any parent considering an out-of-state relocation should account for the effect it will have on their offspring. The court considers many aspects of the situation including age, relationship with the parents, quality of educational system, and more. It will be important to understand what pertains to the case, and seeking the advice of a helpful attorney is an essential step towards understanding parental rights to custody and/or visitation.

Windows 7 Boxed Software Sales Surpass Vista Launch, According to NPD

Port Washington, New York (Vocus) November 6, 2009

Initial sales* of Microsoft’s Windows 7 boxed software surpassed those of Vista’s first few days on the U.S. market, according to leading market research company, The NPD Group.

According to NPD’s weekly tracking service**, Windows 7 software unit sales in the U.S. were 234 percent higher than Vista’s first few days of sales. Revenue growth wasn’t as strong though. A combination of early discounts on pre-sales and a lack of promotional activity for the Ultimate version resulted in dollar sales that were 82 percent higher than Vista.

“Microsoft’s program of early low-cost pre-sales, high visibility marketing, and aggressive deals helped make the Windows 7 software launch successful,” said Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD. “In a slow environment for packaged software Windows 7 brought a large number of customers into the software aisles.”

Top-Selling Windows 7 SKUs (based on units week ending 10/24) / Average Selling Price

1. Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade / $ 76

2. Windows 7 Pro Upgrade / $ 147

3. Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack 3 User Upgrade / $ 149

While boxed software sales were up compared to the Vista launch, PC hardware sales had more of an uphill battle. PC sales growth was higher than any week during the high volume back-to-school third quarter, but wasn’t as strong as growth during the Vista launch. Total Windows PCs, however, were up 49 percent in units year-over-year and were up 95 percent over the week prior to launch. But, PC sales growth during the Vista launch was stronger, soaring 68 percent over the prior year’s sales and 170 percent over the week preceding the launch. Windows PC sales were down 6 percent compared to PC sales during the Vista launch week.

“A combination of factors impacted Windows 7 PC sales at the outset, but the trajectory of overall PC sales is very strong leading into the holiday season,” said Baker. “Vista had a slight advantage at launch, as January traditionally has a bigger sales footprint than October. The other hurdle Windows 7 faced was sales of PCs with older operating systems (XP and Vista) were high, making up 20 percent of sales during the Windows 7 launch, compared to just 6 percent of older operating sales during Vista’s launch week.”

For more insight about the marketing, merchandising, and retail prep behind the Windows 7 launch read Stephen’s blog post: Windows 7 Launch Starts Here http://www.npdgroupblog.com/2009/10/windows-7-launch-starts-here/.

For more insight about how all-in-one PCs are moving to capitalize on Windows 7 read DisplaySearch’s research: http://www.displaysearch.com/cps/rde/xchg/displaysearch/hs.xsl/091021_all_in_one_pcs_moving_to_capitalize_on_windows_7_including_touch_interfaces.asp

*Sales are for the week of October 18 – 24, 2009 and include Windows 7 pre-sales

**NPD’s weekly tracking service point-of-sale (POS) information is derived from a subset panel of retailers that also contribute to NPD’s projected monthly POS panel.

About The NPD Group, Inc.

The NPD Group is the leading provider of reliable and comprehensive consumer and retail information for a wide range of industries. Today, more than 1,700 manufacturers, retailers, and service companies rely on NPD to help them drive critical business decisions at the global, national, and local market levels. NPD helps our clients to identify new business opportunities and guide product development, marketing, sales, merchandising, and other functions. Information is available for the following industry sectors: automotive, beauty, commercial technology, consumer technology, entertainment, fashion, food and beverage, foodservice, home, office supplies, software, sports, toys, and wireless. For more information, contact us or visit http://www.npd.com/ and http://www.npdgroupblog.com . Follow us on Twitter: @npdtech and @npdgroup.

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World Metal Matrix Composites Market to Exceed $282 Million by 2015, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

San Jose, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) February 09, 2011

A Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) is the combination of metallic phases/matrices (plastics, metals, etc) armored/reinforced with fibers, wires, gases, and other materials. MMCs were developed for certain applications for which no suitable material existed. MMCs not only save energy but also increase the products durability in which they are used. Rapid adoption of MMCs over the years is attributed to their constant development in terms of such characteristics that are hard to find in alloys or metals. Currently, high strength and stiffness are the major factors propelling the demand for composite materials. Of late, MMCs are increasingly finding application in several new industries, with automobiles and microprocessors being the most important and lucrative. In the automobile industry, MMCs are being used to facilitate in production of lighter vehicles in order to enhance fuel efficiency, while in the microprocessor industry, the composites help to meet the heat generation challenges posed by increasing performance of microprocessors.

The MMC market suffered a major setback in recent years as demand from key end-use markets including Ground Transportation, Electronics/Thermal Management, Industrial and Aerospace sectors contracted significantly amid the global recession. The strong four-year growth cycle witnessed in the aerospace and defense industry came to a screeching halt in 2008 as the downturn hit the commercial aerospace sales growth in both the developed and developing nations. The automobile industry, another important market for MMCs was among the worst hit industries during the recession with plummeting sales, higher interest rates, low availability of finance and excess capacities.

With the global economy exhibiting green shoots of recovery, the MMC market is also back on its growth trajectory with demand gradually picking up in major application markets including aerospace, thermal management, defense, nuclear, and ground transportation. In addition, reduction in production costs of MMCs is expected to boost demand in the transportation sector. With many universities and manufacturers also engaged in research and development, the future market for MMCs is all set to flourish. Applications of MMCs in supersonic space vehicles are likely in the future with the development initiatives being undertaken by major companies in Japan and the United States.

The US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific (including Japan) corner a lions share of the market, with the US being the largest market, as stated by the new market research report on metal matrix composites. Asian countries led by China are expected to drive future growth in the MMC market in terms of consumption exhibiting a CAGR of 6.5% over the analysis period. Product-wise, refractory metal matrix composites represent both the largest as well as the fastest growing segment. Among the various end-use industries for metal matrix composites, the aerospace market is expected to emerge as the fastest, with a CAGR of more than 4.0% over the analysis period.

Market players in the MMC industry either specialize in specific product categories or use particular production process or material. Major Players operating in the Metal matrix composites market include 3A Composites, 3M Company, ADMA Products, Inc., Aerospace Metal Composites Limited, Ametek Specialty Metal Products, Brush Engineered Materials Inc, Ceradyne, Inc., CPS Technologies Corporation, Composite Technology Corporation, DWA Aluminum Composites, Deutsche Edelstahlwerke GmbH, Electrovac AG, FMW Composite Systems, Inc., Foster-Miller, Inc., Hitachi Metals, Ltd., Metal Matrix Cast Composites LLC, MI-Tech Metals Inc., Momentive Performance Materials Inc., N.V. Bekaert S.A., Thresher Industries, Inc., Thermal Transfer Composites LLC, among others.

The research report titled Metal Matrix Composites: A Global Strategic Business Report announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. provides a comprehensive review of market trends, issues, drivers, company profiles, mergers, acquisitions and other strategic industry activities. The metal matrix composites market is analyzed in US$ Million and 000 lbs by the following geographic regions United States, Europe, Asia-Pacific (including Japan), and Rest of World. Segments analyzed under the report include Aluminum Matrix Composites, Nickel Matrix Composites, Refractory Metal Matrix Composites, and Other Metal Matrix Composites. In addition, the report also analyzes consumption of metal matrix composites by the following end use markets: Ground Transportation, Electronics/Thermal Management, Aerospace, Industrial, and Others (including consumer products and defense sectors).

5 Tips to Prevent Identity Theft, According to Creditnet.com


San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) June 13, 2013

Identity theft is a problem affecting more and more consumers each year, and can have lasting impressions on consumers finances and credit scores over time. Because online criminals are incredibly hard to track and identity hacking software more sophisticated and lucrative than ever before, many experts point to prevention as the best defense against identity theft.

According to statistics from the U.S Department of Justice reported by USA Today, online credit card data theft increased 50 percent from 2005 to 2010, and “identity theft is expected to surpass traditional theft as the leading form of property crime.” And yet, many consumers are still unaware of the necessary precautions to take when it comes to preventing identify theft online and off.

Today, Creditnet.com – an online authority on credit-related topics including identity theft – published the first in a new series of weekly tips on how to prevent identity theft. Beginning today and continuing each Wednesday for the next five weeks, Creditnet will publish a new article advising consumers on the best ways to prevent online credit card and identity theft.

For consumes most interested in learning about identity theft protection and prevention today, here are five tips Creditnet recommends consumers follow to prevent identity theft.

1.) Stick to secured sites when online shopping

According to Creditnet, websites that feature a secured shopping experience are far from “bulletproof”, but they do offer an extra layer of security against online identity thieves and hacking programs. Secured websites are identified as including “HTTPS” at the front of the URL, and online shoppers can take security one step further by sticking with the online marketplaces they are most familiar with when online shopping.

Another tip for online shopping…

2.) Credit beats debit when it comes to online security

No doubt, debit cards that require a PIN are considered to be more secure when paying in person. But online, many personal finance experts will tell consumers that credit cards are the safest way to pay.

According to Creditnet, credit cards are considered more safe when shopping online because they limit the amount of damage an online hacker can do. Credit cards are isolated from a consumer’s personal bank accounts, so in the event of credit card fraud a consumer’s checking and savings accounts are spared.

Ultimately, the damage that can be done with credit card ID fraud is less than that of a checking or savings account-linked debit card, which is why they’re the preferred way to spend online according to experts.

3.) Invest in identity theft prevention products

Unfortunately, not all forms of identity theft can be tracked by the individual issuers. Identity thieves are also notorious for opening up bogus credit card accounts, running up huge tabs and ultimately leaving the bill for the unsuspecting consumer while wreaking havoc on their credit score.

By law, American consumers are entitled to one free credit report annually (consumers can apply at AnnualCreditReport.com), however monthly and even daily credit monitoring via online services like Equifax and Identity Guard offer the most protection against identity theft.

For instance, the Equifax Complete Family Plan includes fraud alerts and credit monitoring for to two adults and up to four minor children (kids under 18 are vulnerable to identity theft online, too), plus Internet scans warning members if their personal information has landed on suspicious websites. There are several other ID theft prevention tools available under this plan, which currently starts at $ 29.95 per month according to their site.

Similarly, Identity Guard