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New Children’s Book Illustrates Nature in its Purest Form

Priest River, Idaho (PRWEB) July 11, 2007

“Mergus, a Merganser Duckling’s Journey Up a River Called Priest” by Karen Dingerson takes an in-depth and comprehensible look at a healthy waterway with life in abundance.

A simple tale of a river and the animals that occupy it, “Mergus, a Merganser Duckling’s Journey Up a River Called Priest” begins with the changing of the seasons from winter to spring, portraying how spring brings a feeling of joy and birth. Readers follow a young duckling on his journey down the river, as he is introduced to many of the creatures that inhabit the water, banks, and sky.

Angel Salt Lamps Help Change Children’s Lives in Pakistan, Togo & Paraguay

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) February 27, 2008

GAMMA Salt Cristals Ltd announces the first in a series of donations supporting charities and non-profit organizations throughout the world. Through The Angel’s Corner and sales of its recently created Angel Salt Lamp, our customers have so far helped us support hundreds of children and entrepreneurs in Pakistan, Togo and Paraguay.

Our first contribution, three micro-loans through Kiva (http://www.kiva.org/lender/GAMMASalt3136), is helping a man in Togo buy tools for his repair business, a woman in Togo to buy inventory for her shoe business, and a woman in Paraguay to buy more merchandise for her grocery store. As these loans are repaid over the coming year, the funds will be reloaned to others looking to start or expand their business, enabling them to lift themselves out of poverty.

Next we made a donation to Plan Canada, which will be used in a Birth Registration Program in Pakistan, where our factory is located. The goal of this project is to assist children without documentation in obtaining a birth certificate. Most significantly these documents provide children with easier access to essential social services such as education and health care. Also, by providing proof of age, it helps protect against child labor and child marriage and aids in defending against abuse and child trafficking. Our contribution will help provide documents for over 230 children.

Inspired by former President Bill Clinton’s book ‘Giving’ and Oprah Winfrey’s efforts to improve the lives of countless people around the globe, “I decided to use my name to give tribute to these Angels and use our company to spread a bit of goodness around the world. I would like to thank our customers for their support and assure you that we will continue to investigate other worthy projects around the world. This is only the beginning,” said Maria Angel, co-owner of Gamma Salt.

About GAMMA Salt

GAMMA Salt Cristals Ltd is a leading manufacturer and seller of salt crystal products mined from the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan. Its main products are a variety of Himalayan salt lamps and salt lamp diffusers. These beautiful and colorful lamps are ideal for Feng Shui and generate negative ions, which naturally cleans the air without creating harmful ozone like man-made ionizers. The company also offers natural bath salts, pure sea salt containing the same 84 trace minerals and elements as in the human body, as well as other natural salt products to retail and wholesale customers in the US and Canada.

Company Contact:

Maria Angel

GAMMA Salt Cristals Ltd

416-748-7700

http://www.naturalsaltcrystallamps.com

http://www.himalayansalt.com/salt

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On National Missing Children’s Day AdaptiveMobile Warns US Parents About the Hidden Dangers Cell Phones Could Pose for Children and Teenagers

Dublin, Ireland (PRWEB) May 26, 2008

AdaptiveMobile, http://www.adaptivemobile.com, the leading provider of mobile subscriber protection for enterprises and individuals, today issued a warning to parents to be aware of the risks and hidden dangers the mobile environment poses to children. The company is making this announcement to commemorate National Missing Children’s Day, to honor the estimated 800,000 children that go missing each year, more than 2,000 per day. The dangers in unrestricted internet usage is well known among US parents, and AdaptiveMobile wants parents to be aware that cell phones can allow predators and strangers to have almost unrestricted access to their children via social networking sites, texting and MMS. In one recent chilling example, a 14 year old girl in the US was sexually assaulted by a man who contacted her through her a profile she posted by cell phone on a mobile social networking site.

Many of the guidelines for child protection and safety overlook the cell phone and focus on the computer, but doing so can have dire consequences for children. In a 2007 survey, AdaptiveMobile found that children access the internet from their phones an average of nine times per day, often without their parents’ knowledge. AdaptiveMobile is highlighting the following risks for parents:

Mt. Sinai’s Children’s Trauma Institute Treatment and Service Adaptation Center Receives Video Conferencing Donation From IVCi

Hauppauge, NY (PRWEB) July 25, 2008

IVCi, LLC (http://www.ivci.com ), a leading integrator of enterprise collaboration solutions including high definition video conferencing, telepresence, audio visual integration, and managed conferencing services, announced today that it has donated video conferencing equipment to Mt. Sinai’s Children’s Trauma Institute Treatment and Service Adaptation Center (CTI TSA) as part of its ongoing support of children in need.

The CTI TSA will use video as part of an initiative to develop and adapt effective child traumatic stress interventions in child protective service settings nationwide. Children in child welfare systems have an extraordinary prevalence of traumatic stress disorders, and yet historically have had very poor access to mental health services.

“We would like to thank IVCi for their generosity,” said Claude M. Chemtob, Ph.D., Co-Director, ACS-MSSM Children’s Trauma Institute “Much of our work is oriented toward prevention, and the video conferencing system IVCi donated will be used to facilitate the planning and designing of new protective services for children.”

About IVCi

IVCi, LLC (http://www.ivci.com | http://audiovisual.ivci.com) is a leading integrator of managed enterprise collaboration solutions, including high definition video conferencing, telepresence, audio visual and managed conference services. From our headquarters in Long Island, New York, and branch offices throughout the country, IVCi makes conferencing and audio visual solutions easy to use, easy to manage, and easy to afford.

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Telebriefing: National Children’s Study Recruitment Begins

Washington, DC (Vocus) January 7, 2009



What: A media telephone briefing and webcast to announce the beginning of enrollment in the National Children’s Study.

The largest child health study in the United States, the National Children’s Study will follow 100,000 children from before birth to age 21 to identify genetic and environmental factors that contribute to health disorders and conditions of childhood and adulthood.

The study is led by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences–both of the National Institutes of Health–the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Who: Speakers are:

Dr. Duane Alexander, Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Dr. Peter Scheidt, Director, National Children’s Study
Dr. Barbara Entwisle, Principal Investigator, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Philip Landrigan, Principal Investigator, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York
Why: The speakers will describe initiation of efforts to enroll participants in Duplin County, North Carolina, and Queens, New York, for the initial phase of the National Children’s Study.

When: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time

Members of the media only may dial into the telebriefing at 1-888-727-6732. The Participant Code is 884544. The briefing will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Members of the media only also may log on to the Web cast of the briefing at https://webmeeting.nih.gov/ncs011309/ . On the first screen, sign on as “guest” at the prompt. Type your name and organization in the box and then click “enter room.”

ATTN: TV Producers: A “bites and b-roll” package on the study launch will be available for download at 10:15 a.m. January 13, 2009 at ftp://aed-design.org. At the prompt, type:

Username: u37879245-nichd08

Password: nichd2009

Questions and interview requests after the briefing should be directed to Robert Bock or Marianne Glass Miller at the NICHD Communications Office, (301) 496-5133.

This briefing is sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health, one of the federal agencies conducting the National Children’s Study.

The NICHD sponsors research on development, before and after birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. For more information, visit the Institute’s Web site at http://www.nichd.nih.gov/.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation’s Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit http://www.nih.gov.

Embargoed for Release

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time

Contact:

Robert Bock

or Marianne Glass Miller

301-496-5133

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National Children’s Study Begins Recruiting Volunteers

Washington, DC (Vocus) January 13, 2009

The National Institutes of Health announced today that the National Children’s Study will begin recruiting volunteers to take part in its comprehensive study of how genes and the environment interact to affect children’s health. At a briefing, NIH officials announced that the first phase of recruitment for the study will begin in Duplin County, North Carolina, and Queens, New York.

The study will track the health and development of more than 100,000 children from before birth through to their 21st birthday.

“The principal benefit of a large scale, long-term study like the National Children’s Study is that it will uncover important health information at virtually every phase of life,” said Duane Alexander, M.D., Director of NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), one of a consortium of federal agencies implementing the study. “Initially, it will provide major insights into disorders of birth and infancy, such as preterm birth and its health consequences. Ultimately it will lead to a greater understanding of adult disorders, many of which are thought to be heavily influenced by early life exposures and events. “

Dr. Alexander added that the large size and prospective nature of the study should yield information that smaller and more limited studies cannot. For example, because of the large number of individuals enrolled, the study has the capability to assess uncommon disorders, as well as how exposures to different environmental conditions and genetic factors may interact.

The National Children’s Study was authorized by Congress in the Children’s Health Act of 2000. In addition to the NICHD, other members of the consortium carrying out the study are the NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

When it is fully operational, the National Children’s Study is expected to have roughly 40 study centers recruiting volunteers from 105 designated study locations throughout the United States. The study locations are counties and clusters of counties chosen by National Children’s Study researchers to be representative of children in the United States.

Of 7 initial, or Vanguard, study centers, two will be the first to recruit. This week, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will begin recruiting study volunteers from Duplin County, North Carolina. The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York will recruit volunteers from the New York City Borough of Queens.

The centers will hold presentations and other community awareness activities in their respective locations to inform prospective volunteers. Some families in those areas will receive letters introducing the study, explained Peter Scheidt, M.D., M.P.H., Director, National Children’s Study. Prenatal care providers and clinics in the study locations will also inform women about the study.

In April of 2009, the remaining five Vanguard centers will also begin recruiting and enrolling women to participate in the study. At the end of 18 months, each center is expected to have recruited a total of approximately 375 volunteers.

A listing of the seven Vanguard center locations is available on the National Children’s Study Web site at http://www.nationalchildrensstudy.gov/about/overview/Pages/Study-Centers-Awarded-12-18-08.pdf.

Dr. Scheidt added that during this initial recruitment phase, referred to as the Vanguard cohort phase, study researchers will evaluate their recruitment and sampling methods.

“We’ll look at what we’ve accomplished, see if our recruitment efforts were sufficient, see if our sampling methods were successful, and if we’ve otherwise asked the right questions to get the information we need,” Dr. Scheidt said. “Along the way, we’ll undertake any fine tuning that we need to in preparation for further enrollment after the Vanguard cohort phase.”

The information collected during this Vanguard phase can be pooled with the data collected during later phases of the study to provide the basis for later scientific analysis.

Although the study can be expected to provide information throughout its duration, information on disorders and conditions of early life is expected within the next few years. Because the study will enroll pregnant women and, in some cases, women who are not yet pregnant, study scientists hope to identify a range of early life factors that influence later development.

“It is very exciting to reach the point at which we’re beginning enrollment and data collection,” Dr. Scheidt said. “Findings from the study will ultimately benefit all Americans by providing researchers, health care providers, and public health officials with information from which to develop prevention strategies, health and safety guidelines, and possibly new treatments and perhaps even cures for disease.”

The two Vanguard Cohort Centers will reflect the study’s representative design in their recruitment, said Dr. Barbara Entwisle, the Principal Investigator of the National Children’s Study Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“From city streets to far-flung small towns, the two Vanguard centers will capture a broad sample that’s reflective of America’s diversity,” she said.

Dr. Entwisle explained that, unlike Queens, which is a densely populated urban area, Duplin County is a sparsely populated rural county spread out over a large area–819 square miles. Many large hog and turkey farms are located in Duplin County, as well as the factories that process them. The area also has a large Hispanic population.

There are about 800 births per year in Duplin County, approximating only a small fraction of the more than 30,000 births that occur in Queens each year, she added.

“The children in the Duplin sample will be representative of other rural areas of the U.S.,” Dr. Entwisle said.

The study location in Queens, New York, has a population of 2.23 million and is home to thousands of immigrants from more than 100 nations, said Dr. Philip Landrigan, Principal Investigator, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

Like many urban counties in the United States, Dr. Landrigan added, Queens is disproportionately affected by many conditions for which the National Children’s Study will help find environmental predecessors and information on the causes. For example, he said, in some parts of New York City, 1 in 4 children have asthma. In addition, one fifth of the city’s children entering kindergarten are overweight.

The NICHD sponsors research on development, before and after birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. For more information, visit the Institute’s Web site at http://www.nichd.nih.gov/.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation’s Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit http://www.nih.gov.

Contact:

Robert Bock or Marianne Glass Miller

301-496-5133

bockr(at)mail.nih.gov

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Children’s Social Network Provider Slams MySpace’s Efforts On Keeping Children Safe Online

London, UK (PRWEB) February 5, 2009

Intuitive Media, providers of safe social networks for children between the ages of 6 and 14, today slammed reports that MySpace and Facebook have any serious measures to keep children safe online.

In response to MySpace’s reports of purging 90,000 sex offenders from its social network, Robert Hart, CEO of UK-headquartered Intuitive Media said, “That it took them two years to purge known names of sexual offenders listed in the public domain is in itself outrageous, but more worrying is that those websites can simply not protect against the offenders that haven’t been caught yet trying to sexually solicit children whether on or offline. Many social websites make perfect breeding grounds for future offenders.”

He goes on to say, “If you have both children and adults on a networking website it is almost impossible to police their interaction. Almost all online social networks have no ability to authenticate age and rely on an applicant’s honesty. So it’s not possible for them to prevent someone aged 11 posing as 18, or an adult of 35 posing as a 13-year-old. Without identity verification no social network is safe for children.”

Another huge problem, as identified by the recent Internet safety task force created by 49 state attorney generals in the U.S. and similarly by government studies in the UK and Europe, is the threat posed by bullying online amongst children. Again, social networks are unable in most instances to monitor or action such behaviour unless reported. By then the damage is done.

“Parents need to be aware of what their children are doing on line. That is one protection. Schools also need to teach safe internet behaviour. But the real key to safe social networking for children lies with the provider of the service: with age identification and validation of its users along with well-thought out levels of mediation,” says Hart, whose own social networks, with over a million members, have foolproof age verification, child authentication, and both automated and live mediation on the networks.

Hart continues, “We are the only online safe haven for kids up to 14 where they can learn how to behave safely and respectfully online and when they later go off to the adult networks, they are much better equipped to look after themselves.”

Press Contact

T: +44 (0)208 789 3815

About Intuitive Media:

http://www.intuitivemedia.com

Intuitive Media provides multi-award winning protected social networking and learning spaces for children aged 6 – 14 years who are able to safely engage in real online communities where they can learn, be creative, communicate and collaborate with other children of all backgrounds and cultures and make their voices heard in a protected environment.

Intuitive Media’s safe social learning networks for children and young people include SuperClubsPLUS for primary children, GoldStarCafe for secondary and SchoolNetGlobal, the biggest children’s contributory website on the planet.

The key difference between these and other social networking sites is that Intuitive Media offers children a genuinely protected learning community by way of a foolproof age verification, child authentication (requiring verification from parents and schools), and both automated and live mediation on the networks.

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Dream Flights Luxury Travel, Inc. and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Houston, TX (PRWEB) March 23, 2009

Dream Flights Luxury Travel, Inc. is honored to become a national corporate partner of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Through the use of the Dream Flights Plus Card, members will help St. Jude continue its mission of finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.

The card, which allows members to purchase flight hours versus owning the aircraft, is a premier service entitling members to special privileges and services designed to make the private jet experience the best it can be. A portion of sales from each Dream Flights Plus Card will be donated to St. Jude. Dream Flights firmly believes that when you receive blessings, you can help create blessings for others.

Anthony Thurston, Chairman of Dream Flights Luxury Travel, Inc. states, this partnership is a testament of “Social Responsibility.” Our Dream Flights Plus Card holders know that while using their services they are making possible the continuation of research and treatment for the benefit of the children and families of St. Jude.

“On behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, I want to thank Dream Flights Luxury Travel, Inc. for supporting our lifesaving mission,” said David L. McKee, chief operating officer and interim CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. “The money raised through this program will help fund the cutting-edge research and care that helps children battling deadly diseases in communities everywhere.”

Additional information about Dream Flights Plus Card services and Dream Flights’ partnership with St. Jude can be found at http://www.flydflt.com, or call 866-969-3358 Ext. 113.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

InstantAmber Promotion for National Missing Children’s Day

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 20, 2009

InstantAmber (http://www.instantamber.com) will significantly reduce its membership price in acknowledgement of National Missing Children’s Day, which is May 25, 2009. InstantAmber wants to make sure that every parent, grandparent, etc. can easily buy a membership on this important date.

According to The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, there were several high profile missing children cases between 1979 and 1981. The tragedies of these cases exposed a flaw-there was no coordinated effort between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and a lack of a central resource to help searching families. The disappearances of Etan Patz, Adam Walsh and 29 other missing and murdered children of Atlanta led to photographs of missing children on milk cartons. Finally, the missing child epidemic became a national movement.

In 1982, The Missing Children Act was the first Federal law to address this issue. The act authorized the entry of missing children reports into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database. Then in 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed National Missing Children’s Day. A year later, the Missing Children’s Assistance Act established OJJDP’s Missing and Exploited Children’s Program.

Since then, too many children have gone missing. This national day of awareness should remind parents that all should have a plan. Basic information, online habits, photographs, medical information, etc should be available in an instant. InstantAmber ensures that the information needed by law enforcement in a missing child emergency is available at anytime, from anywhere. With InstantAmber, a parent has taken the necessary steps to prepare for a missing child emergency.

InstantAmber is dedicated to ensuring that parents have a plan in case the unthinkable occurs. During the week of May 25th, InstantAmber will reduce its membership price to $ 10.00/child for new members only. Please visit http://www.instantamber.com to signup today. A promo code will ensure that new members receive the discount. It can be used through May 31; please enter it for each child you would like to protect. Promo Code: Missing

About InstantAmber:

InstantAmber is a web-based gathering, storage, and delivery service that enables law enforcement to retrieve critical data and photos in the event of a missing child emergency. The concept for InstantAmber was born in 2008, as the result of Matt Berman’s experience when his young daughter went missing during a family vacation. His deep concern about the national tragedy of missing children led him to create InstantAmber, ensuring that parents have access to the best possible tool in the event of a missing child emergency. Please visit us at http://www.InstantAmber.com.

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