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Top 10 Ways to Reduce Water Use and Save Money

Arlington, VA (Vocus) March 14, 2008

This World Water Day, March 22nd, The Nature Conservancy is offering simple tips for saving water and helping to restore rivers and lakes around the world.

“World Water Day was established by the United Nations to help create awareness about water issues such as lack of clean drinking water, droughts and hydropower,” said Brian Richter, co-director of The Nature Conservancy’s global freshwater program. “Today, studies about damaged and threatened freshwater systems are appearing with increasing frequency but there are small and tangible steps that each of us can take to help reduce our impacts.”

Virtually all living things depend upon properly functioning rivers, lakes and wetlands for survival. Freshwater systems provide a wealth of natural services that support strong economies, such as sustaining fisheries, delivering nutrients to floodplains, wetlands and estuaries, moderating floods and droughts, purifying water supplies by absorbing pollutants, decomposing waste, and providing a source of drinking water to billions around the globe.

Although lakes and rivers occupy only 0.8 percent of Earth’s surface, these systems have lost a greater proportion of their species and habitats than land or oceans, and the growing human population is placing ever-greater demands on available freshwater supplies. While many parts of the world look to expand water usage to grow food, generate electricity and support industrial production, over 1 billion people live without access to clean drinking water. It is estimated that every eight seconds, a young child dies from lack of water or a waterborne disease.

In the United States alone, we use anywhere from 80 to 100 gallons of water per person every day, for drinking, cooking, showering, washing clothes and dishes, watering our lawns and flushing toilets. This is the highest personal water consumption rate in the world. Because this water comes from rivers, lakes, reservoirs or wells, the more water we use the larger the impact on the environment.

With a few small, simple changes, you can help reduce your water use, leaving more water in the rivers, lakes and other freshwater sources. These changes will also result in a lower water bill so should benefit your home finances as well:


CareCore National Adopts ‘Image Gently’ Radiology Standards to Reduce Harmful Childhood Radiation Exposure

Bluffton, SC (PRWEB) October 23, 2008

CareCore National, a leading benefit management company for diagnostic imaging services, announced today its endorsement of the Image Gently initiative, a national campaign led by pediatric radiology experts to minimize children’s unnecessary exposure to harmful radiation. Image Gently, created by the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, a group of more than 30 medical professional societies, underscores the need for the medical community to pay special attention when ordering radiological imaging services such as CT scans for children, due to the heightened risks of cancer and other health problems associated with over-radiation. CareCore National has pledged to assist the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging by ensuring that all radiologists that participate in CareCore National-managed programs understand and use the new professional guidelines for imaging in children. CareCore National also encourages all participating radiologists to be accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), a process that helps to ensure that the highest standards of quality and safety are used.

Dr. Marilyn Goske, Chairwoman of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, applauded CareCore National’s effort. “By supporting the Image Gently campaign and implementing lower dose pediatric protocols and encouraging ACR accreditation for all their CT facilities, CareCore National is promoting radiation protection for children,” said Dr. Goske.

The Image Gently campaign and CareCore National’s efforts to promote safe pediatric imaging are a response to increasing concern in the medical community and in scientific literature that the proliferation of imaging technology has, at times, created inappropriate overuse of radiation-based services like CT scans. Approximately 65 million CT scans will be performed in 2008; of these, seven million will be performed on children, and the number is increasing by 10 percent per year. This radiation exposure is a particular cancer concern for children because of their higher sensitivity to radiation and the fact that they have a greater number of remaining years in which to develop a radiation-induced cancer.

Among radiological techniques, CT is the largest contributor to medical radiation dose in the United States. The need for the Image Gently campaign’s guidelines arose out of a recognition that the techniques many physicians use in pediatric imaging may not be tailored to children’s smaller bodies, resulting in radiation exposures that are greater than necessary. CT technology in particular is widely used among all ages of children, with 33 percent of pediatric scans performed on children under 10 years of age.

The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, which includes leading professional societies such as the Society for Pediatric Radiology, the American College of Radiology and the American Association of Physicists developed Image Gently to educate radiologists, radiology technologists, radiation physicists and the public about the importance of using appropriate imaging techniques for children. By adopting the Image Gently initiative, CareCore National will now require its participating radiologists to take the Image Gently pledge – a promise to abide by the guidelines set forth by the Alliance to ensure that any test using ionizing radiation is performed with the lowest possible radiation exposure.

“CareCore National’s top priority is ensuring the safety, quality and appropriateness of imaging,” said Dr. Shelley Weiner, Chief Medical Officer of CareCore National. “Our medical advisory panel works continually to ensure that the standards we require of our participating physicians reflect the most current medical literature and professional recommendations. By incorporating the Image Gently Program into our quality assurance program, we will make radiologists and referring physicians more aware of the importance of using imaging tests in an appropriate way, especially on children.”

CareCore National’s Image Gently pledge requires that radiologists look for opportunities to lower radiation dosage in pediatric imaging by appropriately adjusting imaging protocols and techniques with the assistance of their medical physicist. CareCore National will provide a guide on radiation exposure for different imaging procedures. By pledging, participating practices acknowledge that every member of the imaging team plays a vital role in caring for the patient and needs to be actively involved in ongoing dialogue and process enhancements that ensure radiation safety for young patients. To ensure compliance, CareCore National will include a review of all the components of the Image Gently Program as part of its site visits.

“Radiologists play a crucial role in today’s healthcare system, offering highly advanced diagnostic tools that have revolutionized the practice of medicine over the past decade and minimizing the need for more invasive medical procedures,” continued Dr. Weiner. “However, with these technological advancements comes a need to ensure that imaging procedures be used appropriately, especially among radiation-sensitive populations like children. Each examination must not only be appropriate for the clinical problem, but also technically designed for the individual child in order to minimize radiation exposure and maximize the information obtained from the test. Raising attention to the issue of radiation exposure in children will also help to focus the radiology community on the need to control radiation exposure from diagnostic x-rays for the entire population.”

About the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging

The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging is a consortium of professional societies who are concerned about radiation exposure children receive when undergoing medical imaging procedures. Currently, 33 medical societies from the United States and around the world representing more than 500,000 medical professionals in the fields of radiology, pediatrics, medical physics and radiation safety are involved. Please visit the Image Gently Web site http://www.imagegently.org for more information.

About CareCore National, LLC

CareCore National is a specialty benefit management company that delivers quality and utilization management solutions for radiology, cardiology and oncology services. Our innovative and quality-driven approach has made us one of the country’s fastest-growing specialty benefit management companies.

Founded in 1994, CareCore National has taken its industry-leading expertise in managing both quality and utilization of outpatient diagnostic studies and added first-in-marketplace management of cardiac imaging, implantable devices, radiation therapy and high cost injectible drugs primarily related to cancer care. Through our robust product offerings, CareCore National works with health plan clients to improve utilization and enhance quality. Our expert staff of medical directors and nurses administers the dynamic clinical protocols and innovative approaches needed to deliver first-class specialty benefits management. CareCore National is URAC accredited in Health Utilization Management and certified by NCQA in Utilization Management. For more information, visit http://www.carecorenational.com.

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Reduce Identity Theft Risk Through Social Networks

Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) May 12, 2010

Social networks are more popular than ever, including with identity thieves. Once they retrieve ones information, its easy and fast to access everyone in a network, resulting in a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Europ Assistance USA offers the following tips to help consumers keep themselves and their networks safe from criminals.

1. Make sure your screen name and profile information do not provide information that could potentially make you vulnerable. While any one piece of information is harmless, the combination of key pieces of information about you can make it easy for a criminal to do damage (e.g. name, hometown, age, phone number).

2. When reviewing and opening links that are masked by URL shorteners, use a short URL decoder to see the actual URL, and always be sure to have the most updated browser and antivirus protection. This gives you the power to see where the short URL is linking to so you dont unwillingly click on a spoofed or malicious link.

3. Do not accept the default privacy settings on social networks. These networks objective is to grow usage and traffic so they often have default settings that allow much of your information to be available outside of your network and in online searches. Its critical to take the time to learn the ins and outs of a sites privacy settings and how to adjust yours to protect yourself.

4. Remember that once you post information online, you cant take it back. Even if you delete the information from a site, older versions exist on other computers. Post with the thought that it will live online forever and ask yourself if youre willing to have this information available to potentially anyone, forever. If not, dont post it.

5. Beware of accepting friend requests from someone you dont know personally, such as a friend of a friend. Criminals are posing as friends of your friends hoping to gain access to your network. Once they are in your network, they can learn a lot about you, which they can then use to do damage (e.g. they then send links to you which are harmful, post pictures with malicious malware in them, etc.).

6. Teach your children to use all of the same steps and tricks you do to protect yourself. Children are much more trusting online and much more open about sharing personal information. Criminals can target you through your child so limit your child’s online friends to people your child actually knows and is friendly with in real life.

7. Make sure requests you receive from people you really do know are actually from those people. Social media identity theft is growing with criminals posing as others to gain access to that persons network and information. When you get a request from a real friend, verify it. Call or email that person to confirm. Check the profile information to make sure it matches what you know about the person. Be suspicious of profiles from friends that are bare-bones with basic information.

About Europ Assistance USA

Europ Assistance USA takes care of corporate customers and employees when the unexpected happens, anywhere in the world, providing immediate support and assistance to individuals in times of emergency and distress. Leveraging its worldwide network of 38 always-open multilingual assistance centers and 410,000 partners in 208 countries, EA USA offers personalized medical travel assistance, identity theft resolution, data breach response and beneficiary assistance services to insurance companies, financial institutions, corporations and government organizations. Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, EA USA is owned by Generali and part of the Europ Assistance Group.



Alpharetta, Ga. (PRWEB) June 4, 2008

ChoicePoint (NYSE: CPS) has enhanced its Bridger Insight XG solution with new functionalities for retail and commercial banking institutions and other organizations to reduce risk and improve profitability by helping to prevent fraud.

Bridger Insight XG provides access to tools that support identity verification, identity analysis, business screening and wire transfer scanning. The new enhancements are designed not only to augment the identity verification, regulatory compliance and due diligence efforts of chief compliance officers and chief risk officers, but can also support an organization’s identity theft “Red Flags Rules” program.

“Originally regarded by the financial industry as a premier tool for conducting OFAC watch list checks, Bridger Insight XG enhancements extend beyond basic regulatory compliance features, providing access to key components of an overall identity risk management program to help prevent identity fraud before it occurs,” said Tom Chmielewski, vice president, ChoicePoint Financial Services.

Bridger Insight XG has been enhanced to proactively help prevent fraud loss by allowing organizations to recognize indicators of possible identity theft during the identity verification process. Identity Analysis, a new companion service to Identity Verification, provides a second, deeper level of insight by helping determine whether multiple individuals are tied to a single SSN, and whether multiple SSNs are tied to a single person. Used in tandem, these services can help organizations quickly isolate potential fraudulent activity that may warrant further review.

“One of the earliest and most basic methods used by identity thieves involves the takeover of a person’s Social Security number,” said Jeff Butler, ChoicePoint product manager. “By improving our Identity Verification and Identity Analysis tools, SSN fraud attempts may be detectable earlier, helping to save time and revenue.”

Bridger Insight XG also provides access to business screening tools to help increase efficiencies and save time. Information such as business tax ID, physical addresses, telephone numbers, Standard Industrial Classification codes, officers, and status and business type can be obtained when using Identity Analysis for business verification. In addition, users can access criminal records within ChoicePoint’s adverse filings data, which is available for commercial use. ChoicePoint’s on-demand public record reports are also accessible through Bridger Insight XG, providing the option of creating custom reports derived from various public record sources.

Further, Bridger Insight XG’s powerful search algorithm now scans wire transfers with greater precision to facilitate faster, more informed risk management decisions. It also helps improve match quality with new wire scanning formats for ACH, Fedwire and SWIFT. With potentially fewer false positives and more meaningful match returns, the same number of employees may now be able to process more wires in less time, potentially increasing revenue. This enhancement not only may increase efficiency, but it may also help provide better identification of risk.

For more information about Bridger Insight XG, visit http://www.BridgerInsight.com/XG.

About ChoicePoint

ChoicePoint (NYSE: CPS) provides businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations with technology, software, information and marketing services to help manage economic risks and identify business opportunities. Consumers have free access to the reports we create at ChoiceTrust.com. Learn what we do to protect consumer privacy by visiting PrivacyatChoicePoint.com and, for more information on our company, go to http://www.ChoicePoint.com.

Bridger Insight is a trademark and ChoicePoint and the ChoicePoint logo are registered trademarks of ChoicePoint Asset Company LLC.


Hong Lyu, Experienced Wallin & Klarich Family Law Attorney, Recently Assisted Client to Reduce Child Support Obligations

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 25, 2013

A Wallin & Klarich client recently had his child support obligations reduced, after it was shown that the mother of the child was no longer working and did not require child support payments related to day care. The client was represented by experienced and knowledgeable family law attorney Hong Lyu.

I believed that this client was a good father who had to make a living and only wanted what was fair. If the mother was benefiting from a fraudulent windfall at my clients expense, I was going to do whatever I could to end it, said Mr. Lyu.

According to Riverside County Department of Child Support Services Courthouse, the client and his former girlfriend have a son together, who primarily lives with his mother. As the non-custodial parent, the client is required to pay the mother child support each month, including half of the child care costs. The client loves his son and did not have a problem paying child support, but believed that his son was no longer going to day care even though the client was paying an extra $ 300 a month to the mother for child care. The client believed that the mother, his former girlfriend, was pocketing the child care money and using it for her own purposes.

The mother insisted that the child was going to day care but did not produce any evidence to support her claims according to court record. The client was unable to access his childs day care records because the mother had not listed him as the father on the records. The client did not think it was fair that he make payments related to child care if the child was not attending day care. The client sought the help of Mr. Lyu to modify the child support order imposed by the court.

First, Mr. Lyu prepared a Request for Order for modification of the child support according to court documents. The Department of Child Support Services then submitted a motion relating to the child support request for modification. Mr. Lyu then submitted a response to the motion, which described the circumstances of the clients case.

Mr. Lyu then accompanied and appeared with the client at a hearing at the Department of Child Support Services Courthouse. During the hearing the mother admitted that she was not working, which begged the question of why she would need child day care services. The attorney for Child Support Services and Mr. Lyu calculated a new child support amount, which ultimately resulted in a reduction in the child support payments the client was obligated to pay.

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About Wallin & Klarich

As a premier criminal defense and family law firm based in California, Wallin and Klarich ( http://www.WKLaw.com and http://www.WKFamilyLaw.com) has been assisting clients from across the country for over thirty years. The firm believes that every person is entitled to the highest quality legal assistance when it comes to facing difficult situations and has committed all of its resources to aggressively defending its clients. The firm has established itself as one of the most successful in the nation when it comes to defending against charges of DUI, criminal matters and sex crimes, and is acknowledged for successfully handling divorce and child custody cases. By making certain that our clients legal rights are always protected, we take the fear out of the legal fight.

Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation

4255 Main St # 7

Riverside, CA 92501

Laser Gum Surgery in Cumming, GA Can Now Safely Treat Pregnant Gum Disease Patients to Help Reduce the Risk of Low Birth Weight With Dr. Page Barden

Cumming, GA (PRWEB) September 21, 2013

Dr. Page Barden offers the FDA-cleared laser gum surgery, the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), to help mothers-to-be improve their own health as well as that of their babies. There have been links showing a possible connection between low birth weight and premature delivery when gum disease is present in the mother.

Studies indicate that as many as one in ten babies born in the United States is a low birth weight baby, and almost a quarter of these cases occur in the absence of other known risk factors. There is not conclusive proof that gum disease directly causes low birth weight, but studies indicate a connection between the two. For women who are pregnant or planning to have a child soon, it may be safest to seek treatment for periodontal disease and simply remove the risk.

Dr. Barden performs the procedure using an FDA-cleared laser that only is harmful to periodontal disease. Healthy gum tissue is not cut or affected at all; this leaves teeth well protected, and reduces pain and recovery time for patients. LANAP may also reduce the risk of infection or other complications post-procedure, since trauma is minimal and since the laser can be used to create a blood clot that protects the gum pocket.

For women who are pregnant, eliminating periodontal disease with laser gum surgery is especially beneficial, as it may also help prevent the baby from developing health problems. LANAP is safe during pregnancy. Women who would like to learn more about LANAP can call Dr. Barden’s office or visit his website.

About the Doctor

Page Barden, DDS is a dentist offering personalized dental care for Cumming, GA gum disease patients. Dr. Barden received his Bachelor of Arts from University of Denver. He continued his education at the University Of Detroit School Of Dentistry. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Barden further extended his education at Indiana University where he earned a degree in Periodontics from the School of Dentistry. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. To learn more about Page Barden, DDS and his dental services, visit his website at http://www.georgiagumsurgery.com and call (678) 648-1998.