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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.



Wayne, PA (PRWEB) January 28, 2010

Recent research has shown that normally shedding baby teeth and extracted wisdom teeth can be a source of stem cells that are the equivalent to umbilical cord blood stem cells. The use of umbilical cord blood as a source of stem cells has been routine for several years. However, this method has many problems. The window of time for the retrieval of the cord blood is very short, the hospital staff needs to be well trained in the technique and it is expensive.

Provias Store-A-Tooth service Store-A-Tooth.com allows families to preserve the stem cells found in extracted wisdom teeth and normally shedding baby teeth.

The discovery that extracted wisdom teeth and baby teeth are a rich source of stem cells overcomes many of the problems that arise with umbilical cord blood extraction. Every child loses twenty baby teeth over a period of six to eight years and 1.4 million wisdom teeth are extracted each year. Each of these is a rich source of stem cells. In the past, these teeth were thrown in a trashcan but now they can be placed in a Save-A-Tooth

Obesity Treatment: Two Big Advances for People Needing Help

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 2, 2010

The obesity problem in the United States continues to intensify. In the last year, adult obesity rates rose in 28 states. Obesity is a public health crisis for both adults and children. Weight loss is within reach with beneficial lifestyle programs, notes Dr. Janice Stanger, author of The Perfect Formula Diet. Health coverage to pay for treatment will soon be more available.

One of the stated objectives of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as health care reform, is to prevent illness by addressing the root causes. With the exception of a limited number of grandfathered plans, all medical insurance will need to start covering a long list of preventive services the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends. For some consumers, this coverage will begin as early as October 2010, and will continue rolling out through September 2011 as plans renew.

Mandated preventive services must be covered by insurance at no cost to the patient. That means obesity treatment will cost nothing from health care practitioners in a plans network.

The obesity programs will need to meet strict guidelines to qualify under the regulations. Screening for obesity is always covered. Treatment, however, must offer intensive counseling and behavioral interventions. The USPSTF defines intensive counseling for adults to be more than one person-to-person individual or group session each month for at least three months. For children and adolescents, programs must provide more than 25 hours of contact with the child and/or the family over a six-month period.

According to the USPSTF, the best programs are comprehensive, incorporating both counseling and skill-building. Participants learn about nutrition and exercise. Such programs build motivation and provide long-term support. The regulations are not clear on whether drugs and surgery for weight loss for obese adults and children would be covered.

Insurance companies are in the early stages of determining how to implement the regulations, which are still at an interim stage and may not be finalized for an indefinite period. For example, it is not yet clear whether existing networks will be adequate to provide treatment or whether insurers will need to contract with additional programs.

In July, the American Heart Association (AHA) released a detailed special study which identified program elements most effective for changing eating and exercise choices. Over 200 published articles provide data for the AHA conclusions.

The AHA study identifies ten helpful strategies. These include activities such as setting goals, giving feedback and reinforcement, and building self-confidence. The AHA recommendations are consistent with the USPSTF guidelines and will help consumers identify those programs most likely to be helpful for instilling new food and exercise habits to lose weight. Consumers should choose carefully. The regulations are not clear about how many treatment programs will be covered for each person.

The AHA report and USPSTF recommendations also agree that permanent weight loss is elusive. Over a period of a year, the typical diet result from top programs is a loss of six to twelve pounds for an obese adult. This is not a sufficient change to bring the patient out of the obese weight range.

Choosing a whole foods, plant-based diet can lead to permanent and substantial weight loss. Studies consistently find that people on a plant-based diet are significantly thinner than followers of a meat and dairy diet. For example, one comprehensive review of medical journal articles concluded 38 out of 40 studies found those who avoid meat weigh substantially less than those who eat meat. Consumers can benefit from learning more about plant-based nutrition for treating overweight as well as obesity without hunger or deprivation.

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Back to School Sends Some Moms Back to the Bottle, Warns Promises Treatment Centers

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 28, 2011

In the past few weeks, children across the country packed their backpacks, grabbed their lunch pails and headed back to school. While some moms have welcomed the return of the school-year routine, Promises Treatment Centers warns that others are increasingly turning to alcohol to cope with the added stress.

With busy schedules to juggle and the holidays right around the corner, back to school can be a stressful time for parents, explained Dr. David Sack, CEO of Promises addiction treatment centers in Malibu and Los Angeles. For some, a need to escape or numb difficult emotions may lead to or exacerbate alcohol abuse. For those who have struggled with problem drinking in the past, this period of time may put them at increased risk for relapse.

According to the addiction specialists at Promises, it is not uncommon for family members to minimize drinking behavior or dismiss binge drinking as isolated incidents.

Ignoring signs of binge drinking or other drug abuse is potentially very dangerous. Women tend to hide their substance abuse well. And if they binge drink only occasionally, family members will often underestimate the riskiness of this behavior, Dr. Sack said.

Many loved ones dont know how to distinguish between recreational or social drinking and binge drinking that is a life-threatening problem. Unlike the alcoholic whose drinking is interfering with work and relationships, the binge drinker may only be impaired for several hours at a time, out of sight of family and friends. Women tend to be more secretive about their drinking, are more likely to binge drink and are more skilled at hiding their behaviors.

While some families and friends overlook a mothers drinking problem and some vehemently deny that a problem exists the cost of doing so can be steep. Drunk driving rates have been increasing rapidly among women, and women are at higher risk than men for alcohol-related health complications, such as liver, brain and heart damage. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, children of alcoholics are four times more likely to become alcoholics or addicts than other children.

Despite a growing awareness that addiction is a disease, there is still a stigma against alcohol abuse, especially in mothers. For this reason, it is critically important for loved ones to get involved. Few mothers with drinking problems reach out for help on their own, despite having much to lose, including their marriages, their children and their lives.

A healthy diet, exercise, quality sleep and a strong social support network are important protective factors during times of increased stress. Early intervention and treatment are essential for anyone who is struggling with alcohol abuse or addiction relapse.

Mothers are vulnerable to addiction just as they would be to heart disease, diabetes or any other chronic disease, said Dr. Sack. Even though the behavior may be hidden, high-functioning alcoholism endangers lives. Rather than judgment, moms need support and treatment.

About Promises Treatment Centers

Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu and West Los Angeles are the premier addiction treatment centers in southern California. Led by some of the countrys leading addiction specialists, Promises has built an international reputation for innovative addiction treatment and exceptional service. Whether an individual requires detox, residential drug rehab, outpatient treatment, extended care or a sober living environment, Promises has been the drug rehabilitation center of choice for more than 20 years. For more information about Promises Treatment Centers, visit http://www.promises.com or call 877-351-7506.

Promises is part of Elements Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health care programs that includes The Ranch and the Sexual Recovery Institute. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family system. For more information about Elements Behavioral Health, visit http://www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com.


Members of University Services Sleep Diagnostic & Treatment Centers Wake Up Industries and Communities to the Importance of Sleep for Sleep Awareness Week

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) March 04, 2013

University Services Sleep Diagnostic & Treatment Centers employees discussed Sleep Awareness Week to members of the Pennsylvania State Congress as well as industry professionals at the National Sleep Foundations Sleep Health & Safety Conference in Washington, DC. Dr. Benjamin Gerson, University Services CEO, was the chair of this years Sleep Health & Safety Conferences Public Health & Safety Track which focused on protecting Americans from the consequences of fatigue and untreated sleep disorders. Dr. Gerson himself spoke about the importance of identifying sleep apnea in the workplace as well as coordinated speakers from the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Railroad Administration, transit authorities, and major corporations like ExxonMobil and CSX to share their findings on fatigue and sleep disorders in their place of business with hundreds of attendees. Dr. Burton Mark, Medical Director of University Services, also spoke during the Public Health & Safety Track about the various methods commercial operators may use to self-medicate alertness to fight off sleep.

We are committed to educating people, physicians, and industries on the significance of sleep, commented Dr. Gerson, people simply do not realize how truly important sleep is to the human body and this is something we seek to educate to multiple audiences.

Dr. Gerson is also an officer of the Pennsylvania Sleep Society, and along with Brian Kraft, Center Manager of University Services and President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Sleep Society, successfully petitioned the State Senate to draft a Resolution declaring March 3-10th Sleep Awareness Week in Pennsylvania, culminating with daylight saving time on Sunday March 10th. According to a 2008 study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the number of heart attacks, on average, increase about 5% during the first week after daylight saving time. Another study published in Child Development states the loss of one hours sleep is equivalent to a slightly sleepy fifth grader performing in class at a third grade level. During Sleep Awareness Week, University Services Sleep Diagnostic & Treatment Centers will be using these statistics regarding daylight saving time to raise awareness among physicians as well as post facts and studies on its Facebook page each day.


About University Services

University Services, a physician owned and operated Pennsylvania Corporation, was organized in 1967 as a supplier of multi-specialty medical services. The companys main activities are related to sleep medicine and toxicology services. The sleep medicine division provides sleep diagnostic and treatment services through American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited sleep centers as well as nationwide sleep scoring and interpretation services for home sleep testing devices. The toxicology services division designs & implements substance abuse testing programs, provides Medical Review Officer Services, orders and reviews biometric screening data, and reviews chronic pain management drug screens.

If youd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Gerson, please call Crystal Bayawa at 800-624-3784 or e-mail Crystal at cbayawa(at)uservices(dot)com.

Proton Therapy Offers New, Precise Cancer Treatment for Children with High-Risk Neuroblastoma

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) August 09, 2013

Proton therapy, using high-energy subatomic particles, may offer a precise, organ-sparing treatment option for children with high-risk forms of neuroblastoma. For patients in a new study of advanced radiation treatment, proton therapy spared the liver and kidneys from unwanted radiation, while zeroing in on its target.

As survival rates improve for children with neuroblastoma, we need to reduce treatment-related long-term toxicities, said study leader Christine Hill-Kayser, M.D., a radiation oncologist in The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphias (CHOP) Cancer Center. Proton beam therapy offers precise targeting with less radiation exposure to healthy tissue.

Hill-Kayser and colleagues published their study online June 4, 2013 in Pediatric Blood & Cancer.

Owing to collaboration between Childrens Hospital and radiation oncologists at Penn Medicine, the Roberts Proton Therapy Center, where the study was conducted, is the first proton therapy facility in the U.S. conceived with pediatric patients in mind from the earliest planning stages.

Protons, the positively charged particles in an atoms nucleus, are used in therapy to destroy DNA in tumors and prevent cancer cells from multiplying. In children, this therapy is often used against spinal tumors. CHOP has recently been directing protons at neuroblastoma, long a special focus of the Hospitals clinical and research programs.

Neuroblastoma, the most common solid tumor of early childhood, strikes the peripheral nervous system, usually appearing as a solid tumor in a young childs chest or abdomen.

Pediatric oncologists have an arsenal of weapons against neuroblastoma, but high-risk forms of this cancer present a particular challenge, often frustrating conventional treatment from the start or recurring in a resistant form.

The current study, said Hill-Kayser, included 13 children with a median age of 3 years who responded well to initial chemotherapy, followed by surgery, more chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant, and in some cases, immunotherapy. The advanced radiation treatment aimed to destroy remaining microscopic areas of cancer cells while minimizing toxicity to healthy tissue.

In planning radiation treatment for each child, the study team determined that 11 patients should receive proton therapy, and that two other patients, because of their specific anatomy and the location of their tumors, should receive intensity-modulated X-ray therapy (IMXT). In IMXT, radiologists sculpt the radiation emitted from 7 different angles to modify radiation dosages in and around the targeted area.

None of the 13 patients had local disease recurrence or acute organ toxicity. For 11 of them, proton therapy provided the best combination of target coverage and organ sparing. Protons are heavier than the particles in X-rays and have more stopping power, said Hill-Kayser. They deposit 90 percent of their energy precisely at the tumor site, with nearly zero radiation away from the tumor. That protects healthy organswhich, as growing tissues, are especially vulnerable to radiation damage in young children.

The fact that individual characteristics made IMXT preferable to proton therapy in two children, said Hill-Kayser, underscores the need to meticulously customize radiation treatment to each patient. Overall, the current study shows that proton therapy should be considered for children with high-risk neuroblastoma. She added, To better assess the use of proton therapy against high-risk neuroblastoma, well need to study larger numbers of patients and do long-term follow-up. However, this represents a great start.

Co-authors of this study were Robert Lustig, M.D., Zelig Tochner, M.D., and Stefan Both, Ph.D.; like Hill-Kayser, all are from the Department of Radiation Oncology of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Co-authors Anne Reilly, M.D., Naomi Balamuth, M.D., Richard Womer, M.D., John Maris, M.D., Stephan Grupp, M.D., Ph.D., and Rochelle Bagatell, M.D., are from the Cancer Center for Children at CHOP.


Hill-Kayser et al, Proton versus Photon Radiation Therapy for Patients with High-Risk Neuroblastoma: The Need for a Customized Approach, Pediatric Blood & Cancer, published online, June 4, 2013. doi:10.1022/pbc.24606

About The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia: The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nations first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Childrens Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program receives the highest amount of National Institutes of Health funding among all U.S. childrens hospitals. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 516-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu.

This week, Australia-Based Hoist and Crane Products Supplier Relay Cranes Highlights Service and Water Treatment Lifting System

Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) October 02, 2012

Australia-based hoist and crane products supplier Relay Cranes begins the new week by highlighting its inspection and repair service as well as its emergency response team. The companys inspection and repair service is available to its customers and includes services such as accident and failure reports, periodic and annual inspections, end of life assessments, refurbishment and repair, testing and commissioning and mechanical and structural repairs. Relay Cranes prides itself in providing engineering support that is in accordance with above industry standards.

Meanwhile, hoist and crane products specialist also has an emergency response team composed of trained service technicians that are on call around the clock for any emergency or breakdown. Relay Cranes stocks parts for most major brands in its inventory so customers always get speedy service.

Also on the spotlight this week is the companys water treatment lifting systemthe Eurostyle H20. It is designed for a variety of applications in the processing of raw sewage, industrial processes, construction, agriculture and aquaculture. This range of jib and gantry cranes has non-corrosive materials and is made with an extra layer of protection for ease of use and durability. A notable feature of the Eurostyle H20 is its modularity allowing it to be moved around into different positionswall-hung, embedded or bolted to the ground. This jib crane range also offers customers a broad choice of load and span capacity.

For more information about the Eurostyle H20 water lifting system and Relay Cranes after-purchase services, visit the website or call 1 300 725 635.

Relay Cranes carries a large inventory of hoist and crane products that are available for immediate supply in any part of Australia. It specializes in the provision of overhead cranes, overhead gantry cranes, chain hoists, jib cranes, workstation cranes and related parts and accessories for heavy lifting systems.

The Relay Cranes website is managed by Melbourne-based digital solutions company The Digital Group which also runs other top ecommerce sites in Australia including female oriented shopping portal LetsShop.com; pet-related discount aggregator site PetBox.com.au; multi-user back end site for boutique winery offerings OzWineDirect.com.au; DealFree.com.au which is a commission-free daily deal site with no upfront outlay required from users; daily deals aggregator Deal Monkey; RocketEmail.com.au which is a fully managed HTML newsletter service focusing on real estate, financial planning and mortgage broking; Melbourne transportation services provider YellowExpress.net.au; and specialist email marketing engine SendNow. SendNow is powered by Amazon SES technology which ensures high delivery rates and speeds as well as seamless integration of new members into an email database.

Together with other lists under management, The Digital Group also manages an online, non-incentivized database of more than 600,000 members across which they offer various kinds of marketing services including e-mail marketing campaigns, costs per acquisition (CPA), costs per lead (CPL) and costs per sale (CPS).

The Digital Group is also the official digital solutions provider of Carbon Market Pty Ltd, owner of Australias leading carbon management portal.

CPS Magazine Announces a CDT Code for Resin Infiltration that Gives Dental Practices Additional Treatment and Billing Options for New Dental Material Icon by DMG America

Virginia Beach, VA (PRWEB) December 27, 2012

The American Dental Association (ADA) has announced that resin infiltration of incipient smooth surface lesions is now covered by a 2013 CDT Code classification. The newly defined Dental Material classification allows practices to accurately code and bill for Icon

Recovery First, Inc is Now In-Network with Cigna for the Treatment of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

Hollywood, FL (PRWEB) April 9, 2010

Recovery First, Inc., has been approved by Cigna to be an in-network provider of Substance Abuse Treatment for members with these benefits. Their Drug Rehab and Alcoholism Treatment programs deliver some of the best results in the country by combining modern technology with old school experience. This means that Cigna members will receive top quality care with much lower out of pocket expenses. CEO James F. Davis says that this is a win for all Cigna members that suffer from Drug Addiction or Alcoholism.

The Recovery First intake staff has been trained to assess the needs and recommend the most appropriate course of treatment for each individual they speak with. All three levels of care – Inpatient Residential Rehab, Partial Day/Night, and Intensive Outpatient, were designed to help clients achieve recovery and prevent future relapse.

Choosing the right treatment center is crucial to recovery from this debilitating disease, and the programs at Recovery First meet the highest industry standards. They are accredited by The Joint Commission (JCAHO) and licensed by the Department of Children and Families Services (DCF), which means that clients can be absolutely certain that they will get the best possible care and have the best possible chance at living a positive, productive life free of substance abuse.

For more information about Recovery First Inc. please visit their website at http://www.recoveryfirst.org or call 1-800-734-1592.