Tag Archives: Years

Lone Star Expeditions Celebrates Five Years of Helping Teens through Wilderness Therapy

Groveton, TX (PRWEB) September 17, 2007

Lone Star Expeditions, a licensed outdoor treatment program for troubled teens, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month. Based in east Texas, the program offers students outdoor experiential therapy as they navigate through ropes courses, learn wilderness skills, and periodically return to a permanent base camp that allows the program’s licensed therapists a more effective means of assessment, intervention and aftercare.

“Lone Star is thrilled to be celebrating our five year anniversary of helping kids discover their potential,” says Mike Bednarz, executive director of Lone Star. “We remain focused on reuniting families and helping teens succeed in leading more positive lives, and look forward to continuing in this great tradition.”

Wilderness programs like Lone Star afford teens who are struggling with emotional, behavioral, attention, or learning problems an opportunity to be free from modern distractions, allowing them to simplify choices, gain insight into their values, and learn to accept responsibility for their decisions. As they progress through the program’s level system, students experience success and develop healthy self-esteem.

Lone Star is often considered the alternative to boot camps. Students, whose ages range from 13-17 years, spend their time hiking and camping, and participating in high and low ropes course activities with trained facilitators. The program emphasizes keeping parents connected and involved through weekly telephone planning sessions with their child’s therapist, parent therapy and reading assignments, contact with their child through the exchange of letters, and progression through Lone Star’s four Family Expedition Phases that mirror their child’s progress. The program’s flexible length of stay allows students and families to fully prepare for the next step in the therapeutic process whether transitioning to a residential boarding school or returning home.

Lone Star Expeditions is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The program is a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) and recently received Woodbury Reports’ “Excellence in Education Award” for their outstanding reputation for producing positive and consistent results with at-risk children and their families.

Lone Star Expeditions is a proud member of Aspen Education Group, recognized nationwide as the largest and most comprehensive network of therapeutic schools and programs. Aspen Education Group offers professionals and families the opportunity to choose from a variety of therapeutic settings in order to best meet a student’s unique academic and emotional needs. Aspen Education Group has been profiled by major news and television organizations around the world, including U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and People magazine, as well as on CNN, ABC’s 20/20 and Good Morning America, NBC’s The Today Show and Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio. Aspen is a division of CRC Health Group, the nation’s largest chemical dependency and related behavioral health organization. For more information about Aspen Education Group, visit http://www.aspeneducation.com or call (888) 972-7736. To learn more about Lone Star Expeditions visit http://www.lonestarexpeditions.com or call (866) 573-2002.


Allstate Insurance Company Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots Study Reveals Areas with Highest Rates of Deadly Teen Crashes from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day : Study part of Home for the Holidays teen safe driving campaign to urge parents and teens to have a conversation about smart driving during the holiday season and sign Allstate’s Parent-Teen Driving Contract

NORTHBROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) December 3, 2008

The Allstate Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots Study found that the 10 deadliest hotspots for fatal teen crashes among the nation’s 50 largest metro areas (a central city and its surrounding counties) from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day are:

Document Scanning Project Electronically Archives 80 Years Of Department Of Labor History

El Paso, TX (PRWEB) September 27, 2010

DATAMARK, Inc., in partnership with an 8A federal contractor, was contracted by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DoL) to scan an estimated 2.5 million pages of paper records into digital image files for long term storage and retrieval.

The transformation from paper to electronic format supports retrieval by anyone who seeks access– including use in current legal interpretations, policy determinations, and legislative and program analyses–limited solely as required by applicable law.

Files requiring document scanning services included: manuals, maps, newspaper clippings, blueprints, interoffice memos, regulatory documents, faxes and forms. Documents were composed of various page sizes, paper weights, paper colors, and ink colors. Many documents were written in pencil or printed on thermal facsimile paper and onionskin, which made them difficult to scan using conventional scanners.

The files, some dating back to the 1930s, were extremely fragile and had to be handled with special care, said Ana Moreno, DATAMARK Project Manager. Despite the challenging scanning requirements, we were able to use several different types of high-speed and flatbed scanners to successfully capture archival-quality images, while keeping the original documents intact.

DATAMARK personnel prepared the paper records for conversion by removing pages from Acco-type fasteners, removed paper clips and staples, unfolded, oriented all pages up-right/read-right, and taped any tears to prevent damage from conversion equipment.

After the document scanning was completed, the images were encrypted and securely delivered to the Department of Labor through the DATAMARK online viewing system and by DVD.

Many files contained personally identifiable information and had to be protected utilizing security controls as defined by federal regulations and DoL policy. DATAMARK met the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1984 and complied with all NARA, FISMA, OMB, NIST and DoL security regulations. DATAMARK employed security controls to safeguard the data in accordance with applicable federal laws, directives, policies, regulations, standards, guidance, and established service level agreements.

Due to the nature of the information contained in the records, and to provide rapid accessibility by WHD employees to the records being converted, DATAMARK developed a tracking system that monitored the specific files logged in and out of WHD control. The tracking system included the ability to identify where the file and associated data was within the conversion process, identified all personnel performing services on the file, and provided confirmation that all processing phases had been completed.

DATAMARK maintained a minimum copying and indexing accuracy level of 99% per field quality based on a project average and was able to turnaround 60,000 documents per week. The entire project took one year to complete.

About Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

WHD, currently within the Employment Standards Administration, was established on June 25, 1938, by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938. The agency enforces federal labor laws on minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, child labor, special employment, family and medical leave, migrant workers, lie detector tests, worker protections in certain temporary worker programs, and prevailing wages for government service and construction contracts.

About DATAMARK, Inc.

For over 20 years, DATAMARK, Inc. has been providing business process outsourcing solutions in the areas of document scanning and management, customer care, and Finance & Accounting to companies in the Freight & Transportation, Banking & Financial, Insurance, Manufacturing, Promotional Marketing & Fulfillment, Healthcare, and Government sectors. Based in the United States, DATAMARK manages a global workforce of over 2,000 employees to help companies reduce operating costs while improving productivity, flexibility, quality, and customer satisfaction. For more information, visit http://www.DATAMARK.net or call 1-800-477-1944.

# # #

Delta Dental Donates $250 Million Over Five Years

Oak Brook, IL (Vocus/PRWEB) February 07, 2011

Over the past five years, uninsured children and adults seeking dental care through charity dental clinics, children participating in Head Start programs, students pursing degrees in dentistry and dental hygiene, and dentists trying to retire massive debts have benefited from $ 250 million in grants and donations from Delta Dental member companies throughout the country.

People in every state have benefited from Delta Dental grants and donations, said Chris Pyle, director of public relations for the Delta Dental Plans Association. Whether it is mobile dental units in Washington, South Dakota or Arkansas; entertaining education programs in New Jersey, Connecticut, Missouri, Michigan or Oklahoma; school-based sealant programs in Wisconsin or Colorado; safety net dental clinics in California, New Mexico or Pennsylvania; or Head Start kids in Minnesota or Kansas, Delta Dental is having a huge impact on the lives of underserved adults and kids.

Delta Dental plans to continue investing in oral health, and thats good news for the millions of adults who will remain without dental coverage even after health care reform mandates are fully implemented. Under health care reform, beginning in 2014, adults will be required to purchase health insurance or else pay a fine. Part of the coverage they will be required to purchase is a yet-to-be-defined package of dental benefits for their children. For the first time, parents shopping for medical and dental benefits will be able to do so via state insurance exchanges, where theyll also have access to varying levels of subsidies.

When crafting the language for the health insurance mandate, Congress was careful to protect a parents right to purchase a childs dental coverage from a dental benefits expert, such as Delta Dental. Whether parents acquire this pediatric dental coverage from Delta Dental or some other carrier, millions of currently uninsured children will soon have access to coverage for the first time. Still, the legislation did nothing to ensure dental coverage for adults and, unfortunately, even for the children, access to coverage does not always translate into access to care.

Access may always be an issue, said Pyle. While health care reform will mean new coverage options for children, if historical trends continue, we know that access to care for low-income Americans and their children will remain a challenge. Thats why Delta Dental remains committed to supporting programs that link children and adults to the care they need.

Each year, Delta Dental member companies donate millions of dollars to support programs such as mobile dental units that visit schools in underserved areas, school-based dental clinics and sealant programs, charity dental clinics, Give Kids a Smile programs, fun interactive oral health education programs for children and their teachers, and programs aimed at increasing the supply of dentists through school loan repayment programs and dental school scholarships.

For more information on Delta Dentals charitable activities in your state, visit deltadental.com.

The not-for-profit Delta Dental Plans Association, based in Oak Brook, Ill., is the leading national network of independent dental service corporations specializing in providing dental benefits programs to more than 54 million Americans in more than 93,000 employee groups throughout the country.

# # #

Sensible New Years Resolution? Protect You and Your Family! 5 Money Saving Tips When Purchasing Term Life Insurance

(PRWEB UK) 6 January 2012

UK consumers are coming to terms with the fact that 17% of deaths occur before the age of 65. Despite the harsh economic conditions, many young adults are turning to term life insurance as the affordable way to safeguard their families future. Term life insurance is the cheapest way to ensure the financial impact of an early death to dependents is as small as possible, and can be used to cover mortgage expenses, credit card debts, a childs university education and to compensate for lost income.

Providing free quotes from the top UK insurers, http://www.termlifeinsurancequotes.co.uk/ recommends the following 5 tips to consider when looking for life insurance quotes:

1. Buy young Those who are young and healthy will receive the lowest quotes, so consider buying early to ensure low rates for as long as possible. They are also likely to have a lot pay for, with a new mortgage and with young children.

2. Extras Consider anything else that may need to covered for extras can be added to ensure families can cope in the event of the breadwinner being diagnosed with a critical illness.

3. Type Annual renewable, level term, increasing/decreasing life insurance consumers should research the different types of term life insurance to get the most suitable one and to know exactly when premiums will be reviewed

4. Debts Policies should pay enough to cover any existing debts, such as mortgages and credit cards, and still leave enough to compensate for the loss of income. The policy must be affordable but 6 to 10 times the annual income is recommended

5. Shop around Always compare suppliers to find the most suitable policy, at the best price

About http://www.termlifeinsurancequotes.co.uk/

Termlifeinsurances quote service gives users access to all of the top deals, comparing 100s of policies from the very best insurers to find the best price available. The service is designed to be simple to use, finding the most suitable policy whilst saving both time and money. Each quote is free, non-committal and completely bespoke, tailored to each users individual circumstance and budget, giving piece of mind and protecting families futures.


Author Irene Chain-Kalinowski remembers her years while offering a glimpse into The Heart and Soul of Midwifery

(PRWEB) December 18, 2012

New Zealand (December 17, 2012) Irene Chain-Kalinowskis 32-year career in the field of midwifery has given her experiences and lessons that colored her life. In her memoir, she traces her remarkable journey and, in the process, reveals a brilliantly wrought tale of devotion, purpose and passion; all of which lie at The Heart and Soul of Midwifery.

Kalinowskis work has brought her to different places including the Middle East, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It has also given her a wealth of realizations and experience on life and the meaning of duty. Her book mirrors both the sweep of personal historyincluding the authors private struggles and triumphs and the professional insights that she gained on the job. She explores the finer points of a noble work in the light of the unique experiences that helped her fulfill her purpose. Her purpose for writing the book is to share her compassion to others. She says,

I felt the need to write something about my journey through midwifery so I can share the compassion for midwifery that I have held for over 26 years. It has not been a journey without challenges, and Im still practicing with the same compassion and for that I acknowledge the support from my family, professional colleagues, community support groups and the women I have worked in partnership with over the years.

A triumphant testament of one womans passion for her work, The Heart and Soul of Midwifery will prove to be a valuable source of insights, advice and inspiration for both newcomers and veterans in the midwifery profession. For all women, Obstetricians, Child Birth educators, health service managers, Government Health Departments. Hope that celebrates Midwifery as a profession Globally, reduce intervention rates, and most importantly Women should Regain Childbirth For more information on this book, log on to http://www.Xlibris.co.nz.

About the Author

Irene Chain-Kalinowski was born 21 July 1956, Rotherham, South Yorkshire England. She has been a practising midwife for 32 years and has worked in both hospital and community settings. Kalinowski is protective of womens rights which promote the principles of partnership, protection and participation.

She practices in a holistic midwifery health care setting that creates healthy mothers where medical intervention and referrals are rarely required, women are empowered to take charge of their health and birthing experiences are celebrated.

The Heart and Soul of Midwifery * by Irene Chain-Kalinowski

Publication Date: December 15, 2012

Trade Paperback; $ 34.99; 220 pages; 978-1-4797-1551-0

Trade Hardback; $ 54.99; 220 pages; 978-1-4797-1552-7

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at 0800-891-366. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (09) 353-1455 or call 0800-891-366.

For more information, contact Xlibris at 0800-891-366 or on the web at http://www.Xlibris.co.nz.

Paul J. Wallin Celebrates 35 Years as a Leading Criminal Defense Attorney in California

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 16, 2013

Widely-recognized for providing top quality legal services to tens of thousands of California families, Paul J. Wallin celebrates 35 years as a leading California based criminal lawyer and member in good standing with the California State Bar Association. As the founding partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Wallin is often called upon to act as a media commentator on important legal issues, having appeared on programs such as NBCs The Today Show and Foxs The OReilly Factor regarding his firms high profile cases.

I chose to devote my professional life to defending persons who were facing criminal charges because I realized that I had a unique ability and strong personal motivation to win cases on their behalf, said Wallin of his longstanding successful career. I recognized that the deck was not stacked fairly in that the District Attorneys office was often much more prepared than the public defender. I believe that people facing many years in prison deserve the highest quality representation they can find, and I decided that Wallin & Klarich would be there for those accused of crimes.

Mr. Wallins legal expertise, hard work and dedication to his clients has led Wallin & Klarich to become one of the most successful criminal defense, family and juvenile dependency law firms in the United States.

After graduating from UCLA and Pepperdine University School of Law, Mr. Wallin founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. During his early practice, he became well known for representing school teachers and other professionals who were wrongfully accused of sex offenses. In 1985 he was named by the Orange County Register as one of the 85 to Watch in 85 due to his winning record of not guilty verdicts and dismissals in high-profile criminal cases. He developed a well-regarded reputation in the legal community for his vigorous and fearless legal fight on behalf of his clients.

In the many years I served as an Orange County Deputy District Attorney, Paul Wallin stands out as one of the most thoroughly prepared criminal defense attorneys I ever had to do battle with. He was always passionate, committed and extremely effective, said former Deputy District Attorney Lew Rosenblum.

Mr. Wallin is admitted to practice in all California state courts, the United States District Court, the Central District of California, the Southern District of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, and the California Supreme Court. He has served as Chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association, has been a Delegate to the California State Bar Convention. He also serves as a Presiding Fee Arbitrator for the Orange County Bar Association.

Wallin & Klarich has numerous offices located in California helping thousands of clients annually with criminal defense and family law matters.

# # #

About Wallin & Klarich

As a premiere 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.

Diamond Mind Celebrates 10 Years of Focused Service

Potomac, MD (PRWEB) February 05, 2013

Diamond Mind celebrates its 10th year of successful service to the independent school community in 2013. Diamond Mind had humble beginnings when Founder and CEO, Katherine Novikov, was its only employee and functioned as its sole executive, sales manager AND client services representative.

While describing Diamond Minds genesis, Ms. Novikov stated, I always saw myself as an entrepreneur and even as a child was ‘drumming’ up ways to repackage and sell such things as ferns from the woods or apples from an untended orchard. As an adult working in the corporate world, the drive to transform ‘something’ in a meaningful and value-adding way persisted. I needed the freedom and space to make a long-term commitment to clients and to sustain a FOCUS on them. I needed to create something of my own. And that ‘something’ had to be recognized for performance excellence – and be truly worthy of my life’s energy.

From a start-up with $ 0 income to $ 15 million in revenues in less than ten years, Diamond Mind has changed the payment processing game. With over 800 client schools, Diamond Mind has a strategic growth plan to reach 3,500 schools for an annual revenue of $ 50 million in five years without sacrificing the intensive client service focus upon which its reputation, and success, were built.

Diamond Minds unique service offerings require a steadfast fixation on understanding its clients’ individual needs. Diamond Minds reputation for performance excellence within this unique arena has allowed it to grow a client base of over 800 independent schools in 45 states with a 788% growth rate over just the past three years. Notably, and due to high-touch, user-friendly services and seamless support, Diamond Minds client retention rate is 98% in an industry where less than 60% is commonplace. Diamond Mind has built its organization exclusively through its reputation a hard-earned, and fiercely protected, reputation for honesty, transparency, and dedication to independent schools.

When asked to identify the most important lesson Katherine has learned from growing Diamond Mind, from infancy to its toddler stage, Ms. Novikov replied, The most critical lesson is the importance of FOCUS – unwavering commitment, discipline and willingness to sacrifice for clarity in positioning, products and services. We purposely and singularly focus on providing stellar services to the independent school market only.

About Diamond Mind, Inc.

Diamond Mind is the nations leading provider of electronic payment services and technology to over 800 independent schools in 45 states. Diamond Mind is devoted to helping school business managers consolidate and streamline payments campus-wide to reduce costs, minimize risk and improve the payment experience for parents and the business office. Diamond Mind maintains direct relationships with the four major card brands, global financial institutions, leading technology vendors, and business officer associations. As a result, Diamond Mind is authorized to create cost effective solutions for online giving, tuition, admissions, bookstore, summer programs and purchasing card. Diamond Mind was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Potomac, MD.

For more information about Diamond Mind, please visit our website at http://www.diamondmindinc.com.

# # #

Building Healthy Populations for 25 Years

Tucson, Arizona (PRWEB) April 11, 2013

For children, vaccinations are scary. A visit to the pediatrician can be fraught with screams and tears. Whats worse, however, is an under-immunized child at risk of disease.

With the help of electronic Immunization Information Systems (IIS), first developed and implemented in the early 1990s, health care providers can better monitor vaccination history in children as well as adults. These systems help save tens of thousands of lives each year by supporting communicable disease reporting activities and tracking vaccination histories in the event of an outbreak or other public health emergency.

One of the first companies to develop and implement an IIS is Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC). Since Michael Popovich founded STC in 1988, the company has grown and developed partnerships in 19 states.

Through those connections, STC has developed, implemented and supported ever-evolving technology solutions. These solutions have enabled health care providers to report, monitor and mitigate the impact of disease as demonstrated by STCs contribution and support during the SARS outbreak in 2003, the Katrina aftermath in 2005 and the H1N1 pandemic in 2009.

It seems fitting that the value of what we do is not about building information systems, Popovich says. Its how the data in these systems are used by public health professionals, clinicians, school nurses, pharmacies, third party payers, and sponsored health fairs to impact our populations.

Today, STC celebrates 25 years of building healthy populations nationwide from its two offices based in Scottsdale and Tucson, Arizona.

In celebration of 25 successful years, STC recently acquired the primary assets of KL Crane & Associates based in Spokane, Washington and MD EMR Systems out of Houston, Texas. The world of public health is evolving, explains STC President Todd Watkins, and STC is adapting accordingly to better serve its clients.

We realize that the role of public health is changing, Watkins says. The public health community now relies more on the clinical community and visa versa. So, finding our way thoughtfully into the clinical community is going to be key to our ongoing success. Our first step toward this goal was to acquire assets of KL Crane & Associates and MD EMR Systems.

Ive been familiar and worked with STCs products for about nine years, and I know the power they hold to impact immunization rates, improve patient care and reduce public health costs, says STC Director of Provider Services and former CEO of KL Crane & Associates Kristina Crane. I joined STC because I hope to improve awareness among providers and the clinical community of how STC can improve their daily routines like managing vaccines and inventory.

One of STCs earliest clients in public health, the Washington State Department of Health Office of Immunization and Child Profile, is also aware and has experienced the impact of STC products. In fact, the offices IIS Technology Coordinator Belinda Baker bases much of the offices success and reputation to its partnership with STC.

We seem to have a really great reputation amongst our agencys management and our states legislatures, and I definitely think a big part of that is because STC brought us an application that met well with our requirements, Baker says.

In 2003, Baker and her office were struggling with a decade-old IIS. The servers were nearly obsolete, the system was difficult to maintain and the software had reached its limits. So, she and colleagues reviewed proposals from many interested vendors willing to bring the offices system into the 21st century. And STCs application blew every other application out of the water both in quality and functionality with what the office wanted to achieve, Baker relates.

With the older system, Baker said that the office had between 17 and 20 percent provider participation. Within a few years after implementation of the new system STC designed for their office, provider participation had increased to between 85 percent. In 2011 Washingtons IIS reached its goal of 95 percent provider participation, where it remains today.

More than 70,000 users around the country, like Baker, use STC software to input immunization data on a daily basis. From Alaska to Maine, users such as public health professionals, clinicians and school nurses help track immunizations of over 25 million patients, which helps protect those many populations against disease.

While STC focuses on building healthy populations through IISs, it is equally dedicated to maintaining healthy populations through the design and implementation of web-based disease surveillance systems. For example, Sentinel STCs disease surveillance, reporting and management system supplies a database where both local and state public health organizations can report events of communicable disease activities. Thus, communities can more readily track and manage an outbreak. Today, four states are actively using Sentinel.

Other STC applications dedicated to building and maintaining health populations include the Public Health Connection Hub (PHC-HubTM), the Surveillance, Management, and Real-time Trends system (SMaRT), and MyIR.net. You can find more information on all of STCs applications in their recent 2012 Annual Report.

I think that 25 years of business gives us a reason to keep going, Watkins says. Furthermore, it tells us that what were doing has sustainable value.

About STC:

STC, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, is committed to ensuring healthy populations through partnership, expertise, and applied use of information technology. In the early 1990s STC was one of the first adopters of the value of immunization registries and the data that could be used for decision support to augment clinical practice, targeting the reduction and impact of vaccine preventable disease on children. With the support of physicians, organizations, and policy and vaccine experts, STCs public health and software professionals led many of the early efforts and best practices to implement statewide registries. The efforts continue today as over 250 million vaccine encounters are retained in the immunization registries of STC and their state public health partners. Increasing the value of these national health data assets is a primary goal of STC through the next decade. http://www.stchome.com

Toxic Waste Sites Cause Healthy Years of Life Lost for People Living in India, Philippines and Indonesia

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 06, 2013

Toxic waste sites with elevated levels of lead and chromium cause a high number of healthy years of life lost in individuals living near 373 sites located in India, Philippines and Indonesia, according to a study by a Mount Sinai researcher published online today in Environmental Health Perspectives.

The study leader, Kevin Chatham-Stephens, MD, Pediatric Environmental Health Fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, presented the findings today at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC. Lead and hexavalent chromium proved to be the most toxic chemicals and caused the majority of disease, disability and mortality among the individuals living near the sites, said Dr. Chatham-Stephens, first author.

The study titled, The Burden of Disease from Toxic Waste Sites in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines in 2010, was a joint research partnership between Mount Sinai and the Blacksmith Institute. Eight chemicals were sampled and collected at the toxic waste sites in 2010. The samples were then measured for pollutant levels in the soil and water and then compared with the 8,629,750 individuals who were at risk of exposure around these sites in order to calculate the loss of years of equivalent full health.

Researchers calculated healthy years of life lost due to ill-health, disability or early death, in disability-adjusted life years (DALY), a measure of overall disease burden used by the World Health Organization. One DALY represents the loss of one year of equivalent full health. In this study, the total number of lost years of full health or DALYs was 828,722. In comparison, malaria in the same countries caused 725,000 lost years of full health, and outdoor air pollution caused 1.4 million lost years of full health in 2008, according to Dr. Chatham-Stephens.

The number of DALYs estimated in our study potentially places toxic waste sites on par with other major public health issues such as malaria and outdoor air pollution which are also causing a high number of healthy years of life lost, said Dr. Chatham-Stephens.

This study highlights a major and previously under-recognized global health problem in lower and middle income countries, said Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, Dean for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and one of the authors of the study. The next step is targeting interventions such as cleaning up the sites and minimizing the exposure of humans in each of these countries where toxic chemicals are greatly present.

Additionally, children and women of child-bearing age made up two-thirds of the population in the study. If a woman is pregnant, the fetus may be exposed to these toxic chemicals, said Dr. Chatham-Stephens. This data is relevant because the prenatal to early childhood period is the time when individuals are very vulnerable to some toxic exposures, such as leads impact on the developing nervous system.

Previous studies have shown that lead can cause neurological, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular damage, while those also exposed to high levels of chromium have a greater chance of developing lung cancer. Our research shows that chemical pollutants from toxic waste sites are insufficiently studied in lower and middle income countries and that disease and death caused by these chemicals can contribute to loss of life, said Dr. Chatham-Stephens.

About the Department of Preventive Medicine

Mount Sinais Department of Preventive Medicine is internationally renowned for excellence in preventive medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, community health, and environmental pediatrics. The department is among the largest medical school departments of preventive medicine in the United States. Its mission is to prevent disease, protect the environment, and promote health in all the communities Mount Sinai serves. It consists of 57 full-time faculty, 137 adjunct and voluntary faculty, and 265 staff.

The departments academic programs train medical students for residency programs in general preventive medicine and in occupational and environmental medicine. It also offers a fellowship program in environmental pediatrics and the medical school’s masters in public health (MPH) program.

For more information, visit http://icahn.mssm.edu/research/programs/mount-sinai-global-health.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Established in 1968, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is one of the leading medical schools in the United States. The Icahn School of Medicine is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service. It has more than 3,400 faculty members in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 14th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation’s top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Mount Sinai is one of just 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and by U.S. News & World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place.

For more information, visit http://www.mountsinai.org/.

Find Mount Sinai on:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mountsinainyc

Twitter @mountsinainyc

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/mountsinainy

# # #