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NEW YORK, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Zero Technologies, LLC, the only gravity-fed water filtration system delivering water that meets FDA definition for purified bottled water, hosted a groundbreaking Drinking Water Symposium "(How) Can we go back to tap?" which, with a distinguished panel of drinking water specialists, thoroughly addressed the importance of accelerating the public's migration from bottled water to tap water. (Photo: ) Speaking before an audience of select media, the panel underscored that tap water is the better environmental and health option to bottled water - and that the revolutionary ion exchange filter of the new ZeroWater(R) technology makes it possible to move large segments of the public back to tap water. ZeroWater(R) removes virtually all measurable total dissolved solids (TDS) in... (more)

Raise it for Health coalition: Tobacco tax working

ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of the Raise it for Health coalition, a group of Minnesota's leading health and nonprofit organizations, reacted today to the introduction of House File 700, which would repeal an annual increase on the tax on cigarettes. "Raising the price of tobacco was a win for the health of all Minnesotans," said Janelle Waldock, Director of the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and co-chair of the Raise it for Health coalition. "We are already witnessing the positive effects of the tobacco tax in our state. The adult smoking rate is at a new record low, and 20,000 fewer kids are smoking compared to just four years ago." In 2013, Governor Dayton signed into law a price increase on tobacco products that included a $1.60 per-pack increase on cigarettes. Two recent surveys – the Minnesota Adult ... (more)

New Video Game Rating Category, 'E10+,' Added to ESRB Rating System

NEW YORK, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A new video game rating category, E10+ (Everyone 10 and older), was introduced today by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), to help consumers more easily differentiate between games that have content appropriate for the whole family and games that are suitable for ages 10 and older. "The content of computer and video games continues to advance in terms of sophistication, complexity, and graphic quality," said Patricia Vance, president of ESRB. "Given this evolution, the new E10+ rating category will provide consumers, particularly parents, with more precise guidance on the age appropriateness of certain titles, fulfilling our goal of helping ensure that the right games are selected for their children and families." Vance added that the ESRB consulted numerous child development experts and academicians in creating the E10... (more)

MacSpeech, Inc. Launches MacSpeech Dictate Medical

MacSpeech, Inc. today announced the release and immediate availability of MacSpeech Dictate Medical, the medical professional's speech recognition solution for the Macintosh. Designed specifically for the medical and dental professional and their support staff, MacSpeech Dictate Medical empowers dictating text directly into applications and practice management systems, and issuing numerous commands by voice, on the Macintosh. MacSpeech Dictate Medical includes a digitally enhanced, USB headset microphone. MacSpeech Dictate Medical requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 (Leopard) or higher and is available today for US$595 as a new purchase, or US$345 for current owners of MacSpeech Dictate 1.5, or US$395 for current owners of MacSpeech Dictate 1.3. MacSpeech Dictate Medical fully understands and supports vocabularies for more than 54 medical and dental disciplines and specialties... (more)

President Obama's Grandmother Flies To Equatorial Guinea For Surgery

State-of-the-art hospital's reputation for high-quality health services grows in Africa MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- La Paz Hospital, located in the capital city of Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, recently treated United States President Barack Obama's step-grandmother, Sarah Onyango Obama. Sarah Obama traveled from Kenya to Equatorial Guinea to have emergency eye surgery. She is currently making a full recovery. During her stay in Equatorial Guinea she said, "All of Africa is talking about your hospital and of the fact that you don't need to fly to Europe to get medical treatment." La Paz is a full-service hospital offering expertise in radiology, emergency and intensive care, urology, pediatrics, gynecology obstetrics, surgery, dentistry, and ophthalmology. With close to 130 beds, the Medical Center's delivery rooms, recovery roo... (more)

Parents numb to misuse of narcotic pain meds by youth, new poll shows

Only 1 in 5 parents say they are very concerned about children, teens misusing narcotics, according to U-M's National Poll on Children's Health ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite data on rising rates of abuse and overdoses of narcotic pain medicines across all age groups, in a new poll from the University of Michigan, most parents said they are not very concerned about misuse of these medicines by children and teens. In addition, parent support was lukewarm for policies that would discourage abuse of drugs like Vicodin or Oxycontin, according to the most recent University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. Overall, 35% of parents said they are very concerned about misuse of narcotic pain medicines by children and teens in their communities; only 1 in 5 parents (19%) are very concerned about misus... (more)

What's the Upside of Aging? A Lot More Than You Think, Says a New Book From the Milken Institute

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/28/14 -- An aging revolution is changing the world, demanding that we look at our older years in a fresh way. A new book edited by Paul Irving, president of the Milken Institute, moves beyond the stereotypes of dependency and decline to do just that. Exploring the vast potential of longer lives, The Upside of Aging: How Long Life is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose (Wiley) reveals how we can meet the challenges that accompany later life with positive solutions for people of all ages. Irving and a distinguished group of contributing authors reveal the remarkable upside for health, work and entrepreneurship, volunteerism, innovation and education, as longevity and declining birth rates create a mature population of unprecedented size and significance. "In the past century, discovery and innovatio... (more)

GTxcel Exhibits at the Association Media & Publishing (AM&P) Annual Meeting

GTxcel, a leader in digital publishing solutions, will attend the Association Media and Publishing (AM&P) 2014 Annual Meeting from May 19-21, 2014 in Tysons Corner, VA. GTxcel is a corporate sponsor of AM&P. Visit GTxcel at booth #200. The three-day event hosted by AM&P is attended by association publishers, business operation executives, communication specialists, designers, and content creators who want to stay current with trends in association publishing. GTxcel will demonstrate publishing and monetization strategies: The GTxcel Unified Publishing Platform (UPP) is a cloud-based SaaS service that helps content creators Monetize, Engage and Get Discovered on Mobile, Tablet and Desktop Web Associations use the UPP to publish digital publications and mobile apps that give readers a best-in-class reading experience on desktops, tablets, and smartphones in one simpl... (more)

CompuGroup Medical US and Louisiana-Based Teche Action Clinic Team Up to Celebrate National Health Center Week

BOSTON, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CompuGroup Medical US (CGM) and Teche Action Clinic, a Community Health Center based in Louisiana, team up again to celebrate the 2014 National Health Center Week (NHCW). To mark this year's celebrations, Teche Action Clinic has organized a full schedule of activities to engage its patients, employees and community members. Activities include a Patient Appreciation Day, Staff Appreciation Day, Breastfeeding Awareness Day as well as a visit from Congressman Charles Boustany and other elected officials. This year's NHCW is themed, "America's Health Centers - Local Engines for Healthier Communities" and will run from August 10th to the 16th.  In true reflection of this, Teche Action Clinic, Louisiana's first and oldest community health center, has a stellar 40-year record in the delivery of comprehensive, safe and quality healthca... (more)

Texas Children's Hospital welcomes new chief of otolaryngology

HOUSTON, Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas Children's Hospital is excited to announce Dr. Ellis M. Arjmand as the new chief of otolaryngology. Arjmand, whose appointment is effective today, has also been appointed the Bobby Alford Endowed Chair in pediatric otolaryngology, and the director of practice standards and faculty development for the department of surgery at Texas Children's. Arjmand will also be professor of otolaryngology and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. For more information about Texas Children's Otolaryngology Division, visit "Dr. Arjmand is bringing an exciting vision to the surgery team, with plans to grow the otolaryngology division to better serve our patients and their families," said Dr. Charles D. Fraser Jr., surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children's and professor of pediatrics and chief of congenital h... (more)

Research, Clinicians & Smartphones Answer the Call for Families Worried About Autism

When families or physicians suspect a child has autism, early intervention is critical, yet wait lists for in-clinic assessments and diagnosis can be several months or more than a year long. Medical technologies firm Behavior Imaging Solutions has collaborated with Arizona-based Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Georgia Tech to introduce NODA™, a new technology and clinician-based autism diagnostic service that can provide families with an autism diagnosis in two weeks or less, and at half the cost of in-clinic assessments. Watch this video to learn how NODA works: Behavior Imaging's NODA, the Naturalistic Observation Diagnostic Assessment, uses smartphone technology and a team of clinicians trained for assessing behavior to confirm or rule out... (more)