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Executive Homes Realty Announces Listing Opportunities for Home Sellers

(PRWEB) February 11, 2014

Executive Homes Realty, an experienced and successful real estate company operating out of the Bay Area, has announced that it will be offering continued opportunities for listings to home sellers. The company is known for its comprehensive approach to real estate sales, having brokered the sale of all manner of homes from condominiums to large, luxurious estates.

The announcement comes at a time when many sellers may be in need of a realty company with a thorough knowledge of the complexities of the Bay Area market. According to the owner of Executive Homes Realty, his company is able to offer such a precise knowledge.

“The Bay Area is a challenging and complicated market, so it is necessary for any realty company doing business here to understand its nature,” said Joseph Sabeh, Jr., owner of Executive Homes Realty. “We have many years of experience in this industry, and we have exceptional knowledge of this particular area and the intricacies this market presents.”

In addition to their knowledge and experience, Executive Home Realty utilizes a unique approach when it comes to the sale of homes. The methodology they use is “as comprehensive as it is aggressive,” underscoring the company’s belief in the use of multifaceted and individualized techniques in each home sale.

Executive Homes Realty boasts an in-house team which they use to improve many aspects of a home they have listed in order to generate significant interest on the part of prospective buyers.

“Part of our process is the use of agents, contractors and interior designers, all of whom come in to transform the home to its most attractive state,” said Sabeh. “This ensures that we are able to attract the greatest number of potential target buyers.”

The approach is indeed unique and has proven to be quite effective. The company has sold homes throughout the Bay Area, including neighborhoods such as San Jose, San Francisco, Pleasanton, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Gilroy, Fremont and Danville.

The company also makes use of numerous social media outlets and considers the Internet an extremely valuable resource.

“We have to make use of every avenue available to us to ensure that we are able to serve our clients well,” said Sabeh. “The Internet and social media – along with a number of other outlets – help us serve our clients to the best of our abilities.”

Christmas Central Announces Expansion of Spring and Summer Product Lines

BUFFALO, NY (PRWEB) February 28, 2014

Christmas Central, an online store specializing in holiday and home decor, is once again expanding its merchandise to anticipate and accommodate its customers’ needs. In October 2013, the e-commerce business predicted a release of its high-end furnishings for this spring. However, not only can consumers anticipate new furniture, Christmas Central promises a broader selection of pool accessories and spring and summer-themed home décor.

While this retailer already carries almost 8,000 products that are featured in the spring, summer and pool categories, even more are expected to be available by the beginning of March 2014. From nautical-themed décor to springtime pastels, Christmas Central is offering customers the opportunity to decorate their home for every occasion. This is what separates them from the big-box stores, Christmas Central CIO Nathan Gordon remarks.     

“Even with the terrible weather the country is experiencing, Christmas Central continues to grow.” Gordon explained. “Our success is not just a matter of circumstance. By listening to our consumers and updating our merchandise, we constantly work to improve the quality of our service and products in order to ensure a better customer experience unmatched by the big-box stores.”

About ChristmasCentral.com

ChristmasCentral.com is a division of Gordon Companies Inc., a family owned and operated business founded in 1977. The company has operated its Cheektowaga, New York flagship store, Dave’s Christmas Wonderland, for over 36 years, and is now in its second generation. Gordon Companies Inc. currently offers over 55,000 unique products through its web store ChristmasCentral.com. Inc. Magazine named it the Fastest-Growing Company in Western New York and lists it in the Top 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in America.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with Nathan Gordon, please call Anne Highley-Smith 716-706-0320 ext.275 or email annehs(at)ChristmasCentral(dot)com.

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FDAnews Announces Device Supplier Controls Virtual Conference, Feb. 26

Falls Church, VA (PRWEB) February 07, 2014

Device Supplier Controls

Does the FDA’s Next 483 Have Your Name on It?

**FDAnews Virtual Conference**

Feb. 26, 2014 — 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST


The medical device industry is struggling, with a forecast of single-digit overall growth for 2014.

To cope with that, devicemakers are outsourcing more and more of their critical operations and materials, trying to wring out costs and improve their profitability.

The unintended consequence?

A much, much greater risk of supplier control violations. After all, the more suppliers you have, the more opportunities you give the FDA to find fault with your operations.

Some devicemakers say they have as many as 400 outsourced contract manufacturers and suppliers.

It’s no surprise, then, that it has become increasingly difficult to manage them and be sure that all raw materials, finished products and services meet the devicemaker’s required specifications as well as comply with FDA regulations.

This FDAnews virtual conference is designed especially to take the headaches out of working with an ever increasing number of suppliers. Sign up to attend and take home practical tools and invaluable tips that will help devicemakers be more confident that their outsourced work will not result in a Form 483 or warning letter.

There’s simply so much that can go wrong when outsourcing. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, a panel of experts will spend the day, identifying and discussing such key problem areas as:

    What non-compliance issues most frequently trigger an audit

    Understanding global supplier monitoring requirements: Can an FDA-centric program fulfill international requirements?

    Best practices for prioritizing a supplier control approach that will work for large or small companies

    Managing supplier controls over the long haul to create good business relationships and assure FDA compliance

    What motivates a supplier to do business

    How to test SOPs against the most commonly cited sections of 21 CFR 820.50

    Verifying that supplier dossiers contain the records FDA inspectors want to see

    How to identify the warning letters that include hidden FDA requirements that tripped other companies up

    Critical documents to have at the ready to print out and produce the moment the FDA inspector demands them

Register Today

Device Supplier Controls is a must-attend event for colleagues from the manufacturing floor to materials management, and the legal counsel’s office to the executive suite.

    Quality assurance/quality control
    Materials management
    Packaging and labeling
    Plant engineering
    In-bound testing and certification
    Regulatory affairs
    Legal counsel

Attendee Resource Toolkit — Registered attendees will also receive the following resources to help them better manage their supplier control program:

    Slide decks from all five presentations
    FDA’s 21 CFR 820.50 regulation
    A compilation of recent FDAnews articles related to supplier control problems at medical device manufacturers
    New Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA, Australia) guidance on supplier qualification for raw materials, drugmakers
    GHTF/SG3/N17:2008 Quality Management System – Medical Devices – Guidance on the Control of Products and Services Obtained From Suppliers

Meet the Faculty

John Avellanet, Principal Consultant, Cerulean Associates

David Parkin, Supplier Development Manager, Boston Scientific

Jackie Torfin, Vice President of Quality, Heraeus Medical Components

Mike Heyl, Partner, Hogan Lovell (invited)

William MacFarland, Director, Division of Enforcement, Office of Compliance, CDRH, FDA(invited)

Register now

Conference Details

Device Supplier Controls

Does the FDA’s Next 483 Have Your Name on It?

**FDAnews Virtual Conference**

Feb. 26, 2014 — 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST



$ 1,297 per site — includes virtual conference registration and audio cds and transcripts

Easy Ways to Register

Online:     http://www.fdanews.com/DeviceSupplierVC

By phone: 888-838-5578 or 703-538-7600

About FDAnews

FDAnews is the premier provider of domestic and international regulatory, legislative, and business news and information for executives in industries regulated by the US FDA and the European Medicines Agency. Pharmaceutical and medical device professionals rely on FDAnews’ print and electronic newsletters, books and conferences to stay in compliance with international standards and the FDA’s complex and ever-changing regulations.

Shweiki Media Printing Company Announces Sponsorship of the Central Texas SPCA’s 2014 Calendar Fundraiser

Austin, TX (PRWEB) February 27, 2014

Shweiki Media Printing Company is pleased to announce that they will be sponsoring the Central Texas SPCA’s annual calendar fundraiser for the fourth year by taking care of the organization’s printing needs.

Featuring CTSPCA residents, alums, and pets of CTSPCA supporters, the calendars are sold to raise funds to support the shelter’s adoption program. The 2014 calendar sales to date have raised over $ 1500, which will allow the CTSPCA to rescue and provide pre-adoption veterinary care to 15 or more pets. Those services include spay/neuter surgery, testing for heartworms or Feline Leukemia, all age-appropriate vaccinations and a microchip. Additionally, the funds support our home-like environment that includes quality food and skilled caretakers.

The Central Texas SPCA is a private, independent organization that finds forever families for homeless dogs and cats. Founded in 1988 as the first no-kill shelter in Williamson County, Texas, the CTSPCA has saved more than 6,000 animals in 25 years. The shelter provides a unique, home-like environment for the resident animals for as long as it takes for them to be adopted–whether it be weeks, months or years.

For more information on the CTSPCA and to see animals for adoption, visit CentralTexasSPCA.org. For information on the calendars and where to buy, please click here

As a company, Shweiki prides itself on giving back to the community and providing sponsorship and assistance to local organizations and nonprofits. As animal lovers, the team members at Shweiki are excited for the opportunity to sponsor and support a noble mission like that of the Central Texas SPCA.

Shweiki Media’s mission has always been to help publishers improve by providing the most profitable, hassle-free printing experience possible. This includes guaranteeing the highest quality product, exceptional customer service and on-time delivery–whether printing magazines, postcards, flyers or anything else.

As a printer and publisher, Shweiki Media also believes that this hassle-free experience includes making their clients better. Utilizing relationships with industry experts, Shweiki Media strives to educate clients and help them thrive in the exciting world of publishing–while having lots of fun along the way!

For more great info from and about Shweiki Media, please check out our blog at shweiki.com/blog (and sign up for our free weekly expert webinars!), and subscribe to our Youtube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/shweikimedia. You can also follow us @ShweikiMedia and “like” us at Facebook.com/shweikimedia.

Outdoor Living Planet, Inc., Announces the Launch of its Comprehensive Outdoor Living Web Site for Homeowners and Professionals

Reno, Nevada (PRWEB) January 16, 2014

Outdoor Living Planet, Inc., announced today the official launch of its comprehensive outdoor living web site portal, http://www.outdoorlivingplanet.com designed to provide homeowners, do-it-yourselfers and industry professionals with access to a wealth of outdoor living related resources, including articles, news, industry trends and product information.

Visitors may access numerous in-depth articles and news pertaining to outdoor living for a variety of products, from patios, outdoor furniture, outdoor fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, hardscapes, water features and much more. Do-it-yourself installation videos are also available for viewing, along with product reviews, maintenance advice and photo galleries that can stimulate outdoor living ideas.

The web site allows homeowners to post their outdoor living projects online to receive free quotes from local, professional contractors across the United States. Do-it-yourselfers may locate outdoor living manufacturers, dealers and suppliers that are prominently featured in the online Buyers Guide.

“Whether you are a homeowner looking for inspiration, a Do-it-yourselfer seeking installation advice, or a professional who is sourcing new products, the web site caters to all-comers,” says Candace Leary, media manager. “Outdoor living is a relatively new term that encompasses the entire outdoor living experience and our mission is to bring it all together via the web site and digital magazine. We feel confident that we have achieved that goal,” she notes.

Visitors can also access numerous outdoor living resources, including related tradeshows, events, design software, product releases and industry trends. Visitors can even submit their project questions via the ‘Ask An Expert’ forum to receive sound advice from seasoned professionals who boast decades of practical experience.

Outdoorlivingplanet.com strives to unite the entire outdoor living industry by providing consumers a valuable platform for gaining insightful information, education and know-how. At the same time, business opportunities abound for suppliers, designers, contractors and manufacturers of outdoor living products.

The company also publishes Outdoor Living Magazine, a seasonal, quarterly magazine for the outdoor living industry that pushes the boundary of digital innovation. Outdoor Living Magazine is available for viewing online or from any mobile/tablet device via Apple Newsstand, Apple ITunes Store, Google Play Store and the Amazon Store.

About Outdoor Living Planet, Inc.

Outdoor Living Planet, Inc., is a privately held corporation consisting of seasoned professionals who bring decades of industry experience, combined with talented technology experts who specialize in developing cutting edge Internet and Mobile technology applications.

Press Contact: Judy Walker

Company Name: Outdoor Living Planet, Inc.

Phone: 800-741-2861

Web Site: http://www.outdoorlivingplanet.com


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Returning for a Fourth Year: Cat Care Society Announces the 2014 Tails of the Painted Cats Artists, Sponsors and Design Concepts

Lakewood, CO (PRWEB) February 20, 2014

Cat Care Society (CCS) has selected the artists and finalized artist sponsorships for the 2014 ‘Tails of the Painted Cats’ lineup of one-of-a-kind, larger-than-life artwork cats. The announcement is made by CCS President Diane Stoner, who says, “Our artists are finishing their painted cats, and on May 8th ‘Tails of the Painted Cats’ will debut at the Lakewood Arts Council Gallery prior to touring throughout the community. The Gala Dinner & Auction is Saturday, July 26th, at Pinehurst Country Club.”

The 2014 ‘Tails of the Painted Cats’ artists, painted cats and sponsors include:

1 Ella Buchholz – Red Hot Ruby – Maggie Holben

2 Jane McFadden Dorsey – Richard Parker – Lynn & Michelle Brevard

3 Pat Lickly – Bastet, Cat Goddess – Harold & Christina Taylor

4 Wendy Luck – Wildflower – Clyde & Barbara Dawson

5 Karen Mahnken – Dandy Lion – Mary Grace Yonts

6 Karen Mahnken & Kyle Hardyway – Purr Lancelot – Ann Waite & CCS Volunteer

7 Betsy Keyser – Purrlock Holmes – Mary Ann Schultz

8 Betsy Keyser – PurrFectly Purple Puss – Richard & Kathy Swanson

9 Kimiko VonWyrd – Thunder and Lightning – Sara Elder and Anastasia Betterton-Fike

10 Kimiko VonWyrd – Cubism Cat – Barbara Kane & Mark P.

11 Jackie McFarland – Garden Variety Cat – Nature’s Way

12 Sheila Bobay McFather – Cleo-Catra – Richard & Kathy Husband

13 Jamie McWhirt – Colorado Cat – Mary Foster & Kay Higgins

14 Carla Pawlewicz – Cat-tails and Dogwood – Diane Stoner & Marggie Dassler

15 Katherine Ross – The Pattern Cats – Mark & Linda Brandon and Sharon Davis

16 Cortnye Rusch – Barn Cat-Owl – Clete Nolde

17 Pam Schmidt – Filigree – Steve Holben

18 Bobbi Shupe – O’ Sole Meow – Gail Tinianow

19 Becky Enabnit Silver – Aspen Cat – Dr. Liz O’Rourke, Animal Urgent Care

20 Kristina Spargo – Cerulean Ming – Marsha Crest, CCS Volunteer & Patron

21 Kristina Spargo – Odonata – Richard & Kathy Swanson

22 Cam Williams – Zentangle Kitty – Karen Gonzalez & Tender Touch Animal Hospital

23 Jane McFadden Dorsey – Edwina Degas – Corporal Reggie Waddle

“This is the fourth year for ‘Tails of the Painted Cats’ and we’re thrilled to again welcome CBS4 Weather Anchor Ed Greene as our Master of Ceremonies and Douglas M. Tisdale, Esq., Mayor of Cherry Hills Village, as our Auctioneer. Marianne Lorenz, Curator & Director of Educational Programs at Foothills Arts Center, served as juror for this year’s project,” Stoner says.

Drawing Kitty: Edwina Degas by Jane McFadden Dorsey

In addition to the Painted Cats being created and auctioned, local artist Jane McFadden Dorsey has again created the project’s official ‘drawing kitty.’ This year it’s Edwina Degas, sponsored by CCS Munchkin Cat Corporal Reggie Waddle. For $ 10.00 per ticket, names are entered in a drawing to take Edwina home. The winner of Edwina Degas will be announced at the July 26th Gala Dinner & Auction.

About Tails of the Painted Cats

Some of the Painted Cats are standing, and some are sitting, but they are all unique, original works of art. You can view the online gallery of the 2014 painted cat designs at: http://youtu.be/uZUVjGRMMbM. Advanced online bidding will be active starting in May. In the interim, event sponsorships for the Gala Dinner & Auction, offering a variety of premium benefits for corporations, are available by contacting Mary Jo Baker, CCS Director of Major and Planned Gifts, at 303-239-9680, ext. 15. For more information, visit: http://www.catcaresociety.org/docs/2014%20TOPC%20Sponsorship%20PackagesTickets.pdf.

About the Cat Care Society

CCS, founded in 1981, is a nonprofit organization established to improve the quality of life for homeless, injured and abused cats in the Denver metropolitan area. The Society’s goals are:

To sponsor educational programs that promote responsible pet ownership, humane treatment of all animals, and the elimination of pet overpopulation;
To shelter cats in a healthy, cage free environment and to find compatible and responsible families for every cat;
To provide community outreach programs that improve the quality of life for cats and people;
To be a friend to all cats.

CCS is supported by a number of loyal members and contributors, without whom the shelter could not operate.  CCS receives no government funding.  In addition, CCS volunteers assist with many fundraising activities each year. For more information, visit http://www.catcaresociety.org.

Denver’s Cat Care Society is also found on these social media sites:

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/CatCareSociety

Facebook Tails of the Painted Cats Page: http://www.facebook.com/TailsofthePaintedCats

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CatCareSociety

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/catcaresociety


Maggie Chamberlin Holben, APR, Absolutely PR on behalf of the Cat Care Society – http://www.absolutelypr.com – 303-984-9801, maggie(at)absolutelypr(dot)com

HarmonyWishes Announces Call for Visual Art Submissions

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) February 13, 2014

HarmonyWishes,inc has announced a call for visual art submissions for photography, painting, sketching and multimedia submissions through March 15, 2014. The curated selections will be featured on the HarmonyWishes platform available for the artist to promote their work free of charge for one year.

HarmonyWishes, inc was launched in 2007 as an e-card company whose goal is to promote diversity, tolerance, and global awareness of customs, iconography and traditions throughout the world. The website has over 500 images, arranged in three galleries – Belief, Beauty and Being.

“When HarmonyWishes began we were using our own extensive portfolio of images, but in a short period of time we started getting inquiries from artists asking how they could participate,” explains Meg Matlach, owner. “We started encouraging artists to submit their work for consideration and were receiving diverse photographic images from a variety of countries. We developed the concept of accepting submissions while still staying true to our brand.”

“Each artist who is chosen has their website URL below the card as a link which allows for an artist to use the platform to promote themselves to the general public, as well as being used on a personal level to send event announcements, gallery openings, and general use free of charge for a year,” says Art Director, Michael Matlach. “We realize many outstanding artists don’t necessarily have the budget for promotion and this is a method to add to their marketing efforts to improve visibility. In addition, HarmonyWishes users can select the artist’s image to make a card which further extends the reach of the viewing public.”

For artists interesting in being considered, the HarmonyWishes site should be reviewed to get a sense of the focus and mission. There is a demo link on the home page which illustrates how a card is created. There is also a Submit Images tab which contains FAQ about the process. Up to 6 submissions per artist are welcome and should be sized at 1200 pixels on the long side, by 800 pixels, in jpeg format. The artists website URL should be included for review as well.

Submissions should be sent to: artdirector(at)harmonywishes(dot)com with Art Submission in the subject field. Entries will be accepted through March 15, 2014 and those selected will be notified by April 1, 2014.

About HarmonyWishes,inc

Founded in 2007, HarmonyWishes Art E-Cards mission is to provide an alternative way of communicating through a visually and intellectually stimulating choice of unique images that have a global perspective and foster spiritual diversity. In a world which is consistently bombarded by negative images and actions, HarmonyWishes provides a much needed visual sanctuary for personal reflection and communication using uplifting images, words, and music. Their galleries contain over 500 images, 250 quotes, and original music scores. More information can be found at HarmonyWishes,inc.

For The Press downloads of screen shots and sample cards are available here.

A demo of how to create a HarmonyWishes card can be found here.

HarmonyWishes also has a blog which focuses on global organizations, art, music, sustainability and a variety of cultural topics.

The company recently expanded into Fabric, Wallpaper and Gift Wrap which can be found at their storefront here.

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DNA-Based Dieting More Than Doubles Weight LossBalanceDiet Buckhead Announces Exclusive Genetic Fat Test to Develop Tailored Diet and Exercise Programs

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 10, 2014

Improved fitness is the most popular New Year’s resolution in America, but 25 percent of people fail to maintain the resolution past the first week (1) – which some attribute to people not realizing that there are several factors that influence weight loss, such as genetics (2). A revolutionary genetic fat test developed by Interleukin Genetics has proven that people on a genotype-appropriate diet had 2.5 times greater weight loss than the other study subjects. To help people better understand the approach that their body needs in order to flourish, BalanceDiet™ of Buckhead in Atlanta, GA, offers its clients this exclusive test to obtain personalized diet and fitness recommendations as part of their complete lifestyle program. The weight management system has been introduced at BalanceDiet Centers nationwide, as well as through the BalanceDiet At Home program.

The metabolic genetic test is supported by a clinical study conducted by Interleukin Genetics and Stanford University, which examined weight loss for women who were on a diet consistent with their genotype category versus another group who were on diets less suitable for their genetic pattern. In addition to increased weight loss, subjects lost an average of 13.2 pounds and 2.6 inches versus an average of only 4.6 pounds and 1.2 inches for those on a genotype-inappropriate diet (3).

Interleukin Genetics researchers pinpointed certain genes—specifically, several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)—that influence an individual’s genetic tendencies related to metabolism, fat absorption and storage, as well as responsiveness to various exercise intensities (4). The test consists of a simple, painless cheek swab sample and also includes a follow-up review and assessment with a trained BalanceDiet lifestyle expert.

Colleen Hawco, manager of BalanceDiet™ in Buckhead, says that the genetic test is used to tailor highly-effective programs that maximize clients’ weight loss and exercise benefits.

“Our genetic test for weight loss is an exclusive service that BalanceDiet provides to its clients and is one of our most effective programs,” said Hawco. “We have clients who are dissatisfied with the results from other programs, and are eager to pinpoint the exact avenue they need to follow in order to achieve sustainable results.”

According to Hawco, the genetic test determines the client’s diet and exercise identity, for which there are three options:

1.    Carb Reducers: Look for low and healthy carb options that are still enjoyable;

2.    Fat trimmers: Must monitor daily fat intake while still finding delicious and healthy options;

3.    Better Balancers: Achieve balance by finding low-calorie ways to still enjoy favorite foods.

Per Hawco, for many clients, the genetic test has been a critical first step to achieving their transformation goals and a vital part of their weight-loss plan. BalanceDiet’s program consists of individualized “road maps” combined with natural supplement products for each client, with specific objectives that teach what to eat, portion control education and time management to reduce stress.

BalanceDiet™ provides private, one-on-one coaching from highly-trained lifestyle experts, as well as individualized nutrition and wellness plans, in an encouraging and motivational environment.

Existing and new clients may register for the weight management genetic test at any BalanceDiet Centers nationwide.

For more details on BalanceDiet Buckhead and its services and products, visit http://www.balancedietbuckhead.com.

About BalanceDiet™:

For over 20 years, BalanceDiet has been helping clients meet and exceed their weight loss goals with its proven diet programs, award-winning product lines, and innovative client options such as their proprietary genetic test for weight loss. Known for personalized consulting and highly-effective weight loss plans, the company reflects a “balanced” approach to food, eating, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. BalanceDiet is a “celebration of food and healthy lifestyles” and maintains affiliations with wellness and fitness experts, promoting a total healthy lifestyle. BalanceDiet is a fast-growing wellness brand with more than 30 locations throughout the United States, in addition to the BalanceDiet At Home service offered directly to consumers. The company is expanding internationally and expects to have 40 ground-based operations by year-end, with additional franchise opportunities available. For more information on BalanceDiet, please visit http://www.balancedietbuckhead.com.

1.    “New Years Resolution Statistics.” Statisticbrain.com. N.p., 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 06 Feb. 2014. statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/.

2.    Miles, Kathleen. “‘Fat Genes’ Determine Obesity, UCLA Study Says, In Addition To Diet And Exercise.” Huffingtonpost.com. N.p., 10 Jan. 2013. Web. 10 Jan. 2014. huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/10/fat-genes-obesity-ucla-study-diet-exercise_n_2450108.html.

3.    Interleukin Genetics/Inherent Health. “Scientific Validation of the Weight Management Genetic Test.” inherenthealth.com/media/7119/clinical%20study.pdf.

4.    Interleukin Genetics/Inherent Health. “The Science Behind the Weight Management Genetic Test.” inherenthealth.com/media/4759/wm_scientific%20summary.pdf.

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HCBA Announces a Full Spring Season of Seminars for Homeowners

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 08, 2014

Spring topics and locations:

Vintage Masonry Repair Workshop

Presented by Mario Machnicki of Marion Restoration, this workshop will cover topics including: common masonry deterioration problems; identifying priority repairs; best practices for cleaning and re-pointing; and establishing a scope of work for rehab projects. With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Machnicki has been featured in This Old House and The Chicago Tribune.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 13, 6:30pm

Location (North): US Heritage, 3512 N Kostner Ave, 60641

Date/Time: Saturday, February 15, 11:30am

Location (South): Beverly Public Library, 1962 W 95th St, 60643

Bungalow Maintenance 101

Join Sustainability & Preservation Consultant Carla Bruni to learn about the materials used in Chicago Bungalows as well as maintenance issues often encountered. Learn how to improve the value of your home and prolong its life by reducing energy use, completing simple repairs, and gaining vocabulary to effectively talk to your contractor.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 20, 6:00pm

Location (South): Brainerd Public Library, 1350 W 89th St, 60620

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 19, 6:00pm

Location (North): Budlong Woods Public Library, 5630 N Lincoln Ave, 60659

Rain Ready: Basement Flooding

Wade through the basics of understanding your sewer with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) and the City of Chicago’s Department of Water Management. Join us for an overview of the combined sewer systems in the Chicago area and how they operate during rainstorms. Why do basements flood during heavy rains? What causes sewer backups? Most importantly, learn what you can do to help prevent sewer backups, and what the City and MWRD are doing to address these issues.

Date/Time: Monday, March 3, 6:30pm

Location (North): Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N Lincoln Ave, 60625

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 11, 6:00pm

Location (South): Mount Greenwood, 11010 S Kedzie Ave, 60655

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 18, 6:30pm

Location (South): Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S Halsted Ave, 60628

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 25, 6:00pm

Location (North): Jefferson Park Library, 5363 W Lawrence Ave, 60630

Rain Ready: Rain Barrel Installation Workshop

Join our hands-on workshop to see how to properly install a rain barrel in a bungalow backyard. See first-hand what materials you’ll need, how to disconnect your downspout and install your rain barrel, and how to use and maintain your rain barrel for all seasons. Please note this workshop is limited to 30 people.

Date/Time: Saturday, April 5, 10:00am

Location (South): South Side Bungalow, 1331 W 108th Pl, 60643

Date/Time: Saturday, April 26, 10:00am

Location (North): North Side Bungalow, 4100 W Argyle St, 60630

Simple Estate Planning

Join us to learn the basics about estate planning. Find out: What are your assets? Who are your heirs? How does your plan vary from others? How can you enact your plan? A highly qualified investment executive from MB Financial will be available to answer any questions you may have to simplify your estate plan or create one.

Date/Time: Monday, April 28, 6:00pm

Location (South): Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S Halsted St, 60628

Navigating Property Tax Appeals

This seminar will help you learn how to appeal your property taxes. Join Andrea A. Raila from Andrea A. Raila & Associates to learn: how to understand a property tax bill; if and when you should file a property tax appeal; persuasive evidence to win your case, “Do’s & Don’ts”; how to navigate the Assessor and Treasurer’s websites.

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 30, 6:30pm

Location (North): Rogers Park Public Library, 6907 N Clark St, 60626

Beyond the Box: Four Seasons of Planter Box Gardening

Presented by Jackie Riffice of Prairie Godmothers and Jo Stavig of Urban Prairie Planters, this seminar will show you how to transform ordinary containers into extraordinary planters. Learn more about finding and selecting affordable containers or window boxes and choosing plants for color, interest and longevity. Tips and techniques for planting, maintenance and green approaches will be highlighted.

Date/Time: Thursday, May 8, 6:30pm

Location (North): Portage Park Fieldhouse, 4100 N Long Ave, 60641

Date/Time: Monday, May 12, 6:30pm

Location (South): Beverly Public Library, 1962 W 95th St, 60643

Rain Ready: Planting a Rain Garden Part I (Seminar)

Join us at this seminar to learn the “Whys” and “Hows” of planting your first rain garden. Learn how rain gardens can deter basement flooding, how rain gardens can be done cheaply (and beautifully), and how to easily maintain your rain garden. Once you’ve learned the basics, join us the following week for a hands-on rain garden planting workshop in a bungalow backyard to see how it’s done!

Date/Time: Thursday, May 15, 6:30pm

Location (North): Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W Lunt Ave, 60645

Rain Ready: Planting a Rain Garden Part II (Workshop)

As a follow-up to Planting a Rain Garden Part I where you learned the basics of planting a rain garden, join us on-site for Part II. This will be a hands-on rain garden planting workshop in a bungalow backyard. This will allow you to take a closer look at making your own rain garden at home!

Date/Time: Thursday, May 22, 6:30pm

Location (North): Bungalow Backyard on North Side of Chicago – TBD

From Doors to Floors: Restoring Wood Interiors

Join Araceli Perez from Peter’s Wood Refinishing to learn basics on how to bring those wood interiors back to glory by refinishing your woodwork. The focus will be on how to prep your walls, floors, and doorways before stripping your woodwork; removing your trim versus stripping it onsite; and tips on how to strip and refinish your woodwork.

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 4, 6:00pm

Location (South): Avalon Park Public Library, 8148 S Stony Island Ave, 60617

Date/Time: Monday, June 9, 6:00pm

Location (North): Mayfair Public Library, 4400 W Lawrence Ave, 60630

Don’t Trash That Sash: Window Repair Workshop

Join Julie Liska of Liska Architects to learn about why you should love your original wood windows! Learn about materials, history, and restoration techniques for those double-sashed beauties. Julie will also shed light on some misconceptions about new windows and explain how repairing and restoring your sashes can save both energy and money.

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 18, 6:00pm

Location (South): Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S Halsted St, 60628

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 24, 6:30pm

Location (North): Portage Park Fieldhouse, 4100 N Long Ave, 60641

Limited space is available. RSVP is required to reserve a space. All seminars are free of charge and open to the public.

This schedule is subject to change.For the most up-to-date schedule, visit our Events Calendar at http://www.chicagobungalow.org/events-calendar.

For more information and questions regarding HCBA’s Spring 2014 Seminar Series, please contact Gillian Wiescher, Director of Communications, Historic Chicago Bungalow Association.

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Clinical Informatics News Announces Winners of its First Best Practices Awards Program

Miami, FL (PRWEB) February 06, 2014

Cambridge Healthtech Media Group’s Clinical Informatics News announced the winners of its first Best Practices Awards competition this morning in a plenary session at the 2014 Summit for Clinical Ops Executives (SCOPE) in Miami.

Grand prize winners were named in three clinical ops categories highlighting best practices in clinical intelligence, study startup and design, and managing patient data from Clinical Ink, Forte Research Systems, Mytrus, and Pfizer.

“We extend our sincere congratulations to the winners of this year’s Clinical Informatics News Best Practices Awards competition,” said Allison Proffitt, editor of Clinical Informatics News. “Our first year’s entries covered a range of areas and truly represented some of the best practices in the industry. Our judges had some tough decisions to make, and we believe that the contest has highlighted some truly innovative, game-changing tools and solutions. Our winners should be very proud that they have captured the imagination and respect of such a distinguished jury.”

The Clinical Informatics News Best Practices Awards program was established in 2013 by the editors of Clinical Informatics News to recognize clinical organizations for outstanding strategic innovation—partnerships, deployments, or collaborations that manifestly improve the clinical trial process.

The awards presentations were co-hosted by Naila Ganatra, General Manager at Barnett International, and Allison Proffitt, editorial director of Clinical Informatics News.

A panel of five invited expert judges joined the editors in reviewing detailed submissions from organizations ranging from large pharmaceutical companies to medical centers to clinical tools providers around the world, choosing best practices in three categories.

The grand prize trophies were presented to the following organizations within these categories:

Patient Data Management: Mytrus and Pfizer

Electronic Informed Consent and Direct Patient Data Collection Technology for At-Home Clinical Research.

Mytrus and Pfizer designed and executed the first complete Direct to Patient (D2P) clinical trial technology system for use in Pfizer’s REMOTE study for patients with OAB. The technology for this project (code‐named “Apollo”) included several innovative patient communication and learning tools that set a new standard for planning and executing clinical research in the patient’s home environment.

Study Startup and Design: Clinical Ink

Use of E-Source / Remote Monitoring by Isolated African Research Sites Dramatically

Improves Study Execution/Collaboration in Tuberculosis Vaccine Study

Panacea (an academic consortium among universities in Germany and the Netherlands acting as the Sponsor) received limited grant funding to test a promising tuberculosis vaccine and selected 7 sites in Tanzania and South Africa based on the high number of TB cases in the local area. However, these sites have limited connectivity and experience conducting clinical trials according to the strict regulatory requirements of the FDA/EMA. In particular, Panacea was concerned about the ability to ensure that source documents are maintained, clinical data is monitored/reviewed regularly to ensure appropriate oversight, and to confirm that sites are complying with the protocol and GCPs. Panacea and Triclinium (a South African CRO) selected the Clinical Ink SureSource platform to enable the African sites to capture source data electronically and permit the European medical institutions to review/monitor source documents/data remotely. Notably, the SureSource platform utilizes tablet PCs with intuitive electronic forms that mimic paper in terms of usability, but which incorporate sophisticated real-time data validations and can be used completely offline; some sites even take the tablet PCs with them to subject homes or off-site locations to collect data. Both the documents and data are uploaded and available for monitors to review remotely via the SureSource portal by the CRO in South Africa as well as the academic consortium in Europe.

Clinical Data Intelligence: Forte Research Systems

Research Resonance Network

Recognizing the challenges of getting a handle on historic site performance, a group of research institutions, referred to as “Onsemble” and consisting of the nation’s top research centers such as the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation and the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, collaborated to create a standards-based approach for tracking site metrics. Over 7 years, the institutions discussed best practices and established a common data set and a corresponding set of tools for gathering the data. This suite of tools, hosted by Forte Research Systems, is called the Research Resonance Network, which brings together a collaborative community of research sites who are committed to the pursuit of excellence in clinical research operations.

Criteria and Judging

Awards finalists and winners were selected for their innovative use of clinical technologies including informatics, information technology, and knowledge management on a project or organizational level to achieve significantly improved results in clinical operations, clinical trial planning, or patient service. The judges rated entries on several criteria, including innovation, importance, return on investment and likely industry impact, seeking stories that spotlighted the practical and positive deployment of novel technologies in academic, medical or commercial organizations. For further information on Clinical Informatics News’ Best Practices Awards, please email aproffitt (at) healthtech (dot) com.

The 2014 Best Practices Awards were organized by Clinical Informatics News editor Allison Proffitt and staff reporter Aaron Krol. Joining the editors in judging the entries was a distinguished panel of experts:

    Stephen Fogelson, Develotron
    Naila Ganatra, Barnett International
    Beth Harper, Clinical Performance Partners, Inc.
    Joseph Kim, Shire
    Phillips Kuhl, Cambridge Healthtech Institute

The 2015 Clinical Informatics News Best Practices competition will begin soliciting entries in August 2014. Contact: Allison Proffitt: aproffitt (at) healthtech (dot) com, 617-233-8280.

About Clinical Informatics News (http://www.ClinicalInformaticsNews.com)

Cambridge Healthtech Media Group’s Clinical Informatics News reports on innovative technologies from clinical trials to medical informatics. Technology continues to permeate all aspects of clinical trials and the patient experience, and the tools to support these efforts are maturing rapidly. ClinicalInformaticsNews.com and the Clinical

Informatics News email newsletter provide authoritative news, views, and insights on the vast landscape of innovation between clinical trial management and delivery of care.

About Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI) (http://www.chicorporate.com)

Founded in 1992, Cambridge Healthtech Institute (http://www.chicorporate.com) is the preeminent life science network for leading researchers and business experts from top pharmaceutical, biotech, academic, and niche service provider organizations. CHI’s integrated life science portfolio of products and services includes Cambridge Healthtech Institute Conferences, Pharmaceutical Strategy Series, Barnett International, Cambridge Healthtech Associates, Insight Pharma Reports, Marketing Services, Meeting Planners, and Cambridge Healthtech Media Group, which includes several eNewsletters, Bio-IT World.com, as well as Lead Generation Programs.



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