The Harley Medical Group Sees Steady Increase In Breast Reduction Procedures

The Harley Medical Group reports that it has seen a steady increase in breast reduction procedures in the UK. With breast surgery still top of the ops in the cosmetic surgery field, wanting to appear slimmer is an increasingly common motivator for women having breast reductions. A smaller looking frame helps towards the perception of an individual looking slimmer.

Lisa Littlehales, Specialist Nurse Councillor at The Harley Medical Group said: “We are seeing an increase in the current female generation opting for breast reductions. The average dress size for women these days is a 16 and many women have at least a size D bust. By decreasing chest size it helps women to look and feel thinner and also helps them in their quest to get fit and lose weight. Large breasts can cause back and neck troubles and also restricts women when trying to exercise – oversized and heavy breasts can be a huge inconvenience on women’s lives.”

Katherine Richards, breast reduction case study at The Harley Medical Group commented: “I suffered from terrible back and neck problems due to the sheer weight of my size H breasts. It was awful because a real passion of mine was running but I would have to wear two extra supportive sports bras and would often feel embarrassed when going to the gym. Since having surgery a weight has literally been lifted – I am now a manageable D-cup which makes running much more comfortable. I also have the confidence to wear a bikini on the beach which I could never ever do before.”

Breast reduction surgery usually takes three hours to complete, depending on the size of the breasts. The operation is carried out under general anaesthetic, and patients stay in hospital for one to two nights. Breast reduction patients are required to wear a supportive bra for up to three months following surgery to keep the breasts well supported whilst healing takes place and ensure the best possible results.

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American Academy Of Pediatrics Want Limits Place On Alcohol Ads

In an effort to help curtail drug abuse and alcohol consumption among minors, the American Academy of Pediatrics is launching a campaign to change the way advertisements are allowed to be displayed and distributed.

“It’s clear that advertising is the most effective means of communicating a message,” begins a spokesperson for Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center. “And, the American Academy of Pediatrics is fighting fire with fire, which is exactly what is needed. When advertisers elevate alcohol or other substances not appropriate for minors to a level of glamour, or they imply that there is no fun without the use of such substances, it entices minors to try those products. We know that alcohol abuse is the number one substance abused and is one of the greatest problems in America which results in addiction treatment. Studies have shown that the younger a child is when they experiment with alcohol, the more likely they are to continue that experimentation into illegal, more lethal and highly addictive drugs. Alcohol is recognized to be one of the number one gateways to greater substance abuse. Enacting stricter regulations for advertisers could go a long way in changing the face of alcohol experimentation and abuse among minors.”

It is estimated that advertising may contribute up to 30% in the use of alcohol and tobacco and is especially effective on minors. A recently published study showed that mascots commonly used in alcohol ads were nearly 75% as readily identifiable as Bugs Bunny among fourth graders.

Among the hot points within their campaign, the American Academy of Pediatrics seeks to limit advertisement for alcohol when the audience is made up of more than 10% children. In addition, they are also requesting that the White House Office on Drug Control Policy conduct anti-teen drinking public service campaigns. They are also urging parents to become more involved in what media their children are exposed to and limit unsupervised media use.

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Free Laparoscopic Surgery for Poor Patients by World Laparoscopy Hospital

This Hospital, “WORLD LAPAROSCOPY HOSPITAL” is situated in Gurgaon at Haryana near Delhi. Managing Director – Dr. R.K. Mishra one of the renowned laparoscopic surgeons of India and Prominent Citizen Delhi with the effort of World Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons has decided to perform free laparoscopic surgery for poor and needy.

World Laparoscopy Hospital is the first hospital in the whole World who has taken decision to perform all the laparoscopic surgery for poor people completely free of cost. Only the cost of medicine will be taken from the patient. World Laparoscopy Hospital is at present, 50 bed hospital with all facilities. Because this hospital is only dedicated for laparoscopic surgery and the patient need to stay in hospital only for one day so even this 50 bed only for laparoscopy is biggest bed strength dedicated for laparoscopy by any hospital in Asia.

“We are being treated with laparoscopy by the doctors here. It is being done free. In other hospitals treatment costs rupees 40,000. They ask for 3,500 rupees only for medicine. I could not work on my daily ways laborious job and hard work due to gallbladder stone earlier but now I can do” said Pritpal Singh, Patient.

Patients belonging to the below poverty line category will be treated by laparoscopic surgery now free of cost and others can avail the treatment at nominal price here at World Laparoscopy Hospital. At World Laparoscopy Hospital, financial assistance is provided to the patients living below poverty line, who are suffering from major life threatening diseases to receive laparoscopic treatment who could not receive their treatment at Govt. hospitals. The financial assistance to such patients is released in the form of ‘one time grant’ to the Medical Superintendent of the hospital in which the treatment is being received by World Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons. Number of applications received and no. of patients to whom dree surgery have been provided under the above schemes during the last five years are now more than 950. And many hundreds has already been registered for other few month.

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Brazil’s Biopharmaceutical Sector Contributes to Economic Growth, Expands Access to Healthcare

Global Health Progress (GHP) released a new report that reveals how the biopharmaceutical sector in Brazil, the tenth largest biopharmaceutical market in the world and the largest in Latin America, is an important driver for its economy. For instance, Brazil’s biopharmaceutical sector develops high-quality, highly skilled jobs, which is a key factor in creating a stable economy. Currently, approximately 821 biotechnology companies in Brazil employ almost 100,000 people with an average annual salary of approximately US $4,457. Among those companies, six biopharmaceutical companies were featured in a 2003 list of the top 100 companies to work for in Brazil.

Not only does the biopharmaceutical sector produce valuable job opportunities for highly skilled workers, this emerging market plays a critical role in fostering public-private partnerships, which leads to more economic growth and greater access to healthcare for its citizens.

Investment in research and development (R&D) and promoting innovation are key ways the Brazilian government is helping drive future growth of the country’s biopharmaceutical sector. For instance, R&D investments in Brazil have increased to 1.5% of GDP in 2010 and there are more than 205 highly trained physicians per 100,000 of the population serving as investigators for clinical studies.

“In Brazil, promoting innovation is a public policy priority,” stated Rafael Oliva, Advisor to the Presidency at the Brazilian Development Bank. “The participation of the Brazilian government in research and development (R&D) is considerable, and the goal is to both increase innovative activities in Brazil on a systematic basis, and to consolidate the country’s culture of innovation.” GHP fact sheet shows how Brazil’s investment in research and development (R&D) will create positive effects throughout the economy, including improving access to healthcare for its citizens through the production of new medicines. The growing field of clinical trials is also a significant factor in improving access to healthcare. Brazil’s large population of 190 million people, with 8 out of every 10 residents living in or near a city, means clinical trial recruitment and participation is fairly robust.

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Drug And Alcohol Treatment Is Not Only For The Rich And Famous

According to, drug and alcohol treatment options affect people across all walks of life. Although some people may associate addictions with the rich and famous, the reality is that this problem is not biased when it comes to selecting its victims. And because of that some groups of individuals have a harder time than others in finding a drug or alcohol treatment center that is right for them. works to connect those in need with a top quality drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that is also affordable. Affordability is often the missing piece of the puzzle when an individual decides to seek help for a drug or alcohol problem.

September, 2010 – The public benefit service provides an online directory of centers that offer drug and alcohol treatment. The website also offers resources, a self-assessment and lots of helpful information that friends and family members as well as those addicted are likely to find useful when making decisions about drug or alcohol treatment center options. When addiction strikes most families feel helpless. Learning more about addictions is one way to feel more empowered during this difficult time. The free materials provided at combine to create a comprehensive alcohol and addiction resource.

Celeb gossip magazines and TV shows that follow celebrities can sometimes give the impression that it is only the rich and famous that have problems with drugs and alcohol. The focus is often on the pressures faced by these individuals due to their fame and the accompanying lifestyle. Paris Hilton being in possession of cocaine and Lindsey Lohan reportedly being addicted to methamphetamine have been recent headlines. While these problems cannot be minimized just because the individuals involved are rich and famous, it does need to be pointed out that being rich has lots of benefits, even when it comes to an addiction.

The stories often neglect to mention the advantages that these individuals have over the ‘typical’ person dealing with an addiction. The rich and famous do not have to be concerned with the cost of the care at any drug or alcohol rehabilitation center they may choose to go to. This is a huge advantage, and it is one that has not gone unnoticed by

Financial concerns are sometimes why individuals do not seek the help they need. But that does not have to be the case. is not directly affiliated with any drug or alcohol treatment center. This means that the website truly exists as a public benefit service. It is designed to help all people suffering with an addiction, whether they have money or not. provides the largest and most comprehensive directory of treatment centers available. With this directory listing it is a simple process to find a drug and alcohol treatment facility that meets the needs of any individual. The basic listings give general information with contact details. From there more information can be gathered.

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Drug Treatments Made Available To Those Who Need It Regardless Of Social Or Financial Status offers an innovative approach to connecting addicts with quality centers that can provide the drug treatments needed. This is not dependent upon sources of income or whether or not the individual has insurance. has the resources available to unite virtually any drug addict with a suitable drug treatment center, all without any difficulty whatsoever.

This is made possible because works as a sort of conduit to facilitate the process. This public benefit service provides a platform in the form of a massive online directory in which drug rehab facilities can list their drug treatment center. In this way individuals that need help can find drug rehab facilities in their chosen area. The basic listing includes enough information to determine if the center is an option or not. More information can be gathered if there is an interest in the facility and the search can eventually be narrowed down until the ideal center is found.

Besides offering a simple but extensive directory the website at also provides resources and other useful information that can assist in guiding individuals at a time when they are likely feeling stressed and out of sorts. This includes information about addiction intervention and how to handle that difficult and uncomfortable situation.

It is often a family member of the addict that seeks help for an addiction and this can be a tremendous burden. Having reliable information available can make the process easier. The site is an ideal place to gather information about specific addictions, various drug treatments, or even how to determine if an addiction intervention is necessary. The site also offers a confidential online assessment that can help determine an individual’s specific needs.

Because this online public benefit service is inherently discreet it is the perfect way to explore drug treatment options. The anonymity afforded by the use of the computer makes many people feel free to gather more information than they would using other methods. This in turn can result in more people getting the help they need sooner. continues to add resources and information at the site, making it easier for more people to educate themselves and get the help they need.

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Non-corneal Tonometry Glaucoma Eye Test Independent of Central Corneal Thickness (CCT) and Biometric Properties Featured at ESCRS, Paris France

Unique non-corneal Tonometer Diaton, which allows to measure intraocular pressure (IOP) through the eyelid and sclera, unlike others that obtain IOP through cornea was featured at The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons ESCRS meeting in Paris, France.

Unique non-corneal Tonometer Diaton, which allows to measure intraocular pressure (IOP) through the eyelid and sclera, unlike others that obtain IOP through cornea was featured at The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons ESCRS.

Diaton tonometry is a unique approach of measuring intraocular pressure without touching the surface of the eye, takes tonometry reading over the upper eyelid and over the sclera. This revolutionary tonometry method allows physicians to obtain intraocular pressure without influence of central corneal thickness (CCT) and other known and unknown biometric properties and parameters of the cornea.

Unlike Goldmann tonometry which is based on the Imbert–Fick law and is effected by CCT and other corneal parameters and corneal diseases, where small area of the membrane is flattened to measure pressure of the internal fluid. Evidence shows that variations in CCT may greatly influence Goldmann tonometry reading. Parameters such as membrane elasticity, rigidity and other biomechanical properties can influence the accuracy of the intraocular pressure readings.

Diaton tonometry solves most of the corneal issues by implementing Newton ‘s Second Law and a Ballistic principle to obtain IOP. Readings with Diaton Tonometer are taken over the upper eyelid, at the tarsus and over the sclera, not the cornea.

Recent clinical study “Comparison of Accuracy of Diaton Transpalpebral Tonometer Versus Goldmann Applanation Tonometer, Dynamic Contour Tonometer and Ocular Response Analyzer “ concluded: “Transpalpebral Tonometry is an accurate method of IOP measurement that is also independent from the biomechanical characteristics of cornea. It can be recommended for IOP measurements of patients diagnosed with glaucoma including those cases where cornea pathology or cornea characteristics have been altered”.

BiCOM Inc. ( New York , USA ) covers the full scope of customer service, which involves client training, follow ups, hotline support, sales support, etc. To get more information on the device or to make a purchase, visit the official website –, or call BiCOM at the toll free number 1-877-diatons (877-342-8667).

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Smile South Florida Cosmetic Dentist Selected for the Ultimate Makeover Team

In the spirit of ABC’s Extreme Makeovers and Fox’s the Swan, there is a new standard:The Ultimate Makeover. Those shows have made extreme aesthetic transformations popular nationwide, but the new program offers a twist. In the Ultimate Makeover Program, Florida’s best doctors and health practitioners go beyond changing people’s looks to transforming their lives. The Ultimate Team will help the less fortunate through community activism and fundraising corporate partnerships as well as through cosmetic procedures.

Nottingham Consulting Group sponsored a research investigation to discover South Florida’s top health practitioners. Each practitioner was selected by an independent panel using Ten Criteria. y qualifying and certifying the team, the community panel ensured that each practitioner meets a high standard of trust and professional ability.

The Ten Criteria are:

  • Years of experience
  • High quality education
  • Good standing in the community
  • Industry accolades and leadership
  • History of published works
  • Client testimonials
  • Tradition of community service
  • Praise from colleagues
  • A high degree of professionalism
  • Marketing

Each year the Ultimate Makeover Team will perform a makeover for a deserving member or members of the community at no cost to the participant. The makeover may include cosmetic dentistry, plastic surgery, laser eye surgery, and personal training. Makeover recipients will be chosen from local charities and the community.

The Ultimate Makeover Project raises money for a charity every year. The charity for 2010 is Women In Distress, the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Florida’s Broward County.

Charles Nottingham, D.D.S., F.A.G.D. was selected for The Ultimate Makeover Team because of his professional recognitions, quality of work, patient support, and community service. He has been hailed by da Vinci Studios, ABC’s Extreme Makeover Dental Lab, as “Florida’s Extreme Makeover Dentist.” Dr. Nottingham has received advanced training from the Pankey Institute and is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry.

About Smile South Florida Cosmetic Dentistry

The cosmetic dentists at Smile South Florida Cosmetic Dentistry have offices in Broward County and West Palm Beach and provide Boca Raton Dentistry, FortLauderdale Dentistry and Miami Dentistry. They specialize in dental aesthetics including porcelain veneers, dental implants, extreme makeovers, Invisalign, and sedation dentistry.

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New England Drug Rehab Offers Supports To Individuals Who Aren’t Previous Clients

History has shown that in times of economic crisis, individuals’ problems with drugs and alcohol skyrockets. As such, there is a growing need for therapeutic support of these individuals.

As economic times toughen, the response to stress for those at-risk tends to be the use of a substance that distorts their current reality. Relapses from past alcohol and/or drug abuse during these times are always at an all-time high compared to times of economic growth.

A New England addiction treatment facility has expanded its Drug Relapse Program to help individuals to maintain their sobriety during these difficult times.

“Our commitment has always been to help individuals live a sober-free life, regardless of what his or her previous addiction treatment associations are,” begins a spokesperson for Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center in Canaan , Connecticut . “To that end, our Drug Relapse Program has expanded, offering treatment options for those who feel that they are at a risk of succumbing to the use of alcohol and/or drugs. We’ve found that during this time many recovering addicts and alcoholics need additional support and guidance to help solidify the core principles that they have utilized thus far in their journey to recovery. Our Drug Relapse Program participants range from those with 90 days of sobriety to upwards of 5 years of sobriety. The individuals who have longer times of sobriety are proof that addiction is, literally, achievable and is a lifelong struggle; it is one that we are committed to helping people achieve.”

Statistics show that 2/3 of all relapses for addiction are likely to occur within the first 90 days, without respect to the particular addiction. The first 90 days of sobriety are among the toughest as the physical withdrawals are still present and manifest themselves in poor memory and concentration or as an increased response to stress, all of which can cause a sudden relapse.

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Removing Intellectual Property Rights Will Only Worsen Africa’s Healthcare Crisis

In recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal, Alec van Gelder, Project Director at the International Policy Network wrote that strong intellectual property rights are critical to strengthening Africa’s health care system. He criticized statements by the Head of the World Health Organization Essential Medicines Program, Hans Hogerzeil. Hoberzeil wrote that “Big Pharma” and intellectual property rights are preventing the world’s poorest countries from receiving access to healthcare. Contradicting these assertions, van Gelder pointed out that the region’s lack of health infrastructure and the diversion of aid money are the real culprits behind the crisis.

“Drug companies do make easy targets but that doesn’t make them villains,” said van Gelder, “The life-saving treatments they create remain Africa’s best hope. The misguided battle against pharmaceutical companies’ patent rights will only make Africa’s health crisis worse.”

van Gelder notes that the growing field of public-private partnerships have resulted in a twelve-fold increase in patients receiving treatment over the last decade and have created a program of voluntary patent licenses for lower-cost “generics” manufacturers. Furthermore, fewer than 5% of WHO’s 423 Essential Medicines are currently protected by patents and these are mostly advanced “second-line” anti-AIDS medicines.

Global Health Progress (GHP) is actively supporting public-private partnerships to help address the need for access to medicines. Strong patent protection and intellectual property rights are critical components of these efforts to treat the public health challenges that the world’s poorest countries face. As van Gelder aptly points out, “Trampling over intellectual property rights removes drug companies’ incentives to invest billions of dollars in the development of the next generation” of much-needed and sought after drugs.

Rather, GHP supports the continued development of public-private partnerships, research and development and protection for intellectual property rights. These policies ensure that developing countries continue to have drugs available at reasonable costs, that pharmaceutical companies continue to embrace innovations and that all organizations can work together to improve healthcare infrastructure worldwide.

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Narconon Reunites Families During Recovery Month

(Los Angeles, CA) – Every Friday night Narconon drug rehabilitation centers throughout the country hold graduation ceremonies celebrating the accomplishments of clients as they progress through their treatment. Each graduation ends off with a special acknowledgement for those who have completed the full Narconon® program, giving them a chance to share their successes as well as reuniting them with their families.

For the graduates themselves, it marks the end of a difficult time in their lives that they are now leaving in the past with confidence and determination that they will finally be free from the grips of addiction. The mixture of excitement and a bit of nervousness about the future they will now be creating can be tough for someone to comprehend without having lived through it. However, the shame, guilt and regret are all now gone and replaced with relief and an eagerness to live.

As one graduate puts it, “I feel brand new, like a kid again. I have a whole new outlook on life that is filled with happiness and ambition, and I can’t thank my family enough for helping me get to Narconon.”

For family members, it is a moment of hope, pride and joy. It’s impossible not to cry when you see in parents’ eyes that they finally have their son or daughter back, or when young children run up to their mommy or daddy to hug and kiss them sober for the first time in years. Words can’t really describe the feeling.

“This is why we’re here,” remarks a Narconon staff member at a recent graduation.“It never gets old seeing that,” he says, trying to hold back the teardrops that welled up in his eyes from rolling down his cheeks. But, with hardly a dry eye in the room, it’s nearly impossible to do.

Three more graduation ceremonies like this will happen at dozens of Narconon centers in the United States and around the world during the rest of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. They will continue to happen every Friday after that, just as they have for decades prior to this particular evening. To learn more about Narconon please see this video

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Narconon Addresses Need For Drug-Free Rehabilitation

Los Angeles, CA – It doesn’t take much searching on the Internet to find stories about the devastation being caused by prescription drug addiction today. According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) there are about 6.2 million Americans who are current non-medical users of prescription drugs, many of whom are addicted.

The above statistic shows that despite any medicinal value, many drugs today have a high potential for abuse and all of them have additional side effects. So, when addicts turn to a treatment center for help, prescribing more drugs to them can be detrimental to their recovery. This is one of the reasons why the Narconon program is drug-free.

The program was founded in 1966 by a former heroin addict named William Benitez and has not used any type of drug replacement therapy since its inception. Based on research and developments by the late American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, Narconon incorporates other therapies to help ease withdrawal symptoms, removed stored toxins from the body and rebuild natural health.

Narconon has a recovery rate of more than 70% that has been well documented and its results have fueled worldwide growth to now include over 140 groups and centers in more than 40 countries.

“We have found that more and more people are searching for alternative programs that do not subscribe to the disease concept or give more drugs to addicts,” comments Narconon International Executive Sue Birkenshaw, “An increasing number of individuals and family members want to be able to put addictive substances behind them forever, and that is what Narconon offers.”

With National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month just around the corner in September, this message resonates with many people who have regained control over their lives through Narconon after trying programs that used various types of replacement drugs and pharmacotherapies. Drug-free programs are becoming more mainstream in the light of the prescription drug epidemic our country faces. To learn more about Narconon please see this video

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Narconon Joins Recovery Month Celebrations

(Los Angeles, CA) – Now in it’s 21st year, the theme for this year’s National Recovery Month is “Now More than Ever,” and Narconon centers coast to coast are gearing up for the annual celebration along with other treatment programs and recovery advocates across America.

The Narconon drug rehabilitation and education program was founded more than four decades ago and now has at least 16 residential and outpatient treatment facilities in the United States and Canada alone, with dozens more worldwide. Again this year thousands of Narconon staff members, program participants, alumni, family members and supporters will continue their observance of Recovery Month with its recurring theme that permanent recovery from addiction is not only possible, but happens every day in its centers.

Past events have included community sponsorships and anniversary celebrations, educational presentations, radio shows talking about recovery, public service announcements for print and broadcast media and even a live webcast of a graduation ceremony.

One of the topics this year has been the devastation caused by the skyrocketing prescription drug addiction problems throughout America. From painkillers to tranquilizers and amphetamines, the latest surge in substance abuse has opened the eyes of millions of people. Showing that dependency and addiction can affect anyone, including unsuspecting patients taking such medications.

Narconon programs are one of the few programs in the country that does not prescribe more drugs to addicts seeking treatment, and it’s drug-free rehabilitation approach achieves a success rate of better than 70%. The program was was founded by William Benitez and is based on the research and developments of the late American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. To learn more about Narconon please see this video

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Narconon Arrowhead Works With Community For Recovery Month

(Canadian, OK) – Narconon Arrowhead believes that their role in fighting the drug problem is more than just effective rehabilitation services. They also provide drug education and prevention as well as work with other community leaders to improve living conditions in the area.

Recently they participated in an effort to revive an old theater nearby with the Pride in McAlester group, where several staff members assisted in cleaning it up the OKLA Theater along with people from Westwood Construction, Hope House and Interior Resources. It was just one of many community events the organization has participated in this year.

In addition to providing drug prevention for tens of thousands of students throughout the state of Oklahoma and surrounding areas, Narconon Arrowhead has also been working with local businesses to offer drug education in the workplace, and was named the business of the month for the McAlester Area Chamber of Commerce.

A manager at a local plant that received a workplace seminar reported, “Our staff has learned so much more than we may have anticipated learning or had already known about the affects of substance and alcohol use both in and out of the workplace. We have learned to recognize key factors and circumstances that drive people to substance abuse and why people continue of this path of destruction…I recommend the training that Narconon provides to area businesses as a means to strengthen their organizations.”

Additional community involvement continues throughout National Recovery month and heading into Red Ribbon Week in October, where Narconon Arrowhead is one of the active members in the “Take Back McAlester” campaign, culminating in a 10K run that supports the arts and humanities. Positive activities such as these help reduce substance abuse among youth and adults and those with the Narconon program believe they are essential to the enrichment of a community.

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Over-The-Counter Cough Syrup Abuse On The Rise, Tighter Regulations Considered

Over the past six years, hospitals have seen a nearly fifty percent increase in cough syrup related visits. Dextromethorphan , a common ingredient found in over the counter cough syrups, is being held responsible for those visits.

As a result of the increased abuse, the FDA is considering legislation to regulate the access and distribution of such medicines containing Dextromethorphan, a step which is causing many leading drug manufacturers much angst.

“When we hear of statistics regarding abuse of easily accessible medications, we’re certainly concerned,” remarks a spokesperson for Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center . “And the reason for our concern isn’t just because of the particular substance being abused. There’s a far greater concern for what the abuse of such a medication can lead to. For example, marijuana has always been considered a gateway drug; that is, a drug that opens the door to the use and abuse of more dangerous, illicit drugs. There is the fear that something as easily accessible as a cough syrup could lead to the same result: a move towards drugs that will produce a greater sense of euphoria and cause harm. Many times young adults will think that if this cough medicine makes them feel a little high, imagine what narcotics or heroin will make them feel like, and thus begins the cycle of abuse. Here we have a medication that most households all over America have in their medicine cabinets: a simple cough medicine. It’s disheartening that individuals can find ways to abuse even the most common substances and turn them into something dangerous and, potentially, life-threatening.”

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Canadian Pharmacy Intermediary Save Rx Canada Upgrades Online Shopping System the premier Canadian pharmacy intermediary since 2004, announced an upgrade to its full online shopping system. has been at the forefront of connecting consumers to affordableCanada drugs though its unique network of licensed Canada pharmacies and International online pharmacies. has upgraded a number of features on its website ( to allow for better ease-of-use including an improved shopping cart, search tools, enhanced security with full digital encryption, and better customer service tools.

These improvements allow patients to securely order their medications online in a safe and easy way. Patients will also be able to create their own account without the need to print any documents, allowing orders to be processed and shipped faster.

The site also suggests how customers can adjust order size to maximize further savings. The improved shopping cart is also enhanced by exceptional customer service features. Customers can call toll-free or access a ‘live chat’ feature and have questions answered in real time by a ‘virtual’ customer service advisor.

Sizewise Launches First-of-its-Kind Automated Chair-to-Stretcher Device for Safe Patient Handling and Hospital Transport

Sizewise, a growing and diversified medical equipment manufacturer, today announced the newest in its Shuttle Series of products — the industry’s most advanced and secure means for mobilizing patients in a hospital setting. The Shuttle A Seriesâ„¢ is built on the strength and design of its predecessor The Shuttle B Series, which serves as a bariatric transport device.

“We’ve dominated the market with the Shuttle B Series, the only product of its kind to support up to 1,000 lbs, and now we’re pleased to deliver on the demand we’ve heard to create the same Shuttle for more average-sized patients,” said Trever Frickey, chief operating officer at Sizewise.

The Shuttle A Series is the ultimate transitional medical device designed for use in rehabilitation, examination and transportation. The Sizewise Shuttle Series of products are designed to help caregivers with safe patient handling so both the patient and healthcare professional do not suffer costly or life-threatening injuries.

“The Shuttle A Series transforms with the touch of a button from stretcher to chair position and is perfect for use with a lateral transfer device to assist with ambulating a patient,” said Frickey. “The seat assist function is complete with ambulation poles for the safety and confidence of the patient and caregiver.”

Uniquely, the Shuttle A Series has a tilt and recline function, along with an escalating height up or down. The seat has a three-layer foam insert for further comfort and weight distribution and leg supports elevate independently with retractable foot rests. The Shuttle A Series supports a weight capacity of 650 lbs and is the third in a line of Shuttle products – The Shuttle B Series™ and B Series LTC™ (a more economical model) are designed for the bariatric patient up to 1,000 lbs.

With an optional Power Drive, The Shuttle A Series can safely navigate smooth floors, thick carpet and uneven terrain in both the chair and stretcher position. With the ease of a feather-touch hand control, caregivers can propel patients at variable speeds up ramps and over door jambs. A unique center wheel design allows for easy maneuvering.

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‘Drugging the Undruggable’ Symposium Highlights Advances in Treating Cancer, Diabetes and Other Major Diseases

Scientists from government, industry, and academia presenting at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society released a new report highlighting advances in creating the next generation of medicines for treating cancer, diabetes, and other major diseases. The report, which was featured during the special symposium, “Drugging the Undruggable,” summarized progress in drug development for diseases that were once considered “untouchable.” These treatments specifically targeted conditions where previous efforts to develop a drug therapyhad failed.

However, after decades of a seemingly impossible search, scientists appear to be making a breakthrough in the area of drug development to treat cancers and other diseases. As Science Daily noted in their coverage of the report and symposium, scientists have identified “stapled peptides,” a new family of potential drugs capable of blocking a key protein that’s involved in the development of cancer.

Global Health Progress (GHP) supports symposium presenters’ statements regarding the importance of these type of drug developments. For instance, Gregory Verdine, a chemical biologist at Harvard University, explained:

“The entire pharmaceutical industry has been working on drug-design platforms that focus on this little sliver of human drug targets and this limits the drug arsenal available to doctors. What’s required is an entirely new class of drugs that overcome the shortcomings of drugs of the past.” Innovative research and development (R&D) of new drugs is critical in improving overall healthcare, combating epidemics and fighting diseases. Drug development is just one way research-based biopharmaceutical companies serve as active partners in some of the largest and boldest health initiatives that explore new and effective ways to provide treatment, care and education to millions of people both domestically and internationally.

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The Harley Medical Group Report Surge In Liposuction Procedures

The Harley Medical Group has reported thousands of enquiries for liposuction over the last month as a wave of what is termed ‘beach envy’ – jealousy of other women’s bodies – hit holidaymakers.

The rise has been driven largely by 30-plus women, with clinic staff reporting patient feedback that suggests Victoria Beckham has the most coveted star stomach. Abdominoplasty surgery enquiries are also up 32% over the last two months with some patients even taking their summer holidays as ‘surgery breaks’, using the time off to recover before returning to work rejuvenated.

Liz Dale, Director of The Harley Medical Group said: “You can get liposuction on various areas of the body, not just the stomach area. It can be used to target problem areas such as the hips, buttocks, inner and outer thighs, knees and double chins.

“Many of our patients come back from a holiday with a resolution to make a change to their life. With pictures of celebrities soaking up the sun in bikinis hitting the newspapers every day, British women are being spurred into taking action.”

Liposuction is performed under a general anaesthetic and takes one to two hours. A very small incision is used to insert the cannula to extract the fat and sometimes this is closed with a stitch or dissolvable suture. Following the operation, patients are required to rest for 48 hours and avoid bending and heavy lifting. Patients must wear a support garment until advised otherwise by their consultant.

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President Barack Obama Declares September as National Alcohol And Addiction Recovery Month

On August 31, 2010, the addiction field got a shot in the arm from United States President Barack Obama when he declared September as National Alcohol and Addiction Recovery Month.

In his declaration, President Obama vowed to increase access to treatment and recovery programs in the US through the enacting of new health care laws that not only make addiction treatment programs accessible, but also affordable.

“When a public figure such as the President of the United States calls attention to the drug addiction problem facing not only the United States , but the world as well, there is renewed hope within the addiction treatment field,” begins a spokesperson for Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center. “Keeping America ‘s drug problem in the forefront of our minds is the only way that we are going to meet this challenge and combat the problem. Americans can’t become complacent and think that this problem doesn’t affect their lives, because it does – in ways that most just don’t realize. Complacency brings our guard down, makes us more vulnerable and, in turn, we don’t feel the urgency to broach tough subjects like drug abuse with our children. We must have those tough conversations if we wish to win the war on drugs.”

Recent studies have shown that teenagers whose parents talk to them on a regular basis about the dangers of drug use are 42 percent less likely to use drugs than those whose parents don’t.

The compassionate, caring treatment team at Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center is committed to helping families break the cycle of addiction through their various program offerings including the very important family wellness program. Mountainside will assist families with securing a professional intervention. Mountainside’s comprehensive team is comprised of licensed and certified counselors and social workers as well as an on-staff Nurse Practitioner and a Registered Nurse, both of whom have specializations and extensive experience in drug addiction and alcohol treatment. For clients who may have psychiatric issues and/or a dual diagnosis, Mountainside provides the services of a Psychiatrist who also has specialization in addictions. As a result of their unique, innovative approaches to addiction treatment over the past 12 years, Mountainside has become the model for the addiction treatment field.

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