The scorpions are immersed in 100% rice wine in special glass bottles and then they are sealed and stored in a cellar for five years... The wines, containing substances necessary for the human body, are high quality tonics. Regularly drinking appropriate quantities of the wines can moisturize your skin, improve your appetite, and strengthen your bones, tendons and muscles. They are used to treat general fatigue, hair loss, migraine headaches, rheumatism, and neurasthenia. The tonic wines do not cause dryness syndrome, such as constipation, thirst, dryness of the throat and nose. People of all ages and both sexes, including pregnant women, can drink them in four seasons.
The scorpions are immersed in 100% rice wine in special glass bottles and then they are sealed and stored in a cellar for five years... The wines, containing substances necessary for the human body, are high quality tonics. Regularly drinking appropriate quantities of the wines can moisturize your skin, improve your appetite, and strengthen your bones, tendons and muscles. They are used to treat general fatigue, hair loss, migraine headaches, rheumatism, and neurasthenia. The tonic wines do not cause dryness syndrome, such as constipation, thirst, dryness of the throat and nose. People of all ages and both sexes, including pregnant women, can drink them in four seasons. *******www.asiansnakewine****/
INTENSIVE LIPITOR THERAPY CUTS THE RISK OF HOSPITALIZATIONS DUE TO HEART FAILURE IN PATIENTS WITH CORONARY HEART DISEASE, NEW ANALYSIS SHOWS
Patients with coronary heart disease who took LipitorÂ® (atorvastatin calcium) 80 mg Tablets reduced the risk of hospitalizations due to heart failure compared with those patients taking the 10 mg dose of Lipitor. Lipitor 80 mg significantly reduced the risk of hospitalizations due to heart failure for patients with heart disease by 26 percent. For those with a history of heart failure, Lipitor 80 mg significantly reduced the risk by 41 percent. This new analysis of a subset of patients from the five-year TNT (Treating to New Targets) study was published in the journal Circulation.
The estimated total cost of heart failure in 2007 in the United States is $33.2 billion ($30.2 billion direct and $3 billion indirect costs). For more information visit www.lipitor****.
Finally revealed. How to make water disappear. A trick even a five years old kid can do. Have fun with this trick. You don't want to miss it.
"Are You Experienced? DVJ's Bowflexx and Vapocrunch Can Help..."
-exclaims the Big Bend Gazette
For about five years VaPoCRunCH and BowFLexX have been sporting a multimedia event that defies categorizing. It is a rave, a multimedia extravaganza, and a performance wrapped into one night in the wide open desert of southwest Texas near Big Bend National Park. Video is harvested and put on a conveyor to the imagination where it turns into another creature to be enjoyed by those dancing to the best electronica west of the Pecos.
It is a must if you happen to be in the Terlingua Ghostown on March 3 9 PM. VaPoCRuCH + BowFlexX live at the Starlight Theatre.
Electronica for the dancefloor - Video Projection for your Imagination
See you there....CRunCH + FlexX
Six U.S. Organizations Receive National Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards, Ten Honored for Best Practices
Successful organizations know that taking care of their employees is not only the right thing to do; it also makes good business sense. Some U.S. employers are already demonstrating that investing in employee health and well being leads to business success. The American Psychological Association APA recognized six organizations El Nuevo Dia Puerto Rico, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Vermont, Healthwise Idaho, Koinonia Homes Ohio, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (Nevada) and YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network New York for their workplace practices that promote employee health and well being and enhance organizational performance. These companies were presented with the 2007 National Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award PHWA at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 3.
Combined, these six organizations report an average turnover rate of just 14 percent that trounces the national average of 40 percent as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, surveys completed by the winning organizations show that only 19 percent of employees report high levels of work stress compared to 33 percent nationally.
The cost of stress to employers is huge, says Russ Newman, PhD, JD, APA executive director for professional practice. Employers spend an estimated 300 billion dollars a year on stress-related absenteeism, turnover, lowered productivity, and direct medical, legal and insurance costs.
Winners also report cost savings from their workplace practices, such as a 6.7 percent reduction in health care costs for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and a 61 percent reduction in workers compensation claims since 2004 for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. YAI/NIPDs workplace practices have allowed the agency to negotiate low premiums with health plans, and costs associated with on the job injuries have dropped by $500,000 over the past five years.
National PHWA winners are often the employer of choice in their communities. Healthwise receives 125 to 150 applications for every job opening, giving the company an advantage in selecting the very best employees from a large pool of talent. Eighty four percent or more of Koinonia employees say the company provides opportunities to learn new skills, gives constructive performance feedback, and encourages teamwork and employee participation in goal setting. And when it comes to job satisfaction, El Nuevo Dia boasts an overall employee satisfaction rate of almost 90 percent.
The link between employee health and well-being and organizational performance is clear, says Newman. Employers who embrace that connection are better able to develop a high performing workforce that serves as a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Psychologically healthy workplace practices fall into five categories: employee involvement; health and safety; employee growth and development; work life balance; and employee recognition. Employee participation in decision making, skills training and leadership development, flexible work arrangements, and programs promoting healthy lifestyle and behavior choices are just a few of the qualities that define a psychologically healthy workplace.
In addition to the National PHWA winners, ten organizations received Best Practices Honors for an innovative program or policy that contributes to a psychologically healthy work environment. The honorees are Community School Virginia, DuBois Regional Medical Center Pennsylvania, El Nuevo Dia Puerto Rico, the Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland Maryland, the Houston Texans NFL Franchise Texas, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Nevada, Next Level Cafe Minnesota, OMNI Youth Services Illinois, Stratix Corporation Georgia, and Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center Hawaii.
OPENS SUMMER 2008
Cirque du Soleil and Luxor today announced a new show featuring Criss Angel, directed by Cirque du Soleil, set to open Summer 2008 at Luxor Resort and Casino.
Always on the lookout for the next artistic challenge, Cirque du Soleil is working with Criss to fuse his revolutionary illusions and mind-blowing artistry with acrobatics, dance, puppetry, music and poetry to tell a story, taking audiences on a bizarre and fascinating journey.
Reinventing the traditional magic show has been a long standing desire of Guy Laliberte, Guide and Founder of Cirque du Soleil. Five years of extensive research and development were spent exploring the world of magic and how to redefine the experience.
The crucial element, a young, edgy and talented artist and mystifier, was found in Criss Angel. With his incredibly unique creativity, Criss is now working with the experienced team of Cirque du Soleil creators led by Director Serge Denoncourt to bring this dream to life.
Since he was six years old, Criss Angel has immersed himself in a multitude of art forms, from performance artist to mystifier and provocateur. Since then, a relentless work ethic combined with talent, skill and vision has made Criss one of the most provocative artists of our day. From creator, producer and performer in his television series, specials and live shows, Criss has redefined the term artist for the 21st Century.
Ive spent 15 years creating and evolving a concept that the world of entertainment has never seen, said Criss Angel. Now, I'm thrilled to be working with Cirque du Soleil and Felix Rappaport and his amazing team here at the Luxor to create an experience that goes beyond even my wildest expectations. I am confident that this collaboration will culminate in what is destined to become one of the most exciting shows Las Vegas has ever seen and redefine magic in the same way Cirque du Soleil has redefined the circus.
Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, said, This production represents a new, distinctive type of creation for Cirque du Soleil. We believe there is a market for an unconventional magic show with production values audiences have come to expect from Cirque du Soleil.
Gilles Ste Croix, Senior Vice President of Creative Content at Cirque du Soleil said Cirque du Soleil has always worked with an acrobatic foundation for each of our shows; with The Beatles LOVE we were privileged enough to have The Beatles music as our center; with this project magic will be at the core. We are excited to combine our years of research and creative expertise in the areas of staging, lighting, sound design, projections, costume and make p design with Criss Angels one of a kind experience as a creator and performer of illusion, special effects and magic.
Felix Rappaport, President and COO of Luxor Resort and Casino, said, This partnership represents a new era for Luxor. Cirque du Soleil and Criss Angel will bring a distinctive element to the property. We are thrilled Luxor is the place their creativity will come together.
Cirque du Soleil is world renowned for its distinct brand of theatrical entertainment. Since its founding in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has thrilled over 50 million spectators in more than 130 cities on five continents. In Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil has a privileged partnership with MGM MIRAGE to create and present unique and innovative productions. The production at Luxor will be the sixth Cirque du Soleil show at an MGM MIRAGE property, joining Mystee, O, ZUMANITY, KAand The Beatles LOVE. For more information, visit the Cirque du Soleil website at www.cirquedusoleil****.
Criss Angel is one of the most remarkable talents of our time and his fan base continues to grow. He had the highest advance tickets sales during his fourteen month 600 performance off broadway run of Criss Angel MINDFREAK which he created, produced, directed and starred in. Criss Angel MINDFREAK the television show is currently on schedule to film its 70th episode in its unprecedented third season shot exclusively at The Luxor Hotel and Casino. Prominent publishing house, Harper Collins will be releasing Criss highly anticipated first book, Criss Angel MINDFREAK: Secret Revelations in April 2007. Criss has been named 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008 Magician of the Year, making him the first five time and back to back recipient ever to be awarded these most prestigious accolades. Criss was also unanimously selected as the recipient of the 22nd Louie Award for outstanding achievement in the art of magic. Recently, Criss has added acting to his long and distinguished resume, guest starring in an episode of the critically acclaimed CSI:NY. More information on Criss can be found at www.crissangel****.
Providing a striking visual on the Las Vegas Strip, the 30 story Luxor Resort & Casino is an architectural wonder boasting the world's largest atrium, measuring 29 million cubic feet. This 4,408 room resort features a wide variety of entertainment, award winning restaurants and state-of-the-art gaming. Luxor offers the provocative adult revue, FANTASY, and the hilarious comedy of Carrot Top. The property also includes 20,000 square feet of convention space, a spa and wedding chapel and is connected to Mandalay Bay through Mandalay Place a collection of 41 unique boutiques and restaurants. Luxor is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM MIRAGE. For more information and reservations, visit the web site at www.luxor****, or call toll free at (800) 288-1000.
Report Stresses Need for Better Patient, Doctor and Food Service Staff Education
A new report on fatalities from food induced anaphylaxis, which follows up an earlier study, suggests that little progress has been made in effectively preventing and treating food allergy reactions over the past five years. The findings support, alarmingly, earlier statistics showing that adolescents and young adults are at highest risk for fatalities. The need for more education on the part of the medical community and patients, more attention focused on reading labels and avoiding allergens, and the importance of carrying and using epinephrine are some of the major areas which need to be improved.
The report, which appears in the April 2007 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology JACI looks at 31 individuals who died as a result of their food allergies. This report follows up one from 2001 in which 32 food induced fatalities were examined.
These statistics are disturbing, says Anne Munoz Furlong, Founder and CEO of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network FAAN, because they show we are not making the progress we hoped to in preventing food allergy related deaths or in protecting teens, the highest at risk group for fatal reactions. It is going to take more awareness and action to make a difference.
The foods primarily responsible continue to be peanuts and tree nuts, such as walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts, but also include milk and shrimp. The most common food sources were restaurant or food service items with hidden allergens 46% and packaged food with undeclared allergens 27%. Desserts, particularly cookies and bakery items, and Chinese food such as egg rolls caused a significant number of the reactions. In 13% of cases, the food items were homemade. In addition, every individual, for whom there was information, had asthma.
Most of the individuals were not carrying their self-injectable epinephrine, and some had never been prescribed this life saving drug. A June 2006 study entitled Risk Taking and Coping Strategies of Food Allergic Adolescents and Young Adults, also published in JACI, showed that adolescents often don't carry their epinephrine self injectors because they are self conscious about carrying something that makes them look different from their friends.
The solution starts with better education of medical professionals at all levels. Physicians need to do a better job of diagnosing patients and providing adequate evaluation. They also need to redouble their efforts to emphasize the importance of allergen avoidance and carrying epinephrine at all times, reports the study co-author Allan Bock, M.D., an allergist in Colorado.
After five years, the situation for Cuban Americans has not changed much. Under the Clinton Administration and with the collaboration of the U.S. media, the situation has gotten worse, as the Elian Gonzalez affair demonstrates.
But there is a new generation of Cuban Americans born and educated in the U.S. Through their families, they are fully aware of the realities of life in Cuba. This new generation is aware of the misinformation and deceptive ways of the U.S. media reports on their parents' homeland.
Triggered by the injustices committed by the Clinton administration against Elian and his U.S. relatives, this new generation became politically active and determined to fight for the same ideals as their ancestors - to bring back justice, freedom and democracy to Cuba as a tribute to their parents. One of them says, "I'd like to fight for my father." And they are taking the torch.
Five years ago, an automaker would have to completely design, engineer and build a car all in the same country. Now, plants, assembly lines, design studios and engineering studios are all computerized, making it possible to design a car in Korea and have it engineered in the U.S. Advancements in technology have interconnected economies around the world- the effect being better prices on consumer good, especially cars.
At this year's New York Auto Show, General Motors is showing off three mini concept cars collaborated from their design studios in ten different countries. The network of studios they have is far more powerful than if they were working individually. If a design team in Brazil comes up with a great idea, all the other design teams, be it Australia or Germany can all see it in virtual reality and can share their feedback.
With a thousand designers around the world living the local customs, culture and driving conditions, General Motors and Chevrolet is opening the final design decision up to their consumers to chose which of the three vehicles debuting at the New York Auto show they'd like to see built.
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Dual-dose device provides back-up medication for severe allergic reactions
Verus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the availability of its enhanced Twinject epinephrine auto-injector for anaphylaxis. Twinject is the only auto-injector with two doses of epinephrine in a single, compact device.
"Verus is committed to providing innovative solutions for anaphylaxis patients and their caregivers," said Robert W. Keith, President and Chief Operating Officer of Verus. "The enhanced Twinject is one of several line extensions and next generation products we have in our current anaphylaxis pipeline and we are pleased to bring this easier to train and simpler to use product to market in the U.S."
Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction triggered by exposure to one or more various antigens, including foods, insect stings, drugs, and latex products. Up to 43 million people in the U.S. alone are at risk for anaphylactic episodes, and underlying incidence rates are expected to continue increasing in future years. Up to eight percent of children have food allergies, and sensitivities to peanuts and tree nuts among children have doubled in the past five years.
The film documents the making of a five-year-old's imaginative story of Pancakeland, a kingdom where they eat breakfast at every meal. The story was brought to life by The PARAGRAPH Project and Lulu****. Proceeds from the book will benefit child literacy programs.
Natural personal care products are hardly a fleeting trend.
According to a new survey sponsored by Burts Bees and conducted by TSC, a division of Yankelovich, more consumers are aware of the natural ingredients that go into personal care products than they were five years ago. A large percent of those surveyed, actually 60 percent, also thought the government or industry regulates natural personal care products and almost 100 percent thought they should.
With the growing awareness of potentially harmful ingredients in personal care products, more are turning to natural products. Natural personal care company Burts Bees says they have the responsibility to help consumers fully understand what natural products are and what they arent for the good of their well being and for the good of the environment. To do so, Burts Bees wants to set a natural standard encouraging other companies to join and together adopt one natural standard.
For more information on this initiative and natural products visit, www.burtsbees****
I traveled 500 kms up the Amazon River to see if this village was still surviving on solar power after five years....and that cat at the end only has a few toes left because it likes to fish for piranha.
Part 1: This two part video is made from a interview and Cindie Travis who was passing through while traveling around the world on a bicycle. Photos and video were added to go along with the conversation. Cindie is asked, "Where did you begin your bike trip? She describes (with a map) the last five years of our around the world bicycle tour. Then she is asked, "How all this continuous travel has changed you? Do you ride all the time or take breaks and about bad weather? Cindie's "I can" description has always made this video a favorite.
The Memorial Day weekend kicks off the beginning of summer days of fun, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it also kicks off the deadliest driving season of the year.
On average, 269 more people die in traffic fatalities each month during the summer than in any other season of the year. Of the 25 deadliest days on American roads over the past five years, 20 of them fell during the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Even more troubling is the fact that motor vehicle crashes are now the leading cause of death for 15-to-20-year-olds in America, with more than 7,000 teens killed annually in vehicle accidents. NHTSA also reports that one in five 16-year-old drivers are involved in collisions during their first year of driving.
To help minimize the number of accidents involving teens, Ford Motor Company is working to help teens become better drivers by turning to the Web. Ford is now offering safe driving tips in video format on popular Web sites like www.youtube****, www.yahoo****, in addition to Ford's interactive teen safe driving Web site, www.drivingskillsforlife****. New tips will be posted each week through early June.
The short video spots provide a variety of driving tips for teens and adults delivered by professional instructors from Ford's Driving Skills for Life program. The videos show teens what to do if passenger-side wheels leave the roadway, how to recover in a skid, how to sit properly for safe driving, how to anticipate danger, and when it's important to slow down.
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