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Holidaymakers Look for Peace of Mind and Value in 2011, Reports Thomas Cook

2011-01-06
Research carried out for the world's favourite travel company, Thomas Cook* has shown that, however they book, the British holidaymaker now considers the need to book with a trusted name in travel equally as important as getting value for money for their holidays. Manny Fontenla-Novoa, Group CEO of Thomas Cook Group plc said, "The effect of recent bad weather and events from earlier in 2010, like the volcanic ash cloud, have really demonstrated the importance of booking with a company who can take care of its customers, whatever the situation. A company like ours looks ...

Central California's Posh Puppy Boutique Teams with Disney to Give Dogs and Their Owners a Chance to be Spoiled

Central Californias Posh Puppy Boutique Teams with Disney to Give Dogs and Their Owners a Chance to be Spoiled
2011-01-06
The Posh Puppy Boutique, a leading online boutique featuring clothing and accessories for dogs of all breeds and sizes, has teamed up with Disney in a special promotion for the upcoming DVD release Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2. A simple entry process at http://sweepstakes.poshpuppyboutique.com could bring anything from a Funjet Vacations Beverly Hills getaway for four to a "Posh Puppy Pack" from The Posh Puppy Boutique, their exclusive vendors and business associates The Posh Puppy Boutique's association with Disney came from their being selected as a supplier of clothing, ...

JabberJaw Mobile Offers Cricket Phones and Cricket Wireless Internet to Recession Victims; Pay-As-You-Go Pricing Helps Ease Financial Worries of Unemployed and Struggling Americans

2011-01-06
As the nation finds itself in the grip of a prolonged recession, many Americans are finding they have to cut back on products and services they once took for granted. Unemployment rates remain high around the country, forcing many people to recalculate what they're willing to spend for essentials like food, shelter and transportation. But another essential service in our modern world also has to be addressed - communication. Cell phone and Internet service have become increasingly necessary to function in everyday life. If that sounds hard to believe, imagine trying ...

Complex Landscape of Federal and Missouri Tax Credits, Along With Looming Changes, Made Easier to Navigate by Tax Credit Experts Lisart Capital, LLC.

2011-01-06
If you want to rehab a historic building, there are a few must haves for your team. One good example would be a historic preservation consultant, someone who can help qualify buildings for the National Register of Historic Places and make sure the rehab meets historic standards. And what about valuable tax credits, who can assist you with those? That's where a tax credit syndicator comes in, someone like Art Weiss of Lisart Capital, LLC. Tax credit syndicators buy credits from developers and banks and sell them to high net worth individuals and others with big tax bills ...

Travel Company Launches Top Secret UFO Tour

2011-01-06
Get ready for a close encounter of the atomic kind. Alpventures Southwest UFO Discovery Tour includes a visit to Trinity Site, where the world's first nuclear bomb was tested on July 16, 1945. The all-inclusive two-week tour in April and October 2011 will cover the history of UFOs in the American Southwest, while visiting significant locations connected to the phenomenon. Tony Cisneros, Owner of Alpventures Top Secret Tours says, "UFO sightings have virtually become a daily occurrence. We are heading toward a global UFO event - I think we can all feel it is coming." ...

AT&T-Branded Wireless Speaker Line Licensed by Beare USA

2011-01-06
Beare USA announced today at CES that it will design, manufacture, and distribute a line of wireless speaker products under the AT&T brand name. Beare USA, a premiere electronics designer with offices in Hong Kong and the U.S., is bringing new AT&T-branded wireless audio products to major retailers throughout the United States and Canada, through a licensing agreement with AT&T Intellectual Property. The lineup will include wireless speaker models that offer innovative features like: 15 watts of power; modern lighting controls; and the ability to be used in a shower ...

Can bedding plants thrive with recycled water?

2011-01-04
EL PASO, TX – To conserve dwindling water resources, municipalities are encouraging the use of "recycled water", municipal wastewater that has been extensively treated and deemed safe to reuse for irrigation and other purposes. Using recycled water can be cost-effective and helps conserve the potable supply. In areas of the U.S. where production of bedding plants means income and jobs, commercial growers are looking for ways to use reclaimed or recycled water for irrigation, but using recycled water does not come without challenges. The water can contain high levels of ...

Even healthy cats act sick when their routine is disrupted

2011-01-04
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A cat regularly vomiting hairballs or refusing to eat probably isn't being finicky or otherwise "cat-like," despite what conventional wisdom might say. There is a good chance that the cat is acting sick because of the stress caused by changes in its environment, new research suggests. Healthy cats were just as likely as chronically ill cats to refuse food, vomit frequently and leave waste outside their litter box in response to changes in their routine, according to the Ohio State University study. Veterinary clinicians refer to these acts as sickness ...

PET scans provide insight into fever-induced epilepsy in children

2011-01-04
Reston, Va. (January 3, 2011) — Sudden, catastrophic childhood epilepsy is a parent's worst nightmare, especially in the case of fever-induced refractory epileptic encephalopathy in school-age children (FIRES). While not much is known about the condition, new research published in the January issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine shows that positron emission tomography (PET) scans can offer an evaluation of cognitive dysfunction of FIRES, its evolution and further prognosis. FIRES, a recently named condition, occurs in previously healthy children who, after a brief ...

Resurrecting the so-called 'depression gene'

2011-01-04
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — University of Michigan Health System researchers have found new evidence that our genes help determine our susceptibility to depression. Their findings, published online today in the Archives of General Psychiatry, challenge a 2009 study that called the genetic link into question and add new support to earlier research hailed as a medical breakthrough. In the summer of 2003, scientists announced they had discovered a connection between a gene that regulates the neurotransmitter serotonin and an individual's ability to rebound from serious emotional ...

Authorities often aware of previous incidents of victimization among children and adolescents

2011-01-04
DURHAM, N.H. – Almost half of U.S. youth who experience violence, abuse or crime have had at least one of their victimizations known to school, police or medical authorities, according to new research from the University of New Hampshire Crimes against Children Research Center. The research is reported in the January issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Childhood/adolescent abuse is frequently described as a hidden problem, and victimization studies regularly have shown that much abuse goes undisclosed," according ...

Risk of breast cancer recurrence may depend on treating surgeon

2011-01-04
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), or non-invasive breast cancer, is typically treated with either breast-conserving surgery—with or without follow-up radiation—or mastectomy. The treatment choice depends on clinical factors, the treating surgeon, and patient preferences. Long-term health outcomes (disease-free survival) depend on the treatments received. According to a study published January 3 in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute , however, health outcomes also are associated with the treating surgeon. To determine the comparative effectiveness of treatment ...

Clostridium bacteria infecting increasing numbers of hospitalized children

2011-01-04
Hospitalized children in the United States are more frequently becoming infected with the bacteria Clostridium difficile, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the May print issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. C. difficile can colonize the gastrointestinal tract and lead to infection, according to background information in the article. While some infected patients have no symptoms, others develop diarrhea, toxic megacolon (extreme inflammation and distention of the large intestine), perforated ...

Child and youth victimization less hidden from authorities

2011-01-04
Almost half of U.S. youth who experience violence, abuse or crime have had at least one of their victimizations known to school, police or medical authorities, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Childhood/adolescent abuse is frequently described as a hidden problem, and victimization studies regularly have shown that much abuse goes undisclosed," the authors write as background information in the article. "The hidden nature of childhood victimization has multiple sources. Clearly, ...

Adopting healthy habits in youth associated with more favorable cholesterol levels in adulthood

2011-01-04
Lifestyle changes between childhood and adulthood appear associated with whether an individual will maintain, improve or develop high-risk cholesterol levels, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Over the past 25 years, several studies have assessed whether cholesterol and triglyceride levels in youth carry through to adulthood, according to background information in the article. "Although these studies found that youth levels correlate well with adult levels, they have shown that ...

Education programs could increase parent-child interactions in at-risk families

2011-01-04
Parent education programs delivered through pediatric primary care offices appeared to increase parent-child interactions during infancy in at-risk families, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. A second report in the same issue finds one of the programs also appeared to be associated with reduced exposure to TV and other media in infants. "Children growing up in poverty fall behind their middle-class peers in development from the time they say their first words, usually shortly ...

Women with both diabetes and depression at higher risk of dying from heart disease, other causes

2011-01-04
Depression and diabetes appear to be associated with a significantly increased risk of death from heart disease and risk of death from all causes over a six-year period for women, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Depression affects close to 15 million U.S. adults each year and more than 23.5 million U.S. adults have diabetes, according to background information in the article. Symptoms of depression affect between one-fifth and one-fourth of patients with diabetes, nearly twice as many as ...

Brain imaging studies examine how anti-smoking medications may curb cravings

2011-01-04
Editor's Note: Please see the articles for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, financial disclosures, funding and support, etc. To contact corresponding author Arthur L. Brody, M.D., call Mark Wheeler at 310-794-2265 or e-mail mwheeler@mednet.ucla.edu. To contact Teresa Franklin, Ph.D., call Kim Menard at 215-662-6183 or e-mail kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu. For More Information: Contact the JAMA/Archives Media Relations Department at 312-464-JAMA or email: mediarelations@jama-archives.org. END ...

Call for truth in trans fats labeling by the FDA

2011-01-04
Did you know that when you pick up a product promoted as trans fat free, you may still be ingesting a significant amount of this potentially harmful substance? An article by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine student Eric Brandt, published in the January/February 2011 issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion, reveals that misleading labeling practices can result in medically significant intake of harmful trans fat, despite what you read on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved labels. Indeed, consumers' inability to identify high-risk foods ...

Research demonstrates that education programs can increase parent-child interactions

2011-01-04
New York, NY (January 3, 2010) --- Parent education programs delivered through pediatric primary care offices increased parent-child play and reading activities critical for child development and school readiness during infancy in at-risk families, according to two concurrent reports in the January issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Research has shown that children growing up in poverty fall behind their middle-class peers in development – even before their first birthday," says Alan L. Mendelsohn, MD, a developmental-behavioral ...

US soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder more likely to feel long-term psychological effect

2011-01-04
Combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms appear to be associated with longer-term physical (headache, tinnitus), emotional (irritability) and cognitive (diminished concentration or memory) symptoms, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Conversely, concussion/mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) do not appear to have long-term negative effects on troops. "Nearly 2 million troops have been deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom since 2001," the ...

With proper planning, selective rather than mass vaccination can provide immunity against flu

With proper planning, selective rather than mass vaccination can provide immunity against flu
2011-01-04
Jerusalem, January 3. 2011 – With the current outbreak of the flu season in Israel, hospitals are reporting overcrowding, and doctors are advising people who have not yet been vaccinated against flu to get their shots. Surprisingly, however, three physicists -- one from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and two others from the University of Michigan – have developed an unconventional, theoretical strategy for intensive but limited vaccination against infectious diseases (such as flu) that would replace the practice of mass inoculation over a prolonged period. The ...

Eating low-fat, thanks to lupin proteins

Eating low-fat, thanks to lupin proteins
2011-01-04
In emerging countries such as China or Brazil, meat consumption is rising dramatically. Indeed, worldwide consumption of red meat has quadrupled since 1961. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) expects increasing prosperity to lead to a doubling of global meat production by the year 2050. The question is whether our planet, with its limited farmland resources, will still be able to meet all of our needs into the future. Possible solutions for the brewing dilemma are familiar to Dr.-Ing. Peter Eisner of the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering ...

Impregnating plastics with carbon dioxide

Impregnating plastics with carbon dioxide
2011-01-04
CO2 is more than just a waste product. In fact, it has a variety of uses: the chemical industry makes use of this colorless gas to produce urea, methanol and salicylic acid. Urea is a fertilizer, methanol is a fuel additive, and salicylic acid is an ingredient in aspirin. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT in Oberhausen are pursuing a new idea by testing how carbon dioxide can be used to impregnate plastics. At a temperature of 30.1 degrees Celsius and a pressure of 73.8 bar, CO2 goes into a supercritical state ...

A toast to history: 500 years of wine-drinking cups mark social shifts in ancient Greece

A toast to history: 500 years of wine-drinking cups mark social shifts in ancient Greece
2011-01-04
VIDEO: University of Cincinnati researcher Kathleen Lynch, associate professor of classics, examines a time line of wine-drinking cups in ancient Athens. Changes in these cups, which were used in symposia (think... Click here for more information. How commonly used items – like wine drinking cups – change through time can tell us a lot about those times, according to University of Cincinnati research to be presented Jan. 7 by Kathleen Lynch, UC associate professor of classics, ...
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