Utah Man Receives Patent for Roof Device that is Safer and Provides for Energy Savings

American Fork, UT (PRWEB) December 15, 2011

Most people don’t bother to look up at their roof except to hang their Christmas lights. However, if a piece of roofing material ever hit you in the face or snow and ice crashed down on your head, you might look up a little more often. Terry Anderson, President of TRA-MAGE in American Fork, Utah, is making it easier to ignore your roof! His creative thinking has resulted in two patents that offer innovative ways to solve safety issues while also saving the homeowner money.

Folks who live in warm climates and want to save on energy costs benefit from his latest product known as a Ridge Riser

UCSF’s Prusiner Receives President’s National Medal of Science

San Francisco, CA (Vocus) October 15, 2010

UCSF Nobel laureate Stanley B. Prusiner, MD, UCSF professor of neurology and director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, today (Oct. 15, 2010) was named to receive the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honor for science and technology.

Prusiner was among 10 recipients named by President Barack Obama. In addition, three individuals and one team were named as recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. All of the awardees will receive their medals at a White House ceremony later this year.

The National Medal of Science honors individuals in a variety of fields for pioneering scientific research that has led to a better understanding of the world, as well as to the innovations and technologies that give the United States its global economic edge. It is administered by the National Science Foundation, established by Congress in 1959.

Prusiner received the medal for his discovery of and ongoing research on a novel infectious agent, which he named the prion (PREE-on). The prion, composed solely of protein, causes bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or “mad cow” disease, and other related fatal neurodegenerative diseases in animals and humans. Prusiner and colleagues are working on better methods for detecting prions and on the development of effective treatments for prion diseases.

In 1997, Prusiner won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery.

In recent years, Prusiner has intensified his focus on developing preventions and cures for the neurodegenerative diseases that include the prion diseases as well as the more common disorders, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, at the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND), involving faculty at six University of California campuses. He considers Alzheimer’s disease one of the most devastating and underfunded illnesses affecting society, and is advocating strongly for a substantial increase in federal funding for research.

”Alzheimer’s disease afflicts 5.3 million people in America,” said Prusiner. “Each year, about 500,000 people die with cancer and about the same number die with Alzheimer’s. Yet, Alzheimer’s research receives only $ 450 million annually from the National Institutes of Health, about 1/15th that’s devoted to cancer research. We urgently need to increase funding to make substantial breakthroughs.”

Pioneering Prion Research

Noting Prusiner’s ”vision, perseverance and courage in the face of skeptics as he pioneered prion research two decades ago,” UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, called him an ”inspiration to us all.”

”His revelations regarding prions have dramatically impacted scientists’ understanding not only of prion diseases, but also of the more common neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,” she said. ”He represents the best in translational science — driving basic research toward therapies for patients.”

Prusiner’s discovery that a protein alone could be infectious was considered heretical when he reported it in 1982. At the time, scientists believed that infections could only be transmitted by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, all which have genomes composed of either DNA or RNA. Protein is composed of amino acids.

Prusiner determined that a normal form of prion protein exists in all mammals, including humans, and that the protein becomes lethal when it acquires an aberrant shape in brain cells. He showed that a particular segment of the normal prion protein loses its corkscrew-shape structure (known as an alpha helix) and flattens into so-called beta sheets. Once it does, the beta sheet form latches on to a neighboring prion protein, twisting its normal spiral tendrils flat. This activity occurs throughout the brain in a domino effect. The damaged proteins ultimately cause death of nerve cells in the brain.

His research has informed scientists’ understanding that all neurodegenerative diseases — including Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementias, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Huntington’s disease — involve the accumulation of proteins that have lost their normal shape. Each disease is caused by a different protein, but research on the abnormal prion protein has fueled scientists’ understanding of a prion-like phenomenon in each of the diseases.

”The work of Dr. Prusiner has led to more knowledge about prion diseases than any other form of neurodegeneration,” said Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD, UCSF executive vice chancellor and provost. ”But, as importantly, these discoveries have forged a new understanding of neurodegenerative disease processes that will lead to new treatments for devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.”

The awarding of the National Medal of Science ”is a fitting recognition of Dr. Prusiner’s visionary work, and a great honor for UCSF,” said Sam Hawgood, MBBS, dean of the School of Medicine and vice chancellor of medical affairs. ”He exemplifies UCSF’s commitment to excel in biomedical research and bring discoveries to patients.”

Advancing Neurosciences Research

Today, at age 68, Prusiner is a key force behind UCSF’s development of a neuroscience building that will gather under one roof clinicians, clinician-researchers and basic scientists to accelerate advances against such disorders as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, migraine, epilepsy, autism, mental retardation and cerebral palsy. The building is a milestone in the evolution of UCSF’s world-class neuroscience enterprise.

”This culminates a 10-year dream,” said Prusiner. ”This building will bring together some of the best scientists in the world to work on these common diseases of the brain. The opportunity for major progress is tremendous.”

The research space provided by the neuroscience building and the space in the adjacent Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Hall neuroscience building at UCSF Mission Bay will together constitute ”more than 400,000 square feet dedicated to studying these extremely complex, challenging diseases,” Prusiner said. ”UCSF Mission Bay will be one of the biggest neuroscience complexes in the world.”

The need for such intensive focus is crucial, he said. ”The last three decades have seen unprecedented advances in our understanding of the molecular, genetic and cellular basis of neurodegenerative diseases. We have a fundamental understanding of the proteins underlying such devastating illnesses as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, frontotemporal dementias, ALS and prion diseases, and are moving in on the development of targeted drug therapies.

”But we have strides yet to make. No effective treatments have been introduced for any neurodegenerative disease since L-dopa was introduced for Parkinson’s disease in 1967. And even that drug, while effective in treating symptoms until the brain becomes resistant, does not stop the progression of the underlying neurodegeneration.”

Prusiner is the fourth UCSF scientist to be awarded the National Medal of Science. Herbert Boyer, PhD, professor emeritus of biochemistry, received the award in 1990 for co-co-pioneering the development of recombinant DNA technology, and pioneering the use of the technology to create medically useful drugs. The seminal breakthrough led to the birth of biotechnology.

J. Michael Bishop, MD, a chancellor emeritus of UCSF and professor of microbiology and immunology, received the award in 2003 for his co-discovery of proto-oncogenes — normal genes that can be converted to cancer genes by genetic damage. Harold Varmus, MD, who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Bishop in 1989, received the medal in 2001. Their work eventually led to the recognition that all cancer probably arises from damage to normal genes, and provided new strategies for the detection and treatment of cancer.

Along with Prusiner, one other University of California scientist was named today as 2010 National Medal of Science laureate: Marye Anne Fox, of the University of California, San Diego.

UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.

Related links:

White House news release on 2010 National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation


UCSF Neuroscience Building to drive advances against brain diseases


Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases


Science magazine

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Carolina Regional Cancer Center Receives Affiliate Membership Of The National Surgical Adjuvant Breast And Bowel Project (Nsabp)

Myrtle Beach, SC (PRWEB) September 17, 2006

The NSABP is a clinical trials cooperative group supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). For almost 50 years, the NSABP has a history of designing and conducting clinical trials that have changed the way breast cancer is treated, and, more recently, prevented. It was the NSABP’s breast cancer studies that led to the establishment of lumpectomy plus radiation over radical mastectomy as the standard surgical treatment for breast cancer.

The NSABP was also the first to demonstrate that adjuvant therapy (additional treatment, usually given after surgery where all detectable disease has been removed, but where there remains a statistical risk of relapse due to occult disease — as is the case with breast cancer where radiation therapy will be given following surgery) could alter the natural history of breast cancer, increasing survival rates, and the first to demonstrate on a large scale the preventive effects of the drugs tamoxifen and raloxifene in breast cancer.

“Our affiliate membership into the NSABP will allow us to provide our patients an additional treatment option of participating in national phase II or phase III cooperative group trials,” said Dr. Steve Bass, CRCC’s medical director. “Our affiliation in March 2006 with MUSC Hollings Cancer Center is beginning to bear fruit so we can better serve our patients.

This will provide area patients the ability to enroll in cutting edge clinical trials investigating new therapies for breast and colorectal cancer right here in Horry County.”

“Surgical Associates of Myrtle Beach is proud to congratulate CRCC and its physicians for this accomplishment which will help raise area cancer care to the academic level,” said Dr. Thomas Polen, FACS and Dr. Mark Borowicz, FACS, of Surgical Associates. “Surgical Associates plans to work closely with CRCC in the coordination and conducting of clinical trials.”

“We plan to work with CRCC in conducting prospective (prior to patient treatment) tumor boards for our cancer patients,” said Dr. Mike Ellis of Associates in Surgery. “These tumor boards will be conducted with other area physicians and specialists from MUSC to provide the best care and treatment options for our patients.”

CRCC and MUSC Hollings Cancer Center are continuing their joint efforts to broaden the local availability of state-of-the-art cancer treatments.

VTECH Skylights Receives Approval from Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) for Use Along the Texas Gulf Coast

Houston, TX (PRWEB) December 09, 2011

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) recently approved and listed the VTECH Industries 4×4 CMC Hurricane Polyurethane Glass, Impact Resistant Skylight (Evaluation SK-28) is compliant with the wind loads specified in the International Residential Code (IRC) and International Building Code (IBC).

VTECH Industries is pleased to announce their skylight as the first and only TDI approved skylight in the industry for use in the designated catastrophe areas along the Texas and Florida Gulf Coasts. The 4×4 CMC Skylights are created by utilizing the innovative, patented Reaction Injection Molding process. The RIM process is similar to traditional injection molding, except that a chemical reaction occurs under low pressure within the mold. A single-piece system is created by fusing the aliphatic polyurethane directly to the lighting surface. A continuous, high-performance bond is formed, eliminating the chances of failure due to improper installation, weathering or large hail.

Founded in 2001, VTECH Industries has been leading the industry in meeting expanding building codes requiring roofing materials that meet high wind loads, protect against hail and resist wind driven rain. From Miami-Dade Hurricane Approval, to TDI and AAMA Gold Certification, VTECH Skylights are your best line of defense from the worst mother nature can throw your way.

For more information about VTECH Skylights please contact our manufacturing headquarters at 866.491.0843 or visit us online at vtechskylights.com. To view and/or print a PDF copy of the Product Evaluation, please visit the Texas Department of Insurance Windstorm Inspection Program website located at http://www.tdi.texas.gov/wind/prod/indexsk.html.


General Manager at The Park Hyatt Toronto Hotel Receives Prestigious National Award: ?Hotelier of The Year 2011?

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) December 02, 2011

The Park Hyatt Toronto hotel?s General Manager, Paul Verciglio, recently received the Pinnacle Award for ?Hotelier Of The Year 2011? for all of Canada, from Kostuch Media Ltd. Recognized for his impact on the industry and his significant contributions beyond the comforts of the Park Hyatt Toronto, his career is a true testament to life?s possibilities when there is a merger of sheer brilliance and a strong work ethic.

Paul Verciglio began his career as a busperson 50 years ago in Niagara Falls and has since solidified his experience with 13 postings across North America before opening the Park Hyatt Toronto in Yorkville in 1999. P.V., as he is affectionately called by his colleagues and staff, was also the visionary behind the Stillwater Spa which he opened in 2002. Under his leadership, both the Park Hyatt Toronto and Stillwater Spa have consistently received numerous awards and recognition globally as a leading luxury property with state of the art functionality. With forward thinking as his modus operandi, he launched an off-site Kosher Catering business this past year which is expected to exceed $ 1million in sales. ?Paul has proven that independent businesses servicing the community can be a successful addition to the daily operations of the hotel,? says Executive Chef Joan Monfaredi.

Launched in 1988, the annual Pinnacle Awards have become the ?Oscars? of the dynamic $ 60-billion foodservice and hospitality industry. This event brings together more than 500 of the industry?s top executives to network, exchange ideas and celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of the leading restaurant, hotel and supplier companies on a National level. Since its inception, they have honoured a diverse group of leaders for their continued success and achievements, representing every facet of the industry.

About Park Hyatt Toronto

Park Hyatt Toronto is perfectly situated in the heart of Yorkville. This luxury hotel stands high amidst Canada?s finest art galleries and renowned museums, across from the spectacular Royal Ontario Museum and the Michael Lee Chin Crystal. Park Hyatt Toronto offers a warm, residential feel with 336 elegant guest rooms, including the Sarah Richardson-designed Pink and Blue suites and the 2,500 square feet Algonquin Suite. Enjoy one of the city?s best views from the legendary Roof Lounge or retreat to the award winning 10,000 square foot Stillwater Spa. Reservations can be obtained by calling 416-925-1234 or visiting http://www.parkhyatttoronto.com.


HPS Receives HFMA Peer Review Designation; Medicare Recovery Software Showcased at HFMA ANI

Fort Worth (PRWEB) June 22, 2011

The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) recently reviewed the Healthcare Payment Specialists (HPS) Medicare Reimbursable Bad Debt Review Service using the Peer Review Process. After undergoing the rigorous review, the HPS Bad Debt offering has again been granted the ?Peer Reviewed by HFMA? designation.

?We are excited to receive approval from the HFMA Peer Review Process,? said Dave Harrington, President and CEO of HPS. ?This evaluation highlights our ability to deliver more reimbursement recovery to our customers, increased compliance and support through the audit where we continue to exceed a 98% recovery rate.?

HPS provides a full range of Medicare Reimbursable Bad Debt services from initial bad debt log preparation to retrospective reviews with expertise in crossover, charity and self pay bad debts. HPS?s AccuTrack? software speeds the accurate calculation of additional reimbursement owed to its partner hospitals with direct access to Medicare and Medicaid EDI feeds and use of data analysis engines to make faster and more informed recovery determinations.

For years HFMA members have asked us to identify viable healthcare finance resources and to filter some of the noise in the market place,? says HFMA President and CEO Richard L. Clarke, FHFMA. ?We see the new Peer Review Process as a powerful opportunity to do just that.? Criteria for a product or service to display the HFMA Peer Review mark include high survey scores for:

Truck & Jeep Fest Raffle Winner Ed Baker Receives $1000 Shopping Spree at 4 Wheel Parts

Compton, CA (PRWEB) March 4, 2011

Congratulations to Ed Baker, the winner of the Truck & Jeep Fest $ 1000 Shopping Spree Raffle held by 4 Wheel Parts, America’s largest distributor of off-road parts and aftermarket parts for Jeeps, trucks, and SUVs. Ed Baker, from Thousand Oaks, California, was chosen by raffle at 2010’s last Truck & Jeep Fest sales event.

From February to August 2011, 4 Wheel Parts will have a minimum of one Truck & Jeep Fest sales event each month. Special sales and amazing show pricing will be available at event locations, online at 4WheelParts.com, and also at more than 50 4 Wheel Parts stores throughout the United States.

Truck & Jeep Fest is a free admission event. Attendees can experience over 100,000 square feet of custom trucks and Jeeps on display. Manufacturers will be on-site with product demonstrations and over $ 100,000 in inventory. Attendees can expect to find some of the lowest prices of the year with factory direct pricing, hourly promotional pricing, and up to 50% off installations. There will be hourly giveaways and some attendees will win free prizes.

2011 Truck & Jeep Fest Events:

Feb 26-27

Entrepreneur’s Story Receives Telly Award

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) July 12, 2011

An infomercial for the book, Success Against the Odds, authored by Tampa entrepreneur Vonda White, received a prestigious Telly award. The producers, award-winning broadcast journalist and founder of Living Your Dream Productions, Elaine Lucadano, said this about receiving the prestigious Telly Award: “Our passion is making a difference by telling people?s stories. It?s quite an honor to be recognized for producing a project that we truly believe will change lives!?

The video is a powerful 30-minute infomercial featuring Vonda White?s motivational book Success Against The Odds, in which Vonda shares her own rags to riches story and the stories of others who had to overcome tremendous adversity to achieve their goals. Ms. White personally interviewed household names like Debbie Fields of Mrs. Fields? Cookies fame and Rick DeVos, co-founder of Amway, Steve Santos, founder of Advant Air, and Henry Landwirth, a successful hotel business man who created Give Kids the World that gives terminally ill kids and their families a free week?s vacation in Orlando.

According to Ms. White, ?Winning such an award for the visual representation of how my book is changing lives is the icing on the cake. Helping people grow and succeed is especially rewarding.”

Success Against the Odds has already received the coveted Editor?s Choice Award and Rising Star Dedication. View the award-winning infomercial in its entirety at http://www.SuccessAgainstTheOdds.com.

About Vonda White

Vonda White, author of Success Against the Odds, is a successful entrepreneur, speaker and success coach, who risked everything to start her own insurance agency in 1996 and grew it into a successful niche business. Her book focuses on achieving success regardless of your circumstances, and features several amazing stories of such people as Debbie Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies, Rich De Vos of Amway, Brian Scudamore of 1-800-Got-Junk, and many others, who started with little but a dream and succeeded. In addition to telling her story, White gives readers advice on how to set and reach their goals so they live the life they imagine. More information can be obtained at http://www.SuccessAgainstTheOdds.com

About Living Your Dream Productions

Living Your Dream Productions is a full-service video/audio production company and advertising agency with an all-star staff of award winning broadcast journalists, videographers, editors and writers. They?ve earned numerous Emmy and Telly nominations and awards for their outstanding TV and radio commercials, web videos, corporate marketing and promotional videos, voice-overs, and infomercial productions. For more information, call 727-391-0064 visit http://www.TVDreamTeam.com

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Free Hot Water Solar Collector Receives SRCC OG-100 Certification

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) April 13, 2010

Free Hot Water, a leading commercial solar hot water manufacturing and distribution company has received the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation OG-100 Certification for its 7000 Series solar collectors.

Equipment must be certified for performance by the Solar Rating Certification Corporation (SRCC) to qualify for most state and federal rebates and incentives. Rebates and incentives can offset a substantial percentage of the overall cost of a solar thermal system. Currently, the federal incentive is a 30% Federal Tax Credit for an installed solar thermal system. Many states offer additional rebates which can add dramatically to the overall system savings; for example, the Free Hot Water collector qualifies for a greater rebate than it costs in some states!

The FHW-FC7275A is a high performance thermal collector designed to maximize energy conversion into usable heat and designed for domestic hot water, space heating, pools, and large commercial applications. The highly selective absorbent coating and thermal insulation insure maximum heat transfer. Esthetically pleasing, and developed for performance, longevity and easy installation to the highest quality standards and backed by a full 10-year warranty.

Allegria Hotel Receives Coveted Five Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences

Long Beach, N.Y. (PRWEB) December 2, 2009

Allegria Hotel is a new recipient of the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award, an honor bestowed annually by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences to top-notch establishments worldwide. Hotel Owner Allen Rosenberg personally accepted the award at the property’s grand opening party on November 19. Joseph Cinque, president of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, was on-site to present the official certificate of achievement.

“We’re honored to accept this award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences,” said Allen Rosenberg, Owner of Allegria Hotel. “As a staff, we set a goal to meet and exceed the level of standards set by the Academy and will strive to do the same in the coming years.”

Opened in September 2009 on the south shore of Long Island, Allegria is a beachfront luxury hotel featuring 112 guestrooms and 31 luxurious suites, inventive American cuisine by Chef Todd Jacobs and state-of-the-art meeting space. The property will also debut a roof-top zero-edge pool, spa by Joseph Christopher and a casual dining venue, Jacks on the Rocks, in summer 2010.

The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences is world renowned for awarding excellence in the global travel and luxury services sector. Each year, the Academy bestows its coveted International Star Diamond Award exclusively to Five-Star properties, destinations, chefs and luxury products that are deemed to be at the pinnacle of quality. As establishments are selected and critiqued by an International Board of Trustees, made up of respected industry leaders and world travelers, the award is a prestigious emblem of achievement and recognizes a commitment to true excellence in the hospitality industry.

Valuable sources from around the globe routinely submit nominations to the Academy for review. The Board of Trustees then refines these selections down to those who qualify for the ultimate evaluation. The Academy’s evaluations are based primarily on hospitality, attitude, quality, cleanliness and above all, service.

For more details on the Allegria Hotel, call toll-free 1-888-ON-BEACH (662-3224) or visit http://www.AllegriaHotel.com.

About Allegria Hotel

Located less than 30 miles from Manhattan, Allegria Hotel is a beachfront luxury hotel that debuted in September 2009. Accommodations include 112 guestrooms and 31 luxurious suites, inventive American cuisine by Todd Jacobs and state-of-the-art meeting space. A roof-top, zero-edge pool and a spa by Joseph Christopher will open in summer 2010. Also a short drive from New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, the hotel is ideal for mid-week business/corporate retreats, close-to-home family vacations, weekend luxury escapes, romantic getaways and destination weddings. Allegria Hotel is LEED certified and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The property is managed by Access Hotels & Resorts. For more information please visit http://www.allegriahotel.com, http://www.slh.com, http://www.accesshospitality.com.


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