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    New York (October 16, 2015) – Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care, New York's largest Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP), received the Health Care Leadership Award from the Acacia Network, Inc. at its 45th Annual Gala on October 15 in midtown Manhattan. The largest Latino-founded nonprofit in New York, Acacia Network is a community-based organization offering health, housing, education, and economic development services.

    The award recognizes notable contributions to health care on local, state, and national levels. Wirth received the award in recognition of his unwavering commitment to improve underserved communities, address health care disparities, and solve health care's broader challenges.

    Amida Care is a not-for-profit health plan that specializes in providing comprehensive health coverage and coordinated care to New York City Medicaid and Medicare recipients with chronic conditions, including HIV and behavioral health disorders. Acacia Network, formerly “Promesa,” was one of several community organizations that founded Amida Care in 2003. Wirth has led Amida Care for nearly 10 years and has been at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS for decades, including serving as a Health Policy Advisor to New York City Mayors David Dinkins and Rudy Giuliani, where he oversaw the community planning process that led to binding recommendations for over $100 million in Ryan White funding to New York City and New York State.

    Amida Care
    Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins; Pamela Mattel, Chief Operating Officer, Acacia Network; Raul Russi, Chief Executive Officer, Acacia Network; and Doug Wirth, President and CEO, Amida Care

    "I am deeply honored that the Acacia Network has chosen to recognize me, and I am grateful to Acacia for partnering with Amida Care to help make our successful health outcomes possible," said Wirth. "I’m thankful for the opportunity to lead an organization like Amida Care that improves the health and quality of life of people coping with multiple complex health conditions, including HIV/AIDS. These are people who have the greatest need for access to the kind of specialized, comprehensive care that Amida Care provides."

    "Doug’s outstanding commitment to quality, inclusiveness, and ensuring people have joy and happiness in their lives is a shining star to the health care industry," said Pam Mattel, COO of Acacia Network. "A staunch advocate in health care transformation through the growth of Amida Care, the most successful Special Needs Plan in NY State, Doug has consistently articulated a compelling vision combined with realistic, innovative solutions to significantly improve the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS."

    Other awardees included Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Council Speaker, for the Latina Leadership Award; Anne-Marie A. Hendrickson, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development Deputy Commissioner, for the Leadership Award; Jason A. Helgerson, Medicaid Director, State of New York, for the Health Care Transformation Award; Arnaldo Segarra, NYC Commission on Human Rights Commissioner, for the Community and Public Service Award; and Milagros Baez O’Toole, Acacia Network Board Chair, for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins was also a guest at the event and made remarks.

    Wirth’s leadership at Amida Care has contributed to impressive HIV health outcomes that save lives and produce cost-savings in the health care industry:

    • Over 93% member engagement in care

    • A 93% success rate in getting members on anti-retroviral medications

    • A 70% viral load suppression rate among our members

    Leading to:

    • A 74% decrease in hospital admissions/readmissions

    • A 35% reduction in overall medical expenses

    Both Acacia and Amida Care are committed to providing integrated care that focuses on holistic wellness. More than just a health care plan, Amida Care helps members achieve the best quality of life possible by working closely with each member to provide support and services that address the whole person—physical, mental, and emotional. Amida Care's integrated care team also helps members with social determinants of health such as secure housing, employment, legal concerns, food insecurity, and transportation.

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    Solace Lifesciences, Inc., Receives Patent for NuCalm Relaxation System

    Successfully Used on 400,000 Dental Patients; Developer Sees Many Other Uses

    (Issued October 6, 2015) – Privately-held Solace Lifesciences, Inc., has been awarded a patent by the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office for NuCalm, an all-natural, drug-free technology designed to relieve stress and improve sleep quality. (U.S. Patent Registration No.: 9,079,030; Issued July 14, 2015).

    The announcement was made by James M. Poole, Solace Lifesciences’ CEO and President, who noted, “This is the world’s only patent granted for ‘Systems and Methods for Balancing and Maintaining the Health of the Human Autonomic Nervous System.’” NuCalm ( uses a four-step system to bring users to a state of deep relaxation.

    “We have reached a milestone with successful applications on over 400,000 dental patients,” said Poole. “It has been a 13-year journey to this point including eight years of research, discovery and development, followed by five years of tested, proven real-world use, by dentists, doctors, cancer patients, professional athletes, pilots, and business executives across five continents.”

    On receiving the patent, Dr. G. Blake Holloway, NuCalm technology inventor, a neuroscientist and clinician from Kerrville, Texas, said, “We are currently living in the second age of anxiety, the first being just after World War I. People are more stressed today than during the Great Depression and not doing enough to manage stress and sleep quality. NuCalm could not have come at a better time to help humanity lower stress and improve sleep quality without drugs.”

    CEO Poole says, “As a culture, we are not getting enough rest and are overly reliant on stimulants for productivity, when we should better understand how the body and mind work optimally: it’s through relaxation and restoration, not hyper-stimulation. The brain works in patterns; we’re always seeking patterns. NuCalm mimics patterns that the brain identifies to help it relax. We are not doing anything foreign; we’re simply adding fuel and mimicking patterns in the brain to trigger deep relaxation. When we rest and restore, we can achieve homeostasis which enables us to perform at maximum efficiency.”

    How NuCalm Works: A Multi-Part System
    NuCalm’s four-step system quickly and naturally brings the individual to a state of deep relaxation. This deep relaxation occurs thanks to neuroacoustic software that initiates a change in brain waves (Alpha and Theta level). Other steps include an all-natural proprietary cream; a patch behind each ear that allows microcurrent stimulation; and a light-blocking mask. The relaxation state occurs within minutes and lasts throughout the NuCalm experience. In stages, your mind will wander, your breathing slows down, and your body feels heavy and still. In as little at 20 minutes, you feel refreshed, relaxed, and focused.

    About Solace Lifesciences, Inc.
    Founded in 2002, Solace Lifesciences, Inc., is a privately-held Wilmington, Delaware-based company.

    Solace Lifesciences develops all-natural neuroscience technologies used to lower stress and improve sleep quality. NuCalm®, our flagship product, is an all-natural stress intervention system that rapidly and reliably interrupts the stress response at the midbrain and guides people to a deeply relaxed state. This technology is drug-free, non-invasive, and quickly “flips the switch” from acute stress and alarm to deep relaxation within minutes, allowing the body to idle in its optimal healing state.

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    Topical BioMedics Inc. Announces Its Top-Selling Product, Topricin® Pain Relief and Healing Cream, is Now Available at CVS pharmacy

    A research and development leader in topical patented natural biomedicines for pain relief, Topical BioMedics, Inc., reports that its top-selling product, Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream, has been picked up by CVS Pharmacy. A leading national drug retailing chain, CVS will feature the 4-oz. jar of Topricin in front of the pharmacy in its Home Diagnostic/Diabetes section.

    Rhinebeck, NY, October 7--Topical BioMedics, Inc., has contracted with CVS Pharmacy, a leading national drug retailing chain, to carry its 4-oz. jar of Topricin® Pain Relief and Healing Cream. Based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, CVS operates more than 7, 800 retail stores across the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Brazil. The retailer will be carrying the Topricin formula in its Home Diagnostic/Diabetes section, located in front of the store’s pharmacy. CVS also carries the company’s Topricin Foot Therapy Cream in its Foot Care section, and MyPainAway Fibro Cream in the store’s Analgesic section.

    Topical BioMedics is a research and development leader in topical natural biomedicines for pain relief. The company’s product line includes Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream, Topricin® Foot Therapy Cream, and Topricin® for Children. The company has also launched the MyPainAway™ (powered by Topricin) line of products. Two formulas have been introduced—MyPainAway Fibro Cream and MyPainAway After-Burn Cream—with others slated to roll out later in 2015 and 2016. Topical BioMedics’ formulas have been awarded a patent for the topical treatment of pain associated with fibromyalgia and neuropathy, and are safe for diabetics.

    Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream has been specially formulated to address joint and muscle aches and pains, including: arthritis; carpal tunnel syndrome; lower back, neck and shoulder pain; sports/impact injuries; muscle strains and sprains; sciatica; and repetitive motion injuries such as bursitis and tendonitis.

    Odorless, greaseless, and free of parabens, petroleum, counterirritants, and other harsh chemicals, Topricin can be used on any part of the body. It features a combination of natural (homeopathic) medicines that help the body rebalance healing chemistries, which detoxify the damaged area around the nerve tissue to help restore oxygenated blood flow. The product has been shown to reduce the need/dependency on all classifications of pain medications, including opioids.

    “We are gratified that Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream is the third product to have been selected by CVS, a corporation we have a great deal of respect for” says Lou Paradise, Topical BioMedics’ president and chief of research. “We are humbled that our Topricin formulas have helped many pain sufferers get off pain pills, restoring their hope and quality of life. Having Topricin pain relief and healing cream in CVS’ Home Medical Diagnostics section will certainly make our product more available to those in need.”

    Topricin products are made in the U.S.A. and are in compliance with federal rules for homeopathic over-the-counter medicines. Topricin products are growing in popularity and are safe for diabetics and the entire family, including pregnant women. In addition to serving those in pain, Topricin is also a lifestyle product that athletes and other active people appreciate for its ability to help with performance and recovery.

    All Topricin and MyPainAway formulas contain: no parabens, petroleum, counterirritants or harsh chemicals, are odorless, greaseless and non-irritating, and produce no known side effects.

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    21 years in business and a Certified B Corporation, Topical BioMedics is a research and development leader in topical patented natural biomedicines for pain relief. The company’s flagship product, Topricin® Pain Relief and Healing Cream, was introduced in 1994 and is now a leading natural therapeutic brand. A combination natural biomedicine formula, Topricin has been awarded a patent for the treatment of pain associated with fibromyalgia and neuropathy. Topricin products are mandatory treatment protocol at world renowned medical centers.

    The Topricin family of natural healing products also includes Topricin Foot Therapy Cream, specially formulated to treat painful foot and ankle issues and conditions, and Topricin for Children, which received the Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval (with 5% of sales are donated to pediatric cancer foundations). The company launched the MyPainAway™ (powered by Topricin) line of products. Its two new formulas have been introduced—MyPainAway Fibro Cream and MyPainAway After-Burn Cream—with others slated to roll out later in 2015 and 2016.

    Made in the U.S.A., all Topricin products are federally-regulated over-the-counter medicines with no known side effects, no parabens, petroleum, or other harsh chemicals, no grease, and no odor.

    Topical BioMedics launched a free monthly pain management webinar in February 2015. Featuring Lou Paradise, president, chief of research, and pain management expert, the webinars are streamed live the second Tuesday of each month from 12pm to 1pm then archived on the company’s WordPress blog for on-demand access 24/7.

    Topricin is available in independent pharmacies, natural food and co-op stores nationwide, including Whole Foods, Sprouts, Pharmaca, The Vitamin Shoppe, Fred Meyer, Wegmans, CVS, Walgreens (Diabetic Section), and other fine retailers, as well as directly from the company.

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    (BPRW) New survey finds strokes of unknown cause leave patients, caregivers in the dark

    New guide helps educate patients who suffer from cryptogenic stroke to avoid frustration and anxiety from not knowing the cause

    (Black PR Wire) -- DALLAS – Sept. 9, 2015 –According to a new survey from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, more than 50 percent of stroke patients and caregivers report anxiety and frustration when the cause of the stroke was undetermined, or “cryptogenic.” The survey, which included 309 cryptogenic stroke patients and caregivers, also found that only 20 percent of patients and caregivers report receiving information for cryptogenic stroke at the time of diagnosis.

    The survey findings indicate that patients and caregivers are significantly impacted by stroke with more than 70 percent of both groups reporting feeling tired and drained (or having low energy) as a result.

    Every year, about 800,000 Americans have a stroke. Of those, about 200,000 are considered “cryptogenic,” meaning the cause of the stroke is undetermined. Statistics show cryptogenic stroke patientshave reason to be concerned: A prior stroke is the number one risk factor for a second stroke.

    Educating patients and families about cryptogenic stroke and diagnostic options will help manage feelings of worry, nervousness or unease and frustration they report from not knowing the cause of a stroke. This is why the American Stroke Association, with support from Medtronic, launched the Cryptogenic Stroke Initiative.

    This month, the first Patient Guide to Cryptogenic Stroke is being released. The guide includes information on the cryptogenic stroke diagnosis, what happens during a stroke, secondary prevention information, questions to ask your doctor, support resources and more.

    “Through the initiative, we’re informing cryptogenic stroke patients about their condition andhelping them to work with their healthcare team to prevent a second stroke,” said Mary Ann Bauman, M.D., chair of the American Stroke Association Advisory Committee. “We know that focusing on these patients will help us save lives from stroke, which is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of severe, long-term disability.”

    The American Stroke Association’s survey, which includes a combination of online and telephone interviews with 309 stroke survivors and caregivers, also provides insight into how cryptogenic stroke patients receive information about their diagnosis.

    The survey reveals that only one in five patients receive information about cryptogenic stroke at the time of their diagnosis. Of patients receiving timely information, 75 percent received it verbally. Cryptogenic stroke patients and caregivers seek information from a variety of sources for the first year, but few report finding adequate information.

    “It is extremely difficult to remember everything a doctor tells you when you’re still trying to come to terms with the fact that you’ve had a stroke. We can help cryptogenic stroke patients and their families by providing comprehensive resources about the condition, ” Bauman said. The association’s Cryptogenic Stroke Initiative is designed to help patients like Bill Benedict, 79, from Ithaca, New York.

    Benedict suffered two “mini-strokes” (transient ischemic attacks or TIAs) about a month apart. Each time, doctors were unable to give him a reason why they occurred. For Benedict, who has a personal history of heart trouble and a family history of stroke, this was far from reassuring.“It was quite scary not to know,” he said.

    After his second mini stroke, Benedict’s cardiologist suggested an underlying cause may be atrial fibrillation (AF), which is a quivering or irregular heartbeat. AF often has no symptoms and comes and goes so it may not always be detected by conventional cardiac monitoring techniques. While it can be tricky to diagnose, it’s important because AF increases stroke risk up to five times. His doctor agreed to test him for AF using a small, insertable device thatmonitors the heart rhythm continuously for up to three years. A few months after having it, the device detected a trial fibrillation and Benedict is now managing his condition through medication.

    Although AF is one of the many likely causes of cryptogenic stroke, only 12 percent of patients were told that AF was a possible cause of their stroke. Other common causes for investigation include Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) a hole between the heart’s chambers, and thrombophilia, a blood clotting disorder.

    To download the free Patient Guide or to learn more about cryptogenic stroke, visit or call 1-888-4-STROKE (478-7653).

    About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

    About Medtronic


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    How Exercise and Healthy Eating Can Influence Your Love Life

    Yes, that's right--exercise and healthy eating can have a positive effect on your sex life. Just ask Chris Pratt, who told Men's Health UK that when he weighed 300 pounds, he had a lower sex drive and didn't feel great.

    "Summer is a great time to fit in some exercise and eat healthier foods," says Dudley Seth Danoff, MD, FACS, men's urologist and expert for more than thirty years and the author of The Ultimate Guide to Male Sexual Health. "It's amazing how small improvements and changes can bring about such improvements in how you feel and your sex life." Dr. Danoff is known for his candid and good-natured style that makes it easier for men (and the partners in their lives) to talk about and handle a myriad of medical situations.

    A requested guest on national radio and television shows, Dr. Danoff is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale University Medical School. He has taught on the clinical faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine for more than twenty-five years and is the founder and president of the prestigious Cedars-Sinai Tower Urology Medical Group in Los Angeles. Urologist to many Hollywood stars and the recipient of national and international honors, Dr. Danoff is also senior attending urologist at the Saban Los Angeles Free Clinic.

    If you need an expert on men's health issues, including those involving embarrassing subjects like erectile dysfunction (including blue pills and other medical cures), and tips for a healthy, active sex life at any age, Dr. Danoff is available for radio and television interviews and also has numerous articles available for your immediate use on a variety of topics, including:

    3 Reasons Exercising Can Make You More Sexually Active

    In today’s fast-paced society, finding time to exercise is hard. But if you want to have a good sex life, making time to work out is one of the best decisions you can make. Besides feeling good about the way you look--which inevitably will boost your self-confidence in the bedroom--getting regular physical exercise will increase your stamina, strength, and flexibility, all keys to having great sexual experiences.

    Invigorate Your Sex Life with These Healthy Foods

    Often, we worry about what foods to avoid. Certainly, some foods are better avoided or eaten only in small amounts--but the good news is that by focusing on the healthy foods you should eat, you can improve not only your health but also your sex life. Focus on the positive, and add a few of these items to your regular diet, and you may just find your self-confidence, your health, and your sex life reinvigorated.

    3 Reasons Sleep Is Essential to Maintaining a Healthy Sex Life

    How many hours of sleep did you get last night? If you’re like most Americans, the answer is probably less than the seven to nine hours generally recommended by most sleep experts. Lack of sleep can take a toll in many areas of your life, not least of these is your sex life. If you’re not getting enough sleep, your stamina and focus may suffer, and difficulty sleeping can be a sign of bigger problems, as well.

    Doctor’s Orders: Make Regular Sex Part of Your Health Plan

    You might not expect to hear your doctor suggest that you make having regular sex a priority for your health, but the truth is that sex is not only one of life’s cheapest luxuries but also a wonderful way to improve your health. The health benefits of sex include improvements to your cardiovascular health, your mood, your psychological well-being, and more. Sex benefits circulation, stimulates the nervous system and the prostate gland, and clears up mental cobwebs.


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    (BPRW) African Americans Urged to Take Advantage of Recommended Preventive Sexual Health Services Now Available at No to Low Cost

    There’s Nothing Sexier than Being Sexually Healthy/#MakeBlackHealthMatter

    (Black PR Wire) Washington, DC – Today, the National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH), which consists of over 50 leading health and medical organizations, issued a call-to-action to increase the uptake of essential preventive sexual health care services in the African American community. These vital services can protect and improve sexual health, and even save lives.

    With historic levels of insurance coverage, most African Americans can now access recommended preventive sexual health services for free, including the HPV vaccine, female contraceptives (including the IUD, implant, and pill), pap smears, and screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as chlamydia and HIV. Unfortunately, many African Americans are not currently benefitting from these important services, which are vital to the overall health and well-being of the community. For example:

    • In 2013, only 34% of African American girls and 16% of African American boys received all three doses of the HPV vaccine, the only cancer prevention vaccine currently available;

    • Approximately 44% of sexually active African American women (ages 15 -21) were not screened annually for chlamydia, which, when left undiagnosed and untreated, is a leading cause of preventable infertility;

    • More than a third (35%) of African Americans have never been tested for HIV, even though it is recommended that all sexually active people be tested at least once, and that many be tested at least annually if they’re at increased risk.

    “You and your health matter. We know you have a lot on your plate, but we all need to make room for our sexual health. Just like protecting your heart health, managing your blood pressure, and exercising regularly – it’s worth your time,” said Christian J. Thrasher, M.A., Director, The Center of Excellence for Sexual Health, Morehouse School of Medicine. “We have a tremendous opportunity here. An unprecedented number of people now have access—at no cost—to these safe and effective preventive services that have been endorsed by leading medical organizations nationwide. We need to take advantage of these services.”

    Recommended for all Americans by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, these preventive services can help you prevent many male and female cancers, plan your pregnancies, and detect and treat common STDs before they cause serious problems.

    “Knowledge is power. It’s important to take charge of your own sexual health, and get informed about the services that are recommended for you. Don’t assume that you are automatically getting these services when you go to your health care provider. You need to ask your provider to be sure,” said NCSH Co-Director, Susan Gilbert.

    To help Americans get the services they need, a free guide and website are available from the NCSH, which features action steps for good sexual health, charts of recommended services for men and women, questions to ask health care providers, and other resources. The guide, “Take Charge of Your Sexual Health: What you need to know about preventive services,” is accessible at: Tips and tools can be downloaded, and the site is mobile-friendly for easy access on the go.

    HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. In fact, nearly all sexually active men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives. The HPV vaccine is the first and only vaccine available that can protect both women and men against multiple types of HPV-associated cancers including cervical, penile, throat and mouth and anal cancer as well as genital warts.

    “Since nearly everyone will be exposed to HPV at some point in their life, it’s essential that everyone who is eligible gets vaccinated. Parents, it’s particularly important to get your kids vaccinated before they become sexually active,” said Yolanda Wimberly, M.D., M.S., FAAP, pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist, Morehouse School of Medicine. “Talking with your kids about the HPV vaccine presents a great opportunity to talk with them about their sexual health. Studies show that kids who talk with their parents about sex are more likely to delay having sex and more likely to use condoms when they do have sex. However, if you’re not ready for that conversation, you can simply tell them it’s a cancer-prevention vaccine. How many kids ever ask what shots are for, anyway?” said Dr. Wimberly.

    Strongly endorsed by leading medical groups, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians, the HPV vaccine is recommended for all boys and girls at ages 11-12, but can be given to males up to age 21 and females up to age 26. HPV vaccination is particularly important for black women since they are 34% more likely to develop cervical cancer, and twice as likely to die from cervical cancer as white women.

    The average American woman spends 30 years trying to avoid pregnancy. But for African American women, the cost of and access to contraceptives have historically been key barriers to their use. In fact, a recent study revealed that over half of African American women said they had trouble purchasing birth control and using it consistently due to cost. For example, Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs), which include the Intrauterine Device (IUD) and the implant, are 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and are the methods that most female physicians use themselves. Yet, only 5% of African American women currently use them. This is not surprising since before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the average cost of an IUD was approximately $900 per insertion.

    “Increased access to free, highly effective contraceptives empowers more women to take charge of their reproductive health. They can plan their pregnancies, and have children, if and when they want to,” said Nerys Benfield, MD, MPH, assistant professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center. Most women can choose from a wide variety of highly effective birth control methods at no cost, including LARCs and other methods, such as the pill, ring, and patch.

    Women who don’t use contraception are highly likely to experience an unplanned pregnancy. In fact, approximately 85 percent of women who don’t use contraception will become pregnant within one year. “So, if you’re not ready to be a mother, it’s important to find a birth control method that is right for you,“ said Dr. Benfield. “And remember, condoms are the only method that protect you from STDs, so we recommend using condoms in addition to your chosen birth control method, to give you the highest level of protection during sex.”

    There are more cases of STDs than diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer, and asthma combined. Each year, there are an estimated 110 million cases of STDs, which includes approximately 20 million new cases and 90 million existing cases.

    “We need to change our thinking about STDs. These are incredibly common infections. Half of all sexually active Americans will contract at least one STD by the age of 25. Anyone who has sex is at risk, regardless of who you are, where you come from, or how many partners you have had,” said Deborah Arrindell, Vice President, Health Policy, American Sexual Health Association. “Our sexual health is an important part of our overall health and well-being. We in the African American community must try to prevent STDs, just as we must try to prevent diabetes.”

    Prevention and regular screening are key since many STDs don’t have any symptoms. As a result, many people do not know they are infected and may be unintentionally passing these infections onto their partners. If left untreated, STDs can cause infertility, pelvic pain and fetal illnesses, and increase your risk of contracting HIV. But, there’s good news -- if detected early, STDs can often be easily cured with antibiotics, or effectively managed, before they cause serious problems. For example, annual chlamydia screening is recommended for all sexually active women ages 24 and younger and for older women at risk. If caught early, chlamydia can usually be cured with simple antibiotics.

    Also, it is recommended that all Americans get tested for HIV at least once, and that individuals at higher risk be tested at least annually (e.g. those who have had sex without a condom, have an STD, have multiple partners, share injection-drug equipment, or are a man who has sex with men). “Screening for HIV is particularly important for African Americans since our community bears the biggest burden of infection, due to many social and economic disadvantages. In fact, it is estimated that one in 16 black men and one in 32 black women will contract HIV,” said Dr. Wimberly.


    “HIV testing is the gateway to care and treatment. It is estimated that nearly 75,000 African Americans don’t know they have HIV,” said Dana Van Gorder, Executive Director, Project Inform. “With highly effective treatments now available, often at low or no cost, people can live longer and healthier lives with HIV, just like they live with other chronic conditions. And, if you’re not infected, you can take steps to protect yourself, and keep you and your partners safe.”

    With HIV, early detection and treatment are key. But unfortunately, one-third of diagnoses are made late, and result in missed opportunities to get medical care. According to a recent major international study conducted in 35 countries (the Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment Study), people who received treatment immediately after an HIV diagnosis were 53% less likely to die during the trial or to develop AIDS or a serious illness.

    Today, more African Americans have health insurance, and access to these services than ever before. Through the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 2.3 million African American adults have gained health insurance coverage, bringing the total insured to 87% of all African Americans. Under the ACA, health plans must now cover specific preventive services without charging a fee, copayment or coinsurance, including all FDA-approved contraceptive methods (except for condoms). Specifically,

    • If you have private health insurance, most health plans now cover these services free-of-charge, but check with your health plan before you make an appointment.

    • If you have Medicaid, most plans will also cover these services, but coverage can vary by state; check with your health plan or provider to find out what’s covered.

    • If there are fees under your plan or you don’t have insurance, check out the cost of services at community health centers, family planning clinics, STD clinics, or HIV testing centers. Most clinics offer a sliding fee scale, which means your fees are based on your income. Services could be available at low or no cost.

    For teens, you have the right to obtain many confidential sexual health care services without parental permission. For example, all states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) allow teens under age 18 to get confidential STD testing and treatment. For contraceptive services, 21 states and D.C. allow teens to consent to receive these services, while 25 states allow consent under specific circumstances.

    However, if you use private health insurance to pay, a statement might come in the mail to your parents that will describe the services you had. So, it’s a good idea to ask about privacy policies when you make an appointment. Or, seek services at clinics that can guarantee privacy and confidentiality, such as Planned Parenthood clinics, other Title X family planning clinics, and STD testing centers. Go to or to find locations near you. Note: if you use Medicaid, services are kept confidential.

    About the National Coalition for Sexual Health
    The National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH) consists of 65 members, including over 50 leading national health, medical and consumer organizations, working together to improve sexual health and well-being across the lifespan. NCSH member organizations include:

    • Adolescent AIDS Program
    • Advocates for Youth
    • AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA), ACRIA Center on HIV & Aging
    • AIDS Institute-NYSDOH
    • Altarum Institute
    • American Academy of Physician Assistants
    • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
    • American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists
    • American College Health Association
    • American College of Nurse-Midwives
    • American Sexual Health Association
    • Answer
    • Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
    • Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center
    • California Coalition Against Sexual Assault/Prevent Connect
    • Cardea Services
    • Center of Excellence for Sexual Health at Morehouse School of Medicine
    • Center for Sex Education
    • Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health
    • Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality
    • CHOICES. Memphis Center for Reproductive Health
    • Department of the Navy
    • Emergo Health
    • The Female Health Company
    • Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
    • Healthy Teen Network
    • Howard University Student Health Center
    • JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.
    • The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction
    • My Sex Doctor LTD
    • National Association of Community Health Centers
    • National Association of County & City Health Officials
    • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health
    • National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
    • National Coalition of STD Directors
    • National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation
    • National Network of STD/HIV Training Centers
    • National Sexual Violence Resource Center
    • National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable
    • North America Region of IUSTI
    • Ogilvy Public Relations Washington, DC
    • Physicians for Reproductive Health
    • Planned Parenthood Federation of America
    • Program in Human Sexuality (at the University of Minnesota)
    • Project Inform
    • Secular Woman
    • Sexual Health Innovations
    • Sexuality & Aging Consortium at Widener University
    • SIECUS
    • The STD Project
    • Variance, LLC
    • Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance
    • Youth+Tech+Health (YTH)

    NCSH individual members include:

    • Beth Dooley, Polk County Health Department
    • Michael Horberg, Kaiser Permanente
    • Ned Hook, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • Mary Jett-Goheen, Johns Hopkins University
    • Amber Madison, Author and Sex Expert
    • Arik Marcell, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    • Alicia Miller, University of the Sciences
    • Amy Schalet, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    • Lise Talbott, Golden Valley Health Centers
    • Mitchell Tepper, Sexologist
    • Jessica Tillman, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
    • Beverly Whipple, Rutgers University

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    Eye Specialist Says Proper Nutrition can Treat+Reverse Common Vision Problems

    Dr. Robert Abel Jr, MD author of the new book, The Eye Care Revolution, will reveal which nutrients are essential for the care and feeding of your eyes

    For 40 years, Dr. Robert Abel Jr. has dedicated his professional life as an ophthalmologist to preserving vision. As a founding partner in a large eye care practice in Delaware, he operates on four hundred cataract patients a year, but he treats six times that number without surgery.

    "We know that specific foods and nutritional supplements have value in treating specific diseases, and we also now know there are also certain foods and supplements that specifically encourage eye health," says Dr. Abel, author of the book, "The Eye Care Revolution."

    Dr. Abel says by using an understanding of nutritional chemistry and other means it is possible to control or eliminate many of the factors that contribute to the development of serious eye diseases:

    Controlled clinical studies show that the risk of developing cataracts can be decreased by more than half by eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C, as well as the antioxidants vitamin A, E, lutein, and glutathione boosters.

    The risk of developing glaucoma can be lowered by consuming high levels of vitamins C, Omega 3, and B12. Also rhythmic breathing and avoiding blood pressure medications in the evenings.

    The risk of developing macular degeneration can be reduced by maintaining high levels of vitamins A, D, E, the carotenoids zeaxanthin and lutein, DHA, and the amino acid taurine (found in egg whites).

    Diabetic retinopathy can be delayed or prevented by consuming vitamin C along with alpha lipoic acid, Quercetin, and other bioflavonoids.

    What is the ideal dietary regimen for someone concerned about preserving or improving eye health? In his book, "The Eye Care Revolution," Dr. Abel lists the Top Ten Foods for Sight:

    Cold water fish (sardines, cod, mackerel, tuna) are an excellent source of DHA, which provides structural support to cell membranes and is recommended for dry eyes, macular degeneration, and sight preservation.

    Spinach, kale, and green leafy vegetables are rich in carotenoids, especially lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein protects the macula from sun damage and from blue light.

    Eggs are rich in cysteine, sulfur, lecithin, amino acids, and lutein. Sulfur-containing compounds protect the lens of the eye from cataract formation.

    Garlic, onions, shallots, and capers are also rich in sulfur, which is necessary for the production of glutathione, an important antioxidant for the lens of the eye.

    Non-GMO soy, low in fat and rich in protein, contains essential fatty acids, phytoestrogens, vitamin E, and natural anti-inflammatory agents.

    Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene. Yellow and orange vegetables, like carrots and squash, are important for daytime vision.

    Blueberries and grapes contain anthocyanins, which improve night vision. A cup full of blueberries, huckleberry jam, or a 100 mg bilberry supplement should improve dark adaptation within 30 minutes.

    Wine, known to have a cardio-protective effect, has many important nutrients, which protect the heart, vision, and blood flow.

    Nuts and berries are nature's most concentrated food sources. Grains, such as flaxseed, are high in the beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids, which help lower cholesterol and stabilize cell membranes.

    Extra-virgin olive oil, is a healthy alternative to butter and margarine.

    Dr. Abel says to maintain eye health, drink six eight-ounce glasses of filtered water every day to keep properly hydrated, as water helps create the fluid in our eyes.

    New Dietary Supplement for Eye Health: Eye Complex CS (Clinical Strength)

    "While we should depend primarily on whole foods to meet our nutritional needs, we should use vitamins and supplements as an insurance policy," says Dr. Abel.

    For eye health, Dr. Abel has formulated a special multivitamin, Eye Complex CS, which contains important nutrients supportive of the retina and having a protective effect on the lens:

    Vitamin C 250 mg N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) 50 mg Selenium .05 mg
    L-Glutathione 2.5 mg Alpha Lipoic Acid 25 mg Vitamin E 100 IU
    Lutein 10 mg Zinc 7.5 mg Bilberry 40 mg
    Zeaxanthin 0.5 mg Taurine 50 mg Riboflavin B-2 15 mg
    Vitamin B-6 10 mg Vitamin B-12 0.1 mg Rutin 100 mg
    Grape Seed Ex 25 mg Citrus Bioflavonoids 100 mg Chromium .05 mg
    Ginkgo biloba 20 mg Beta Carotene 10,000 IU Eye Bright 100 mg
    CoQ10 10 mg Green Tea Ex 50 mg

    Dr. Abel earned his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in 1969, completed his ophthalmology residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital and was a Cornea Fellow at the University of Florida. A board certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Abel is on the staff of the Christiana Care Health System. He is a former Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University. He founded and has been Medical Director of the Medical Eye Bank of Delaware since 1981. He teaches locally and internationally on numerous subjects, including cornea, cataract and nutrition. He instructs the Cornea Microsurgery Workshops at the Academy of Ophthalmology meetings annually and has been on the Academy's Committee of International Ophthalmology.

    Dr. Abel has done active research on corneal transplants, corneal pathology, contact lenses and drugs as they relate to the eye. He holds two patents on artificial corneas and has received the AAO Honor Award and the Senior Honor Award. Dr. Abel is the author of the popular new book, "The Eye Care Revolution," which teaches patients how to treat and reverse common vision problems, and he has written eight other books. Other information concerning eye care can also be found on his website, He was also voted "TOP DOC" by Delaware Today Magazine. In his spare time, he practices Tai-Chi, and studies alternative medicine systems.


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    Signing Up for Health Insurance During Open Enrollment? Here’s What to Expect.

    You may be preparing to select and purchase an individual health insurance plan during the Marketplace’s open enrollment period, which began on November 15, 2014. Rick Lindquist and Paul Zane Pilzer take a step-by-step look at what to expect during the process.

    Salt Lake City, UT (November 2014)—The news you’ve been dreading has finally arrived: Your employer is canceling the group health insurance plan you’ve counted on for years, and by the end of 2014, you’ll no longer be covered. (Insert expletive of your choice here.) You know the Health Insurance Marketplace’s open enrollment period began on November 15, but shopping for a policy seems so overwhelming you keep pushing it out of your mind. When you do think about your insurance predicament, it’s to fret: What if I make the wrong decision? What if I can’t afford the premiums? What if I can’t get the coverage I need?

    You’re not alone—but Rick Lindquist and Paul Zane Pilzer urge you to stop the cycle of dread and procrastination before open enrollment’s February 15, 2015, deadline forces you to act.

    “Like all dreaded chores, shopping for individual health insurance in the Marketplace is nowhere near as terrible as you’re imagining,” assures Lindquist, coauthor along with Pilzer of The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance: Why It’s Good for You, Your Family, and Your Company (Wiley, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-119-01211-5, $25.00,, “Choosing and signing up for a new policy can actually be efficient and relatively painless if you know what to expect and are prepared with the correct information.

    “And remember—the sooner you act, the sooner you’ll be free to enjoy the holidays without this task hanging over your head,” he adds.

    Here, Lindquist and Pilzer provide a step-by-step overview of what to expect as you sign up for individual coverage:

    Step 1: Decide whether to DIY or use a broker. Step 1 of navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace is deciding whether you want to go it alone or use a guide. If you’re confident that you know (or can research) what type of coverage you need and that you can navigate on your own, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take charge of shopping for and purchasing your own health insurance.

    “However, if you’re concerned about navigating the process and choosing the best policy—or if you’d simply like professional insight—you can choose to work with a broker, who can advise you and eventually help you enroll in coverage,” says Lindquist. “The exact role of brokers, who often receive commissions from insurance companies, varies based on state and situation.”

    Step 2: Gather your paperwork. When you apply for or renew your individual health insurance policy during open enrollment, you’ll need to provide information about your household, income, and insurance coverage.

    “Individual health insurance applications no longer ask medical history questions, but the application will ask financial questions to qualify you for the premium tax credits,” Lindquist explains. “So for many people, filling out an individual application will feel like filing income taxes. That might not be your idea of fun, but the silver lining is that it will be familiar. And like filing your taxes, gathering the necessary materials for open enrollment before the time comes will make applying for coverage quicker and easier.”

    Lindquist and Pilzer recommend having the following information ready:

    Home and/or mailing addresses for everyone in your household who is applying for coverage

    Social Security numbers for individuals in your household

    Documentation verifying legal immigration status, if this applies to your household

    Employer and income information for every member of your household. This may come in the form of pay stubs or W-2 forms

    Your best estimate of your household income for 2015

    Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering household members

    A completed “Employer Coverage Tool” for every employer-sponsored health insurance plan you or your household members are eligible for. The form should be filled out for every employer-sponsored health insurance plan you are eligible for—not just the ones you are enrolled in. (Your employer should be able to provide you with the completed form.)

    If you have health coverage in 2014, notices from your current plan that include your plan ID

    It may also be helpful to have the notice you received from your employer about the Marketplace and new coverage options

    Step 3: Fill out an application. Once you have all of your information gathered, it’s time to complete an application. You can do so online or in paper form. You will have to fill out only one application, and from there your eligibility for premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies will be determined.

    “This year, to help make open enrollment 2015 go as smoothly as possible, has been working on their online enrollment process,” shares Lindquist. “While all applicants will be required to answer some screening questions, about 70 percent of applicants are expected to be redirected to a shorter, updated application. The remaining 30 percent with ‘more complicated household scenarios’ will use the traditional Marketplace application.”

    Step 4: Choose your metallic level. Individual health insurance plans are categorized by “metallic tiers” of coverage: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. These categories are designed to help you compare plans with different coverage levels. As the metal category increases in value, so does the percent of medical expenses that the plan will cover.

    “At this point, you need to take a close look at how often you go to the doctor,” instructs Lindquist. “In general, if you anticipate using a lot of medical services, it is more ideal to select a platinum or gold plan. Although the premiums higher, you will pay less out-of-pocket when it comes time to receive medical care. If you do not anticipate having a lot of healthcare needs, selecting a silver or bronze plan is more ideal to save money. Although there will be higher out-of-pocket costs when and if you do need medical services, you will pay a significantly lower premium.”

    Step 5: Pick a plan. Now that you know what level of coverage you want, it’s time to browse and pick a plan.

    “With some people comparing more than 100 plans, this is often the step that takes the most time and where working with a health insurance broker can be very helpful,” notes Lindquist.

    Step 6: Pay the premium. Many of the Health Insurance Marketplaces are currently referring consumers to the insurance companies for payment, since each insurer can set their own deadline and payment requirement. “Some people will get bills in the mail, while others will be able to pay their premiums over the phone or on the insurer’s website,” says Lindquist. “Just follow the instructions you receive.”

    “Hopefully, reading about these six steps has demystified the process of signing up for health insurance during the open enrollment period,” concludes Lindquist. “Just remember—the earlier you begin the process, the more time you’ll have to research and compare plans, and the more comfortable you’ll be with the coverage you eventually purchase.”

    About the Authors:
    Paul Zane Pilzer is the New York Times best-selling author of 11 books, a former professor at NYU, and has served as an economist in two White House administrations. He is also the founder of six companies including the two largest U.S. suppliers of personalized employee health benefits, Extend Health (1999) and Zane Benefits (2006).

    Rick Lindquist is president of Zane Benefits, Inc., the U.S. leader in individual health insurance reimbursement for small businesses. Zane Benefits’ software has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Times. He is a regular contributor to leading health benefits publications, including

    About Zane Benefits, Inc.:
    Zane Benefits is the leader in individual health insurance reimbursement for small businesses. Since 2006, Zane Benefits has been on a mission to bring the benefits of individual health insurance to business owners and their employees. Zane Benefits’ software helps businesses reimburse employees for individual health insurance plans for annual savings of 20 to 60 percent compared with traditional employer-provided health insurance. Today, over 20,000 customers use Zane Benefits’ software, services, and support to reimburse individual health insurance plans purchased independent of employment. Zane Benefits’ software has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Times. Learn more at

    About the Book:
    The #1 Amazon best-selling The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance is a comprehensive guide to utilizing new individual health plans to save 20 to 60 percent on health insurance. Over the next 10 years, 100 million Americans will move from employer-provided to individually purchased health insurance. Written by a world-renowned economist and New York Times best-selling author, this insightful guide explains how individual health insurance offers more to employees than employer-provided plans. Learn more and join the debate at

    The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance: Why It’s Good for You, Your Family, and Your Company (Wiley, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-119-01211-5, $25.00,, is available at bookstores nationwide, from major online booksellers, and direct from the publisher by calling 800-225-5945. In Canada, call 800-567-4797. For more information, please visit the book’s page on


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    The Public’s Attitudes about the Health and Economic Impact of Vision Loss and Eye Disease

    New Public Opinion Poll includes Minority Population Data

    WHAT: A roundtable discussion with leading experts on the health and economic impact of vision loss and blindness, research funding and progress of new treatment and therapies. Currently, 38 million Americans age 40 and up experience blindness, low vision or an age-related eye disease and the annual cost of vision disorders is expected to reach $717 billion by 2050.
    "addressing the public’s attitudes regarding vision loss with data from Hispanic, African-American and Asian populations "
    A new national public opinion poll addressing the public’s attitudes regarding vision loss with data from Hispanic, African-American and Asian populations - commissioned by Research!America and the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) and supported by Research to Prevent Blindness - and a Vision and Blindness fact sheet detailing the story of Paul D’Addario, a patient suffering from Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a condition that causes vision deterioration, will be released. D’Addario will be available for interviews following the discussion.

    WHO: Moderator, Michelle Miller, CBS News Correspondent

    Neil Bressler, M.D., the James P. Gills Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of the Retina Division,Wilmer Eye Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Paul Sieving, M.D., Ph.D., the Director of the National Eye Institute (NEI) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    James Tsai, M.D., President of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and Chair of Ophthalmology for the Mount Sinai Health System

    Karla Zadnik, O.D., Ph.D., the Glenn Fry Professor of Optometry and Physiological Optics and Dean at the Ohio State University College of Optometry

    WHEN: Thursday, September 18, 2014

    9:30am – 10:30am

    WHERE: Zenger Room

    National Press Club

    529 14th Street N.W. Washington, D.C.

    CONTACT: or (571) 482-2737

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    (BPRW) Sam’s Club® Supports Early Detection of Diabetes with Free Screenings for Its Members and the Public

    In-club screenings available on Saturday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    (BLACK PR WIRE) -- BENTONVILLE, Ark.--According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 29.1 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and of those, 8.1 million are still undiagnosed. Further, there continues to be a large number of adults (86 million) aged 20 years and older who have pre-diabetes.1 To help encourage early detection of this chronic condition in communities around the U.S., Sam’s Club Pharmacy will host free diabetes screenings to both members and non-members on Saturday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    The diabetes screenings are free, confidential and available to the public at all Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy (599 locations). The screenings, valued at $2502, include tests for:

    • A1C blood test
    • Glucose
    • Total Cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol)
    • Risk Ratio (relationship between total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol)
    • Blood Pressure
    • Body Fat Percentage
    • Vision

    “With these staggering statistics, there is clearly a need to offer people an easy and accessible way to detect diabetes early on,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president, Sam’s Club Health and Wellness. “We are committed to offering solutions like this screening as a way to encourage people to take control of their health and to learn information that can be very valuable in getting them to their long-term health goals.”

    In addition to monthly health screenings, Sam’s Club pharmacies provide savings and preventive care to each community it serves, such as year-round immunizations for adults ages 18 and above. Licensed pharmacists can administer walk-in flu shots and nine other important immunizations recommended to help protect against serious diseases like pneumonia, shingles and whooping cough. Sam’s Club also offers $4/$10 generic prescription prices to the public, and Sam’s Club Plus members and Sam’s Club Business members receive an additional 8 percent savings on name-brand prescriptions, 40 percent savings on generics not part of the $4/$10 generic prescription program, and access to more savings through the Extra Value Drug Program. Restrictions may apply.

    Information about Sam’s Club health and wellness offerings can be found at and in the Sam’s Club exclusive bi-monthly wellness magazine, Healthy Living Made Simple,which reaches approximately eight million members.

    About Sam’s Club®
    Sam’s Club®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products, savings and services to millions of members in 643 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. To learn more about Sam’s Club, visit the Sam’s Club Newsroom, shop at, and interact with Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.

    1 “National Diabetes Statistics Report: Estimates of Diabetes and Its Burden in the United States 2014,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2014.

    2 Limited quantities available. Screening types and quantities may vary by state and club. Screenings are available only at clubs with a pharmacy (599 locations). Membership not required. All tests are performed by licensed professionals.

    Source: Sam’s Club


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    New PSA Inspires Everyone to Come Together in the Spirit of Collaboration and to Advance Cancer Research


    LOS ANGELES / NEW YORK – July 30, 2014 – Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, and Genentech, one of the world’s leading biotech companies, have joined forces with GRAMMY®-winning singer, Oscar®-winning actress, and SU2C Ambassador Jennifer Hudson for their latest campaign, entitled: “Two Worlds. One Dream.”

    Debuting in July, the public service announcement (PSA), which will appear in print, digital, radio, and broadcast media, highlights the incredible work being done by today’s leading cancer researchers and stresses the importance of supporting innovative research.


    The powerful PSA, which features Jennifer Hudson and Genentech senior scientist Shiva Malek, Ph.D., notes the similarities between the worlds of art and science—reinforcing how much can be accomplished when we work together. The “Two Worlds. One Dream.” campaign charges everyone—from doctors and scientists to artists to patients and survivors—to unite in the fight against the collection of diseases known as cancer, which take the lives of nearly 1,600 Americans every day.

    “I, like many others, have friends and loved ones who have been affected by cancer,” said Jennifer Hudson. “I’m proud to join Genentech and Stand Up To Cancer on this PSA campaign, which showcases cancer researchers as the rock stars they really are and highlights the importance of supporting their vital work.”

    “Stand Up To Cancer was built on the idea that people from different disciplines can come together in the hope of making everyone diagnosed with cancer a survivor,” said Lisa Paulsen, co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer. “We are so grateful to Jennifer Hudson and Genentech for their invaluable support. This PSA champions collaboration, which is a cornerstone of SU2C, to inspire the public to realize their role in supporting scientific research that has the ability to transform lives.”

    “Stand Up To Cancer brings together some of the best and brightest minds in cancer research to collaborate in the fight against this terrible disease,’’ said Geoff Teeter, Vice President of Corporate Relations at Genentech. ‘’We are excited to partner with Jennifer Hudson and SU2C on this campaign, and share the belief that progress happens faster when we work together.’’

    For more information on the campaign, visit To join the conversation, like us on Facebook at @StandUpToCancer or follow us on Twitter at @SU2C.

    About Genentech
    Founded more than 35 years ago, Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. The company, a member of the Roche Group, has headquarters in South San Francisco, California. For additional information about the company, please visit

    About Stand Up To Cancer
    Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.

    For more information on Stand Up To Cancer visit


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    Most Breast Cancer Patients May Not Be Getting Enough Exercise

    Physical activity after breast cancer diagnosis has been linked with prolonged survival and improved quality of life, but most participants in a large breast cancer study did not meet national physical activity guidelines after they were diagnosed. Moreover, African-American women were less likely to meet the guidelines than white women. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings indicate that efforts to promote physical activity in breast cancer patients may need to be significantly enhanced.

    The US Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the American Cancer Society, recommends that adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity (or an equivalent combination thereof) each week for general health benefits and for chronic disease prevention and management.

    Because it’s important to understand whether there is capacity for improvement in the physical activity levels of women with breast cancer, Brionna Hair, a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her colleagues examined levels of and changes in physical activity following breast cancer diagnosis, overall and by race, in a population-based study of breast cancer patients. The study assessed pre- and post-diagnosis physical activity levels in 1,735 women aged 20 to 74 years who were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer between 2008 and 2011 in 44 counties of North Carolina.

    The researchers found that only 35 percent of breast cancer survivors met current physical activity guidelines post-diagnosis. A decrease in activity approximately six months after diagnosis was reported by 59 percent of patients, with the average participant reducing activity by 15 metabolic equivalent hours—equivalent to about five hours per week of brisk walking. When compared with white women, African-American women were about 40 percent less likely to meet national physical activity guidelines post-diagnosis, although their reported weekly post-diagnosis physical activity was not significantly different from that of White women (12 vs 14 metabolic equivalent hours). Ms. Hair noted that it’s important to realize that African-American women experience higher mortality from breast cancer than other groups in the United States.

    “Medical care providers should discuss the role physical activity plays in improving breast cancer outcomes with their patients, and strategies that may be successful in increasing physical activity among breast cancer patients need to be comprehensively evaluated and implemented,” said Ms. Hair.

    Article: “Racial differences in physical activity among breast cancer survivors: implications for breast cancer care.” Brionna Hair, Sandi Hayes, Chiu-Kit Tse, Mary Beth Bell, and Andrew Olshan. CANCER; Published Online: June 9, 2014 (DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28630).


    Author Contact: David Pesci, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Director of Communications, at or +1 (919) 962-2600; or Katy Jones, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Director of Communications and Marketing, at or +1 (919) 962-3405. CANCER is a peer-reviewed publication of the American Cancer Society integrating scientific information from worldwide sources for all oncologic specialties. The objective of CANCER is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of information among oncologic disciplines concerned with the etiology and course of human cancer. CANCER is published by Wiley and can be accessed online at

    About Wiley
    Wiley is a global provider of content-enabled solutions that improve outcomes in research, education, and professional practice. Our core businesses produce scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services, and advertising; professional books, subscription products, certification and training services and online applications; and education content and services including integrated online teaching and learning resources for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners.

    Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa, JWb), has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 450 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace. Wiley's global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company's website can be accessed at


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    The WebQuit study

    Getting ready to quit smoking?
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    SEATTLE – The time is right – you’re ready to quit smoking. Begin with just a click at

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    Bricker is an associate member of the Fred Hutch Public Health Sciences Division and an associate affiliate professor of psychology at the University of Washington. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific articles and currently serves as the senior editor of the scientific journal Addiction. Visit WebQuit to learn more about his research.

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