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Research and Markets: South Korea Baby Food & Paediatric Nutrition Market: Analysis & Forecast (2007 – 2017)

Posted: January 31, 2012 at 6:16 pm


DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Research and Markets(http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/6eebec/south_korea_baby_f) has announced the addition of the "South Korea Baby Food & Paediatric Nutrition Market: Analysis & Forecast (2007 - 2017) " report to their offering.

Despite continuous decline in child birth rate, the South Korean baby food & paediatric nutrition market managed a positive growth rate during 2007 - 2011. The overall baby food and paediatric nutrition market in South Korea grew by 4.8% during 2007 - 2011. The market is further expected to grow with a CAGR of 1.56% during 2012 - 2017 to reach USD 553.3 million in 2017 from USD 512.2 million in 2012.

This report provides a holistic view to the overall South Korea Baby Food and Paediatric Nutrition market with over view of Asia - Pacific Market and 11 year market data & forecast based on following segmentation:

By Product:

Bottled baby food Baby cereals Baby snacks Baby soups Canned & Frozen baby foods

By Type:

Dried Baby Food Milk Formula Prepared Baby Food Other Baby Food

Key Topics Covered:

Chapter 1 Introduction 1.1 Objectives & Coverage 1.2 Report Description 1.3 Scope And Definitions 1.3.1 Segmentation & Analysis 1.4 Stakeholders 1.5 Data Sources, Methodology & Forecasting

Chapter 2 Asia - Pacific Baby Food & Pediatric Nutrition Market 2.1 Overview 2.2 Demographic Trends 2.3 Drivers 2.4 Inhibitors 2.5 Opportunities 2.6 Market Size & Growth 2.7 Market Trend 2.8 Future Prospect 2.9 Market Forecast 2.10 Competitive Landscape

Chapter 3 South Korea Baby Food & Pediatric Nutrition Market 3.1 Market Size & Growth 3.2 Market Trend 3.3 Future Prospect 3.4 Market Forecast 3.5 Competitive Landscape

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Research and Markets: Thailand Baby Food & Paediatric Nutrition Market: Analysis & Forecast (2007 – 2017)

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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Research and Markets(http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/a14ce4/thailand_baby_food) has announced the addition of the "Thailand Baby Food & Paediatric Nutrition Market: Analysis & Forecast (2007 - 2017)" report to their offering.

With a large number of Thai youth denying marriage and preferring to have 1-2 children, the birth rate has declined considerably in Thailand over the last few years. This has considerably slowed the volume growth rate in Thailand; however, growth in price due to demand in specialty baby food products, balanced the market in revenue terms. The Thai baby food and paediatric nutrition market grew with a CAGR of 6.99% during 2007 - 2011 to reach USD 692.1 million in 2011. The market is further expected to grow with a CAGR of 5.97% during 2012 - 2017.

This report provides a holistic view to the overall Thailand Baby Food and Paediatric Nutrition market with over view of Asia - Pacific Market and 11 year market data & forecast based on following segmentation:

By Product:

Bottled baby food Baby cereals Baby snacks Baby soups Canned & Frozen baby foods

By Type:

Dried Baby Food Milk Formula Prepared Baby Food Other Baby Food

Key Topics Covered:

Chapter 1 Introduction 1.1 Objectives & Coverage 1.2 Report Description 1.3 Scope And Definitions 1.3.1 Segmentation & Analysis 1.4 Stakeholders 1.5 Data Sources, Methodology & Forecasting

Chapter 2 Asia - Pacific Baby Food & Pediatric Nutrition Market 2.1 Overview 2.2 Demographic Trends 2.3 Drivers 2.4 Inhibitors 2.5 Opportunities 2.6 Market Size & Growth 2.7 Market Trend 2.8 Future Prospect 2.9 Market Forecast 2.10 Competitive Landscape

Chapter 3 Thailand Baby Food & Pediatric Nutrition Market 3.1 Market Size & Growth 3.2 Market Trend 3.3 Future Prospect 3.4 Market Forecast 3.5 Competitive Landscape

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Research and Markets: Singapore Baby Food & Paediatric Nutrition Market: Analysis & Forecast (2007 – 2017)

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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Research and Markets(http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/e23efe/singapore_baby_foo) has announced the addition of the "Singapore Baby Food & Paediatric Nutrition Market: Analysis & Forecast (2007 - 2017)" report to their offering.

With high disposable income and small family size, parents in Singapore are willing to spend extra on quality baby food products. Moreover, recovering from economic down turn more and people have started their family, which has raised the demand of baby food in the country. The Singapore baby food and paediatric nutrition sales value increased with a CAGR of 2.13% during 2007 - 2011 to reach USD 59.6 million in 2011 and it is further expected to grow with a CAGR of 2.13% during 2012 - 2017 to be worth USD 68.4 million in 2017.

This report provides a holistic view to the overall Singapore Baby Food and Paediatric Nutrition market with over view of Asia - Pacific Market and 11 year market data & forecast based on following segmentation:

By Product:

Bottled baby food Baby cereals Baby snacks Baby soups Canned & Frozen baby foods

By Type:

Dried Baby Food Milk Formula Prepared Baby Food Other Baby Food

Key Topics Covered:

Chapter 1 Introduction 1.1 Objectives & Coverage 1.2 Report Description 1.3 Scope And Definitions 1.3.1 Segmentation & Analysis 1.4 Stakeholders 1.5 Data Sources, Methodology & Forecasting

Chapter 2 Asia - Pacific Baby Food & Pediatric Nutrition Market 2.1 Overview 2.2 Demographic Trends 2.3 Drivers 2.4 Inhibitors 2.5 Opportunities 2.6 Market Size & Growth 2.7 Market Trend 2.8 Future Prospect 2.9 Market Forecast 2.10 Competitive Landscape

Chapter 3 Singapore Baby Food & Pediatric Nutrition Market 3.1 Market Size & Growth 3.2 Market Trend 3.3 Future Prospect 3.4 Market Forecast 3.5 Competitive Landscape

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Chiropractor Announces Nutrition Services for Frankfort Residents

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FRANKFORT, IL--(Marketwire -01/31/12)- Advanced Chiropractic Wellness Center announced that the practice offers nutrition response testing to help patients optimize overall health. The diagnostic test identifies the precise nutrients on the cellular level necessary for well-being. The chiropractor then uses this information to make nutritional recommendations for patients. Nutrition counseling can help patients manage weight, heal following an injury, reduce chronic pain and headaches, and enhance overall well-being. The practice also provides chiropractic care for patients healing following an auto injury or personal injury.

Frankfort chiropractor Dr. Scott Stratton announced that Advanced Chiropractic Wellness Center offers nutrition response testing. These diagnostic tests are used to determine the specific balance of nutrients necessary to optimize metabolic function at the cellular level.

"Proper nutrition is essential to a healthy body," said Dr. Stratton. "However, many patients mistakenly believe they are making healthy food choices, but are actually depriving their bodies of the very nutrients they need to thrive. Everybody is unique, which is why testing is so important. This diagnostic test tells us the exact nutrients necessary for optimizing each individual's health."

The test evaluates neurological reflexes and the health of the body's nervous system, which regulates organs, glands, joints and muscles. This non-invasive analysis provides precise feedback that can also help identify the underlying cause for chronic pain and illness.

Dr. Stratton recommends diagnostic testing for all his patients, emphasizing that it is an important part of a complete wellness plan.

"Nutrition response testing makes a tremendous difference for our patients' overall health," said Dr. Stratton. "Eating the right balance of nutrients optimizes metabolic function, meaning that our patients have more energy, feel healthier and are also decreasing their risk for long-term, chronic illnesses. Additionally, by identifying and correcting an underlying imbalance in metabolic function, we are able to help patients successfully manage chronic illness and pain, without the need for medication."

Dr. Stratton emphasized that proper nutrition is also important for helping the body heal after an injury. For example, chronic back pain and neck pain are aggravated by inflammation of the joints and tissues. According to Dr. Stratton, antioxidants found in dark berries and green, leafy vegetables fight inflammation and promote internal healing. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils can also protect joints.

"There's a wide range of essential commercially available nutrients and supplements," said Dr. Stratton. "That's why diagnostic testing is so important. Everyone has unique wellness needs -- whether it's managing chronic pain, reducing headaches or helping the body heal from an injury. Diagnostic testing allows us to determine the precise balance of nutrients, so a patient's body receives everything that it needs -- and nothing extra or unnecessary."

Dr. Stratton also provides nutritional counseling to help patients with food allergies and intolerances. According to Dr. Stratton, food intolerance can be a major contributing factor to chronic health problems, like migraine headaches. Muscle response testing, in conjunction with nutrition response testing, can identify the underlying cause for food intolerances.

"By helping patients remove the offending food from their diet, pain symptoms are reduced and treatments like spinal adjustments are more effective," said Dr. Stratton.

Individuals who wish to learn more about the nutritional services available at the Frankfort practice may visit the website at: http://www.drscottstratton.com/ and schedule an appointment.

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Westin Hotels & Resorts Kicks off New Year with Global Roll-out of New Fitness Studios

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STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Just in time to cater to the millions of Americans resolving to get fit in the new year, Westin Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:HOT - News) announces a complete refresh of the WestinWORKOUT® program to match the evolving fitness trends among guests and further enhance the brand’s goal of promoting well-being in travel. After conducting in-depth guest research and monitoring workout trends, Westin is transforming fitness facilities at its 186 hotels around the world into highly-designed fitness studios featuring new equipment, blue-light therapy and more. The new fitness studios will roll-out globally throughout 2012.

Floor Space: Spread Out

Westin’s in-house Design Team studied guest behavior and found that the Westin guest desires a more well-rounded, holistic fitness experience, including more options for stretching, yoga and fitness classes. To capitalize on this trend, Westin chose to remove select pieces of equipment that guests were not using as frequently in order to provide more floor space for these types of activities. Finally, versatile pulley machines were added to smaller fitness studios to further maximize space and provide a greater range of workout options.

Customized Lighting: Blue-Light Boost

Westin worked with Philips to create ideal lighting for the re-designed fitness studios and is the first hotel brand to introduce ActiViva Lighting, Philips’ new energizing fluorescent lighting, into its gym facilities. This cutting-edge blue light technology positively influences well-being and will help to make guests feel more alert, awake and energized in target workout areas such as the cardio zone. Additionally, the lighting will be customized in all workout zones to coincide with the type of exercise taking place in each specific area.

Design Aesthetic: Go Natural

The custom-created design of Westin’s new fitness studio, a departure from the typical gym aesthetic, was also driven by the changing trends of how people work out. Instead of black rubber floors, the Westin Design Team chose to use a natural, soft-tone color palette and organic materials including textural woven flooring. Inspired by nature, each fitness studio will also display a full-size art mural entitled “Step Up” – a reflective image of people running up a grassy hill, illustrating Westin’s goal of helping guests leave feeling better than when they arrived.. A built-in entry millwork unit was also added in order to house guests’ essentials, such as towels and water, in one place.

“For a Better You” - Westin’s Elements of Well-Being

The global launch of the new fitness studios joins a host of well-being initiatives recently introduced by Westin Hotels & Resorts. Most recently, Westin launched a brand-wide Associate Enrichment program, introducing the brand’s “Elements of Well Being Platform” to its associates around the world through key touch points. In May 2011, the brand unveiled its groundbreaking “For a Better You” ad campaign that uses artistic imagery to depict the “Elements of Well Being” that help Westin guests leave feeling better than when they arrived. In December 2010, Westin announced an exclusive partnership with New Balance, helping hotel guests overcome the hurdles of exercising on the road by providing New Balance footwear, apparel and fitness program content to its guests to borrow. Later this year, the brand will also be expanding its in-room SuperFoodsRX menu items for breakfast to also include lunch and dinner options.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts

Westin Hotels & Resorts makes the healthiest choices irresistibly appealing, so guests leave feeling better than when they arrived. With more than 180 hotels and resorts in over 36 countries and territories, Westin is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Starwood Hotels is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,071 properties in 100 countries and territories with 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element SM. The company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit http://www.starwoodhotels.com.

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Ride of a Lifetime Returns to CityCentre Plaza March 24

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Life Time Fitness (NYSE:LTM - News):

What:   Ride of a Lifetime returns to CityCentre Plaza March 24 to help kick off your cycling season! The two-hour, high-energy event will be led by Jeff Rosga, one of the founding developers of Life Time’s signature cycling programs, and top Life Time Cycle instructors. Riders will be treated to music spun by the internationally-renowned DJ, Roberto Costa throughout the ride and after during the post-ride celebration.   When: Saturday, March 24, 2012 Check-in: 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Ride: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Post-ride celebration: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.   Where: CityCentre Plaza 815 Town and Country Lane Houston, TX 77024 Phone: 713-464-1200   Register: Life Time members and guests may find additional information or register for the Ride of a Lifetime at mylt.com/cycling. All participants must wear a 2012 Life Time Cycle jersey, which is included in the $50 (Life Time member) or $60 (non-member) registration fee. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Life Time Fitness Foundation, which is currently focused on improving children’s nutrition in schools.

 

Media is welcome to attend and take pictures/roll footage during the Ride of a Lifetime. For access to the event, media must contact KJ Leinberger (952-229-7162) at Life Time.

About Life Time Fitness, Inc.
As The Healthy Way of Life Company, Life Time Fitness (NYSE:LTM - News) helps organizations, communities and individuals achieve their total health objectives, athletic aspirations and fitness goals by engaging in their areas of interest – or discovering new passions – both inside and outside of Life Time’s distinctive and large sports, professional fitness, family recreation and spa destinations, most of which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Company’s Healthy Way of Life approach enables customers to achieve this by providing the best programs, people and places of uncompromising quality and value. As of February 1, 2012, the Company operated 92 centers under the LIFE TIME FITNESS® and LIFE TIME ATHLETICSM brands primarily in suburban locations in 21 states and 26 major markets. Additional information about Life Time centers, programs and services is available at lifetimefitness.com.

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Dogs – A Healthy Future – Video

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16-01-2012 06:01 This film, narrated by Clare Balding, looks at the issues affecting dog health and wellbeing in this country and what is being done in 2012 to help ensure that dog welfare stays at the top of the agenda. 'Dogs -- A Healthy Future', focuses on the main issues that affect dog health and welfare, including hereditary diseases, issues created by breeding dogs for the way that they look and the problem of cruel puppy farms that breed dogs for profit without regard for their health and welfare. The film explores the steps that have already been taken to address these issues and the need for united action in order to ensure that the progress continues in 2012.

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Doll Favors US Energy, Health-Care, Technology Stocks – Video

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30-01-2012 18:48 Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Robert Doll, chief equity strategist at BlackRock Inc., talks about the outlook for Europe's debt crisis, US stocks and his investment strategy. Doll also discusses China's economic growth and emerging markets. He speaks with Susan Li on Bloomberg Television's "First Up." (Source: Bloomberg)

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No big Fukushima health impact seen: U.N. body chairman

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VIENNA (Reuters) - The health impact of last year's Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan appears relatively small thanks partly to prompt evacuations, the chairman of a U.N. scientific body investigating the effects of radiation said on Tuesday.

The fact that some radioactive releases spread over the ocean instead of populated areas also contributed to limiting the consequences, said Wolfgang Weiss of the U.N. Scientific Committee on the effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR).

"As far as the doses we have seen from the screening of the population ... they are very low," Weiss told Reuters. This was partly "due to the rapid evacuation and this worked very well."

Weiss was speaking on the sidelines of a week-long meeting of 60 international experts in Vienna to assess for the United Nations the radiation exposures and health effects of the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years.

The March 11 disaster caused by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami wrecked the Fukushima plant on the coast north of Tokyo, triggering a radiation crisis and widespread contamination. About 80,000 residents fled a 20-km (12-mile) exclusion zone.

Weiss said Japanese experts attending the meeting had told him that they were not aware of any acute health effects, in contrast to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine.

"What we have seen in Chernobyl - people were dying from huge, high exposures, some of the workers were dying very soon - nothing along these lines has been reported so far (in Japan)," he said. "Up to now there were no acute immediate effects observed."

Several thousand children developed thyroid cancer due to radiation exposure after the Chernobyl disaster in the then Soviet Union, when a reactor exploded and caught fire and radiation was sent billowing across Europe.

Weiss said a few workers at Fukushima had received high radioactive doses, but "so far the initial medical follow-up of these workers who had high doses, as far as the Japanese colleagues told us, was OK."

A preliminary report on the radiation effects of Fukushima will be presented at UNSCEAR's annual meeting in May and a final document will be submitted to the United Nations General Assembly in 2013.

"We are putting together a jigsaw puzzle, evaluating the exposures of the general public, of workers, and radiation effects, and looking for the missing pieces," Weiss said.

The U.N. committee, which has published reports about Chernobyl, groups scientists from 27 countries.

Asked whether he was optimistic that the overall health effects would be quite small, Weiss said: "If we find out that what we know now is representing the situation, then the answer would be yes ... the health impact would be low."

(Reporting by Fredrik Dahl; editing by David Stamp)

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Health Net’s & UCLA’s Health Literacy Social Media Program Opens to All Teens Nationwide

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RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Health Net Federal Services, LLC, part of the Government Contracts segment of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT - News) and the UCLA School of Public Health announced the health literacy social media program, T2X, is available to all cyber-savvy teens nationwide and Health Net Federal Services wants to ensure teens from military families are included.

The T2X website, http://www.t2x.me, offers a teen-only community of users, with teen and professionally produced content, competitions, games, quizzes, blogs, video sharing and other interactive and participatory communication methods. The site covers lifestyle issues for teens including: nutrition, fitness, stress management and substance abuse. Until recently, the program was previously limited to its study testing phase.

“It’s tough being a teenager today. It can be even tougher for those in military families, as they face unique challenges when a parent or loved one serves and is deployed and redeployed. The T2X program is a cutting-edge tool for teens to not only find support through the emotional cycles of deployment but also find the information to help them live a healthy and fulfilling life,” said Tom Carrato, president of Health Net Federal Services. “T2X empowers teens to take responsibility and become invested in their own health care and well-being.”

The T2X project was created as a result of a partnership between Health Net, Inc., UCLA School of Public Health and EPG Technologies. It was funded by a $1.1 million NIH research grant that tested whether an online social network would increase teens’ capacity to access and use their insurance, become more engaged in their health care and health behavior decisions, and develop pro-health attitudes.

On the T2X website, teens have access to:

Chat online with health experts and ask questions about sensitive health topics that they may not be comfortable discussing with their physician Learn how to access health services Intelligent SMS campaign that allows teens to text keywords to a designated number and receive customized content back to their mobile devices Participate in health-oriented social networking through blogs, videos and other transmedia tools

The transmedia component of T2X is extremely unique as the project is the first of its kind to explore the effectiveness of this intervention. “Transmedia” is telling different parts of a story using different types of media, which provides opportunities for participants to get deeper into the story, topic and characters, eventually putting the story together into a coherent whole. Engaging the T2X community through transmedia storytelling may make issues related to health care literacy more relevant and engaging for teens as they transition into adulthood.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to engage the T2X community through transmedia storytelling to make issues related to health care literacy more relevant and engaging for teens as they transition into adulthood,” said Deborah Glik, professor for the UCLA School of Public Health and another one of the study’s collaborators.

For younger children, Health Net Federal Services offers a series of kids’ journals to help military children make sense of complex emotions during difficult times. My Life, a kid’s journal, is for children with a parent or loved one who is deployed. My Life Continued is for children who have lost a parent or loved one who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. My Life As I Move is for children who are embarking on yet another Permanent Change of Station (PCS). The journals are free and available to download.

About Health Net

Health Net Federal Services, a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc., has a long history of providing cost-effective, quality managed health care programs for government agencies, including the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. As the managed care support contractor for the TRICARE North Region, Health Net provides health care services to approximately 3.0 million uniformed services beneficiaries, active and retired, and their families. In addition, Health Net provides quality, cost-effective health care solutions for veterans, as well as behavioral health services for active duty service members, veterans and their families. Visit Health Net at http://www.healthnet.com, http://www.hnfs.com and http://www.facebook.com/healthnetfederalservices.

About The UCLA School of Public Health

The UCLA School of Public Health is dedicated to enhancing the public’s health by conducting innovative research; training future leaders and health professionals; translating research into policy and practice; and serving local, national and international communities. For more information, visit http://www.ph.ucla.edu.

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Health Dialog Wins AVA Award for HD Care CompassTM Tool

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BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Health Dialog today announced that its newest decision support tool, the HD Care Compass™ web and mobile site, was recognized with a Gold AVA Award (Audio Visual Award) in the website/medical category. This award is the latest in a long line of recognitions for Health Dialog as the leader in Shared Decision Making, with the company’s industry-leading healthcare decision support aids having garnered more than 60 awards in the last two years alone. The AVA Awards is an international competition that recognizes outstanding work by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design, and production of media that is part of the evolution of digital communication.

The HD Care Compass™ tool provides information and support for patients who are facing an upcoming surgery or medical test, including what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. Developed by an editorial team of doctors and nurses, the site currently contains information for seven different procedures selected for high prevalence, including cardiac catheterization, gall bladder surgery, knee replacement, hip replacement, colonoscopy, surgical breast biopsy, and needle breast biopsy.

“Preparing for and undergoing a surgery or medical procedure can cause anxiety for any patient, especially when they don’t know what to expect,” said Peter Goldbach, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Health Dialog. “This recognition confirms that our tools are easy-to-follow, patient-friendly, and well-designed, all critically important elements of making sure a patient-support tool is well received. Such a tool must have both the medical content as well as the usability to ensure that individuals can become more informed, active participants in their own health and care.”

The 2011 AVA Award winners, announced in January 2012, were selected from more than 1,700 entries, of which only 14% received gold awards. The AVA Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP).

Since its launch in the fall of 2011, the HD Care Compass™ site has received more than 75,000 pages views of practical, easy-to-use information about surgeries and procedures. To access Health Dialog’s HD Care Compass™ tool from a laptop or mobile device, please visit http://www.hdcarecompass.com.

About Health Dialog:

Health Dialog Services Corporation is a leading provider of healthcare analytics and decision support. The firm is a private, wholly-owned subsidiary of Bupa, a global provider of healthcare services. Health Dialog helps healthcare payors improve healthcare quality while reducing overall costs. Company offerings include health coaching for medical decisions, chronic conditions, and wellness; population analytic solutions; and consulting services. Health Dialog helps individuals participate in their own healthcare decisions, develop more effective relationships with their physicians, and live healthier, happier lives. For more information, visit http://www.healthdialog.com.

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Long-lived people distinguished by DNA

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Study finds genetic signatures of the extremely old

Web edition : Monday, January 30th, 2012

People who live to be 100 often credit particular dietary or lifestyle habits, religious faith or a generally positive outlook for their aging success. But scientists have long believed extreme longevity is at least partly in the genes.

Certainly long lives seem to run in families. People who have a centenarian sibling stand a better chance of also living to 100 than most people do, and twin studies suggest that genes are responsible for about 20 to 30 percent of a person’s ability to live to 85. Yet despite efforts to comb the genetic blueprints of the very, very old for versions of genes that might make a person into the next Methuselah, scientists have largely come up empty.

Now, a group of researchers has identified a set of 281 genetic variants that together distinguish people who live to be 110 or more from the rest of us with about 85 percent accuracy.  

Further analysis revealed several different genetic signatures among centenarians, indicating that there could be lots of ways to live beyond 100, researchers led by Paola Sebastiani and Thomas Perls of Boston University report January 18 in the online journal PLoS ONE. While the findings are drawing some criticism, the results suggest that there is a genetic component to longevity, especially at the oldest ages.

Centenarians in the study have just as many disease-associated genetic variants as other people, so the researchers think that the inherited component probably includes versions of genes that protect against age-related diseases. As people get older and older, being born with the right genetic stuff becomes more and more important for continued survival, they conclude.

“What we have is a provocative set of findings that need to be replicated,” Sebastiani says.

Controversial is the adjective many other researchers use to describe the research. In an earlier version of the study that was published online in Science in 2010, the Boston University researchers claimed to have found a set of 150 genetic variants that could correctly predict who would be a centenarian 77 percent of the time. But the study soon came under fire for technical flaws. The researchers fixed the technical problem and engaged an independent lab at Yale University to analyze the data.

Despite those revisions, the study was retracted from Science last year because the journal said the results no longer met standards for publication. Science’s reasoning is disingenuous, says Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. “The results, if anything, are stronger,” he says. “The data are the data, and it’s very striking.”

But other geneticists have expressed vague unease with the findings.

“The obvious technical issues have been corrected,” says geneticist Greg Cooper of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Ala. “It certainly is worth putting out there as observations to think about.” But longevity “is a messy trait,” one that may be too complicated to explain with a small number of genetic variants. “I’m not totally sold” that the study really explains centenarians’ staying power, Cooper says.

Part of the discomfort stems from the method used to generate the genetic profiles. Most modern genetic studies are really exercises in statistics. Researchers compare large groups of people with a trait or disease to other large groups that don’t share that trait, looking for genetic variants that appear more often in the group that has the disease.

Another challenge: It’s hard to find a large group of centenarians. Only one in 5,000 Americans lives that long, and only one person in 7 million will become a supercentenarian — someone who is 110 or older.

In the new study, the researchers combed the genetic blueprints of 801 centenarians and 914 healthy younger people for longevity-associated variants. The researchers also replicated the findings with two additional rounds of testing; first with a separate group of 253 people in their 90s and 100s and a control group of 341 younger people, then with a third set of 60 centenarians and 2,863 other people.

The researchers detected only one individual variant — one linked to the APOE gene, which is associated with Alzheimer’s disease — that meets statistical standards for separating supercentenarians from people with a more average life span. Many other variants also looked as if they might be tied to longevity, but none passed statistical muster.

So Sebastiani and her team began summing the effects of variants that didn’t quite rise to the statistical threshold to see if those individual differences added up to a genetic signature that could predict longevity. Although none of the variants alone could distinguish the extremely long-lived from those with average life spans, together the variants began to form an overall picture of the genetic makeup of a centenarian. As the researchers added in more and more variants, up to the 281 reported in the study, their power to predict centenarians increased.

Such grouping of genetic variants has been used to study characteristics such as height, body mass and intelligence. That type of analysis may help detect an underlying genetic component to a trait, but doesn’t indicate which biological processes are important, says Elizabeth Cirulli, a human geneticist at Duke University’s Center for Human Genome Variation.

“It’s not that it’s invalid, it’s just not helpful,” she says.

David Hinds, a statistical geneticist at the genetic testing company 23andMe, contends that the genetic profile may be an overly optimistic interpretation of the data and may be a result of strong genetic signatures from some ethnic groups. Hinds used the 281 variants to see if he could pick out the 58 centenarians in the 23andMe database from about 90,000 other people. He couldn’t.

His analysis also indicates that the 281 variants are really a signature that identifies people of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. The demographic history of Jews might mean that fewer people of Ashkenazi ancestry have lived to become centenarians. “It could be that the model predicts who will be a centenarian in the United States, but for the uninteresting reason that centenarians in the northeastern U.S. tend not to be Jewish,” he says.

Sebastiani says that the centenarians and control groups were carefully selected to eliminate any chance that the results would be skewed by ancestry. Hinds’ failure to replicate the findings may be because the centenarians in his database aren’t really centenarians at all. “There are a lot of false claims about old ages,” she says.

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Target Aging Overnight with ARTISTRY intensive skincare anti-wrinkle firming serum – Video

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25-01-2012 11:00 Experience the breakthrough anti-aging power of Next Generation Retinol with ARTISRY's intensive skincare anti-wrinkle firming serum

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The Big Bread Lie, The Whole Truth, Nutrition by Natalie – Video

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Bodybuilder Shares Nutrition

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UFC fighter Jon Fitch talks about nutrition part 1 of 3 – Video

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Research and Markets: India Baby Food & Paediatric Nutrition Market: Analysis & Forecast (2007 – 2017)

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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Research and Markets(http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/15af8d/india_baby_food) has announced the addition of the "India Baby Food & Paediatric Nutrition Market: Analysis & Forecast (2007 - 2017)" report to their offering.

The young generation of urban women in India prefers packaged baby food which resulted in the development of various flavour variants and new products. Earlier the focus was mainly on milk formula and dried baby food but recently several prepared baby food products appeared on store shelves. Big Bazaar launched Gerber in their metro outlets, Glaxo SmithKline launched Junior Horlicks, Consumer Healthcare Ltd launched Animal Shaped Biscuits and Cadbury India Ltd launched Bournvita Lil Champs. Flavour variants was launched such as Mixed Vegetables' and Mixed Fruit' within dried baby food segment as they were considered highly nutritious by mothers. These trends has led the growth of the Baby food market in India and the market grew by 52.5% during 2007 - 2011 to reach USD 380.1 million in 2011.

Nestle India Ltd held the maximum value share 2011. Its brand Cerelac is almost synonymous to baby food products and holds the considerable share.

This report provides a holistic view to the overall India Baby Food and Paediatric Nutrition market with over view of Asia - Pacific Market and 11 year market data & forecast based on following segmentation:

By Product

Bottled baby food Baby cereals Baby snacks Baby soups Canned & Frozen baby foods

By Type

Dried Baby Food Milk Formula Prepared Baby Food Other Baby Food

Key Topics Covered:

Chapter 1 Introduction 1.1 Objectives & Coverage 1.2 Report Description 1.3 Scope And Definitions 1.3.1 Segmentation & Analysis 1.4 Stakeholders 1.5 Data Sources, Methodology & Forecasting

Chapter 2 Asia - Pacific Baby Food & Pediatric Nutrition Market 2.1 Overview 2.2 Demographic Trends 2.3 Drivers 2.4 Inhibitors 2.5 Opportunities 2.6 Market Size & Growth 2.7 Market Trend 2.8 Future Prospect 2.9 Market Forecast 2.10 Competitive Landscape

Chapter 3 India Baby Food & Pediatric Nutrition Market 3.1 Market Size & Growth 3.2 Market Trend 3.3 Future Prospect 3.4 Market Forecast 3.5 Competitive Landscape

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/15af8d/india_baby_food

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Research and Markets: China Baby Food & Paediatric Nutrition Market: Analysis & Forecast (2007 – 2017)

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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Research and Markets(http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/d417e8/china_baby_food) has announced the addition of the "China Baby Food & Paediatric Nutrition Market: Analysis & Forecast (2007 - 2017) " report to their offering.

As the consumer spending on baby food products increasing in China (0.08% in 2009 to 0.09% in 2010 of total GDP) the sales value has increased considerably over last five years. The baby food sales value in China increased by 122% during 2007 - 2011 from USD 3.2 billion in 2007 to USD 7.1 billion in 2011. Due to high demand of bay food products in China, the country has become a hot spot for baby food manufacturers and agri-food developers. This is evident in as the more than 175 new baby food products has been launched in Chinese market over the last 12 months. Moreover, Agri-food imports in China has also increased considerably, from USD 51.5 billion in 2009 to USD 73.3 billion in 2010 (an 42% increase).

This report provides a holistic view to the overall China Baby Food and Paediatric Nutrition market with over view of Asia - Pacific Market and 11 year market data & forecast based on following segmentation:

By Product

Bottled baby food Baby cereals Baby snacks Baby soups Canned & Frozen baby foods

By Type

Dried Baby Food Milk Formula Prepared Baby Food Other Baby Food

Key Topics Covered:

Chapter 1 Introduction 1.1 Objectives & Coverage 1.2 Report Description 1.3 Scope And Definitions 1.3.1 Segmentation & Analysis 1.4 Stakeholders 1.5 Data Sources, Methodology & Forecasting

Chapter 2 Asia - Pacific Baby Food & Pediatric Nutrition Market 2.1 Overview 2.2 Demographic Trends 2.3 Drivers 2.4 Inhibitors 2.5 Opportunities 2.6 Market Size & Growth 2.7 Market Trend 2.8 Future Prospect 2.9 Market Forecast 2.10 Competitive Landscape

Chapter 3 China Baby Food & Pediatric Nutrition Market 3.1 Market Size & Growth 3.2 Market Trend 3.3 Future Prospect 3.4 Market Forecast 3.5 Competitive Landscape

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/d417e8/china_baby_food

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YogTrailers – Zumba Fitness Rush: Erica Trailer – Video

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28-01-2012 13:56 For the record, they had chicken tikka masala made from scratch.

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New Year's fitness resolutions in February?

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Article updated: 1/30/2012 9:00 AM

There’s still time to make good on that New Year’s resolution and get started on a fitness program for 2012.

 

Courtesy of Fox Valley Park District

By Jeff Long

Fox Valley Park District

Those New Year’s resolutions are now four weeks old. Made any progress?

If yours was a commitment to start a fitness program and get in better shape, this first month is barely a blip on the radar in terms of the big picture.

Physical fitness and weight control are lifelong pursuits. There are no pills or magic formulas or crazy shake concoctions that snap you into shape as easy as 1-2-3. This month is only the beginning of the journey.

Those who were part of the “January Stampede” to local gyms and fitness centers have already started on the path to a healthier lifestyle while making the transformation from flabby to fit.

So … let the migration continue! Through the end of February (it’s a leap year, too), the Fox Valley Park District has waived enrollment fees at all three of its fitness centers — Eola, Vaughan and Prisco.

That means you’re free to choose a membership tailored to your needs and goals, then start working out right then and there.

If your conscience talks to you like mine talks to me, here’s what it’s saying: I now have until Feb. 29 — or else — to get the resolution rolling and start writing my feel-good story for 2012.

You’ll keep a whole lot of money in your wallet or purse; you’ll be healthier, happier and more energetic; and you’ll find that staying fit isn’t sweaty drudgery — it’s actually enjoyable!

Those who stay in shape on a regular basis — and soon that will be you — can vouch that exercise is uplifting. Even on those tired days when the fatigue factor is high and you drag yourself into the gym, you inevitably leave with a hop in your step.

The activity doesn’t much matter — weights, cardio, aerobics, running. Choose what you enjoy. Or, to use gym lingo, “whatever percolates your blood.”

Hopefully, by the end of February, there will be a lot of empty couches and lonely televisions among local households.

Need a little help getting started on a fitness regimen? Consider using a personal trainer; they are nationally certified experts in fitness training and instruction. They’ll provide analysis and work with you on an individual basis to create a training program tailored specifically for you.

Get started now, and your 2013 New Year’s resolution will be one of maintaining the fitness level you attained in 2012!

• Jeff Long is the public relations manager for the Fox Valley Park District. Contact him at jlong@fvpd.net

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