The latest in a long string of celebrities to write children’s books when the going gets tough, Barack Obama has joined the ranks of children’s authors with his book, Of thee I sing.
Bookstores across the world are filled with celebrity offerings and Obama is not the first celebrity to turn to writing children’s books when they have been perceived less than favourably in the press. Though admittedly, he is the first president to aim his work at children. n.
Well-known names such as Madonna (who released her first of six children’s books, The English Roses, back in 2003) and Sarah Ferguson (who has released a string of books throughout her many periods of disgrace) have jumped on the bandwagon.
It is thought that these celebrities (including former First-Lady, Hilary Clinton) believe that by showing their softer, compassionate side, will regain the public’s trust and respect after falling from grace. Take Jordan, a.k.a Katie Price, for example – after a string of allegations and accusations in the press, Jordan released her sparkly pink offering, My Pony Care book.
Obama has provided himself some saving grace, in the form of all his proceeds going to charity. All money gained from sales of the publication will benefit the Fisher House Foundation, a charity dedicated to the children of soldiers wounded or killed in battle, and Obama is not giving any interviews in relation to the release.
Other cynics have also attributed the celebrities’ enthusiasm to the success achieved by the phenomenally popular Harry Potter books, which made JK Rowling both a celebrity and a millionaire.
Despite the fact that many cynics see celebrities’ writing ambitions as a money-making enterprise, it can be argued that it doesn’t matter who’s written the books; if children are more inclined to sit down and read just because their favourite celebrity is attached to the novel, where is the harm?
By reading more, children widen their vocabulary and advance their development. This outcome is positive even if the books themselves may ultimately be a cynical attempt at making cash and creating publicity.
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Hydroxatone, the number one anti-wrinkle cream in terms of results and efficiency, was in the news again. This amazing product from Hydroxatone has now got the approval of one of the most famous names in beauty and skincare.
Leading beauty expert, Jamie Krell, in a famous show, The TALK, gave away the Hydroxatone skin rejuvenation system to millions of watchers. Krell is known to share some of the hottest new beauty and skin care products that can take your looks to a whole new level.
The latest episode of The TALK, that focuses on the latest headlines and issues pertaining to women and covers themes like beauty, confirmed that the Hydroxatone facial rejuvenation system is among the very best products in the skincare industry.
-This facial rejuvenation system from Hydroxatone is a multi-functional and powerful tool. You are going to like it because it is going to hydrate the skin and diminish fine lines, giving you that overall smooth youthful complexion,- said Krell in the latest episode of The TALK that has 5.3 million viewers.
-This system can be used for both men and women for that glowing, beautiful skin that everybody wants. This is a complete facial rejuvenation system,- she added.
With this unique and hugely popular rejuvenation system, you do not have to spend money buying multiple jars of creams to try which one works the best for your skin type.
The best thing about this product is that it is formulated for all skin types. The Hydroxatone facial rejuvenation system comes with a unique facial rejuvenation tool that has flexible features with high and low cleansing speeds. The system also comes with a cleansing sponge applicator head, exfoliating brush applicator head, 1.7 oz Revitalizing Microdermabrasion cream, 1 oz AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex, and two AA batteries.
Cleansing is done expertly by the cleansing sponge applicator head, while the exfoliating brush applicator head helps cast aside all that dry and flaky skin you have been carrying around. The Revitalizing Microdermabrasion cream exfoliates the skin by gently polishing it to remove dead skin cells, giving the skin a bright and lustrous look. The AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex helps balance the skin’s collagen. It can be applied twice a day to cleanse and tone the face and neck.
The system can do everything you need for that healthy, youthful, and stunningly-radiant look.
Hydroxatone is known for its unique and highly researched age defying skincare products. Its state-of-the-art formulations help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a smoother, younger looking skin. The breakthrough beauty products combine clinically proven and luxurious ingredients with advanced science.
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In my San Antonio, Texas based Massage Therapy and Bodywork practice I often treat pain from various syndromes including Piriformis Syndrome. Like many painful conditions Piriformis Syndrome responds quite well to massage therapy and bodywork.
What is Piriformis Syndrome?
Piriformis Syndrome is the name of a painful nerve entrapment condition in which the sciatic nerve is placed under abnormal pressure by the piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle attaches to the sacrum bone of the low back to the top of greater trochanter of the femur (thigh bone) and lies on top of the sciatic nerve. When the piriformis muscle becomes tight and enlarged, pain results from myofascial trigger points (knots) in the muscle, pressure on the sciatic nerve, and sometimes from the S-I Joint in the low back. Pain from Piriformis Syndrome is usually found in the extreme low back, buttocks, hip, and often the back of the thigh. Most of the time the symptoms are on one side, but may affect both sides in some cases. Additionally, people with Piriformis Syndrome often have trouble sitting for long periods and the pain may worsen when walking or squatting.
What is the cause of Piriformis Syndrome?
There are a number of causes for Piriformis Syndrome including direct blunt trauma to the buttocks, prolonged sitting while working or driving, Morton’s foot, or S-I Joint instability. Frequent or prolonged running on canted surfaces and participation in sports requiring quick lateral movement such as tennis, skiing, and basketball may also overstress the piriformis muscle and lead to Piriformis Syndrome.
Massage Therapy and Bodywork for Piriformis Syndrome
There are many ways that massage therapy and bodywork can be used to treat Piriformis Syndrome. The massage therapist will employ a number of techniques to relieve the condition. For example the massage therapist may use Neuromuscular Therapy or Trigger Point Therapy to eliminate myofascial trigger points in the piriformis muscle. The massage therapist could also use Myofascial Release techniques or Deep Tissue Massage techniques to release adhesions between the piriformis muscle and surrounding tissues while also using Muscle Energy Techniques to gently lengthen the piriformis muscle. Piriformis Syndrome also responds well to positional release therapies such as Ortho-Bionomy which work with the body’s nervous system to release muscles and improve joint movement in the area. In addition to working on the piriformis muscle it may be necessary to provide therapy for other muscles near piriformis and even to muscles opposing piriformis to improve muscular balance. Comprehensive treatment with massage and bodywork, in conjunction with a home program of stretching and exercise, usually helps to completely resolve Piriformis Syndrome.
Other Treatments for Piriformis Syndrome
While massage therapy and bodywork are an excellent treatment for Piriformis Syndrome there are other treatments you should discuss with your physician:
Cosmetic laser equipment has turned the cosmetic industry on its head. The range and capabilities of these devices makes it possible to safely carry out a varietyof cosmetic treatments. This includes skin rejuvenation, body contouring, tattoo removal, hair removal,and much more. Lasers make it possible to get better results, faster, leaving both physicians and patients satisfied. This article takes a look some of the top cosmetic treatments, and the lasers that make them happen.
Skin Rejuvenation: These days, just about everyone is concerned about aging, and for that reason, the demand for age-defying laser solutions is on the rise. Fractional laser resurfacing is one of the newer skin rejuvenation techniques that use state-of-the-art cosmetic laser equipment.
The Pixel CO2 fractional laser, is a high powered carbon dioxide laser that rejuvenates and tightens the skin. CO2 lasers have traditionally been used for skin resurfacing, and this particular laser is among the most advanced. There is little pain associated with the procedure, and minimal downtime, which makes it a very attractive skin rejuvenation option.
Hair Removal: Cosmetic laser equipment has also completely revolutionized hair removal. Using lasers like the Soprano XLi from Alma Lasers, physicians are able to provide their patients with permanent hair removal.
The Soprano XLi is not only a very effective device, but it is also supremely comfortable. Innovative features such as its super hair removal (SHR) component and IN-Motion technology, ensure patient comfort, and also speed up treatment time, so that patients can get hair removal done faster.
Body Contouring: This is another often requested cosmetic procedure that utilizes cutting edge cosmetic laser equipment. Body contouring involves the tightening of the skin, as well as the removal of areas of stubborn fat and cellulite.
The Accent XL laser is able to blast away cellulite using dual-laser technology. The radio frequency energy works on the dermal layer of the skin, to get rid of fat. As it does so it stimulates the skin cells, and encourages collagen production, which eventually leads to tighter skin. In addition, the device improves the surface texture of the skin by liquefying fatty tissue. This soon drains away and is then passed from the body.
Skin issues such as acne can also be effectively treated with cosmetic laser equipment. Alma Lasers has developed the Harmony XL AFT laser that fights acne, and similar conditions. Advanced fluorescence technologyor AFT is an improved version of the more familiar intense pulse light or IPL. It is able to better utilize the light energy, in order to achieve clearer, smoother skin.
A commonplace advertisement from insurance companies is ‘no medical tests required to purchase an insurance policy’. People are attracted to the convenience of no-test policy compared to the one that requires all medical tests. But is it really right to purchase a policy without knowing your health condition?
Every individual going to buy an insurance policy whether health or life insurance needs to undergo medical tests as prescribed and should be aware of his health condition. This article discusses the importance and reasons for getting an insurance policy after taking medical tests appropriately.
Premiums are based on health condition
The premiums of an insurance policy (health or life) are charged based on the individual’s health condition. You need to make a declaration about your health condition in policy application form and the insurer fixes a premium rate on the basis of your discloser.
For understanding this clearly, lets take an example of two persons. Of them, one has high sugar levels and the other person has normal sugar levels. If both take insurance policy from a company that does not require medical tests then both will be charged same premium. But in reality, the premiums for normal persons should be less than the premiums of others with health issues.
The policies that require no-medical tests are:
Low value policies: Policies that do not consider health tests offer cover not more than Rs 5 lakh. So, if you are looking for a higher cover, that serves your life/health insurance needs, then you should take pure protection policy that requires you to undergo medical tests.
Prone to rejection easily: In most cases, the person who is taking insurance without a medical test may not be aware of his/her health condition. S/He may suffer from an illness and may not know about it till a medical test is conducted. In such a case, an insurer can reject the claim as these policies contain suppressed facts of your health condition with no proper underwriting. So, these kind of unintentional mistakes may simply deprive insurance cover even for those paying huge premiums.
Cover may be inadequate: If you get policies that require no medical tests, then you will also get the policy that has no appropriate insurance cover. It is like getting insured, but having no adequate insurance protection.
It is the actual responsibility of insurance company to determine the health condition of an insurance buyer. An insurance company simply cannot deny the claim as it is its responsibility to subject the policyholder to medical tests and then fix the premium.
Thus, a detailed medical examination that requires blood and urinalysis related tests, blood sugar, ECG, blood count, blood pressure, blood serum tests etc. will benefit you manifold. It provides your health condition report which tells you how fit you are. If you are suffering from any illness, get it cured before it ruins your health. Get complete medical record of your health before buying insurance policy.
CLEO Magazine announced the recent winner of their Make Me a Makeup Artist competition, sponsored by Priceline. The winner is Jaclyn Hnitko!
CLEO Magazine recently held a makeup artist competition in search of the most talented make-up artist. Of the thousands of applications that they received, the judges had to cut them down to just four competitors. Each make-up artist competed for $10,000, courtesy of Priceline, a LOral Paris Studio Secrets Professional Makeup Kit worth $2,500, and the opportunity to be a guest make-up artist on a six-page shoot in CLEO magazine.
In order to enter make-up artists, both amateurs and professionals, had to create a makeup look with various beauty products and send in a photo. They also had to answer a range of questions and send in a photo of themselves.
The make-up artists that made it to the competition were Amelia Axton, Ava Belle, Phoebe Goulding and Jaclyn Hnitko. During the competition, which was broadcasted via webisode series, each make-up artist had to compete in several different tasks in order to prove their ability using beauty products. The competitions consisted of The Natural Bronze Challenge, The Smoky Eye Challenge, The Bold Statement Lip, and the final challenge, which was free style. They preformed these challenges before a panel of judges.
These panel of judges consisted of professionals from the beauty field. They were Anna Hull, Head Beauty Buyer for Priceline; Rae Morris, L’Oreal Paris Make-up Artist; and Rachael Mannell, Beauty Editor for CLEO Magazine.
Hnitko emerged victorious because of her “impeccable technical skills, brilliant grasp of colour and artistic flair,” according to www.priceline.com.au.
Hnitko is from Wentworthville, New South Wales. When asked why she decided to be a make-up artist, she said, So I can work in the industry most girls dream of! Id love my creativity, skills and knowledge to be seen in various forms of work, from beauty to advertising. Hnitko said that when she found out that she had been chosen to compete in the Make Me A Makeup Artist competition, she thought somebody was playing a bad joke on her. When asked whose makeup she would most want to do, Hnitko said Lady Gaga. She explained, “she is very open-minded and a trendsetter. Plus, her high profile will be able to propel my work into the mainstream and give me either positive or negative feedback.
Priceline issued the following statement through their website regarding the makeup artist competition: “Priceline is immensely proud to have been the major sponsor of this competition and wishes all the finalists the best of luck for a bright future in the makeup industry.”
Getting into medical school is exceedingly challenging. Well over forty thousand prospective applicants enter into the application cycle each year with less than fifty percent obtaining admission. Success calls for a lot more than scholastic and extracurricular expertise and experience. It takes finding out the actual requirements of the various admissions committees, having good recommendations, and authoring impressive essays which get their attention.
Although the specific application system doesn’t open up until June of the calendar year before matriculation, the actual medical school admissions process actually starts the very day you enter college or university. It does not matter if you are applying during your junior year of college or even a few years subsequent to graduating, the committees will start by evaluating your scholastic and extracurricular experience starting as far back as freshman year! Normally, high school situations don’t seem to be applicable except when there are extraordinary circumstances. This is particularly the case if you can show experience in the medical field during your high school years. If this is the case, then you would address it in your personal statement.
You should commence with the main application form the January prior to when you plan your matriculation. Yes, this is in fact 21 months before you actually start medical school! Plan to spend January to April scheduling, planning, and taking the Medical College Admissions Test, securing recommendations, and requesting transcripts from all schools which you have taken courses (you must include all grades for all courses). May and June are all about writing the actual American Medical College Application Service application, which is the primary application. The AMCAS includes a work/activities segment as well as the notorious personal statement. As soon as you’ve completed the AMCAS application form, July to September is devoted to secondary applications (otherwise called secondaries). Secondary applications are a grueling aspect of the admissions process wherein individual schools send their own application asking for between zero to ten supplemental essays on subjects covering anything from diversity towards the greatest error in judgement you’ve ever made (yes, that’s an actual question). Medical school admissions interviews take place from October through January. February is a time of limbo during which not much happens. While various medical school admission’s committees (particularly those which have a rolling admissions), will inform you regarding your acceptance, wait list, or rejection standing prior to the spring, you typically won’t hear something until about March or April. By May fifteenth, every applicant who has been given an acceptance offer from two or more schools will have to decide on specifically where he or she wishes to attend and withdraw applications from all other schools. The admissions process basically ends on the first day of school when you put on that white lab coat and officially become a Doctor.
Neuropathy, a disease of one or more peripheral nerves in the body, is not very common but does affect thousands of people in the United States alone. There are different causes of the neuropathy disease, including diabetes as one of the most common, but regardless of the actual cause, the disease occurs when certain nerves in the body are damaged. When a person has the disease, they typically experience pain and numbness in the associated area, most commonly the hands and feet. Neuropathy can be an extremely uncomfortable and painful disease, and those dealing with it must find a treatment to offer relief of their pain and discomfort.
Fortunately, there are different treatments available, including the laser treatment for neuropathy. The low light laser therapy works because it bypasses the blood stream, and helps deliver healing to the ailing body in a few different ways. The treatment uses bio-available energy through intact skin and jump-starts the healing process in the body. The laser therapy also works in a second way, by sending radiant infrared energy deep in the walls of the blood vessels. By opening up the electrical pathways in the body, nerve cells are able to be repaired and the patient gets relief of their pain as a result.
By going to a professional company and getting the therapy you want, you can get relief of your symptoms and live a healthier, more normal life. The laser therapy for neuropathy may be all you need to deal with those uncomfortable, often extremely painful symptoms caused by your disease and get back to your regular life. People living with this condition should realize there is hope and that there are treatments, which work. Even if you have tried other methods to no avail, the laser treatment is an ideal option and definitely worth a try.
Toners are used to remove any left over residue after cleansing the face. Additionally, they freshen the skin, close pores, tighten the skin, and restore ph balance. After cleansing your skin is stripped of it natural oils thus leaving the skin dull and dry. Usually it can take up to a half of an hour or so for your skin to restore its ph balance. When using the right toner for your skin type, the ph balance of your skin is restored instantly.
Tonics are applied with a cotton ball or gauze and should be applied to face and neck, avoiding the eye area. If you skin is dull and sluggish, try briskly slapping the toner on thus increasing circulation in your skin.
Toners are classified into three types:
Fresheners and Bracers These types of toners are alcohol free and contain water and humectants, such as glycerin. Humectants help to keep the moisture in the upper layers of the epidermis by preventing it from evaporating. A popular example of this is rosewater toner. These types of toner are the most gentlest of the skin. Additionally they are suitable for dry, sensitive and normal skin types. Herbs for dry and normal skin types are: Dry skin-Elderflower, linden flowers and marigold. Normal skin: chamomile – especially good for antiseptic values, fennel, lemon balm, parsley and rosemary.
Skin tonics Tonics are slightly stronger and contain a small quantity of alcohol (up to 20%), water and a humectants ingredient. Because of the alcohol content of Skin tonics, they are suitable for use on normal, combination, and oily skin. The alcohol acts as a drying agent in the tonic. Common herbs for oily skin are Chamomile-especially good for antiseptic values, fennel, lemon balm, parsley, rosemary, and peppermint and sage-especially good for antiseptic values.
Astringents These are the strongest form of toner and contain a high proportion of alcohol (20-60%), antiseptic ingredients, water, and a humectant ingredient. Witch hazel is a common astringent. However, due to the large amount of alcohol in astringents they are usually applied to specific areas of the skin. Additionally overuse of astringents to remove oil from the skin actually increases oil production. Common herbs used of oily skin are Chamomile-especially good for antiseptic values, fennel, lemon balm, parsley, rosemary, and peppermint and sage-especially good for antiseptic values.
Herbs used to make common toners are as follows:
Dry skin: Elderflower, linden flowers and marigold.
Normal skin: chamomile – especially good for antiseptic values, fennel, lemon balm, parsley and rosemary.
Oily Skin: Chamomile-especially good for antiseptic values, fennel, lemon balm, parsley, rosemary, and peppermint and sage-especially good for antiseptic values.
Any of these herbs can be mixed with milk for soothing and nourishing dry skin as well as for sunburned or sensitive skin. Whole milk should be used for normal to dry skin, and skim milk for oily skin.
According to a new research report by RNCOS entitled, Global Gene Therapy Market Analysis, globally various geographies are growing in their gene therapy applications out of which US is showing dynamic research and development activity. The FDA too is actively involved in overseeing this activity and has received many requests from medical researchers and manufacturers to study gene therapy and develop gene therapy products. The number of gene therapy based trials done in US till date rank over 1000 which is very promising to the industrys growth and innovation. Several companies in US have also been actively found to enter into strategic co-operation to facilitate gene therapy research in the country.
With the entry of new gene therapy products such as Glybera, this biotech niche is expected to capture major market attention. According to latest report by RNCOS, Global Gene Therapy Market Analysis, the gene therapy advanced stage trial products such as Collategene, Allovectin-7 and Generx are very promising to the industrys growth. The number of clinical trials initiated each year has grown drastically from 1989 onwards till recently where there was only 1 trial in 1989 with little knowledge of gene therapy to 94 trials in 2012.
The report is spread in over 105 pages and provides an in-depth research and rational analysis of the global gene therapy market. A brief overview of the key geographies in the gene therapy segment and the regulatory scenario governing the industry has also been included in the study to present a balanced outlook. The report covers how major trends and drivers, including gene silencing, advanced therapies etc will propel the industrys growth. With a view to understand the competitive landscape, the profiles of key market players are included in the report to present a complete picture of the global gene therapy market.
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