Daily Archives: December 12, 2013

Audio-Digest Foundation Announces the Release of Psychiatry Volume 42, Issue 16: Depressive Disorder

Glendale, CA (PRWEB) December 12, 2013

Audio-Digest Foundation Announces the Release of Psychiatry Volume 42, Issue 16: Depressive Disorder.

The goal of this program is to improve the treatment and management of depressive disorders. After hearing and assimilating this program, the clinician will be better able to:

1. Recognize potential risk factors associated with relapse of a depressive disorder.

2. Describe contemporary theories related to the etiology of depression and efficacy of antidepressants.

3. Prevent side effects, adverse events, and unwanted interactions with other medications in patients who use pharmacotherapy.

4. Recommend evidence-based psychotherapies shown to improve responses to antidepressants.

5. Evaluate the usefulness of established and novel forms of brain stimulation for patients with depression

The original programs were presented by Joseph Goldberg, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.

Audio-Digest Foundation, the largest independent publisher of Continuing Medical Education in the world, records over 10,000 hours of lectures every year in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family practice, gastroenterology, general surgery, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics/gynecology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, pediatrics, psychology, and urology, by the leading medical researchers at the top laboratories, universities, and institutions.

Recent researchers have hailed from Harvard, Cedars-Sinai, Mayo Clinic, UCSF, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, The University of Kansas Medical Center, The University of California, San Diego, The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, The University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and many others.

Out of these cutting-edge programs, Audio-Digest then chooses the most clinically relevant, edits them for clarity, and publishes them either every week or every two weeks.

In addition, Audio-Digest publishes subscription series in conjunction with leading medical societies: DiabetesInsight with The American Diabetes Association, ACCEL with The American College of Cardiology, Continuum Audio with The American Academy of Neurology, and Journal Watch Audio General Medicine with Massachusetts Medical Society.

For 60 years, the global medical community of doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and other medical professionals around the world has subscribed to Audio-Digest specialty series in order to remain current in their specialties as well as to maintain their Continuing Education requirements with the most cutting-edge, independent, and unbiased continuing medical education (CME).

Long a technical innovator, Audio-Digest was the first to produce audio medical education programs and the first to produce in-car medical education. Currently, its subscription and annual products are available on CD and MP3, as well as iPhone, iPad, and Android apps.

Give an Hour Provides Mental Health Services, at No Cost, to Members of the Military and Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Regardless of Discharge Status

Washington, DC (PRWEB) December 12, 2013

Give an Hour, a national nonprofit organization providing mental health services, at no cost, to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their loved ones, and their communities, offers counseling and other mental health services to anyone needing help, including those with less-than-honorable discharges.

Our civilian mental health professionals have a critical role to play in assisting our returning troops, our veterans, and their families with the understandable psychological and emotional consequences of a decade of war, says Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour. Failing to provide adequate mental health care to those who have served puts families and entire communities at risk. In many instances, a less-than-honorable discharge may be the result of a psychological condition induced by deployment or combat. We are concerned about the isolation these men and women might feel and want to make sure they know our providers are ready to assist them.

Give an Hour providers are psychiatrists, substance abuse counselors, psychologists, pastoral counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric nurses, and licensed professional counselors. Thousands of volunteer mental health professionals are availablein all 50 states. They are volunteering free counseling services to active duty service members, members of the National Guard and Reserve forces, and veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who have separated or retired from any branch of military service, regardless of discharge status. Give an Hour is also offering free services to parents, siblings, unmarried partners, grandparentsin short anyone who loves someone affected by the current conflicts.

By providing services that are separate from the military establishment, Give an Hour offers an essential option for men and women who might otherwise fail to seek or receive appropriate services. There is no paperwork; no insurance claims need to be filed; and no money changes hands. Give an Hours services are absolutely free, and there is no limit to the number of sessions one can receive.

Mental health professionals interested in joining Give an Hour can complete an easy online form at http://www.giveanhour.org. Visitors in need of services can log on and use the provider search to locate a mental health professional in their area who meets their needs.

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About Give an Hour

Give an Hour is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of military personnel, their families, and the communities affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. As of October 2013, Give an Hour has nearly 7,000 providers across the nationin all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guamwith more volunteer mental health professionals joining its network every day. In addition to counseling, providers also consult to schools, first responders, employers, and community organizations. Give an Hour has already provided approximately 104,000 hours of service, valued at more than $ 10.4 million. To learn more, visit http://www.giveanhour.org or connected.giveanhour.org.

Mountainside Reveals the Truths Behind 10 Addiction Myths

Canaan, CT (PRWEB) December 12, 2013

Mountainside Treatment Center specializes in providing innovative and effective substance abuse addiction treatment to those who need it. It has helped over 6,000 individuals achieve sobriety since its founding fifteen years ago. While the job of rehabilitating individuals is often challenging, the treatment center cites an equally, if not more difficult challengegetting individuals to take the first step to enter treatment.

According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.9 million Americans aged 12 or older had used illicit drugs in the month prior to the survey. 17.0 million had drank heavily. These two groups represented 15.7 percent of the total 2012 population aged 12 or older. The number of people who received treatment, however, was only 4.0 million, less than 1.5 percent of the population.

Mountainside has been monitoring the perception of drug and alcohol addiction, as well as addiction treatment for years. The treatment center shares that there are many misconceptions about addiction and treatment that cause individuals to be reluctant to seek professional help. Based on Mountainsides experience, the ten most common myths surrounding addiction and addiction treatment are:

Myth #1 Addiction is a Voluntary Behavior. While it may be true that one’s initial exposure to drugs or alcohol is usually voluntary, with extended use, these substances actually alter the chemical make-up of the brain. This real change in the brain is what causes one to become compulsive and addicted to the substance.

Myth #2 Addiction is a Character Flaw. According the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is a primary, chronic disease of the brains reward, motivation, and memory related circuitry. Illicit substances disrupt and potentially destroy an addicts normal brain functions, altering neurotransmissions, interactions within reward structures of the brain, and motivational hierarchies. Addiction is not a sign of character weakness in an individual.

Myth #3 All Addictions are Treated the Same. Every case of addiction is different, as is every client. A treatment program needs to be custom tailored to the individual’s needs in order to have the greatest potential for success. To effectively treat an individual with addiction, a treatment center should not have a one-size-fits-all approach.

Myth #4 A Person Can Recover from Addiction without Treatment. While it is not impossible for an individual to stop abusing drugs or alcohol on his or her own, long-term recovery is very rare. To better sustain sobriety, professional treatment services coupled with group support have proven to be most effective. There are numerous efforts and catalysts that contribute in building an individuals recovery, as well as many common pitfalls. Professional treatment providers as well as 12-step and group support services offer the best chance for an individual to learn about addiction, deal with both emotional and environmental triggers, as well as establish a long lasting support system.

Myth #5 Drug Rehab is a Guarantee that an Individual will Have Lasting Recovery. Each individual is different with varying degrees of motivation and support. While treatment helps to significantly increase the likelihood of long term sobriety, treatment does not guarantee it. There are indeed many individuals who remain drug free and sober for the remainder of their lives after going through rehab. There are also many others however where this is not the case. An effective treatment center will work relentlessly to motivate each of their clients to want to change, and will provide the necessary framework and tools that will help empower them to succeed. Lasting recovery ultimately depends on the will and determination of the individual.

Myth #6 Treatment Doesn’t Work At All. Because an individual can suffer a relapse or multiple relapses, many people conclude that rehab does not work at all. This conclusion is not a fair one. Addiction is such a progressive disease with so many instigating factors, it can be difficult for some clients to achieve long-term recovery after just one treatment at a rehab center. In treatment, individuals learn critical things about themselves and addiction, and see for themselves that there is another way. In the event that a relapse occurs, it is often the lessons that they learn while in treatment that enable them to reach out for help and get back into recovery.

Myth #7 Individuals Must Hit Rock Bottom Before they can Accept Treatment. There are varying reasons and degrees of motivation for individuals to enter addiction treatment. For some, rock bottom was the turning point, while for others it may have been an intervention. Friends and families of alcoholics and drug abusers are encouraged to seek help for their loved one as soon as they see a need. Interventions have been a powerful tool for many to get through to their loved ones, to have their loved ones recognize the need to seek help.

Myth #8 Recovery Only Takes a Few Weeks. Every day there are challenges and temptations that threaten sobriety. Sustained sobriety requires a conscious effort for an individual to make the right choices every day. Recovery should be viewed as a lifelong journey an individual takes. The 12-step concept of One Day at A Time is an effective tool in helping to keep individuals stay in recovery, helping them to focus on making the best of each day. It champions the understanding that a successful recovery is the added sum of many small victories. This idea especially helps individuals in early recovery, to have them focus on the present day rather than a lifelong journey which may sound like a daunting and overwhelming challenge.

Myth #9 People Who Relapse are Hopeless Addicts. The unfortunate reality is that there are individuals who do relapse for various reasons. The road to a long lasting recovery is often initially marked by an unintended relapse. These stumbling blocks have actually helped many to reach an understanding and a determination within themselves that the path they are on needs to be changed. To minimize the risk of relapse, it is critical for an individual to have supportive family and friends, especially during the first few months after rehab, when risk of suffering a relapse is highest.

Myth #10 An Addict Can’t Be Forced Into Treatment. While it is true the decision of seek treatment always rests with the individual, in extreme cases where substance abuse has led to a criminal act, a court ruling can powerfully push an individual to undergo rehab treatment. Studies show that those coerced into treatment by the legal system can be just as successful in recovery as those who enter treatment voluntarily. This is because these individuals are usually mandated to a longer treatment stay and required to complete the treatment program which helps to ensure that a strong foundation for long term success is built.

About Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center

Mountainside is nationally recognized for the effectiveness of its drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs. Our Integrative Care Model provides a comprehensive set of treatment and care offerings coordinated by a multidisciplinary treatment team to best fit the unique needs and interests of each client. We are lauded for our ability to partner with each client and the clients family and healthcare professionals in developing and executing individualized treatment plans that promote long-term sobriety.

Fitter U Review | Discover Advanced Weight Loss Workouts With The Fitter U Program Vinamy

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) December 12, 2013

Fitter U designed by Yuri Elkaim is the latest program that teaches people how to maintain a healthy lean body for life. The program also reveals to people seven simple strategies to get a flat stomach and defined abs, four nutrition and fitness principles, and a strategy to turn their metabolism into a fat burning machine. In addition, in this program, people will discover methods to burn fat and improve all other facets of their cardiovascular fitness. Furthermore, people also find out a wide range of full body exercises such as lunges with biceps curls, squat presses, and dumbbell cleans. Since Yuri released the Fitter U program, a lot of clients used it to learn how to get their heart rate elevated and boost their metabolism throughout the day. Accordingly, Wendy Coates from the website Vinamy.com performed a detailed review about the effectiveness of the Fitter U program.

A detailed review of Fitter U on the site Vinamy.com indicates that this program teaches people how to cleanse and detoxify the toxins and acid accumulation in their body completely. The program also covers a lot of body weight exercises such as squats, lunge walks, push-ups, and pull-ups. In addition, in this program, people will discover three quick workouts that can help them burn more calories than ever before, and five healthy and delicious recipes that are easy to prepare. Moreover, when ordering this program, people will receive a series of audios, videos, and manual from Yuri. Firstly, people will get the “How to Get Fit and Lose Weight Fast manual, the Treadmill Trainer Volume 1 audio, the How to Get Rid of Love Handles video, and the Elliptical Workout 2 audio. Secondly, people will receive the Fat Burning Exercises video, the Arm Exercises video, the 5-Minute Fat Burning Workout video and 19 Fitter U iPod Weight Loss Workout audios. Thirdly, Yuri will provide people with the Fitter U Success Journal manual, the 19 Workout Trackers manual, the Healthy Eating audio, and the Pictures For Each Exercise manual. Finally, people will have the Goal Setting and Reward System manual, the Monthly Overview Calendars manual, the 160-page Fitter U Fat Loss manual, and the Strategies for Success manual.

Wendy Coates from the site Vinamy.com says: Fitter U is the latest book that instructs people how to drop more sweat and burn more fat. The program also provides people with a great cardio workout that help them develop greater strength and endurance while burning more calories than they thought possible. In addition, Yuri will offer people some special gifts when following this program such as the Detox Teleseminar audio, the Weight Loss Teleseminar audio, the Introduction audio, and other bonuses.

If people wish to view pros and cons from a full Fitter U review, they could visit the website: http://vinamy.com/fitter-u-review/.

To know more information about this program, get a direct access to the official site.


About Wendy Coates: Wendy Coates is an editor of the website Vinamy.com. In this website, Wendy Coates provides people with reliable reviews about new body weight exercises and full body exercises. People could send their feedback to Wendy Coates on any digital product via email.

New Report Details Potential Impact of Underemphasis on Adolescent Health, Possible Solutions

Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) December 12, 2013

According to a new report issued today by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and Pfizer Inc., adolescents are often overlooked in the US healthcare system, which may lead to short- and long-term health consequences and contribute to the economic burden on the healthcare system. The report, titled The Case for Improving Adolescent Health: Helping prepare adolescents for a healthy future, suggests that an annual preventive care visit or checkup during the teen years provides an important moment and venue for proactive health guidance and intervention.

The report demonstrates the need for increased attention to adolescent preventive healthcare in the US and emphasizes the role(s) that parents, teens, providers, and adults who influence teens (coaches, youth leaders, school professionals) can play to help make improvements. From the gaps in adolescent-focused programs to the preventive health barriers that exist, The Case for Improving Adolescent Health shows how behaviors and actions may affect teen health.

According to Susan J. Rehm, MD, NFID medical director, Its important that teens understand how their behaviors impact health into adulthood, and that we enable adolescents, their parents, and their healthcare professionals to focus on the value of addressing disease prevention at an early age.

In addition to serving as a checkpoint for modifiable health risk behaviors, annual checkups can help ensure that adolescents are getting recommended health screenings and are immunized according to recommendations. They can also provide an opportunity for confidential health discussions. Modifiable behaviors, such as lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, and tobacco and alcohol use are responsible for much chronic disease. Further, not all adolescents are getting vaccinated as recommended, leaving them potentially vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases such as meningococcal meningitis, whooping cough, influenza, and infection with human papillomavirus (HPV).

Adolescent Health Risks Snapshot

Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Vaccines administered during the adolescent years can be an important determinant of future health. Four in 10 teens surveyed and just over three in 10 parents surveyed believe that vaccines are not as important for teens as for babies. However, school-aged children have the highest flu infection rates; adolescents 16 to 21 years, along with infants less than one year, have higher rates of meningococcal disease than other age groups; and HPV prevalence is estimated to be as high as 64 percent in adolescent girls.

Obesity: Research shows that obese children often become obese adults. Obese adults are then at greater risk for arthritis, sleep apnea, social stigmatization, and discrimination. By the time todays adolescents reach middle age, the economic burden caused by current rates of overweight adolescents has been simulated to reach $ 254 billion in direct medical costs and lost wages due to death or lost work time.

Risky Behaviors: In a 1997 nationally representative sample survey of adolescent boys and girls, about 75 percent of adolescents reported at least one identified health risk, ranging from abuse to alcohol and drug use, binging and purging, lack of exercise, and high stress. These behaviors, when established during adolescence, may contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems.

Emotional and Mental Health: According to Healthy People 2020 statistics, as of 2010, one in five children in the US had a mental health disorder. At school, a child with depression can have difficulty concentrating, following directions, or completing assignments, and can become socially isolated.

About this Initiative

In addition to the report, NFID, in collaboration with and with support from Pfizer Inc., conducted a national survey, fielded by Harris Interactive, of more than 2,000 parents of teens, teens, and healthcare professionals. Prior to the survey, NFID convened a roundtable on teen health, inviting key organizations to share their perspectives about barriers to optimal adolescent wellness.

For a full copy of The Case for Improving Adolescent Health: Helping prepare adolescents for a healthy future, visit adolescentvaccination.org/teenhealth.

About the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

Based in Bethesda, MD, NFID is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) organization founded in 1973 and dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases. For additional information, visit nfid.org.

About Pfizer Inc: Working together for a healthier world

At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products. Our global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world’s best-known consumer health care products. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as one of the world’s premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, we collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who rely on us. To learn more, please visit us at pfizer.com.

About the Survey

Harris conducted an online survey of 504 teens aged 13-17, 500 parents of teens aged 13-17, and 1,325 healthcare professionals including pediatricians and primary care physicians (n=510) and nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses (n=815) in the United States. All respondents were sampled from the online panels maintained by Harris Interactive Inc. and its partners, invited by e-mail to be screened, and if qualified, participate in an online self-administered survey. Data was collected between December 27, 2012 and January 23, 2013. Data for all three surveys (teens survey, parents survey, and healthcare professional survey) were weighted.

About Harris Interactive

Harris Interactive is one of the world’s leading market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll

ISPA and HRS 1st Online Training Course for Workers Comp Healthcare Rehab Specialists A Success

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 12, 2013

The International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA) and Heartland Rehabilitation Services (HRS) held the first online training course for Rehabilitation Professionals in Workers Compensation. The course started on October 8, 2013 and ran for three consecutive weeks. The course offered an advanced level of training in workers compensation rehabilitation and provided a total of 8-hours of training. Attendees in the fields of physical therapy, occupational therapy and athletic training were granted 8 CEU credits for completing the course. Completion of the course also prepared the therapist for the Certified Workers Compensation Healthcare Provider (CWcHP) Exam. The course instructor, Christine Adams, MS, ATC, CWHCP, LMT, CPT, CEAS, is a leading educator of physical therapy and rehabilitation programs with special focus on workers compensation. Ms. Adams, Director of Rehabilitation for Heartland Rehabilitation Services Outpatient Division, has over 20 years of experience in outpatient rehabilitation. Ms. Adams holds a Masters degree from the University of Florida in Athletic Training with a minor in health education and counseling.

The CWcHP certification is a cutting edge innovation for the fields of physical therapy, occupational therapy and athletic training. It elevates the expertise of the practitioner and their value in the rehabilitation team in the healthcare world. States Dr. John Mayer, President of ISPA. The next course starts on January 28 2014 at 11:00am with the subsequent meetings on February 4 2014 and February 11 2014 at the same start time.

Complete information on this training course and the CWcHP certification can be obtained on the CWcHP web site: http://www.workcompcertification.com

The online training course uses Ciscos state of the art online Web Event Platform. The attendees feedback was overwhelmingly positive on the ease of use of the online format. The instructor, Christine Adams, really shows how therapists can work as a team in rehabilitation of work comp patients. She definitely avoids the us versus them mentality and shows practitioners how to work with insurance companies and physicians. Says Justin Mayer, Executive Director of ISPA and a key contributor to the course development.

To obtain the CWcHP certification applicants must be in the field of physical therapy, occupational therapy and athletic training and they must pass the certification exam. The exam covers three areas of competency: clinical issues, legal issues and employer based knowledge. The test took two years to develop and utilizes the knowledge of leading physical therapy providers as well as state-of-the-art research in this field. After passing the examination a professional can use the initials, CWcHP after his/her name and on promotional materials.

This is a great time of the year to sign up for this course, as many therapists still have continuing education credits to fulfill and possibly have education funds available from their employers to use. explains Justin Mayer.

The International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA) is the worlds largest credentialing service for professionals in sports. The ISPA sets standards for its membership by providing professional services to the sports world spanning from childrens sports to professional athletes. The ISPA includes a wide variety of professional occupations from coaches, sport psychologists, physicians, accountants, agents, physical therapists, chiropractors, nutritionists, sport physiologists, trainers, and more. ISPA designates that member professionals adhere to a strict code of ethics and have met the highest standards in their fields to provide professional services to athletes and to sports.

Heartland Rehabilitation Services is a leading provider of outpatient rehabilitation services throughout Florida,

New Jersey, Virginia, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky. Heartland professional treatment teams have well established reputations for delivering outstanding therapy services and providing coordinated treatment plans, working with physicians, family and care managers to help meet patients therapy goals.


(PRWEB) December 12, 2013

All the nominees have made astounding contributions to the middle market M&A industry throughout the year, which is what makes picking a winner so difficult. The high caliber of nominees challenged us to dig deep into some of the finest work and research the middle market M&A industry has to offer, says Michael Nall, Founder of the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors. The nominees should all truly be lauded for their positive contributions to our burgeoning market.

The nominees are as follows:

Andrew T. Greenberg, CEO of GF Data Resources, LLC, for bringing factual data and relevant thinking to the lower middle market. Greenberg has taken a large pool of data collected from private equity sponsors and synthesized it into reports and commentaries that are unique and insightful. Whats more, the data is accurate and reliable, not an easy feat in the lower middle market where lots of financial data remains undisclosed. There is no other source for detailed valuation multiples, leverage multiples and pricing, capital structure dynamics, and key deal terms broken out by industry category.

Jerry L. Mills, Founder of B2B CFO and B2B Exit, has written a book, The Exit Strategy Handbook, to help better prepare business owners who are exiting their businesses. Mills value creation knowledge, upon which his company is founded, is incorporated throughout the book. Mills book has significant relevance today as the U.S. braces for scores of Baby Boomers looking for meaningful exits for businesses they created. The bottom line is the The Exit Strategy Handbook helps demystify the sales process while helping sellers garner top dollar for their businesses.

Chuck Richards, Founder of CoreValue Software, has written a whitepaper titled: Quantifying Transferable Enterprise Value in SMEs: The Value Driver Methodology, which lays out his approach to assessing current and future company enterprise value based on data and proprietary algorithms. This whitepaper outlines a new framework and methodology to quantify transferable enterprise value in SMEs. The Value Driver Methodology not only provides an objective assessment of a companys transferable enterprise value consistent with the output of financial valuation methodologies, but this methodology also quantifies the individual drivers of value.

Randy Schwartzman, Regional Managing Partner, Eric Mauner, CPA, Tax Senior Manager and Patricia Brandstetter, Tax Senior Associate of BDO USA, LLP have written a whitepaper titled: New Deemed Asset Sale Structuring Alternatives under Section 336(e). The whitepaper explains the new regulations that allow tax professionals to elect to treat a stock sale as an asset sale, thus achieving a stepped-up cost basis in the underlying assets despite having a non-corporate acquirer purchase the target company. The new Section 336(e) regulations are a welcome addition to the M&A tax practitioner as they provide a new avenue to narrow the gap between a buyer and a seller for those transactions that do not otherwise meet the stringent requirements of Section 338(h)(10).

Peter R. Worrell, Founder of Bigelow LLC, has written a book titled, Enterprise Value: How the Best Owner-Managers Build Their Fortune, Capture Their Company’s Gains, and Create Their Legacy. Worrell lays out a road map for entrepreneurs/owners to successfully navigate toward building lasting value in their businesses. He takes the unique perspective of focusing on both the psychology and financials of the deal as they relate to private company transactions.

The 2013 Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year will be selected from these finalists and announced at a luncheon on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, during the AM&AA Winter Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, January 21-23, 2014.

Instituted by the AM&AA to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the middle market M&A profession through the publication of works that promote research and higher standards of excellence, the Thought Leader of the Year Award recognizes those in the M&A community that create and advocate ideas that add value to the industry, thereby adding value to the AM&AA’s education and credentialing programs, such as the Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA

Respark The Romance: Review Examining Brian Robbens’ Relationship Re-ignition Course Released

Miami, FL (PRWEB) December 12, 2013

Respark the Romance, a new online training course claiming to reveal the secrets to bringing the romance and passion back into one’s relationship, has just been released to the public, creating a buzz of media attention and controversy throughout the dating and relationship advice community. The excitement surrounding the programs release has caught the attention of ConquerHisHeart.com’s Sean Roman, prompting an investigative review.

“While many folks assume that passion will natural fade from a relationship over time, at least to some degree, it can nonetheless be downright devastating to watch as the person you love becomes cold and distant towards you,” reports Roman. “This is why so many people are so excited about Brian Robben’s new Respark the Romance program. In his new course Robben is explaining that there is another option and that folks can choose to respark all of that desire, and passion that they felt at the beginning of their relationships using his psychologically based methods.”

Respark the Romance is available as an online training course exclusively through Robben’s website. The course, which is available in both women’s and men’s versions aims to provide users with actionable methods they can use to get their partner to desire them passionately again, returning their relationships to a more preferable state full of emotional connectedness and physical intimacy.

“Our Respark the Romance review shows that Brian Robben’s course is loaded with actionable tricks and techniques for getting an automatic and overwhelming response from one’s partner,” says Roman. “This isn’t one of those systems that needs to be applied slowly over time, and I’m sure that is something that Robben’s readers will appreciate. After all, nobody wants to spend another day in a passionless relationship when there is another option available.”

Those wishing to purchase Respark the Romance, or for more information, click here.

Sean Roman provides reviews of popular dating guides on his website ConquerHisHeart.com. Those interested can read Roman’s Respark the Romance review at the following web address: http://www.conquerhisheart.com/brian-robbens-respark-the-romance-review-emotional-turbulence-formula/

Yourwellness Magazine Explains Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

London, UK (PRWEB UK) 12 December 2013

On November 1st, The Calgary Sun appealed to readers to give money to a dying single mother suffering from fibromyalgia and systemic lupus. According to the article, Single mom suffering systemic lupus and fibromyalgia looking for help from Calgarians through Sun’s Adopt-a-Family programme, those who donate through the Adopt-A-Family programme can help to make sure the mother and son dont have to worry about the expenses of the holiday season on top of her health worries. The programme costs about $ 200 per member of the family and gives them each a food hamper, an item of clothing and a gift. (http://www.calgarysun.com/2013/11/01/single-mom-suffering-systemic-lupus-and-fibromyalgia-looking-for-help-from-calgarians-through-suns-adopt-a-family-program)

This inspired Yourwellness Magazine to take a closer look at fibromyalgia, and the symptoms that come with the painful condition. Yourwellness Magazine noted, Fibromyalgia affects your wellbeing with widespread, unexplained pain in your muscles and joints and although the symptoms are often triggered by emotional stress, an illness or a physical trauma, the causes of this health concern are not well understood. As it stands, wellness experts believe that your brain and nerves misinterpret or overreact to normal pain signals possibly due to an imbalance in your bodys neurotransmitter chemicals and this is what causes your symptoms. Still, theres more to fibromyalgia than just pain; there are several debilitating symptoms surrounding the condition. (http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/11/pain-fatigue-and-anxiety-could-you-have-fibromyalgia/#sthash.LGGAa2GZ.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine outlined the five symptoms of fibromyalgia:

1. Pain. This may be a burning, shooting or throbbing pain, and is often accompanied by numbness or tingling in the limbs. This may become worse in the mornings and evenings or after exercise.

2. Tender Points. Specific points on the body only require a small amount of pressure in order to become painful.

3. Fatigue. Also known as fibro fog, extreme feelings of tiredness or exhaustion are common in fibromyalgia.

4. Sleep Disturbances. Restless leg syndrome, sleep apnoea and waking up throughout the night due to pain can cause difficulty in getting to sleep, staying asleep, or reaching a deep and truly beneficial stage of sleep.

5. Psychological Symptoms. Conditions such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be caused due to abnormal levels of certain neurotransmitter chemicals in the brain.

To find out more, visit the gateway to living well at http://www.yourwellness.com.

Garvey Schubert Barer: Assessing and Managing Risk for Mental Health Professionals and Healthcare Facilities Raises New Concerns about Liability

Seattle, Washington (PRWEB) December 12, 2013

Historically millions of Americans with disorders related to mental health and alcohol, drug and substance abuse, have not had adequate insurance protection to afford the costs of treatment. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) now makes it easier for those Americans to get the care they need by prohibiting certain discriminatory practices that limit insurance coverage for behavioral health treatment and services. The MHPAEA requires many insurance plans that cover mental health or substance use disorders to offer coverage for those services that is no more restrictive than the coverage for medical/surgical conditions. * MHPAEA information sourced from http://beta.samhsa.gov/health-reform/parity

According to Stephen Rose, attorney with Garvey Schubert Barer, For mental health professionals and healthcare facilities, increasing the number of clients seeking treatment is a serious matter with far reaching consequences. There are complex issues impacting families, especially parents; governmental agencies and regulatory groups; educational institutions and educators; and medical facilities, mental health professionals and mental illness advocacy organizations. There are also significant legislative ramifications on a state and national level that impact governance of mental health issues.

Roger Hillman, attorney with Garvey Schubert Barer, said, There are concerns as to whether the present mental health care system, both public and private organizations, can handle the anticipated increase of patients who can now receive treatment. This could have an adverse impact on the frequency and length of treatment, which may be perceived as impacting its effectiveness.

There is no assurance that the treatment of individuals for mental health issues will eliminate the possibility of violent crime. Both public and private organizations have been exposed to liability when a mentally ill personconnected to the organization as a patientcommitted a violent crime that resulted in a lawsuit.

Most notably in Washington state, there was recent litigation involving a school district and a number of mental health providers, who were named as parties to a lawsuit after a violent stabbing was committed by a mentally ill high school student who was actually undergoing treatment around the time she committed the crime. Plaintiffs counsel attempted, unsuccessfully, to point to the frequency of treatment and duration of each session, as establishing liability on the part of the mental health providers.

Predicting future violence among criminal offenders is difficult, but predicting violence among the general population, who are not criminals and who are simply receiving treatment for a wide range of mental health issues, is nearly impossible.

According to Richard L. Packard, Ph.D., Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, who has extensive expertise doing psychological and forensic evaluations/consulting and many years of experience working with various legal issues and rendering expert opinions in both criminal and civil contexts, The prediction of violent behavior is not consistent; there is often an inability to predict violence, especially among clients who have no previous history of it. We have no well-established, scientific methods to understand whether a mental health client coming in off the street would be violent. There is a huge gray area with people who have never been violent and how to predict whether they will be violent in the future.

How do public and private institutions protect themselves from liability? More importantly, can caregivers, mental health professionals, healthcare facilities, and many organizations protect themselves from liability and still provide help for those who are in need of mental health treatment?

Richard Packard said, Among my colleagues, there is awareness of the MHPAEA, but we do not appreciate all of the details of the law yet. There are lawyers around me everyday who specialize in mental health law and were having discussions about the MHPAEA. No one really knows what to say yet. Its important to seek legal counsel and to understand all of the details of the law.

NOTE to EDITORS and PRODUCERS: Stephen Rose and Roger Hillman of Garvey Schubert Barer (Seattle), and Richard L. Packard, Ph.D., (Seattle) are available for interview.

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