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Following Wall Street Journal Report on Birth Injury From Prescription Medications, RX Birth Defects Releases New Resources for Alleged Victims of Topamax


(Vocus/PRWEB) April 12, 2011

On March 29, 2011 the Wall Street Journal covered the growing concern surrounding birth defects related to prescription medications taken by women during pregnancy. The article, entitiled “Can Mom’s Medicine Hurt The Baby?” examines the history of drug approval in the United States, as well as the lack of appropriate measures to determine dangers to pregnant women and unborn children (Can Mom’s Medicine Hurt the Baby, March 29, 2011, Wall Street Journal).

The article was spurred by the fact that in March of 2011, the FDA released a new MedAlert Safety Update regarding the pregnancy category classification of the popular migraine drug Topamax (also known as Topiragen or topiramate). (Topamax (topiramate): Label Change – Risk For Development of Cleft Lip and/or Cleft Palate in Newborns, March 4, 2011, fda.gov). This alert followed a troubling February 2011 annoucement that certain antipsychotic drugs including Haldol, Zyprexa, Seroquel and Abilify, could cause significant withdrawal symptoms after birth if a child is exposed en uteri. (Antipsychotic Drugs Used During Pregnancy Could Harm Newborn, February 2011, fda.gov).

A drug classification change for Topamax means that the drug is now placed in a drug category that indicates “there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans”. (Chart of FDA Pregnancy Categories, fda.gov) The FDA strongly advises that all other options be explored before a woman uses a category D drug during pregnancy and that the drug only be used if the risk to the mother outweighs the potential risk to the fetus.

The specific Topamax re-classification was encouraged by evidence presented by the North American Antiepileptic Drug (NAAED) Pregnancy Registry suggesting that oral-facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate may be linked to the use of Topamax during pregnancy. Specifically, the NAAED cites that the existence of major malformations was 3.8% in the topiramate-exposed group of infants versus 1.3% in the unexposed reference group. The prevalence of cleft lip was 0.69% versus the expected rate of .07% in the normal population. (Source: Herndandez-Diaz, S., Mittendorf, R., Holmes L.B. Comparative Safety of Topiramate During Pregnancy. Birth Defects Research (Part A); 88:408 (2010).)

Topamax is part of a class of drugs known as “anticonvulsants” or “anti-epileptics”, a class of drugs at the center of the birth defect debate. Numerous other anticonvulsant drugs, including the epileptic and seizure medication Depakote, have been linked to potential birth defects. Depakote, specifically, has been linked to serious neural tube malformations that cause the debilitating condition of spina bifida (Source: The Teratogenicity of Anticonvulsant Drugs, Lewis B. Holmes, M.D., N Engl J Med 2001; 344:1132-1138, April 12, 2001).

Currently, no comprehensive testing of potential drug risks for pregnant or breastfeeding women or unborn children exists. The ethical issues surrounding testing on these demographic groups prevents organized studies for this population. As a result, many of the birth defects that may be related to prescription drugs are not discovered until after the drug is released to the public and physicians or drug registry programs begin reporting a pattern of birth injuries.

RXBirthDefects.com is part of the family of resource websites created by the Consumer Justice Foundation, an online consumer watchdog agency. Following the Wall Street Journal article and the FDA classification change for Topamax, RXBirthDefects.com added a resource section dedicated to providing information about potential birth defects related to Topamax use during pregnancy.

The Topamax birth defect information covered on RXBirthDefects.com includes detailed information about the oral-facial malformations and genital malformations that may be related to the drug use. This includes facial clefts such as cleft lip, cleft palate and the male genital deformation of hypospadias (Source: Herndandez-Diaz, S., Mittendorf, R., Holmes L.B. Comparative Safety of Topiramate During Pregnancy. Birth Defects Research (Part A); 88:408 (2010)).

Families seeking legal recourse for birth injuries related to Topamax taken during pregnancy can find more information about how to file a Topamax lawsuit and updated news on the status of ongoing Topamax litigation in the United States. Families can connect immediately with reputable Topamax attorneys and legal representation via the free case evaluation form available online at RXBirthDefects.com.

About RXBirthDefects.com:

RXBirthDefects.com provides comprehensive information and resources regarding the use of prescription medication during pregnancy. The information on RXBirthDefects.com currently covers the prescription anticonvulsants Topamax, Dilantin, Depakote and Tegretol as well as the common antidepressants Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, Pristiq, Prozac and Zoloft. The website provides an online resource center and free claim review form for women and families seeking more information about the specific birth defects that may be related to these drugs when used during pregnancy.

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Narconon Arrowhead Releases Guide to Drug Abuse Prevention During Stress Awareness Month


Canadian, Oklahoma (PRWEB) April 13, 2015

National Stress Awareness Month

Federal Occupation Health (FOH) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Its purpose is to improve federal employee health, safety and productivity. Over the years, FOH has implemented many programs to improve employee health and fitness, prevent and reduce workplace injuries and illnesses, and decrease absenteeism and turnover of employees.

National Stress Awareness is an FOH campaign focused on helping people better understand, manage and deal with stress in ways that improve health, wellbeing and quality of life.

The April 2015 campaign is “Take time to unwind…It’s healthy to relax, renew and rejuvenate.” It highlights the need to set-aside time for oneself, and engage in stress-reduction activities that increase relaxation and better help a person deal with life stresses.

People react to stress in different ways. According to FOH, long-term stress may lead to a broad range of illnesses. Headaches, stomach disorders, depression, increased risk of stroke or heart disease have all been linked to stress at some level.

FOH highlights that understanding the mind-stress-health connection helps a person better manage stress, and thus improve health and wellbeing.

The Mechanics of Stress

The automatic nervous system response to stress or a threat to survival is designed to mobilize quick reflexes in the event of imminent danger. We have all experienced the rush of adrenalin when we have a “close call”, such as a narrowly avoided car accident.

Imminent threats to survival, or perceived threats to survival, cause a rush of stress hormones into the bloodstream. Heart rate, blood pressure and glucose (blood sugar) levels all increase. Hormones that suppress other body functions such as the immune system and digestion also release into the bloodstream, all with a focus on immediate response to a survival threat.

Danger or perceived danger can trigger this stress response. And in today’s modern world, the stress response is often triggered by financial worries, work conflicts, anxiety or bad memories. Long-term stress over weeks and months can suppress the immune system, dampening the immune response and increasing the risk of illness or disease.

A Guide to Drug Abuse Prevention

Stress can also trigger alcohol or drug use; increasing the risk of abuse and addiction and threatening the sobriety of those in recovery. Drug and alcohol-abuse prevention is a vital aspect of managing and minimizing stress.

Narconon Arrowhead, a long-term drug rehabilitation and education center in Southeastern Oklahoma releases the following guide to drug abuse prevention in support of National Stress Awareness Month:

Recognize Your Sources of Stress

Identify those individuals, issues and situations which are a source of stress. Recognizing the source is the first step to doing something to improve the situation. Focus on those things that make you feel calm, and in control. Consider some simple changes you can make to minimize the sources of stress.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Good, nutritious food is a source of fuel and energy for the body. Stress depletes needed nutrients and reserves. Keeping the body well-fed is a stress-reliever, and proofs the body up against stress. Drugs and alcohol deplete the body of needed nutrients, causing one to feel worse.

Exercise

Exercise is an excellent way to relieve stress. It increases health, and overall physical and mental wellbeing. The brief false high or false sense of wellbeing derived from drugs or alcohol is a poor and fleeting substitute.

Get Adequate Sleep

Lack of adequate sleep is a stressor itself. Lack of sleep-caused fatigue leaves one more vulnerable to the ill effects of stress. If you have trouble sleeping, there are many natural remedies and solutions available without resorting to drugs or alcohol as a solution.

Relax and Unwind

Learn to relax and unwind without turning to drugs or alcohol. Yoga, meditation or a spiritual pursuit of your choice has lasting benefits which far transcend the brief relief obtained from using drugs or alcohol.

If you know someone under stress who is using drugs or alcohol to cope, contact us today or call toll free at 800-468-6933 to get them help.







Harbor Village Detox Releases Success Stories of Detoxed Substance Use Disorder Patients

USA (PRWEB) April 09, 2015

The inpatient medical detox treatment center, Harbor Village Detox, is located in sunny South Florida, and specializes in successfully and safely medically detoxing victims of drug and alcohol abuse. The treatment center, initially erected to redress addiction rates for the local population of Miami Gardens, has now grown large enough to welcome victims of untreated drug addiction from all corners of the nation. Harbor Village Detox has successfully detoxed over 2,500 patients within the short time their facility has been fully operational; the drug and alcohol addiction treatment center plans to make future expansions and additions to their facility. Their YouTube channel accounts for over a dozen successful drug detox stories, and was most recently updated on March 6th.

Since their opening the staff of Harbor Village Detox has employed an espousal of holistic healing and expert medical care to provide the best combination treatment for their patients, and it seems to be working. Virtually all patients who choose Harbor Village Detox as their induction into drug and alcohol addiction treatment continue onto drug and alcohol rehabilitation right away. An associate reveals providing patients with “life coaching services” is part of their routine when preparing patients for discharge,

“Providing newly detoxified patients with the resources to continue moving forward is critical. You can’t expect someone with a previously untreated addiction to understand and know how to live their lives, what we consider to be, ‘normally.’ They need a lot of help and guidance for the steps beyond medical detox, and I’m not sure a lot of other treatment centers we’ve dealt with in the past understand this.”

The inpatient medical detox center, Harbor Village Detox, is currently accepting victims with untreated drug and alcohol addictions for inpatient medical detox treatment. The facility believes establishing a solid foundation for continuing treatment is one of the best ways for patients to prevent relapse, and continue inpatient rehabilitation immediately- which is why they offer intensive cognitive behavioral therapy and group therapy during drug and alcohol detox (which is typically unheard of).

Harbor Village Detox provides patients with 24/7 medical monitoring, and continual security, without the feeling of being stuck in a hospital setting. Patients are given full access to a lush, tropical outdoor area furnished with scenic luxuries and opulent gazebos. Harbor Village Detox believes stimulation is often the best medicine, and provides patients with a medley of participatory events, and curative yoga and meditation sessions.

To learn more about about Harbor Village Detox’s inpatient medical detox center visit http://www.harborvillageflorida.com or call directly at 1-855-290-4261.







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Teen Rehab Center CEO Releases Answers to Top Five Questions on Prescription Drug Abuse


Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) December 02, 2014

Prescription drugs are the second-most abused type of drug, after marijuana. The abuse of prescription drugs has risen by 33 percent since 2008, putting more and more teens in danger. Yet, due to a lack of education, this issue is continually overlooked.

Eighty percent of parents talk with their teens about the dangers of common street drugs, but only 15 percent address the dangers of prescription drug abuse with their kids. In order to help parents better understand the prevalence of prescription drug abuse among teens, Johnny Patout, CEO of New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center, the leading teen drug rehabilitation program in the Southwest and one recognized nationwide, has answered the five most common questions posed by parents.

1. How dangerous is prescription drug abuse? “In short, extremely,” said Patout. “More teens die from prescription drug overdoses than from heroin and cocaine combined. Prescription drugs are just too easy for teens to access. Sixty percent of teens who abuse these drugs have free access to them via friends and relatives. Parents must realize the commonality of this issue and learn how to take the proper precautions against it.”

2. Which prescription drugs are commonly abused? “Prescriptions for opioid painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet and morphine have skyrocketed in the last decade,” said Patout. “According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, 5 million of the 7 million people who reported abusing prescription drugs said they were abusing a pain reliever. Additionally, Benzodiazepines like Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium are also massively overprescribed and stimulant drugs used to treat ADHD have escalated in use greatly. Many of these drugs are prescribed unnecessarily for small problems. The excess of these drugs in the hands of teenagers leads to abuse of them.”

3. What if my teen is prescribed a pain reliever or ADHD medication? “The key to dealing with these drugs is monitoring them when they are in the home,” said Patout. “Parents need to keep track of the pills as the teen takes them and not leave extras in the house. It is a good idea to lock up all prescription drugs in the home, even those prescribed to kids. If a parent feels their teen is falsely claiming to be suffering from pain in order to obtain a pain reliever, they should consult a medical professional immediately.”

4. What are “pill parties? “Pill parties are gatherings where teens each bring an assortment of pills,” said Patout. “The pills are then piled together and attendees help themselves. Also called ‘skittles parties’ or ‘pharm parties,’ these gatherings are incredibly dangerous. Teens don’t know what they are taking and could be ingesting lethal combinations of drugs. Sometimes, they will mix alcohol with the drugs, only serving to increase their risk of an overdose. These parties point to the rampant amount of prescription drugs available today.”

5. What should I do if I discover my son or daughter abusing prescription drugs? “The first step is for parents to know the signs of prescription drug abuse so they can keep an eye out for them,” said Patout. “These include changes in appetite, grades, sleeping patterns, mood, personal hygiene and energy level. Side effects will vary depending on what they are taking. If a parent confirms their teenager is abusing prescription drugs, they should explain that prescription drugs are not safe just because a doctor prescribed them. If they believe the drug use is habitual and becoming destructive, it is important to consult a health professional or a teen rehabilitation center. Prescription drug abuse should not be ignored or taken lightly.”

For more information on teen drug addiction and recovery, please visit http://www.newbeginningsshc.com/ or contact a New Beginnings representative at 888-706-1870.

About New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center

New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center, the leading teen drug rehabilitation program in the Southwest and one recognized nationwide, has been helping teens overcome addiction for more than 30 years. New Beginnings offers a continuum of care for inpatient treatment, residential treatment, partial hospitalization and outpatient programs, and works with private insurance providers to find the lowest costs for their patients. For more information, visit http://www.newbeginningsteenhelp.com.







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Natural Health Doctor Releases New Chelation Therapy Book


Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) March 24, 2015

Those looking to learn more about how they can naturally detoxify their body can find the answers to that and more in a new book titled “Chelation and Other Detox Methods to Save Your Life,” by Dr. Edward Kondrot, a world renowned natural health doctor. The book is scheduled for release on March 30, 2015 and will be available online and in stores. The book features interviews Dr. Kondrot conducted with 16 leading natural health experts in the country, offering a wide variety of information on detoxifying the body naturally.

“With the way we live our lives today there are many ways we are surrounded by toxins,” explains Dr. Edward Kondrot, founder of the Healing The Eye & Wellness Center. He is also the immediate past president of the Arizona Homeopathic and Integrative Medical Association, and the clinic director of Integrative Medicine of the American Medical College of Homeopathy. “These toxins can become such a part of our body and lives that they begin to wreak havoc on our health. The good news is there are numerous effective ways to help detoxify the body of them.”

Unfortunately, everyone in the country has been exposed to a wide variety of toxins. They enter our water supply, food, air, and more. They are largely put into the environment by the way we live our lives, including using pesticides, chemical fertilizers, sewage, cadmium, mercury, and other routes. Those toxins and heavy metals can build up in the body, leading to numerous health problems, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

The new book, “Chelation and Other Detox Methods to Save Your Life,” provides information on how toxins can be removed from the body in order to restore health, including improving one’s memory and vision. Topics covered in the book include detoxifying naturally, Chelation Therapy, mercury, how our planet is poisoned, holistic dental care, oxidative therapies, and helping the metabolism. The book covers the most effective natural treatments available to us in those areas.

“The information provided in this book is ground breaking, based on the most current research, and not to be missed,” adds Dr. Kondrot. “Whether you need the treatments or you work in a medical practice that provides them, you will come away learning something new and helpful.”

Leading natural health experts interviewed in the “Chelation and Other Detox Methods to Save Your Life” book include Terry Chappell, Bruce Dooley, Dennis Courtney, Dorothy Merritt, Robban Sica, Pieter DeWet, John Trowbridge, Marina Johnson, Robert Rowen, Garry Gordon, Lee Cowden, Martin Dayton, Jeff Kotulski, David Nebbling, W. Carl McMillan, and David Minkoff. There will also be a Chelation Therapy Conference held at the Dolphin Beach Resort in the Tampa area, on April 17-19, 2015.

For more information about the Chelation Therapy Conference, or to register, visit the site online at http://www.chelation2015.com. For more information about Dr. Kondrot, visit his site at http://www.healingtheeye.com.

About Healing The Eye & Wellness Center

The Healing The Eye & Wellness Center is located in Tampa, Fla. Founded by Dr. Edward Kondrot, the Center offers world-class alternative therapies for vision conditions, including color and vision therapy, the treatment of glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eye, and more. The center also offers a variety of seminars, webinars, and training sessions for others in the medical community. Dr. Kondrot is the world’s only board-certified ophthalmologist and board-certified homeopathic physician. He is also the immediate past president of the Arizona Homeopathic and Integrative Medical Association, and the clinic director of Integrative Medicine of the American Medical College of Homeopathy. He is also author of three best-selling books in the field. For more information, visit http://www.healingtheeye.com.







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Following Wall Street Journal Report on Birth Injury From Prescription Medications, RX Birth Defects Releases New Resources for Alleged Victims of Topamax


(Vocus/PRWEB) April 12, 2011

On March 29, 2011 the Wall Street Journal covered the growing concern surrounding birth defects related to prescription medications taken by women during pregnancy. The article, entitiled “Can Mom’s Medicine Hurt The Baby?” examines the history of drug approval in the United States, as well as the lack of appropriate measures to determine dangers to pregnant women and unborn children (Can Mom’s Medicine Hurt the Baby, March 29, 2011, Wall Street Journal).

The article was spurred by the fact that in March of 2011, the FDA released a new MedAlert Safety Update regarding the pregnancy category classification of the popular migraine drug Topamax (also known as Topiragen or topiramate). (Topamax (topiramate): Label Change – Risk For Development of Cleft Lip and/or Cleft Palate in Newborns, March 4, 2011, fda.gov). This alert followed a troubling February 2011 annoucement that certain antipsychotic drugs including Haldol, Zyprexa, Seroquel and Abilify, could cause significant withdrawal symptoms after birth if a child is exposed en uteri. (Antipsychotic Drugs Used During Pregnancy Could Harm Newborn, February 2011, fda.gov).

A drug classification change for Topamax means that the drug is now placed in a drug category that indicates “there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans”. (Chart of FDA Pregnancy Categories, fda.gov) The FDA strongly advises that all other options be explored before a woman uses a category D drug during pregnancy and that the drug only be used if the risk to the mother outweighs the potential risk to the fetus.

The specific Topamax re-classification was encouraged by evidence presented by the North American Antiepileptic Drug (NAAED) Pregnancy Registry suggesting that oral-facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate may be linked to the use of Topamax during pregnancy. Specifically, the NAAED cites that the existence of major malformations was 3.8% in the topiramate-exposed group of infants versus 1.3% in the unexposed reference group. The prevalence of cleft lip was 0.69% versus the expected rate of .07% in the normal population. (Source: Herndandez-Diaz, S., Mittendorf, R., Holmes L.B. Comparative Safety of Topiramate During Pregnancy. Birth Defects Research (Part A); 88:408 (2010).)

Topamax is part of a class of drugs known as “anticonvulsants” or “anti-epileptics”, a class of drugs at the center of the birth defect debate. Numerous other anticonvulsant drugs, including the epileptic and seizure medication Depakote, have been linked to potential birth defects. Depakote, specifically, has been linked to serious neural tube malformations that cause the debilitating condition of spina bifida (Source: The Teratogenicity of Anticonvulsant Drugs, Lewis B. Holmes, M.D., N Engl J Med 2001; 344:1132-1138, April 12, 2001).

Currently, no comprehensive testing of potential drug risks for pregnant or breastfeeding women or unborn children exists. The ethical issues surrounding testing on these demographic groups prevents organized studies for this population. As a result, many of the birth defects that may be related to prescription drugs are not discovered until after the drug is released to the public and physicians or drug registry programs begin reporting a pattern of birth injuries.

RXBirthDefects.com is part of the family of resource websites created by the Consumer Justice Foundation, an online consumer watchdog agency. Following the Wall Street Journal article and the FDA classification change for Topamax, RXBirthDefects.com added a resource section dedicated to providing information about potential birth defects related to Topamax use during pregnancy.

The Topamax birth defect information covered on RXBirthDefects.com includes detailed information about the oral-facial malformations and genital malformations that may be related to the drug use. This includes facial clefts such as cleft lip, cleft palate and the male genital deformation of hypospadias (Source: Herndandez-Diaz, S., Mittendorf, R., Holmes L.B. Comparative Safety of Topiramate During Pregnancy. Birth Defects Research (Part A); 88:408 (2010)).

Families seeking legal recourse for birth injuries related to Topamax taken during pregnancy can find more information about how to file a Topamax lawsuit and updated news on the status of ongoing Topamax litigation in the United States. Families can connect immediately with reputable Topamax attorneys and legal representation via the free case evaluation form available online at RXBirthDefects.com.

About RXBirthDefects.com:

RXBirthDefects.com provides comprehensive information and resources regarding the use of prescription medication during pregnancy. The information on RXBirthDefects.com currently covers the prescription anticonvulsants Topamax, Dilantin, Depakote and Tegretol as well as the common antidepressants Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, Pristiq, Prozac and Zoloft. The website provides an online resource center and free claim review form for women and families seeking more information about the specific birth defects that may be related to these drugs when used during pregnancy.

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Doctors on Liens Releases Spring 2015 Directory with 15 New Offices


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 24, 2015

For over twenty years, Doctors on Liens has published a directory of the top doctors working on a lien basis for personal injury and workers compensation patients. At the start, the directory was a single page focusing on chiropractors in the Los Angeles area. Fast forward to present day and the now ten page directory features a vast array of medical specialists stretching from Fresno to Chula Vista and Las Vegas to Santa Barbara. In fact, the newest edition contains over 130 medical offices and 15 new ones including:


    RMS Medical Group in Riverside
    Health Sleep and Beyond Medical Group in Los Angeles
    Orange County Orthopedic Center in Mission Viejo
    San Diego Chiropractic Group in San Diego / Clairemont
    Dr. Michelle Santoro, DC in Burbank
    Masrour Chiropractic in Canyon Country / Santa Clarita
    Dilanchian Chiropractic in Fresno
    Dr. Charles E. Richardson, DC in Tujunga
    Goodlife Chiropractic in El Segundo
    Goodlife Chiropractic in Redondo Beach
    Altamirano Chiropractic in Lomita / Wilmington
    Twins Chiropractic in Garden Grove
    Darren L. Stewart Chiropractic in Palm Springs
    Sheridan Chiropractic in San Marcos

Says Doctors on Liens President, Samantha Parker, “Our fantastic doctors have been the key to maintaining our reputation as the leading network of doctors working on a lien basis. I’m very pleased to know our fifteen new offices are going to continue to uphold our high standards and help so many injury victims as part of Doctors on Liens.”

Doctors on Liens is an innovator in the medical lien specialty referral industry and has forged close relationships with both legal firms and medical practices over the past 20 years.

Doctors on Liens features medical specialties including board certified orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, general practitioners, psychologists, and chiropractors. Each medical office is independently owned and operated and all appointments can be conveniently scheduled directly with the facility.







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Repricing Automation Leader, Wiser, Releases New eBook to Help Retailers Find the Perfect Pricing Strategy


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 24, 2015

For online retailers, deciding how to price products can be a challenge. With the top 11 pricing strategies included, Wiser’s latest eBook is looking to change that.

Pricing in online retail is one of the main concerns for thousands of retailers across the retail industry. Wiser’s latest eBook provides pricing strategies that retailers should know in order to increase sales, profit, and conversions. Whether retailers want a better understanding of psychological pricing, or a guide on how to adopt a dynamic pricing strategy, Wiser’s new eBook has it all.

The reality is that the market is constantly changing and it takes a great deal of time and dedication for retailers to find the perfect pricing strategy at any given point in time. That often means that retailers must employ more than one pricing strategy based on product type and numerous other variables. Arie Shpanya, CEO of Wiser, said, “Pricing can help a retailer differentiate themselves from the competition in a crowded marketplace, and we hope that this guide to pricing strategies can give retailers the know-how to really take control of their pricing.”

From understanding price perception to getting a grip on lesser-known strategies, such as market basket pricing, Wiser’s pricing eBook gives retailers the most comprehensive look at different strategies that are most beneficial for retailers. Wiser takes it a step further and provides empirical evidence to show just how well these common strategies work. For example, Amazon did a great job with market basket pricing during the past holiday season. The retailer sold TVs below competitor prices, and made up the profit by selling the necessary cables at comparatively higher prices.

Wiser’s new eBook is useful for any retailer, new or experienced. This guide to the top pricing strategies can give retailers the direction they need to remain competitive and profitable at the same time. In an industry that is extremely crowded, having the best price can make the difference between winning a sale or a losing a customer.

Click here to download the complimentary Pricing eBook.

About Wiser:

Wiser provides a complete suite of solutions to give retailers, brands, and manufacturers the edge to stay both competitive and most importantly, profitable.

Wiser’s flagship product is WisePricer, a full-featured dynamic pricing and merchandising engine that monitors, analyzes and reprices retail products in real-time. WisePricer enables retailers to boost profit margins and revenue, price with confidence, and improve merchandising through powering the development of a sound pricing strategy.

For more information on Wiser, please visit wiser.com.







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Teen Rehab Center CEO Releases Answers to Top Five Questions on Prescription Drug Abuse


Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) December 02, 2014

Prescription drugs are the second-most abused type of drug, after marijuana. The abuse of prescription drugs has risen by 33 percent since 2008, putting more and more teens in danger. Yet, due to a lack of education, this issue is continually overlooked.

Eighty percent of parents talk with their teens about the dangers of common street drugs, but only 15 percent address the dangers of prescription drug abuse with their kids. In order to help parents better understand the prevalence of prescription drug abuse among teens, Johnny Patout, CEO of New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center, the leading teen drug rehabilitation program in the Southwest and one recognized nationwide, has answered the five most common questions posed by parents.

1. How dangerous is prescription drug abuse? “In short, extremely,” said Patout. “More teens die from prescription drug overdoses than from heroin and cocaine combined. Prescription drugs are just too easy for teens to access. Sixty percent of teens who abuse these drugs have free access to them via friends and relatives. Parents must realize the commonality of this issue and learn how to take the proper precautions against it.”

2. Which prescription drugs are commonly abused? “Prescriptions for opioid painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet and morphine have skyrocketed in the last decade,” said Patout. “According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, 5 million of the 7 million people who reported abusing prescription drugs said they were abusing a pain reliever. Additionally, Benzodiazepines like Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium are also massively overprescribed and stimulant drugs used to treat ADHD have escalated in use greatly. Many of these drugs are prescribed unnecessarily for small problems. The excess of these drugs in the hands of teenagers leads to abuse of them.”

3. What if my teen is prescribed a pain reliever or ADHD medication? “The key to dealing with these drugs is monitoring them when they are in the home,” said Patout. “Parents need to keep track of the pills as the teen takes them and not leave extras in the house. It is a good idea to lock up all prescription drugs in the home, even those prescribed to kids. If a parent feels their teen is falsely claiming to be suffering from pain in order to obtain a pain reliever, they should consult a medical professional immediately.”

4. What are “pill parties? “Pill parties are gatherings where teens each bring an assortment of pills,” said Patout. “The pills are then piled together and attendees help themselves. Also called ‘skittles parties’ or ‘pharm parties,’ these gatherings are incredibly dangerous. Teens don’t know what they are taking and could be ingesting lethal combinations of drugs. Sometimes, they will mix alcohol with the drugs, only serving to increase their risk of an overdose. These parties point to the rampant amount of prescription drugs available today.”

5. What should I do if I discover my son or daughter abusing prescription drugs? “The first step is for parents to know the signs of prescription drug abuse so they can keep an eye out for them,” said Patout. “These include changes in appetite, grades, sleeping patterns, mood, personal hygiene and energy level. Side effects will vary depending on what they are taking. If a parent confirms their teenager is abusing prescription drugs, they should explain that prescription drugs are not safe just because a doctor prescribed them. If they believe the drug use is habitual and becoming destructive, it is important to consult a health professional or a teen rehabilitation center. Prescription drug abuse should not be ignored or taken lightly.”

For more information on teen drug addiction and recovery, please visit http://www.newbeginningsshc.com/ or contact a New Beginnings representative at 888-706-1870.

About New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center

New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center, the leading teen drug rehabilitation program in the Southwest and one recognized nationwide, has been helping teens overcome addiction for more than 30 years. New Beginnings offers a continuum of care for inpatient treatment, residential treatment, partial hospitalization and outpatient programs, and works with private insurance providers to find the lowest costs for their patients. For more information, visit http://www.newbeginningsteenhelp.com.







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Author Keith Paulusse releases ‘Vertrek’


LEOPOLD, Australia (PRWEB) March 23, 2015

Spanning decades of Dutch-Australian heritage, living through the counter-culture movement and witnessing the variegated socio-cultural issues that shaped modern Australia as it is today, author Keith Paulusse chronicles a significant part of history nobody else has told before. In “Vertrek” (published by Xlibris AU), Paulusse shares his colorful, coming of age story during an era of cultural transition, controversial social policies and the incorporation of Dutch heritage into the intricate concoction of Australian history. “Vertrek” is the first line of books to lead and celebrate the 400th year celebration of Dutch presence in Australia in 2016.

“Vertrek” is a social biography of fifteen postwar Australian-Dutch families, taking central stage is the Paulusse family. It tells of their trips and triumphs as they sought incorporation in a conservative Angloceltic society that was years behind in attitude and sophistication. Told with typical Dutch candidness, it commences with their Amsterdam departure, Melbourne arrival, Bonegilla migrant assimilation camp, building their first house and the 1960s counterculture movements to the death of a child, the death of President Kennedy, befriending original 1914 Anzacs soldiers on Postman’s round the moon landing, marriages, HIV AIDS and the tuition-free School of Languages. The biography finishes with Bets and Piet’s – the author’s parents – last and final vertrek.

Against the backdrop of this cultural cauldron, the author brilliantly lays out his own story as he progressed from a boy into manhood, experienced empowerment and characterized the virtues of courage and resilience.

“It is a story of my personal awakening as it is a tribute to my family and other Dutch and Australian families and friends long gone. Through me, their stories remain alive, which I hope to share with you. They were my significant teachers and mentors who, to this day, continue to sustain and inspire me,” says Paulusse.

Honest and wonderfully insightful, “Vertrek” offers an intimate look into the life of a man, a portrait of an extraordinary family and an exploration into a forgotten part of history.

“Vertrek”

By Keith Paulusse

Hardcover | 6x9in | 316 pages | ISBN 9781499031751

Softcover | 6x9in | 316 pages | ISBN 9781499031706

E-Book | 316 pages | ISBN 9781499031768

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Keith Paulusse was born in the city of Terneuzen in The Netherlands. At age 11, he migrated to Australia. He left school at 13 to start work in an Australian butter factory. At 15, he became a postman. He completed his secondary education by working and studying part time paying his way. Paulusse attended Deakin University and studied Social Science, majoring in Psychology. His life was shaped by championing Social Justice. At various times, he was an entrepreneur starting and publishing cultural magazines. For the past six years, he has operated a ‘tuition free’ School of Languages for International Students, Refugees, Migrants and Australians with literacy challenges. He has written articles about Dutch Innovativeness, People Living with AIDS and his experience of caring for his parents who suffered from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson. He lives in an Australian coastal town near the Great Ocean Road amidst dunes, lakes, rivers and sea.

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