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News Article | February 15, 2017
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Connecticut Dermatology Group (CDG) is proud and excited to welcome back to the team, Dr. Sang H. Kim, a highly experienced and compassionate dermatologist. Dr. Kim brings an extensive background in cutting-edge dermatology care and research to Connecticut’s largest physician-directed skincare center. “It is with considerable pleasure to welcome back Dr. Kim to the CDG team” said President and Managing Partner Dr. Steven A. Kolenik III. “She embodies everything we strive for at CDG. She was and will continue to be a sought-after provider due to her compassion, demeanor, outstanding clinical skills and attention to detail.” Dr. Kim received her undergraduate degree from Yale University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She earned her doctorate from New York University School of Medicine and then completed a dermatology residency at the University of Chicago as chief resident. She then completed a fellowship in dermatopathology before joining Connecticut Dermatology Group in 2006. In 2013, Dr. Kim and her family relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina where she worked in the dermatology department of Mecklenburg Medical Group, a large interdisciplinary medical practice. She and her family moved back to Connecticut in 2016. Dr. Kim, who will see patients at CDG’s locations in Norwalk and Stamford, says: “I am thrilled to be rejoining my CDG family. Their level of passion for providing the most advanced skin care is unmatched and makes working here rewarding for me and a great medical experience for patients. I am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting new ones.” Dr. Kim is a board certified dermatologist and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She has had extensive training in all aspects of adult and pediatric dermatology. Her training in dermatopathology provides her with a unique vantage point in her approach to dermatologic conditions. Dr. Kim’s special interests include detecting and treating skin cancer, evaluating rashes and skin growths, and performing cosmetic laser procedures. Dr. Kim will begin seeing patients on February 28th, 2017. You can book an appointment with her now by calling 203-810-4151 or scheduling an appointment online. About Connecticut Dermatology Group Connecticut Dermatology Group (CDG) is a leader in dermatology services in Connecticut. Since it’s founding in 1964, CDG has provided comprehensive skin care to tens of thousands in Connecticut through its Norwalk, Milford, and Stamford offices. CDG is Fairfield County’s largest physician-directed skincare center providing medical and surgical care, as well as state-of-the-art cosmetic and aesthetician services. CDG has been designated as a national dermatological testing center to conduct clinical trials for new and upcoming medical and cosmetic services. Managing Partner, Dr. Steven A. Kolenik III has been peer nominated as 2016 Top Doctor in Fairfield County by Castle Connolly and a 2017 Top Doctor in Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine. Dr. Kolenik III has completed over 20,000 Mohs procedures.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Professional Physical Therapy, a leading provider of physical therapy and rehabilitation clinics throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, announces today the opening of a brand new, state-of-the-art clinic located at 279 Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre in Nassau County, NY. Conveniently situated along the busy and popular Sunrise Highway, this new location will offer full-service Physical, Hand and Occupational Therapy to the community. In addition, Professional Physical Therapy will bring its Rockville Centre Hand Therapists and patients (from the former 176 N. Village Avenue location) into this brand new facility, to serve the community under one roof. Stephanie Bradbury, formerly with Professional’s Merrick clinic, will be the Clinical Director of Physical Therapy services, while Rich Scalise, a well-known and trusted name throughout the community, will continue to spearhead the Hand and Occupational Therapy services. Tim Mauro, Partner and Vice President of Clinical Operations at Professional Physical Therapy in Long Island and Queens states, “Congratulations to Stephanie Bradbury and Rich Scalise, as they join forces to meet the needs of such a busy, centrally located village in Nassau County. It’s a pleasure to watch Stephanie work her way up, as she started her career with us as an aide, then a student through our Clinical Affiliation Program, has grown and developed into a seasoned Physical Therapist and Clinical Director. Rich Scalise brings his stellar reputation, along with his Hand and Occupational Therapy expertise to the new Sunrise Highway location, where he will continue to provide specialized hand and upper extremity treatment. I’m extremely proud to work with this winning team!” “This new, cutting-edge, 3,600 square foot clinic in the heart of Rockville Centre is an enhancement on so many levels. Not only are we offering Physical Therapy, which is the foundation of our business, but we’re giving our Hand and Occupational Therapy patients and staff a new and upgraded home. This will ensure that our patients are comfortable, treated promptly, and are given the highest quality care in one convenient location,“ adds George Papadopoulos, Founding Partner and Chief Development Officer at Professional Physical Therapy. Professional Physical Therapy is the recipient of the 2016 ADVANCE for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine magazine’s annual Practice of the Year award. Professional was selected based on clinical expertise and exceptional patient experience. For more information and a list of all of Professional Physical Therapy’s locations, please visit http://www.professionalpt.com. About Professional Physical Therapy Professional Physical Therapy, headquartered in Uniondale, New York, is an award-winning, leading provider of physical and hand therapy and rehabilitation services throughout the New York metropolitan area, New Jersey and Connecticut. Founded in 1998, Professional Physical Therapy operates 107 outpatient physical and hand therapy centers: 12 located within Equinox Fitness Centers, five located in Blink Fitness facilities, one located in a STACK Sports Performance Center, one inside a Golf & Fitness Academy, one inside Chatham Club, one inside Strive Fitness, and 86 standalone. The company’s outpatient physical therapy centers provide treatment to patients suffering from musculoskeletal impairments associated with orthopedic and sports injuries and other medical conditions. Professional Physical Therapy also operates a 20,000 square foot sports performance training facility in Garden City, NY, as well as four fitness centers in Stamford, Wilton, Southport, CT, and Copiague, NY. http://www.professionalpt.com


(PRLEAP.COM) February 24, 2017 - Fibrolamellar. You have probably never heard of it, but it is a fatal liver cancer that strikes teens and young adults. You also most likely never heard of Niemann-Pick Type C disease (NPC) a debilitating and fatal genetic metabolic disorder affecting young children's visual, cognitive and motor abilitiesBoth of these rare diseases are speaking out this week on behalf of the over 7000 rare diseases for National Rare Disease Day , where, here in Connecticut, statewide activities will generate awareness for rare diseases, which collectively affect 1 in 10 Americans, and are typically the costliest, and deadly.John Hopper, Executive Director of the Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation (FCF) , and Phil Marella, Co-founder of Dana's Angels Research Trust (DART) - both headquartered in Greenwich, CT have become visible spokespersons and among the national leaders for their respective rare disease categories in the state of Connecticut and across the nation.John Hopper, who is also co-chair of the GI Cancers Alliance and Board director for the National Pancreas Foundation said, "Rare cancers represent a large percentage of all cancers, and the majority of rare diseases. Fibrolamellar is a very rare and aggressive liver cancer that attacks teens and young adults who are typically very healthy, yet rarely diagnosed until Stage IV. To date there are few curative treatments which is why sponsoring research is a priority for the foundation. We are proud to bring awareness to all of the rare diseases that affect so many people."Phil Marella,Trustee of DART said, "NPC is a rare cholesterol storage disease that takes children piece by piece before it takes their lives. Working with our collaborators in an effort called Support Of Accelerated Research for NPC (SOAR-NPC), DART has helped advance medical research, which includes five clinical drug trials, one ongoing in Phase 3 by Vtesse, Inc. with over 20 sites worldwide. Our son Andrew, 17 years old, who is in the Vtesse trial, has been one of the many beneficiaries of our efforts. While we have been slowing down the progression of the disease, we must stop it and ultimately find a cure."During the Hartford event, patients, caregivers, medical professionals, industry representatives and state legislators will share their stories and support for the estimated 357,000 residents living with a rare disease in Connecticut.Government officials are backing both these foundation's mission of building a collaborative community to support research, broaden education and build patient communities around rare diseases such as Fibrolamellar and Niemann-Pick Type C. Many important decisions related to rare diseases are made at the state level, including newborn screening; support services to help families cope with complex medical needs; an environment that promotes innovative medical research and product development; and insurance practices that assure patient access to medically-necessary therapies. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act has highlighted the increasingly important role of state policies and programs in assuring that the health care needs of Americans are addressed.State Senator Scott Frantz said, "Ensuring quality health care for all includes those with rare diseases. Federal and State support should include studies that can result in more effective and less costly treatments for rare diseases. Affected families deserve no less attention than those families with more common and widespread illnesses."State Representative Fred Camillo added, "As someone whose family was personally affected by rare cancer, this day has special meaning. The day a parent is told their child has a rare disease such as fibrolamellar or niemann pick type c - with no cure- is the day their entire life is changed- forever. The emotional and financial stress impacts home, work, and community for these families. We, in Connecticut and beyond, need to collectively focus on ways to accelerate support, and leverage our assets to help organizations like FCF and DART."To hear more about Rare Disease Day here in Connecticut, tune into your local news on February 28th or attend the Hartford forum at the State Capital. Details are available at: http://www.rarediseaseday.us/events/locations FCF, a public 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Greenwich, CT, was founded in 2009 by 27-year-old Tucker Davis, who lost his life to the disease in 2010. The foundations mission is to:To date, the foundation has funded nearly $6 million in research at major research institutions in the US and Internationally. 100% of donations go to research with all operating costs funded by the Charles and Marna Davis Foundation. www.fibrofoundation.org DART is a public 501c3nonprofit organization that was founded in 2002 by Andrea and Phil Marella in an effort to save the lives of two of their four children suffering from Niemann-Pick Type C disease-as well as the many others afflicted. Sadly, the Marella's daughter, Dana, at 19, passed away in the Summer of 2013. But the effort continues supporting pivotal NPC research; research that may also help millions of people suffering from Ebola, HIV/Aids, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease and other disorders that appear to be related to cholesterol metabolism. To date, DART, an all-volunteer organization, has raised over $4 million for NPC research.Rare Disease Day is an annual awareness day celebrated around the world dedicated to elevating public understanding of rare diseases and calling attention to the special challenges faced by patients. The goal of Rare Disease Day, organized by the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)® (Danbury CT national headquarters) is to foster collaborative efforts across all stakeholders, especially government, to increase awareness, improve care support, encourage research, and advocate resources- financial and others- to address this growing population- in hopes for a healthier community.Common challenges facing rare disease patients and families include but are not limited to:For more information about Rare Disease Day in the U.S., go to www.RareDiseaseDay.us. For information about global activities, visit www.RareDiseaseDay.org ).To search for information about rare diseases, visit NORD's website, www.RareDiseases.org. 20 Horseneck Lane, 2nd Floor, Greenwich, CT 06830T: 203-862-319615 East Putnam Ave., #117Greenwich, CT 06830203-861-2063


News Article | January 31, 2017
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Now that Republicans have quietly drawn a path to give away much of Americans’ public land, US representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah has introduced what the Wilderness Society is calling “step two” in the GOP’s plan to offload federal property. The new piece of legislation would direct the interior secretary to immediately sell off an area of public land the size of Connecticut. In a press release for House Bill 621, Chaffetz, a Tea Party Republican, claimed that the 3.3m acres of national land, maintained by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), served “no purpose for taxpayers”. But many in the 10 states that would lose federal land in the bill disagree, and public land rallies in opposition are bringing together environmentalists and sportsmen across the west. Set aside for mixed use, BLM land is leased for oil, gas and timber, but is also open to campers, cyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts. As well as providing corridors for gray wolves and grizzly bears, low-lying BLM land often makes up the winter pasture for big game species, such as elk, pronghorn and big-horned sheep. Jason Amaro, who represents the south-west chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, describes the move as a land grab. “Last I checked, hunters and fishermen were taxpayers,” said Amaro, who lives in a New Mexico county where 70,000 acres of federal lands are singled out. In total, his state, which sees $650m in economic activity from hunting and fishing, stands to lose 800,000 acres of BLM land, or more than the state of Rhode Island. “That word ‘disposal’ is scary. It’s not ‘disposable’ for an outdoorsman,” he said. Scott Groene, a Utah conservationist, said the state’s elected officials were trying to “seize public lands any way they can”, without providing Americans a chance to weigh in. If residents knew their local BLM land was being threatened, said Groene, “I’m sure the communities would be shocked”. Chaffetz introduced the bill alongside a second piece of legislation that would strip the BLM and the US Forest Service of law enforcement capabilities, a move in line with the Utah delegation’s opposition to all federal land management. “The other bill hamstrings our ability to manage and ensure that our public lands are being kept safe,” said Bobby McEnaney of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “When you have those two combined, it’s a fairly cynical approach to how public lands can be managed.” The 10 states affected are Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. Residents can see how much acreage is earmarked for “disposal” in their counties by checking a PDF on Chaffetz’s website. Due to a controversial change this month to the House of Representatives’ rules, the sale does not have to make money for the federal government. A representative for the interior department, Mike Pool, who weighed in on a version of the bill in 2011, said selling those 3.3m acres “would be unlikely to generate revenue”. A Republican conservation group in Utah likened it at the time to “selling the house to pay the light bill”. The acreage identified is drawn from a 1997 survey conducted by the Clinton administration, which sought to identify potential offsets to revive the Florida Everglades after decades of pollution from the sugar cane industry. The actual language of the 1997 survey, which did not result in land being sold, prefaced its findings with a caution: “Please note many lands identified appear to have conflicts which may preclude them from being considered for disposal or exchange.” The vast majority of the thousands of parcels have “impediments to disposal”, according to the survey, including hosting endangered species and wetlands or having “cultural significance”. Barack Obama created at least two federal protections in counties with large swathes of BLM land now designated for disposal: New Mexico’s Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monument, in 2014, and Utah’s Bears Ears national monument, in 2016. Arizona’s Parashant national monument, near the Grand Canyon, was designated by Bill Clinton in 2000 and also sits in a marked county. A spokesperson for Chaffetz said he was not available for comment. To outdoorsmen like Amaro, selling off individual parcels of national land creates a “multiplier problem”, where a small parcel of land turned private can cut off access for many. That’s what happened in Coronado national forest, he said. Ten acres that led on to hundreds of thousands of acres of public property were turned into state trust land. “Access has been eliminated for much of the forest. The private landowners now effectively have their own private hunting preserves by not allowing public hunters a way into the national forest,” Amaro said. Chaffetz’s proposal might in fact be in violation of the common-law Public Trust Doctrine, which requires that the federal government keep and manage national resources for all Americans. Courts have upheld the policy that sale or use must be in Americans’ interest. John Gale, conservation director for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers in Missoula, Montana, said the Utah representatives were pushing the bills despite their proven unpopularity. “It’s not only an assault on our traditions,” Gale said. “It’s the idea that they’re stealing that from our children.”


CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Feb. 27, 2017) - TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) today announced it has offered to sell a 49.3 per cent interest in Iroquois Gas Transmission System, LP (Iroquois), together with its remaining 11.8 per cent interest in Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (PNGTS), subject to satisfactory negotiation of terms, compliance with any applicable regulatory requirements, and Partnership Board approval, to its master limited partnership, TC PipeLines, LP (NYSE:TCP) (the Partnership). TransCanada's Board of Directors has approved the sales of Iroquois and PNGTS. "This offer demonstrates the meaningful role that TC PipeLines, LP can fulfill in funding a portion of our $23 billion near-term capital program," said Russ Girling, TransCanada's president and chief executive officer. "Delivering on our industry-leading growth portfolio positions us to deliver significant sustainable growth in earnings, cash flow and dividends." The Iroquois pipeline transports natural gas under long-term contracts and extends from the TransCanada Mainline system at the U.S. border near Waddington, New York to markets in the U.S. Northeast, including New York City, Long Island and Connecticut. Iroquois is currently jointly owned by affiliates of TransCanada and Dominion Resources, Inc. through a joint venture. The pipeline is operated by a stand-alone company that is also jointly owned and based in Connecticut. PNGTS is a high-capacity interstate natural gas pipeline which began serving New England's energy needs in March 1999. The pipeline connects with the TransQuebec and Maritimes Pipeline at the Canadian border and shares facilities with the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline from Westbrook, Maine to a connection with the Tennessee Gas Pipeline System near Boston, Massachusetts. In January 2016, TransCanada sold a 49.9 per cent interest in PNGTS to the Partnership. TransCanada, through its subsidiaries, currently holds an approximate 27 per cent interest in TC PipeLines, LP, a United States master limited partnership which was formed to acquire, own and actively participate in the management of U.S. natural gas pipelines and related assets. With more than 65 years' experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and liquids pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates a network of natural gas pipelines that extends more than 91,500 kilometres (56,900 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is the continent's leading provider of gas storage and related services with 653 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A large independent power producer, TransCanada currently owns or has interests in over 10,700 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is also the developer and operator of one of North America's leading liquids pipeline systems that extends over 4,300 kilometres (2,700 miles), connecting growing continental oil supplies to key markets and refineries. TransCanada's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. Visit TransCanada.com and our blog to learn more, or connect with us on social media and 3BL Media. This publication contains certain information that is forward-looking and is subject to important risks and uncertainties (such statements are usually accompanied by words such as "anticipate", "expect", "believe", "may", "will", "should", "estimate", "intend" or other similar words). Forward-looking statements in this document are intended to provide TransCanada security holders and potential investors with information regarding TransCanada and its subsidiaries, including management's assessment of TransCanada's and its subsidiaries' future plans and financial outlook. All forward-looking statements reflect TransCanada's beliefs and assumptions based on information available at the time the statements were made and as such are not guarantees of future performance. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is given as of the date it is expressed in this news release, and not to use future-oriented information or financial outlooks for anything other than their intended purpose. TransCanada undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information except as required by law. For additional information on the assumptions made, and the risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ from the anticipated results, refer to the Quarterly Report to Shareholders dated February 16, 2017 and 2016 Annual Report filed under TransCanada's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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The Expert Witness Exchange, LLC, a technology company developing an expert witness discovery and recommendation platform that connects attorneys with independent subject matter experts, announced today that Melinda S. Sungenis has been named chief executive officer. Sungenis has more than 30 years of experience in the expert witness referral industry. Most recently, she was the chief executive officer and president of The TASA Group, Inc. of Blue Bell, PA. She joined TASA, an expert witness provider, in 1984 and held a variety of positions before becoming CEO in 2010. Under her leadership, TASA introduced new products to assist the legal industry while maintaining a reputation for personal service. Sungenis will now lead The Expert Witness Exchange as it dramatically changes the way attorneys search for and retain expert witnesses. The company leverages legal technology, data, expert witness analytics TM and the legal community to supply attorneys with the best selection of vetted experts through its software platform. Experts listed with the exchange are subject to a vetting process, which greatly reduces risks for both expert witnesses and attorneys who hire them. “Mindy has the vision and the experience necessary to help us transform legal expert search,” said Paul Levin, a practicing trial attorney and Expert Witness Exchange Director of Product and Services Development. The Expert Witness Exchange platform is functional and undergoing further development by technology experts based in London and San Francisco. Pre-beta versions will be showed selectively at Legaltech, the leading industry technology show, this week in New York. Demonstrations are available by contacting Expert Witness Exchange at info@expertwitnessexchange.com. “Our platform will give attorneys the power to research and retain the best experts out there,” Sungenis said. “We will always be there to assist with a custom search but a smart platform and recommendation engine that puts the power in the hands of the legal community is overdue.” The Expert Witness Exchange platform will benefit attorneys and experts, Levin said. “Attorneys and experts will quickly realize Expert Witness Exchange is not a traditional expert witness brokerage or directory model,” he said. “Instead, an attorney will be able to set parameters with greater precision, transparency and control of the search and retention process than ever before.” The Expert Witness Exchange is the only expert witness referral service offering The Expert Witness Validation Badge™, a credential that establishes to a high degree of certainty that an expert is a valid participant in the judicial process. “Expert witnesses who have the credentials, the background and the expertise to back up their claims should embrace the Validation Badge because the vetting process will reinforce their credibility to attorneys, juries and their peers,” said Mike Clark, a former FBI Special Agent, expert witness, and member of The Expert Witness Validation Committee. The Expert Witness Validation Badge ™ was created in 2015 by The Expert Witness Exchange. Expert witnesses can apply for the badge by uploading their current curriculum vitae to the Expert Witness Exchange website. An advisory validation committee comprised of distinguished members from both the legal and expert witness communities have recommended the criteria and procedures that apply which have been adopted by the Exchange. Attorneys can visit http://www.expertwitnessexchange.com, register for free and request a discussion to learn how their practices can benefit. Experts can also register on the website and learn how the Exchange could lead to more business without advertising fees. The Expert Witness Exchange is transforming legal expert search. Through a custom built interactive platform, the Expert Witness Exchange gives attorneys the power to search for, compare and engage expert witnesses. The company founded The Expert Witness Validation Badge,™ a credential that validates that an expert is a valid participant in the judicial process. Expert Witness Exchange in based in Hartford, Connecticut. Learn more at http://www.ExpertWitnessExchange.com


WESTERLY, R.I., March 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Washington Trust’s Commercial Real Estate Group recently provided $15.5 million in financing to Mayfield Place, LLC, for the phase-two construction of 120 class-A apartments at Mayfield Place, a 340-unit apartment project located in Enfield, Connecticut. Mayfield Place is a three-phase construction project including 340 apartment units on a 69-acre property located in Enfield, between Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA. The first phase consisted of 100-units that are nearing completion, while the second phase of the project includes 120 apartment units to consist of twelve, two-story buildings, each containing ten units. Half of the units will be 1,129 square-foot, one-bedroom apartments with 1.5 baths, while the other half will include 1,448 square-foot, two-bedroom apartments with 2.5 baths. Each unit will have its own entrance and a one or two-car garage and feature upscale finishes including granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and crown moldings. The property also offers a clubhouse, pool, fitness center, business center and additional tenant storage. “We are excited to finance the second phase of this successful project, which will, upon completion, fill a continued demand for rental housing in this conveniently located suburban community,” said Julia Anne M. Slom, Senior Vice President & Team Leader of Washington Trust’s Commercial Real Estate Group. Washington Trust's Commercial Real Estate Group provides commercial real estate mortgages for the construction, refinancing, or purchasing of investment real estate projects. Financing ranges in size from several hundred thousand dollars up to multi-million dollar projects. For more information, contact Timothy Pickering, Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Group, at 401-401-1482 or 1-800-475-2265 ext. 1482. ABOUT WASHINGTON TRUST® Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is the oldest community bank in the nation and one of the Northeast’s premier financial services companies. Washington Trust offers a full range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage banking, personal banking and wealth management and trust services through its offices located in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., (NASDAQ:WASH). Additional information on Washington Trust and its subsidiaries can be found at https://www.washtrust.com/.


WEST PALM BEACH, FL / ACCESSWIRE / February 27, 2017 / Board-certified endocrinologist, Reza Yavari, M.D., has teamed with MedScience Research Group of West Palm Beach to empower primary care physicians to better address two of the planet's greatest health care challenges: obesity and diabetes. On March 7, 2017 Dr. Yavari will present live at the United Nations, New York City at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) sponsored Solve competition, along with other challenge finalists from around the world, addressing topics of worldwide significance in three categories: Refugee Education; Carbon Contributions; and Chronic Diseases. "We are losing the global battle against obesity and diabetes," says Yale based Dr. Yavari, founder and CEO of Beyond Care LLC, a leading lifestyle management company in Connecticut. "With international initiatives such as MIT's Solve, we are hopeful we can reverse this critical trend." By 2025, it is estimated that the number of U.S. adults with diabetes will exceed 50 million. The annual cost of diabetes in the U.S. alone will soon surpass the total yearly healthcare expenditure of $3 trillion. The digital self-coaching program for obesity and diabetes proposed by Dr. Yavari and MedScience provides users a digital lifestyle change program, which is offered in a financial incentive-based model. Solve is an initiative of MIT's Center for Collective Intelligence and aimed at developing and implementing real and lasting solutions to the world's greatest challenges - from education and health to energy and inequality. Solve is a community that brings together technologists and researchers, social entrepreneurs and business leaders, policy makers, change agents, and activists from across the globe to unearth and implement solutions to specific actionable challenges. Dr. Yavari's proposal, "A Digital Platform For Automated Self-Coaching For Obesity & Diabetes," is a collaborative project with Troy Grogan, President and CEO of MedScience Research Group of West Palm Beach, Florida. "With MedScience's efforts, we hope to roll out our digital lifestyle change program quickly in physicians' offices and other sites to reach many people at risk of diabetic and obesity complications." Finalists will be judged on the novelty, feasibility, impact, and quality of their proposals. The best solutions presented at the U.N. will be selected as "Solvers" and will receive support from the Solve community and be invited to and featured prominently at Solve at MIT in May 2017. "Our scalable, evidence-based, obesity and diabetes screening and digital coaching solution will be an invaluable service for primary care physicians and their patients to efficiently monitor obese and diabetic individuals," says Grogan. "This noninvasive, cost effective application will provide patients and their physicians access to resources employed by highly-trained practitioners at a fraction of the cost of current intensive behavioral therapy programs for weight loss and diabetes management." The smartphone application will offer scientifically validated, noninvasive screening, predicative weight loss targets, and digital coaching, including nutrition intervention, exercise, and behavior modification counseling. During the voting phase, anyone (age 18+) can register free on the Solve CoLab website. To select the Yavari entry, click on https://solvecolab.mit.edu/challenges/2016/cure-chronic-diseases/c/solution/1329012 and choose, "Vote for solution." Voting concludes on February 28, 2017. Reza Yavari M.D. is a Board certified endocrinologist trained at the Yale School of Medicine. As a Founder and CEO of Beyond Care® since 2000, he has been a leader in the field of lifestyle management aimed at metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity. Dr. Yavari is a regular guest on national and local radio and television stations and lectures frequently to a variety of audiences. His efforts and his book titled It Must Be My Metabolism (McGraw-Hill) have been featured in the New York Times, the Yoga Journal, Shape Magazine, NPR, CNN News Live, More magazine, among other national press and media. His upcoming book titled Situational Coaching together with an accompanied software app called Health Lifecards will soon be available for health seekers who wish to self-coach to lose weight and reduce diabetes risk by means of therapeutic lifestyle change. MedScience Research Group, Inc. (MedScience) develops proprietary diagnostic equipment and products directed for use by the primary care physician. The key criteria of such equipment and products is to provide the primary care physician with a broader avenue in which to practice evidence-based medicine where before it may have been necessary to refer the patient to a specialist. MedScience focuses on diagnostic and treatment protocols that lower medical costs to patients and insurance providers while enhancing the revenue for the primary care physician community.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Northeast is digging out from the latest blast of winter weather that dumped well over two feet of snow on some areas and made travel treacherous. The storm was most active from New York to Maine, where blizzard conditions shut down towns. Schools around the region delayed or canceled classes Monday, including in Boston and some areas of New York state. By Monday night, some schools already had canceled classes for Tuesday. Some Maine towns, including Starks and Nobleboro, saw at least 30 inches of snow Sunday into Monday. There were also reports of thunder and lightning accompanying the snow in Nobleboro. And the Mountain Washington Avalanche Center issued an extreme avalanche danger warning on two trails. In New Hampshire, Bristol saw 28 inches of snow and Nashua got a little more than 13 inches. In Hopkinton, New Hampshire, attorney Matt Lane said he was surprised by how much snow had fallen. "Up until last week we didn't have very much; we had a little but not like this. And now suddenly, you can't see over the snowbanks when you're backing out of the driveway, and we've been running the snow blower 24-7," he said. Nearly all flights in and out of the airport in Manchester, New Hampshire, were canceled. The airport in Portland, Maine, also was closed. Farther south, there was less snow — just a few inches fell in Boston and Hartford, Connecticut. Strong winds created problems in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where a tree branch crashed through a car windshield in Mechanicsburg, killing the driver. Just north of New York City, a Metro-North train struck a fallen tree, damaging the train and hampering service for hours, but causing no injuries. About 100 passengers were on board. And in Queens, the canopy of a gas station was ripped down as winds gusted up to 60 mph in some areas. The new snow came on the heels of a storm last week that dumped 19 inches on parts of Maine. Raychell Libby, from Portland, walked through a path that had been cut through the snow, piled hip-high. "I really love the paths that are made afterward," she said as she chugged along and walked Logan, her 7-year-old Catahoula mix. "It's kind of like a winter wonderland." Residents likely will be seeing snow for quite a while with more forecast to fall on Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts on Wednesday. Associated Press writers Marina Villeneuve in Portland, Maine; Holly Ramer in Hopkinton, New Hampshire; and Kathy McCormack in Concord, New Hampshire, contributed to this report.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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FAIRFIELD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Foundation Source, a company that establishes and provides comprehensive management and advisory services for private foundations, today announced a unique partnership to help channel youthful idealism into meaningful social change. The company has joined forces with WE, an organization that brings people together and gives them the tools to change the world locally and globally. This partnership is intended to connect the next generation’s passion for change with the means to accomplish it. “While we are currently witnessing one of the greatest transfers of wealth in history, many of our foundation clients have a keen desire to transfer their commitment to philanthropy as well,” says Foundation Source CEO Susan Friedlander Calzone. “Although WE works with people of all ages, its specialty is youth engagement and empowerment. Through our partnership with WE, Foundation Source can give our clients an extraordinary benefit: the ability to share their love of giving back with their children.” WE is known globally for its signature stadium-sized event WE Day, which features world-renowned speakers and performers, mixed with real inspirational stories of change. Young people can’t simply buy tickets—they must earn them through service to others. “WE has been working with young people for over 20 years, and I’ve been fortunate enough to see the impact and power the next generation has to create lasting, meaningful change right in their own backyard and around the world,” says WE co-founder, Craig Kielburger. “We are so excited to be partnering with Foundation Source to connect with and empower their next generation of philanthropists.” Foundation Source and WE will work together to provide opportunities for philanthropic families to make lasting memories by making a difference in the world, including: One of the first activities of the partnership will be the WE Day | New York: Welcome event on April 6th, 2017 at Radio City Music Hall. The evening, which will have reserved tickets for Foundation Source clients and the young people in their lives, will include onstage appearances by incredible thought leaders, A-list celebrities and world-changing youth ambassadors, who will share their passion for social change and inspire the region to take action in support of local and global causes. WE Day is a series of inspiring stadium-sized life-changing events that take place around the world and is celebrated by 200,000 youth participants in 16 different locations across North America and the UK. This year, there will be other WE days across the country, and Foundation Source will have a client presence at: For a quick look at past WE Days, please see the video at this link and learn more about WE at WE.org. This opportunity will be one of several major-market events including international excursions to explore family philanthropic opportunities. Foundation Source is the nation’s largest provider of comprehensive support services for private foundations. The company’s administrative services, online foundation management tools, compliance, and philanthropic advisory services provide a complete outsourced solution, including the creation of new foundations. Our clients supply the vision; we provide everything else. Now in our second decade, Foundation Source provides its services to more than 1,300 family, corporate, and professionally staffed foundations, of all sizes, nationwide. We work in partnership with wealth management firms, law firms, accounting firms, and family offices as well as directly with individuals and families. Foundation Source is headquartered in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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