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HANOVER, NH - Pre-school age children who are exposed to child-targeted fast-food advertising on television are considerably more likely to consume fast-food products, according to a recent Dartmouth-led study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition. According to the Federal Trade Commission, the greatest exposure to food advertising in the US for children aged 2-11 years comes from fast-food restaurant chains. In 2009, the fast-food industry spent more than $580 million on child-targeted marketing, with television being the predominant medium. "In general, children's consumption of fast food is associated with increased intakes of calories, fat and sugar, making fast-food consumption an important risk factor for obesity and other health problems," says Madeline Dalton, PhD, lead author on the study, who is a professor of pediatrics at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine and a researcher at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center. "We also know that dietary practices that are formed early in life are carried throughout adolescence and adulthood." Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study is the first research conducted in a community setting to demonstrate a significant positive association between child-directed fast-food TV ads and increased consumption of fast food among children of pre-school age. "Most parents won't be surprised by the study's findings since they probably know this from observing their own children, and the results are also consistent with food marketing influences that have been observed in highly controlled laboratory settings," Dalton says. "I think what's significant about this study is we're using scientific methods we've developed over the past two decades to measure media and advertising exposure in an objective way, so that the findings are generalizable to real life and we're able to control for influences that we know are important--like parents' fast-food consumption and the overall amount of TV that children watch," she says. In the nine-month study, the research team recruited a total of 548 parents who had a pre-school age child (average of 4.4 years) to complete a written survey during their visits to pediatric and women, infant, and children clinics in Southern New Hampshire. Parents reported their child's viewing time, channels watched, and fast-food consumption during the past week. Their responses were combined with a list of fast-food commercials that were aired on kids' TV channels during that same period to calculate the children's exposure to child-targeted TV ads from three fast-food restaurant chains: McDonald's, Subway, and Wendy's. -- 43 percent of the preschoolers ate food from these restaurants during the past week; a similar percentage (41 percent) had been exposed to the TV ads. --Moderate or high exposure to TV ads increased the likelihood of consuming the fast food by about 30 percent. --Importantly, this association was independent of the overall number of hours of TV the children watched, the frequency with which their parents ate fast food, and other factors like socioeconomic status. --McDonald's accounted for nearly three-quarters of the TV commercials and an even greater proportion (79 percent) of the children's fast-food consumption. According to Dalton, the findings are particularly concerning because children under six years of age can't distinguish between advertisements and programs when they're watching TV--which makes them very vulnerable to persuasive messaging. "These data provide empirical evidence in support of policy recommendations to limit child-directed fast-food marketing on TV," Dalton says. Meghan Longacre, PhD, a study co-author and assistant professor of biomedical data sciences at Geisel, adds, "An important part of the take-home message for parents is that there are preschool channels that don't feature fast-food advertising, and to the extent that they can direct their child's viewing to those channels exclusively, they themselves can protect their children from that exposure." While Dalton considers the findings to be "very significant," she says more research needs to be done to inform national policy around child-targeted fast-food marketing practices. "The biggest limitation of our study is that it's cross-sectional, so we're talking about association, not causality," she explains. "The next step is a longitudinal study, which will also allow us to collect and analyze data on things like the actual food choices children make and even more precise estimates of their viewing time per channel." This research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, grant number R01HD071021. Co-authors on the study include: Linda Titus, PhD, Kristy Hendricks, PhD, Keith Drake, PhD, Lauren Cleveland, MS, from the Geisel School of Medicine, and Jennifer Harris, PhD, MBA, from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut. Founded in 1797, the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth strives to improve the lives of the communities it serves through excellence in learning, discovery, and healing. The Geisel School of Medicine is renowned for its leadership in medical education, health care policy and delivery science, biomedical research, global health, and in creating innovations that improve lives worldwide. As one of America's leading medical schools, Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine is committed to training new generations of diverse leaders who will help solve our most vexing challenges in health care.


News Article | April 17, 2017
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The thin-film structures of chemical sensors based on conventional organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) can limit the sensitivity of the devices toward chemical vapors, because charge carriers in OFETs are usually concentrated within a few molecular layers at the bottom of the organic semiconductor (OSC) film near the dielectric/semiconductor interface. Chemical vapor molecules have to diffuse through the OSC films before they can interact with charge carriers in the OFET conduction channel. It has been demonstrated that OFET ammonia sensors with porous OSC films can be fabricated by a simple vacuum freeze-drying template method. The resulted devices can have ammonia sensitivity not only much higher than the pristine OFETs with thin-film structure but also better than any previously reported OFET sensors, to the best of our knowledge. The porous OFETs show a relative sensitivity as high as 340% ppm−1 upon exposure to 10 parts per billion (ppb) NH . In addition, the devices also exhibit decent selectivity and stability. This general and simple strategy can be applied to a wide range of OFET chemical sensors to improve the device sensitivity.


News Article | April 28, 2017
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After a year of research and analysis, the Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce released its 2015-16 “Return on Investment Study” showing an unprecedented $60 return on every dollar of tourism promotional investment in that same period. The third-party, independent study, conducted by OakLee Consulting Group LLC out of Plymouth, New Hampshire, concluded that “$10.6 million in visitor spending resulted directly from the Chamber’s promotional activities.” According to the study, “travelers spent $115.1 million in Lincoln, Woodstock, Franconia, and Sugar Hill between the 2015-16 winter season and 2016 summer/fall season.” OakLee Consulting Group, founded by Dr. Mark Okrant, Professor Emeritus of Tourism Management and Policy at Plymouth State University and Dr. Daniel Lee, Professor of Economics at Plymouth State University and the State of New Hampshire’s tourism economist for four years, conducted the study and prepared the report. The purpose of the study was to measure the return on investment of the Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce’s marketing/promotion activities for the area’s tourism industry. The chamber’s promotions are largely funded through their Destination Marketing Program, which includes the collection of a nominal overnight fee at over 20 area lodging properties, partnerships with area attractions, and matching grant funds through the State of NH Joint Promotional Program. In addition, the study aims to gauge the effectiveness of individual promotion ads, as well as their effectiveness by state of origin. A study of this type is a first-of-a-kind for this growing chamber of commerce destination marketing program. “We’ve known for years that our destination marketing program has a significant influence on tourism in our region and now we can quantify that in terms of economic impact,” states Kimberly Pickering, newly-appointed Executive Director of the Chamber. “We are pleased to know that for every dollar we raise and spend, it brings sixty more dollars back into our local economy from tourism.” Please contact the Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce for more details on this study. The Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce, located in North Woodstock, NH, represents over 225 businesses in all sectors of the economy, most notably the tourism industry, and promotes the western slope of New Hampshire’s White Mountains - Lincoln, Woodstock, Franconia, and Sugar Hill.  The chamber’s Destination Marketing Program is funded by a number of private and public sources, and is the largest concentrated effort of its kind in Northern New Hampshire.


IRVINE, Calif., April 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Khang & Khang LLP (the “Firm”) announces a class action lawsuit against NantHealth, Inc. (“NantHealth” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq:NH). Investors who purchased shares (1) pursuant and/or traceable to the Company’s initial public offering (“IPO”) on or about June 1, 2016; and/or (2) between June 1, 2016 and March 6, 2017 inclusive (the “Class Period”), are encouraged to contact the Firm in advance of the May 8, 2017 lead plaintiff motion deadline. If you purchased NantHealth shares during the IPO or Class Period, please contact Joon M. Khang, Esq., of Khang & Khang, 18101 Von Karman Avenue, 3rd Floor, Irvine, CA 92612, by telephone: (949) 419-3834, or by e-mail at joon@khanglaw.com. There has been no class certification in this case. Until certification occurs, you are not represented by an attorney. You may choose to take no action and remain a passive class member. The Complaint alleges that during the Class Period, NantHealth made materially false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose: that its founder Patrick Soon-Shiong donated funds through nonprofit organizations to the University of Utah for the purpose of funneling those funds back into NantHealth; that NantHealth and Soon-Shiong violated federal tax laws; that the Company improperly recorded orders received from the University of Utah as GPS Cancer test orders; and that the Company reported false and inflated GPS Cancer order figures for the third quarter of 2016. If you wish to learn more about this lawsuit, or if you have any questions concerning this notice or your rights, please contact Joon M. Khang, a prominent litigator for almost two decades, by telephone: (949) 419-3834, or by e-mail at joon@khanglaw.com. This press release may constitute Attorney Advertising in some jurisdictions.


News Article | April 20, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

MANCHESTER, NH--(Marketwired - April 20, 2017) - The New York Times bestselling author of the celebrated A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy returns with this eagerly awaited new novel, set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events. The chronicle of an ordinary woman's struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill, The Last Ballad is a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression and injustice, with the emotional power of Ron Rash's Serena, Dennis Lehane's The Given Day, and the unforgettable films Norma Rae and Milkweed. Twelve times a week, twenty-eight-year-old Ella May Wiggins makes the two-mile trek to and from her job on the night shift at American Mill No. 2 in Bessemer City, North Carolina. The insular community considers the mill's owners -- the newly arrived Goldberg brothers -- white but not American and expects them to pay Ella May and other workers less because they toil alongside African Americans like Violet, Ella May's best friend. While the dirty, hazardous job at the mill earns Ella May a paltry nine dollars for seventy-two hours of work each week, it's the only opportunity she has. Her no-good husband, John, has run off again, and she must keep her four young children alive with whatever work she can find. When the union leaflets begin circulating, Ella May has a taste of hope, a yearning for the better life the organizers promise. But the mill owners, backed by other nefarious forces, claim the union is nothing but a front for the Bolshevik menace sweeping across Europe. To maintain their control, the owners will use every means in their power, including bloodshed, to prevent workers from banding together. On the night of the county's biggest rally, Ella May, weighing the costs of her choice, makes up her mind to join the movement -- a decision that will have lasting consequences for her children, her friends, her town -- indeed all that she loves. Seventy-five years later, Ella May's daughter Lilly, now an elderly woman, tells her nephew about his grandmother and the events that transformed their family. Illuminating the most painful corners of their history, she reveals, for the first time, the tragedy that befell Ella May after that fateful union meeting in 1929. Intertwining myriad voices, Wiley Cash brings to life the heartbreak and bravery of the now forgotten struggle of the labor movement in early twentieth-century America -- and pays tribute to the thousands of heroic women and men who risked their lives to win basic rights for all workers. Lyrical, heartbreaking, and haunting, this eloquent novel confirms Wiley Cash's place among our nation's finest writers.


News Article | April 28, 2017
Site: www.PR.com

Receive press releases from Living & Thriving with Rustie: By Email In Living & Thriving With Rustie Goes on Tour Rustie hits the east coast offering her latest Speech "The Cylce Repeats Itself" as well as offering a hands on Workshop to inspire change and motivate self love. Dover, NH, April 28, 2017 --( Rustie hits the East Coast on July 1st to speak about Poverty, Abuse and overcoming obstacles. The advocate, Speaker, Author and international radio talk show host is pleased to announce that she will be touring the East Coast to speak about Poverty, Abuse and overcoming obstacles. Rustie will be sharing her latest Speech "The Cycle Repeats Itself" as well as offering hands on workshops on healing, inspiration and self love. The 84% is a document that explores the lives of 7 single mothers and how 54% of these single mothers live well below the poverty lines. At this event, she will explain in details the need for stronger laws, scrutiny, and better protection for women and children. This feat was achieved as a result of her dedication and wealth of experience in various stages of life. Many people who have had an encounter with Rustie usually testify to the courage and determination she possesses and it is overwhelming. Rustie is a woman that continually speaks on Domestic Violence, Poverty, and Food Allergies all over the country. Leona Hosack of www.leonahosack.com/Silhouette had this to say about her “Rustie MacDonald has patiently helped me to improve my understanding of social networking, and its use as a marketing tool. Through Rustie’s gentle encouragement, I have been able to move through my lack of self-confidence, begin to build an effective web presence, and improve my ability to grow my business. Her understanding of using social media for the development of small businesses, combined with her experience as a life coach makes her a wonderful guide!” The event promises to be an interesting, thought provoking and an eye opener to silent issues that needs to be tackled with stronger laws that will be effective. About Rustie MacDonald: Rustie MacDonald is an author, speaker, single mother, advocate and an international radio talk show host. She has a B.A in Psychology and possesses more than 20 years of experience in several industries. Rustie Macdonald can be reached on the internet at www.rustiemacdonald.com or PO Box 1362 Dover, NH 03821 Dover, NH, April 28, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Rustie Reaches a Major Milestone.Rustie hits the East Coast on July 1st to speak about Poverty, Abuse and overcoming obstacles.The advocate, Speaker, Author and international radio talk show host is pleased to announce that she will be touring the East Coast to speak about Poverty, Abuse and overcoming obstacles. Rustie will be sharing her latest Speech "The Cycle Repeats Itself" as well as offering hands on workshops on healing, inspiration and self love. The 84% is a document that explores the lives of 7 single mothers and how 54% of these single mothers live well below the poverty lines. At this event, she will explain in details the need for stronger laws, scrutiny, and better protection for women and children. This feat was achieved as a result of her dedication and wealth of experience in various stages of life.Many people who have had an encounter with Rustie usually testify to the courage and determination she possesses and it is overwhelming. Rustie is a woman that continually speaks on Domestic Violence, Poverty, and Food Allergies all over the country. Leona Hosack of www.leonahosack.com/Silhouette had this to say about her “Rustie MacDonald has patiently helped me to improve my understanding of social networking, and its use as a marketing tool. Through Rustie’s gentle encouragement, I have been able to move through my lack of self-confidence, begin to build an effective web presence, and improve my ability to grow my business. Her understanding of using social media for the development of small businesses, combined with her experience as a life coach makes her a wonderful guide!”The event promises to be an interesting, thought provoking and an eye opener to silent issues that needs to be tackled with stronger laws that will be effective.About Rustie MacDonald: Rustie MacDonald is an author, speaker, single mother, advocate and an international radio talk show host. She has a B.A in Psychology and possesses more than 20 years of experience in several industries. Rustie Macdonald can be reached on the internet at www.rustiemacdonald.com or PO Box 1362 Dover, NH 03821 Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Living & Thriving with Rustie


NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / April 20, 2017 / The following statement is being issued by Levi & Korsinsky, LLP: To: All persons or entities who purchased or otherwise acquired securities of NantHealth, Inc. ("NantHealth") (NASDAQ: NH) (1) pursuant and/or traceable to the Company's initial public offering on or about June 1, 2016 ; and/or (2) . You are hereby notified that Levi & Korsinsky has commenced the securities class action lawsuit Shafik v. NantHealth, Inc., et al. (Case No. 2:17-cv-01940-DMG-SS) in the USDC for the Central District of California. To get more information, go to: http://www.zlk.com/pslra/nanthealth-inc?wire=1, or contact Joseph E. Levi, Esq. either via email at [email protected] or by telephone at (212) 363-7500, toll-free: (877) 363-5972. There is no cost or obligation to you. The complaint alleges that throughout the class period, Defendants issued materially false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose: (1) that Company founder, Patrick Soon-Shiong, had donated funds through nonprofit organizations to the University of Utah for the purpose of funneling those funds back into NantHealth; (2) that, as such, the Company and Soon-Shiong participated in the violation of federal tax laws - exposing the Company to possible civil and criminal liability; (3) that the Company improperly recorded orders received from the University of Utah as GPS Cancer test orders; and (4) that, as a result, the Company reported false and inflated GPS Cancer order figures for the third quarter of 2016. If you suffered a loss in NantHealth, you have until to request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff. Your ability to share in any recovery doesn't require that you serve as a lead plaintiff. Levi & Korsinsky is a national firm with offices in New York, California, Connecticut, and Washington D.C. The firm's attorneys have extensive expertise and experience representing investors in securities litigation, and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for aggrieved shareholders. Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee similar outcomes.


NEW YORK, April 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The following statement is being issued by Levi & Korsinsky, LLP: To: All persons or entities who purchased or otherwise acquired securities of NantHealth, Inc. ("NantHealth") (NASDAQ:NH) (1) pursuant and/or traceable to the Company’s initial public offering on or about June 1, 2016; and/or (2) between June 1, 2016 and March 6, 2017. You are hereby notified that Levi & Korsinsky has commenced the securities class action lawsuit Shafik v. NantHealth, Inc., et al. (Case No. 2:17-cv-01940-DMG-SS) in the USDC for the Central District of California. To get more information go to: or contact Joseph E. Levi, Esq. either via email at jlevi@levikorsinsky.com or by telephone at (212) 363-7500, toll-free: (877) 363-5972. There is no cost or obligation to you. The complaint alleges that throughout the class period Defendants issued materially false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose: (1) that Company founder Patrick Soon-Shiong had donated funds through nonprofit organizations to the University of Utah for the purpose of funneling those funds back into NantHealth; (2) that, as such, the Company and Soon-Shiong participated in the violation of federal tax laws—exposing the Company to possible civil and criminal liability; (3) that the Company improperly recorded orders received from the University of Utah as GPS Cancer test orders; and (4) that, as a result, the Company reported false and inflated GPS Cancer order figures for the third quarter of 2016. If you suffered a loss in NantHealth you have until May 8, 2017 to request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff. Your ability to share in any recovery doesn’t require that you serve as a lead plaintiff. Levi & Korsinsky is a national firm with offices in New York, California, Connecticut, and Washington D.C. The firm’s attorneys have extensive expertise and experience representing investors in securities litigation, and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for aggrieved shareholders. Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee similar outcomes.


NEW YORK, April 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Law Offices of Vincent Wong announce that a class action lawsuit has been commenced in the USDC for the Central District of California on behalf of investors who purchased NantHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:NH) securities (1) pursuant and/or traceable to the Company’s Initial Public Offering on or about June 1, 2016; and/or (2) between June 1, 2016 and March 6, 2017. Click here to learn about the case: http://www.wongesq.com/pslra/nanthealth-inc-nh?wire=3. There is no cost or obligation to you. According to the complaint, during the class period the Company made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) Company founder Patrick Soon-Shiong had donated funds through nonprofit organizations to the University of Utah for the purpose of funneling those funds back into NantHealth; (2) as such, the Company and Soon-Shiong participated in the violation of federal tax laws—exposing the Company to possible civil and criminal liability; (3) the Company improperly recorded orders received from the University of Utah as GPS Cancer test orders; and (4) that, as a result, the Company reported false and inflated GPS Cancer order figures for the third quarter of 2016. If you suffered a loss in NantHealth you have until May 8, 2017 to request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff. Your ability to share in any recovery doesn’t require that you serve as a lead plaintiff. To obtain additional information, contact Vincent Wong, Esq. either via email vw@wongesq.com, by telephone at 212.425.1140, or visit http://www.wongesq.com/pslra/nanthealth-inc-nh?wire=3. Vincent Wong, Esq. is an experienced attorney that has represented investors in securities litigations involving financial fraud and violations of shareholder rights.  Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee similar outcomes.


NEW YORK, April 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Law Offices of Vincent Wong announce that a class action lawsuit has been commenced in the USDC for the Central District of California on behalf of investors who purchased NantHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:NH) securities (1) pursuant and/or traceable to the Company’s Initial Public Offering on or about June 1, 2016; and/or (2) between June 1, 2016 and March 6, 2017. Click here to learn about the case: http://www.wongesq.com/pslra/nanthealth-inc-nh?wire=3. There is no cost or obligation to you. According to the complaint, during the class period the Company made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) Company founder Patrick Soon-Shiong had donated funds through nonprofit organizations to the University of Utah for the purpose of funneling those funds back into NantHealth; (2) as such, the Company and Soon-Shiong participated in the violation of federal tax laws—exposing the Company to possible civil and criminal liability; (3) the Company improperly recorded orders received from the University of Utah as GPS Cancer test orders; and (4) that, as a result, the Company reported false and inflated GPS Cancer order figures for the third quarter of 2016. If you suffered a loss in NantHealth you have until May 8, 2017 to request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff. Your ability to share in any recovery doesn’t require that you serve as a lead plaintiff. To obtain additional information, contact Vincent Wong, Esq. either via email vw@wongesq.com, by telephone at 212.425.1140, or visit http://www.wongesq.com/pslra/nanthealth-inc-nh?wire=3. Vincent Wong, Esq. is an experienced attorney that has represented investors in securities litigations involving financial fraud and violations of shareholder rights.  Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee similar outcomes.

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