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The study included 76,230 AF patients who had no prior history of dementia or prior use of an anticoagulation treatment. 26,189 patients were ultimately treated with an antiplatelet (n=21,781) or warfarin anticoagulation (n=4,408). Time from AF diagnosis to the use of an antiplatelet agent or anticoagulation was studied at immediate start (less than 30 days from diagnosis), and delayed (after one year). The authors note that CHADS2 Vasc score can be used to identify those at highest risk of cognitive decline with a delay in therapy. The risk of dementia with a delay in low risk CHADS2 Vasc patients was 30 percent but increased significantly to 136 percent in high risk CHADS2 Vasc patients. The authors also found that when the time period of delays were analyzed as a spectrum from less than 30 days, 31 days to one year, one to three years and longer than three years, there was a linear risk of dementia risk with the delays in warfarin initiation. "Our results reinforce the importance of starting anticoagulation treatment as early as possible after being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. We saw for the first time that waiting even just 30 days to initiate anticoagulation treatment can increase a patient's long-term risk of developing dementia," said T. Jared Bunch, MD, Director of Heart Rhythm Research at Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute and Medical Director for Heart Rhythm Services for the Intermountain Healthcare system. "We want to ensure we're doing everything possible to limit the risk of brain injury for our patients and our study not only shows the importance of early therapy but also shows the very limited role, if any, of aspirin for stroke prevention. In this study, the benefit was derived from using warfarin and we hope that newer anticoagulants that perform better than warfarin and are easier to start and use will further improve dementia risk." The authors of the study call for additional studies to fully understand how the risk of dementia increases over a longer period of time. They have recently launched a prospective study using dabigatran versus warfarin that will closely study cognitive changes over a two-year period. The growing use of these newer treatments like direct oral anticoagulants such as dabigatran, apixaban and rivaroxaban, are providing patients with more effective options and should also be studied to determine the risk of dementia. "Anticoagulation for Atrial Fibrillation: Current Strategies and Device-Based Approaches: Dementia Rates Increase With Delays In Initiation of Anticoagulation Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation" [May 12, 2017, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Room 184C] Heart Rhythm 2017 is the most comprehensive educational program for heart rhythm professionals, featuring more than 250 educational sessions and more than 130 exhibitors showcasing innovative products and services. The Heart Rhythm Society's Annual Scientific Sessions have become the must-attend event of the year, allowing the exchange of new vital ideas and information among colleagues from every corner of the globe. For more information, visit www.hrssessions.org. The Heart Rhythm Society is the international leader in science, education and advocacy for cardiac arrhythmia professionals and patients, and the primary information resource on heart rhythm disorders. Its mission is to improve the care of patients by promoting research, education and optimal health care policies and standards. Incorporated in 1979 and based in Washington, DC, it has a membership of more than 5,900 heart rhythm professionals in more than 70 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.HRSonline.org. [1] "Ensuring medication adherence with direct oral anticoagulant drugs. Lessons from adherence with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs)," A. Di Minno, G. Spadarella, T. Antonella, G. Di Minno, 2014, Thrombosis Research, 133(5). DOI: 10.1016/j.thromres.2014.01.016 To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-study-shows-delayed-use-of-blood-thinners-for-atrial-fibrillation-increases-risk-of-dementia-300456923.html


News Article | December 1, 2016
Site: techcrunch.com

Music streaming startup Spotify is introducing a new series of original artist recordings called Spotify Singles. The company plans to record a couple of songs from each artist in its in-house New York studio and update the main Spotify Singles playlists every Wednesday. As the name suggests, the Spotify Singles concept channels back the good old days of vinyl and CD singles. You shouldn’t expect more than a couple of tracks from each artist and band. The first song will be a new recording of an original track, and the second song is supposed to be a cover song. If you’re a heavy Spotify user, you know that Spotify already released original recordings called Spotify Sessions. These sessions were basically live recordings of a small concert in Spotify’s office or at SXSW. The main difference between Spotify Singles and Spotify Sessions is that there’s no audience clapping in Spotify Singles. Spotify Sessions will be phased out in favor of a new name called “Spotify Live.” I couldn’t find any example of a Live recording just yet, but I expect more or less the same thing as Spotify Sessions. As usual, this content is also available on individual artist pages, which makes it much easier to surface it. While fans love acoustic and live versions of popular hit songs, cover songs could also have a big reach. Spotify wants you to be able to find your favorite artist covering another great artist exclusively on its platform. This way, it makes Spotify more compelling for subscribers. Now that Apple Music and Spotify are fighting hard to become the dominant music streaming platform, Spotify is ramping up exclusive content and features that are going to make you stick to the service. Here’s the first playlist with the inaugural Singles:


News Article | November 28, 2016
Site: www.prweb.com

APS (Powered by Payscout) is pleased to announce it is partnering with the nationally-recognized Sessions Firm for a number of compliance-related initiatives. “Partnering with The Sessions Firm affirms our efforts to assist our merchants with best practices in the ARM industry,” said APS Vice President Jennifer Brummett. “It is a testament to our commitment to our customers and enhances our credibility in the ARM space.” The Sessions Firm will work with APS on several compliance-related initiatives, including the review of APS’ solution for handling Regulation E payment requirements. The Sessions Firm will also assist in the review and explanation of outstanding issues facing potential merchants for Payscout’s Risk Department. The partnership builds on an existing relationship that featured a joint presentation at the recent ACA International convention in Denver, Colorado entitled, “I’m Watching You! Complying with the CFPB’s Vendor and Client Management Responsibilities.” This type of thought-leading presentation demonstrates the industry knowledge that both APS and The Sessions Firm can provide to ARM merchants and underscores the cultural synergy between the two entities. Bryan Shartle, a partner at The Sessions Firm, commented: “Everything we have seen so far, as well as the work we have done together, confirms our view that APS has a tremendous amount of knowledge about the ARM space, truly cares about the challenges its merchants experience in complying with regulations, and wants to make that process as simple as possible.” The Sessions Firm will also proactively monitor APS’ merchant portfolio for potential problems that would require intervention and implementation of best practices to address. Brummett added, “We are very pleased to have the expertise of The Sessions Firm in our corner. This partnership represents our commitment to Integrity/Trust and Reliability, two of Payscout’s Cultural Attributes and key features of the services our customers have come to count on from us.” APS has been a leading provider of payment processing services to the ARM industry for over 10 years. It serves many of the top U.S. debt collection agencies and accounts receivable management companies directly and through integrations with over a dozen of the top rated software providers to the industry. Through its competitive rates, ability to offer services in a highly scrutinized market, and a variety of unique, value-added protection and verification tools to help its ARM clients stay in compliance, APS has become a trusted advisor and thought leader in the ARM industry. APS was acquired by Payscout, Inc. in October 2015. Since then, it has been fully integrated into the Payscout operation and has the ability to offer all of the global services that Payscout is known for. The APS brand has been maintained in the ARM marketplace because of its longstanding name recognition and reputation in the industry. “Payscout Supports the Entrepreneurial Dream One Transaction at a Time.” Payscout is a global payment processing provider covering six continents by connecting merchants and consumers via credit, debit, ATM and alternative payment networks. What differentiates Payscout is its mission “to support the entrepreneurial dream one transaction at a time.” Payscout achieves this by being a thought leader in the payments industry. Its “Go Global Now” technology platform gives merchants instant access to 100+ countries, billions of consumers and trillions of dollars. Payscout offers payment processing solutions for brick-and-mortar and eCommerce transactions, and has earned acclaim as a new-generation provider of merchant banking services, specializing in online/eCommerce retailers with a predominant proportion of card-not-present (CNP) transactions; it is one of the few providers to deliver a true global payment solution that encompasses all merchant risk verticals. Customers can access Payscout’s credit card processing services via a state-of-the-art, web-based user portal and through direct interactions with highly-trained experts. In addition to supporting thousands of clients across a multitude of industries and all 50 American states, Payscout maintains global partnerships with VISA USA, Bank of America Merchant Services, VISA Europe, VISA Latin America, VISA Asia Pacific, MasterCard Worldwide, China Union Pay, Deutsche Bank, First Data and Payscout Brazil. Payscout was recognized as one of America’s fastest-growing privately-held companies in 2014, 2015, and 2016, ranking #2,416 in 2014, #434 in 2015, and #383 in 2016 on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 500/5000 list. Within the financial services industry, Payscout placed #140 in 2014 and #24 in 2015. For more information, visit http://www.payscout.com. Sessions, Fishman, Nathan and Israel, commonly referred to as The Sessions Firm, was founded in 1958. The Firm’s Consumer Defense Practice Group is the largest national practice group dedicated to representing debt collectors, creditors, and other financial institutions. We provide sophisticated consumer defense representation with no “start-up” time. Since 2001, we have defended tens of thousands of consumer lawsuits throughout the country. We have also defended over a thousand class actions and assisted many clients in resolving complex consumer litigation. In addition to litigation defense work, the Firm is also nationally known as experts on compliance and regulatory issues involving the various federal and state regulators, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, Attorneys General, and state and municipal licensing authorities. The Firm’s 12 offices are located in the nation’s top “litigation hot spots,” including California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Texas. For more information, visit http://www.sessions.legal.


Trademark
Sessions | Date: 2016-02-16

Coffee; Coffee pods.


Trademark
Sessions | Date: 2016-06-06

Athletic apparel, namely, shirts, pants, jackets, footwear, hats and caps, athletic uniforms.


Trademark
Sessions | Date: 2016-02-09

Coffee.


The present invention provides a method of attenuating the formation or reducing the severity of neurogenic swelling and/or neurogenic inflammation in the tissue of a patient via applying a composition comprising a hydrophilic foam substrate and a polymeric hydrophilic agent to a portion of the surface of the skin in an amount and at a location sufficient to attenuate formation of or reduce the severity of neurogenic swelling and/or neurogenic inflammation.


Patent
Sessions | Date: 2012-04-04

A foam-based wound dressing for covering a wound on an extremity. The wound dressing includes a composite body having two distinct layers joined along a portion of their perimeters to form a least one open end. Each layer includes a hydrophilic foam matrix attached to a urethane film.


Trademark
Sessions | Date: 2016-03-10

Beer; Beer wort; Beer, ale and lager; Beer, ale and porter; Beer, ale, lager, stout and porter; Beer, ale, lager, stout, porter, shandy; Beers; Black beer; Brewed malt-based beers; Flavored beers; Malt beer; Malt liquor; Pale beer; Porter; Wheat beer.


Trademark
Sessions | Date: 2016-02-05

Downloadable mobile applications for distribution of multimedia contents in the form of audio and video sessions in the following topics, namely, women health, lifestyle, sexual wellness, self-help and self improvement; Computer software for distribution of multimedia contents in the form of audio and video sessions in the following topics, namely, women health, lifestyle, sexual wellness, self-help and self improvement that may be downloaded from a global computer network. Educational services, namely, developing, arranging, and conducting educational conferences and programs and providing courses of instruction in the field of women health, lifestyle, sexual wellness, self-help and self improvement.; Educational services, namely, providing on-line workshops, seminars, conferences, training, classes in the field of women health, lifestyle, sexual wellness, self-help and self improvement.; Providing educational demonstrations in the field of women health, lifestyle, sexual wellness, self-help and self improvement.; Providing educational mentoring services and programs in the field of women health, lifestyle, sexual wellness, self-help and self improvement.; Providing a website featuring non-downloadable videos in the field of women health, lifestyle, sexual wellness, self-help and self improvement.; Providing a website featuring non-downloadable videos on inspirational or motivational topics for women; Providing education courses in the field of women health, lifestyle, sexual wellness, self-help and self improvement offered through online, non-downloadable videos and instructor assistance.

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