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Strategic communication can mean either communicating a concept, a process, or data that satisfies a long term strategic goal of an organization by allowing facilitation of advanced planning, or communicating over long distances usually using international telecommunications or dedicated global network assets to coordinate actions and activities of operationally significant commercial, non-commercial and military business or combat and logistic subunits. It can also mean the related function within an organization, which handles internal and external communication processes. Strategic communication can also be used for political warfare. Wikipedia.

Chapman M.J.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Chapman M.J.,University Pierre and Marie Curie | Redfern J.S.,Strategic Communications | McGovern M.E.,650 West Avenue | And 2 more authors.
Pharmacology and Therapeutics | Year: 2010

Although statin therapy represents a cornerstone of cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention, a major residual CVD risk (60-70% of total relative risk) remains, attributable to both modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors. Among the former, low levels of HDL-C together with elevated triglyceride (TG)-rich lipoproteins and their remnants represent major therapeutic targets. The current pandemic of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes is intimately associated with an atherogenic dyslipidemic phenotype featuring low HDL-C combined with elevated TG-rich lipoproteins and small dense LDL. In this context, there is renewed interest in pharmacotherapeutic strategies involving niacin and fibrates in monotherapy and in association with statins. This comprehensive, critical review of available data in dyslipidemic subjects indicates that niacin is more efficacious in raising HDL-C than fibrates, whereas niacin and fibrates reduce TG-rich lipoproteins and LDL comparably. Niacin is distinguished by its unique capacity to effectively lower Lp(a) levels. Several studies have demonstrated anti-atherosclerotic action for both niacin and fibrates. In contrast with statin therapy, the clinical benefit of fibrates appears limited to reduction of nonfatal myocardial infarction, whereas niacin (frequently associated with statins and/or other agents) exerts benefit across a wider range of cardiovascular endpoints in studies involving limited patient numbers. Clearly the future treatment of atherogenic dyslipidemias involving the lipid triad, as exemplified by the occurrence of the mixed dyslipidemic phenotype in metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, renal, and auto-immune diseases, requires integrated pharmacotherapy targeted not only to proatherogenic particles, notably VLDL, IDL, LDL, and Lp(a), but also to atheroprotective HDL. © 2010 Elsevier Inc.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: DRS-04-2014 | Award Amount: 1.38M | Year: 2015

The European Union (EU) faces a growing health security threat posed by pandemics due to the convergence of risk factors driving disease emergence, amplification and dissemination of pathogens with pandemic potential. Protecting the health and security of citizens in the EU in the face of these pandemic threats requires a coherent response by all stakeholders driven by effective pandemic risk management. PANDEM will contribute to the reduction in the health, socio-economic and security consequences of future pandemics so that society will be better prepared at regional, national, EU and global level. PANDEM will assess current pandemic preparedness and response tools, systems and practice at national, EU and global level in priority areas including risk assessment and surveillance, communication and public information, governance and legal frameworks. PANDEM will then identify gaps and improvement needs leading to the development of viable innovative concepts and analysis of the feasibility of a future demonstration project to strengthen capacity-building for pandemic risk management in the EU. PANDEM specifically addresses the needs and priorities detailed in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme crisis management topic DRS-4. PANDEM will focus on the needs and requirements of users and first responders across the spectrum of pandemic risk management. PANDEM will bring together highly skilled and multi-disciplinary senior experts from the health, security, defence, microbiology, communications, information technology and emergency management fields. Given the cross-border and multi-sectoral context of the health and security challenge for building pandemic risk management capacity, a systems-based methodology will be applied and the final outcome will be developed for use in a pan-European setting.

NEW YORK, Oct. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As the weather changes with the seasons, many small businesses use this cyclical time as an opportunity to refocus their marketing strategies for the remainder of the year. This opportunity is essential for staying relevant, boosting growth and maximizing sales before the holidays approach. In her latest post on PR Newswire's Small Business PR Toolkit, Claire Holland, Senior Strategic Communications Manager at agencyEA, believes that autumn presents itself as a great time to analyze year-to-date sales and customer behavior in order to refine your strategies before the final push of 2015. To refocus your current marketing campaigns: For further discussion on ways to realign your marketing efforts for the rest of 2015, read the complete article here: http://bit.ly/1Gx3QJI. PR Newswire's Small Business PR Toolkit is a comprehensive resource that provides small businesses and entrepreneurs the tools to develop an affordable public relations and marketing plan that helps generate interest from potential customers, engage with key audiences and grow their businesses. The toolkit features relevant content such as informative white papers, interactive webinars and how-to articles and premium access to educational resources, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of special offers designed specifically for small businesses. To request information on how PR Newswire can help your small business, click here. You can receive updates on new Small Business PR Toolkit content by following @prnsmallbiz on Twitter. PR Newswire (www.prnewswire.com) is the premier global provider of multimedia platforms that enable marketers, corporate communicators, sustainability officers, public affairs and investor relations officers to leverage content to engage with all their key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry over 60 years ago, PR Newswire today provides end-to-end solutions to produce, optimize and target content -- from rich media to online video to multimedia -- and then distribute content and measure results across traditional, digital, mobile and social channels. Combining the world's largest multi-channel, multi-cultural content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, PR Newswire enables the world's enterprises to engage opportunity everywhere it exists. PR Newswire serves tens of thousands of clients from offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, and is a UBM plc company.

News Article | October 28, 2015
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The Federal Government will soon unveil National Strategy for Strategic Communications (NSSC) aimed to tackle the ideology and narrative of the Boko Haram terrorists and other insurgent groups in the country. The strategy which is similar to the Soft-Approach programme of the previous administration will coordinate government communication across the Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) and reinforce their core-values towards de-radicalisation of terrorists. Speaking at a two-day ‘Counter Violent Extremism (CVE)-Media Round Table’ in Abuja, a Deputy Director in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Ahmad Gusau said the NSSC, is a policy document put together by ONSA with the technical support of the EU. Mr. Gusau who represented the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen. Babagana Mongonu (rtd) at the occasion said: “A validation workshop on the draft NSCC was held in June, 2015 and contributions of the various departments of government and other stakeholders are being integrated before the document would be approved and unveiled. “It will interest you to know that the draft NSSC has as one of its six focus areas, the relationship between government and the media.” To this end, he added that the media round table was aimed “to draw the attention of the media to current understanding of terrorist’s use of media and violent extremism in Nigeria, including the ISIS, which has since incorporated Boko Haram, and ways in which both groups radicalize, propagandize and recruit by exploiting the media”. He however, noted that “the media has since recognized that insurgents were enemies of the Nigerian state whose violent activities have a negative impact on our collective life”. “This continues to reflect in the way the Nigerian press report on Boko Haram,” he added. In the same vein, the Head of Section: Political, Press and Information (EU Delegation), Ms Pauline Torehall, stressed that terrorism can occur in the absence of the media – but national and international media are often vital to violent ideological movements that want to disseminate a message – with the purpose to influence governments and populations alike. Torehall noted that “since the popularization of the internet and social media, websites such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook have all also been engaged by extremist groups to recruit and propagandize”. According to her, governments worldwide are now increasingly aware that countering violent extremism involves consideration of the multiple platforms on which extremist messages can be spread. She said that media round table was a vital keystone in the work of Strategic Communications, given the diverse and powerful Nigerian press, and its influence, with over 50 journalists and professionals of the media sector from at least 40 institutions across Nigeria participating. “Some international media organizations have used research to create guidelines on the responsible reporting of violent extremism; it is maybe useful to debate around the idea of working towards specific guidance on the issue of reporting violent extremism for journalists and taking into consideration the guidelines that exist already within your different organizations,” she stated. Torehall said that “While Nigeria’s journalists have reported across the decades on civil war, dictatorship, and violence, the Boko Haram insurgency represents a new context for local and international media alike.

The School for Professional Studies at Saint Louis University (also known as SLU for Busy Adults) will host an information session online on November 3. This webinar is open to the public and is designed for anyone looking to learn more about adult education options from the University. SLU for Busy Adults offers several bachelor’s, master’s and certificate programs that are available in convenient online formats to meet the needs of working professionals. The SLU for Busy Adults information session will highlight: For more information and to register, visit busyadults.slu.edu or call (314) 977-2330 or (800) 734-6736. The School for Professional Studies offers undergraduate degrees in Security and Strategic Intelligence, Computer Information Systems, General Studies, Organizational Studies, RN to BSN, Aviation Management, Organizational Leadership & Technology and Social Work. Several minors and certificate programs are also available including Contract and Project Management, Hospitality Management, Industrial Psychology, Strategic Communications and more. SLU also offers two fully online graduate degrees in Leadership & Organizational Development and Applied Analytics. About the School for Professional Studies: Classes in the School for Professional Studies are typically offered in accelerated eight-week sessions and are designed for busy adults with affordable tuition rates as well as convenient, online classes. SLU for Busy Adults gives working professionals the opportunity to earn their degree with flexible online and evening courses. In Saint Louis University’s tradition of excellence the School for Professional Studies caters to nontraditional students so they can Bachelor’s and Master’s programs form globally recognized SLU.

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