2018 National Conference on Apprentice Training Programs for All High School Students with Special Abilities

Dr. Stephen Shore & Dr. Joshua Weinstein

US Capitol Visitor Center | Congressional Auditorium & Atrium

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, September 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — ICARE4AUTISM will be holding a National Conference in Washington D.C. at the US Capitol Visitor Center, Congressional Auditorium and Atrium on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 9:30am-3:30pm with a complimentary lunch included. Discounted Hotel Rates for our guests are available through Capitol Skyline Hotel with promo code: icare4autism.

Conference speakers include: Acclaimed professor and educator Stephen Shore, Ed.D.Clinical Asst. Professor, R.S. Ammon School of Education at Adelphi University; Robert Naseef, Ph.D. (PA) of Alternative Choices; Founder and CEO of ICare4Autsim, Joshua Weinstein, MBA, Ph.D.; policy advisor Scott Michael Robertson, Ph.D., Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor; Carol M. Schall, Ph.D. (VA) Asst. Professor School of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, Special Education Director of Technical Assistance and the Autism Center of Excellence; as well as more speakers to be announced.

The national conference will focus on initiating an Apprentice Training Program for High School Students with Special Abilities across all 50 states and what better time to do it than in the month of October dedicated to National Disability Awareness month. Speakers will discuss the importance of assimilating high school students with special abilities in the workforce and together creating pathways to comprehensive apprentice workforce training programs for our
high school students with special abilities.

We invite parents, students, educators, therapists, faculties of surrounding universities and especially organizations and institutes dedicated to serving individuals with special abilities to attend this informative conference that will be a wonderful resource and a wealth of knowledge around the topic of employment for all High School Students with Special Abilities. It is up to us to take action and make a change for the betterment and future of our High School
Students with Special Abilities.

Seats are limited and available on a first come first serve basis. Be sure to register before time runs out! For more information on how to register for the conference please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/icare4autism-2018-conference-tickets-49407828144

About ICare4Autism
ICare4Autism serves as the lead global non-profit organization dedicated to improving the life of children and adults who live with autism. Founded in 2004 by Dr. Joshua Weinstein, ICare4Autism has established itself as the catalyst that drives collaborations among similar international institutions to discover the etiology of autism, search for biologic and environmental causes, and ultimately work toward better methods of detection and treatment. We connect the most elite autism researchers through renowned conferences and workshops to discuss complex scientific issues and find innovative treatment services. Our combination of expertise also designs educational practices to best serve people who are affected by autism spectrum disorders.

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Hearing Health Foundation Launches New Website Focused on Ménière's Disease

The website will inspire hope among those who live with Ménière's disease, share research updates, and provide a channel through which individuals can give.

These ‘invisible conditions’ affect patients an emotional level. I was completely isolated from the world and was frustrated because I couldn’t do anything or go anywhere.”

— Nicolle Cure, artist recently diagnosed with Ménière's disease

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, September 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Hearing Health Foundation (HHF), the nation’s largest charity funder of hearing and balance research, unveiled today a new microsite dedicated to Ménière's disease, a chronic vestibular (inner ear) condition with no known cure. The content is accessible at www.menieresdisease.org as an extension of the foundation’s primary website, www.hhf.org.

HHF’s www.menieresdisease.org seeks to build awareness of and bring clarity to the “mysterious” condition with simple, informative pages. The goals are to inspire hope among people who live with Ménière's disease and their loved ones, share updates about Ménière's disease from scientists funded by the foundation, and provide a channel through which individuals can donate to life-changing Ménière's disease research. HHF is fortunate to have all administrative expenses covered by its board of trustees and endowment, so 100% of gifts will directly support life-changing research programming.

Ménière's disease affects approximately 600,000 people in the U.S. The most prominent symptoms include a sensation of ear fullness, dizziness, vertigo, nausea, fluctuating hearing loss, and tinnitus. Some patients benefit from treatments, but far too many remain completely debilitated, bedridden, and unable to work. Episodes of vertigo can strike at any time without warning and this uncertainty offer triggers anxiety and depression.

Ménière's disease has long been an area of interest for the HHF’s long-standing research programs. Inspired by supporters with personal interests in Ménière's disease and gravely concerned by the general lack of research on the subject, HHF declared a greater focus on the condition in 2017 through the establishment of the Ménière's Disease Grants (MDG) program. MDG is exclusively focused on the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of Ménière's disease. MDG awards scientists up to $125,000 for a two-year grant period is governed by the Ménière's Disease Advisory Board, comprised of senior researchers and physicians throughout the country who review each application for scientific merit and program relevance.

The face of the new website is Nicolle Cure, a celebrated visual artist diagnosed this year with Ménière's disease and whose life has been devastated by sudden hearing loss and crippling vertigo. Nicolle describes her reactions to the onset of her symptoms: “These ‘invisible conditions’ affect patients an emotional level. I was completely isolated from the world and was frustrated because I couldn’t do anything or go anywhere.” Nicolle is grateful to have art as a most powerful coping mechanism when she feels well. “I wish to use my art to help people be open about their conditions and find treatments and relief and know that they are not alone in this journey.”

HHF encourages our supporters to visit www.menieresdisease.org to learn more about Ménière's disease and to share with friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, or others who may benefit from the reminder that they are not alone and find inspiration in the groundbreaking research that will one day transform lives.

Hearing Health Foundation’s mission is to prevent, treat, and cure hearing loss, tinnitus, and related conditions and to promote hearing health. Learn more at www.hhf.org, email HHF at info@hhf.org, or call HHF at 212.257.6140 (voice) or 888.435.6104 (TTY).

Lauren McGrath
Hearing Health Foundation
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Carrollwood Compounding Center and Pharmacy Addresses Worldwide Thyroid USP Hormone Prescription Deficiency

Recently, there has been a worldwide deficiency in Thyroid USP causing many suppliers to desperately find a replacement source for thyroid disorder sufferers.

There are a couple of good options now to replace the Thyroid USP deficiency. Our pharmacy formulated and offers a unique option.”

— Dan Fucarino, Owner and Lead Pharmacist

TAMPA, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, September 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Recently, there has been a worldwide deficiency in Thyroid USP causing many chemical suppliers to desperately find a replacement source for thyroid disorder sufferers. Over 7 years ago, Armour Thyroid, the largest supplier of Thyroid USP in the country, changed the fillers in their product. Almost immediately, many people began to complain about the side effects and sensitivities they were experiencing. Within months, the company had to discontinue this new formula, but it took over two years before the original formulation of this product was available again. It was during this time that many patients switched to Thyroid USP compounded. One supplier began dispatching a Thyroid USP from China only to have it recalled by the FDA due to product contamination. For many years now, Carrollwood Compounding Center and Pharmacy has been able to get the Thyroid USP from a very reliable source until last year when it became extremely rare and then quickly became impossible to find.
Carrollwood Compounding Center set out to find a solution and is now successfully providing another source to their patients in the Tampa Bay Area without contamination or adverse side effects. First, Carrollwood Compounding Center makes sure they only use the highest quality ingredients on the market. They purchase their chemicals from only two trusted, reliable chemical wholesalers. The reason Carrollwood Compounding Center only works with these two companies is because these wholesalers never distribute a product until it goes through rigorous analysis testing to determine the purity and potency of the chemicals. After 32 years in business, Carrollwood Compounding Pharmacy is proud to say they have never had to recall a product and plan to keep it that way by not sourcing through cheaper, lower quality distributors.
Carrollwood Compounding Center also only uses an inert filler, PH-105 Avicel, and they have never experienced a negative reaction. Some patients have switched to a combination of both T3 and T4 synthetic to find a harmonious balance for their thyroid. Since Thyroid USP is a natural product, it is derived from pig thyroid and is desiccated. Carrollwood Compounding Center uses the alternative combination of T3-liothyronine and T4-levothyroxine as a synthetic drug replacement. They also formulated it with a sustained release by adding an inert ingredient called Methylcellulose. Although this medication is not natural, it mimics the T3 and T4 hormones exactly as your body would make it.
“There are a couple of good options now to replace the Thyroid USP deficiency” says Dan Fucarino, owner and lead pharmacist of Carrollwood Compounding Center and Pharmacy. “One option would be to try using the commercial thyroid prescriptions now available like Armour Thyroid, NatureThroid, NP Thyroid and WP Thyroid. I would say these are good options because all these companies are aware of the history of Armour Thyroid and have made their product as inert and hypoallergenic as possible. Most patients are still hesitant to try them again because they are afraid they will have the same reaction as they did before which is why our pharmacy formulated and offers a unique option.”
Carrollwood Compounding Center and Pharmacy is located in Tampa, Florida. They feature a State-of-the-Art compounding center with complete sterile facilities. They specialize in prescriptions, female and male hormone replacement therapy, and veterinary compounding. Carrollwood Pharmacy is a family owned, independent pharmacy that has been in business since 1965.

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Carrollwood Compounding Center and Pharmacy
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Constant Therapy App Brings Research-based Technology to Stroke Survivors Through Support of American Stroke Association

Constant Therapy: The Award-Winning Digital Speech, Language and Cognitive Exercise Program.

Constant Therapy: The Award-Winning Digital Speech, Language and Cognitive Exercise Program.

Award-winning Constant Therapy app gives patients recovering from stroke on-demand access to speech, language and cognitive exercises, at home or in the clinic.

Research shows that Constant Therapy users practice on average four times more exercises compared to people who receive speech therapy exclusively in a clinic.”

— Veera Anantha, Ph.D., TLC Co-founder & President

NEWTON, MA, USA, September 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Learning Corp (TLC) today announced it will support the American Stroke Association (ASA) in raising awareness that stroke is beatable through increased access to rehabilitative care and tools. ASA is the nation’s leader in educating the public on stroke prevention, treatment and recovery. TLC’s Constant Therapy mobile app is a digital exercise program for use by clinicians and patients to practice speech, language and cognitive exercises after a brain injury or stroke. The project, the first of its kind between the two organizations, is designed to help the estimated 800,000 people in the United States who suffer a stroke each year to better understand the tools that can help them manage their long-term recovery.

Through May 31, 2020, TLC will donate $2.50 per monthly subscription sold and $25.00 per yearly subscription sold to the ASA’s Together to End Stroke® initiative, with a minimum donation of $50,000.

“Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America, but with proper education and treatment, including appropriate rehab, stroke patients can maximize their recovery,” said Mitch Elkind, M.D., volunteer chairman, American Stroke Association. “We are excited that TLC is an avid supporter of our Together to End Stroke initiative. TLC’s support will help patients manage their recovery and improve their quality of life.”

TLC’s Constant Therapy mobile app is a research-based digital exercise program for use by clinicians and patients to practice speech, language and cognitive exercises after a brain injury or stroke. Patients perform an unlimited number of personalized, evidence-based exercises at home or in the clinic to help them strengthen speaking, reading, writing, math, memory and attention skills. More than 75 million tasks have been completed by Constant Therapy users, and their experience allows the program’s machine learning engine to build new insights and paths to recovery, and new standards for effective stroke treatment.

“Early and frequent therapy is a vital component to regaining function after a stroke, and research shows that Constant Therapy users practice on average four times more exercises compared to people who receive speech therapy exclusively in a clinic,” said Veera Anantha, Ph.D., TLC’s co-founder and president. “Our collaboration with the esteemed ASA allows us to reach more patients, and work together to end stroke.”

About The Learning Corp
The Learning Corp develops clinically-proven digital products to motivate and provide supplemental coaching to patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, aphasia, and other neurological disorders.

About Constant Therapy
Constant Therapy, a product of The Learning Corp., is an award-winning digital speech, language and cognitive exercise program that can motivate patients and help them rebuild essential skills after a stroke. A HIPAA-compliant app, Constant Therapy is available on Apple, Android and Amazon Fire devices as an integral part of clinician-led speech therapy, or for use at home, between clinical visits, and after discharge. The program, developed by a team of top neuroscientists and clinicians at Boston University, consists of more than 100,000 evidence-based cognitive and speech language exercises across more than 80 task categories. It uses machine learning to constantly generate new insights and new paths to recovery, and has been recommended by thousands of clinicians at prominent institutions, including Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, The VA, Moss Rehab and Genesis Rehab. Learn more at http://constanttherapy.com.

About the American Stroke Association
The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke — America’s No. 4 killer and a leading cause of serious disability. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent, treat and beat stroke. The Dallas-based association was created in 1997 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit http://strokeassociation.org.

Brett Rudy
The Learning Corp
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Medicaid Claims Study Shows Significant Cost Savings & Nearly 5x ROI via myStrength’s Digital Behavioral Health Platform

Medicare Claims Study Shows Decrease in Healthcare Costs with Digital Tools

Peer-reviewed All-Cause Claims Study Validates Decrease in Health Care Costs with Digital Behavioral Health Care. Results Featured in Upcoming Webinar.

The evaluation shows a conservative estimate of nearly $5 in direct medical cost savings for every dollar spent on the myStrength initiative.”

— Sese Abhulimen, Managing Director of Propensity4

DENVER, CO, UNITED STATES, September 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — myStrength, Inc., an innovative leader in digital behavioral health care, today announces the publication of results from a claims-based return on investment (ROI) evaluation of a statewide initiative in Missouri in the Journal of Medical Economics.

Mental illnesses are considered the costliest health care conditions,1 exceeding the costs of diabetes, respiratory disorders, and cancer – combined.2 To help address this, myStrength partnered with the Missouri Department of Mental Health, the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Missouri Foundation for Health as well as an independent analytics firm to analyze the impact of technology on Medicaid health care claims costs, both physical and behavioral, over a two-year period.

Nearly 859,000 people in the state of Missouri experienced some form of mental illness in 2014, yet 55% of those did not receive treatment. Approximately 419,000 people in Missouri struggled with a substance use disorder in 2016, with 84% not receiving treatment. The result of this treatment gap is an estimated $250 million annual cost burden in direct medical costs of untreated substance use disorders and mental health, just in 2016.

Since 2016, the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare has partnered with myStrength to dramatically increase access to mental health services throughout the state. Thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health, 25 community behavioral health providers with more than 150 facilities throughout Missouri have access to myStrength’s evidence-based web- and mobile-based resources. These applications complement the mental health and addictions treatment, primary care, and prevention services already offered by the state’s community behavioral health providers to more than 250,000 adults, children and families statewide.

About the Study
Ongoing evaluation of outcomes improvement and cost reductions was critical to the launch of myStrength across the state of Missouri. To evaluate the economic impact, several parties including the Missouri Department of Mental Health, engaged in a unique claims analysis. The pioneering, comprehensive study demonstrates digital behavioral health care’s ROI and quantifies its per person average annual cost savings segmented by physical and behavioral health care, in addition to the impact of evidence-based technology solutions on total adjudicated claims. Spanning two years, the study compared Medicaid claims among more than 1,500 individuals and facilitated access to myStrength across 25 Missouri community mental health centers to help clients address a wide variety of behavioral health and substance use concerns.

Results of the statewide evaluation, just published in the Journal of Medical Economics, tell a conclusive story about the economic value of bringing myStrength to the state of Missouri. Augmenting behavioral health offerings to include digital behavioral self-care tools is proven to generate positive ROI via reduced total cost of care.

“The evaluation shows a conservative estimate of nearly $5 in direct medical cost savings for every dollar spent on the myStrength initiative. Medicaid costs were $382/year lower for each myStrength user than for non-users – with about 75% of the savings coming from high-cost, avoidable care like ER visits and inpatient admissions, and the other 25% from reduced outpatient and therapy expenditures,” explained methodologist Sese Abhulimen, Managing Director of Propensity4, the unaffiliated advanced analytics firm that conducted the evaluation.

“myStrength’s digital platform is a force multiplier, augmenting face-to-face clinical interactions by delivering evidence-based resources packaged within an empowering self-care solution,” noted Dr. Joe Parks, Medical Director for the National Council for Behavioral Health. “Multi-channel and multi-touch behavioral health care is necessary to drive real change. myStrength has created real value in Missouri, as evidenced by this study.”

myStrength users also shared their positive experiences. “It has been motivating, inspiring, relaxing, and relieving to know I’m not alone. I recommend it to everyone I know,” shared one myStrength user (name withheld to protect confidentiality). Says another, “There is always a helpful suggestion to get me through the rough patches. I love the variety of choices I have to choose from.”

“We are striving to build a 21st century behavioral health solution that empowers individuals, increases access to care and, at the same time, is economically efficient,” explained Abigail Hirsch, PhD, myStrength’s Chief Clinical Officer and co-author of the study. “The results we are seeing in Missouri underscore the potency of our approach.”

Register for Webinar to Learn More
For an expert discussion on the study results, join the Thursday, Sept. 20, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT webinar to hear from Natalie Cook, MS, Manager of Integrated Care, Missouri Department of Mental Health; Dr. Joe Parks, Medical Director, National Council for Behavioral Health; and Abigail Hirsch, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer, myStrength. This webinar will highlight the study methodology, key findings, and how digital tools can be effectively and cost-efficiently integrated within any care model.

Or, to request a demo or learn more about myStrength, please contact us at www.mystrength.com/contact

About myStrength:
myStrength, Inc. is a recognized leader in digital behavioral health care. myStrength greatly enhances traditional care models, while addressing issues of cost, lack of access, and stigma, to deliver mental health and well-being resources at scale. Our platform targets the most prevalent and costly behavioral health conditions ─ empowering consumers with innovative self-care resources to manage and overcome challenges with depression, anxiety, stress, substance use disorders, chronic pain and sleep. myStrength’s evidence-based resources offer digital interactive exercises, self-care modules and daily wellness inspiration, which is personalized to each individual. myStrength collaborates with more than 100 health plans, integrated health systems, EAPs, disease management providers, managed and community behavioral health providers, strategic alliances, ACOs and FQHCs.

1 Roehrig, C. (2016, June). Mental Disorders Top the List of the Most Costly Conditions in the US: $201B. Retrieved from URL https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/pdf/10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1659
2 Insel, T. (2015, May). Mental Health Awareness Month: By the Numbers. Retrieved from URL https://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/directors/thomas-insel/blog/2015/mental-health-awareness-month-by-the-numbers.shtml

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OnBoat expands its Miami yacht rental service

Happy OnBoat Customers

OnBoat announces its expanded fleet of boats for hire in Miami, to make boating easy and affordable for everyone.

MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA, September 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — OnBoat announces its expanded fleet of boats for hire in Miami. This lush tropical city has a great art scene, nearby botanical gardens, nearby national parks, and a cultural patois drawing upon Latin America, the Caribbean and the North American. According to Marc Andelman at OnBoat, the most striking natural aspect of this city are the enveloping, crystal clear tropical waters, from Biscayne Bay to Miami Beach. According to Marc, the best way to experience this town to book a Miami charter boat. According to Marc Andelman, Onboat has created “your personal fleet of charter boats in Miami” According to Marc, the people at OnBoat have assembled a comprehensive fleet of Miami rental yachts for very reasonable prices, complete with captains. He recommends that people choose a rental yacht in Miami to experience this city’s beautiful enveloping world of bays and oceans, to gawk at otherwise inaccessible mansions, chill out on the famous sand bar, view the spectacular city skyline, snorkel in Biscayne bay, enjoy sunsets, or, just be someplace special with your friends and loved ones. Marc Andelman adds that Onboat’s role is to make boating easy and affordable to everyone. OnBoat has also found popularity with boats for rent in Honolulu,California, and yet more boats to rent in Sydney, Australia.

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NSF Awards Grant for Horseshoe Crab “Ranch” in Coastal Georgia

Dr. Kristen Dellinger, principal investigator, and research intern, Jordan Gannon.

Dr. Kristen Dellinger, principal investigator, and research intern, Jordan Gannon.

Dr. Kristen Dellinger, principal investigator, and research intern, Jordan Gannon, conducting a preliminary assessment of a mature female horseshoe crab.

Dr. Kristen Dellinger, principal investigator, and research intern, Jordan Gannon, conducting a preliminary assessment of a mature female horseshoe crab.

The National Science Foundation awarded a SBIR feasibility grant to Kepley BioSystems for a novel approach to LAL collection from Atlantic horseshoe crabs.

Working with Lance Toland, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the UGA Grant team, and the Jekyll Island Authority all provided vital support for us to develop the HSC ranch proposal.”

— Dr. Kristen Dellinger

GREENSBORO, NC, UNITED STATES, September 17, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — On September 8, 2018, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) feasibility grant to Kepley BioSystems (KBI) for a novel approach to Limulus amebocyte lysate collection from Atlantic horseshoe crabs (HSC, Limulus polyphemus). As a start-up committed to developing disruptive innovations to address global challenges, KBI proposed methods for easing a myriad of pressures on wild HSC populations at prospective Coastal Georgia sites.

To comply with FDA sterility testing protocols, hundreds of thousands of wild HSCs are captured for the biomedical industry to extract a unique component of their blood and then return them to the water every year. Nearly as many are also captured and used for whelk and eel fishing bait. As a keystone species, migrating shorebirds also depend on their eggs as essential nutrition en route to northern nesting grounds. And, imminent extinction of the Asian HSCs (Tachypleus tridentatus) poses additional threats to the Atlantic HSCs due to growing demand from companies that had used Asian HSCs for sterility testing when previously more plentiful. KBI highlighted these and other factors impacting HSC viability in the recent article, “The Role of Horseshoe Crabs in the Biomedical Industry and Recent Trends Impacting Species Sustainability” (Krisfalusi-Gannon, et al, Front. Mar. Sci. 05 June 2018). The lead authors were also NSF-sponsored, undergraduate interns working with KBI in 2016, and one of them has remained on the team conducting initial HSC studies funded by a NOAA Sea Grant.

As an ancient species, HSCs survived several mass extinctions over 450 million years and now provide the “gold standard” to detect gram-negative bacteria; this is especially exigent, given rapidly evolving threats from antibiotic microbial resistance. Notably, the World Health Organization (WHO) sounded an alarm that identified ten of fourteen of the most virulent drug-resistant bacteria as gram-negative. However, HSC blood reacts to a core cellular component of gram-negative pathogens, which suggests unlikely adaption to elude such detection.
Terry Brady, KBI chief inventor, who grew up in Coastal Georgia among HSCs on every beach, remarked, “Having NSF summer interns delving into the plight of HSCs inspired several project innovations that will challenge prior research on HSCs in captivity.”

“The importance of this program should not be underestimated given the dangers of super bugs,” said KBI president, Dr. Anthony Dellinger. “Everyone should read Jim O’Neill’s antibiotic microbial resistance projections of 300 million people dying prematurely by 2050 and consuming over a hundred trillion dollars of global GDP in the process” (“Tackling Drug-Resistant Infections Globally: Final Report and Recommendations", J. O’Neill, May 19, 2016).

Red knots are among the beloved migrating shorebirds that feed on HSC eggs to fuel their migration. In related initiatives, KBI is developing synthetic eggs that mimic them as a nutritional supplement for flyover beaches where HSC counts have sharply declined. Additionally, KBI has conducted NSF-funded research to develop a synthetic crustacean bait that is now being proposed for adaptation as an alternative to using HSCs as whelk and eel bait (“A Synthetic Crustacean Bait to Stem Forage Fish Depletion,” A. Dellinger, et al, Global Ecology and Conservation 7, 2016, 2348-244).

Dr. Kristen Dellinger, the principal investigator, observed, “Working with Lance Toland (lead inventor of the synthetic HSC eggs and resident of Coastal Georgia), the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the University of Georgia Sea Grant team, and the Jekyll Island Authority all provided vital support for us to develop the HSC ranch proposal.”

The KBI team is eager to begin this NSF-funded project, “A Novel Horseshoe Crab Device and Approach for a Sustainable Endotoxin Testing Resource,” immediately.

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About the National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" NSF is vital because it supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future. This support is a primary driver of the U.S. economy, enhances the nation's security, and advances knowledge to sustain global leadership.

About Kepley BioSystems
Kepley BioSystems (KBI) is a North Carolina-based life sciences start-up operating out of Gateway University Research Park (GURP) in collaboration with the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), comprised of a partnership between the North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University (NCA&T) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). KBI was founded in 2013 with a mission to emerge disruptive innovations to achieve global solutions. For more information, visit: http://www.kepleybiosystems.com/

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Azincourt Energy Acquires Three Uranium-Lithium Projects in Peru

Figure 1: Project Location Map

Projects cover a combined 7,400 hectares of prospective exploration targets for volcanic hosted supergene/surficial uranium & lithium on the Picotani Plateau

Azincourt Energy Corp (TSX:AAZ)

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA, September 17, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Azincourt Energy Corp. (“Azincourt” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: AAZ, OTC: AZURF) is pleased to announce it has entered into a definitive property option agreement with 1177865 B.C. Ltd. (the “Optionor”), pursuant to which it has been granted the option (the “Option”) to acquire a series of three uranium-lithium exploration projects located in the Picotani volcanic field in Carabaya and San Antanio De Putina Provinces, Puno Region, in southeastern Peru (collectively, the “Projects”).

The Projects cover a combined area of 7,400 hectares of prospective exploration targets for volcanic hosted supergene/surficial uranium and lithium on the Picotani Plateau (or “mesata” in Spanish). The land package consists of the Escalera project comprised of six concessions totaling 5,500 hectares, the Lituania concession covering 899.97 hectares, and the Condorlit concession covering 999.97 hectares.

Surface rock samples obtained in 2017 from the Escalera project were processed by ALS Minerals, in Lima, Peru, and returned values of up to 3,560 ppm uranium and 153 ppm lithium. Historical rock samples taken from the Escalera concessions have yielded values up to 6,812 ppm uranium*.

The Macusani-Crucero-Picotani Volcanic Fields have been of interest for uranium exploration since the 1980’s. A 1981 report by the International Atomic Energy Agency** examined the Macusani-Crucero-Picotani area and concluded “…the large Crucero to Picotani basin, although having less well exposed occurrences may have more potential. Isolated outcrops of the volcanic sequence around the rim of the basin may have been available both during sedimentation and later basin evolution, leading to the accumulation of significant deposits.”

Regional geological settings show uranium mineralization occurs in felsic volcanics forming part of the Tertiary-Quarternary volcanic belt, which extends from the Quenamari and Picotani mesetas in southeastern Peru to Bolivia, where it encompasses the Sevaruyo and Charazani uranium districts and on into Chile and northwestern Argentina***.

The projects are accessible year-round via paved/dirt road access, with a national airport only 130km to the south.

“We’re pleased to add these three projects to our portfolio, the preliminary sample numbers are very encouraging,” said president & CEO, Alex Klenman. “The Macusani-Crucero-Picotani area is emerging as an important uranium district, in addition to the recent lithium discoveries also made in the area. We have been interested in getting a foothold in the area for some time. The uranium sector is clearly gearing up and we feel the timing on this is excellent. With this addition, and our East Preston and Patterson Lake North projects in the Athabasca, we feel we are well positioned for what is potentially ahead in this space,” continued Mr. Klenman.

The Company will now plan and implement a mapping and sampling program at the concessions to help formulate a longer-term exploration strategy. In addition, the Company is continuing to evaluate other potential additions to its project portfolio in Peru and elsewhere.


Pursuant to terms of the Option, the Company can acquire the Projects by completing a series of cash payments and share issuances, and incurring certain expenditures on the Projects, as follows:

Cash Payments Common Shares Exploration Expenditures

On the grant of the Option $100,000 4,000,000 Nil
Within 12 months $150,000 1,000,000 $250,000
Within 24 months $250,000 1,000,000 $500,000
Within 36 months $350,000 1,000,000 $1,000,000
Within 48 months Nil Nil $1,500,000

Following completion of these requirements, the Company will hold a one-hundred percent (100%) interest in the Projects, subject to a 1.5% net smelter returns royalty on commercial production from the Projects.

All securities issued in connection with the Option will be subject to a four-month-and-one-day statutory hold period. The Option remains subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. In connection with the grant of the Option, a cash fee of $103,000 is owing by the Company to an arms’-length party who assisted with the introduction of transaction. The fee is payable over the term of the Option, as payments and share issuances are made by the Company.

* While the Company considers sampling results from the Escalera concession to be accurate, readers are cautioned that a Qualified Person has been unable to verify the laboratory involved in the analysis of these samples, and no documentation was available regarding quality control procedures utilized in the analysis.

** IUREP Orientation Phase Mission Report, PERU, Donald L. Hetland, Uisdean McL. Michie, August-October 1981

*** Uranium Deposits of the World, USA and Latin America, Franz J. Dahlkamp, 2010

Qualified Person

The technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Warren Robb P.Geo, an independent Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101.

About Azincourt Energy Corp.

Azincourt Energy is a Canadian-based resource company specializing in the strategic acquisition, exploration and development of alternative energy/fuel projects, including uranium, lithium, and other critical clean energy elements. The Company is currently active at its joint venture East Preston and Patterson Lake North uranium projects in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, Canada, and its lithium exploration projects in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field, Manitoba, Canada.


“Alex Klenman”
Alex Klenman, President & CEO

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The Astronot will Screen at the Oregon Independent Film Festival on Tuesday, Sept 18

Tim Cash, Far From Earth Films

The Astronot is a feature film drama set during the 1960’s space race, directed and co-produced by Oregon filmmaker Tim Cash and filmed entirely in Oregon.

Working on The Astronot was a dream come true for me. It was one of the hardest and most rewarding projects I've ever been a part of.”

— Tim Cash, Far From Earth Films (Director of The Astronot)

EUGENE, OR, USA, September 17, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Astronot, currently on the film festival circuit, is screening at the Oregon Independent Film Festival in Eugene, OR.The feature film already won Best Sci-Fi Film and is nominated for Best Picture. The film will screen at the Broadway Metro Cinemas (Eugene) on Tuesday, September 18 at 8:30 PM. The film has already won dozens of awards worldwide,

The feature film, a drama set during the space race of the 1960’s, was written/scored/starring/co-produced by Pennan Brae (Vancouver, Canada) and directed/co-produced by Tim Cash (Bend, OR). 

The film follows Daniel McKovsky, a young man who lost both his parents at a young age and whose only solace is his fascination with space travel and the cosmos beyond. One day at the age of 30, he meets outgoing postal worker, Sandy Allister. This new inclusion into his otherwise lonely existence forces Daniel to confront his darkest fears of loss and emptiness which shall lead him towards becoming, The Astronot.

The Astronot was filmed in rural Oregon, using local cast and crew, including Director Tim Cash of Far From Earth Films. "Working on The Astronot was a dream come true for me. It was one of the hardest and most rewarding projects I've ever been a part of," says Tim Cash, Director of The Astronot.

The Astronot has already won accolades at various international film festivals in the USA, UK & Europe including Best Feature Film, Screenplay & Score. Pennan Brae's upcoming album (also called, The Astronot), features 11 songs which serve as the film’s soundtrack. The first single, “Walk With Me” was already released to radio in the UK, Canada & Europe and received airplay on over 200 stations. The album was recorded at Blue Light Studio in Vancouver with producer Kaj Falch-Nielsen, with additional sessions taking place in Los Angeles with composer/producer Eric Alexandrakis, renowned drummer Steve Ferrone and INXS bassist Garry Gary Beers. The second single, ‘Crashland’ is currently airing on rock radio in Canada.

The Oregon Independent Film Festival runs from September 18-26 and holds events in cities across Oregon including Eugene and Portland, ending in ceremonies, premieres, press events and movie screenings.

For information on tickets, visit the festival’s website at www.OregonIndependentFilmFest.com. For more information on The Astronot please visit www.TheAstronot.com.

Amanda Alexandrakis
Film Marketeers
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The Astronaut Official Trailer

Source: EIN Presswire

Former NBA Star and Arizona Librarian Celebrate Breastfeeding and Animal Babies through Children’s Literature

Watercolor illustrations of animal families promote science education, attachment, and healthy attitudes toward breastfeeding in new children’s book

It is extremely important for children to learn that nursing is natural and normal. With its gorgeous illustrations, Babies Nurse beautifully represents the art of breastfeeding.”

— Katie Finney, R.N., NICU Nurse

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, September 17, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Platypus Media announces the release of a stunning new children’s book, Babies Nurse, by Phoenix author and elementary school librarian, Phoebe Fox. The author’s father-in-law, former NBA star Jim Fox, created the vibrant watercolor illustrations to capture a child’s attention and introduce the most natural and loving of activities—mothers nursing their young.

Rhythmic text and engaging facts provide parents, librarians, educators, and healthcare professionals with new ways of sharing the importance of breastfeeding. The back matter extends learning with pages of fascinating animal facts and key words. This book serves as a springboard to introduce natural science concepts such as habitats, biology, survival instincts, and classification.

“What a gentle book” writes Dr. Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Baby on the Block. “It nurtures a child’s empathy for others and opens their eyes to the world of nature. Very sweet and educational.”

The accompanying Teacher’s Guide extends the book’s effectiveness. Written by Paola Segnini, ESL teacher and La Leche League leader, the Guide includes additional content, vocabulary, hands-on activities, and games to develop cognitive skills, teach science concepts, discuss breastfeeding, and improve literacy. It is available for free download at PlatypusMedia.com.

Jack Newman, M.D., author of The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, writes, “With a poem for each mammal (including the human baby), Babies Nurse appeals to a child's love of rhythm and rhyme. Young children learn through imitation, and seeing all of these mother animals nursing their babies helps kids understand how normal breastfeeding is.”

Kristin Struble, M.D., FAAP, pediatrician and mother, explains how the book builds positive images around breastfeeding, saying, “This beautiful children’s book magnificently demonstrates the natural and instinctual connection between a mother and her young. Breastfeeding is the first step in cultivating a healthy mind, gut, and spirit for both mommy and her little ones.”

Babies Nurse will be released simultaneously in hardback, paperback, and eBook. The bilingual (English/Spanish) edition, Babies Nurse /
Así se alimentan los bebés, was released in June 2018 to much acclaim. It has already won a Tillywig “Parents’ Favorite Products” award and was recommended by Foreword Magazine and Kirkus Reviews.

Babies Nurse can be purchased in a two-book set with another new release, Cuddled and Carried. Together, these books about care and bonding create a foundation for healthy growth, introduce science topics, and promote breastfeeding and attachment. Both titles are part of Platypus Media’s new Beginnings collection.

Phoebe Fox wrote this book to show children the warmth and beauty of nursing. To ensure this book directly supports breastfeeding promotion, she arranged for a percentage of the profits to be donated to La Leche League, International. This is her third book. Fox lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and their three sons. She can be reached at PFox@PlatypusMedia.com.

Jim Fox makes his artistic debut with Babies Nurse. He is retired from the NBA, where he played most recently for the Phoenix Suns, and now enjoys creating watercolor art. Father-in-law to Phoebe, and grandfather of five, Jim lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Contact Jim at JFox@PlatypusMedia.com.

Platypus Media is an independent press that creates products with a broad appeal to diverse families who believe in the importance of close family relationships for the full and healthy development of children. The publisher is committed to the promotion and protection of breastfeeding, and donates a percentage of profits to groups that work in this field.

Platypus Media products are available for direct purchase. They are distributed to the trade by National Book Network. Library bound editions are available from Children’s Plus. Review copies available upon request. Sample pages, cover scans, and Teacher’s Guide available at PlatypusMedia.com.

Babies Nurse
Platypus Media • October 2018
Written by Phoebe Fox • Illustrated by Jim Fox
English • Ages 4-7 • 8.5” x 11” • 32 pages
Hardback ($14.95) ISBN 13: 978-1-930775-61-9
Paperback ($9.95) ISBN 13: 978-1-930775-71-8
eBook ($8.99) ISBN 13: 978-1-930775-75-6

Bilingual (English/Spanish) Edition:
Babies Nurse / Así se alimentan los bebés
Ages 4-7 • 8.5” x 11” • 32 pages
Hardback ($14.95) ISBN 13: 978-1-930775-73-2
Paperback ($9.95) ISBN 13: 978-1-930775-72-5
eBook ($8.99) ISBN 13: 978-1-930775-74-9

Nurtured and Nuzzled paperback book set ($17.95)
Includes Babies Nurse and Cuddled and Carried
English ISBN 13: 978-1-930775-45-9
Bilingual ISBN 13: 978-1-930775-75-6

Anna Cohen
Platypus Media
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Source: EIN Presswire