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PuraCath Medical Presents Study at National Kidney Foundation 2015 Spring Clinical Meetings


Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) March 27, 2015

PuraCath Medical, an emerging company in the development of technologies to reduce infections in patients with intravascular and peritoneal catheters, announced today that it presented new scientific data on its proprietary ultraviolet light-based technology during the National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) 2015 Spring Clinical Meetings. The study presented reported on the ability to reduce bacterial growth in a simulated peritoneal dialysis delivery system when combining ultraviolet (UV) light with a UV transmissible connection system. This data confirms the effectiveness of combining UV light with a UV transmissible connection system to reduce bacterial growth across a wider range of bacteria and a fungi (Candida albicans) which are known to contribute to infections and peritonitis in peritoneal dialysis patients. The current study builds on earlier research the company presented at the American Society of Nephrology meeting in 2014.

“PuraCath Medical’s technology is a revolutionary approach to reducing the risk of infections that could lead to a change in the way peritoneal dialysis is performed,” stated Alberto Sabucedo, M.D., Ph.D., from the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension at the University of Miami. “This is a promising technology that will enable a better quality of life for patients on peritoneal dialysis, and I look forward to utilizing in my practice when it is available for clinical use.”

“While there is increasing interest in the use of peritoneal dialysis therapy to manage patients with end-stage renal disease, patients still currently remain at risk of developing infections and peritonitis from low compliance with rigorous disinfection protocols, impacting their ability to remain on this therapy for the long term,” said Julia Rasooly, PuraCath Medical’s CEO. “The study we presented at the NKF meeting confirms that our approach to reduce bacterial growth through the use of a novel UV light-based PD purification system is effective across a wider range of microorganisms than we initially tested. Based on the results of this study and the rapid progress we have made with our product development efforts to date, we look to initiate the first clinical studies of our technology in PD patients in the near future. PuraCath believes in the value and the lifestyle convenience peritoneal dialysis therapy offers to patients and we are developing a PD disinfection system that enhances PD patient’s quality of life and also provides an easy-to-use, patient friendly option to reducing bacterial and fungal contamination during PD exchanges. We feel confident that this will allow a broader range of patients to benefit from the quality of life of treatment on PD.”

WHAT IS PERITONEAL DIALYSIS?

Peritoneal dialysis is a home-based dialysis therapy that offers patients a more flexible and physiologically smoother dialysis option. Unlike hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis uses a patient’s peritoneal membrane to remove toxins and excess fluid from a patient. Peritoneal dialysis therapy permits patients to have a more regular diet and more flexible treatment times, improving their quality of life. Currently there are over 45,000 peritoneal dialysis patients in the U.S. with the number of patients on this therapy increasing over the past several years. The most common complications from peritoneal dialysis include infection around the catheter site or infection of the lining of the abdominal wall (peritonitis).

ABOUT PURACATH MEDICAL

PuraCath Medical is a company based in San Francisco, CA and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the dialysis patient by reducing infections related to peritoneal dialysis (PD) and saving time through improved, simplified connection of PD catheters. The Company utilizes technology that was spun out of Stanford University and is developing a novel, easy-to-use technology designed to reduce the risk of infections in patients with intravascular and peritoneal catheters in order to decrease infection-related hospitalizations and their associated costs.

For more information on PuraCath Medical, please visit http://www.puracath.com.







Circuelle Foundation Reaches Over Half a Million Women with a New Beautiful Awareness Message to Support Healthy Rituals and Breast Awareness


Sarasota, Fla. (PRWEB) December 10, 2014

The Circuelle Foundation, launched in 2014 to educate and empower women to embrace healthy breast rituals, reached more than half a million women with their Beautiful Awareness™ message and new way to support breast self-exams.

Circuelle Foundation provided 57,068 women a breast ritual créme and a new way to view breast health. The non-profit organization appeared at various premier events including, the Oscars®, Wine Women & Shoes®, Brides Against Breast Cancer, Revlon 5K Walk, and Key to the Cure. The Circuelle Foundation reached out to the medical community as well at the National Consortium of Breast Centers in Las Vegas and provided a clinically proven breast ritual créme for participating breast centers to provide to their patients free of charge.

Women aged 18 to 29 years are still more likely to exercise, go to the dentist, weigh themselves and get their eyes tested than check their breasts. Since 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, it is important to reach this younger audience with the importance of breast awareness. The need to change the way women view their breast health is important considering 1 in 3 women think about their breast health ONLY when their doctor brings it up.

Circuelle Foundation launched a Beautiful Awareness campaign directed to young women via social media and email. The successful campaign launched over FaceBook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and featured educational messages, infographics, testimonial videos, and inspirational and educational quotes. With 145,814 social media impressions and 300,000 emails sent, Circuelle Foundation is educating women with healthy breast rituals. Circuelle Foundation knows the importance of all screening methods to detect breast cancer and also provided free mammograms to the Conejo Clinic in California.

“We hope to help educate and bring awareness to women about breast health while empowering them to embrace healthy rituals,” said Melissa Kirkpatrick, founder of Circuelle Foundation.

“Our goals for 2015 include launching our school-centered education program to help educate high school and college students about the importance of breast awareness through breast education and healthy rituals. Kirkpatrick said, “The average cost to implement this program in a classroom is $ 125.00, and in an entire school, it’s $ 750.00. However, the impact breast health education can have to our society is truly priceless.”

To view the Beauitful Awareness campaign from the Circuelle Foundation, visit http://www.CircuelleFoundation.org and connect to one of the social media platforms.

About Circuelle™ Foundation: The Circuelle Foundation educates and empowers women with healthy breast awareness rituals. Because it’s never too early to be knowledgeable about breast health, The Circuelle Foundation is organizing and funding breast self-exam programs in schools nationwide. The Circuelle Foundation is also helping fund mammograms at select hospitals and radiology centers, making this essential screening available for free to women with limited financial resources. The programs are dedicated to help change the way future generations view breast health — A Beautiful Awareness™. http://www.CircuelleFoundation.org.







National Anti-Vivisection Society and International Foundation for Ethical Research Announce New Research Grants for Promising Young Investigators

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 11, 2014

The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) and the International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) are pleased to announce three first-time recipients of IFER Graduate Fellowships as part of the 2014-2015 grant cycle. By funding early career researchers with an interest in developing innovative alternatives to animal testing, NAVS and IFER hope to seed the scientific field with talented individuals prepared to integrate scientific discovery with ethics and respect for animals.

Recipients of IFER Graduate Fellowships, selected by IFER’s Scientific Advisory Board, have the potential to positively change the course of science by working to promote the advancement of humane methodologies that can spare animal suffering.

The investigators who are receiving first-time IFER Graduate Fellowships for 2014-2015 are:

Bryan Hassell, a Ph.D. candidate working in Dr. Donald Ingber’s laboratory at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, has received funding for his project, “Human Cancer-on-a-Chip as a Replacement for Animal Testing.” Bryan seeks to develop an organ-on-a-chip platform to determine how lung cancer cells respond to chemotherapy depending on their organ-specific microenvironment, as well as to identify new anticancer therapies. Bryan’s physics and engineering background, in combination with the extensive biological training that he is receiving in the Ingber lab, will allow him to take a multidisciplinary approach toward developing an innovative model that has the potential to replace the use of animals in cancer research.

Erica Schlesinger, a Ph.D. student at the University of California San Francisco working in Dr. Tejal Desai’s lab, received support for her project, “In-vitro 3D Flow Through System for Improved Intestinal Permeability Model.” Erica aims to develop a model in which human intestinal cells are grown on a tubular scaffold to better mimic the microenvironment of the intestine. Using this approach, experimental drugs can be flowed through the system, enabling drug absorption to be assessed. This new model has the potential to improve upon existing in vitro approaches to study drug absorption while reducing the need for more complex animal experimentation.

Sun Nee Tan, a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia under the mentorship of Dr. Martin McKeown, will be using state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques on human subjects for her project, “Structural and Functional Neuroplasticity of Parkinson’s Disease Following a Sensori-Motor Contingent Musical Walking Intervention (Ambulosono).” Her study will determine the effectiveness of a music-contingent walking exercise program as an intervention for Parkinson’s disease subjects. Neuroscience studies traditionally rely heavily on animal models, despite their limited translatability to human populations; therefore the use of imaging techniques on human subjects to study neuroplasticity may replace conventional research which uses animal testing for this purpose.

IFER Graduate Fellowships are awarded annually in amounts up to $ 15,000 to early career scientists who are developing alternatives to the use of animals in product testing, biomedical research and education. Fellowships are renewable for up to three years. More information on the IFER Graduate Fellowship Program can be found at http://www.ifer.org/fellowships.php.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ANTI-VIVISECTION SOCIETY

Founded in 1929, the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) promotes greater compassion, respect and justice for animals through educational and advocacy programs based on respected ethical, scientific and legal theory. NAVS works to increase public awareness about animal testing and experimentation, to promote positive solutions that advance science, to support the development of alternatives to the use of animals, and to effect changes that will help end the unnecessary suffering of laboratory animals. For more information, visit http://www.navs.org.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ETHICAL RESEARCH

Founded in 1985, the International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) supports the development, validation and implementation of innovative scientific methodologies that advance science and replace the use of animals in research, testing and education. IFER is funded primarily by a grant from the National Anti-Vivisection Society.







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Washington Township Fit Body Boot Camps Grand Opening of Fitness Boot Camp to Benefit Susan G. Komen Foundation


Washington Township, NJ (PRWEB) November 07, 2014

Washington Township Fit Body Boot Camp will be hosting its Grand Opening event in Turnersville, NJ on November 8, 2014 from 11-2 p.m. The owner of the fitness boot camp is Mel Parker Jr., also the owner of Perfect 4 You Personal Training. He’s excited about the event, which will benefit breast cancer research.

The new location is the first Fit Body Boot Camp in southern New Jersey, offering to local residents a totally exclusive experience that cannot be matched anywhere else in the region. Fit Body Boot Camp is an indoor fitness boot camp specializing in cutting edge training techniques that shed fat while building muscle.

“Fit Body Boot Camp uses its Unstoppable Fitness Formula Workouts to provide an extra push to stay motivated under the supervision of the best fitness instructors, while achieving maximum results and developing a sense of camaraderie with all Fit Body Boot Campers,” says Parker.

During the Grand Opening, there will be free fitness assessments, raffle prizes from local businesses, and some big giveaways from Fit Body Boot Camp. Visitors can also participate in a 20 minute mini-boot camp class for just $ 5. The proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to fund breast cancer research.

A purchase to participate in the mini boot camp, or making any other donation, automatically enters participants to win big in the raffle. Washington Township Fit Body Boot Camp will also raffle off one free month of boot camp classes and the lucky Grand Prize winner will receive a free six month boot camp membership. The fitness boot camp will also be offering a special one day membership deal during the grand opening event.

Those who sign up for a membership will have access to unlimited boot camp classes to tone muscle, burn fat, and get a total body workout. Members also receive access to done-for-you meal plans, nutrition guides and nutritional counseling to take the stress out of dieting and make eating healthy easier than ever.

Parker is excited about donating all proceeds from the mini boot camps and raffle tickets to the Susan G. Komen Organization in Central and South Jersey for the local fight against breast cancer.

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. In New Jersey alone, over 7,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 1,300 women will die from breast cancer this year,” says Parker. “We try to help women stay healthy through our fitness boot camp by getting them to work out, since studies have shown that exercising significantly lowers the risk of getting breast cancer. But being able to donate funds for research will be a really awesome thing.”

About Washington Township Fit Body Boot Camp

Washington Township Fit Body Boot Camp is part of the Fit Body Boot Camp family of indoor fitness boot camps, whose global goal is to engage 20% of the world’s population in a healthy and fit lifestyle by the year 2020. Washington Township Fit Body Boot Camp is owned and operated by Mel Parker. Mel is committed to helping members of the Kennesaw community set and accomplish their own health and fitness goals.

For more information about Washington Township Fit Body Boot Camp, please call (856) 677-8515, visit the website at http://www.fitbodybootcamp.com/washingtontownshipfitnessbootcamp/ or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-Twp-Fit-Body-Boot-Camp/220003808042426







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