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Private Security Professional Teaches Safety in Public School

ATLANTA, Georgia (PRWEB) February 13, 2015

An employee of national security company U.S. Security Associates is volunteering in his personal time to help community youth develop a sense of safety awareness. As business development manager for U.S. Security Associates’ Charlotte office, Craig Meredith assists local schools, businesses, and other organizations with strengthening their security postures. As a security service professional, Meredith knows the importance of establishing a culture where safety is everyone’s responsibility. Private security forces as well as law enforcement teams, firefighters, and other public responders are most effective when community members take an active role in safety awareness and reporting.

Twice each school year, Meredith teaches safety awareness classes to 4th and 5th grade students in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System. Classes focus on “safety awareness” fundamentals, covering topics like the importance of reporting anything suspicious to adults and knowing fire safety basics. Meredith encourages children to go home and ask their parents, “What would we do if there was a fire?”

Meredith has plans to bring in guest speakers to address the students next year. “I’d like to coordinate with local law enforcement to show students how security and law enforcement work together to address common concerns.” By spreading the message of safety awareness as part of his work with Men in Blythe, a volunteer group affiliated with BeThereDad® and the Charlotte Mecklenburg PTA, Meredith is personally demonstrating how community groups and private citizens can influence overall security and safety.

Building productive and harmonious relations between community members, private security, and law enforcement is a hallmark of a unique private policing approach developed by Meredith’s employer, U.S. Security Associates. The security company is currently rolling out its Community Assisted Problem Solving (CAPS) program nationwide with remarkable results. In 2009, the RAND report recognized the successful reduction of crime in Hollywood, where the company’s affiliate Andrews International has implemented the CAPS program. In the first two years of the program alone, in an area where homelessness, drug abuse, and mental illness are rampant, the number of arrests dropped nearly in half, from 2,349 arrests in 2007 to 1,234 in 2009.

About Men in Blythe and BeThereDad

Men in Blythe is a volunteer group of motivated fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, and other significant role models who want to exercise a positive influence on the campus life of Blythe Elementary students. BeThereDad® is an organization whose purpose is to help dads become engaged and stay involved in the lives of their children. BeThereDad partners with the PTA to help dads establish their own groups, such as Men in Blythe, within their schools, so they can participate in activities with their children, provide service to their schools, and encourage each other.


U.S. Security Associates (USA) is North America’s security solutions leader, with 160 locally-responsive offices providing premier national security services and global consulting and investigations. The company provides career paths for over 46,000 security professionals serving several thousand clients and a range of industries. Innovative applications of leading-edge, proprietary technology enable USA to rank annually among the world’s best training companies, meet the globally recognized ISO standard for quality management, and underscore world-class customer service with unparalleled accountability. USA’s rise as one of today’s largest security companies is a natural byproduct of these differentiators together with a commitment to investing in employee reward and development, giving back to local communities and relentlessly striving to be the best. Safe. Secure. Friendly.TM For more information, visit


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Parker Waichman Informs Public that Pennsylvania Senator Says FDA Should Consider Banning Powdered Caffeine

Port Washington, New York (PRWEB) February 09, 2015

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm representing patients injured by consumer products, drugs and medical devices, comments on recent news involving powdered caffeine. On Feb. 2, 2015 CBS Philly reported that Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey raised serious concerns about the supplement, which has been linked to at least two deaths. He announced that he’s written a letter to the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and says they should consider banning it.

The FDA has posted a warning on its website alerting consumers to the dangers of powdered caffeine. The agency said that consumers should avoid pure powdered caffeine products; ones that are sold online in bulk are particularly worrisome. The FDA warned that pure caffeine is a powerful stimulant that can cause accidental overdose in very small amounts. According to the notification, a single teaspoon of pure caffeine is equal to about 25 cups of coffee. Pure powdered caffeine has been linked to the deaths of at least two young men who used the products, the FDA said.

According to Parker Waichman LLP, it is important for consumers to be aware of the dangers of powdered caffeine. Caffeine overdose or toxicity can cause the following symptoms:

    Rapid or erratic heartbeat

“Even in tiny amounts, pure powdered caffeine can have life-threatening consequences,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. “As a firm that is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals injured by defective products, we are continuing to keep consumers updated on this issue.” Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free, no-obligation legal consultations to anyone with questions about their legal rights.

Sen. Casey says the FDA needs to be more aggressive about powdered caffeine and should consider a ban. “I believe they need to do more work,” he said, according to CBS Philly. “The FDA is a regulatory agency and sometimes may not have the same sense of urgency that we have or certainty that constituents or taxpayers have,”

“Teenagers, young adults are getting this powder because they want to lose weight. They also try to use it as a workout supplement. They’re trying to study longer hours.” said Dr. Robert Glatter, according to CBS Philly. “Everyone should be on the same page about how dangerous this substance is and that it should not be used in any form in any way.”

Parker Waichman LLP offers free lawsuit consultations to consumers who believe they, or their loved ones, have been injured due to powdered caffeine products. If you or someone you know purchased a powdered caffeine product and may have been injured, please visit the firm’s Product Liability Page at Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).

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AxoGen, Inc. Announces Closing of Public Offering of Common Stock

Alachua, FL (PRWEB) February 10, 2015

AxoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN), a leading medical technology company with a unique and innovative portfolio of products used to repair injured peripheral nerves, today announced the closing of its previously announced underwritten public offering of 4,728,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $ 2.75 per share resulting in gross proceeds to AxoGen from the offering of approximately $ 13.0 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other estimated offering expenses payable by AxoGen. In addition, the Company announced that the underwriter fully exercised its over-allotment option for the purchase of an additional 709,200 shares, which will result in additional gross proceeds of approximately $ 2.0 million. The closing of the over-allotment option is expected to be completed on or about February 13, 2015, subject to customary closing conditions. Wedbush PacGrow Life Sciences has acted as sole manager for the offering.

AxoGen intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for continued expansion of its sales force, surgeon education program and general corporate purposes.

The shares described above were offered by AxoGen pursuant to a shelf registration statement on Form S-3 previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which the SEC declared effective on May 9, 2014. A prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relating to the offering has been filed with the SEC and is available on the SEC’s website located at Electronic Copies of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus may also be obtained from the offices of Wedbush Securities Inc., Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94111, Attn: ECM Prospectus Department, by calling 415.274.6819, or by email at Vinnie.Devone(at)wedbush(dot)com.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these shares, nor shall there be any sale of these shares in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.

About AxoGen, Inc.

AxoGen (NASDAQ: AXGN) is a leading medical technology company dedicated to peripheral nerve repair. AxoGen’s portfolio of regenerative medicine products is available in the United States, Canada and several European countries and includes Avance® Nerve Graft, which AxoGen believes is the only off-the-shelf commercially available processed nerve allograft for bridging severed nerves without the comorbidities associated with a second surgical site, AxoGuard® Nerve Connector, a porcine submucosa extracellular matrix (“ECM”) coaptation aid for tensionless repair of severed nerves, and AxoGuard® Nerve Protector, a porcine submucosa ECM product used to wrap and protect injured peripheral nerves and reinforce the nerve reconstruction while preventing soft tissue attachments.

Avance® Nerve Graft is processed in the United States by AxoGen. AxoGuard® Nerve Connector and AxoGuard® Nerve Protector are manufactured in the United States by Cook Biotech Incorporated, and are distributed exclusively by AxoGen. AxoGen maintains its corporate offices in Alachua, Florida and is the parent of its wholly owned operating subsidiary, AxoGen Corporation.

To learn more about AxoGen, visit our website at

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This Press Release contains “forward-looking” statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements about the closing of the over-allotment option and the AxoGen’s proposed use of proceeds. These statements are based on management’s current expectations or predictions of future conditions, events or results based on various assumptions and management’s estimates of trends and economic factors in the markets in which we are active, as well as our business plans. Words such as “expects”, “anticipates”, “intends”, “plans”, “believes”, “seeks”, “estimates”, “projects”, “forecasts”, “continue”, “may”, “should”, variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, statements regarding our growth, our product development, product potential, or the intended use of proceeds from the offering. The forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which may cause results to differ materially from those set forth in the statements. Forward-looking statements in this release should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect AxoGen’s business and its market, particularly those discussed in the risk factors and cautionary statements in AxoGen’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results may differ materially from those projected. The forward-looking statements are representative only as of the date they are made, and, except as required by law, AxoGen assumes no responsibility to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Brenda Watsons New Public Television SpecialSkinny Gut, Vibrant YouBegins Airing November 28

Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) November 26, 2014

The Fattening of America

“Chronic disease is rampant as a result of the escalating obesity rate in America. Not only are adults getting fatter, but so are our children. And for the first time in over a century, the newest generation will have a lower life expectancy than the last,” stated digestive expert Brenda Watson. “So many people are chronically trying to lose weight, and yet the obesity rate climbs—there seems to be a piece missing from this puzzle.”

Watson’s Fascinating Weight Loss Revelation

Informative and down-to-earth, Watson draws viewers in with her casual, entertaining style. In Skinny Gut, Vibrant You, she reveals our inner weight loss secret in easy-to-understand terms and explains that we are not entirely responsible for our weight gain or poor health—it has to do with the trillions of bacteria in our gut and whether they are in balance or out of balance. She explains the 4 simple steps that can transform our health, and introduces individuals who have followed her “Skinny Gut Lifestyle” and balanced their digestive systems for permanent weight loss and improved health.

Brenda Watson’s five previous Public Television specials have generated over $ 12.5 million in pledges and are consistently top-rated. Her warm, accessible approach to health and her own story of healing herself, her family, and many others from chronic illness has made her a hit with viewers. Public Television broadcast schedules for local air dates can be viewed at or visit Brenda’s Facebook page.

About Brenda Watson

Brenda Watson, C.N.C., has dedicated her career for more than twenty years to helping people achieve vibrant, lasting health through improved digestive function. A dynamic health advocate, New York Times bestselling author, and celebrated public television health educator, she is among the foremost authorities in America on optimum nutrition and digestion. Her books, Public Television specials, and clinics have reached millions across America, giving them the tools to transform their health through a powerfully simple and integrated approach.

For additional information, about Skinny Gut, Vibrant You, please email: bcooper(at)renewlife(dot)com or visit

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