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The Startup Thats Helping a Preeminent Research University with Clinical Trials for Chronic Pain

Los Altos, CA (PRWEB) August 05, 2014

When researchers at Canadas McGill University wanted to study the genetic factors affecting chronic pain, they turned to Open Health to help. The clinical study, developed by the McGill University Pain Center and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, will rely on Open Healths customizable engagement platform to enable easier, faster data collection for researchers. Study participants will work with a user-friendly tablet-based questionnaire formatted on Open Healths platform to report their pain experiences.

We are excited to apply Open Healths technology to our clinical study protocol, as it allows us to collect data in a very efficient manner and in real time. The latter is especially important for pain research because pain is notorious for being variable during the day and human memory is notorious for being biased for pain reporting, says Professor Luda Diatchenko, McGill Universitys Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human Pain Genetics.

Open Health is a mobile and web platform that harnesses the power of the quantified self movement , advanced big data gathering and analytics and pairs it with the community-building aspects of social networking.

OHN connects patients with peers, caregivers, friends and family, doctors and researchers via friendly, personalized mobile and web applications. Users log and analyze their diet, activity and other basic metrics, which helps them make more informed daily choices to support a higher quality of life, and, by relaying the data to their physicians and caregivers, enable close monitoring and support.

In addition to the clinical trials for pain, Open Health Platform powers Open Cancer Network application.

OHNs founder, Tatyana Kanzaveli, is herself a cancer survivor. It was the lack of available information and a feeling of powerlessness while undergoing treatment that spurred her to create Open Cancer Network and Open Health Network. For Tatyana, the collaboration between her startup and McGill researchers is the first step in unlocking the wealth of self-reported data thats missing from current medical research and disease management efforts.

We believe that information is our best weapon in the fight against chronic diseases such as cancer , Autism, Parkinson's, others and were committed to making patient data easier to report, collect and analyze. We are thrilled to have our configurable and customizable platform used in such an important area as the clinical study for chronic pain at McGill University. The open configurable platform enables any health organization to have their own mobile and web applications for areas such clinical trials, patient engagement, surveys, other data collection and analytics . Our plug and play modules allow total platform customization with a short turnaround time and without any coding.

You can help Open Cancer Network to serve more cancer patients via their IndieGoGo page.

Open Health Network is a San Francisco based startup that has developed a customizable web and mobile platform for patient engagement, health analytics and data gathering. The Open Health Network platform powers the Open Cancer Network, a patient engagement and self monitoring application aimed at cancer patients and their caregivers, families and treatment teams.

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Through STAR Center, Soft Clothing Donates Seamless Socks for Kids With Sensory Processing Disorder

Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) July 30, 2014

Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) can be overwhelmed because of their difficulty integrating information from their senses. Children with sensory challenges have difficulty when it comes to clothing textures, tags, exposed elastic bands, seams and itchy socks--just some of the obstacles facing children with special needs.

SPD is a neurological disorder that disrupts the way an individual processes and responds to sensations. Individuals with SPD may over- or under-respond to one or more sensations (e.g., a loud sound, or light touch), crave sensations or may have problems with motor skills and coordination.

STAR Center and Soft Clothing, a manufacturer of clothing specifically for kids with SPD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, have teamed up to provide 650 pairs of socks to children with SPD in the Phoenix area through Fiesta Pediatric Therapy, Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona, a clinic providing Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapy services for low-income families.

We applaud companies like Soft Clothing that not only recognize that SPD kids have unique needs but are such a generous community partner as well, said Sheryl Benjamin, Executive Director of STAR Center. We are thrilled to be able to include a deserving organization like Fiesta Pediatric that provides kids with special needs and their families resources to obtain services that they cannot otherwise afford.

STAR Center is based in Denver and through grants from the Arizona Community Foundation and other donors, it provides scholarships to help families in need for its specialized intensive therapy developed by leading researcher Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. Both a fundraising gala for STAR Center and an educational conference about SPD will take place November 7-8 in Tempe.

About STAR Center

STAR Center, a Colorado 501(c)(3), is the premier treatment center for children and families living with Sensory Processing Disorder, feeding disorders, and other sensory conditions associated with ADHD, autism, and other developmental disorders. STAR Center offers intensive "burst" treatment that research shows is effective in treating sensory issues. Parents are involved throughout the process so families can learn to create sensory lifestyles and continue to see progress after the formal treatment program ends. Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, founder of STAR Center and Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, is widely recognized as the leader in Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) research worldwide. For more information about the Greenwood Village, Colorado clinic, visit

About Soft Clothing

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New Dentist Joins Orlando Center for Dental Anesthesia Team

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) July 23, 2014

Dr. Lawrence Duffy recently welcomed a new general practitioner to the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Orlando, FL. As the teams most recent addition, Kyle Duffy, DMD, looks forward to joining his father and providing comprehensive and compassionate dental care to patients at the established Orlando practice.

After completing a Masters in Molecular and Microbiology at the University of Central Florida in 2010, Dr. Kyle Duffy relocated to Phoenix, AZ to fulfill the requisites of his Doctor of Dental Medicine at Midwestern University. Following his graduation from dental school, Dr. Duffy returned to his hometown of Orlando and reunited with his father at the Center for Dental Anesthesia. Both he and his fianc


STAR Center Announces Two New Programs to Build Social Awareness and Confidence in Kids

Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 21, 2014

STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center, the premier treatment center for children with sensory challenges launches two new programs for children who would benefit from therapeutic activities geared to improve social cognition and awareness. The programs are designed to benefit children who struggle socially or find making friends difficult, such as those with autism, ADHD or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), and who can be moody, overly sensitive to noise, distracted in the classroom, overwhelmed on the playground, clumsy, overly aggressive or passive and withdrawn, to name just a few of the battles they face trying to get through each day.

The BRIDGE (Better Relationships, Interactions, Development and Growth through Engagement) Program is geared for children ages three and up who have had individual occupational or speech therapy and would benefit from fun therapeutic activities with another child, matched to increase social awareness skills and increase their ability to initiate play. Facilitated by STAR Center staff, the BRIDGE Program increases awareness of peers, builds turn taking and reinforces following a schedule and using routines for success in team activities.

The CREW (Communicating, Relationship-building, Exploring sensation, Working together) Program builds social cognition and awareness, communication, conversation and problem-solving skills in children ages 4 and up. Social skills lessons are taught within the context of games and play while meeting a childs individual sensory needs. The program is geared for verbal children that have basic peer awareness and would benefit from therapeutic activities to build reciprocal interactions. These positive experiences are foundational building blocks for a childs social development.

Social skills and development are critical to success in school and life, said Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, founder of the STAR Center. These programs are designed specifically for kids with sensory issues so that they can transition from individual therapy to more extensive social interactions with confidence.

Enrollment for both programs is available at STAR Center. For more information visit or call 303-221-7827.

About STAR Center

STAR Center, a Colorado 501(c)(3), is the premier treatment center for children and families living with Sensory Processing Disorder, feeding disorders, and other sensory conditions associated with ADHD, autism, and other developmental disorders. STAR Center offers intensive


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Sibling Support Groups Sessions to Assist Siblings of Children With Special Needs

Encino, CA (PRWEB) June 13, 2014

Siblings of children with special needs face enormous challenges in their daily lives. Perceived lack of attention by parents, feelings of sadness and isolation, schoolmates who at best cant relate to them and at worst tease or mock their circumstances, and additional responsibilities of their sibling, are just some of their possible day to day challenges. There is a very urgent need to objectively address these challenges and answer the numerous questions in the minds of these children. Ultimately, all concerned individuals have a huge responsibility in ensuring that such children understand their role in the lives of their siblings and can be compassionate partners to them. It is equally important to help these children know how to lead happy and productive lives of their own.

Sibling Supports Groups are fun filled and informative sessions where children learn to handle issues pertaining to their unique circumstances. Working with Autism, Inc. has teamed up with We Rock The Spectrum, Santa Clarita to provide an enjoyable and engaging environment for the sessions. The initial part of the sessions will be devoted to helping children explore thoughts and feelings about their everyday challenges in an open and supportive environment and through fun, collaborative group activities. The latter part of the session will allow time for children to use the fun sensory based gym equipment, such as zip lines, tunnels, and trampolines, just to name a few.

"There has been a clear need for Siblings Support Groups for a long time and it is exciting to be able to provide it in a format and setting that truly makes it a fun experience for the kids," explained Dr. Hilya Delband, Director of Clinical Development and Marketing at Working With Autism. "We know they will be enthusiastic about coming back each week to see what we have in store for them."

Providing a fun experience, a place to interact with peers, and facilitation of sharing thoughts and feelings, all aim to instill a sense of understanding, responsibility and positivity in siblings and enable them to be more informed about their own lives in relation to their special needs siblings.

The duration of each session will be 1 hour 15 minutes. Starting from June 16, 2014, the meetings will be held for 6 weeks. The cost for the 6 week group session, including the use of the facilities at We Rock The Spectrum, is $ 150.00.

Venue: We Rock The Spectrum Santa Clarita, 26063 Bouquet Canyon Road.

About Working With Autism

Working With Autism was formed in 1997 and is a leading organization specializing in the treatment of autism and other pervasive developmental disorders. Our agency emphasizes the teaching of social skills through applied behavior analysis (ABA) and discrete trial training (DTT). Our goal is to provide individuals with autism the communication, self-help, vocational, social, and self-management skills that will promote their independence and socio-emotional functioning. Visit us at for more information.


Insception Lifebank Cord Blood Program Launches Cord Tissue Banking

Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) June 04, 2014

Insception Lifebank, Canada's largest cord blood program, now offers expecting parents the option to bank a section of the actual umbilical cord tissue, in addition to banking cord blood.

"With exciting developments in stem cell research, scientists continue to identify different types and sources of stem cells that offer therapeutic promise," said Richard Lockie, President and CEO of Insception Lifebank. "The umbilical cord tissue is a rich source of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs), which are different from the stem cells obtained in cord blood collection."

For the past 17 years, Insception Lifebank has focused on umbilical cord blood stem cells, which are used today in the treatment of over 80 life-threatening diseases, and are being investigated in clinical trials

involving Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Pediatric Brain Injury. In contrast, "MSCs can inhibit inflammation, suppress an immune response, aid in tissue repair, and differentiate into structural tissue including bone and cartilage," explains Dr. Ian Rogers of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. Because of their versatility, MSCs are being investigated to treat a variety of therapeutic areas including Heart Failure, Stroke, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis and many more.

The application of cord tissue MSCs is in the early stage of clinical development, although scientists are optimistic that new cutting edge therapies will result from cord tissue research.

About Insception Lifebank

Founded in 1996, Insception Lifebank is Canada's first, largest and most experienced cord blood program, with more releases than all Canadian cord blood banks combined. With a fierce passion for quality, and the highest level of voluntary accreditation (AABB and FACT), Insception Lifebank is the #1 Choice of Canadian parents with over 60,000 cord blood units stored. In partnership with leading Canadian medical facilities such as Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences, and Scarborough Hospital, Insception Lifebank continues to provide every Canadian family with security, state-of- the-art processing and storage, financial stability and long term professional governance. For more information, visit us online at

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Nicole Winders, Director of Marketing

(905) 206-2790 ext. 3015


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South Shore Car & Boat Show is Revving up Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Miller’s Landing Resort in Beautiful Bass Lake, California

Bass Lake, CA (PRWEB) May 22, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen start your engines Millers Landing Resort will host its 4th Annual South Shore Car & Boat Show on Sunday, June 1. Classic cars and fast boats will gather once again.

Were really excited that this will be our 4th year hosting the car and boat show. This has been a really popular event. Every year it grows and its so much fun to see all the classic cars and boats, said Michelle Miller with Millers Landing.

There will be 50 cars and at least 20 boats in the water, according to Miller.

In addition to the cars and boats, there will be music, a 50-50 drawing, cackle-fest, kids and of course, plenty of good food including the famous Millers Burger for purchase.

This has been a really popular event; combined with the gorgeous scenery of Bass Lake its the best way to spend the day! Miller said.

Millers Landing is located at the southern end of Bass Lake, a popular vacation spot in the Sierra National Forest about half an hour from the southern entrance to Yosemite. A perfect getaway spot Bass Lake offers all the amenities of a vacation destination, all right on the shore. Restaurants, shopping and every form of lodging from camping to full service resorts are all moments from the waters edge, making it an ideal vacation spot.

In addition to the car show, guests can stay in one of Millers Landing Resort cabins, rent a ski boat, pontoon boat, jet skis, or the new favorite; paddle boards. They have all the supplies and souvenirs you need at the general store and guests will enjoy traditional vacation favorites at the family restaurant.

Attendance is free for spectators. Anyone interested in entering a car or boat can contact Michelle at 642-3633. It costs $ 25 to enter, with proceeds going to FEAT; Families for Effective Autism Treatment.