Thursday, July 25, 2013

Axicon Launch New Labels Website

Axicon Labels, part of the Axicon Auto ID Group, have recently expanded their offices in Weston on the Green, Oxfordshire.

Oxford, UK, July 25, 2013 - Axicon Labels, part of the Axicon Auto ID Group, have recently expanded their offices in Weston on the Green, Oxfordshire. In conjunction with this expansion Axicon are pleased to announce the arrival of new Production Manager, Darren Trinder. Darren has over 25 years experience of managing and improving production lines and is already proving to be a great asset to the team having already successfully guided the department through it’s Lloyds ISO9001 audit.

Axicons new purpose built labels division includes state of the art flexographic and Digital Press printing capabilities which can accommodate orders of all sizes.

Sales of colour labels, adhesive labels, barcode labels, blank labels and ribbons are areas which are expected to increase in the next few months and the Axicon team are ready and keen to respond. Axicon Labels specialise in quick turnaround, quality and competitive pricing. Visit to find out more.

Labels Director, Adam Carey, stated ‘As we continue to expand it’s vital that we have the right people in place so that we can keep providing the high quality of goods and services that our reputation has been built upon. Darren’s expertise in ISO9001 and continual improvement programmes means that we are in a position to carry on growing without comprising our standards in any way at all.

Mathew Taylor
Algorythm Solutions Ltd
10 Torkington St, Stamford
Lincolnshire PE9 2UY
+44 (0)773 403 2112

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Author Shows How Greek Gods and Goddesses Misbehaved

The strange and often quite ungodly behavior of the legendary Greek Gods and Goddesses continues to fascinate the modern mind, and is currently chronicled in a just-published Kindle book

Moreno Valley, CA, July 25, 2013 – The strange and often quite ungodly behavior of the legendary Greek Gods and Goddesses continues to fascinate the modern mind, and is currently chronicled in a just-published Kindle book featured at Its authors, Michael Rank and Alexander Murray, cite many familiar ribald stories concerning the antics attributed to Zeus and his brethren, which contribute to the “gods gone wild” theme of the book title. The promotional site page on Amazon summarizes the book content and the content to show how the ancient Greeks related to the gods despite their known fickle or capricious behavior.

Many cultural observers, writers and anthropologists believe – like the authors – that the influence and persistence of the ancient Greek myths are still relevant, as they see many parallels with modern thought and other major faiths. Actor Casey William Walker, for example, sees a tie-in with the story where “Zeus bound (the Titan Prometheus) in chains for 1000 years and was caused inexplicable torture and pain when an eagle would devour his liver every day after it grew back from the day previous. But later his story evolved into one of heroism because he was seen as mankind’s advocate, whereas the other Gods seemed selfish and looked upon man with little regard.” This makes a tie-in to other religions.

Many episodes in the Kindle book also well on the tawdry side of the gods, particularly in regards to sex. The philandering Zeus and other Greek gods and goddesses are shown to connect with the flaws of mortal humans, in a manner that most modern readers will find almost soap opera-like compelling. One web writer notes “The gods of ancient Greece were stories told to the masses - as are most gods. What's the point of telling a story if nobody's going to listen to it? They were projections of ourselves onto a universal scale. All gods ever described throughout history can be shown to have such petty, impulsive aspects to them that show beyond a doubt that they came from something human.”


The re-popularization of the antics of Greek gods and goddesses at is expected to reinforce the ongoing appeal of the ancient stories (i.e., what else explains the recent ‘Wrath of the Titans’ epic movies, and the BBC development of a new TV series based on Greek myths?). The Kindle book is expected to be available for sale for the foreseeable future, and has been so far well received by Amazon reviewers.

Michael Rank
Michael Rank.Net
11773 Betula Circle
Moreno Valley, CA 92557

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

VolitionRx to use Innova Biosciences’ Biotin Technology in its Epigenetic Research Kits

In-licensing deal between VolitionRx and UK-based Innova Biosciences helps drive development of novel cancer diagnostics

Oxford, UK, July 24, 2013 - VolitionRx Limited (OTC: VNRX), a life sciences company focused on the development of blood-based diagnostic tests, has signed a non-exclusive in-licensing agreement with Innova Biosciences, a specialist provider of bioconjugation systems, based in Cambridge, UK. Under the agreement, Innova Biosciences will supply its Lightning-Link® Biotin technology for Volition’s NuQ® epigenetic profiling research kits. The addition of the Lightning-Link technology will help Volition to improve the accuracy of its test, whilst speeding up production of the research kits.

Volition will use Lightning-Link® for biotinylation of antibodies employed in its range of NuQ® ELISA kits available to researchers working in the fields of epigenetics and nucleosome research. Volition is also employing the Lightning-Link technology for development of Nucleosomics®-based clinical tests, including its first blood-based diagnostic test for colorectal cancer. The high yield and enhanced specificity offered by the Lightning-Link® system coupled with simplicity of use provide a significant advantage in the manufacture of Volition’s research and clinical assays.

Cancer diagnosis often requires a series of time consuming tests, with a diagnosis sometimes being made days after specimen removal. This in-licensing deal will assist the company in their development and manufacture of novel, easy to use diagnostic kits.

Dr Jake Micallef, CSO of VolitionRx, says: “We’ve been really impressed with Innova’s products. Their biotin kit is simple to use and proved more durable than many competitors’ kits, and we’ve seen significant improvements in reproducibility since we started to use them regularly. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with the Lightning-Link technology.”

Dr Andy Lane, Executive Director at Innova Biosciences, said, "This deal is another perfect example of how Lightning-Link® is increasingly being used by innovative diagnostic companies like VolitionRx to both maximise R&D output and to simplify the manufacturing process.”

Innova Biosciences invites anyone with an interest in biotinylation to view their website -

Company and Media Contact
Charlotte McCubbin
Singapore (m): +65 92301938

Investor Relations Contact: MZ Group
Mark A. McPartland, Senior Vice President
Phone: +1-212-301-7130

About VolitionRx:
VolitionRx is a life sciences company whose goal is to make its non-invasive blood tests for cancer as common and simple to use as existing diabetic and cholesterol tests on similar formats. VolitionRx’s development activities are currently centered in Belgium with a focus on bringing its revolutionary diagnostic products to market first in Europe, then the U.S. and worldwide.

You can find more information about VolitionRX at our website at, on Twitter at , LinkedIn at or Facebook at

About Innova Biosciences Limited:
Innova Biosciences is a growing, dynamic, ISO 9001:2008 business based in Cambridge, UK. At the core of Innova's business are the Lightning-Link®, InnovaCoat® and Thunder-Link® technologies, which simplify the production of antibody-based reagents. The expanding portfolio is sold to research laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies and diagnostic companies worldwide. For more information, please see

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Mathew Taylor
Algorythm Solutions Ltd
10 Torkington St, Stamford
Lincolnshire PE9 2UY
+44 (0)773 403 2112

Monday, July 22, 2013

Shops Get Cash Back for Green Sustainability

The Green Garage shopping mall loyalty program promotes incentives for informed customers to support businesses that protect the environment and reduce the risks of global warming,” said Jody Tallal, CEO of Very Important Relationships, Inc.

Reno, Nevada, July 22, 2013 – Managers of the Find Green Garage public verification program today announced a new round of grant funding to provide vehicle service and repair shop owners and their customers with cash back rewards for going green.

“Inspired by ‘show me the CARFAX’ commercials, the Green Garage shopping mall and public loyalty program is designed to promote incentives for informed customers to support businesses that protect the environment and reduce the risks of global warming,” said Jody Tallal, CEO of Very Important Relationships, Inc.

Shop owners registered in the ENERGY STAR Green Garage Challenge can now sign up to receive Cash Back for managing their Green sustainability on a continuous basis. Participants in the program will earn from 3 to 10 percent for purchasing green products, minimizing waste, and reducing their energy usage.

“Cash Back rewards are available to shops that achieve a 10% carbon footprint reduction,” stated Steven Schillinger, Administrator of the Green Garage Challenge. According to Schillinger, “most general automotive business activities defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) under codes NAICS 811111 and NAICS 811198 are qualified to receive the offer.”

Qualified shop owners are encouraged to display their Green credentials and services on an ENERGY STAR rated digital menu board funded under various Utility Company rebate programs.

Many Utility Company rebate programs incorporate the energy equity conversion concept similar to FHA’s reverse mortgage program to enable small business owners to use the energy asset value of their business operation to fund the cost of purchasing green products and equipment.

About the Green Garage Challenge:
( is an EPA Apps-for-the-Environment program used by the public to locate automotive service and repair shops certified under official Clean and Green City Programs, State and Local Climate Protection Programs, and the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager small business partnership program.

About Very Important Relationships, Inc.
( is an online marketing solutions company and one of the nation’s premier developers of virtual “Reward” shopping malls. Each VIR Mega Mall contains over 1,000 of the nation’s top merchants, each offering Cash Back dollars on purchases made.

Jody Tallal
Very Important Relationships Inc.
9120 Double Diamond Parkway, Suite 1V
Reno, NV, 89251
(972) 726-9595

Saturday, July 20, 2013

El nuevo libro “Los gobernantes más locos de la historia” podrá ser descargado gratis

En su último libro electrónico para Kindle de Amazon, el famoso autor e historiador Michael Rank describe a los líderes más excéntricos de todos los tiempos, desde el emperador Calígula hasta Kim Jong Il.

Moreno Valley, CA, July 20, 2013 - Pocas mezclas son tan tóxicas como el poder absoluto y la locura. Cuando nada se interpone entre los delirios de un líder y el llevarlas a cabo, todo tipo de extraños resultados son posibles.

Tanto si se trata del sultán Otomano Ibrahim I practicando tiro con arco en sus sirvientes de palacio y enviando de sus asesores para encontrar a la mujer más gorda del imperio para su esposa o el Presidente de Turkmenistán Turkmenbashi cambiar el nombre de los días de la semana con su nombre y la construcción de una estatua de oro de 80 pies que gira hacia el sol, los líderes enloquecidos han plagado la sociedad desde hace milenios.

Este libro se centra en las vidas de los diez personajes con las mentes más desequilibradas de la historia. Algunos sufrían de trastornos genéticos que los llevaron a la esquizofrenia, como el rey francés Carlos VI, que pensaba que era de cristal. Otros creían ser los representantes de Dios en la tierra y escribieron escritos religiosos que garantizan al lector llegar al cielo, incluso si eran casi analfabetos.

Sea cual sea su origen, estos gobernantes muestran que la política dinástica se aseguró de que un heredero legítimo siempre ascienda al trono - a pesar de su condición mental - y que el poder puede destruir una mente peor que cualquier enfermedad mental.

Para descargar en forma gratuita el libro en, visita:
Para descargar en forma gratuita el libro en, visita:

Michael Rank
Michael Rank.Net
11773 Betula Circle
Moreno Valley, CA 92557

AuraPortal´s New Website Was Created Using its Very Own Contentt Management

The software provider's Content Management program features SEO indexing and customized content creation, regardless of the site's complexity.

Boca Raton, Florida, July 20, 2013 – AURA (, a global provider of Business Process Management (BPM) software, has announced the launch of its new website. The website is perfectly designed so that the user can discover with ease everything that AURA has to offer. AuraPortal's Content Management module allows businesses to create advertisements, news articles, videos and documents - all in digital format.

AuraPortal has been distinguished with great advantage over its competitors by Ovum in its Decision Matrix (2011) report and by other renowned analyst firms.

The module is seamlessly integrated with the BPM, so that any company can create its own digital information to gain a complete, tailor-made Content Management program without having to recruit a specialist.

One important application of the Content Management program is the construction of a website, no matter its complexity. As an example, the AuraPortal website has been developed using its own Content Management program.

AuraPortal has taken into account the integration with internet search engines (for example, Google) and has included an automatic Sitemap Creation system which indexes all the desired words in the internal indexes of these search engines to allow rapid location by internet users.

About AURA (
AURA is a global BPM (Business Process Management) software provider delivering a solution that creates, without the need of IT programming, Business Process Workflow Execution Models. AuraPortal is 100% Web-based, and is complementary to existing ERP and CRM systems.

AURA has a presence in 40 countries with more than 300 customers including, among others: Toyota, General Motors, Pemex (Petroleos Mexicanos), Carrefour, ArcelorMittal, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Danone, Sodexo, Kimberly-Clark, Yamaha, Eletrobras, Royal KPN, Bristol-Myers Squibb, etc., as well as many Government Agencies and Departments in several countries. All of these customers benefit from maintenance contracts.

Its headquarters are in Europe (Spain and Holland) with an executive branch in North America (Florida). It also has offices in several countries and a vast network of partners who locally attend customers throughout the world.

What the Top Experts Say About Auraportal BPMS:
OVUM: In the "Product Quality" category, AuraPortal has obtained the highest score (9 points), situating itself clearly above the next best vendor on a scale of 1 to 10. (Decision Matrix on BPM Vendors 2011, OVUM - Datamonitor Group).

GARTNER: “AuraPortal is the example of next-generation BPMS”. (Magic Quadrant, 2007, 2009, Gartner).

TEC: “AuraPortal solutions have been designed for organizations of different sizes and sectors”. (2013, TEC Technology Evaluation Centers).

BPTRENDS: “AuraPortal is one of the most complete and advanced BPMS solutions on the market backed up by a financially strong company with a large number of satisfied customers of all sizes that have been working with the product for several years”. (BPM Suites Report 2010, BPTrends).

IDC: “In Customer references, AuraPortal has a strong ease of implementation and ease of use (from both IT and business user perspectives)”. (MarketScape: Business Process Platforms, 2011, IDC).

BLOOR: “Bloor particularly like the way AuraPortal has integrated business rules into the process definition process”. (2011, Bloor).

John Charles
400 Trade Center
Woburn, MA 01801-7472

Friday, July 19, 2013

National Laser Institute Med Spa Launches “New Skin For A New School Year” Program To Combat Teen Acne.

National Laser Institute, a worldwide leader in cosmetic laser education and treatment, announced that it is launching “New Skin For A New School Year” program using the groundbreaking BBL Therapy in their Scottsdale and Dallas Medical Spas.

Scottsdale, AZ, July 19, 2013 - National Laser Institute, a worldwide leader in cosmetic laser education and treatment, announced that it is launching “New Skin For A New School Year” program using the groundbreaking BBL Therapy in their Scottsdale and Dallas Medical Spas.

Broad Band Light (BBL) Therapy targets severe, deeply inflamed breakouts that can feel like bacteria filled hard or soft spots right under your skin. No prescriptions, no steroids, no messy ointments; just a series of 9 treatments over a 6 week period will put you on the path to beautiful skin.

Louis Silberman, NLI's co-founder and CEO commented on their latest procedure, “Teen acne is not only a physical problem but for millions of teens is an emotional and social problem that we are excited to help solve. Our New Skin For A New School Year will greatly reduce the physical and emotional scars associated with teen acne. We look forward to offering this groundbreaking treatment at prices families can afford.”

Contact: Scott Kelly, Black Dog Promotions, 480-206-3435,

About National Laser Institute's Medical Spa:
National Laser Institute’s Medical Spa is North America’s leading center for cosmetic lasers and medical aesthetics. They are equipped with the world’s top laser machines, technologies and products. Clients come to their spas not only from Phoenix and Dallas, but also across the United States because of their reputation for performing advanced expert treatments and producing expert results. NLI's physicians, nurses, aestheticians and certified laser technicians treat each one of their clients with the utmost professionalism, courtesy and kindness. Learn more by visiting

Scott Kelly
Black Dog Promotions
9920 S. Rural Rd., Ste 108
Tempe, AZ 85284

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Varsity Tutors Selects Monthly Scholarship Winners for 2013 College Scholarship Contest

Varsity Tutors, the premier private tutoring and test prep service, has chosen four more winners in its 2013 monthly college scholarship contest.

St. Louis, MO, July 17, 2013 – Varsity Tutors, the premier private tutoring and test prep service, has chosen four more winners in its 2013 monthly college scholarship contest. With 2,000 tutors and 80 employees operating in 25 major metropolitan U.S. cities, Varsity Tutors offers the merit-based scholarship program to support students from all backgrounds in reaching their college goals. The company has selected and awarded a $1,000 scholarship prize to one student each month in March, April, May, and June.

The Varsity Tutors College Scholarship Contest gives students nationwide a monthly opportunity to submit an essay in response to a unique prompt to compete for a $1,000 scholarship to any accredited, post-secondary institution of their choice. Once entries are approved by the company, they are published on the Varsity Tutors website and students are encouraged to share their essays via social media to acquire as many votes for their submissions as they can; Facebook likes, Tweets, and Google+ shares are all valid forms of voting. The top five submissions with the most votes by the end of the voting period are then reviewed by the company, one of which is selected as the final winner. The entry period lasts from the 1st–15th of every month followed by the voting period, which takes place from the 16th through the end of the month.

Brandon Boyd (Martinez, Calif.), Samantha Swift (Largo, Fla.), Alexandra Benton (Lehigh Acres, Fla.), and Sarah Campbell (Ocean Springs, Miss.) were selected as the March, April, May, and June winners, respectively. Hundreds of students have entered the Varsity Tutors College Scholarship Contest this year, and the number of entrants per month has consistently increased. The organization’s CEO and founder, Chuck Cohn, is honored to be able to aid so many students in financing their college educations.

“It’s always disappointing to hear when a student cannot attend the college of their choice just due to financial limitations,” Cohn says. “Our mission is to help students advance their educational goals, and many of those personal goals include attending college. We are proud to have created a scholarship that will help talented students attend college.”

About Varsity Tutors:
Varsity Tutors is a premier private academic tutoring and test prep provider designed to help students at all levels of education achieve academic excellence. Varsity Tutors delivers in-home, personalized, one-on-one instruction in any subject from STEM to the humanities and customized preparation for all standardized exams, including ISEE, SSAT, SAT, ACT and graduate exams such as the GRE, LSAT, MCAT and GMAT. Students from elementary to graduate school are expertly matched with an exceptional tutor who is best able to address their unique needs and goals. To ensure satisfaction and safety, only the highest caliber tutors are selected to join Varsity Tutors following a rigorous screening process. Varsity Tutors currently serves 25 cities nationwide and offers a variety of tutoring packages. Students and their families interested in learning more about Varsity Tutors should visit

Media Contact:
Cathryn Sloane
Marketing Coordinator
Varsity Tutors LLC
St. Louis, MO

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Houston Area Author releases Blood Yellow, Book Two of the Blood Series

Ashley Nemer, an author from Houston, Texas has released her second book inside of the Blood Series.

Cypress, TX, July 16, 2013 - Ashley Nemer, an author from Houston, Texas has released her second book inside of the Blood Series. Blood Yellow is an action packed thriller that is an excellent follow-up to last year’s release, Blood Purple. Which won the #3 best Science Fiction book of 2012 by Predators & Editors readers choice poll.

The lines are drawn, and Zayn and Nikole must face each other in a battle of forgiveness and power; each attempting to right their wrongs, each battling their own inner demons.

Haydar and Leigh prepare for war, rounding their men and setting into motion courses that cannot be undone.

The tales will fall in line as the four of them come face to face with each other, and they will watch loved ones perish.

When the dust settles and dawn breaks, who's going to be left standing and who will be missing? Will Nikole forgive Zayn for his betrayal? Will Leigh and Haydar overcome their differences? Will Adara say yes? Blood Yellow...Because the story has just begun...

Predators & Editors Readers Choice - #3 Best Science Fiction book of 2012

In a world we think we know, live other races entirely hidden from the mortal perspective. Creatures of legend, of fable and myth, their very history and nature have allowed them to walk side by side with humans since time immemorial. They are warriors, they are hunters, and they are Algula. Vampire. And in their own midst, a battle is brewing for supremacy, for dominance, that can and will affect all around them. Old hatred never dies and vengeance is a fiery sword that cuts a bloody swath. Amazon

Ashley’s Website, Ashley’s

Ashley Nemer
Art of Safkhet
18062 FM 529 Suite 188
Cypress, TX 77433
936 662 5231

Monday, July 15, 2013

Employers Could Make a Costly Mistake With Early Health Insurance Renewal

Colorado HealthOP Offers Free Health Insurance Business Analysis to Help Employers Determine Best Course of Action Related to Early Renewal

Denver, CO, July 15, 2013 — Many Colorado employers are considering renewing their health insurance early. For business owners, this deliberation is being driven by confusion about changes in healthcare, and for larger businesses, specifically by their struggles to understand how the Affordable Care Act employer mandate delay announced this month will affect health insurance decisions for them and their workforce. According to Colorado HealthOP, Colorado’s first statewide nonprofit health insurance cooperative (CO-OP), the decision to renew early could be a costly mistake.

“Business owners are feeling a lot of pressure to quickly lock in their 2014 health insurance rates. They are confused about the insurance landscape, and many insurance carriers are encouraging or providing incentives for early renewal,” said Julia Hutchins, chief executive officer of Colorado HealthOP. “Unfortunately, those that do not consider their options in 2014 prior to renewing may be missing out on opportunities to make smarter choices for their employees’ health and their bottom line.”

For many employers, waiting and exploring new options available in 2014 may be a better alternative. Colorado HealthOP shares these four reasons why waiting to renew health insurance may be the best choice for many business owners:

1. Small employers will have more health insurance options. The number of carriers actively selling products in the small group market in 2014 has increased. New companies like Colorado HealthOP are offering innovative products that may be a better fit for employers committed to the health and wellness of their workforce.

2. Employees of small businesses get more choices. Small businesses that purchase insurance through Connect for Health Colorado’s small group exchange have the opportunity to offer their employees a choice of multiple health plans from multiple carriers, rather than contracting with one overarching health plan. For employers that have historically not been able to give their employees a lot of choice, this is a major benefit of waiting to renew.

3. Businesses of all sizes have the option of considering whether the individual market may actually be best for employees. For some employers, directing employees to Connect for Health Colorado to purchase a health plan may actually allow their employees to access richer benefits at a lower cost. This is especially true for businesses with a large percentage of employees who qualify for income-based subsidies.

4. Employers and individuals may be able to access health plan prices that are comparable to current renewal prices. When preliminary insurance rates were released in early June, small businesses and individuals alike were pleasantly surprised to see reasonable prices comparable to 2013. When Connect for Health Colorado launches in October, employers and individuals may find that there is financial benefit in waiting to renew their health insurance in Colorado.

"As a responsible manager of their employees’ benefit plan, business owners need to research their options and do their financial due diligence, particularly around early renewal,” said Hutchins. “This is particularly important to ensure that early renewal does not put the business at risk for future financial or legal problems.”

To help reduce the confusion, Colorado HealthOP is offering a free health insurance analysis to help employers determine if renewal of their current plan, purchasing a plan on the health insurance marketplace or directing employees to the individual market is likely to be the best choice for them. The analysis considers the size and composition of a company’s workforce and determines the optimal path for employers.

To learn more about how changes in healthcare will impact businesses, please visit to opt in to updates from Colorado HealthOP. To schedule a free health insurance analysis, contact Colorado HealthOP at 720.627.8900.

About Colorado HealthOP:
Colorado HealthOP offers a new alternative to traditional health insurance in Colorado. A nonprofit health insurance cooperative, Colorado HealthOP and its members are committed to providing affordable, quality coverage to individuals and employers interested in making a difference in their own health, their employees’ health and the health of their community. Colorado HealthOP aims to improve health outcomes by putting the responsibility for consumers’ care back into the hands of the cooperative’s members and providers. A private market solution tailored for individuals and employers, Colorado HealthOP will begin open enrollment on October 1, 2013 via Connect for Health Colorado, Colorado’s health insurance marketplace, and through independent brokers and agents. Coverage will begin January 1, 2014. For more information about Colorado HealthOP, please visit or call 720.627.8900.

Shannon Fern
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, Colo 80206

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Disordered Eating Behaviors, Intentional and Unintentional, Can Heighten Women’s Risk for Fertility Challenges

Eating Recovery Center shares advice to help women recognize and address eating and exercise behaviors that may be contributing to fertility issues

Denver, CO, July 11, 2013 – Women seeking answers to fertility challenges frequently look to reproductive issues as the primary source of problems. However, few women are aware that their own eating or exercise behaviors – past or current – may actually be a contributing factor in their inability to conceive. Eating Recovery Center, an international center providing comprehensive treatment for eating disorders, often observes women seeking eating disorders treatment after unsuccessful attempts to get pregnant. For this reason, Eating Recovery Center urges women to evaluate their patterns of eating and exercise for possible disordered behaviors before making the decision to start – or expand – a family.

Studies confirm the unfortunate connection between eating disorders and fertility issues. A 2000 survey of women attending a fertility clinic revealed that among women with irregular or absent menstrual periods, 58 percent had an eating disorder. Furthermore, none of these women volunteered this information without prompting. Another study featured in the journal Fertility and Sterility looked at a group of women with unexplained infertility who restricted calories for vanity reasons, but did not meet the criteria for an eating disorders diagnosis. When these women increased their body weight and caloric intake, 73 percent of them quickly conceived.

“An active eating disorder can significantly impair a woman’s ability to conceive, as can unhealthy behaviors including starving, bingeing, purging or over exercising that may have occurred over prolonged periods of time in the past,” said Ken Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS, founding partner and chief executive officer of Eating Recovery Center. “Despite the clear connection between eating disordered behaviors and infertility illustrated by the research in the field, many women struggling to get pregnant hide their disordered eating behaviors – past or present – from their OB-GYNs and fertility specialists.”

As such, Eating Recovery Center offers the following guidance to help women who may be struggling with infertility and eating disorders to understand the impact of disordered eating behaviors on their ability to conceive and seek appropriate treatment.

1. Consult with a doctor before changing diet or exercise behaviors. Many women make changes to their diet and exercise patterns in an effort to be healthier while trying to conceive. However, if women have a family history of eating disorders or a personal history of disordered eating, these seemingly healthful changes could trigger disordered eating behaviors for those with a genetic predisposition toward developing an eating disorder.

2. Understand that regular or absent menstrual periods may indicate that eating or exercise behaviors are adversely impacting the natural body cycles that support conception. Although irregular or absent menstruation can be caused by a variety of factors not related to diet, weight or exercise, restricting calories or excessive exercising behaviors may play a role in irregular menstruation and contribute to fertility challenges. Additionally, it is important to understand that eating or exercise behaviors can impact the menstrual cycles of women even if they are of normal or healthy weight. Many people mistakenly believe that women must have experienced significant weight loss and/or be of very low weight for irregular or absent periods to occur.

3. Ask an expert. Concerns about eating or exercise behaviors and the possible impact of these behaviors on fertility should be directed to an OB-GYN, fertility specialist, family doctor, therapist, dietitian or eating disorders specialist. These healthcare professionals can help women determine whether behaviors may be fertility-impeding, as well as identify an appropriate course of treatment if necessary. Remember that healthcare professionals need all relevant information to make accurate diagnoses and help their patients.

4. Be honest about eating disordered behaviors. While an active eating disorder cannot only lead to infertility, it can also contribute to miscarriage, low birth weight and other dangerous complications for mother and child upon becoming pregnant. Therapeutic intervention and medical monitoring can be integral components in supporting healthy pregnancies for individuals that are able to conceive.

“It is incredibly important that women be transparent regarding their eating disorders struggles in order for reproductive healthcare professionals to effectively diagnose fertility issues and prescribe a treatment plan that meets each individual’s unique needs,” added Dr. Weiner. “Because eating disorders are often shrouded in shame and secrecy, it is equally important that healthcare providers be aware of the connection between eating disorders and fertility, and that they learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of eating disorders in their patients.”

For more information about infertility, pregnancy and eating disorders, approaching a loved one displaying troublesome eating disorders warning signs, broaching the topic of eating disorders with a doctor or effective eating disorders treatment, visit

About Eating Recovery Center:
Eating Recovery Center is an international center providing comprehensive treatment for anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS and binge eating disorder. Under the leadership of Drs. Kenneth Weiner, Craig Johnson, Emmett Bishop and Ovidio Bermudez, programs provide a full spectrum of services for children, adolescents and adults that includes Inpatient, Residential, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services. Our compassionate team of professionals collaborates with treating professionals and loved ones to cultivate lasting behavioral change. Denver-based facilities include the Behavioral Hospital for Adults, the Behavioral Hospital for Children and Adolescents, the Partial Hospitalization Program and Outpatient Services for Adults, and the Partial Hospitalization Program for Children and Adolescents. In an effort to increase patient access to care throughout the United States, Eating Recovery Center partners with Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program in Sacramento, Cali., and The Moore Center for Eating Disorders in Bellevue, Wash. Summit offers Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services, as well as Outpatient Services in Fresno. The Moore Center offers Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services. For more information, please contact us at 877-218-1344 or or confidentially chat live on our website at

Molly Koch
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

OK1984 Launches, Bringing A Cool-Girl Twist to Affordable Accessories

What happens when you merge years of industry experience with a team of hip Californian designers?

Los Angeles, CA, July 10, 2013 – What happens when you merge years of industry experience with a team of hip Californian designers? The result is simple; girls around the world get what they’ve been asking for…access to jewelry that feels fresh & edgy, offering up a casual way to make a statement without breaking the bank.

Who is the OK1984 girl? We like to think of her as the coolest girl in the room‚ pulling off whatever wildly unique style that suits the mood. Her motto? Inspire and be inspired. Pile on layers of spiked, chunky chains one day and swap to a simple lucky charm the next. Move seamlessly from a wrist full of bohemian wrap bracelets for a super laid-back look to a stack of punk rock bangles that will make you feel invincible. Always accessorize and always be you.

OK1984’s team of designers scour the globe, high and low, for creative influences to envision and develop pieces that you won't find anywhere else— from the Rose Bowl Flea Market to the Runways in Paris, OK1984 pieces incorporate details both edgy and sophisticated, casual and bold, rock and refined. Their constantly evolving shop is stocked weekly with hand-designed pieces created in Los Angeles, high-trend, high-quality jewelry that is super easy on your pocket.

Established this summer, the newly launched brand is already looking towards a seriously stout premier season with collaborations by recording artist & fashion influencer Kreayshawn, unrivaled assortments including everything from natural stone pendants to finely etched cuffs starting at just $30, and a capsule collection of gift items that will both shock and wow, not to be outdone.

The OK1984 brand will offer a continuously expanding collection of wrap bracelets, cuffs, bangles, cocktail rings, stacking rings, bib necklaces, pendants, studs and statement earrings ranging from $9 - $130, all available directly at

Malorie Kaye
Cameo PR
10 W. 33rd St.
Suite 1118
NY, NY 10001

Bryant & Stratton College Online Announces an Associate of Applied Science Financial Support Services Degree

The degree will provide graduates with employability skills for careers in financial institutions and insurance companies

Buffalo, NY, July 09, 2013 – Bryant & Stratton College Online, a leader in online associate’s degree programs, announced today an addition to its degree program offerings – an Associate of Applied Science Financial Support Services (AAS FISS) degree. The degree program instills in graduates the employability skills needed to perform a variety of customer services in banks, insurance agencies and saving and loan companies processing financial transactions and generating reports. The College is currently enrolling students in its new degree program. Classes will begin in September 2013.

Students who enroll in the AAS FISS online college degree program will learn skills that prepare them for careers such as finance service representative, customer service representative, billing and posting clerk, brokerage clerk, loan processor, or banking specialist. Many of these career fields are predicted to grow by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook.

“This new associate degree will help our students be more prepared to enter the workforce in fields that are seeing positive growth. In diversifying our degree offerings to meet the changing needs of the marketplace we are offering more choices for students to find a career that fits their goals,” said Scott Traylor, Campus Director for Online Education at Bryant & Stratton College. “The AAS FISS degree will give students the chance to learn how to calculate complex mathematical questions, complete fundamental accounting transactions, and adhere to current legal regulations that are necessary to succeed in the financial services industry.”

The AAS FISS degree program will teach students how to process client financial transactions, generate reports that support client needs, judge appropriate ethical behaviors that follow the laws and regulations applicable to the financial services industry and formulate useful solutions to clients’ financial and business related needs. Additionally, in the program students will learn employability skills like information literacy, critical thinking and written and oral communication, among others, that will help them be successful in the workforce.

The AAS FISS degree is not available to residents of New York or Ohio. The degree joins the five online bachelor’s degree programs, thirteen online associate’s degree programs and eleven online certificate of completion programs Bryant & Stratton College Online offers. To learn more about Bryant & Stratton College, its online college degree programs go to Bryant & Stratton College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

About Bryant & Stratton College Online:
Bryant & Stratton College is a private career college delivering outcomes-based education and training through a flexible, contemporary curriculum in a personalized environment.  The College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and has locations in New York, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as an Online Education division, and a Professional Skill Center. For almost 160 years, Bryant & Stratton College has been providing real world education leading to bachelor’s and associate’s degrees and professional certificates. Bryant & Stratton College Online offers five online bachelor’s degree programs, twelve online associate’s degree programs and eleven online certificate programs in a variety of fields including business, criminal justice, financial services, healthcare, human resources and information technology. Some online programs are not yet available in all states. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of graduates and other important information, please visit  General information about Bryant & Stratton College and its online degrees can also be found at

Anne Jenkins
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Engrade Raises $5M to Accelerate Expansion of Platform, Districts Served

Platform used by more than 40,000 schools gets strategic funding from Javelin Venture Partners, Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, Kapor Capital, and Rethink Education.

Santa Monica, CA, July 03, 2013 – Engrade, the district-level education platform that unifies the data, curriculum, and tools teachers, schools leaders, and administrators use every day by integrating all of a district’s software and systems, today announced it has secured $5 million in a Series B funding round to accelerate its nationwide expansion and product development. The company has grown rapidly in recent years as it has worked with schools and districts to solve one of the most pressing challenges facing schools---connect once disparate systems from a wide array of sources to maximize the learning potential of students.

With the massive changes to the American education system expected over the next decade with the increase in 1:1 and blended learning, school systems need an integrated, cost-effective, and user-friendly technology infrastructure for managing all parts of the instructional process. Engrade integrates all of a district’s resources, including third-party applications and open education resources, into an easy-to-use, single sign-on solution. Used in more than 40,000 schools around the world, Engrade enables districts to manage curriculum planning and evaluation, instruction, assessment, and school-home communications through one fully secure, cloud-based platform, saving time and money.

Javelin Venture Partners, an entrepreneur-driven venture capital fund in San Francisco, led the round. Rethink Education, which led the company’s $3 million Series A round in January of 2012, added to its position. Other participants included Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, Kapor Capital, the investment fund led by prescient technologist and investor Mitchell Kapor, Expansion Capital and Ed-Mentor. This new round will help Engrade meet the rapidly rising demand of U.S. schools and districts for seamless education technology integration. With Samsung Venture Investment Corporation’s investment, Engrade anticipates business collaboration and partnership opportunities with Samsung.

“It is time for schools and districts to have a true platform, not a jumbled collection of tools that keep vital data locked up in separate silos," said Jed Katz of Javelin Venture Partners. "Teachers, administrators, students, and parents are now able to see in one place the full story of an individual’s academic performance and learning needs."

The additional capital will allow Engrade to help districts and school systems more rapidly integrate data, curriculum, and tools from third parties into their classrooms and evaluate the effectiveness of their instructional resources. By using Engrade, districts can more easily transition to the new Common Core State Standards, allowing teachers and administrators to align granular chunks of content and professional development resources with the relevant Common Core skills.

“We are thrilled to work with a group of investors composed of innovative thinkers and experienced leaders who will make excellent partners in reshaping the future of education,” said Engrade CEO Zach Posner. “We are defining a new product category in the education market that provides school districts with a system to use the right content with the right student at the right time to accelerate academic achievement.”

Engrade, which doubled its staff last year to meet the increased demand from school systems around the country, expects that the fresh round of investment will help it expand its staff and product offerings—from advanced tools for content management to programs that will help teachers manage all of their students' data, accessible from any device.

About Engrade:
Engrade unifies the data, curriculum, and tools teachers, schools leaders, and administrators use every day by integrating all of a district’s software and systems, including third-party applications and open education resources, into one fully secure and easy-to-use, cloud-based platform. Districts rely on Engrade’s powerful single sign-on solution to enhance district-wide communication, plan and evaluate curriculum, manage assessment, and monitor student progress in real time. Educators love Engrade because it simplifies their workflow, increases efficiency in the classroom, and empowers them to use the resources and strategies that work best to improve instruction and outcomes for each student. Since the launch of its flagship product – the most widely used gradebook on the Web – Engrade has grown to serve more than 40,000 schools and support a community of more than 6 million users worldwide. To learn more, visit

Zach Posner
Engrade, LLC
1327 Ocean Ave.
Suite I
Santa Monica, CA 90401