Park University Spearheads Effort of Congress-Led Systematic Review of Minorities Being Denied Medal of Honor

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House of Representatives and Senate Have Introduced Bipartisan Bills

PARKVILLE, MISSOURI, USA, April 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have introduced separate bills to require the systematic review of minority veterans who served in World War I. Park University has been the driving force behind the bipartisan bills introduced in Congress on April 10 (H.R.2249) and April 11 (S.1218).

The Valor Medals Review is being conducted by the University’s George S. Robb Centre for the Study of the Great War and the Valor Medals Review Task Force which was formed in August 2018 in conjunction with the Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars on behalf of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission.

The legislation, if signed into law, will require the Department of Defense to carry out a systematic review of select members of the U.S. Armed Forces, who, in spite of valorous deeds, may have been denied the Medal of Honor due to race. The bills also waive the statute of limitations associated with any cases identified by the review, authorizing the award of a Medal of Honor to any individuals identified by the DOD in the study.

To be eligible for the review, a veteran must have received a Distinguished Service Cross and/or received/been recommended for a Medal of Honor or the French Croix de Guerre with palm. Additionally, the veteran must be African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American, Jewish-American or Native American. With the exception of Native Americans, this criteria is based exactly on existing precedent used by Congress since the beginning of the systematic reviews in the 1990s. Though excluded by the World War II and later reviews, Native Americans are included in this review as their World War I service predates the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 (also known as the Snyder Act).

The Valor Medals Review Task Force is comprised of volunteer scholars and veterans prepared to complete the records collection phase of the project using private donations, precluding the need for government appropriation to finance the most costly and time-consuming aspects of the effort. In its first eight months of operation, the Task Force has been endorsed by the two largest veteran service organizations in the nation — the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars — as well as by more than a dozen other veteran and military service organizations, the grandson of Alvin Cullum York (known as Sergeant York) and three retired flag officers.

The VMRTF’s research team is chaired by Timothy Westcott, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Park University and director of Park’s George S. Robb Centre for the Study of the Great War, and Jeffrey Sammons, Ph.D., professor of history at New York University. The Centre’s namesake, a 1912 Park University graduate, was a white officer in the “Harlem Hellfighters” (the mostly black 369th Regiment of New York), a World War I hero and a 1919 Medal of Honor recipient.

Despite comprising two combat divisions, including the “Harlem Hellfighters,” which logged more combat days and casualties than any other American regiment, none of the more than 367,000 African-Americans soldiers who served in the World War I received the Medal of Honor.

The House of Representatives bill, which has been referred to the House Committee on Armed Services, is sponsored by J. French Hill, (R-Ark.), and co-sponsored by Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), Sam Graves, (R-Mo.) and Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.). The Senate bill, which has been referred to the Senate Committee on Armed Services, is sponsored by Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and co-sponsored by Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

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Financial Literacy Rocks Pontiac All Week Long – Come Rock with Us to Empower Pontiac's Youth Through Music

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Funding the Future's GOODING & The Reminders perform a song composed with Accent Pontiac youth about financial literacy at Rock 'n' Art$ at The Strand on 5/3.

Accent Pontiac provides a vibrant, learning environment that enables us to further open up our programming to younger youth who are ready to start incorporating financial literacy into their lives.”

— Carolyn Powell, Funding the Future CEO

PONTIAC, MI, UNITED STATES, April 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Accent Pontiac partners with Funding the Future to facilitate a week-long composing workshop with a financial literacy focus culminating in the Rock ‘n’ Art$ family-friendly concert on Friday, May 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Flagstar Strand Theatre. The event provides students and their families critical financial literacy concepts inspiring financial focus and growth through music and the arts.

Funding the Future’s rock band GOODING and hip hop group The Reminders will work under the musical direction of Dan Trahey to write a song with Accent Pontiac students about making smart financial decisions. They are using art created by Pontiac students for the Andy Meisner Financial Literacy Multimedia Art Contest as relatable inspiration.

“Accent Pontiac provides a vibrant, learning environment that enables us to further open up our programming to younger youth who are ready to start incorporating financial literacy concepts into their daily lives,” shared Funding the Future’s CEO Carolyn Powell. “Learning through music is fun and we can make an incredible impact by making music with this original composition!”

Funding the Future is known for its innovative approach of using a live musical concert to get students to pay attention to a straight-from-the-heart personal finance lesson that follows. In addition to the afternoon composing sessions, GOODING and The Reminders will be visiting area middle and high schools throughout the week to share the Funding the Future magic.

“We are proud to partner with FTF to bring their unique, collaborative teaching approach to Accent Pontiac with such an urgent message that is never too early to learn,” said Accent Pontiac’s Executive Director Tina Rowan. “Plus, using artwork created by high school students in our community makes the message relevant to our youth.”

The inspiration art pieces are selected from Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner’s annual Financial Literacy Multimedia Art Contest for Oakland County high school students. This is the first year that the winner’s artwork will serve as inspiration for a musical composition.

The inspiring work will be debuted Friday, May 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at Rock ‘n’ Art$ during the Pontiac Arts Crawl at the historic Flagstar Strand Theatre. The artists will perform with the youth musicians and then headline sets of their own. Tickets are only $10, and all proceeds benefit Funding the Future and Accent Pontiac.

To buy tickets, please click here: http://bit.ly/FTF-AP_RocknArts
To volunteer for the event, please click here: http://bit.ly/RocknArtsVolunteer

FUNDING THE FUTURE

Funding for the Future is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings musical artists to different middle and high schools, student groups, and kid-oriented organizations to provide a free, engaging live concert followed by a crucial and impactful lesson in financial literacy. Since FTF launched in 2014 in Wyoming, it has provided nearly 150,000 students in 34 states and 4 Canadian provinces with essential financial literacy tools. FTF believes all youth can learn critical financial skills, define their future, and obtain professional and personal success. Learn more at www.fundingthefuturelive.org.

ACCENT PONTIAC

Accent Pontiac is an El Sistema-inspired music program in Pontiac, MI, and uses music as a vehicle for social change. A partner with the Pontiac School District since 2016, Accent Pontiac currently serves over 250 students each week with free during and after-school music classes. Participating students receive up to four days per week of after-school music classes, including instruction on percussion, brass, and woodwind instruments. Accent Pontiac is dedicated to the belief that all students deserve equitable access to a robust music education. Learn more at www.accentpontiac.org.

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Merck Foundation brings together 15 African First Ladies to break the stigma of Infertility

Family photo of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) Summit 2019 (L to R) H.E. First Ladies of Burundi, Mauritania, Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Niger, Malawi, Merck Foundation CEO, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, Cong

Family photo of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) Summit 2019 (L to R) H.E. First Ladies of Burundi, Mauritania, Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Niger, Malawi, Merck Foundation CEO, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, Cong

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President of Merck More than a Mother with H.E. First Ladies of Mauritania, Namibia, Guinea Conakry, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Botswana, Niger, Central African Republic, Burundi, Mozambique, C

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President of Merck More than a Mother with H.E. First Ladies of Mauritania, Namibia, Guinea Conakry, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Botswana, Niger, Central African Republic, Burundi, Mozambique, C

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President of Merck More than a Mother with H.E. First Ladies of Malawi, Guinea Conakry, Niger, Gambia, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Ghana, Congo Brazzaville, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Liberia, C

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President of Merck More than a Mother with H.E. First Ladies of Malawi, Guinea Conakry, Niger, Gambia, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Ghana, Congo Brazzaville, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Liberia, C

NAIROBI, KENYA, April 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany conducted Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) – Summit in on 30th -31st March and 1st of April 2019. The MFFLI Summit 2019 was attended by 15 African First Ladies.

Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and the Chairman of Merck Foundation Board of Trustees emphasized, “Merck through its foundation is committed to support the social and economic development of Africa, Asia and developing countries by building healthcare capacity. Our aim is to improve access to quality & equitable healthcare solutions across African continent”.

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother explained, “I am very proud to partner with the African First ladies to become “Merck more than a Mother” ambassadors and partner with them to build healthcare capacity , break the stigma of infertility and empower women and girls in education with special focus on STEM . During our strategy meeting, we shared experiences, discussed challenges and defined solutions to ensure continuous improvement and exchange variable aspects of different cultures in order to localize specific messages that can raise health awareness and create a culture shift to empower women and girls across Africa.”

The Summit was attended by:

H.E. NEO JANE MASISI, The First Lady of Botswana;
H.E DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi
H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central African Republic
H.E. ANTOINETTE SASSOU-NGUESSO, The First Lady of Congo;
H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana;
H.E. FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW, The First Lady of The Gambia;
H.E. CONDÉ DJENE, The First Lady of Guinea Conakry;
H.E. CLAR WEAH, The First Lady of Republic of Liberia;
H.E. PROFESSOR GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA, The First Lady of Malawi;
H.E. MARIAM MINT AHMAD TEKBER, The First lady of the Mauritania;
H.E. DR. ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI, The First Lady of Mozambique;
H.E. MADAM MONICA GEINGOS, The First Lady of Namibia;
H.E AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADO, The First Lady of Niger;
H.E FATIMA MAADA, The First Lady of Sierra Leone;
H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGW, The First Lady of Zimbabwe

H.E DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi said, “Thanks to Merck Foundation for inviting me. We recently launched their programs in my country, and they are proving to be very substantial. They will be proving clinical training on fertility and oncology to our doctors. We also provided together the Health Media Training to the journalists to understand the infertility issues and to break the stigma attached to infertility”

H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central African Republic explained, “I am very proud to work closely to advance healthcare sector and empower infertile women in my country”.

H.E. ANTOINETTE SASSOU-NGUESSO, The First Lady of Congo emphasized, “I am happy to know that Merck Foundation will help train our doctors and media to raise awareness about health issues and improve patient care in my country . This will prove to be very beneficial for our citizens.”

H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana explained, “Through Rebecca Foundation, we have been working closely with Merck Foundation to empower women and youth. Also, we have also launched together unique initiatives like media recognition, Film and Fashion Awards in our country to break stigma around infertility. I am sure that our partnership will go a long way towards benefitting the people of my country.”

H.E. FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW, The First Lady of The Gambia emphasized, “Merck Foundation has provided training to first fertility specialists and first oncologists in The Gambia. We are making history together. We will continue this program in partnership with my foundation and Ministry of Health to improve access to cost effective and quality fertility and cancer care in the country.”

H.E. CONDÉ DJENE, The First Lady of Guinea Conakry said, “I am proud of our association with Merck Foundation. They supported the establishment of First IVF Centre in our country by providing expert. They also trained the first fertility specialists and specialized oncologists in Guinea. This is a great milestone. Together we will
Change the landscape of Fertility and cancer care in the country.”

H.E. CLAR WEAH, The First Lady of Republic of Liberia emphasized, “I am happy to partner with Merck Foundation. They will provide specialized training to our doctors in the field of Fertility, Oncology and Diabetes Management. They will also train media to break the infertility stigma and will launch initiatives to empower women and girls in education. We hope that our partnership will continue to benefit the people of our country.”

H.E. PROFESSOR GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA, the First Lady of Malawi said, “I am very proud and happy to be a part of MFFLI Summit and look forward to a long term partnership with Merck Foundation. We will closely work together on all their initiatives to build healthcare capacity and train our media to sensitize our communities on sensitive issues like infertility stigma.”

H.E. DR. ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI, The First Lady of Mozambique emphasized, “I am excited to be a part of MFFLI Summit. I welcome all the initiatives of Merck Foundation in my country.”

H.E AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADO, The First Lady of Niger emphasized, “I am the Ambassador of “Merck more than a Mother” in my country to help raise awareness about infertility prevention, management, male infertility and to break the stigma around infertile women to empower them, as they are not just child bearers. Merck Foundation has provided clinical training to our doctors in the field of Fertility, Oncology and Diabetes. I would like to thank them for this and hope they continue to support us.”

H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA, The First Lady of Zimbabwe said, “I am very excited to be the ambassador of Merck more than a Mother Ambassador and welcome Merck foundation to our country. We hope that we will soon launch their programs in together so that the people of Zimbabwe can also benefit like other African Countries.”

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One-in-five Brits would expect to be sacked if they admitted to an alcohol or drug addiction

The UK's Attitudes to Addiction 2019 report

PETERBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM, April 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2019

One-in-five Brits would expect to be sacked if they admitted to an alcohol or drug addiction

A new report, released by addiction help and support service Port of Call, reveals that one-in-five (22%) people in the UK believe their employer would terminate their contract if they admitted to a drug or alcohol problem.

In the “Attitudes to Addiction report”, which was created to open up a public conversation about addiction issues and how others can support those affected; 19% of men said they thought they would be handed their P45 if they revealed they had an addiction to drugs or alcohol, compared to 26% of women.

It appears that this perception is also putting people off seeking help – 36% of those surveyed said they would not get professional help for fear it would hinder future job prospects.

Recent data* has shown that 1.3% of the adult population are alcohol dependent, if this is accurate it would mean a significant amount of people would be dismissed from their current roles.

So, what are the rules around this issue? Interestingly, businesses reserve the right to set their own policies and guidelines. However, almost a quarter (24%) of those surveyed said they didn’t know what their employer's rules were or how they would react.

The survey also revealed:

– 16-24 year-olds were the least optimistic when it came to suggesting what their employer would do if they admitted to an addiction – 31% would expect the boot

– 55+ were most likely to keep their addiction support a secret (14%)

– Almost half (49%) of people aged 55+ were the least worried about an addiction impacting future job prospects

– 24% of 16-24 year-olds thought their employers would put them on a final warning if they admitted to suffering from an addiction

Port of Call founder Martin Preston commented on the report findings:

“Most people who call us are in full-time employment and don’t want their employer to know they have an addiction problem, often for fear of losing their job.  Addiction is a shame-based illness and people can have a fear of being ‘found out’.

“We also take calls from employers who are trying to help a colleague, and often, even those with large HR and people teams, are unclear about what the firm’s stance really is.

“Most organisations have a zero- tolerance policy around alcohol and drug use, which they require for health and safety, yet rarely have awareness of, or access to, specialist addiction treatment services.

“Some firms, thankfully, are more progressive and we’re retained by a number of larger employers who genuinely want to help their people. If you’re employing more than ten people, addiction is an issue that you’re almost certain to encounter.”

Port of Call’s report “Attitudes to Addiction in 2019” can be accessed in full by clicking here – https://portofcall.com/information-guides/addiction-support/attitudes-to-addiction-in-2019/

Media contact:
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Zazzle Media
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Email: sacha.mooney@zazzlemedia.co.uk

Notes to Editors

– *Data cited from Public Health England’s ‘alcohol dependence prevalence’ report
– Supporting imagery and data visualisations are available
– Further expert comment and quotes available upon request

Company Background

– Port of Call is a website and helpline for anyone affected by addiction, as well as independent advisors on treatment services within the UK

– The Port of Call team refers people to the treatment services that it knows work, using vast knowledge of treatment professionals, support groups, counsellors, detox clinics and rehab centres and tailoring recommendations to individual circumstances and needs.

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Girls Empowering Girls from Israel to Uganda with LOVE

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ITC Girls Empowerment and Girls Arise Uganda participants share the desire and determination to have an equal opportunity for an education.

Our girls were so excited to know that girls from Israel were helping them, it’s so empowering to receive that kind of support, it means everything to them.””

— Sandra Abbo, President, Girls Arise Uganda.

NEW YORK CITY, NY, UNITED STATES, April 17, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Saturday, April 6th a new initiative was launched by girls in Israel for girls in Uganda. Though over 2,000 miles apart the girls involved in the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation Girls Empowerment program and those that are part of Girls Arise Uganda share the desire and determination to have an equal opportunity for an education.

Through the tremendous vision of Lisa Bogatin, an ITC Foundation US-based board member and donor with both organizations, this cross-continent pairing was formed. “When I learned that the girls in Uganda didn’t have access to sanitary products, thus keeping them out of to school for at least one week per month which snow-balled into a high drop out rate, it broke my heart,” states Bogatin. “But also spurred the thought that girls in Israel also face extreme gender related challenges, but of a different sort.”

What resulted on that Saturday in April was an act of kindness, sharing and charity. The Girls Empowerment group at the Israel Tennis Center in Jaffa, Israel organized a "Shuk Kah-Ten" (the equivalent of a yard sale in the US, where people bring items from their homes they no longer need and sell them) with the proceeds going purchase sanitary supplies for the Girls Arise Uganda program.

And while the girls in Israel have their fair share of issues to tackle daily, this provided a chance to see the hardships of others and feel good about being able to help. “We are hoping this is the beginning of a beautiful exchange with Girls Arise Uganda sharing our worlds with theirs, raising awareness and understanding,” states Jacqueline Glodstein, Executive Vice President of Global Development. “Empowerment is about being able to effect change, this project empowered our girls and taught them leadership skills; hopefully it did the same for the Girls Arise Uganda girls as well.”

“The girls here were so excited to know that girls from Israel were helping them,” states Sandra Abbo, President, Girls Arise Uganda. “It’s so empowering to receive that kind of support, it means everything to them.”

Israel Tennis Centers Foundation is dedicated to empowering children through sport and education to foster lasting peace in one of the most turbulent areas in the world. Their goal is to teach children of all backgrounds how to live successful lives. "Through the skills learned on and off the court, we teach our children in an environment of inclusiveness, unity, respect, diversity and caring," states Glodstein. "As we believe, this will set them on the path to building lasting peace within their communities."

The focus of the ITC is on empowering children everyday so they can become better human beings. Through its social impact and coexistence programs, a wide range of children are served, including: youth at risk, immigrants, along with children with special needs, from Autism and ADHD to Down Syndrome as well as those with developmental and physical disabilities.
For more information about this program or any of the other programs offered through Israel Tennis Centers Foundation, please go to: www.israeltenniscenters.org.

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About the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation:
The Israel Tennis Centers Foundation (ITC) is 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization that works tirelessly through the medium of sport to enhance the development of Israeli youth. Since opening its first center in Ramat Hasharon in 1976, the ITC has helped over 500,000 children, many of whom come from outlying and underserved towns throughout Israel. The ITC’s 14 centers stretch from Kiryat Shmona on the Lebanese border in the North to Beer Sheva bordering the Negev Desert in the South. http://www.israeltenniscenters.org.

Israel Tennis Centers Foundation
57 W. 38th St, Suite 605
New York, New York 10018
(212) 784-9200

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Technology Leverages the Human Voice to Save Lives

BHL+PST+DBHDD+FSU

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ATLANTA, GA, UNITED STATES, April 17, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — This week, Behavioral Health Link (BHL) together with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) announced a partnership with the US affiliate of Yokohama, Japan-based PST Inc. BHL is collaborating with PST Inc. to leverage the parameters of the human voice to support the professionally-trained BHL call center staff in understanding intensity of distress, an approach that may prove far superior to relying on the specific words and language spoken alone.

In collaboration with research partners in the lab of Dr. Thomas Joiner at Florida State University, responsible for analyzing the outcomes of applying this technology, it is our hope that this Japanese-based technology will add to our clinical toolbox and improve outcomes in the operation of a statewide crisis and access line. For example, the immediate feedback of real-time monitoring of emotional distress would allow call center agents to understand better if they are successfully engaging and calming a person in pain.

We’ll know better as we evaluate the application using the ground-breaking models first used in crisis call centers by Dr. Madelyn Gould and her team at Columbia University more than a decade ago.

Gould and colleagues silently monitored crisis calls and measured the distress of callers using a modification of the Profile of Mood States (POMS). They recorded data at the beginning of crisis calls, again at the conclusion and with consent followed up two weeks later, after an outpatient appointment or other service connection was likely to have been completed. Their research shattered myths about crisis call centers that existed at the time. In fact, callers in very significant distress were utilizing crisis call lines, and the most significant reductions in anguish occurred during the crisis call itself.

We’ll go one step further. This technology will make it easy to look not only at the distress of the individual in crisis but also at ensuring the right level of support for those call center professionals caring for them. Crisis services are very rewarding but challenging work, and we aim to improve the science behind the interventions and the measurement of outcomes in our partnership with PST, Inc.

About PST Inc. (PST: Yokohama, Japan) / PST Health Partners, Inc. (PSTHP: LA, USA)
PST Inc. (PST: Yokohama, Japan) / PST Health Partners, Inc. (PSTHP: LA, USA) has worked in partnership with the University of Tokyo to develop cutting-edge voice analysis technology currently utilized in Japan to detect emotional distress.
http://en.medical-pst.com/

About Behavioral Health Link (d/b/a for Integrated Health Resources, Inc.)
“A Crisis Has No Schedule,” and that is why the caring professionals of BHL are available 24/7 to help individuals and communities in crisis. Bolstered by cutting-edge technology developed in house by our dedicated team, BHL has been featured in Crisis Now and has been a national leader in promoting access to and delivery of high-quality crisis care when and where individuals need it most.
http://behavioralhealthlink.com/

About Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD)
Georgia DBHDD provides treatment and support services to people with mental health challenges, substance use disorders, and individuals who live with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The vision is easy access to high-quality care that leads to a life of recovery and independence for the people we serve.
https://dbhdd.georgia.gov/

About the FSU Thomas Joiner Lab
The Laboratory for the Study and Prevention of Suicide-Related Conditions and Behaviors at Florida State University focuses primarily on the study of the nature, causes, and management of suicidal behavior and related disorders (e.g., eating disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders). The goal of its research is to refine further and test empirically the interpersonal theory of suicide, as well as understand and prevent suicidal behavior in military and other settings.
https://psy.fsu.edu/~joinerlab/

About The University of Tokyo, Dr. Shinichi Tokuno Lab
The laboratory for the study of Voice Analysis of Pathophysiology at Graduate school of Medicine, The University of Tokyo focuses primarily on the study of diagnosis and monitoring the mental health condition (e.g. Major Depression Disease). The goal of the research is to verify the technology of mental health condition by voice from voice emotion technology from PST Inc.
http://www.univ.tokyo/

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Injured Garbage Truck Driver Hired as Paralegal by Reck Law, PLLC, a Law Firm that Represents WA State Injured Workers

Tara Reck - Washington State Workers Compensation Attorney

Tara Reck – Washington State Workers Compensation Attorney

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES, April 16, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Contact: Tara Reck, Managing Attorney at Reck Law – Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Seattle office: (206) 395-6141 Port Orchard headquarters: (360) 876-4123
https://recklaw.com | https://tarareck.com | office@recklaw.com

SEATTLE & PORT ORCHARD, WASHINGTON, Apr. 12 2019 – Reck Law, PLLC is pleased to announce it hired injured worker, Robert Biddix, to join their team. After completing retraining through his workers’ compensation claim at Tacoma Community College, Mr. Biddix graduated from the paralegal program with exemplary grades. Mr. Biddix had a nearly 20 year career as a garbage truck driver prior to his work injury in 2011. With the help of the Washington State Workers’ Compensation system, Mr. Biddix successfully received treatment for his injuries, completed retraining for a new career that accommodates his permanent physical limitations, and returned to full-time employment.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Biddix worked for several employers in waste management as a garbage truck driver. In 2011, while on his route in Poulsbo performing daily work duties for Waste Management, Inc., he severely injured his back. His colleagues finished his route, while he went to see a doctor who opened a workers’ compensation claim on his behalf. Shortly after, he performed light duty work and returned to full-time regular duty, resulting in worsening of his injury.

Washington State employers are obligated to carry industrial insurance, under a system that benefits both employees and employers when work injuries occur. Employers can subscribe to the state-funded program administered by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) or maintain their own insurance if they are certified to be Self-Insured. Either way, the treatment of injured workers is governed by the Washington State Industrial Insurance Act, RCW Title 51.

Despite insurance coverage, claims do not always proceed as smoothly as they should. “After going back to light duty work, I tried to get an MRI. The insurance company refused it. To make things worse, they sent me to an IME and I received a letter from my claim manager wanting to close my claim. I realized something wasn’t right and hired an attorney that handles Workers’ Compensation cases” said Mr. Biddix. His MRI was approved quickly after the attorney got involved.

Under his claim, Mr. Biddix attended physical therapy and underwent two back surgeries to get to Maximum Medical Improvement, meaning the point where his injury would not improve any further. While his treatment was considered successful, he was left with permanent physical limitations that preclude him from ever returning to work in physically demanding jobs. The vocational expert assigned to Mr. Biddix’s claim determined that for him to return to work, he should be retrained. After exploring his options, Mr. Biddix decided he wanted to obtain an Associates Degree so that he could return to work helping injured workers just like him.

If approved for retraining, injured workers in Washington State can select Option 1 or Option 2. Mr. Biddix chose Option 1, which means he received time-loss compensation and tuition coverage while he attended the Paralegal Program at Tacoma Community College. Near the completion of his college retraining program, he was offered internship at Reck Law, PLLC, a law firm that represents injured workers. Upon the successful completion of his program, Mr. Biddix was extended an offer of full-time employment. On April 1, 2019 he began working as a salaried member of the Reck Law, PLLC legal team.

“It is a privilege to bring Mr. Biddix onboard. As a Workers’ Compensation law firm entirely dedicated to representing injured workers in Washington State, we adhere to our principles and we practice what we preach, which is to help injured workers” said Ms. Tara Reck, managing attorney at Reck Law, PLLC. She added: “We are lucky to live in Washington State, where the rights of injured workers can be upheld and protected. The system is not perfect. There are many fights to fight on behalf of injured workers that are mistreated or fall between the cracks, and that’s what we are here for. For over a decade I have helped injured workers with so many aspects of their claims, but this is the first time I get to be the person providing an injured worker with a new job. I’m thrilled to have Mr. Biddix on my team. He has experienced first-hand what happens after a severe injury at work, and I know he’s eager to put all he’s learned to work helping other injured workers”.

Reck Law, PLLC is a Workers’ Compensation law firm dedicated to representing injured workers in Washington State. Ms. Tara Reck is the founder and managing attorney at Reck Law, PLLC. Since 2006 she has been a very active and vocal advocate for injured workers in Washington State. She is a regular speaker at national and in-state conferences regarding workers’ compensation issues.

If you would like more info, please contact Ms. Reck, managing attorney at Reck Law, PLLC at (360)-876-4123 or (206) 395-6141, via email at office@recklaw.com, through her blog https://tarareck.com/contact/ or her company website at https://recklaw.com/contact/.

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FDA: Finally Moves with the Rest of World on Transvaginal Mesh Devices for POP

Dr. Greg Vigna

FDA orders all transvaginal repairs of the mesh product used for pelvic organ prolapse to stop selling and distributing their products in the USA immediately.

I have written for years that these devices need to go away. The vaginal mesh debacle has destroyed a generation of women. Led to divorce, homelessness, and unnecessary pain.”

— Dr. Greg Vigna

SANTA BARBARA, CA, UNITED STATES, April 16, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — A major move by the FDA today orders that manufacturers of all transvaginal repairs of the mesh product used for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) to stop selling and distributing their products in the United States immediately.

Dr. Greg Vigna, MD, JD, practicing physician, national pharmaceutical injury attorney, damages expert, and woman’s advocate states, "The vaginal mesh debacle continues with the use of transobturator devices which are equally as defective as the transvaginal mesh devices used for pelvic organ prolapse. He states, “Recent testimony from an authority on sling related complications puts catastrophic pain syndromes at a rate of 10 to 1 transobturator slings compared with retropubic slings. Understanding that the catastrophic pain syndrome from retropubic slings is as debilitating as transobturator slings.”

Dr. Greg Vigna MD, JD states that, "Studies show that pudendal neuralgia occurs years after implantation related to shrinkage of the transobturator sling. These devices are supposed to be ‘tension free’, but they are under tension related to adhesion to the inferior ramus bone of the pelvis. Over the years, these devices shrink over 30% and lead to traction on the obturator nerve, pudendal nerve, and muscles of the pelvis that control sexual function, mobility, and bowel and bladder function.”

Dr. Vigna states, “I have written for years that these devices need to go away. The vaginal mesh debacle has destroyed a generation of women. Led to divorce, homelessness, and unnecessary pain.” Additionally, Dr. Vigna explains, "I have written previously that it is not difficult for a Pharmaceutical Manufacturer to devise a study that gets them to their desired result of getting the device sold and implanted. The results are foreseeable that these biased studies led to thousands of injuries world-wide as they didn't check for safety because they seemingly didn't care."

To read the FDA announcement, follow this link: https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/UCM636114.htm?utm_campaign=04162019_PR_FDA%20takes%20action%20on%20tranvaginal%20mesh%20for%20POP%20repair&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

For TVM resources and how Dr. Vigna can help, visit https://pudendalportal.lifecare123.com.

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Positive results of regional perfusion chemotherapy for progressive and refractory ovarian cancer made public today

Scheme of Isolated Hypoxic Abdominal Perfusion with Chemofiltration (HAP-F)

Scheme of Isolated Hypoxic Abdominal Perfusion with Chemofiltration (HAP-F)

Hypoxic abdominal perfusion for progressive and refractory ovarian cancer is an effective therapy offering comparably long survival at good quality of life

BURGHAUSEN, GERMANY, April 16, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Medias Klinikum GmbH & Co KG, a private hospital specialized in surgical oncology, focusing on the treatment of primary and metastatic solid tumors, announces the publication of an observational cohort study of 45 patients entitled Hypoxic Isolated Abdominal Perfusion (HAP) chemotherapy for non-operable advanced staged ovarian cancer with peritoneal carcinosis: an experience in 45 platinum-refractory ovarian cancer patients in the peer-reviewed Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13193-019-00922-9), that was conducted by Professor Dr. Karl R. Aigner, one of the world’s most experienced experts in the field of regional chemotherapy, and his group. In 1981, he developed the technique of isolated liver perfusion and was the first physician worldwide performing this method in humans using a heart-lung machine.

Commenting on the announcement, Professor Dr. Karl R. Aigner, Head of the Department of Surgical Oncology at Medias Klinikum, said, “Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death among all gynecological cancers. The standard therapy option is still complete cytoreduction when possible, combined with chemotherapy. Despite initial response rates of 70–80% to platinum-based combination chemotherapies with taxanes, platinum-resistant recurrences occur very frequently within 2 years. The shorter the recurrence-free interval, the lower the prospect of a renewed response to chemotherapy. While increased drug exposure could theoretically lead to a renewed response, they are not universally administered due to increased toxicity. The limiting factor of augmented systemic drug exposure always had been the increasing toxicity such as neuropathy with hand–foot syndrome, neutropenia, or fatigue to the point of exhaustion. Since mortality rates of ovarian cancer remain high and have hardly changed in the last three decades, more recent treatment options are being tested in the context of molecular biology research.”

He adds: “Prolonging life while maintaining or improving quality of life should be the basic requirement for any cancer treatment. No other fundamental necessity for any treatment to be recommended should actually apply. In a comparative study, we therefore looked at patients who were in progression following systemic chemotherapy and were then treated with regional chemotherapy. The main endpoint of the trial was quality of life, overall survival, and clinical response rates:

Complete or partial response on clinical symptoms was noted among 36.3% of all patients in stages IIIB/C and IV. Stable disease was achieved in 51.1% of patients. Complete disappearance of ascites was observed in 30% of patients after only two perfusions; 43% of patients reported a substantial reduction of abdominal pressure and fluid volume and a considerable improvement in general wellbeing. Profit in terms of high response rates was achieved by increased tumor toxicity of the anticancer drugs under hypoxic conditions. Due to subsequent chemofiltration, systemic drug exposure was reduced and toxic side effects kept low. Quality of life generally was reported undisturbed.”

The method of regional chemotherapy in terms of isolated hypoxic abdominal perfusion with chemofiltration (HAP-F) for multiply pre-treated patients with progressive and platinum-refractory stage III and IV ovarian cancer, in fact is an effective therapy that can break through chemoresistance and offering comparably long survival at good quality of life.

This initial data have been supplemented by further results obtained with a larger number of patients and presented during an oral presentation at the this year’s 14th International Symposium on Regional Cancer Therapies of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) in Phoenix, AZ, USA.

The updated data will be sent for publication within the next month.

About Medias Klinikum, Department of Surgical Oncology
Medias Klinikum is a private clinic located in Burghausen (Bavaria), Germany specialized in regional chemotherapy (RCT), a targeted treatment modality for primary and metastatic tumors that generates high locoregional drug exposure and is less toxic. Looking back at 40 years of expertise in this special field of surgical oncology, Prof. Dr. med. Aigner, the medical director of the clinic, is one of the world’s most experienced experts in this treatment method. He has given numerous lectures on RCT or performed guest operations in the most renowned institutions in the USA, Japan, China, Israel, Egypt, Australia and a number of other countries. In 1981, Professor Aigner developed a technique for performing the first isolated liver perfusion in humans using a heart-lung machine, and over subsequent years a variety of additional surgical procedures and specialized catheters for isolated therapy of organs and parts of the body, including the treatment of pancreatic carcinoma.

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CCHR Documentary Exposes Psychiatric Profit Driven Mental Illness Strategy

Marketing of Madness Label

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health.

The documentary reveals the true insanity in our psychiatric health care system – profit-drive marketing at the expense of patients, families and communities.

This documentary is detailing how the psychiatric industry is attempting to penetrate into nearly every aspect of American life.”

— Citizens Commission on Human Rights

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, April 16, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Marketing of Madness is a closely researched film that documents a growing psychiatric strategy to label children and adults with mental disorders, which lack any medical basis of diagnosis, and to place them on powerful psychiatric drugs that are often addictive and have dangerous side effects.

Exposing the questionable ethics of the psychiatric profession's close marketing ties with pharmaceutical corporations, the documentary reveals the true insanity in our psychiatric health care system – profit-drive marketing at the expense of patients, families and communities.

The National Institute of Mental Health asserts that tens of millions of people in the USA alone have mental illnesses and that the number has been constantly growing for decades. This mysterious modern-day plague is explained by the profits generated by a “diagnosis” of mental illness lacking any physical test. The more that are diagnosed, the more profit for pharmaceutical supply chains and for psychiatrists who promote and prescribe these habit-forming drugs.

Additionally, the rationale that “he shot those school children because he had a mental illness” is exposed by this documentary as a red herring designed to focus attention away from the real cause of sudden and unexplained violence – psychiatric drugs with homicidal and suicidal side effects.

There is growing evidence of the link between psychotropic drugs prescribed to children, and epidemics of school violence. Seven out of the ten drugs linked to violence are either anti-depressants or ADHD drugs. Prescribing those labeled as mentally ill with hazardous drugs sends the disturbing message that commercial profits are more important than the safety of children and families. [1]

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida (CCHR), announced recently that they will be hosting a showing of the psychiatric documentary, The Marketing of Madness, in their downtown facility. The full-screen showing will be presented to visitors at no charge. To find out when the next screening of The Marketing of Madness will be held, please call CCHR at (727) 442-8820.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969.

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[1] Psychiatric Drugs: Create Violence & Suicide https://www.cchrint.org/pdfs/violence-report.pdf

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