Public Safety and Business Security Turn to HD Technology

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Although cities are vibrant centers of culture and business, city dwellers must deal with public safety issues like theft, assault and vandalism. When law enforcement is stretched thin, who is held accountable for such crime, and how can individuals and businesses tighten security?
When a theft at his former business remained unsolved despite a significant investment in surveillance equipment, business owner Alexander Fernandes had a vision — build the world’s best surveillance systems based on emerging high-definition (HD) technology.
“Low-quality surveillance footage simply isn’t cutting it anymore. If the image is fuzzy and grainy, what kind of evidence is it? What kind of deterrent is it?” asks Fernandes, now the co-founder and CEO of Avigilon, a global supplier of HD video surveillance solutions. “Businesses, governments and other organizations need quality images that can be used to provide usable evidence in order to promote public safety, manage liability and ultimately detect and deter crimes.”
High-definition images can provide irrefutable evidence, which is revolutionizing security-monitoring systems for public transportation, government organizations and businesses on a global scale.
Despite the availability of higher-quality HD solutions most installed surveillance systems still use analog technology, which results in grainy footage because of low-resolution cameras and poor-quality recording equipment. The perceived higher cost of HD is a reason why some organizations are not jumping to upgrade. Buyers won’t, or can’t, pay a premium for better technology. Related is the fact that new HD components must be compatible with existing analog surveillance equipment and IT infrastructure.
Avigilon has responded to the demand and barriers of adopting HD surveillance by architecting a complete system that delivers the best image detail, yet also eases the burden of cost, installation and support. To-date, Avigilon systems have been installed in more than 80 countries as organizations recognize the advantages of HD technology.
“We can cover 50,000 spectators in a stadium with 10 of our cameras and get facial recognition and valid, usable evidence,” says Fernandes. “It could literally take over a thousand analog cameras to get that extreme detail.”
Many other valuable non-security uses for HD surveillance are also emerging, such as analyzing traffic flow and staffing productivity.
Learn more about using HD digital surveillance systems to protect and enhance your business or community by visiting www.avigilon.com.

A Safety Deposit Box for Your Health

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As any financial consultant will advise, storing your finances and treasures in a secure bank isn’t just sensible, it’s imperative. People with means bank their savings, jewels, important documents and now, their stem cells.
“Think of it as a safety deposit box for your health,” says John Arnone, CEO of American CryoStem, one of the only adult stem cell banks in the world. “People rely on banks for financial security, and with the growing possibilities of stem cells and regenerative medicine, this concept allows people to bank for their future health, too.”
Fat tissue contains a surplus of viable adult stem cells, which are at the crux of regenerative medicine. While cosmetic surgeons have seen their patient numbers grow across the U.S., the focus has only been on extraction and reuse of the liposuction fat on a patient. Now because of American CryoStem’s method of processing and storage, fat tissue can be made into viable and useful adult stem cells. These stem cells can now be banked and used for better overall health in the future.
According to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services, medical technology is going through a revolution that could yield cures for diseases like diabetes, heart attacks, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, spinal cord injuries and more.
“American CryoStem has created a cryopreservation process that allows adults to store their stem cells now and retrieve them for treatment when necessary,” says Arnone. “This type of regenerative medicine could enable medical breakthroughs for any condition resulting from damaged or failing tissue.”
The stem cell extraction process is quick and painless,
taking place at any local American CryoStem provider’s office. The fat sample goes through a secure chain of custody until it is safely preserved in a FDA-approved facility. Banking ensures that a more youthful cell age is captured, and it also prevents any chance of cell rejections in the future.
To be notified when these services become available in your area, sign up at www.americancryostem.com/pre-enroll-now. To learn more, visit www.americancryostem.com or talk to your physician for more information.

In Hospitals, Safety Begins With Communication

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Lia Lee, the child of Hmong-speaking parents, died as much from miscommunication as from illness. When Lia was a few months old, she started experiencing seizures. Twice, she was misdiagnosed with pneumonia because her parents couldn’t describe her symptoms to her doctors. When she was finally diagnosed, she was prescribed a complex regime of medications that her parents couldn’t understand how to administer. With doctors and parents unable to communicate, Lia experienced a grand mal seizure.
Unfortunately, the Lees’ experience is not uncommon. According to the 2000 Census, over 21 million Americans speak English less than “very well,” and 22.5 percent of Asian and Pacific Islander speakers either don’t speak English well or can’t speak it at all.
Some people have family members to help them, but that can lead to other problems. If a husband acts as an interpreter for his wife, the doctor will have difficulty asking her about spousal abuse. Even when family members mean well, they are not medical experts and may mistranslate or fail to report every symptom that the patient describes.
In a 2003 study, researchers analyzed 13 patient-doctor encounters that involved an ad hoc translator, such as a nurse, social worker or siblings. On average, these translators made 31 mistakes per encounter. Seventy-seven percent of these errors could have had clinical consequences.
Hospitals can help avoid mistakes by using medical interpreters, or trained professionals who facilitate communication between patients and doctors. Hospitals are required to offer interpreters, but it’s an unfunded mandate: only 13 states offer Medicaid reimbursement for interpreters.
If healthcare reform truly aims to improve patient care, it must improve communication. Reimbursing hospitals for providing medical interpreters will not only save lives, but also prevent needless errors and reduce overall costs.
“In addition to improving quality of care and patient safety, language services reimbursement would alleviate the financial burden faced by hospitals with a large population of Limited English Proficient patients.” said Mursal Khaliif, senior director of multilingual services at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard University Medical School Teaching Hospital in Cambridge, Mass.
The International Medical Interpreter’s Association has been leading the fight for reimbursement. For more information, visit www.imiaweb.org.

Sports Safety: Not Just for the Home Stretch

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – You know that your child should wear safety equipment for the big game. But do you practice equal vigilance at your child’s practice? If you don’t, you’re not alone. According to Safe Kids USA, 33 percent of parents take more safety precautions for games, even though 62 percent of organized sports-related injuries happen at practice.

There’s no doubt that sports benefit kids. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that every child participate in sports or another activity that promotes physical activity. So what can parents do to make practices safer? Here are some tips:

* Make sure your child is healthy enough to play sports in the first place. Children should receive sports physicals before signing up for any sport.

* Make sure that practice facilities are safe. For example, ask your school to make the gymnasium less slippery. Some companies are actually designing floor cleaners that increase slip-resistance. For example, Traction-Pak from PAK-IT (www.pakit.com) cleans and polishes floors while also creating a non-slip surface.

As slips and falls are a major cause of injury in schools, cleaning hallways and cafeteria, as well as gyms, with a slip-resistant floor cleaner is an easy way to improve overall safety.

* Make sure kids wear the proper safety equipment for their sport. Equipment should fit well and look well maintained. And children should wear the same equipment for practice as they do at games.

* Don’t allow your child to overtrain. In the past, child athletes played different sports each season. Now, children face pressure to choose one sport and play it all year, leading to overuse and repetitive-motion injuries, such as pitcher’s elbow. Encourage children to try different sports and, if they only want to play one, have them try different positions.

* Keep kids fueled. Overexertion and dehydration also pose problems on the practice field. Provide healthy snacks, and make sure that kids drink enough water. In hot weather, coaches should give children frequent breaks.

For more information, visit www.pakit.com or www.jbiglobal.com. JBI trades on the OTC under the stock symbol: JBII.

Are You “Under Pressure”? Don’t Ignore This Dashboard Alert

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Beginning with the 2008 model year, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are now standard on all new cars in the United States, but many drivers don’t know about them. Often, drivers are first introduced to TPMS when the icon on their dashboard illuminates, signaling that the air pressure in one or more tires is low — potentially dangerously low.

On average, underinflated tires are responsible for nearly 700 vehicle crashes every day. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that, when all passenger vehicles are equipped with TPMS, the number of annual motor vehicle crash fatalities will decrease by about 120, and the annual number of injuries due to motor vehicle crashes will decrease by about 8,500.

To help raise awareness about TPMS and the importance of proper tire pressure, Schrader, the pioneer and leading manufacturer of tire pressure monitoring systems, has created TPMSMadeSimple.com. This comprehensive site offers drivers key facts about TPMS, including how it enhances vehicle safety and why it is now mandatory on all U.S. vehicles. In addition to safety information, drivers can also find out how much money they can save with properly inflated tires and how proper inflation helps the environment.

If your car is equipped with TPMS, the light will come on when one or more of your tires are at least 25 percent below the recommended inflation pressure. When this happens, take caution and:

* Find a safe place to pull off to check your tire pressure. Keep a tire gauge with your set of emergency items in your vehicle.

* If the light comes on while driving at highway speed, immediately grab hold of the steering wheel with both hands in case you are experiencing a blow-out (rapid deflation) scenario. Slowly decelerate to a safe speed and find a safe place to pull off to check your tire pressure.

* Once checked, if the tires all appear normal, proceed with caution to have your tire pressure checked and filled to the proper tire pressure. This can be done at a gas station or tire service center.

* If needed, have the problem tire or tires and the TPMS system serviced at your nearest tire service center.

The TPMS light should go off within several minutes of driving on the repaired or re-inflated tires.

Visit TPMSMadeSimple.com for more information about TPMS and the importance and benefits of maintaining proper tire pressure.

Tips to Keep Your Family Safe from Food Poisoning

A century ago, food-borne diseases, like typhoid fever and cholera, were common. Even though improvements in food safety have conquered these illnesses, many food-borne diseases are still causing harm today.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 76 million cases of food-borne disease occur each year in the U.S. The most commonly recognized food-borne diseases are those caused by salmonella and campylobacter. Together, these bacteria cause 80 percent of the illnesses and 75 percent of the deaths associated with meat and poultry products. Seafood is a leading cause of food-borne illness.
Global Food Technologies, a company that produces technology instrumental to food safety, offers the following tips to keep your family safe from potentially fatal food-borne illnesses:
•    Check color, odor and texture. When purchasing chicken, its coloring should be pink, not gray or yellow. Fish meat should be shiny and firm, not easily separated from the bone and have a fresh, mild smell.
•    Inspect the package. Purchase meat and seafood that has received an anti-pathogen treatment that doesn’t alter the food’s color, smell, taste or appearance, such as those offered by Global Food Technologies, which is designated by the iPura brand. Be sure to avoid products that have outlived their “sell-by” dates or have dents or tears in their packaging.
•    Avoid cross-contamination. Use separate cutting boards  — one for raw meats and another for fruits and vegetables — to diminish the likelihood of cross-contamination. Also, wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap before and after handling raw meat and seafood.
•    Store at the right temperature. Fresh seafood and poultry should be stored at 40 degrees or below to ensure freshness. When cooking poultry, breasts should be cooked at 170 degrees, whole chicken or turkey at 180 degrees and ground poultry at 165 degrees.
To learn more about food safety and Global Food Technologies, visit www.globalfoodtech.com.

As Food Imports Rise, So Do Safety Concerns

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – From New Zealand lamb to Mexican papaya and Columbian coffee, your local grocery store provides a truly international experience. And while plantains, eddo and avocados expand culinary horizons, importing these foods raises legitimate safety concerns.

Americans rely heavily on imported food — the U.S. now imports nearly 85 percent of its fish consumption, and fruit and vegetable imports have doubled since 1998. Even products made in the United States may contain foreign products, such as Chinese wheat gluten or Mexican green onions. And while many countries enforce safety standards equal to those used in the U.S., newly industrialized or industrializing nations may not have the resources or infrastructure to meet safety and quality benchmarks.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot pick up the slack. The FDA reports that, due to its own lack of resources, 99 percent of the imports that enter the U.S. are not inspected.

Experts agree that prevention, not inspection, will best ensure food safety. One life sciences company, Global Food Technologies, Inc., has developed an organic processing method that ensures that foods do not become contaminated during processing or packaging. By destroying the microbes in the food without harmful chemicals, the company achieves higher safety standards than the minimum required by law. The processing method, designated by the iPura brand name, is currently being used to produce seafood in several overseas nations. Any product bearing the iPura label is guaranteed to be a result of its comprehensive Source-to-Retail food safety program.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 325,000 Americans are hospitalized and 5,000 die annually from foodborne illness. A food company that does not adhere to food safety practices will eventually be driven out of business, a fact that tends to encourage good practices and results in a relatively safe food supply. Yet, reports of new outbreaks continually surface, indicating that more work must be done to safeguard the food supply.

Cyberbullying and Your Teen

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – According to the National Council of Juvenile Court Judges, each year nearly 3.2 million students are victims of online bullying, a serious Internet safety concern. To address these issues, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has partnered with Sprint to promote online safety resources for teens and parents.

Sprint’s 4NetSafety program aims to open the lines of communication about Internet safety between young people and the adults who care for them. The online resource offers free tools from experts that address the perils that young people commonly encounter online and encourage positive dialogue about Internet safety.

“Sprint is pleased to be entering into this partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America,” said Debby Ballard, Sprint’s director of community affairs. “Internet safety is an area that is very important to Sprint, as evidenced by our 4NetSafety program, and our partnership with BGCA allows us to add to and raise additional awareness about these valuable resources.”

A recent survey of young people revealed some startling statistics about how parents are supervising their children’s online time. More than 53 percent say their parents never ask them about whom they are talking to on the Internet, and over half say their parents never surf the Internet with them.

“The Internet can be a wonderful resource, but it has always been our goal to teach our youth how to navigate the Web safely and appropriately,” said Dan Rauzi, senior director of technology services and programs at BGCA. “Sprint and BGCA teamed up to raise awareness about a prime concern of ours — the importance of a healthy and safe virtual life for America’s youth.”

Sprint and Boys & Girls Clubs of America offers the following tips to parents to help keep their teens safer online.

1. Remind your teen that what they post stays online forever.

2. Ask to see their profile page.

3. Tell your chid to only add friends they know in real life.

4. Have them use a nickname that doesn’t identify their location, gender or age.

5. Tell them not to post plans or whereabouts on a site or page.

6. If your or someone else’s child is harassed or bullied online, report it to your local law-enforcement agency or call the CyberTipline at 800-843-5678.

Are You In Touch With the Latest on Garage Safety?

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – With the development of the American garage came the automatic garage door opener. Once a luxury, the garage door opener has become a true necessity — operating in more than 35 million households across the country and relied upon to open and close the largest and heaviest moving object in the home — the garage door.

As garage door openers made their way into American homes, laws were enacted to ensure the safety of those using them. For example, legislation was passed requiring all new garage door openers manufactured after 1992 to possess added safety features. The law mandated that all garage door openers be manufactured and sold with an external protection system otherwise known as infrared sensors or photo eyes.

Garage door openers made prior to 1993 came equipped with force-sensing safety systems that would only reverse the door after having made contact with the object in the door’s path. These older models are safe and reliable if installed, tested and maintained properly. However, the vast majority of these older units are not equipped with photo eyes, which trigger the garage door to stop before making contact and then reverse from closing when an obstruction is sensed in the opening, as opposed to the old system that only reversed after making contact with the obstruction, person, child or pet standing in the way.

The Chamberlain Group, the world’s largest garage door opener manufacturer, encourages homeowners to take a moment to research when their garage door opener was manufactured. If it dates back before 1993, it is a good idea to check to see if it is outfitted with photo eyes. If not, replace the garage door opener with a newer unit that is equipped with the newest, federally mandated safety features available.

Ahead of the curve, all Chamberlain brand garage door openers sold at home centers, and LiftMaster professionally installed garage door openers come standard with The Protector System photo eyes safety sensors.

To learn more about the products you can install yourself, visit www.chamberlain-diy.com or most major home improvement retailers. To get a professional opinion or find a dealer in your area, visit www.liftmaster.com.

Food Safety and Your Family: Taking Steps to Erase Consumer Doubt

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Frequent food recalls have left consumers worried about foodborne illness. With recent outbreaks affecting lettuce, spinach, peppers, beef, tomatoes, cilantro, peanut butter and pistachios, it seems like no food is safe.

With unemployment and health care costs on the rise, few Americans can afford missed work or medical costs from food poisoning. Foodborne bacteria can lead to medical impairments, bankruptcy and — in serious cases — death.

But consumers, aside from taking precautions when handling and cooking certain foods, can’t avoid contamination that occurs during manufacture, preparation or packaging. Potentially dangerous foods look no different from safe items. Through the naked eye, it is nearly impossible to know whether food is contaminated.

To solve America’s food safety issues, food must be guaranteed safe before it’s available for purchase. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration simply doesn’t have the manpower to inspect every farm, food manufacturer and food service operator. Luckily for consumers, some private labels are working to make America’s grocery store shelves safer.

Global Food Technologies, Inc. created its iPura Food Safety and Quality Assurance Program to significantly reduce the chances of food poisoning. Foods displaying the blue iPura seal have undergone testing, organic cleaning, more testing, and packaging in a controlled environment, preventing cross-contamination.

Americans purchasing iPura-branded foods know their items were packaged safely, so they don’t have to worry about serving up dangerous bacteria at dinnertime.

Private label food-safety programs like Global Food Technologies, Inc. could prove key in eliminating food safety concerns. Consumers will no doubt look for safe food brands, and in avoiding food poisoning, Americans will need fewer sick days. Food manufacturers and retail industries may also see benefits as consumer doubts about their brands are erased.

To find iPura food products, visit www.askyourgrocer.com.