PLANO, TEXAS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, December 31, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — The scientific publisher and networking organizer, United Scientific Group (USG), has moved from its Santa Clara, CA corporate headquarters where it has been situated since 2014 to new facility at Plano, TX. The move was made on November 1, 2016, but due to transition it will officially effective from January 1, 2017.

USG provides broad range of services in the fields of science and technology including publishing scientific journals, conducting world class scientific events and holding highly interactive and proficient world forums.

The move was necessitated by the growth, the company has realized in the last few years. The centralized location would make the travel distance shorter and be time saving for the team members who need to travel all around United States to organize conferences and workshops. The new facility is bigger than the Santa Clara facility. It offers more efficient layout, will support our continued growth and expansion; also will provide a better work environment for current and future staff.

USG United Scientific Group, LLC’s new address is 8105, Rasor Blvd – Suite #112, PLANO, TX 75024. The company's main phone number will remain the same – 408-426-4832 – as will all email addresses.

Sudhakar A Yakkanti, PhD & Kenneth Blum, PhD
United Scientific Group LLC
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First Robotic Surgery Training Centre in Asia Where More than 600 Surgeons trained in 6 Year

Robotic Surgery Training at World Laparoscopy Hospital

Robotic Surgeons at World Laparoscopy Hospital Gurgaon

Dr R K Mishra – Robotic Surgeon and Trainer

World Laparoscopy Hospital, Gurgaon is one of the most popular laparoscopic and robotic surgery training institute of the World.

Robotic Surgery is philosophy of New Millenium

— Rajneesh Mishra

GURGAON, NCR DELHI, INDIA, December 31, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — World Laparoscopy Hospital, Gurgaon is one of the most popular laparoscopic and robotic surgery training institute of the World. World Laparoscopy Hospital is the only institute in Asia which gives structured da Vinci robotic surgery training in structured manner and after this Hands On training surgeons, urologists and gynaecologists become eligible for Fellowship of International College of Robotic Surgeons.

According to Dr. R.K. Mishra, Director, World Laparoscopy Hospital, this course provides a unique opportunity for the surgeons and gynaecologists working in robotics to learn strategies for successful robotic surgery across multiple specialties from the pre-, intra-, and post-operative perspectives.

World Laparoscopy Hospital is imparting robotic surgery training since 2010 and within 6 years more than 600 surgeons and gynaecologists have been trained for robotic surgery from more than 30 countries. The mission of the WLH is to efficiently facilitate fellowship programs to internationally exchange fellows to observe, train and educate in their field of robotic surgery.
The course will consist of live moderated surgical demonstrations, didactic lectures, breakout sessions and hands-on workshops that cover areas such as robotic surgery skill development, optimizing efficiency, team management, assist strategies, communication, organization, positioning, safety concerns, troubleshooting, and more!

World Laparoscopy Hospital has focused Simulation robotic surgery lab portion as opposed to watching live surgery where surgeons will be given direct Hands On over four arm HD Da Vinci Robot. They can learn robotic suturing, knotting and various dissection techniques under the supervision of experts.

According to Dr Mishra in Asia there is no readily available curriculum for robotic surgery which includes self-assessment of knowledge. Residents and consultants need a resource to obtain up-to-date information about robotic surgery of the Uterus, Ovary, prostate, kidney, bladder and pelvic floor as well as Morbid obesity surgery. They need to learn the surgical techniques for common applications for da Vinci robotic surgery. WLH is providing these aspirant surgeons a unique opportunity of skill development.

World Laparoscopy Hospital is already a well-known institute on laparoscopic surgery but in the field of robotic surgery their initiative to train surgeons and gynaecologists is first of its kind in Asia.

The objectives of this robotic surgery fellowship program offered by WLH is to introduce urologists, surgeons and gynaecologist to robot-assisted surgery. The education will focus on: safely learning the basics of robot-assisted surgery by training on the real da Vinci robot not on simulator with a training curriculum and completing 16 hours of console time; transitioning the skills acquired with the da Vinci Surgical System (DVSS); observing the surgical support team to learn about OR setup, instrumentation, and troubleshooting techniques. The trainee will also get hands on experience with conventional laparoscopic training. The remaining period of the Mini-fellowship will be spent observing cases, such as bariatric surgery, hernia surgery, hysterectomy, prostatectomy, cystectomy with intracorporeal urinary diversion, nephrectomy, and partial nephrectomy.

A candidate who is interested in this fellowship of international college of robotic surgeon’s program of World Laparoscopy Hospital must initially fill up the online application form available at World Laparoscopy Hospital website. Subsequently, a candidate must apply by filling out the required application form, and send their CV to WLH department of Robotic Surgery.

Sadhana Mishra
World Laparoscopy Hospital
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Robotic Surgery at World Laparoscopy Hospital

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A Brand-New Smile Is in Reach for Wilmington Residents

Affordable dental services are nearby for residents of Wilmington

With its location in Exton, and three other locations in Eastern Pennsylvania, residents of Wilmington, DE, have more affordable dental options close to home.

The satisfaction of our patients has allowed us to expand our practice to continue to offer affordable treatment to more and more people that might otherwise be unable to afford it.

— Dr. Michelle Bernreuther

EXTON, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, December 29, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — Affordable Dental Solutions (ADS) now offers its affordable dental implants and affordable dentures to residents of Wilmington, DE. With its location in Exton, PA, about 30 minutes from Wilmington, in addition to three other locations in Eastern Pennsylvania, Wilmington residents have several convenient locations to choose from to escape the high costs of city dentists.

The rates ADS offers are some of the lowest in the area. Full dentures start at $495 while partial dentures start at $595. Dental implants start at only $2000, a low rate that is already half the cost other implant providers offer. This fee also includes the abutment and crown.

Regardless of which affordable tooth replacement option residents of Wilmington may choose, they are sure to receive quality care from a team of experienced professionals. The dental experts at ADS are committed to keeping up with advancements in the dental practice and use state-of-the-art technology to ensure patients receive superior treatment.

“While we are able to offer more affordable solutions at lower prices, we guarantee that our quality is not compromised,” explains Dr. Michelle Bernreuther, who has provided quality dental implants to thousands of patients. “The satisfaction of our patients has allowed us to expand our practice to continue to offer affordable treatment to more and more people that might otherwise be unable to afford it.”

Residents of Wilmington who have let the cost of dental treatment prevent them from seeking dental care for far too long should schedule a consultation with Dr. Bernreuther or any of the experienced dentists at ADS.

To learn more about the specifc services ADS in Exton can provide to Wilmington residents, visit: http://wilmingtonimplants.com/

About Affordable Dental Solutions: Based in Eastern Pennsylvania, Affordable Dental Solutions is a provider of full dentistry services. For nearly a decade, Affordable Dental Solutions has offered patients procedures such as dental implants, crowns, and dentures at rates much lower than area competitors by utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and by negotiating discounts with implant manufacturing companies. Learn more at http://www.affordabledentalsolutions.com/

Jamie Jaskolka
Affordable Dental Solutions
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The Cost of Braces No Longer a Burden for Philadelphia Families

Affordable braces have come to the Philadelphia area

Berks-based Exeter Orthodontics brings its affordable braces and Invisalign closer to the Philadelphia area with new Exton, PA, location.

With no hidden fees, Exeter Orthodontics offers some of the lowest rates in the area.

— Dr. Soraya Mills

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, December 28, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — Braces can cost up to $7,000 and are often a major financial worry for so many hardworking families. However, Exeter Orthodontics has brought more affordable braces and Invisalign to the Philadelphia area with its new location in Exton, PA, only an hour outside of the city. Currently, there are seven locations of Exeter Orthodontics throughout Eastern pennsylvania.

For an all-inclusive cost of $3,995, those in need of orthodontic care can choose between traditional wire braces or Invisalign. No matter the procedure patients choose, they are sure to receive both quality materials and professional care from certified orthodontists who have spent over a decade helping men, women, and children achieve straighter, more beautiful smiles.

“With no hidden fees, Exeter Orthodontics offers some of the lowest rates in the area,” says Dr. Soraya Mills, board-certified orthodontist with Exeter Orthodontics.

With so many things to worry about, the caring staff at Exeter Orthodontics does not believe the cost of braces should be one of them and strives to be the most affordable orthodontist in Philadelphia and beyond. Residents hoping to learn more about the affordable braces and Invisalign options offered at Exeter Orthodontics should schedule a consultation with Dr. Mills.

About Exeter Orthodontics: For several years, Exeter Orthodontics, a Pennsylvania-based orthodontic practice, has offered area patients braces and Invisalign treatments for as low as $3,995. Their team of orthodontists remains dedicated to providing high quality care at an affordable price. Learn more at http://www.exeterorthodontics.com/

Meredith Souder-Liss
Exeter Orthodontics
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How Formaspace Helped Sequence the Human Genome

The Human Genome

DNA sequencing

Steven Riedmuller, who was Senior Director of Field Applications at TIGR at the time

When Craig Venter’s team was sequencing the first human genome, TIGR relied on FORMASPACE to give them a competitive edge over publicly-funded contesting labs.

Time for required for Formaspace to fabricate and deliver? A mere 8 weeks from start to finish.

— Steven Riedmuller

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, December 6, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — Since the Human Genome was decoded in the early 2000s, we take a lot of things for granted that would have been considered science fiction just a few generations earlier. Consider the following:

We now consider it normal to collect DNA samples as evidence at a crime scene to implicate (or exonerate) suspects. Taking this further, residents of upscale New York City co-ops have even gone as far as testing doggie poo to nab the dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets.
We can take a swab sample (often in the comfort of our own home) to determine which viruses we have been exposed to during our lifetime, identify diseases which our individual genes might make us more likely to develop, or get insight into our ancestral genetic racial heritage. We can even get our own dogs tested to determine their breed backgrounds.
Doctors can now provide personalized medicine (pharmacogenomics) at leading healthcare institutions, like MD Anderson Cancer Center, which tests patients for their unique genetic makeup in order to provide ‘precision medicine’ cancer treatments. Eventually, the “Moon Shot”, or the cure-all for cancer, could also be readily available.
Public health officials and investigators can identify strain variations of disease pathogens, ranging from MRSA and HIV to Anthrax, making it possible in many cases to determine the source of a disease outbreak.
How did laboratory scientists break the code of the Human Genome?
Let’s roll the clock back to the immediate post-World War II period. Cambridge University graduate Frederick Sanger began his career studying insulin protein at the National Institute for Medical Research in London. This work led the Nobel Committee to award Sanger a Nobel Prize for successfully sequencing insulin and determining conclusively that amino acid proteins had a defined, regular sequence.

While Sanger had been studying insulin in London, British scientist Francis Crick and American researcher James D. Watson proposed a novel solution to explain the structure of DNA — two strands of DNA coiled together to form a double helix.

Importantly, they theorized that genetic information flowed in one direction — from DNA to RNA, then from RNA to proteins. (Previously many scientists, including Sanger, thought proteins — not DNA — were the source of genetic information.)

An experiment comparing regular hemoglobin with hemoglobin affected by sickle-cell anemia confirmed the new DNA replication hypothesis.

Sanger eventually joined Crick and Watson at Cambridge, where he studied how DNA makes proteins using messenger RNA (mRNA) and transfer RNA (tRNA) at the new Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB).

Meanwhile other researchers around the world were making progress. Robert Holley’s team at Cornell was the first the sequence alanine transfer RNA (tRNA) from yeast; it contained 77 nucleotides.

The first DNA sequencing breakthrough came from researchers Wu and Kaiser, who used DNA polymerase to sequence a small fragment of lambda bacteriophage DNA; making it the first time DNA had been sequenced.

The number of identified DNA sequences began to grow and grow.

By 1977, Sanger identified the first complete genome of an organism, the phi X 174 bacteriophage, containing 5,386 nucleotides.

Sanger and Coulson published their gene sequencing technique in 1977 — today known as “Sanger’s Method” — which uses dideoxynucleotides to control the DNA polymerase reactions.

Meanwhile, Allan Maxam and Walter Gilbert had developed their own technique that could sequence double-stranded DNA, making it a superior method despite the use of highly toxic chemicals.

However, in the end, Sanger’s Method became the dominant first-generation sequencing technique when Bruno Gronenborn and Joachim Messing demonstrated they could insert a double-stranded DNA into a single-stranded M13 bacteriophage. This bacteriophage would then ‘clone’ the DNA sequence into single strands of DNA – making it was suitable for analysis using the Sanger’s Method.

For their scientific research, Maxam, Gilbert and Sanger were awarded the 1980 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, making Sanger a rare two-time winner. In 1983 Frederick Sanger retired; he passed away in 2013.

(Bacteriophage viruses are in the news lately. They are the ‘knives’ used to cut DNA in the CRISPR/Cas9 technique we have written about previously.)

The Rise of Automation Techniques for Gene Sequencing
As the scope of DNA sequencing projects grew, it became imperative to develop computer software and laboratory automation systems to process and interpret the vast amount of data. By the late 1970s, researchers like Roger Staden at the LMB were programming minicomputers to manipulate scientific data.

In the late 1980s, the Caltech scientists introduced the AB370, the first automated DNA sequencer. It used fluorescent dyes to identify DNA bases, rather than radioactive tagging used in the classic Sanger’s Method. Soon the new DNA sequencers were fast enough to sequence 50,000 bases in a few hours – previously the same task took a full man-year to complete.

The Start of the Human Genome Project

With the successful completion of a three year project to sequence human mitochondrial DNA, it was time to tackle the biggest objective of all: sequencing the entire human DNA.

The Human Genome Project was launched in 1990 with a budget of $3 billion, with participants from science labs around the world.

But it turns out they were not the only ones wanting a crack at the problem. In 1992, American researcher J. Craig Venter left the National Institutes of Health to establish his own research unit called The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR).

In 1998, Venter established another new venture called Celera Genomics, whose goal was to sequence the human genome faster than the public-funded Human Genome Project — using a method called whole genome “shotgun” sequencing.

We spoke with Steven Riedmuller, who was Senior Director of Field Applications at TIGR at the time.

During Steven Riedmuller’s tenure as the Laboratory Automation Manager at TIGR, the race between Venter’s team and The Human Genome Project was coming down to the wire. Which team would decode the Human Genome first?

In response to the challenge, Venter’s organization went big: they decided they needed to double their genetic sequencing capacity as soon as physically possible.

But despite the herculean effort, the TIGR facility had a physical capacity problem — one that many laboratory managers face every day. How could they fit double the amount of lab equipment (in this case DNA sequencers) when there simply wasn’t enough space in the existing lab?

The easy answer, facility expansion, was out of the question. There wasn’t time to lease another building, much less equip it. And the cost for that was going to be a budget buster.

That’s when TIGR’s Laboratory Automation Manager, Steven Riedmuller, called Formaspace to see how we could help them out with an innovative solution.

What we discovered is that weight and cost were two important issues. The sequencers at TIGR were heavy (weighing in at 400 pounds each) and valuable — each sequencer unit cost around $140,000 each!

Here at Formaspace, we knew even our standard workbenches were strong enough to ensure that these heavy, expensive sequencers were secure and stable. The trick was to find a way to increase the capacity of the TIGR laboratory without increasing their square footage footprint.

The solution? We fabricated heavy-duty modular workbenches that nested together in a double stack – allowing TIGR to use twice the number of sequencers in their existing laboratory footprint.

The result: TIGR doubled their DNA sequencing productivity rate — and, very importantly — they avoided having to fork over $5 million dollars on a time consuming real-estate expansion.

Time for required for Formaspace to fabricate and deliver? A mere 8 weeks from start to finish.

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Mehmet Atesoglu
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Global Diabetes Market Review & 2016-2020 Forecasts Research Report

Latest market research report on “Global Diabetes Market: Industry Analysis & Outlook (2016-2020)” available with OrbisResearch.com.

The major trends, growth drivers as well as issues being faced by the industry are being presented in this report.

— Novo-Nordisk, Sanofi-Aventis, Eli Lilly &Takeda key players profiled

DALLAS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, December 28, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — Diabetes, often referred to as diabetes mellitus, describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism, the process by which the body uses digested food for energy. There are two main forms of the diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes typically make none of their own insulin and therefore require insulin injections to survive. People with type 2 diabetes, the form that comprises some 90% of cases, usually produce their own insulin, but not enough or they are unable to use it properly. People with type 2 diabetes are typically overweight and sedentary, two conditions that raise a person’s insulin needs. It may also be seen during pregnancy.

The report “Global Diabetes Market” provides an in-depth analysis of the global diabetes market, along with the regional markets. The major trends, growth drivers as well as issues being faced by the industry are being presented in this report. The major players in the industry, Novo-Nordisk, Sanofi-Aventis, Eli Lilly and Takeda are being profiled.

The key factors driving the growth of diabetes market are growing ageing population, growing urbanization, increasing healthcare expenditure, accelerating economic growth, growing obese population, opportunities for growth in emerging markets and bariatric surgery for treating diabetes on the rise. Some of the noteworthy trends and developments of this industry are advances in medical devices, rising prevalence of diabetes and desk bound lifestyle and second hand smoke. However, the expansion of the market is hindered by increasing diabetes cost.

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Major Points from Table of Contents:
1. Diabetes Market Overview
2. Global Diabetes Market Analysis
3. Diabetes Treatment Market
4. Regional Market Analysis
5. Market Dynamics
6. Competitive Landscape
7. Company Profiles

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Global Diabetes Population by Age Distribution (2015)
Proportion and Number of People (20-79 Years) Living With Diabetes Who Are Undiagnosed By Region (2015)
Global Insulin Users by Region (2015)
Western Pacific – Diabetes Statistics (2015)
China – Diabetes Statistics (2015)
Japan – Diabetes Statistics (2015)
Diabetes in Other Countries of South East Asia (2015)
South-East Asia- Diabetes Statistics (2015)
India – Diabetes Statistics (2015)
Diabetes in Other Countries of South East Asia (2015)
Europe – Diabetes Statistics (2015)
Germany- – Diabetes Statistics (2015)
Diabetes in Other Countries of Europe (2015)
North America and Caribbean- Diabetes Statistics (2015)
The US – Diabetes Statistics (2015)
Diabetes in Other Countries of the North American and Caribbean Region (2015)
Middle East and North Africa- Diabetes Statistics (2015)
Diabetes in Other Countries of the Middle East and North Africa Region (2015)
South and Central America- Diabetes Statistics (2015)
Diabetes in Other Countries of the South and Central America Region (2015)
Africa – Diabetes Statistics (2015)
Other Countries – Diabetes Statistics (2015)
Top Ten Diabetes Drug by Company (2015)

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2. Type 2 Diabetes-Pipeline Review, H2 2016: Type 2 Diabetes (Metabolic Disorders) pipeline guide helps in identifying and tracking emerging players in the market and their portfolios, enhances decision making capabilities and helps to create effective counter strategies to gain competitive advantage. Browse the report at http://www.orbisresearch.com/reports/index/type-2-diabetes-pipeline-review-h2-2016 .

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Paw Adventure Book Leads to Changing Lives

Karen Nicksich

Paw Adventure Book Leads to Changing Lives

RICHLAND, WASHINGTON, USA, December 27, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — Celebrated pet author Karen Nicksich's book Time of My Life, chronicles a story of Anna and her pet dog Dante, who struggled from bone cancer and how his existence become a heartfelt inspiration to pet lovers, who also have to deal with losing a pet and terrible grief.

The book is highly inspired by the author's real-life memories of her Golden Retriever named "Max". The paw adventure also punctuates on rescuing dog and how every pet deserves a loving home as inspired by the author's drive to rescue dogs from the streets and nurture it with love and care, a move Nicksich had been doing for the last 35 years.

The book also tells the story of the other farm animals at the Lilac Doggie Rescue Ranch and how Dante's death hurt as much as that of a family member. It details how to bounce back from the loss and how the grief can strengthen anyone who is at loss with the death of their pets that they have grown to love like family.

Time of My Life is a survival-guide book to pet lovers who have to deal with the same fate as Anna and Nicksich. It will open the reader's eyes to mourning and the time for moving on. The story is told through the wisdom and love of angels, a Wise Old Tree, and the many animals living at the ranch.

With the aim to help her readers understand the reality and pain of loss, Nicksich book is highly recommended for anyone who has lost a companion animal and to help readers including children better understand the passing of a pet. The book will also give inspiration to pet lovers and readers to be relentless in loving one's pet unconditionally as well as to reinvest in other potential activities while nursing a broken heart, which may involve getting another dog.

About The Author:

Karen Nicksich was a teacher for almost thirty-five years. She attended college in Colorado and holds a gifted and talented education endorsement. She grew up in Upstate New York. Currently, Karen is living in Richland, Washington, with her husband John; son, William; daughter, Rachel; and their two dogs, Max and Otis. Karen enjoys riding horses, bird watching, traveling, and rescuing dogs.

Product Details:

Book: The Time of My Life
Author: Karen Nicksich
Website: www.pet-angelreader.com
City/State: Richland, Washington
Book copies are available at: www.pet-angelreader.com

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Recovery Villas of the Treasure Coast Fighting Against the Fatal Drug & Alcohol Epidemic

Recovery Villas of the Treasure Coast offer a helping hand for those suffering from drug or alcohol addiction.

PORT SAINT LUCIE, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, December 27, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — Recovery Villas of the Treasure Coast is the name of a rehabilitation facility based in this city of Port St. Lucie to provide the proper help to those patients living under the shadow of drug or alcohol addiction. Alcohol and drug addiction have become a leading epidemic, and indeed nowadays the world is facing serious problems controlling it when daily more people are getting addicted. Other establishments in this Treasure Coast region helps in battling these addictions, but this particular facility helps an individual to seek recover by using wide ranges of safe programs.

This Treasure Coast-based rehabilitation center first creates a favorable treatment environment that helps the patient to cope with others following therapeutic guidance. The goals of our particular programs help to furnace a confident patient to help them give up the continuation of alcohol or further substance abuse. There are four types of services present in this facility, which considered as one of the state-of-the-art methods to deal these kinds of situations and those are individual counseling, group therapy, family therapy, wellness, and detox services.

There are special treatment options for special cases. Suppose the patients come from a background of heroin use, which is a serious matter, it can be fatal if not handled carefully. Our detoxification programs can assist in the treatment. According to some sources, “we are small in size with few therapists, but we are able to handle individuals of all age groups and build the right focus within them, and if possible, positive op detox services with proven results.” This “war against drugs epidemic-fighting center” is run by an excellent team. CEO of the facility Osvaldo Santos, knows when times are tough and is eager to get people the help they deserve. To know more about this rehabilitation center by visiting the website of http://recoveryvillastc.com/

Osvaldo Santos
Recovery VIllas of the Treasure Coast
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'Friendship Bench' program proves effective at alleviating mental illness symptoms

Friendship Bench and “Grandmothers”

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In Zimbabwe study, Friendship Bench therapy reduces prevalence of depression to under 14%, compared to 50% in control group

We need innovations like the Friendship Bench to flip the gap and go from 10 percent of people receiving treatment, to 90 percent of people receiving treatment.

— Dr. Peter A. Singer, CEO, Grand Challenges Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, December 27, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — Their offices are simple wooden seats, called Friendship Benches, located in the grounds of health clinics around Harare and other major cities in Zimbabwe.

The practitioners are lay health workers known as community "Grandmothers," trained to listen to and support patients living with anxiety, depression and other common mental disorders.

But the impact, measured in a ground-breaking study, shows that this innovative approach holds the potential to significantly improve the lives of millions of people with moderate and severe mental health problems in countries where access to treatment is limited or nonexistent.

Six months after undergoing six weekly "problem solving therapy" sessions on the Friendship Benches, participants showed significant differences in severity of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts based on locally-validated questionnaires: the Shona Symptom Questionnaire (SSQ), the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) and the Generalised Anxiety Disorder scale (GAD).

Funded by the Government of Canada through Grand Challenges Canada, the randomised controlled trial was conducted by the University of Zimbabwe, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and King's College London.

The study is published Dec. 27 in JAMA, the world's most widely-circulated medical journal.

Striking results

* Patients with depression or anxiety who received problem-solving therapy through the Friendship Bench were more than three times less likely to have symptoms of depression after six months, compared to patients who received standard care, (14% vs. 50%).

* They were also four times less likely to have anxiety symptoms (12% vs 48%) and less likely to have suicidal thoughts than the control group (2% vs. 12%) of patients who received standard care still had suicidal thoughts after follow-up.

The Friendship Bench intervention was also shown to be well suited to improve health outcomes among highly vulnerable individuals. 86 percent of the study's participants were women, over 40 percent were HIV positive, and 70 percent had experienced domestic violence or physical illness.

Lead author of the study Dr. Dixon Chibanda, a consultant psychiatrist in Harare, co-founded the Friendship Bench network in response to the appalling shortage of evidence-based treatment for people with mental disorders in Zimbabwe, a problem common throughout Africa.

While about 25 percent of the country's primary care patients suffer from depression, anxiety and other common mental disorders, Zimbabwe (population 15 million) has only 10 psychiatrists and 15 clinical psychologists.

"Common mental disorders impose a huge burden on all countries of sub-Saharan Africa," says Dr. Chibanda. "Developed over 20 years of community research, the Friendship Bench empowers people to achieve a greater sense of coping and control over their lives by teaching them a structured way to identify problems and find workable solutions."

With CDN $1 million in funding from Grand Challenges Canada earlier this year, the Friendship Bench has since been scaled to 72 clinics in the cities of Harare, Gweru and Chitungwiza (total population 1.8 million). Through collaborating with a Médecins Sans Frontières psychiatric program in Zimbabwe, the Friendship Bench is working to create the largest comprehensive mental health program in sub-Saharan Africa.

To date, over 27,500 people have accessed treatment.

"In developing countries, nearly 90 percent of people with mental disorders are unable to access any treatment," says Dr. Peter A. Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada. "We need innovations like the Friendship Bench to flip the gap and go from 10 percent of people receiving treatment, to 90 percent of people receiving treatment."

"In many parts of Africa, if you are poor and mentally ill, your chances of getting adequate treatment are close to zero," says Dr. Karlee Silver, Vice President Programs at Grand Challenges Canada.

"In Zimbabwe, that's changing thanks to the Friendship Bench, the first project with the potential to make mental health care accessible to an entire African nation."

In 2017, the team will focus on expanding the model to reach other vulnerable populations, including youth and refugees. In partnership with the Swedish NGO SolidarMed, the team intends to expand implementation of this model in Masvingo province and subsequently in the refugee centres of the eastern highlands on the border with Mozambique.

"The Friendship Bench team, working with the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health, has been able to substantially scale up services for some of the most deprived people in the community," says Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the World Health Organization.

"By supporting the uptake of mental health innovations like the Friendship Bench, Canada is helping to turn the tide in the global mental health challenge."

The study was conducted from September 2014 to June 2015, and involved:

* Identifying participants at 24 primary care clinics in Harare, divided into an intervention group (287 participants) and a control group (286). Total participants: 573

* Participants were all at least 18 years old (median age 33)

* All had been assessed at 9 or higher on a 14-level "Shona Symptoms Questionnaire" (SSQ-14), an indigenous measure of common mental disorders in Zimbabwe's Shona language (http://bit.ly/2h2SQch). Changes in depression were measured using the PHQ-9 scale

* Excluded were patients with suicidal intent (those who were clinically depressed with suicidal thoughts and a plan for suicide), end-stage AIDS, were currently in psychiatric care, were pregnant or up to 3 months post-partum, presented with current psychosis, intoxication, and/or dementia (such patients were referred to a higher level clinic in Harare)

* The control group received standard care (nurse assessment, brief support counselling, medication, referral to see a clinical psychologist and/or a psychiatrist, and Fluoxetine if warranted) plus education on common mental disorders

* Intervention group participants met on a wooden bench on the grounds of municipal clinics with trained, supervised lay health workers, popularly known as "grandmothers," (median age 53) who provided problem solving therapy with three components — "opening up the mind, uplifting the individual, and further strengthening."

The 45-minute sessions took place weekly for six weeks, with an optional 6-session group support program available.

The "grandmothers" used mobile phones and tablets to link to specialist support.

Release in full: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/gcc-b122216.php

Terry Collins
Grand Challenges Canada
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Global Sunflower Oil Market Analysis and Forecast 2022 by Top Countries and Manufacturers

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OrbisResearch.com has published new research report on "2017-2022 Global Top Countries Sunflower Oil Market Report" to its database.

DALLAS, TEXAS, U.S.A., December 27, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — This report studies the Global Sunflower Oil market, especially in United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Russia, China, Japan, India, Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, Brazil, Middle East and Africa, focuses on the top Manufacturers in each country, covering Kernel, EFKO Group, Aston, Cargill, Optimus, Nutrisun, Dicle Group, NMGK, Bunge, MHP, Creative Group, Tanoni Hnos. Sa, Standard Food, NT Ltd, Oliyar, Delizio, Risoil, COFCO, Region, Luhua Group, Sanxing Group, Pology Oil, Wilmar, Adams Group.

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Market Segment by Countries, this report splits Global into several key Countries, with sales, revenue, market share of top 5 players in these Countries, from 2012 to 2017 (forecast), like United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Russia, China, Japan, India, Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, Brazil, Middle East, Africa.

Split by Product Types, with sales, revenue, price, market share of each type, can be divided into
Linoleic Oil
Mid-Oleic Oil
High-Oleic Oil

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Split by applications, this report focuses on sales, market share and growth rate of Sunflower Oil in each application, can be divided into

Major points From table Of Contents:

Sunflower Oil Market Overview

Global Sunflower Oil Sales, Revenue (Value) and Market Share by Manufacturers

Global Sunflower Oil Sales, Revenue (Value) by Countries, Type and Application

Global Sunflower Oil Manufacturers Profiles/Analysis

North America Sunflower Oil Sales, Revenue (Value) by Countries, Type and Application

Latin America Sunflower Oil Sales, Revenue (Value) by Countries, Type and Application

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Europe Sunflower Oil Sales, Revenue (Value) by Countries, Type and Application

Asia-Pacific Sunflower Oil Sales, Revenue (Value) by Countries, Type and Application

Middle East and Africa Sunflower Oil Sales, Revenue (Value) by Countries, Type and Application

Sunflower Oil Manufacturing Cost Analysis

Industrial Chain, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers

Marketing Strategy Analysis, Distributors/Traders

Market Effect Factors Analysis

Global Sunflower Oil Market Forecast (2017-2022)

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