Top 10 Cities of 2012 Where Residents Appear Older Than They Really Are

IRVINE,California – There’s old, and appearing to be old. At least until some bright spark invents a real gene-based fountain of youth.

In a bit of interesting ‘survey fun’, the Patient’s Guide (billed as a leading online destination in beauty and skin care), released the top U.S. cities where the average population appears “older than they really are.”

i.e. People who have ‘aged’ prematurely. Florida, anyone?

So who tops this list and how was it done?

To determine these rankings, The Patient’s Guide conducted a study that pulled data from internal analytics, Google’s Regional Interest, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Listed below are the top ten U.S. cities whose residents struggle with physical signs of premature aging including sun spots and wrinkles.

  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. Miami, FL
  3. St. Petersburg, FL
  4. Phoenix, AZ
  5. Houston, TX
  6. San Francisco, CA
  7. Orlando, FL
  8. New Orleans, LA
  9. Charleston, SC
  10. Jersey City, NJ

“Up to 90 percent of the visible skin changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by the sun,” says Dr. Eric Bernstein, distinguished practitioner and innovator in the field of dermatology and laser surgery. “Depending on where you live, you may need to adjust your skin care regimen’s level of daily sunscreen and increase treatments such as non-ablative laser skin rejuvenation or citric acid peels to treat the five signs of skin aging.”

People who live or work near to the equator, at higher altitudes, and in locations with many dry, sunny days have a higher risk of UV exposure, skin aging and even cancer.

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Ironically, the leading cities in the study happen to be highly populated, metropolitan areas that are known for their emphasis on beauty and fashion.

People who live or work near to the equator, at higher altitudes, and in locations with many dry, sunny days have a higher risk of UV exposure, skin aging and even cancer.

Jasson Gilmore, The Patient’s Guide’s CEO and co-founder said, “It comes as no surprise that most of the cities in the top ten for aging skin are in the southern portion of the US. The residents of these cities are fortunate to bask in the sun’s rays most days of the year; however this comes at a high price. Risk of skin cancer and premature aging run high in these areas.”

“This study should remind everyone to wear their sunscreen, especially during the summer when we are outdoors more.”

Interesting and fun no?

America’s Best Looking (or Vainest) People

NEW YORK — Tampa, FL, is home to the vainest people in America, while the citizens of Des Moines, IA are the least concerned with appearances, according to the July/August issue of Men’s Health, which reports where looks are everything.

To determine the rankings, Men’s Health added up each city’s percentage of Botox users, folks who go for dye jobs, and people who will spend anything to look younger (Experian Marketing Services). Also tallied were sales of at-home hair dyes, teeth whiteners, and shapewear (SimplyMap), as well as per-capita rates of cosmetic procedures, cosmetic dentists, plastic surgeons, and tanning salons (American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, AMA, and SimplyMap).

Foursquare provided information on where people check into those salons most often.

The 10 Most Vain and 10 Least Vain cities are as follows:

Most Vain                                                       Least Vain
1. Tampa, FL 91. Memphis, TN
2. Plano , TX 92. Toledo, OH
3. Atlanta, GA 93. Detroit, MI
4. Las Vegas, NV 94. Burlington, VT
5. Dallas, TX 95. Fort Wayne, IN
6. Pittsburgh, PA 96. Kansas City, MO
7. Houston, TX 97. Fargo, ND
8. Miami, FL 98. Sioux Falls, SD
9. San Francisco, CA 99. Lincoln, NE
10. Providence, RI 100. Des Moines, IA

Click here to read the full list, or pick up the July/August issue of Men’s Health, on newsstands June

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New England tops U.S. hospital scorecard

WASHINGTON,– Location may matter when it comes to where you get your healthcare, according to the newly released Hospital Safety Score(SM).

Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont boast the largest percentage of “A” hospitals in the United States. Rhode Island, Missouri and Oregon feature the lowest percentage of “A” hospitals. The full state ranking can be seen below.


State Number of A’s Total Number of Hospitals Percentage of A’s Whole
Massachusetts 46 62 74%
Maine 14 20 70%
Vermont 3 6 50%
Illinois 48 108 44%
Michigan 34 78 44%
Tennessee 29 68 43%
Virginia 24 58 41%
Delaware 2 5 40%
Minnesota 17 46 37%
California 95 263 36%
South Carolina 14 39 36%
Florida 55 172 32%
Washington 13 41 32%
New Jersey 23 73 32%
Ohio 31 101 31%
Montana 3 10 30%
Alaska 2 7 29%
Indiana 17 66 26%
Idaho 3 12 25%
New Hampshire 3 12 25%
Wyoming 1 4 25%
Pennsylvania 30 129 23%
Iowa 6 27 22%
Texas 48 216 22%
Louisiana 12 55 22%
Nevada 4 19 21%
Colorado 7 34 21%
Kentucky 10 49 20%
North Carolina 14 70 20%
San Diego 2 10 20%
Arizona 9 47 19%
New Mexico 4 21 19%
Utah 4 21 19%
Mississippi 7 38 18%
Nebraska 3 17 18%
Georgia 13 78 17%
Hawaii 2 12 17%
North Dakota 1 6 17%
Kansas 6 37 16%
Alabama 8 54 15%
New York 22 150 15%
Washington, D.C. 1 7 14%
Connecticut 4 29 14%
Wisconsin 6 45 13%
West Virginia 3 24 13%
Oklahoma 5 42 12%
Arkansas 2 32 6%
Oregon 2 32 6%
Missouri 4 66 6%
Rhode Island 0 10 0%
Maryland* 0 0 0%

The Hospital Safety Score(SM) is an A, B, C, D, or F letter grade reflecting how safe hospitals are for patients and is calculated using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections.

The top ten ranked states for number of “A” scores include Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia, Delaware, Minnesota and California. The lowest-ranked states (lowest percentage of “A’s” per total number of hospitals in each state) include New York; Washington, D.C.; Connecticut; Wisconsin; West Virginia; Oklahoma; Arkansas; Oregon; Missouri and Rhode Island. Unscored hospitals include all hospitals from the State of Maryland which the federal government excludes from required public reporting at the national level.

“More than 400* people die every day from hospital errors such as medication mix-ups, accidents and infections,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO, The Leapfrog Group, the independent nonprofit group that created the Hospital Safety Score(SM). “Ultimately, we want all hospitals to get ‘A’s.’ But it is interesting to see that hospitals in some parts of the country seem to be particularly focused on safety. We encourage the people who live in states that fared worse in the Hospital Safety Score to have a conversation with their doctors about the quality of care.”

The Hospital Safety Score(SM) website – – allows visitors to search hospital scores for free, and also provides information on how members of the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. The Hospital Safety Score will be reissued using updated data in November 2012, with an annual Hospital Safety Score to follow in 2013 and beyond.

For more information about the Hospital Safety Score, please visit


SOURCE FROM: The Leapfrog Group, PRNewswire:(





Sunscreens Still Most Effective Form of Sun Protection

SunSCHAUMBURG, IL, USA — The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) reiterated the safety and effectiveness of sunscreens to protect against the damaging effects from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. As one component of a daily sun-protection strategy, sunscreen is an important tool in the fight against skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Unprotected sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. More than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year, affecting 2 million people. At current rates, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in his or her lifetime. Approximately 75 percent of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma, and the incidence of melanoma has been rising for at least 30 years.

“Scientific evidence supports the benefits of sunscreen usage to minimize short- and long-term damage to the skin from UV radiation and outweighs any unproven claims of toxicity or human health hazard,” said Daniel M. Siegel, MD, FAAD, president of the Academy. “To reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature aging, dermatologists continue to recommend generously applying a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen – that protects against both types of ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB) – with an SPF 30 or higher, in conjunction with other sun-safe practices such as limiting sun exposure, seeking shade, and wearing sun-protective clothing, hats and sunglasses.”

Sunscreen products contain one or more active drug ingredients — compounds that absorb, scatter or reflect UV light — and are regulated as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has several safety and effectiveness regulations in place that govern the manufacture and marketing of all sunscreen products, including safety data on its ingredients. However, recent media reports have questioned the health risks of some sunscreen ingredients, specifically oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate, as well as the use of nanotechnology in sunscreen.

Oxybenzone provides effective broad-spectrum protection
Oxybenzone is one of the few FDA-approved ingredients that provides effective broad-spectrum protection from UV radiation, and has been approved for use since 1978. “Available peer-reviewed scientific literature and regulatory assessments from national and international bodies do not support a link between oxybenzone in sunscreen and hormonal alterations, or other significant health issues in humans,” stated Dr. Siegel. “The FDA has approved oxybenzone in sunscreen for use on children older than six months, and dermatologists continue to encourage protecting children by playing in the shade, wearing protective clothing and applying broad-spectrum sunscreen.”

Retinyl palmitate helps protect against aging
Retinyl palmitate, is a form of vitamin A (retinol), but is not an active drug ingredient in sunscreen. When used in sunscreen, retinyl palmitate serves cosmetic purposes as an antioxidant to improve product performance against the aging effects of UV exposure, or to enhance product aesthetic qualities. Despite recent concerns from in vitro (test tube) studies and one unpublished report using mice, “topical and oral retinoids are widely prescribed to treat a number of skin diseases, such as acne and psoriasis, and there is no published evidence to suggest either increase the risk of skin cancer in these patients,” said Dr. Siegel. “In fact, oral retinoids are used to prevent skin cancers in high-risk patients such as those who have undergone organ transplantation.”  Dr. Siegel also added that “unlike more potent prescription forms of vitamin A, there is no evidence to suggest that use of sunscreen with retinyl palmitate poses comparable risks.”

Nanotechnology enhances broad-spectrum protection
The broad-spectrum sunscreen active ingredients titanium dioxide and zinc oxide leave a white residue on the skin following application when used in a larger particle form. However, when these active ingredients are converted into nanoparticles – smaller, lighter molecules – they appear to vanish on the skin, do not leave a residue, and retain and enhance their ability to block UVA and UVB light.

“While widespread use of nanotechnology in medicine is currently under evaluation, one of the main benefits of nanoparticles in sunscreens is that the small molecules can provide more protection and more even coverage on the skin’s surface than larger particles,” said Dr. Siegel. “Considerable research on the use of nanoparticles on healthy, undamaged skin has shown that the stratum corneum – the outermost layer of the skin – is an effective barrier to preventing the entry of nanoparticles into the deeper layers of the skin.  Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide have a long history of safe use in sunscreens and offer good options for broad-spectrum UV protection.”

Get vitamin D safely
There has also been concern that sunscreen use prevents the synthesis of vitamin D by the skin. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that is vital for strong bones and a healthy immune system. The Academy recommends that an adequate amount of vitamin D should be safely obtained from a healthy diet that includes foods naturally rich in vitamin D (e.g., dairy products and fish), foods/beverages fortified with vitamin D (e.g., fortified milk and fortified cereals), and/or vitamin D supplements — and not from UV exposure. The Academy recently updated its position statement on vitamin D based on the published review of the increasing body of scientific literature on this vitamin conducted by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine (IOM).

“Unprotected UV exposure to the sun or indoor tanning devices is a known risk factor for the development of skin cancer. Since sun exposure is responsible for vitamin D production in the skin, wearing sunscreen can decrease the skin’s production of vitamin D, but alternative and safer options are available to obtain your vitamin D,” states Dr. Siegel. “Individuals who properly and consistently wear sunscreen or use other UV protective measures, and are concerned about their vitamin D, should discuss obtaining sufficient vitamin D from foods and/or vitamin supplements with their doctor.”

FDA sunscreen regulations will be helpful
Last June, the FDA announced new sunscreen regulations which clearly define the testing required to make a broad-spectrum protection claim in a sunscreen and indicate which types of sunscreen can reduce skin cancer risk. “We look forward to the implementation of these regulations which will help Americans reduce their risk for skin cancer by guiding them to the most effective sunscreens and advising them about other sun-protection measures,” said Dr. Siegel.

Sunscreen just one sun protection tool
“Despite any concerns over the use of sunscreen, they are an important component of a daily protection plan, as dermatologists understand that the public may not be willing to wear protective clothing and minimize sun exposure.  There are many sunscreen products available that meet the Academy’s recommendations, and consumers need to be comfortable with their choice of product in order to use it routinely,” Dr. Siegel added. “Since allergic and other reactions can occur, individuals should read the product’s labeling carefully, use as directed, and seek the advice of their dermatologist in using sunscreens and any product applied to the skin. The American Academy of Dermatology will continue to monitor scientific evidence related to sunscreen ingredients and their effectiveness to help guide patients and the public.”

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 17,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails.

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The Contract Research Organizations industry growing at a rapid rate

Medical ResearchGlobal Information Inc. is pleased to announce two significant new reports on Drug Development:

Contract Research Organizations Market to 2018

The Contract Research Organizations industry grew at the rate of 12% from 2009 to 2010 according to GBI Research’s new market research report, Contract Research Organizations Market to 2018: Public-Private Partnerships to Strengthen Research Capacities and Advance Clinical Development Programs. This April 2012 report provides a comprehensive insight into the size of the CRO market, and includes forecasts, key reasons for outsourcing, technology developments affecting CRO’s, public private partnerships, profiles of top CROs, drivers and restraints and deals analysis.

All the companies are looking to cut down the time for launch of drugs along with a reduction in the expenditure on R&D. GBI research estimates that the global R&D outsourcing market in 2010 was 25.3% of the total pharmaceutical R&D expenditure. The expenditure is estimated to increase at the rate of 5% annually and is expected to reach 37.1% of the total R&D expenditure by 2018.

An Executive Summary for this report and a free sample of the full document are available at

Outsourcing in Drug Development: The Contract CRO, Clinical Trial Lab and EDC Market

Estimates put the cost of developing and bringing a drug to market at over $1.3 billion. As drug development may take as long as 15 years, major pharmaceutical marketers continue to outsource stages of development, creating growing demand for Contract Research Organizations (CROs). A key cost driver during the expensive clinical trial phase is the large number of failures. Driven by pressures to reduce costs, companies are increasingly implementing outsourcing strategies to increase revenues through faster drug development.

Kalorama Information’s new market research report, Outsourcing in Drug Development: The Contract CRO, Clinical Trial Lab and EDC Market, studies the drivers for outsourcing drug development, the companies involved in this market, and the opportunity for revenues. The report offers Market Size and Forecasts for Outsourcing In Drug Development, market drivers and restraints; as well as profiles of CROs, clinical trial laboratories, EDC companies and site management networks.

A summary for this report and a free sample of the full document are available at

About Global Information Inc.:

Global Information (GII) ( is an information service company partnering with over 300 research companies around the world. Global Information has been in the business of distributing technical and market research for more than 25 years. Expanded from its original headquarters in Japan, Global Information now has offices in Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Europe and the United States.

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Prominent leaders from major political parties are joining in discussion at The Fixable

Prominent leaders from both major political parties are joining an online discussion series on how to fix broken government. The series – titled America the Fixable – is hosted by in partnership with Common Good.

America the Fixable brings together prominent leaders from both major political parties, and other leading experts, to discuss a new topic of national importance each month. The month of May is focused on “Curing What Ails The Health Care System” and includes, among its contributors, the following:

  • Philip K. Howard, Chair of Common Good: “Beyond Obamacare,” recommending a radical simplification of Medicare and Medicaid
  • Julie Barnes, Director of Health Policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center: “Moving Away From Fee-for-Service”
  • John W. Rowe, physician and Professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health: “Why Nurses Need More Authority”
  • John Rother, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Health Care: “Trimming the Fat From America’s Wasteful Health Care System”
  • Jim Cooper, Member of Congress (D-TN): “The Minimalist Case for Continuing with Health Care Reform”
  • Marshall Kapp, Director of the Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law: “How to Fix Nursing Homes.”

Upcoming contributors include the following: Senator Ron Wyden; Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Thomas Scully, former Administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

America the Fixable has focused in previous months onHow Obsolete Laws Clog the System” and “The Broken Promise of American Education.” Among the many leaders who have contributed insightful ideas as part of the series are Governor Mitch Daniels (R-IN), Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL), Congressman Rob Andrews (D-NJ), American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Teach for America Founder Wendy Kopp, and KIPP Schools Co-Founder Mike Feinberg.

Common Good is a nonpartisan government reform coalition dedicated to restoring common sense to America. The Chair of Common Good is Philip K. Howard, a lawyer and author of Life Without Lawyers and The Death of Common Sense.

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New Dispenser for Complex Pill Regimens

PITTSBURGH, PA —  Pittsburgh-based Automated Security Alert have created Dispense-A-Pill to manage not only scheduled pills, but as-needed medications, as well as eye drops, insulin injections, topical creams, liquids, and inhalers.

The device features battery backup in the event of a power failure, childproof settings, and can be password protected by a caretaker. If the patient misses a dose of medication, it signals the caregiver to alert them of the situation.

“With Dispense-A-Pill we are able to dispense up to eight different medications per day without limiting the number of dispenses. This is great for people with Parkinson, AIDS, and other diseases that require many dispenses,” said Jason Seyler, who is Automated Security Alert’s Director of Life Safety.

The device is designed to assist those with chronic health conditions.

Automated Security Alert technology enables seniors, physically-challenged persons and recovering patients to maintain an independent lifestyle in their homes.



Preventing Tooth Loss May Reduce Memory Loss

WAYNE, PA — In a large study of 9,853 people (Mathews JC et al. JADA 2011;142;379-390), the number of lost teeth a patient had was correlated with the results of cognitive tests. Study participants were asked to respond to memory tests of 10 words in a standardized CERAD test. They were asked to repeat the words several times over an interval of five minutes.

The results showed that with an increase number of missing teeth, the test scores dropped. However, the results were not correlated with the socio-economic status of the participants.

Over five million teeth are knocked out annually in the United States during sports, automobile accidents and in the home. With the use of a new scientific storage device, “Save-A-Tooth,” over 90 percent of these teeth can be successfully stored, preserved and reimplanted.

Without this or a similar system, only ten percent of knocked out teeth can be successfully reimplanted since they begin to die within 15 minutes and must be placed in a nourishing medium within an hour of the accident. A knocked out tooth that can’t be successfully be reimplanted translates into an average expense of $3,000 in treatment and $30,000 over a lifetime according to the company.

“The dated concept of placing knocked out teeth into a fluid like milk does not take into account the potential damage that can occur on the way to the dentist. This explains the previous dismal ten percent success rate of reimplanted knocked out teeth, he explains.” Dr. Krasner stresses that it takes a systematic approach to save knocked out teeth, which only a Save-A-Tooth® provides.

There are countless places along the transport path to the dentist at which irreversible damage to the knocked out tooth can occur. If the storage fluid spills or the glass container shatters, the chain, only as strong as its weakest link, will be broken and failure after reimplantation becomes more likely.

“Once knocked out teeth are placed into a Save-A-Tooth, however, they are safe and protected from these harmful weak links. A parent or ambulance driver can attend to a suffering accident victim without having to worry about the knocked out tooth. In fact, once placed in a Save-A-Tooth, knocked out teeth are safe for 24 hours.”

“Being informed and prepared for a tooth being knocked out can mean the difference between a lifetime of dental problems and gigantic dental bills” says, Dr. Krasner. “Millions of teeth are knocked out every year but can be saved if people know what to do when an accident occurs,” he adds.

Thirty years ago, milk was the recommended as the best storage medium for knocked out teeth, but this is now considered by leading dental trauma experts to be an inferior method. Unfortunately, it is still being recommended despite the availability of superior methods. Milk is limited in its effectiveness because it lacks necessary nutritive factors for keeping teeth alive.

Dental research has shown that the best storage medium for knocked out teeth is a fluid called Hank’s balanced solution. It has the ideal concentration for tooth root cells and contains all of the metabolites and energy that knocked out teeth need to stay alive for 24 hours.

This fluid, along with a cushioning, suspension and retrieval apparatus, is found in the Save-A-Tooth. The study as well as other dental information can be found on the dental blog, Facebook/



The Science of Eye Misting: A New Approach to Dry Eye and Tear Film Dehydration

Grants Pass–  Ophthalmologists have long known that the primary symptom of dry eye disease is loss of natural water in the tear film (which is 99% water). For decades, discovery of an effective and comfortable way to replace lost tear film water had eluded researchers – until eye health advocate Sharon Kleyne invented the world’s first all-water personal hand-held eye humidifying device that applies natural water in the form of an ultra-fine eye mist.

“Dry eye symptoms are the primary complaint of 80% of Ophthalmology patients in the United States,” says Mrs. Kleyne. “As the global dry eye crisis worsens, personal eye humidifiers could become as indispensable to daily life as cell phones and toothbrushes.”

In a recent interview, Sharon Kleyne discussed the research that led to her discovery, and the significance to dry eye patients. Mrs. Kleyne is host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water syndicated radio show and founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research.

According to Sharon Kleyne, the problem for researchers had been that you simply cannot replace lost tear film water by splashing water into your eyes. The reason is that the water’s “osmolarity” (a function of mineral content) could cause painful “osmotic shock.” Conjunctival and corneal epithelial cells on the eye’s surface require the tear film’s osmolarity to remain within a narrow range to maintain health and comfort. Osmotic shock can occur when the osmolarity of the tear film, or of any substance applied to the eyes (incliding water), falls significantly outside that range (Gilbert, 1978).

Sharon Kleyne discovered that osmotic shock can be virtually eliminated by using a nearly mineral free natural water and by applying the water as an ultra-fine eye mist. The pure water replaces the lost tear film water and overcomes the potential for osmotic shock by diluting the tear volume with exquisitely small microdroplets (Mathers, 1999).

Mrs. Kleyne was able to engineer the diameter of the mist droplets to within a 40-60 micron (millionths of a meter) range. When these microdroplets land on the ocular surface, they pass directly through the overlying lipid (oil) layer and dilute the underlying water layer without washing away normal tear constituents. The eye mist application canister invented by Mrs. Kleyne delivers 1-2 microliters (millionths of a liter) per square centimeter per second at fourteen inches from the face. Since the average exposed ocular surface area is 2 square centimeters, this results is 2 microliters per second to the eye.

“In 1 to 2 seconds,” Mrs. Kleyne concludes,” the tear volume can be diluted sufficiently to restore normal osmolarity (Mathers, 2005) (Method and Kit, 2009).

Mrs. Kleyne’s eye mist application relieves dry eye by restoring the tear film’s normal surface osmolarity and by removing noxious materials from the tear film. By restoring the surface to a state of health, according to Mrs. Kleyne, there should also be a beneficial effect on the lacrimal gland and down-regulation of the inflammatory effects of dry eye (Mathers, 2005).

The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua Research, whose Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is the only all-natural, all water patented eye humidifying device that instantly supplements lost natural tear film water. Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® is available at,, and selected drugstores nationwide.

The website for the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show ( contains archived on-demand replays and printable summaries of Sharon Kleyne’s interviews with leading eye health experts. The syndicated show is broadcast live Mondays at 10 a.m., PST/PDT, on Voice America/World Talk Radio, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes. Also visit,, “Nature’s Tears EyeMist” on Facebook and “Bio-Logic Aqua” on Twitter.



Fund Helping 4000+ Africans See Better

PRWEB, Houston, Texas —  The latest medical mission by the International Fund for Africa ( has changed the lives of over 4000 rural poor in Ethiopia. Over 100 of them regained their eyesight, thanks to a weeklong, collaborative, medical mission involving a team of US and Ethiopian physicians, nurses and health care providers.

“This is our second medical mission to Zemero; we wanted to make a difference for the people who needed our help the most – the rural poor, many of whom have never seen a doctor in their lives,” explains Anteneh Roba, MD, an E.R. physician in Houston, Texas, and the co-founder and president of International Fund for Africa. “What is remarkable about our team is the heartfelt, shared need to make a difference. All of us have full-time jobs working in the stressful conditions back in the US, or as in the case of our Ethiopian colleagues, in the capital city. But by taking a week off to help change the lives of others, we find that we have changed our lives as well.”

The team saw over 4734 patients in the span of a week, of which 2415 were screened and treated for minor eye conditions, 128 had minor surgery for trachoma, and 135 had cataract surgery to restore their eyesight. Working with government officials and Ethiopian healthcare professionals, the US team made healthcare history by bringing much needed services to an area of the country which is beginning to receive the attention it needs.

“One of our patients told us she had been living in darkness for nine years, and now she can see again,” says Seble Nebiyeloul, M.H.A., co-founder of International Fund for Africa “She is ecstatic.”

Many of the patients were medically blind and lived in solitary conditions, depending on the kindness of their fellow villagers. Regaining their eyesight literally gives these patients a new lease on life.

“30 of us and over 4000 patients – who says you can’t make a difference?” asks Nebiyeloul. “Once you see that even small actions can have a big impact, we all want to do more,” she says. “Our goal is to make a difference in these communities by providing services on a continual basis with monitored outcomes. This approach will also enable us to develop a strong relationship with the local health care professionals to assess their medical knowledge and provide on–the–job training to fill in any gaps in their knowledge and develop a continuity of care. We’re networking and partnering with the local and federal government and non–governmental and international organizations that will enhance rural health development with projects such as clean running water, solar energy systems, education and improved transportation.”

Founded in 2006 by Anteneh Roba, MD and Seble Nebiyeloul, M.H.A., International Fund for Africa (IFA), is a non–profit corporation dedicated to preventing, alleviating, and abolishing suffering. IFA works to alleviate suffering by providing medical care, shelter, supplies and many other types of support to those who cannot help themselves. For more information, please visit