Mastectomy – Protect Yourself From Breast Cancer With Knowledge!

Breast cancer is a common and extremely scary condition for women especially. This kind of cancer strikes more commonly than almost any other and can be life-threatening. Early detection and understanding potential treatment options is one of the best ways to help protect yourself and give yourself the most options when it comes to handling this difficult and traumatizing condition.

Nobody wants to get breast cancer and so it’s very important that you routinely check for it. The most effective and easy way to check for cancer is the routine breast exam. This simple process consists of a physical and visual examination of the breast structure, feel and consistency. These kinds of exams may be performed at home, in the mirror or shower or laying down. Routine breast exams are one of the most effective ways to assess breast health and detect breast cancer early.

In the unfortunate event that you are diagnosed with cancer it’s very important to understand the treatment options available to you. The varying methods of handling breast cancer are each quite unique and carry certain pros and con’s from one method to the next. Educating yourself on the different procedures and understanding the potential risks involved in each one is a great way to enter this trying period with confidence and strength.

Considered the less extreme surgical procedure, a lumpectomy is one method of handling some breast cancer scenarios. This procedure involves removing some of the breast tissue in a sectioned off area to eliminate small clusters of cancerous cells. This procedure is almost always directly followed by radiation therapy to ensure the cancerous cells are completely eliminated.

The lumpectomy is best suited to people who have a very concise formation of cancer. A more isolated area of cancer cells can be easily extracted in a lumpectomy surgery. Some people however dislike the idea of a lumpectomy as it leaves a greater probability for the cancer to return in the future. Sometimes even the radiation therapy isn’t able to completely kill off the cancer cells.

The mastectomy is the more invasive and surgically extreme method of removing breast cancer. This procedure removes the majority of the breast tissue in an attempt to completely remove any and all cancerous cells. This procedure is designed to remove enough tissue that the cancer has virtually no capacity to return.

Some women may avoid the idea of a mastectomy as it does remove almost the entire breast. It is comforting to know however that with modern advances in mastectomy bras and artificial breasts, it is possible to maintain a relatively normal appearance. For many women the aesthetic impacts of this procedure are a serious concern.

Breast cancer is a thought that most women don’t even want to consider however for many others it is a reality that is all too real. Don’t hide behind a veil of ignorance. When it comes to breast cancer face this potential threat head on with knowledge and empowering preparation with the proper medical supplies. You can find a lot of useful information about Mastectomy Bras on the internet. Routine breast exams and informed decision making are key to weathering this storm.

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Error Reporting Software Provider Raygun, Surveyed 1,400 Developers About How They Handle Software Errors


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 01, 2015

Software developers and businesses who rely on software to produce sales, may be not be entirely realistic when it comes to handling software bugs, according to the Raygun survey.

Of the respondents, 93% said they regarded their code quality as good or great.

Raygun CEO, John-Daniel Trask stated that it was a pattern he sees often when talking to developers. “With 70% of software developers using a basic in-house reporting system or not using anything at all to detect errors in their applications, it’s easy to see why many may feel like they’re on top of things.”

Trask continues to say, “The simple facts are that many developers assume their software is free of issues because their users aren’t reporting them, or their current systems did not have the smarts to discover an underlying issue”.

“Many developers try out a product like Raygun, and discover problems that they didn’t know existed, which have been present for months, even years. Generally speaking only 1% of users will ever take the time to report problems, so software quality is probably 100x worse than the developers actually think it is.”

Research has shown that 84% of users will give up if an app crashes more than twice. That’s a figure that should have early stage web or mobile app companies shaking in their boots, and becomes an even bigger problem if developers are not aware of it happening before it’s released to the public.

Today, more users have encountered problems with apps than those who have not. Compuware, which sells application performance monitoring solutions meant to address such issues, says that 62 percent of users had experienced a crash, freeze or error with an app or several of their apps. Another 47 percent have seen slow launch times. And, 40% said they’ve tried an app that would simply not launch at all.

In 2011, around a quarter of mobile apps were downloaded, used once and then abandoned. Today’s users are far more sensitive to applications that don’t perform without issues, given their greater choice, making error reporting software a key piece of the software development workflow.

Trask, who set up the Raygun company with co-founder Jeremy Boyd in late 2012, has seen his fair share of customers that underestimate the amount if bugs their software contains.

“I would say that almost everyone that signs up for our free trial believes they have far fewer bugs in their software than Raygun identifies. The problem is then finding time to fix all of the issues that have been highlighted, fortunately Raygun can identify the highest priority issues. It can be quite surprising for many developers how many things they didn’t know about, or continue to be notified about when customers are interacting with their software.”

One thing that is clear from the survey is that developer time and fixing errors is expensive. On average, developers spend seven hours per week addressing software bugs and making fixes.

A Cambridge University study published in 2013 estimated the global cost of fixing software bugs stands at £205 billion ($ 312 billion) annually – and the global technical debt could even rise to as much as £660 billion ($ 1 trillion) in 2015, according to Gartner Research. It is also estimated that the technical debt per line of code represents an average cost of £2.37 ($ 3.61).

If a software development team are spending 15-20% of their time attending to errors, that’s a bunch of time lost when they could be building new features and improvements.

What all this all points to, is that users have a very low tolerance for a broken, buggy piece of software. These days it’s simply not acceptable to wait for users to report issues, as they’re far more likely to stop using it rather than take the time to tell you of problems they’re experiencing.

About Raygun

Raygun has offices in San Francisco and Wellington, New Zealand and has become an industry leader in error tracking and crash reporting tools. A free trial is available.







What is Breast Enlargement

In today’s society its often hard to tell what is fake and what is not. Any woman whether they are 17 or 67 may have had breast enlargement surgery and as good as the surgeons are getting now-a-days you just can’t tell the difference. Any way I am going to tell you a little bit about the process and recovery to this now common image enhancing procedure.

Breasts for ages have been a sign of femininity and sexuality. The funny thing is that it seems like a “the other side is greener” sort of phenomena. women without large breasts want larger more voluptuous curves and women with large breasts often feel self conscious about them or are annoyed because they get in the way, or experience back pain or neck pain caused by the extra stress of having to hold extra weight up in the front. So what to we do? Well we surely don’t just accept the way God made us do we? No, we either add more of what we want or cut off what we don’t like. The problem with this attitude is that it forgets that surgery is surgery and there is risk.

The risks of any surgery are bleeding, infection, and bad reactions to anesthesia. Ultimately you are increasing your risk of death any time you go under the knife. So you have to decide whether it is worth dying for to look good, and how much risk you are willing to take. After you get past that mental hurdle, then you can concentrate on the specific procedures involved in breast enlargement.

Breast enlargement surgery basically involves 3 steps. First you have to decide on the size that you want. There are many different software packages that cosmetic surgeons have that can give you an idea of what a certain size implant will look like on you. The second step is then making space under your skin in which will eventually be place the implant. This involves cutting in and carefully placing a expansion implant in underneath the existing breast. This is a contraption that has a port through with the surgeon will inject saline every several days until the skin has been stretched enough to introduce the previously selected implant. The time is variable for this process depending on the change in the size of original versus desired size, but can often take several weeks with frequent office visits to get the implant injected. This process is often painful, especially at the end as the skin is stretched tighter than a drum over the expansion implant.

When the breast skin and underlying tissue has been stretched adequately then it is time to introduce the implant. Implants can either be silicone or sterile saline. Each has different appearance and texture qualities as well as durability ratings. There was an issue with silicone implants some time ago as it was alleged that broken silicone implants were causing increased risk for rheumatologic disease. This has since been debunked but not before several large cases went through the courts awarding the “victims” with millions of dollars. Once the implants are in place they are sewn in under the fascia to keep them in place. Then a good surgeon will spend some time making sure that everything is symmetric and the creases beneath each breast are in the proper location. And tada, the breast enlargement has been accomplished!

Marlon is writing about Breast Enlargement, plastic surgery and other Breast Enlargement procedures based on his deep analysis and research about Breast Implants breast enlargement procedures for a  breast augmentation website.

Delaire Country Club Surpasses $100,000 for Play for P.I.N.K.


Delray Beach, FL (PRWEB) March 10, 2015

Event co-chairs Charla Levine and Pam Kirshenbaum announced today that this year’s week-long Play for P.I.N.K. activities at Delaire Country Club surpassed the $ 100,000 mark in gross earnings. Play-for-P.I.N.K., one of Delaire’s main charitable events, is a nationwide effort benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

In her letter to the Delaire membership, Mrs. Levine thanked all the people who helped make the event so successful. “More than 100 participants included local businesses, club members and staff who donated their products and services to get extraordinary results this year.”

In describing the results she said, “In addition to the financial success of this year’s Play for P.I.N.K. event, we are especially proud to have designed a dynamic group of charitable activities – golf, tennis and card tournaments, plus a putting contest, players’ breakfast, ceremonial luncheon, wall of honor tributes, raffle, silent auction and more. Approximately 275 Delaire members and their guests registered for multiple activities. This broad participation and enthusiastic support truly shows that Delaire cares.”

Delaire is proud to include Play for P.I.N.K. as part of its “Delaire Cares” program. Through this initiative, Delaire is committed to supporting various communities, including its members, staff and the local south Florida community, in thoughtful and beneficial ways. To learn more about Delaire and its “Delaire Cares” program, please visit our website at http://www.delaire.org.

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Delaire Country Club is a private golf community. The Club, which features 27 holes of championship golf, no tee times, 8 tennis courts, a new clubhouse, a state-of-the-art fitness center, gourmet dining, tennis, and ladies’ and men’s card rooms, recently received the prestigious Distinguished Gold Club of the World award, as determined by the annual Distinguished Clubs of the World award program conducted by BoardRoom magazine, one of the most respected trade publications serving private clubs.







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The Early Years Of Crocheting

 

Hooked rugs are one of the early American crafts made by women who had to find ways to use every scrap of material they had or that they could get there hands on . They crocheted and braided the longer pieces of fabric into rugs and they used the shorter pieces in hooked rugs. Hooks and Yarn are easily  should we say misplaced from our mother or even our grandmothers , but they are also really cheap and you can get them at any of the big craft stores .  

 

The main reason you will need to buy all your yarn up front for the project that you are going to make is that because of the dye lots change, and the color will look off, and after all of the time that you put into making the project you definitely want all the color to be the same right?  At the craft store you will find that all the hooks and needles  sizes are indicated by letters, numbers, or millimeters (mm)on the shaft of the needle. When you get a new pattern before starting the  project the instructions will specify to you exactly what size crochet hook or knitting needle size that will be required for the pattern.

 

Laces back in the old days were very expensive to purchase , and at that time period the people turned to crocheting to be able to produce for themselves a  less expensive fabrics. Crocheting has never  needed  much equipment and other tools, and back then all people of every age learned to crochet for themselves to produce fine laces.

 

One of the major problem with some laces, generally it  is very small and crumply and uneven-looking until it is pinned out to its full intended size and shape. In day gone by a lot of  people would have taken the time to  block the pieces on towels on the bed or floor in a spare room, but today crotchetier if you are going to make many items that require blocking, you’ll want to eventually  invest in a blocking board for your craft. They can be purchased at your local craft store.

 

Think about this did you ever think that maybe that perhaps Eve and Adam were the first  as they decorated, covered and clothed themselves and their dwelling place.. Many people have no clue how to take care of wool items–or other natural fibers for that matter.

 

Crochet thread was used up until the early 50’s for any patterns that were made. At that time many people, especially the younger generation, had begun to start practicing crocheting for themselves . There were many new designs and ideas that emerged and with the advent of colored yarns, this had set off an explosion of varied patterns and designs and many different color hues in the crochet arena.

 

There is still another process for crotchetier that is called Felting. This is for making strong long lasting projects. The felting process is by which wool fibers are drawn up and tightened into a dense, very strong material that is incredibly strong and very durable and will be long-wearing. Some of our early cultures started to use felted wool to make their shelters during their travels. Felting is also what happens when a favorite wool sweater by mistakenly  put into the wash and we know what happens then, it comes out looking like something that your grandchild could wear right? With felting, you do not use processed wool; meaning, the wool is not in the form of yarn.

We plan to post more articles about crocheting. We want to help the newbie in this craft to get started. Check our site for more information http://www.howtocrochetguide.com

Mesothelioma Research Organization Announces New Prevention Program

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) March 31, 2015

In conjunction with the Asbestos Awareness Week, which takes place from April 1-7, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) announced the formation of its new prevention program, to complement its existing work in mesothelioma research, education, support, and advocacy.

“As part of the Meso Foundation’s mission, we want to eliminate harmful exposures and extinguish fears of diseases related to asbestos, including mesothelioma,” said the Meso Foundation’s executive director, Mary Hesdorffer, Nurse Practitioner.

“By uniting globally with top experts, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation strives to be the leader in mesothelioma prevention, taking one additional step towards eradicating this disease,” she added.

The EPA estimates that asbestos is still present in tens of millions of homes, government buildings, schools, and has also been found naturally-occurring in the soil in several locations in the United States, sometimes in very close proximity to inhabited areas. According to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an estimated 1.3 million construction employees continue to be occupationally exposed to asbestos. When disturbed, asbestos particles become airborne and are easily inhaled. No amount of exposure is deemed safe.

In the United States, many workers in a number of industries and occupations, their families, and even people with no history of occupational exposure were exposed and continue to be exposed to asbestos.

The Meso Foundation has hired Diane Blackburn-Zambetti as its new director of policy and prevention education. Ms. Blackburn-Zambetti has developed significant first-hand experience with the impacts of these conditions through her 30 year career as a radiation therapist. She has treated many types of cancers during her tenure, including mesothelioma. The most inspirational patient of her career would be her father, Dale Blackburn, whose pleural mesothelioma diagnosis in 2002 became her driving force. Ms. Blackburn-Zambetti is OSHA certified and has been educating trade union members about asbestos and its dangers since 2005.

The Meso Foundation will implement this program by:


Bringing together top environmental and medical experts who share the common goal of eradicating mesothelioma;
Creating and delivering educational programs to high-risk individuals and the general population about asbestos and other known carcinogens. This will emphasize knowledge as the key to exposure prevention;
Instilling a thought process of “Stop – Look – Think” to eliminate reactive decisions, prevent unnecessary exposures and take-home exposures;
Creating an accessible base of information regarding possible asbestos-containing materials and proper asbestos-containing material remediation;
Funding research into early detection of mesothelioma and at-risk populations.

More information about the Foundation’s prevention program is available at http://www.curemeso.org/asbestos.

Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor of the lining of the lung, abdomen, or heart known to be caused by exposure to asbestos. Medical experts consider it one of the most aggressive and deadly of all cancers. An estimated one-third of those who develop mesothelioma were exposed while serving in the Navy or working in shipyards.

ABOUT THE MESOTHELIOMA APPLIED RESEARCH FOUNDATION

The Meso Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by this cancer. The Meso Foundation actively seeks philanthropic support to fund peer-reviewed mesothelioma research; provide patient support services and education; and advocate Congress for increased federal funding for mesothelioma research. The Meso Foundation is the only non-government funder of peer reviewed scientific research to establish effective treatments for mesothelioma and, ultimately, a cure for this extremely aggressive cancer. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $ 9 million to research. More information is available at http://www.curemeso.org.







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Male Breast Cancer – An Under-recognised Disease

Male Breast Cancer is an under-recognised disease and is just as dangerous for men as it is for women.

It’s rare in men but one thousand men are diagnosed yearly with having male breast cancer. Although more women are diagnosed yearly with it, the risk of a man dying with it is higher. This is because although the prognosis is the same, men tend to wait too long to seek medical help and so when diagnosed, the cancer is too advanced for successful treatment. The largest age group of men afflicted are between sixty and seventy years old.

Some Of The Male Breast Cancer Risk Factors Are:

 Exposure to radiation
 Family history 
 High estrogen level cause by diseases 
  Cirrhosis
  Klinefelter’s syndrome
  Age
  Excessive use of Alcohol
  Excess Weight 

The Main Symptoms For Male Breast Cancer Are: 

  Lumps 
 Changes to the nipple or breast skin 
 Discharge of fluid from the nipple

Types Of Male Breast Cancer

Ducal Carcinoma in Situ or DCIS this afflicts one in ten cases this type of cancer in men. The cancer cells fill the ducts, but it doesn’t invade through the walls of the duct into the fatty tissue of the breast or spread outside the breast. This type has a good curable rate with surgery.

Infiltrating or Invasive Ducal Carcinoma invades the fatty tissue of the breast through the wall of duct. Then spreads to other parts of the body. Invasive Ducal Carcinoma alone or mixed with Invasive or Situ breast cancer, afflicts 80% to 90% of male breast cancer victims.

Invasive Lobular Carcinoma or Lobular breast cancer is rare in men only afflicting about two percent. This is rare because men do not have a lobular tissue gland that produces milk in the woman’s breast. 

Paget Disease of the Nipple. This type starts in the breast ducts and spreads to the skin of the nipple. It made also spread to the dark area of the nipple known as the areola. The skin of the nipple usually looks crusted, scaly, and red, with areas of itching, oozing, burning, or bleeding. With the finger tips a lump may be found in the breast.

Paget disease mix with other types of breast cancer accounts for about one percent in women and a higher percentage in men. Since the man’s breast is smaller than a woman’s breast, this type of cancer in men starts closer to the nipple so spreading to the nipple is more likely. If no lump is found the biopsy shows Ducal Carcinoma but no Invasive Cancer the survival rate is very good.

Why Do More Men Die With Breast Cancer Than Women

Since it is rare in men, education, research, prevention, and yearly screening in men is not perform routinely like in women. Men lacking the knowledge about this type of cancer will wait too long before seeking medical advice. This delay is why more men die with it. When they seek medical help it is in its advanced stages which lowers the survival rate.

Treatment For Male Breast Cancer

Here again the smaller number of men with this type of cancer handicaps the medical profession. The lower number of men forces doctors to depend on research in women for the type of treatment to use for men.

Conclusion

After researching and writing this article I feel strongly that its time for men to become more proactive in this area by pushing for better education, research, prevention, and yearly breast screening for men after forty just like the women.

For more information on male breast cancer, visit the Male Breast Cancer website

Impact of Breast Surgery

Breast surgery is most likely somewhat that at the very least runs crosswise the mind of every woman. It doesn’t look like if they already have a big chest or not, bigger is better. While this breast enlargement surgery can really do marvel for some women. Some things must be concerned before going through this surgery related to what the breast surgery impact will be.

Mostly, the surgery must be for you. If anyone is getting the surgery to create someone else happy, it is ill suggestion. That must be warning sign that the relationship is apparent right from the beginning. If you are not able to accept for whom you are, then what is the aim of being with that person.

The most famous cause that many women use to go for breast enhancement is just because they want to wear good clothes. Those women who are having small breast often feel uncomfortable in such types of dresses or tops that make them feel inferior in front of others. This might be the best cause to get breast surgery, but it is absolutely reasonable. It is very simple to visualize the swagger that will be additional to their step once they get to wear a dress that they have only dreamed of to this aim.

Confidence is something that is thrown around quite a bit while breast surgery is discussed. This can be an unsafe course to fall because it can work without difficulty in both ways. Whether this is booming or not may just based on the conditions nearby the surgery in the initial place. Women have to be cautious not to wait for vast changes in their lives just because of having big breasts.

When a woman gets breast surgery just because she has lost her breast due to cancer, the change in her will be tremendously visible. Several times, the new breasts allow the person that had become very introvert to ultimately be themselves over again. In this case, the mind benefits from the breast surgery.

The person that has to be very cautious is someone that previously has less confidence and is very down on themselves. This is scarcely the reason to get breast surgery and they are only deceiving themselves if they believe it is going to alter their life that noticeably. This is quite unsafe ground and can lead to more injury than good.

Any woman who is just trying to have the perfect body must avoid any kind of plastic surgery. These women often become possessed with the procedures and are always chasing one more development. Unluckily, Breast augmentation surgeon will take benefit of this and just leave a wounded psyche at the back.

Laderma.com in Prague is a trusted name for all breast related treatments including Breast Enhancement, Breast Augmentation Surgeon The clinic attracts clients from all over the world for all types of Plastic Surgery and Breast Enlargement too.

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A Radically Different Approach to Treating Early Breast Cancer

According to the June 18th report from the online cancer journal, The Annals of Oncology, the international panel of experts that assembled for the 11th St. Gallen Health Conference in March, proposed a potentially radically different approach when it comes to deciding upon the best treatment options for early breast cancer.

While the panel still agrees that no case of breast cancer is exactly the same and each patient should received personalized care, it has put forward a new, more standardized approach when it comes to assessing disease risks and appropriate treatment strategies.

They go on to suggest that these vital clinical systems must address three distinct questions: “(i) what justifies the use of endocrine therapy, (ii) what justifies the use of anti-HER2 therapy, and (iii) what justifies the use of chemotherapy.” This is a change from the traditional method of identifying a single-risk category and then a subsequent and separate therapy recommendation.

Furthermore, the panel gave a new algorithm for clinicians to use when they are attempting to decide what will be the most effective treatment approach for their patient. As one of the members, Professor Richard Gelber of Harvard University said, “We have identified ‘thresholds for indication’ of each type of systemic treatment modality (endocrine therapy, anti-HER2 therapy, chemotherapy) based on criteria specific to each modality. We expect the refined algorithm to change clinical practice because it clarifies the indications for each treatment modality available today.”

The panel’s report emphasizes the importance of identifying which type of breast cancer a patient has and which treatment, or combination of treatments, are most likely to be successful. They recommend the increased use of genetic profiling using microarrays as a means for improved identification, especially for the forms that have been more difficult to analyze. Additionally, the panel discussed the importance of conducting extensive clinical trials because they can “provide essential information on the safety and efficacy of treatments.”

Yet, while their discussion highlights the importance of standardization from medical professionals, the panel knows who will make the final call. Professor Alan Coates of the University of Sydney expressed how the patients must be at the center of all treatment decisions saying, “We recognize the importance of quality of life, supportive care and patient preference in the treatment decision-making process.”

More specific treatment recommendations and further details can be seen in the original Annals of Oncology doi: 10.1093/annonc/mdp322

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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and LifeMap Solutions Launch Asthma Study for iPhone

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 09, 2015

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and LifeMap Solutions, a subsidiary of BioTime (BTX), today announced the launch of a large-scale medical research study that uses the new ResearchKit framework developed by Apple to make it easy for individuals who suffer from Asthma to participate in studies right from their iPhone.

The Asthma Health app is designed to facilitate asthma patient education and self-monitoring, promote positive behavioral changes, and reinforce adherence to treatment plans according to current asthma guidelines. The study tracks symptom patterns in an individual and potential triggers for these exacerbations so that researchers can learn new ways to personalize asthma treatment.

“We are delighted to be amongst a select group of institutions to pioneer the use of this new ResearchKit framework,” said Eric Schadt, PhD, the Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor of Genomics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Founding Director of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology. “This app is the first of a series of disease-related medical research apps we plan to develop, incorporating electronic consent or ‘e-consent’ to enable us to recruit, consent, and enroll research participants remotely via the app without direct, in-person, contact during any phase of the study. Now we can reach all corners of the globe to recruit research volunteers and conduct medical research with sample sizes that are orders of magnitude greater than previously possible for a fraction of the cost.”

ResearchKit is a new software framework designed by Apple that helps doctors and scientists gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone apps. When granted permission by the user, the Asthma Health app can access health data from HealthKit to track asthma inhaler use measured by third-party devices and apps, or can take advantage of the accelerometer, microphone, gyroscope and GPS sensors built into iPhone to gather other relevant health data.

“This innovative study will explore how researchers can conduct clinical studies at an unprecedented scale by unshackling science from brick-and-mortar constraints,” said Corey Bridges, CEO of LifeMap Solutions. “The benefits of flexibility and portability that have made mHealth apps so successful for consumers in the past have the same potential to significantly improve the health of patients and revolutionize medical research.”

LifeMap Solutions is working with the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at Mount Sinai to develop big data analytics algorithms that will process the unprecedented volume of study data. These algorithms could lead to new discoveries about asthma and improved chronic disease management and help optimize individual patient care and choices. The partnership combines the experience of LifeMap Solutions in consumer behavior, app analytics, and design with Mount Sinai’s renowned expertise in medical research.

“We hope that over time, users of our Asthma Health app will experience less asthma-related distress, better symptom control, improved quality of life, and fewer unexpected medical visits,” said Yu-Feng Yvonne Chan, MD, PhD, Director of Personalized Medicine and Digital Health at the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at Mount Sinai. “We hope that our app will enable asthma patients to gain greater insight into their individual condition and take charge of their own health. Furthermore, this could be one of the largest real-world epidemiological studies of asthma and offer researchers invaluable insight into the disease process.”

The Asthma Health app is available for download today on the App Store; for more information visit http://icahn.mssm.edu/asthmaapp.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven member hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community‐based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians, 12‐minority‐owned free‐standing ambulatory surgery centers, over 45 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, as well as 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

For more information, visit http://www.mountsinai.org, or find Mount Sinai on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About LifeMap Solutions, Inc.

LifeMap Solutions is developing innovative digital therapeutics in partnership with the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology, which is located within the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. LifeMap digital therapeutic solutions integrate health and wellness information with care team guidance into a secure mHealth platform that empowers the patient to make better choices to achieve optimal health outcomes. LifeMap Solutions is a subsidiary of BioTime, Inc. LifeMap Solutions is headquartered in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit http://www.lifemap-solutions.com.

About BioTime, Inc.

BioTime, Inc., a pioneer in regenerative medicine, is a clinical-stage biotechnology company. BioTime and its subsidiaries are leveraging their industry-leading experience in pluripotent stem cell technology and a broad intellectual property portfolio to facilitate the development and use of cell-based therapies and gene marker-based molecular diagnostics for major diseases and degenerative conditions for which there presently are no cures. The lead clinical programs of BioTime and its subsidiaries include: OpRegen®, currently in a Phase I/IIa trial for the treatment of the dry form of age-related macular degeneration; AST-OPC1, currently in a Phase I/IIa trial for spinal cord injuries; Renevia™, currently in a pivotal trial in Europe as an injectable matrix for the engraftment of transplanted cells to treat HIV-related lipoatrophy; and PanC-Dx™ cancer diagnostics, which are completing clinical studies for bladder, breast, and lung cancer. AST-VAC2, a cancer vaccine, is in the pre-clinical trial stage.

BioTime’s subsidiaries include: Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc., developing pluripotent stem cell-based therapies in neurology and oncology, including AST-OPC1 and AST-VAC2 ; Cell Cure Neurosciences Ltd., developing stem cell-based therapies for retinal and neurological disorders, including OpRegen®; OncoCyte Corporation, developing PanC-Dx™ cancer diagnostics; LifeMap Sciences, Inc., developing and marketing an integrated on-line data base resource for biomedical and stem cell research; LifeMap Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of LifeMap Sciences, developing mobile health (mHealth) products; ES Cell International, Pte Ltd., which has developed cGMP compliant human embryonic stem cell lines that are being marketed by BioTime for research purposes under the ESI BIO branding program; OrthoCyte Corporation, developing therapies to treat orthopedic disorders, diseases and injuries; and ReCyte Therapeutics, Inc., developing therapies to treat a variety of cardiovascular and related ischemic disorders.

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