Purchasing Power® Details Voluntary Benefit Customization 2.0

ATLANTA, Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The new way to customize voluntary benefits goes beyond simply matching benefits to mainstream generation characteristics—employers today should consider adding another level of segmentation. Purchasing Power® has identified eight specific employee personas based on lifestyle and buying preferences that provide a more informed method for employers to offer the voluntary benefits that are important to their workforce. This new approach is detailed in a Purchasing Power White Paper released today, “Beyond the Generations: Ultimate Customization.”

In today’s thriving economy and positive job market, attracting and retaining employees is a bigger challenge for employers than it has been in recent years. The ability to customize benefits resonates with employees.

“There is more to customizing benefits than age alone. Employers can’t overgeneralize the generations today,” Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Halkos points out. “Within the generations there are varying lifestyles and buying preferences that dictate what benefits are important to them. This is especially key for non-traditional voluntary benefits that offer the ultimate customization approach to the workforce,” she adds.

While a large portion of the population within the three primary generations—Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials—fits the average description of that generation and can be classified as “mainstream,” not all employees in a generation have the same benefits needs. The eight personas that further segment these generations include monikers such as Content Boomer, Budget Living, Balanced Bliss, Savvy Starters, Flourishing Family, Urban Crew, Settled in the City and Cultural Mix.

The “Beyond the Generations” White Paper illustrates a new way to match voluntary benefits to employees’ diversity for a more effective total rewards strategy. This White Paper:

“Organizations that take customization of benefits to heart and embrace further segmentation of the generations will be able to structure their benefits in a way that will attract, retain and engage the talent they need for the future,” Halkos concludes.

About Purchasing Power, LLC
Purchasing Power, LLC, is one of the fastest-growing voluntary benefit companies in the industry, offering a leading employee purchase program for consumer products and services as well as providing financial tools and resources to improve employee financial wellness. Purchasing Power is available to millions of people through large companies including Fortune 500s, associations and government agencies. Headquartered in Atlanta, Purchasing Power is ‘Powering People to a Better Life™’ through its employee purchase program, financial literacy efforts and corporate social responsibility initiatives. Purchasing Power is Flexpoint Ford, LLC company. For more information, visit www.PurchasingPower.com.

Media Contact:
Joe Swaney, 404.609.5630
jswaney@purchasingpower.com

Juliann Kaiser, 770.643.0615
jkaiser@kaisermarketinggroup.com

 

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2017 Jeep® Compass: An All-New Global Compact SUV Delivering Unsurpassed 4×4 Capability, World-Class On-Road Driving Dynamics, Advanced Fuel-Efficient Powertrains and Premium Styling

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — 

The all-new 2017 Jeep® Compass expands the brand’s global reach with an unmatched combination of attributes that includes legendary and best-in-class 4×4 off-road capability, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, premium and authentic Jeep design, superior on-road driving dynamics, open-air freedom, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings.

A truly global all-new compact SUV, the 2017 Jeep Compass will be manufactured in Brazil, China, Mexico and India, for consumers in more than 100 countries around the world.

“Our all-new 2017 Jeep Compass enters an extremely important and growing segment worldwide, and does so with an unmatched list of attributes that includes benchmark 4×4 off-road capability, exceptional on-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient powertrains, countless advanced technology and safety features, all wrapped in a premium, authentic Jeep design,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “Built around the world for customers everywhere, Jeep Compass raises the bar in the compact-SUV segment.”

The 2017 Jeep Compass is available in four different trim configurations: Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk.

Best-in-class off-road capability with two leading 4×4 systems
The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass delivers best-in-class off-road capability, courtesy of two advanced, intelligent 4×4 systems, each of which can send 100 percent of available torque to any one wheel:

Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for the best four-wheel-drive performance on- or off-road and in any weather condition. For even greater Trail Rated off-road capability, Selec-Terrain includes Selec-Speed Control with Hill-descent Control on Trailhawk models.

Compass features a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU), in order to provide 4×4 models with enhanced fuel economy. Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4×4 systems instantly engage when 4×4 traction is needed.

Trail Rated Jeep Compass Trailhawk
For those who seek adventure off the beaten path, the Compass Trailhawk model delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4×4 capability with:

Superior on-road driving dynamics
FCA’s “small wide architecture,” a fully independent suspension, segment-exclusive frequency damping front-and-rear-strut system, and precise electric power steering combine to deliver superior on-road driving dynamics in the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass.

Compass boasts a rigid foundation. The upper body structure and frame are engineered as a single unit for a stiff and more mass-efficient structure, and it is designed and built with an extensive use of high-strength steel and liberal use of structural adhesives. More than 65 percent high-strength steel is used for maximizing vehicle dynamics and crash performance while optimizing weight efficiency.

Advanced fuel-efficient powertrains
A total of five engines – three gasoline and two diesel – will be offered, depending on the market worldwide. In North America, the proven, fuel-efficient 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine will power the Compass, delivering best-in-class 4×4 highway fuel economy of 31 mpg when paired with the six-speed manual transmission.

2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2
Efficiency and refinement also are hallmarks of FCA’s 16-valve, 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4 engine with the MultiAir2 electro-hydraulic, fully variable valve-actuation system. The advanced technology engine produces 180 horsepower, 175 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to the choice of three transmissions in North America:

Class-exclusive nine-speed transmission
The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass is the only compact SUV to offer a nine-speed automatic transmission, enabling the vehicle to optimize engine output and for aggressive launches and smooth, efficient power delivery at highway speeds. The nine-speed transmission is standard on all Jeep Compass 4×4 models.

Six-speed manual transmission
All-new 2017 Jeep Compass 4×2 and 4×4 models are equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission. This proven transmission features a 6.68 ratio spread and a 4.438 final-drive ratio for fuel efficiency at faster speeds. Thanks to its first-gear launch ratio of 18.4:1, the gearbox delivers quick acceleration with smooth, precise shift quality.

Six-speed automatic transmission
Available on Jeep Compass 4×2 models, the Gen III six-speed automatic transmission features a 6.635 ratio spread and a 3.502 final-drive ratio for a responsive, enjoyable drive.

Authentic Jeep design with premium features and open-air freedom
The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass features a premium, sculptural design aesthetic. The exterior design is expressive and emotional with a wide stance and exceptional glass-to-wheel proportions. The all-new compact SUV is immediately recognizable as a Jeep with its distinctive traditional Jeep design cues. Jeep designers gave the legendary seven-slot grille a fresh look by setting each of the individual chrome slots in a Gloss Black field. Headlamp bezels featuring a black outline add personality and attitude to the front of the all-new Jeep Compass.

The exterior of the 2017 Jeep Compass features a traditional clamshell hood with a double break line and center bulge.

A fast, dramatic roofline and muscular fenders and shoulders create a stunning profile. The available Gloss Black painted roof adds a unique, premium appearance in the compact SUV segment. An available dual-pane sunroof provides the largest opening possible, connecting Jeep drivers and passengers to the outdoors and open-air freedom.

A standout feature of the rear of the Compass is its unique LED tail lamps. Slim and rectangular in shape, the tail lamps flow into the liftgate for a commanding yet premium appearance instantly recognizable as a Jeep Compass on the road or trail.

For added consumer convenience, the 2017 Jeep Compass features a power liftgate helping ease cargo storage.

Upscale interior design boasts premium features and technology
The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass interior design showcases a premium interior highlighted by sculptural surface elements and precise technical detail.

The trapezoidal center stack bezel is a characteristic Jeep design cue and sports a color and finish that complements the interior choice. The center stack houses the 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreen displays. The center console neatly integrates the functional features of the Jeep Compass, including gear-shift selection, Selec-Terrain controls, electronic parking break, engine stop-start (ESS) controls, climate and volume control knobs, and easily accessible media charging and connectivity ports within the cubby bin.

The driver’s cockpit is thoughtfully designed and features a 3.5- or 7-inch LED driver information display (DID) instrument cluster. The available full-color 7-inch DID – the largest in the segment – displays information that the driver may configure for easier access while driving. The Jeep steering wheel with integrated audio, voice and speed controls enables drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and attention focused on the road ahead.

Clever and thoughtfully designed storage solutions are abound throughout the cabin, including a stylish mesh side pocket in the front passenger footwell that can hold a notebook or tablet device, and an inventive multi-level rear cargo floor.

Advanced technology that delivers thorough use of all-new infotainment systems
The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass offers four new Uconnect systems for North America (Uconnect 5.0, 7.0, 8.4 and 8.4NAV), delivering communication, entertainment and navigation features that drivers and passengers desire, including the segment’s largest full-color LED instrument cluster.

The new lineup includes easy-to-use features, enhanced processing power, faster startup times and touchscreens that display high-resolution graphics.

New Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features
The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass is equipped with the Uconnect 7.0, 8.4 or 8.4NAV systems and includes the new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features.

Apple CarPlay
Seamlessly integrates an iPhone with the vehicle’s built-in display and controls in addition to featuring Siri Voice control. iPhone-equipped drivers can make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages, and receive voice-guided navigation optimized for traffic conditions and more, while staying focused on the road.

Android Auto
System shares useful information when driving and makes it easy to access the best of Google technology. Featuring Google Maps with free voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane guidance; on-demand access to 30 million songs with Google Play Music; plus the ability to place phone calls or send and receive messages while keeping hands on the wheel; and ask Google search any question. Android Auto also makes it easy to access popular apps and content from the Uconnect system’s touchscreen.

Drivers and passengers also have an abundance of infotainment features at their fingertips with SiriusXM Radio, Travel Link, Traffic and Guardian Connected Services that provide real-time information.

More than 70 available advanced safety and security features
Safety and security were paramount in the development of the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass, which offers more than 70 available active and passive safety and security features. Consumers can drive with confidence as Compass includes “safety cage” construction with more than 65 percent high-strength steel. Available features include Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and seven standard air bags.

About Jeep Brand
Built on more than 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Renegade, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.

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Historical figures from China’s Past to Be the Stars At flashmob Events In Shaanxi

XI’AN, China, Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Two “time travel”-themed flashmob events organized by the Shaanxi Tourism Administration will be held in Xi’an on February 25-26, 2017, with one to be staged on Muslim Street and the other at Tang Paradise Theme Park.

A different experience in Shaanxi

Themed “A different experience in Shaanxi“, the first event, entitled “Dreaming of a Return to the Time of the Tang Dynasty”, will be staged at the west gate of Tang Paradise at 9am on February 25, where 20 volunteers from China, Canada, Russia and South Korea will dress up as members of the Tang Dynasty household, including Emperor Ming of Tang and the imperial concubine Yang Guifei, alongside assorted maids and eunuchs. They have planned the arrival so it will appear as if the ancient dynasty members have popped out of nowhere and come together at Tang Paradise where they will put on a performance of the Dance of Rainbow Skirt and Feathered Dress, a famous ancient Chinese dance, followed by the much more modern shuffle dance. The combination of classical and modern styles is meant to give the audience the sense of having travelled through time.

The second flashmob event will be held on Muslim Street at 11:30am on February 26, when 20 volunteers will suddenly appear as Terracotta Warriors and interact with visitors. Soon after their discovery in the mid-1970s, the Terracotta Warriors became known as the eighth wonder of the world. The “Terracotta Warriors” will engage in a mock battle, reproducing the heroic story of Qin Shi Huang as he conquered the six other states that, at the time, made up what is now China. Following the acting out of the battle scenes, the “Warriors” will burst into a popping dance routine, emulating the street dance craze as a tribute to American singer, songwriter and dancer Michael Jackson.

The flashmob events are organized by the Shaanxi Tourism Administration. Following the events, the tourism agency will invite guests from abroad to experience the province’s traditions by joining a Shaanxi culture-themed tour. The tour will include stops at history-rich destinations, among them, the Shaanxi History Museum, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Bell and Drum Towers. Volunteers from several countries have agreed to share their experiences in Shaanxi through international social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, showcasing in their own words the wonders of the province of Shaanxi, home to many of the key elements that have given Chinese history, tradition and culture its richness and importance in the pantheon of the world’s civilizations.

For more information about the Shaanxi flashmob events, please visit the Shaanxi Tourism Administration’s official Facebook and YouTube pages:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAWNhHJQYcol3Ju8avZgBvA

https://www.facebook.com/visitshaanxi/

These historical figures will be reproduced at the two “time travel”-themed flashmob events organized by Shaanxi Province in a move to promote culture exchanges between China and other countries. Robert Anspach, a volunteer from Canada, said, “With only a few days left, I’m very excited about my opportunity to have an extraordinary experience in the role of a Terracotta Warrior.”

Following the two flashmob events, the organizer will present gifts to onlookers. The lucky recipients will be invited to join staff from the Shaanxi Tourism Administration as an “embed” as they move around the city.

If you are curious about Shaanxi and its long and rich history, go to the flashmob events. The experience is sure to be a lasting memory that you will cherish.

About Shaanxi, China

With a long history, Shaanxi is an important cradle of Chinese civilization.

Shaanxi is home to an ancient watch tower and several palace ruins as well as temples, tombs and buildings, each with an important place in Chinese history: the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors, the Qian, Mao, Yang and Huangdi mausoleums, the Famen Temple, the Xi’an City Wall, Xi’an Forest of Steles, Xi’an Bell and Drum Towers and the Big and Small Wild Goose Pagodas. With 72 imperial mausoleums, Shaanxi is also known as the “Oriental Pyramid”.

The province’s many museums are also a treasure trove of historical artifacts: the Western Zhou Dynasty bronzes, the Qin Dynasty bronze chariots and horses, the Han Dynasty stone sculptures, Tang Dynasty gold and silver wares, Song Dynasty porcelain, ancient inscriptions and other rare treasures are displayed in museums throughout Shaanxi province, bringing to the fore the contributions that the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties have made to Chinese culture and history.

Not to be missed are the natural landscapes that can be found throughout the province, among them, Mount Hua near the city of Huayin, Mount Taibai in the Mei County section of Baoji City, as well as several attractions in the proximity of Xi’an including the Huaqing Pool at the foot of Mount Li in Lintong District, the Zhongnan Mountains and Cuihua Mountain, as well as the Yellow River Hukou Waterfall on the ShaanxiShanxi provincial border.

Contact:

Li Xiaoya
+86-159-0111-5088

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Commissioner Mayhew Presents Opioid Health Home Plan to Budget Committee

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Commissioner Mayhew Presents Opioid Health Home Plan to Budget Committee

February 24, 2017
Human Services

Bipartisan collaboration between Governor and Senate leader allocates nearly $5million to opioid crisis

AUGUSTA – On Thursday the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner Mary Mayhew presented a plan to allocate nearly $5 million to opioid addiction treatment. The plan, presented to a joint work session of the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs (AFA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) Committees, would create an Opioid Health Home model for substance use disorder treatment focused on expanding primary care access to addiction treatment services.

This would be an amendment to the Governor’s supplemental budget proposal which would appropriate $2 million in state funds for treatment for uninsured Mainers and another $2.8 million in state and federal dollars for MaineCare-eligible Mainers. Commissioner Mayhew advocated for an expansion of the Health Homes model to specifically include opioid addiction treatment as the destination for those funds.

„I am very pleased with this bipartisan agreement to appropriate funding for the creation of Opioid Health Homes, which is in keeping with Governor LePage’s priority to support integrated and coordinated treatment for those suffering from opioid addiction,” said Commissioner Mary Mayhew. „We want to target these resources to improve the length of time individuals remain committed to treatment and to achieve improved outcomes focused on sustained sobriety and recovery.”

This innovative model of substance abuse treatment, places patients with a primary care provider, or „home,” who directs the patient’s care through multiple providers. This approach treats the ‚whole person’ through counseling, care coordination, medication-assisted treatment, peer support and medical care.

The amendment requires four quarterly reports from DHHS to the Legislature disclosing the amount spent and total members served under this initiative. Earlier this year, the Department announced an additional $2.4 million internally allocated for opioid addiction treatment for the uninsured. This amendment along with the previous expansion of treatment services brings the total increase in opioid addiction treatment spending to $7.2 million so far this year.

„This is just one important step of many that state government has taken and must take to fight the opioid crisis on all fronts: treatment, prevention and law enforcement,” said Commissioner Mayhew. „Maine families are suffering from this crisis and it is imperative that we work together to support effective models of care to treat addiction and to support individuals on the road to recovery.”

Upon anticipated passage of the supplemental budget, DHHS will promulgate rulemaking to govern the program and engage with health care providers to implement Opioid Health Homes.

YourMembership Holds South African Technology User Conference for Association Leaders and Staff

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YourMembership User Conference — South Africa 2017

There’s an increasing need for the advancement of skills, equity and progression within professional disciplines. South African associations are looking for more training and getting hands-on exposure to AMS and LMS solutions to leverage technology.

YourMembership (YM), a leading cloud-based software provider for associations and member-based organizations worldwide, today announced the company has partnered with OneZone Digital Commerce, a South African Association Management Company (AMC), to launch its first technology user conference in South Africa. The day-long event is set for February 28, 2017, at the Training Center of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa, near Johannesburg, South Africa.

More than 80 users of YM’s technology have registered to attend YourMembership User Conference – South Africa 2017. In addition to learning tracks focused on YM’s association management software and other association technology, a unique CEO roundtable discussion focusing on the future of South African associations is also available to the leadership of attending organizations.

YM’s South African user conference comes on the heels of the African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE) 2nd Annual Education Conference (February 26 – 27, 2017) at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg.

During AfSAE’s annual meeting, Dan Gaertner, Chief Product Officer at YourMembership, is leading a panel discussion about how associations are leveraging technology to grow and create better member engagement. Gaertner is joined on the panel by Jacob Parker, a senior product engineer at YourMembership, and OneDigital Zone CEO Micheal Steenkamp.

“As a founding sponsor and contributor to AfSAE’s annual meeting and facilitating our first user conference, we recognize the stimulus and growth of professional organizations in the South African region,” said JP Guilbault, president and CEO of YourMembership. “There’s an increasing need for the advancement of skills, equity and progression within professional disciplines, and with it, South African associations are looking for more training and getting hands-on exposure to AMS and LMS solutions to leverage technology, processes and people to optimally serve their constituents.”

“The up-and-coming association market is driven by growth throughout the Johannesburg region,” said Steenkamp, who founded OneZone Digital in 2008, when he cites growth escalated. “The demands for better quality professionals by employers, for integrity and transparency and qualifying processes in tender processes, as well as consumer demand for better reliance on professional services and accountability by the public has driven high growth in professional association numbers during the past 10 years.”

Steenkamp added: “We didn’t want to address the growing association market’s needs by reinventing the wheel. But rather, we decided to partner with global best practice solutions already proven and tested which could be easily configured and localized, such as YourMembership. We look forward to this user initiative further developing in the coming years.”

For more information about YM and its portfolio of association management, online learning and organization management products, visit YourMembership.com or call +1 727.827.0046.

About YourMembership
YourMembership, established in 1998, empowers associations and constituent-based organizations worldwide to deliver more value to their users through association management and learning technology, as well as innovative non-dues revenue programs, including certification and online education, career centers and programmatic advertising. YourMembership’s cloud-based association management and learning platform enables associations to effectively brand their organization, engage their audience, and streamline their administrative processes. YourMembership provides the most comprehensive suite of technology and non-dues solutions to more than 5,000 customers in 32 countries. For more information, visit YourMembership.com. To learn more now, call +1 727.827.0046. To get the latest industry updates, read The YM Blog. Get social with YM on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Vonage joins Google Early Access Program to Enhance SMS for Businesses

HOLMDEL, N.J., Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Vonage (NYSE: VG), a leading provider of cloud communications for business, announced that it will collaborate with Google to provide businesses with enhanced features to the standard messaging experience on mobile devices. Through Nexmo, the Vonage API platform, this SMS upgrade enables delivery of improved business messaging to any Android mobile device, via RCS (Rich Communication Services), helping businesses to engage with their customers for deeper relationships and better business outcomes.

Through Google’s RCS Early Access Program, Vonage will offer its business customers, such as G2A.com and BlaBlaCar, this upgraded experience. For these, and other, Vonage customers that rely on messaging in their daily operations, the Early Access Program gives them access to all the new features that RCS messaging offers, from group chat, to high-res photo sharing, to read receipts, and more. These enhanced messaging capabilities will be delivered via the Nexmo Chat App API (patent pending), which provides multi-channel access through one simple-to-connect API.

In an increasingly digital age, customers have the expectation that the businesses and brands they engage with will not only provide an “always on” customer service experience, but that they will have the ability to communicate via any device or medium which the customer prefers, whether it is SMS, RCS, chat or voice.

“More and more businesses today rely on contextual communications to engage customers wherever they are for increased loyalty and better business outcomes,” said Vonage CEO Alan Masarek. “RCS business messaging is a natural next step in our goal to reinvent how communications applications are built, providing our customers with the ability to streamline communications in an ecosystem where device and operating systems are irrelevant. RCS offers a much richer experience than either SMS or MMS, and it allows us to provide businesses with the ability to give their customers – no matter the device or operating system they use – the exceptional experience they need to stay competitive.”

Via Nexmo, the Vonage API Platform, Vonage provides cloud-based APIs that allow organizations to easily embed voice, messaging, phone verification and more into their applications, ensuring effective communications – via text, social media or chat apps – with both consumers and other businesses. Extending those capabilities to Android users through the RCS upgrade streamlines these communications, enabling consistent contextual communications.

Added Tony Jamous, President of Nexmo, the Vonage API Platform, “This Early Access Program increases our reach within the business space. RCS messages are a great complement to existing SMS capabilities for Vonage customers, bringing additional value to businesses that have the need to deliver rich content, such as read receipts, branded inbound support and multimedia messages, to their customers across the globe.”

About Vonage

Vonage (NYSE: VG) is a leading provider of cloud communications services for business. Vonage transforms the way people work and businesses operate through a portfolio of cloud-based communications solutions that enable internal collaboration among employees, while also keeping companies closely connected with their customers, across any mode of communication, on any device.

Nexmo, the Vonage API Platform, provides tools for voice, messaging and phone verification services, allowing developers to embed contextual, programmable communications into mobile apps, websites and business systems, enabling enterprises to easily communicate relevant information to their customers in real time, anywhere in the world, through text messaging, chat, social media and voice.

The Company also provides a robust suite of feature-rich residential communication solutions. In 2015 and 2016, Vonage was named a Visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as-a-Service, Worldwide. Vonage has also earned Frost & Sullivan’s 2015 Growth Excellence Leadership Award for Hosted IP and Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) Services and the 2016 North American Cloud Communications Product Line Strategy Leadership Award. For more information, visit www.vonage.com.

Vonage Holdings Corp. is headquartered in Holmdel, New Jersey. Vonage® is a registered trademark of Vonage Marketing LLC, owned by Vonage America Inc. To follow Vonage on Twitter, please visit www.twitter.com/vonage. To become a fan on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/vonage. To subscribe on YouTube, visit www.youtube.com/vonage.

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It’s More than Just Climate Change

Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

This spectacular “blue marble” image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together

We cannot separate the issues of population growth, resource consumption, the burning of fossil fuels, and climate risk. … and, as the authors show, this has dire potential consequences for societal collapse. The implications couldn’t be more profound.

A recent scientific paper by a University of Maryland-led international team of distinguished scientists, including five members of the National Academies, argues that there are critical two-way feedbacks missing from current climate models that are used to inform environmental, climate, and economic policies. The most important inadequately-modeled variables are inequality, consumption, and population.

In this research, the authors present extensive evidence of the need for a new paradigm of modeling that incorporates the feedbacks that the Earth system has on humans, and propose a framework for future modeling that would serve as a more realistic guide for policy making and sustainable development.

The large, interdisciplinary team of 20 coauthors are from a number of universities (University of Maryland, Northeastern University, Columbia University, George Mason University, Johns Hopkins University, and Brown University) and other institutions (Joint Global Change Research Institute, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, the Institute for Global Environment and Society, Japan’s RIKEN research institute, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center).

The study explains that the Earth System (e.g., atmosphere, ocean, land, and biosphere) provides the Human System (e.g., humans and their production, distribution, and consumption) not only the sources of its inputs (e.g., water, energy, biomass, and materials) but also the sinks (e.g., atmosphere, oceans, rivers, lakes, and lands) that absorb and process its outputs (e.g., emissions, pollution, and other wastes).

Titled “Modeling Sustainability: Population, Inequality, Consumption, and Bidirectional Coupling of the Earth and Human Systems”, the article describes how the recent rapid growth in resource use, land-use change, emissions, and pollution has made humanity the dominant driver of change in most of the Earth’s natural systems, and how these changes, in turn, have critical feedback effects on humans with costly and serious consequences, including on human health and well-being, economic growth and development, and even human migration and societal conflict. However, the paper argues that these two-way interactions (“bidirectional coupling”) are not included in the current models.

The Oxford University Press’s multidisciplinary journal National Science Review, which published the paper, also highlighted the paper in a separate “Research Highlight”, pointing out that “the rate of change of atmospheric concentrations of CO2, CH4, and N2O [the primary greenhouse gases] increased by over 700, 1000, and 300 times (respectively) in the period after the Green Revolution when compared to pre-industrial rates.” See attached figure.

“Many datasets, for example, the data for the total concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases, show that human population has been a strong driver of the total impact of humans on our planet Earth. This is seen particularly after the two major accelerating regime shifts: Industrial Revolution (~1750) and Green Revolution (~1950)” said Safa Motesharrei, UMD systems scientist and lead author of the paper. “For the most recent time, we show that the total impact has grown on average ~4 percent between 1950 and 2010, with almost equal contributions from population growth (~1.7 percent) and GDP per capita growth (~2.2 percent). This corresponds to a doubling of the total impact every ~17 years. This doubling of the impact is shockingly rapid.”

“However, these human impacts can only truly be understood within the context of economic inequality,” pointed out political scientist and co-author Jorge Rivas of the Institute for Global Environment and Society. “The average per capita resource use in wealthy countries is 5 to 10 times higher than in developing countries, and the developed countries are responsible for over three quarters of cumulative greenhouse gas emissions from 1850 to 2000.”

“The disparity is even greater when inequality within countries is included,” added University of Maryland geographer and coauthor Klaus Hubacek. “For example, about 50 percent of the world’s people live on less than $3 per day, 75 percent on less than $8.50, and 90 percent on less than $23. One effect of this inequality is that the top 10 percent produce almost as much total carbon emissions as the bottom 90 percent combined.”

The study explains that increases in economic inequality, consumption per capita, and total population are all driving this rapid growth in human impact, but that the major scientific models of Earth-Human System interaction do not bidirectionally couple Earth System Models with the primary Human System drivers of change such as demographics, inequality, economic growth, and migration.

Instead of two-way coupling with these primary human drivers of change, the researchers argue that current models usually use independent, external projections of those drivers. “This lack of two-way coupling makes current models likely to miss critical feedbacks in the combined Earth-Human system”, said National Academy of Engineering member and co-author Eugenia Kalnay, a Distinguished University Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland.

“It would be like trying to predict El Niño with a sophisticated atmospheric model but with the Sea Surface Temperatures taken from external, independent projections by, for example, the United Nations. Without including the real feedbacks, predictions for coupled systems cannot work; the model will get away from reality very quickly,” said Kalnay

In this new scientific research, the authors present extensive evidence of the need for a new paradigm of modeling that incorporates the feedbacks that the Earth System has on humans, and propose a framework for future modeling that would serve as a more realistic guide for policymaking and sustainable development.

“Ignoring this bidirectional coupling of the Earth and Human Systems can lead to missing something important, even decisive, for the fate of our planet and our species,” said co-author Mark Cane, G. Unger Vetlesen Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, who recently won the Vetlesen Prize for creating the first coupled ocean–atmosphere model with feedbacks that successfully predicted El Niño.

“The result of not dynamically modeling these critical Human-Earth System feedbacks would be that the environmental challenges humanity faces may be significantly underestimated. Moreover, there’s no explicit role given to policies and investments to actively shape the course in which the dynamics unfold. Rather, as the models are designed now, any intervention — almost by definition — comes from the outside and is perceived as a cost,” said co-author Matthias Ruth, Director and Professor at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University. “Such modeling, and the mindset that goes with it, leaves no room for creativity in solving some of the most pressing challenges.”

”The paper correctly highlights that other human stressors, not only the climate ones, are very important for long-term sustainability, including the need to reduce inequality”, said Carlos Nobre (not a co-author), one of the world’s leading Earth System scientists, who recently won the prestigious Volvo Environment Prize in Sustainability for his role in understanding and protecting the Amazon. ”Social and economic equality empowers societies to engage in sustainable pathways, which includes, by the way, not only the sustainable use of natural resources but also slowing down population growth, to actively diminish the human footprint on the environment.”

Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, who is not a co-author of the paper, commented: “We cannot separate the issues of population growth, resource consumption, the burning of fossil fuels, and climate risk. They are part of a coupled dynamical system, and, as the authors show, this has dire potential consequences for societal collapse. The implications couldn’t be more profound.”

This work was supported by the University of Maryland Council on the Environment 2014 Seed Grant (1357928). The authors would like to acknowledge the following grants and institutions: SM, KF, and KH: National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)–US National Science Foundation (NSF) award DBI-1052875; JR: The Institute of Global Environment and Society (IGES); GRA: Laboratory Directed Research and Development award by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is managed by the Battelle Memorial Institute for the US Department of Energy; MAC: Office of Naval Research, research grant MURI N00014-12-1-0911; FMW: NSF award CBET-1541642; VMY: The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).

“Modeling Sustainability: Population, Inequality, Consumption, and Bidirectional Coupling of the Earth and Human Systems” is available at: https://academic.oup.com/nsr/article/doi/10.1093/nsr/nww081/2669331/Modeling-Sustainability-Population-Inequality and https://doi.org/10.1093/nsr/nww081; or PDF https://academic.oup.com/nsr/article-pdf/3/4/470/10325470/nww081.pdf

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Post-Election Stress Disorder a National Health Crisis
Kiran Dintyala, MD, MPH
Founder, President
Stress Free Revolution
Post-Election Stress Disorder is affecting millions of Americans and is becoming a national health crisis, says Dr. Dintyala. According to several independent surveys, 90% of those reporting election-related stress thought this election was worse than any other; Internet searches for “presidential election” were associated with searches for depression and anxiety; 57% report the current political climate to be stressful; 65% of Clinton supporters say their stress levels have increased since the election; crisis and suicide prevention hotline calls surged following the election. In addition to feelings of insecurity, severe chronic stress often leads to physical symptoms, poor relationships, and depression.
Says Dr. Dintyala (aka “Dr. Calm”): “It’s no secret that the majority of people who didn’t vote for Donald Trump are having trouble accepting his administration. In fact, many Americans are seeking medical help for the anxiety they are experiencing due to the change of occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I have seen patients with Post-Election Stress Disorder, including some with previously well-controlled blood pressure who are coming in with alarmingly high numbers. I’m calling this ‘Trumpertension,’ a substantial increase in blood pressure unrelated to diet, sodium intake or exercise that is solely attributable to worries over what a Trump presidency may mean for your future and America’s. I find myself sharing tips to stay calm amidst the seemingly endless flow of unsettling news and ways to remain positive and hopeful, no matter who’s in the Oval Office.”
Dr. Dintyala, a Palm Springs-based internal medicine physician, recently published “Seven Keys to Surviving the Trump Presidency” to offer tips for remaining calm, positive, and hopeful despite concerns for the country. Dintyala is a Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician who holds a master’s in public health. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Dr. Dintyala is a keynote speaker who hosts seminars and retreats to help people learn to reduce stress and find peace of mind and experience more joy.
Websites: www.stressfreerevolution.com and www.trumpertension.com
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Running a Lifecare Retirement Community
Robert E. Caulfield
President/CEO
Jefferson’s Ferry Life Plan Retirement Community
“Running a lifecare retirement community well requires looking beyond the numbers. It’s about connecting with the people and understanding their needs.”
Caulfield is available to discuss successful aging, senior living options, continuing care retirement communities (CCRC), and finance for CCRCs. Caulfield knows how to establish a CCRC from the ground up with a long history of working with senior care. He is a CPA, and current and active member of the LeadingAge-NY CCRC Cabinet, co-Chair of CCRC Cabinet, Regulation 140 Workgroup. He’s actively involved in LeadingAge-NY advocacy initiatives, including meeting annually with state legislators to bring about regulatory changes that will have a positive impact on seniors. He is based in S. Setauket, N.Y.
Website: www.jeffersonsferry.org
Contact: Kathleen Caputi, kcaputi@epoch5.com

Is Fake News Making You Sick?
Carol Kershaw
Licensed Mental Health Clinician
Fake news is everywhere, and worse than the misinformation, the stress of it could be making you sick, says Kershaw. According to several surveys, there were 10+ million fake news Facebook engagements in 2016; fake 2016 election news fooled American adults 75% of the time; 52% of Americans found the recent election a very high or significant source of stress, especially those on social media (54% vs 45%), where the bulk of fake news is shared; and at least 78% of people report at least one physical symptom of stress. So who do you trust? Kershaw says our brains can only take so much of this stress before showing signs of post-traumatic stress: “We live in a world of information overload. Add to this reality the fact that the country is seriously divided politically and that more people are frightened about their immediate and long-term security, physically, economically, and emotionally than for generations. When you hit overload, your brain has the reaction of fight, flight, freeze, or faint. The reaction is useful if you are about to be attacked or a tornado rages in your direction, but few of the problems you may have can be solved by your fight, flight, freeze, or faint response.”
Wade has been in private practice for 35 years and recently co-authored “The Worry-Free Mind” with her husband and colleague, Bill Wade. A guide to inoculating yourself against stress and worry, “The Worry-Free Mind” is backed by the latest research, and features simple, practical tools to reduce worry and improve our state of mind. Additionally, Kershaw and Wade run workshops and retreats that focus on empowering clients to live their best possible lives. Kershaw is available to discuss the very real mental and physical health problems of fake news and how to move forward.
Website: www.drscarolandbill.com
Contact: Penny Sansevieri, authorservices@amarketingexpert.com

The Cost of Changing a Youth’s Life
Katherine Irwin, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
University of Hawaii Manoa
“For the past 30 years, America has been the most incarcerating nation in the world. And while President Obama and his attorney general led the charge to start decreasing our prison population, many in the U.S. continue to cling to punishment as a solution to social problems, with public schools being one among many institutions that continue to mete out harsh disciplinary actions for rule violators. In an era of tough-on-crime solutions to youth crime, some community leaders are taking a different approach by supporting, counseling, and mentoring young people. Not only are these approaches more effective in helping kids graduate from school, get along better with adults, and avoid getting into trouble, but they also cost less than punitive alternatives like detention and incarceration.”
Finding humane and effective ways to curb interpersonal violence, especially youth violence, isn’t easy. That’s why so few lives are changed. As the child of an incarcerated father, Dr. Irwin certainly has skin in the game as she seeks ways for individuals to engage positively in conventional society. Her work has focused on the inequalities that underscore youth violence today, especially among Pacific Islander Teens, who face racism, sexism, poverty, and political neglect in the context of two hundred years of American colonial control in the Pacific. She’d love to work with you on an article that includes some of the following ideas: why black and brown lives need to matter; addicted to punishment: tales from the school-to-prison pipeline; the real cost behind curbing teen violence. Despite the gravity of the situation she sees, Irwin has a message of hope. The teens in her study display remarkable resilience and ability to overcome numerous hardships – from trauma to socio-political inequalities: Their suspension rate went from 16% to 0, and their school absences were more than 33% lower than a control group. And the cost is minimal: less than $160/year for each child, compared with the nearly $200,000 cost of incarceration for a single bed in Hawaii’s youth correctional facility. She recently co-authored ” JACKED UP AND UNJUST: Pacific Islander Teens Confront Violent Legacies” with Karen Umemoto, and has published numerous academic journal articles regarding youth violence prevention, ethnographic methods, inequalities and delinquency, and youth culture. She is dedicated to building culturally respectful, gender responsive, and non-punitive delinquency prevention programs for public school students.
Bio: www.socialsciences.hawaii.edu/profile/index.cfm?email=kirwin@hawaii.edu
Contact: Penny Sansevieri, authorservices@amarketingexpert.com

Video-Game Addiction as Mental Disorder
Dr. Frieda Birnbaum
Research Psychologist, Psychoanalyst
“Video games today can be especially addictive because of how much stimulation they provide to the brain. This type of stimulation maybe difficult or impossible to attain in waking reality without enduring considerable effort. Video game addiction appears to parallel pornography addiction in our culture. Anyone with an addition to video games — or electronics, for that matter — should seek counseling. They don’t have to go cold turkey, but they should have a healthy balance on how often they play video games and use electronic devices. People who are addicted to video games should try another game from time to time called “life” — the graphics are amazing, it’s 3D interactive, and when you acquire enough experience, you get promoted to the next level of evolution and increase your happiness along the way.”
Based in the New York metro area, Dr. Birnbaum is author of ” Life Begins at 60: A New View on Motherhood, Marriage, and Reinventing Ourselves.” She’s an expert on depression, women’s issues, and attaining happiness.
Contact: Ryan McCormick, ryan@goldmanmccormick.com

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Netflix, AC Entertainment, Golden State Warriors and Warner Brothers Records Among Top Execs Hitting XLIVE 2017’s Data and Analytics Summit

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — XLIVE 2017 Data & Analytics Summit – Los Angeles – Premiere live event & entertainment conference, XLIVE kicks off their 2017 offerings this spring with their highly anticipated 2017 Data & Analytics Summit, a precursor to the main conference slated for this December in Las Vegas. Taking place April 4th – 5th at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, the Data & Analytics Summit will convene live event producers, sports executives, festivals, leading data and analytics executives, in addition to brands hosting their own corporate events and festivals under one roof to educate attendees on the latest technologies emerging at the forefront of event production.

As live event and festival production teams encounter increased competition from one another while striving to provide unique experiences for fans and attendees alike, technology will serve as a cornerstone in this differential effort for years to come. Presiding over the Summit to discuss how to remain ahead of an ever-changing industry is an impressive roster of speakers from some of the most influential companies across the globe, spearheaded by Todd Holloway, Director of Content Science & Algorithms – Netflix; Brandon Ramsey, Director of Business Analytics & Strategy – Golden State Warriors; Akshay Khanna, VP of Strategy – Philadelphia 76ers; Eesean Bolden, VP of A&R – Warner Brothers Records; Kyle Burkhardt, Director of Business Intelligence – Los Angeles Kings; Scott Mitchem, Protective Security Advisory – LA District, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Olivia Diamond, Director of Brand Partnerships – POP Montreal; John Trumble, Managing Director – New York City Wine & Food Festival; Arri Landsman-Roos, Director of Analytics, Jacksonville Jaguars; Meryl Johnson, Director – Digital Strategy, Country Music Association; and Josh Baird, Director of Social Media & Audience Development – FOX Sports.

These remarkable leaders plus many more will participate in a wealth of panels over the two day summit, exploring key topics on-stage such as the following in addition to over 40 other enlightening panels and keynote addresses:

XLIVE is hitting on the hottest issue in the festival industry right now,” says Aidan Augustin of Feathr, a digital marketing and analytics platform for event organizers, “As new technologies connect online and offline customer data, live events are finally becoming quantifiable.”

Feathr is one of the esteemed 2017 Summit Sponsors who have joined forces to ensure this year’s Summit is a widely successful endeavor.  Alongside Feathr are Presenting Sponsor Eventbrite, Premier Sponsor Vendini and last but not least, Conference Co-Chair Umbel. Companies Vendini and Umbel also have the honor of contributing to the agenda, as both have team members participating on panels in addition to their respective sponsorship roles – Umbel Representative Senior Partner, Strategic Services Dave Cedrone and Vendini Appointee Mark Meyerson, VP and GM of Live Music.

Over $1.1billion was invested in event technology in 2016, a direct reflection of how digital transformation in the live event sector is growing at unprecedented levels. As digitization of the live event experience continues to expand, XLIVE offers event organizers the opportunity to learn to harness the power of their data to more effectively engage attendees, understand customer behavior, increase revenue, analyze competition, identify talent trends, monetize assets, and enhance sponsorship activation.

Registration for XLIVE 2017’s Data & Analytics Summit is now open — Don’t miss your opportunity to engage with top luminaries in the realm of D&A!

With plans for XLIVE 2017 to return to Las Vegas December 10-13, 2017, multi-faceted organization XLIVE will continue to revolutionize the way live event and festival organizations share expertise, learn, and most paramount, envision the future of the industry. XLIVE convenes with leading experts at the intersection of music, film, culinary, beverage, eSports, technology and the experiences that culminate at festivals and live events. Reflecting the passion of the vibrant festival community, XLIVE serves as a catalyst for curating unique, memorable and life-changing experiences within the growing, dynamic and influential realm of festivals. XLIVE opens 2017 with its Data and Analytics Summit this April 4th – 5th, 2017.

To stay up to date with all XLIVE news and industry happenings – sign up for the XLIVE newsletter at the bottom of the website’s registration page. We’ll see you next year in Vegas!

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XLIVE 2017 – Advisory Board:
Billboard and Hollywood Reporter President John Amato ~ The Recording Academy Executive Director Theresa Jenkins ~ Robot Picnic President Philip Blaine ~ The Rket Group President Ryan Kruger ~ Linkin Park/ Machine Shot SVP Jason Hobbs ~ CAA Premium Experiences Co-Founder Ety Rybak ~ New York WIne & Food Festival Managing Director John Trumble ~ Country Music Association Direction Meryl Johnson ~ Frameless Creative Co-Founder Paul Peck ~ Greater Raleigh Merchants Association Executive Director Jennifer Martin ~ NCompass International CEO and President Donna Graves ~  Red Frog Events Co-CEO Ryan Kunkel ~ WME/IMG Global Head of eSports Tobias Sherman ~ AC Entertainment VP Strategic Partner Jeff Cuellar ~ Fest300 Creative Director Eamon Armstrong ~ TownSquare Media Live Events Director Sally Lidinsky ~ EventBrite Business Strategy and Solutions Manager Diasha Mitchell ~ Life Is Beautiful Festival Rehan Choundry ~ SnowGlobe Music Festival Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Lesan ~ Festevo CEO Tucker Gumber ~ High Sierra Music Festival Director Dave Margulies ~ LeftField Media President Greg Topalian ~ Showmex Production CEO Lew Shomer ~ Corporate Travel Management Former CEO Matt Cantelo ~ Davis Raynes Productions Owner Nick Raynes ~ C3 Presents Talent Buyer Peter Manning ~ Maestro CEO Ari Evants ~ Sunfest Executive Director Paul Jamieson ~ 6 Degrees Management Managing Director Titus Day ~ Ultimate Media Ventures Co-Founder and Chief Band Officer Nate Eckman ~ Law Office of Robert Steckman Owner Rob Steckman ~ Entertainment Strategy Partners Principal Tom Reynolds ~ Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk ~ Kaboo Del Mar Talent Buyer Roger Leblanc ~ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Director of Programs Marketing Scott Aiges ~ Treefort Music Fest Co-Founder Eric Gilbert ~ Big Texas Beer Fest Co-Founder Chad Montgomery ~ VenoFest DC Founder Justin Harrison ~ Cannonball Productions CEO Kate Levenstien ~ Hailfax Pop Explosion Executive Director James Boyle ~ Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority VP Global Business Sales Chris Meyer ~ POP Montreal Director of Brand Partnership Olivia Diamond ~ MusicFestNW Presents Project PABST Operations Director Matt Manza ~ Duggan Bertsch Partner Tim Epstein ~ Tunestars Founder/CEO Anthony Shannon ~ Superfly Executive Creative Director, EVP of Strategy PJ Loughran

 

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Real-World Data from Boehringer Ingelheim Show Lower Risk of Stroke and Major Bleeding for Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) Compared to Warfarin

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced results from a real-world analysis showing that Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) was associated with an improvement in safety and efficacy outcomes compared to warfarin in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). The results were presented at the International Stroke Conference.

The study analyzed 7,245 PRADAXA and 14,490 warfarin patients with NVAF who had no prior use of an oral anticoagulant (OAC), using data from an administrative claims database from October 1, 2010, to April 30, 2014. The patients were mostly male (56%), with a mean age of 74 years, and mean CHADS2 stroke risk score of 2.2.

Compared to warfarin, PRADAXA was associated with a 26 percent reduced risk of stroke (HR, 0.74; 95% Cl, 0.58-0.94) and a 20 percent reduced risk of major bleeding (HR, 0.80; 95% Cl, 0.69-0.92). PRADAXA was also associated with a lower risk for serious secondary outcomes, including a 68 percent reduced risk of hemorrhagic stroke (HR, 0.32; 95% Cl, 0.14-0.76), an 18 percent reduced risk of major extracranial bleeding (HR, 0.82; 95% Cl, 0.70-0.96), a 48 percent reduced risk of venous thromboembolism (HR, 0.52; 95% Cl, 0.38-0.70), and a 27 percent reduced risk of death (HR, 0.73; 95% Cl, 0.61-0.88).

By combining our deep understanding of the patient journey with access to robust real-world data, we are improving the understanding of treatment for patients with chronic conditions such as NVAF,” said Sabine Luik, M.D., senior vice president, Medicine & Regulatory Affairs, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “These data offer valuable real-world insights on patient outcomes, and are an important complement to our robust clinical trial program, in which PRADAXA demonstrated superior efficacy and a favorable risk-benefit profile compared to warfarin.”

About Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) capsules

What is PRADAXA?

PRADAXA is a prescription blood thinner medicine that lowers the chance of blood clots forming in your body. PRADAXA is used to:

PRADAXA is not for use in people with artificial (prosthetic) heart valves.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT PRADAXA

For people taking PRADAXA for atrial fibrillation:  Do not stop taking PRADAXA without talking to the doctor who prescribes it for you. Stopping PRADAXA increases your risk of having a stroke.  PRADAXA may need to be stopped prior to surgery or a medical or dental procedure. Your doctor will tell you when you should stop taking PRADAXA and when you may start taking it again. If you have to stop taking PRADAXA, your doctor may prescribe another medicine to help prevent a blood clot from forming.

PRADAXA can cause bleeding which can be serious and sometimes lead to death.  Don’t take PRADAXA if you:

Your risk of bleeding with PRADAXA may be higher if you:

Call your doctor or seek immediate medical care if you have any of the following signs or symptoms of bleeding:

Spinal or epidural blood clots (hematoma). People who take PRADAXA and have medicine injected into their spinal and epidural area, or have a spinal puncture have a risk of forming a blood clot that can cause long-term or permanent loss of the ability to move (paralysis). Your risk of developing a spinal or epidural blood clot is higher if:

If you take PRADAXA and receive spinal anesthesia or have a spinal puncture, your doctor should watch you closely for symptoms of spinal or epidural blood clots. Tell your doctor right away if you have back pain, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness (especially in your legs and feet), loss of control of the bowels or bladder (incontinence).

Take PRADAXA exactly as prescribed.  It is important to tell your doctors about all medicines (prescription and over-the-counter), vitamins, and supplements you take.  Some medicines may affect the way PRADAXA works. 

PRADAXA can cause indigestion, stomach upset or burning, and stomach pain. 

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide.

About Boehringer Ingelheim

About Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., based in Ridgefield, CT, is the largest U.S. subsidiary of Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation.

Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, the company operates globally with 145 affiliates and about 50,000 employees. Since its founding in 1885, the family-owned company has been committed to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing novel treatments for human and veterinary medicine.

Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to improving lives and providing valuable services and support to patients and their families. Our employees create and engage in programs that strengthen our communities. To learn more about how we make more health for more people, visit our Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

In 2015, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of about $15.8 billion (14.8 billion euros). R&D expenditure corresponds to 20.3 percent of its net sales.

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