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Doctors Design Dialysis Machine For Babies

Posted on by Wileene Grace Olimpo in Customer Service | Comments Off on Doctors Design Dialysis Machine For Babies

babyDoctors in Italy have developed a mini dialysis machine for babies, which gives hope to improve treatment options.

Health Risk

Doctors often adapt standard dialysis machines for very young children, but that can have negative effects since the devices can’t always be accurately changed.

The Lancet study said dialysis machines for adults might cause complications when used in babies.

Prof. Claudio Ronco designed and created the new machine meant for babies weighing up to 10kg.

Development of Mini-Dialysis

Dr. Jan Dudley, on the other hand, praised the discovery, saying it was “not impossible” to dialyze small babies with machines.

“We do already treat about a dozen newborns successfully every year in the UK,” she said in a statement. “Even though treatments have improved dramatically in the past two decades, it’s still a very challenging procedure – there is only a 75% survival rate for these babies in their first 10 years of life.”

Even with new equipment, though, UK experts warn dialysis is still challenging.

Audi A3: Drive Your Way to Living Your Dreams

Posted on by Debra Lefler in Customer Service | Comments Off on Audi A3: Drive Your Way to Living Your Dreams

audi dealerLuxury without compromise; this slogan of the 2015 NY Audi A3 says exactly what every enthusiast wants to hear when buying the car of their dreams. Are you among these people who have finally decided to live the lifestyle everybody has hoped for since forever? Continue reading to know more about this new sedan from Audi that will surely sweep every dreamer off their feet.

A small car that breaks the rules

Audi knows how to give car buyers that smart, stunning, and agile vibe. Their recent offering combines visionary technology, design, and luxurious performance. With innovation at the forefront, it features more space competitive to its larger rivals and supple leather stitch to achieve the highest standard of refinement.

LED light technology for shining distinction

Audi A3 offers full LED headlights to defy night and give off daylight. This vivid LED lighting is effective for driving both night and day. Surely, you would never be driving in the dark with this car that exceeds expectations from its small size.

Audi being omniscient

To say this new car from Audi is a gift to mankind is an understatement. It now presents an advanced touch-sensitive scroll wheel, plus handwriting recognition. As a smart driver, it would be effortless for you to access the latest weather updates, traffic news, and even nearby fuel prices. All these flashed on the car’s ultrathin, 7-inch retractable MMI screen.
Sound system that echoes triumph

Audi A3’s audio system is truly a winner with its Bang & Olufsen sound system. Every journey on the road is a booming experience with this small car’s 705-watt, 14-speaker symphony. You can hear the sound as precisely as the artist wanted it to be, as the speakers are strategically placed in the cabin. The audio system is intended to overflow A3’s cabin with acoustic balance, according to sound engineers.

Great things come in small packages, and that’s for sure. The 2015 Audi A3 has everything you would need to live your dream in this challenging new world.

Rebuild or Relocate: Finding the Perfect Living Option for the Family

Posted on by Debra Lefler in Customer Service | Comments Off on Rebuild or Relocate: Finding the Perfect Living Option for the Family

knock down rebuild homesAs prices of real estate continue to increase across Australia, many families are considering their current living options. With Melbourne having the highest price surge for the first quarter of the year, homeowners are wondering if a knockdown and rebuild project in Melbourne is still cost-effective or if they should start thinking about relocating.

Estate experts share some factors you need to consider when deciding between relocating and rebuilding your home.

Condition of the Property

The structural integrity of properties deteriorates over time. If you are fixing damages frequently, it may be time to have a specialist assess your home. Don’t be too quick at deciding to leave, as a home knock down or rebuild project may help you stay in your beloved neighbourhood. Let professionals evaluate fundamental components, such as ceiling insulation, rafters, studs, sheathing, siding and corner bracing.

Current and Future Needs

Rebuilding a property from ground up is a major decision. To make the most of your home, assess your current and future needs. Having a future-ready home makes it easier for your family to adapt to changes. If you are planning to have another child in the years to come, it may be a good decision to add another room. When you want to continue living in your home during your retirement years, think about adding a bedroom on the ground floor and having a bigger bathroom with handrails.

Neighbourhood and Community Facilities

Many families decide to relocate, as they don’t feel that the neighbourhood meets their needs. If your home is a long way from your child’s school, your office or other essential establishments, it may not be worth it to rebuild or renovate the property. Furthermore, if property prices in your area continue to drop despite a thriving real estate industry, you may not be able to return your investment when you eventually decide to sell your home.

When your home stops being your dream house, it does not always mean that you need to pack up and leave. Consult experts to know if you can rebuild the property.

4 Timeless Financial Tips for Modern, Young Professionals

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hiring foreclosure lawyersWhen you finally get to earn your own money, it is easy to buy everything on a whim. After all, you can get your pockets filled again once the next payday comes around. Some, however, spend beyond their means and save nothing for a rainy day.

Young professionals usually fall into this trap. They find themselves working to pay off their debts, and not making the most of what they earn. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid such circumstances.

Here are some of the timeless financial tips you can never go without:

Know which debt to deal first

Most new graduates welcome the new chapter in life with a financial obligation already, which is to pay off their student loan. There are some who choose to put off paying their dues and take on many other loans. This can have negative consequences, as the loans can snowball and become too much of a burden in time. It pays to prioritize which debt to deal first and move on to pay off the others.

Pay your debts as soon as possible

Financial experts agree that paying your debts as soon as possible is one key to better financial management practices. You will be more adept at handling similar matters in the future, mortgage for instance. While a foreclosure lawyer in Florida can be of great help, it is better if you can avoid arriving at a situation when your property is in danger of foreclosure.

Know where the money goes

Having a complete control on your expenses means knowing where your money goes. Think about any investment or expenditure you are planning to make. You will be surprised by how much you can save just by taking your expenses into account.

Live below your means

Ultimately, try to live below your means. Do not be a one-day millionaire; set aside savings as soon as you get your pay. Better yet, set a definite and working daily budget. For good measure, set up a savings account. Your money in the bank can grow in interest in time.

It is not bad to spend your hard-earned money for what you want. What is important is to curb your expenses and save for the future. Even though financial assistance and legal experts like foreclosure lawyers are always at hand to help you, starting with yourself is a step towards better finance management.

Going Global: 4 Common Mistakes When Starting a Business Overseas

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acquiring business visa for australiaFor businesses looking for new sources of profit and growth, expanding your venture globally can be an effective option. This is especially true when local markets are not performing well. Whilst it may seem tempting to just pack up and expand abroad, it is best to start out with an effective plan.

When it comes to having a global venture, make sure you avoid making these costly mistakes.

Not securing the necessary requirements

What could normally be a simple procedure can become a problem in your new venture if you keep on ignoring it. Secure all the necessary documents such as business visas, approvals, and permits before you think of promoting your services to your prospects.

You rely too much on your capital

Apart from not securing business visas and requirements, money can be your worst enemy as well when starting a global venture. Just because you have lots of capital does not mean you can resolve all the challenges you will face. Before you take the plunge, factor out substantial cost overruns, time delays, and certain expenses in your business plan. The fact that you cannot make a reasonable estimate is what creates the inaccuracy, therefore increasing the risk.

You think you have fewer competitors

Just because you are relocating to a new country does not mean you will get rid of your competitors. Even if you have the never-been-done approach, there will always be competition. Before you start, check out all your potential rivals. Come up with an effective game plan to work out how to effectively persuade customers to buy your products.

Lack of market research

Most of business owners are so enthusiastic in their brilliant idea that they almost forget promoting the right products at the right customers. To put your new global venture into perspective, research about the different customer groups. This will give you a full view of what is needed in the marketplace, allowing you to come up with unique offerings.

These mistakes should not scare you off, but should prepare you for some of the challenges you will face when starting an international venture. With dedication and a proper awareness of the risks, your new business can be a great success.

Taiwan Mainland Council Alerts Sichuan Of H5N6 Human Infection

Posted on by Derick Hill in Wellness Zone | Comments Off on Taiwan Mainland Council Alerts Sichuan Of H5N6 Human Infection

chicken coopTaiwan’s Mainland Council has issued a travel alert to level 2 in Sichuan province in China, following the world’s first reported death caused by H5N6 bird flu in the southwestern province.

First Death Caused by H5N6

A 49-year-old Chinese man died after undergoing medical treatment in a hospital. A report said the first victim of the H5N6 avian flu strain had been exposed to dead poultry and was initially diagnosed with pneumonia.

The authorities said people who had close contact with the man have shown no symptoms.

The travel alert in Sichuan is now parallel to alert levels in the provinces of Hunan Anhui, Jiangsu, Guangdong and Jiangxi, where the avian flu is still rampant.

Bird Flu Cases

Experts believed H5N6 to be a “low-pathogenic bird flu virus,” which was previously detected in Germany, Sweden, and United States in the year 1984 until 2013.

In China, 250 cases of avian flu had been reported along with 96 counts of death from the H7N9 strain in January until March, said the National Health and Family Planning Commission. With the significant toll in the country, public feared the possible mutation of the virus and become easily transmissible among humans.

Amazon Offers “Pay To Quit” Program To Unhappy Employees

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Image by James Duncan Davidson | Wikimedia

Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos is offering its employees an option to quit the job and pay them up to $5,000.

A way to create a positive work culture

Although an unusual practice adopted by Bezos, the “Pay to Quit” program is a way to make sure that the company’s employees really want to work there.

The news was announced by Bezos in his letter to stockholders, with the headline “Please Don’t Take This Offer.”

The goal of the offer

“The goal is to encourage folks to take a moment and think about what they really want,” the CEO wrote in the letter. “In the long run, an employee staying somewhere they don’t want to be isn’t healthy for the employee or the company.”

The e-commerce giant will offer to pay its warehouse employees to quit once a year.

The program offers start at $2,000 for newer employees and increase by $1,000 every year up to a maximum of $5,000.

Uruguay FA Board Resignation Might Jeopardize The Country’s World Cup Place

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Image by Jimmy Baikovicuis | Flickr

Image by Jimmy Baikovicuis | Flickr

The recent resignation of Uruguay’s Football Association (UAF) board has fueled World Cup fears. The South American country is set to feature in Group D alongside England, Italy, and Costa Rica.

 Barras Bravas

The reported cause of the move seems to be the decision of the country’s government to withdraw police protection in high-profile matches involving big clubs Nacional and Penarol. Called the “barras bravas,” the fans of the two football clubs are infamous for their violence.

Violent incidents have marred recent football matches. The latest was in the 4-2 home defeat of Nacional to Newell’s Old Boys in a Libertadores Cup match.

World Cup Fears

In the resignation letter, Sebastián Bauzá said, “The well-publicised acts that have occurred in recent times show the need for [the AUF board to take] a step to one side and allow other political views to govern our football.”

This has prompted speculations about Uruguay’s chances at the World Cup. Other fans, however, believe otherwise. “Fifa is a bit more serious. I don’t think Uruguay’s place at the World Cup is at risk,” CONMEBOL President, Eugenio Figueredo, said.

Nepal Plans To Help Hikers In Distress With Free SIM Cards

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Image by Andrewgrandison | Wikimedia

Nepal officials announced Thursday, March 27, that they plan to provide free SIM cards to hikers going to remote areas. The suggestion came after a number of foreign trekkers went missing or were attacked for the past years.

Highest Mountains

Eight of the world’s fourteen highest mountains are in Nepal, including Mount Everest. The country attracts thousands of foreign hikers and climbers annually. The disappearances and killings of trekkers, however, have resulted in serious concerns on tourist safety.

“When a trekker is lost, it becomes easy to find out the location by tracking the SIM card,” senior Nepal Tourism Board official Sharad Pradhan told Reuters. According to the official, hikers with emergencies can call specific numbers for rescue or help.

Solo Trekkers

While local helpers accompany group climbers, many solo hikers trek the remote Himalayan foothills and national parks, making emergency rescues difficult. About 30,000 independent hikers visiting remote areas will benefit from the free SIM cards.

The government will give the SIM cards to trekkers with their permits.


Beatles’ ‘Help!’ Coats Sell For £115,000

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Memorabilia jackets that Ringo Starr and George Harrison wore in 1965 have sold for £115,000 at an auction.

Past estimated value

Harrison’s jacket bagged £54,000, while Starr’s possession fetched £61,000, both of which include buyer’s premium. The final price of the items went past the estimated value during pre-sale valuations, which pegged the items between £20,000-£30,000.

Image by United Press International | Wikimedia

Image by United Press International | Wikimedia

Both jackets were from the 1965 film “Help!,” in which the members of the Fab Four wore the clothes for five days during filming. The apparel also appeared on the album cover.

A South American collector acquired a piano that Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon used for £57,500.

The piano was used to write songs found in “Help!” and the hit piece “Yesterday.”

American director Richard Lester sold the items at an auction in Liverpool.

Nothing from McCartney

A few of Sir McCartney’s belongings, however, were pulled out of the auction after his lawyers challenged the legality of selling them. The contents included a sheet of handwritten lyrics, a suit, and a cape.

“Unfortunately the lawyers have claimed that Paul would never have given any clothing away,” said auctioneer Paul Fairweather.